Signed editions of rare books, including association copies, signed books, inscribed books, presentation copies, and signed limited editions.
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James Joyce Ulysses, first edition 1/100 copies signed
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WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 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Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest.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£50,000.00
Stock Code: 132907
ORWELL, George. The Road to Wigan Pier.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, signed by the author ("Geo. Orwell", his customary form when signing books with his nom de plume) on the front free endpaper, very scarce thus. Orwell originally believed The Road to Wigan Pier would not be included in Gollancz's Left Book Club as "it is too fragmentary and, on the surface, not very left-wing" (Fenwick).... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130355
THORNTON, James Edward. Memories of Seven Campaigns.
Westminster : 1895First edition, the dedication copy, with a two-page note from the author to Col. Arthur Egerton, comptroller of the household of the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, expressing the hope that the Duke will "be pleased to accept the volume now forwarded through you". A wonderful High Victorian military association copy, in a superlative presentation... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 81512
CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Images à la Sauvette.
Paris : 1952First edition, first printing, inscribed by the artist on the half-title "à Monsieur Gert Weber en hommage Henri Cartier-Bresson"; the recipient was the German painter and graphic artist Gert Weber (born 1951), who was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2018.
"The Paris-based Greek publisher, Tériades (Stratis... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 147013
HASKELL, Arnold. The National Ballet.
London : 1943First edition, first impression, with 21 signatures in blue ink on the endpapers from members of the pioneering generation of the 1940s Sadler's Wells Company, of this wartime publication by British dance critic Arnold Haskell who, together with Dame Ninette de Valois, was influential in the development of the Royal Ballet School.
The autographs... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146585
HEIDEGGER, Martin. Nietzsche.
San Francisco : 1979-87First editions in English, first printings, inscribed by Krell on half-title of the second volume "For Larry Owens, This, my favourite of the four volumes, D. F. Krell, 12.I.96". A bright set of Heidegger's reading of Nietzsche.
In these works, Heidegger treats only Nietzsche's unpublished writings as the repository of his true thought. In Heidegger's... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 146501
GRAVES, Robert. Across the Gulf: Late Poems.
Deià, Majorca : 1992First and signed limited edition, number 102 of 175, signed by the members of the New Seizin Press: Beryl Graves, Lucia Graves, Dunstan Ward, Tomás Graves, and Carmen García Gutierrez. These previously unpublished poems were written by Graves in his seventies, and were posthumously selected by his wife Beryl Graves for the spiritual successor to Graves's... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146160
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Edwardians.
London : 1930First edition, limited issue, number 73 of 125 copies numbered and signed by the author. The Edwardians "celebrated the lavish style of country house life that she had observed in her parents' heyday at Knole" (ODNB). Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 145971
HUGHES, Sean. My Struggle to Be Decent and Poems of Sadness and Light.
[London] : 2013First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Tiff lots of love from S Hughes". Sean Hughes (1965-2017) was an Irish comedian, team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and author of five books, of which this was his last. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 145930
FLEMING, Ian. Thunderball.
London : 1961First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Leonard. These thunderballs! from Ian". The recipient was Leonard Russell (1906-1974), features editor of The Sunday Times, where Fleming worked full-time until December 1959. Fleming's contract with The Sunday Times allowed him to take three months' holiday each... Learn More£19,750.00
Stock Code: 138057
FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker.
London : 1955First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Edith, Cette tranche de vie! Ian 1955". Edith was Marie Edith, Viscountess Kemsley (1888-1976), second wife of the newspaper baron Viscount Kemsley (1883-1968). It was Viscount Kemsley who employed Fleming as the foreign manager of his Sunday Times... Learn More£39,500.00
Stock Code: 138007
LUTCHER, Nellie. Signed 10 x 8 glossy publicity photograph.
c. 1959Attractive publicity shot of the singer and pianist credited as an influence by Nina Simone, inscribed boldly across the lower half of the image "Hello Alfred - thank you for your interest. Nellie". Nellie Lutcher (1912-2007) came from a musical background, her father was a jazz bassist and her mother a church organist. At age 11 she accompanied Ma... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 131155
MARX, Karl. Le Capital.
