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1961 Iris Murdoch The Unicorn Uncorrected Proof Scarce
1961 Iris Murdoch The Unicorn Uncorrected Proof Scarce

Price: £75.00

This is an uncorrected proof copy of Iris Murdoch's novel The Unicorn. Iris Murdoch was an Irish-born author and philosopher best known for her novels and good and evil, sexual relationships, morality and the power of the unconscious....

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1964 MASTERPIECES of MURDER Pearson CORRECTED PROOF
1964 MASTERPIECES of MURDER Pearson CORRECTED PROOF

Price: £19.99

Publisher's black cloth binding with gilt titles to spine.  In bright purple dust jacket. Publisher's corrected proof copy. Edmund Lester Pearson (1880-1937), born in Massachusetts and educated at Harvard, worked as a librarian...

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1969 Dear and Honoured Lady DYSON + TENNYSON Proof Copy
1969 Dear and Honoured Lady DYSON + TENNYSON Proof Copy

Price: £35.99

Pink paperback with black lettering to front cover. Publisher's proof copy which was not for sale and does not include the illustrations. Complete with publisher's compliment slip and advance notice. The book describes the remarkable...

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1979 A Coat of Varnish C P Snow Uncorrected Proof Novel Fiction Macmillan Scarce
1979 A Coat of Varnish C P Snow Uncorrected Proof Novel Fiction Macmillan Scarce

Price: £28.00

An corrected proof of C.P. Snow's last novel.Snow returns to the theme of his first novel, Death Under Sail in this tale of decadence and murder.

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1979 The Fortunes of War
1979 The Fortunes of War

Price: £440.00

A scarce proof copy of this work of modern fiction by noted naval author Patrick O'Brian. A scarce proof copy in the original paper wraps. The Fortunes of War is the sixth historical novel...

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1980 Mr American
1980 Mr American

Price: £30.00

A scarcely found, excellent uncorrected proof of George Macdonald Fraser's novel. This scarcely found uncorrected proof copy of the first edition of celebrated Scottish author George Macdonald...

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1981 Congo
1981 Congo

Price: £45.00

A very scarce uncorrected proof copy of Michael Crichton's exciting and tense novel set in the Congo. A very scarce uncorrected proof copy of this work. 'Congo' is a science fiction novel,...

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1982 2010: Odyssey Two
1982 2010: Odyssey Two

Price: £140.00

An uncorrected proof copy of this popular science fiction novel, by the renowned sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. An uncorrected proof copy of this work. '2010: Odyssey Two' is the sequel to...

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1982 Providence
1982 Providence

Price: £45.00

An excellent scarcely found uncorrected proof of Anita Brookner's second novel. This scarcely found uncorrected proof copy of the first edition of novelist Anita Brookner's second book 'Providence'...

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1982 Schindler's Ark
1982 Schindler's Ark

Price: £120.00

An uncorrected proof of Thomas Keneally's important and haunting novel set during the Second World War, 'Schindler's Ark'. An uncorrected proof copy of this work. 'Schindler's Ark' is a haunting...

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1982 The Ruling Passion
1982 The Ruling Passion

Price: £50.00

A very scarce uncorrected proof of writer Stephen Barlay's novel. This very scarce uncorrected proof of writer Stephen Barley's 'The Ruling Passion' is a novel from a writer who escaped Hungary...

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1983 A Crack in the House of God
1983 A Crack in the House of God

Price: £38.00

A proof copy of this intricate novel discussing the year 1979 in the Middle East, an eventful year for the area, written by Diane and Giora Shamis. A proof copy of this work. 'A Crack in the...

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1983 Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
1983 Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Price: £80.00

A scarce uncorrected proof copy of this collection of short ghost stories, edited and compiled by the influential author Roald Dahl. A scarce uncorrected proof copy of this work. A collection...

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1983 Schindler's Ark
1983 Schindler's Ark

Price: £1,300.00

The uncorrected proof of Thomas Keneally's influential and moving novel about the Holocaust 'Schindler's Ark'. An uncorrected proof copy of this work. Signed by the author to the title page....

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1983 Screenplay
1983 Screenplay

Price: £25.00

A very scarce uncorrected proof copy of Donald Heiney's impressive novel about a man being transported back to 1920s Los Angeles. A very scarce uncorrected proof copy of this work. 'Screenplay'...

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1983 The Little Drummer Girl
1983 The Little Drummer Girl

Price: £150.00

A scarce uncorrected proof of John le Carre's popular and tense espionage novel, 'The Little Drummer Girl'. A scarce uncorrected proof of this work. 'The Little Drummer Girl' is a spy espionage...

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1983 The Philosopher's Pupil
1983 The Philosopher's Pupil

Price: £45.00

A nice uncorrected proof copy of Iris Murdoch's novel 'The Philosopher's Pupil'. The uncorrected proof copy of this work. 'The Philosopher's Pupil' is a novel set in a small spa town in England,...

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1983 The Steps of the Sun
1983 The Steps of the Sun

Price: £45.00

A very scarce uncorrected proof copy of Joanna Trollope's novel about a man who is sent to fight in the Boer War. A very scarce uncorrected proof copy. 'The Steps of a Sun' is set in 1899,...

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1983 Tyro
1983 Tyro

Price: £45.00

An excellent very scarce uncorrected proof of John Milne's novel. This very scarcely found uncorrected proof copy of the first edition of writer John Milne's novel 'Tyro' is the first of Milne's...

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1984 The Warning Bell
1984 The Warning Bell

Price: £30.00

A very scarce uncorrected proof copy of Lynn Reid Banks' moving and insightful novel about a young woman. The very scarce uncorrected proof copy of this work. 'The Warning Bell' is a novel...

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1987 The Book and the Brotherhood
1987 The Book and the Brotherhood

Price: £40.00

An uncorrected proof copy of 'The Book and the Brotherhood' by Iris Murdoch, a novel set in 1980s England. The uncorrected proof copy of this work. 'The Book and the Brotherhood' is a novel...

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1995 Jackson's Dilemma
1995 Jackson's Dilemma

Price: £48.00

The uncorrected proof copy of Iris Murdoch's final novel, 'Jackson's Dilemma'. The uncorrected proof copy of this work. 'Jackson's Dilemma ' was Iris Murdoch's final novel, written when she...

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1998 A Sketch of the Parish of Prestbury George Osborne PROOF COPY SCARCE
1998 A Sketch of the Parish of Prestbury George Osborne PROOF COPY SCARCE

Price: £59.99

This is a scarce publishers proof copy of this observational text about Prestbury.This text intended for approval prior to binding, to the attention of Colin Tucker.Prestbury is a village in Cheshire, England. Prestbury is one of the...

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2001 Hotel World Ali Smith Uncorrected Proof Scarce
2001 Hotel World Ali Smith Uncorrected Proof Scarce

Price: £55.00

A scarce uncorrected publishers' proof copy of Ali Smith's novel.Issued prior to the book's publication in 2001.Hotel World is a postmodern novel, portraying the stages of grief in relation to the passage of time. It won both the Scottish...

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2005 ELDEST Inheritance Book Two Advance Readers Christopher Paolini Proof
2005 ELDEST Inheritance Book Two Advance Readers Christopher Paolini Proof

Price: £55.00

This is an uncommon advance proof copy of this fantasy work by Christopher Paolini.This uncorrected proof copy, published for review before the hardback trade version, is the second in Paolini's fantasy series The Inheritance...

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