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

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Showing items 241-300 of 1940

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  1. His Monkey Wife or Married to a Chimp.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first book, "a wicked and witty satire about a man seduced by a chimpanzee" (ODNB). Presentation copy from the author to the Parisian bookseller and publisher Edward W. Titus, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Edward W. Titus with best wishes John Collier, Ashmansworth,... Learn More
    £525

    Stock Code: 108360

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  2. 126769comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to Edith Sitwell, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "My dear Edith, This is a rather uncertain venture into a new genre. I fear you will not find it possible to look so kindly on it as you did my last, but I am still your most devoted, most enthusiastic... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 126769

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    Signed limited edition, number 1077 of 2,020 numbered copies signed by the designer Bruce Rogers. Rackham had been asked to illustrate the first edition of 1908 but was unable to accept the commission. He deeply regretted the decision, but just before his death he was able to illustrate this Limited Editions Club edition.... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 122097

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  4. Corrected draft typescript, signed, of an article on Disarmament.
    "Over the lacerated face of Europe the League of Nations has drawn a discreet veil. Behind that veil stir the passions, the revenges and the fears which are the legacy of the 'war to end war'". Extensively corrected typescript for one of a series of articles on foreign affairs commissioned from Churchill by "the Hearst newspapers... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 80695

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  5. 114947
    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed (in pencil) on the front free endpaper: "Christopher Head from the Author Jan. 1906" and with the fine engraved bookplate of the recipient (designed by W. Phillips Barrett and dated 1902). Christopher Head (1869-1912) was a barrister and was travelling to the USA... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 114947

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  6. On Being Ill.
    First edition, first impression; one of a limited 250 copies signed by the author, this one numbered "Out of Series" in Woolf's hand. From the library of the prominent composer, memoirist and suffragette Ethel Smyth, who first met Woolf in February 1930; she had just read A Room of One's Own, and hunted down its author as... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 79863

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    Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market, offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-Boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 88386

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  8. 127350
    The letter written by Margaret Thatcher in response to Dame Elaine Kellett-Bowman's letter of condolence, on the occasion of the death of her husband Denis in 2003. Thatcher writes in her customary blue ink "Dear Elaine, it was so good of you and Edward to write. Yours ever, Margaret", with the typed letter, dated 23 July... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 127350

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  9. 125339
    A unique, unrecorded autograph album containing 52 signed inscriptions in English and Irish by Irish participants in the Easter Rising. During the First World War, Reading prison was designated a place of internment, i.e. detention without trial. In July 1916 the prison population of mostly interned German sympathisers was... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 125339

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  10. The Works.
    The Mellstock edition, a deluxe edition limited to 500 copies signed by the author on the limitation page in volume I. Initially discussed as early as July 1914, the start of the Great War halted production and the actual publication did not begin until December 1919. The edition name is a reference to the mythical "Mellstock"... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 110543

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  11. 111629comp
    First edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to D. G. Rossetti on the title page, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti, from his friend, George Meredith", with authorial manuscript corrections in the text. (The Hayward exhibition copy, also inscribed and corrected, had a note in Merdith's hand apologizing for "Errata ennumerable".)... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111629

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  12. 127280comp
    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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 127280

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  13. 126007comp
    First UK edition, first printing, inscribed by Bemelmans with an original sketch of Madeline, "To Diane Rhodes, Ludwig Bemelmens 1952" on the first blank. Madeline was awarded the Caldecott Medal Honor in 1940. Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126007

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  14. 126004comp
    First signed limited edition, first issue binding, one of 770 unnumbered copies signed by the author and illustrator. This copy is also inscribed by the son of the illustrator on the second blank, "To Mary Oppenheimer Christmas 1949 from Nathaniel Wyeth". This was the first edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic to... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 126004

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    Signed extra-limited edition, number 18 of 20 copies signed by the author and illustrator and printed on Japanese vellumthe most luxurious and exclusive issue of the various formats done for the first editions of Milne's Pooh books. Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 62349

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    First edition, first printing, special issue being one of just 40 numbered copies printed on Arches paper. The present example is one of the few signed by George Antheil and with a presentation inscription from the author on the half title page, "Wods from EZ anno V 1927". We have not identified "Wods" but "EZ" is a particularly... Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 62426

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    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Saxon from Virginia". Cambridge Apostle Saxon Sydney-Turner (1880-1962) was a classics scholar at Cambridge contemporaneous with Bell, Strachey, Leonard, and Thoby Stephen. His presence at Thoby's inaugural "Thursday... Learn More
    £20,000

