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  1. “The Bank”.
    New Arrival

    “The Bank”. 1975

    £375

    First and sole edition, number 18 of 50 copies of this short story privately published by the author, originally composed in Berlin in 1928. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title, “For Anthony Hobson affectionately, Jimmy Stern, my first effort 1928, Whitsbury 6. …Read more

  2. Design for a plate.
    New Arrival

    Design for a plate. [c.1919?]

    £2,000

    The pattern shows strong stylistic similarity to plates designed by Vanessa Bell for the Omega Workshops, founded by members of the Bloomsbury Group and established in July 1913. Omega closed in 1919, after a clearance sale, and was officially liquidated on 24 July 1920. The …Read more

  3. [The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire saga:]
    New Arrival

    [The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire saga:] 1996–2011

    £4,500

    First editions, first printings, an excellent presentation set, the first three titles superbly inscribed to the same recipient, respectively “To Kim, may your winters be short, George R. R. M.”, “To Kim, may your summers be bright, George R. R. M.”, “To Kim, keep your …Read more

  4. The Novels and Tales.
    New Arrival

    The Novels and Tales. 1909

    £3,750

    A handsomely bound set of Stevenson’s works. Read more

  5. East of Eden.
    New Arrival

    East of Eden. 1952

    £1,250

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  6. The Mad Hatter Murder.
    New Arrival

    The Mad Hatter Murder. 1941

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression of this detective novel by Grierson. Read more

  7. Nightlines.
    New Arrival

    Nightlines. 1970

    £975

    First edition, first impression of McGahern’s first collection of short stories. Inscribed by McGahern on the front free endpaper: “For Philip Murray, John McGahern April 90”. Further inscribed by McGahern with a quote from the short story “Wheels”: “‘But that all the preparations promised’, JMcG” …Read more

  8. A Visit To Morin.
    New Arrival

    A Visit To Morin. 1959

    £1,750

    First edition, only impression, one of 250 copies only. Presentation copy, inscribed by Greene on the front free endpaper: “For Yvonne & Jacques Cloetta with every good wish for Christmas 1960, from Graham Greene.” Yvonne Cloetta (1923–2001), whom Greene first met in 1959, would become …Read more

  9. The Gentle Grafter.
    New Arrival

    The Gentle Grafter. 1908

    £2,500

    First edition, first printing, first issue with “of” misprint on line 2, p. 226, and with p. 1 indication present. Copies in the dust jacket are exceedingly rare. Read more

  10. Lud-in-the-Mist.
    New Arrival

    Lud-in-the-Mist. 1926

    £3,750

    First edition, first impression, in the red remainder binding. Read more

  11. Lud-in-the-Mist.
    New Arrival

    Lud-in-the-Mist. 1926

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression, in the primary binding. Presentation copy inscribed by Mirrlees on the front free endpaper: “To monsieur Gabriel Marcel with best remembrances from Hope Mirrlees.” Read more

  12. The Longest Journey.
    New Arrival

    The Longest Journey. 1907

    £750

    First edition, first impression of Forster’s second book. One of 1587 copies printed. Read more

  13. Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic].
    New Arrival

    Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic]. 1957 & [1959]

    £7,500

    The first edition of Pasternak’s masterpiece and the third edition in Russian (the first published by Feltrinelli). Doctor Zhivago was deemed unfit for publication within the Soviet Union due to certain passages that were perceived as anti-Soviet. It was therefore first published in Italian by …Read more

  14. Thirty-Four Decorative Designs.
    New Arrival

    Thirty-Four Decorative Designs. [1927]

    £2,500

    First edition, sole printing, limited to sixty copies “for private circulation”. Francis Crease was a master at Lancing whilst Waugh was there and taught him calligraphy and graphic design. Waugh called him “one of two characters who were equal and opposite influences on my adolescence… …Read more

  15. Catch-22. A Novel.
    New Arrival

    Catch-22. A Novel. 1961

    £9,750

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Everett Hoffman – With all good wishes from a copywriter at McCall’s to a copywriter at Cunningham & Walsh, and with the sincere hope that this book will give …Read more

  16. The Corpse Came C.O.D.
    New Arrival

    The Corpse Came C.O.D. 1944

    £675

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Starr on the front flyleaf and additionally inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: “To Bonita Porter – the first of my new fan club. Best wishes, Jimmy Starr. March 19 1980.” Starr was an American screenwriter and …Read more

  17. The Castle.
    New Arrival

    The Castle. 1941

    £325

    Second US edition of Kafka’s novel and the first to include the introduction by Mann. Originally published in German in 1926, The Castle was first published in English in 1930. Read more

  18. Eleven were Brave.
    New Arrival

    Eleven were Brave. 1940

    £375

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  19. The Vinegar Works.
    New Arrival

