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  1. Winner Take Nothing.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Winner Take Nothing.

    New York : 1933

    First edition, first printing. This collection contains 14 short stories, of which six ("The Light of the World", "A Way You'll Never Be", "The Mother of a Queen", "One Reader Writes", "A Day's Wait", and "Fathers and Sons") were printed here for the first time. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 45602

  2. Men Without Women.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Men Without Women.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 41996

  3. Across the River and Into the Trees.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Across the River and Into the Trees.

    New York : 1950

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 48514

  4. Open Sky. Sonny Rollins and his world of improvisation.
    ROLLINS, Sonny - NISENSON, Eric. Open Sky. Sonny Rollins and his world of improvisation.

    New York : 2000

    First edition. This copy signed by Rollins on the front free endpaper. A sincere student and practitioner of yoga and meditation, Rollins is an extremely reluctant signer. The present copy was signed at an event in 2008 at the Center for the Humanities, CUNY, "Sonny Rollins & Gary Giddins: Conversations in the Humanities." Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 44387

  5. The Vegetable or from President to Postman.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Vegetable or from President to Postman.

    New York : 1923

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 43653

  6. The Vegetable or from President to Postman.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Vegetable or from President to Postman.

    New York : 1923

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 46291

  7. All The Sad Young Men.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. All The Sad Young Men.

    1926

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 41770

  8. The Picture Post Portfolio.
    SPENDER, Humphrey; Bert Hardy; George Rodger. The Picture Post Portfolio.

    London : [1989]

    Limited edition, number 23 of 500 copies. Each plate signed by the photographer, accompanied by the certificate of authenticity. This portfolio, produced to celebrate the photography of the magazine Picture Post (1938-1957), provides a stunning snapshot of English life in this period.



    The Picture Post, described as "a magazine of brilliant... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 127002

  9. The Ghost Pirates.
    HODGSON, William Hope. The Ghost Pirates.

    London : 1909

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of Hodgson's landmark work, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "N. Rendall, Esq. from William Hope Hodgson - 'May we be friends e'en though we disagree'. Sept. 21st '09." Rare inscribed, with no other copies traced. Hailed as one of the best novel-length works of supernatural fiction... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 101607

  10. The Emperor Constantine.
    SAYERS, Dorothy L. The Emperor Constantine.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression, of the author's last play, written for the 1951 Colchester Festival. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 89241

  11. Monopoly.
    ROBINSON, E. A. G.. Monopoly.

    London & Cambridge : 1941

    First edition, first impression of the Cambridge economist's second major work in the Cambridge Economic Handbook series. Robinson was a close friend and trusted colleague of J. M. Keynes, who was the first editor of the series.

    This copy features an inscription by F. A. Burchardt, research scholar at All Souls college, Oxford, and key part of... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 116881

  12. The Happy Hypocrite.
    BEERBOHM, Max. The Happy Hypocrite.

    New York : 1906

    Second US Edition. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the first blank, "To Clare with love from her friend Max". Beerbohm presentations are not common. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 36059

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

    London : 1899

    First edition, number 131 of 1,000 copies. The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde's last play, opened to great 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 was not published in book form... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145568

  14. The Idiot.
    PENGUIN CLASSICS - DOSTOEVSKY, Fydor. The Idiot.

    London : 2006

    Limited edition, number 35 of 1,000 copies designed by Ron Arad and published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Penguin Classics. The Idiot was first published serially in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1868-9, and was first translated into English from the Russian by Frederick Whishaw in 1887. The translation used in this edition, by David... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 133763

  15. The Pledge of Friendship:
    HOOD, Thomas (ed.) The Pledge of Friendship:

    London : [1825]

    First edition of this gift book, which includes many works by Lord Byron, the abolitionist John Bicknell and extracts from contemporary travel books, such as "A Coffee House at Sarabuse described". Completing the work is an illustrated memoranda for 1826, listing important events which took place on certain days in each month. The Pledge of Friendship... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 123843

  16. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
    HUME, Fergus W. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

    London : 1887

    First UK edition, earliest practically obtainable impression with "seventy-fifth thousand" on the title page. The novel, one of the greatest and most successful of all detective stories, had met with enormous enthusiasm when first published in Australia in 1886. The author foolishly sold the copyright for a paltry sum to the businessman Frederick Trischler,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 126189

