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    The latest post on our blog. Signed Books - Signed, Inscribed, Presentation or Association Copies. A new collector got in touch recently to ask our opinion on an inscribed book. He was concerned because the book was signed to someone else. I pointed out the various merits and flaws with the… Hyraxia Books

    The latest post on our blog. Signed Books - Signed, Inscribed, Presentation or Association Copies. A new collector got in touch recently to ask our opinion on an inscribed book. He was concerned because the book was signed to someone else. I pointed out the various merits and flaws with the… Hyraxia Books

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    Bernard L. Ross - Capricorn One - Arthur Barker, UK, 1978 http://buff.ly/Y8wL1A

Price: £600

London, Arthur Barker, 1978. Hardback first edition and first impression. A near fine copy with some bumping to the spine tips and a little browning to the flaps. Bernard L. Ross is a pseudonym for Ken Follet, author of The Pillars of the Earth. A seemingly scarce book, Capricorn One is a novelistation of Peter Hyams’ script for the film of the same name. The book is a thriller based on a fictitious account of a Mars landing hoax; the moon landing being popular with conspiracy theorists then (and now). The book is one of Follett’s scarcer titles, most bibliographies record the more common futura publication, five copies on COPAC. The book is perhaps best known in the world of book collecting due to it being advertised on the rear of Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hiker’s Guide. http://ift.tt/1p6ig3U http://ift.tt/1CQUIdG

    Bernard L. Ross - Capricorn One - Arthur Barker, UK, 1978 http://buff.ly/Y8wL1A

    Price: £600

    London, Arthur Barker, 1978. Hardback first edition and first impression. A near fine copy with some bumping to the spine tips and a little browning to the flaps. Bernard L. Ross is a pseudonym for Ken Follet, author of The Pillars of the Earth. A seemingly scarce book, Capricorn One is a novelistation of Peter Hyams’ script for the film of the same name. The book is a thriller based on a fictitious account of a Mars landing hoax; the moon landing being popular with conspiracy theorists then (and now). The book is one of Follett’s scarcer titles, most bibliographies record the more common futura publication, five copies on COPAC. The book is perhaps best known in the world of book collecting due to it being advertised on the rear of Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hiker’s Guide. http://ift.tt/1p6ig3U http://ift.tt/1CQUIdG

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    25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World http://buff.ly/1lJpXlr 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World   Hyraxia Books

    25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World http://buff.ly/1lJpXlr 25 Of The Most Creative Sculptures And Statues From Around The World Hyraxia Books

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    Edward William Lane [translator] - The Thousand and One Nights - Charles Knight, UK, 1839-1841 - First Edition http://buff.ly/Wa0SUr

Price: £400

London, Charles Knight & Co., 1839-1841. First Edition. Three Hardback Volumes. Near Fine condition. Some surface wear and bumping to all the boards, title page of third volume repaired (seemingly a professional repair - noticeable but a good repair). Hard to find in original cloth. Lane’s translation is one of the best-known translations of the Thousand and One Nights, though critics have been in disagreement over its superiority or inferiority for decades. On top of this Lane wrote for Victorian sensibilities and highly-censored his translation, which in part helped bring the stories to a younger audience [compare with Burton’s later translation]. The present copy is Lane’s first translation and the first edition in English to be translated directly from the Arabic [previous English editions were from Galland’s French translation, the present edition being based primarily on a ‘superior’ Egyptian edition]. Lane writes in the introduction that Galland ‘perverted’ the Arabian Nights insofar as he was insufficeintly accustomed to Arabic culture, and therefore could provide only an insufficient translation. The present edition is noted too for its tendency toward providing a more instructional and culturally accurate rendition, something that Lane thought a valuable enterprise. Lane’s edition is copiously annotated and carries hundreds of illustrations from William Harvey. The Arabian Nights stand alongside the tales of the Brother’s Grimm, Hans Andersen and Charles Perrault as the principal foundations for children’s literature, as well as for speculative fiction in general [and indeed literary fiction]. Lane’s translation has been overshadowed somewhat by Burton’s 1883 publication, but the stories in the three volumes do stand alone as milestones in the history of the fantastic. http://ift.tt/1tgyVoS http://ift.tt/1lJBn8H

