Incendiary - SIGNED - Chris Cleave

2005 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition. Number 17 of 500 limited copies
‘An al-Qaeda bomb attack on a London soccer match provides the tragicomic donnée of former Daily Telegraph journalist Cleave's impressive multilayered debut: a novel-length letter from an enraged mother to Osama bin Laden. Living hand to mouth in London's East End, the unnamed mother's life is shattered when her policeman husband (part of a bomb disposal unit) and four-year-old son are killed in the stadium stands.’ – Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Arguably the strangest epistolary novel ever written’ –
Newsweek.

True first and limited edition issued two weeks before the trade edition. Signed by the author and with a typed note of thanks. Unfortunately, it was published on the 7 July 2005, the day of the London bombings and most of the major bookshops removed it from their shelves.
 
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Thunderball - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1961 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
Thunderball is one of the most pivotal works of the series, and the first of the ‘Blofeld’ trilogy. It was in Thunderball that Fleming first introduces the world to the ultimate Bond villain - Ernest Stavro Blofeld. Though Bond and Blofeld never actually meet here, it is in this book that Bond first battles the schemes of SPECTRE, Blofeld's criminal organisation.

Filmed in 1965, starring Sean Connery as 007, Claudine Auger as Domino and Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo- SPECTRE's No.2. The later film ‘
Never Say Never Again’, with Connery again as 007, was loosely based on this story.

Appropriately housed in a bespoke black morocco leather, felt lined, clamshell case, with gilt lettering to the spine.
 
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Octopussy and the Living Daylights - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1966 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
M looked coldly across the desk. It was going to be dirty work and Bond, because he belonged to the Double 0 section, had been chosen for it.

“You've got to kill this sniper. And you've got to kill him before he gets Agent 272. Is that understood?”

So, it was to be murder.

The fourteenth and final publication by written by Ian Fleming in the 007 series, containing two short adventures; the title novella plus 'The Living Daylights'. These were later successfully filmed by EON productions with Bond played by Roger Moore (Octopussy, 1983) and Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights, 1987).

Smartly housed in a bespoke felt lined clamshell case, black morocco leather over cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
 
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Diamonds are Forever - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1956 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, First Impression
James Bond surveyed the glittering diamonds that lay scattered across the red leather surface of M’s desk and wondered what it was all about.

The fourth James Bond adventure; 007’s second assignment in the USA sees him reunited with CIA ally Felix Leiter, and pits him against the Spangled Mob who specialise in diamond smuggling and horse race fixing. (Somewhat loose) Basis for the 1971 blockbuster movie starring Sean Connery in his penultimate outing as 007, and Jill St.John as the unforgettable Tiffany Case.

Smartly housed in custom made clamshell case, black half morocco, gilt titles.
 
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‘The Invisible President’ A Fu Manchu Series, Complete in Twelve Parts in Collier's Magazine - Sax Rohmer (pseudonym of Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward)

February 29 - Crowell Publishing Company, Springfield - First Editions
Dr. Fu Manchu finds the time ripe to reach out for America - beginning the most startling of all the master-criminal's singular adventures.

A scarce near fine set of twelve issues containing the complete Fu Manchu Series
The Invisible President, illustrated by C.C. Beall, and later published in book form as President Fu Manchu

In magnificent condition, as if they had just been placed on the doorstep of Mr. Chas Skinner of Watkins Glen, New York (the original recipient). Illustrations, stories, articles, cartoons, and advertisements, all wonderfully evoking a bygone era.

‘President’ Fu Manchu! Does the extent of his fiendish ambition know no bounds? 
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1952 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition
The second of Sax Rohmer’s delightfully entertaining novels featuring the beautiful mysterious female criminal mastermind Sumuru, the female equivalent of Fu Manchu who, apart from being dazzlingly beautiful apparently has "infernal hypnotic gifts".

Sumuru and her organisation are dedicated to the elimination of ugliness and violence from the world. Their dream is a world of beauty, run by beautiful women. Their methods are ingenious and ruthless, and this time ‘Our Lady’ is in New York at her headquarters where the swimming pool is fitted out for her pet Barracuda - of course.
 
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A disturbing duo - The Family Arsenal - with - My Secret History - Paul Theroux

1976 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Editions
Two first editions of of Paul Theroux’s more exotic and disturbing works.

The Family Arsenal - Hood, a renegade American diplomat, envisions a new urban order, flirts with terrorists. Mayo, has just made a political statement - stealing a Flemish painting. Murf the bomb-maker scrawls 'Arsenal Rule' across the city's walls, whilst Brodie bombs Euston and afterwards worries about her complexion. A novel of London lowlife and the dispossessed, and a powerful and violent thriller of disenchanted people.

‘One of the most evocative, intelligently crafted suspense novels in years - like the early fiction of Graham Greene.' -
The New York Times.

'Brilliant and haunting. . . the ingenious of the plot, the London setting. . . the trapped and interwoven people, and the balefully witty observation, have an undistracted force' -
Observer.

My Secret History - 'Nothing on the shelf has quite prepared the reader for My Secret History… Parent saunters into the book aged fifteen, shouldering a .22 Mossberg rifle as earlier, more innocent American heroes used to tote a fishing pole. In his pocket is a paperback translation of Dante's Inferno… He is a creature of naked and unquenchable ego, greedy for sex, money, experience, another life' - Observer.

‘Merges the two genres he's famous for... My Secret History is about the permanence of marriage in the face of mistrust and infidelity; it's about the wisdom of women and the foolishness of men; and it's about mature love as the necessary and sometimes successful antidote to youthful selfishness.’ - New York Times Book Review. 
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