Cassell 1st 1977
8vo, minor spotting to inside of d/w o/w F/VG++ 570 gms
(Order reference 10011)
4to F/VG++ 880 gms
(Order reference 10272)
This is an elegant and fully illustrated survey of British literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, written by five highly distinguished authors. Plays, poems, novels diaries - each author provides a critical history of his chosen subject introducing - or re-introducing - us to the pleasures of the most memorable works and writers through the centuries.
Spearman & Calder 1st 1953
8vo, no d/w, spotting + min bmps to bds o/w VG+ 425 gms
(Order reference 10297).
Harvill Press 1st 1983
8vo, ex lib VG++/VG++ 495 gms
(Order reference 10300).
Oliver & Boyd 2nd edn revised + enlarged 1939
8vo, stapled construction in stiff bds. Rusting to staples, v v min bmps + mrking to bds o/w VG+ 225 gms
(Order reference 10315).
Atlantic Books 1st 2003
large 8vo pb 242pp, min bmps + wr to cvrs, gift inscr to title p o/w VG++ 415 gms
(Order reference 10497)
Viking 1st 2000
8vo M/F 365 gms
(Order reference 10602).
Frederick Warne 1st 1982
4to F/VG++ 580 gms
(Order reference 10689).
Routledge & Kegan Paul rep 1977
8vo pb 202pp, v min bmps to edges of cvrs, v sl sunning to spine o/w VG++ 325 gms
(Order reference 10778).
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1st 1987
large 8vo, price cancelled on fr d/w foldover o/w F/F 760 gms
(Order reference 10953A).
Carcanet 1st 1986
8vo M/F 390 gms
(Order reference 10970A).
Sidgwick & Jackson rep 1987
8vo, d/w price-clipped, page edges sl tanned o/w F/F. Facsimile of original 1931 edition
(Order reference 10990).
Ernest Benn 4th revised edn 1972
8vo, sl sunning to bds, v v min wr to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG++ 550 gms
(Order reference 11099).
Abbeville Press 1st 2000
4to pb 180pp, crse to fr cvr + fep o/w VG++ 540 gms
(Order reference 11213).
Michael O'Mara 1st 2002
8vo, glazed pictorial boards in a similar d/w M/F 340 gms
(Order reference 11309).
Phaidon 1st 1981
square format 4to, v v min crsing to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG++ 655 gms
(Order reference 11386).
There are true book lovers, such as Erasmus: "When I get a little money, I buy books: and if any
is left, I buy food and clothes". There are those who are not so keen, such as Louis XIV: "I see no point in reading". There are critics who are less than fair to authors, such as Sydney Smith: "I never read a book before reviewing it, it prejudices a man so". There are authors who are less than kind to critics, such as Rabelais: "As for you, little envious prigs, snarling, bastard, puny Criticks, you'll soon have railed your last: Go hang yourselves". Finally, there are those who stand by, incomprehending, such as William Henry, Duke of Gloucester: "Another damned, thick, square book! Always scribble, scribble, scribble! Eh! Mr Gibbon?".
All these quotes and many others are included in Gerald Donaldson's delightful anthology: Books. In this beautifully illustrated volume are hundreds of quotations about books being made, books being sold. books being read, disastrous books, successful books, and the problem and cure of bibliomania. A book for every book lover, dealer, curator or collector, Books is a truly original collection of insights, both lighthearted and earnest: it answers questions that few would have thought of asking, and it shows the literati at their wittiest and wickedest, such as Disraeli, who wrote on receiving an unsolicited manuscript: -Many thanks; I shall lose no time in reading it"; or Groucho Marx, who wrote with his usual kindness: -From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend reading it".
V & A Publications 1st 2001
4to, min bmps to bds, v v min crsing to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG++ 1160 gms
(Order reference 11422).
