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  1. The Son of the Wolf. Tales of the Far North.
    First edition, first printing, first issue text, first state binding. London's first book. Learn More
    £1,600

    Stock Code: 41368

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  2. 127543
    First edition, first printing, of Morrison's highly influential debut novel. Morrison wrote The Bluest Eye whilst working as a senior fiction editor at Random House, waking at 4 am each morning to write before work. Learn More
    £850

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  3. 121965
    First edition, first printing; copies in the dust jacket are distinctly uncommon. A compact, witty and entertaining volume of some 160 recipes, including contributions from Nancy Astor ("Virginia Butter Bread"), Margot Asquith ("Scotch Haggis"), her daughter Princess Bibesco ("Leek Salad"), screen stars Norma Talmadge ("White... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 121965

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  4. 131524comp
    Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie was Angelou's first book of poetry, many of which were originally songs she previously performed..."> First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Bob, More Poetry, More Joy! Thank you! Write On! Direct On! Maya Angelou". Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie was Angelou's first book of poetry, many of which were originally songs she previously performed... Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 131524

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  5. 130792
    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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 130792

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  6. 130476comp
    Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Too sic Anselma, love Eve Babitz". Uncommon signed, Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130476

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  7. 93584comp
    Love..."> First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by poet Robert Graves to his sister on the front free endpaper, "Louise with love from Robert (printer & publisher)". Graves founded The Seizen Press with his literary partner Laura Riding in 1927. This is the second work published by the press, the first being Riding's Love... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 93584

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  8. Shoe the Wild Mare.
    First edition, first printing of the author's second book. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For my fine son, Gene, jr, from his old pal., Gene Fowler, sr, Feb 6 - 1931" on the front free endpaper. Gene Jr. (d.1998) would have a successful career as a film editor, his credits including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 97325

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  9. 131999
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 131999

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  10. 65227comp
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of poems by the former US President. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper and by the illustrator on the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 65227

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  11. 131746comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Stanley Simon best wishes Isaac Asimov". Stanley Simon was a New York-based book collector of science-fiction, thriller, and fantasy first editions. This classic of detective science-fiction, which Asimov later grouped as the first instalment in... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 131746

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  12. The Silent Speaker.
    First UK edition, first impression. A Nero Wolfe novel, originally published in the USA the previous year. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 97075

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  13. 131941
    First edition, first printing, with the correct code, "J5", to page 210 and the unclipped jacket flaps. Copies of Dick's landmark novel are uncommon in such good condition. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner. Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 131941

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  14. 131533comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Greetings to Bill! Philip K. Dick". The recipient was a doctor at Yorba Park Medical Group in Orange, California, where Dick was a patient in 1972; inscribed copies of this work are notably uncommon. This copy is the hardback issue, with code "08L"... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 131533

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    The Works.

    Edinburgh & London: 1925

    An attractive set of Conrad's works. Learn More
    £600

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    Later reprint of Gelber's (1932-2003) hyper-realistic play about drug addicts which was first published by the Grove Press in 1960. This copy inscribed by Judith Malina to Barney Rosset on the half-title: "For Barney Rosset with loving gratitude for your pioneering work for art & freedom. With love, Judith. On the occasion... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 107213

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  17. 44750
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from Baltimore, March 26, 1934, announcing an exhibition of Zelda's paintings, and urging him to attend. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 44750

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  18. 131852comp
    First edition, first printing. Prepublication presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To E. F. Knight with best of greetings! Henry Miller Paris 5/4/39". This copy is inscribed prior to the official publication date of 10 May; Pearson notes that publication was originally scheduled for February... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 131852

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  19. 131671comp
    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the preliminary blank, "To Major J. B. Pond With the affections of Mark Twain Feb. 21/85", and further extensively inscribed by Pond ("This is the first copy that the author ever set his eyes on ") Major James Burton... Learn More
    £150,000

    Stock Code: 131671

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  20. 124321detail
    Seldes gave Tender Is the Night a rave review in the New York Evening Journal on the day of publication, 12 April 1934. Fitzgerald writes two weeks later to thank him: " I never had any doubt after the weeks and months of half-sleepless work on the thing that it had some special merit and value but it is so nice to see an... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 124321

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  21. 70151
    RWE returns a book of newly published poems written by a neighbour (" which I have kept longer than was right, from liking & because one is always expecting a better day & mood to read these pastoral verses. I find them always pleasing, with a solid honesty quite free from prettiness or showiness And whilst they particularly... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 70151

