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There are 127 books in this catalogue.
Theory Of War
Brady, Joan
Book Number: 40163
ISBN: 0233988106
Andre Deutsch 1993 8vo hardcover 209pp. very good / very good d/w.
Price: $15.00

Jackson, Shirley.
Book Number: 60530
Victor Gollancz., London., 1951 8vo. hardcover. 280pp. very good. / Fair foxed d/w torn & chipped at spine ends.
Price: $75.00

Satanic Verses
Rushdie, Salman
Book Number: 50735
ISBN: 0670817570
London: Viking, 1988. First edition 8vo. hardcover. very good /very good d/w with slightly faded spine.
Price: $95.00

Seven Faces of Love.
MAUROIS, Andre.Chevalier, Haakon M. (translates).
Book Number: 21039
John Lane, The Bodley Head.1948 First UK edition. 8vo. thin. 214pp. red cloth in good d/w with minor shelf wear at top and bottom, no fading, unclipped. light foxing on page ends otherwise unmarked copy. heroines of french literature in a theme of love
Price: $15.00

The Wallet of Kai Lung
Braham, Ernest
Book Number: 41284
London: Cape, 1926. The Travellers' Library series. Small 8vo. blue cloth hardcover. 286pp. very good, foxing to endpapers, owner's signature on fep.
Price: $12.00

The Casting of Mr O'Shaughnessy
Delaney, Eamon
Book Number: 24824
ISBN: 074752002X
Bloomsbury 1/7/1995 8vo. hardcover. 363pp. very good, remainder mark bottom edge. / very good d/w. To celebrate the 1916 Rising against the British, the Irish government decides to erect a statue to Cornelius O'Shaughnessy, oldest living hero of the Irish Revolution. They commission an embittered sculptor, Robert Wycherly, who longs to take revenge on the world for misunderstanding his genius.
Price: $10.00

The Ape In Me
Cornelia Otis Skinner
Book Number: 5456
Michael Joseph 1960 boards in blue d/w, very good, no fading, drawings by Alajalov.
Price: $10.00

Life with Father
Day, Clarence
Book Number: 22517
Australia: Readers Digest, 1994 8vo. hardcover, 196pp. fine.
Price: $8.00

Complicated Kindness
Toews, Miriam
Book Number: 51505
ISBN: 0676976123
Knopf, Canada, 2004. 8vo. hardcover. 246pp. Near Fine, owner's name on fep. / Very good+ d/w.
Price: $8.00

Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina
Graves, Robert
Book Number: 25646
ISBN: 0413370801
Methuen Publishing Ltd 18 November, 1976 8vo hardcover 335pp very good / very good d/w.
Price: $15.00

The Easter Party
Sackville West, Vita.
Book Number: 32634
London, Joseph 1953 8vo. hardcover. 239pp. very good. / very good, lightly chipped d/w with faded spine.
Price: $35.00

Carroll, Jim
Carroll, Jim
Book Number: 30687
The Book of Nods 8vo. softcover. very good.
Price: $15.00

Short Story Embassy
Wilding, M
Book Number: 31016
ISBN: 0909331065
Sydney Wild and Woolley 1975 8vo softcover 124pp. good. inscribed by author.
Price: $6.00

Fields of Glory
Rouaud, Jean
Book Number: 31912
ISBN: 000271194x
HARPERCOLLINS 1993 8vo softcover 160pp. very good.
Price: $5.00

Stones of the Wall
Dai, Houying
Book Number: 34124
ISBN: 0340412410
Hodder & Stoughton General Division 1987 8vo softcover 336pp. good. From Publishers WeeklynOne comes to care very much for the characters in this novel of modern China by a former Red Guard who now teaches literature at the University of Shanghai. As students and intellectuals during the Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957 and the ensuing Cultural Revolution, Sun Yue, her husband, their friends and teachers fell into different political factions that attacked each other in ideological forums. These public accusations often led to personal and political humiliations and sometimes resulted in years of exile to the countryside for "reform through labor." After the fall of the Gang of Four in the early 1970s, Sun Yue and others who had required "rehabilitation" return to university jobs and begin the struggle to reconcile their political histories with their personal lives. Zhao Zhenhuan, Sun Yue's former husband, wants her to forgive him for abandoning her, their daughter and his own beliefs. He Jingfu, a philosopher trying to publish a controversial book on Marxist humanism, has never lost his love for Sun Yue, whom all look to as one who held true to her youthful ideals in ways they did not. Chapters narrated by these characters and others build an eloquent portrayal of their efforts to achieve personal happiness without betraying ideological convictions. Unfamiliar names and events demand close but fully rewarding reading. This is a very human, deeply moving love story. nCopyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.nnFrom Library JournalnSet in Shangai in the years after the Cultural Revolution, this moving novel intimately and painfully reveals how the excesses of ideology betrayed a generation of China's intellectual citizenry. It is the story of Sun Yue and He Jingfu, two "rehabilitated rightists," as they struggle to renew their personal lives amid the daunting influences of the past, and under the purview of their former accusers. The tensions of this struggle and its effects on character and spirit are convincingly and dramatically detailed. Each character is like a stone in the Great Wall, living out an "old, impressive and tortuous history." This is a highly reflective work combining psychological depth and human understanding with an intense but controlled style of expression. Highly recommended for most libraries. Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., PullmannCopyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Price: $6.00