Illuminated manuscripts, comics, fine bindings, the classics of children's literature, artists' books and their working documents - these are just some of the remarkable items to be found in the National Art Library at the V&A. This fascinating and attractive volume explores the ways in which books represent art and literature, and how the marriage of word and image can create a work of art in its own right.
In a series of thematic chapters, the authors draw on their wide-ranging expertise to look at the Library's major holdings, and in the process illustrate the main aspects of book design and production over the centuries. With medieval books of hours sitting alongside contemporary paperback novels, the choice is wonderfully varied, from Leonardo da Vinci to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Joan of Arc to Judge Dredd, Aesop to Charles Dickens, and Babar the Elephant to Ian Fleming.
The superb colour plates, accompanied by a clear and informative text, superbly demonstrate the many facets of the art of bookmaking. This absorbing compendium, spanning six centuries, will be of interest to all those with a love of art, literary history and illustration.
Macmillan 1st 1981
8vo F/VG++ 285 gms
(Order reference 11756).
Peter Owen 1991
8vo. Very, very minor wear to edges of d/w. Signed by author on title page. F/VG+ 440 gms
(Order reference 12257)
A collector's edition published to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Peter Owen Ltd., an independent London based publishing company. Owen has published a glittering array of writers, many of international fame. Some of those are represented here, with short stories and selected excerpts, are Paul and Jane Bowles, Chagall, Colette, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Cocteau, Shusaku Endo, Anna Kavan, Anais Nin, Cesare Pavese, Octavio Paz, and James Purdy. Copiously illustrated by (among others) Chagall, Dali, Paul Klee, Gerald Scarfe, Topor, John Lennon, and Stevie Smith.
Chancellor Press rep 2002
8vo pb 272pp VG++ 370 gms
(Order reference 12259).
Cassell rep 1998
8vo pb 334pp F 350 gms
(Order reference 12375).
Michael O'Mara for Past Times 1st 1997
8vo, glazed pictorial boards F+ 310 gms
(Order reference 12619)
Oscar Wilde was the master of studied insult so perfect the victim was often proud to have occasioned it. His scathing wit is as fresh today as when it was first minted.
Pitkin Pictorials rep 1994
4to stapled sftbk 32pp, sl wr to edges of cvrs o/w VG++ 125 gms
(Order reference 12690).
Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll belong to Oxford. She was the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church and he was one of the college tutors. Alice was born in 1852 at Westminster School, where her father, the Revd Henry George Liddell, was head master. She was four years old when the family moved to the Deanery at Christ Church. The rest of the family then consisted of her brother Harry,aged nine, and two sisters, Lorina, who was six, and Edith two years old. The first record of her meeting Lewis Carroll is an entry in his diary in 1856: 'April 25. (F). Went over with Southey in the afternoon to the Deanery, to try and take a photograph of the Cathedral: both attempts proved failures. The three little girls were in the garden most of the time, and we became excellent friends.’
Mavis Batey tells the story of Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, and the immortal friendship with `Lewis Carroll', the mathematics don, which inspired the Alice books.
Mrs Batey, who is married to the Treasurer of Christ Church, has made a special study of the Oxford background to the famous Alice stories, which throws a new and refreshing light on Lewis Carroll.
'She saw an ancient city, and a quiet river winding near it along the plain, and up the stream went slowly gliding a boat with a merry party of children on board — she could hear their voices and laughter like music over the water'.
From Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
Shire Publications 1st 1973
8vo pb 64pp, v v sl wr to edges of cvrs o/w VG++ 65 gms
(Order reference 12977).
Andre Deutsch 6th imp 1972
8vo VG++/VG++ 450 gms
(Order reference 12978).
The author's aim in writing this book has been to provide the historical explanation of some of the puzzling features of the English language as we use it today. He has had in mind both the general reader and students at universities and training colleges who wish to learn something about the history oftheir own la nguage. There are introductory chapters on the nature of language and the sounds of speech, followed by a brief sketch of the history of the English language from the earliest times of which we have any knowledge down to the present day. Later chapters deal with the history of English spelling, phonology, accidence, syntax and the development of meaning.