  17. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
    HUME, Fergus W. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

    London : 1888

    First UK edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the prolific dime novel author William J. Benners (1863-1940) on the half-title: "To Will J. Benners with best wishes Fergus Hume". Inscribed copies of Hume's works are extremely rare. This copy was later part of the library of Florence & Edward Kaye, both leading collectors of detective... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 126192

  18. The Jewel Mysteries.
    PEMBERTON, Max. The Jewel Mysteries.

    London : 1894

    First edition of this collection of ten detective tales featuring the jeweller Bernard Sutton as sleuth. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 105110

  19. The Thinking Machine.
    FUTRELLE, Jacques. The Thinking Machine.

    London : 1907

    First UK edition, first impression of this collection of stories marking the second appearance of Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen after The Chase of the Golden Plate (1906), and the first in which in which the detective "was allowed full scope to perform his feats of mental wizardry" (Quayle). The Thinking Machine was first published in the US earlier the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 104944

  20. The Red Triangle.
    MORRISON, Arthur. The Red Triangle.

    London : 1903

    First edition, first impression, of the final Hewitt novel. Morrison (1863-1945) is best remembered for A Child of the Jago (1896), based on his experiences growing up in London's East End. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 96975

  21. When We Were Very Young.
    MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young.

    London : July 1925

    Tenth impression, second deluxe edition. When We Were Very Young was first published on 6 November 1924. Copies of the seventh and tenth impressions were later issued in deluxe bindings. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 96008

  22. 16 Gravures from Photography Year Book 1963
    STRAND, Paul. 16 Gravures from Photography Year Book 1963

    New York : 1963

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from Strand, inscribed on the back wrapper "To Cipe and Will, with affection, Paul". An excellent association: Cipe Pineles (1908-1991) was personally installed by Condé Nast as assistant to M. F. Agha, legendary art director to the publishing group. "Through the 1930s and early 1940s, Pineles learned... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 89275

  23. The Filigree Ball:
    GREEN, Anna Katherine. The Filigree Ball:

    Indianapolis, IN : 1903

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to American First Lady Edith Roosevelt on the front free endpaper, "Mrs. Roosevelt, Compliments of Anna K. Green Rohlfs. March 23rd 1903". Additionally inscribed by Mrs. Roosevelt to her son on the front pastedown, "For Kermit from Mother". Anna Katherine Green's first novel, The Leavenworth Case,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 83721

  24. Les Rois Aveugles.
    KESSEL, J. & Hélène Iswolsky. Les Rois Aveugles.

    Paris : [c.1925]

    Limited to 400 numbered copies printed on japon ("vellum paper"). With the monogram and bookplate of Victoria Sackville-West, mother of writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 81169

  25. John Thorndyke's Cases.
    FREEMAN, R. Austin. John Thorndyke's Cases.

    London : 1909

    First edition, first impression. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 38853

  26. The Golden Pool.
    FREEMAN, R. Austin. The Golden Pool.

    London : 1905

    First edition, first impression. With the bookplate of the great mystery collector Adrian Goldstone to the front pastedown. Freeman's scarce first novel. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 38788

  27. Fore-Edge Painting.
    WEBER, Carl J. Fore-Edge Painting.

    New York : 1966

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 12384

  28. Love Among the Ruins.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Love Among the Ruins.

    London : 1953

    First edition, signed limited issue, additionally inscribed by Waugh "For Darling Momo, with love from Evelyn", on the limitation page. Maud "Momo" Marriott, née Kahn, was the sister of Nin Ryan and wife of Major General Sir John Marriott. Waugh became friends with the Marriotts through Randolph Churchill, while they were stationed in the Middle East... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 99792

  29. Diamond Lil.
    WEST, Mae. Diamond Lil.

    New York : 1932

    First edition, first printing, in the striking dust jacket. Mae West's "creation of Diamond Lil, the play as well as the prostitute character transformed her from headline news to the status of a legend" (ANB). First staged in 1928 the play "showcased West's wisecracking sexual personae and musical talents as dance hall entertainer" (ibid.). It was... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 36621

