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The Riddle of the Sands. A Record: CHILDERS, Erskine.

CHILDERS, Erskine.

Published by London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1903 (1903)

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Item Description: London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1903, 1903. Octavo. Original black cloth, decoration to front board and titles to spine in white. Faintly erased gift inscription to front free endpaper. Spine slightly faded, a little light foxing to edges of text block and margins. An excellent copy. Folding map frontispiece. First edition, first impression of Childers's tale of coastal espionage. Copies of the first impression are very uncommon and examples such as the present one in collector's condition are rare. Bookseller Inventory # 115027

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The Riddle Of The Sands (First UK: Childers, Erskine

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Published by London, Smith Elders & Co. (1903)

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Item Description: London, Smith Elders & Co., 1903. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. The First UK printing published by London, Smith Elders & Co.in 1903.The BOOK is in VERY GOOD+ condition. 336pp. + 4pp ads. Publisher’s decorated black cloth with titles in white to the spine though quite rubbed as is lamentably often the case.Light bumping to extremities, rubbing to spine not affecting the integrity of the book.Decorated boards sharp, a little bit of inoffensive wear here and there.Internally free from inscriptions and erasures.There is the expected occasional light spotting.Illustrated with fold out maps and charts which are all present.Frontispiece folding chart a trifle creased with some light soiling to the title page.Housed in a custom slander box.A very good copy of the first edition of a book somewhat contentiously described as the first modern espionage novel, vying for the title with Kipling’s Kim, published two years earlier. Originally written after he returned injured from action in South Africa and first published in 1903 the novel of imminent conflict with Germany was highly influential and is actually credited with the founding of British naval bases at Invergordon and Scapa Flow; newly regarded as strategically important after examination of the scenarios in Childer’s novel. Childers was of course a staunch advocate of Irish Home Rule and was found guilty of possessing a firearm in contravention of the Irish Emergency Powers Resolution and sentenced to death by firing squad in 1922.The book was adapted in 1979 into a movie starring Michael York and Simon MacCorkindale. An exceptionally scarce and important title to find in any condition.Highly collectible with such attributes. Ashtonrarebooks welcomes direct contact. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-5641803835662871953

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The Riddle of the Sands: Erskine Childers

Erskine Childers

Published by Smith, Elder and Co. (1903)

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Item Description: Smith, Elder and Co., 1903. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. A first edition, first printing published by Smith, Elder and Co. in 1903. A good copy with some wear to the edges and three closed tears to the head of the spine. Titles dulled and faded. One previous owner's bookplate to the front pastedown and one name to ffep. Map present. Internally very clean and no foxing whatsoever. The book, which enjoyed immense popularity in the years before World War I, is an early example of the espionage novel and was extremely influential in the genre of spy fiction. It has been made into feature-length films for both cinema and television. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1471622197497

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The Riddle of the Sands: Erskine Childers

Erskine Childers

Published by George Bell, UK (1903)

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Item Description: George Bell, UK, 1903. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. 1st Edition 1903. 1st colonial edition and in a different format and publisher to the UK edition. Very rare. Includes two maps and two charts.Described as the first modern espionage novel, vying for the title with Kipling's Kim, published two years earlier. Originally written after he returned injured from action is South Africa and first published in 1903 the novel of encroaching conflict with Germany was highly influential and is actually credited with the founding of British naval bases at Invergordon and Scapa Flow; newly regarded as strategically important after examination of the scenarios in Childer's novel. Childers was of course a staunch advocate of Irish Home Rule and was found guilty of possessing a firearm in contravention of the Irish Emergency Powers Resolution and sentenced to death by firing squad in 1922. Book is very good+ and bright. Edges lightly rubbed. Very fraying to spine tips. Contents good More images can be taken upon request.ref 11764 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 015113

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The Riddle of the Sands (First UK: Childers, Erskine

Childers, Erskine

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Item Description: Smith, Elder And Co., London, 1903. Half-Leather. Book Condition: Good +. 1st Edition. xii + 336p with two maps and 2 charts as called for. This copy bound in half leather with gfilt titling on spine and marbled boards. Endpapers clean and contemporary with early rebinding? Text block and maps tight and clean without foxing, significant marks or signatures. Marbled boards rubbed as are the corners and edges especially; See scans and email for more if wished. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007807

