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Oblique Strategies – SIGNED - Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt

1975Number 48 of 500 limited sets
‘Abandon normal instruments; Breathe more deeply; Consider different fading systems; Discard an axiom; (Organic) Machinery; Mute and continue...’

Just a few of the wonderfully creative and abstract instructions from Brian Eno’s dadaist mind game for music production, the original Oblique Strategies card deck, with ‘over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas’, created by Eno and his friend, artist Peter Schmidt.

A complete set of the scarce ‘Edition 1’, number 48 only 500, signed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, and housed in the original black box. A further two editions each were printed before the death of Peter Schmidt (1978 and 1979).

Oblique Strategies is most frequently associated with bands Eno produced during his mid to late 70s creative high point, including Talking Heads and Berlin-trilogy era Bowie. 
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The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides

1993 - Farrar Straus Giroux, New York - First edition
‘A piercing first novel . . . lyrical and portentous.’ – The New York Times

The Virgin Suicides
announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters, beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighbourhood boys, commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family's fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. 
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Abbotsford Series of the Scottish Poets - George Eyre-Todd (Editor)

1891 -1896 - William Hodge, Glasgow - First Editions
Six works finely bound in seven volumes, of this first and still comprehensive collection of the Scottish poets, combined with Eyre-Todd’s biographical details for each poet, and historic notes, glossary and essays. Which on publication the Spectator praised as ‘a useful and indeed a valuable contribution to the history of Scottish literature’.

The six works are - The Early Scottish Poetry, [1891]; Medieval Scottish Poetry, [1892]; Scottish Poetry of the Sixteenth Century, [1892]; Scottish Ballad Poetry, [1893]; Scottish Poetry of the Seventeenth Century, [1895]; Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century (two volumes) [1896].

Amongst the numerous poets included are - Thomas the Rhymer, John Barbour, James Beattie, Robert Burns, William Falconer, Sir David Murray, Alexander Scott, Androw of Wyntoun, Henry the Minstrel, Henry (the Minstrel), King James the First, Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, and Gavin Douglas.

This collection presents the best works of about one hundred Scottish poets, from the earliest times up until the nineteenth century. The poems are carefully selected and reproduced from the best editions. Arranged by period and genre, each volume contains an historical introduction, and biographical details are given for all poets. In addition, historical notes are supplied for relevant poems and a selective glossary is provided. Combining the poems of nobility, men and women of the Scottish Enlightenment, plus historical, legendary, and romantic ballads, these attractively presented volumes form a comprehensive reference library for those both new to, and familiar with, Scottish poetry. - from the introduction to the 1997 Routledge reprint.
 
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Young Lonigan: A Boyhood in Chicago Streets - James T. Farrell

1932 - The Vanguard Press, New York - First Edition
‘An American classic in the vein of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the first book of James T. Farrell’s powerful Studs Lonigan trilogy covers five months of the young Lonigan’s life on the streets of 1916 Chicago , when he is sixteen years old. In this relentlessly naturalistic yet richly complex portrait, Studs is carried along by his swaggering and short-sighted companions, his narrow family, and his educational and religious background toward a fate that he resists yet cannot escape.’ (from a later edition).

‘Combines a gift for blending an Irish sense of malaise and disinheritance with a very American command of grit, determination and even, at times, a grim sort of humor.’ –
Wall Street Journal.

Note, even at the time of publication the publisher’s considered it necessary to print the following disclaimer on the dust jacket ‘
This novel is issued in a special edition, the sale of which is limited to physicians, surgeons, psychologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, social workers, teachers and other persons having a professional interest in the psychology of adolescence’. 
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The Wild Palms - William Faulkner

1939 - Chatto & Windus, London - First English Edition [same year as the First American Edition]
A combination of two interwoven stories, The Wild Palms and Old Man. Later published as If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem.

‘In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed wiht fatal injuries of the spirit.’ [from a later edition]
 
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Light in August - William Faulkner

1932 - Harrison Smith and Robert Haas, New York - First Edition, first issue
A superb first edition of Faulkner's seventh novel, an exploration of the lasting effects of racism and misogyny, one of four of his novels consistently ranked among the best of the twentieth century.

‘One of William Faulkner’s most admired and accessible novels, Light in August reveals the great American author at the height of his powers. Lena Grove’s resolute search for the father of her unborn child begets a rich, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story of perseverance in the face of mortality. It also acquaints us with several of Faulkner’s most unforgettable characters, including the Reverend Gail Hightower, plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen, and Joe Christmas, a ragged, itinerant soul obsessed with his mixed-race ancestry.’ -
Penguin Classics. 
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All The Sad Young Men - F. Scott Fitzgerald

1926 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition, First Printing
‘Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created – nothing.’

A handsome first edition of Fitzgerald’s third short story collection, which showcases his unique writing style and vividly describes in various ways the dazzling 1920s jazz-age society that Fitzgerald himself inhabited.

This collection includes the stories ‘The Rich Boy’, ‘Winter Dreams’, ‘The Baby Party’, ‘Rags Martin-Jones and the Pr-nce of W-les’, ‘The Sensible Thing’, ‘Gretchen’s Forty Winks’, and ‘Absolution’, one of the author’s best-received stories, originally written as a background piece to
The Great Gatsby, that novel having been published one year earlier. 
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The Collected Poems of James Elroy Flecker - James Elroy Flecker

1923 - Martin Secker, London - Eighth Impression
‘We are the pilgrims, master; we shall go always a little farther; it may be beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow, across that angry or that glimmering sea, white on a throne or guarded in a cave, there lies a prophet who can understand, why men were born: but surely we are brave, who take the Golden Road to Samarkand.”

A beautifully bound edition of Elroy’s collected poetry. A prodigious linguist, fluent in modern Greek, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, Elroy read Classics at Oxford University, before quickly joining the diplomatic services, and posted Constantinople where he wrote prolifically until his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at the age of thirty.

Prior to his death, he was credited with revitalising the Parnassian poetry movement and was considered a hugely influential poet in the Edwardian era, especially in the field of Greek classical poetry. Upon hearing the news of his demise, writer and critic Alec Macdonald said that it was
‘unquestionably the greatest premature loss that English literature has suffered since the death of Keats.’ 
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