  30. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me.
    GISH, Lillian, & Ann Pinchot. The Movies, Mr. Griffith and Me.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ : 1969

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by Lillian Gish to Otto Preminger on the half-title: "This, dear Otto Preminger, with deepest thanks for your kindness to my beloved sister. And fondest wishes to you and your family. Lillian Gish". Preminger directed Lillian Gish's sister Dorothy in the 1946 musical Centennial Summer. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 88156

  31. King of Comedy.
    SENNETT, Mack, & Cameron Shipp. King of Comedy.

    Garden City, NY : 1954

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy signed by Sennett and inscribed by Shipp on the front free endpaper, "For Wally and Joan Meier, keep laughing! Mack Sennett, Cameron Shipp". Mack Sennett (1880-1960) was a Canadian-American actor and director, an Academy Award winner and the innovator of slapstick comedy in Hollywood. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 81753

  32. La Ménagerie Royale,
    ZOOLOGY. La Ménagerie Royale,

    Paris : 1814

    First edition published under this title, second overall. This work was first published in 1812, under Napoleon's reign as emperor, as "La Ménagerie Impériale." Napoleon abdicated in 1814, to be succeeded by King Louis XVIII, and so the menagerie was reclassified as "royale," prompting Saintin to reissue the book from the same sheets with a suitably... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134214

  33. The Wonderful Christmas Story told by St Luke.
    CHRISTMAS - CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT. The Wonderful Christmas Story told by St Luke.

    Snowshill, Cotswolds : November 1928

    A beautiful arts and crafts style calligraphic Christmas gift, inscribed in orange ink to the final leaf "Written for Miss Ellen D. Sharpe by her friend S. B. Russell at Snowshill, on the Cotswolds, in November 1928".

    The work was created by Sydney Bolton Russell (1866-1938), the father of the arts and crafts furniture designer Gordon Russell... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145380

  34. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [together with] Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1868 & 1872

    First edition of Through the Looking-Glass, together with an early edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this being from the 12th thousand, published just three years after the first edition of 1865, handsomely bound as a set by Bayntun of Bath. The Alice books earned the author "a place in the firmament of the great, for they are not only acts... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 145478

  35. Conversations avec Picasso.
    PICASSO; HALÁSZ, Gyula; BRASSAÏ. Conversations avec Picasso.

    [Paris] : 1964

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Picasso on the dedication page, and inscribed by Brassai on the half-title: "Pour Maud Leclerc, avec toute son amitié, Brassai. Èze-village, 27 Dec. 1964." Brassaï, who photographed much of Picasso's work in the 1940s, here builds an intimate portrait of Picasso himself, recording each of their meetings... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 99727

  36. Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary.
    JAMES, M. R. Ghost-Stories of an Antiquary.

    London : 1904

    First edition, first impression. With the publisher's adverts dated November 1904. Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a scholar and the author of numerous ghost stories which he began writing after entering Cambridge in 1882, quickly becoming known for his candlelit readings to fellow scholars.

    Several of James's ghost stories were printed... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143512

  37. Evangeline, a Tale of Acadie.
    KEMBLE, Fanny - LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline, a Tale of Acadie.

    1848

    Sixth edition, one year after the first. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Sarah Butler from her friend, Fanny Kemble, December 25th/'45," and with the Butler Place bookplate to the front pastedown. Sarah was Fanny Kemble's elder daughter, named for her aunt, the great tragedienne Sarah Siddons. When Kemble's abolitionism forced her separation... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 52316

  38. Men Without Women.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Men Without Women.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 40090

  39. The Day of the Triffids.
    WYNDHAM, John. The Day of the Triffids.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression, of Wyndham's science fiction classic. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 37511

  40. The Gruffalo's Child.
    DONALDSON, Julia. The Gruffalo's Child.

    London : 2008

    First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of the Gruffalo's Child by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo's Child was first published in September 2004. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 145404

  41. The Gruffalo's Child.
    DONALDSON, Julia. The Gruffalo's Child.

    London : 2008

    First gift edition, signed by both the author and illustrator on the title page, with an original small ink drawing of a mouse by Scheffler alongside his signature. The Gruffalo's Child was first published in September 2004. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 145402

