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Heat and Dust

By Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer

(London: John Murray, 2003) 0719561779. 198 x 128 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (vi) + 181. Small penned number on final blank. Near-fine condition. "This is a book of cool, controlled brilliance. It is a jewel to be treasured." - The Times .

$4.62

Now You've Gone 'n Killed Me. True stories of crime, passion and ballroom dancing

By Sampson, Lin

(Cape Town: Oshun, 2005) 1770070494. 210 x 150 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 199; photographs. Earlier owner's name signed on half-title; trace of foxing to edges. Very good condition. "These are extraordinary pieces of writing, born of an uncanny ability to spot drama in situations so ordinary that most people don't even notice them. They are also marvels of observation, every sentence polished like a jewel and festooned with perfect quotes. ... Lin Sampson writes about South Africans exactly as she finds us, and she gets us down good and true. She is a talent of Herman Charles Bosman's stature. We are very lucky to have her." - Rian Malan, author of My Traitor's Heart .

$9.91

Adventures in the Skin Trade

By Thomas, Dylan

(London: Putnam, 1955). First edition. Crown 8vo; original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine; dustwrapper; pp. 115. Dustwrapper foxed and edgeworn, with some archival tape repairs to reverse; bump to tail of spine; scattered foxing. Good condition. "Several years before his death, Dylan Thomas began to write a novel that would not be strictly autobiographical, but would bear a relation to the two parts of his experience, his own actions and the actions of his dramatised self. ... Only the opening of this novel ever got written, and this is its first publication in book form. It is a unique fragment, fantastic in comedy, and rich with the poet's personality." .

$6.60

The Essential Wyndham Lewis. An Introduction to His Work

By Symons, Julian (editor)

(London: André Deutsch, 1989) 0233983767. 8vo; original blue boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. ix + (i) + 380. Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed; some foxing to flaps, reverse of dustwrapper, and endpapers, with occasional fox spot elsewhere; earlier owner's name signed on front free endpaper. Very good condition. "Wyndham Lewis is acknowledged as one of the most important British visual artists of this century. The Essential Wyndham Lewis sets out to affirm his equal standing as a writer. It contains extracts from the best of his fiction, together with passages from his social, artistic and literary criticism." .

$13.21

The Poems of Doctor Zhivago

By Pasternak, Boris

(London: Roger Schlesinger, 1969). Translated from the Russian by Eugene M. Kayden. With Drawings by Bill Greer. 12mo; pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper; decorative endpapers; pp. 61 + (i); illustrations. Dustwrapper a bit rubbed, and slightly edgeworn; gift inscription to half-title; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "Within the framework of his magnificent novel DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, Boris Pasternak created these evocative poems attributed to his title character. As an integral part of the book, Pasternak's poems illustrate Zhivago's view of the world. Apart from the novel, they are moving thoughts from the heart of a man in love with life. The translation of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO in 1957 ended 25 years of literary exile for Boris Pasternak. Although most of the Zhivago poems had been published in Russian journals, under the Stalinist regime Russia's outstanding poet of the century was forced to devote himself to translating foreign poets rather than creating original works. Despite these privations, Boris Pasternak's international reputation continued to grow. In 1958 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but was unable to accept the Prize because to do so would have required him to leave his beloved country for the remainder of his life. He died May 30, 1960, in the Soviet Union." .

$6.60

Colonial and Postcolonial Literature. Migrant Metaphors
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Colonial and Postcolonial Literature. Migrant Metaphors

By Boehmer, Elleke

(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995) 0192892320. 196 x 128 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 304, incl. index; maps. Half-title removed; earlier owner's discreet book label to title page; occasional fox spot. Good condition. "Wole Soyinka, Peter Carey, Margaret Atwood, V.S. Naipaul, J.M. Coetzee - postcolonial writers from around the world now enjoy wide popularity. In this book, Elleke Boehmer looks challengingly at the history of such writing, how it developed and how it departs from writing in the Empire in the Victorian period. Throughout this literature key themes and images - journeying, loss, the search for community, the arrival of the stranger - are expanded and redefined." .

