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Works By 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
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For further information, see the on-line
Ernest Bramah Bibliography,
compiled by Mike Berro.
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.
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.
dust jacket sunned on spine; light wear to corners and spine ends, with
small loss; minute scratches to front panel. A near fine copy.
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
[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."
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.
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.
[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).
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."
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.
[Bramah, Ernest. The Vanished
Crown contained in] Queen, Ellery, ed. Sporting Detective Stories.
London: Faber & Faber Limited, 1946. First edition.
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.
[----- Another copy]. This one with "12/6" sticker over original
price; large piece lacking from jacket at top of spine; bookplate. Very
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