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Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming – James Bond’s First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908 – 1964) was a British writer, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his …

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Jane Austen (December 1775 – 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen’s plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works …

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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay “Civil Disobedience” (originally published as “Resistance to Civil Government”), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. Thoreau’s books, articles, …

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Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss – First Edition Books: Identification Guide

Brian Wilson Aldiss OBE (1925 – 2017) was an English writer and anthology editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. His byline reads either Brian W. Aldiss or simply Brian Aldiss, except for occasional pseudonyms during the mid-1960s. As a child Aldiss discovered the pulp magazine Astounding Science Fiction. He eventually read …

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Easton Press

Easton Press – The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written

Easton Press, a division of MBI, Inc., based in Norwalk, Connecticut, is a publisher specializing in premium leather-bound books. In addition to canonical classics, religion, poetry and art books, they publish a selection of science fiction and popular literature. The Easton Press uses a number of elements of older publishing and book-binding styles, including gilt …

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Lord Dunsany

Lord Dunsany – First Edition Books: Identification Points

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany (1878 – 1957) was an Anglo-Irish writer and dramatist, published mostly as Lord Dunsany. Over 90 of his books, mainly fantasy, appeared in his lifetime; his original work and compilations have continued to appear. They include several hundred short stories, and many plays, novels, and essays. …

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Pablo Picasso – Later Artworks to final years: 1949–1973

Pablo Picasso was one of 250 sculptors who exhibited in the 3rd Sculpture International held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in mid-1949. In the 1950s, Picasso’s style changed once again, as he took to producing reinterpretations of the art of the great masters. He made a series of famous works based on Velázquez’s painting …

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