    Stock Code: 47941

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    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "Dear Peter I am also honored. My love Jane". The recipient was the publisher Peter Owen by whom Bowles's UK editions were published. Presentation copies of this author's works are uncommon. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 34037

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  19. 125875
    Lady..."> Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the publisher Edward Titus, this the first copy off the press of the second authorized edition of Lawrence's magnum opus. Lawrence has inscribed the title page, "To Edward W. Titus from D. H. Lawrence this first copy of our Lady of Paris. Forte dei Marmi, 26 June 1929".
    Lady... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 125875

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    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 130 of 320 copies signed by both the author and the artist, the slipcase numbered in pencil on the top edge. The illustrated edition was published in three formats - signed, hand-coloured, and regular trade - the year after the original edition was published. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 121415

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  21. 120750comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Yeats for Lady Gregory on the first blank, "I think some of my part in this little work the best prose I have written. WBYeats 1922", with Lady Gregory's bookplate. This is a major association copy, inscribed by Yeats to his close friend and literary collaborator Lady Augusta... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 120750

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    Crow Wakes.

    Woodford Green, Essex: 1971

    First edition, first impression, one of around 230 (stated 200) copies. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Olwyn love from Ted Sept 20th 1971", with the inscription repeated upside down on the rear endpaper, no doubt by mistake, below Hughes's manuscript addition... Learn More
    £1,350

    Stock Code: 125955

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  23. 125956comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted April 1st, 1961". The inscription precedes the publication of the book, Hughes's first book of children's verse, by six days. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn.... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 125956

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  24. 125908comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn love Ted 9th March 1992". The inscription precedes the book's publication date, on 13 April 1992, by a month. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 125908

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  25. 125911comp
    First paperback edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn - Happy 1994 love Ted". The first hardback edition was published the same year. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children,... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 125911

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  26. 125954comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper within a hand-drawn heart: "For Olwyn love Ted 22nd Sept 93". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 125954

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  27. 125893comp
    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

    Stock Code: 125893

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn much love from Ted 22nd April 77". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent,... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 125889

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn, inscribed on the front free endpaper on the day of publication: "For Olwyn / Did we hit? / Or did we miss?/ How do we come / To be doing this? / Love from me Ted 18 September 1989". The short poem, or extract thereof, could not be traced in... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 125891

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  30. 125884comp
    First paperback issue, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes: "To Olwyn with love from Ted May 1970". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established the Rainbow Press with Ted in 1971 to produce... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 125884

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    Wodwo.

    London: 1967

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted 21st April 1967". The inscription preceded the publication of the book, on 18 May 1967, by a month. Sagor and Tabor cite another copy inscribed to Hughes's brother... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 125852

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 21 Sept 70". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 125853

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn with love from Ted October 1995". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 125857

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  34. 125762comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 166 of 200 copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 125762

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olywn Hughes, inscribed on the verso of the half title "To Olwyn with love from Ted Xmas 1966". The book was originally presented to Ted Hughes by Assia Wevill, his lover, with a discreet presentation inscription in her hand on the front free... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 126429

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  36. 126118comp
    First edition, limited issue, number 130 of 150 copies, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his sister, "With love to Olwyn from Ted, January 1967". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 126118

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    Crow.

    London: 1970

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 30th Sept 70", surrounded by a hand-drawn long-tailed lizard upon a leaf. The inscription precedes the book's publication on the 12 October 1970 by a couple... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 125957

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    Wodwo.

    New York: 1967

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love Xmas 1967 from Ted". The UK edition had been published earlier that year, with the text slightly revised for the American edition. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn.... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 125960

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  39. 126923comp
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 58 of 250 copies signed by the illustrator. A wonderfully lavish Christmas gift book, and perhaps the finest work of the illustrator Thomas Mackenzie (1887-1944). Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 126923

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  40. Worrals of the W.A.A.F.
    First edition, first impression, in the second impression jacket. Signed by the author on front free endpaper. The first of Johns' books about Joan 'Worrals' Worralson. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 92295

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  41. 108827
    First edition, William Michael Rossetti's copy, of this very scarce study of hypothetical psychoses. Shirley Hall Asylum, which tells the stories of various inmates in a lunatic asylum all from the point of view of an escapee driven mad by trying to solve the problem of perpetual motion, is at once a gothic-fantastical Victorian... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 108827

