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Lord Byron's Copy of Frankenstein, Inscribed by Mary Shelley

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  1. 133236comp
    First edition, first printing, deluxe signed limited issue, number 46 of 50 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author. There were also 350 ordinary copies issued unsigned on Navarre, and 25 hors commerce. Imaginary Letters is one of the exquisitely produced books put out by the Black Sun Press, founded by... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 133236

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  2. 133558comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number five of ten author's proofs, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total run of 100 copies, of which 60 were for sale. This copy has an additional inscription by Heaney quoting from his poem Fosterling, "Air to brighten, Time to be dazzled, and the heart to lighten",... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 133558

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  3. 130450comp
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket. A magnificent presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming to the employer who gave him the means to write - James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley - and his second wife, Edith: "To Gomer and Edith, wishing them both always a nine when it is needed, and in memory... Learn More
    £135,000

    Stock Code: 130450

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    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member..."> First edition, first issue (with the nine-pointed star to front), rare presentation copy of Heaney's first book, inscribed to fellow-poet Daniel Hoffman (1923-2013), "For Dan Hoffman: with good wishes, Seamus Heaney" inside the front cover.
    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member... Learn More
    £18,500

    Stock Code: 131225

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  5. 134138comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author, "To Jeremy with love, Roald Dahl, Gipsey House 11/9/85", boldly on the front free endpaper, and with the recipient's ownership inscription "This book belongs to Jeremy Cunnington" in a childish hand above the presentation. Learn More
    £4,500

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  6. 134134comp
    First edition, first impression, scarce presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To Patty, with love, Richard Adams, November 1974" on the title page. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 134134

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  7. 133107comp
    First edition, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Beatrice Ricchetti sic, 25-X-911 James Joyce", that is, on 25 October 1911. At the time of this inscription, Joyce was supporting himself by giving private lessons and by teaching in the evening school of the Società degli impiegati civili. Beatrice... Learn More
    £65,000

    Stock Code: 133107

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  8. 133648comp
    First edition, first issue, no. 82 of 100 copies signed by Joyce and printed on Dutch handmade paper. Ulysses was published in imitation of the traditional three-tiered French format aimed at both connoisseurs and readers: 100 signed copies on Dutch handmade paper; 150 large paper copies printed on heavier vergé d'Arches,... Learn More
    £250,000

    Stock Code: 133648

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  9. 132907comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB)... Learn More
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 132907

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  10. 133091comp
    First edition, first impression (with paginated prelims and Bacardi erratum to p.25), copy number 1 of an unspecified signed limited issue, specially bound, and signed by Harry Craddock on the colophon. This issue of the acknowledged cocktail classic is very hard to come by, and this is a peerless example. Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 133091

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "Para Atilio con la amistad la Jorge Luis Borges" For Atilio with friendship Jorge Luis Borges. An excellent association copy: the recipient was Borges's friend, the Italian artist Attilio Rossi (1909-1994), who designed the covers of two of Borges's... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 132522

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    First edition, first printing, the publisher's copy with their bookplate, signed by all three contributors (Borges, Casares, and Chello) on the title page. La Ciudad, both publisher and bookshop, was founded by Borges's friend Luis Alfonso in 1969. The bookshop was across the street from where Borges lived, and he frequently... Learn More
    £975

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  13. 130490comp
    First collected edition of these poems, first printing, Jorge Luis Borges's copy with his signature on the title page. The copy was later passed to his brother-in-law, the Spanish poet and Ultraist Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), with his illustrative ex-libris stamp to the first blank. This is one of several books with... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130490

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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the title page, "Para Vicente Barbieri, afectos y un abrazo, Jorge Luis Borges". Barbieri (1903-1956) was a notable Argentine poet, posthumously awarded the National Prize for Poetry after his early death from tuberculosis. In this work Borges addresses... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 129522

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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Borges and his co-author on the half-title, "Augosto 1953, A Gilda, profetizándole mucha felicidad, Jorge Luis Borges" and "A Gilda con carino autentico y eterno agradecimiento, Margot Guerrero." We have not been able to identify the recipient, but the double... Learn More
    £2,750

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  16. 130206comp
    First edition, first printing, Borges's own copy of this anthology of Argentine Poetry, signed by him on the half-title in the year of publication. The copy was later passed to his brother-in-law the Spanish poet and Ultraist Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), with his illustrative ex-libris stamp to the first blank. This is... Learn More
    £3,500

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  17. 129496comp
    First edition, first impression, a superlative presentation copy of the author's first work of prose. One of 505 copies printed, this is a uniquely untrimmed, unnumbered, and specially bound presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the first blank to his fellow Argentine author, and muse, Norah Lange (1905-1972).
    Borges's... Learn More
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    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

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  19. 134001comp
    Signed limited edition, number 278 of 350 copies signed by Murdoch and Stone. Learn More
    £200

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  20. 134114comp
    First and only edition, presentation copy inscribed to Edward VIII as Prince of Wales by Argentine horse-breeder Don Miguel A. Martínez de Hoz, the owner of the estancia of Chapadmalal, "To H.R.H. the Prince of Wales as a respectful souvenir of his visit to Chapadmalal, Miguel A. Martinez de Hoz, September 1925", and specially... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 134114

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    PKD. A Philip K. Dick Bibliography.

