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  1. 134156
    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 The texts, being a formerly unpublished section of Dostoevsky's The Possessed and a sketch of a novel he never completed entitled The Life of a Great Sinner, were found in Russian archives in 1921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
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  2. 134147
    First edition, first impression, an exceptional copy. The Tower includes many of Yeats's greatest and most enduring poems, including "Sailing to Byzantium", "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen", "Leda and the Swan", and "Among School Children". Learn More
    £1,250

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  3. 134148
    First English-language edition, first impression, very scarce in the jacket. This key modernist novel is a posed as rambling memoir set down by a troubled tobacco fiend named Zeno, whose life is an interminable success of "last cigarettes", at the suggestion of his psychiatrist, and vengefully published by the doctor after... Learn More
    £650

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  4. 134150
    First English-language edition, first printing, originally published in Italy by Feltrinelli in 1958 after the author's death in the preceding year. The Leopard was Lampedusa's only novel and in 1959 won the Strega Prize, Italy's highest award for fiction. This copy has a curious production anomaly, with the final two pages... Learn More
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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 62 of 110 copies. The Book of Beauty is Beaton's first book, featuring his sketches and portraits of many well-known women, including a number of royalty and his sisters Nancy and Baba who were his first photographic models. This copy has the ink ownership stamp of Vernon F. Taylor... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, Sayers's own copy of her first appearance in book form, with her ownership signature to the half-title and authorial corrections in manuscript to her poem "Lay" (p. 50), and with the publisher's compliments slip tipped-in to the half-title. Sayers composed the poem while in her final year... Learn More
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  7. 134182
    First Doves Press edition, first impression, with the text printed from the first edition of 1644. This fine copy has an example of the original prospectus lad in, and derives from the collection of Doves Press expert Marianne Tidcombe, with a photocopy of Johnston's variant trial designs for the first page laid in and annotated... Learn More
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  8. 134180
    First printing of this important Larkin poem, later included as the final piece in High Windows (1974), a broadside issued by the poem of the month club, signed by the poet at the bottom. Larkin wrote the piece after watching a 1969 television programme about the British mining industry, imagining a fatal explosion... Learn More
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  9. 134160
    First trade edition, first impression, first state, preceded only by the limited edition published in New York the year before for subscribers, of which 50 copies were issued in a signed issue in the UK. The copy of the suffragist, novelist and philosopher May Sinclair (1863-1946), with her ownership signature to the front... Learn More
    £250

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  10. 134152comp
    First Rockwell Kent edition, number 475 of 1,250 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
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  11. 134142
    First edition of Mary Shelley's collected edition of her husband's poetical works, the first complete collected edition, which established Shelley finally and irreversibly amongst the great poets of the English language. Pirate editions of Shelley's works had persuaded his father, Sir Timothy, that all hope of obscurity... Learn More
    £950

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  12. 134133
    First edition, first impression, of MacColl's drama, one of the early literary works dealing with the nuclear age, first set to music and performed in 1946. "Uranium 235 tries to teach its audience more than simply how radiation and atomic bombs work; it tries to show scientists as a part of society, not separate from it.... Learn More
    £500

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    First edition, first impression. A scarce presentation copy, inscribed by the author, "For Michael - who made a better job of the inside than Philip Larkin" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was Michael Wright who designed the text of the work for Faber and Faber. The present wrappers issue was published in November... Learn More
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    Animal Poems.

    Crediton: [1967]

    First edition, one of 20 copies containing a manuscript poem, this copy with The Hawk in the Rain, additionally signed and numbered by the author, this being number 37, and bound in decorative wrappers. This edition was published with a total limitation of 100, of which six were bound in green morocco with each poem written... Learn More
    £2,750

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  15. 134053
    First English-language edition, first printing, originally published in Italy by Feltrinelli in 1958 after the author's death in the preceding year. The Leopard was Lampedusa's only novel and in 1959 won the Strega Prize, Italy's highest award for fiction. Learn More
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    First "special overseas" edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page with a notably full message, "To Matt Rawson, Glad you're enjoying the books. I hope you continue to get pleasure from reading them & how I develop the characters and story in the future G R R M". This is the first work in the Game... Learn More
    £375

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  17. 133903
    First edition, first impression. This copy from the library of author Richard Adams with his cunicular bookplate to the front pastedown. This copy appears to have been used in a private production of the play, with pencil dashes next to numerous passages and Adams's wife's name, Elizabeth, next to passages spoken by various... Learn More
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  18. 133901
    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, of the play text. The play opened on 27 December 1904 to huge success, breaking all previous theatrical records. In response to this success Barrie sanctioned Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens in collaboration with Arthur Rackham, however the text of which was not based... Learn More
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    First UK edition, first impression, translated from the original French by Beckett himself. This edition was subject to the censorship enforced by the Lord Chamberlain, who took particular issue with Beckett's use of the word "erection", and has the publisher's note mentioning the changes tipped-in after the title page.... Learn More
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    In Country Sleep was published in New York on 28 February, at which point Thomas and his wife Caitlin..."> First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "always from Dylan to John 1952". The recipient may have been John Malcom Brinnin, Thomas's American tour manager. In Country Sleep was published in New York on 28 February, at which point Thomas and his wife Caitlin... Learn More
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  21. 133629
    First edition, first printing, first state of the text: with "chatter" on p. 60, line 16, "northern" on p. 119, line 22, "it's" on p. 165, line 16, "away" on p. 165, line 29, "sick in tired" on p. 205, lines 9-10, and "Union Street station" on p. 211, lines 7-8. Although now a truly iconic American novel, The Great Gatsby... Learn More
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  22. 132755

    [In Greek:] Poiemata.