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  22. One page ALS, beginning "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you are back in Europe."
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from France. Undated, but likely in 1929. "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you're back in Europe. Ring Lardner sent me a clipping about your play - I know how it feels to see one go pop before your eyes and I deeply sympathized with you...Zelda has been sick on and off for... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 44746

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  23. 124709comp
    First trade edition, first impression, signed by Rackham on the half-title, together with an autograph letter signed from Rackham dated 25 August 1936. In it, Rackham undertakes to sign the book in exchange for a 5/- fee, and writes "I'm very interested that you should like the 'Poe' the best. I always like to think my latest... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 124709

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  24. 62672
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 62672

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  25. 131839comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Polly, with love, Bob", additionally signed by the author above his printed name on the title page. The recipient is believed to by Polly Freas, wife of Frank Kelly Freas, the illustrator to Heinlein's "The Door into... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 131839

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  26. 131754
    First edition, first printing, of Fitzgerald's sole play. The Vegetable premiered in a single preview on 19 November 1923 at Nixon's Apollo Theatre in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Learn More
    £375

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  27. 117434detail
    Thompson's classic work had its origins in a 1970 Sports Illustrated assignment to write..."> Thompson's corrected galleys for part II of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", his famous piece for Rolling Stone magazine, November 1971, the article that made Thompson's career and launched his one-man school of "Gonzo journalism."
    Thompson's classic work had its origins in a 1970 Sports Illustrated assignment to write... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 117434

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  28. 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 Pulitzer or Nobel Prize. Previously, much has been made of the colour tint on the rear panel portrait by Lee Samuels on the dust jacket as an issue point.... Learn More
    £1,750

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    This is a remarkable association between..."> A superb association copy, inscribed and signed by Ginsberg: "For Robert Lowell, on the occasion of a visit to his house in company with my father Louis Ginsberg or December 22, 1966 in the presence of Lord Gowrie and St. Paul." In addition, Ginsberg has drawn his fish triskellion.
    This is a remarkable association between... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 129042

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  30. 115333comp
    Presentation copy from Vivien Leigh, inscribed on the front pastedown: "Anthony Ireland, from Vivien Leigh. (Because we must.) February 5th 1937", an extraordinarily prophetic presentation copy, signalling Leigh's determination to win the role that would launch her international stardom. This is the fifth printing, published... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 115333

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  31. 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

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  32. 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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    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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 131105

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  34. 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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 130386

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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
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 125120

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  36. 131010comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 131010

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  37. 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
    £125

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    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Nash and Marjorie - with longtime appreciation and highest respects & best wishes, from Eudora, June 1978". Nash Burger was a high school classmate of Welty's who became an editor at the New York Times Book Review. Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 63062

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  39. 118454comp
    First edition, first printing, in the second issue jacket with the reviews to the rear panel. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Dear Mr. Curran - This bright bunch of plated tripe drove me into the career of crime - in which the placid Mr. Valcour sits about while murders occur to his... Learn More
    £950

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  40. 130598
    First Rockwell Kent trade edition, first printing, in a handsome binding. Kent's imagining of Melville's classic, first published the same year by the Lakeside Press of Chicago in a three-volume limited edition, has been hailed as a masterpiece of 20th-century book illustration and credited with reviving public interest... Learn More
    £750

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    Psycho.

    New York: 1959

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title. Rare with the jacket in such nice condition. The work was the basis for Hitchcock's seminal film of the same title, released a year after the book was published. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 126639

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  42. 79532
    First edition in binding variant A with Thoreau named as the author of Walden on the spine, and cloth type Z, one of several binding styles used on the first edition without precedence. Cape Cod, a collection of ten essays on the scenery and people of the region, was based on three trips that Thoreau made between 1849 and... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 79532

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  43. 130470
    First edition, first printing, first issue with the misprint "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130470

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  44. 129123
    First edition, uncommon. Fascinating document of the San Francisco underground scene. A sequence of amphetamine-fuelled metaphysical explorations combining the Satanic, astrological, and psychedelic in equal measure, with just a dash of biker lore. Reynolds was secretary of the notorious SF chapter of the Hell's Angels,... Learn More
    £850

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  45. 125792comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank to his sometime lover, Margaret Case Harriman, "For Margaret Harriman, who has inspired all my books this tale of our life together in Switzerland, France & U.S.S.R. from Her Chattel F. Scott Fitzgerald July 1935", together with... Learn More
    £32,500

