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Ecat 184 October 2019

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Limited Editions

Margaret Atwood - The Testaments
A limited edition of 50 copies is planned. They will be signed & numbered on a tipped in page, bound in neon green cloth, printed on Perigord Condat Matt and feature special endpapers. They will be contained in a navy blue clamshell box lined with hand-marbled paper.
The joys of Brexit mean there are doubts as to price and when they will be ready, but for now the publisher is suggesting early December with a price of £1000.

John le Carre: Agent Running in the Field

No information on this other than a whisper that there may be a limited edition, possibly 100 copies at £300. Please advise if you would like more information.

Erin Morgenstern - The Starless Sea
Random House are also planning a signed limited edition of  100 copies of Erin Morgenstern's new book The Starless Sea.
The book will be bound in navy blue cloth with marbled endpapers and edges. The dustjacket will  be partially decorated with gold foil and will be double-sided and fold out.
The book will be contained in a dark blue slipcase with gold foil detailing.
The joys of Brexit mean there are doubts as to price and when they will be ready, but for now the publisher is suggesting mid November with a price of £300.

Alice Oswald - Nobody
A signed limited edition of 100 copies of Alice Oswald's new collection - Nobody has been published. The trade edition will be paperback, but the limited edition is  hardback with faux cloth boards, and dust jacketed. The book will be contained in a perspex slipcase. £150.00

Winter Papers 5
The annual anthology of Irish writing edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith is due in late October or early November. It is difficult to price this book due to the uncertain exchange rates resulting from Brexit talks, but a guide price would be £50.
A few copies of Winter Papers 4 are also still available.


Part One - New Acquisitions, Imminent Arrivals and Selections from Stock.


Unless stated otherwise, all books are hardbacks or paperback originals, in fine condition and are first impressions of first UK editions. A fuller description will gladly be supplied on request. Most titles in this section are on view at timkcbooks.com

Entries with asterisks indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time, shown as signed for the first time or shown for the first time in Part One.

Agualusa, Jose Eduardo: The Society of Reluctant Dreamers. Harvill Secker 2019. Dreams can be awkward in Angola. Signed by the author and translator (Daniel Hahn) to the title page. £22.00

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***Alvarez, Carlos Manuel: The Fallen. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A novel set in contemporary Cuba. 10.99

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Apostol, Gina: Insurrecto. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A novel set in a largely forgotten war between the Philippines and the USA. £12.99

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Armitage, Simon: Hansel & Gretel. DFT 2019. A contemporary retelling of the classic story with illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.  Signed by the author. £32.00

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***Atwood, Margaret. The Testaments. Chatto & Windus 2019. A much anticipated follow up to the author's celebrated the Handmaid's Tale. Joint winner of the 2019 Booker Prize.  £20.00

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***Ball, Jessie: The Diver's Game. Granta 2019. A dystopian allegory. £14.99

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Barry, Kevin: Night Boat to Tangier. Canongate 2019. A pair of Irish gangsters waiting to catch the boat in Algeciras. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £25.00

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Buchan-Watts, Sam & Singer, Lavinia (edit): Try to be Better TTBB. Prototype 2019. Loosely bound anthology of prose, poetry and art prompted by the work of W.S Graham. Signed by the editors. One of 500 copies. £20.00

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***Burton, Jessie: The Confession. Picador 2019. A novel set in 1980's London and Los Angeles. £25.00

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***Busby, Margaret (edits): New Daughters of Africa. Myriad Editions 2019. A collection of writing by African female writers or female writers of African descent. Signed by Margaret Busby, Bernadine Evaristo, Leila Aboulela, Namwali Serpell and Candace Carty-Williams.  £50.00 (note this title is not on ABE or my website).