Paris : [1872-5]First edition in French, first issue, a fine presentation copy, inscribed by Marx to the Frankfurt banker Sigmund Schott, with whom Marx exchanged ideas central to his philosophies and work: "Mr Sigmund Schott, de la part de l'auteur, Londres, 3 Novembre 1877" to the first engraved title page. Presentation copies of Capital are exceptionally rare, with... Learn More£575,000.00
Stock Code: 128563
ROWLING, J. K. [Harry Potter collector's deluxe editions, signed or inscribed:]
London : 1999-2000First deluxe editions of the first four Harry Potter books, inscribed on the half-title of Philosopher's Stone by the author, "To Alex, enjoy reading these with Mummy and Daddy! J K Rowling", and signed by Rowling on the half-titles of the other volumes. Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets are fifth impressions; Prisoner of Azkaban, sixth; Goblet... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 146754
FERMOR, Patrick Leigh. A Time of Gifts.
London : 1977First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the secretary of the Travellers Club "Robin McDougall, with love from Paddy. Sept 22. 1977" within a drawing of a cloud and birds in flight, and signed by Craxton on the front flap of the jacket. This is a lovely association copy.
In the winter of 1933,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 146383
POE, Edgar Allan. The Works.
New York : 1903The Autograph edition, one of a limited edition of 150 numbered copies signed by the editors and publisher on the limitation leaf. The set collects all of Poe's works together with a biographic memoir and six volumes of literary criticism. Editors Edmund Clarence Stedman and George Edward Woodberry were both well-known poets, literary critics, and scholars.... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 103856
BECKETT, Samuel. Molloy.
Paris : 1951First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the unopened title page "For Dr. P. J. Heury with all good wishes Samuel Beckett Paris Nov. 81".
This copy is number 164 of 500 trade copies issued thus; a further 50 were printed on handmade paper. The first English translation was published in 1955. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 146969
THATCHER, Margaret. Signed commendatory certificate to Conservative Party activist.
[c.1980s]A certificate signed by Margaret Thatcher, to commend Conservative Party activist Lily A. Davies: "On behalf of the Conservative Party I should like to offer sincere thanks for all the time and effort that you have given for so many years to the service of our Party... People such as yourself are now as they have always been and will continue to be... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146558
SNOWDON, Lord. Stills: 1984-1987.
London : 1987First edition, first impression, signed by the photographer on the half-title, and including a photograph by Snowdon inscribed by him on the verso "Dear Mr. Evans, thank you so much for your letter & the kind remarks you made about my work yours sincerely Snowdon", and an autograph letter signed from Snowdon "I am so pleased that you liked Born to be... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146918
IRVIN, Albert (artist); Mary Rose Beaumont (compiler). The Complete Prints.
Farnham, Surrey : 2010First edition, first printing, inscribed by the artist on the title page "With very best wishes Albert Irvin", additionally inscribed underneath by the compiler "and all good wishes Mary Rose Beaumont", and signed by Irvin on the frontispiece recto; together with a signed limited print by Irvin, "Stratford", number 201 of 250 signed copies. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 146920
ADAMS, John (signed) - MAYHEW, Jonathan. A Discourse, Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers;
Boston : 1818Presentation copy of a reprinted sermon in which Adams took personal interest, distributing a small number of copies on 16 November 1818, all inscribed in the same manner by a clerical hand to which Adams added his signature. This copy is presented to Mrs E. Cruft and signed by him. The recipient was Elizabeth Storer Smith (17891859), a cousin of Adams's... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 146765
EINSTEIN, Albert; Thomas Mann; A. S. W. Rosenbach. Book Auction Dinner.
New York : 1938First edition, signed by Albert Einstein, Thomas Mann, and Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach under their respective forewords and prefaces; the catalogue for a charity rare book auction for the benefit of German refugees, held on December 8, 1938.
