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The Works of Jane Austen. Being: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park - Jane Austen, Charles Brock and Hugh Thomson (illustrators)

1895 to 1897 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Thomson or Brock Illustrated Editions
‘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 five volume set of Austen's novels, each being the first edition to be illustrated by Hugh Thomson with the exception of ‘
Pride and Prejudice’ which is the first edition to be fully illustrated by Charles Brock. Profusely illustrated throughout, and with an introduction by Austin Dobson in each volume.

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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Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

1939 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition, First Printing
In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines... the smallest one was Madeline.

First edition, first printing, of Bemelmans' classic children’s tale. A far nicer copy than usually encountered, with bright pictorial boards, and complete dust jacket without price-clipping or toning to the white lettering.
 
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Explorations of the Highlands of the Brazil - Captain Richard F. Burton

1869 - Tinsley Brothers, London - First Edition, First Issue
An exceptionally clean two volume set in the original publisher’s gilt decorated cloth, mostly uncut and unopened, and without library stamps or labels. Both volumes with engraved frontispiece plates, additional engraved title pages and a large folding map of Brazil.

Appointed British consul in Santos in 1865, Burton sailed to Rio de Janeiro. Together with his wife he spent three months touring the Minas Gerais and it’s gold mining district, which is described in volume I. Isabel then returned to Rio with a sprained ankle at which point Burton, true to character, made a 2,000 kilometre descent of the Rio São Francisco by raft, the fantastic and detailed description of which can be found in volume II.

Burton continued his travels in South America whilst Lady Burton sailed back to England, commissioned with with seeing this work ‘
through the press’. In the short and revealing preface she expresses her personal feelings regarding her husband’s views on religion and polygamy, requesting that the ‘fair or gentle reader’ bear in mind that her husband was writing ‘from a high moral pedestal’. 
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Youth : A Narrative, and Two Other Stories - Joseph Conrad

1902 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition, First Impression, First State (with earliest ads dated 10/02)
‘The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.

First edition of Conrad's acclaimed short story collection, including his masterpiece '
The Heart of Darkness', which with its generation of visual scene upon visual scene each charged with more intense emotive impact, and a final cumulative effect of human imbecility, evil and horror, is now regarded as one of the greatest short stories ever written.

‘I couldn't help asking him once what he meant by coming here at all. “To make money, of course. What do you think?” he said scornfully.


The Horror! The Horror! 
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The Rover - Joseph Conrad

1923 - T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, London - First English Edition, First Issue
First edition first issue in a nice example of the full colour dust jacket showing a seascape (instead of the more common simple black and white variant).

The Rover takes place in the south of France, against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise to power, and the French-English rivalry in the Mediterranean. Peyrol (a master-gunner in the French republican navy, pirate, and for nearly fifty years "rover of the outer seas") attempts to find refuge in an isolated farmhouse (Escampobar) on the Giens Peninsula near Hyères.

The story is about Peyrol's attempt at withdrawal from an action- and blood-filled life; his involvement with the pariahs of Escampobar; the struggle for his identity and allegiance, which is resolved in his last voyage.
 
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The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn - Colin Dexter

1977 - Macmillan London Limited, London - First Edition
A fine copy of the third Inspector Morse novel in near fine and thus scarce dust jacket with little of the usual yellowing and rubbing to which it is prone.

‘Colin Dexter’s position as Assistant Secretary to the Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations obviously providing the background knowledge for this story, although how popular he would have been after its publication is only to be guessed...

Once again you have the marvellous cocktail that makes up one of the truly top rate Inspector Morse stories, good local ale, local Oxford characters, professors and academics, dead ends, Wagner, a hesitant need to satisfy his more baser instincts, crosswords, the stalwart Sgt. Lewis, cups of tea, and poetry, and as can be (hopefully) deduced from the title, a deaf man going by the name of Nicholas Quinn.’
 
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The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1912 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
‘So tomorrow we disappear into the unknown. This account I am transmitting down the river by canoe, and it may be our last word to those who are interested in our fate.’

From the brilliant mind of Arthur Conan Doyle comes a a classic tale of adventure and exploration. The first in the
Challenger novel series, join heroes Edward Malon and Professor Challenger as they travel to a Lost World in the Amazon forest where dinosaurs, Pterodactyls, Cave Men, and other prehistoric creatures are found to be co-existing, cut off from the rest of the world.

Illustrated with eight lithographic plates, including a photographic frontispiece of members of the expedition, featuring Doyle wearing a fake beard as Professor Challenger.
 
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The King’s General - Daphne Du Maurier

1946 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
A fine copy in fine and thus scarce delicate yellow Gollancz dust jacket. Inspired by a grisly discovery in the nineteenth century, The King's General was the first of du Maurier's novels to be written at Menabilly, the model for Manderley in Rebecca.

Set in the seventeenth century, it tells the story of a country and a Cornish family riven by civil war, and features one of fiction's most original heroines. Honor Harris is only eighteen when she first meets Richard Grenvile, proud, reckless - and utterly captivating. But following a riding accident, Honor must reconcile herself to a life alone.

As Richard rises through the ranks of the army, marries and makes enemies, Honor remains true to him, and finally discovers the secret of Menabilly...
 
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