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Books that are signed, inscribed, or presentation copies, sometimes with accompanying letters or other related material.

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  1. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 127279

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  2. 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
    £400

    Stock Code: 133661

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  3. 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
    £400

    Stock Code: 133659

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  4. 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
    £400

    Stock Code: 133654

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  5. 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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  6. 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

    Stock Code: 130593

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  7. 130449comp

    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

    Stock Code: 130449

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  8. 130472comp
    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies on Pannekoek paper, bound in variously coloured morocco; this copy additionally signed by the artist on the limitation page, though uncalled for. A further 750 trade copies were also issued, bound in quarter cloth, with the plates uncoloured. Signed copies of the... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130472

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  9. 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

    Stock Code: 130206

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  10. 130189
    First trade edition, presentation copy to Ezra Pound, of this anthology of medieval poetry translated by Aldington. The front free endpaper bears the inscription, "Ezra from Richard Xmas 1951", and the title page has the later blind stamp of Brunnenburg castle. Pound stayed at Brunnenburg, the home of his daughter Mary de... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130189

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  11. 128473comp
    First edition, Colombian issue (simultaneously published in Colombia, Mexico, and Spain), an excellent presentation copy inscribed to the author's close friend the writer and actress Maria Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), the dedicatee of Cien años de soledad, on the first blank, "María Luisa de mi corazón, tambien... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 128473

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  12. 127437comp
    First edition in English, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title. The Name of the Rose, Eco's first book, was originally published in Italian in 1980. It was awarded Italy's most prestigious literary accolade, the Strega Prize, in 1981. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 127437

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  13. 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

    Stock Code: 123238

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  14. 102920comp
    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

    Stock Code: 102920

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  15. 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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  16. 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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 68284

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  17. 82840comp
    First edition in French, presentation copy, inscribed by the translator Victor Derély (1840-1904) on the first half-title to an unidentified recipient, but warmly with "homage affecteux d'un vieux comerade, V. Derély". Crime and Punishment was originally published in 12 monthly instalments during 1866 in the literary journal... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 82840

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  18. 132834comp
    First trade edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Lydia Lopokova, "Lydia from Virginia" on the front free endpaper. Lopokova was a dancer with the ballet Russes who had married John Maynard Keynes in 1925 and thus become an unlikely member of the Bloomsbury group. In the list of friends... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 132834

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  19. 132573comp
    First edition thus, revised and expanded from The Early Italian Poets (1861), presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page, "To Moncure D. Conway from his friend DG Rossetti, 1875". A significant association: Conway (1832-1907) was an American reformer, prominent Unitarian minister, and author who left... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 132573

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  20. 132590comp
    First edition in English, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed the author on the front free endpaper "To Karl Shapiro, from his first translator into Polish, twenty years ago. Cordially Czeslaw Milosz, Berkeley, Jan. 13, 1969". A nice literary association - Milosz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978,... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132590

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  21. 132634comp
    First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 132634

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  22. 131878comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Ole Tom, very gratefully, Derek, July '69". This was the copy of Tom Maschler, the publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 131878

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  23. 132474comp
    First UK edition, first impression, the publisher Tom Maschler's copy, signed by Borges on the half-title and with Maschler's bookplate. Tom Maschler (b. 1933) was head of Jonathan Cape, and a highly influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular genius for bringing world-class writers from abroad (such... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 132474

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  24. 131361
    Highly appealing image of Hemingway, inscribed warmly across the top of the image, "El Papa peregrino and Val with our gang - in maravilloso espectáculo - Viva España - Nunca Basta. Your friend Ernesto Hemingway"; also signed by Cano at the lower edge. This attractive image of a relaxed Hemingway was captured by the celebrated... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 131361

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  25. 131665
    First separate edition, with the scarce original wrappers bound in, and with two autograph notes signed by the author in volume I, one loosely inserted: "dans l'ombre ou nous marchons / Dieu nous sert a nommer le mot que nous cherchons, Alex. Dumas (In the shadow where we tread / God serves us to name the word we are looking... Learn More
    £75,000

