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  1. The Complete Writings.
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    The Complete Writings. 1902

    £2,250

    The Book-Lover’s Camden edition, one of 500 numbered sets of which this is number 119. Read more

  2. East of Eden.
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    East of Eden. 1952

    £1,250

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  3. On the Banks of Plum Creek.
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    On the Banks of Plum Creek. 1937

    £1,200

    First edition, first printing. The fourth of nine titles in Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books. This title was a 1938 Newbery Honor title. Read more

  4. The Gentle Grafter.
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    The Gentle Grafter. 1908

    £2,500

    First edition, first printing, first issue with “of” misprint on line 2, p. 226, and with p. 1 indication present. Copies in the dust jacket are exceedingly rare. Read more

  5. Catch-22. A Novel.
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    Catch-22. A Novel. 1961

    £9,750

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Everett Hoffman – With all good wishes from a copywriter at McCall’s to a copywriter at Cunningham & Walsh, and with the sincere hope that this book will give …Read more

  6. The Corpse Came C.O.D.
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    The Corpse Came C.O.D. 1944

    £675

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Starr on the front flyleaf and additionally inscribed by him on the front free endpaper: “To Bonita Porter – the first of my new fan club. Best wishes, Jimmy Starr. March 19 1980.” Starr was an American screenwriter and …Read more

  7. House of Games.
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    House of Games. 1985

    £325

    First edition, first printing. Signed by Mamet on the title page. Read more

  8. Everything That Rises Must Converge.
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    Everything That Rises Must Converge. 1965

    £375

    First edition, first printing of this posthumously published collection of nine short stories. Read more

  9. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. 1971

    £750

    First edition, first printing of Thompson’s best-selling roman à clef. Read more

  10. Collected Stories 1939-1976.
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    Collected Stories 1939-1976. 1979

    £400

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, No. 35 of 60 special copies signed by Bowles and Vidal on a tipped-in page and specially bound, from the edition of 1,110 copies. Additionally inscribed on the title page by Bowles to his biographer Virginia Spencer Carr, …Read more

  11. The Old Man and the Sea.
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    The Old Man and the Sea. 1953

    £175

    First illustrated edition (the text was first published in the previous year by Scribners), second UK edition. This printing was prepared especially for members of the World Book club, and is by far a more impressive, attractive and well-made book than either the first US …Read more

  12. Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934).
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    Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934). 1934

    £12,500

    This superb archive of correspondence and other material, assembled by Groff Conklin during his creation of The Smart Set Anthology, includes two letters from Scott Fitzgerald – one autograph letter and one typed letter signed – regarding the inclusion of Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Benediction” …Read more

  13. The Works.

    The Works. 1902

    £3,750

    The Tamerlane edition. Number 239 of 300 sets, printed on Ruisdael hand-made paper. Read more

  14. The Grapes of Wrath.

    The Grapes of Wrath. 1939

    £6,000

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  15. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts. 1937

    £6,000

    First edition in play form, first printing. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a close friend on the front free endpaper: “For Guy G. B. Reedy, John Steinbeck”. Steinbeck met Reedy when he moved to New York in the early 1920s; both …Read more

  16. The Caine Mutiny.

    The Caine Mutiny. 1951

    £200

    First edition, first printing. The Pulitzer prize-winning novel spent 122 weeks on the New York Times best seller list from August 1951 to August 1953. The novel is based on Wouk’s personal experiences aboard a destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific in World War II and deals …Read more

  17. Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand. 1936

    £150

    First edition, first impression. A collection of ten humorous short stories starring Ephraim Tutt: “the best known lawyer in fiction” (front flap blurb). Read more

  18. Lake Wobegon Days.

    Lake Wobegon Days. 1986

    £475

    First UK edition, first impression, with a message signed and dated by the author on the half-title: “To Dr Murray with good wishes from the American heartland, Garrison Keillor 6.26.86 ST Paul”. From the library of noted Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of The …Read more

  19. Lake Wobegon Days.

    Lake Wobegon Days. 1985

    £425

    First edition, first printing, with a label signed by Keillor on the half-title. From the library of noted Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Read more

  20. The Great Gatsby.

    The Great Gatsby. 1925

    £3,500

    First edition, first printing, first state of the text: with “chatter” on p. 60, line 16, “northern” on p. 119, line 22, “it’s” on p. 165, line 16, “away” on p. 165, line 29, “sick in tired” on p. 205, lines 9-10, and “Union Street …Read more

  21. Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled.

    Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled. 1968

    £275

    First edition, first printing. Ellison won “an armload” of awards: the Hugo Award eight and a half times; the Nebula Award three times; the Bram Stoker Award five times and the Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America twice, amongst numerous other accolades. This …Read more

  22. In a Lonely Place.

    In a Lonely Place. 1950

    £425

    First UK edition, first impression; first published in the US in 1947, the basis of the classic film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame in 1950. Read more

  23. For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    For Whom the Bell Tolls. 1940

    £12,500

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Hemingway on the front free endpaper, “To Julia Quesada, with all good wishes. Ernest Hemingway. June 18 1953. San Francisco de Paula, Cuba.” Hemingway’s Cuban house, Finca Vigía, is located in San Francisco de Paula, a suburb of Havana; …Read more

  24. To Kill a Mockingbird.

    To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960

    £850

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. Read more

  25. Williwaw.

    Williwaw. 1946

    £675

    First edition, first printing, of the author’s first book. Read more

  26. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1884

    £2,250

    First edition, first issue. With publisher’s catalogue dated Oct 1884. The English edition precedes the American first edition. Read more

  27. Death in the Afternoon.

    Death in the Afternoon. 1932

    £1,375

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  28. The Magnificent Ambersons.

    The Magnificent Ambersons. 1918

    £9,500

    First edition, first printing, with the dust jacket in second state, repriced $1.50 on the spine with the first price of $1.40 blocked out but still visible. Tarkington’s novel won the Pulitzer Prize, and later formed the basis for Orson Welles’s ill-fated second film, released …Read more

  29. The Town and The City.

    The Town and The City. 1950

    £3,950

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author as “John Kerouac” on the front free endpaper. This was the first major work published by Jack Kerouac, who became famous for his second novel On the Road (1957). Read more

  30. The Writings.

    The Writings. [c.1905]

    £12,500

    Author’s Autograph Edition. Number 9 of 63 sets with a manuscript page bound into one volume. This set includes a page from the author’s corrected draft for chapter 3 of “Oak Openings”, tipped in onto one of the prelims of The Spy. Read more

  31. The Doubtful Guest.

    The Doubtful Guest. 1957

    £200

    First edition, first printing. Read more

  32. Little Children.

    Little Children. 1937

    £400

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by Saroyan to publisher William J. McElwee Jr., “For William J. McElwee, Jr., with sincere good wishes from Wiliam Saroyan, Philadelphia April 1940” on the half title, and additionally signed by Saroyan on the front free endpaper. McElwee was the …Read more

  33. A Young Man About to Commit Suicide.

    A Young Man About to Commit Suicide. 1932

    £600

    First edition, first printing, inscribed to publisher William J. McElwee Jr., “To Bill McElwee – who actually bought this book – not borrowed it! Anthony Gudaitis”, on the front free endpaper. This is a superb copy of a scarce piece of American stream-of-consciousness modernism, in …Read more

  34. Moby Dick or The Whale.

    Moby Dick or The Whale. 1930

    £575

    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing. Read more

  35. The Books in My Life.

    The Books in My Life. [1952]

    £475

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy to one of Miller’s book-contributors, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For Bob Carlock with all the best from henry, 9/17/52”. Robert H. Carlock is mentioned in Appendix III of this book as one of the friends who supplied …Read more

  36. Here on a Darkling Plain.

    Here on a Darkling Plain. 1940

    £450

    First edition, first printing, the publisher’s copy inscribed to him by Derleth, “To Bill McElwee, who bears stolidly with me – Cordially, August Derleth”, additionally inscribed with three lines of poetry “The lost child / less than the dry leaf that blows / along the …Read more

  37. All the Sad Young Men.

    All the Sad Young Men. 1926

    £4,250

    First edition, first printing. A very attractive copy in the first state of the dust jacket with the girl’s lips entire (later states show the inking of the lips deteriorating) and the type intact on pages 38 and 248. All the Sad Young Men “was …Read more

