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28 September 2017: New in October...

Here are just a few examples of the many new books that have recently been added to our library. With over twenty thousand books on our website, our library has something for every interest and specialism. However, if you can't quite decide, or are after some advice, why not get in touch and let one of our specialists hand pick the perfect read. 

 1961 Devil of a State by Anthony Burgess First Edition Dustwrapper Exotic Novels

Whilst Burgess is perhaps best known for his dystopian work A Clockwork Orange, his broad range of other works include his collection of four ‘Exotic Titles, all of which are based upon his experiences living and working in Brunei and Malaya. Devil of a State is the fourth and final work in the ‘Exotic Titles’ and despite being completed in 1958, was not published until 1961, owing in part to the resistance from his publisher, Heinemann, who thought the work might be considered libellous. As such, Burgess changed the setting of the work from Brunei to the fictional Naraka, which is Malay-Sanskrit for ‘hell’. The UN representative that originally featured in the work was also changed to a ‘British adviser’ As Burgess notes in his autobiography, Heinemann’s concerns were valid, as upon publication of The Enemy in the Blanket, which was set in Malaya, a libel suit was raised almost instantly. We have recently added to our collection an excellent copy of the first edition of the work, complete in the original dustwrapper.

1965 Human Universe and Other Essays by Charles Olson Ed By Donald Allen Limited

Charles Olson was a renowned American Poet, considered to be one of the primary figures in the postmodern literary movement. Olson is perhaps best known for his works The Maximus Poems, an exploration of American history told through the voice of Maximus, loosely based on Olson himself. As well as his poetical work, Olson’s critical writings also brought him much acclaim. The work that has been recently added to our collection is an excellent limited edition copy of his work The Universe and Other Essays. Included in this work are many of his most well-known pieces of literary criticism, including a critical analysis of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Pocahontas’s John Smith. Another included work, Projective Verse, called for a poetic meter based on the poet’s breathing, rather than more traditional styles based around syntax and logic. This theory is seen in his later work The Kingfishers.

The beautiful copy of Human Universe and Other Essays that has recently been added to our collection is bound in quarter vellum, with decorative boards, and is one of a limited edition of two hundred and fifty copies printed for the Auerhahn Society. Printed the same year as the first edition of the work, it was then bound by the Schuberth Bindery in San Francisco, who created the intricate design for each of the limited edition works.

1956-1979 23vols in11 Veteran and Vintage Magazine Cars Automobiles Vehicle

This set of Veteran and Vintage magazine that we currently have in our library is an excellent example of an unbroken run of the influential motoring series. One of the notable contributors to the magazines was the motoring author Michael C. Sedgwick who became editor in 1959, four years into the magazine’s publication. During this time Sedgwick also held the appointment of curator of the now called National Motor Museum in Hampshire. Sedgwick later went on to work as an auction consultant at the well-known auction house, Christie’s. After Sedgwick’s death, The Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust was created in order to encourage new and innovative research into any aspect of motoring history and to allow for this research to be accessible within the public domain. The trust exists to this day, and gives the chance for new authors to work with experienced publishing houses and produce new content and ideas.

The run of magazines we have in our collection span from August 1956 to August 1979 and contain twenty three complete editions, bound across eleven books. The magazines contain a variety of fascinating articles, illustrations and advertisements showcasing a vast range of vintage vehicles. The works are a fantastic example of motoring history and would be an excellent set for any collector or enthusiast.

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