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

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  1. 128820comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Powell on the title page. This selection of Powell's essays was edited by John Wood and contains the infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech. Wood also compiled the similar volumes "A Nation not Afraid" (1965) and "Still to Decide" (1972), both published by Batsford. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 128820

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  2. 127405comp
    First edition with colour illustrations, signed limited issue, number 17 of 250 copies signed by the illustrator. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series, was asked to provide black... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 127405

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  3. Pardong M'sieur.
    First edition. Presentation copy from Ronald Searle, inscribed in his distinctive hand on the front free endpaper: "Wendy with much love from Ronnie - on your birthday 1 May 1965 (see p. 49.)" "Wendy" is the actress, dancer, and theatre and film director, Wendy Toye (1917-2010) who had collaborated with Searle on a number... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 100312

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  4. 132110comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen and his wife Gillian on the half-title: "For Ted & Gillian: With appreciation for your support of the cause and gratitude for your personal friendship. Sincerely Whitney". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132110

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  5. 132126comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Theodore Sorensen on the front free endpaper: "For Theo Sorensen with great affection. From John G. 1971". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter for John... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132126

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  6. 132108comp
    Signed limited edition, number 153 of 1,000 copies signed by Edwin Moore Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's brother. Presentation copy from Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's widow and the book's dedicatee, to Ted Sorensen, inscribed on the limitation leaf "For Ted - who shared so many of the best moments, and with whom Bobby... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 132108

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  7. 125693
    A superb large format signed photograph, one (and perhaps the largest) of only very few examples of a signed photographic portrait of Florence Nightingale to have appeared on the market, auction records recording no examples. There are signed cartes-de-visite at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London (dated 1861, photographer... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 125693

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  8. 121290
    First edition, large paper copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs James with the author's best wishes. 1840". Pasted on the facing page is a manuscript letter from the author on a single page of a bifolium: "Greenwich Hospital 14 September 1840. Dear Madam, as you expressed much... Learn More
    £275

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  9. 132016comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To dear Dora Clarke from Julian, April 1932". The recipient Dora Thacker Clarke (18951989) was a British sculptor and wood carver who also wrote about, and promoted African art. She was a good friend of the Huxleys; her bronze of a Kikuyu girl was reproduced as the... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 132016

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  10. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Pete, wherever you are, whoever, FW" and signed by the author over his printed name. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 77764

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  11. 94954comp
    Signed limited edition, number 890 of 1,030 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 94954

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  12. 123643comp
    First edition, first printing, the dedication copy, inscribed by both editors to Carl Gustav Hempel on the front free endpaper: "To Peter, With many thanks for everything you have done for us and for the field. Philip & Wes", dated January 1990. With a number of pencil and ink annotations - predominately underlining and... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 123643

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  13. 118544comp
    First edition, first impression. This is Art edition A limited to 250 copies signed by Hockney, with an 8-colour ink-jet print after an i-pad drawing of lilacs on cotton-fibre archival paper (sheet size: 56 x 43.2 cm). Signed and dated by Hockney lower right, numbered lower left. The total edition was 10,000 copies including... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 118544

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  14. 65227comp
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of poems by the former US President. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper and by the illustrator on the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 65227

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  15. 132049comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title-page. Watson's personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA was originally published in the US in the same year. The Double Helix is one of the most important first-hand accounts of the practice of science during the 20th century, chronicling... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132049

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  16. 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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    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Don McLaren, with deep appreciation of your friendship and collaboration, Everett, December 21, 1948." Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 86930

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  18. 132029comp
    A family copy, specially bound for presentation to Elliott Roosevelt by the American artist Pilides Tino Costa, with Costa's presentation inscription on the front free endpaper dated 24 December 1938 and with Elliott's name emblazoned in gilt on the front cover. Elliott Roosevelt was the son of President Franklin Delano... Learn More
    £850

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  19. 131185comp
    First edition, first printing. Miro has drawn and signed a self-portrait of himself meeting Hayworth across the endpaper and half title page in his inimitable style in black ink and watercolour. Prévert has inscribed across the same two pages "á Rita Hayworth, En amitié d'un soir... et de layt???, Jacques Prévert" with... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 131185

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  20. Fantasia of the Unconscious.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to E. M. Forster, inscribed by the author to E. M. Forster on the front free endpaper, "E.M., from D.H.L. Taos, 6 Nov 1922" and with Forster's "This book belongs to..." ticket. Forster and Lawrence met in 1915, when Forster visited Lawrence at Greatham, sharing "two hours... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 83380

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  21. 79408comp
    First deluxe edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, "To Mark, Happy 8th Birthday! With love from, Jo, (J. K. Rowling) (but really from Thomas, Daragh, Catriona, Deidre & Gerry!)". This title was the first of the deluxe editions to be published, and was issued simultaneously with the first... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 79408

