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641 4159 PRITCHETT, V.S. Midnight Oil
Hardcover Random House: NY; 1972; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
271 pages; Lightly bumped spine ends, pages pale yellow with one smudge mark on edge. Olive cloth binding has faintly sunned edges and spine. A clean and nice copy. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has light edgewear, a bit of soil and one tiny closed tear at spine head.; This second volume of the autobiography by this short story writer, novelist, and critic opens in 1921. With twenty pounds in his pocket he has arrived in Paris determined to become a writer. After going to Ireland to cover the revolution for the 'Christian Science Monitor' he arrives in Spain in 1924.  
Price: 12.00 USD
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642 6264 PULLAR, Phillipa Gilded Butterflies : The Rise and Fall of the London Season
Hardcover Hamish Hamilton: London; 1978; First British Edition 192 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, clean purple boards faintly faded at edges; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased, one tiny closed tear.; Profusely illustrated with black and white drawings, photographs, and paintings. This history "has a serious intent but is also an entertainment. Pullar has caught and analyzed the manners of society during four centuries" including the author's experiences during her own two seasons. "It is doubtful whether the London season now has any significance, although as the author says 'snobbery is as intrinsic to the British as it ever was when Elizabeth I was rampant, or James sold titles in return for gold.' But its history is both fascinating and salutary." 
Price: 14.75 USD
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Golden Compass, The : His Dark Materials, Book 1 [Northern Lights], PULLMAN, Philip
643 6175 PULLMAN, Philip Golden Compass, The : His Dark Materials, Book 1 [Northern Lights]
Softcover; Trade PB Knopf: NY; c1995, 2002; 399 pages Illustrated by Philip Pullman; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Faint spine creases, one cover crease, light edgewear, some page corner creases, a few smudges on page edges.; This first volume of the trilogy was recently made into a film. Published as "Northern Lights" in the UK and winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Award. Chapter heading illustrations done by the author.; "It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motely streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would being when she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, are eavesdropping and uncover a plot to murder Lord Asriel. He has returned from the far North where he tells of strange sights-a beautiful city hovering in the sky above the pole, a shimmering Dust that settles on and delineates all but human children. Lyra is scarcely able to save his life before Lord Asriel is off again, on a quest to answer the riddle of the world. Meanwhile, children are disappearing, and when Lyra's dearest friend is taken by the Gobblers, she determines to save him-a decision which leads her on a great journey, a journey that will lead to the discovery of her mother, a disastrous betrayal and the beginning of the unravelling of the mystery of Dust." For young adults, US grades 7-12; originally marketed to adults in the US. Highly recommended. 
Price: 9.25 USD
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644 5839 PULLMAN, Philip Ruby in the Smoke, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Laurel-Leaf: NY; c1985, 2000; Reprint Very Good  
230 pages; Spine and cover creases, inside covers and page edges light brown; interior pages clean, none loose.; An ALA Best Book for Young Adults (Ages 12 and older). A mystery/thriller set in Victorian London by the author of the 'Dark Materials' trilogy. This is the first volume of the Sally Lockhart trilogy. Basis for the Masterpiece Theater production of the same name.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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Subtle Knife, The : His Dark Materials, Book 2, PULLMAN, Philip
645 2355 PULLMAN, Philip Subtle Knife, The : His Dark Materials, Book 2
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1997; First US Edition 326 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Dark blue boards quarterbound in navy blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Bottom corners of a few pages creased, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper. No remainder marks. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed.; The second volume in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. The first volume was made into a film.; 'Lyra Silvertongue's quest to find the origins of Dust--the very stuff of the universe continues. We meet Will, a 12-year-old from our world, who is trying to protect his emotionally fragile mother and to locate his lost father, an explorer who vanished years before. Instead, Will finds a window into another world, where Lyra and her daemon have also tumbled. Their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra's alethiometer gives her a simple command: find Will's father. The world of Cittągazze holds the talisman of the subtle knife, which can cut through anything, even the space between worlds. It wounds Will, but he is bound to it by a destiny neither he nor Lyra (nor readers) yet understand." For US grades 7-12 (and up). Marketed in the UK as a children's book it was originally found in adult Science Fiction/Fantasy sections of bookstores in the US. Highly recommended. 
