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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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  1. 146554
    MORGAN, Daniel Nash. Signed three-quarter length portrait photograph.

    1897

    Inscribed by the sitter over photograph and mount "Daniel Nash Morgan US Treasurer Washington D.C. March 30 1897". Daniel Nash Morgan (1844-1931) served as Treasurer of the United States from 1893 to 1897, appointed by President Grover Cleveland. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146554

  2. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Works.

    Edinburgh & London : 1901-04

    The Edinburgh Folio, limited edition of 1,000 copies, with eight volumes additionally signed by the publisher, though uncalled for in the limitation. Well-margined and finely printed in large type, the publication aims "to present our Shakespeare in stately yet convenient form" (advertisement). Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 146105

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    HOCKNEY, David; Stephen Spender (ed.) Hockney's Alphabet.

    London : 1991

    First edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 241 of 300 copies bound in quarter vellum and signed by the editor, artist, and 22 of the 27 contributors: Doris Lessing, William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Martin Amis, William Golding, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Nigel Nicolson, Seamus Heaney, Douglas Adams, Julian Barnes, Craig Raine, Kazuo Ishiguro, Iris... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 145377

  4. Don Segundo Sombra.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis - GÜIRALDES, Ricardo. Don Segundo Sombra.

    Buenos Aires : 1926

    First edition, first printing, a major association copy, being the copy of Jorge Luis Borges, with his ownership signature dated Buenos Aires 1936 on the title page. Güiraldes and Borges were friends, and both influenced the literary career of the other. They met around 1924-5, and Borges helped Güiraldes launch the magazine Proa. It was Güiraldes... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 130488

  5. El amor en los tiempos del cólera.
    GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. El amor en los tiempos del cólera.

    Bogotá : 1985

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 1,000 unnumbered copies signed by the author and notarised below by a Bogota official, dated 27 November 1985, this a particularly nice example.

    This signed issue was released in advance of the trade issue to benefit the victims of the Armero tragedy, in which over 20,000 Colombians lost their lives... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 147664

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    LARKIN, Philip. Aubade.

    Madison, Wisconsin : 1980

    First edition, first printing, number 175 of 250 copies, initialled by the author and the printer on the limitation leaf. "Aubade" was the final major poem published in Larkin's lifetime, having originally appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in 1977. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 147561

  7. Black Ajax.
    FRASER, George MacDonald. Black Ajax.

    London : 1997

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page: "George M. Fraser July 1, '97". Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 147401

  8. Memorial Addresses in the Congress of the United States
    KENNEDY, John F. Memorial Addresses in the Congress of the United States

    Washington, D.C. : 1964

    First edition, first printing, signed by both Robert F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy on the front free endpaper. Robert Kennedy inscriptions are uncommon, and this is a superb association copy of this monumental volume.

    "With few exceptions the flood of print that followed the assassination of Kennedy may be ignored by those interested chiefly... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 146271

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    SNOW, C. P. Strangers and Brothers.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Philip Murray, with warm greetings from C. P. Snow, Jan 29/80." From the library of Dr Philip Murray, Irish book collector and author of The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 113504

  10. Américains d'Amérique.
    STEIN, Gertrude. Américains d'Amérique.

    Paris : 1933

    First edition in French, first printing, inscribed on the first blank to the art dealer "George Maratier who was the first to want it into French and had the courage to toy with all my affection and gratitude. Gertrude Stein". This is a superb association copy.

    This is one of 200 press review copies, with "S.P." (service de presse) on the spine... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 147549

  11. The Octogenarian.
    SITWELL, Sacheverell. The Octogenarian.

    [Brackley : 1977

    First edition thus, inscribed on the first page to the literary agent "A birthday celebration to David Higham with all best wishes from Sacheverell 12 November 1977". Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 147553

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    BARKER, Pat. [The Regeneration trilogy:] Regeneration; The Eye in the Door; The Ghost Road.

