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THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS
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THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS

By Buchan, John

1935. London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1935). Original green cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition, published two days after the American. This is the third and last mystery featuring Dickson McCunn; the two previous ones had been HUNTINGTOWER (1922) and CASTLE GAY (1930). This suspenseful tale takes place in the imaginary European nation of Evallonia; McCunn encounters (among others) "the man with the elephant."~This is a fine, bright copy; the pictorial dust jacket is near- fine (several short closed tears). Blanchard A111. Housed in a custom open-back case.

$325.00

SICK HEART RIVER
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SICK HEART RIVER

By Buchan, John

1941. London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1941). Original green cloth, with dust jacket. First English Edition (published simultaneously with Musson's Canadian edition, three weeks after the American edition titled MOUNTAIN MEADOW).~Canada gave [Buchan]... the inspiration and the setting for his last novel, SICK HEART RIVER, where he transcends the limit of the adventure story and writes his own testament... In SICK HEART RIVER, the novel that he started in 1939, he looked more closely at himself -- though at one remove. Its hero is Sir Edward Leithen, the lawyer and politician who had figured in many of the thrillers... Leithen, told he is fatally ill, goes off on a quixotic quest to rescue a man lost in the Canadian North. He spends much time looking back at his life and wondering what it all amounted to... (Smith)~As if foretelling it through Leithen, Buchan died before this was published.~The lettering on the spine is in silver and in blind -- no gilt, as it was wartime yet again. This is a just-about-fine copy (volume slightly askew) in a near-fine dust jacket (very minor erosion at the spine ends). Blanchard A132.

$225.00

THE ISLAND OF SHEEP
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THE ISLAND OF SHEEP

By Buchan, John

1936. London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1936). Original green cloth, with dust jacket. First British Edition, published two days after the American edition which was titled THE MAN FROM THE NORLANDS. This was the fifth and last of Buchan's Richard Hannay mysteries, following THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS (1915), GREENMANTLE (1916), MR STANDFAST (1919) and THE THREE HOSTAGES (1924). (It is not to be confused with Buchan's 1919 book that also bears the title THE ISLAND OF SHEEP, by "Cadmus and Harmonia," pseudonyms for Buchan and his wife, which is a symposium of political, economic and social issues.)~THE ISLAND OF SHEEP is Johnnie Buchan's [JB's son's] book: dedicated to him, full of his enthusiasm for birds and for wild places, and with a thirteen-year-old boy, Dick Hannay's son, added to the cast... The Island of Sheep is a name for the Færoes, where he and Johnnie spent a fortnight in 1932. The plot involves happenings in a Rhodesian kraal, a Chinese jade tablet with a strange inscription... Peter John Hannay outwits his pursuers when he remembers that pink-foot geese, when disturbed, tend to move nearer the intruder. [Smith]~This volume is in fine, bright condition; the dust jacket, which bears a multicolor map of the island, is very good (with several small edge-chips). Blanchard A115.

$200.00

THE FREE FISHERS
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THE FREE FISHERS

By Buchan, John

1934. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934. Original aqua cloth, with dust jacket. First American Edition of this mysterious tale of a secret brotherhood --~of honest men with remarkable powers of communication -- 'We've our ain canny ways and our ain private lines set.' They are seamen from the Firth of Forth with some landward allies such as the hero, who is a young Professor of Divinity at St Andrews. The period is the Napoleonic Wars, the scene is the coast of Fife, the moors of Northumberland, the fens of East Anglia, the enterprise is the rescue of a young man from a black-hearted fanatic. [Smith]~This is a fine copy. The colorful pictorial jacket shows Cranmer calmly loading a pistol, his wife looking on, as the hero Anthony "Nanty" Lammas sits bound by ropes to a chair; it is in nearly fine condition, with only the slightest of edge-wear. See Blanchard A103.

$395.00

THE COURTS OF THE MORNING
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THE COURTS OF THE MORNING

By Buchan, John

1929. [London:] Hodder and Stoughton, (1929). 8 pp undated ads. Original light blue cloth, with dust jacket. First British Edition, published about a month after the American one. This is a fantastical military tale sited in the imaginary South American domain of "Olifa" (of which a map occupies the front endpaper). Though sited in South America, the book owes much to Buchan's knowledge of Africa: the terrain is very reminiscent of the Transvaal, plus the "Gobernador's" collaring of the republic's mineral wealth is reminiscent of the Belgians in the Congo. The tale's "Prologue" is by Richard Hannay (hero of THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS and other Buchan mysteries), but he disappears thereafter. Buchan's hero is Sandy Arbuthnot, who leads a guerilla insurrection against the corrupt powers-that-be.~This volume is in fine condition; the colorful pictorial dust jacket is very good-plus (close to fine except for a crease/closed-tear at the top of the front panel). For some reason we find this title to be curiously uncommon among Buchan's works, especially in decent condition. Blanchard A81.