    San Francisco, CA & Columbia, PA: 1981

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 200 unnumbered copies signed by Dick, Levack, and Godersky. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 134098

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  22. 133974comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on p. viii: "To Mr Leon Machan sincerely I. Stravinsky Cleveland 25 February 1937". The recipient Leon Machan (1887-1945) was a pianist with the Cleveland orchestra; in February 1937 Stravinsky visited Cleveland and conducted the orchestra, which performed his Pétroushka... Learn More
    £1,750

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    Signed limited edition, number 1,124 of 2,000 copies signed by George Harrison, Derek Taylor, and the illustrator Larry Smith. Taylor was the Beatles's publicist; the present book is his autobiography, with Harrison's additions. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 134009

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  24. 134003comp
    First and only edition, signed and dated "Damien Hirst '08" on the title page of the first volume. Published for the two-day sale in three parts of new work by Hirst held at Sotheby's, London on 15 and 16 September 2008. Hirst bypassed traditional galleries and sold his works directly by auction, setting a record for a single... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 134003

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper: "For Manuel Damien Hirst". The book of the exhibition of Hirst's drawings at the Gagosian gallery, which ran from 15 September to 28 October 2006. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 133993

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  26. 133989comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The book of Hirst's first retrospective, in Naples in 2004. Learn More
    £275

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  27. 133978comp
    Signed limited edition, number 10 (coincidentally but delightfully matching her Downing Street address) of 200 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher. The collection gathers Thatcher's notable speeches from 1968 to 1996. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 133978

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  28. 133976comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies specially bound, and signed by Beckett on the limitation page. This Dolmen Press edition presents, in facing translation, two of the century's most charismatic and influential writers. Learn More
    £600

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  29. 132904comp
    First edition, first impression, of Margaret Thatcher's first book, signed by both Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis Thatcher on the front free endpaper. Let Our Children Grow Tall gathers Thatcher's more notable speeches from her first two years as Leader of the Opposition, when she was still seeking to sway public... Learn More
    £850

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    The highly limited "edition definitive", number 14 of 15; this set is additionally extra-illustrated and sumptuously bound. This edition was issued with the original frontispieces, engraved title pages and etchings by "Phiz" et al printed and mounted on india-proof paper, as well as each volume containing an original pen... Learn More
    £30,000

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  31. 131043
    A striking example of Cummings's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of Brittany's many windmills.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson... Learn More
    £4,500

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  32. 132179comp
    A rare and perfectly dastardly presentation photograph of the poet, who has taken a print of him sitting by the fireside with his wife Caitlin, cut her out of it, and inscribed it on the verso to his previous lover, "For Emmy, from Dylan, this 1/2 a picture, January 1939". Caitlin was, that January, nine months pregnant... Learn More
    £7,500

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    The Alchemist.

    San Francisco: 1993

    The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil..."> First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Cally: The Soul of the World needs your help. Follow your heart. Paulo Coelho", quite scarce and appealing thus with a personal inscription. The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil... Learn More
    £1,750

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  34. 132874
    A striking original photograph taken during the filming of the cinematic adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea, depicting Hemingway surrounded by a crew of seven men hoisting an imposing marlin, inscribed by Hemingway to Adolphe Lévêque, "Tout le monde Travaille sic, Ernest Hemingway Peru Mai 1956", in ink across the recto.... Learn More
    £9,500

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    Vigils

    [Bristol: May 1934

    First edition, number 241 of 272 copies signed on the limitation page, this an excellent poetic presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sassoon to Edith Sitwell on the first blank "Edith Sitwell from her friend S.S." and with a tipped-in presentation letter from Sassoon to Sitwell on Heytesbury House stationery, dated... Learn More
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    First edition, first issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to fellow poet Allen Upward (1863-1926) on the front free endpaper, "To Allen Upward from E. P. Sept 1913". Upward was an influential intellectual figure for Pound at this time, "Upward started Pound off in a new direction by putting him on to the Chinese... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Olive a friend of the authoress - 1934". The recipient was likely Olive Zeytoun Howell, a fellow convert who worshipped alongside Cobbold at the Woking Mosque. Cobbold travelled extensively in the Middle East during... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128475

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  38. 123747comp
    From Margaret Thatcher's personal library, which remained in her possession until her death, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Mum - Happy Christmas and fondest love from us both. Mark and Sarah Spain 2007". Margaret Thatcher requested this book as a Christmas present when she was staying with her son Mark and his wife... Learn More
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  39. 132013
    Freud reads the manuscript of Moses and Monotheism. A superb signed photograph of Freud at work taken by the Austrian-British psychoanalyst Wilhelm Hoffer (1897-1967), depicting Freud seated at his desk in London.
    Freud had begun working on his Moses book in 1934 and partly published it in German in 1937. He arrived... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 132013

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  40. 132695comp
    First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Éluard "pour Rosamond ce livre où les yeux du peintre sont ouverts à chaque page et entre toutes les pages lignes, très affectueusement, Paul Eluard", presumably Rosamond Bernier (1906-2016) an American journalist, writer and art critic, often crowned "the world's most glamorous... Learn More
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  41. 132689comp
    First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.
    Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 132689

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    Provenance: ownership inscription to front free..."> First edition, first impression, number 207 of 280 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. Patrick MacGill (1889-1963) was known as the "navvy poet", Soldier Songs "collected his war verse with a valuable preface on songs the soldiers made" (ODNB).