    London : 1991-93-95

    First editions, first impressions, all signed by the author on the title page. The novels explore the history of the First World War by focusing on the aftermath of trauma and are based on the writings of First World War poets. In 1995 the final book in the trilogy, The Ghost Road, won the Booker-McConnell Prize. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 147635

  13. Young Adam.
    TROCCHI, Alexander. Young Adam.

    London : 1961

    First hardback edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper "Best wishes. Edinburgh 1964 Alexander Trocchi". Young Adam was first published in 1954 by The Olympia Press, Paris, in wrappers and under the pseudonym of "Frances Lengel". This key Beat novel is uncommonly found in such good condition, and is rarer still inscribed.

    "Young... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 147478

  14. The Compleat Angler.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler.

    1931

    Signed limited edition, one of 775 copies of which this is number 662 signed by Rackham. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 47610

  15. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
    CLARKE, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

    London : 2004

    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. It was first published in the US three weeks prior, and issued in the UK in both black boards and jacket, and white boards and jacket. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 147600

  16. Our Game.
    LE CARRÉ, John. Our Game.

    London : 1995

    First edition, second impression, signed by the author on the title page. The scarce first impression was not for sale in the UK: its print run was halted during production as le Carré was unhappy with the original dust jacket design. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 147608

  17. The Mission Song.
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Mission Song.

    London : 2006

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Mission Song was le Carré's twentieth novel. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 147594

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    BENSON, Raymond. Die Another Day.

    London : 2002

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The novelization of the 2002 film starring Pierce Brosnan, based on the screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 147212

  19. 147217
    DEAVER, Jeffery. Carte Blanche.

    London : 2011

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 750 copies signed by the author and issued in a special box, here never opened. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 147217

  20. Bomber.
    DEIGHTON, Len. Bomber.

    London : 1970

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Bomber was Deighton's seventh novel. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 147413

  21. Selected Poems.
    POUND, Ezra; ELIOT, T. S. (intro.) Selected Poems.

    London : 1928

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 18 of 100 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. This edition was published on 10 December 1928, following the trade issue of 1,000 copies, published on 23 November the same year.

    In his introduction to this important edition of Pound's poetry, T. S. Eliot gives an extended commentary... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 147191

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    GARDNER, John. The Man from Barbarossa.

    London : 1991

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page; the eleventh of Gardner's James Bond books. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 147196

  23. Brave New World.
    HUXLEY, Aldous. Brave New World.

    London : 1932

    First UK edition, signed limited issue, pre-publication presentation copy, one of ten copies not for sale; number 320 of 324 copies signed by the author and specially bound. The publisher's presentation slip, typed "With Mr Aldous Huxley's compliments" and dated a week before publication, is loosely inserted.

    The UK edition was split into signed... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 147211

  24. Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Poems.

    Cincinnati : 1964

    Limited edition, number 41 of 500 copies of this facsimile of the author's first published book (a great rarity in the original 1928 edition), familiarly inscribed by him using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146820

  25. Dresses from the Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales.
    DIANA, Princess of Wales. Dresses from the Collection of Diana, Princess of Wales.

    New York : 1997

    Signed limited edition, number 181 of 250 copies signed by Princess Diana, a few months before her death. This luxury signed auction catalogue was produced by Christie's to illustrate the 80 dresses which were sold on June 25th, 1997, and which raised over 3.6 million dollars for the AIDS Crisis Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund. Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 147119

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    DAHL, Roald. Matilda.

    London : 1988

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Noel, Love, Roald Dahl, 1988". 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 Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in November... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 146489

  27. 146764
    ADAMS, John Quincy. An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport,

    Newburyport : 1837

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front wrapper: "Edward Cruft Esq. from John Quincy Adams." Cruft (17761866) was a prominent Boston merchant, loyal political supporter, and husband of Elizabeth Storer Smith, a second cousin of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.

    Together with a defective... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 146764

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    ISHIGURO, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go.

    London : 2005

    First edition, signed limited issue. This is number 497 of 1,000 copies signed by the author on the title page. Shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2005, Never Let Me Go was the basis for the 2010 film directed by Mark Romanek and starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 146395

  29. 146413
    WELLS, H. G. The Works.

