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INSCRIBED PRESENTATION FROM RUPERT BROOKE 24. [BROOKE, Rupert]; SYNGE, John M. DEIRDRE OF THE SORROWS A Play Maunsel and Company, 1910. Inscribed by Brooke as a gift, “Miss Dixon from Rupert Brooke 1913”A parting gift sent to the daughter of James Dixon, a Fi - jian civil servant with whom Brooke stayed in Souva, Fiji, on his tour of the South Seas in 1913 and 1914. Brooke bought the book in New Zealand, the next stop on his tour after leaving Fiji. In a letter to Dixon, Brooke says, “I wandered into a shop & found a few passable and possible books. A memory of your isolation in Fiji woke in me, - so I’m sending something to alle - viate the heat of the summer with.” £4,500 INSCRIBED TO IAN FLEMING 25. CHANDLER, Raymond PLAYBACK Hamilton, 1958. First edition. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed to Ian Fleming on the front free endpaper, “To Ian, With Love Ray”. An exceptional association linking two of the most influential thriller writers of the twentieth century. £50,000
THE FIRST ‘NICHOLAS BLAKE’ NOVEL 20. BLAKE, Nicholas; [DAY-LEWIS, Cecil] A QUESTION OF PROOF Collins, 1935. First edition. The author’s first work as Nicholas Blake and the first appearance of Nigel Strangeways, the author’s series character. Seldom encountered in such a well preserved dust - wrapper. £3,950 INSCRIBED TO BRIAN ALDISS 21. BOYD, WilliamAGOODMAN INAFRICA Hamilton, 1981. First edition. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed on publi- cation to fellow novelist, Brian Aldiss and his wife, “For Brian + Margaret with all good wishes from your new neighbor Wil - liam Boyd 6.Nov.1981” £1,250 BROOKE’S PRIZE POEM AT RUGBY 22. BROOKE, Rupert ‘THE BASTILLE’ in Prize Compositions Recited in Rugby School, June 24, 1905 A.J. Lawrence, 1905. First edition. The first appearance of The Bastille, Brooke’s second work, which appears with Greek Iambics by A.S.F. Gow. The pamphlet, the product of winning the Prize Poem at Rugby School for that year, was produced for the recitation on June 24 1905. The survival of this ephemeral production is naturally uncommon. £4,500 “IF I SHOULD DIE, THINK ONLY THIS OF ME:” 23. BROOKE, Rupert 1914 AND OTHER POEMS Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915. First edition. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper, bright and crisp with a little tanning to the spine and the most trivial wear to the corners. Brooke’s famously posthumous second collec - tion of poems. £5,000
UNCOMMON 1940s AGATHA CHRISTIES
26. THE BODY IN THE LIBRARY Collins, 1942. First edition. Original red cloth in stylish pictorial dustwrap- per. A Miss Marple novel. Seemingly the scarcest of the forties titles. £2,250 27. ONE, TWO, BUCKLE MY SHOE Collins, 1940. First edition. Original red cloth in pictorial dustwrapper. A bright and pleasing copy. £2,250 THE EARLIEST SURVIVING CONRAD IN DUSTWRAPPER 28. CONRAD, Joseph with HUEFFER, Ford M. THE INHERI- TORS McClure, Philips & Co. 1901. First edition. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper.
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