With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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1 Christopher Isherwood A Single Man
London and Cambridge, UK The Land Press and the Rampant Lions Press 1980 Limited Edition Decorated Cloth Fine 
No. 59 of limited edition signed by Isherwood. The limitation was set at 400 but in actually only 119 copies were issued, according to the records of James Brockman, the designer of the binding. A beautiful production overall, with paper made specially for the project (Hayle from Barcham Green), and an abstract design etched in gilt on the blue cloth. This design is suggestive of interior dislocation, which economically captures the esprit of the novel, as evident even in the opening paragraphs. First published in 1964, the novel was daring at the time in its portrayal of a middle aged gay man dealing with the death of a partner and the farrago of emotions, anxieties, concerns running through his head in one 24 hour period. Full of humor, biting and gentle, keen observations, ideas, this is far more, though, than a "gay" novel, for it beautifully and credibly captures a life with a frankness and directness seldom encountered in a novel, whether traditional or experimental in structure, this being one that has elements of both. It also stands out as a superb Los Angeles novel. Not just does it take place there, or in Santa Monica, but it imparts a real sense of the place, and by this implicitly how it is different from other places, without heavy-handedness or pat stereotyping. The result is a real tour de force, which is surely why Isherwood considered it his best work, and this private press edition issued sixteen years after its first issue honors what is a breakthrough work is it deserves. This copy is as attractive now as it was the day it was first issued. Also included is a prospectus letter from Land Press. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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The Ides of March, Thornton Wilder
2 Thornton Wilder The Ides of March
New York Harper & Brothers 1948 First Edition Cloth, with Quarter Morocco Slipcase and Chemise Fine Very Good Plus Jacket 
This is Wilder's first novel after his string of big hits, and instant classics, on Broadway. Like the plays, though, Wilder is venturesome in approach, here embracing the hoary form of the epistolatory novel but applying it in a highly original manner. As the title might suggest, this novel is a retellng of the story of Julius Caesar, his times and the society he occupied and dominated. Wilder might not be strongly associated with historical fiction, but he was in fact a devoted classicist, and this foray into historical fiction found a receptive audience -- the novel sold extremely well upon its publication. Deservedly, one might add. Being a virtuosic stylist, Wilder avoids the stiltedness that afflicts so many attempts to capture Ancient Rome, and this work deserves to be placed alongside the two modern classics of Robert Graves who depicted a slightly later phase of Roman history. The dust jacket has minor chips and wear along the edges, now fully protected with mylar. The morocco on the slipcase's spine is lightly sunned. The case is otherwise solid and attractive, and with the chemise fully protects the first edtion copy. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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