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  1. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre.
    Presentation copy to one of the greats of British television comedy and light entertainment, Ronnie Barker (1929-2005), inscribed on a preliminary blank leaf: "To Ronnie, To say Congratulations on 25 'Glorious Years' (contrary to the vicious slur about your age on p. 80) luv Danni (?) 11.11.73". This was clearly signed at... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 110259

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern.
    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to sculptor John Graham Lough: "To John Graham Esq. and his amiable wife, this volume conveys the sincere regards, of the Author and his wife" (half-title). Archibald Billing (1791-1881) was a physician by trade and an amateur artist and collector of engraved gems... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 109013

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  5. The Road to Oxiana.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Sir Denison Ross, in memory of much help with this book and many others, from, Robert Byron". A superb association, the distinguished linguist and orientalist Sir Denison Ross (1871-1940) was professor of Persian... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 79960

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  6. Mr. Popper's Penguins.
    First edition, first printing. From the legendary editor, Margaret K. McElderry collection, with a pencil note on front flap in her hand "M. K. McE. for his Majesty H.L.R." McElderry was known as the "grande dame of children's publishing." She became the first publisher to have titles win the Caldecott and Newbery Awards... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 90335

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  7. 76369
    First edition, large paper copy. An important compilation produced for the reference of ship's captains at the point of Britain's entry into a defining period of naval warfare, culminating at Trafalgar. This superbly-bound copy from the library of John Scott, first earl of Eldon, with his ownership inscription before ennoblement... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 76369

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  8. On Being Ill.
    First edition, first impression; one of a limited 250 copies signed by the author, this one numbered "Out of Series" in Woolf's hand. From the library of the prominent composer, memoirist and suffragette Ethel Smyth, who first met Woolf in February 1930; she had just read A Room of One's Own, and hunted down its author as... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 79863

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  9. 111626comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Phyllis Marion Ellis, from William Morris, October 21st 1891". The recipient was the daughter of Frederick Startridge Ellis, Morris's executor, publisher, and close friend. They met in 1864, introduced by Algernon Charles Swinburne... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111626

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  10. A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
    First edition, cloth-bound issue, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Lieutenant-Colonel G. E. Badcock on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 114471

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  11. 73135comp
    First edition. Superb biographical essay on the legendary pianist Bud Powell by his friend and Paris protector. Paudras's relationship with the troubled Powell, as portrayed in this book, became the basis for Bernard Tavernier's film Round midnight. The book forms a pair with his archival essay on Charlie Parker,To Bird... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 73135

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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Forster "AJB, from the author" on the front free endpaper, and with the ownership inscription of the recipient, A. J. Butler, on the front board. This is Oxford historian Alfred Joshua Butler (1850-1936), whose work The Arab Conquest of Egypt (1902) Forster cites as his main... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 112539

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  13. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
    First edition of Thoreau's first book. Thoreau published at his own expense an edition of 1,000 copies: less than 300 sold, and in 1853 the remainder was returned to him - 256 bound up and 450 in sheets - prompting his rueful journal entry: "I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes, over 700 of which I wrote myself." The... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 52313

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  14. 87817
    From the library of the American writer and critic Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977), with his ownership inscription to the divisional title of Part I: "Edward Dahlberg, September 9 1926, Paris, France". Dahlberg's first novel, Bottom Dogs, was published in 1929 with an introduction by D. H. Lawrence and "was considered a good... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 87817

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  15. The Hawk in the Rain.
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy of Hughes's first book, inscribed to the poet and actress Isabella Gardner on the title page, "To Isabella Gardner with good wishes Ted Hughes". Gardner (1915-1981) was the Massachusetts-born great-niece of the important Boston art collector Isabella Stuart Gardner (1840-1924)... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114433

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  16. Treasure Box.
    First and only edition, one of 200 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "Ivor Gurney, from Robert Graves" on the front wrapper verso. A superb association copy, linking two poets profoundly influenced by their experiences in the Great War. Until Gurney's collected letters were published in 1991,... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 107538

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  17. 96758
    First edition, with the rare dust jacket, and an autograph letter signed from Graves laid-in discussing the book; one of 1,000 copies printed. Graves writes, "This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 96758

