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  1. 130084comp
    First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. A superb association copy, with the humorous gift inscription of Sylvia Lynd, poet and founder of the Book Society, to her husband, critic, and journalist, "Robert Lynd - 27.11.'17. (an unbirthday present.) from S. L." (Robert's actual birthday was 20 April). Both Robert (1879-1949)... Learn More
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  2. 108972
    First illustrated edition in English, and the first UK edition, rare first issue with the title page dated 1873. This Sampson Low edition was published in November 1873, but the overwhelming majority of copies have the title dated 1874, in line with usual contemporary practice for books published for the Christmas market.... Learn More
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  3. 133138
    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's biography of Roger Fry, the English painter and fellow member of the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf wrote the biography at the request of the Fry family; the print run was 2,530 copies. Learn More
    £750

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  4. 133123
    First complete translation into English verse of the poems of Hafiz, copy number 36 of an unstated limitation of the ordinary issue (there being also a rare large paper issue). John Payne's (1842-1916) privately printed translations for the erotic Villon Society include Boccaccio's Decameron, Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, and... Learn More
    £500

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  5. 132818
    First trade edition, first impression, of the author's key feminist treatise. The signed limited edition was issued simultaneously in the USA and in the UK three days earlier. One of 3,040 copies printed. Laid in to this copy is the publisher's publicity leaflet for the Uniform editions of The Voyage Out, Jacob's Room,... Learn More
    £5,000

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  6. 132821
    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce Vanessa Bell jacket. Mrs Dalloway is regarded by many as the author's masterpiece; certainly it is one of her best-loved works. Only 2,000 copies of the first printing were produced, and the dust jacket is one of the finest Bell ever designed and rare in collectable condition.... Learn More
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  7. 132813
    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's penultimate novel, and the most popular of her novels during her lifetime. Woolf began The Years in the early 1930s as a novel-essay entitled the The Pargiters. Woolf subsequently divided it into two parts, with the fiction portion reworked into The Years and the essay portion... Learn More
    £1,875

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  8. 131850comp
    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 64 of 375 copies signed by the author, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's... Learn More
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  9. 103479comp
    First edition, first printing, number 164 of 150 large paper copies numbered between 101 and 250. Ulysses was published in imitation of the traditional three-tiered French format aimed at both connoisseurs and readers: 100 copies were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed by Joyce; 150 copies were printed on heavier... Learn More
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  10. 133060
    First folio and first illustrated edition of Milton's epic. In contrast to the plain dress first edition in small quarto of 1667 and the two octavo editions of 1674 and 1678, this folio edition (the fourth overall) announces the acceptance of Milton as a great national poet. The frontispiece has commendatory verses by John... Learn More
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  11. 131376
    First Florence Press edition, number 100 of 260 copies printed on handmade paper, in an appealing Cosway-style binding, incorporating a fine miniature half-length portrait of Byron based on the 1813 portrait by Richard Westall. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style... Learn More
    £3,500

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    A Lunch Appointment.

    [North Pomfret, Vt.]: [1993]

    First edition, number XIII of twenty copies signed by Edmund White and containing an original signed etching by Pierre Le-Tan, preserved in a folder at the end. "This previously unpublished essay is an account of the author's first meeting with his mentor, Edith Sitwell and captures his minutely observed insights into human... Learn More
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  13. 133103
    Limited edition, number 454 of 500 copies on paper; 12 copies were also issued on vellum. "Conceived in the fruitful mind of Robert Gibbings, this is the Golden Cockerel book usually compared with the Doves Bible and the Kelmscott Chaucer. A flower among the best products of English romantic genius, it is also surely, thanks... Learn More
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  14. 133077
    First edition, first impression, of the very scarce true first book appearance of the poetry of American poet Mary Oliver (19352019), preceding the US edition by two years, since Oliver was briefly living in London at the time. The print run was small and many copies went to libraries, further contributing to the rarity... Learn More
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  15. 133076detail
    Limited editions, the Plays number 826 of 1,950 copies, the Poems number 359 of 1,500 copies signed by the book designer Bruce Rogers. Published for subscribers to The Limited Editions Club of New York, this handsomely produced edition of Shakespeare's plays and poetry includes work by some of the most celebrated book illustrators... Learn More
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  16. 133029
    The first complete Aldine edition of Xenophon. The edition marks the first printing of Xenophon's De Atheniensium re publica and De vectigalibus, alongside the Hellenica (which the Aldine press had published in October 1503) and the Agesilao, which had previously been erroneously attributed to Plutarch. The text was edited... Learn More
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  17. 132868
    First edition, first printing, one of 500 copies printed for private circulation. This finely produced edition of the text of Heaney's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, delivered in December 1995, is much scarcer than the Gallery Books paperback published in Ireland in the same year, and preceded only by the unbound sheets... Learn More
    £200