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The Riddle of the Sands A Record: Childers,Erskine

Childers,Erskine

Published by Smith,Elder & Co, London (1904)

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Item Description: Smith,Elder & Co, London, 1904. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 8vo - over 5¾" - 7¾" Tall. This is a Good Copy of this Book rebacked with new spine in black cloth with silver title lettering to spine,with original endpapers still present along with half title page.The upper cover still has the white design of sailing boat embossed on the upper cover of the book.This copy has ONE previous inscription present to the front pastedown.The book has a firm binding with no leaning or rolling to spine.There are NO loose leaves etx.Illustrated with 2 maps and 2 charts one of which is the folding frontispiece map to illustrate the cruise of the Dulcibella.The map is in excellent order (see pics) There is foxing present throughout the book and also to the fore-edge with general wear and rubbing to corners commensurate with the age of the book.This is decent copy of an extremely scarce title.This is the fifth Impression published in the following year to the original First Edition.The Riddle of the Sands a record of Secret Service is a 1903 novel by Erskine Childers.It is an early example of the espionage novel, with a strong underlying theme of militarism. It has been made into a film and TV film.The novel contains many realistic details based on Childers's own sailing trips along the East Frisia coast and large parts of his logbook entries from an 1897 Baltic cruise appear almost unedited in the book.More Pictures are available on request,8vo 336pp plus 4 pages of ads at rear and there is one small bookseller's ticket in place to the bottom edge of the rear pastedown,First Edition 5th Impression [1904]. Bookseller Inventory # 73885

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CHILDERS, Erskine.

Published by London, Smith Elders & Co. 1910. (1910)

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Item Description: London, Smith Elders & Co. 1910., 1910. Second edition. 8vo. Publisher's decorated black cloth, titles in white to the spine, unfortunately virtually all of the white lettering has chipped off. Light fraying to head of spine. Decorated boards sharp and clean with a couple of splashmarks. Internally clean.Illustrated with fold out maps and charts. A very good copy of the second edition of a book contentiously described as the first modern espionage novel, vying for the title with Kipling's Kim, published two years earlier. Originally written after he returned injured from action in South Africa and first published in 1903 the novel of encroaching conflict with Germany was highly influential and is actually credited with the founding of British naval bases at Invergordon and Scapa Flow; newly regarded as strategically important after examination of the scenarios in Childer's novel. Childers was of course a staunch advocate of Irish Home Rule and was found guilty of possessing a firearm in contravention of the Irish Emergency Powers Resolution and sentenced to death by firing squad in 1922. His characteristically humourous last words to the firing squad were 'Take a step or two closer lads, it'll be easier that way.' Author, soldier and intelligence officer :1 , British Government: nil. Bleiler; Checklist of Fantastic Literature [382]. Listed in The Observer's All-Time 100 Best Novels [2003]. Bookseller Inventory # 42176

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The Riddle of the Sands. A Record: CHILDERS, Erskine

CHILDERS, Erskine

Published by London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1905 (1905)

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Item Description: London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1905, 1905. Sixth impression, 8vo, xii, 336, (4 advertisement) pp. 4 maps, one folding, owner's inscription to paste down. Original black cloth, some mild marks and wear, spine with lettering faded and loss to ends, recently restored. Bookseller Inventory # 28593

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Childers, Erskine

Published by Oxford University Press (1995)

ISBN 10: 0192823183 ISBN 13: 9780192823182

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Item Description: Oxford University Press, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 192823183

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THE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS a record: ERSKINE CHILDERS

ERSKINE CHILDERS

Published by UK Smith Elder & co (1915)

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Item Description: UK Smith Elder & co, 1915. Hardcover, 11th impression ( second edition ). small nick top of the spine,slight rubs, white yacht on front cover. 336 pages, with 2 maps and 2 charts, fold out map as a frontispiece, some spotting. endpapers a bit grubby. VG condition. Bookseller Inventory # 38913

