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Works By Ernest Bramah


Ernest Bramah

"Homo faber. Man is born to make. His business is to construct: to plan: to carry out the plan: to fit together, and to produce a finished thing...
"That human art in which it is most difficult to acheive this end (and in which it is far easier to neglect it than in any other) is the art of writing. Yet this much is certain, that unconstructed writing is at once worthless and ephemeral: and nearly the whole of our modern English writing is unconstructed."
-- From Kai Lung's Golden Hours

Many of the books on this list have been illustrated; to see them, either browse the images directly, or click on the link embedded in the book's description to go straight to its picture.

For further information, see the on-line
Ernest Bramah Bibliography,
compiled by Mike Berro.


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H-2019
Bramah, Ernest. The Kai Lung Omnibus. London: Philip Allan, 1936. First complete edition*. Publisher's black cloth, lettered in red on spine; lighlty but unevenly sunned on front panel; with thin, faint streak near front joint, and to bottom 1/3 of spine; bookplate; contents excellent. Black, red and white striking pictorial (oriental landscape) dust jacket, faded at spine; top edge creased and worn, lacking large piece across top of spine and rear panel, and several other smaller ones at corners and lower spine; extensive old amateurish tape repairs on inside to hinges and joints, and along spine corresponding to streak in cloth. Very good.

* Contains: The Wallet of Kai Lung, Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat, and Kai Lung's Golden Hours.
$125

H-2020
Bramah, Ernest. Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1928. First [US] edition. Full colour pictorial (Kai Lung and Hwa-Mei) boards, with blue cloth corners and spine, and paper spine label, all bright and clean; corners very slightly bumped; bookplate; contents excellent. Matching pictorial dust jacket sunned on spine; light wear to corners and spine ends, with small loss; minute scratches to front panel. A near fine copy.
$100

H-2022
Bramah, Ernest. Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat. London: Richards Press, 1960. Fourth Printing. Yellow cloth printed and decorated (Chinese characters) in black; spine leaning a bit; bookplate. Full colour pictorial (Kai Lung in Chinese landscape) dust jacket chipped at corners and spine ends. A near fine copy.
$20

H-2028
[Bramah, Ernest. The Story of Kin Yen, the Picture-Maker 13 pp. story contained in] Crampton's Magazine Late Chapman's, Vol.11, no 44 (Dec., 1898). London: W.R. Russell & Co., 1898. "Edited by Oswald Crawfurd." White paper wrappers printed in red and black, now a bit dusty and faded; spine lacking small pieces at head and tail and split along length; bookplate; pages browned. Very good.
In all probability, Kai-Lung's second appearance. Later collected in The Wallet of Kai-Lung (1900) as "The Ill-regulated Destiny of Kin Yen, the Picture-Maker" (cf. Grant Richard's inroduction to the 1951 Wallet ).
Also contains a serial chapter by Violet Hunt and ten other short stories.
$100

H-2030
[Bramah, Ernest. Topographical Drama 2 pp. contribution contained in] The London Mercury, Vol.XX, no 120 (October 1929). London: E.J. Pink for The London Mercury, 1929. Dark blue paper wrappers printed in black; faintly sunned at edges and spine; yapped edges creased and a touch worn; short closed tears at tail of spine; bookplate; small stain inside rear cover, contents otherwise excellent. Fine.
Also contains contributions by G.K. Chesterton, Walter de la Mare, Victoria Sackville-West, Robert P.T. Coffin; J.B. Priestley, Henry Williamson, A.R. Powys, and more than twenty others; a woodcut by Blair Hughes-Stanton; and drawings by Gwendolen Raverat and Harry Furniss (the latter of G.B. Shaw).
$20

H-2031
Bramah, Ernest. The Transmutation of Ling. London: Grant Richards, 1911. First separate edition. Limited edition: "Only five hundred copies have been printed for sale in England and America ...". "With twelve designs by Ilbery Lynch." Original coarse brown cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, still bright on front, though a touch rubbed on spine; top edge gilt; a few small abraded patches, and minor rubbing to joints and edges. Bookplate; light, even foxing to endpapers; contents clean and bright; deckled edges. A near fine copy of the first separate appearance of this story, originally collected in The Wallet of Kai Lung.
$175

[Bramah, Ernest. The Vanished Crown contained in] Queen, Ellery, ed. Sporting Detective Stories. London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1946. First edition.

H-2034
Bramah, Ernest. The Wallet of Kai Lung. London: Richards Press, 1951. Seventh printing. "With an introduction [6 pp.] by Grant Richards." Yellow cloth lettered and decorated (Chinese characters) in black; top edge brown; bookplate. Full colour pictorial (Kai Lung seated) dust jacket a bit dusty, with some chipping at corners and spine ends; "7/6" price on inside flap. Near fine.
$20

H-2035
[----- Another copy]. This one with "12/6" sticker over original price; large piece lacking from jacket at top of spine; bookplate. Very good
$15

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