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ALLAN'S WIFE and Other Tales, Haggard, H. Rider
141 Haggard, H. Rider ALLAN'S WIFE and Other Tales
London Soencer Blackett 1889 First Edition Hardcover (Decorated cloth) Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
331pp., + (32), b/white, art-illustrated frontispiece, plus intext halftone plates and chapter illuminations, throughout (all by the combined skills of Maurice Greiffenhagen and Charles Kerr). Book clean. Spine cocked and bumped. Original brown, decorated, pebbled cloth boards noticeably colour flecked, plus slightly bumped and abraded. Inner hinges, on burgundy coloured endpapers, cracked but holding. A former owner's name on half-title page, random splotches, flecks and fingermarks, throughout. The 12 chapter story 'Allan's Wife' is published here for the first time, the three accompanying tales: 'Hunter Quartermain's Story', 'A Tale of Three Lions' and 'Long Odds' have been previously published in other forms. A 32 page, publisher's promotional section at rear. Book weight approx. 770g. 
Price: 34.78 AUD
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THE TELEMANN TOUCH, Haggard, William
142 Haggard, William THE TELEMANN TOUCH
London Cassell 1958 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
205pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over nominally bumped spine. Red boards very good. Flecked text-block edges, berverage-like splash stain on lower margins of several leaves, else very good. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, closed tear, a small nip on upper rear margin, and several scratch lines on front. A suspense thriller set on a British Commonwealth island named St. Cree; tiny, but suddenly very important whan vast oil reserves are discovered beneath it. Telemann is no ordinary sabateur . . . his manner, intelligence and breeding is impeccable . . . William Haggard was the pseudonym of Richard Henry Michard Clayton (1907-1993). Book weight approx. 385g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 31.02 AUD
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BLOOD ON THE LOTUS, Hall, Lincoln
143 Hall, Lincoln BLOOD ON THE LOTUS
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia Simon & Schuster 1990 073180127X / 9780731801275 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Good + Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
316pp., topographical setting maps in prelim. pages. Book clean. Spine firm, but lightly bumped and canted, Boards very good. Leaves tanned, else textblock clean. Pictorially-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, with three closed tears on folds. This title was the debut fiction for adventurer Lincoln Hall. A mountaineering-based story set in Kathmandu, it features American Harry Roberts, restless and bored after his last expedition. That is, until he meets Kay Randall . . . Lincoln Hall, mountaineer extraordinaire, born 19 December, 1955, died of mesothelioma at Sydney, Australia on 20 March, 2012. Book weight approx. 615g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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DATE WITH A DEAD MAN : A Michael Shayne Mystery, Halliday, Brett
144 Halliday, Brett DATE WITH A DEAD MAN : A Michael Shayne Mystery
London John Long 1960 First U.K. Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
187pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over cocked spine. Print decorated boards undamaged. Text-block clean, nominally flecked on endpapers. Art-illustrated ('Sax'), loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, with repaired closed tears. First U.K. edition of this Mike Shayne thriller begins with the disappearance of one of the two survivors of an Atlantic plane crash. The survivor's disappearance during the night following his dramatic rescue becomes mysteriously more sinister the following morning when Mike Shayne has a visitor - a girl who claims the man had information about her missing husband . . . Brett Halliday was a pseudonym of Chicago-born Davis Dresser (1904-1977). Book weight approx. 250g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 23.50 AUD
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BULLET : An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novel, Hamilton, Laurell K.
145 Hamilton, Laurell K. BULLET : An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novel
London Headline 2010 0755352564 / 9780755352562 First Edition, Second Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
372pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly creased on lower edge only. "My name is Anita Blake and I am back in St Louis and trying to live a normal life - as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a US marshal . . . In the midst of all this ordinary happiness a vampire from my past reaches out . . . " Book weight approx. 660g. 
Price: 16.39 AUD
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HIT LIST : An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novel, Hamilton, Laurell K.
