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  1. La Stupenda.
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    La Stupenda. 1982

    £625

    First edition, third impression (first 1980). Inscribed by Sutherland on the title page, “To Den, best wishes, Joan Sutherland”. Sutherland, dubbed “La Stupenda” after a performance of Handel’s Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams over the course of a year during his filming of the …Read more

  2. If…. a film.
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    If…. a film. 1969

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy. Inscribed on the title page by Lindsay Anderson to Ben Travers, “For Ben – another egotistical gift I’m afraid: but with my warmest affection and gratitude for the honour of this happiest of collaborations, From Lindsay. A lucky man …Read more

  3. The Corpse Came C.O.D.
    New Arrival

    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

  4. American Singers.
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    American Singers. 1979

    £250

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper “For Burt Britton, who runs a way of life, Whitney Balliett, N.Y.C. 1979”. Burt Britton, the book collector and co-founder of Books & Co, also collected self-portraits, or ‘self-doodles’, …Read more

  5. The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke. 1930

    £250,000

    First edition in English, copy B of seven copies printed on vellum, with three extra sets of loose proofs signed by the artist, marked A to G. This is the most luxurious presentation of one of the most remarkable printed books of the 20th century. …Read more

  6. Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.

    Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz. 1928-44

    £3,250

    An extraordinarily comprehensive collection of first editions of plays and theatrical anthologies printed by British publishing titan Victor Gollancz (founded 1927) from 1928 to 1944. This entire collection (with the exception of two titles brought in to supplement a gap) derives from the publisher’s own …Read more

  7. The Wizard of Oz.

    The Wizard of Oz. [1939]

    £1,150

    First UK film tie-in edition, first impression ,the first film edition having been published in the US in the same year. A beautiful copy including eight colour illustrations from film stills. Read more

  8. The Sound of Surprise.

    The Sound of Surprise. 1959

    £200

    First edition, first printing. Laid in is an author’s compliments card reading, “At the suggestion of the author with the compliments of Elliot”. This is the first collection of Balliett’s journalism. John Fordham describes his first encounter with Balliett’s work: “I began reading that book …Read more

  9. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie 1950.

    Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie 1950. 1989

    £600

    Wonderfully produced poster celebrating the work of David Stone Martin, using the imagery from the 1950 album “Bird and Diz”. This copy signed by DSM at the lower left-hand corner and highly desirable thus. Martin was one of the most influential sleeve designers in jazz …Read more

  10. The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.

    The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse. 1923

    £3,500

    First edition, first impression, rare presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, “To T. H. Riches, from Thomas Hardy. With good wishes. January: 1924”. This copy also has an autograph note (3, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, stationery) in the hand of Sydney Cockerell identifying the …Read more

  11. The Trapp Family Book of Christmas Songs.

    The Trapp Family Book of Christmas Songs. [c.1965]

    £175

    Signed by Maria von Trapp on the front free endpaper. This is a later printing of the book first published in 1950, produced to tie in with the 1965 American musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, and features a still from the film on …Read more

  12. A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.

    A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century. 1929

    £250

    First edition, first impression of this pioneering study of Arab music from the pre-Islamic period to the extinction of the ‘Abbasid caliphate in 1258, uncommon in the dust jacket, this copy accompanied by two interesting offprints, and with a nice association, containing the ownership inscription …Read more

  13. La Planète des Singes. Roman.

    La Planète des Singes. Roman. 1963

    £675

    First edition, first impression, of the original novel that became The Planet of the Apes, number 126 H from an unspecified limited edition. This copy has a contemporary publisher’s four page pamphlet advertising the book laid in. Read more

  14. Commentaire sur le Cid,

    Commentaire sur le Cid, 1843

    £225

    First and only edition. Auguste Walras (1801–1866), father of the founder of the theory of general economic equilibrium Léon Walras, was a secondary school administrator and amateur economist. Walras wrote Commentaire sur le Cid while he was professor of philosophy at the Royal College in …Read more

  15. Hollywood Babylone.

    Hollywood Babylone. 1959

    £875

    First edition, first impression, preceding the US edition. The jacket is rarely found with such a bright spine panel. Read more

  16. The Song Book.

    The Song Book. 1953

    £600

    First edition, first impression, signed by Coward on the title page. This handsome album collects 51 of Coward’s most famous songs of four decades, and is quite scarce, especially so signed with the jacket. Read more

  17. Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes.

    Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes. 1931

    £975

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For William with my love, Noel.” The recipient was William Armstrong (1882-1952), director and producer of the Liverpool Playhouse from 1922-1944, where he directed several Coward plays in the 1930s. He received an honorary MA …Read more

  18. The Queen was in the Parlour.

    The Queen was in the Parlour. 1926

    £475

    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce jacket. This early Noel Coward play was written in 1922, but not produced until 24 August 1926, when it premiered at the St Martin’s Theatre. This first edition was printed as Volume L in the Contemporary British …Read more

  19. Waiting in the Wings.

    Waiting in the Wings. 1960

    £400

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For Harry from Noel.” Read more

  20. Pomp and Circumstance.

    Pomp and Circumstance. 1960.

    £750

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of Coward’s comic novel inscribed to the the actress Joyce Carey, “For Miss Joyce Carey with the cordial sentiments of The Author. Bessie – Bessie – Bessie”. The meaning of this latter part may have something to do with …Read more

  21. Rolling Stones Masons Yard to Primrose Hill 1965 – 1967.

    Rolling Stones Masons Yard to Primrose Hill 1965 – 1967. 1995

    £850

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1750 copies signed by Gered Mankowitz. With an original photographic contact print of three images taken directly from the negatives tipped in. Together with the original prospectus. Read more

  22. I Con.tact. Rolling Stone Archive.

    I Con.tact. Rolling Stone Archive. 1998

    £850

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 950 copies. This is one of the 100 deluxe copies signed by Gered Mankowitz but comes without the photographic print as issued. Together with the original prospectus. A complete archive of Mankowtz’s Rolling Stones contact sheets, taken from 1965 …Read more

  23. Wood on Canvas. Every Picture Tells a Story.

    Wood on Canvas. Every Picture Tells a Story. 1998

    £750

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 2500 copies signed by Wood. Together with the original prospectus. Read more

  24. Wyman Shoots Chagall.

    Wyman Shoots Chagall. 1998

    £250

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1500 copies signed by Wyman. Together with the original prospectus. Read more

  25. 25 Years of the Rolling Stones in the USA. Crossfire Hurricane.

    25 Years of the Rolling Stones in the USA. Crossfire Hurricane. 1997

    £600

    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1750 copies. Signed by Bob Gruen. Together with the original prospectus. Read more

  26. Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes.

    Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes. 1931

    £375

    First edition, specially bound in vellum with hand-painted decorations under vellum (in the manner of Chivers) and watercolour endpapers drawn by Kenneth Hobson (1897-1972) was a British artist, book illustrator, and the managing director and designer at the London bookbindery H. T. Wood, which eventally …Read more

  27. Typed letter signed concerning the Hollywood film The Beginning or the End (1947), a docudrama about the development of the atomic bomb.

    Typed letter signed concerning the Hollywood film The Beginning or the End (1947), a docudrama about the development of the atomic bomb. 10 April 1946

    £1,750

    The great Italian-American physicist gives permission for his depiction in the 1947 MGM docudrama The Beginning or the End: “Gentlemen: In connection with the motion picture you are about to produce concerning the atomic bomb project and its ramifications, tentatively called The Beginning or the …Read more

  28. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.

    Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster. [early 1930s]

    £2,500

    Signed by Shaw at the top of the image and by Coster (in pencil) on the mount; additionally inscribed by Shaw on the mount: “To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36”. An excellent association: Shaw had known the American actress Mary Lawton since before the …Read more

  29. Catch–22 Screenplay: 2nd Draft.

    Catch–22 Screenplay: 2nd Draft. 19 June 1968

    £1,250

    Signed by Heller on the title page. Henry Buck’s screenplay, based on Heller’s book of the same title, was close to completion at this point; a copy of the final revised screenplay, dated just a month later on 29 July 1968, is held by the …Read more

  30. Suppressed proof copy of The Making of The African Queen.

    Suppressed proof copy of The Making of The African Queen. 1987

    £1,250

    Uncorrected proof copy of Hepburn’s first book. Though unmarked as such, this copy is from the library of Hepburn’s agent, Freya Manston, who, together with Hepburn, prevented the publication of the book in this form, as they were unhappy with the quality of the typography …Read more

  31. Plays in Prose and Verse.

    Plays in Prose and Verse. 1922

    £975

    First edition, first impression, a lovely copy in the scarce jacket. This collection contains Yeats’s plays: Cathleen ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth, The King’s Threshold, On Baile’s Strand, The Shadowy Waters, Deridre, The Unicorn from the Stars (written in collaboration with Lady Gregory), The …Read more

  32. Don’t Tell Dad.

    Don’t Tell Dad. 1998

    £275

    First edition, signed limited issue. Out-of-series publisher’s copy from an edition of 1,250 copies signed by Fonda on the limitation page. This copy also inscribed by the author “To Dink, with love, Peter Fonda, ’98” on the title page. The recipient was Benjamin “Dink” Bruce, …Read more

  33. Lyrics on several occasions.

    Lyrics on several occasions. 1959

    £575

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, “For Louis Aborn – with all best – From Ira Gershwin”. Louis H. Aborn (1912-2005) was the President from 1956 of Tams-Whitmark Music Library, the largest collection of printed and manuscript music then …Read more

  34. Spheres.

    Spheres. 1976

    £225

    First and only edition, first printing. Presentation copy of the jazz musician’s first collection of short stories, “a remarkable blending of his creative experiences – of his music and his painting as well as his feeling for words” (preface), inscribed “To the Gannon’s [sic], …Read more

  35. Paroles de Villon.

    Paroles de Villon. 1926

    £375

    First and only edition, rare: no copies located by either Copac or OCLC. “Ezra Pound’s principal musical composition [‘Le Testament de Villon’], a one-act opera (referred to also as ‘Villon’ and ‘The Testament of François Villon’) was written in Paris during 1920, 1921, and 1922. …Read more

  36. The Tragical History of Young King Cole.

    The Tragical History of Young King Cole. 1926

    £1,250

    First and only edition, privately published, number 83 of an unspecified limitation. A quite wonderful memento of a short-lived but entertaining spat between Sir Thomas Beecham and Cole Porter: “Beecham spent most of the summer of 1926 on the Continent with Maud Cunard. In Venice …Read more

  37. The Butterfly Dream.

    The Butterfly Dream. 2006

    £500

    First edition, first impression, of this lavishly produced book, the result of a 40-year artistic collaboration between experimental filmmaker and photographer Eikoh Hosoe and legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. Text in Japanese. Read more

  38. Rapsodiia v stile bliuz …

    Rapsodiia v stile bliuz … 1956

    £450

    Apparently the first Russian edition of Rhapsody in Blue, and as was often the case with Muzizdat publications of contemporary Western music, it is possible that it was a piracy. Uncommon, no copy traced on OCLC. Introduction by the leading soviet musicologist Grigori Schneerson. Read more

  39. Beltaine.

    Beltaine. 1900

    £475

    First one-volume edition, being a re-issue of the journal’s three first issues. “The Numbers, in their original wrappers, have been simply encased in boards, for preservation on the bookshelf, with no addition save that of a Table of Contents to Number One” (publisher’s note). Read more

  40. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland .