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  26. 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

    Stock Code: 130962

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  27. 132844comp
    First edition, first printing, one of 500 copies printed for private circulation, this copy signed by Heaney and also inscribed by his friend the singer David Hammond, who was the poet's guest at the Nobel Prize event. His inscription, above Heaney's signature on the half-title, reads, "For Nick Fraser revenant in Belfast... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132844

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  28. 132725comp
    First English-language edition, first impression, of Neruda's masterpiece, a superb presentation copy from the poet to the publisher, inscribed "Un abrazo a Tom de su amigo Pablo 1970" on the front free endpaper, with Tom Maschler's bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132725

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  29. 132607comp

    The Tain.

    Dublin: September 1969

    First edition, one of 1,750 copies printed (this one of 1,000 for the UK), signed on the title page by Thomas Kinsella, Louis Le Brocquy, and Liam Miller (respectively the translator, illustrator, and book designer), and very scarce thus, especially with both the slipcase and dust jacket. This strikingly-illustrated and... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 132607

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  30. 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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  31. 132224comp
    First edition, very scarce presentation copy of this first publication by Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), the anti-fascist Italian poet and translator who was killed defying Mussolini. The inscription, to the first blank, reads: "A Guido Ruberti devoto ommagio di Lauro de Bosis, Roma 8.vii 1924". Ruberti (1885-1955) was an Italian... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 132224

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  32. 132205comp
    Signed limited edition, number 14 of 500 copies signed by the author on the title page. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 132205

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  33. 132166comp
    Chikovani..."> First edition of Pasternak's Russian translation of Goethe's masterpiece, presentation copy inscribed to a close friend and fellow poet, "to one of the most interesting people and the best poets of the present times, Simon Chikovani, with love and devotion, B. Pasternak, 9 February 1954", on the front free endpaper.
    Chikovani... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 132166

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  34. 131225comp
    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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  35. 130403
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,..."> Very attractive signed portrait of the great Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher and author, captured at the height of his fame, inscribed in ink on the mount "Rabindranath Tagore, June 17 1921"; also signed by the distinguished photographer Hanns Holdt (1880-1972).
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 130403

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  36. 128501comp
    First edition in Spanish, first printing, presentation copy with an astounding literary association, inscribed by Eco to Gabriel García Márquez on the half-title in Italian and Spanish, "A Gabo, i miei 1300 años de cristianidad. Umberto" ("To Gabo, my own 1,300 years of Christianity, Umberto"). This is a powerful association... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 128501

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  37. 133545comp
    First edition, first impression, in an attractive example of the jacket and signed by Hardy on the half-title, very scarce thus. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 133545

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  38. Non, je ne regrette rien - three track 45 rpm EP, inscribed.
    Inscribed on the back of the sleeve to French actress and singer Martine Havet; "Pour Martine cordialement Edith Piaf". Probably Piaf's defining performance, appropriately dedicated by her at the time to the 1er Régiment Étranger de Parachutistes in their inevitably ill-fated support for Algiers Putsch. Also inscribed... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 82369

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  39. 132370comp
    Signed by Churchill on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. London to Ladysmith consists of 27 letters and telegrams sent by Churchill to the Morning Post while serving as a war correspondent in... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 132370

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  40. 107119comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "To Jamie, good job! Thanks, Tom Robbins". Originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 107119

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  41. 128015comp
    Wheeler (1899-1988)..."> First edition, inscribed by Forster on the half title: "Monroe Wheeler, with E. M. Forster's best wishes. May 1946." Forster has made one correction to the text (page 10); laid in is part of the original stamped envelope hand-addressed by Forster to Wheeler at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
    Wheeler (1899-1988)... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128015

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  42. 132386comp
    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Savrola was Churchill's only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write,... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132386

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  43. 131367comp
    First and only edition. Seemingly the author's copy, with added documentation and his own original illustrated wrappers, subsequently inscribed on the title page, "For Judge Cooper with the warm personal regards of the author, Henry W. Elliott, Oct. 25, 1913." Laid in is a memorandum in Elliott's hand, on Department of Commerce... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131367

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  44. 133174comp

    Sonnets For Caresse.