Professor G. L. Brook is Professor of English Language and Medieval English Literature at the University of Manchester. He is interested in the study of dialect and was the founder of the Lancashire Dialect Society and the first editor of its Journal. In 1951 he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include English Dialects, The Language of Dickens (both in the Language Library), An Introduction to Old English and an edition of the Middle English Harley Lyrics.
Simon & Schuster 1st 1996
M/VG++ 264 gms
(Order reference 1300).
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1st 1977
8vo F/VG++ 420 gms
(Order reference 13029A).
Bloomsbury 1st 1988 4to, v v min bmps to bds, v v sl sunning to top edge of bds, v v sl yellowing to d/w o/w VG++/VG++ 880 gms
(Order reference 13068).
Oxford University Press 2nd imp (revised) 1950
8vo, red cloth cvred bds, min wr + staining to bds, wr, chps and small areas mssg from d/w o/w VG/VG 580 gms
(Order reference 13114A).
John Walker no date
16mo, maroon faux leather bds with gold titling to spine + fr bd, all edges gilt, marking + wr to bd edges, two tiny entries o/w VG+ 150 gms
(Order reference 13356).
Longman rep 1985
8vo pb 88pp, wr to edges of cvrs, small neat row of handwritten numbers to fr cvr o/w VG+ 155 gms
(Order reference 13429).
Gerald Duckworth 1st 1962
8vo, v v min bmps to bds, v min chps to sl grubby d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 230 gms
(Order reference 13502).
British Museum Press 2nd imp 1993
4to, v slight impact dmge to btm of fr bd o/w VG++/F 505 gms
(Order reference 13511).
Hamlyn rep 1985
8vo, 957pp, yellow cloth cvred bds, v v feint tanning to p edges, spine sl sunned o/w VG+/VG+ 975 gms
(Order reference 13601).
Phoenix House 1st 1957
8vo, ex lib, tape stains to bds, eps + pastedowns; wr, chps + staining to d/w o/w G/G 260 gms
(Order reference 13620).
Dalesman 2nd edn 1977
8vo pb 80pp, wr to edges of cvrs, esp to spine, o/w VG+ 145 gms
(Order reference 13662).
Smith Settle 1st 1997
8vo pb 197pp, v v min bmps to cvrs o/w F 325 gms
(Order reference 13700).
'William Rollinson does for Lakeland words and traditions what Wainwright did for its walks and climbs.' Melvyn Bragg
The Cumbrian Dictionary is the first comprehensive guide to the county's dialect, tradition and folklore. It comprises: dialect words and expressions; traditions and customs; and names from history and legend. The entries themselves cover topics such as working life, food and domestic items, sport and recreation, children's games, local rhymes and sayings, calendar customs and topographical features.
They include derivations, explanations and cross-references; and quoted examples give the reader the precise meaning and flavour of the word or phrase, often with traditional humour for good measure. Specially-commissioned drawings complement the text perfectly.
Although it serves as a well-researched reference work, with its lively yet authoritative text, the Dictionary is also a delight to browse through. All in all, with over 2,000 entries and 140 illustrations, the Cumbrian Dictionary is the essential book on Cumbrian phrase and fable.
'Succinct, authentic, well-illustrated ... good for a browse and assured of a place on that part of the bookshelf reserved for standard works of reference about our Cumbrian way of life.'
W R Mitchell MBE, former editor of Cumbria
'Firmly rooted in encyclopaedic knowledge but skilfully tailored to meet the needs and interests of the general reader. A five-star companion for aficionados of all things truly Cumbrian.'
George Bott, Keswick Reminder
'Whea else but Bill Rollinson cud hey put tagither seck a grand new beeuk? T' amoont o' stuff in seck a handy-sized beeuk is a real capper!'
Ted Reiph, hon editor, Lakeland Dialect Society Journal
Tor Mark Press no date
8vo stapled sftbk 32pp, v v min wr to edges of cvrs o/w VG++ 65 gms
(Order reference 13717).
