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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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Let It Come Down - Paul Bowles

1952 - Random House, New York - First American Edition, First Printing
In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier ‘outpost of unrestrained freedom, morass of ruthless greed and opportunism’, in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism. [Preface]

In a bright example of the dust jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer, and with rather pretty letterpress Random House card from Paul Bowles editor, printed ‘
Compliments of David McDowell’, laid in. 
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The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles

1949 - John Lehmann, London - First Edition
An exceptional copy – in a near fine example of the dust jacket and with the scarce ‘Evening Standard Book of the Month’ wrap around band.

Bowles’ most celebrated work, the unravelling of a young, sophisticated and adventurous American couple as they make their way into the Sahara.

‘I suspect that a good many people will read this book and be enthralled by it without once suspecting that it contains a mirror of what is most terrifying and cryptic within the Sahara of moral nihilism, into which the race of man now seems to be wandering blindly’ – Tennessee Williams,
The New York Times

‘One of the most original, even visionary, works of fiction to appear in this century’
– Tobias Wolff

‘His art far exceeds that of the greatest American writers of our day’
– Gore Vidal 
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A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd

1981 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Edition
‘This is a wildly funny novel, rich in witty prose and raucous incidents . . . without qualification, a delight’ – The Washington Post

A bright and near fine first edition of Boyd’s debut novel, the satirical story of British Diplomat Morgan Leafy, an unfortunate prisoner of the flesh, whose indulgence in women, fondness for drink, as well as his loathing for the small African republic of Kinjanja where he is stationed, prove to be imposing obstacles on his road to success. But his life becomes problematic when his plans to rig the country’s elections go awry, and he finds himself being blackmailed by a local politician...

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Award for 1981.
 
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The Malayan Trilogy - Anthony Burgess

1956 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Editions
‘East? They wouldn’t know the bloody East if they saw it. Not if you was to hand it to them on a plate would they know it was the East. That’s where the East is, there.’

A bright, handsome set of Anthony Burgess’ Malayan Trilogy, set in post-war Malaya during the upheaval of independence, and based on Burgess’ own experiences as an officer in the Colonial Service. Sweetly satirising the twilight days of colonialism, the novels follow Victor Crabbe, a well-meaning but ineffectual Englishman, as he ventures through the tropics, attempting to teach the Malays what the West can do for them.
 
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Cock Pit - Inscribed - James Gould Cozzens

1928 - William Morrow & Company, New York - First Edition
‘It will convince you that you have lived in Cuba. You will find there: passion, guns, trusts, Mexican assassins, arson, sex appeal, cane, crushing machines and who knows what other crushes, in all senses of the term. If you escape with your life you will be lucky.’ - Ford Madox Ford.

A beautiful copy of the Pulitzer prize winning author’s third novel, in the scarce dust jacket.

Inscribed on the year of publication - ‘
For Janet- to show her my real future lies in book-case inventing after all. J G Cozzens, NYC, 20 September 28.’

Written during his time as an expat in Cuba, this riveting novel concerns the corruption and bloodshed of the sugar trade in the early 1900’s, in a stunning dust jacket illustrated by Frank Mechau. While the novel was met with critical acclaim upon its publication, there were few authors as polarizing as James Gould Cozzens, reviled and adored in equal measure by titans of the publishing industry, including John Updike and Irving Howe.
 
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These Were The Hours - Nancy Cunard, Hugh Ford

1969 - Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville - First Edition
A fine, bright copy of celebrated muse, poet, and activist Nancy Cunard’s memoir of her years as founder and publisher of The Hours Press.

Heir to a shipping fortune, Cunard played tennis with Hemingway, and received house calls from James Joyce; Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Ezra Pound, and Louis Aragon were among her lovers; and William Carlos Williams kept a photograph of her in his study. Here, Cunard – a true patron to the avant-garde Paris community – reminisces about her short-lived but hugely influential publishing house, with chapters on her collaborations with George Moore, Norman Douglas, Richard Aldington, Robert Graves, Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, and Havelock Ellis, among others.

Edited and with a foreword by Hugh Ford, and featuring eleven full page illustrations.
 
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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
 
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