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89087
Allingham, Margery (Introduction by Alexander McCall Smith; Finn Campbell-Noman, illus.)
The Tiger in the Smoke - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2013.
Reprint, Royal octavo; hardcover, illustrated boards with gilt spine titling; 254pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; previous owner's name in ink. Near fine in a like slipcase. Regarded as the high point in Margery Allingham's oeuvre, "Tiger In The Smoke" is a deeply psychological and atmospheric look at the mind of a criminal. Holed up in a London church with the vicar as hostage, a killer plays a cat-and-mouse game with his prisoner while outside in the smoggy, fog-bound streets, London's finest seek to bring him to justice. A gripping and fascinating classic from one of the Grand Dames of Crime.
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$30
206547
Barrie, J.M. (Debra McFarlane, illus.)
Peter Pan and Wendy - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2007.
Reprint. Quarto; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine and upper board titles and decorations and illustrated endpapers; 179pp., with a tipped-in colour frontispiece, 11 plates likewise and many monochrome decorations. Very minor wear. Fine in a mildly rubbed slipcase.
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$75
90976
Beerbohm, Max ( illus. Michael Kirkham)
Zuleika Dobson - Folio Society edition or An Oxford Love Story
The Folio Society, London, 2008.
First printing. Octavo hardcover; illustrated beige boards with black spine titling, cream endpapers; 208pp., colour illustrations. Fine in a like slipcase.
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$28
205435
Bennett, Arnold (Introduction by Tim Heald; Glyn Boyd Harte, illus.)
The Old Wives' Tale - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2004.
First printing. Royal octavo; hardcover, full decorated cloth; 546pp., with a colour frontispiece and 8 plates likewise. Very minor wear. Fine in a like decorated slipcase.
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$35
90945
Benson, E.F. (George Plank, illus.)
The Freaks of Mayfair - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2009.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with upper board decoration; 148pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Fine in a like slipcase.
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$30
209027
Buchan, John (Introduction by Andrew Lownie; Nick Hardcastle, illus.)
The Adventures of Richard Hannay - Folio Society edition - five slipcased volumes "The Thirty-Nine Steps & Powerhouse"; "Greenmantle"; "Mr. Standfast"; "The Three Hostages"; & "The Island of Sheep"
The Folio Society, London, 2004.
Reprint. Five volumes: octavo; hardcovers; full cloth with decorated upper boards and gilt spine and upper board titles; 1604pp. [314pp. + 298pp. + 385pp. + 338pp. + 269pp.], with five colour frontispieces and 34 monochrome plates. Very minor wear; tiny mark on side edges of The Three Hostages; rubbing to slipcase. Near fine in a like gilt-titled slipcase.
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$150
97790
Capek, Karel (Paul Selver, trans.; Karel Svolinsky, illus.)
Tales from Two Pockets - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1962.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, decorated cloth with silver-gilt spine titles; 213pp., top edges dyed burgundy, with a monochrome frontispiece and 10 plates likewise. Mild wear; very good in like slipcase.
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$25
60698
Carr, J.L. (Introduction by Ronald Blythe; Ian Stephens, illus.)
A Month in the Country - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1999.
First printing: royal octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with illustrated boards and gilt spine titles; 121pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 7 plates likewise. Minor wear. Fine in heavily sunned slipcase.
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$28
201910
Childers, Erskine (Introduction by Maldwin Drummond; Daniel Whistler, illus.)
The Riddle of the Sands - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2009.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, full-cloth with decorated upper board and endpaper maps; 296pp., with a monochrome frontispiece, maps and many monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$30
61570
Conrad, Joseph (Introduction by Colin Ward; Francis Moseley, illus.)
The Secret Agent - Folio Society edition A Simple Tale
The Folio Society, London, 2008.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with decorated upper board and silver-gilt spine titles and upper board decorations; 270pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 11 plates likewise. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like blue slipcase with silver gilt titling.
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$30
12104
Conrad, Joseph (Introduction by Eleanor Bron; Francis Mosley, illus.)
Victory - Folio Society edition An Island Tale
The Folio Society, London, 2008.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with decorated upper board and silver-gilt spine titles and upper board decorations; 352pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 11 plates likewise. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like blue slipcase with silver gilt titling.
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$30
75214
Conrad, Joseph (Introduction by Jeffrey Meyers; Francis Mosley, illus.)
Under Western Eyes - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2000.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, silver-gilt illustrated boards with silver-gilt spine titles; 298pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Fine in a slightly scuffed slipcase. Joseph Conrad's last overtly political novel, "Under Western Eyes" is considered to be one of his greatest works. Set in pre-Revolutionary Russia, the novel tells the story of a young student involuntarily involved in an assassination and explores themes of terrorism, surveillance, and the suffering of ordinary people caught up in political strife.