$3.96

East of Eden

By Steinbeck, John

(New York: Penguin, 2002) 978014200423. John Steinbeck Centennial Edition (1902-2002). 214 x 143 mm; pictorial wrappers; pp. (vi) + 601. Fine condition. "First published in 1952, East of Eden is the work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. A masterpiece of Steinbeck's later years, East of Eden is a powerful and vastly ambitious novel that is at once a family saga and a modern retelling of the Book of Genesis." .

$3.96

Jack Archer. A Tale of the Crimea
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Jack Archer. A Tale of the Crimea

By Henty, G. A.

(Chicago: M. A. Donahue, no date). Crown 8vo; original pale blue pictorial cloth; pp. 263 + publisher's catalogue; full-page illustrations. Light wear to extremities; corners a little turned; backstrip a bit tanned, and frayed at head; light browning throughout; occasional fox spot. Good condition. .

$8.58

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Celebrated Cases of Sherlock Holmes
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Celebrated Cases of Sherlock Holmes

By Doyle, Arthur Conan

(London: Octopus Books, 1986) 0706426525. 4to; original green cloth, blocked in blind to upper cover, and lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 318, with original Strand Magazine illustrations and twelve colour illustrations by Graham Ward. Dustwrapper and edges of boards partially sunned; edges slightly browned; occasional foxing. Very good condition. "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective Sherlock Holmes appeared regularly in the Strand Magazine between 1887 and 1927, where Sidney Paget's brilliant black-and-white illustrations first fixed that vividly familiar image of the tall, stern-browed figure, in deerstalker and cape. This new edition of Sherlock Holmes' most celebrated cases includes such classics as 'The Speckled Band', 'The Red-Headed League' and 'The Final Problem'. It is lavishly illustrated with the original Strand Magazine illustrations, together with twelve color plates by leading modern artist Graham Ward which have been specially commissioned for this volume." .

$9.91

Dinosaurs' End. Scientific Poems by Brian Warner

By Warner, Brian

(Cape Town: The Firfield Pamphlet Press, 1996) 1875058060. 210 x 140 mm; saddle-stitched wrappers with pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 36; some illustrations. Very good condition. Humorous poems on scientific subjects. "Professor Brian Warner, Head of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town, trained as an astrophysicist at University College London, and has D.Sc. degrees both from the University of London and Oxford University." - From the poet's pen portrait in Flora Herscheliana .

$8.58

The Swiss Family Robinson. Or, the Adventures of a Shipwrecked Family on an Uninhabited Island near New Guinea

By Wyss, Johann David

(London: Frederick Warne, no date). Penned award inscription to front free endpaper, dated 'Easter 1902', and earlier owner's bookplate to front pastedown. Attractive "The Prize Library" edition. Crown 8vo; original green cloth, ornately blocked in gilt, black, shades of red and shades of green; pp. xiv + 562 + publisher's catalogue; original illustrations. Upper joint and fore-corners lightly rubbed; archival tape repair to upper hinge; occasional fox spot. Good to very good condition. New and unabridged translation by Mrs. H. B. Paull, which appeared in 1879, and steers a middle course in neither rendering the German in a too-literal style, nor providing an unnecessarily free translation. .

$8.58

With the British Legion. A Story of the Carlist Wars
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With the British Legion. A Story of the Carlist Wars

By Henty, G. A.

(London: Blackie & Son, no date). Crown 8vo; original red pictorial cloth; pp. 384 + (ii); colour frontis.; plates. Trace of fishmothing to cloth; a little frayed at head and tail of backstrip; endpapers and edges somewhat foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good condition. .

$13.21

A Farewell to Arms
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A Farewell to Arms

By Hemingway, Ernest

(New York: Scribner, 2003) 9780684801469. 202 x 132 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (iv) + 332. Near-fine condition. "The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. ... A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell to Arms, written when he was thirty years old, represents a new romanticism for Hemingway." .

$5.28

Anil's Ghost

By Ondaatje, Michael

(London: Picador, 2000) 0330480774. 195 x 129 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. (viii) + 311. Trace of foxing to edges. Very good condition. "In his first novel since The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje displays again the richness of imagery and the keen emotional surety that are the hallmarks of his writing." .