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    First edition, first printing. Winner of the 1944 Caldecott Medal. This was Thurber's first title for children, which tells a tale of a princess who sets her sights on the moon. Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 97530

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  19. 59235comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the film director and screenwriter Elia Kazan, inscribed by the author on the title page "For Elia with affection & admiration from Cal". Cal was Lowell's nickname. The Old Glory is a play consisting of three pieces to be performed together as a trilogy, two being stage... Learn More
    £700

    Stock Code: 59235

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  20. 114168
    Later edition of the Scottish politician and jurist's famous public lecture on international law, first published in 1799. "In November 1798 Mackintosh proposed a lecture series to the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in which he would make public his change of opinion towards Burke. However, like Burke, certain benchers... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114168

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  21. Jerusalem. The Emanation of The Giant Albion.
    First edition thus, limited issue, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy. Copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for the trustees of the William Blake Trust and the publishers, from a total edition of 558 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page being watermarked with Blake's monogram. This copy... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 115056

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  22. Soldier Songs.
    First US edition, first printing, in the very scarce dust jacket, of this collection of First World War poems by Irish poet Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), known as "the Navvy Poet", who enlisted in the London Irish Rifles, as a stretcher-bearer, and was wounded at Loos. Macgill's Soldier Songs was published in the UK in the... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 105371

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  23. Poems 1892-1929.
    Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Loelia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, "Loelia from Maurice. With best wishes, 1930" (front flyleaf). This is copy 45 of 50 copies (finely printed on Abbey Mill paper) from the second impression - following 25 copies of the first in 1929 (though it is this impression of 50... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103373

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    First edition thus, limited issue, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy. Copy A of 26 copies reserved for the trustees of the William Blake Trust and the publishers, from a total edition of 458 copies, printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This copy derives from the Trianon Press archive, from... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 115053

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  25. The Giver.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Lowry to M. M. Kimmel on the title page, "For Maggie, ( Speaking of Givers-), with love Lois Lowry 1995." Margaret Mary Kimmel is a professor emerita in the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She has served on many important library councils... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 89693

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  26. 116647comp
    First and limited edition, number 1,167 of 1,240 copies. Presentation copy to T. S. Eliot, inscribed by the author on half-title, "A T. S. Eliot avec l'admiration constante de Georges Cattaui". In 1936 Cattaui translated "Journey of the Magi" and "The Hollow Men" for publication in Mesures and was in correspondence with... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 116647

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  27. 116543comp
    First edition, third impression. presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 116543

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  28. 116326comp
    Signed limited edition, number 115 of 195 copies signed by 59 contributors on inserted Fabriano Artistico rear endpapers. This copy is additionally signed by Longley himself.
    Love Poet, Carpenter is an anthology containing work by Simon Armitage, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Eamon Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, and many... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 116326

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  29. i1
    First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Franklin Rosemont, with warmest regards, Frank Belknap Long." The recipient was an American poet, artist and leftist historian, and co-founder of the Chicago Surrealist Group. This Arkham House collection of Long's writings collections 33 stories first... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 114747

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  30. i1
    First edition, first impression, review copy sent by the publisher to art critic C. Lewis Hind, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, "C. Lewis Hind, May 1916", and the blind stamp to title page, "Review Copy with John Lane's Compliments". Hind (1862-1927) was a British journalist and art historian,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 114437

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  31. The D. A. Calls It Murder.
    First edition, first printing. A superb presentation copy, "To Jean - who writes 'em for me. With love, Erle. December 1936," with Gardner's full signature at the bottom of the page. Agnes Jean Bethell, Gardner's second wife, was also his secretary and assistant for nearly fifty years; the two were married in 1968, less... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 114270

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  32. Attractive inscribed photographic portrait on textured paper by Howard Coster.
    Signed by Shaw at the top of the image and by Coster (in pencil) on the mount; additionally inscribed by Shaw on the mount: "To Mary Lawton, G. Bernard Shaw, 13/11/36". An excellent association: Shaw had known the American actress Mary Lawton since before the Great War: he directed her in the first Broadway production of... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 114626