Boston Adventure
Jean Stafford
Book Number: 35115
ISBN: 070120723X
HOGARTH PRESS (ENGLAND) 1986 8vo softcover 538pp. very good.
Price: $8.00

On the Balcony: Selected Short Stories
Mandy, Ivan
Book Number: 38629
ISBN: 9631327930
Corvina Press, 1988 8vo. softcover. 128pp. very good.
Price: $6.00

The Lights of Alborada
Riotta, Gianni
Book Number: 41767
ISBN: 0007233426
Fourth Estate 5 Jun 2006 8vo softcover 304pp very good. This is a rousing historical adventure from the bestselling author of "Prince of the Clouds". As a boy growing up, Nino Manes used to dash through the morning streets of his island fishing village to reach the church square before the first explosion of the Alborada, the fireworks that rang out over the bay to announce the dawning of a feast day. Now, years later as an Italian prisoner of war in a Texan camp at the end of World War II, Nino receives a letter from his love Zita, and finds himself facing a race against time of a different kind. For Zita tells him she is going to marry professor Barbaroux, their maths teacher - and Nino has only forty days to get back to the island and put a stop to the wedding. Taking his life in his hands, he escapes from the camp, vowing to get home before the marriage can take place. Idealistic and ambitious, Nino sets off on a breathless chase across the United States, and is soon joined on his odyssey by an enigmatic Lieutenant in the US Army, and a young prostitute. Together they face a series of extraordinary dangers, from wild forest animals to unexploded mines, and as their journey progresses, Nino finds himself assailed by doubts, questioning his own motives and those of the people around him. At once a romantic adventure and a thrilling wartime escape story, with a colourful cast of characters, "The Lights of Alborada" is also the story of a spiritual quest and a heartrending exercise in nostalgia.
Price: $8.00

Hazard Zones: A Novel
Maillard, Keith
Book Number: 43819
ISBN: 0002243970
Harpercollins Canada 1995 8vo softcover 217pp. very good+. From Booklist: When his mother's fatal illness brings a middle-aged man back to his hometown, he's forced to face his past as his final link to it is broken. At age 50, Larry Cameron is finally happy--with his work as a geographer at a Boston publishing house and with second wife Cynthia and children Patrick (hers) and Allison (theirs). At the news of his mother's attack, Larry and Cynthia are on the first plane out, arriving in Raysburg, West Virginia, to find that Larry's mother, whom he knew would be around to bug him forever, died an hour earlier. Dealing with this death and the memories it evokes, particularly those of his stepbrother Johnny's death decades ago, is an emotionally wrenching yet ultimately healing process. In a story that spans less than a week, interspersed with flashbacks, Maillard tackles universal experiences in the recording and integration of one man's life. With its finely crafted prose, seamless narrative, wonderfully developed characters, and indelible vignettes, this is an exceptional novel, deserving to be read and reread.
Price: $8.00

Mangoes & quince: A novel
Field, Carol
Book Number: 44326
ISBN: 0143000128
Penguin 2001 8vo softcover 278pp very good, number written on rear endpaper.
Price: $6.00

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break
Sherrill, Steven
Book Number: 45475
ISBN: 1841953997
Canongate Books Ltd 2003 8vo softcover 320pp very good.
Price: $8.00