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***Caley, Matthew: Trawlerman's Turquoise. Bloodaxe 2019. The author's sixth collection of poems. £9.95

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Chan, Mary Jean: Fleche. Faber 2019. A first collection of poems. Signed by the author to the title page. £10.99

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Chevalier, Tracy. A Single Thread. After WW1, Victoria wants to settle down and get married. Nut most of the men have been killed in the war.  Signed and dated by the author. £20.00

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***Clarke, Jane: When the Tree Falls.  A collection of poems celebrating rites of passage. Bloodaxe 2019. £9.95

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Cook, Elizabeth: Lux. Scribe 2019. David and Bathsheba's story revisited before relocating to the Tower of London. Signed by the author.  £20.00

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***Costello, Mary: The River Capture. Canongate 2019. A man decides to withdraw from society and return to his family's land.  £14.99

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Doughty, Louise: Platform Seven. Faber. Two people are about to die at Peterborough Railway Station. Signed by the author. £14.99

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Doyle, Roddy: Charlie Savage. Jonathan Cape 2019. A collection of the author's journalism for the Irish Independent. Signed by the author. £16.00

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Dunthorne, Joe: O Positive. Faber 2019. A first full collection of poems from an established author.   Signed by the author to the title page. £15.00

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***Ellmann, Lucy: Ducks, Newburyport. Galley Beggar 2019. Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Fine paperback original. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize. £60.00

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***Ernaux, Annie: I Remain in Darkness. Fitzcarraldo 2019. The acclaimed novelist uses personal experience to look at Alzheimers. £8.99

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Flanery, Patrick: Night for Day. Atlantic 2019. A novel set over one day in McCarthy-era Hollywood. Signed and dated by the author. £20.00

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Flattery, Nicole: Show Them a Good Time. Bloomsbury 2019. Signed by the author. A collection of stories. £25.00

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***Fosse, Jon: The Other Name - Septology I-II. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A Norwegian artist reflects on his life.  £12.99

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***Gray, Alasdair. Purgatory - Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Two. Canongate 2019.  The second part of the translation. £14.99

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Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet: Liar. Pushkin Press 2019. An inter-generational Israeli novel. Signed by the author. £16.00

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Haddon, Mark: The Porpoise. Chatto & Windus 2019. The story of a baby who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize. Signed by the author. £22.00

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Hale, Katie: My Name is Monster. Canongate. Signed by the author to the title page.  A debut novel trailed as a Robinson Crusoe for our times.  £14.99

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Harris, Robert: The Second Sleep. Hutchinson 2019. A historical and dystopian novel?  Signed by the author to the title page. £25.00

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Hisayo, Buchanan, Rowan: Starling Days. Sceptre. A novel looking at urban isolation. Signed and dated by the author to the title page. £28.00

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***Houellebecq, Michel: Serotonin. William Heinemann 2019. Does the title give the plot away? £20.00

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***Hunt, Laird: In the House in the Dark of the Woods. One 2019. Dark fairy tales.  £12.99

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***Jones, Cynan: Stillicide. Granta 2019. A new short novel from the Welsh author. Stock due in. £12.00

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Kavenna, Joanna: Zed. Faber 2019. The CEO of a global company is heading for a fall. Signed by the author. £20.00

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***Keret, Etgar: Fly, Already: Granta 2019. A collection of 22 linked short stories. £12.99

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***Klaces, Caleb: Fatherhood. Prototype 2029. A very moving account in prose and poetry of becoming a father. £18.00

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***Kunial, Zaffar: Six. Faber 2019. A small collection of cricket poems. £6.00

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Levy, Deborah: The Man who Saw Everything. Hamish Hamilton 2019. Signed and dated (pre-publication) by the author to the title page. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize. £32.00

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***Litt, Toby: Patience. Galley Beggar 2019. Toby Litt is a writer undergoing something of a renaissance and this title has garnered very favourable reviews.  Signed limited edition. Paperback. £20.00 (copies due in shortly, so the title is not on the website).