  38. A River Runs Through It

    A River Runs Through It 1976

    £1,250

    First edition, first printing of Maclean’s (1902–90) autobiographical collection of short stories, including “A River Runs Through It”, “Logging and Pimping and ‘Your pal, Jim'”, and “USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky”. From the library of Dr Philip Murray, …Read more

  39. Walt Whitman.

    Walt Whitman. 1883

    £350

    First edition, first printing, of this biography of Whitman by his devotee, physician Dr. Richard Bucke. “An unconventional book, as much anthology of documents about the poet as a biography. It was also a collaboration; Whitman advised throughout, revised Bucke’s text, and wrote significant portions …Read more

  40. The Painted Bird.

    The Painted Bird. 1966

    £675

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “For Dr Philip Murray, in appreciation of his ‘long distance’ interest, cordially, Jerzy Kosinski, [indecipherable], US. November 14th, 1983.” Next to the inscription Kosinski has drawn an abstract doodle reminiscent …Read more

  41. The Works.

    The Works. 1924–7

    £3,750

    The Atlantic Edition. Signed limited edition, deluxe issue bound in half morocco. Number 792 of 1,050 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf of Volume I. With Well’s new prefaces, written especially for this edition. Cloth sets in such good condition are quite …Read more

  42. The Novels.

    The Novels. 1880

    £1,250

    A handsomely bound set of Cooper’s Novels. Read more

  43. Collected Ghost Stories.

    Collected Ghost Stories. 1931

    £1,375

    First collected edition. Read more

  44. Writing Writing:

    Writing Writing: 1964

    £975

    First edition, first printing. One of 25 copies numbered and signed by Duncan and with an original drawing by the author pasted to front flyleaf. Read more

  45. The Misfits

    The Misfits 1961

    £150

    First edition, first printing. The novelisation of the screenplay written concurrently by Miller. The film – starring not one but two doomed alumni of Strasberg’s Actor’s Studio – remains one of Miller’s finest achievements. Read more

  46. Charlotte’s Web.

    Charlotte’s Web. 1952

    £9,500

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half title “Deborah Dennis with greetings from E. B. White.” Read more

  47. The Works.

    The Works. 1894

    £3,750

    A handsomely bound set. There is extra material in volume VII, which was previously unpublished. This material is; the final paragraph of “Plagiarism,” “An Author’s Face,” “Apothegms,” “Hyperism,” and the eleven pieces on pp.336-349. It also has the first American publication of ” The Journal …Read more

  48. The Web of Easter Island.

    The Web of Easter Island. 1948

    £250

    First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “sincerely, Donald Wandrei.” Wandrei was the co-founder of Arkham House. This is one of 3,000 copies. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    The Complete Writings.
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    WHITMAN, Walt. WHITMAN, Walt.

    The Complete Writings.

    £2,250

  2. New Arrival
    East of Eden.
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    STEINBECK, John. STEINBECK, John.

    East of Eden.

    £1,250

  3. New Arrival
    On the Banks of Plum Creek.
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    WILDER, Laura Ingalls. WILDER, Laura Ingalls.

    On the Banks of Plum Creek.

    £1,200

  4. New Arrival
    The Gentle Grafter.
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    HENRY, O. HENRY, O.

    The Gentle Grafter.

    £2,500

  5. New Arrival
    Catch-22. A Novel.
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    HELLER, Joseph. HELLER, Joseph.

    Catch-22. A Novel.

    £9,750

  6. New Arrival
    The Corpse Came C.O.D.
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    STARR, Jimmy. STARR, Jimmy.

    The Corpse Came C.O.D.

    £675

  7. New Arrival
    House of Games.
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    MAMET, David. MAMET, David.

    House of Games.

    £325

  8. New Arrival
    Everything That Rises Must Converge.
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    O'CONNOR, Flannery. O'CONNOR, Flannery.

    Everything That Rises Must Converge.

    £375

  9. New Arrival
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
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    THOMPSON, Hunter S. THOMPSON, Hunter S.

