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PEAKE, Mervyn.

Rare books by Mervyn Peake, including first editions, signed, and finely bound copies of the Gormenghast Trilogy.

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  1. 40018comp
    First edition, first impression, with a fine original pencil sketch by Peake on the front free endpaper, showing Captain Slaughterboard sitting on a rock holding a piece of paper. Across the paper is written in ink "Elizabeth" and below the sketch "from Doc"; i.e. this is a presentation copy from the artist's father, Ernest... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 40018

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  2. Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor.
    First edition, first impression of the author's rare first book. "One of the first casualties of the blitz was Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor. The warehouse containing all available copies of the book was among the first to be bombed. Every copy was destroyed, cutting off Mervyn's income from that source and turning... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109937

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  3. Ride a Cock-Horse.
    First edition, first impression. 14 nursery rhymes, including "Old King Cole", "How Many Miles to Babylon?" and "Doctor Foster Went to Glo'ster", each accompanied by a full-page illustration. This was the second book Peake illustrated and its success led to Chatto & Windus commissioning Peake to illustrate their edition... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 90436

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  4. Ride a Cock-Horse and Other Nursery Rhymes.
    First edition, first impression, first issue (without the dedication page). This is Mervyn Peake's first commission as illustrator and his second illustrated book, following Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor (1939); its success led to Chatto & Windus commissioning Peake to illustrate their edition of Lewis Carroll's The... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 103247

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  5. All This and Bevin Too.
    First edition, first impression, scarce. "In 1943 Crisp wrote a pamphlet and got his Chelsea neighbour Mervyn Peake to illustrate it. The pamphlet consisted of forty-eight 'rather clumsy verses of angerless satire' directed at the Ministry of Labour headed by Ernest Bevin. Quentin tells us he dashed these off in two afternoons... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103875

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    First procurable edition, as the original, published by Country Life in 1939, is of legendary scarcity; as explained on the jacket blurb of the present edition "the original edition of this book was published early in the war but destroyed by enemy action. The artist has coloured the plates for this edition presumably a... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 103786

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  7. 124710
    First editions, first impressions of Peake's masterpiece. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 124710

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  8. Figures of Speech.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 104441

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