Breese Books 1999
8vo pb 312pp F 440 gms
(Order reference 13859).
The Clique 1997
8vo, glazed pictorial boards F 435 gms
(Order reference 13872).
Lyle Publications 1981
8vo, green faux leather boards with gold decoration + titling. Very, very slight tanning to endpapers + pastedowns o/w VG++ 855 gms
(Order reference 13873)
Over 5,000 examples of books sold throughout the previous year, with venues and prices realised. Illustrated throughout text with black and white photographs and facsimile pages and covers.
Carlton 1st 1998
large 4to, glazed pictorial boards in a similar d/w, min wrinkling + sl crsing to d/w edges o/w F/VG++ 865 gms
(Order reference 13905).
Palgrave Macmillan 1st 2009
8vo, glazed decorative boards, v v tiny area of wr to lower fr cnr o/w F+ 550 gms
(Order reference 14109).
Routledge 2nd edn 2002
4to pb, min bmps to fr cvr, neat prev owner's name to fep o/w VG++ 700 gms
(Order reference 14383A).
Burns & Oates 1st 1984
4to pb 299pp VG++ 355 gms
(Order reference 14417)
Basil Blackwell rep 1993
small 4to pb 230pp, covers neatly cvred in self-adh film, ex school lib, v v min bmps o/w VG+ 425 gms.
(Order reference 14440).
Longman 2nd edn, 1993
small 4to pb 228pp, cvrs neatly cvred in self-adh film, min bmps o/w VG+ 305 gms.
(Order reference 14441).
The British Library & Oak Knoll Press 1st 1999
large square format 4to pb 160pp, v min bmps to cvrs + some creasing o/w VG++ 745 gms
(Order reference 14545).
Faber & Faber 1st 1994
rbs to hd of sp of d/w o/w F/VG++ 806 gms
(Order reference 1482A).
Samuel Weiser 1st 2000
8vo paperback 224pp, gift inscription to inside fr cvr, slight sunning
to spine o/w VG++ 330 gms
(Order reference 14836A).
Just as Yeats the poet gives the clearest expression of his magical ideas, so it is the literary scholar who best introduces us to Yeats's texts—and Susan Johnston Graf is a model literary scholar: deeply versed in Yeats's work, she also possesses both a clear insight into his esoteric ideas and a rare sympathy with them. Concentrating on A Vision, Yeats's most baffling work, and on its unjustly neglected and equally enigmatic precursor, Per Amica Silentia Lunae, Graf traces the development of Yeats's magical world-view and analyzes its essential concepts.
She introduces us to the key symbols of the Rose, the Mask, and the Tower; to the idea of the creative tension between self and anti-self, to the empowering daimon and to the crucial role of sexuality in both the theory and practice of Yeats's magic. Exploring Yeats's mind in a fascinating and original way, Graf presents us with the real Demon est Deus Inversus: Yeats as a fusion of magician and poet, a true genius and a true Twentieth-Century Magus.
—R. A. Gilbert, antiquarian bookseller and esoteric scholar
W. B. Yeats—Twentieth-Century Magus is a comprehensive study of his magical practices and beliefs. Yeats moved through many different phases of spiritual development, believing that his life was an intellectual, spiritual, and artistic quest—a quest greatly influenced by Celtic lore, Theosophy, Golden Dawn ceremonial magic, Swedenborg's metaphysics, the works of Jacob Boehme and Neo-Platonism. For Yeats, writing poetry was an act of divine possession, and he believed that a perfected soul was the source of his inspiration, visiting him during times of superconscious awareness. Susan Johnston Graf meticulously documents and provides evidence that Yeats's poetry is a brilliant, lyric narrative of reality captured through the mind of a practicing magician working in the Western Tradition.
Signet 1st prtg 1967
pb 176pp, minor dulling + very slight staining to cvrs o/w VG+ 105 gms
(Order reference 14875).
