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

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    First editions, signed limited issues of Rackham's Christmas Books. Each title is signed and numbered by the artist, with varying limitation sizes and numbers between the works: The Night Before Christmas (number 10 of 275 UK-bound copies); The King of the Golden River (out-of-series copy, one of 575, originally numbered... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 126664

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    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper, "To Andrew, Heidi & Matthew, with love, Roald Dahl. 15 Dec. 1980". Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 123208

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  3. 129496comp
    First edition, first impression, a superlative presentation copy of the author's first work of prose. One of 505 copies printed, this is a uniquely untrimmed, unnumbered, and specially bound presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the first blank to his fellow Argentine author, and muse, Norah Lange (1905-1972).
    Borges's... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 129496

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  4. 125557
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's..."> First complete edition, very rare presentation copy to Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov (1817-1897), inscribed by the author in Russian at the head of the first half-title, "Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov, from the author, in memory, with respect and sincere devotion".
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's... Learn More
    £185,000

    Stock Code: 125557

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  5. 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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  6. 130416comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author at the head of the half-title, "Thomas Beard Esquire, From his old friend Charles Dickens, Devonshire Terrace, Nineteenth May 1846". The inscription is dated the day after publication. Thomas Beard (1807-1891) was almost the oldest of Dickens's friends, and their... Learn More
    £85,000

    Stock Code: 130416

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  7. 130450comp
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket. A magnificent association copy, inscribed by Fleming to the employer who gave him the means to write - James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley - and his second wife, Edith: "To Gomer and Edith, wishing them both always a nine when it is needed, and in memory... Learn More
    £135,000

    Stock Code: 130450

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    First authorized English edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the son of the anthropologist Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, "to Henri Lévy-Brühl, James Joyce Copenhagen - Paris 1936": one of an unknown number of copies reserved for presentation (hand-lettered "Presentation Copy" on the limitation leaf) aside from... Learn More
    £75,000

    Stock Code: 125582

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  9. 131668comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Caroline Love Roald Dahl". Matilda won the Children's Book Award in the year of its publication. It formed the basis for both the 1996 film directed by Danny DeVito and the successful stage musical which premiered at the RSC's Courtyard... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 131668

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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the artist on the half-title. This is Warhol's collection of 360 pictures of his celebrity friends, presenting a unique view of contemporary celebrity life. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131557

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  11. 131213
    First edition, first impression, with a signed photograph of Montgomery tipped in to the front free endpaper. Montgomery's Memoirs are every bit as spiky and controversial as its author, ruffling feathers in the highest places, and his comments on Eisenhower's leadership led to a breach in what was once a close friendship.... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 131213

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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her former publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title: "Tom - Love Doris L. 27th Feb 1993". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape, which published several of Lessing's books, and was a highly influential figure... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 131210

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    Gunslinger.

    Los Angeles,: 1968-9

    First editions, first printings, deluxe issue presentation copies, inscribed by the author to the publisher on the dedication page: "for John Martin and thanks, Ed, Los Angeles Aug 69". John Martin was the founder and owner of the Black Sparrow Press. This is the deluxe issue specially bound (in chapskin and buckskin respectively),... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 126568

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  14. Cherrywood Cannon.

    Cherrywood Cannon.

    New York and London: 1978

    Signed on the half-title by Ralph Steadman. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 19896

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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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  16. The Wanderings of Mumfie.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed,"For Mrs Macdonald, with love and gratitude for her extreme kindness to me. Katherine Tozer." Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 79399

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    Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Rita Hagemon with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower." Eisenhower's account of his war, widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the NY Times considering that it gave "the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander's life." This... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 78226

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    First edition, sole printing. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Shiela Grant Duff from Winston S. Churchill, September 1938". This is a superb association copy: Shiela Grant Duff (1913-2004) "was a dogged champion of Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s when it was confronted by the looming threat... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 131350

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    First edition, first printing, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by Eisenhower on the half-title "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower", along with Eisenhower's personal 5-star compliments slip, inscribed "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes and a very Merry Christmas. Dwight D.... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 131538

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    An original photograph of Ernest Hemingway and his friends by the renowned Spanish photographer Paco Cano (1912-2016), inscribed by Hermingway in black ink: "El Papa peregrino and Val with our gang - in maravilloso Espectaculo - Viva España - Nunca Basta. Your friend Ernesto Hemingway". Cano has signed the photograph at... Learn More
    £4,750

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  21. 130693
    A leaf extracted from the "distinguished visitors book" at Wembley, with the signatures of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, his wife Clementine Churchill, King George of Greece, Clement Attlee (Leader of the Opposition), Herbert Morrison (Home Secretary), Dudley Pound (Admiral of the Fleet), Sir Charles Portal (Marshal... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130693

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    First edition, early printing. Presentation copy signed by the author to Julia Carter and with an original drawing on verso of front free endpaper. Julia F. Carter was the first full time children's librarian at the New York Public Library. Miss Carter was also the first national president of the Division of Library Work... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 93163

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    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "For John Chilton, best wishes from Alan Sillitoe". The recipient was jazz trumpeter and author John Chilton (1932-2016). This copy was later in the library of Tom Maschler, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate on... Learn More
    £850

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    First edition, signed limited issue, letter "T" of 25 lettered copies. Presentation copy, additionally inscribed by the author below the "T", "for Tom, as ever, L. Z.'s. August 26 1967". The recipient was Tom Maschler, Zukofsky's usual UK publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate on the front pastedown. Maschler... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 131303

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    Eliot of course owed an eternal debt of gratitude to Pound - "il miglior fabbro" - for his editorial..."> First edition, first impression, a major association copy, presented by Eliot to Ezra Pound, with his affectionate inscription, "Ez from O. Possum, 6.iii.50" to the front free endpaper, dated three days before publication.
    Eliot of course owed an eternal debt of gratitude to Pound - "il miglior fabbro" - for his editorial... Learn More
    £45,000