    Paris: 17 January 1926

    Presentation copy of the very scarce second edition of Harry Crosby's first book, inscribed on the first blank, "Tolstoy from Harry, Paris 1926". This is one of 27 copies printed in January 17 1926 and containing 37 poems, expanded from the 30 poems in the first edition of October 1925. More commonly seen is the third edition... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 133174

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  45. 133183comp
    First edition, first impression, quite scarce, and this copy signed by Morpurgo on the title page with his customary flourish. This celebrated novel was adapted into a hugely successful play and a Steven Spielberg film. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 133183

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  46. 133163comp
    First edition, first printing, of Cage's first monograph. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Jean with love and nostalgia for family and place - the Palisades, John Cage". The composer had grown up in the Pacific Palisades, and returned there in the late 50s to write much of this... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 133163

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  47. 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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  48. 132652comp

    [His Dark Materials trilogy:]

    London: 1995-1997-2000-2003-2017

    First editions, first impressions, of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, each volume signed by Pullman for his friend, the author Christina Hardyment (b. 1946) who enthusiastically reviewed his books in The Independent as they came out. Hardyment is noted in particular for her biographies of Arthur Ransome (1984) and... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132652

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    First edition of the first book illustrated by Beatrix Potter. Extremely scarce, with just five copies traced institutionally, it features six of her illustrations accompanying a set of six poems by Frederic E. Weatherly (best known as the author of the lyrics for "Danny Boy"). Early in 1890, Beatrix, then 24, and her brother,... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 109202

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  50. 132375comp
    First edition of Churchill's first book, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Churchill was correspondent for the Daily Telegraph on Sir Bindon Blood's... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 132375

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  51. 132921comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Tom McCoog with best wishes Iris Murdoch". Learn More
    £200

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  52. 131353

    New Poems.

    Norfolk, CN: 1943

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, "To Lord Howard de Walden, from Dylan Thomas, November 1944". The recipient was influential Welsh arts patron Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, the 8th Baron Howard de Walden, who lived nearby Thomas at Plas Llanina, whilst Thomas... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 131353

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  53. 131355comp
    First edition, first printed, inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper, "For Emese and Jim, I.", with two drawn hearts, and signed below "Irving Penn". This work pairs a collection of Penn's pencil sketches, drawn between 1939 and 1942, with a fable written by Penn in 1997. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 131355

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  54. 123432comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Charlotte, J. K. Rowling", with the authentication hologram. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 123432

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  55. 132519comp
    First edition, first printing. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to the philosopher and essayist Ramiro de Maeztu on the verso of the front wrapper: "A Ramiro de Maeztu, mi devoción por su obra maravillosamente hispana, cerradamente española. R. E. Scarpa... Stgo de Chile. Dic. 1935" ("To Ramiro de... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 132519

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  56. 132905
    A flattering signed caricature of Margaret Thatcher, dressed in blue with her handbag and pearls, with a clipped 10 Downing Street letterhead. The caricature was produced by Tim Holder as part of the series "Our Heroes & Others" of leading Conservative politicians, with the prints sold at the Conservative Party conference... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132905

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  57. 132090comp
    First American edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister-in-law on the first blank, "Caroline C. James, from Henry James Jr." Caroline "Carrie" James (1851-1931) was the daughter of the prominent Milwaukee businessman Joseph Cary; she married Henry James's younger brother, Wilky, in... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 132090

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  58. 132080comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "With best wishes Ernest Hemingway Key West 1957". Learn More
    £32,500

    Stock Code: 132080

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  59. 132809comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and Isherwood on the title page and rare thus. Auden and Isherwood were commissioned by Faber and Faber and Random House to write a travel book about the East. They decided to visit China, then at war with Japan, in the spring and summer of 1938. On their travels they... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 132809

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  60. 74406
    Signed copy of the forty-third edition, signed by Milne on the title page. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 74406

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