    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland . [1933]

    £250

    First UK photoplay edition, published to coincide with the release of the 1933 Paramount Pictures film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. With the scarce jacket featuring Charlotte Henry, who played Alice in the film. Read more

  41. The Story of My Life.

    The Story of My Life. 1908

    £350

    First edition, large paper issue, extra illustrated state. One of 1,000 numbered copies of which the first 250 were signed; this copy is number 42 and signed by Terry on the limitation page. An excellently preserved copy. Read more

  42. The Art of Frozen.

    The Art of Frozen. 2013

    £125

    First edition, first printing. Picture book on the making of the animated film. Read more

  43. Fantasia.

    Fantasia. 1940

    £6,000

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Walt Disney, “To David Von Kessell sincerely Walt Disney.” David was the son of Disney Imagineer, Glendra Von Kessel. Read more

  44. Signed photograph.

    Signed photograph. c.1981

    £2,500

    Signed “Thelonius Monk” together with a small self-portrait sketch with trademark beard and hat, it also appears that Monk tried to sign previously with a dry pen which has left some vague ink traces, and a couple of scratches to the emulsion. The date docketing …Read more

  45. This Lady’s Not For Burning.

    This Lady’s Not For Burning. 1949

    £3,750

    Some 30 images after the original designs by Messel prepared by the production company from sketches by the designer. The costumier’s work faithfully matches the original sketches adding clarity and some greater detail regarding fabrics, accessories and the cut of several garments. An index accompanying …Read more

  46. To Catch A Thief.

    To Catch A Thief. 1952

    £975

    First edition, first printing. Basis for the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock film starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Read more

  47. Don’t Drink the Water.

    Don’t Drink the Water. 1967

    £225

    First edition, first printing of the author’s first book. The play was first performed November 17, 1966 at the Morosco Theatre in New York City starring Dick Libertini and House Jameson. Read more

  48. South Pacific. A Musical Play.

    South Pacific. A Musical Play. 1949

    £375

    First edition, first printing. The book version of the classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical, with three illustrations from photographs of the original cast. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    La Stupenda.
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    ADAMS, Brian. ADAMS, Brian.

    La Stupenda.

    £625

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

    The Corpse Came C.O.D.

    £675

  4. New Arrival
    American Singers.
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    BALLIETT, Whitney. BALLIETT, Whitney.

    American Singers.

    £250

  5. New Arrival
    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    (CRANACH PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE, William. (CRANACH PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE,...

    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    £250,000

  6. Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.
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    (GOLLANCZ THEATRE.) (GOLLANCZ THEATRE.)

    Collection of Plays published by Victor Gollancz.

    £3,250

  7. The Wizard of Oz.
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    BAUM, L. Frank. BAUM, L. Frank.

    The Wizard of Oz.

    £1,150

  8. The Sound of Surprise.
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    BALLIETT, Whitney. BALLIETT, Whitney.

    The Sound of Surprise.

    £200

  9. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie 1950.
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    MARTIN, David Stone. MARTIN, David Stone.

    Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie 1950.

    £600

  10. The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.
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    HARDY, Thomas. HARDY, Thomas.

    The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.

    £3,500

  11. The Trapp Family Book of Christmas Songs.
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    VON TRAPP, Maria, & Franz Wasner. VON TRAPP, Maria,...

    The Trapp Family Book of Christmas Songs.

    £175

  12. A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.
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    FARMER, Henry George. FARMER, Henry George.

    A History of Arabian Music to the XIIIth Century.

    £250

  13. La Planète des Singes. Roman.
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    BOULLE, Pierre. BOULLE, Pierre.

    La Planète des Singes. Roman.

    £675

  14. Commentaire sur le Cid,
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    WALRAS, Auguste. WALRAS, Auguste.

    Commentaire sur le Cid,

    £225

  15. Hollywood Babylone.
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    ANGER, Kenneth. ANGER, Kenneth.

    Hollywood Babylone.

    £875

  16. The Song Book.
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    COWARD, Noël. COWARD, Noël.

    The Song Book.

    £600

  17. Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes.
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    COWARD, Noel. COWARD, Noel.