The sale was arranged by legendary American rare book dealer A. S. W. Rosenbach, who for decades supplied the... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 146456
KINGSLEY, Charles. Westward Ho!
Cambridge : 1855First edition, presentation copy, inscribed "From The Author" in a secretarial hand on the half-title of vol. I.
Kingsley's greatest popular success, Westward Ho! was originally planned as a patriotic tale about the defeat of the Spanish Armada at a time when Napoleon III's anti-English posturing was alarming many of Kingsley's countrymen. By... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 146369
BURROUGHS, William S. Prospectus for Naked Lunch.
New York : 1962First edition of the scarce prospectus for the first US edition of Naked Lunch, inscribed by Burroughs on the front cover, "For Art William Burroughs"; a key document heralding the publication of a cornerstone of Beat literature and one which provides valuable insight into its early publication history and the extent to which early criticism was informed... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145606
STRAUSS, Lewis L. Men and Decisions.
Garden City : 1962First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "For Admiral James Russel USN, whose distinguished service with the Atomic Energy Commission, from it's earliest days in 1947, involved responsibilities of supreme importance to the security of the United States and the free world, with the admiration and affection of the writer. Lewis L. Strauss".... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 143190
TYNDALE, Walter. Below the Cataracts.
London : 1907First and limited edition, number 62 of 150 copies signed by the artist. This is a lavishly produced and attractively illustrated work by one of the most popular and influential topographical watercolourists of the period, who holds a prominent place in the British school of orientalists; his work is known widely through the A. & C. Black series of... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141259
SINATRA, Frank - KENNEDY, John F. Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy.
Washington, DC : 1962-1963-1964First editions, first printings. From the library of Frank Sinatra, his name in gilt to each front cover. An outstanding memorial to one of the most remarkable relationships in modern political history and the two men who stood at the nexus of glamour and power in mid-20th century America.
The relationship between the singer and JFK has been... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135154
DICKENS, Charles. Autograph letter signed to Henry Morley.
[London] : 1868A letter showing Dickens's continuing work micromanaging the affairs of his periodical, All the Year Round. "My Dear Morley, An officer of one of the Cunard steamers - named Boyd - writes me (in a highly illegible hand) that he has sent a "small story" to All The Year Round. He does not give its title, so I supposed he has added his name to his MS.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135027
OLIVIER, Edith. The Seraphim Room.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the author's close friend Stephen Tennant, inscribed "For my dearest Stephen from Edith October 1932" on the front free endpaper. The writer, aesthete, and "Bright Young Thing" Stephen Tennant (1906-1987) was Olivier's neighbour in Wiltshire, his beloved childhood home Wilsford Manor being just seven... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 130838
DOWSON, Ernest. Decorations:
London : 1899First edition of Dowson's attractively produced poetry collection, this copy from the library of Henry Head (1861-1940), poet and neurologist who specialised in the sensory nervous system, with his ownership inscription dated 29 July 1900 to front free endpaper. "It was knowledge of Head's intellectual interests that led Virginia Woolf's husband, Leonard,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 126828
LEE, Christopher - GRUBB, Davis. The Night of the Hunter.
New York : 1953First edition, limited issue, one of 1,000 copies signed by the author on the limitation page; this copy from the library of Sir Christopher Lee, though unmarked as such. Copies of the limited issue were presented to friends of the author and the publisher.
The Night of the Hunter was a bestseller in 1953 and was voted a finalist for the 1955... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 121043
PARKER, Charlie - PARKER, Chan & Francis Paudras. "To Bird with love"
1981First and only edition, no limitation but remarkably hard to find, particularly in the fragile, entirely integral box. Visually superb, très émouvant memorial to Parker, reproducing the pictorial and documentary archive about which Chan, his lover, had "cared enough to preserve religiously." This copy inscribed "with love Chan Parker". Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 90960
GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.) The Wind in the Willows.
London : 1931First Shepard edition, signed limited issue, number 164 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. This edition - also issued unsigned in a cloth binding - was the first edition to be illustrated by Shepard, whose classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today.
