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  1. 130966comp
    Signed limited edition, with a fine initialled original watercolour by Lawrence. Number 240 of 250 specially bound and signed copies of the first illustrated edition of Adams's first novel, signed by both the author and illustrator. This extremely popular animal story was initially turned down by all major publishing houses.... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 130966

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  2. 130958comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Beaton on the front free endpaper, "Love to darling Winifred, Xmas 1939". The recipient was playwright and novelist, Winifred Ashton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Clemence Dane. This spoof autobiography is a satire of the world of the middle-European aristocrat, which even... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130958

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  3. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130933

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  4. 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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  5. 120914comp
    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 120914

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  6. 88394
    Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it his duty to resign his office as P.M. at a time and under conditions which would give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate from the country. This alone would give him the... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 88394

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  7. Worthy women of our first century.
    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' presentation inscription; "Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers" to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 52144

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  8. 63062comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Nash and Marjorie - with longtime appreciation and highest respects & best wishes, from Eudora, June 1978". Nash Burger was a high school classmate of Welty's who became an editor at the New York Times Book Review. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 63062

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  9. 130991comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen on the half-title: "for Ted with the appreciation of his companion in many other battles Bob Kennedy". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 130991

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  10. 130982comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his future publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "For Tom from Leonard London 1968". Tom Maschler was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape, which published the first UK edition of Beautiful Losers in 1970. Maschler (born 1933)... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130982

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  11. 130980comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "most affectionately for Tom - Kurt Vonnegut Jr Oct. 26, 1967". Vonnegut travelled to Europe in October 1967 to revisit the places he saw in wartime. Tom Maschler (born 1933), head of the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130980

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  12. 126867comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, specially bound in yellow buckram and signed by Hockney and Spender in green and red ink respectively. This work was a collaborative effort created to raise money for the AIDS Crisis Trust. Spender invited several British and American writers to contribute with texts that could accompany... Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 126867

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  13. 128480comp
    Very scarce inscribed copy of Marquez's first book, ninth edition, inscribed on the half-title to Diego García Elío, the son of his close friends the writers María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009) and Jomí García Elio (1927-1986), who were the dedicatees of Cien años de soledad. The inscription reads, "Diego,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128480

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  14. R is for Rocket [with] S is for Space.
    Limited editions, both titles one of 500 numbered trade hardcovers (291 and 406 respectively) from a total edition of 800, each copy additionally signed by Bradbury on the title page, and S is for Space also signed by Tim Powers, who wrote the introduction. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 114513

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  15. Half a Life.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed on the title page by Naipaul to the historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson: "V. S. Naipaul, for Anthony, 24 October 2001." With Hobson's bookplate to front pastedown and a newspaper clipping from the Sunday Telegraph concerning Half a Life loosely inserted. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 102709

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  16. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    Signed limited edition, number 574 of 750 copies printed for the UK and signed by the artist, specially bound and with an original etching opposite the title page, also signed by Pogány. A further 500 copies were printed for the US. Copies in the original box are scarce, with just one other traced at auction. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 99071

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  17. 130972comp
    Signed limited edition (stated "New Edition"), one of 1,500 unnumbered copies signed by the author at the end of the preface. The copy of Major Robert Gregory (1881-1918), about whose death in 1918 Yeats wrote one of his most quoted short poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death", with his bookplate - which he designed... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 130972

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  18. 130962comp
    First edition in English, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his UK publisher Tom Maschler and his wife Fay on the dedication leaf, continuing the printed dedication "for jomí garcía ascot and maría luisa elío" "y para Fay y Tom, con todo el carino, Gabriel 1975 London" (translated as "and... Learn More
    £12,500

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  19. 130930comp
    Signed limited edition, number 1,750 of 3,000 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister. The first trade edition was published by Harper Collins. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130930

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    Pursuit of Truth.

    Cambridge, MA, and London: 1990

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "for Gail and Tom with warm regards Van". Quine published Pursuit of Truth to sum up the epistemological framework which he had been developing for six decades. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130926

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  21. 130914comp
    Signed limited edition, number 633 of 1,500 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 130914

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  22. 130909comp
    First UK edition with colour illustrations, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page, striking through his printed name and signing below, as was his usual method. Signed copies of Kipling's major works are notably scarce. Just So Stories was first published in 1902; Gleeson's illustrated edition was first... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 130909

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  23. 130875comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This copy is in the second state with the cancel half-title leaf with the series note corrected to "No. 24". Signed copies of this work are notably uncommon. By "shifting the focus of criticism from the author to the work and altering the centre of... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 130875

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    After Summer.