    Stock Code: 125792

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  46. 129753
    Limited edition, number 578 of 1,000 copies, the binding designed by filmmaker and photographer Sam Taylor-Wood. To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the Penguin Classics the firm commissioned five prominent artists to design bindings for limited runs of influential books previously published in the series. Tender... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 129753

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  47. 114537

    To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Philadelphia & New York: 1960

    Rare advance reading copy, reader's issue. The front wrapper advertises to the recipient: "We hope you will share our pleasure and sense of discover in this fine first novel about, and from, the South. To be published July 11, 1960. Truman Capote has written: 'Someone rare has written this very fine first novel, a writer... Learn More
    £7,000

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  48. 129543comp
    First published edition, later printing, signed by the author on the title page, "Allen Ginsberg 10/13/94, AH". First published in 1956, this landmark collection defined the discontented voice of its epoch for a generation. It was Ginsberg's first regularly published book, preceded only by the privately produced mimeographed... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 129543

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  49. 127591

    Siesta in Xbalba

    Icy Cape, Alaska: July, 1956

    First edition, sole impression, one of an estimated 53 copies, this copy signed by Ginsberg on the title page.
    Siesta in Xbalba is a truly rare Ginsberg item, self-printed and self-published in the summer of 1956 while aboard a Navy ship off the coast of Alaska, before he returned to San Francisco and realised his literary... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 127591

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  50. 129656comp
    First edition, first printing, of the author's first poetry collection. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Harold J. Bailey. 'The reaches of my heart are: tree, petal, like snow and man below'. Cordially, August Derleth August 12, '39". Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 129656

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    The Complete Writings.

    New York and London: 1902

    Paumanok edition. Limited to 300 numbered sets printed on Ruisdael handmade paper and signed by the publisher; this particular set from a series with a star sticker affixed to the number line. With inlaid hand-written post card from Whitman addressed to Melville Phillips: "Don't fail to let me see / proofs beforehand --... Learn More
    £9,750

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  52. 94099
    First edition, first printing, of Chandler's fourth novel. Rare in such lovely condition. Learn More
    £7,500

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "For Louis Dollarhide in appreciation - Flannery O'Connor, Millidgeville, April 8, 1960". Inserted is O'Connor's calling card on which she has written "I took the liberty of correcting the typographical error on page 242, FOC". On... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 62636

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  54. 121819
    First edition, first issue with C22 in the gutter on page 408 and with the correct date code and the uncancelled price of 4.50 on the dust jacket's front flap. Stranger in a Strange Land won the Hugo Award in 1962, and is one of the most important works of science fiction. Learn More
    £2,000

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  55. The Fifth Column
    First edition, first printing, of this major summarizing collection, the only one for which Hemingway made a critical selection for publication from his vast opus of short fiction: includes "In Our Time", "Men Without Women" and "Winner Take Nothing" among others, and prints four previously uncollected stories including... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 81063

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  56. 129002
    First edition, self-published some six years before the more commonly encountered, expanded, Grove Press edition, and uncommon thus. Before finding fame with The Fugs, Kupferberg operated as poet, pamphleteer and publisher, probably best known to the cognoscenti as the man in Ginberg's Howl "who jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge... Learn More
    £825

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    First editions, first printings, inscribed copies of four early titles in Derleth's Solar Pons series, of which there were 11 works. All these copies are inscribed by the author to F. H. Hollander (1915-2000) of the American Astronomical Society. The dust jackets were designed by Frank Utpatel, who also produced jackets... Learn More
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  58. 122067
    First edition in book form, first printing. Starship Troopers was first published as a two-part serial in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in October and November 1959 before being published as a book the next month. Winner of the 1960 Hugo award for best novel, it was adapted to film in 1997 by Paul Verhoeven. Learn More
    £2,350

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  59. 126737comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy with a fine literary association, inscribed by the author to Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband Harold Nicolson, "Dear Vita & Harold, all our love, Sinclair Lewis", on the front free endpaper. Lewis was the first American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature,... Learn More
    £1,750

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  60. 122108
    First edition, first printing, of the author's first book, of which 1,000 copies were published. This copy has the ink stamp on the front free endpaper of James L. Dickey III, US poet laureate from 1966 to 1968; Bishop had herself been poet laureate from 1949 to 1950. Learn More
    £1,650

    Stock Code: 122108

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