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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. 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

    Stock Code: 82608

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    Number 10 (X) of 50 cards, numbered and signed by Steadman, who designed the card, and signed by Adrian Harris, who composed the poem. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 103961

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  3. 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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    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

    Stock Code: 117516

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  5. 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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  6. 88394
    Churchill addresses his constituents in the run-up to the 1955 General Election, explaining that he "felt it his duty to resign his office as P.M. at a time and under conditions which would give whoever The Queen summoned to be my successor a fair chance of seeking a mandate from the country. This alone would give him the... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 88394

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  7. 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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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Louis Dollarhide in appreciation - Flannery O'Connor, Millidgeville, April 8, 1960". Inserted is O'Connor's calling card on which she has written "I took the liberty of correcting the typographical error on page 242, FOC". On... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 62636

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    First edition, regular trade issue, double presentation copy, with a drawing and inscription signed by the artist, "To Reginald T. Townsend, Arthur Rackham 1927", also inscribed by the author on the half-title: "'In every tree the birds cry DoxyLove was never done to proxy' From a song for Sir Toby Belch and here inserted... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 87288

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Harold Kamp from W. Somerset Maugham July 6, 1928", together with a letter from Maugham regarding the opportunity to inscribe this copy. One of the author's undoubted masterpieces and of considerable scarcity in inscribed state. Kamp... Learn More
    £9,250

    Stock Code: 124256

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  11. Absentee Ownership and Business Enterprise in Recent Times. The Case of America.
    First edition of Veblen's most caustic work, a discussion of the need for advertising and salesmanship in modern business, with a sly dig at Christianity, where he describes Propaganda of the Faith as"quite the largest, oldest, most magnificent, most unabashed, and most lucrative enterprise in sales-publicity in all Christendom"... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 88082

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  12. Women in Love.
    First edition, first printing, one of a limited edition of 1250 numbered copies, this copy signed by the author on the title page though it is not called for in the limitation. Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 81049

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    Third printing, originally published in 1970. Inscribed by the poet Alan Brownjohn in the margin above his section of the anthology (p. 263), "Signed for Nicholas Gammage - with all good wishes to you and for your poetry - Alan Brownjohn, 24th January 1974". Brownjohn and Gammage were both friends with Ted Hughes, who also... Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 77017

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    Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103982

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  15. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 82367

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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed on the verso of the front free endpaper in crayon to "Mimi Bonesteel, Happy Easter, Walt Disney." Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 89991

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author: "To William R. Matthews for the broad, deep quality of his mind. 30/9/44 Frank Gallagher". An Irish republican, Frank Gallagher (1893-1962) was imprisoned multiple times. While in Dublin's Mountjoy Jail in 1920, he took part in a mass hunger strike... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 124488

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Sonia with love Roald Dahl, March 1981". Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 86898

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    First Genesis edition, first impression. Edition of 500 numbered copies signed by Mason. Together with a T-shirt, 'Hi' hat and a Paiste cymbal badge in a pull-out tray 2 colour prints (sheet size 55 x 38 cm) each signed by Storm Thorgerson, a monochrome print (sheet size 21 x 28 cm), a pair of drum sticks, a drum key, a... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 74297

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to Edith Sitwell, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "My dear Edith, This is a rather uncertain venture into a new genre. I fear you will not find it possible to look so kindly on it as you did my last, but I am still your most devoted, most enthusiastic... Learn More
    £675

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    Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market, offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-Boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 88386

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    First edition, first printing, special issue being one of just 40 numbered copies printed on Arches paper. The present example is one of the few signed by George Antheil and with a presentation inscription from the author on the half title page, "Wods from EZ anno V 1927". We have not identified "Wods" but "EZ" is a particularly... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 62426

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    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Saxon from Virginia". Cambridge Apostle Saxon Sydney-Turner (1880-1962) was a classics scholar at Cambridge contemporaneous with Bell, Strachey, Leonard, and Thoby Stephen. His presence at Thoby's inaugural "Thursday... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 47941