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

    £750

  10. New Arrival
    Collected Stories 1939-1976.
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    BOWLES, Paul. BOWLES, Paul.

    Collected Stories 1939-1976.

    £400

  11. New Arrival
    The Old Man and the Sea.
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    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

    The Old Man and the Sea.

    £175

  12. New Arrival
    Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934).
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    (THE SMART SET.) (THE SMART SET.)

    Groff Conklin’s personal archive of material gathered for The Smart Set Anthology (1934).

    £12,500

  13. The Grapes of Wrath.
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    STEINBECK, John. STEINBECK, John.

    The Grapes of Wrath.

    £6,000

  14. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.
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    STEINBECK, John. STEINBECK, John.

    Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    £6,000

  15. The Caine Mutiny.
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    WOUK, Herman. WOUK, Herman.

    The Caine Mutiny.

    £200

  16. Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.
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    TRAIN, Arthur. TRAIN, Arthur.

    Mr. Tutt Takes the Stand.

    £150

  17. Lake Wobegon Days.
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    KEILLOR, Garrison. KEILLOR, Garrison.

    Lake Wobegon Days.

    £475

  18. Lake Wobegon Days.
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    KEILLOR, Garrison. KEILLOR, Garrison.

    Lake Wobegon Days.

    £425

  19. The Great Gatsby.
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    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. FITZGERALD, F. Scott.

    The Great Gatsby.

    £3,500

  20. Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled.
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    ELLISON, Harlan. ELLISON, Harlan.

    Love Ain’t Nothing But Sex Misspelled.

    £275

  21. In a Lonely Place.
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    HUGHES, Dorothy B. HUGHES, Dorothy B.

    In a Lonely Place.

    £425

  22. For Whom the Bell Tolls.
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    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

    For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    £12,500

  23. To Kill a Mockingbird.
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    LEE, Harper. LEE, Harper.

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    £850

  24. Williwaw.
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    VIDAL, Gore. VIDAL, Gore.

    Williwaw.

    £675

  25. Death in the Afternoon.
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    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. HEMINGWAY, Ernest.

    Death in the Afternoon.

    £1,375

  26. The Magnificent Ambersons.
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    TARKINGTON, Booth. TARKINGTON, Booth.

    The Magnificent Ambersons.

    £9,500

  27. The Town and The City.
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    KEROUAC, John [Jack]. KEROUAC, John [Jack].

    The Town and The City.

    £3,950

  28. The Doubtful Guest.
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    GOREY, Edward. GOREY, Edward.

    The Doubtful Guest.

    £200

  29. Little Children.
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    SAROYAN, William. SAROYAN, William.

    Little Children.

    £400

  30. A Young Man About to Commit Suicide.
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    GUDAITIS, Anthony. GUDAITIS, Anthony.

    A Young Man About to Commit Suicide.

    £600

  31. The Books in My Life.
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    MILLER, Henry. MILLER, Henry.

    The Books in My Life.

    £475

  32. Here on a Darkling Plain.
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    DERLETH, August. DERLETH, August.

    Here on a Darkling Plain.

    £450

  33. All the Sad Young Men.
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    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. FITZGERALD, F. Scott.

    All the Sad Young Men.

    £4,250

  34. A River Runs Through It
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    MACLEAN, Norman. MACLEAN, Norman.

    A River Runs Through It

    £1,250

  35. The Painted Bird.
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    KOSINSKI, Jerzy. KOSINSKI, Jerzy.

    The Painted Bird.

    £675

  36. The Works.
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    WELLS, H. G. WELLS, H. G.

    The Works.

    £3,750

  37. Collected Ghost Stories.
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    JAMES, M. R. JAMES, M. R.

    Collected Ghost Stories.

    £1,375

  38. Writing Writing:
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    DUNCAN, Robert. DUNCAN, Robert.

    Writing Writing:

    £975

  39. The Misfits
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    MILLER, Arthur. MILLER, Arthur.

    The Misfits

    £150

  40. Charlotte’s Web.
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    WHITE, E. B. WHITE, E. B.

    Charlotte’s Web.

    £9,500

  41. The Web of Easter Island.
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    WANDREI, Donald. WANDREI, Donald.

    The Web of Easter Island.

    £250

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