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201 Lambert, Derek THE GREAT LAND
London Arlington Books 1977 1st. U.K. Edition, Hard Cover + D/J [Oblong] Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
463pp., book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Art illustrated [Ian Robinson], loose-plastic protected dustjacket has trivial edgewear only. A feature of this jacket is a slight mis-register of the black printing plate creating a ghostly image. An adventure of modern post World War Two Alaska. Richard Larson, ex G.I. and Charles Browning are diametrically opposed in what they want from Alaska, one an ardent conservationalist, the other determined to get oil at any cost . . . Book weight approx. 720g. 
Price: 10.02 AUD
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BLIND JOURNEY, Lancaster, Bruce
202 Lancaster, Bruce BLIND JOURNEY
London Alvin Redman 1954 First U.K. Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
ix, + 303pp., story-setting map endpapers (Samuel H. Bryant). Book clean, square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Foxing splotches on head margins of textblock and endpapers. Art-illustrated (Charles Andres) loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, price-clipped, specked and spoiled on plain background areas, plus a fingernail-size, wedge-shaped excision centre of rear panel. Central to this story is a young patriot from New York state, previously captured by a British patrol in 1780. The time is now 1781, and the setting(s) are: Paris, America, and the high seas in between. Let his 'Blind Journey' begin . . . All told in 14 chapters. Loose within book is a publisher's reply paid card in undamaged condition. Book weight approx. 500g. 
Price: 17.58 AUD
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HMS MARATHON, Langsford, A. E.
203 Langsford, A. E. HMS MARATHON
London Barrie & Jenkins 1989 0712620036 / 9780712620031 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
240pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over firm spine. Leaves clean. Plain blue boards undamaged. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. It is 1942: The Mediterranean operation 'Stonehenge' gets underway - a convoy laden with desperately needed fuel, food and ammunition for the beseiged island of Malta. Captain Robert Thurston commands the British cruiser HMS 'Marathon', one of the escort vessels on this Malta run. Thurston, a career naval officer with a record of conspicuous gallantry under fire, is a man under stress. He previously had one ship go to the bottom, leaving pitifully few survivors . . . Soon 'Marathon' is crippled by determined enemy action and attempts to limp toward Alexandria, constantly under attack from sea, air and weather. Men and machines are stretched to their limit, but the most deadly threat to Thurston's own life is yet to be faced . . . Book weight approx. 510g. 
Price: 16.54 AUD
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THUNDER UNDERGROUND : A Story of Nero's Rome, Lindsay, Jack
204 Lindsay, Jack THUNDER UNDERGROUND : A Story of Nero's Rome
London Frederick Muller 1965 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
446pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over very lightly bumped spine. Ditto bumps on foredge corners of plain red boards. A former owner's name on ffep., else textblock unmarked. Art-illustrated (D'Achille), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped and slightly edgeworn only. The centrepiece of this Jack Lindsay (1900-1990) historical novel is one of the unsuccessful conspiracies to assassinate Nero, which was inaugurated by Piso in Imperial Rome. The story is told mainly through the eyes of Lucius Cassius Firmus, who arrives in Rome in 64 A.D. Book weight approx. 550g. 
Price: 28.20 AUD
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A MAN IN A MIRROR, Llewellyn, Richard
205 Llewellyn, Richard A MAN IN A MIRROR
London Michael Joseph 1964 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
389pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Leaves clean and unmarked. Boards undamaged. Art-illustrated (Tom Dunn), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, plus minor biopredation spots on spine. Written in 1961, this is a novel of contemporary Africa, and the dilemma of her young people-raised partly in primitive tribal ways, partly in European operated schools . . . It is the story of Nterenke (James Teren to the Europeans), a member of the proud Masai of Kenya. His crisis begins when he is called on to serve as interpreter at the murder trial of a brother Masai . . . Book weight approx. 500g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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THE EMPIRE BUILDERS : Volume IX of the Australians, Long, William Stuart
206 Long, William Stuart THE EMPIRE BUILDERS : Volume IX of the Australians
Lane Cove, N.S.W., Australia Doubleday 1987 0868243094 / 9780868243092 First Australasian Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
440pp., one b/white map. Book clean, square. Spine firm, silver title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean, albeit mildly tanned. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-rubbed at foot of spine, minor indentations. From the jacket flap: "The ninth title in William Stuart Long's magnificent series, 'The Australians', continues the story of the pioneers who carved out a life for themselves in the newly-formed colonies of Australia and New Zealand . . . The Maori Wars (1860-66) are a burdensome conflict in which, with the 40th being sent there as well as a number of Royal Navy ships, Adam Vincent becomes embroiled together with the Van Burens and the de Laceys." Contents include: Prologue, 27 chapters, Epilogue. Book weight approx. 620g. 
