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DURRELL, Lawrence.

Rare books by Lawrence Durrell, including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of The Alexandria Quartet.

Lawrence Durrell (1912–1990) was a prolific writer in the mid 20th -20th century, working across such forms as poetry, novel-writing, travel-writing and for the stage, as well as other extended non-fiction, criticism and essays. Later in his careerAs an occasional diversion, he turned to painting under the pseudonym Oscar Epfs. He is the older brother of naturalist, zookeeper and author Gerald Durrell.



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  1. 124325comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Peter from Larry. Paris, 1938". Durrell also reinscribed the half-title in a bolder hand at a later date, "Inscribed for Peter Bull by his old friend Larry Durrell, April 1973". Bull was a British character actor perhaps best known for his role... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 124325

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  2. 60255
    First edition, first impression. From the library of author Lawrence Durrell, with his elaborate red and white bookplate to the front pastedown. Durrell's personal copies are very scarce, particularly those with this particular bookplate. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 60255

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  3. 121818
    First editions, first impressions. Perhaps Durrell's greatest success, a study of love and political intrigue in Alexandria, Egypt, before and during World War II. Learn More
    £5,000

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  4. 124263
    First editions, first impressions, of Durrell's enduring masterpiece. Perhaps his greatest success, the Quartet is a study of love and political intrigue in Alexandria, Egypt before and during World War II. "The four novels emerged in rapid succession from 1957 to 1960 and elicited wildly divergent but generally favourable... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 124263

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  5. [Alexandria Quartet:] Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 112378

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  6. 122481
    First edition, first impression. As indicated by the printed wrapper, this is a proof copy of the author's autobiographical piece on Cyprus. Durrell was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize for this work later the same year. Learn More
    £375

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  7. The Black Book.
    First Olympia Press edition. With a previously unpublished introduction by the author. Originally published in Paris in 1938. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 106556

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  8. 129490comp
    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Inscribed for Ray Mills by Larry Durrell Edinburgh 1980 'memories of the festival where the play was produced'". Dr Alfred Raymond Mills (1916-2011) met Durrell in 1945, and they formed a lifelong friendship. This is the first edition, second impression... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 129490

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  9. 82296comp
    First collected edition, one of 500 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. A beautiful copy. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 82296

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  10. 59975
    First combined edition. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 59975

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  11. 76495
    Signed limited edition, number 56 of 500 numbered copies. Durrell's enduring masterpiece. Learn More
    £1,950

    Stock Code: 76495

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  12. An Irish Faustus.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 102097

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  13. Tunc.
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 99629

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  14. Tunc.
    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "for George and Jean Reeves by Lawrence Durrell" on the title page. Originally printed in the United Kingdom earlier the same year, Tunc was the first instalment in Durrell's two-part comic novel The Revolt of Aphrodite, which he completed with Nunquam, published... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 112582

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  15. 116595comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 177 of 226 copies signed by the poet and the artist, consisting of 200 numbered and 26 lettered copies. None of the lettered copies were for sale. This was the only collaboration between Sappho Durrell and her father; she was 21 at the time of publication and completing an English... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 116595

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  16. 116530comp
    First edition in book form, signed limited issue. Number 197 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the author on the colophon, and handbound by Earle Grey for the publisher. This is the fifth book in the Yes! Capra Chapbook Series, edited by Robert Durand and Noel Young. Durrell's essay first appeared in the Paris Edition... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 116530

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  17. 48704
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in Paris in 1938. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 48704

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  18. Monsieur
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 99608

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  19. Sicilian Carousel.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 99622

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  20. Constance
    First Edition, First Impression. The third volume of The Avignon Quintet. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 29015

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  21. Quinx.
    First edition, first impression. The author's final novel in the Avignon quintet. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 99657

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