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Classic Literature

Delve into the hidden delights of our classic collection of literary treats, whether it’s the Sonnets of Shakespeare or stories of C S Forester….take a step inside.

Frederick Warne and Co, original green decorated hardback circa 1920. Cover is worn and a few scratches and bumped at corners and spine tips. Inside cover signs of wear at inner spine but intact. Brown endpapers and decorated floral gilt cover in green cloth with decorated title to spine. 24 chapters, 191  clear pages with many beautiful colour illustrations. A rare find.

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Hamish Hamilton, London 1960. 5th impression. Blue cloth boards, gilt print. Original dustjacket, slightly rubbed and unclipped. Ink signature of owner but otherwise in excellent condition. Tight spine and bright pages, clean and unmarked. This hard to find example is a very good early copy of this iconic novel of the mid 20th century. Excellent addition to any classis literature collection.

£60.00
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J M Dent, London, 1926. Hardcover. Red leather cloth boards with elaborate gilt tooling to cover. Strong spine but a little worn at tips. Shakespeare's classic comedy of love and friendship played out within this smart little pocket sized edition. An old but treasured, lovely little book.

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Grant Richards, London. Red cloth hardback, 1902. Age toned to early pages and cover worn at edges with dusty page ends. Strong spine with gilt inlaid floral design, title and author. Owner's name in ink inside cover. A 'World Classics' first printing edition no 14. There are 645 clear, unmarked pages of text which are good plus. A great survivor and full of character of the era.

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Seeley & Co, London, 1890. Hardcover, brown leather covers, gilt print. Strong, patterned, ridged spine with slight wear. Marbled endpapers. Bright, tight pages with colour illustrations. Very good condition and a rare copy which was a 'Dundas Prize' and includes imprinted logo on front cover. It follows the experiences of the children when they are sent from their home in Athens to take refuge during wartime. A wonderful and vivid picture of life in ancient Greece during the 5th century BC. Delightful reading for adults and children alike.

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Odhams Press, London. Undated Hardcover circa 1900. Original dark red cloth boards with gilt decoration and text on spine, which is strong but worn at spine tips. 572 pages in good condition with no blemishes but slight discolouration and foxing, due to age. A much loved and well read copy, which has been loved and enjoyed by generations of the same family.

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Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, 1905. Soft calf leather burgundy cover worn and chipped at spine but intact. Inlaid title to spine which also has wear at spine edges. Cover is worn and creased but certainly acceptable. Black endpapers, inner pages of text good plus, bright and unmarked. Tissue guard to frontispiece and title page. This edition is 'New Century Library' Volume 14. 491 clear pages full of character of the era. A rare survivor.

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Longmans, London, 1928. Hardcover, red boards, black print. Some fading but strong spine and 312 tight pages no markings - just a little foxing. Original dustjacket a little worn but decent. A delightful love story set on the moors of Dartmoor. A charmiing, rare and much loved edition.

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Walter Scott, London, 1887. Hardcover. Tight spine with gilt print. Black impressed motifs on covers.Gilt edges pages, strong and bright but some foxing due to age. Cover worn and creased but in fair condition. First published biography of Henry Ward Beecher, eloquent American preacher who denounced slavery. A very interesting edition includes a copy of a letter written by Beecher in May 1880 and signed by him.  Full of character of the era.

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Chatto and Windus, London 1921 red cloth hardback which is creased, faded and marked on covers and spine. Worn at book corners and spine tips. Heavy foxing to some pages. That said, this is intact, and certainly readable. 293 pages of Mark Twain's adventure story of Tom Sawyer's comrade, Huckleberry Finn. A great survivor but price reflects imperfections.

£5.00
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Dent, London, 1898. Believed 1st Temple edition. Hardcover. Illustrated frontis with dentelle motif. 'Non Sans Droict' stamp inside front and back covers, believed to be printed at publication. Red weaved cloth boards with gilt print to spine. 170 unmarked pages, tight and clear. Strong spine, slightly rubbed at tips. Endpapers slightly foxed and worn. Overall extremely good condition - and looking very handsome after more than a century of treading the boards! A precious and lovely copy, full of character and unique style. 

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 Oxford University Press 1955. Hardcopy, used, blue canvas boards with gold gilt to spine and crest to front cover. Reasonable condition with a few small marks and some foxing. Spine strong but a little worn. The last completed novel by Jane Austen. A literary treat.

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Hazell, Watson & Viney, London. Red part leather boards hardback, undated but ink inscription dated 1934. Cover and spine worn at edges but overall good plus. Binding showing slightly at early page but a strong, intact edition. Maroon endpapers. 704 bright, clear pages , lovely illustrations by George Cruikshank and facsimile signature design to cover. Newspaper cuttings pasted into front of cinestrip pictures. A lovely edition, full of character of the era.

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Collins, London, 1961. Hardcover 'Special Illustrated Edition with drawings by Martin Thomas'. Red cloth boards with gilt print. Strong spine with slight wear but pages clean and bright. Some foxing at endpapers but a sturdy example of this classic story. Colour plate and illustrations. (Photo shows inside illustration). A lovely copy, full of character of the era.

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Hot off the Press! ‘Rainbows in April’ by Moya Mayo, is our latest in-house publication, produced in August 2013.

‘Rainbows in April’ is set in 1944 and Rose Bamber is a young woman determined to serve King and Country in the effort to win the war. A fast moving story of life, love, heartache and desire, amid the harsh reality of wartime Britain.

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Printed for Thomas Tegg, London. 1839 first year printing green half leather hardback. Patterned green cloth cover worn, creased and marked and bare spine binding showing. Partially separated from spine but intact. Marked on inside cover. That said, 366 fairly clear pages plus index and embellished with engravings on wood. Rare to find but priced to reflect condition which is just acceptable.

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Odhams Press, London. Hardcover undated, circa 1900. Original red, part leather boards with gilt decoration and text to spine.  Strong and tight with slight wear to spine tips and right side ends. 428 intact pages, unmarked but slight yellowing due to age. Overall a little frayed round the edges but a good, strong example. Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic anti slavery novel was first published in 1852. A rare find.

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