    Alexandria: 1919-26, but circulated 1926-30]

    An excellent example of one of Cavafy's scarce, studiously assembled poetry collections, a thematic booklet volume comprising 38 poems privately printed at the author's expense, with an authorial amendment to the collection's sequence.
    C. P. Cavafy (1863-1933) was famously reticent about publication throughout his career,... Learn More
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  23. 134106detail
    A lovely set in a pretty contemporary binding of this vast compendium of theatre brought together by the actress, dramatist and novelist Elizabeth Inchbald (17531821), including the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, through to the plays of the restoration, the 18th century, and Inchbald's own time. "For many years... Learn More
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  24. 134123
    First Feltrinelli edition in Russian (the third overall), first printing, issued in the very attractive and distinctive dust jacket designed by Ampelio Tettamanti (1914-1961), matching that of the first edition, published in Italian by Feltrinelli in 1957. Doctor Zhivago was deemed unfit for publication within the Soviet... Learn More
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  25. 133235
    First edition, in an attractive binding by Rivière for B. M. Pickering (with both stamps inside front free endpaper). Basil Montagu Pickering (1835-1878) was a publisher and bookseller, the son of William Pickering. The passing of the 1832 Reform Act emboldened Leigh Hunt to allow at last the publication of Shelley's incendiary... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, deluxe signed limited issue, number 46 of 50 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author. There were also 350 ordinary copies issued unsigned on Navarre, and 25 hors commerce. Imaginary Letters is one of the exquisitely produced books put out by the Black Sun Press, founded by... Learn More
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  27. 133668
    First edition, first printing, first state of the text: with "chatter" on p. 60, line 16, "northern" on p. 119, line 22, "it's" on p. 165, line 16, "away" on p. 165, line 29, "sick in tired" on p. 205, lines 9-10, and "Union Street station" on p. 211, lines 7-8. Learn More
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  28. 133558comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number five of ten author's proofs, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total run of 100 copies, of which 60 were for sale. This copy has an additional inscription by Heaney quoting from his poem Fosterling, "Air to brighten, Time to be dazzled, and the heart to lighten",... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, preceding the UK edition which was made up from the American sheets. Booker prize winner of winners. Inscribed by the author to the title page "For Monika and Craig Salman Rushdie." Learn More
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  30. 132493
    New edition. A handsome set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
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  31. 130450comp
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket. A magnificent presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming to the employer who gave him the means to write - James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley - and his second wife, Edith: "To Gomer and Edith, wishing them both always a nine when it is needed, and in memory... Learn More
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    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member..."> First edition, first issue (with the nine-pointed star to front), rare presentation copy of Heaney's first book, inscribed to fellow-poet Daniel Hoffman (1923-2013), "For Dan Hoffman: with good wishes, Seamus Heaney" inside the front cover.
    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member... Learn More
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  33. 111955
    First edition, first impression, first state dust jacket (without the Sunday Times review on the inner front flap). "According to the Cape archives, 4,760 sets of sheets of the first printing were delivered, but only 4,728 copies were bound up. Many of these went to public libraries and we believe that less than half of... Learn More
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  34. 118495
    Hemingway's..."> First edition, first printing, the first issue with the misprints "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26, "down-staris" on p. 169, line 34, and the third book being designated as "BOOK THREE" instead of "BOOK III" (p. 235), with the first issue dust jacket, incorrectly citing Hemingway's earlier title as In Our Times.
    Hemingway's... Learn More
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  35. 132907comp
    First 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)... Learn More
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  36. 134087
    First Australian edition of Robert Burns, rare. OCLC lists only four institutional holdings worldwide: three in Australia, one in the National Library of Scotland. According to Gibson (Bibliography of Robert Burns, 1881) the sheets of this issue were from the 1813 printed in Perth (the original Perth - the Australian not... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "Para Atilio con la amistad la Jorge Luis Borges" For Atilio with friendship Jorge Luis Borges. An excellent association copy: the recipient was Borges's friend, the Italian artist Attilio Rossi (1909-1994), who designed the covers of two of Borges's... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Daniel Devoto on the half-title: "Para Daniel S. Devoto - instalado para siempre en la amistad sin vericuetos ni otros dobleces, con toda la simpatia y el afecto de Norah Lange. Talcahuano 638. Nov. 1942" ("For Daniel S. Devoto - installed forever... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, the publisher's copy with their bookplate, signed by all three contributors (Borges, Casares, and Chello) on the title page. La Ciudad, both publisher and bookshop, was founded by Borges's friend Luis Alfonso in 1969. The bookshop was across the street from where Borges lived, and he frequently... Learn More
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    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce first instalment in the works of Argentine poet Pedro B. Palacios (1854-1917, who wrote as "Almafuerte"). This is a superb association copy with the ownership inscription of his Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) to the first blank. Borges in his early career, before turning to short... Learn More
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  41. 130490comp
    First collected edition of these poems, first printing, Jorge Luis Borges's copy with his signature on the title page. The copy was later passed to his brother-in-law, the Spanish poet and Ultraist Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), with his illustrative ex-libris stamp to the first blank. This is one of several books with... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, a major association copy, being the copy of Jorge Luis Borges, with his ownership signature dated Buenos Aires 1936 on the title page. Güiraldes and Borges were friends, and both influenced the literary career of the other. They met around 1924-5, and Borges helped Güiraldes launch the magazine... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the title page, "Para Vicente Barbieri, afectos y un abrazo, Jorge Luis Borges". Barbieri (1903-1956) was a notable Argentine poet, posthumously awarded the National Prize for Poetry after his early death from tuberculosis. In this work Borges addresses... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Borges and his co-author on the half-title, "Augosto 1953, A Gilda, profetizándole mucha felicidad, Jorge Luis Borges" and "A Gilda con carino autentico y eterno agradecimiento, Margot Guerrero." We have not been able to identify the recipient, but the double... Learn More
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  45. 127552
    First UK edition, tête de tirage copy number 1 of 1,000 copies of this "Grand Edition de Luxe", all on japon and illustrated with ten etchings, each in two states. This edition is translated by T. F. Rogerson, whose translation was first published in the US in 1899. Musset's autobiographical novel was first published in... Learn More
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  46. 134097
    First translation into English from the original Russian, UK issue, omitting the preface to the US edition but retaining Dole's editorial footnotes. This translation was the work of American editor and translator Nathan Haskell Dole (1852-1935), issued in the same year in the US and UK, with the UK issue published in four... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, and again on the title page. The publication prints Milosz's speech on accepting the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature, in both English and Polish. Very scarce signed. Learn More
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  48. 134063
    First edition, first impression. This is the 11th book in the James Bond series, featuring a reappearance of Blofeld and SPECTRE, linking it to the plot of Thunderball (1961). It was adapted for film in 1969, featuring George Lazenby. Learn More
    £875