    New York : 1924-7

    The Atlantic Edition, number 130 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of volume I and released for distribution in America, very handsomely bound. A further 620 sets were issued in Great Britain and Ireland. Wells contributed new prefaces especially for this edition. Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 146413

  30. 146414
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Works.

    New York : 1930

    First complete collected edition, number 268 of 760 numbered sets signed by the author in volume I, very handsomely bound.

    The Crowborough Edition - named after the Sussex town where Doyle's home, Windlesham, was located - has double the number of volumes of the Author's Edition of 1903. Doyle had already signed sheets for it but his illness... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 146414

  31. Madame Bovary.
    KIEFFER BINDING - FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.

    Paris : 1905

    First Ferroud edition, published in his "librairie des amateurs" and specially illustrated by Richemont, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 325 of 600 copies signed by the publisher on the limitation page. This copy is bound with a six-page promotional excerpt in straight-grain wrappers with a full-page etching and two in-text illustrations.

    René... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 145735

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    FLEMING, Ian. The Spy Who Loved Me.

    1962

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Ian Fleming to the designer of the dust jacket, Richard Chopping, on the front free endpaper: "To Dickie In admiration! from Ian". Chopping has signed the jacket on the front flap.

    Together with the original typed letter Fleming sent to Chopping on 22 June 1961, commissioning the... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 138042

  33. Hockney's Alphabet.
    HOCKNEY, David; Stephen Spender (ed.) Hockney's Alphabet.

    London : 1991

    First edition, signed limited issue, specially bound in yellow buckram and signed by Hockney and Spender in green and black 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 Hockney's specially drawn... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 131269

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    MILNE, A. A. The House At Pooh Corner

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 137229

  35. Icaro.
    DE BOSIS, Lauro. Icaro.

    New York : 1933

    First edition in English, US issue, first printing, presentation copy from the translator Ruth Draper, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Walter Oakley, with the regards of Ruth Draper. October 1931." Oakley was the US-based sales manager of the Oxford University Press. A lovely copy in the very scarce jacket of the 1928 Olympic Prizewinning verse-play... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 143414

  36. Oscariana.
    WILDE, Oscar. Oscariana.

    London : 1910

    First edition, number 18 of 20 copies only on Japanese Vellum and bound in Levant morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and signed "George Sutcliffe" on the limitation page. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 147668

  37. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
    CLARKE, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

    London : 2004

    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title. It was first published in the US three weeks prior, and issued in the UK in both black boards and jacket, and white boards and jacket. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 147598

  38. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
    CLARKE, Susanna. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

    London : 2004

    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. It was first published in the US three weeks prior, and issued in the UK in both black boards and jacket, and white boards and jacket. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 147602

  39. God is Dad.
    LUCAS, Sarah. God is Dad.

    London : 2005

    First edition, first impression, one of 1000 copies only, signed on the colophon by Sarah Lucas and Olivia Garbay who wrote the text. Learn More
    £70.00

    Stock Code: 147360

  40. Killing Floor.
    CHILD, Lee. Killing Floor.

    New York : 1997

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. This is the author's first novel, and the first in his Jack Reacher series. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 147250

  41. L'arte nagual.
    BURROUGHS, William S. L'arte nagual.

    Rome : 1989

    First edition, presentation copy to the artist David Hockney, inscribed by the author following the introduction: "To David Hockney, Light use could precipitate the Stendhal-Syndrome William S. Burroughs July 22, 1989 Naropa".

    Burroughs inscribed the book on the occasion of Hockney's lecture at the Naropa Institute, titled "Art Now - A Day of... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145612

  42. Brazzaville Beach.
    BOYD, William. Brazzaville Beach.

    London : 1990

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Brazzaville Beach won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for 1990, and the McVitie's Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 147348

  43. Last Bus to Woodstock.
    DEXTER, Colin. Last Bus to Woodstock.

    London : 1975

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Dexter on the title page "Shouldn't it be 'Ten Miles to Woodstock'. Colin Dexter". This is Dexter's first novel, rarely found in such excellent condition.

