Rankin, Ian First UK Edition Publisher's navy boards with silver spine lettering. Mild bruising at the spine tips otherwise a fine copy (text block a little toned as usual die to the paper quality) in a fine un-priced dustwrapper. It is believed that of the original print run there were 300 copies priced at £16.99 and 300 un-priced copies (likely earmarked for export). Laid in is a signed cutting from another Rankin first edition. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Paland, J. M. (Paris: PAC Editions September 1985). First French Edition (not published in English). A large format hardback production (not published in English). Full of colour and black and white photographs of the Girls and Film Posters etc. Paland was a leading light in the French James Bond Fan Club of the 1980s and had access to much Eon publicity material which was not freely available elsewhere. Includes rarely-seen photographs (some of which are topless/glamour shots) alongside the official series from Eon. Many of the photos were unauthorised and published herein without paying Eon any licence fees. It was subsequently banned (and withdrawn from sale) and is quite scarce these days. It is one of the rarest items of Bond ephemera. An absolutely fine copy with none of the usual wear to the boards and scarce in such lovely collector's condition. NB: No English-language issue of this book has ever been produced and this book has never been reprinted. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Nzekwu, Onuora First UK Edition. Publisher's black boards with author's name and publisher in gilt and title in white, to the spine. Offsetting to both sets of end-papers and the pastedown side of the FEP has "Martin Banham* (Review copy - Review of English Literature Apl. 1962)" written in ink else VG+. The VG dustwrapper is browned/ worn/ frayed at tips of spine, corners similarly so, the hinge of the front inner flap has a faint tide mark running along from top to bottom (not that obvious) and several minor dark brown spots to the back panel (how these were caused is anyone's guess); the back panel is reasonably clean otherwise. The cream/white lettering to the spine is toned (as usually found). It looks nicer than it sounds and the dustwrapper is complete. First book. N. B.: This book was later reprinted by Heinemann as part of their African Writers Series. "In 1961, Ekwensi and Achebe, the two Igbo fathers of the Nigerian novel, were joined by Onuora Nzekwu with a full-size novel, A Wand of Noble Wood, which was rightly hailed as a promise of future prosperity for Nigerian creative writing in English" (Gérard). Gerard asserts that "this was the first modern novel in which an attempt was made to render the specific quality of traditional life, a trend which remained Nzekwu's peculiar theme". Nzekwu was awarded the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in 1961, a UNESCO Fellowship in 1964, and in 2008 he was conferred with the honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). Albert S. Gérard, European-language Writing in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1986". The novel has been compared to Achebe's "No Longer at Ease". The novel is deeply descriptive and explanatory of Ibo culture, one critic even describing it as "ostensibly a novel which contains as much anthropological explanation as any reader could desire". The examination of traditional culture becomes a thematic emphasis, with deep exploration of topics like tribal marriage. Martin Banham is the Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds. He has a special interest in theatre and performance culture of Africa. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Lampedusa, Giuseppe Di (London: Collins and Harvill Press 1960). First UK Edition. Publisher's green cloth with gilt lettering to the spine. A near fine copy (mild dustiness/foxing to the top-edge) in an exceptionally well-preserved near fine (or slightly better) dustwrapper with excellent colouration to the spine (no spine fade) and with very minor nicks/minuscule loss) at the spine tips. Lampedusa's only novel ('Il Gattopardo') and its first appearance in English. Superb wrap-around D/W artwork by Hans Tisdall. The basis for the 1963 Italian epic period drama directed by Luchino Visconti and starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale and Paolo Stoppa. Martin Scorsese, no less, considered the film to be one of the greatest ever made. A very nice copy. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Holmes, Ray (Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing Ltd. 1989). First UK Edition. SIGNED & INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR (A BATTLE OF BRITAIN HERO TO A WW2 HERO. Publisher's black boards with gilt lettering to the spine. A VG copy (a couple of corners bumped and cockling to a group of pages in the middle of the book possibly caused by water damage). The VG+ dustwrapper is priced £15.95 to the inside flap with the spine slightly faded to a lighter hue. Inscribed by the Author to the front free end-paper: "To Eric & Inge --- both of whom/ I've known all their 'legal/ lives' in the Liverpool/ Courts ---/ With my warmest wishes/ Ray Holmes". The Recipient, Eric Goldrein was a WW2 hero who captured 60 German soldiers while wounded during the Normandy landings. He later became a Liverpool barrister. Ray Holmes was an RAF Battle of Britain hero who was a journalist covering the Liverpool courts post-war which is how they met. A superb ASSOCIATION COPY between two notable WW2 heroes. With the book-plate of Eric Geoffrey Goldrein to the front paste-down. ISBN: 1 85310 054 4. Possibly unique. Photograph/scans available upon request.