    Post-Mortem. A Play in Eight Scenes.

    £975

  18. The Queen was in the Parlour.
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    COWARD, Noël. COWARD, Noël.

    The Queen was in the Parlour.

    £475

  19. Waiting in the Wings.
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    COWARD, Noël. COWARD, Noël.

    Waiting in the Wings.

    £400

  20. Pomp and Circumstance.
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    COWARD, Noël. COWARD, Noël.

    Pomp and Circumstance.

    £750

  21. Rolling Stones Masons Yard to Primrose Hill 1965 – 1967.
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    (ROLLING STONES.) MANKOWITZ, Gered. (ROLLING STONES.) MANKOWITZ,...

    Rolling Stones Masons Yard to Primrose Hill 1965 – 1967.

    £850

  22. Wood on Canvas. Every Picture Tells a Story.
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    WOOD, Ronnie. WOOD, Ronnie.

    Wood on Canvas. Every Picture Tells a Story.

    £750

  23. 25 Years of the Rolling Stones in the USA. Crossfire Hurricane.
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    (ROLLING STONES.) GRUEN, Bob. (ROLLING STONES.) GRUEN,...

    25 Years of the Rolling Stones in the USA. Crossfire Hurricane.

    £600

  24. Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes.
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    BRUCKNER, Ferdinand. BRUCKNER, Ferdinand.

    Elizabeth of England. A Legend in Twelve Scenes.

    £375

  25. Typed letter signed concerning the Hollywood film The Beginning or the End (1947), a docudrama about the development of the atomic bomb.
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    FERMI, Enrico. FERMI, Enrico.

    Typed letter signed concerning the Hollywood film The Beginning or the End (1947), a docudrama about the development of the atomic bomb.

    £1,750

  26. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
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    (SHAW, George Bernard.) COSTER, Howard. (SHAW, George Bernard.)...

    Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.

    £2,500

  27. Catch–22 Screenplay: 2nd Draft.
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    HELLER, Joseph, & Henry Buck. HELLER, Joseph, &...

    Catch–22 Screenplay: 2nd Draft.

    £1,250

  28. Suppressed proof copy of The Making of The African Queen.
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    HEPBURN, Katharine. HEPBURN, Katharine.

    Suppressed proof copy of The Making of The African Queen.

    £1,250

  29. Plays in Prose and Verse.
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    YEATS, W. B. YEATS, W. B.

    Plays in Prose and Verse.

    £975

  30. Don’t Tell Dad.
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    FONDA, Peter. FONDA, Peter.

    Don’t Tell Dad.

    £275

  31. Lyrics on several occasions.
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    GERSHWIN, Ira. GERSHWIN, Ira.

    Lyrics on several occasions.

    £575

  32. Paroles de Villon.
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    POUND, Ezra. POUND, Ezra.

    Paroles de Villon.

    £375

  33. The Tragical History of Young King Cole.
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    (COLE PORTER.) [BEECHAM, Sir Thomas.] (COLE PORTER.) [BEECHAM,...

    The Tragical History of Young King Cole.

    £1,250

  34. Rapsodiia v stile bliuz …
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    GERSHWIN, George. GERSHWIN, George.

    Rapsodiia v stile bliuz …

    £450

  35. The Story of My Life.
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    TERRY, Ellen. TERRY, Ellen.

    The Story of My Life.

    £350

  36. Signed photograph.
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    MONK, Thelonius. MONK, Thelonius.

    Signed photograph.

    £2,500

  37. This Lady’s Not For Burning.
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    (MESSEL, Oliver.) FRY, Christopher. (MESSEL, Oliver.) FRY,...

    This Lady’s Not For Burning.

    £3,750

  38. To Catch A Thief.
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    DODGE, David. DODGE, David.

    To Catch A Thief.

    £975

  39. Don’t Drink the Water.
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    ALLEN, Woody. ALLEN, Woody.

    Don’t Drink the Water.

    £225

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