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  1. 132780comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Auden on the first blank. This amusing pre-war travelogue was collaboratively written by Isherwood and Auden in prose and verse respectively. Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 132780

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  2. 132634comp
    First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 132634

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  3. 132320comp
    First edition, first impression, very rare inscribed presentation copy of this already scarce Hogarth production, number 195 of 450 copies printed at the Hogarth Press. This copy is inscribed on the limitation leaf, "Ethel Smyth from Virginia Woolf", an also have a pencil note in Woolf's hand to the text of her Introduction.... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 132320

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  4. 131572comp

    Icaro.

    New York: 1933

    First edition in English, US issue, first printing, presentation copy from the translator to the publisher, of this 1928 Olympic Prizewinning verse-play by the extraordinary Italian poet Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), first printed in Italian (Milan 1930), here printed for the first time with facing Italian-English text. The... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 131572

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    First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 152 of 300 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the twentieth century. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 130831

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  6. 130186
    First edition, Ezra Pound's copy, of this scurrilous Christmas poem printed by Nancy Cunard, this copy numbered and designated in Aldington's hand "This is Number 4, Printed for Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington". This is a superb Modernist association, inscribed by Aldington for the man who coined the term "Imagist" to describe... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 130186

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  7. 132685comp
    First deluxe edition, first impression, signed by the author on half-title.
    With loosely inserted ticket number 612 from a book reading and signing event held at Glasgow on December 9th 2000.
    This was the first of the deluxe editions to be published, and was issued at the same time as the first trade edition of Azkaban.... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132685

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  8. 132686comp
    First deluxe edition, first impression, signed by the author on title page.
    With loosely inserted ticket number 216 from a book reading and signing event held at Glasgow on December 9th 2000. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 132686

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  9. 130074comp
    First edition, first printing, trade issue. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the literary critic Malcolm Cowley on the title page: "For Malcolm Cowley William Faulkner Sherman, Conn. 20 Oct. 1948". Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989) was responsible for almost single-handedly re-establishing the literary reputation... Learn More
    £19,500

    Stock Code: 130074

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  10. 122160comp
    Signed limited edition, number 571 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 122160

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  11. 132717comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Charles Murray on the half-title: "To Alfred Eisenprice with best wishes, Charles Murray". Richard Herrnstein died shortly before publication. In The Bell Curve - easily ranking among the most controversial academic works of the last few decades - Herrnstein and Murray argue that... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 132717

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  12. 132624comp
    First English-language edition, first impression, cloth issue, presentation copy from the author to the publisher, inscribed "A Tom, con afecto y amistad, Octavio, Londres, a 5 de Marzo de 1970" on the first blank. This meditation on the significance of Marcel Duchamp was penned in Delhi 1966 by Octavio Paz, the Nobel Prize-winning... Learn More
    £650

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  13. 132428

    El Aleph.

    Buenos Aires: 1949

    First edition, first printing, of this key collection of Borges short stories, signed by Borges on the first blank, with an inscription in Spanish by the former owner (Horacio Zorraquín Becú, former President of the Sociedad de Bibliófilos Argentinos), translating "This signature belongs to Jorge Luis Borges, and was... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 132428

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  14. 131929
    An original pen and ink drawing, signed by the illustrator in pencil, of the first illustration, found on page 9, of C. S. Lewis's The Last Battle (1956). Pauline Baynes (19222008) was recommended to Lewis by J. R. R. Tolkien, who first used her artwork for his Farmer Giles of Ham in 1949. Baynes was then... Learn More
    £6,750

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  15. 132293
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on what is believed to be the original binder's blank, "Â Madame Cella Delavrancea Lahovary, hommages dévonés Rainer Maria Rilke (Paris, en mars 1923)". Cella Delavrancea was a Romanian pianist and member of Rilke's literary coterie; a sketch of him is included... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 132293

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    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

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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

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  18. 132558comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £275

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  19. 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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  20. 130542comp
    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

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  21. 114031comp
    Signed limited edition, number 83 of 500 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £9,750

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  22. 72150comp

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal..."> First and limited edition, signed by Stevens; this one of just 10 copies for review and marked "out of series", from a total edition of 165.

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal... Learn More
    £3,750

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    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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    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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  25. 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

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  26. 132522comp
    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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  27. 132521comp
    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

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  28. 132474comp
    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
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  30. 132288comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 150 of 215 copies signed by George Martin. Abbey Road is a major photographic celebration of the eponymous recording studio; along with this limited edition signed by the "Fifth Beatle", an unsigned trade issue was also released. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 132288

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  31. 132345comp
    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 100 of 450 copies signed by the author and specially bound. Learn More
    £1,250

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  32. 123180comp
    Signed limited edition, number 26 of 250 copies signed by the artist. This copy also includes a charming original pen and ink portrait of Rip van Winkle by Rackham, dated 17 July 1918. This was the first book wholly illustrated by Rackham to be issued in a limited edition format and it immediately established him as the... Learn More
    £8,500

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  33. 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

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  34. 132290comp
    Signed limited edition, number 3,504 out of 5,000 copies, here signed by Francis Bacon, Peter Blake, Billy Al Bengston, Jo Bergman, Adam Cooper, Terry Doran, Gerard Malanga, Earl McGrath, Colin Self, Dean Stockwell and Bill Wyman. In total there were 92 contributors to the book; each copy was signed by the project originator... Learn More
    £2,750

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  35. 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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  36. 128473comp
    First edition, Colombian issue (simultaneously published in Colombia, Mexico, and Spain), an excellent presentation copy inscribed to the author's close friend the writer and actress Maria Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), the dedicatee of Cien años de soledad, on the first blank, "María Luisa de mi corazón, tambien... Learn More
    £3,750

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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

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  38. 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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  39. 132172comp
    First Frink edition, number 98 of 250 copies signed by the artist on the title page and on each of the lithographs (a further 25 copies were printed for private distribution). A most attractive copy, handsomely bound, finely printed on Zerkall Bütton paper, and exquisitely illustrated by Frink; this was her first foray... Learn More
    £3,000

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  40. 127604comp

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    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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  41. 124929
    First edition, number 72 of 150 deluxe copies on handmade paper, this copy signed by Desmond after the preface. Berlin dancer and model Olga Desmond (1890-1964) shot to fame when she took her Schönheitsabende ("Beauty-Evenings"), in which she and her troupe struck classical poses in the nude or wearing only bodypaint, to... Learn More
    £1,750

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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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  43. 119935comp
    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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  44. 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

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  45. 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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  46. 92281comp
    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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  47. 87261comp
    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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  48. 61763comp
    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

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  49. 131621
    First and sole edition, signed limited issue, number 17 of 117 copies signed by the printer in pink. Stewart (1891-1955) studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, before joining the Santa Fe Art Colony in 1925, and working with the WPA Artist Collective in the 1930s. She and her sister, Margretta Dietrich (a suffragette... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 131621

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  50. 131588comp
    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

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  51. 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
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  52. 131568comp
    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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  53. 131558comp
    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

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  54. 131547comp

    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

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  55. 130959comp

    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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  56. 130630comp
    Signed limited edition, number 25 of 100 copies signed by the author. Curie's biography of her late husband, the French physicist Pierre Curie, also includes an autobiographical piece in which she hoped to convey "an understanding of the state of mind in which I have lived and worked" (p. 155). The publication was shepherded... Learn More
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  57. 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

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  58. 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
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  59. 130476comp
    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

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  60. 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

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