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$30
208973
Conrad, Joseph (Introduction by Richard Holmes; Francis Mosley, illus.)
Nostromo - Folio Society edition A Tale of the Seaboard
The Folio Society, London, 1996.
First printing: octavo; hardcover, with decorated upper board and silver-gilt spine titles and upper board decorations; 424pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 11 plates likewise. Minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase with a silver gilt decoration.
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$35
208965
du Maurier, Daphne (Introduction by Patrick McGrath; Helen Smithson, illus.)
Don't Look Now - Folio Society edition And Other Stories
The Folio Society, London, 2007.
First printing: octavo; hardcover, full decorated cloth; 331pp., with a colour frontispiece, and 8 plates likewise. Minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$35
97301
Eliot, T.S.
The Four Quartets - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1968.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with black upper board and spine titles on red labels; 55pp., on beige stock. Mild wear; spine slightly browned with a few spots and labels faded. Very good to near fine otherwise in a like slipcase.
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$25
94398
Gibbons, Stella (Quentin Blake, illus.)
Cold Comfort Farm - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1997.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, full decorated Berkeley linen cloth with gilt spine titling; 203pp., with a colour frontispiece and 7 plates likewise. Minor wear; spine lightly sunned. Very good in a like slipcase.
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$28
205436
Godden, Rumer (Foreword by Jane Murray Flutter; Introduction by Jane Asher; Aafke Brouwer, illus.)
The Greengage Summer - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2000.
First printing. Royal octavo; hardcover, full decorated cloth with gilt decorations and spine titles; 171pp., with a monochrome frontispiece, 11 plates and many illustrations likewise. Minor wear; spine lightly sunned. Near fine in a somewhat scuffed slipcase.
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$26
92261
Grahame, Kenneth (Introduction by Alan Bennett; James Lynch, illus.)
Wind in the Willows - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1995.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover; in watered silk with gilt spine titles and upper board decoration; 206pp., with 8 colour plates. Minor wear; few faint spots to the upper text block edge; spine slightly faded. Very good to near fine in a like slipcase.
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$30
206549
Grahame, Kenneth (Introduction by Julia Eccleshare; Debra McFarlane, illus.)
Dream Days - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2010.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine titles and upper board decorations and decorative endpapers; 173pp., with a colour frontispiece, five plates likewise and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$25
70107
Graves, Robert
Goodbye to All That - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1981.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, illustrated boards with gilt spine titling and endpaper maps; 295pp., top edges dyed yellow, with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; slightly browned spine. Very good to near fine in a slightly worn slipcase.
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$30
205431
Greene, Graham (Geoff Grandfield, illus.)
Brighton Rock - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1997.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with illustrated and titled upper board; 289pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 7 plates likewise. Very minor wear. Fine in a somewhat scuffed slipcase.
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$30
208963
Heller, Joseph (Introduction by Malcolm Bradbury; Neil Packer, illus.)
Catch-22 - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2004.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards and endpapers; 438pp., with a colour frontispiece and 8 plates likewise. Minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$60
75925
Hemingway, Ernest (Introduction by David Hughes, ed.; Ian Beck, illus.)
Short Stories - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1986.
First printing: octavo; hardcover, quarter bound in cloth with illustrated papered boards and gilt spine-titling on a red label ; 272pp., top edges dyed red, with a monochrome frontispiece and many plates likewise. Minor wear; a few scattered spots on text block edges. Very good to near fine in a mildly worn slipcase.
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$30
82589
Kafka, Franz (Nigel Lambourne, illus.)
The Trial - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1967.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full leather with decorative boards; 219pp., all edges dyed green, with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; offset and heavy foxing to the preliminaries. Scattered spotting throughout. Very good in a like slipcase. Translator not credited.
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$28
209064
Maugham, W. Somerset (Introduction by Simon Raven; Christopher Brown, illus.)
Collected Short Stories - Folio Society edition, four volumes
Folio Society, London, 1998.
First printing: four volumes, royal octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards; 1,568pp. [418pp. + 413pp. + 239pp. + 436pp.], with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; one or two spots on boards; spine panels sunned; mild rubbing to board edges of Vol. I. Very good to near fine in a slightly rubbed gilt decorated and titled slipcase.
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$140
56925
Mortimer, John (Paul Cox, illus.)
Rumpole - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1994.
