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

    Stock Code: 131668

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  2. 131651
    Signed limited edition, number 49 of 50 copies signed by the illustrator, bound in vellum and printed on handmade paper, and notably rare due to the unusually small limitation. Hughey describes Dulac's watercolour illustration for Treasure Island as his "most careful and superb painting", and Dulac himself considered them... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 131651

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  3. 131648comp
    Signed limited edition, number 302 of 350 copies numbered and signed by the artist. It was this book that first announced Dulac's status as a popular artist, confirming him as "a direct challenger in the illustrated gift book market to the work of Arthur Rackham... The exotic stories he illustrated struck a new chord in... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 131648

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  4. 131557comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the artist on the half-title. This is Warhol's collection of 360 pictures of his celebrity friends, presenting a unique view of contemporary celebrity life. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 131557

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  5. 131213
    First edition, first impression, with a signed photograph of Montgomery tipped in to the front free endpaper. Montgomery's Memoirs are every bit as spiky and controversial as its author, ruffling feathers in the highest places, and his comments on Eisenhower's leadership led to a breach in what was once a close friendship.... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 131213

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  6. 131210comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her former publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title: "Tom - Love Doris L. 27th Feb 1993". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape, which published several of Lessing's books, and was a highly influential figure... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 131210

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    Gunslinger.

    Los Angeles,: 1968-9

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

    Stock Code: 126568

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  8. 131350comp
    First edition, sole printing. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Shiela Grant Duff from Winston S. Churchill, September 1938". This is a superb association copy: Shiela Grant Duff (1913-2004) "was a dogged champion of Czechoslovakia in the late 1930s when it was confronted by the looming threat... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 131350

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  9. 131538comp
    First edition, first printing, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by Eisenhower on the half-title "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes Dwight D. Eisenhower", along with Eisenhower's personal 5-star compliments slip, inscribed "For Miss Marguerite Nelson with best wishes and a very Merry Christmas. Dwight D.... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 131538

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  10. 131361
    An original photograph of Ernest Hemingway and his friends by the renowned Spanish photographer Paco Cano (1912-2016), inscribed by Hermingway in black ink: "El Papa peregrino and Val with our gang - in maravilloso Espectaculo - Viva España - Nunca Basta. Your friend Ernesto Hemingway". Cano has signed the photograph at... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 131361

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  11. 130693
    A leaf extracted from the "distinguished visitors book" at Wembley, with the signatures of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, his wife Clementine Churchill, King George of Greece, Clement Attlee (Leader of the Opposition), Herbert Morrison (Home Secretary), Dudley Pound (Admiral of the Fleet), Sir Charles Portal (Marshal... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130693

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

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

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  14. In Darkest Africa
    First edition, edition de luxe, number 199 of 250 copies signed by Stanley. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 103759

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    Eliot of course owed an eternal debt of gratitude to Pound - "il miglior fabbro" - for his editorial..."> First edition, first impression, a major association copy, presented by Eliot to Ezra Pound, with his affectionate inscription, "Ez from O. Possum, 6.iii.50" to the front free endpaper, dated three days before publication.
    Eliot of course owed an eternal debt of gratitude to Pound - "il miglior fabbro" - for his editorial... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author on the front free endpaper: "Eileen from Ezra full benedictions S. Liz 1949", and with his subsequent inscription, "having been forgot returned and re returned repeat 'benedictions' June 58". A superb relic from the St Elizabeth years: the recipient was Eileen... Learn More
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  17. 131050
    A lovely and unusually large example of Cumming's poetic artwork, signed on the reverse, giving a dreamy vision of a crescent moon over an almost abstract sea- or landscape at dusk.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson Camps (founded 1948) for them to sell as fundraisers.... Learn More
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  18. 131043
    A striking example of Cumming's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of Brittany's many windmills.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson... Learn More
    £4,500

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  19. 131133comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "Dear Tom, Here is the little book of lectures I told you about. Love Doris". Tom Maschler was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape, which published the first UK edition of the book... Learn More
    £225

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  20. 130834comp
    First edition, first impression, number 85 of 150 copies printed, each signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. This is one of 140 on hand-made paper (there were 10 on japon), split between 90 for America (as here) and 50 for the UK. Mardersteig's was a beautiful fine press production bringing together the best of Thomas's... Learn More
    £3,750

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  21. 129042comp
    This is a remarkable association between..."> A superb association copy, inscribed and signed by Ginsberg: "For Robert Lowell, on the occasion of a visit to his house in company with my father Louis Ginsberg or December 22, 1966 in the presence of Lord Gowrie and St. Paul." In addition, Ginsberg has drawn his fish triskellion.
    This is a remarkable association between... Learn More
    £6,500

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  22. 127586detail
    The highly limited "edition definitive", number 14 of 15; this set is additionally extra-illustrated and sumptuously bound. This edition was issued with the original frontispieces, engraved title pages and etchings by "Phiz" et al printed and mounted on india-proof paper, as well as each volume containing an original pen... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 127586

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

    Stock Code: 126424

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  24. 126510comp
    First edition, limited issue, number 60 of 327 copies signed by the author and Thomas A. Edison. Learn More
    £4,500

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  25. 123172
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher's own copy, number two of 10 copies signed by Leyland, of the first Gay Sunshine Press publication, and one of the earliest openly gay poetry anthologies. This small signed issue was one of 200 hardcover copies, most of which were sold to libraries. This copy... Learn More
    £650

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    Gay Roots.

