Literary criticism & biography
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STEPHEN, Mrs Leslie [Julia]. Notes From Sick Rooms.
London : 1883First edition of Julia Stephen's discussion of good nursing practice. The work demonstrates "a fine attention to detail - and to language: it includes an eloquent and witty passage on the torment of crumbs in bed" (ODNB). Stephen (1846-1895) was Virginia Woolf's mother, and an active philanthropist who "travelled round London by bus visiting hospitals... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 129359
ALLEN, Bernard M. The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Satow G.C.M.G. A Memoir.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of this biography of eminent diplomat Ernest Satow (1843-1929). Satow was recruited by the Foreign Office straight out of university as a student interpreter in the British Japan Consular Service, at the age of 19. Satow had "an almost unprecedented proficiency" for Japanese amongst British diplomats, allowing him to... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 129203
(STARK, Freya) KER, William Paton. The Art of Poetry.
Oxford : 1923First Edition. Freya Stark's personal copy of Professor William Ker's lectures delivered as Professor of Poetry in Oxford between 1920 and 1922, which was given to Stark by Ker's sister just a few weeks after Ker's death on 17th July and bears is inscribed to her, "Freya Stark. 6th August 1923. Love P.M.K Penelope M. Ker". An elegant Reynolds Stone... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 127606
(STARK, Freya) COOPER, Pamela. A Cloud of Forgetting.
London : 1993First edition, inscribed on the front free end paper, "to the dear Gunns with love and gratitude from Pamela". The Gunns are Jean Gunn, a good friend of Freya Stark's in her later years and her husband Dr William Gunn, founder of the European Centre for Disaster Medicine, former Director of Emergency Humanitarian Operations for the WHO and author of... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 127649
McKERROW, Ronald. An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students.
Oxford : 1928First edition, second impression with corrections, following the first impression of the previous year. An attractively bound copy of this classic primer in bibliography, which held its place for the next half century as the key beginner's text in the field, and remains widely consulted to this day. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 126843
STRACHEY, Ray. Millicent Garrett Fawcett.
London : 1931First edition, first impression. Ray Strachey (18871940) worked closely with Millicent Fawcett and the suffragist movement throughout her life and was secretary of the NUWWS from 1915 to 1920. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 125519
(SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.) SHELLEY, Lady Jane (ed.) Shelley Memorials:
London : 1859Second edition, presentation copy inscribed by Lady Jane Shelley, Shelley's daughter-in-law, "The Countess of Malmesbury, from J. Shelley", on the front binder's blank. Jane Shelley was motivated to produce this memoir of her father-in-law as a response to his biography by Thomas Jefferson Hogg, which was published in 1858 to unfavourable reviews. In... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 124955
SYMONS, Arthur, & Randolph Schwabe (illus.) The Café Royal and other essays.
London : 1923First edition, number 69 of 80 copies on Japanese vellum signed by the author, artist and publisher, from a total edition of 390, with 310 copies on hand-made paper. This collection of essay includes Symons's own memories of the Café Royal, and studies on Proust, Eleanora Duse, Rimbaud, and W. S. Blunt. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 124870
WILSON, Colin. Tree by Tolkien.
London : 1973First and limited edition, first impression, number 49 of 100 copies signed by the author, from a total edition of 600. This critical essay by writer Colin Wilson offers an assessment of Tolkien's work and creative universe. Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 124730
(HUME, David.) RITCHIE, Thomas Edward. An Account of the Life and Writings of David Hume, Esq.
London : 1807First edition of the first book-length biography of Hume. Ritchie was critical of Hume's achievements as a metaphysician and as a moralist, with his works suggesting that Ritchie himself was a disciple of Thomas Reid, whose philosophy was antithetical to Hume's. Ritchie is also dismissive of Hume's essays, criticising their conciseness. However, Hume's... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 124769
(PETRARCH.) DOBSON, Susannah. The Life of Petrarch.
