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  1. 127547comp
    First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the first free blank, believed to have been tipped in by the publisher. The first UK edition was published in the same year by Gollancz. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 127547

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  2. A Nip in the Air.
    First edition, signed limited edition. Number 130 of 175 copies signed by the author. From the library of the scholar and auctioneer Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 102440

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  3. 131181
    Limited edition, number 66 of 500 copies signed by the publisher. A handsome set including all of the major poetry and prose. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131181

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  4. 124901
    First edition, first impression, first issue, first state, with the gilt gun design to the front cover, a design in line with the binding of other Bond novels, whereby a device was stamped onto the front cover. This gun device was abandoned, however, very early in the binding run for economic reasons. It is the final Bond... Learn More
    £9,000

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  5. 122696
    First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 122696

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  6. Sourcery.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Bob, further & better wishes, Terry Pratchett". Together with a folding map "The Streets of Ankh-Morpork. Being a concise and possibly even accurate Map of the Great City of the Discworld". Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 86625

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  7. 131161detail
    The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights... Learn More
    £9,750

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  8. 131158

    The Works.

    New York: 1913-23

    Imperial Edition, number 43 of 256 copies printed on japon and with a signed portrait of the author in vol. I. Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 131158

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  9. 131152
    The Memorial Edition, number 169 of 509 sets, with the clipped signature of Joseph Conrad mounted in the front of the first volume. The edition was planned while the author was still alive, as 399 signed sets. The author died in 1924 having only signed 99 sets, and the publishers changed the edition to the present Memorial... Learn More
    £5,500

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  10. 131147
    First edition, first impression, second issue, in the first issue jacket. 18 Poems is the author's first collection of poems and was printed in an edition of 500 copies; the first issue was bound and released in December 1934, the latter 250 copies were bound and distributed in February 1936. The second issue has... Learn More
    £1,500

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  11. 131150detail
    The Olympic Edition, number 186 of 1,000 copies only. The set collects the historical works of the three great ancient Greek historians, translated by George Rawlinson, Benjamin Jowett, and Henry Graham Dakyns respectively. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131150

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  12. 131099
    Limited edition, number 128 of 485 copies on handmade paper; a further 15 copies were issued on vellum. The Canterbury Tales was one of the "most important Golden Cockerel editions for which Eric Gill provided the engravings", and showcases his "originality and verve" (ODNB). This work was seen as one of the finest works... Learn More
    £8,500

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  13. 120615
    An excellent and very scarce signed letter of one page from Mary Shelley to her step-sister, enclosing a clipped signature of her late husband, "Yours ever faithfullyPercy B. Shelley" (here still pasted down, presumably clipped by Mary from an earlier letter to her). This entrusted treasure is accompanied by Mary's terse... Learn More
    £25,000

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  14. 120613
    A very scarce signed letter of one page from Mary Shelley, lacking half of the address to the verso, and the letter beginning without a "To", but conjectured to be to Celia "Cissy" Gore, one of the ten children of Catherine Frances Gore, who visited Mary Shelley on 2 September 1834 as recorded in Godwin's journal. The letter... Learn More
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  15. 120614
    A very scarce and superb signed letter of two pages from Mary Shelley to her friend Edward Trelawny, discussing with extraordinary vehemence her dislike of Claire Clairmont: "Claire always harps upon my desertion of heras if I could desert one I never clung towe were never friendsNow, I would not go to Paradise, with her... Learn More
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  16. 130785
    First edition in English, first impression. An excellent Hogarth Press association copy, being the copy of Ralph and Frances Partridge, with their pencilled joint ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Ralph was the first assistant of the Hogarth Press, and it was there that he met Frances, where they worked together... Learn More
    £675

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  17. 130951
    First edition in English, first impression. An excellent Hogarth Press association copy, being the copy of Ralph and Frances Partridge, with Frances's inked ownership signature and Ralph's pencilled notation "RP" (his usual style of ownership notation) to the front free endpaper. Ralph was the first assistant of the Hogarth... Learn More
    £675

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  18. 130952
    First edition in English, first impression. An excellent Hogarth Press association copy, being the copy of Ralph and Frances Partridge, with Frances's inked ownership signature and Ralph's pencilled notation "RP" (his usual style of ownership notation) to the front free endpaper. Ralph was the first assistant of the Hogarth... Learn More
    £550

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  19. 130961
    First edition in English, first impression. The texts, being a formerly unpublished section of Dostoevsky's The Possessed and a sketch of a novel he never completed entitled The Life of a Great Sinner, were found in Russian archives in 1921 and published there in 1922. The translation is taken from this printing - Koteliansky... Learn More
    £375