    Stock Code: 124275

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    First edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author on the front free endpaper: "Eileen from Ezra full benedictions S. Liz 1949", and with his subsequent inscription, "having been forgot returned and re returned repeat 'benedictions' June 58". A superb relic from the St Elizabeth years: the recipient was Eileen... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 124333

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  27. 131047
    Cummings's..."> A beautiful example of Cumming's poetic artwork, dated and located in his hand "Paris, '33" on the reverse, a vision of sunset rendered in quasi-Fauvist colours. Cummings spent much time travelling Europe in the interwar period, and often stayed in Paris, where he spent time with Picasso and the surrealists.
    Cummings's... Learn More
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    A lovely and unusually large example of Cumming's poetic artwork, signed on the reverse, giving a dreamy vision of a crescent moon over an almost abstract sea- or landscape at dusk.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson Camps (founded 1948) for them to sell as fundraisers.... Learn More
    £5,500

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  29. 131043
    A striking example of Cumming's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of Brittany's many windmills.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson... Learn More
    £4,500

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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "Dear Tom, Here is the little book of lectures I told you about. Love Doris". Tom Maschler was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape, which published the first UK edition of the book... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 131133

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    This is a remarkable association between..."> A superb association copy, inscribed and signed by Ginsberg: "For Robert Lowell, on the occasion of a visit to his house in company with my father Louis Ginsberg or December 22, 1966 in the presence of Lord Gowrie and St. Paul." In addition, Ginsberg has drawn his fish triskellion.
    This is a remarkable association between... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 129042

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    Signed limited edition, number 112 out of a planned edition of 950 copies, though only 250 were produced, signed by Mandela. This specially bound copy was issued to celebrate Mandela's 85th birthday on 18 July 2003. It was first published in 1994. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 126424

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For William with my love, Noel." The recipient was William Armstrong (1882-1952), director and producer of the Liverpool Playhouse from 1922 to 1944, where he directed several Coward plays in the 1930s. He received an... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 114999

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    Superb presentation copy inscribed to David Mamet by the author on the title page, "for David, with all good wishes, Sam Beckett". This copy, which is a reprint of the second edition, also has Mamet's card laid in, inscribed "Greetings and love from Copenhagen. September 1977, D.M." This book first came to market after Mamet's... Learn More
    £3,750

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    A grail-like object for Gone with the Wind collectors, this is one of a handful of copies rumoured to have been inscribed by Leigh to her fellow cast members on the opening night of one of her earliest West End appearances. She presented them as a token of her personal certainty and powerful determination that she would... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 115333

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Beckett and Pinget on the same page, next to their photographic portraits: "Merci, cordialement, Samuel Beckett"; "Pour Madame indecipherable, avec mes hommages, Robert Pinget". As part of its 1965-6 season he Odéon Theatre (or, Théâtre de France, now Théâtre de l'Europe)... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 103829

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  37. Pinocchio production cel of a Dutch milk maid from the"Give a Little Whistle sequence".
    An original Pinocchio production cel, with an early inscription. Blue pencil signature and inscription, "To Peggy Fox, from Walt Disney," (possibly studio hand) on a brown 4.25 x 2 inch card affixed to the mat of an original production cel featuring a little Dutch milk maid, who was one of the carved characteras featured... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 102774

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    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title "Wishing Tom Maschler all happiness with thanks for this "A" love Louis Zukofsky Oct 10 (for Oct 6) 1966 New York". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the book's publisher Jonathan Cape, and was... Learn More
    £200

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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the dedication page, with the Golden Ticket from the signing session at Harrod's loosely inserted. Learn More
    £2,250

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title, and dated 8 July 2000, the day of publication. This copy was won as a prize in a competition, and is accompanied by a hand-written note dated 11 July 2000, presenting the book to the winner. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130903

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    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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130206

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  42. 130531comp
    First US edition, first printing, in the first state jacket, signed by the author on the half-title verso. The work was originally published in the UK in the previous year as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. All subsequent works in the series were published simultaneously in the UK and the US under the... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 130531

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  43. Sourcery.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Bob, further & better wishes, Terry Pratchett". Together with a folding map "The Streets of Ankh-Morpork. Being a concise and possibly even accurate Map of the Great City of the Discworld". Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 86625

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    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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  45. 131089comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Matt Groening with an original sketch of Lisa on the front free endpaper verso. The Simpsons first appeared as a series of short films on The Tracey Ullman Show, the first of which was broadcast on 19 April 1987. After three seasons in that format The Simpsons was developed into a... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 131089

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  46. 130674comp
    First US edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs A. W. Fairbanks, Fair Banks, Cleveland, Ohio. With the love of her good & dutiful adopted son, The Author. Hartford, Dec. 20, 1881". A highly significant association copy; the recipient, Mary Mason Fairbanks (1828-1898), was... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 130674

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    First edition thus. Presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand to the front free endpaper, "Presented, with the sincere respect and esteem of the Author, to Mrs Moberly of Winchester, the very kind and valued friend of his departed sister Mary Lyell. Kinnordy, 23. July 1843". The recipient was Mary Ann Moberly (18121890)... Learn More
    £385

    Stock Code: 130173

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    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. The Handmaid's Tale won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1985 and has been adapted into a film (1990), an opera (2000), and, in 2017, a highly popular television series. Learn More
    £750

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    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

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    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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  51. 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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    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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  53. 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
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    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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    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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  56. 130980comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the 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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    Very scarce inscribed copy of García Márquez'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,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128480

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  58. 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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  59. 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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    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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