Running Press 1st paperback edn 1992
4to pb VG++ 340 gms
(Order reference 14935)
Robert Hale 1st 1986
8vo F/VG++ 660 gms
(Order reference 14940)
Constable 1st 1978
4to, min wrinkling to top edge of d/w, ex libris plate to fr pastedown o/w F/VG++ 780 gms
(Order reference 14946)
National Trust 1st 2000
square format 4to, green bds, F/VG++ 1275 gms
(Order reference 14947)
Smith Settle 1st 1997
8vo M/F++ 435 gms
(Order reference 15171)
Penguin rep 1978
8vo pb 352pp, wear + creasing to covers o/w VG 260 gms
(Order reference 15192)
Faber & Faber 1st 2007
8vo, black boards with gold titling to spine, ex library with abrasion to front free endpaper from removal of library date slip + label. D/w in protective library sleeve. Library stamp to top edge of pages o/w VG++/VG++ 1075 gms
(Order reference 15294)
At the outset of his career Ted Hughes described letter writing as 'excellent training for conversation with the world', and he was to become a prolific master of this art which combines writing and talking. This selection begins when Hughes was seventeen, and documents the course of a life at once resolutely private but intensely attuned to other lives (including a readership comprising both adults and children): a life pared down to essentials and yet eventful, peripatetic, at times publicly controversial.
8vo paperback 767pp. Very slight tanning to page edges. In protective plastic cover. VG++ 500 gms
(Order reference 15297)
large 8vo paperback 544 pages. Very, very minor wear to edges of covers o/w F 985 gms
(Order reference 15446)
"The excitement of attraction, idealised desire, poetic devotion, disagreements, close friendships, the spiritualised sharing of a mystic marriage, hatred, reconciliation, short-lived sex, affectionate amity, deep political differences, regrets, regards, memories -- in short, obsession."
John Murray 1995
small 4to paperback 354 pages, gift inscription to 1/2 title page o/w VG++ 625 gms
(Order reference 15479)
Michael O'Mara 1st 2006
8vo, red boards with gold titling to spine, very minor bumps, wear + spotting to inside of d/w and minor spotting to pages o/w F+/VG++ 260 gms
(Order reference 15491)
Michael O'Mara 1st 2005
8vo, red boards with gold titling to spine, some minor spotting to pages, d/w slightly sunned o/w VG++/VG+ 260 gms
(Order reference 15492)
Profile Books 2004
small 8vo, green boards with gold titling to spine, wrinkling/creasing to bottom of front of d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 215 gms
(Order reference 15493)
Frances Lincoln 1st paperback edition 2005
8vo paperback 191 pages. Very minor bumps o/w F 205 gms
(Order reference 15512)
Sutton Publishing reprint 2003
8vo paperback 254 pages VG++ 225 gms
(Order reference 15523)
Arcturus Press 1974
8vo paperback 308 pages. Minor bumps + wear to edges of covers + slight creasing + tanning. Inscription by author to front free endpaper o/w VG+ 305 gms
(Order reference 15527)
Michael O'Mara 2004
8vo, black boards with gold titling to spine. Very, very slight wrinkling to d/w edges o/w F/VG++ 295 gms
(Order reference 15533)
Profile Books 2003
small 8vo, black boards with gold titling to spine. Very, very minor wrinkling to d/w edges o/w F/VG++ 300 gms
(Order reference 15534)
Harper Perennial 2008
8vo paperback 314 pages + 14 pages of 'ideas, interviews and features'. Minor bumps to edges of covers o/w VG+ 240 gms
(Order reference 15536)
Softback Preview 1995
4to paperback 588 pages VG++ 950 gms
(Order reference 15556)
Robson's Books 2003
4to paperback 567 pages. Very, very slight wear to edges of covers + slight tanning to front cover o/w VG++ 785 gms
(Order reference 15557)
Sir Isaac Pitman 1st 1964
8vo, blue boards with silver titling to spine + silver publisher's device to front board. Inscribed by the author to 1/2 title page. Slight sunning to boards, especially to spine o/w VG 405 gms
(Order reference 15621)
Hamish Hamilton 1st 2015
8vo, dark grey boards with white titling to spine M/F++ 665 gms
(Order reference 15701)
This is a wonderful book on nature and nature writers, which includes such writers as Roger Deakin, J A Baker, Nan Shepherd, Barry Lopez, Richard Jefferies and many others. He is a fine writer at his peak.