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    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Dear Peter I am also honored. My love Jane". The recipient was the publisher Peter Owen by whom Bowles's UK editions were published. Presentation copies of this author's works are uncommon. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 34037

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  25. 125875
    Lady..."> Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the publisher Edward Titus, this the first copy off the press of the second authorized edition of Lawrence's magnum opus. Lawrence has inscribed the title page, "To Edward W. Titus from D. H. Lawrence this first copy of our Lady of Paris. Forte dei Marmi, 26 June 1929".
    Lady... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 125875

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  26. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
    First edition, first impression, in the second impression jacket. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. The first of Johns' books about Joan 'Worrals' Worralson. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 92295

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  27. Women With Men.
    First Canadian Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 99496

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    The Southpaw.

    Indianapolis and New York: 1953

    First edition, first printing, boldly and lengthily inscribed on the front free endpapers by the author: "This book is signed for Margaret Baker at the special request of her humane husband, who is kind to deer, mice & authors. We are all sentient beings. Answer to a question: the Caruccis are named for a family of playmates... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 126855

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  29. 118056
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper, "To Rose, from Bill, Christmas 1951". This is a collection of halftone photographs of sites associated with various British authors, accompanied by a short biography of the author and passage of their work. An uncommon... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 118056

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    Bliss.

    London: 1981

    First UK edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Originally published in Australia in the same year. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 89511

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  31. Where the Blue Begins.
    First trade edition, first printing; this copy signed by Rackham on the half-title. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 48525

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Gerald Hornstein, from Graham Greene". Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 93184

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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 90586

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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to Sean Penn and Madonna on the title page, "For Sean and Madonna - In many ways this is the one closest to my heart. All best, Harry Crews". Crews and Sean Penn were good friends, having met when Penn bought the film rights to The Knockout Artist. Crews later played... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 124370

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  35. Original portrait, ink on paper. Signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a line from Victory.
    An original pen-and-ink portrait of Conrad, signed by the artist and inscribed by Conrad with a quotation from Victory: "'.?.?. and incompleteness of any sort leads to trouble' from 'Victory'" (p. 30). Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 60138

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    First edition, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to "John Steinbeck, as between two soldiers, citizens and fellow strugglers - with affection good wishes, Carl Sandburg, Los Gatos, 1940", with Steinbeck's embossed library stamp to the front free endpaper and title page of each volume.... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 97267

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    First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Dan Pope, from Sam Beckett". Dan Pope is a publisher author and sometime dealer in rare books. Inscribed English language copies of Beckett's major plays, such as Endgame and Godot, are rare. The text was originally published in French the... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 124406

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  38. Sailors of Fortune.

    Sailors of Fortune.

    Garden City, N.Y.: 1935

    This copy with a lengthy inscription by McFee to Leo T. Sides. Dated September 1958, the inscription runs across the verso of the front free endpaper and the half-title, and mentions the dedicatee George Keating. A later printing of this work originally published in book form by Doubleday in 1929. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 94354

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    First trade edition, first printing. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author to Jane W. Prall, the mother of his third wife, Elizabeth Prall, on the half-title, "To Jane W Prall, With Love, Sherwood Anderson". Inspired by his time in New Orleans, Dark Laughter was Anderson's best-selling work in his lifetime. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 124274

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    First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Rudolf Stulik, with very best wishes of Anita Loos. London, Aug 21, 1926". Austrian-born Rudolf Stulik was a London chef whose Restaurant de La Tour Eiffel at 1 Percy Street was a favourite haunt of the Bloomsbury... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 124271

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    First and limited edition, number 4 of 10 copies hors de commerce, inscribed by author on the title page, "pour Alan Clodd, Samuel Beckett. Nov. 72". Alan Clodd (1918-2002) was a noted Irish publisher, book collector, and dealer. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 124190

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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, with an autograph Christmas card signed by Betjeman in English and Gaelic loosely inserted. A lovely association copy owned by the Irish architectural historian, writer and poet Maurice Craig (1919-2011), with his bookplate to the front pastedown... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 123743

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    First edition, preceding the UK edition by six months. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author four days after publication on the front free endpaper, "To Harrison Fisher with the author's compliments, P. G. Wodehouse. May 16 1910". Fisher (1877-1934) was an American illustrator known for his drawings of women, winning... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 124315

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    Williwaw.

