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  1. 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
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  2. 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
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  3. 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
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  4. 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 The texts, being a formerly unpublished section of Dostoevsky's The Possessed and a sketch of a novel he never completed entitled The Life of a Great Sinner, were found in Russian archives in 1921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
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
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  8. 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
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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
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  15. 101079
    Second Chapman edition, originally published by the Clarendon Press in 1923. A very attractive set. Learn More
    £1,500

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  16. 131096
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket. The jacket has the points as called for by Grissom: it is printed in brown and there is no mention of Hemingway's Nobel Prize. Previously, much has been made of the colour tint on the rear panel portrait on the dust jacket as an issue point. However, Grissom refutes... Learn More
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 131078
    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £750

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  20. 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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  21. 130799comp
    First edition, first impression. An incredible association copy, presented by the author to the bohemian "Tiger-woman" Betty May, his inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Betty May with the author's love & regrets that it has been necessary to dig up all this stuff about Cefalù & Aleister (the old Beast 666) but... Learn More
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  22. 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
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  23. 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
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 129360detail
    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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  27. 130148comp
    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
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  28. 128388
    First edition, first impression, an unusually bright copy. Learn More
    £750

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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
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  35. 127870comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 25 signed copies on special paper, a further 250 trade copies were also issued. Learn More
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  36. 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
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  37. 125261
    First edition of Charlotte Brontë's third novel, and the last to be published in her lifetime. Learn More
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    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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  39. 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
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  40. Murder in the Willett Family.
    First edition, first printing of the fourth novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. Learn More
    £275

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

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  42. 131008
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  43. 130975
    First edition, first impression, of Greene's second published work. Learn More
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  44. 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
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  45. 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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  46. 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
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    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
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  48. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... Learn More
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  49. 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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  50. 130207comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author, "Jeri Mayer his book Aldous Huxley 1955", on the front free endpaper, with Mayer's initials in pencil above the inscription. This is the defining dystopian novel - a seminal work of fiction and a triumph of book design. Learn More
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  51. 128326
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket with the 16 line blurb to the front flap. Rabbit, Run is the first novel in Updike's influential and critically acclaimed Rabbit series. Two later titles in the series, Rabbit is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990), were awarded Pullitzer... Learn More
    £750

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  52. 128327
    First edition, first printing, of Updike's collection of eighteen short stories. Pigeon Feathers was adapted into a film in 1988 as part of PBS's American Playhouse series. Learn More
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  53. 117983

    Ilias.

    London: 1815

    A highly appealing Regency-era prize binding, with Glasgow Grammar School presentation plates dated 1819 to the front pastedowns, signed by noted rector William Chrystal (1776-1830), who is credited with transforming the school's fortunes following his appointment in 1805, and whose death in a boating accident in the Firth... Learn More
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  54. 118081
    An attractive Oxford edition of the only surviving work by the Greek poet thought to have lived in Alexandria in the 2nd century AD, printed with the Latin commentary of Eustathius (d. 1195/6) and four attractive maps illustrating Greek geographical knowledge. Classical works were published at Oxford from the 1580s onwards,... Learn More
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  55. 118084
    Second edition of Walker's useful anthology of Latin poetry, in a splendid contemporary binding, unsigned but resembling the work of Charles Lewis (1786-1836). Walker (1795-1846), though best remembered as a Shakespeare scholar, won a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, almost entirely on the strength of his classical... Learn More
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  56. Author's Edition.
    Limited edition, American issue, number 81 of 1,000 copies, rare in the publisher's special binding of half morocco, which was sold at 5 per volume, twice the price of the standard red buckram. The Author's Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes published in England by Smith, Elder & Co. and 13 volumes... Learn More
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  57. 107896comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front endpaper, "For Dearest Cousin Emma, with the Author's fond love, Christmas 1877"; in one of two primary bindings (Carter B). Together with two autograph letters signed from the author to Emma Curtis ("Dearest Cousin Emma"). The first is dated 26 December,... Learn More
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  58. Le Balcon.
    First edition, first impression. Number 18 of a limited edition of 3000 copies printed on Japon nacre imperial and numbered in roman. Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 88864

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  59. The Child Manuela.
    First English language edition, first printing, in a lovely example of the scarce jacket. The Child Manuela, based on its author's experiences at the strict boarding school Kaiserin-Augusta-Stift in Potsdam, was originally published in German in 1934. Dealing frankly with the subject of homosexuality among teenage girls,... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 88883

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  60. Slovenly Peter.
    Limited edition, number 962 of 1,500 copies, preceding the first trade edition by Harper & Brothers, which was published in the same year. In her foreword Mark Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, recounts how her father spent three days and three nights translating Struwwelpeter as a Christmas gift for his children while the... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 92163

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