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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. 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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    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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  3. 132558comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 132558

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    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half-title, in a style characteristic of his signatures when blind. Adrogué was the siblings' Jorge and Norah Borges's poetic memorial of their childhood city. This copy comes from the library of the Borges's publisher Librería La Ciudad, with their bookplate to... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132523

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  5. 130490comp
    First collected edition of these poems, first printing, Jorge Luis Borges's copy with his signature on the title page. 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 one of several books with... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130490

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    The Edwardians (1930) for the stage...."> Signed limited edition, number 94 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist. A presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sackville-West on the front free endpaper, "For Dorothy, from Vita". A prior owner has identified the recipient as Dorothy Black, the actress who adapted The Edwardians (1930) for the stage.... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130542

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  7. 132485comp
    First edition, first impression. Elaborately inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "to Anthony & Tania love from Paddy LF 12-5-84", within a hand-drawn pictorial border derived from the front panel of the dust jacket. In the winter of 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 132485

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  8. 132447comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Gerald Milward-Oliver, With lots of good wishes Roald Dahl, 1 Oct. 1980". Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 132447

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  9. 132389comp
    First edition, first impression. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ian Hamilton on the original front free endpaper "To Sir Ian Hamilton from Winston S. Churchill. 1 Jan 1906" (the day before publication). Ian Hamilton was, of course, the titular figure in Churchill's fifth book, Ian Hamilton's March,... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 132389

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "Para Atilio con la amistad la Jorge Luis Borges". An excellent association copy: the recipient was Borges's friend, the Italian artist Attilio Rossi (1909-1994), who designed the covers of two of Borges's books. Borges wrote the introduction to a... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 132522

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    First edition, first printing, the publisher's copy with their bookplate, signed by all three contributors (Borges, Casares, and Chello) on the title page. La Ciudad, both publisher and bookshop, was founded by Borges's friend Luis Alfonso in 1969. The bookshop was across the street from where Borges lived, and he frequently... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 132521

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    First UK edition, first impression, the publisher'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 as Neruda,... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 132474

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    First edition of the Chamber of Secrets, eleventh impression of Philosopher's Stone, both inscribed by the author for Iain Dallas, at a signing when he was a nine-year old-boy. He had written various spellings of his name in pencil on the title page of Philosopher's Stone: "Iain / Eoin Dallas / Ian Dallas / Ean Dallas".... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 123527

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  14. 130392
    An elaborate and remarkable feat of extra-illustration, combining over 100 inserted plates together with 14 autograph letters from the great and good of the Victorian era, including a letter from Queen Victoria herself, Princes Albert and Leopold, Lord Russell, and the author himself (who writes to declare his name pronounced... Learn More
    £1,500

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  15. 132321detail

    Two typed letters signed.

    7 September 1973 & 18 January 1975.

    Two typed letters signed from Anthony Powell to a Mrs Money, the first dated 7 September 1973 thanking her for her letter and the book she sent, the second dated 18 January 1975 thanking her for her congratulations but informing her that he does not sign books for fans anymore. Together with a later letter from Roger Smith... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 132321

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  16. 132313
    Second edition, revised (first published the previous year). Inscribed by the author on the half title: "To Dr. Tamagna with my best compliments E. Kann. Washington, 3rd April 1948". The economist Frank Tamagna served as a consulting economist for the Foreign Economic Administration during the Second World War, later publishing... Learn More
    £225

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  17. 132093
    Superb original photograph, inscribed by Piaf to her lover and mentor, the lyricist Raymond Asso (1901-1968): "Si je n'avais pas trouvé Bichon cette photo n'existérait pas. Son Didou" (If I had not found Bichon this photo would not exist. His Didou). Asso's affectionate soubriquet of "Bichon" translates roughly as "lap... Learn More
    £1,750

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  18. 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
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    Stock Code: 130189

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    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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    First edition, first printing, a superb presentation copy inscribed by García Márquez to his close friend the writer and actress María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), the dedicatee of Cien años de soledad, on the dedication page: "María Luisa, adivina quien te quiere. Gabriel 89" ("María Luisa, guess who loves... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 128474

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  21. 132196comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the publisher's promotional bookplate, attached to the front free endpaper. The signed bookplate was specially issued for this title, as Rowling undertook fewer signings for the Half-Blood Prince than for previous book launches. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 132196

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  22. 127604comp

    Letters:

    Wiltshire: 1974-82

    Complete set of first editions, first impressions, each volume inscribed by the author to Jean Gunn and her husband William (except 4 and 7, which were added to the set at a later date). Jean Gunn was a close and dear friend of Stark (1893-1993) in Stark's later years. Her husband, William Gunn, was the founder of the European... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 127604

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    Sister Phyllis Jones, or "Niss",..."> Signed limited edition, number 9 of 540 copies signed by the author on the frontispiece; this additionally a presentation copy, inscribed by its infamous author to her son's nurse using her affectionate nickname, "To dear Niss, with the Author's love. Xmas 1925", on the front free endpaper.
    Sister Phyllis Jones, or "Niss",... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 124621

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  24. 118211comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 118211

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    First and limited edition, number 10 of 400 copies only, one of perhaps as few as 10 deluxe copies bound in full vellum and additionally signed by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron. This posthumous collection, a collaboration between Julia's youngest son Henry and the novelist Anne Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919), includes four photogravures... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 119935

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  26. i1
    First edition, first impression of Lagerlöf's first novel. Presentation copy inscribed by Lagerlöf 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". Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was the... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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    First edition, first printing, of this biography of Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961), American author, educator and advocate for children's libraries. Presentation copy inscribed to Julia Carter, the first full time children's librarian at the New York Public Library. Sayers's inscription, to the front free endpaper, is fulsome:... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 92281

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    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Vanessa Bell, inscribed by the author on publication: "Vanessa Bell from V.W. Oct. 1922". An exceptional association copy: Jacob's Room was the first of VW's books for which Vanessa Bell designed the dust jacket, and the text represents VW's attempt to do in fictional... Learn More
    £85,000

    Stock Code: 87261

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  29. 82608
    Inscribed first UK edition, first impression, copy of Kay Boyle's first book to be published in England (originally published in the US by Harcourt, Brace & Co. in the preceding year). The White Horses of Vienna, for which Boyle won the O. Henry Award for best short story of the year, was written while she was living in... Learn More
    £325

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    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 61763

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  31. 132006comp
    First edition in English of Die Lage der arbeitenden Klasse in England (1845), Engels's masterful survey of Worker's conditions. "In 1842, Engels left for England to work in his father's Manchester firm his father was a textile manufacturer in Westphalia. Already converted by Moses Hess to a belief in 'communism' and the... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 132006

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    First edition, UK issue. The dedication copy, with the author's presentation inscription to the dedication leaf incorporating the printed dedication, "To A.J.H.S. From E.W. December 1929". The dedicatee was John Hugh Smith, a wealthy English banker who met Wharton at Stanway in 1908. The two became fast friends and "embarked... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 131588

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  33. 131565
    First edition, inscribed by Florence Nightingale on the half-title, "Mrs. Webb Watson, with the kind and grateful regards of Florence Nightingale, Dec. 1865". The work was subsequently re-gifted by Webb, "Presented to L. Martin Edmunds by Mrs. Webb Watson". Nightingale's choice of this work as a gift provides insight into... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 131565

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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy of the author's first prose work, warmly inscribed by the author to the American illustrator and writer Howard Pyle, "Will Mr. Howard Pyle accept through me the love of seven big and little children to whom he taught the beauty of language and of line, and to whom, in a desert... Learn More
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    The Pioneer Policewoman..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "with every good wish, from Mary S. Allen", with an autograph note loosely inserted, "Hoping you will accept this - If in your part of the world I will certainly let you know. M. S. Allen". The Pioneer Policewoman... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 131558

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    Enough Rope.

    New York: 1933 & 1934

    First editions, specially bound presentation copies, warmly inscribed by Parker to Frances Marion on inserted card before each work: "This signature is for Frances Marion I wish I had hers Dorothy Parker", and "To Frances Marion, than whom Dorothy Parker". While signed limited editions of Parker's work do appear at auction,... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 131547

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    Herland.