Book Number: 51652
ISBN: 0141013192
PENGUIN 2003 8vo softcover 288pp very good. Henry Wotton, gay, drug addicted, and husband of Batface, the irrefutably aristocratic daughter of the Duke of This or That, is at the center of a clique dedicated to dissolution. His friend Baz Hallward, an artist, has discovered a young man who is the very epitome of male beauty - Dorian Gray. His installation Cathode Narcissus captures all of Dorian's allure, and, perhaps, something else. Certainly, after a night of debauchery that climaxes in a veritable conga line of buggery, Wotton and Hallward are caught in the hideous web of a retrovirus that becomes synonymous with the decade. Sixteen years later the Royal Broodmare, as Wotton has dubbed her, lies dying in a Parisian underpass. But what of Wotton and Hallward? How have they fared as stocks soar and T-cell counts plummet? And what of Dorian? How is it that he remains so youthful while all around him shrivel and die? Set against the AIDS epidemic of the eighties and nineties, Will Self's Dorian is a shameless reworking of our most significant myth of shamelessness, brilliantly evoking the decade in which it was fine to stare into the abyss, so long as you were wearing two pairs of Ray-Bans.
Price: $5.00

A History of Insects
Roberts, Yvonne
Book Number: 53761
ISBN: 0747275629
Review 2000 8vo. softcover. 310pp. Very good.
Price: $8.00

The Memory of Tides
Loukakis, Angelo
Book Number: 55912
ISBN: 0732280648
Harper 2006 8vo. Softcover. 393pp. + 10pp P.S. extra's. A novel of fate and love, Crete and Australia.
Price: $8.00

The Way of the Women
Van Niekerk, Marlene
Book Number: 55970
ISBN: 9780316854399
Little, Brown, London, 2007. 8vo. softcover. 623pp. Very good+
Price: $8.00

The Stranger: The Labyrinths of Echo: Book One
Frei, Max
Book Number: 55991
ISBN: 0575089768
United Kingdom, Gollancz 2009 8vo softcover 544pp. very good+. Reviewn"Exuberant inventiveness." (Stephen Jewell SFX ) "A delightfully imaginative, playful novel shot through with wry philosophy and wonders both pleasant and horrific, The Stranger is a compelling and accomplished introduction to the Labyrinths of Echo series." (Jamie Boardman DREAMWATCH TOTAL SCI FI ) About the Author: Max Frei is the author of the internationally bestselling Labyrinths of Echo series starring a character called Max Frei, as well as books on literature and art. He lives in Moscow.
Price: $10.00

Collected Stories 1939-1976
Bowles, Paul
Book Number: 56299
ISBN: 0876853963
Black Sparrows Press 1996 8vo. softcover. 417pp. Very good.
Price: $12.00

In Desolate Heaven
Edric, Robert
Book Number: 56674
ISBN: 1862300127
Anchor Books, London, 1998. 8vo. softcover. 394pp. Very good, page edges browned.
Price: $8.00

Bucking the Sun
Doig, Ivan
Book Number: 57905
ISBN: 068483149x
Scribner Paperback Fiction 1997 8vo. Softcover. 412pp. Very good. Family drama.
Price: $8.00

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree
Stockenstrom, Wilma - Translated from Afrikaans by J. M. Coetzee
Book Number: 58091
ISBN: 0571131123
Faber and Faber 1983 thin 8vo. Softcover. 111pp. Good. A slave woman is the only survivor of a failed expedition into the depths of Southern Africa. She shelters in the hollow trunk of a baobab tree where she relives her earlier existence in a state of increasing isolation. We are the sole witnesses to her moving history: her capture as a young child, her life in a harbor city on the eastern coast as servant to different masters, her journey with her last owner and protector, and her life in the baobab tree.
Price: $6.00

Minor Characters
Johnson, Joyce
Book Number: 58093
ISBN: 0330281496
Picdor 1983 8vo. Softcover. good. 237pp. In January 1957, Allen Ginsberg arranged a blind date between Joyce Johnson and Jack Kerouac.
Price: $8.00

Mundis Veridis and the End of the World
Lennon, Mim
Book Number: 59400
ISBN: 9781921589492
Ink Books, Australia, 2013. 8vo. softcover. 354pp. Fine. Novel of present day Israel.
Price: $12.00

No One Sleeps In Alexandria. A Modern Arabic Novel.
Meguid, Ibrahim Abdel.
Book Number: 59908
ISBN: 9789774249617
he American University in Cairo Press 2006. 8vo. softcover. 354pp. Fine.
Price: $12.00

A shorter Finnegans Wake
Joyce, James - Edited by Anthony Burgess
Book Number: 60571
Faber 1963 8vo. Softcover. 278pp. Very good. Burgess has cut down Joyce's masterpiece to its bare esentials and has provided a sort of waking commentary, as well as a long and enlightening introduction. He hopes that readers of this small labour of love will be tempted to proceed to the whole big uncut book and learn to revel in its humour and homely profundity.
Price: $10.00