    The Vinegar Works. 1963

    £375

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Gorey on a bookplate pasted to front pastedown of The Gashlycrumbs. Read more

  20. Everything That Rises Must Converge.
    New Arrival

    Everything That Rises Must Converge. 1965

    £375

    First edition, first printing of this posthumously published collection of nine short stories. Read more

  21. Sailors of Fortune.
    New Arrival

    Sailors of Fortune. 1935

    £325

    This copy with a lengthy inscription by McFee to Leo T. Sides. Dated September 1958, the inscription runs across the verso of the front free endpaper and the half-title, and mentions the dedicatee George Keating. A later printing of this work originally published in book …Read more

  22. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
    New Arrival

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. 1971

    £750

    First edition, first printing of Thompson’s best-selling roman à clef. Read more

  23. Pepita.
    New Arrival

    Pepita. 1937

    £1,000

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed to the author’s sometime lover Hilda “Stoker” Matheson (1888-1940). This copy is inscribed “H. with love from V. Oct 30th 1937” on the front free endpaper. Matheson, whom Vita nicknamed “Stoker”, was Director of Talks at the BBC …Read more

  24. Twelve Days.
    New Arrival

    Twelve Days. 1928

    £1,500

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Sackville-West’s Persian travelogue to her then lover Hilda “Stoker” Matheson, in an excellent example of the scarce jacket, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “From V. Dec. 1928”. This book was one of several inscribed by Vita and …Read more

  25. A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
    New Arrival

    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov. 1929

    £675

    First edition thus, number 210 from a strictly limited edition of 750 copies on Maillol hand-made paper, of Lermontov’s poem translated by John Cournos and with decorations and binding designed by Paul Nash. The Nash designs in this Aquila Press production are some of his …Read more

  26. Mike.
    New Arrival

    Mike. 1909

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. “Each of Wodehouse’s school stories is a superior example of the genre, and still readable; but in his last public-school novel, Mike (1909), something extraordinary happened: Wodehouse, as a writer, moved into a higher and dazzling sphere. In its narrative energy, …Read more

  27. Good-Bye To All That
    New Arrival

    Good-Bye To All That 1929

    £325

    First edition, first impression, second issue, with the infamous Sassoon poem excised and replaced with cancels and asterisks. The story of the suppression of this issue is well recorded. The book printed a poem Sassoon had written to Graves as a letter. Sassoon was horrified …Read more

  28. The Wind in the Willows.
    New Arrival

    The Wind in the Willows. 1913

    £225

    First illustrated edition, first printing. The book was first published in London in 1908 with only the frontispiece as illustration. It was later illustrated by E. H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham, but Bransom was the first to fully illustrate the book. Read more

  29. The Collected Works:
    New Arrival

    The Collected Works: 1908

    £5,000

    First collected edition of Yeats’s work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of volume four (very scarce thus), one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher’s imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition …Read more

  30. Selected Poems. 1965-1975.
    New Arrival

    Selected Poems. 1965-1975. 1980

    £600

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Hazel, Seamus Heaney, October 20 1980”. Read more

  31. The Trembling of the Veil.
    New Arrival

    The Trembling of the Veil. 1922

    £2,250

    First edition, first impression, number 766 of 1,000 subscribers copies on handmade paper signed by the author. This is an exceptional copy in the dust jacket. The Trembling of the Veil was the second of the many original instalments of Yeats’s autobiographical works, an honest …Read more

  32. Estrangement: Being Some Fifty Thoughts from a Diary
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    Estrangement: Being Some Fifty Thoughts from a Diary 1926

    £500

    First edition, first impression, in the rare original unprinted jacket, of this collection of Yeats’s thoughts on subjects ranging from Irish politics to Eastern philosophy; one of 300 copies. Read more

  33. Maigret Goes to School.
    New Arrival

    Maigret Goes to School. 1957

    £100

    First English edition, first impression, review copy with the publisher’s review slip laid in. This Simenon Maigret title was first published in French in 1954 as Maigret à l’École. Read more

  34. Edmund Campion.
    New Arrival

    Edmund Campion. 1935

    £875

    First edition, first impression. A very tricky book to find in genuinely nice condition. Read more

  35. The Old Man and the Sea.
    New Arrival

    The Old Man and the Sea. 1953

    £175

    First illustrated edition (the text was first published in the previous year by Scribners), second UK edition. This printing was prepared especially for members of the World Book club, and is by far a more impressive, attractive and well-made book than either the first US …Read more

  36. Hailstones.
    New Arrival

    Hailstones. 1984

    £575

    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 250 cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page. There were also 500 unsigned copies, bound in paper wrappers. Read more