Reprint. Octavo; hardcover, with silver gilt spine titles and upper board decoartaions; 362pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine in a slightly scuffed slip-case. "... Rumpole's appeal lay in the very idea of defence: here was a drinker and dreamer defending us all against injustice, the law's absurdity and our own mistakes. The part was played by Leo McKern, whose acting, Mortimer said, 'was where I hope my writing will be, about two feet above the ground, a little larger than life, but always taking off from reality'. Rumpole ran, rather raggedly at times, to a lengthy series of novels, collections of stories and TV series (the last novel appeared in 2007). In an aside Clive James summarised Rumpole as a small mercy for which he thanked heaven.... He wrote as easily as he talked, and his spell on the page sprang from the personality of the prose. Somewhere he describes his memories as 'illustrations of the vanished professional, middle-class world of England between the wars; or the snapshots of an only child who had, in those slow-moving days, much time to notice things'. His snaps were vivid. The two volumes of autobiography, in 1982 Clinging to the Wreckage, followed by Murderers & Other Friends in 1994, are less confessions than celebrations. He dodges in and out of strings of anecdote that between the lines reveal all he thinks you need to know of him, but nothing like the whole; their superficiality runs disingenuously deep. They are class acts. " - David Hughes
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$30
95208
O'Brian, Patrick
Desolation Island - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2009.
First printing: royal octavo; hardcover, full cloth with decorated upper board, gilt upper board and spine rules and decorations, spine titles on gilt labels and endpaper maps; 285pp., with 12pp. of colour plates, maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; some light scuffing to the boards. Near fine in a mildly rubbed slipcase.
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$40
84075
O'Flaherty, Liam
The Informer - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1961.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards, decorated endpapers and gilt spine-titling; 192pp. top edge dyed dark brown, with 8 monochrome lithographic plates. Mild wear; board corners lightly bumped; text block edges mildly toned with some spotting. Very good in a mildly worn slipcase.
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$20
39719
Spark, Muriel (Beryl Cook, illus.)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1999.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover, full decorated cloth with gilt spine titles on a black label; 152pp., with a colour frontispiece and 5 plates likewise. Minor wear. Fine in a like slipcase.
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$32
207808
Stanislavski, Constantin (Introduction by Simon Callow; J.J. Robbins, trans.)
My Life in Art - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2000.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full decorated cloth; 454pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$35
201840
Steinbeck, John (Introdution by Jay Parini; John Holder, illus.)
Travels with Charley - Folio Society edition in Search of America
The Folio Society, London, 2006.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, full cloth, with decorated upper board, silver-gilt upper board decorations and spine titles and decorated front endpapers; 241pp., with a monochrome frontispiece, many illustrations and 11 plates likewise. Minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$30
56924
Tey, Josephine (Paul Hogarth, illus.; Introduction by Antonia Fraser)
The Franchise Affair - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2001.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with silver-gilt spine-titling and decorated boards; 254pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 9 plates likewise. Near fine in a like slipcase. Robert Blair was about to knock off from a slow day at his law firm when the phone rang. It was Marion Sharpe on the line, a local woman of quiet disposition who lived with her mother at their decrepit country house, The Franchise. It appeared that she was in some serious trouble: Miss Sharpe and her mother were accused of brutally kidnapping a demure young woman named Betty Kane. Miss Kane's claims seemed highly unlikely, even to Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, until she described her prison - the attic room with its cracked window, the kitchen, and the old trunks - which sounded remarkably like The Franchise. Yet Marion Sharpe claimed the Kane girl had never been there, let alone been held captive for an entire month! Not believing Betty Kane's story, Solicitor Blair takes up the case and, in a dazzling feat of amateur detective work, solves the unbelievable mystery that stumped even Inspector Grant.
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$30
76703
Thomas, Dylan (Introduction by Douglas Cleverdon, ed.; Ceri Richards, illus.)
Under Milk Wood - Folio Society edition A Play for Voices
The Folio Society, London, 2004.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, full-cloth with decorated upper board and gilt spine titles; 93pp. with a colour frontispiece and 8 plates likewise. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$25
48348
Thurber, James (Tim Wilkinson, ed.)
My Life and Hard Times and Other Observations - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1980.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full illustrated cloth with gilt spine titling; 253pp, top edges dyed blue, monochrome illustrations by the author. Minor wear. Near fine in a lightly spotted slipcase.
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$28
89683
Waugh, Evelyn (Introduction by Frederic Raphael; Leonard Rosoman, illus.)
Brideshead Revisited - Folio Society edition The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder
The Folio Society, London, 1995.
First printing: octavo; hardcover, decorated boards with gilt spine titling; 275pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; a few tiny spots on upper text block edge. Near fine otherwise in slipcase with a few marks and some slight rubbing.
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$30