$350.00

THE BLANKET OF THE DARK
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THE BLANKET OF THE DARK

By Buchan, John

1931. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1931. Original green cloth, with dust jacket. First Edition. As with Buchan's MIDWINTER (1923), this is a tale sited in Buchan's adopted home of Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. Taking place during the reign of Henry VIII, a country boy is convinced by three self-serving men that he is sixth in descent from Edward III and thus should instead be King -- and that he should therefore kidnap Henry VIII. A band of vagabonds and a mystical forest woman also come into play.~To me THE BLANKET OF THE DARK is Buchan's most deeply felt novel: characters and actions are devices which fittingly embody his sense of a time of drastic change, and his own deep -- I would almost say wild -- love of his adopted countryside. The girl in the tale, like Katrine in WITCH WOOD, is a creature of ballad or myth... For Buchan she is the expression of the exhilaration, the quickened sense of life, that came to him as he roamed round Oxfordshire and felt in his bones the past. [Smith]~This volume is in fine condition; the pictorial dust jacket is very good-plus, with minor soil and with slight wear (not affecting print) at the top of the spine. Blanchard A91.

$375.00

CASTLE GAY [with Autograph Card initialed]
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CASTLE GAY [with Autograph Card initialed]

By Buchan, John

1930. [with post-card from Buchan] London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1930. Original green cloth, with dust jacket. First Edition of this tale of mystery and adventure, published a month before the American. As Buchan points out in a brief prefatory note, this tale contains further exploits of Dickson McCunn and several other characters whom he had introduced in HUNTINGTOWER (1922); there would be one more Dickson McCunn novel, THE HOUSE OF THE FOUR WINDS, in 1935.~This volume is in fine condition; the attractive pictorial dust jacket is near-fine -- unusually clean, with wear limited to two closed tears on the rear panel (and two unnecessary reinforcements on the verso). Blanchard A87. Loosely inserted is an autograph post-card initialed by Buchan (addressed to an Albert Mansbridge at Hertford College, Oxford, in September 1929); the card is pre-printed with the name and address of "Mrs. John Buchan," but the "Mrs." is stricken out.

$425.00

A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY
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A PRINCE OF THE CAPTIVITY

By Buchan, John

1933. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1933. Original green cloth lettered in gilt, with dust jacket. First Edition. In this novel the hero, Adam Melfort, is convicted of forgery, is drummed out of his regiment, and is sentenced to two years in prison -- for a crime his wife actually had committed. Upon release he embarks upon a series of adventurous causes in an effort to regain his reputation -- taking him into the secret service in the Great War, to the Greenland ice-cap, to the industrial Midlands and ultimately to Germany, where after the Great War he foils the attempts by a German faction to bring down the country's leader. (This was published, of course, just before one Adolf Hitler became that country's leader.) Though based on a curious premise, the tale is full of typically thrilling Buchan adventure -- climaxing in a man-hunt in the Italian Alps in which Melfort brings down his enemies with a rockslide.~This copy is in the primary binding (there are several secondary bindings, including this green cloth lettered in black). The volume is in fine condition; the pictorial dust jacket is very good-plus (slightly soiled, with reinforcement at the ends of the folds on the back-side). Blanchard A99.

$325.00

NOSTROMO
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NOSTROMO

By Conrad, Joseph

1904. A Tale of the Seaboard. London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1904. Original dark blue cloth decorated in light blue. First Edition of Conrad's great novel involving a South American silver mine, and the corruption and dishonesty fostered by its riches.~Conrad was extending his "Lord Jim" theme: that the man who slowly grows rich can be a victim of the silver, not its conqueror; that wealth is not something gained but a trap for those who relinquish, however momentarily, their sense of themselves...~It was no coincidence that Conrad was in severe financial straits during the years that he wrote these novels. Despite (or perhaps reflecting) the two and a half years Conrad spent laboring over NOSTROMO, the book was not widely acclaimed upon its publication:~The reviews were nearly all bound to discourage the reader. [John] Buchan's estimation is characteristic: "It is not a book which the casual reader will appreciate. The sequence of events has to be sought painfully through the mazes of irrelevancy with which the author tries to mislead us. But it is a book which will repay those who give it the close attention which it deserves." [Karl]~Today there are many readers, both those who love NOSTROMO and those who cannot get through it, who would still agree with Buchan.~It is believed that the first edition consisted of about 2000 copies; we find it to be rather scarce, about third or fourth among Conrad's books. This is a near-fine copy, with scarcely any wear other than a tiny nick in the spine-head; the spine gilt is unusually bright. As is typical for this thick wove paper, there is some foxing on the leaves within (mainly just on the first few leaves and on the page edges). Cagle A10a.1; one of the "Modern Library 100" great novels of the 20th Century.