Wind... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 146527
ROBBINS, Lionel - ZAWADZKI, K. K. F. The Economics of Inflationary Processes.
London : 1965First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the British economist Lionel Robbins, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Lord Robbins with the author's compliments and thanks".
A nice association: Robbins, along with Keynes, was the leading British economist during the inter-war period; at the London School of Economics,... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146547
OBAMA, Barack. The Audacity of Hope.
New York : 2006First edition, first printing, inscribed by Obama on the title page: "To Roberta - Thanks for your wonderful support of books! Barack Obama".
The Audacity of Hope was the second book written by Obama, following Dreams from my Father in 1995. Topping the bestseller lists, the book helped to further bolster the reputation of the then-Illinois senator,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146315
HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
London : 1992First edition, trade issue, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Dorothy and Ben, with much love, Ted, 28 August 1992," followed by a short poem, "The Royalist / Is afraid / The Queen's a pin / In a hand-grenade," and with a small correction in Hughes's hand to p. 7.
Stock Code: 146331
ACTON, Harold. An Indian Ass.
London : 1925First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Mrs Harmsworth, or 'dear Nine' (as Yarrick called Miss Hannah Morr) inasmuch as the Nine Muses are united in her delicate and charming person, with the affection & esteem of Harold Acton, on her birthday, the 13th of December 1925, may it be a happy one!".
The... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 146389
MacLEISH, Archibald - PLATO. The Republic.
London & New York : 1911First edition thus, fifth impression. This is the student copy of the American poet Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), with his ink ownership to front free endpaper "Archibald MacLeish, 9 Vanderbilt," referencing the 1894-built Yale dormitory, Vanderbilt Hall, and a long question mark pencilled in the margin of p. 66. This is a wonderful association copy.
From... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146275
BERRY, Wendell. The Broken Ground.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To David Ignatow with much respect. - Wendell". This is a great association copy of Berry's first full-length collection.
The recipient, David Ignatow (1914-1997), was a fellow American poet and editor, who taught at the University of Kentucky. Ignatow would... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 146280
WELLS, H. G.; Alvin Langdon Coburn. The Door in the Wall and other Stories.
London : First edition, the scarce British signed limited issue, number 15 of 60 copies signed by both Wells and Coburn, the handwritten limitation statement facing the half-title dated January 1915.
Considered Wells's most disturbing and evocative work of speculative fiction, The Door in the Wall "deals with a favourite Wellsian theme: the intrusion... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 146197
KIPLING, Rudyard. Rudyard Kipling's Verse.
London : 1919First UK edition, first impression, deluxe limited issue, number 3 of 100 sets numbered and signed by Kipling.
"This edition was brought together at the publisher, Frank N. Doubleday's suggestion after much talk. It was to be tried out in the USA and if successful republished in England... The idea of the book was born at Brown's Hotel in February... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 146209
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
London : 1898First and limited edition, number 5 of 30 copies printed on japon, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the half-title, "To Mr. and Mrs. Dal Young, from the author, in gratitude and regard. Oscar Wilde '98." Dalhousie Young (1866-1921), an English composer and pianist, had published a sympathetic pamphlet urging tolerance at the... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 145836
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Land.
London : 1926First edition, signed limited issue, number 44 of 125 copies printed on japon and signed by the author and the illustrator.
This poem, dedicated to her lover Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956), was "an ambitious attempt to write a modern version of Virgil's Georgics by celebrating the annual round of the Kentish farming year" (ODNB). It was critically... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145968
CROSBY, Harry (his copy); Alphonse Daudet. Sapho.
Paris : [c.1903]Harry Crosby's copy of Daudet's cautionary romantic novel warning against a life of overt debauchery, with Crosby's pencil and ink underlinings to 116 pages of the text, including many passages that play upon the symbolism of the sun and the power of lust and desire in a man's life.
In addition to being bound for Crosby this copy has several... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 144911
LE GUIN, Ursula K. The Earthsea Trilogy.
