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The Innocents of Paris - C. E. Andrews

1928 - D. Appleton and Company, New York - First Edition
‘Mr Andrews has spent much time in Paris. He has mingled with these ‘innocents’ in their own haunts, and here tells from his own observation some fascinating stories of the life that goes on between midnight and dawn...’ – from the publisher

A bright copy of C.E. Andrews delightful novel of Bohemian life in Paris in the 1920s, presented here in the original, charming Jazz Age-style dust jacket, illustrated with a dashing gentleman – rather reminiscent of Hemingway – and two flappers, the Eiffel tower looming in the background.

Innocents of Paris, is likely a novelisation of Andrews’ play, Flea Market, which had been adapted into a Hollywood musical by Paramount Studios in 1929, released under the title Innocents of Paris, and starring Maurice Chevalier. 
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Bad Boy of Music - George Antheil

1945 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition
A bright copy of the amusing, glittering, and occasionally bizarre autobiography of American modernist composer, George Antheil, the self-proclaimed ‘bad boy of music’.

Antheil’s witty account records his fabulous career – his sensational London debut in 1921, his year living the high life in Berlin, moving to the Left Bank, becoming Stravinsky’s protégé, marrying a Hungarian in Paris, and partying with the likes of Ezra Pound, Jean Cocteau, and Ernest Hemingway. His memoir also includes a lively chapter recalling his friendship with James Joyce, with whom he would collaborate on an operatic adaptation of the ‘Cyclops’ episode of
Ulysses; sadly, the opera remained unfinished, and today only a few pages of the original score remain. 
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Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. - Charles James Apperley, (pseudonym ‘Nimrod’)

1915 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - New Issue
‘With what extraordinary characters of ancient and modern times would John Mytton stand comparison? ... His popularity... the dashing personal character, and extreme and unaffected good humour of the late squire of Halston, together with his fox-hounds, his race-horses, his ale, his wine, and many other things besides, rendered him extremely popular in Shropshire...’

A handsome edition – bound by Riviere – of this chronicle of the life of the fearless and famously foolhardy sportsman, ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton, who drank four to six bottles of port a day, and died of delirium tremens in the King’s Bench prison, aged 38.

Wonderfully illustrated by Harry Alken and T.J. Rawlins with 18 full page colour plates.
 
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Le Paysan de Paris (The Peasant of Paris) - Louis Aragon, Henri Cartier-Bresson

1994 - The Limited editions Club, New York - Number 89 of 300 copies.
‘I was seeking… a new kind of novel that would break all the traditional rules governing the writing of fiction… a novel that the critics would be obliged to approach empty-handed’ – Louis Aragon

A beautiful copy of this superbly produced limited edition of Louis Aragon’s outstanding Surrealist novel – in which he compares a poet’s love for his city to a peasant’s love for his land – signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the limitation page.

Stunningly illustrated with seven original lithographs and a photogravure by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The lithographs were pulled by Bruce Porter at his Trestle Editions studio in New York. The photogravure was printed by Jon Goodman on French-made Arjo Wiggins stock.

Translated from the French by Samuel Watson Taylor.
 
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Circa 1903 - Bigelow, New York - Edition de Luxe, Number 289 of a Limited 1000 sets
‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.'

An elegantly bound six volume set, comprising
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, The Watsons, Northanger Abbey, and Lady Susan. Beautifully illustrated with six colour frontispiece and thirty two black and white plates by the brothers Charles and Henry Brock, who both worked from the same studio in Cambridge, and have come to be widely regarded as the best illustrators of Jane Austen's novels.

Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.’ 
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Empire of the Sun - J. G. Ballard

1984 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
Based on Jim Graham Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

‘Remarkable … form, content and style fuse with complete success … one of the great war novels of the 20th century’ - William Boyd.

Includes the publisher’s promotional bookmark.
 
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The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

1984 - Macmillan, London - First Edition
A fine copy of the author's important first novel. A twisted story of incidents in the lives of Scottish islanders and one child in particular, highly controversial at the time of it's release:-

‘Brilliant’ -
The New York Times.
‘Rubbish’ -
The Times.
‘Macabre, bizarre, and impossible to put down’ -
The Financial Times.
‘A work of unparalleled depravity’ -
The Irish Times.
‘One of the top 100 novels of the century’ - The Independent.

So there you have it, to be read with caution.
 
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Feersum Endjinn – SIGNED - Iain M. Banks

1994 - Orbit, London - First Edition
A fine copy of Banks’ science-fiction saga, signed by him on the title page.

As the Encroachment looms not far from the towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, King Asijine goes to war with the Engineers, his chief scientist, Gadfium, receives a mysterious message she has been waiting for from the Plain of Sliding Stones, and Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, enters the chaos of the crypt...
 
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