  37. Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934).
    New Arrival

    Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934). 1934

    £12,500

    This superb archive of correspondence and other material, assembled by Groff Conklin during his creation of The Smart Set Anthology, includes two letters from Scott Fitzgerald – one autograph letter and one typed letter signed – regarding the inclusion of Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Benediction” …Read more

  38. Christmas Eve.
    New Arrival

    Christmas Eve. 1978]

    £475

    First edition. One of an unspecified number of copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. Read more

  39. Murder on the Orient Express.
    New Arrival

    Murder on the Orient Express. 1934

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  40. Field Work.
    New Arrival

    Field Work. 1979

    £250

    First edition, first impression. The fugitive brown used in the printing of this dust jacket almost always fades to a peculiar bilious hue. Sorry but that’s just the way it is! Read more

  41. [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.]
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    [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.] 1919–74

    £7,500

    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles from the first collection, My Man Jeeves (1919), to the last story, Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen (1974), and including the short story collections in which Jeeves and Wooster appear alongside other characters, all …Read more

  42. Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.

    Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz. 1928-44

    £3,250

    An extraordinarily comprehensive collection of first editions of plays and theatrical anthologies printed by British publishing titan Victor Gollancz (founded 1927) from 1928 to 1944. This entire collection (with the exception of two titles brought in to supplement a gap) derives from the publisher’s own …Read more

  43. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 1997

    £5,750

    First edition, first impression, paperback issue, one of 5,150 copies. With all the requisite points of first printing: Bloomsbury imprint, 10-down-to-1 number line, and the list of equipment on p. 53 with “1 wand” appearing twice in the list. Read more

  44. The Yellow Meads of Asphodel.

    The Yellow Meads of Asphodel. 1976

    £125

    First edition, limited issue, one of 350 copies. Though unmarked as such, this copy is from the library of Laurence Pollinger, Bates’s literary agent. The book was published posthumously two years after after Bates’s death. Read more

  45. The Day of the Tortoise.

    The Day of the Tortoise. 1961

    £250

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Laurence, with affectionate good wishes, HB. 1961.” The recipient was Bates’s literary agent, Laurence Pollinger. Read more

  46. Slow Chocolate Autopsy.

    Slow Chocolate Autopsy. 1997

    £88

    First edition, first impression, number 154 of 200 specially bound copies, signed by the author and illustrator. Norton, the hero, travels through London’s underbelly trapped in space but not in time. His adventures include participating in the death of Christopher Marlowe and the Ripper murders, …Read more

  47. Oscar Wilde and His Mother.

    Oscar Wilde and His Mother. 1911

    £450

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, one of the great figures of the English theatre, who became the most successful actor-manager of his time. Oscar Wilde said of Tree: “a charming fellow, and so clever: he …Read more

  48. The Man with the Golden Gun.

    The Man with the Golden Gun. 1965

    £375

    First edition, first impression, second state (without the gun design on the front board), binding C. The twelfth James Bond novel. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    “The Bank”.
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    STERN, James. STERN, James.

    “The Bank”.

    £375

  2. New Arrival
    Design for a plate.
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    BELL, Vanessa. BELL, Vanessa.

    Design for a plate.

    £2,000

  3. New Arrival
    [The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire saga:]
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    MARTIN, George R. R. MARTIN, George R....

    [The Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire saga:]

    £4,500

  4. New Arrival
    The Novels and Tales.
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    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

    The Novels and Tales.

    £3,750

  5. New Arrival
    East of Eden.
    More details
     

    STEINBECK, John. STEINBECK, John.

    East of Eden.

    £1,250

  6. New Arrival
    The Mad Hatter Murder.
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    GRIERSON, Francis D. GRIERSON, Francis D.

    The Mad Hatter Murder.

    £1,250

  7. New Arrival
    Nightlines.
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    MCGAHERN, John. MCGAHERN, John.

    Nightlines.

    £975

  8. New Arrival
    A Visit To Morin.
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    GREENE, Graham. GREENE, Graham.

    A Visit To Morin.

    £1,750

  9. New Arrival
    The Gentle Grafter.
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    HENRY, O. HENRY, O.

    The Gentle Grafter.

    £2,500

  10. New Arrival
    Lud-in-the-Mist.
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    MIRRLEES, Hope. MIRRLEES, Hope.

    Lud-in-the-Mist.

    £3,750

  11. New Arrival
    Lud-in-the-Mist.
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    MIRRLEES, Hope. MIRRLEES, Hope.

    Lud-in-the-Mist.

    £2,750

  12. New Arrival
    The Longest Journey.
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    FORSTER, E. M. FORSTER, E. M.

    The Longest Journey.

    £750

  13. New Arrival
    Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic].
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    PASTERNAK, Boris Leonidovic. PASTERNAK, Boris Leonidovic.