$1450.00

TYPHOON and Other Stories
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TYPHOON and Other Stories

By Conrad, Joseph

1903. London: William Heinemann, 1903. 2 pp preliminary ads + 32 pp terminal ads, undated. Original dark grey cloth with front-cover life preserver in gilt. First Edition, first (i.e. non-Colonial) issue, limited to 1,500 copies. In addition to the title tale, the "other stories" are "Amy Foster," "Falk" and "To-morrow" ("Falk" is the tale that centers upon Conrad's often-recurring theme of cannibalism). "Typhoon" had been published in New York in 1902, prior to Conrad's final revisions that are reflected in the text of this English edition; the other three appear in book form for the first time here.~This is a "pure" domestic copy, with the domestic half-title and title leaves; demand from British booksellers was so great that the binder subsequently had to create "hybrid" copies, transferring colonial copies to the domestic market and back again. It is in Cagle's binding "a" -- with 110mm between "Conrad" and "Heinemann" on the spine, and with the pages trimmed at the top edge only. This copy does include the 32-page ad catalogue that is present in some but not all copies.~Its condition is very good-plus, perhaps near-fine: it is bright and has scarcely any wear, but there is some bubbling of the cloth, a flaw that frequently afflicts this Heinemann title. Cagle A8b(1).

$395.00

THE THREE HOSTAGES
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THE THREE HOSTAGES

By Buchan, John

1924. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1924. Original grey cloth decorated in red. First Edition, published eleven days before the London one. (This was the first of Buchan's many American editions to be published by Houghton Mifflin -- due to Ferris Greenslet, a fellow-fisherman and wartime friend of Buchan who was now a partner there.) This tale of mystery, originally titled by the author ENCHANTER'S NIGHTMARE, was the fourth of the five Richard Hannay detective tales (preceded by THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS, GREENMANTLE and MR. STEADFAST, and followed by THE MAN FROM THE NORLANDS / THE ISLAND OF SHEEP; there is also a Hannay short story in Buchan's 1928 collection THE RUNAGATES CLUB.~This is a fine copy (without dust jacket -- which if present would more than quadruple the price). Blanchard A62.

$200.00

THE POWER-HOUSE
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THE POWER-HOUSE

By Buchan, John

1916. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1916. Original rose cloth. First Edition of this mysterious tale of international intrigue, featuring Edward Leithen (who would reappear in other Buchan tales). The Power-House is a secret anarchist organization, led by a wealthy Englishman, which aims to destroy Western civilization. Buchan had written this tale in 1913, at which time it was serialized in Blackwood's Magazine; as for the three-year delay in book publication, in his dedication to a general at the front Buchan observes:~A recent tale of mine [THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS] has, I am told, found favour in the dug-outs and billets of the British front, as being sufficiently short and sufficiently exciting for men who have little leisure to read. My friends in that uneasy region have asked for more. So I have printed this story, written in the smooth days before the war, in the hope that it may enable an honest man here and there to forget for an hour the too urgent realities...~As with THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS, this book was very cheaply bound, and is accordingly difficult to find in desirable condition today. This is a near-fine copy (spine a little faded, as usual for this color cloth, but there is scarcely any wear or soil). Blanchard A35.

$275.00

SALUTE TO ADVENTURERS
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SALUTE TO ADVENTURERS

By Buchan, John

1915. London, Edinburgh, Dublin and New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, n.d. [1915]. Original olive cloth, printed in white on the front cover and in gilt on the spine. First Edition of this tale sited in the 1680s -- with young Andrew Garvald starting out in Scotland, but winding up "in the emerging American colony of Virginia. There he encounters the classic Buchan elements of people who are more than they seem, conspiracies, shadowy figures whose names can only be whispered in certain places, and hanging over all a grave threat to the survival of the colonists from Indian forces massing beyond the mountains and controlled by a mysterious European figure" [A. Hutton].~This is a copy of the true first edition, consisting of 397 pages and with the dedicatory poem preceding the Contents leaf (there was a 1916 second edition, also undated, of 380 pages with those two leaves reversed). This copy is fine except that the volume is slightly askew. This is an uncommon title; later the same year, Buchan hit it big with THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS. Blanchard A30.