Up In The Old Hotel and Other Stories
Mitchell, Joseph
Book Number: 60665
ISBN: 0679746315
Vintage 1993 8vo. Softcover. 716pp. Very good. po inscription. Written between 1943 and 1965, Up in the Old Hotel is the complete collection of Joseph Mitchell 's New Yorker journalism and includes McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old Mr Flood, The Bottom of the Harbour and Joe Gould's Secret.
Price: $12.00

The Forgotten Waltz
Enright, Anne
Book Number: 54369
ISBN: 9780224089036
Jonathan Cape, London 2011. First edition. 8vo. hardcover. 230pp. Near Fine. / Near Fine d/w.
Price: $8.00

The Scholars
Wu Ching-Tzu
Book Number: 4012
Peking: Foreign Language Press 1957. First Ed. Hardcover. 8vo 722pp. + illust. (one fold-out). Coloured frontispeice. Good condition, cover faded.
Price: $15.00

Ordinary Time, A Novel
Mojtabai, A.G.
Book Number: 20393
ISBN: 038526416x
New York, Double Day 1989. First edition. 8vo. hardcover. 223pp. near fine/ very good+ d/w.
Price: $15.00

Bech; A Book
Updike, John
Book Number: 20530
ISBN: 0233962700
London; Andre Deutsch; 1970 First UK edition. 8vo. hardcover. 206pp. very good+. / very good+ d/w.
Price: $10.00

Rabbit Redux
Updike, John
Book Number: 20532
London; Andre Deutsch; 1972 First UK edition. 8vo. hardcover. 406pp. very good, mior foxing outer page edges & endpapers. / good+ d/w with tiny stain bottom front flap, crease rear flap, lightly chipped edges.
Price: $10.00

Vassilikos, Vassilis; translated by Marilyn Calmann
Book Number: 20626
Macdonald, London, 1969 First British Edition 8vo. hardcover. 406pp. very good+. / very good, lightly chipped d/w. '
Price: $12.00

The First Circle.
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander.
Book Number: 22647
London: Collins & Harvill Press, 1968. First U.K. Edition. 8vo. hardcover. 579pp. very good. / very good d/w.
Price: $10.00

Updike, John.
Book Number: 23243
ISBN: 0394568354
Alfred A. Knopf New York 1988 1st edition 8vo. hardcover. 279pp. very good+. / very good+ d/w.
Price: $10.00

Berto, Giuseppe.
Book Number: 23597
London, Hodder & Stoughton 1966. First edition. 8vo. hardcover. 388pp. very good, outer page edges browned. / very good d/w.'
Price: $10.00

Imaginary Girlfriend a Memoir
Irving, John
Book Number: 24467
London Bloomsbury 1996 First 8vo. hardcover. 148pp. near fine, / near fine d/w.
Price: $8.00

A Patchwork Planet
Tyler, Anne
Book Number: 24520
ISBN: 037543256x
May 1998 New York Knopf first edition. 8vo. hardcover. 288pp. very good, owner's embossed stamp on fep. / good+ d/w.
Price: $10.00

Rhinehart, Luke
Book Number: 25228
ISBN: 0246108118
Hart-Davis January 1975 8vo hardcover 186pp very good / very good d/w.
Price: $12.00

In a Father's Place
Tilgham, Christopher
Book Number: 25840
ISBN: 1856190153
London, Sinclair Stevenson, 1990 8vo hardcover 214pp very good / very good d/w. The stories in this collection bring to life the trials and bonds of American families, set against the encroached-upon, yet still-expansive landscapes of the continent. The characters are closely related to the land and to the cultural and family constraints of their places and times.
Price: $8.00

Fernhurst, Q.E.D., and Other Early Writings
Stein, Gertrude
Book Number: 27266
ISBN: 0720603927
London Peter Owen 1972. 8vo. hardcover. 214pp. very good, owner''s details top of fep. / very good, lightly foxed white d/w.
Price: $25.00

Money for Maria and Borrowed time : two village tales. (Contemporary Russian writing).
Rasputin, Valentin
Book Number: 27915
St. Lucia, University of Queensland Press,1981. 8vo. hardcover. 374pp. very good. / very good d/w.' '
Price: $10.00