London : 1775First edition. "Susannah Dobson's first published work, in 1775, was an abridged translation in two volumes of Mémoires pour la vie de François Pétrarque, by Jacques François Paul Aldonce, abbé de Sade. According to Samuel Johnson, 'Mrs Dobson, the Directress of rational conversation, did not translate Petrarch; but epitomised a very bulky French... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 124338
VICO, Giambattista. Vita scritta da se medesimo.
Venice : 1728First edition of Vico's autobiography, argued by Croce to be "the application of the Scienza Nuova to the life of its author, the course of his own individual history" (p. 266), printed as pages 145-256 in the first volume of Calogerà's Raccolta d'opusculi scientifici e filologici, a quarterly miscellany.
"A Proposal to the Scholars of Italy", written... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 123878
ZUKOFSKY, Louis. A Test of Poetry.
Brooklyn : 1948First edition, first printing. Presentation copy to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Lawrence Ferling sic Luck etc Louis Zukofky Sept 1, 1954". Ferlinghetti was a key figure among the Beat writers and was the publisher of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Zukofsky's book is an attempt to apply objective principles... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 123336
(GAY SUNSHINE PRESS.) GINSBERG, Allen, & Peter Orlovsky. Straight Hearts' Delight.
San Francisco : 1980First edition, first printing, letter O of 26 specially bound copies signed by Ginsberg and Orlovsky. This is publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe issue, additionally signed by him on the title page, and with two unpublished autograph letters signed from Ginsberg to Leyland laid in. The first letter, dated 26 November 1982,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 123246
(GAY SUNSHINE PRESS.) Gay Roots.
San Francisco : 1991-3First edition, first printing, Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe signed limited issue, letters B and Z of 26 specially bound copies signed by Leyland, these volumes additionally signed by Leyland on the title pages and deriving from his personal collection. There were also 300 unsigned cloth copies, the vast majority of which were sold to libraries.
Winston... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 123228
[BREEN, Walter, pseud.] EGLINTON, J. Z. Greek Love.
New York : 1965First edition, second printing, of this controversial historical study, "the only comprehensive work in any language, to my knowledge, that unequivocally espouses the right of an older male to have social-sexual relations with a young boy" (Dr Albert Ellis's postscript). This copy has the ownership inscription of gay publisher Winston Leyland (b.1940),... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 122977
CLINTON, Bill. My Life.
New York : 2004First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To my friend Judy Collins with thanks - Bill Clinton", additionally inscribed by Collins, with a heart, on the title page, together with a typed letter signed by Clinton. The letter reads: "Dear Judy: Happy birthday! I hope this year will be full of happiness,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 122796
(TOLSTOI, Alexei.) GOLDENVEIZER, A. B. Talks with Tolstoi.
Richmond : 1923First edition in English, first impression, first published in 1922. A composer, Goldenveizer was a close friend of Tolstoy in his youth and transcribed many conversations that they had together, which are collected in this work. According to Woolmer an alternative binding of plain cloth was done for a minority of copies. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 122499
BEATON, Cecil. Diaries.
London : 1961First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed to Arabella and Mark Boxer, dated June 1961. Mark Boxer was a profile artist, cartoonist and magazine editor, becoming founding editor of the Sunday Times colour supplement and later being appointed editor of Tatler in 1983. Lady Arabella Boxer is a successful cookery writer.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 121526
BRITTAIN, Vera. Testament of Youth.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of the powerful feminist classic; notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Brittain's memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on 28 August 1933, the first impression of 5,000 copies was exhausted within a week. It went through six impressions... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 121385
(KEYNES, J. M.) SKIDELSKY, R. John Maynard Keynes. Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Saviour 1920-1937; Fighting for Britain 1937-1946.
London : 1983-92-2000First editions, first impressions, of Skidelsky's excellent three-volume biography. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 121183
BURGESS, Anthony. The World of William Shakespeare.
London : 1971Signed limited edition, number 48 of 265 copies signed by the author and specially bound, with an original onlay motif of a Shakespearean theatre designed by Zaehnsdorf. Originally published in 1970 by Jonathan Cape under the title Shakespeare. Burgess wrote a number of works inspired by Shakespeare, including a fictionalised version of Shakespeare's... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121114
(FLEMING, Ian.) PLOMER, William. Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great.