    Edward William Lane [translator] - The Thousand and One Nights - Charles Knight, UK, 1839-1841 - First Edition http://buff.ly/Wa0SUr

    Price: £400

    London, Charles Knight & Co., 1839-1841. First Edition. Three Hardback Volumes. Near Fine condition. Some surface wear and bumping to all the boards, title page of third volume repaired (seemingly a professional repair - noticeable but a good repair). Hard to find in original cloth. Lane’s translation is one of the best-known translations of the Thousand and One Nights, though critics have been in disagreement over its superiority or inferiority for decades. On top of this Lane wrote for Victorian sensibilities and highly-censored his translation, which in part helped bring the stories to a younger audience [compare with Burton’s later translation]. The present copy is Lane’s first translation and the first edition in English to be translated directly from the Arabic [previous English editions were from Galland’s French translation, the present edition being based primarily on a ‘superior’ Egyptian edition]. Lane writes in the introduction that Galland ‘perverted’ the Arabian Nights insofar as he was insufficeintly accustomed to Arabic culture, and therefore could provide only an insufficient translation. The present edition is noted too for its tendency toward providing a more instructional and culturally accurate rendition, something that Lane thought a valuable enterprise. Lane’s edition is copiously annotated and carries hundreds of illustrations from William Harvey. The Arabian Nights stand alongside the tales of the Brother’s Grimm, Hans Andersen and Charles Perrault as the principal foundations for children’s literature, as well as for speculative fiction in general [and indeed literary fiction]. Lane’s translation has been overshadowed somewhat by Burton’s 1883 publication, but the stories in the three volumes do stand alone as milestones in the history of the fantastic. http://ift.tt/1tgyVoS http://ift.tt/1lJBn8H

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    The first in a promising series [though I have to add that the presenter’s constant reminders that he is indeed a writer himself, and the comparisons to Eastenders do start to become painful. Yes, working class London, I understand the similarities, but it’s like comparing Battleship Potemkin to Rhianna’s Battleship] 

http://buff.ly/1qk6b07 The Secret Life of Books, 1. Great Expectations Tony Jordan brings his writer’s insight to Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. Hyraxia Books

    The first in a promising series [though I have to add that the presenter’s constant reminders that he is indeed a writer himself, and the comparisons to Eastenders do start to become painful. Yes, working class London, I understand the similarities, but it’s like comparing Battleship Potemkin to Rhianna’s Battleship]

    http://buff.ly/1qk6b07 The Secret Life of Books, 1. Great Expectations Tony Jordan brings his writer’s insight to Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. Hyraxia Books

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    I. Babel - Red Cavalry - Knopf, UK, 1929 - First Edition http://buff.ly/1nVFFp0

Price: £1,750

London, Knopf, 1929. Hardback first edition and first impression. A fine copy. Price-clipped. A couple of short tears to the jacket and a few spots of foxing to the fore edge and lower edge. A small amount of staining to the lower edge of the first dozen leafs. Hard to find in any condition, never mind with such a nice jacket.

Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel was a Russian writer, and Red Cavalry is perhaps his best-known and most-celebrated work. The book is a collection of short stories about the 1st Cavalry Army fighting in the Polish-Soviet war (1919-1921). Babel kept a diary during his time as a reporter on the war which formed the backbone of this collection. In his privileged position Babel was afforded a little more freedom from censorship than many of his contemporaries, until Stalin’s control withdrew his books in 1933. Not only is this book one of the 20th century’s highlights of Russian literature, it is also a masterpiece of Jewish literature examining the rife anti-Semitism in Russia at the time. It is thought that Babel was the first Jew to serve in the Cossacks. http://ift.tt/1rE0078 http://ift.tt/1t7Id6D

    I. Babel - Red Cavalry - Knopf, UK, 1929 - First Edition http://buff.ly/1nVFFp0

    Price: £1,750

    London, Knopf, 1929. Hardback first edition and first impression. A fine copy. Price-clipped. A couple of short tears to the jacket and a few spots of foxing to the fore edge and lower edge. A small amount of staining to the lower edge of the first dozen leafs. Hard to find in any condition, never mind with such a nice jacket.