    Massachusetts: 1978

    First and signed limited edition. One of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. After Summer contains two poems, Elegy and Leavings. Learn More
    £800

    Stock Code: 130877

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  25. 130739comp
    Presentation copy from Ornette Coleman to A&M Records President Gil Friesen, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "3/14/77, To Gil, The No Name or Number. Ways of Reading. Ornette Coleman". Gil Friesen (1937-2012) "achieved success in films and television but was best known for helping to establish A&M Records as an artists'... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130739

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  26. 130594comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. Going Solo continues Dahl's autobiography from his account of his childhood years in Boy, describing his travels in Africa and his experiences in the RAF. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130594

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  27. 130881comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, copy number V of XXIX copies signed by the author and the illustrator Lucia Joyce (his daughter), and printed on japon. A further 1,000 copies were issued numbered and unsigned, printed on paper. The limitation calls for a parchment binding, but Slocum and Cahoon note that all of the... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 130881

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  28. 126544comp
    Deluxe edition, signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. The deluxe edition was issued concurrently with the trade edition. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 126544

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  29. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 112959

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  30. 130306comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Elinor Darwin on the front free endpaper: "For Margie & Edie with love from the author & artist. B.D. & Elinor. 1935". Bernard Darwin (18761961) was the grandson of the naturalist Charles Darwin. He and his wife collaborated on their children's books, with... Learn More
    £400

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  31. 130290comp
    Signed limited edition, number 132 of 170 copies signed by both the author and the illustrator. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 130290

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  32. 130163comp
    Signed limited edition, number 7 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 130163

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  33. 130161comp
    Signed limited edition, number 149 of 350 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130161

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  34. 130162comp
    Signed limited edition, number 507 of 1,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £375

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  35. 130104comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel, inscribed by the author a month after publication on the front free endpaper: "à Monsieur Georges Duhamel en hommage à l'ecrivain et l'homme de la part de T. S. Eliot 8.4.54". Duhamel had served as a surgeon during... Learn More
    £1,750

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  36. 130067
    First edition, presentation copy, with a lengthy inscription by Yeats (as both editor and contributor) to his close friend and literary collaborator Lady Augusta Gregory (1852-1932) on the front free endpaper, opposite her bookplate: "This book was the last act of the Rhymers Club - no there was a dinner afterwards - we... Learn More
    £15,000

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  37. 125897comp
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn from Ted lots of love Dec 1972". The UK edition was first published in December 1969. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 125897

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  38. 130832comp
    First Bodoni edition, number 63 of 290 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the twentieth century. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130832

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  39. 129260
    First edition, first impression, of Lunn's anti-socialist study. Signed by the author on the title page. Arnold Lunn (1888-1974) was a skier and mountaineer, but his strong Catholicism and anti-socialist beliefs led him to contribute various writings opposing socialism from the 1930s onwards. Learn More
    £150

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  40. 130794comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Very much love & thanks Doris 8/5/73", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler to the front pastedown. Maschler joined Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960. He soon became a leading literary... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130794

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  41. 129366comp
    First gift edition, signed by the author on the title page. The Gruffalo was first published in 1999 and won the Smarties Book Prize in the same year; copies of the first edition are notably scarce. Learn More
    £1,250

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  42. Fairy Tales.
    Signed limited edition, one of 525 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 85633

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  43. Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a triumph.
    One of the Cranwell or "Subscriber's" edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 "complete copies", inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX "Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES", with one manuscript correction to the illustration list, a "K" identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for "The gad-fly". This copy is... Learn More
    £65,000

    Stock Code: 93169

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  44. 130703comp
    Signed limited edition, number 31 of 500 copies signed by the illustrator. The present work gathers classic stories by Hans Christian Andersen, including the Snow Queen and the Tinder Box, all of which provide good subject matter for Kay Nielsen, one of the greatest illustrators of his time. Variant cover designs were issued,... Learn More
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  45. 130098
    Signed twice by Piaf, on labels attached to front cover and B side. The famous Club des Disques labels, autographed by the leading performers of the day, were the brainchild of the astute impresario Bernard Coquatrix, owner from 1954 of the Paris Olympia, a celebrated venue which had become a shadow of its former self but... Learn More
    £500

