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  1. The final revised typescript of Diamonds Are Forever, with Fleming's autograph revisions throughout, also marked up by the copy-editor for publication.
    FLEMING, Ian. The final revised typescript of Diamonds Are Forever, with Fleming's autograph revisions throughout, also marked up by the copy-editor for publication.

    London : [1955-6]

    Ian Fleming's revised typescript of Diamonds are Forever, with numerous autograph additions, revealing Fleming's working practices as he honed the fourth Bond novel into its final shape. Original manuscripts and typescripts of Fleming's major works are extremely rare on the market.

    The typescript is peppered throughout with authorial tweaks,... Learn More
    £350,000.00

    Stock Code: 145630

  2. Archive for the dust jacket of "For Your Eyes Only".
    FLEMING, Ian - CHOPPING, Richard. Archive for the dust jacket of "For Your Eyes Only".

    October 14 1959 - April 14 1960

    A series of twenty-two autograph and typed letters signed between Ian Fleming, his agent at Jonathan Cape Michael Howard, and Fleming's dust-jacket artist of choice Richard Chopping, documenting the conception and creation of Chopping's jacket design for For Your Eyes Only, also containing a number of drafts and colour palettes for the dust jacket,... Learn More
    £75,000.00

    Stock Code: 145633

  3. Manuscript notebook, including material used in You Only Live Twice.
    FLEMING, Ian. Manuscript notebook, including material used in You Only Live Twice.

    1962

    Undoubtedly one of the very last pieces of significant Fleming manuscript material outside the Lilly Library's Fleming collection.

    These notes were made at the time of Fleming's trip to Japan in 1961. He returned to Japan with the express purpose of making a trip that he could funnel into a Bond story. He wrote to his friend Richard Hughes in... Learn More
    £95,000.00

    Stock Code: 145643

  4. 142880
    STOKER, Bram. Original holograph manuscript of "John Law. The Mississippi Scheme and its fore Antecedent",

    1910

    A fine working manuscript, entirely in Stoker's hand, of his essay on John Law, the fourth chapter of Famous Impostors (1910), the author's curious study of duplicitous behaviour and fraudulent schemes throughout history. Law, "a gambler on a great scale" (p. 11), is for Stoker the archetypal swindler; the many textual emendations and excisions demonstrate... Learn More
    £32,500.00

    Stock Code: 142880

  5. A True Lovers Knot.
    VALENTINE. A True Lovers Knot.

    [undated, after 1806]

    A delightful and rare survival of a "True Lover's Knot" manuscript Valentine poem. Designed to be rotated, the words twist through a maze of linear bands to create both a love letter and an intricate work of art. Part of a long tradition of exchanging handmade tokens, letters, or gifts for Valentine's Day, the "True Lover's Knot" poem is designed so... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145285

  6. Children of the People (original manuscript).
    RIIS, Jacob A. Children of the People (original manuscript).

    [New York : 1903]

    The original manuscript of Riis's short story "Children of the People", signed by the author at head in pencil, describing the ongoing suffering of children, as published in The Century Magazine for December 1903, and later collected, under the title "The City's Heart", in his 1915 story collection Neighbors: Life Stories of the Other Half.

    The... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 146044

  7. 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

  8. Manuscript memorial volume of a pilot officer of 56 Squadron R. F. C.
    WILKINSON, Geoffrey Miles. Manuscript memorial volume of a pilot officer of 56 Squadron R. F. C.

    Ealing, Middlesex : 1918

    A unique and extremely moving document, a manuscript record of the life and brief career of 2nd Lieut. G. M. Wilkinson, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, attached to 56 Squadron R.F.C. (1898-1917), lovingly copied out and compiled by his mother. Following the structure of the memorial volumes of the era the volume offers a brief account of schooling... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 144576

  9. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
    MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.

    1927-1962

    Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142705

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