    Provenance: ownership inscription to front free... Learn More
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  43. 133662
    Photograph of Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, and Alec Douglas-Home, inscribed by Thatcher to Wilson in silver ink on the base of the mount: "Harold - with warm regards - Margaret Thatcher". The photograph remained in the possession of Harold Wilson until his death in 1995, then in the possession of his wife Mary until... Learn More
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  44. 133663
    Harold Wilson's own copy of the official cabinet photograph taken in 1974, signed on the mount by himself and every other member of the cabinet, including Michael Foot, Tony Benn, Denis Healey, James Callaghan, Roy Jenkins, Anthony Crosland, Barbara Castle, Reg Prentice, Shirley Williams, and Merlyn Rees. Taken in the year... Learn More
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  45. 133548comp
    First edition, tête de tirage copy, number one of 30 printed on japon, specially bound in full vellum, and signed by the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, this being his own retained copy. Countess Kathleen was Yeats's second collection, and the first to include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", perhaps his most famous poem.... Learn More
    £8,500

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  46. 131408
    Alice Boughton (1876-1945) in Photographing the Famous (New York, 1928) wrote "William B. Yeats... was twice photographed by me... He looked the part of the poet with flowing tie and the long lock of hair over the forehead. He seemed shy and diffident, and I found it somewhat difficult to hold his attention. Once Jack Yeats...... Learn More
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  47. 127279comp
    First US edition, first printing, first state dust jacket without "year 2" on the spine panel. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 127279

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  48. 133661
    A Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson, signed "Denis and Margaret" in their respective hands. The photograph on the card shows Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of... Learn More
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  49. 133659
    The Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson in 1985, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of Harold, and then his wife Mary, until the latter's death in 2018;... Learn More
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  50. 133654
    The Christmas card sent from Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis to former prime minister Harold Wilson in 1987, signed "Denis and Margaret Thatcher" in their respective hands. The card, otherwise unmarked as Harold Wilson's, remained in the possession of Harold, and then his wife Mary, until the latter's death in 2018;... Learn More
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  51. 130593comp
    First Canadian edition, signed by the author on the half-title. Loosely inserted is a leaflet for the signing at the 21st Annual International Festival of Authors in Toronto, and a signed certificate of authenticity from the administrative director confirming that the book was signed at the event. Learn More
    £2,000

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    Dracula.

    Westminster: 1897

    First edition, first issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Henry Williams from his old friend Bram Stoker July 1897". With the relevant issue points: printed on thicker paper stock, without the advert for The Shoulder of Shasta which appears in later impressions on the verso of the... Learn More
    £135,000

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  53. 133625
    Signed limited edition, number 347 of 500 copies signed by the author. The Mansion is the final novel in the Snopes trilogy, following The Hamlet (1940) and The Town (1957). Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 133625

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  54. 123238

    Bom-Crioulo.

    San Francisco: 1982

    First edition in English, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press in 1975,... Learn More
    £375

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  55. i1
    First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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    First edition, presentation copy to George Keats, inscribed by the author, his brother-in law, "George Keats, the gift of the author", on the title page of all three volumes. George Keats (17971841), younger brother of the poet John, never met Llanos, but was pleased to have as "a friend and brother" a man of letters, and... Learn More
    £13,500

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  57. 68284comp
    First US edition, first printing. A major association copy, inscribed by Greene in unusually warm style on the front free endpaper, "In thanks for the pleasure I got from 'Swami & Friends' & with the very best wishes for its success from Graham Greene"; below is the signature of the recipient, the great Indian writer R.... Learn More
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    Thésée.

    [Paris]: [1946]

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to his friend and biographer "à Jean Hytier, avec ma bien attentive sympathie, André Gide". This is number 9 of 30 hors commerce copies, from a total edition of 1,370 copies, of Gide's re-imagining of the myth of Theseus and the... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132448

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  59. 132462comp
    First edition in French (second overall), first printing, presentation copy of the service de presse issue, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper "à Giuseppe Ungaretti, ce livre dont il a été l'un des premiers confidents. Avec toute mon amitié, Paul Henri Michel". The recipient Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970)... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 132462

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  60. 132315
    First edition, no. 46 of 50 deluxe large-format copies printed on Alfa paper; with a card signed by the author loosely inserted. The book was also issued on regular paper bound in cloth and in wrappers, both without a stated limitation; this deluxe issue is very scarce. A seminal work of 20th-century science fiction, La... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 132315

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