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Valentine’s Gifts for Book Lovers

A way to your truly beloved’s heart could be through their bookshelf this Valentine’s Day. Here, you’ll find a selection of first and signed editions on the nuances, foibles, glory and misery of love.

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  1. Lover’s Leap.

    ARMSTRONG, Martin.

    Lover’s Leap.

    £125

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink number to rear panel of the dust jacket and pencil notation to the front panel. Read more

  2. Lithograph proofs for Jane Eyre.

    (BRONTË, Charlotte.) FREEDMAN, Barnett.

    Lithograph proofs for Jane Eyre.

    £950

    Presentation copy from Freedman to Jack Beddington, inscribed by the artist on the front cover, “To Jack Beddington, from Barnett, Freedman, March 1941.” Jack Beddington, best known for his publicity work for Shell-Mex and BP during the 1930s, collaborated with Freedman to launch the Lyons’ …Read more

  3. The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales.

    (DULAC, Edmund.) QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur.

    The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales.

    £1,750

    Signed limited edition, number 172 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. Read more

  4. The Black Book.

    DURRELL, Lawrence.

    The Black Book.

    £125

    First Olympia Press edition. With a previously unpublished introduction by the author. Originally published in Paris in 1938. Read more

  5. Vain Love.

    FABRICIUS, Johann.

    Vain Love.

    £125

    First UK edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to front free endpaper and front panel of the dust jacket. Read more

  6. Sex and Citizenship.

    GRIFFITH, E. F.

    Sex and Citizenship.

    £65

    First edition, sixth impression (first published in 1941). A study of sexual ethics and family planning. Provenance: from the publisher’s archive of Victor Gollancz (1893–1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices – …Read more

  7. The Well of Loneliness.

    HALL, Radclyffe.

    The Well of Loneliness.

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. This famous and highly controversial lesbian novel became the target of a campaign by the editor of the Sunday Express newspaper, who believed it to be morally toxic. The novel went through two small printings in Britain before being suppressed. In …Read more

  8. Fifty Shades of Grey.

    JAMES, E. L.

    Fifty Shades of Grey.

    £250

    First edition, second state with the Roman numeral “I” to the spine. The first volume in the sexually explicit trilogy was released simultaneously as an e-book and paperback. The series went on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide, and is the basis for the …Read more

  9. Sex.

    MADONNA.

    Sex.

    £375

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  10. Amores: Poems.

    LAWRENCE, D. H.

    Amores: Poems.

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression, of the author’s second book of poetry, one of only 900 copies printed. Scarce in the jacket. Read more

  11. Love By Accident.

    MARLOW, Louis.

    Love By Accident.

    £175

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher’s archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. Read more

  12. [The Twilight series:] Twilight; New Moon; Eclipse; Breaking Dawn.

    MEYER, Stephanie.

    [The Twilight series:] Twilight; New Moon; Eclipse; Breaking Dawn.

    £3,000

    All first editions, first printings. Eclipse and Breaking Dawn are signed by Meyer to the title page. Together with a loose photograph of Meyer signing Eclipse and an advance screening invite for New Moon on Broadway. Read more