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  46. 130084comp
    First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. A superb association copy, with the humorous gift inscription of Sylvia Lynd, poet and founder of the Book Society, to her husband, critic, and journalist, "Robert Lynd - 27.11.'17. (an unbirthday present.) from S. L." (Robert's actual birthday was 20 April). Both Robert (1879-1949)... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130084

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  47. 130095
    Signed twice by Piaf, on labels attached to front cover and B side. This disc includes Piaf's signature song, "La vie en rose" and the unforgettable driving waltz "Padam... Padam", written expressly for her by Henri Contet and Norbert Glanzberg. The famous Club des Disques labels, autographed by the leading performers of... Learn More
    £750

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  48. 122379
    First and only edition, scarce, "printed though not published for private circulation among the author's friends"; the clipped bookseller's catalogue description present here states that only 20 copies were printed, a number corroborated by University of California (Berkeley) and Bodleain; apart from these copies only... Learn More
    £7,500

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  49. 130726comp
    First US edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author; firstly to the title page "with my best wishes to Mr R L Patterson, A H Rostron, Nov. 11th 1935", and additionally to the frontispiece, "Sincerely A H Rostron". Accompanying this work are two signed autograph letters from the author to Patterson. The first,... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 130726

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  50. 130719comp
    Signed limited edition, number 157 of 1,000 copies of the US issue signed by the artist. A further 1,000 signed copies were issued simultaneously in the UK. In a letter to Thomas Bodkin Clarke reported that his publisher regarded the illustrations in this work to be "full of stench and steaming horrors" (Bowe, p. 79). Learn More
    £650

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  51. 130673comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page. Donaldson has additionally drawn a speech bubble coming from the printed illustration of McTat, saying "For Margaret!", to which Scheffler has added musical notes. Scheffler has also sketched a small ink drawing of Tabby McTat alongside... Learn More
    £650

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  52. 130081
    The Bombay Edition, first issue one of the original 1,050 sets signed by the author on the half-title of Volume I. The Bombay edition was initially published in 25 volumes and limited to 1,050 copies. Kipling continued to write and the edition eventually grew to 31 volumes, with the later 6 volumes unsigned, and limited... Learn More
    £5,750

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  53. 129332comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes, Eric Newby, November 24th 1958". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed, as "Eirc" (dated 11 December 1958), from Newby to the recipient of the book Ross Higgins, and a newspaper clipping with a... Learn More
    £1,250

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  54. 128517comp
    Signed limited edition, number 62 of 500 copies signed by the artist. After the enormous success of the play Peter Pan, which opened on 27 December 1904 and broke all previous theatrical records, Barrie sanctioned this publication, in collaboration with Rackham as illustrator. The text was extracted, with minor revisions,... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 128517

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  55. 127364comp
    Signed limited edition, number 983 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist and released for sale in Great Britain and Ireland. Learn More
    £2,250

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  56. A Life in View.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by Snowdon on the front flyleaf. The monograph showcases the photographer's range and includes his fashion, theatre, and society photographs, portraits, as well as previously unpublished archive material such as polaroids and private correspondence. Curated by Snowdon's youngest daughter... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 96066

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  57. 130708comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by David Bailey on the front free endpaper: "To Iain Love DB 2003". Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 130708

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  58. 130709comp
    First edition, first impression. Boldly inscribed by David Bailey on the front free endpaper: "To Iain Love DB". Chasing Rainbows is Robin Muir's richly illustrated account of Bailey's life and work. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 130709

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  59. 129557comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 51 of 500 copies signed by the artist. "The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in Dulac. They allowed him to enlarge his skill at caricature, and at the same time to sharpen his miniaturist's technique and to develop his lyrical sense of tone and composition. The sources... Learn More
    £2,200

    Stock Code: 129557

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  60. 130656comp
    Signed limited issue, letter "F" of 26 lettered copies (with a further 100 numbered copies also issued), signed by Philip Larkin, Jenny Lewis, C. Day Lewis and T. C. Skeat on the limitation page. A further 2,000 unsigned trade copies were also published simultaneously. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130656

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