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  22. 68127comp
    First Italian language edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1959. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "a Burt coi migliori vuoti, Van". The recipient was Burton Dreben, an influential Harvard professor and Quine's "closest philosophical ally". Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 68127

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  23. 82896comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Dahl on the half title "To Bryan Love Roald 1975". The recipient was Bryan Forbes, the film actor, director and producer. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 82896

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  24. England Made Me.
    First US edition, first printing. A major association copy, inscribed by Green in uncharacteristically gushing 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"; beneath is the signature of the recipient R. K. Narayan.... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 68284

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  25. 121577comp
    First edition in Hungarian of Joseph in Ägypten (Joseph in Egypt, 1936). Presentation copy from the author to Churchill's literary agent Emery Reves: "Herrn Dr. I. Revesz, freundlich zugeeignet dedicated in friendship Küsnacht I. XI. 36 Thomas Mann". The author's inscription dates to a time of great personal crisis: in... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 121577

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  26. 131973
    First edition, Edward Gibbon's copy, with the earlier, simpler form of his bookplate. Georges-Marie Butel-Dumont (1725-1788) was a great admirer of English political economy. He was one of the first in France to write extensively about the British North American colonies, in his Histoire et commerce des colonies anglaises... Learn More
    £2,750

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  27. 128940
    Remarkable album of autographs ranging across nearly three decades and including, among a constellation of men of state, army officers and diplomats, the signatures of Sir Winston Churchill, Roger Casement and Paul Kruger evidently compiled by an individual with access to high diplomatic circles. Churchill's signature ("Winston... Learn More
    £8,500

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  28. 77365comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 175 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 77365

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  29. 44750
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from Baltimore, March 26, 1934, announcing an exhibition of Zelda's paintings, and urging him to attend. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 44750

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  30. 32546
    First Edition, Offprinted. One of about 50 copies. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "For Bobbie Gafford who sat through it in Birmingham Eudora Welty". The recipient was Charlotte Gafford the Professor of Writing Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her nickname "Bobbie" seems universally... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 32546

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  31. 129920
    First edition, presentation copy to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For the Prime Minister with the author's admiration & thanks for your leadership". Five hundred signed copies of the leather bound edition were issued, with this being copy number 10, a deliberate nod... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 129920

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  32. 117395comp
    First US edition, first printing, rare presentation copy, thrice signed by the author and twice by her lover and literary agent Molly Malone Cook: inscribed by Oliver on the half-title, "March 1965 For Walter, Mary", signed on the title page, and inscribed by her on the final text leaf on the verso "still for Walter, Mary";... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 117395

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    Number 10 (X) of 50 cards, numbered and signed by Steadman, who designed the card, and signed by Adrian Harris, who composed the poem. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 103961

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  34. Going Solo.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986". Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 101866

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    Second edition. Inscibed on the front free endpaper by the photographer "To Florence Homolka, affectionately, Walker Evans, July 1962". Florence Meyer Homolka (1911-1962) was a successful portrait photographer and socialite; she died later the same year the book was inscribed. Learn More
    £2,400

    Stock Code: 48553

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  36. 131852comp
    First edition, first printing. Prepublication presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To E. F. Knight with best of greetings! Henry Miller Paris 5/4/39". This copy is inscribed prior to the official publication date of 10 May; Pearson notes that publication was originally scheduled for February... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 131852

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  37. 131671comp
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the preliminary blank, "To Major J. B. Pond With the affections of Mark Twain Feb. 21/85", and further extensively inscribed by Pond ("This is the first copy that the author ever set his eyes on ") Major James Burton... Learn More
    £150,000

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  38. 130222comp
    First edition, first printing. A superb association copy, presented by the author to his sister Elizabeth Steinbeck, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "for Beth with love John". Elizabeth Steinbeck (1894-1992), John's elder sister, "understood the importance to her brother of family loyalty... Known as Beth, she enjoyed... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 130222

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  39. 130077comp
    Signed limited edition, number 24 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 130077

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  40. 123134
    Fine example of the great trumpeter's signature, signed "Miles" boldly across the image in thick-nibbed marker pen, the looping flourishes of the signature framing his torso and face. This is a superb image of Miles - captured at Salle Pleyel by the Magnum photographer Guy de Querrec - lit from below, trumpet poised on lips,... Learn More
    £1,850

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  41. 130465
    First Braille edition, signed by the author on the front cover of each volume, with the authentication hologram to inside front cover of each. The signing and sale of this set was in aid of the Royal Blind, the Edinburgh based charity which runs The Scottish Braille Press. Rowling visited the Press in 1997, and saying that... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 130465

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  42. 130217comp
    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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  43. 129522
    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

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  44. 125425comp

    Rome.