    New York: 1946

    First edition, first printing, the dedication copy of the author's first book, signed by Vidal on the title page and inscribed simply beneath the printed dedication to his mother: "For Nina all my love -". That Gore Vidal's life brimmed to the extent that it did with enduring female friendships - among his closest confidantes... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 124314

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    First edition, tête de tirage presentation copy, number I of 20 special copies signed by Barbusse for the bibliophiles of "Les XX", this copy presented to the society's president Henri Lenseigne, with an autograph letter from Barbusse dated 6 October 1917, and the hand-addressed envelope, here bound in. In the letter Barbusse... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 124386

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  46. 124384
    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Saul Bellow, sported by the author". The critic Edmund Wilson praised Bellow's novel in the New Yorker as "One of the most honest pieces of testimony on the psychology of a whole generation who have grown up during... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 124384

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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Monroe with admiration from Truman, October 1951". With the bookplate of the important art patron and gay figure Monroe Wheeler (1899-1988), co-founder of Harrison of Paris, which published literary paperbacks during... Learn More
    £1,750

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    First edition, first impression. One of 40 "A" subscribers' copies with the part-printed limitation label to the front free endpaper completed in ink by Virginia Woolf and signed by her. These copies were issued in advance of the trade publication and were not issued in dust jacket; they were given to the active subscribers... Learn More
    £27,500

    Stock Code: 65828

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    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, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her future husband: "Gerald Henderson from M. D. Cole Sept 1925". The author has written on the front flap of the dust jacket: "What nonsense is this. I didn't do it. Out upon them & off with their heads", with an arrow pointing to the publisher's... Learn More
    £475

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  51. Quintet: Five American Dance Companies.
    First edition, first printing. The five dance companies featured are the Alvin Ailey City Center Dance Theater, Merce Cunningham and Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Eliot Feld Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company. The front free endpaper is signed by Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Eliot Feld. With four loosely... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 89608

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  52. Exiles.
    Second English and first Egoist Press edition of Joyce's only play. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the front free endpaper, "James Joyce Paris 2 January 1927". This copy is of the first issue, one of 500 copies in green cloth, the remainder sheets of the entire edition of 1,000 copies being sold to... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 63950

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  53. L'Issue.
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Beckett on the first blank, "to Dick Seaver with love from Sam, Paris, May 69", from an edition of 154 copies signed by Arikha on each engraving, this being one of just 15 numbered in roman. Seaver was a writer and translator and Beckett's editor at the Grove... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 40336

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    First edition, first printing. Signed by author on the half-title, dated 25 September 1942. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 121460

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  55. Peter Beard, Art Edition, No. 251-2500.
    Limited to 2,250 individually numbered copies, each signed by Peter Beard. This copy with an additional illustration in black ink by Beard on the limitation page and inscribed "Montauk Pt. L. 1." Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 64943

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    Signed limited edition, one of 112 copies numbered and signed by Bottomley. This copy further inscribed by Bottomley on the half-title: "To Helen Peach, on her marriage, with a world of good wishes from her father's friends Emily and Gordon Bottomley. The Sheiling: Silverdale." Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 104736

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    Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 92921

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    A set of five Christmas cards, featuring three variations on the design, which opens to reveal a rhyming dialogue written by John Drinkwater opposite a tinted illustration portraying a festive family scene by Alfred Rutherston. Two of the cards are from the limited edition of 210 copies (of which these are numbers 118 and... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 94481

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    First edition, first impression. Bookplate signed by the author on the front free endpaper. " a powerful and profound introduction and elaboration of the blues aesthetic" as expressed in the form itself, in jazz, and in the visual and literary arts. Murray has been widely acclaimed for his unique perspective as a cultural... Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 81923

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  60. 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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