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Abbey's Road - Inscribed - Edward Abbey, Jean Pruchnik (illustrator)

1979 - E. P. Dutton, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition, illustrated by Jean Pruchnik, signed and inscribed ‘all the best! Edward Abbey Santa Fe 11/56/88

‘In the spirit of Desert Solitaire and The Journey Home, Abbey's Road is a personal odyssey. Edward Abbey's explorations include the familiar territory of the Rio Grande in Texas and Canyonlands National Park and Lake Powell in Utah. He also takes us to such varied places as Scotland, the interior of Australia, and the Sierra Madre and Isla de la Sombra in Mexico.’

‘I've been along a few of Mr. Abbey's roads. He sees much more than I did. Indeed, reading him is often better than being there was.’ – John Leonard.

‘Abbey's the original fly in the ointment. Give him money and prizes. Don't let anything happen to him.’ Thomas McGuane.
 
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Journey into Fear - Eric Ambler

1940 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A clean and wonderfully bright, thus rare, jacketed first edition of this thrilling tale of international intrigue, beginning in Istanbul at the outbreak of World War II.

‘Returning to his hotel room after a late-night flirtation with a cabaret dancer at an Istanbul boîte, Graham is surprised by an intruder with a gun. What follows is a nightmare of intrigue for the English armaments engineer as he makes his way home aboard an Italian freighter. Among the passengers are a couple of Nazi assassins intent on preventing his returning to England with plans for a Turkish defence system, the seductive cabaret dancer and her manager husband, and a number of surprising allies.’ [from a later edition]
 
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In My Fashion - Bettina Ballard

1960 - David McKay Company, New York - First Edition
The scarce for edition of this ‘A Moveable Feast’ for the fashion conscious, from the woman who, before reporting for duty with the Red Cross, included in her pack ‘a shocking-pink shantung Chinese-y jacket and apple-green pajamas’ and ‘a black jersey Norell dress with a dramatic black pailletted scarf’.

Bettina Ballard, Paris-based correspondent and later Fashion Editor for US Vogue, was at the centre of the fashion world from the 1930s to the ’50s and an intimate of Coco Chanel, Cristóbal Balenciaga and Elsa Schiaparelli. With journalistic flair, she captures the spirit of pre-war Paris, the working methods of the fashion greats and the transformation of the post-war fashion industry with the arrival of Dior.
 
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1954 - John Gifford Ltd., London - First Edition
A fine example, featuring Inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard.

The true first edition with publisher's name to title page (Book Club editions stated 'Thriller Book Club Edition' as publisher to title page instead of Gifford), and in the elusive true first issue dust jacket with 'John Gifford' to the tail of the spine (the 'Gifford' lettering is covered over for the ‘Thriller Book Club’ dust jacket which used matching illustrations, but advertised other ‘Thriller Book Club’ titles, and did not have a price on the front flap.
 
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The Cursing Stones Murder - George Bellairs (Pseud. Harold Blundell)

1954 - John Gifford Ltd., London - First Edition
A near fine and rather elusive first edition of this Isle of Man based murder mystery featuring inspector Littlejohn of Scotland Yard.

The true first edition with publisher's name to title page (Book Club editions stated 'Thriller Book Club Edition' as publisher to title page instead of Gifford), and in the elusive true first issue dust jacket with 'John Gifford' to the tail of the spine (the 'Gifford' lettering is covered over for the ‘Thriller Book Club’ dust jacket which used matching illustrations, but advertised other ‘Thriller Book Club’ titles, and did not have a price on the front flap.
 
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The Book of the Sword - with the original Prospectus - Sir Richard Francis Burton

1884 - Chatto and Windus, London - First Edition
A magnificent work on edged weapons by Burton, who was a very skilled swordsman, and published an earlier practical work on military exercises for infantry in 1876. Profusely illustrated throughout.

Rarely encountered in such nice condition, and with the bonus of the original prospectus which clearly announces that this is to be the first of three parts. This, the first, ‘
treats of the birth, parentage and early career of the sword. It begins with the very beginning, in pre-historic times and amongst proto-historic peoples; and it ends with the full growth of the Sword at the epoch of the early Roman Empire.’ Parts two and three are also described in the prospectus, but despite Lady Burton’s efforts to find someone to complete the two volumes after Burton’s death, the haphazard collection of notes, partial manuscripts, and the commercial failure of the first volume, were enough to put off any publisher. 
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It Walks By Night - John Dickson Carr

1930 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First edition, first impression
First edition of John Dickson Carr’s first novel, and introducing the flamboyant Parisian juge d’instruction, Henry Bencolin.

First edition, first impression, in blue cloth with light blue lettering, copyright page stating ‘
First Edition’ and with correct first impression code of 'A-E'.

This is ‘A Harper Sealed Mystery’ - the gimmick employed by Harper & Brothers between 1929 and 1934, in which a yellow tissue paper certificate was wrapped around the final pages that revealed Whodunnit. If the seal was unbroken the purchaser could return the book for a refund. In this copy the remnants can be seen attached to the rear pastedown, so no refund.
 
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1876 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition, Presentation Binding one of 100 in red
With the small four page pamphlet 'An Easter Greeting to Every Child Who Loves Alice' dated Easter 1876, loosely inserted

‘Just the place for a Snark!’

A bright copy, and internally spotless –one of 100 in the deluxe presentation scarlet cloth binding, personally commissioned by Dodgson – of the author’s magnificent nonsense verse, the tale of the Bellman and his crew’s strange voyage in search of a Snark, and featuring an unlikely cast of characters drawn from his other works,
Jabberwocky and Through the Looking Glass Wonderfully illustrated with nine imaginative woodcuts by Henry Holiday.

‘The Hunting of the Snark is a poem over which an unstable, sensitive soul might very well go mad.’ - Martin Gardner, The Annotated Snark. 
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