    London and Rome: 2014

    First edition, first impression, signed limited edition. Number 81 of 150 numbered copies. With an original ink jet print, signed, numbered, and dated to the verso by the photographer. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 125425

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  45. i1
    A letter written by John Stuart Mill to William Carr Sidgwick, elder brother of the philosopher Henry Sidgwick who, together with Mill would be a founding member of The Radical Club, established in 1870, in which Mill announces the forthcoming publication of his new edition of his father's work, The Analysis of the Phenomena... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 108158

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  46. 1
    First edition, first printing. A superb presentation to "the original Gatsby", inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Harold Goldman, The original 'Gatsby' of this story, with thanks for letting me reveal these secrets of his past. Alcatraz, Cell Block 17 (I'll be out soon, kid. Remember me to the mob.... Learn More
    £275,000

    Stock Code: 102632

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  47. 70151
    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly... Learn More
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  48. One page ALS, beginning "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you are back in Europe."
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from France. Undated, but likely in 1929. "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you're back in Europe. Ring Lardner sent me a clipping about your play - I know how it feels to see one go pop before your eyes and I deeply sympathized with you...Zelda has been sick on and off for... Learn More
    £8,500

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  49. 130613
    Fitzgerald writes: "Dear Mr Newman: thanks for your kind letter. Thinking you might like to know what I looked like I am sending you some pictures (on the other side) that I had taken. Sincerely & gratefully F. Scott Fitzgerald." The front of the postcard, published by the Ligue national contre l'alcoolisme, shows two contrasting... Learn More
    £4,500

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  50. 128861comp
    First edition, first impression, limited issue, number 489 of 750 copies, signed and dated by Liebchen on the limitation page: "Jens Liebchen, Paris, 11/2002". Learn More
    £250

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  51. 102175comp
    Signed limited edition, number 340 of 525 copies signed by the artist, with the extra plate that is often missing ("He Hurried Away with Long Strides") also signed by the artist bound in at the back. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 102175

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  52. 131854comp
    First edition, first impression, of this translation. Inscribed by Frankie Birrell to the Bloomsbury Group members Ralph and Frances Partridge on the front free endpaper: "To Ralph & Frances from the translator". Frances Partridge née Marshall worked at Birrell and Bunny Garnett's bookshop in her early twenties, and records... Learn More
    £200

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  53. 131824comp

    Self Portrait.

    Boston & Toronto: 1963

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title: "For Emerson and Dina, Man Ray 1966"; pencilled inscription on the front free endpaper identifies the recipients as Emerson and Dina Woelffer and the presentation as dating to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's 1966 Man Ray... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 131824

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  54. 131763comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. North is widely considered to be Heaney's key collection of poems in which he deals directly with the political conflicts in Northern Ireland. The work is uncommon in the present hardback issue. Learn More
    £1,500

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  55. 128504
    An exquisite example of late Victorian embroidered binding by Helen Margaret Dixon, in excellent condition. Inscribed by John Ruskin, expressing his admiration, to the rear endpaper: "much admired by yours truly John Ruskin, 25th June 93". The binding was shown to Ruskin by his cousin Joan Severn at Brantwood that month,... Learn More
    £4,750

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  56. 131208comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to his publisher Tom Maschler, inscribed on the title page: "For Tom and Fay, To whom I owe so much loving encouragement since the inception of this book. Coley. 21. X. 1976". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape and a... Learn More
    £150

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  57. 131700comp
    Ann Veronica is commonly believed to be inspired by Well's 1908-9 extramarital..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "'The Young Mistress's Tale' to Arnold Bennett. With love from his nephew, H. G. Wells", with Bennett's bookplate to the front pastedown. Ann Veronica is commonly believed to be inspired by Well's 1908-9 extramarital... Learn More
    £4,500

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  58. 131669comp
    First edition, first impression, one of two dedication copies, inscribed by Fleming to one of the two dedicatees, Richard Hughes, on the front free endpaper: "To Dikko-san from Fleming-san. With all affection." In 1959, Ian Fleming was given a licence to travel. Fleming had written seven James Bond novels when he was approached... Learn More
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  59. 131629comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to a close childhood friend on the front free endpaper, "For Myrtle Ramey, Oxford Miss 30 May 1934, William Faulkner". Myrtle Ramey and Faulkner met in third grade of Oxford Graded Public School. Faulkner skipped second grade at the age of eight and... Learn More
    £50,000

    Stock Code: 131629

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  60. 131552comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author "For Nicholas Rosser Irving Penn" to the half-title. Contains an introduction and bibliography in both English and French. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 131552

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