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Incendiary - SIGNED - Chris Cleave

2005 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
‘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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Guard of Honor - James Gould Cozzens

1948 - Harcourt, New York - First edition in scarce first issue dust jacket.
Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949. The novel balances a vast cast of intricately enmeshed characters as they react over the course of three tense days in September 1943 to a racial incident on a U.S. Army airbase in Florida. The reader is acutely aware of the war raging abroad and the effect it has had, or will have, on the multitude of servicemen who populate Cozzens's immense canvas.

‘No other American novelist of our time writes with such profound understanding of the wellsprings of human character and of the social pressures that help to form it’. -
The New York Times.

‘Every page of Guard of Honor gives the impression of a writer at the very top of his powers setting out to accomplish nothing less than his masterwork.’ -
The New Yorker. 
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Flashman and the Redskins - From The Flashman Papers 1849-50 and 1875-76 - George MacDonald Fraser

1982 - Collins, London - First Edition
What was Harry Flashman doing on the slopes of Little Bighorn, caught between the gallant remnant of Custer’s 7th Cavalry and the attack of Sitting Bull’s braves? He was trying to get out of the line of fire and escape yet again with his life (if not his honour) intact.

Here is the legendary and authentic West of Mangas Colorado’s Apaches, of Kit Carson, Custer and Spotted Tail, of Crazy Horse and the Deadwood stage, gunfighters and gamblers, scoundrels and Indian belles, enthusiastic widows and mysterious adventuresses.

The seventh volume of the "Flashman Papers" records the arch-cad's adventures in America during Gold Rush of 1849 and the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, and his acquaintance with famous Indian chiefs, American soldiers, frontiersmen and statesmen.
 
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1946 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition in English, Second Printing (one month after the first).
A fine copy in bright dust jacket, scarce as such.

Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international best-seller when it was published after the war. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved. Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.’ (description from the
New York Review Books Classics) 
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1901 - Hutchinson & Co., London - First edition, first state
If James had learnt anything, it was at all hazards to think for himself, accepting nothing on authority, questioning, doubting; it was to look upon life with a critical eye, trying to understand it, and to receive no ready-made explanations

Somerset Maugham’s scarce third novel about the return of a decorated Army veteran of the Boer war, one of 1,500 copies, and the first state with Maugham’s symbol upside down on the front panel and lacking the g in ‘game’ on the last line of page 129.
 
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Ashenden or The British Agent - William Somerset Maugham

1928 - William Heinemann, London - First Edition
An attractively bound copy of Somerset Maugham's highly influential collection of espionage thrillers based on his own experiences in British Intelligence during the First World War, inspiring many later writers in the genre including Ian Fleming, John Le Carre, Graham Greene, Eric Ambler, Len Deighton among others.

A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone book. Two of the stories in
Ashenden were used by Alfred Hitchcock as the basis for The Secret Agent. 
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All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque

1929 - Little, Boston - First American Edition
First American edition, in uncommonly bright clean jacket, which, unlike the plain green jacket of the English first edition of the same year, features the iconic artwork of Paul Wenck.

A highlight of first world war literature, and the first novel published by the pseudonymous author, whose real name was Erich Paul Remark. Based on his own experiences as a young eighteen year old German soldier in the first World War in which he was injured several times, it stands as one of the most powerful works of anti-war literature ever written.

This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by war’ – E.M.R.

Translated from the German by A.W. Wheen. The basis for the 1930 film directed by Lewis Milestone and the 1979 made-for-TV movie starring Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine.
 
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1929 - Faber & Faber, London - Number 269 of 300 limited copies
An exceptional copy of the first illustrated edition – in the uncommon original dust jacket – signed in green by Sassoon and in pencil by illustrator William Nicholson on the limitation page. With seven full-page woodcuts and numerous in-text illustrations. Housed in custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

This is the first book in Sassoon’s autobiographical memoirs of the Great War. The other two are
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherston's Progress, a trilogy that charted both the destruction of the world for which Sassoon fought, and his own emergence as one of Britain's finest war poets.

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man and Robert Graves’ Goodbye to all That’ are wonderfully written combinations of despair, tenderness, humour, love, anger and cynicism. Attitudes which were shown towards fellow members of the services, with Sassoon and Graves closely entwined in each others lives throughout. 
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