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  20. 130467comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the editor Richard Holmes to the Bloomsbury Group member Frances Partridge, inscribed on the front free endpaper "Frances Partridge from Richard Holmes with warmest wishes Nov. '84". Then in her 84th year of her 103-year life, Partridge was one of the last survivors... Learn More
    £125

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  21. 130720
    A most attractively bound copy showing strong arts and crafts influence, decorated with trailing lanceolate leaves and nine-petalled flowers. Learn More
    £750

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  22. 131130
    First edition, first impression, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility"... Learn More
    £2,500

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  23. 131124
    First edition, first printing. Davis was an active journalist, author, and proponent of American masculinity. He was a close friend of Theodore Roosevelt's and helped create the legend surrounding the Rough Riders, of which he was made an honorary member. He was the model for illustrator Charles Dana Gibson's dashing "Gibson... Learn More
    £750

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  24. 131117detail
    First edition with Kent's illustrations, limited subscribers issue, one of a stated limitation of 1,000 numbered sets, though here lettered "L" on the limitation leaf. Kent's frontispieces are pen, brush, and ink drawings photomechanically reproduced as engravings. Machen's translation of Casanova's Memoirs was first published... Learn More
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  25. 131105comp
    First trade edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "for Tooty and Chuck, with much love from their friend and neighbour, Truman, Verbier, 1966". The recipients were Capote's neighbours in the town of Verbier, Switzerland, where he owned a small chalet and wrote the majority of this work.... Learn More
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  26. 131116
    An attractive copy of the Rubáiyát, in an elegant, understated binding showing the influence of the Doves Bindery. Learn More
    £675

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  27. 130733detail
    The Sussex Edition, number 101 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. In his last years and with his health failing Kipling continued the gathering-up of existing material that resulted in "the great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan... Learn More
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  28. 122381comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper: "To Mr Stevenson, from his sincere friend J. Stevenson" and signed by him at the conclusion of the preface (page v). The work contains the Sanskrit text of the opening thirty-five Suktas of the first Mandala of the Rigveda, with Sanskrit... Learn More
    £3,875

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  29. 8308_10_1
    First complete collected edition of Chaucer and the first attempt to collect into a single volume the complete writings of an English author. The editor was William Thynne, clerk of the kitchen and of the green cloth to Henry VIII, and recipient of numerous grants and appointments. Thynne provides the first printed editions... Learn More
    £150,000

    Stock Code: 108308

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  30. 101079
    Second Chapman edition, originally published by the Clarendon Press in 1923. A very attractive set. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 101079

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  31. 131087
    First fully illustrated edition, one of 250 large paper copies issued in the UK with the illustrations specially printed on China paper and laid down; a further 25 copies were released in the US. This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text, as Bentley's 1833 edition and subsequent printings... Learn More
    £4,500

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  32. 131083
    First edition, first impression, of what Greene described as his "first overtly political novel" (West, p. 56). Learn More
    £275

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  33. 131078
    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £750

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  34. 131073detail
    Second and preferred edition. Dyce (1798-1869) was one of the principal editors involved in William Pickering's prestigious Aldine Edition of the British Poets; his edition of Shakespeare in that series was first published in 1832. He then produced his own complete edition of Shakespeare (6 volumes, 1857), and improved it... Learn More
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  35. 130797comp
    First edition thus, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the half-title, "To Anita, with the love of the editor, Alice Meynell". The recipient is believed to be the Meynell's friend and fellow poet Anita Bartle (1876-1962). This edition was issued as part of Blackie and Son's Red Letter Poets series,... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 130797

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  36. 130674comp
    First US edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mrs A. W. Fairbanks, Fair Banks, Cleveland, Ohio. With the love of her good & dutiful adopted son, The Author. Hartford, Dec. 20, 1881". A highly significant association copy; the recipient, Mary Mason Fairbanks (1828-1898), was... Learn More
    £12,500

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  37. 130386comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 1,500 copies unnumbered copies signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page; of these 750 were released for sale. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 130386

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  38. 130173comp
    First edition thus. Presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand to the front free endpaper, "Presented, with the sincere respect and esteem of the Author, to Mrs Moberly of Winchester, the very kind and valued friend of his departed sister Mary Lyell. Kinnordy, 23. July 1843". The recipient was Mary Ann Moberly (18121890)... Learn More
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    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of both Woolf's collected letters and diaries. The letters, edited by Nigel Nicolson, record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941.... Learn More
    £1,375

