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

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  1. 132386comp
    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Savrola was Churchill's only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write,... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 132386

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  2. 128820comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Powell on the title page. This selection of Powell's essays was edited by John Wood and contains the infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech. Wood also compiled the similar volumes "A Nation not Afraid" (1965) and "Still to Decide" (1972), both published by Batsford. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 128820

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  3. 108480
    First edition of the Roman Catholic version of the Bible, the Old Testament in a contemporary Douai binding, presentation copy from John Knatchbull, vice-president of the English College at Douai to Lady Joanna Berkeley (1555/6-1616), abbess of the Benedictine Convent of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady, Brussels, with... Learn More
    £45,000

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  4. 135147comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Margaret Thatcher on a tipped-in page preceding the title page, as part of the publisher's signed issue of the book. The Downing Street Years was the first volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her years as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 135147

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  5. A Maggot.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "Dr Philip Murray of Sligo, with my best wishes, John Fowles, Lyme Regis, 6.ii.86". Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 113514

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  6. 76495
    Signed limited edition, number 56 of 500 numbered copies. Durrell's enduring masterpiece. Learn More
    £1,950

    Stock Code: 76495

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  7. 135077comp
    First edition, presentation copy with "From the Author" written in a contemporary hand on the front free endpaper, and from the library of the Bloomsbury Group member Lytton Strachey, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Strachey's library contained various works by 18th-century philosophers, reflecting his own interest... Learn More
    £1,750

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  8. 135034comp
    First edition, number 920 of 2,000 copies signed by the photographer, 260 of which were issued in a full leather binding, with a signed and numbered print, and additionally signed by Mick Taylor. Exile on Main St. was The Rolling Stones tenth studio album released in the UK. Many of the tracks were recorded in the summer... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 135034

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  9. 134687comp
    First edition, first printing, boldly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Jason - Barack Obama vote me in '08 instead of Nader!". The recipient was a student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, who had the book signed while Obama was running for president - Obama's inscription refers to the independent... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 134687

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  10. 132673comp
    Signed limited edition, number 52 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132673

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  11. 132729comp
    First English-language edition of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 132729

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  12. 132377comp
    First and sole edition, limited to 400 copies, the present example not numbered and the edition may never have been published as the Hampshire Typothetae ceased operation in 1986 (see Five College Archives & Manuscript collection online, retrieved 13.03.19); this copy unusual in being accompanied by an original watercolour... Learn More
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  13. 135040comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 41 of 100 copies signed by the author and bound thus. Go Set a Watchman was Lee's highly anticipated second work, publicised as a sequel to Lee's seminal novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. The text of Go Set a Watchman is known to have been written before... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 135040

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  14. 135038comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Janos / with lots of love / from / Ted / June 16th 1979", on the half-title. The recipient was Janos Csokits (19282011), a Hungarian poet and close friend of Hughes, who worked with him on the translation of another Hungarian poet, János Pilinszky.... Learn More
    £1,000

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  15. 134073comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, specially bound in yellow buckram and signed by Hockney and Spender in blue and red ink respectively. This work was a collaborative effort created to raise money for the AIDS Crisis Trust. Spender invited several British and American writers to contribute with texts that could accompany... Learn More
    £750

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  16. 133769comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to the artist Andy Warhol, inscribed on the title page: "For Andy who I met in Paris way back when Shirley G. and Edie S. was on same scene and *Pubik Pak had not yet entranced Europe Ted Joans May 1985 NYC *Page 138". Edie S is Edie Sedgwick (1943-1971), fashion... Learn More
    £2,250

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  17. 133645comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his lecture manager on the front free endpaper, "Major J. B. Pond, yours truly Joshua Slocum, The Spray, New York, April 27th 1900", with Pond's bookplate to the front pastedown. Pond (1838-1903) was a civil war veteran and highly successful manager... Learn More
    £6,000

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  18. 133546comp
    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 105 of 375 copies signed by the author, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 133546

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  19. 132677comp
    First edition, first impression (with the number line to 1), inscribed by the author on the half title, "To Josh, enjoy the feast, G R R M", and another half title, loosely inserted, inscribed "To Cecil, enjoy the feast, G R R M." Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 132677

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  20. 132463comp
    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed by both the translators on the front free endpaper, "à Francis Poulenc, hommage des traducteurs, Paul Éluard, Louis Parrot", one of the few hors commerce copies, unnumbered as issued, from a total edition of 515 copies.
    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network... Learn More
    £1,250