$295.00

'THEY'
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'THEY'

By Kipling, Rudyard

1905. [1905 in dust jacket] With Illustrations by F H. Townsend. London: Macmillan and Co., 1905. Original white cloth with gilt vignette, with dust jacket. First Separate Edition (having first appeared, unillustrated, in TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES the year before). This is~an allegory of a limbo of lost children tended by a blind woman, children who are not yet ready for Heaven and come back for a space to inhabit earth... The agony of the past, the yearning for Josephine [Kipling's daughter, who had died of pneumonia at the age of seven in 1899], the grief for all dead children are to be found in THEY. [Birkenhead]~'THEY' is printed on the recto only of each leaf, and is beautifully illustrated with 15 Townsend color plates.~This copy is of the first issue, with the printer's name "Bemrose Dalziel Ltd." on p. 80. It is in fine condition (volume slightly askew), with none of the cover soil typical for this white cloth; this is largely due to the presence of the very scarce dust jacket (likewise first state -- withOUT the Macmillan logo on the front panel). The jacket has minor spotting, and small chips or tears at some corners, but is quite whole and in no way "improved" -- and in any event is quite scarce). Richards A203; Stewart 303. Housed in a cloth slipcase with leather label, with inner chemise.

$825.00

THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL
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THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL

By Orczy, Baroness ["Emmuska"]

1908. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1908. 32 pp ads dated Autumn 1908. Original blue cloth. First Edition of "these further exciting incidents in the life of the Scarlet Pimpernel during the French Revolution after the King's death" -- the sequel to Baroness Orczy's THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (play 1903, novel 1905) and I WILL REPAY (1906). Although this was the third book published in this series featuring Sir Percy Blakeney, aka The Scarlet Pimpernel, during the Reign of Terror, it is the fifth in plot chronology. THE ELUSIVE PIMPERNEL has been adapted for the screen at least three times -- in 1919, in 1950 (as "The Fighting Pimpernel"), and in 1969. None of these is to be confused with Daffy Duck's memorable 1954 short, titled "The Scarlet Pumpernickel."~In this copy's ads, this title is improperly listed (on p. 13) as THE ILLUSIVE PIMPERNEL -- most likely the earlier state (some copies have the same-dated ads but with ELUSIVE). It is in fine, bright condition, with the large armorial bookplate of Henry Sidney.

$395.00

A MAN OF DEVON
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A MAN OF DEVON

By [Galsworthy, John]

1901. By John Sinjohn. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1901. 2 pp undated ads plus 32 pp ads dated April 1901. Original blue-grey cloth. First Edition of Galsworthy's fourth book, which consisted of only 1,050 copies. This is a collection of four tales -- the last book to be written under Galsworthy's "John Sinjohn" pseudonym. One of the tales, "The Salvation of Swithin Forsyte," is considered a major turning point in Galsworthy's career: not only did he find the satirist within himself, but also he created the character whose family would become the foundation of Galsworthy's reputation.~This is a bright, near-fine copy, free of wear or soil, and (atypically) with its brittle original endpapers intact; its only flaw is minor bubbling of the cloth -- a trait unfortunately common to every copy of this book we have seen (apparently an inferior glue was used on the boards). Although FROM THE FOUR WINDS and JOCELYN do turn up in nice condition, the other two Sinjohn books, VILLA RUBEIN and this one, are very scarce in fine condition. Marrot pp 7-8; Fabes p. 4. Housed in a (rubbed) cloth clamshell case with leather label. Provenance: bookplate of Joan Whitney [Payson] -- heiress, philanthropist, collector, -- and co-founding majority owner of the New York Mets.