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    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. The Handmaid's Tale won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1985 and has been adapted into a film (1990), an opera (2000), and, in 2017, a highly popular television series. Learn More
    £750

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  41. 128388
    First edition, first impression, an unusually bright copy. Learn More
    £750

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  42. 128335
    First edition, first printing, of Updike's second collection of poetry. Of the 66 poems collected here 3 were previously unpublished, and 47 were published in The New Yorker, for whom Updike had written regularly since 1954. Learn More
    £115

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  43. 128342
    First edition, first printing. Rabbit at Rest is the fourth novel in Updike's Rabbit series and won the Pullitzer Prize for Fiction in 1991. It was followed in 2001 by the final work in the series, a novella entitled Rabbit Remembered. Learn More
    £80

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  44. 128186
    First edition, sole printing, of Rosenberg's second of only three poetry pamphlets published in his lifetime. This work, containing 22 poems, was published in a run of roughly 100 copies just prior to his enlistment in the army. Rosenberg attended the Slade School and quickly became one of the most celebrated of the British... Learn More
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  45. 128253
    First edition, second state, with p. '91' (from '19') corrected, and with 'carcanet' (from 'coronet') on p. 72, with errata. This work is Tennyson's first solo poetry collection, preceded only by Poems by Two Brothers (1827), in which he appeared anonymously alongside his (in fact three) brothers. "Some of Tennyson's... Learn More
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  46. 127935
    First edition in English, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. Originally published in Czech in 1936 Capek's novel charts the gradual invasion of recently discovered species of newt. The invasion turns to an aggressive colonisation which leads to the eponymous war. On 27 August, 1935, Capek wrote, "Today I completed... Learn More
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  47. 128103
    The Scarlet Letter is a cornerstone of American literature."> First edition, first printing, with the misprint "reduplicate" for "repudiate" at p. 21, line 20, and the advertisements dated "March 1, 1850". Considered Hawthorne's greatest work The Scarlet Letter is a cornerstone of American literature. Learn More
    £7,500

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  48. 127870comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 25 signed copies on special paper, a further 250 trade copies were also issued. Learn More
    £750

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  49. 129756comp
    First edition, inscribed by Maria Edgeworth, who contributed a story, on page i, "With Miss Edgeworth's Compliments". The Christmas Box is a collection of short stories to which Edgeworth contributed "Garry Owen; or The Snow-Woman" (p. 33). This copy bears an ownership inscription on the front pastedown, "Geraldine Fortescue... Learn More
    £750

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  50. 125261
    First edition of Charlotte Brontë's third novel, and the last to be published in her lifetime. Learn More
    £4,500

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  51. 125120comp
    First edition, sole printing, presentation copy of Rand's first novel, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper just a few days after it was published on 7 April, "Johnny and Lucille - - who sympathize with my cause - Ayn. 4-13-1936". The first printing of 3,000 copies sold out within 18 months of the book's publication,... Learn More
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  52. 124238
    First edition, first impression. Though critically well-received, initial sales were poor, and Rhys spent a decade after the novel's publication living in obscurity, until, in 1949, a theatrical adaptation of the novel was created, for which she was tracked down via newspaper advertisements to obtain her permission. Rhys... Learn More
    £1,750

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  53. Murder in the Willett Family.
    First edition, first printing of the fourth novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 101048

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  54. 131010comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 131010

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  55. 131008
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131008

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  56. 130975
    First edition, first impression, of Greene's second published work. Learn More
    £300

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  57. 130969
    First Leighton edition, trade issue, with the US edition issued by Random House the same year. Clare Leighton's (1898-1989) woodcuts inspired the set design of the 1939 film adaptation of the novel, starring Laurence Olivier. "Convinced that wood-engraving was an art for the masses rather than for an élite, Clare Leighton... Learn More
    £1,250

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  58. 130967
    First edition, first impression. Rather than a full-length novel, For Your Eyes Only was Fleming's first collection of short stories. Apart from the titular story, the collection includes "From a View To a Kill", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity". Learn More
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  59. 130960comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. This copy additionally bears an inscription of love by man of letters and bookseller Maurice Firuski, to his wife, Elvia Scoville Firuski, on the first blank, "I'm tired of hiding our love;/aren't you? Very well-then-/... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 130960

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  60. 130958comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Beaton on the front free endpaper, "Love to darling Winifred, Xmas 1939". The recipient was playwright and novelist, Winifred Ashton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Clemence Dane. This spoof autobiography is a satire of the world of the middle-European aristocrat, which even... Learn More
    £750

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