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    First edition, first impression, of this collection of Frank P. Ramsey's essays on mathematics and logic, some of which are published here for the first time. Ramsey (1903-1930) was a Cambridge-based philosopher, a member of the Apostles, who died aged only 26 but contributed pioneering work to the field of logic that had... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114180

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    First edition, first impression, of one of the author's most influential works, his sociological study of religion. "In his last great work, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, Durkheim gave his most compelling demonstration of the structuralist method, tracing relationships between social organization, religious... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 114093

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  35. ui1
    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. From the library of Captain W. H. Livens, with his ownership inscription on the front free endpaper; tipped-in to the verso of the front free endpaper is a typed letter signed from E. Stephen Brooks of The Times sending this as a review copy and requesting a review... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 113959

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  36. Black Mischief.
    Diana Cooper was at the time of this presentation..."> First edition, large paper issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Diana Cooper, "for Diana from Evelyn with his love", on the limitation leaf. An out of series copy from an edition 250 special copies on laid paper with additional illustrations by the author.
    Diana Cooper was at the time of this presentation... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 112486

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  37. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold.
    First edition, large paper issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his friend and biographer Christopher Sykes, "Christopher with love. Look out. It might be you next. Evelyn" on the front free endpaper. Sykes first met Waugh in 1929 shortly after the collapse of Waugh's first marriage, and the pair became... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 112541

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  38. Joy in the Morning.
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on blank inserted by the publisher. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 112021

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  39. Wild Apples. With a preface by William Butler Yeats.
    First edition thus, limited issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank, "To James A. Healy, Oliver St John Gogarty. 'America has caught the eye of all my thought' (for the time being anyway)." James Augustine Healy (1890-1975) was an Irish-American stockbroker, bibliophile, and patron of Irish writers.... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 112232

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  40. The Life and Correspondence of Henry St. George Tucker.
    Family presentation copy of the second edition, inscribed by Henry Tucker's wife on the title page, "Clarice Elizabeth Tucker, from her affection mother Jane Tucker, 1859", in a superior binding with the gilt supralibros of the Tucker family to both covers. "In 1786 Tucker 1771/2-1851 sailed to Calcutta as a midshipman on... Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 111720

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  41. Earthy Mangold and Worzel Gummidge.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page, "Esther, with much love and in memory of one particular day at Down Derry." Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111182

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  42. Tomorrow Will Be Better.
    First edition, first printing, advance copy. Signed by the author on a limitation page with printed announcement stating she is doing so in gratitude for the reception received from the Booksellers of America. Author's second novel. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112022

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  43. Tarr.
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To K. W. Marshall, from Wyndham Lewis. 1929." Tarr, Lewis's first novel, was originally published in the US, preceding the UK edition by three weeks. Uncommon in the jacket. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 111831

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  44. Who Speaks for the Negro?
    First edition, first printing. This copy from the library of the American civil rights activist and anthropologist Carroll G. Barber, with his ownership inscription to front pastedown. Loosely inserted is a short typewritten letter signed by Warren and addressed to Barber, in which Warren hopes that Barber may find the present... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 109820

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  45. 1
    First and only edition, 100 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To M.C, from AB, Christmas 1917" on the initial blank, and latterly in the collection of American-born Conservative politician and diarist Sir Henry "Chips" Channon (1897-1958), with his pencilled ownership inscription to the front free... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111281

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  46. 110889comp
    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on a blank before the half-title: "Monsieur Albert Dunant de la part de l'auteur", apparently in a secretarial hand. An excellent familial association: Albert Dunant was a state councillor for the canton of Geneva; this copy also carries his attractive etched bookplate... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 110889

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  47. The Connoisseur
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author as "Jack" to "Margaret & Harry, with love, June 1926". The recipients were Sir Henry Newbolt and his wife, a highly significant association: after eighteen years working in the statistics department at Anglo-American Oil, De La Mare's verse eventually... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107770

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  48. Henry Brocken.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of the author's first book of prose, inscribed by the author "To Henry Newbolt, from W. J. de la Mare, thank you" on the front free endpaper. An important association: after eighteen years working in the statistics department at Anglo-American Oil, de la Mare's verse finally... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 107767