Price: 16.39 AUD
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KIWI JANE, Lord, Douglas
207 Lord, Douglas KIWI JANE
London Odhams Press 1962 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Sheila Hawkins 
128pp., b/white sketch-art throughout by Sheila Hawkins. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped on head and heel. Mildly flecked text-block edges, otherwise leaves clean. Blue boards minimally bumped. Art-illustrated (Sheila Hawkins), loose-plastic protected dustjacket nipped, with short closed tears, and price-clipped. Juvenile fiction set at Teko, in the North Island of New Zealand, featuring Jane, a young schoolgirl kept at home recovering from a long illness; Denis, her fourteen-year-old brother, and their Maori helpers . . .The story unfolds over 11 chapters. Book weight approx. 300g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 20.95 AUD
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THE GREEN RIPPER, MacDonald, John D.
208 MacDonald, John D. THE GREEN RIPPER
London Robert Hale 1980 0709183305 / 9780709183303 First British Hardcover and Dustjacket Near Fine Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
221pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over firm spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves pristine. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. Series hero Travis McGee is suddenly snapped out of his world of sun and sand, boats and boodles, sharks and shakedowns, when (despite his old friend Meyer trying to tell him the 'real' world is in a process of deadly change) a woman who means everything to Travis is murdered. A stunned McGee, on the path of the killer, must impersonate a man who has lost his daughter to a fanatical religious cult, infiltrating the Church of the Apocrypha, risking life and limb with what he learns of the cult's activities . . . Book weight approx. 390g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 18.17 AUD
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209 MacLaverty, Bernard THE ANATOMY SCHOOL
United Kingdom Jonathan Cape 2001 0224062026 / 9780224062022 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
354pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket has slightly U.V. affected spine, minimal edgewear only. A novel of growing up, by the award-winning Irish-born, Scottish resident, author, Bernard MacLaverty. "Martin Brennan: a troubled boy in troubled times, a boy who knows all the questions but none of the answers. This is Belfast in the late sixties . . . " Book weight approx. 700g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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ANCIENT EVENINGS, Mailer, Norman
210 Mailer, Norman ANCIENT EVENINGS
London Macmillan 1983 0333340256 / 9780333340257 First U.K. Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
709pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Leaves clean. Plain brown boards lightly bumped on upper foredge corners. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased at head of spine. "This novel recreates a long-lost civilization - the world of Ancient Egypt, a thousand years before Christ . . . it displays a novelist's obsession with magic, violence and eroticism and lives on in the mind long after the last page has been turned." Book weight approx. 1.25 KG. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. 
Price: 14.10 AUD
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TOFU LANDING   (Signed Copy), Maloney, Evan
211 Maloney, Evan TOFU LANDING (Signed Copy)
London Quartet Books 2010 0704371642 / 9780704371644 First Edition Softcover with Fold-in Flaps Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed and Signed By Author
278pp. Book clean. Spine firm. A personal inscription, signed by author on half-title page, else leaves clean. Illustrated, flapped card wrapper has a soft vertical crease to rear panel and short crease to front, negligible edgewear. From the front flap: "Set in London at the start of the 21st Century, 'Tofu Landing' brilliantly evokes the madness of our times. It follows the exploits of a group of wildly unpredictable nouveaux-Bohemians - The Posse - as they tear up London looking for a new high . . . " Book weight approx. 370g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 20.04 AUD
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BLUE SILENCE.   (Signed Copy), Marquardt, Michelle
212 Marquardt, Michelle BLUE SILENCE. (Signed Copy)
New South Wales, Australia Bantam Books 2002 1863252517 / 9781863252515 First Edition, 2nd Impression Softcover Very Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall Signed by Author
404pp. Book clean. Spine firm, two reading creases there-on. Author's signature to title page, else leaves clean. Illustrated (Nick Stathopoulos) card wrapper very mildly scuffed and edgeworn, soft vertical reading crease near spine, price-sticker ghost to rear. Winner of the George Turner Prize. "A mysterious craft docks unexpectedly on a space station in orbit around the Earth . . . eerily, the ship that sits silently in the dock is similar - with a few significant differences - to the Orion, a spacecraft launched from Earth into deep space 180 years before, and never heard from again . . . " Book weight approx. 240g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 26.32 AUD
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BURNING FOR REVENGE.    (Signed Copy), Marsden, John
213 Marsden, John BURNING FOR REVENGE. (Signed Copy)
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia Macmillan 1997 0732908973 / 9780732908973 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed and Signed By Author
274pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Short inscription, 'Maeve, happy wishes!', signed by author John Marsden, on half-title page. Previous owner's stamp (with handwritten name within) and small black texta square to ffep., faint offset from same to half-title page, else leaves clean and unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased only. Book Five in the popular 'Tomorrow' series for young adults. "Ellie and her friends have stared defeat in the face. They have felt its hot breath. They have been bashed and battered by it, brought to breaking point. Now it's time to hit back. Now it's time to come out fighting. Now they really are burning for revenge!" Book weight approx. 470g. 
