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  1. 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

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  2. 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

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  3. 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

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  4. 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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  5. 117980detail

    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

    Stock Code: 117980

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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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 122564comp
    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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

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  14. The Unvanquished.
    First edition, first printing, limited issue being one of 250 numbered copies, specially bound and signed by the author. Uncommon in this condition, and with the acetate jacket. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 71717

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  15. 126539comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Bob Kriendler with best wishes from his friend Ernest Hemingway". The recipient was Robert "Bob" Kriendler, the youngest of the four Kriendler brothers who ran the iconic speakeasy 21 Club, one of Hemingway's favourite... Learn More
    £15,000

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  16. 110573detail
    The definitive edition, signed "S L Clemens / Mark Twain", limited to 1,024 sets only of which this is 886. The publisher states that Twain intended a definitive collected edition and so put his autograph to 1024 single leaves in 1906. These were not recovered until long after his death, when the project could finally be... Learn More
    £15,000

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  17. 125130
    First UK edition of one of James's scarcest and most desirable titles, one of 500 copies. The first two impressions are indistinguishable: it was first published on 15 February 1879 in a print run of 250 copies, with a second impression of 250 copies following in March, lacking any imprint to distinguish it from the first... Learn More
    £7,500

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  18. 126749
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £975

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  19. 62426comp
    First edition, first printing, special issue being one of just 40 numbered copies printed on Arches paper. The present example is one of the few signed by George Antheil and with a presentation inscription from the author on the half title page, "Wods from EZ anno V 1927". We have not identified "Wods" but "EZ" is a particularly... Learn More
    £4,750

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  20. The Hungry Tiger of Oz.
    First edition, first printing, of the twentieth Oz book and the sixth such to be written by Ruth Plumly Thompson. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 106613

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  21. 126719
    First edition, first printing, of the Nobel Laureate's first and best known novel. Learn More
    £3,250

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  22. 111507
    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1852. Learn More
    £225

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  23. 112651
    First edition, first printing. From the library of Alexander Cowie, professor at Wesleyan University and author of The Rise of the American Novel (1948), with his signature to the front free endpaper. Laid-in is a contemporary New York bookshop's order form for the present title. Learn More
    £375

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  24. 123935
    First edition, with the second variant binding of the publisher's catalogue, without "The Latest Fiction" listed on the final page. (Although BAL list the variants with no priority, Sadleir argues that the listing with "The Latest Fiction" is the earlier form.) The UK edition was published on 25 April 1899, a fortnight before... Learn More
    £1,250

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  25. 49478
    First edition, first printing, first issue, with pp. 349-352 in uncorrected first state. The fourth and final collection of short stories Fitzgerald published in his lifetime was published 20 March 1935 in an edition of 5,100 copies. Learn More
    £3,500

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  26. i1
    A fine and longish letter in which Fitzgerald discusses Seldes's edition of Ring Lardner, a possible evening of one-act plays, and reviews of Tender Is the Night: "Just read the Lardner collection First and Last. At first I was disappointed because I had expected there would be enough stuff for an omnibus and I still feel... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 44748

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  27. The Simple Art of Murder.
    First book edition, first printing of the author's influential essay on detective fiction, which was first published in the Atlantic Monthly in December 1944, along with a selection of his short stories. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 72868

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  28. 112204detail
    Author's Autograph Edition. Number 9 of 63 sets with a manuscript page bound into one volume. This set includes a page from the author's corrected draft for chapter 3 of "Oak Openings", tipped in onto one of the prelims of The Spy. Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 112204

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  29. 60102comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page "To my editor Janet Loranger with my greetings and best wishes, Isaac B. Singer". Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 60102

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  30. 124324comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy to Pieter W. Fosburgh and his wife Liza, inscribed by the author in red crayon, "To Peter sic and Liza Fosburgh, Writing in red crayon in memory of the Red House, Jack Kérouac sic (Idiot) (St. Jack of the Germs)" the last five words in pencil. This is a fascinating and thoroughly... Learn More
    £67,500

    Stock Code: 124324

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  31. 125112comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 59 copies signed by the contributing poets, namely: Conrad Aiken, Kenneth Allott, W. H. Auden, George Barker, John Peale Bishop, R. P. Blackmur, Hugh Chisholm, Gene Derwood, Richard Eberhart, William Empson, Jean Garrigue, Horace Gregory, Alfred Hayes, Ruth Herschberger, Randall... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 125112

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  32. .
    First edition, trade issue. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to "John Steinbeck, as between two soldiers, citizens and fellow strugglers - with affection good wishes, Carl Sandburg, Los Gatos, 1940", with Steinbeck's embossed library stamp to the front free endpaper and title page of each volume.... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 97267

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  33. 112394
    First signed limited edition. Learn More
    £575

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  34. 65240comp
    First edition, first printing. The volume reprints the short stories from In Our Time, Men Without Women, and Winner Take Nothing; it also contains the first printing of the play The Fifth Column, written under bombardment in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War, and four previously uncollected stories. Learn More
    £3,000

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  35. .
    First edition, first printing. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip tipped in on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 107569

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  36. The Age of Innocence.
    First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket with no mention of the Columbia Prize. The novel won Wharton the Pulitzer Prize in 1921, making her the first woman to do so. This is one of Wharton's most enduring works and of notable scarcity in dust jacket. Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 100518

