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Signed editions of rare books, including association copies, signed books, inscribed books, presentation copies, and signed limited editions.


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Lord Byron's Copy of Frankenstein, Inscribed by Mary Shelley

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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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  4. 78226comp
    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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  5. Autograph letter signed, with instructions to Messrs Harper & Co. to send out copies of The Lake Regions.
    A letter from Burton sending out presentation copies of his most recent book following his sojourn in the American West. He asks his publishers to "oblige" him "by forwarding (for my expense) copies of The Lake Regions to the following directions and by letting me know what my bill for them to you is list of three names... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 77160

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  6. Musrum.
    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, one of 250 numbered copies signed by author and illustrator, set in 16/18 Poliphilus, printed on ure white Melloxtex cartridge and case bound in quarter buckram and Japanese wood veneer paper. Musrum is an extraordinary piece of late-60s mythography with a small cult... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 100113

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  7. House Mother Normal.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 52 of 126 copies signed by the author, of which the first 100 were for sale. A classic experimental novel utilising stream-of-consciousness to explore the lives of a group of elderly people living in a nursing home. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 81693

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  8. 117516comp
    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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 52144comp
    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' presentation inscription; "Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers" to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 52144

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  12. 63062comp
    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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  13. 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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  15. 87288comp
    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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  16. 124256comp
    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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  17. 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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    I: First edition of Baudeau's finest economic work, "a compendious statement of Quesnay's views which, for clearness as well as for certain touches of originality, is far superior to anything from the pen of Mirabeau, Du Pont de Nemours, or Le Mercier de la Rivière" (Cossa). Baudeau here brilliantly refutes the Abbé Galiani,... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 84015

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  19. 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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  20. 77017comp
    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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  21. 32701comp
    Signed Limited Edition, US issue. One of 525 copies signed by Willy Pogany. Arguably Pogany's best work and a nicely illustrated edition of Coleridge's masterpiece. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 32701

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

    Stock Code: 90335

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  24. 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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  25. 76369
    First edition, large paper copy. An important compilation produced for the reference of ship's captains at the point of Britain's entry into a defining period of naval warfare, culminating at Trafalgar. This superbly-bound copy from the library of John Scott, first earl of Eldon, with his ownership inscription before ennoblement... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 76369

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  26. 89991comp
    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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  27. 124488comp
    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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  28. 86898comp
    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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  29. Switch Bitch.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 91286

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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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  31. 126769comp
    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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  32. 114947
    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed (in pencil) on the front free endpaper: "Christopher Head from the Author Jan. 1906" and with the fine engraved bookplate of the recipient (designed by W. Phillips Barrett and dated 1902). Christopher Head (1869-1912) was a barrister and was travelling to the USA... Learn More
    £200

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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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  34. 62426comp
    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
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  35. 47941comp
    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

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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

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  37. 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".
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  38. 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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    First edition, first printing, limited issue, number 30 of 250 copies numbered and signed by the author. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 126716

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  40. 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

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  42. 123539comp
    Signed limited edition, number 329 of 360 numbered and signed by Whistler, 350 of which were released for sale. Together with a bound collection of Whistler's sample illustrations and ephemera including; a pencil sketch of the front cover with a full list of illustrations on the verso, a proof copy of the front cover with... Learn More
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  43. 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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  45. 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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    A fine and longish letter in which Fitzgerald discusses Seldes's edition of Ring Lardner, a possible evening of one-act plays, and reviews of Tender Is the Night: "Just read the Lardner collection First and Last. At first I was disappointed because I had expected there would be enough stuff for an omnibus and I still feel... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 44748

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  47. 126387comp
    First edition, first printing, limited issue. Number 280 of 300 copies specially bound and signed by the author on the limitation leaf. One of the hardest of all Faulkner's limited editions to find in collector's condition. This copy has the bookplate of collector Charles Crooke Auchincloss (1881-1960), a wealthy New York... Learn More
    £3,750

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  48. 126373comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Bethel Solomons, John Osborne". Bethel Solomons (1885-1965), whose bookplate is on the front pastedown, was an Irish obstetrician and gynaecologist born to a prominent Jewish family. A gifted rugby player, he played... Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 126373

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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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  50. 90586comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 90586

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  51. 124370comp
    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
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    Stock Code: 124370

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  52. 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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  54. 124406comp
    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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  55. 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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  56. 124279comp
    Signed limited edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Haring to William Burroughs on behalf of Brion Gysin who died just before the sheets were ready for signing: "For William with love - Keith & Brion 86". This is number 11 of 200 copies signed by Haring and with the posthumous stamped signature of Gysin. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 124279

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  57. 124274comp
    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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  58. 124271comp
    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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  59. 124190comp
    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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  60. 123743comp
    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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