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Empire of the Sun - J. G. Ballard

1984 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
Based on Jim Graham Ballard’s own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

‘Remarkable … form, content and style fuse with complete success … one of the great war novels of the 20th century’ - William Boyd.

Includes the publisher’s promotional bookmark.
 
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SOLD - The Four Adventures of Richard Hannay - John Buchan

1930 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Hannay Omnibus Edition
Penned in the early months of the first world war, while Buchan was writing for the War Propaganda Bureau and as a correspondent for The Times in France. Described as ‘the perfect thriller’, The Thirty-Nine Steps introduced the world to spy-catcher Major-General Sir Richard Hannay, KCB, OBE, DSO, Legion of Honour, who was based on a friend of Buchan’s from his days serving in South Africa - Edmund Ironside.

This is followed up by the brilliant
Greenmantle in which Hannay undertakes a vital mission to prevent jihad in the Islamic Near East. In Mr Standfast, set in the decisive months of 1917-18, he must outwit a foe far more intelligent than himself, muster the courage to propose to the lovely, Mary Lamington and survive this brutal war. Ending with The Three Hostages, which introduces our hero to Dominick Medina, arguably Buchan's most complex and memorable villain.

1,204 pages of Rip-Roaring action, adventure, intrigue and suspense, that truly put a pipe-smoking ex-colonial gentleman and his friends to the test!
 
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The Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers

1904 - Smith, London - Fifth Impression [First published in 1903]
A nice copy of this sailing and espionage classic, scarce in any early edition. Written when Childers, an accomplished yachtsman, was thirty years old. Childers, who served in the Royal Navy during World War I, wrote this as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defences, Winston Churchill later gave the book the credit for persuading public opinion to fund vital measures against the German naval threat.

Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, Robert Erskine Childers DSC [1870-1922] was shot by an Irish Free State firing squad in 1922 for smuggling guns, after having fought in the Boer War, and serving as a Major in Naval intelligence during the First World War. His son later become the fourth President of Ireland.

Illustrated with two maps [one folding] and two charts.
 
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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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The History of Herodotus of Halicarnassus. - Herodotus, A. W. Lawrence (editor)

1935 - The Nonesuch Press , London - Limited edition of 675 copies of which this is number 18.
‘It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.’

A magnificently presented limited edition of the world’s first narrative history, dealing with the causes and events of the wars between the Greeks and the Persians (490–479). Covering everything from battle strategies, systems of monarchy, to creation theory, Herodotus’ magnum opus has had a seminal influence on literature, and is considered the cornerstone text for history as a field of study.

With nine wood engravings and nine tipped in maps, by artists V. Le Campion and T Poulton, respectively. Revised and annotated by the classicist Arnold Walter Lawrence, the younger brother of T. E. Lawrence.
 
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A Small Town in Germany - John le Carré

1968 - Heinemann, London - First Edition
The author's fifth novel, set in the Bonn offices of the British embassy (where David Cornwell once served as second secretary), against a background of concern that former Nazis are returning to positions of power in West Germany 
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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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