146 Hamilton, Laurell K. HIT LIST : An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novel
Great Britain Headline 2011 0755352599 / 9780755352593 First Edition, First Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
310pp. Book clean, Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket near fine. "My name is Anita Blake. The vampires call me 'The Executioner'. So when a series of gruesome and spectacular murders occur in the Pacific Northwest, the local police call in me and fellow US Marshall Edward to track down a serial killer they are convinced must be a 'monster' . . . " Book weight approx. 560g. 
Price: 18.22 AUD
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147 Hansen, Robert P. TROUBLE COMES DOUBLE
London Arthur Barker 1955 1st. U.K. Hard Cover + D/J [Oblong] Good Fair Small 8vo 
191pp., book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Tanned endpapers, foxing specks on head of text-block. Mild bump on foot, and sunned spot on head of backstrip. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, jagged closed tears, nipped and noticeably U.V. affected on spine. A stand-alone volume in the 'Museum Street Thriller' series, finds key character Ebon Sickel embroiled in a seedy mix of smuggling, dope running, assorted mayhem, and his partner's death, when a visit to Jake Dever's office to pay the final instalment on his fishing boat becomes the catalyst for this waterfront-based drama . . . Book weight approx. 290g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 12.02 AUD
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148 Harding, Duncan THE FINLAND MISSION
Sutton, Surrey, Great Britain Severn House 1999 0727854305 / 9780727854308 First U.K. Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good. Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
188pp., intext, area-action map. Book clean, square. Spine tight. Leaves unmarked. Art-illustrated [uncredited], gloss boards have a minuscule bump on upper foredge corner, otherwise undamaged. Identically-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. Special Boat Squadron One, covert operatives supposedly disbanded over forty years ago, are plucked from operational duties in the Falklands conflict, and ordered into an area dominated by the combined fleet of the Warsaw Pact. The mission of SBS team Alpha: Retrieve parts of a Soviet experimental satellite, the Fireball, before its masters can mount a recovery operation. Not to be outdone, Russia's deadly paratroops, the Red Eagles, are already enroute to the Splashdown Zone . . . Book weight approx. 400g. 
Price: 17.03 AUD
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SEVEN CITADELS. Part II: The Children of the Wind, Harris, Geraldine
149 Harris, Geraldine SEVEN CITADELS. Part II: The Children of the Wind
London Macmillan's Children's Books 1982 0333328507 / 9780333328507 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
196pp., story-setting endpaper maps. Book clean. Vivid silver title over lightly bumped spine. Plain blue boards very good. Leaves clean, but tending to tan. Art-illustrated (Graham Townsend), loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. A stand-alone second volume in the 'Seven Citadels' series finds Kerish-lo-Taan, third son of the Emperor of Galkis, and his half-brother Lord Farollkin, together with an unlikely companion, the hideous, insolent musician Gidjabolgo, searching for seven sorcerers who hold the keys to a prison in which the saviour of Galkis may be found. The quest will not be easy . . . Book weight approx. 265g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 18.17 AUD
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THE GLASS HOUSE, Hartnett, Sonya
150 Hartnett, Sonya THE GLASS HOUSE
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia Pan Books (Australia) 1990 0330271679 / 9780330271677 First Edition Softcover Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
189pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper edgeworn, bumped and chipped on foredge corners, foxing splotches on plain inner covers, plus a short, repaired tear on foredge. Textblock evenly toned, remainder strip on foot, else unmarked. This title, from a young Sonya Hartnett, is extremely scarce, with, at the time of listing, no other copy available for sale via the internet. It is a relationship-based novel, involving six people in their early twenties who meet regularly at the local suburban pub, 'The Glass House'. Tory, Liam, Faine, Henry, Katrina and Simon are friends who, for the most part, meet to get drunk, exchange stories, and they have few inhibitions between them . . . Book weight approx. 155g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 37.60 AUD