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***Logan, Kirsty: Things we Say in the Dark. Harvill Secker 2019. A new collection of short stories. £12.99

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Macfarlane, Robert: Underland - A Deep Time Journey. Hamish Hamilton 2019. The nature writer goes underground visiting tree roots and glaciers.  Signed by the author. £20.00

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***Marlantes, Karl: Deep River. Atlantic 2019. Three Finns emigrate to Washington State 125 years ago. £17.99

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***Marsden, Philip: The Summer Isles. Granta 2019. The author sails from Cornwall to the Summer Isles. £20.00

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***McEwan, Ian: The Cockroach. Jonathan Cape 2019. A political  novella.  Signed by the author. £15.00

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McGlasson, Claire: The Rapture. Faber 2019. A first novel that looks into the world of  The Panacea Society £14.99

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Nathan, Alix: The Warlow Experiment. Serpent's Tail 2019 . A scientific experiment goes wrong. £12.99

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O'Brien, Edna: Girl. Faber 2019. A novel describing the lives of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Signed by the author. £24.00

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***Olyslaegers, Jeroen: Will. Pushkin Press 2019. The first book by the Flemish author to be translated into English. £16.99

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***Oswald, Alice: Nobody. Jonathan Cape 2019. A book-length sea-related poem featuring voices from the classics . £10.00

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Paralkar, Vikram: Night Theatre. Serpents Tail 2019. An injured family pay a visit to a doctor.  Signed by the author. £16.00

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Porter, Max: Lanny. Faber 2019. The story of an English village, past and present. One resident is Lanny, another is Dead Papa Toothwort. Longlisted for the Nooker Prize. Signed copies £20.00. Copies signed and dated by the author to the title page at the author's publication day event in Bath. £35.00

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***Preston, Alex: Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection. Canongate 2019. A whisky centred anthology with contributions from Eley Williams, Kamila Shamsie, David Szalay, Michael Donkor and others.  £12.99

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Prototype 1: Prototype 2019. Edited by Jess Chandler. The first of a projected annual anthology. Contributors include Rachael Allen, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Emily Berry, Eley Williams, Jen Calleja and S J Fowler. Large format paperback original.  £20.00

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Roy, Arundhati: My Seditious Heart. Hamish Hamilton 2019. A 1120 page collection of the author's essays. Signed by the author.  £45.00

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Rushdie, Salman: Quichotte. Jonathan Cape 2019. Signed by the author to the title page. Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £28.00

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Schweblin, Samanta: Mouthful of Birds. Oneworld 2019. A new collection of short stories from a young Argentinian writer recognised as being one of the best international authors of her generation. Longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. Signed by the author. £20.00

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***Schwepcke, Barbara & Swainson, Bill (edit): A New Divan - A Lyrical Dialogue Between East & West. Gingko 2019. Published on the 200th anniversary of Goethe's West-Eastern Divan. Many contributors, the following of whom have signed: Barbara Schwepke, Bill Swainson, Paul Farley, Lavinia Greenlaw, Nujoom Alghanem, Don Paterson, Robin Robertson, Jo Shapcott, Kathleen Jamie, Jamie McKendrick, George Szirtes, Sean O'Brien, Narguess Farzad, Jan Wagner and Gilles Ortlieb. £50.00 (note this title is not on ABE or my website).

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Smith, Ali: Spring. Hamish Hamilton 2019. The third in the author's series of contemporary novels. Signed by the author. £24.00

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***Smith, Zadie: Grand Union. Hamish Hamilton 2019. 20 short stories - 10 new and 10 written in the past 10 years. £20.00

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***Vincent, Isabel: Dinner with Edward. One 2019. A couple seem to be getting it together. £12.99

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Williams, Hugo: Lines Off. Faber 2019.  The poet's first collection for 5 years. £14.99

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Winterson, Jeanette: Frankissstein. Jonathan Cape 2019. Signed by the author to the title page. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £32.00

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***Zink, Nell: Doxology. Fourth Estate 2019. Signed by the author. A novel set in the rock world of New York. £25.00


Part Two - Soon to Appear Books.


The following list is a round up of the main titles to be published in the UK in the next few months. Orders for these titles are now being taken. The books will be first printings, signed (when available) and sold at cover price where possible. However, I often have to buy in books at full price from reputable sources including literary festivals I attend, so please bear in mind that the prices below are for guidance and subject to confirmation. Additionally, the cover price and publication date may be changed by the publisher before publication. There may be a delay in obtaining signed copies of some titles, and in some cases copies may not be forthcoming.