    New York: January–December 1915

    Park..."> First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in twelve issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.
    Park... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 130959

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  38. 130557comp
    Two striking portraits of the renowned African-American contralto, the original photographic portrait inscribed by her in ink on the image, "To Mr Harry L. Aiken best wishes Marian Anderson"; the recipient was president of the Crucible Steel Casting Company of Cleveland and a patron of The Cleveland Museum of Art and the... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130557

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  39. 130546
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "The Earl of Leven & Melville, from his very old friend, The Author". The recipient was Ronald Leslie-Melville (1835-1906), the 11th Earl of Leven and a family friend of the Stanhopes. Wilhelmina Powlett, née Stanhope, Duchess of Cleveland (1819-1901) was a... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130546

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    Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well was Angelou's second volume of poetry; James Baldwin wrote of the work..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Maureen, Joy! Maya Angelou". Loosely inserted into this copy is a candid polaroid of Angelou taken at the book signing. Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well was Angelou's second volume of poetry; James Baldwin wrote of the work... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 130538

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    Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Too sic Anselma, love Eve Babitz". Uncommon signed, Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130476

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  42. 130432comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title and dated July 1928, the month in which the Equal Franchise Act was passed, granting equal voting rights to women and men ten years after women were first granted partial suffrage, and with a manuscript correction to the text, most likely in Fawcett's... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130432

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  43. 130408comp
    First edition, inscribed "A Monsieur Alexandre Dumas, hommage de l'auteur" on the title page. Dumas père and Gamond likely knew each other professionally through their shared publisher, Maurice Lachâtre. The first principle work that Lachâtre published under the "Administration de librairie" imprint (opened in 1839) was... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 130408

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  44. 128863comp
    First edition, sixth impression, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, "To Susan, with lots of love Jo x JK Rowling". This is a superb association: the recipient, Susan Sladden, was a close friend of Rowling's in Edinburgh who enabled her to finish the Philosopher's Stone by babysitting her daughter Jessica. After... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 128863

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    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Plunkett, "To Mr Henry Watterson, Editor of the Louisville Courier Journal, with the compliments of the author, H. M. Plunkett 18 E 24th St NY, March 15th 1885". Watterson (1840-1921) won the two Pulitzer Prizes in 1918 and served a term in the US House of Representatives. In... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 125492

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  46. 124421comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy of Atwood's first regularly published book, one of 200 copies issued in wrappers aside from a "Library edition" issue of 50 hardback copies. Atwood has warmly inscribed the half-title, "For Jim Carscallen with thanks for help on earlier MSS., & remembrance of large Vancouver slugs,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 124421

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    Revised edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To G. W. Gillman Esquire with the authors' compliments & in acknowledgement of many kindnesses received, Scoresby Routledge, A. M. Schooner Mana". This second, expanded, edition details the monumental first scientific, archaeological,... Learn More
    £750

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    Love..."> First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by poet Robert Graves to his sister on the front free endpaper, "Louise with love from Robert (printer & publisher)". Graves founded The Seizen Press with his literary partner Laura Riding in 1927. This is the second work published by the press, the first being Riding's Love... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 93584

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  49. 132126comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Theodore Sorensen on the front free endpaper: "For Theo Sorensen with great affection. From John G. 1971". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter for John... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132126

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  50. 132110comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen and his wife Gillian on the half-title: "For Ted & Gillian: With appreciation for your support of the cause and gratitude for your personal friendship. Sincerely Whitney". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 132110

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  51. 125693
    A superb large format signed photograph, one (and perhaps the largest) of only very few examples of a signed photographic portrait of Florence Nightingale to have appeared on the market, auction records recording no examples. There are signed cartes-de-visite at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London (dated 1861, photographer... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 125693

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  52. 121290
    First edition, large paper copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs James with the author's best wishes. 1840". Pasted on the facing page is a manuscript letter from the author on a single page of a bifolium: "Greenwich Hospital 14 September 1840. Dear Madam, as you expressed much... Learn More
    £275

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  53. 132016comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To dear Dora Clarke from Julian, April 1932". The recipient Dora Thacker Clarke (18951989) was a British sculptor and wood carver who also wrote about, and promoted African art. She was a good friend of the Huxleys; her bronze of a Kikuyu girl was reproduced as the... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 132016

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

    Stock Code: 77764

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

    Stock Code: 123643

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  56. 118544comp
    First edition, first impression. This is Art edition A limited to 250 copies signed by Hockney, with an 8-colour ink-jet print after an i-pad drawing of lilacs on cotton-fibre archival paper (sheet size: 56 x 43.2 cm). Signed and dated by Hockney lower right, numbered lower left. The total edition was 10,000 copies including... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 118544

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

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  58. 132013
    Freud reads the manuscript of Moses and Monotheism. A superb signed photograph of Freud at work taken by the Austrian-British psychoanalyst Wilhelm Hoffer (1897-1967), depicting Freud seated at his desk in London.
    Freud had begun working on his Moses book in 1934 and partly published it in German in 1937. He arrived... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 132013

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

    Stock Code: 86930

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

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