Chancellor Press reprint 2002
4to paperback 287 pages, slight sunning to covers o/w F+ 980 gms
(Order reference 15712)
Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1st US 1979
F/VG++ 904 gms
(Order reference 1708A).
Faber & Faber 1st 1988
min chps to d/w o/w F/VG+ 1200 gms
(Order reference 1864).
Hodder & Stoughton 1st 1986
F/VG++ 840 gms
(Order reference 2286).
Pavilion 1st 1990
inscr to fep o/w F/VG++ 636 gms
(Order reference 2289).
Orion 1st pb 1999
4to pb 112pp VG+ 514 gms
(Order reference 2304).
Hodder & Stoughton 1st 1979
sl bmps to sp o/w F/F 840 gms
(Order reference 237A).
F/VG++ 504 gms.
(Order reference 2463).
Penguin 1st 1984
8vo pb 88pp VG++ 82 gms
(Order reference 2494).
World Books 1971
min wr to d/w o/w VG++/VG 564 gms
(Order reference 2495)
Cape 1st 1997
min mrks to d/w o/w F/VG++ 418 gms
(Order reference 2502).
George Allen & Unwin 1st 1983
F/F 390 gms
(Order reference 2505)
Faber & Faber 1st 1988
F/VG++ 440 gms
(Order reference 3040)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1st 1987
VG++/VG++ 740 gms
(Order reference 3056A).
Hamish Hamilton 1st 1978
8vo VG++/VG++ 320 gms
(Order reference 3462A).
Bantam Press 1st 1988
inscr to fep o/w F/F 490 gms
(Order reference 3636).
lrge 8vo, v min bmp to fr bd, sl wr to d/w edges, crsing + chps to top edge of d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 785 gms.
(Order reference 3692A).
Gerald Duckworth 1st 1956
ex college lib, sl wr + crsing to d/w, large grease mark to d/w + sl grubby o/w VG+/VG 435 gms
(Order reference 4110A).
Bloomsbury 1st UK edn, 2000
8vo, d/w sl grubby and has a felt-tip 'X' on fr cvr (which now looks like part of the design) o/w F/VG++ 520 gms.
(Order reference 4342).
Home & Van Thal 1946
8vo, clth cvred bds, no d/w, dmge to hd + tail of sp (sm amt mssg at hd of sp) o/w VG 105 gms
(Order reference 4405).
The Arts Celebration Committee of the Ministry of Development 1962
8vo, bmps to bds, crsing, chps + wr to d/w plus small areas mssg. D/w sp sunned, inscr to fep verso o/w VG+/G++ 540 gms
(Order reference 4510).
Barnes & Noble 3rd printing 1993
8vo, F/F 290 gms
(Order reference 4584)
Greenfield Review Press 1st 1989
8vo pb 294pp, inscr to inside fr cvr o/w F 465 gms
(Order reference 5346).
Bloomsbury 2nd edn 1990
squ format 4to pb 287pp VG++ 580 gms
(Order reference 5385)
8vo pb 223pp VG++ 175 gms
(Order reference 5396).
Foreign Language Press Peking 2nd edn, 1979
pb 92pp, small split to cvr at btm of sp o/w VG+ 135 gms.
(Order reference 5405A).