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  18. 132664comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Auden on the first blank. This amusing pre-war travelogue was written collaboratively by Isherwood and Auden in prose and verse respectively. Learn More
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  19. 130838comp
    Scarce first 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 (19061987) was Olivier's neighbour in Wiltshire, his beloved childhood... Learn More
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  20. 129227
    First edition of this short collection of instructive plays written for the edification of female students.
    Barbara Hofland (d. 1844; previously Hoole, née Wreaks) was one of the most prolific and successful writers for children during the first half of the 19th century, publishing 66 books in addition to various contributions... Learn More
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    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Savrola was Churchill's only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write,... Learn More
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  22. 131223
    First edition, first impression. This novel is the only Bond book to be written in the first person, presented as the testimony of a 23-year-old Canadian woman with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
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  23. The War of the Worlds.
    First edition, first issue, with the 16-page publisher's catalogue at the end, dated 1897 and headed by New Letters of Napoleon I. The War of the Worlds was originally printed as a serial in Pearson's magazine from April to December 1897. Learn More
    £2,500

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  24. 132967comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. An Accidental Man was Murdoch's fourteenth novel. Learn More
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  25. 132964
    First edition, first impression, trade issue, printed in a run of 2,000 copies on 29 April; 2,000 copies were printed for a US trade issue in September of the same year. Learn More
    £250

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  26. 132935
    First Boydell edition. This lavish edition was the brainchild of John Boydell (1720-1804), who had been responsible for the publication in mezzotint of some of the most impressive paintings of the period. He and his nephew Josiah Boydell conceived this set, with typography by Bulmer and paper by Whatman, to be embellished... Learn More
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  27. 132922
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  28. 132918
    First edition, first impression. Under Milk Wood was originally commissioned as a radio drama by the BBC, and was first broadcast on 25 January 1954. It was later adapted for the stage, and has since become one of Dylan Thomas's best known works. Learn More
    £400

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  29. 132914
    First edition, first impression. This novel is the only Bond book to be written in the first person, presented as the testimony of a 23-year-old Canadian woman with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
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  30. 132848
    First edition in English of the third Moomin title. Originally published in Sweden in 1948. Learn More
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  31. 132977comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Comedians was published in the US later the same year and was the basis for the 1967 film of the same name, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. This copy is in the first issue dust jacket with the price of 25 shillings to the... Learn More
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    First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. The work was first published in the UK earlier the same year. The Italian Girl was adapted for the stage by James Saunders in collaboration with Iris Murdoch, and was first performed at the Bristol Old Vic on 29 November 1967, directed by... Learn More
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  33. 118722comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy to a fellow poet, with an original unpublished manuscript poem laid-in. This set is inscribed by Browning in each volume to Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-1895), the well-connected Victorian poet and bibliophile who was well-acquainted with the likes of Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot,... Learn More
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  34. 131206
    First Bentley edition in an uncommon contemporary binding. This is the third edition overall, and the first English edition to be illustrated. In 1832-3 Richard Bentley bought the copyright to all Austen's novels, which had not been reissued since 1818, to include them in his Standard Novels series, of which this is no.... Learn More
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  35. 131209

    Sense and Sensibility.

    London: 1833 [but 1832]

    First Bentley edition in an uncommon contemporary binding. This is the third edition overall (pre-dating the first American by a few months), and the first English edition to be illustrated. In 1832-3 Richard Bentley bought the copyright to all Austen's novels, which had not been reissued since 1818, to include them in his... Learn More
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  36. 131308
    First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket retaining the scarce illustrated plate to the front panel. In Pursuit of Spring was Thomas's last work of prose and provides an account of his week-long bicycle ride from central London out into the Quantock Hills in Somerset undertaken in March 1913. It... Learn More
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  37. 130317
    First edition, first impression. This novel is the only Bond book to be written in the first person, presented as the testimony of a 23-year-old Canadian woman with whom Bond has an ill-fated affair. In furtherance of this pretence, Vivienne Michel gets a spurious credit on the title page as co-author. Learn More
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  38. 130902

    Mitsou.

    Erlenbach and Leipzig: 1921

    First edition, first impression, of Balthus's notably scarce first publication. Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001) created this pictorial tale from a series of uncaptioned ink drawings at the age of 11. The work's drawings are "animated with the fervour of an intense child eager to tell his tale.. the pen strokes are... Learn More
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  39. 130514comp
    Signed limited edition, number 29 of 100 copies signed by the author. This copy with Dalí's previously unpublished 20-page Postface and the publisher's advertisement slip loosely inserted, as issued. Originally written in French in autumn 1943, Hidden Faces was first published in 1944 in Haakon Chevalier's... Learn More
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  40. Exploits of Don Quixote.
    First Ardizzone edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 109907