$4.62

Selected Letters of Rebecca West
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Selected Letters of Rebecca West

By West, Rebecca (author), and Bonnie Kime Scott (editor)

(New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000) 0300079044. 8vo; original biscuit-coloured cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xlvi + (ii) + 497, incl. index; photographs. Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed; trace of fishmothing to edges of cloth; binding a little slack; occasional fox spot. Good to very good condition. "The letters include correpondence with West's famous lover H. G. Wells and with [George Bernard] Shaw, Virginia Woolf, Emma Goldman, J. B. Priestley, Noel Coward and many others. They offer pronouncements on such personalities as Norman Mailer, Margaret Thatcher, Kenneth Tynan, Victoria Glendinning, Nadine Gordimer, Lawrence Durrell and William Burroughs; and provide new insights into her battles against misogyny, fascism and communism. Rebecca West deliberately fashions her own biography through this intensely personal correspondence, challenging rival accounts of her groundbreaking professional career, her frustrating love life and her tormented family relations. Engrossing to read, the collection sheds new light on this important figure and her social and literary milieu." .

$6.60

Dylan Thomas's Wales
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Dylan Thomas's Wales

By Laurie, Hilary

(London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999) 0297824813. 4to; original dark green boards, lettered in silver gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 160, incl. index; full-colour photographs of settings from the poet's life, and monochrome photographs from his lifetime. Some foxing to reverse of dustwrapper and to endpapers; earlier owner's name on front free endpaper. Very good condition. "In Dylan Thomas's Wales Hilary Laurie revisits the places he knew and loved. Through his poems, stories and letters, and with the help of contemporary illustrations and specially commisioned photography by Kathy de Witt, she explores the Welsh towns and countryside that were his home and his inspiration." .

$6.60

New Quatrains of Omar Khayyam and Other Poems

By Du Plessis, I. D.

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1980). 8vo; original pale grey boards; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 160. Dustwrapper rather edgeworn and somewhat rubbed; edges of boards a little bumped; gift inscription to front free endpaper. Good condition. "The personality of Omar Khayyam, partly revealed to the West by Fitzgerald, expands in these new Quatrains not rendered by him - even if piety and humility lead back to the Tavern Door. In The Passing Show, while using a freer modern technique on occasion, Du Plessis remains a traditionalist, with a firm belief in the discipline of the older verse forms. Song of Venus is a romantic poem of unusual form (ten-line stanzas, with the first six in free verse, the last four rhymed). Its theme is the endless struggle between man and superman: man elated with his apparent conquest, and woman smiling at his Pyrrhic victory." .

$16.51

Tulukesed luhal (Rahu! Leiba! Maad!)

By Sirge, Rudolf

(Tallinn: Eesti Riiklik Kirjastus, 1961). 8vo; cloth-backed papered boards; pp. 636 + (ii); woodcut illustrations. Boards a little rubbed; some moderate foxing to edges and endpapers; pages somewhat browned; lower hinge tender. Good condition. First edition of this most famous work by the pro-Soviet Estonian writer Rudolf Sirge (1904-1970). .

$26.41

Kõrboja peremees

By Tammsaare, Anton

(Tallinn: Eesti Riiklik Kirjastus, 1958). 8vo; original grey cloth blocked in red and gilt; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 174 + (ii); frontis. portrait; plates. Dustwrapper a little edgeworn and foxed; edges foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good. First published in 1922, 'The Master of The Kõrboja' is one of the works which earned for Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878-1940) a reputation as one Estonia's most famous literary figures. .

$26.41

Põrgupõhja uus vanapagan

By Tammsaare, Anton

(Tallinn: Eesti Riiklik Kirjastus, 1954). 8vo; original grey cloth blocked in red and gilt; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 244 + (ii); frontis. portrait; plates. Dustwrapper rather edgeworn and foxed; edges and endpapers foxed, with occasional foxing and light soiling elsewhere. Good. First published in 1939, 'Devil with a False Passport' is the last novel and best-known work of Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878-1940) one Estonia's most famous literary figures. .

$13.21

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