Westerham : 1964First edition, limited hardcover issue, one of 50 copies. An address given at the memorial for Ian Fleming, by the South African poet and novelist William Plomer. Plomer had been a publisher's reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937; he was instrumental in the publication of Fleming's work and the dedicatee of Goldfinger. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121002
[MORGANN, Maurice.] An Essay on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff.
London : 1777First edition. Morgann "took issue with Dr Johnson as to whether the knight was a fat, drunken coward or a figure worthy of admiration. In a close analysis of Shakespeare's technique as a dramatist, Morgann argued that Shakespeare's intent was to gain sympathy from the audience for Falstaff at the expense of the virtuous young king and, in doing so,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 119784
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
London : 1791 & 1793First editions, presentation copies, both the Life of Johnson and Principal Corrections with individual autograph presentation inscriptions from the author to Andrew Lumisden (1720-1801), a friend of Boswell's who had assisted in preparing the Life by deciphering Johnson's manuscript notebook of his trip to France in October-November 1775.
This... Learn More£185,000.00
Stock Code: 119415
HEANEY, Seamus. The Door Stands Open.
Dublin : 2005First edition, signed limited issue, number 94 of 275 copies signed by the author, printed on blue and grey handmade paper, 25 of which were not for sale; a further 60 copies were issued in a glass slipcase, ten of which were not for sale. Published to commemorate the death of the Nobel Prize winning poet Czeslaw Milosz on 14 August 2004, this work... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 118300
DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.
New York : 1986First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jan, Love Roald". The recipient was Jan Ross-Munro. Jan, an art historian who regularly lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, was a close friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More£1,600.00
Stock Code: 118338
ARENDT, Hannah. Rahel Varnhagen.
London : 1957First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was nearly complete when Arendt... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 118211
(HUNTER, Sir William Wilson.) SKRINE, Francis Henry. Life of Sir William Wilson Hunter.
London : 1901First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the second free binder's blank, "Mrs. Patrick Caird, with the author's kind regards, 147 Victoria Street, S. W. Sep. 22nd 1904". The recipient was the wife of Patrick Caird of Caird & Company, a Scottish shipbuilding and engineering firm based near Glasgow. The Caird family was influential... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 118105
GIBSON, Harvey Dow. An Autobiography.
North Conway, New Hampshire : 1951First and sole edition, first printing, presentation copy from Gibson's widow Helen Whitney Gibson to Kate Davison, inscribed and dated 2 June 1952. This is the privately printed autobiography of the American businessman, bank president, and Chairman of the American Red Cross during World Wars I and II. It was published by his widow Helen Whitney Gibson... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 117964
JONES, Kelvin I. The Sherlock Holmes Murder File.
New York : 1985First edition, first printing. This uncommon work details the deaths found in the Holmes canon in a "scholarly compendium". It is listed on OCLC in only seven institutions worldwide, all in the US. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 117782
KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage.
New York : 1956First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. and Mrs. John Knight - with the very highest regards - John Kennedy". John S. Knight (1894-1981), a pioneering journalist and close personal friend of the Kennedys, founded Knight Newspapers, which would later become Knight Ridder, which was... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 117813
AYER, A. J. Part of My Life.
London : 1977First edition, first impression, of Ayer's autobiography; presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Caroline Anne Tuell, with my best wishes from Freddie Ayer. Bournemouth, October 13 1977". Anthony Smith's review for The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben Rogers is laid in to the front... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 117409
(ERASMUS, Desiderius.) KNIGHT, Samuel. The Life of Erasmus.
Cambridge : 1726First edition of Knight's biography of the Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus, who first visited England in 1498, later spending a number of years Cambridge. This copy with the frontispiece and plates listed in the list of cuts, with the additional plates as called for in Lowndes. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and antiquary, he served as chaplain... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 117410
(HOMER.) ARNOLD, Matthew. On Translating Homer, Three Lectures Given at Oxford; [together with:] On Translating Homer, Last Words, a Lecture Given at Oxford.