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KATHLEEN O'DONALD : A Novel, Hayes, Penny
151 Hayes, Penny KATHLEEN O'DONALD : A Novel
U.S.A. Naiad Press 1994 1562800701 / 9781562800703 First Edition Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
233pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper mildly sunned on spine (title clearly legible), minor edgewear and rubbing. From the rear panel: "Chaotic New York City in 1909 - meet Kathleen Anne Mary O'Donald. Filled with dreams of a golden future, Kathleen has left her native Ireland for the promise of America. But never has she dreamed of the arduous trip, or the hazards she will face, nor that she will be forced to befriend Rose Stewart, immigrant from her country's most hated enemy, England . . . Follow young Kathleen along her true-to-history road to tragedy, passion, peril and ultimate triumph." Lesbian Fiction. Book weight approx. 305g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 9.40 AUD
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BIG RED, Haylen, Leslie
152 Haylen, Leslie BIG RED
Sydney, NSW, Australia Australasian Book Society 1965 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
207pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain red boards negligibly corner bumped. Previous owner's name to ffep., else leaves clean. Illustrated (Chris Daw), loose-plastic protected dustjacket has a short open tear to base of spine, and rear flap fold, minor edgewear, and sunning to spine. "With his novel 'Big Red', Leslie Haylen begins the first of his trilogy dealing with Labor politics through the eyes of a young adherent. In these novels Haylen traces the career of a country lad - the 'Big Red' of the story, who gets his impressions of life and politics in the depression and the hard times immediately prior to World War II . . . " Book weight approx. 400g. weight. 
Price: 9.11 AUD
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153 Heath, Lamorna CANDIDA RISING
London Michael Joseph 1978 0718117034 / 9780718117030 1st. U.K. Edition, Hard Cover + D/J [Oblong] Near Fine Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
239pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Leaves clean. Pictorial [author portrait] loose-plastic protected dustjacket has negligible edgewear only. A relationship-based novel, the key character, 'Candida', a post-feminist heroine. "Seventeen convent-bred and still a virgin, delectable Candida sets out to shed her innocence-with a fashionable painter with twenty years' depravity behind him . . . The first novel of this Zambian born, English convent educated author, who, it is believed, as a married woman, had an affair with Martin Amis [b.1949], which, unknown to Amis, produced a daughter. Some time later Lamorna Heath committed suicide . . . Book weight approx. 450g. 
Price: 17.03 AUD
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154 Hemingway, Ernest FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
Bombay, India Thacker and Co. 1944 1st. [Indian] Original Blue Cloth Hardcover Good. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
462pp. Book square, mildly shaken. Several unpaginated b/white half-tone plates [stills from film of the same name] throughout. Cloth boards slightly soiled, bumped and noticeably colour-faded on backstrip. Former owner's name/date on ffep. Mild, uniformly tanned leaves with nominal specks and blotches randomly throughout. No d/jacket. First published in 1941, this literature classic First Indian Edition was published [with inferior materials] in June 1944. Value Point : tipped-in on the front free endpaper [and leaving a noticeable tanned ghost] is the original purchase receipt for Rs. 9-12-0. Book weight approx. 430gms. 
Price: 17.58 AUD
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DREAMCHILD, Hemingway, Hilary and Lindsay, Jeffry P.
155 Hemingway, Hilary and Lindsay, Jeffry P. DREAMCHILD
New York Forge (Tom Doherty Associates) 1998 0312859538 / 9780312859534 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" Tall 
288pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, bronze title there-on. Plain white boards very mildly marked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket has a short, closed tear to lower front flap fold. From the jacket flap: "Max is not your usual five-year-old boy. Unable to speak, shy and strange, he was conceived while his mother was the victim of an alien abduction. Max is a unique being; a hybrid of human and alien. Now he is undergoing profound change - physical, mental and emotional - as dark forces prepare to use the young boy as a battlefield for warring alien powers that threaten mankind . . ." Book weight approx. 450g. 
