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The Man Who Turned Into a Stick. Three Related Plays – SIGNED - K b Abe

1975 - University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo - First Edition in English
Inscribed by Kōbō Abe in Japanese and signed in English. Translated by Donald Keene.

This work contains three plays written between 1957 and 1969, usually presented together and symbolising the different stages of life. The first, representing birth, is
The Suitcase. The second, The Cliff of Time, represents life itself, or The Process and the third, The Man who Turned into a Stick, is death.

The Man Who Turned Into A Stick (棒になった男 – Bō ni natta otoko), is considered a primary example of magic realism in Japanese literature. 
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The Man With the Golden Arm - Nelson Algren

1949 - Doubleday & Company, New York - First Edition
There’s people in hell who want ice water…’

Algren’s shockingly brilliant novel of the disinherited,
The Man With the Golden Arm tells the sordid tale of Frankie Machine, the ‘golden arm’ dealer of a back street Chicago gambling den, whose heroin addiction and failing marriage drive him to the depths of despair.

The character of Frankie Machine was memorably brought to life on the silver screen by Frank Sinatra, in Otto Preminger’s 1955 film adaptation of the novel, which co-starred Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker.
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An African Millionaire - Grant Allen

1897 - Grant Richards, London - First Edition
A bright sharp copy of what is considered to be the first work to feature a criminal protagonist, and the first great gentleman rogue of mystery fiction - Colonel Clay.

‘Wealthy, confident and handsome, Charles Van Drift is not accustomed to being swindled and his brush with Colonel Clay both rattles and infuriates him. As his South African diamond fortune takes hit after hit from the quick-witted master of disguise, Allen leaves even the reader guessing: who can you trust? Van Drift grows more suspicious of those around him and a few too many misguided accusations shake the millionaire's confidence. Colonel Clay is in his head.’ [Penguin]

‘The "illustrious" Colonel Clay has been shamefully neglected. The Adam of yeggmen preceded the infinitely celebrated Raffles by two years – long enough to entitle the Colonel to top honors as the first great short-story thief on the criminal literary scene. The rare first edition of his fancy filching and fleecing shows an illustration in gold-leaf, on the front cover, of a Pied Piper followed not by children but by winged money-bags.’ –
Queen’s Quorum.

Charles Grant Blairfindie Allen (1848) was born near Kingston, Ontario, in Canada. Though largely forgotten today, during his lifetime he was a prolific and popular writer who published widely in diverse areas, which were as various as his own intellectual pursuits that ranged from the sciences to literature. Titles of several of his books reveal his breadth of interests, including
The Evolutionist at Large, and Biographies of Working Men. As a naturalist and professed socialist, he embraced a number of radical views for his time, such as the advancement of women's rights. For example, his novel The Woman who did, espoused a then controversial literacy critique of sexual conventions and marriage. His best stories, which featured the notorious con-artist and thief, Colonel Clay, first appeared in the Strand Magazine and later were collected in this book.

Provenance: James Jennings, with 1898 gift inscription from Harry L. Ann.

Reference: Ellery Queen,
Queen’s Quorum, 21. Ellery Queen, The Detective Short Story (1969), 4. Penguin classics. 
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The Night-Comers - Eric Ambler

1956 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of this thriller set in Southeast Asia. 'The Night-Comers' covers 24 critical hours in a military coup d'etat. Published in America as 'State of Siege'. Filmed by Rank in 1959.

Written by Ambler on his return from travelling through Southeast Asia.

Batik style patterned dust jacket designed by Judith Bledsoe.
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Cause For Alarm - Eric Ambler

1940 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - Second Printing
A classic Ambler spy thriller.

It seemed to me that the train had started to make a curious thumping noise. I tried to separate the noise, identify it, and realised that it was the sound of the blood pumping in my head. I knew suddenly that I was scared, scared stiff

‘Nicky Marlow needs a job. He's engaged to be married and the employment market in Britain in 1937 is pretty slim. So when his fiancée points out the position with an English armaments manufacturer in Italy, he jumps at the chance. Soon after he arrives, however, he learns the sinister truth about his predecessor's departure and finds himself courted by two agents with dangerously different agendas. In the process, Marlow realizes that it's not so simple just to do the job he's paid for - not in fascist Italy, on the eve of a world war’ [
Penguin Classics] 
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Murder Begins at Home - Delano Ames

1949 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Edition
First edition of Ames’ second Dagobert and Jane Brown mystery, scarce in the bright sharp dust jacket illustrated by Nicolson.

The second case of Dagobert Brown and his wife Jane who travel to America, from New York to Detroit ending up in New Mexico...
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Death of a Fellow Traveller - Delano Ames

1950 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Edition
First edition of Ames’ third Dagobert and Jane Brown mystery in the bright sharp dust jacket illustrated by Nicolson.

The third adventure for Dagobert (
She Shall Have Murder) Brown and his wife Jane (née Hamish), who travel down from London to the Cornish village of Gwink. Within a few hours of their arrival the young man with the moustache, the limp and the two Harlequin Great Danes whom they had noticed on the train was found dead... 
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The Body on Page One - Delano Ames

1951 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of Ames’ fifth Dagobert and Jane Brown mystery in the bright sharp dust jacket designed by Jarvis.

The fifth adventure for Dagobert (
She Shall Have Murder) Brown and his wife Jane (née Hamish). This time the travelling duo decide to settle down at home in London, but of course their ever inquisitive nature makes them restless... 
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