London : 1971, 1972, 1973First UK editions, first impressions, a lovely and scarce presentation set with each volume inscribed by the author to Canadian writer Greg Gatenby, each dated 22 December 1994.
Le Guin first explored the world of Earthsea in her 1964 short story "The World of Unbinding", and the three main novels were first published in the US in 1968, 1971,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 145205
NIGHTINGALE, Florence. Notes on Nursing: what it is, and what it is not.
London : 1860Second edition, a superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to her fellow instructor at the Nightingale School: "Offered to John Croft Esq. with Florence Nightingale's sincerest joy at finding herself his fellow-worker in the Nurse-training business London 1873". Designated by Nightingale the Library Standard edition, this... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 144140
MCNAMARA, Robert - BISHOP, Jim. A Day in the Life of President Johnson.
New York : 1967First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to President Johnson's Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, inscribed on the initial blank "To Robert McNamara, This is the way I see the President, closeup. Sincerely, Jim Bishop. May 1967".
Appointed Secretary of Defense in 1961 by President Kennedy, and retained by President... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 146300
WHITTIER, John Greenleaf. Mabel Martin.
Boston : 1876Third edition thus, inscribed on the front free endpaper verso by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1883) to his youngest daughter "Annie Allegra Longfellow on her twentieth birthday with her father's love. Nov. 8. 1875". This is a an attractive copy with a lovely association.
The last of Longfelow's six children, Anne Longfellow... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 146006
HEANEY, Seamus. Columcille the Scribe.
Dublin : 2004Signed limited issue, number 124 of 150 copies signed by the author at the foot of the sheet. Heaney translated this Irish poem, the earliest known version of which is a 16th-century copy held at the Bodleian Library, to celebrate his enrolment as a member of the Royal Irish Academy on 9 June 1997, which he then presented to the Academy on vellum in... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145994
WOOLF, Virginia. Beau Brummell.
New York : 1930Signed limited edition, number 91 of 550 copies only, signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the half-title verso. This essay was first published in Nation and Athenaeum, 28 September 1929. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145936
WALDMAN, Anne. Giant Night.
New York : 1970First edition, signed limited issue, number 39 of 50 copies, numbered and signed by the author. Giant Night was Waldman's third poetry collection. The total edition comprised 3,000 copies, of which 2,000 were issued in wrappers and 1,000 in cloth.
Anne Waldman (b.1945) is an American writer, experimental poet, and lecturer connected to the Beat... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145792
FLEMING, Ian (contrib.) - GOMER BERRY, 1st Viscount Kemsley. The Kemsley Manual of Journalism.
London, Toronto, Melbourne, Sydney and Wellington : 1950First edition, first impression, signed on the title page by Viscount Kemsley. The volume includes an essay by Ian Fleming, who was Kemsley's Foreign Manager from 1945 to 1959, entitled "Foreign News": "Foreign news is no more or less important than any other category of news, but it is more difficult and expensive to obtain, and our insularity makes... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145645
MACHEN, Arthur. The Chronicle of Clemendy.
Carbonnek [London] : 1888First edition, number 217 of 250 copies, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "E. M. from A. M" with the recipient's subsequent gift inscription below "To Geoffrey D. Dobson from E. M. 1910". The Chronicle of Clemendy is Machen's first collection of short stories.
This "heavily tongue-in-cheek collection was probably written to... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144957
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. A Confederate General from Big Sur.
New York : 1964 First edition, first printing, of Brautigan's first published novel, signed by him on the title page and dated 17 June 1971. This characteristically surreal Brautigan excursion was actually quite closely based on the facts of a Beat pilgrimage to Big Sur in 1957-8 in the company of San Francisco character Price Dunn. Lee Mellon, the unforgettable central... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 144531
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 14 of 525 sets signed by the author in volume I, this set in notably attractive condition. In his last years Kipling gathered existing material to create "this great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of the firm's most profitable authors" (The Letters, p. 231).
"The... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 143836