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  21. 123142
    Second edition, extensively revised (first 1923), presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the poet Stephen Spender in ink on the front cover. Scarce: OCLC locates just two copies, both in Denmark. Considered one of the "most important 'representatives of European consciousness'" at the time, Spender attended the "Recontres... Learn More
    £250

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    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title "For Olwyn - love from Ted November 1986". The American edition had been published in September 1986, the UK edition in October. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £475

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  23. 98887comp
    First editions, first impressions. All signed on the title page by Margaret Thatcher. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 98887

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  24. 125693
    A superb large format signed photograph, one (and perhaps the largest) of only very few examples of a signed photographic portrait of Florence Nightingale to have appeared on the market, auction records recording no examples. There are signed cartes-de-visite at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London (dated 1861, photographer... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 125693

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  25. 115171comp
    Limited edition of 520 unnumbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 115171

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  26. The Epiplectic Bicycle.
    First edition, first printing. With signed Gorey bookplate to front pastedown. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 100637

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  27. 134932comp
    Deluxe edition, number 160 of 265 copies signed by Montgomery on the limitation leaf. This edition was bound from the sheets of the first US edition, first printing. "Lord Montgomery's stimulating book must surely take its place as a classic commentary on the history of warfare It is the fruit of a lifetime spent in the... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 134932

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    The document appoints Carl Proegler an Assistant Surgeon of Volunteers, effective from October 4, 1862, signed in full by Lincoln and Stanton. This appointment was made four months before the Battle of Gettysburg. Dr Proegler (1837-1907) was born in Cologne and educated at Erlangen, Würzburg, and Berlin, graduating from... Learn More
    £8,000

    Stock Code: 90344

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  29. 134885comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author at the head of the pamphlet front cover "With the author's kind regards P. Wyndham Lewis Dec. 1917", with Lewis using a bold Vorticist signature. The Ideal Giant was Lewis's second publication and his first literary text, preceded only by a portfolio... Learn More
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  30. 134881comp
    First edition, one of 26 lettered copies signed by the author for private distribution, this being letter I. The total edition was 126 copies, of which the remaining 100 were signed copies issued for general sale. Learn More
    £1,250

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  31. 129958comp
    Signed limited edition, number 312 of 500 copies signed by Margaret Thatcher. The Path to Power was the second volume of Thatcher's autobiography, covering her childhood to her election as Prime Minister. Learn More
    £1,500

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    Signed limited edition, number 149 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. Susan Lambert noted that, compared to Rackham, Dulac 'made... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 107330

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  33. 132883comp
    First edition, first printing, this copy subscribed for Marion Talley, signed by Caruso's widow Dorothy, Key, and Zirato on the limitation page, copy number 90 of 99 deluxe edition copies.
    Marion Talley (1906-1983) was an American opera coloratura soprano. The present book would have reached her when, in 1922, she appeared... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 132883

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  34. 134351comp
    First Shepard-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 93 of 200 large paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard. The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series, was... Learn More
    £9,500

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  35. 134122comp
    First US editions, first printings, inscribed by Churchill on the front free endpaper of volume II, "To Nellie Soames from Winston S. Churchill 1949". Agnes Helen "Nellie" Soames (1868-1964) was the great aunt of Churchill's son-in-law, Christopher Soames, who married Churchill's youngest daughter, Mary, on 11 February 1947.... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 134122

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  36. 134524comp
    Sally Bowles was the key second work in the series of Berlin novels which would be gathered into Goodbye Berlin (1939). Spender, Auden, and Isherwood spent their..."> First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy inscribed to Stephen Spender on the half-title, "For Stephen with Christopher's love". Sally Bowles was the key second work in the series of Berlin novels which would be gathered into Goodbye Berlin (1939). Spender, Auden, and Isherwood spent their... Learn More
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  37. 134777comp
    First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "To Angus with the author's best wishes, Yukio, 1965 March" The recipient was novelist Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), one of England's first openly gay authors. Mishima stayed at Wilson's Suffolk Cottage while in England, and Wilson, for his part, praised Mishima's... Learn More
    £1,750

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  38. 129166comp
    First editions, first printing of Omnibus, third printing of The Thin Man. Presentation copies, both inscribed on the front free endpaper jointly to the husband and wife screenwriting duo Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Goodrich and Hackett co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Hammett's The Thin Man, produced... Learn More
    £27,500