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  37. 100400
    First editions, first impressions, of this rare periodical privately printed by Robert Graves and Laura Riding between January and December 1935; the only sets listed by Copac in British and Irish institutional libraries are at Leicester University (incomplete, parts II and III only)' Oxford, and the British Library (a presentation... Learn More
    £1,500

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  38. 124323comp
    First edition, first printing, one of 24 copies specially bound for presentation, printed from the uncorrected sheets. With the author's presentation inscription on the half-title, "To Alfred Rice with all good wishes and affection Ernest Hemingway". Rice was a lawyer based in New York, who specialised in copyright law,... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 124323

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  39. 124320comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Ruth Ford from Bill Faulkner (See what you can do with this) Oxford 9 October 1959". Ford was an actress and model who had been a long-time family friend of Faulkner. She said of him, "one of the nicest people in Hollywood is... Learn More
    £15,000

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  40. 124319comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his close childhood friend on the front free endpaper: "To my good friend, Edith, from Bill," and signed by Edith M. Brown beneath the inscription; additionally signed by Faulkner on the title, "William Faulkner 28 May 1929." Brown was one of three... Learn More
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  41. 124266comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Compliments & luck to Whitney Darrow from F Scott Fitzgerald April 2nd 1920 New York City". The inscription is in two parts, Fitzgerald having apparently signed and dated the copy first, before adding the salutation to... Learn More
    £27,500

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  42. 124171
    One of ten copies specially bound for presentation at the request of the author, here with the printed presentation leaf left blank. This is a fifth impression of the first edition, printed in May, only a month after the first impression. Learn More
    £2,500

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  43. 124226comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author and the woman who inspired one of the characters in the novel on the front free endpaper, "To a little 'big girl' in the south from Phoebe Omlie signed in her own hand and William Faulkner. Miss Stella Aiken. Oxford, Miss, April 29, 1935". Phoebe Omlie... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 124226

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  44. The Novels.
    A handsomely bound set of the novels of James Fenimore Cooper. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 103876

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  45. After Strange Gods.
    First edition, first impression. A difficult series of essays which Eliot is supposed to have refused to reprint, ostensibly due to Pound's displeasure at some passages glancing at his ideology, although a second impression of this edition was printed later in 1934. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 112312

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  46. [Complete set of the Philip Marlowe novels.]
    All first editions, first printings. Chandler's first four novels were first published in America; the last three appeared first in the UK. Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 106986

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  47. 62572detail
    Galley sheets sent out in advance of publication to garner reviews. With the editor's typed cover letter to Vincent Starrett the noted author and collector of detective fiction. "If you find in any of this grounds for comment, we should like nothing better than to have a letter from you in our correspondence column in the... Learn More
    £1,750

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  48. 123600
    First edition, first printing. This anthology of popular fiction from 1923 includes Ernest Hemingway's short story "My Old Man", which first appeared in his first published work, Three Stories and Ten Poems, published earlier in the same year. Learn More
    £2,000

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  49. 122489
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the poet, "May 1, 1953 For Howard, With love, Harold". This copy has an appropriate later association for the gay poet's first collection, with the ownership inscription, "Winston Leyland, His Copy". Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing... Learn More
    £500

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  50. 123116
    Scarce prepublication proof review copy of the first UK edition of Heller's masterpiece, this copy from the library (though without ownership inscription) of Sunday Times reviewer Philip Oakes (1925-2008), who began his journalistic career as a conscript in the Second World War, working on the troop newsletter. It is offered... Learn More
    £1,250

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  51. 122348
    First edition, first printing, of Howard's second book. Learn More
    £1,350

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  52. 122981
    First edition, first printing, of Steinbeck's only political satire. Learn More
    £275

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  53. 122400
    First edition, first printing, of this rare original comic book. Published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation - an interfaith organisation advocating nonviolence - this work tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was widely distributed amongst civil rights groups, churches, and schools. This copy comes from the... Learn More
    £600

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  54. 122073

    Marginalia.

    Sauk City, WI: 1944

    First edition, first printing, of selected writings covering the author's entire writing life. The fourth title published by Arkham House, this volume "contains a good deal of work, a good deal of associational data, and a plethora of information about the late great master of the macabre" (Foreword). Included are "The Mysterious... Learn More
    £450

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  55. 122652comp
    First edition, deluxe issue, number B of 26 lettered copies signed by both poet and artist, bound by Earle Gray, and with an original signed ink drawing by Brainard dated 1974 bound in; this copy additionally a presentation copy, inscribed by Ashbery in the year of publication to his friend the artist R. B. Kitaj: "for R.... Learn More
    £2,750

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  56. 118410comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Bucky - with deep admiration, Love Clare". The recipient was Buckminster Fuller, the engineer, with whom Boothe was rumoured to have had an affair in the early 1930s. This is Boothe's second book, a satire of Hollywood's... Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 118410

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  57. 107231
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Willa, John Berendt". Learn More
    £150

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  58. 118399
    First edition, first impression, of Trumbo's first novel. Eclipse is about a town and its people, written in the social realist style popular during the depression era, it draws on his time living in the small town of Grand Junction, Colorado. Trumbo apparently fell out of favour with the people of his home town due to what... Learn More
    £2,000

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  59. 118448
    First edition, first printing. Tully's third novel is a semi-autobiographical story about life for poor Irish Americans growing up in the slums of small-town Ohio. Learn More
    £750

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    First edition, first impression. A collection of ten humorous short stories starring Ephraim Tutt: "the best known lawyer in fiction" (front flap blurb). Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 115780

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