Paladin rep 1981
pb 287pp VG+ 240 gms
(Order reference 5407)
J Vincent 1st 1829small 8vo, 1/2 bound in calf and cloth, wr to corners + spine, inscribed ' A F Sutherland Eton College' to fep, some minor spotting, all plates present. A clean and tight copy. 320 gms
(Order reference 5639)
Lennard Publishing 1st 1988
8vo F/F 505 gms
(Order reference 5670A).
Penguin (King Penguin) revised edn 1952
small 8vo, decorative paper covered bds in similar d/w, wr to bd edges, wear to d/w edges o/w VG/VG 180 gms
(Order reference 5980A).
Leicester School of Printing 1st thus 1971
F/VG 132 gms
(Order reference 611).
Syracuse University Press 1st 1994
4to pb 234pp F 365 gms
(Order reference 6369)
City Lights Books 1st prtg 1991
4to pb 79pp, v min crsing to cvrs, pencilled gift inscr to fep o/w VG++ 125 gms
(Order reference 6395)
Duckworth 1st 1999
8vo F/VG++. A sequel to 'Iris: A Memoir'. D/w price-clipped 545 gms
(Order reference 6690A).
Thames & Hudson 1st 1976
4to F/VG++ 570 gms
(Order reference 6894).
Penguin Books rep, 1981
4to pb 208pp, min wr + crsing to edges of cvrs o/w VG+ 490 gms.
(Order reference 7147).
Basil Blackwell 1st 1990
large 8vo, minor crse to fr of d/w o/w F/VG++ 385 gms
(Order reference 7754).
Do you know any nice lasses, maidens, wenches or mawthers or are they all just plain girls to you?
Do your shoes include pumps, daps, plimsolls, gollies and sandshoes, or do you settle for ordinary trainers instead?
If you think Geordies would do better to speak like BBC announcers, if you think the Queen's English is the only English there is, then this book is not for you.
The Dialects of England celebrates the rich variety of the regional and social dialects of English in all its forms, ancient and modem. It covers Zummerzet and Scouse, Cockney and Cumberland, Brummie and Berkshire, Nottingham and Norfolk. It deplores the trend towards linguistic uniformity urged on us by the self-appointed guardians of the purity of the English language.
English dialects are the result of 1500 years of linguistic and cultural development. Written in nontechnical language, this book outlines their history and their geography. It describes and delights in the diversity of vocabulary, accent, grammar and literature to be found among the dialects of England.
Macmillan rep 1980
8vo, sl sunning to spine of d/w o/w F/F 580 gms
(Order reference 7775).
This study serves principally as a guide to the evaluation of Lawrence's works. Each novel is the subject of close analysis; all the shorter stories are considered; and the poems, constituting 'a biography of an emotional and inner life', are surveyed with reference to important changes in the text Lawrence's poetical development, and his attitudes to life and society. The grouping of poems relative to Jessica Chambers, Louisa Burrows, Helen Corke, and his mother is an early feature of this section. Lawrence's unusual views are presented in terms of his own imagery. Familiarity with his poetry and thought is not a prerequisite, but it can be of enormous help in the appreciation of a writer who is frequently misunderstood, often at cardinal points, partly because the full force of his figurative writing is not realized, sometimes because his zeal and creative energy outstripped his critical awareness. Special attention is given to the artistic function of imagery in Lawrence's fiction, notably in scenes and actions where metaphorical meaning far outweighs the literal.
Since Lawrence's work is so intimately linked with his life and travel, the biographical introduction is presented in considerable detail. Other sections are devoted to his 'travel' books, plays, literary criticism, and other important works. Numerous references to key passages in the letters and miscellaneous prose help to familiarize the reader with the corpus of Lawrence's work, and with all major aspects of his thought.
Despite his exceptional creative gifts, Lawrence relied unusually on his surroundings for 'copy'. An appendix on people and places in the novels is supplemented by incidental identifications in the chapter on the shorter stories. aps, together with more than forty illustrations, complete this comprehensive guide to Lawrence.
G K Hall & Co. 1st 1989
8vo M/F+ 436 gms
(Order reference 7781).
