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THE SONGS OF JOHN MACCODRUM. Bard to Sir James MacDonald of Sleat.
Edinburgh:Oliver & Boyd for the Scottish Gaelic Texts Society. 1938.  lii+382pp. Many pages still uncut. Hardcover.  Blue boards lightly rubbed at spine edges with light overall soiling.  Top edges gilt. Lower spine end shelf-worn, starting to fray and with a small tear.  Text on spine still bright.  Internally, pages clean and bright with no previous owners marks or signatures and many pages still uncut.  A very good copy. *Scottish Gaelic Texts Volume 2.
$95.00
THE TURN OF THE YEARS: THE SEASONS' COURSE and AS OLD AS THE CENTURY
New York:Random House. 1982. 48pp. Illustrated. Slim hardbound in slipcase. With an introduction by Paul Theroux.  Limited to 500 copies, signed and numbered by V. S. Pritchett on the half title page and signed by Theroux on the title page. Both book and slipcase in near fine condition. Slipcase does still have the original sticker price on the lower spine edge.
$75.00
THE UNPUBLISHED LETTERS OF CHARLES DICKENS TO MARK LEMON
London:Halton and Truscott Smith, Ltd. 1927. Number 243 out of limited edition of 525.  vii+165pp. Hardcover with vellum spine and edge points.  Purple cloth  soiled and starting to fray along lower front spine edge.  Vellum spine and edge points soiled and darkened with age.  Internally, end-papers lightly age-toned but otherwise in very good, clean condition. 
$35.00
THE WATSONS, A FRAGMENT
Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1927.  Hardcover, no dj. 121pp+40pp notes. Very Good condition. Boards lightly worn, spine (with paper title label) browned and grimy (interstingly a fresh clean title label is tipped into the back of the book).  Interior is clean, bright and tightly bound.  Some text pages and all notes pages remain uncut.  One of 250 copies printed on hand-made paper. "The Watsons was written at some time not earlier than 1803. It was first published in 1871" as edited by Austen's nephew.  This 1927 edition, complete with copious notes, restores the original text. (cfm)
$40.00
THE WIDE NET AND OTHER STORIES
New York:Harcourt, Brace and Company. (1943).  214pp. Stated 1st edition. Boards lightly faded and lightly soiled, with end-pages being very slightly age-toned, otherwise a very good, clean copy of the author's 3rd book.
$100.00
THREE PAIRS OF SILK STOCKINGS. A Novel of the Life of the Educated Class Under the Soviet
New York:Charles Scribner's Sons. 1931. viii+344pp. 1st edition. Hardcover with dust jacket.  Black boards gently worn at edges with edge points gently bumped. Gilt bright on spine. Page edges soiled. Binding slightly cocked, but still tight and hinges intact. Internally, end-pages slightly age toned with a previous owners name inked on the first free end-page, otherwise pages clean and bright. The dust jacket is soiled and shelf-worn, with wear, including small chips and tears, to edges and seams. It is not price clipped. *From the dust jacket..."Here at last is a striking novel from Russia - an intense story which gives a clear picture of Moscow today, particularly of the life of the men and women who, formerly the wealthy and cultured, are now the outcasts."
$25.00
TIME, FORWARD!
New York:Farrar and Rinehart, Publishers Inc. (1933). 345pp. 1st edition. Translated from the Russian by Charles Malamuth. Hardcover with dust jacket. Red boards very lightly soiled along spine, with wear to edges. Page edges darkened with age, while the topstain seems to have had something splashed onto it. Internally, end pages lightly age-toned, and the remains of an old bookplate can be found on the 1st free end-page.  There are several erased notes, in blue, on the inside rear board, but no other previous owners marks or signatures found.  Pages clean and bright.  The dust jacket is lighly soiled and shelf-worn with small chips and tears to edges and seams.  Still in one piece, price clipped, but with front flap sealed to inside front board. *From Wikipedia..."His novel, Time Forward, describes workers attempts to build a hugh steel plant at Magnitogorsk in record time. The title...was taken from a poem by Mayakovkey and its theme is the speeding up of time in the Soviet Union where the historical development of a century must be completed in ten years, The Heroes are described as 'being unable to trust such a valuable thing as time, to clocks, mere mechanical devices'. Kataev adapted it as a screenplay,  which was filmed in 1965."
$200.00
TOLSTOY AND CHEKHOV
Cambridge:Cambridge University Press. 1971. 237pp. 1st edition. Hardcover with dust jacket.  A very good copy with a very good, slightly edge-worn dust jacket. *A study of the literary relationship etween two great Russian authors. When Chekhov began to write, Tolstoy was the acknowledged master. Each admired the other's work and part of Mr. Speirs' argument is that Tolstoy's example helped Chekhov to see what he wanted to do and how to do it.
$20.00
WELSH RAREBIT TALES
Boston, MA:The Mutual Book Company. (1902). 173pp. Illustrated. 1st edition. Hardcover. Red decorated boards, lightly shelfworn and soiled, rubbed at edges. Internally, old penciled signature erased on the first free end page, with no other marks or signatures. Foxing to first few pages as well as opposite any plates.  The binding is tight, front hinge cracked, first signature coming loose, and the rear hinge still intact. Overall a near very good copy.
$50.00