Fleming, Ian Clamshell Box for your Presentation Copy of For Your Eyes Only. Black box. Felt lined. Silver lettering to the spine. Used once. A good way of protecting your inscribed first edition of For Your Eyes Only. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Fleming, Ian (London: The Folio Society 2023). SIGNED LIMITED EDITION OF 750 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST. Illustrated by Fay Dalton. Introduced by Kim Sherwood. First UK Edition Thus. Title in red and black, 9 coloured plates (two double-page) and 7 illustrations in monochrome; full grey leather blocked in silver and colours, backstrip lettered in silver, grey edges, a very fine copy in like publisher's cloth clamshell case blocked in red with printed pictorial lining in the original shipping box from the Folio Society together with their Despatch Note. EDITION LIMITED TO 750 COPIES SIGNED BY THE ARTIST THIS BEING NUMBER 248. Published to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the publication of Casino Royale by Jonathan Cape in 1953. A wonderful production. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Oppenheim, E. Phillips First UK Edition. Publisher's dark-blue boards with blue lettering to yellow spine rectangle. The book is in VG condition (contents are complete, clean and tight; text block edges are dusty; no marks or inscriptions; black boards are clean and bright; and spine ends just a little bumped. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Fleming, Ian An Ornate Clamshell Box for your Inscribed Presentation copy of Thunderball. Quarter black leather. Five raised bands with gold lettering to the ornately-decorated spine. Skeletal hand. Manufactured in the early 1990's in the USA. Used Once. A wonderful production for your inscribed first edition of Thunderball. Stunning. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Nobbs, David Publisher's red boards with gilt lettering to the spine. About VG (pushing to the spine tips, foxing to the page block edges, a former owner's book-plate to the front paste-down) in like dustwrapper priced £3.60 to the inside flap (as called for). The dustwrapper is faded to the Gollancz red spine logo and lettering with minor creasing and wear at the base of the spine and with a couple of short edge tears. First in a series of comic novels starring Reginald Perrin senior sales executive at Sunshine Desserts. "Even if the output of Sunshine Desserts appalled Reggie one suggested slogan: "I like to stroke my nipple with Strawberry and Lychee Ripple" it's nevertheless a reminder that this was the Britain of manufacturing rather than service industries" (The Guardian). The book-plate to the front paste-down is that of Eric Goldrein who was a WW2 hero who captured 60 German soldiers while wounded during the Normandy landings. He later became a Liverpool barrister. The Death of Reginald Perrin is the book that found national fame when David Nobbs converted it into a TV series starring Leonard Rossiter. It tells the tale of Reginald Iolanthe Perrin, a senior sales executive at Sunshine Desserts, who behaves more and more strangely, until eventually he leaves all his clothes on a beach, goes off to lead a new life. This book the first in a series of three tells of Reggies adventures as he tries to find a meaning to this life. Quite uncommon in our experience. Photographs/scans available upon request.
(London: The Daily Express nd ). A softback not issued with a dustwrapper. Publisher's original card covered book. A lovely near fine copy. Rupert Adventure Series No. 19. Also includes Rupert and the Mischief Makers. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Clamshell Box for For Your Eyes Only. Quarter black leather made by Zaehnsdorf. Felt lined. Five raised bands with gold lettering to the spine. Manufactured in the early 1990's. Never used. A wonderful production for your first edition of For Your Eyes Only. Photographs/scans available upon request.
(London: The Bodley Head 1955). First UK Edition. Publisher's green boards with silver lettering to the spine. The boards are exceptionally bright and clean and with NO FADING whatsoever. There is the merest hint of foxing to the page block edges (and the end-papers) and the boards and the back board - being hyper-critical - is very slightly bowed. There are NO inscriptions. Overall a VG++ copy. The VG++ dustwrapper is priced 8s 6d net to the inside flap (and is complete) with no wear, tears or pieces missing. The spine is a bit toned such that the lettering and white portions are now lightly browned. A nice copy. Photographs/scans available upon request.
