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1920s FORESTER, IN STRIKING DUSTWRAPPER 34. FORESTER, C.S. THE WONDERFUL WEEK Bodley Head, 1927. First edition. The second of Forester’s three early mystery thrillers, sitting between Payment Deferred (1926) and Plain Murder (1930). Seldom seen in a dustwrapper. £2,250 INSCRIBED TO WILFRID GIBSON 35. FROST, Robert NORTH OF BOSTON David Nutt, 1914. First edition, first issue, binding A. Inscribed to his close friend and fellow Dymock poet Wilfrid W. Gibson: “Wilfrid Gibson from Robert Frost”. Contemporary presentation copies with such literary magnitude are rare. £12,500 GRAVES’S SECOND BOOK, INSCRIBED 36. GRAVES, Robert GOLIATH AND DAVID [Privately print- ed for the author at the] Chiswick Press, [1916]. First edition. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed to fellow poet Harold Abbott on the inside front cover “H.H. Abbott, from Robert Graves, Bryn-y-pin, 1918”. One of only 200 copies of Graves’s second book of verse, writ - ten whilst Graves was recovering from wounds received dur - ing the Battle of the Somme. £4,500 GREENE’S UNCOMMON SECOND NOVEL 37.GREENE,GrahamTHENAMEOFACTION Heinemann,1930. First edition. The author’s second novel. The first issue (with the original 7/6 price) is now uncommon, and the dustwrap - per’s light colouring and thin stock mean it is very seldom en - countered in bright and undamaged condition. £6,750 RARE SUPPRESSED FIRST ISSUE 38. GREENE, Graham STAMBOUL TRAIN Heinemann, 1932. First edition, first issue, recalled by the publishers after objec -

tions by J.B. Priestley. Only a handful of copies with the original text survived the cull and it is now very rarely seen in commerce. £4,500 UNCOMMONLY ATTRACTIVE 39. GREENE, Graham THE BASEMENT ROOM And Other Stories Cresset Press, 1935. First edition, first issue in green cloth. Greene’s first collection of short stories.The dustwrapper is made of a paper-backed foil over which is printed the design and lettering. The effect is quite striking, but the thinness of the paper means that the dustwrapper is particularly fragile and thus rarely encoun - tered. £17,500 A FINE COPY OF GREENE’S GREATEST NOVEL 40. GREENE, Graham THE POWER AND THE GLORY Heine- mann, 1940. First edition. Critically considered Greene’s greatest novel and one of the highlights of twentieth century literature, which showcases Greene’s technique of painting intricate moral landscapes where corrupt characters might still be capable of good and virtuous ones indulge their virtues murderously. Scarce and, due to the cheap wartime paper, is rarely found in acceptable condition. £25,000 HEANEY’S FIRST PUBLISHED COLLECTION 41. HEANEY, Seamus ELEVEN POEMS Festival Publications, [1965]. First edition, first issue printed on wove paper with the sun device on the upper cover printed in a lighter shade of pur - ple and with nine points. Heaney’s first published work, pub - lished at Queen’s University, Belfast, Heaney’s Alma Mater from 1957-61. There are three separate printings of the work, often referred to as issues, with only subtle differences be - tween the first two. The first issue is rare. £9,500


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