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  49. 134060
    First UK edition (following the US edition of the previous year), large paper issue, one of 250 unnumbered copies. "Morris's visionary novel News from Nowhere became one of the essential early twentieth-century socialist texts, translated into numerous languages and widely distributed in Russia in pre-revolutionary years"... Learn More
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  50. 134061
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  51. 134001comp
    Signed limited edition, number 278 of 350 copies signed by Murdoch and Stone. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 134001

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  52. 134011comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £80

    Stock Code: 134011

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  53. 133954comp
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of poems, number 205 of 250 copies in boards numbered and signed by the poet. Learn More
    £750

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  54. 133950comp
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of short stories; number 158 of 400 copies in boards, signed by the author and accompanied by Bukowski's Thurberesque self portrait thumbnail sketch "little man with bottle". Learn More
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    Stock Code: 133950

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    First edition, first printing, copy number 60 of 250 in boards numbered and signed by the poet. "One of the milestone books of Bukowski's career... It came out in a beautiful edition... There was no blurb on the back, no quotes from other writers saying what a brilliant fellow Bukowski was, just the ten words of the title... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, of Bukowski's first novel, signed by the author, number 84 of 250 copies in boards.
    When asked the genesis of Post Office, John Martin, Bukowski's publisher, replied: "This is a good story. So we made that deal in December for 100 a monthearly December, as I recalland so he gave notice... Learn More
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    Ham on Rye.

    Santa Barbara: 1982

    First edition, first printing, copy number 41/100 of 126 copies (26 were lettered) signed by Bukowksi and with an original painting bound in, and specially bound by Earle Gray.
    "Bukowski's fourth novel, Ham on Rye... was published in the summer of 1982. It addresses his childhood and relationship with his father. The... Learn More
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  58. 134116
    First edition, one of 500 copies. An exceptional copy of Hardy's first volume of verse, rare thus. Learn More
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  59. 134107comp
    First edition, first printing, copy number 170 of 226 copies signed by the author and handbound in boards. This short poem was printed in January 1993 as a New Year's Greeting for the friends of the Black Sparrow Press. Learn More
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    First edition, presentation issue, presented by the author to his UK publisher Tom Maschler, inscribed on the half-title "To Tom with admiration and thanks for everything Bill Styron". Tom Maschler (b. 1933) was head of Jonathan Cape, which published Sophie's Choice in the UK the following year. Maschler was a highly influential... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 134103

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