(London, John Baker 1970). pp. viii, 183. 8vo. Bound in green cloth with silver lettering to spine. A near fine copy (the thinnest strip of fading to the tip of the spine and the front board and foxing to the top-edge) in like dustwrapper priced 45s net (£2.25) to the inside flap with a 1.2 cm tear (and associated crease) to the top-edge of the front panel. "This slim three author compilation was the first-ever study of the English fantasist David Lindsay (1876-1945), author of the immortal VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS, THE HAUNTED WOMAN and several other eccentric novels. The aptly titled STRANGE GENIUS OF DAVID LINDSAY was initiated by Colin Wilson, who believes Lindsay is "one of most important writers of this century." (Good/Reads). Photographs/scans available upon request.
(London: Orbit a Division of Little, Brown 1999). UNCORRECTED PROOF of the First UK Edition. A Softback. ISBN: 0 316 85049 7. Provisional publication date 10 June 1999. Provisional Price £15.99. An uncorrected bound proof from Little, Brown. A proof of Ken Russell - yes, the film-maker's s - first novel, a comic sci-fi sex romp. A crease to the bottom right-hand corner of the front cover otherwise a fine copy. Rare in a proof state. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Clamshell Box for The 5 Red Herrings (Gollancz 1931). Quarter black leather originally supplied by Adrian Harrington. Felt lined. Five raised bands with gold lettering to the spine. Used once. A wonderful production for your first edition of the 5 Red Herrings. Photographs/scans available upon request.
(London: Hurst and Blackett (undated but) 1947). First UK Edition. Publisher's brown boards with with black lettering to the spine. The front free end-paper has an inscription in small script "To Philip. Best wishes from Anne"; mild foxing to both sets of end-papers (not affecting the rest of the book) otherwise sound. The dustwrapper is virtually complete with just a few short (closable) tears all 1 cm or less and light creasing/ fraying here and there. Overall VG+/ VG+. "Irish detectives are relatively rare in fiction, and Irish detectives working in Ireland are virtually non-existent, so for the sake of the colourful sleuth Shamus Burke and his offsider Phaudric Coffey we can overlook some small deficiencies in the detection department. Although published in 1947, the book appears to be set at least twenty years earlier, in the aftermath of the Great War.Burke and Coffey are pleasant characters, and an additional touch of Irish colour is lent by the amiable IRA saboteur, Billy 'the Bridge Buster' Hogarty. Neither of the problems require much detection, and both are ultimately solved by the revelation of specialist knowledge. The book is unlikely to provide much of an intellectual challenge.But it is entertaining enough to watch Shamus and Phaudric go through their paces in the rural countryside of Ballycronin, (GaDetection). A largely-forgotten detective novel. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Clamshell Box for Diamonds are Forever. Quarter black leather made by Zaehnsdorf. Felt lined. Five raised bands with gold lettering to the spine. Manufactured in the early 1990's. Never used. A wonderful production for your first edition of Diamonds are Forever. Photographs/scans available upon request.
Clamshell Box for Goldfinger. Quarter black leather originally supplied by Adrian Harrington. Felt lined. Five raised bands with gold lettering to the spine. Used once. A wonderful production for your first edition of Goldfinger. Photographs/scans available upon request.
First UK Edition. Publisher's dark-blue boards with blue lettering to yellow spine rectangle. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO HIS SECRETARY. A VG+ copy (boards a little bowed and a hint of foxing to the fore-edge).Inscribed to the half-title: "Peggy/ with love/ Phillips Oppenheim/ April 36". The dustwrapper is priced 7/6 net to the spine and is near VG with several chips and edge tears and a large tear to front panel (with an associated crease). Great cover art by Bip Pares. "A 30s romantic semi-spy caper by the Brit E Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946) who turned out about 100 such novels, as if in his sleep -- all filled with the most stylish characters you'd find in the Ritz Bar, Paris, or driving to Monte Carlo" (GoodReads). Photographs/scans available upon request.