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Childers, Erskine

Published by Dodd, Mead and Co., New York (1915)

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead and Co., New York, 1915. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very good-. Dust Jacket Condition: No dust jacket. 1st Edition. 8vo. two maps [ one of which is a folding map serving as frontispiece ] and two charts. 336 pp. Gray cloth. Covers show some scattered, small stains, but are not excessively worn; front free endpaper and title-page bear an inoffensive ?Ladies Aux.? stamp, much less attractive are the bookplate and ink inscription on the front paste-down; the fore-edges of several pages have been restored. Overall, an attractive copy of a rare book. First American edition, 12 years after the first English ed. Bookseller Inventory # 41556

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The Riddle of the Sands a Record: Erskine Childers

Erskine Childers

Published by Smith, Elder & Co., London (1913)

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Item Description: Smith, Elder & Co., London, 1913. Hard Back. Book Condition: Good. Reprint. Stated Tenth Impression (Second Edition) at title page. No jacket. Black cloth boards with white titles at spine and white illustartion of boat at front board. Spine slanting and corners bumped. Spine sunned and cloth starting to frey at edges. Page edges browned with age. Foxing throughout. Previous owner's inscription and bookplates at front endpaper. Hinges occasionally exposing binder's webbing in places, but binding still firm. 836pp + 4pp ads. All maps and charts present. Size: 7.75"/5.5". Bookseller Inventory # 045030

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Childers, Erskine

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Item Description: Pocket Books. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Good. First edition THUS, first printing. Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Interior clean, slight imperfections to cover, "discard" stamped to front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 1501680584

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The Riddle of the Sands A Record: Erskine Childers

Erskine Childers

Published by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York (1915)

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1915. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. First American Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. The boards and spine are square with good corners. The spine is rubbed at the top and bottom. The pages are all tight. The rear hinge is split, but still solid. The front hinge may have been repaired. The pages are all bright and clean. There is a large chip at the edge of page 269. On the title page someone has written "Served in the Boer war and the war against Germany. Received the DSC. Executed Nov 24, 1922 by the Irish Free State Gov't for being a leader of the Republican party." On the final page of the preface someone has written "The character of Davies is said to be that of Childers". Illustrated with black & white maps, one a large-fold out. The boards are covered with gray/green cloth with a few small faded spots. It has yellow titles on the spine and front. It has 836 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 017276

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Childers, Erskine

Published by Smith, Elder, London (1908)

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Item Description: Smith, Elder, London, 1908. Hardback. Book Condition: Very good. Second edition.. 8vo. (7.5 x 5 inches). pp.xii, 336, (iv - adverts). One folding map and three full page maps. Publisher's black cloth with white ship to front board, white lettering to spine, rubbed, faded. Spine lean. Spine marked, snagged to foot. Personal bookplate to front pastedown, overlaying old price in pencil. Name in ink to front free endpaper, which is browned. Short ink inscription, initialled, in ink to half-title. O/w contents clean and bright. Binding firm and square. Second edition, eighth impression. A Very Good copy. We reduce the default shipping charge for lighter books or use it for a tracked service if books are expensive or uncommon. We pack books securely in boxes, or corrugated card or cardboard, and protect corners with bubble-wrap. Bookseller Inventory # 16392

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Childers, Erskine

Published by Wordsworth Editions Ltd

ISBN 10: 184022178X ISBN 13: 9781840221787

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Item Description: Wordsworth Editions Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 184022178X Nuevo! Fast delivery! Professional service with friendly customer support 7 days a week. Bookseller Inventory # 9781840221787

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Childers, Erskine

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Item Description: Wordsworth Editions Ltd. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Fine. 184022178X Like New! Fast delivery! Professional service with friendly customer support 7 days a week. Bookseller Inventory # U-9781840221787

