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1 Thomas, Dylan Adventures in the Skin Trade
London Putnam 1955 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
Several years before his death, Dylan Thomas began to write a novel that would not be strictly autobiograophical, but would bear a relation to the two parts of his experience. Those would be his own actions, and the actions of his dramatised self. Only the opening of this novel ever got written, and this is its first publication in book form. It is a unique fragment, fantastic in comedy, and rich with the poet's personality. Regarding the novel Thomas said "My novel blazes on. It's a mixture of Oliver Twist, Little Dorrit, Kafka, Beachcomber, and good old 3-adjectives-a-penny, belly churning Thomas, the Rimbaud of Cwmdonkin Drive". The book itself in in Fine condition but for a previous owner's name and a date to the ffep. The date is 1955 which is the year of publication. Otherwise the book is in Very Fine condition and the textblock is immaculate. The dustjacket is Near Fine with two tiny chips to the extreme top of the spine panel and some very minor soiling to the back panel. The dustjacket is not price-clipped and contains the original price of 9s 6d net. This is a lovely copy of a very fine piece of work. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2 Sinclair, Andrew/Thomas, Dylan Adventures in the Skin Trade - A Play
London Dent 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 
This is a very nice copy of the first edition of this most interesting work. Published by Dent in 1967 this volume is in very near fine condition with an almost unnoticable, very slight indentation to the top right of the front board. Otherwise the boards are absolutely clean and the silver lettering on the spine is bright and sharp. The dustjacket is in very good condition and shows moderate wear to the top of the front panel. There is also very slight chipping to the extreme top and bottom of the spine panel. The jacket is not price-clipped. There is a small closed tear to the bottom of the rear panel. This is Dylan Thomas' 'Adventures in the Skin Trade' in theatrical format. Andrew Sinclair interpreted this joyous novel for the stage. Although written as a play, the book is sparkling reading and has been rendered with a true understanding of Dylan Thomas' method and purpose. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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3 Thomas, Dylan Letters to Vernon Watkins
New York New Directions 1957 First Edition Cloth Very Good Very Good 
There were only 5051 copies of this First edition printed. This volume of letters to the brilliant Welsh poet Vernon Watkins, a contemporary and close friend of Dylan Thomas's, contain all of the letters that were not lost in the war. It contains a large number of letters, particularly from the years before the war, which provide a picture of Thomas in that time, as authentic in its self-examination as it is vivid. Dylan Thomas had the gift of expressing his genius as memorably and as unerringly in his letters as in his published writings. In these letters he was free from the impediment that expected publication imposes and the letters are simply brilliant. What could be better than two outstanding poets exchanging thoughts on poetry as well as world events? The book itself is in Fine condition and there are no problems to report. The dustjacket, which is not price-clipped is in Very Good condition. There is shelf-wear apparent to the top and bottom of the spine panel and a bit of wear, particularly to the top left extremity of the front panel. There is a tiny and virtually invisible closed tear to the top of the back panel but it does not detract. Of course, there is a bit of wear to the fold where the front and back panels meet the inner flaps. A really nice copy of this very important book. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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4 Thomas, Dylan Twenty Years A- Growing
London Dent 1964 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good+ 
This beautiful, tender, and imaginative film script by Dylan Thomas was only recently discovered at the time of the publication of this book. "Here is the egg of a seabird- lovely, perfect, and laid this very morning". So wrote E.M. Forster when the book Twenty Years A-Growing by the Irish writer Maurice O'Sullivan was first published in English in 1933 (it had been originally written in Irish). It is upon this well-known autobiography that Dylan Thomas based his unfinished film script. Thomas deals with the first half of that story in this volume and he has preserved the freshness of the original. This book reads like a play and in it Thomas demonstrates his fine, uncluttered sense of drama, combining the poetic with a simple profoundly moving truth. It is a fascinating read and anyone who appreciates the work of Dylan Thomas will love this book. The book itself is in Very Fine condition with all corners square and an absolutely pristine textblock. No soiling or other problems are to be found. The dustjacket, which is not price-clipped, is in Very Good+ condition and shows slight shelfwear to the extremities. This is a really nice copy of a book that can be difficult to find in this condition. It is also true that most copies that are available tend to be price-clipped and in this case the original price of 12s 6d is present on the lower front flap. This book belongs on the shelves of any collector or fan of the poetry of Dylan Thomas. We are pleased to send pictures on request. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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