Price: 99.75 USD
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646 5336 PYM, Barbara Academic Question, An
Hardcover Dutton: NY; 1986; First US Edition 8vo ; 182 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine tail very lightly bumped; violet boards faintly faded at edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear and rubbing. A very nice copy.; Pym's 'academic' novel is set in a provincial English university in the early 1970's. The author worked at the International African Institute in London. 'An academic wrangle in the pages of the institute's journal Africa served as inspiration for' this novel. 
Price: 19.75 USD
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Civil to Strangers and Other Writings, PYM, Barbara
647 7328 PYM, Barbara Civil to Strangers and Other Writings
Hardcover E. P. Dutton: New York; 1988; First US Edition 388 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped; a very nice copy. Pages pale tan, page edges darker (seen before in this edition); pages clean. Lovely unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear.; This final journey into Pym country includes a complete novel, sections of three others, some short stories, and an autobiographical essay.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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Crampton Hodnet, PYM, Barbara
648 6841 PYM, Barbara Crampton Hodnet
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Dutton: NY; 1985; 8vo; 216 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Tear on one bottom corner reveals boards; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Very lightly edgeworn dust wrapper, spine lightly sunned. A nice copy. ; Comic novel originally written in 1939-40; set aside when Pym became involved with war work.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion group. "Miss Doggett, firmly entrenched in her North Oxford home, with young undergraduates coming to tea, is a prototype for one type of Pym character...even more so is Jessie Morrow, the companion, seemingly mild and meek, but with a most definite personality. This novel improves with each reading and is rich in detail and nuance, like all of Pyms' work." 
Price: 10.50 USD
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Excellent Women, PYM, Barbara
649 6952 PYM, Barbara Excellent Women
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Harmondsworth, England; c1952, 1983; Reprint 16mo; 238 pages Very Good 
Spine creased and sunned, previous owner address label inside front cover, light edgewear and cover creases. Page edges a bit yellowed, interior pages clean, none loose. ; "A witty comedy about the complications of being a spinster (and a religious one, at that) in the England of the 1950s." "The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work."; 'How I adore Barbara Pym! Some Tame Gazelle, Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence, No Fond Return of Love--those are my favorites.'- Holly H. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion groups. 'Excellent Women is my favourite Barbara Pym novel.'- Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Linda S. Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 7.25 USD
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Few Green Leaves, A, PYM, Barbara
650 7165 PYM, Barbara Few Green Leaves, A
Hardcover; Ex-Library Dutton: NY; 1980; First US Edition 250 pages Very Good- in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Ex-library copy with expected stamps, markings, and pocket; glue residue front and rear pastedowns where dust wrapper once attached to book. A bit of soil to board edges, spine ends lightly bumped, top page edges a bit dusty, some soil spots on interior margins. Unclipped dust wrapper has light edgewear, lightly creased, flap price blacked out, flaps browned from glue residue, remnant of library label on spine. A reading copy.; 'An incisive and wry portrait of life in an English village in Oxfordshire.' This is Pym's final novel. It is a favourite of many Pym admirers.; Recommended by Linda S. "One of my favourite authors." - Lyn B.', author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Less Than Angels, PYM, Barbara
651 6643 PYM, Barbara Less Than Angels
Softcover; Mass Market PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; c1955, 1982; 256 pages Very Good 
Light spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear. Pages and inside front covers pale yellow; pages clean, none loose. ; "Anthropologists and their very human natures are satirized in this gentle novel of casual relationships. The comic moments are rich, such as the account of young anthropologists jostling for grants, and the psychological insight is right on target, such as we see in Catherine's reactions to her vacillating lover. The domestic details make the novel perfect."; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups. This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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No Fond Return of Love, PYM, Barbara
652 6948 PYM, Barbara No Fond Return of Love
Softcover; Trade PB Perennial; Harper & Row: New York; c1961,1986; 254 pages Very Good- 
Spine curved and lightly creased, light edgewear. Inside covers and page edges age browned; pages clean, not brittle, none loose but care should be taken with binding.; "One of her very best-- comic, heartrending, original, brave, in short, like life itself. "--Shirley Hazzard; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and A Thirkell and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. "After several re-readings too numerous to count, this has emerged as my favorite Pym novel, I believe because Dulcie Mainwaring emerges triumphant...at least, just plain happy, and who can ask for more? The novel begins with a learned conference...some problems of an editor?...that assembles a comic cast that delights the reader throughout. Pym's supporting characters are always rich in detail and humanity and this book includes many of her best portraits: Mrs. Williton, Aylwin Forbes' mother, Senor MacBride-Pereira, and Bill Sedge, the window-dresser. The truth is, there is not a superfluous character in the book. Each adds to create a masterpiece."... one of my favorite Pym books." - Linda J. also of the A Thirkell and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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653 2183 PYM, Barbara Quartet In Autumn
Softcover; Mass Market PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; 1980; Reprint Good  
16mo; 218 pages; Inside covers browned, text block edges browned, spine and covers creased and rubbed, no loose pages.  