Price: 11.28 AUD
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SOLDIER OF THE QUEEN, Hennessy, Max
156 Hennessy, Max SOLDIER OF THE QUEEN
London Hamish Hamilton 1980 0241102413 / 9780241102411 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
279pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain blue boards very good. Leaves clean. Art-illustrated (John Green) loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn and colour-faded on spine. Max Hennessy is the pseudonym of highly-talented author, John Harris ('The Sea Shall Not Have Them', et al). Action-packed, with first-rate battle scenes, the key character in this tale is much travelled, heroic cavalry officer Colby Goff, attractive to women, and dedicated to the glory of his regiment. Finding himself in America during the Civil War, he cannot resist getting involved in Jeb Stuart's sweeping cavalry raids . . . later he is in France as a military observer, becoming trapped in the Franco-Prussian War. Then, if he hasn't had enough, it is on to Southern Africa . . . Book weight approx. 464g. 
Price: 16.54 AUD
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A SHORT HOLIDAY : A Collection Of Short Stories, Herbert, Angela R.
157 Herbert, Angela R. A SHORT HOLIDAY : A Collection Of Short Stories
Barbados Avec Dignite Publishing 2006 0977233901 / 9780977233908 First Edition Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
viii, + 170pp. Book clean. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper slightly edgeworn, soft crease to front panel. "A collection of short stories, a work of fiction inspired by events real and imagined. The voices presenting each story come primarily from the English Caribbean, however, their messages - sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical and witty - have universal application . . . " Includes Author's Preface, 18 short stories. Book weight approx. 320g. Postage charge will be reduced as this book will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 14.57 AUD
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THE NONESUCH, Heyer, Georgette
158 Heyer, Georgette THE NONESUCH
London Heinemann 1962 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
300pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Blind-stamped logo on front board, ditto publisher's device on rear board. An original seller's stamp on foot of ffep., text-block edges mildly flecked, else leaves clean. Art-illustrated (A.E.Barbosa), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, nipped and edgeworn, else lightly soiled. "Old Joseph Calver's will is a surprise to all his relations and a disappointment to most of them . . . Will rank amongst the most entertaining and accomplished of her Regency romances." Book weight approx. 415g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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MAORI GIRL, Hilliard, Noel
159 Hilliard, Noel MAORI GIRL
London Heinemann 1960 First Edition, First Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Good + Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
263pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, minimally bumped. Plain blue boards mildly bumped on upper foredge corners. Publisher's blind-stamp device on rear board. Text-block clean, leaves lightly tanned and flecked. Art-illustrated (Fratini), loose-plastic protected, unclipped dustjacket edgeworn with jagged nips, closed tears and creasing. Set in New Zealand's North Island, mid-20th century, this strong relationship-based novel features Netta Samuel, an attractive, easy-going Maori girl who is compelled to leave home to avoid disgracing her family after a brief affair. Moving to the city, she meets Arthur, a charming and intelligent young wharfie . . . Book weight approx. 350g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 16.92 AUD
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THE PRICE OF COAL (Second Impression Before Publication), Hines, Barry
160 Hines, Barry THE PRICE OF COAL (Second Impression Before Publication)
London Michael Joseph 1979 0718117638 / 9780718117634 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
170pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain green boards trivially bumped only. Text-block unmarked. Pictorially-illustrated (with author portrait on rear panel), loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn, and colour-faded on spine, else very good. This 'documentary novel' of British colliery life was developed from two of the author's television films, 'Meet the People', and 'Back to Reality'. It explores the common bond and cameraderie the miners share against officialdom, and mortal danger, but lightened by shared jokes, sports, and family ties. The much-praised dramatist/novelist Barry Hines has lived much of his life in a Yorkshire mining town and has a strong affinity to the mining environment. He was born in 1939. Book weight approx. 330g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 24.82 AUD
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