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Childers, Erskine

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Item Description: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1915. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good+. No Jacket. First American Edition. While on a sailing trip in the Baltic Sea, two young adventurers-turned-spies uncover a secret German plot to invade England. Written by Childers —who served in the Royal Navy during World War I as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defenses Book is in good+ condition, with light bumping at spine ends and corners, foxing at epps, and previous owner's name pencilled on ffep. With two maps, one of which is a foldout at frontispiece, the other on pp141 and two charts, pp 69 & 216. There is an empty folder on the rear pastedown. Bookseller Inventory # 1069059

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Item Description: Feature. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2727451752

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Published by Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd

ISBN 10: 0283354143 ISBN 13: 9780283354144

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Item Description: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. May have creases on the cover and binding caused from handling and reading. Some pages may contain writing and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2749618622

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Item Description: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2749539618

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Childers, Erskine

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ISBN 10: 0140621431 ISBN 13: 9780140621433

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Item Description: Penguin Classics. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0140621431 Nuevo! Fast delivery! Professional service with friendly customer support 7 days a week. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140621433

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Item Description: Penguin Classics. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Fine. 0140621431 Like New! Fast delivery! Professional service with friendly customer support 7 days a week. Bookseller Inventory # U-9780140621433

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Erskine Childers

Published by Imprint Society (1971)

ISBN 10: 0876360169 ISBN 13: 9780876360163

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Item Description: Imprint Society, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 876360169

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The Riddle of the Sands: A Record: CHILDERS, Erskine

CHILDERS, Erskine

Published by The Charles E. Lauriat Co. Boston 1929 (1929)

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Item Description: The Charles E. Lauriat Co. Boston 1929, 1929. Hardcover. Dust Jacket Included. "Thirteenth Impression" with preface dated 1931 despite 1929 date at title page. Classic early espionage novel, considered to be the first modern thriller. With two maps and two charts. Despite being a rather late printing, this is a very difficult novel to find in vintage dustjacket. This copy with printed publisher's jacket with blurb by John Buchan at front panel. Near Fine in Good fragile dustjacket, chipped at top spine end and flap corners, lower spine end chipped half inch deep, lower fore-edge corner of front panel with inch sized chip. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 22879

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CHILDERS, Erskine

Published by The Charles E. Lauriat Co. Boston 1927 (1927)

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Item Description: The Charles E. Lauriat Co. Boston 1927, 1927. "Twelth Impression". Classic early espionage novel, considered to be the first modern thriller. With two maps and two charts. Despite being a later printing, this is a very difficult novel to find in vintage dustjacket. This copy with printed publisher's jacket with blurb by John Buchan at front panel. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, couple of dime sized chips, some short closed tears. Bookseller Inventory # 26549

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Erskine Childers

Published by Sidgwick & Jackson, London (1947)

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Item Description: Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1947. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Walkes & Cockerell (illustrator). HB 24th impression. 18.8 x 13cm. Brown cloth boards, black titles spine. b/w charts, maps. When this book was first published in 1903, the author advocated preparedness for was as being the best preventive of war. Over the years, his view changed, he became convinced that preparedness induced war. Apart from being an interesting book, it also has an intriguing provenance. Despite a dedication on the o/p, it became added to the many books owned by James Rusbridger. Publicaly he was known as an author of international espionage during and after WWII. In 1994 he hit the headlines as a result of his odd death, near Wadebridge Cornwall in 1994. Condition: Boards age and handling discoloured. Rubbed on spine + corners. o/p dedication in blue ink dated Christmas 1949. (Not to or from Rusbridger). Fold out map frontis, breaks in seam, binding showing, but binding holding firm. Opening and closing pages minor age discolouration, otherwise clean, little wear, binding firm, good colour. GC. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 004787

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Childers, Erskine

Published by Amereon Ltd (1984)

ISBN 10: 0891902406 ISBN 13: 9780891902409

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Item Description: Amereon Ltd, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110891902406

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ERSKINE CHILDERS

Published by NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY (1978)

ISBN 10: 0283985127 ISBN 13: 9780283985126

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Item Description: NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 283985127

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Erskine Childers

Published by Amereon Ltd (1984)

ISBN 10: 0891902406 ISBN 13: 9780891902409

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Item Description: Amereon Ltd, 1984. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 891902406

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