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  1. Let the Rail Splitter Awake
    signed

    Let the Rail Splitter Awake

    and other poems.
    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the title page, "To the Partisans of Peace in Canada Pablo Neruda Viena Diciembre 1952". The book was inscribed by Neruda at the World Congress of People for Peace which was held in Vienna in 1952. Neruda was one of a number of leading writers attending. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 74103

    Signed: Yes

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  2. A Prayer for Owen Meany.
    signed

    A Prayer for Owen Meany.

    The signed limited issue of the first trade edition of what may be Irving's best-loved book (a substantial claim for a book by the author of The World According to Garp), and the novel from which the movie Simon Birch was adapted. The initial printing of this book was for the Franklin Press - a book club by any other name. Subsequently Morrow printed their edition of which just 250 were issued specially bound and signed. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1989

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 74054

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Scarlet and Mellow.
    signed

    Scarlet and Mellow.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Margaret Rose from Scarlet & Mellow alias Alfred Kreymborg grand nephew of Billy the Kid. [Santatty?], 9/28/26". Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 74039

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Topsy Turvy.
    signed

    Topsy Turvy.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Little Gertie with love from Large Alan. October 7 1947". The recipient was the British engraver and sculptor Gertrude Hermes. Learn More
    £30

    Date of Publication: 1947

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74037

    Signed: Yes

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  5. And Lastly the Fireworks. Stories.
    signed

    And Lastly the Fireworks. Stories.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Gertie: from John. Nov 1935". The recipient was the British engraver and sculptor Gertrude Hermes. Learn More
    £55

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74030

    Signed: Yes

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  6. The Green Grass Grew All Round.
    signed

    The Green Grass Grew All Round.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Gert in Montreal for her birthday, John 1943". The recipient was the British engraver and sculptor Gertrude Hermes. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74029

    Signed: Yes

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  7. Open the Sky. Poems.
    signed

    Open the Sky. Poems.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Gert from John. Oct: 1934". The recipient was the British engraver and sculptor Gertrude Hermes. Learn More
    £55

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74028

    Signed: Yes

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  8. Aspects of the Novel.
    signed

    Aspects of the Novel.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Raymond Mortimer from E. M. Forster 30.10.27". The recipient was the literary critic and editor Charles Raymond Mortimer (1895-1980). Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1927

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74024

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Four Plays

    Four Plays

    [together with an advance proof copy.]
    First edition, first impression. Together with an advance proof copy. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74022

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  10. Is She A Lady? A Problem in Autobiography.

    Is She A Lady? A Problem in Autobiography.

    First edition, first impression. The author's follow-up to her first book of memoirs, Laughing Torso. Hamnett (1890-1956) was an English artist and bohemian who lived in Paris and London, working as an art model and having affairs with writers and artists including Gaudier-Brzeska, Modigliani, Roger Fry, Pablo Picasso, and Jean Cocteau. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74018

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  11. South of Forty. Poems.
    signed

    South of Forty. Poems.

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Gertrude from John. At Montreal, 1943". Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1943

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74010

    Signed: Yes

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  12. The Widening Stain.
    signed

    The Widening Stain.

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Bill Upson, with might even have been involved - W. Bolingbroke Johnson". The author began to write his real name and crossed it out after the first two letters of "Morris". The recipient of this copy was William Hazlet Upson, the creator the popular character Alexander Botts, an indomitable Earthworm Tractor salesman who appeared in a series of short stories in the Saturday Evening Post. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 73994

    Signed: Yes

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  13. Clinical Sonnets.
    signed

    Clinical Sonnets.

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Dudley and Cornelia with affectionate greetings and best wishes. Faithfully, Merrill. Boston, 1949". The recipient was the American poet, critic, and translator Dudley Fitts. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1949

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 73990

    Signed: Yes

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  14. War-Diary of an Army Psychiatrist.
    signed

    War-Diary of an Army Psychiatrist.

    Volume Thirteen Distinguished Poets Series. Edited by Mary Owings Millers.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Dudley & Cornelia with my best - as ever - Merrill, Boston 1955". The recipient was the American poet, critic, and translator Dudley Fitts. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: Baltimore, MD

    Stock Code: 73986

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Over the Brazier.

    Over the Brazier.

    Second edition with a new forward by the author and alterations to the text. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73973

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  16. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Magical Car.

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Magical Car.

    Adventure Number One, Two and Three.
    First editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1964

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73834

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  17. Albert Grope. The Story of a Belated Victorian.
    signed

    Albert Grope. The Story of a Belated Victorian.

    [together with;] Grope carries on. Being the further adventures of Albert Grope during the Great War.
    First editions, first impressions, both signed and dated in 1934 on the front free endpapers. Attractive pair of novels telling "the unassuming story of a self-made business man in a South London suburb" (jacket blurb) through the early years of the twentieth century. The impoverished Grope responds to a card in a second-hand bookseller's window, "Wanted intelligent boy for this shop. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1931

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73806

    Signed: Yes

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  18. 30 Days in Sydney.

    30 Days in Sydney.

    A wildly distorted account.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £30

    Date of Publication: 2001

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 73793

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  19. In Love & Trouble. Stories of Black Women.

    In Love & Trouble. Stories of Black Women.

    First edition, first printing. A very attractive copy. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 73756

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  20. 73708

    International Government. Two Reports.

    With an Introduction by Bernard Shaw.
    A pre-publication separatum of Shaw's introduction to Leonard Woolf's International Government, printed to secure copyright. Laurence located only 5 copies. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 73708

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