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  49. The Summer of the Great-grandmother.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to her friend and mentor actress-turned writer Eva Le Galienne: "For Miss Le G. For all shall be well & all shall be well & and all manner of things shall be well - love, Madeleine" (front free endpaper). The inscription is a quotation from the medieval... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 107275

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  50. La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades.
    John Barth's university textbook, with his double ownership inscription and ink stamp on the front free endpaper, and annotations pp. 30-45. The inscriptions read "John Simmons Barth, 301 Aurora St., Cambridge, Maryland. Johns Hopkins University, Sept. 29, 1948" and "Jack Barth, K.A. House". Barth enrolled at Johns Hopkins... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 109366

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  51. Stella Fregelius.
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Sir Oliver Lodge, from H. Rider Haggard, In recollection of a very interesting evening, 1. Feb: 1904" on his Ditchingham House letterhead mounted to the front pastedown. Oliver Lodge (1851-1940) was an eminent physicist and sometime president... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 106653

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  52. The Middle of the Journey.
    First edition, first printing. Roger Senhouse's copy, sent to him by literary agents Pearn, Pollinger & Higham for the preparation of the first UK edition, published by Secker and Warburg the following year, and containing an illuminating collection of ephemera and correspondence exchanged between Senhouse, Frederic Warburg,... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 110965

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  53. The American Claimant.
    First edition, the illustrator's personal copy, expansively inscribed by him "Dan Beard indicating arrow His mark" on the front pastedown. The American Claimant was the second Twain novel illustrated by Beard. Twain first noticed Beard's drawings in Cosmopolitan magazine and eagerly commissioned him to illustrate A Connecticut... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 112521

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  54. The History of H.M. Navigation School, 1729-1926.
    Carbon copy typescript of an interesting history, later printed in The Naval Review (1926, volume 4, issue 14, pp. 792-820); the original is at the Royal United Services Institution (finding reference: RUSI/NM/159). The only copy held in other public institutions is that at the Australian Defence Force Academy Library but... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 105484

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  55. Naval Administrations 1827 to 1892.
    First edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the editor, inscribed on the front pastedown endpaper: "To Dear Adml Sir John Jellicoe KCVO, Gartmore 1908". The author, Sir John Henry Briggs (1808-1897), was the eldest son of the naval administrator Sir John Thomas Briggs. 1908 was an important year for Jellicoe, because... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 105470

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  56. 108195
    First trade edition, first printing. From the library of Stephen Longstreet (1907-2002), with his signature to the front pastedown. Longstreet, an author and screenwriter who wrote over 100 novels, was also renowned as an artist, publishing five books on jazz illustrated with his own drawings and watercolours; his artwork... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 108195

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  57. i1
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by Cunynghame "From the author, to Dr. Heldermaier" on the half-title of the first volume: Dr Heldermaier is recorded as the headmaster of Worksop School in Nottinghamshire. Cunynghame (1812-1884), the son of a Scottish baronet and the illegitimate daughter of Edward Thurlow, the... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 112176

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  58. The New British Poets.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to fellow poet Theodore Weiss and his wife Renée: "For Renée & Ted Weiss in memory of a memorable weekend - Nov 48, Kenneth Rexroth" (front free endpaper). Ted and Renée Weiss edited the Quarterly Review of Literature for nearly sixty years, publishing the works of... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 107186

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  59. The Patriot Son
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to "Elisabeth Schnack, from Mary Lavin, March 1964" on the front free endpaper, and with the recipient's Zurich address stamp below in green ink. Elisabeth Schnack (1899-1992) was a literary scholar of Swiss origin, and a prolific translator of English literature into... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 106766

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  60. Sketches of Europe before the War.
    First edition, highly uncommon with only three copies in libraries worldwide, this copy inscribed by the artist "to Mrs R. G. Casey, with kindest regards. Ramendra Nath Chakravorty, Sept. 8 1944" on the front free endpaper: the de facto dedication copy, the recipient Marie Casey being the author of the foreword and also... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 105558

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