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    Thomas Burke. Group of Three Story Collections. London and New York: 1928, 1931, and 1936. First, first British, and first American editions.

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    Thomas Burke. East of Mansion House. London: Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1928. First British edition. Octavo. [6], 269, [1] pages. Publisher's full green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Original illustrated dust jacket. All edges trimmed. Boards ever so slightly bowed and discolored; barely perceptible shelf wear at extremities. A bit of foxing to edges of text block; top edge a touch dust-soiled. Jacket a bit rubbed and soiled at exposed panels; some mild edge wear and rumpling, with minimal paper loss at flap fold ends. Small spot or two of foxing at verso. Near fine. With letter written on behalf of Burke, postmarked 1926, stating that this book was not and would never be published in England.

    [Together with:] The Pleasantries of Old Quong. London: Constable & Co Ltd, 1931. First edition. Octavo. [viii], 279, [1] pages. Publisher's full orange cloth, spine lettered in dark blue. Original illustrated dust jacket. Top edge trimmed; others untrimmed. Minimal shelf wear at extremities of binding. Normal age toning to edges and interior of text block; top edge a bit dust-soiled. Slight toning and rubbing to exposed panels of jacket; light wear along edges and folds; tiny amount of paper loss at spine and flap fold ends. Mild, uneven toning to verso. About fine.

    [And:] Night-Pieces. Eighteen Tales. New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1936. First American edition. Octavo. [6], 309, [1] pages. Publisher's full silvery-gray cloth, front and spine lettered in dark blue. Original illustrated dust jacket. Top edge trimmed and stained light blue; others untrimmed. Fair amount of wear along edges of binding, particularly at bottom; some light soiling, rubbing to cloth; spine ends gently pushed. A bit of shallow insect damage to top edge of text block; normal age toning and roughening to remaining edges. Endpapers fairly foxed with further insect tracks along front joint; scattered, mostly marginal thumbsoiling, staining and foxing scattered throughout text block. Fairly large chips out of spine ends, affecting title at top end; smaller chips to flap fold ends; general rubbing and soiling to exposed panels; a few short tears caused by chipping and edge wear. About very good.

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