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  41. 96870
    First edition, first printing. This was the sole volume published of a far more extensive project designed to bring a cross section of cutting edge world literature to the American public. The venture was never fully realized and perhaps its lasting legacy will prove to have been as Beckett's first appearance in a US publication.... Learn More
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  42. 1
    First edition, first printing, of the author's final, unfinished novel. Learn More
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  43. 132197
    Michael Robartes and the Dancer is an important Yeats collection, notable for its mythical imagining of contemporary politics...."> First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats on All Souls Day 1920, very scarce in the jacket, and containing the first appearance of "The Second Coming". Michael Robartes and the Dancer is an important Yeats collection, notable for its mythical imagining of contemporary politics.... Learn More
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  44. 131846comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 182 of 375 copies signed by the author to the verso of the half-title, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is not found with this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan,... Learn More
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  45. 131172comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Honi, who had the job of typing the damn thing, from, Erle Stanley Gardner". The recipient was Ruth "Honey" Moore, the youngest of the three Walter sisters who were Gardner's longtime secretaries, and to whom Gardner... Learn More
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  46. 131277comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 79 of 500 copies signed by the author. May We Borrow Your Husband? is a collection of 12 short stories, two of which have been adapted into successful short films. Learn More
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  47. 131022

    Poems.

    London: 1881

    First edition, first issue. One of only 250 copies for the first issue; 750 copies were printed in total, but the remaining 500 copies were equally split between the second and third issues, with new title pages stating second and third editions. Publisher's presentation copy, with the title page stamped "with the publisher's... Learn More
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  48. 130774
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 23 of 20 copies (numbers 6-25) printed on handmade paper by the Chiswick Press and bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe in red morocco, from a total run of 250 copies. Shelley's elegy for Keats, first published in 1821 (the year of Keats's death) is considered among the finest of Shelley's... Learn More
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  49. 131011
    First edition, first impression. The Hound was Sherlock Holmes's "comeback" novel after his shocking demise on the Reichenbach Falls stunned his loyal Victorian readership. When first serialized in the Strand Magazine in 1901 it was a feverish success, with queues at the publisher's office and throughout the country. Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to the philosopher and essayist Ramiro de Maeztu on the verso of the front wrapper: "A Ramiro de Maeztu, mi devoción por su obra maravillosamente hispana, cerradamente española. R. E. Scarpa... Stgo de Chile. Dic. 1935" ("To Ramiro de... Learn More
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  51. 122395detail
    Virginia Woolf's original typescript, with her autograph corrections in eight places, for her first introduction to Mrs Dalloway, published in the Modern Library edition in 1928. Neither the first edition published by the Hogarth Press in 1925, nor the American edition published by Harcourt, Brace & Co later in the same... Learn More
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  52. 132842
    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce anthology of German and Italian poetry translated into English by noted Victorian fantasy writer George MacDonald, including the Spiritual Songs of Novalis. Also presented are English renditions of Luther, Schiller, Goethe, Heine, Petrarch, Milton (from his Italian), and others.... Learn More
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    First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to fellow science fiction author John Baxter, "for John Baxter, Ursula K. Le Guin 18.3.97". Learn More
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  54. 132765
    First UK edition, first impression. This Hercule Poirot mystery was first published in the US earlier the same year under the title Funerals Are Fatal. Learn More
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  55. 132670comp
    First editions, first printings, of which four are inscribed by the author to Philomena Guillebaud, three of which have an additional inscription from Le Guin's close friend Martha West. Additionally Dancing at the Edge of the World is inscribed solely from West to Guillebaud; Buffalo Gals and other Animal Presences... Learn More
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    First edition of the first monograph study on Sartre in English and Murdoch's first book, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This exploration of Sartre "reveals a novelist's capacity to sink and merge her personality within the mind of another, and criticizes Sartre's ideas and novels' accessibly".... Learn More
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  57. 132568comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 19 of 150 copies signed by the author. Collected Poems includes Sackville's "The Land" and "Sissinghurst" (which was dedicated to Virginia Woolf), as well as 28 new poems published here for the first time. Volume one was the only volume to be published. Learn More
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  58. 129602
    First edition, first impression, one of only 300 copies printed. This collection, finely printed by Yeats's sister Elizabeth C. Yeats, collects the best of Yeats's love poetry, including He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven and Adam's Curse. Elizabeth's "clearly legible, slender volumes with their distinctive paper labels... Learn More
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  59. 62939
    First edition in book form of Hardy's great novel of the Napoleonic war, written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Trafalgar. Purdy notes that the novel was published in an edition of 1,000 copies and remarks that the three-line border "is less common than the 2-rule binding". The story was first published in slightly... Learn More
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  60. 132751
    First edition thus, one of 300 copies, inscribed to Jane Morris on the blank preceding the title, "To Mrs. Morris from The Editor", and probably bound for presentation. Ouseley's translation was originally published in 1800 but had become rare by the 1880s and the Orcadian scholar Clouston considered it worth reprinting.... Learn More
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