    This first appearance of Inspector Morse was first dramatised as a radio play by the BBC on Radio 4 in 1975 and was adapted for television in... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 147334

  44. The Shadow in the Plate.
    PULLMAN, Philip. The Shadow in the Plate.

    Oxford : 1986

    First edition, first impression, signed by Pullman on the title page. This is the second novel in the "Garland and Lockhart" trilogy. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 147324

  45. Chronicler of the Winds.
    MANKELL, Henning. Chronicler of the Winds.

    London : 2006

    First edition in English, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This was First published in Sweden in 1995. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 147319

  46. Black Leopard Red Wolf.
    JAMES, Marlon. Black Leopard Red Wolf.

    New York : 2019

    First edition, first printing, signed and dated by James on the title page. This is the Man Booker Prize-winning Jamaican author Marlon James's fourth novel, and the first instalment in his planned trilogy, which he projects to be an "African Game of Thrones". Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 147314

  47. A Brief History of Seven Killings.
    JAMES, Marlon. A Brief History of Seven Killings.

    New York : 2014

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by James on the titles page "Marlon James. 11-14. from Jamdown to boogie down". James's third novel, this book explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s. James won the Man Booker Prize for this novel.

    Loosely inserted are the Barnes & Noble slip advertising the signing at their shop... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 147317

  48. Sidetracked.
    MANKELL, Henning. Sidetracked.

    London : 2000

    First edition in English, first impression, signed by the author on the titles page. Sidetracked was first published in Sweden in 1995 as Villospår. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 147318

  49. On the Yankee Station and Other Stories.
    BOYD, William. On the Yankee Station and Other Stories.

    London : 1981

    First edition, first impression, signed by Boyd on the title page. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147307

  50. The Bonfire of the Vanities.
    WOLFE, Tom. The Bonfire of the Vanities.

    New York : 1987

    First edition in book form, first printing, signed by Wolfe on the front free endpaper. It was originally serialised in Rolling Stone in 1984. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 147312

  51. An Ice Cream War.
    BOYD, William. An Ice Cream War.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression, of William Boyd's second novel, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 147306

  52. Birdsong.
    FAULKS, Sebastian. Birdsong.

    London : 1993

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 147297

  53. Artemis Fowl. The Arctic Incident.
    COLFER, Eoin. Artemis Fowl. The Arctic Incident.

    London : 2002

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 147276

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    COLFER, Eoin. The Wish List.

    London : 2002

    First Puffin edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page.

    The Wish List was first published in 2000 by the O'Brien Press. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 147281

  55. Anabasis.
    ELIOT, T. S. (trans.); PERSE, St John. Anabasis.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression, number 56 of 350 copies signed by Eliot, printed on handmade paper; there were also 1,650 copies unsigned and bound in blue-green cloth published simultaneously. This handsome Faber edition prints Eliot's translation in parallel with the original French text. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 146938

  56. Licence Renewed.
    GARDNER, John. Licence Renewed.

    London : 1981

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page "with best wishes yours John Gardner"; the first of Gardner's James Bond books. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 147161

  57. The Importance of Being Earnest.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.

    London : 1899

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 19 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author.

    Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB) meant that the play... Learn More
    £40,000.00

    Stock Code: 142975

  58. Picasso.
    PICASSO, Pablo. – JANIS, Harriet and Sidney. Picasso.

    New York : 1947

    First edition, first printing, number 285 of 350 copies signed by Picasso. Censored by the Gestapo during the Second World War, this retrospective of Picasso's work by Sidney and Harriet Janis compiles a number of his previously unpublished works, together with quotes from the artist obtained in conversation with him in 1946.

    Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 142368

  59. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
    FLEMING, Ian. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

    London : 1963

    First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy from Ian Fleming to the artist Charles Amherst Villiers (1900-1992), whose portrait of Fleming is reproduced as the colour frontispiece to this edition; the copy is unnumbered, marked "presentation", signed by Fleming, and has Villiers's book label. It was not Fleming's habit to further inscribe... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 138032

  60. West Wind.
    OLIVER, Mary. West Wind.

    Boston & New York : 1997

    Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, signed by the author on the title page, scarce thus. West Wind is the thirteenth collection by Oliver, containing 40 pieces of lyric poetry and prose.

    Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 147173

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