    Isaac Emmanuilovich Babel was a Russian writer, and Red Cavalry is perhaps his best-known and most-celebrated work. The book is a collection of short stories about the 1st Cavalry Army fighting in the Polish-Soviet war (1919-1921). Babel kept a diary during his time as a reporter on the war which formed the backbone of this collection. In his privileged position Babel was afforded a little more freedom from censorship than many of his contemporaries, until Stalin’s control withdrew his books in 1933. Not only is this book one of the 20th century’s highlights of Russian literature, it is also a masterpiece of Jewish literature examining the rife anti-Semitism in Russia at the time. It is thought that Babel was the first Jew to serve in the Cossacks. http://ift.tt/1rE0078 http://ift.tt/1t7Id6D

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    Our Latest Acquisitions. Hyraxia Books - Latest Acquisitions Hyraxia Books

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    Hans Christian Andersen - Danish Fairy Legends and Tales - http://buff.ly/1nsBdye

Price: £1,000

London, William Pickering, 1846. This is the first edition in English of Andersen’s Fairy Tales and includes: The Wild Swans, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Storks, The Nightingale, Little Ida’s Flowers, The Swineherd, The Dustman, The Daisy, The Buck-Wheat, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Real Princess,The Top and the Ball and The Garden of Paradise. It’s hard to think of a more important book of fairy tales in the English language.

Hardback first edition and first impression. Very good condition. Upper board detached, book rebacked at some point with plain spine and original boards laid down, grubbiness to boards and rubbing. Some tears that have been repaired. Internally quite clean, with a few spots. http://ift.tt/Wa79iZ http://ift.tt/Wa7aDv

    Hans Christian Andersen - Danish Fairy Legends and Tales - http://buff.ly/1nsBdye

    Price: £1,000

    London, William Pickering, 1846. This is the first edition in English of Andersen’s Fairy Tales and includes: The Wild Swans, The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid, The Storks, The Nightingale, Little Ida’s Flowers, The Swineherd, The Dustman, The Daisy, The Buck-Wheat, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Real Princess,The Top and the Ball and The Garden of Paradise. It’s hard to think of a more important book of fairy tales in the English language.

    Hardback first edition and first impression. Very good condition. Upper board detached, book rebacked at some point with plain spine and original boards laid down, grubbiness to boards and rubbing. Some tears that have been repaired. Internally quite clean, with a few spots. http://ift.tt/Wa79iZ http://ift.tt/Wa7aDv

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    A post on our blog [firsteditionbooks.co.uk] looking briefly at a couple of John Webster plays. John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil [Bodley Head, 1930] In this post we’ll be looking at John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and the White Devil. This is just the second post on our blog and already I’m breaking the rules somewhat. To remind you, the idea… Hyraxia Books

    A post on our blog [firsteditionbooks.co.uk] looking briefly at a couple of John Webster plays. John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil [Bodley Head, 1930] In this post we’ll be looking at John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and the White Devil. This is just the second post on our blog and already I’m breaking the rules somewhat. To remind you, the idea… Hyraxia Books

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    Hyraxia’s Office for the morning. Zero books bought, zero books sold. http://ift.tt/XRBQex http://ift.tt/1mQMjwv

    Hyraxia’s Office for the morning. Zero books bought, zero books sold. http://ift.tt/XRBQex http://ift.tt/1mQMjwv

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