Price: 4.00 USD
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654 5179 PYM, Barbara Some Tame Gazelle
Hardcover Dutton: NY; c1950, 1983; Second Printing 252 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends slightly bumped, a touch of soil to bottom board edges. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is very slightly edgeworn. A very nice copy. First edition stated but is the second printing. ; Author's first novel, although last published in the US. Pym considered by some to be the "most underrated writer of the 20th Century." 'This novel presents a reverse image of village life as portrayed in her last novel, "A Few Green Leaves". Where that was reflective, this is hopeful, gay, and turned to the future.'; '"Excellent Women", "A Glass of Blessings" & "Some Tame Gazelle" are three of my favourite books. My favourite foodie moments are in "Some Tame Gazelle".'-Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Linda S. 
Price: 17.75 USD
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Some Tame Gazelle, PYM, Barbara
655 7111 PYM, Barbara Some Tame Gazelle
Softcover; Trade PB Moyer Bell: Kingston, RI; c1950, 1999; 252 pages Very Good 
No spine or cover creases, covers very lightly edgeworn. Small ink 1 on first advert page. A nice copy.; Author's first novel, although last published in the US. Pym considered by some to be the "most underrated writer of the 20th Century." 'This novel presents a reverse image of village life as portrayed in her last novel, "A Few Green Leaves". Where that was reflective, this is hopeful, gay, and turned to the future.'; '"Excellent Women", "A Glass of Blessings" & "Some Tame Gazelle" are three of my favourite books. My favourite foodie moments are in "Some Tame Gazelle".'-Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Linda S. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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656 2186 PYM, Barbara Sweet Dove Died
Softcover; Mass Market PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; c1978,1980; Reprint 208 pages Fair 
Inside covers browned, text block edges browned, spine and covers creased, rubbed, and edgeworn; no loose pages. 
Price: 4.95 USD
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Sweet Dove Died, The, PYM, Barbara
657 7247 PYM, Barbara Sweet Dove Died, The
Hardcover Dutton: NY; 1979; Second Printing 208 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, page edges and endpapers a bit soiled; interior pages clean. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, edges faintly yellowed inside, back flap creased. A nice copy. ; Leonora decides she prefers James, the twenty-four-year-old nephew of her admirer Humphrey, a widowed antiques dealer. Will she be able to keep a man younger than herself interested when others attempt to woo him away?; "One of my favourite authors." - Lyn B.', author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Ali, author of the 'HeavenAli' blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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658 6535 PYM, Barbara Unsuitable Attachment, An
Softcover; Trade PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; c1982,1986; Reprint 256 pages Very Good 
Light edgewear, faint cover creases, page edges very lightly yellowed and remainder sprayed; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Set in the parish of St. Basil's Church in London. The vicar, his wife, her sister, and some new arrivals to the parish 'fret over improbable attachments and embark on a holiday to Rome that will prove decisive to them all.' Pym's seventh novel.; "One of Pym's best."-Publishers Weekly 'I loved "An Unsuitable Attachment" '-Lyn B. This title reviewed by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Very Private Eye, A ; Autobiography In Diaries and Letters, PYM, Barbara; Ed. Holt, Hazel and Hilary Pym
659 6951 PYM, Barbara; Ed. Holt, Hazel and Hilary Pym Very Private Eye, A ; Autobiography In Diaries and Letters
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage Books: NY; c1984,1985; First Edition Thus 358 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good- 