October 2019

Aciman, Andre: Find Me. Faber. Love blossoms in Europe.  £14.99

Donoghue, Emma: Akin. Picador. A New Yorker looks for his mother's secrets on the French Riviera. £16.99

Le Carre, John: Agent Running in the Field. Viking. A British agent is caught up in the ever-changing politics of 2019. £20.00

Safran Foer, Jonathan: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Starts at Breakfast. Hamish Hamilton. The author's take on climate change. £16.99

Strout, Elizabeth: Olive, Again. Viking. A revisit to the world of Olive Kitteridge. £14.99

November 2019

***Barnes, Julian: The Man in the Red Coat. Jonathan Cape.  A portrait of The Belle Epoque as seen through the eyes of Samuel Pozzi. £18.99

***Hall, Sarah: Sudden Traveller. Faber. A new collection of short stories. £12.99

***Haratischvili, Nino: The Eighth Life (for Brilka). Scribe.  A Georgian family has to decide as the Russian Revolution approaches. £20.00

***Kandasamy, Meena: Exquisite Cadavers. Atlantic Books. A novella set in contempoary London. £5.99

***Krasznahorkai, Laszlo: Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming. Tuskar Rock. An exiled Hungarian Baron returns home. £20.00

***Lerner, Ben: The Topeka School. Granta. A new novel from a versatile writer.  £16.99

MacFarlane, Robert. Ness. Hamish Hamilton. A myth for our times. £14.99

***Markovits, Benjamin: Christmas in Austin. Faber. Wonder where people are going for their holidays...£16.99

***Morgenstern, Erin: The Starless Sea. Harvill Secker. A book found in a University Library leads Zachary on a voyage of discovery.  £16.99

***Motion, Andrew: Salt Water. Faber. A new collection of poems from the former laureate. £10.99

***Russo, Richard: Chances Are. Allen & Unwin. A group of students reunite about 45 years later. £15.99

***Thomas, Scarlett: Oligarchy. Canongate. A Russian schoolgirl finds herself at an English boarding school. Signed copies requested. £14.99

December 2019/January 2020

***Aitken, Molly: The Island Child. Canongate. The story of a young girl brought up on a remote Irish island. £14.99

***Azar, Shokoofeh: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree. Europa. A novel set amidst the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution £13.99

***Cander, Chris: The Weight of a Piano. Europa. A piano gets lost in transit. £12.99

***Cha, Steph: Your House Will Pay. Faber. Los Angeles is about all Grace Shawn have in common. £12.99

***Dangarembga, Tsitsi: This Mournable Body. Faber. A young woman struggles in Zimbabwe. £14.99

***Harsent, David: Loss. Faber. A new poetry collection. £14.99

***Mengiste, Maaza: The Shadow king. Canongate. A novel set in Ethiopia in 1935 as Mussolini is threatening.  £16.99

***Thayil, Jeet: Low. Faber. Bombay - as seen by a drug addict.  £14.99

February 2020

***Adiga, Aravind: Amnesty. Picador. An illegal immigrant faces a dilemma. £16.99

***Coates, ta-nehisi: The Water Dancer. Hamish Hamilton. A novel set amongst slavery plantations. £16.99

***Donwood, Stanley: Bad Island. Hamish Hamilton. A graphic novel looking forward to the end of the world. £12.99

***Forbes, Curdella: A Tall History of Sugar. Canongate. Moshe is born with blue translucent skin. Odd for a baby in Jamaica. £14.99

***Harris, Will: Rendang. Granta. A first full collection from an exciting young poet. £10.99

***Offill, Jenny: Weather. Granta. Lizzie finds herself caught up in politics. £12.99

***MacInnes, Martin: Gathering Evidence. Atlantic. A head injury causes John to see things differently. £12.99

***Stamm, Peter: The Sweet Indifference of the World. Granta. A novella about shared experiences. £12.99


March 2020

***Lewycka, Marina: The Good, the Bad and the Little Bit Stupid. Fig Tree. Somehow George wins millions in the Kosovan lottery. £14.99


***Mantel, Hilary: The Mirror & the Light: Fourth Estate. Wolf Hall part Three. £25.00

***Smith, Sarah Elaine: Marilou is Everywhere. Hamish Hamilton. When Marilou disappears, Cindy is keen to take her place. £12.99