    San Francisco: 1991-3

    First edition, first printing, Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe signed limited issue, letters B and Z of 26 specially bound copies signed by Leyland, these volumes additionally signed by Leyland on the title pages and deriving from his personal collection. There were also 300 unsigned cloth copies, the vast majority... Learn More
    £1,000

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

    Stock Code: 114999

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

    Stock Code: 115333

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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Beckett and Pinget on the same page, next to their photographic portraits: "Merci, cordialement, Samuel Beckett"; "Pour Madame indecipherable, avec mes hommages, Robert Pinget". As part of its 1965-6 season he Odéon Theatre (or, Théâtre de France, now Théâtre de l'Europe)... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103829

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  30. 131253comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title "Wishing Tom Maschler all happiness with thanks for this "A" love Louis Zukofsky Oct 10 (for Oct 6) 1966 New York". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the book's publisher Jonathan Cape, and was... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the dedication page, with the Golden Ticket from the signing session at Harrod's loosely inserted. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 131184

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

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  33. 130206comp
    First edition, first printing, Borges's own copy of this anthology of Argentine Poetry, signed by him on the half-title in the year of publication. The copy was later passed to his brother-in-law the Spanish poet and Ultraist Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), with his illustrative ex-libris stamp to the first blank. This is... Learn More
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  34. 130078comp
    Signed limited edition, number 47 of 50 copies signed by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albie Sachs and Paul Alberts. A remarkable collaboration, this is the only limited edition signed by both Mandela and Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winners in 1993 and 1984 respectively - alongside a third major figure in the anti-Apartheid... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 130078

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  35. A Nip in the Air.
    First edition, signed limited edition. Number 130 of 175 copies signed by the author. From the library of the scholar and auctioneer Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 102440

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  36. 130531comp
    First US edition, first printing, in the first state jacket, signed by the author on the half-title verso. The work was originally published in the UK in the previous year as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. All subsequent works in the series were published simultaneously in the UK and the US under the... Learn More
    £5,750

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  37. 131158

    The Works.

    New York: 1913-23

    Imperial Edition, number 43 of 256 copies printed on japon and with a signed portrait of the author in vol. I. Learn More
    £1,750

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    Finnegans Wake."> First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 325 of 800 copies signed by the author. Anna Livia Plurabelle is an early published chapter from Joyce's famous "work in progress" that would eventually become Finnegans Wake. Learn More
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  39. 127279comp
    First US edition, first printing, first state dust jacket without "year 2" on the spine panel. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 127279

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  40. 131128comp
    First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of the mouse by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo was first published in 1999 and won the Smarties Book Prize in the same year; copies of the first edition are notably scarce. Learn More
    £1,250

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  41. 131125comp
    First edition in English in book-form, signed limited issue, number 6 of 50 copies signed by the author and the translator, here additionally signed by the artist Hugo Manning. A further 250 unsigned copies were also issued. The English translation was first published in the New Yorker in 1971, and originally published in... Learn More
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  42. 131089comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Matt Groening with an original sketch of Lisa on the front free endpaper verso. The Simpsons first appeared as a series of short films on The Tracey Ullman Show, the first of which was broadcast on 19 April 1987. After three seasons in that format The Simpsons was developed into a... Learn More
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  43. 130674comp
    First US edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs A. W. Fairbanks, Fair Banks, Cleveland, Ohio. With the love of her good & dutiful adopted son, The Author. Hartford, Dec. 20, 1881". A highly significant association copy; the recipient, Mary Mason Fairbanks (1828-1898), was... Learn More
    £12,500

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

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  45. 130148comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. The Handmaid's Tale won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1985 and has been adapted into a film (1990), an opera (2000), and, in 2017, a highly popular television series. Learn More
    £750

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  46. 130958comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Beaton on the front free endpaper, "Love to darling Winifred, Xmas 1939". The recipient was playwright and novelist, Winifred Ashton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Clemence Dane. This spoof autobiography is a satire of the world of the middle-European aristocrat, which even... Learn More
    £750

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  47. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130933

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  48. 120914comp
    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 120914

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  49. 130991comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ted Sorensen on the half-title: "for Ted with the appreciation of his companion in many other battles Bob Kennedy". Ted Sorensen (1928-2010) had a significant behind-the-scenes influence on American politics in the 1960s. He served as speechwriter... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 130991

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  50. 130980comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "most affectionately for Tom - Kurt Vonnegut Jr Oct. 26, 1967". Vonnegut travelled to Europe in October 1967 to revisit the places he saw in wartime. Tom Maschler (born 1933), head of the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130980

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  51. 128480comp
    Very scarce inscribed copy of García Márquez's first book, ninth edition, inscribed on the half-title to Diego García Elío, the son of his close friends the writers María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009) and Jomí García Elio (1927-1986), who were the dedicatees of Cien años de soledad. The inscription reads,... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 128480

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  52. R is for Rocket [with] S is for Space.
    Limited editions, both titles one of 500 numbered trade hardcovers (291 and 406 respectively) from a total edition of 800, each copy additionally signed by Bradbury on the title page, and S is for Space also signed by Tim Powers, who wrote the introduction. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 114513

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  53. The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    Signed limited edition, number 574 of 750 copies printed for the UK and signed by the artist, specially bound and with an original etching opposite the title page, also signed by Pogány. A further 500 copies were printed for the US. Copies in the original box are scarce, with just one other traced at auction. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 99071

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    Signed limited edition (stated "New Edition"), one of 1,500 unnumbered copies signed by the author at the end of the preface. The copy of Major Robert Gregory (1881-1918), about whose death in 1918 Yeats wrote one of his most quoted short poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death", with his bookplate - which he designed... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 130972

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    Pursuit of Truth.

    Cambridge, MA, and London: 1990

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title: "for Gail and Tom with warm regards Van". Quine published Pursuit of Truth to sum up the epistemological framework which he had been developing for six decades. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 130926

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  56. 130914comp
    Signed limited edition, number 633 of 1,500 copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 130914

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