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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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SOLD - 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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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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Dog Soldiers - SIGNED - Robert Stone

1974 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston - First Edition
‘…a dark descendent of Conrad’s and Hemingway’s adventure stories…a tale of Vietnam and California…’ – The New York Times

Fine copy of the first edition, signed by Robert Stone on title page.

A narrative meditation on American counterculture, Stone’s novel follows confused and traumatised Vietnam War correspondent John Converse as he attempts to smuggle three kilos of heroin back to California, embroiling his wife, Marge, and ex-Marine corps friend Hicks in the process, only to watch his dangerous plan violently unravel.
 
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Unconditional Surrender - Evelyn Waugh

1961 - Chapman & Hall Ltd., London - First Edition
‘There was a regulation that if they remained at large in enemy territory for some weeks longer, they could be repatriated to the United States. It was for this that they had made a hazardous parachute jump and destroyed an expensive, very slightly damaged aeroplane.’

A fine and sharply turned out copy of the third work in the
Sword of Honour trilogy.

Beautifully structured and deeply melancholy account of England and the Second World War, which also contains moments and scenes of pure hilarity. Written in a spirit of great tenderness and tolerance and a sort of humility.’ - Callill & Toibin
 
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