    Il Dottor Zivago; [with:] Doctor Zhivago [in Cyrillic].

    £7,500

  14. New Arrival
    Thirty-Four Decorative Designs.
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    WAUGH, Evelyn, & Francis Crease. WAUGH, Evelyn, &...

    Thirty-Four Decorative Designs.

    £2,500

  15. New Arrival
    Catch-22. A Novel.
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    HELLER, Joseph. HELLER, Joseph.

    Catch-22. A Novel.

    £9,750

  16. New Arrival
    The Corpse Came C.O.D.
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    STARR, Jimmy. STARR, Jimmy.

    The Corpse Came C.O.D.

    £675

  17. New Arrival
    The Castle.
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    KAFKA, Franz. KAFKA, Franz.

    The Castle.

    £325

  18. New Arrival
    Eleven were Brave.
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    BEEDING, Francis. BEEDING, Francis.

    Eleven were Brave.

    £375

  19. New Arrival
    The Vinegar Works.
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    GOREY, Edward. GOREY, Edward.

    The Vinegar Works.

    £375

  20. New Arrival
    Everything That Rises Must Converge.
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    O'CONNOR, Flannery. O'CONNOR, Flannery.

    Everything That Rises Must Converge.

    £375

  21. New Arrival
    Sailors of Fortune.
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    MCFEE, William. MCFEE, William.

    Sailors of Fortune.

    £325

  22. New Arrival
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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    THOMPSON, Hunter S. THOMPSON, Hunter S.

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

    £750

  23. New Arrival
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    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch; trans. John Cournos. LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch;...

    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.

    £675

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    Good-Bye To All That
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    GRAVES, Robert. GRAVES, Robert.

    Good-Bye To All That

    £325

  28. New Arrival
    The Wind in the Willows.
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    GRAHAME, Kenneth. GRAHAME, Kenneth.

    The Wind in the Willows.

    £225

  29. New Arrival
    The Collected Works:
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    YEATS, William Butler YEATS, William Butler

    The Collected Works:

    £5,000

  30. New Arrival
    Selected Poems. 1965-1975.
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    HEANEY, Seamus. HEANEY, Seamus.

    Selected Poems. 1965-1975.

    £600

  31. New Arrival
    The Trembling of the Veil.
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    YEATS, W. B. YEATS, W. B.

    The Trembling of the Veil.

    £2,250

  32. New Arrival
    Estrangement: Being Some Fifty Thoughts from a Diary
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    YEATS, W. B. YEATS, W. B.

    Estrangement: Being Some Fifty Thoughts from a Diary

    £500

  33. New Arrival
    Maigret Goes to School.
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    SIMENON. SIMENON.

    Maigret Goes to School.

    £100

  34. New Arrival
    Edmund Campion.
    More details
     

    WAUGH, Evelyn. WAUGH, Evelyn.

    Edmund Campion.

    £875

  35. New Arrival
    The Old Man and the Sea.
    More details
     

    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

    The Old Man and the Sea.

    £175

  36. New Arrival
    Hailstones.
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    HEANEY, Seamus. HEANEY, Seamus.

    Hailstones.

    £575

  37. New Arrival
    Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934).
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    (THE SMART SET.) (THE SMART SET.)

    Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934).

    £12,500

  38. New Arrival
    Christmas Eve.
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    [HEANEY, Seamus.] [HEANEY, Seamus.]

    Christmas Eve.

    £475

  39. New Arrival
    Murder on the Orient Express.
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    CHRISTIE, Agatha. CHRISTIE, Agatha.

    Murder on the Orient Express.

    £2,750

  40. New Arrival
    Field Work.
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    HEANEY, Seamus HEANEY, Seamus

    Field Work.

    £250

  41. New Arrival
    [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.]
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    WODEHOUSE, P. G. WODEHOUSE, P. G.

    [Complete set of Jeeves and Wooster titles.]

    £7,500

  42. Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.
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    (GOLLANCZ THEATRE.) (GOLLANCZ THEATRE.)

    Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.

    £3,250

  43. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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    ROWLING, J. K. ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

    £5,750

  44. The Yellow Meads of Asphodel.
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    BATES, H. E. BATES, H. E.

    The Yellow Meads of Asphodel.

    £125

  45. The Day of the Tortoise.
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    BATES, H. E. BATES, H. E.

    The Day of the Tortoise.

    £250

  46. Slow Chocolate Autopsy.
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    SINCLAIR, Iain. SINCLAIR, Iain.

    Slow Chocolate Autopsy.

    £88

  47. The Man with the Golden Gun.
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    FLEMING, Ian. FLEMING, Ian.

    The Man with the Golden Gun.

    £375

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