***Tsiolkas, Christos: Damascus. Atlantic. A novel that looks at a certain conversion. £16.99

***Wyld, Evie: The Bass Rock. Jonathan Cape. The story of 3 women at different times. (Rescheduled from 2019). £16.99

***Yousefzada, Osman: The Go-Between. Canongate.  A multi-cultural upbringing oin Birmingham. £14.99

April 2020

***Blacklock, Mark: Hinton. Granta. A family uses science fiction as escapism. £16.99

***Bradley, Nick: The Cat and the City. Atlantic. A tortoiseshell cat features in a novel set in Tokyo. £12.99

***Bryce, Colette: The M Pages. Picador. A new collection of poetry. £10.99

***Cha, Frances: If I had your Face. Viking. A frantic novel set in modern day Seoul. £12.99

***Kawakami, Mieko: Breasts and Eggs. Picador. A novel about female adolescence from a young Japanese writer. £14.99

May 2020

***Ladner, Kiare: Nightshift. Picador. A novel set in night-time London. £12.99

***Mackintosh, Sophie: Blue Ticket. Hamish Hamilton. What happens when your pre-determined identity goes wrong? £12.99


June 2020

***Evers, Stuart: The Blind Light. Picador. The last 60 years as witnessed by Drum and Gwen.  £20.00

***Kneale, Matthew: Pilgrims. Atlantic. In 1289, a group of pilgrims set off from England to Rome. £16.99

*** Lalwani, Nikita: You People. Viking. A novel set in an Italian restaurant with non Italian employees. £14.99

***Mitchell, David: Utopia Avenue. Sceptre. The biography of a fictional rock group founded in the late 1960's . £20.00

***Smith, Ali: Summer. Hamish Hamilton. The final part of the author's Seasons quartet. £16.99


***Entries with asterisks indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time or for the first time in Part One or have been modified.

Part Three - Recent acquisitions of older titles. Note, non-core genre titles may not be found on the website, but are available on ABE at the time of writing.

Bernard, Bruce (introduces) Freud, Lucian: Lucian Freud. Random House; 1996. First edition, first printing. Large format. Near fine in black cloth with titles in white in similar slipcase with an image to the rear. Some wear to the base of the slipcase. £125.00

Greenwood, Jeremy (Nash, John): The Wood Engravings of John Nash. Wood Lea Press; 1987. First edition, first printing. Large format, quarter cloth (slightly faded to the spine) and three quarter patterned  paper boards. One of 750 copies of the standard edition (there were also 61 copies of a special edition). Fine, profusely illustrated with images of the artist's engravings, mostly black and white, but a handful in colour. Contained in matching green slipcase. £200.00

Irving, Washington: The Alhambra. Macmillan 1911. Third printing thus. Full red leather binding with gilt tooling to the boards and gilt binding and titles to the spine. Raised bands and gilt edges. Marbled endpapers. Some minor spotting to endpapers and ownership inscriptions to the front flyleaf, otherwise near fine. £75.00

Kennard, Luke: The Transition. Fourth Estate 2017. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £20.00

Martin, John (introduces) (Yates, Fred): The Last Paintings. John Martin Gallery; 2015. First edition, first printing. An exhibition catalogue featuring the artist's last paintings. Near fine in boards as published (rear board slightly grubby). £30.00

Macaulay, Lord: Macaulay's Critical and Historical Essays contributed to The Edinburgh Review. Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts; 1858. Ninth edition. Issued in 3 volumes in original binding of full red leather binding with gilt tooling to the boards and gilt binding and titles to the spine. Raised bands and gilt edges. Some minor spotting to endpapers, otherwise near fine. £200.00

O'Riordan, Adam: The Burning Ground. Bloomsbury 2017. First edition, first printing. Signed and dated by the author. Fine in fine dustjacket. £24.00

Saunders, George: Lincoln in the Bardo. Bloomsbury 2017. First edition, first printing. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Signed and dated (October 2017) by the author to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £80.00

Skelton, Christopher  (Gill, Eric): Eric Gill: The Engravings. Godine; 1990. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dustjacket with the typical fading to the red typeface. £50.00 x



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