  42. The Fifth Column.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Fifth Column.

    New York : 1938

    First edition, first printing. An attractively bound copy of this anthology. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 91989

  43. Lilies for English Gardens.
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Lilies for English Gardens.

    London : 1901

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95231

  44. Original Prints Catalogue Raisonné.
    FRINK, Elisabeth. Original Prints Catalogue Raisonné.

    London : 1998

    First edition, first impression of the first full-length study of Frink's printmaking. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 92247

  45. Lord Jim.
    CONRAD, Joseph. Lord Jim.

    Edinburgh and London : 1900

    First edition, first impression, one of 2,105 copies printed. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 71079

  46. A collection of original Laurel and Hardy scenarios and scripts from the files of the Hal Roach studio.
    LAUREL, Stan (Arthur Stanley Jefferson). A collection of original Laurel and Hardy scenarios and scripts from the files of the Hal Roach studio.

    [Los Angeles] : 1927-35

    A superb collection of original script material from the golden age of the most successful comic partnership in film history. In 1926, under contract to Hal Roach Studios for the third time, the English-born comedian Stan Laurel (Arthur Stanley Jefferson) reworked an old sketch of his father's into a two-reel comedy, Home from the Honeymoon, featuring... Learn More
    £45,000.00

    Stock Code: 65988

  47. The Arrow of Gold.
    CONRAD, Joseph. The Arrow of Gold.

    1919

    First English edition and first revised edition with corrections not incorporated in the American first edition. Signed "from Joseph Conrad 1919" on the half-title. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 48434

  48. Fantastic Mr. Fox.
    DAHL, Roald. Fantastic Mr. Fox.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing. The US edition preceded the UK edition, published the same year. Fantastic Mr Fox formed the basis for Wes Anderson's 2009 film of the same name and has been successfully adapted into both a stage play and an opera. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145148

  49. [Collection of nine volumes of poetry:]
    GRAVES, Robert. [Collection of nine volumes of poetry:]

    London : 1938-72

    First editions, first impressions. An excellent collection of Graves's verse, spanning a period of several decades. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 109052

  50. The Child's Christmas.
    ROBINSON, Charles (illus.); SHARP, Evelyn. The Child's Christmas.

    London : [1906]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,450.00

    Stock Code: 105837

  51. A Christmas Carol in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.
    DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol in Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas.

    1922]

    A handsomely bound facsimile of the first edition of Dickens's first and most enduring Christmas gift book. This copy has been bound without the extra title page and prefatory matter by G. K. Chesterton and B. W. Matz, rendering it even more persuasive. Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 145198

  52. Jacob's Room.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression. Jacob's Room, Woolf's third novel, was the first full-length book to be published by the Hogarth Press, and marked the point from which the Woolfs decided to run the Press as a genuine business concern. Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 28033

  53. The Fortune of War.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Fortune of War.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression. The sixth book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 85560

  54. La Stupenda.
    ADAMS, Brian. La Stupenda.

    Victoria : 1982

    First edition, third impression (first 1980). Inscribed by Sutherland on the title page, "To Den, best wishes, Joan Sutherland". Sutherland, who became known as "La Stupenda" following her performance of Handel's Alcina in Venice, worked with Adams in 1979 while he filmed the television documentary, Joan Sutherland: A Life On The Move. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 116335

  55. The New Bridge.
    LEVIN, Meyer. The New Bridge.

    London : 1933

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 101993

  56. Bliss.
    CAREY, Peter. Bliss.

    London : 1981

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in Australia in the same year. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 99649

  57. Annuals & Biennials.
    JEKYLL, Gertrude. Annuals & Biennials.

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 95233

  58. The Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.

    London & New York : 1898

    The Winchester edition. Limited to 250 numbered copies printed for America. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 95364

  59. Aufsätze zur Tagespolitik.
    SCHUMPETER, Joseph Alois. Aufsätze zur Tagespolitik.

    Tübingen : 1993

    First edition, first impression. A collection of essays by Schumpeter. Written while bank president of Biedermann-Bank in Austria and during his time at the universities of Bonn and Harvard. Predominantly written in German, but with a handful of essays in English. Subjects covered are monetary issues, introductions to other authors' work, obituaries... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 89920

  60. Desolation Island.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. Desolation Island.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 36209

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