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Original portraits, either artwork or photographs, of authors and other literary figures.

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  1. Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.
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    Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.

    Signed "R. Kastor" by the artist Robert Kastos and inscribed by Conrad, "‘… and incompleteness of any sort leads to trouble.' from Victory". Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: early 1920s]

    Published: [Paris

    Stock Code: 60138

    Signed: Yes

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  2. Original watercolour From Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler. "A Gang of Gypsies".

    Original watercolour From Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler. "A Gang of Gypsies".

    An original illustration by Rackham for his edition of Walton's Compleat Angler (1931). The illustration appears opposite page 116 in the published work. Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published:

    Stock Code: 59414

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  3. "Original watercolour From Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler. Come, now bait your hook again, and lay it into the water, for it rains again."

    "Original watercolour From Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler. Come, now bait your hook again, and lay it into the water, for it rains again."

    An original illustration by Arthur Rackham for his edition of Walton's Compleat Angler (1931), showing Venator and Piscator. The illustration appears opposite page 122 in the published work, with the caption title "Come, now bait your hook again, and lay it into the water, for it rains again". Learn More
    £18,000

    Date of Publication: 1931

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    Stock Code: 59413

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  4. Original portrait in pencil

    Original portrait in pencil

    One of a number of very early portraits of Dylan Thomas made by Levy in 1933. This one shows the poet, cigarette in mouth staring wide-eyed into the middle distance. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1933

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    Stock Code: 51482

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  5. Dust jacket design for City of Spades.

    Dust jacket design for City of Spades.

    An original drawing used for the cover design of MacInnes's novel City of Spades. The book is the first in a trilogy known as the London novels based on the nature and cultural importance of youth and black subcultures. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published: London,

    Stock Code: 50270

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  6. Uncle Dottery. A Christmas Story. With two wood-engravings by Eric Gill.
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    Uncle Dottery. A Christmas Story. With two wood-engravings by Eric Gill.

    Limited edition of 350 copies, numbered and signed by the author. This copy is one of 50, bound in quarter vellum with an envelope pasted at back containing two extra plates. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1930

    Published: Bristol

    Stock Code: 47428

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Original illustration for the Marsh King's Daughter.

    Original illustration for the Marsh King's Daughter.

    An unpublished illustration for "The Marsh King's Daughter," a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1858, and one of those closest to his heart. In the story, a group of storks acting as a Greek chorus, tell the tale of Helga, daughter of the Marsh King, who is a beautiful and violent girl by day, but a sad and gentle frog by night. She is redeemed after saving the life of a Christian priest doomed to be sacrificed by the Vikings, and here Andersen touches on the themes of faith and immortality so common in his writings. Learn More
    £34,500

    Date of Publication: c1924

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    Stock Code: 46939

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  8. Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.
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    Autograph letter, with original captioned ink sketch, to Henry Ridgard Bagshawe.

    A wittily satirical sketch by Pugin, the Roman Catholic architect, sent to his friend Henry Ridgard Bagshawe (1799-1870), a prominent Catholic lawyer. Bagshawe sat on the committee of the Lincoln's Inn Fields district New Church Erection Fund. That area already had the Sardinian Chapel, well-known as the oldest Roman Catholic chapel in London and restored since the Gordon Riots, but the 1840s was a time of rapid Catholic expansion and new churches were needed. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1841

    Published: Ramsgate, Kent

    Stock Code: 46369

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Untitled illustration for "The Building of a Fairy City".

    Untitled illustration for "The Building of a Fairy City".

    This magnificent illustration is probably a finished work for a book titled "The Building of a Fairy City" which was is in progress but never published before Timlin's death. His noted work The Ship that Sailed to Mars (1923) was in progress for two years and expanded until in its final form it had 48 pages of text and 48 colour plates, showing remarkable flights of fantasy, before being published by George Harrap, who decided not to typeset the text but reproduce the original calligraphy. Learn More
    £20,000

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: Kimberley, South Africa,

    Stock Code: 44516

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