$475.00

THE LAST GALLEY [colonial]
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THE LAST GALLEY [colonial]

By Doyle, A. Conan

1911. Impressions and Tales. With Illustrations. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1911. 6 pp undated ads + 8 pp (printed in brown) undated ads + 12 pp ads dated Jan 1911. Original blind-stamped blue-grey cloth. First Edition, colonial issue, issued as No. 1000 of "Bell's Indian and Colonial Library." This is a collection of eighteen tales, including several of a science fiction vein (published on the same day as Smith Elder's domestic issue). The color frontispiece (for "The Coming of the Huns") is by N. C. Wyeth; the one other illustration (of the creature who is "The Terror of Blue John Gap") is by Harry Rountree. Also among the eighteen pieces are "The Contest," "The Last of the Legions," "The Silver Mirror" and "The Great Brown-Pericord Motor."~The colonial issue consisted of two-thirds as many copies as the domestic, and some of those colonial copies were bound in leaded-paper wrappers (at 2/6) instead of this blue-grey cloth (at 3/6). Considerably scarcer today than the domestic issue, this copy is in near-fine condition (scarcely any exterior soil or wear, but there is foxing on the cheap wove paper, mainly at the very front and rear). Green & Gibson A35b.

$225.00

THE WHITE PEACOCK
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THE WHITE PEACOCK

By Lawrence, D.H.

1911. A Novel. New York: Duffield & Company, 1911. Original light blue-grey cloth decorated in white and black and with lettering in white. First Edition of D.H. Lawrence's first book, which he began in 1906 (at age 20) and rewrote several times; it is the tale of a love triangle, between Laetitia (DHL's working title for the book) and two men -- a farmer to whom she is drawn sexually, and a coal owner's son whom she marries.~This is a copy of the first issue (with integral title leaf that bears the copyright date 1910 on the verso; both issues are dated 1911 on the recto, but the cancel leaf of the second issue bears a 1911 copyright date on the verso). Duffield's first edition came out on 19 January 1911; they also printed the leaves for Heinemann's UK edition (with Heinemann preliminaries and with a different binding) -- which came out the following day, January 20th.~Another difference between the two editions is that most copies of Heinemann's edition have pp 227-230 in canceled form, due to a paragraph on p. 230 to which Heinemann objected: "... She wouldn't let me out of her sight. God! -- we were a passionate couple -- and she would have me in her bedroom while she drew... I never saw her drawings. She had her own way too much -- I let her do as she liked with me." This was Lawrence's first experience (of many) with censorship. Thus Duffield's American edition is slightly earlier, it is the publishing house that had both editions printed, and it is the edition that is truer to Lawrence's actual text.~This copy is in near-fine condition (very slight fading of the cloth, just a touch of wear at the foot of the spine, a few small instances of flaking of the white lettering) -- better than is usually encountered. This American first issue is today considerably scarcer than the Heinemann version of the same sheets. Roberts A1a(1).

$3250.00

THE MARACOT DEEP and Other Stories
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THE MARACOT DEEP and Other Stories

By Doyle, A. Conan

1929. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1929. Original black cloth decorated in yellow, with dust jacket. First American Edition of the last volume of fiction to be published during Doyle's lifetime. The title tale is Doyle's great science fiction adventure in which Professor Maracot leads an expedition to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and encounters an ancient submarine civilization -- illustrating Doyle's long-time interest in the Atlantis legend. Two of the other three tales are Professor Challenger science fiction stories -- "The Disintegration Machine" and "When the World Screamed." The other one, "The Story of Spedegue's Dropper," is a World War I tale in which a cricket bowler's lob technique is adapted for hurling grenades in trench warfare.~The very uncommon dust jacket is a color pictorial one, designed by Fay Turpin, showing a battle between man and shark in front of undersea buildings. The volume is in fine condition; the jacket is near-fine, with the red spine lettering a little faded, and a few tiny tears (but nothing is lacking). Green & Gibson A47c. Housed in a felt-lined morocco-backed clamshell case.

$775.00

THE CALL OF THE WILD
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THE CALL OF THE WILD

By London, Jack

1903. Illustrated by Philip R. Goodwin and Charles Livingston Bull. Decorated by Chas. Edw. Hooper. Toronto: George N. Morang & Company, 1903. Original blue-green cloth pictorially decorated in white, black and light blue. First Canadian Edition of one of Jack London's best-known books. Buck, part St. Bernard and part Scotch shepherd, is reared in luxury on a California estate, is stolen, beaten and shipped to the Klondike to become a sled dog, and (after the death of his master) heeds the call of the wild and abandons human civilization to lead a wolf pack. As S&M points out, this Canadian edition collates the same as Macmillan's U.S. edition, except for both sides of the title leaf and the lack of an ad leaf at the rear; the binding design is also the same, but with a different color cloth and slightly different color design.~This is a bright, near-fine copy (very minor rubbing at some edges) -- of an edition that is considerably scarcer than Macmillan's. Sisson & Martens pp 119-120; Blanck 11876.

$575.00

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