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 , A Room in Chelsea Square
A Room in Chelsea Square
London, Jonathan Cape, 1958. First edition. Cloth. The first edition, first impression of Nelson's classic novel, in the original unclipped dust wrapper. The first edition, first impression of this novel in the publisher's original cloth binding, with the original unclipped dust wrapper. Stamp to the rear free end paper, dated 1958. Michael Harrington Nelson (1921-1990) was a British novelist best known for this 1958 novel A Room in Chelsea Square, originally published anonymously due to its explicit homosexual content. It is about a wealthy gentleman who tempts an attractive younger man to London with the promise of an upper-crust lifestyle, and has been called a "gay classic". In publisher's original cloth binding, with original unclipped dust wrapper. Externally, cloth is in immaculate condition. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean. Dust wrapper is slightly chipped to the extremities and the spine, with a little sunning to the spine, and age toning to the folds of the wrap. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine/Very Good Indeed.
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Book number: 839M20
GBP 175.00 [Appr.: EURO 205 US$ 221.76 | JP 33359]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: Michael Nelson Modern Fiction Chelsea Square Modern Fiction None

 John Le Carré, A Perfect Spy
John Le Carré
A Perfect Spy
London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1986. First edition. Cloth. A superb copy of this thrilling novel by the popular author, John Le Carré. The first edition, third impression of this thrilling novel by the acclaimed author John le Carré. This novel deals with the mental and moral dissolution of a high level secret agent, and the intricacies in the world of international espionage. John le Carré was a British author, who worked for Security Service and the Secret Intelligence Service before becoming a full-time writer. In its dust wrapper, price clipped. In the original publisher's cloth binding. Externally lovely with minor shelf wear only. The dust wrapper is excellent with only minor shelf wear, price clipped. Internally, firmly bound. The pages are bright and clean. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 788A32
GBP 70.00 [Appr.: EURO 82 US$ 88.7 | JP 13344]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: first editions john le carre spy john le carre None

 John Le Carré, The Russia House and the Constant Gardener
John Le Carré
The Russia House and the Constant Gardener
London, Hodder & Stoughton Limited, 1989-2001. First edition. Cloth. First edition, first impressions of two novels by John le Carré, both of which were adapted into films, in fine condition. The first edition, first impression of these two novels in the publisher's original cloth binding, with the original unclipped dust wrapper. Two novels by the renowned author of espionage novels John le Carre. The Russia House is a witty and moving spy novel, which inspired the 1990 film starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. The Constant Gardener is a somewhat better-known novel concerned with an international conspiracy of corrupt bureaucracy and pharmaceutical money, which inspired the 2005 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. In the publisher's original cloth binding, with the original unclipped dust wrapper. Externally, cloth is in lovely condition. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright and clean. Fine . Ill.: Not Stated. Fine/Fine.
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Book number: 856M19
GBP 70.00 [Appr.: EURO 82 US$ 88.7 | JP 13344]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: Modern fiction Novels John le Carre Novels Not Stated

 Jeff Abbott, Black Jack Point
Jeff Abbott
Black Jack Point
London, Orion, 2004. First edition. Cloth. The scarce first edition of this Jeff Abbott mystery novel in its original dustwrapper. 'In this spellbinding new thriller, Texas judge Whit Mosley is about to cross the point of no return..' In a black cloth binding. Externally, very smart. Dustwrapper is very smart also. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine/Fine.
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Book number: MOD9-H-16
GBP 19.99 [Appr.: EURO 23.5 US$ 25.33 | JP 3811]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: mystery jeff abbott whit mosley jeff abbott None

 Joe Abercrombie, Half a War
Joe Abercrombie
Half a War
London, Harper Voyager , 2015. First edition. Cloth. Lovely first impression of this coming-of-age tale by Joe Abercrombie, signed by the author. The first edition, first impression of this work. Signed by the author to title page. Third and final volume in Joe Abercrombie's popular young adult fantasy trilogy Shattered Sea, following Half a King and Half the World. Telling of the exploring of Yarvi, young prince of Gettland with a disabled hand. In the original publisher's full cloth binding. Externally lovely. Signed by author to title page. Dust wrapper unclipped and excellent with 'Signed by the Author' sticker to front wrap. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and clean. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine/Fine.
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Book number: 843A9
GBP 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 58.75 US$ 63.36 | JP 9531]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: joe abercrombie first editions signed books first editions None

 Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah
Chinua Achebe
Anthills of the Savannah
London, Heinemann, 1987. First edition. Cloth. The first edition, first impression of this Booker Prize finalist novel by Chinua Achebe, a bright copy complete with its unclipped dust wrapper. The first edition, first impression of this work. Finalist for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1987. Written by Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe. Praised by critics upon its publication, it is considered to be one of the most important novels to come out of Africa in the later part of the twentieth century. Concerning the political situation in fictional African country of Kangan, where a Sandhurst-trained officer takes power after a military coup, told from the point of view and through the experiences of three friends. Complete with the unclipped dust wrapper. In the original publisher's full cloth binding. Externally excellent with minor shelf wear only and a minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and extremities. The dust wrapper is unclipped and very smart with minor shelf wear only. Internally, firmly bound. The pages are bright and clean. Near Fine . Ill.: None. Near Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 801A32
GBP 49.00 [Appr.: EURO 57.5 US$ 62.09 | JP 9340]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: first editions booker prize chinua achebe booker prize None