    Stock Code: 129166

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  39. 134746
    First edition, first impression, handsomely bound for the luxury purveyors Asprey. With a typed letter signed from Kipling tipped in to second binder's blank: dated 7 February 1921, Kipling writes to Coulson Kernahan "this is a bad business anyway, without Farrow importing his peculiar methods of finance into it. I will... Learn More
    £950

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  40. 132997comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the philosopher Willard Van Orman Quine on the front pastedown: "For Van, George". Though their relationship was evidently cordial, Boolos and Quine did clash on questions of logic; in the present book Boolos writes "It seems appropriate here... Learn More
    £625

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  41. 123050comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from Kemeny to Carl Hempel in the month of publication on the front free endpaper: "For Peter, with warmest regards, John. 1/30/57", neatly annotated in pencil, most likely by Hempel himself. The annotations vary from underlining, strikethroughs, and exclamatory... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 123050

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  42. 74216comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 750 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £375

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  43. 134695comp
    First Shepard-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 93 of 200 large paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard, here handsomely bound. The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie... Learn More
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  44. 134691comp
    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 244 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting four rabbits, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, to the front free endpaper verso and first blank; it also has a contemporary fore-edge... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 134691

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  45. 132725comp
    First English-language edition, first impression, of Neruda's masterpiece, a superb presentation copy from the poet to the publisher, inscribed "Un abrazo a Tom de su amigo Pablo 1970" on the front free endpaper, with Tom Maschler's bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 132725

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  46. 70376comp
    First edition, first impression of a rare children's book by the author of Cold Comfort Farm. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Stella Gibbons, Nov. 18 1936". We know of no other copy in private hands, and OCLC locates only 11 in institutions. A lovely copy in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 70376

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  47. 44744
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from Switzerland, where Zelda was being treated at a clinic. Undated, 1930-1931. Fitzgerald thanks him for a check, "...just emerging in company with Zelda from the biggest muddle we ever got into...Zelda is so near well that its now a question of a few weeks - but she had a damn narrow... Learn More
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  48. 60017comp
    Presentation copy from the author, inscribed in pencil at the head of the dedication page, "To my friend Nat Horwitt this 'voyage' (so far the only one we've sailed together on) is inscribed by me Rockwell Kent Au Sable Forks, March 1929". The recipient was the celebrated industrial designer Nathan G. Horwitt (1889-1990),... Learn More
    £1,925

    Stock Code: 60017

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  49. 132555comp
    Signed limited issue, number 6 of 22 copies on Hammermill paper signed by the author on the limitation leaf, out of a total edition of 725; this copy a presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second front free endpaper: "Para Daniel S. Devoto, atento y fino y minucioso, poblado de palabras y gestos de generosa... Learn More
    £850

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  50. 134618comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed upside down on the last printed page "For Kelly, Love and go for it NOW! from Ralph Steadman 5. Aug. 98." in red, black, and blue biro, and with a full page original drawing of his staple sad face. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 134618

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  51. 134621comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Moriyama on the title page. Learn More
    £180

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  52. 134607comp
    First edition thus, signed by Onaka on p. 157 and numbered 164 of 300 copies. This title was first published by Mole in 1996 at the author's expense; this edition has been enriched with previously unreleased photographs. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 134607

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  53. 134610comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Dodo on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £180

    Stock Code: 134610

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  54. 134578comp
    First and only edition, signed by the author on the title page, numbered 421 of an edition limited to 1200 copies. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 134578

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  55. 134584comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by both authors on the title page and numbered 32 of 100. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 134584

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  56. 134596comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Moriyama on the front free endpaper, numbered 391 of a total edition of 500 numbered and signed copies. Learn More
    £180

    Stock Code: 134596

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  57. 134592comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the photographer on the first blank. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 134592

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  58. 134545comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Steadman on the title page and with his signature sad-face original drawing. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 134545

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  59. 134543comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by Mark Steinmetz on the title page.
    Described by the publisher as "a poetic journey around the outskirts of K-Ville: a fictional town somewhere between Knoxville, Tennessee and Athens, Georgia, where graves dot the terrain and a sense of forbidding hangs heavy in the air". Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 134543

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  60. 134544comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Steadman on the title page, and with an original drawing of a sad face. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 134544

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