A Dance to the Music of Time - Anthony Powell 1952 - 1975 - Heinemann, London - First Editions (Volume I third printing), in First Edition dust jacket (Volume II second issue with shorter front flap) A bright and complete twelve volume set of Anthony Powell’s dodecahedral masterpiece 'A Dance to the Music of Time' .

‘This twelve-volume sequence ‘
A Dance to the Music of Time’ traces a colourful group of English acquaintances across a span of many years from 1914 to 1971. The slowly developing narrative centres around life's poignant encounters between friends and lovers who later drift apart and yet keep reencountering each other over numerous unfolding decades as they move through the vicissitudes of marriage, work, ageing, and ultimately death. Until the last three volumes, the next standard excitements of old-fashioned plots (What will happen next? Will x marry y? Will y murder z?) seem far less important than time's slow reshuffling of friends, acquaintances, and lovers in intricate human arabesques’ - Robert L Selig; Time and Anthony Powell, A Critical Study.
  The books:-
1 A Question of Upbringing 1951 - Third printing January 1952 (First printing January 1951).
2 A Buyer's Market 1952 - First Edition, in second issue dust jacket with shorter front flap.
3 The Acceptance World 1955
4 At Lady Molly's 1957
5 Casanova's Chinese Restaurant 1960
6 The Kindly Ones 1962
7 The Valley of Bones 1964
8 The Soldier's Art 1966
9 The Military Philosophers 1968
10 Books Do Furnish a Room 1971
11 Temporary Kings 1973
12 Hearing Secret Harmonies 1975

Twelve small octavo volumes (19.1 x 12.8 cm) pp. [10] 230; [8] 274 [2]; [10] 214; [8] 239 [1]; [8] 229 [3]; [8] 254 [2]; [10] 243 [3]; [10] 228 [2]; [8] 244 [4]; [8] 241 [3]; [8] 280; [8] 272. In publisher’s scarlet cloth, spine blocked in black with gilt lettering, the first eight volumes with publisher’s logo stamped in blind to rear board. Dust jackets priced to front flap in order 9s6d; 6s; 12s 6d; 15s; 16s; 18s; 18s; price-clipped (with evidence of later price sticker above); 25s; £1.75 35s; £2.25; £3.10.
  Condition: Mostly near fine, some wear to top edges, first four volumes with ghosting to endpapers from tape, Secret Harmonies with evidence of former bookplate to front pastedown, one or two with small discreet booksellers label to front pastedown, in near fine to fine dust jackets, Soldier’s Art price-clipped,   Ref: 109069   Price: HK$ 15,000