 J. R. Ackerley, We Think the World of You
J. R. Ackerley
We Think the World of You
London , The Bodley Head , 1960. First edition. Cloth. A wonderful first edition copy of Ackerley's moving novel We Think the World of You, in the original unclipped dust wrapper. A first edition copy of this work. We Think the World of You is a moving yet funny novel that tells the story of middle-aged Frank, who becomes involved in the lives of a working class family. On one hand a study in jealous and frustration, on the other an examination of the realities of working class life. J. R. Ackerley was a British writer and editor who worked for the BBC and was literary editor of The Listener. In the original unclipped dust wrapper. In the publisher's original binding. Externally, lovely. A previous owner inscription to the front pastedown dated 1960. Internally, firmly bound with bright and clean pages. In the original unclipped dust wrapper which is also very smart with some marks to the rear wrap. Near Fine . Ill.: none. Near Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 829B31
GBP 90.00 [Appr.: EURO 105.5 US$ 114.05 | JP 17156]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: We Think the World of You Ackerley novel Ackerley none

 Peter Ackroyd, Chatterton
Peter Ackroyd
Chatterton
London, Hamish Hamilton , 1987. Cloth. A beautiful limited edition, signed copy of Peter Ackroyd's popular mystery novel. This copy is number 109 of 150 numbered copies of the first edition. Signed by the author to the edition page. In a beautiful quarter cloth binding with marbled paper boards. Peter Ackroyd's popular novel about a young poet and an elderly female novelist as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the tragic 18th century poet, Thomas Chatterton. Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning English biographer, novelist and critic, with biographies of notable names such as William Blake, Charles Dickens and Sir Thomas More. In the original quarter cloth binding. Externally, excellent with minor shelf wear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages age-toned but otherwise bright and clean. Author's ink signature to the edition page. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine .
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Book number: 830G4
GBP 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 58.75 US$ 63.36 | JP 9531]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: Thomas Chatterton Charles Wychwood Harriet Scrope Whitbread awards Charles Wychwood the fall of troy None

 Peter Ackroyd, Chatterton
Peter Ackroyd
Chatterton
London, Hamish Hamilton, 1987. First edition. Cloth. Peter Ackroyd's Booker Prize shortlist novel concerning plagiarism and poetry, a lovely first impression in its original dust wrapper. The first edition, first impression of this work. A novel by Peter Ackroyd exploring the mystery of Thomas Chatterton, eighteenth century young poet, influential on Romantic artists of his time. Discussing plagiarism and forgery through the investigations of a young poet and elderly novelist, this novel is both a tragic and comic work with meditations on human destiny and a satire on human folly. Complete with its original dust wrapper illustrating the famous painting 'The Death of Chatterton' by Henry Wallis, price-clipped. In the original publisher's full cloth binding. Externally lovely. The dust wrapper is price-clipped and excellent with minor shelf wear only. Internally, firmly bound. The pages clean with only a touch of age toning, as usual with the type of paper used. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 809A45
GBP 37.00 [Appr.: EURO 43.5 US$ 46.89 | JP 7053]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: peter ackroyd first editions chatterton first editions None

 Peter Ackroyd, First Light
Peter Ackroyd
First Light
London, Hamish Hamilton, 1989. First edition. Cloth. A first edition of Peter Ackroyd's pastoral novel which reflects on the problem of time and the qualities of the English landscape. Peter Ackroyd (1949 -) is an English biographer and novelist who has a fascination with the history of London. He has won the Somerset Maugham award and two Whitbread Awards. In a cloth binding. Externally, very smart with no bumping or marks. Dustwrapper unclipped and in sound condition with very slight edgewear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and clean. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine/Fine.
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Book number: MOD15-B-7
GBP 45.00 [Appr.: EURO 52.75 US$ 57.02 | JP 8578]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: peter ackroyd pastoral somerset maugham whitbread award pastoral None

 Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor
Peter Ackroyd
Hawksmoor
London, Hamish Hamilton, 1985 . First edition. Cloth. A smart copy of Peter Ackroyd's historical novel, in the original, striking dust wrapper. In the publisher's original cloth binding, with the original dust wrapper.This is the second impression, published the same year as the first edition. Written by English biographer, novelist and critic, Peter Ackroyd, who is especially interested in the history and culture of London. This work won Best Novel at the 1985 Whitbread Awards and the Guardian Fiction Prize. 'Hawksmoor' tells the parallel stories of Nicholas Dyer, who builds seven churches in 18th century London for which he needs human sacrifices, and Nicholas Hawksmoor, a detective in the 1980s who investigates the murders committed in the same churches. In the publisher's original cloth binding, with the original dust wrapper, which has been price-clipped. Externally, lovely with minor shelf wear only. Dust wrapper is excellent, with minor shelf wear and a touch of sunning. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are clean with light age toning. Near Fine . Ill.: None. Near Fine/Near Fine.
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Book number: 879Q3
GBP 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 35.25 US$ 38.02 | JP 5719]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: Peter Ackroyd Dust wrapper historical fiction fiction Dust wrapper None

 Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor
Peter Ackroyd
Hawksmoor
London, Hamish Hamilton , 1985. First edition. Cloth. A very smart copy of Peter Ackroyd's extraordinary novel Hawksmoor, in the original unclipped dust wrapper. A first UK edition of Hawksmoor, published in 1985. Hawksmoor won Best Novel at the 1985 Whitbread Awards and the Guardian Fiction Prize. Hawksmoor tells the parallel stories of Nicholas Dyer, who builds seven churches in 18th century London for which he needs human sacrifices, and Nicholas Hawksmoor, a detective in the 1980s who investigates the murders committed in the same churches. Peter Ackroyd is an English biographer, novelist and critic who is especially interested in the history and culture of London. In the original unclipped dust wrapper. In the publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, very smart with a few light marks to the boards and some light bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Internally, firmly bound with bright and clean pages. In the original unclipped dust wrapper which is very smart. Near Fine . Ill.: None. Near Fine/Fine.
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Book number: 827B15
GBP 85.00 [Appr.: EURO 99.5 US$ 107.71 | JP 16203]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: Hawksmoor peter ackroyd novel power peter ackroyd None

 Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor
Peter Ackroyd
Hawksmoor
London, Hamish Hamilton, 1985. Paperback. A nice uncorrected proof copy of Peter Ackroyd's fascinating historical novel, 'Hawksmoor', in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Uncorrected proof copy of this work. In the original unclipped dustwrapper. 'Hawksmoor' is a novel telling parallel stories of Nicholas Dyer, a builder of seven churches in eighteenth century London for which he needs human sacrifice, and Nicholas Hawksmoor, and 1980s detective. Written by Peter Ackroyd, an English biographer who is known for his interest in the history and culture of London. In the original publisher's paper wraps, in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Wraps with only a couple of light marks and spots. Dustwrapper with some light edgewear and a few light marks. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Very Good Indeed . Ill.: None. Very Good Indeed/Very Good Indeed.
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Book number: 678P37
GBP 95.00 [Appr.: EURO 111.25 US$ 120.38 | JP 18109]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: peter ackroyd hawksmoor nichoals dyer churches hawksmoor london east end None

 Peter Ackroyd, The Lambs of London
Peter Ackroyd
The Lambs of London
London, Chatto and Windus, 2004. First edition. Cloth. A flawless first edition copy of this acclaimed historical fiction novel by author Peter Ackroyd, in a beautiful and bright unclipped dust wrapper and signed by the author. Noted historical fiction writer Peter Ackroyd brings nineteenth-century London to life with this novel about the Lamb family, young Mary Lamb in particular. This gripping novel of love and betrayal is a wonderful depiction of the nineteenth-century London world. The first edition, second printing of this work.Peter Ackroyd is a noted British writer, and is well-known for his extensive English biographies and works of historical fiction. He well known for his biographies of William Blake, Charles Dickens, and T.S. Eliot, as well as his 1987 novel, Chatterton. He is a winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and a two-time winner of the Whitbread Awards. Signed by the author to the title page. In the bright unclipped dust wrapper. Dust wrapper has a Hatchard's sticker to the front of the wrap, which can be professionally removed. In the publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, excellent, with no discernible shelf wear. Original unclipped dust wrapper is excellent and bright, with a Hatchard's sticker to the front of the wrap, which can be professionally removed. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and clean. Fine . Ill.: Not Stated. Fine/Fine.
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Book number: 799J30
GBP 32.00 [Appr.: EURO 37.5 US$ 40.55 | JP 6100]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: historical fiction 19th century lamb london 19th century Not Stated

 Peter Ackroyd, Milton in America
Peter Ackroyd
Milton in America
London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1996. First edition. Cloth. A fine signed first edition of this historical fiction novel by Peter Ackroyd, pondering what would have happened if Cromwell's secretary had fled to America upon the Restoration. The first edition, first impression of this work.Signed by the author to the title page.In the original unclipped dustwrapper.An exciting historical fiction novel, asking what would've happened if John Milton, Cromwell's secretary, had decided to flee from England to America upon the return of King Charles II.Written by the popular biographer Peter Ackroyd. In the original publisher's cloth binding, in the original unclipped dustwrapper. Externally, fine. Dustwrapper is fine. Internally firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Signed by the author to the title page. Fine . Ill.: None. Fine/Fine.
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Book number: 769P51
GBP 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 41 US$ 44.35 | JP 6672]
Catalogue: Modern Fiction
Keywords: Milton in America peter ackroyd america john milton peter ackroyd new england puritan None

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