Spine and cover creases, inside covers and pages pale brown, edges darker, a bit of edgewear. Previous owner name on front free endpaper; interior pages clean, none loose.; 'As an integral part of her training, Barbara Pym kept from her first days at Oxford till her death from cancer in January 1980, a series of private diaries and notebooks in which she pointedly observed herself and the world around her. It is from this ongoing life journal, and from a selection of letters to close personal friends that the editors have formed this autobiography.' ; Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels, Pym] BENET, Diana
660 6950 Pym] BENET, Diana Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels
Softcover; Trade PB University of Missouri Press: Columbia, MO; 1986; 164 pages Very Good+ 
No spine creases, light edgewear; pages clean and bright. A very nice copy.; Benet posits, "Pym is a chronicler of universal human problems." Her "ten novels center on one great subject that moves, shapes, or disfigures all her major characters: the many guises of love, sought, attained, or frustrated.... In Pym's universe, the heart and mind require an object of love as the bridge from their fearful isolation to the world of feeling and caring."; Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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The Life and Work of Barbara Pym, PYM] Dale Salwak, ed.
661 6769 PYM] Dale Salwak, ed. The Life and Work of Barbara Pym
Hardcover University of Iowa Press: Iowa City, IA; 1986; First Edition 210 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine and board edges sunned and worn; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, faintly edgeworn, sunned spine and edges. A nice copy.; Essays by nineteen distinguished contributors, almost all of which were written especially for this volume. They 'offer a variety of perspectives on Pym's novels and life and examine dimensions of her work not previously considered in earlier reviews.'; Recommended by several Barbara Pym admirers. Book matches sample image. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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662 304 PYM] HOLT, Hazel A Lot To Ask : A Life of Barbara Pym
Hardcover Macmillan: London; 1990; First British Edition 308 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A very nice copy. Spine ends bumped and a few faint smudges on page edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear and creasing.; Biography by Pym's close friend who is also a novelist.
Price: 18.50 USD
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663 6890 PYM] LONG, Robert Emmet Barbara Pym
Hardcover Ungar: New York; 1987; 256 pages Very Good+ 
Spine ends faintly bumped, a few faint marks on black cloth binding, silver gilt lettering on spine clean and bright; a lovely copy. No dust wrapper.; Part of the Literature and Life: British Writers series. "In this study of Barbara Pym's life and work-based in part on interviews with Pym's sister and with her literary executor, as well as Pym's papers at Oxford-Robert Emmet Long places the writer within the well-established novel-of-manners tradition of Jane Austen. Although seemingly objective, Pym's novels actually have a strong personal reference, and the relation between the writer's own frustrations, and those encountered by her characters, is examined with sensitivity." 
Price: 11.00 USD
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664 5376 PYM] SALWAK, Dale Barbara Pym: a reference guide
Hardcover G. K. Hall And Co.: Boston; 1991; First US Edition Near Fine  
162 pages; Dark maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine. A new book with a small soil spot on top page edges. A very nice copy. No dust wrapper, as issued.; A bibliography of writings by and about Barbara Pym.  
Price: 17.75 USD
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Swallows and Amazons, RANSOME, Arthur
665 7112 RANSOME, Arthur Swallows and Amazons
Softcover; Trade PB David R. Godine: Boston; c1930, 2011; 351 pages Illustrated by Arthur Ransome; B&W Illustrations: Near Fine 
No spine or cover creases, faint edgewear, a few very light smudges on textblock edges. A lovely copy.; The first volume in the Swallows and Amazons series for children. Recommended by many adults as 'inner child' reading. :o) ; Swallows and Amazons; Recommended by Sulie P., Stella D., Joy W., Betty K., Perry P. and several other members of the DES email discussion group and by Richard J., Elizabeth A., and Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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