Fourth Estate 4th imp 1999
8vo M/F 775 gms
(Order reference 7879).
8vo. Very, very minor dulling to board edges. Very, very minor wear to d/w edges + minor spotting to inside of d/w o/w VG+/VG+ 545 gms
(Order reference 8073)
Over a thousand years of memoirs, reminiscences and letters are represented in this collection of almost 500 literary anecdotes. Here we encounter those famous for their wit and eccentricity, such as Johnson, Scott, Wilde, Shaw and Henry James, as well as a host of minor writers with revealing tales to tell of their celebrated contemporaries. This book is intended for collectors of anthologies and lovers of literature; browsers and dippers; buyers of gifts.
Kaye & Ward 1st 1980
8vo, ex lib, fep mssg, min bmps to bds, v min crsing to d/w o/w VG+/VG+ 520 gms
(Order reference 8078).
Viking 1st 1999
8vo, gift inscr on sticker to title p, v v min crsing to d/w edges o/w F/VG++ 1070 gms
(Order reference 8156A).
Weidenfeld & Nicolson no date
8vo F/F 510 gms
(Order reference 8190A).
Didsbury Press 1st 1992
8vo pb 290pp, v v min wr + sl crsing to cvrs o/w VG+ 410 gms
(Order reference 8550A).
Ward Lock 1st 1970
8vo VG++/VG++ 210 gms
(Order reference 8939A).
Hamish Hamilton 1st 1968
8vo, rbbing, wr + sl crsing to d/w, cancelled name to fep o/w VG++/VG 470 gms
(Order reference 8998).
Faber & Faber 1st 1994
8vo F+/F 485 gms
(Order reference 9022).
Bloomsbury 1st English language edn, 1988
4to pb 237pp VG++ 880 gms.
(Order reference 9142A).
Words Publications 1985
8vo, no d/w, gold titling to fr bd + spine. No. 41 of 1000. Signed by Phillip Vine, editor, on fep. 250 gms
(Order reference 9216).
Bloomsbury 1st 1995
large 4to F/VG++ 1195 gms
(Order reference 9345A).
Bedford/St Martins 6th edn 1997
lrge 8vo pb 462pp F 595 gms
(Order reference 9380).
Chancellor Press 2001
8vo pb 272pp VG++ 365 gms
(Order reference 9386).
Frederick Muller 1st 1967
8vo, sl dulling to d/w o/w F/VG+ 565 gms
(Order reference 9474)
Collier Books 1st 1978
4to paperback 160pp, wear + bumps to edges of covers o/w VG+ 465 gms
(Order reference 9495)
Black and white and colour photos and illustrations throughout. The author explores the world of fantasy as it appears in the literature of the West. From Edgar Allan Poe to Kafka; from Frankenstein to Alice in Wonderland; from H. Rider Haggard to C.S. Lewis - The Fantasy Book presents a spectral march of figures and themes from the edge of reality, and beyond.
Methuen 1st thus 1982
8vo, bmps + wr to bds, v sl spotting to fep, d/w price-clipped, wr + chps to d/w o/w VG+/VG+ 480 gms.
(Order reference 9651A).
Domain Publishing 1st 1994
8vo F/VG++ 645 gms
(Order reference 9917)
"Cornwall inspires a host of writers, all of which are brilliant in different ways. This book provides for them a vehicle, allowing each and every one to express themselves in print, we are sure you will enjoy this first edition." The first chapter is written by Christian (Kits) Browning and is a biographical study of his mother Daphne du Maurier plus a selection of stories from Cornish writers, including Andrew Croucher, Sarah Blue, Lynn Setford, Daryl Westcott, Peter Waverly and others.
Hutchinson 1st 1989
8vo, bmps to bds, v min crsing to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG++ 645 gms
(Order reference 9929).
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1st 1977
4to, closed trs to d/w + wr to edges o/w VG++/VG+ 810 gms
(Order reference 9939).