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RARE PETER WIMSEY MYSTERIES, IN DUSTWRAPPERS 54. SAYERS, Dorothy L. THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT THE BELLONA CLUB Benn, 1928. First edition. Original black boards with lettering and design in orange, in rare buff dustwrapper printed in black.A Very rare in a dustwrapper. £9,500 55. SAYERS, Dorothy L. FIVE RED HERRINGS Gollancz, 1931. First edition. A near fine copy with the prelims and page edges rather spotted in a near fine dustwrapper. Very uncommon in dustwrapper. £10,000 56. SAYERS, Dorothy L. HAVE HIS CARCASE Gollancz, 1932. First edition. A bright and well preserved copy seldom en - countered in its dustwrapper. £8,750 IN A BRIGHT YOUNG DUSTWRAPPER 57. WAUGH, Evelyn VILE BODIES Chapman & Hall, 1930. First edition. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper with the slight - est trace of wear to the head of the spine but exceptionally bright and crisp. The author’s successful second novel, chart - ing the rise of the ‘Bright Young Thing’. It is also one of the author’s scarcest books, particularly in such a well preserved dustwrapper. £37,500 RARE EARLY SATIRE 58. WODEHOUSE, P.G. THE SWOOP! OrHowClarence Saved England, A Tale of the Great Invasion Alston Rivers Ltd., 1909. First edition. Original pictorial wrappers printed in orange and black. An unusually fresh copy, seldom encountered in such a well preserved state. A short comic novel, issued only in paper wrappers, to be sold as cheap fiction at train stations and news stands. Due to its construction very few copies have survived in anything like acceptable condition. £5,750

“VIRGINIA WOOLF IS A NEGLIGIBLE NOVELIST” 59. WOOLF, Virginia JACOB’S ROOM Hogarth Press, 1922. First edition. One of 40 ‘A Subscribers’ copies with the publish - er’s tipped in printed slip to that effect, inscribed for Rebecca West and signed and dated by Virginia Woolf. An uncommon - ly fine copy. Rebecca West famously reviewed Jacob’s Room in The New Statesman the month after receiving this copy, writing of the author that: “[she] has again provided us with a demonstra - tion that she is at once a negligible novelist and a supreme - ly important writer.” Woolf meanwhile, though admiring of West’s journalism, likened her novel The Return of the Soldier to an “over-stuffed sausage”. £30,000 IN THE RARE VANESSA BELL DUSTWRAPPER 60. WOOLF, Virginia MRS DALLOWAY Hogarth Press, 1925. First edition. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper indeed entirely without repair. Mrs Dalloway is regarded by many as the author’s masterpiece, certainly it is one of her best-loved works. The dustwrapper is both one of Vanessa Bell’s best de - signs for her and also famously fragile, so most examples have long since disintegrated. Examples with no repair, restoration or sophistication are notoriously rare. £39,500


First edition. An unusually nice copy of a work that contains “the greatest poetry of Yeats in his difficult later manner... [It] constitutes a peak in English poetry” (Connolly, 100 Key Books Of The Modern Movement ) £4,500


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