A misalliance
Brookner, Anita.
Book Number: 27498
ISBN: 0224024035
London J. Cape 1986 8vo hardcover 191pp. very good / very good d/w. Recently divorced Blanche Vernon, in her loneliness, turns to other lives, go works and uplifting pastimes, while her friends hold the general opinion tha she has recently become insupportably eccentric.
Price: $8.00

A Message to the Planet
Murdoch, Iris
Book Number: 27635
ISBN: 0701134798
London Chatto and Windus, 1989 8vo hardcover 563pp. very good, page edges slightly browned. / very good d/w. Iris Murdoch's 24th novel, published in her 71st year, tells of Alfred Ludens' long search for Professor Marcus Vallar, convinced he possesses a secret fundamental to the human condition. But is Vallar a genius, a madman or a saint? What Ludens discovers is certainly not what he expects.
Price: $12.00

Powys, John Cowper
Book Number: 28225
London: Macdonald, 1954. 8vo. hardcover. 461pp. good, some foxing, spine sunned. / no d/w.' ' '
Price: $25.00

Fowles, John
Book Number: 29022
ISBN: 022402938X
London Jonathan Cape 1982 8vo hardcover 192pp. very good / good d/w. A deeply serious novelist is subjected to ultimately tragic sufferings by his shamelessly uncooperative muse, who is given to distractions, sulks, and unexpected lapses in memory and who demands equal play for equal work.
Price: $8.00

An accidental man
Murdoch, Iris
Book Number: 29030
ISBN: 0670102083
New York Viking Press January 1972 8vo hardcover 442pp. very good / good d/w. The the story of the comic and yet relentless struggle for survival of Austin Gibson Grey, the accidental man. He is one of those people who needs to survive through the destruction of others.
Price: $12.00

The End of the World News: An Entertainment
Burgess, Anthony
Book Number: 29796
ISBN: 0070089655
Mcgraw Hill, 1983 8vo hardcover 388pp index, b/w illus. very good / very good d/w.
Price: $10.00

The Literary Companion to Sex: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry
Pitt-Kethley, Fiona
Book Number: 30003
ISBN: 0679423230
New York Random Hous 1994 8vo hardcover 419pp index. very good / very good d/w. With selections ranging from Aristophanes, Sappho and Catullus to Jonathan Swift, William Wycherley, Samuel Butler, Anais Nin and Joe Orton, this juicy, eclectic anthology of erotica celebrates the mysteries, pleasures, shortcomings and humor of sex. Benjamin Franklin's advice on taking a mistress, Alexandre Kuprin's expose of prostitution in pre-revolutionary Russia, Lisa Alther's hilarious tale of love gone awry under an automobile and Molly Parkin's oedipally charged poem about a mother raising a teenage son with raging hormones are among the serendipitous finds that share space in this collection with more familiar works from Philip Roth, Henry Miller, Andrew Marvell and Frank Harris. Pitt-Kethley, who writes a column for the British Guardian on sex in the arts, has chosen appetizing tidbits from the likes of Petronius's Satyr i con , Casanova's Memoirs and Erica Jong's Fear of Flying , but she also includes curious lore and sexy passages from Milton, Shakespeare, Defoe and other authors less immediately associated with erotic facets of human endeavor. nCopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. nnIngramnA collection of pieces about sex that reflect the sexual atmosphere of the era in which they were written features the writing of Rabelais, Defoe, Joe Orton, Updike, Nin, and others.
Price: $15.00

Hooking Up
Wolfe, Tom
Book Number: 30160
ISBN: 0224061194
Jonathan Cape, 2000 8vo hardcover 293pp. very good+ / very good+ d/w. A collection of essays and short fiction that includes Wolfe's legendary essays on neuroscience, the controversial essay "My Three Stooges", and the novella "Ambush at Fort Bragg".
Price: $10.00

The good apprentice
Murdoch, Iris.
Book Number: 30238
ISBN: 0701130008
London Chatto & Windus ; Hogarth Press 1985 8vo hardcover 522pp index, b/w illus. very good, page edges browned / very good d/w. A novel centred upon guilt-ridden despair, and the difficult problem of trying to be good, and the various magical devices that console those who are sensible enough not to try.
Price: $12.00

Mortimer, John Clifford
Book Number: 30311
ISBN: 0670840599
London Viking 1992 8vo hardcover 296pp index, b/w illus. very good / very good d/w. Follows the story of two men locked in an adversarial friendship at school, through Oxford, and on to the competitive world of commercialism, success and marriage. Set in London, the novel culminates in a trial scene.
Price: $10.00

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