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    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper, "Oliver Gurney, One of his companions in the Alps, from G. M. Christmas 1931". Oliver Gurney (1911-2011) was an English Assyriologist who read classics at New College, Oxford while Murray was Regius Professor of Greek... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 126898

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  43. 126754comp
    First edition in English, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title and inscribed by the illustrator Bernard Lamotte on the same page, "a le Huédé, avec toute mon amitié, Bernard Lamotte 1942". The recipient was Hervé Le Huédé, captain of the French luxury liner Normandy, which made its final voyage across... Learn More
    £2,950

    Stock Code: 126754

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  44. 126716comp
    First edition, first printing, limited issue, number 30 of 250 copies numbered and signed by the author. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 126716

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  45. 126929comp
    Signed limited edition, number 2 of 50 copies on large paper and signed by the printer, Charles Whittingham. Lang's ballads were first published in 1880. With the bookplate of Frances Horner (1854-1940), art patron, socialite and member of The Souls group. Loosely inserted are some clippings on the work. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 126929

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  46. Women With Men.
    First Canadian Edition. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 99496

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  47. 127091comp
    First edition, second impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Arthur Boyars, who won't believe it. From Freddie Ayer, who wrote it. Oxford December 5th 1946". A good Oxford association - in 1946 Ayer concluded his fellowship and deanship at Wadham College, Oxford, while Boyars was a student at... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 127091

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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mr. Ralph W. Caine, with the compliments of H. B. Wilson". Henry Braid Wilson (1861-1954) was commander of the United States Naval Forces in France during the First World War. His account is very rare in British institutions, with the... Learn More
    £275

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  49. 126797
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the Nobel prize-winning author to the French physicist Jean-Bernard Zuber on the verso of the half-title: "To the Zubers in old friendship March 1972 Emilio Segrè". Fermi, the biographer's doctoral adviser, was one of the architects of the nuclear age. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 126797

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    The Southpaw.

    Indianapolis and New York: 1953

    First edition, first printing, boldly and lengthily inscribed on the front free endpapers by the author: "This book is signed for Margaret Baker at the special request of her humane husband, who is kind to deer, mice & authors. We are all sentient beings. Answer to a question: the Caruccis are named for a family of playmates... Learn More
    £150

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  51. 113775
    First edition of the first truly scholarly edition of Malory's Arthurian epic, presentation set inscribed by the editor Dr H. Oskar Sommer on the half title of the first volume, "To Mr Herbert Beerbohm Tree, with the author-editor's compliments and best wishes, H. Oscar Sommer" and again in the last volume (printed three... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 113775

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  52. 111626comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Phyllis Marion Ellis, from William Morris, October 21st 1891". The recipient was the daughter of Frederick Startridge Ellis, Morris's executor, publisher, and close friend. They met in 1864, introduced by Algernon Charles Swinburne... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111626

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  53. 123246comp
    First edition, first printing, letter O of 26 specially bound copies signed by Ginsberg and Orlovsky. This is publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe issue, additionally signed by him on the title page, and with two unpublished autograph letters signed from Ginsberg to Leyland laid in. The first letter,... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 123246

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  54. 123836comp
    First and limited edition, number 289 of 300 copies issued. Presentation copy, inscribed by the photographer on the front cover of the title bifolium, "a Jeanine et Pierre, ces images de Paris et da Limousin, cordialement I. Bidermanas, 24-XII-1950". Les Yeux de L'Ame is Bidermanas's first published work, his popular Paris... Learn More
    £2,750

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  55. 125817comp
    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number 135 of 155 copies signed by Churchill on the limitation statement (half-title verso in volume I). Peter Clarke has recently described Marlborough as "a monument to its author's historical commitment, insight - and fortitude" (Mr. Churchill's Profession, p. 174);... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 125817

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  56. 123527comp
    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
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 123527

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  57. 123377comp
    First edition, first impression, second issue binding, inscribed by the author to his biographer, David Jasen, on the front free endpaper, "To David from Plum P. G. Wodehouse May 26 - 1965". Inscribed copies of this, the author's third published novel, are extremely scarce. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 123377

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  58. 114343comp
    Signed limited editions, both signed by the original "Alice", Alice Hargreaves (née Liddell). Each volume is one of 1,500 copies: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is number 1023, and signed by Alice on the second blank, and on the limitation page by typographer and binder Frederic Ward; Through the Looking Glass is number... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 114343

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  59. 126126comp
    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 89 of 410 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 126126

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  60. 126124comp
    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 139 of 550 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 126124

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