Price: 27.32 AUD
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THE PEACOCK BED, Marshall, Joanne
214 Marshall, Joanne THE PEACOCK BED
London and Glasgow Collins 1978 000233643x / 9780002336437 First U.K. Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Good+ 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
159pp. Book clean, square, Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain blue boards undamaged. Leaves clean, crisp and unmarked. llustrated (design by 'Biro'), unclipped, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly nipped and chipped on upper edge (very small amount of loss), lightly soiled and foxed. "In the summer of 1862, as Abigail Menory travels north at the invitation of her close friend, Charity Scott, her carriage is stopped by a gipsy who warns her of a man in grey . . . " 9 chapters. Book weight approx. 270g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 16.92 AUD
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215 Martin, Charles M. RANGE LAW
London Ivor Nicholson and Watson 1936 1st U.K. Hardcover [Original Cloth] Fair 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
283pp., ex-lending library copy, complete with discreet identifiers throughout textblock and on rear endpapers. Book cocked. Green cloth abraded and split on corners. Leaves randomly soiled, [formerly] dog-eared, and finger-marked. Front panel of the original dustjacket affixed to front board. Title worn from backstrip, soiling and spots there-on. A rare title, but filler quality only. In the early '80s old John Golden, a tall man in a ten gallon Stetson hat, enters the Wells-Fargo Company in old time El Paso, insisting on seeing General Manager Tom Scudder . . . Book weight approx. 400g. 
Price: 17.58 AUD
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THE SABOTEURS, Mason, J.W.
216 Mason, J.W. THE SABOTEURS
London Frederick Muller 1955 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Good Fair 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
254pp. Book clean and square. Gilt title over mildly bumped and faded spine. Plain green boards slightly bumped on foredge corners. Lightly tanned textblock noticeably foxed and splotched on foredge and foot, else clean. Art-illustrated (no acks.), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, and significantly edgeworn and creased, with jagged tears. Suspense and drama set in enemy-occupied France. Sergeant Fraser, son of a French father and Scots mother, is detached from his unit and under utmost secrecy is given a mission involving entry to the occupied area of his boyhood, the countryside surrounding Le Mans. A seething Nazi hotspot, M.I.5 believe his fluent local patois could be used to their advantage . . . 16 gripping chapters. Book weight approx. 350g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 20.68 AUD
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SURE OF YOU (Signed Copy), Maupin, Armistead
217 Maupin, Armistead SURE OF YOU (Signed Copy)
London Chatto & Windus 1990 0701134283 / 9780701134280 First U.K. Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inscribed and Signed By Author
262pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain green boards undamaged. Short inscription, "For x ", signed by author on title page, else leaves clean and unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket softly edge-creased at head. The sixth and final novel in Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of The City' series. Book weight approx. 620g. 
Price: 21.86 AUD
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THE DIVIDER, Maurice, John
218 Maurice, John THE DIVIDER
London Collins 1971 0002211777 / 9780002211772 First Edition Hard Cover + D/J [Oblong] Very Good +, Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
252pp., book clean, square, spine firm. Leaves clean, unmarked. Unclipped, loose-plastic protected dustjacket has very minor edgewear, no other faults. Acclaimed first novel by this author, with will-o'-the-wisp characters and mystery entwined. Book weight approx. 400g. 
Price: 12.75 AUD
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TRAIL OF THE WARRIGAL, Maynard, Richard
219 Maynard, Richard TRAIL OF THE WARRIGAL
London Souvenir Press 1988 0285628461 / 9780285628465 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
287pp. Book clean, square. Silver-titled spine firm, slightly canted. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean, mildly tanned on text-block edges. Illustrated (Val Sassoon), loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly edge-creased only. "In this, his third novel, Richard Maynard vividly evokes the stern but breath-takingly beautiful world of the outback: where men and women become hardened by adversity, where greed and jealousy can lead to murder, where people learn the hard way to live with their own company in a land that gives no quarter . . . " Book weight approx. 562g. 
Price: 18.22 AUD
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THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB, McCall Smith, Alexander
220 McCall Smith, Alexander THE DOUBLE COMFORT SAFARI CLUB
Australia Little, Brown 2010 1408701057 / 9781408701058 First Australian Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good + 
247pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, black title there-on. Plain boards lightly bumped on one upper foredge corner. Illustrated endpapers. Leaves clean. Art-illustrated (Hannah Firmin), loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased only. The eleventh book in the 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' series, featuring Precious Ramotswe. 17 chapters. Book weight approx. 415g. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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