London : 1861 & 1862First editions of the first published criticism by Matthew Arnold, who was primarily known for his poetry: "Here, taking the translation of the Iliad by F. W. Newman, brother of the theologian, as his main target, Arnold pilloried the tendency of learning to degenerate into antiquarianism and pedantry" (ODNB). From the library of English poet John Drinkwater,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 117142
(SHAKESPEARE, William.) SCHOENBAUM, S. A Documentary Life.
New York : 1975First edition, first impression. The known information about Shakespeare's life and the documents associated with it are the focus of this profusely illustrated book. Where possible, the facsimiles included are reproduced full size. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 116641
[YOUNG, Geoffrey Winthrop.] Wall and Roof Climbing.
Eton College : 1905First edition, first impression, very scarce presentation copy inscribed "'from the Culprit' 1906", of this notable satirical anthology of buildering lore through the ages by Geoffrey Winthrop Young (1876-1958), author of The Roof-Climber's Guide to Trinity (1899), this his second book, and an early title in the lineage of Cambridge-related roof-climbing... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 115630
ARNOLD, Matthew Essays in Criticism.
London and Cambridge : 1865First edition, first issue, presentation copy inscribed "From the Author" in the hand of the publisher on the half-title. This is the first of Arnold's two influential Essays in Criticism, published by Arnold as Oxford Professor of Poetry. The second was published in 1888. The subjects in this work include Heinrich Heine, Pagan and Mediaeval Religious... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 115429
(WHITMAN, Walt.) BUCKE, Richard Maurice. Walt Whitman.
Philadelphia : 1883First edition, first printing, of this biography of Whitman by his devotee, physician Dr. Richard Bucke. "An unconventional book, as much anthology of documents about the poet as a biography. It was also a collaboration; Whitman advised throughout, revised Bucke's text, and wrote significant portions of the book himself" (LeMaster: Walt Whitman, An... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 115095
LEWIS, Wyndham. Time and Western Man.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To H. E. Dounce, from Wyndham Lewis, October 1927". Harry Esty Dounce (1889-1947) was an American journalist and book reviewer. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 115120
(BLAKE, William.) KEYNES, Sir Geoffrey. Laocoon. A Last Testament.
Clairvaux : 1976First edition, number 11 of 380 copies thus, this copy inscribed on the limitation leaf by the publisher Arnold Fawcus, "For Raymond: Geoffrey's most recent and exciting contribution to Blake scholarship, warmest regards, Arnold", from a total edition of 438 copies. This Trianon production constitutes a finely illustrated disquisition by Keynes on Blake's... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 115020
LEWIS, Wyndham. Blasting and Bombarding.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, first issue (in stiff boards). Blasting and Bombarding was the first of two autobiographical books written by Lewis (followed by Rude Assignment, 1950), and covers the period from 1914 to 1926, tracking Lewis's progress through the First World War and the literary and artistic upheavals of Modernism. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 114803
SYMONDS, John Addington. Sir Philip Sidney.
London : 1886First edition of Symonds' appreciation of Elizabethan poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney, attractively bound by Zaehnsdorf with the original cloth bound in. From the English Men of Letters series, edited by John Morley. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 114532
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Thoughts and Adventures.
London : 1932First edition, first impression. This is the second volume of Churchill's autobiographical writings, covering his early political career, the battle of Sidney Street, a near silence on Gallipoli, service on the Western Front, the negotiation of the Irish settlement, thoughts on the "Mass effects of modern life" and life "Fifty years hence". Containing... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 114371
(WILDE, Oscar.) RICKETTS, Charles, & Jean Paul Raymond. Oscar Wilde.
London : 1932First and limited edition, number 474 of 800 copies only, a superb copy in the jacket. A printed note informs the reader that "Charles Ricketts wrote and in 1929 privately issued 'Beyond the Threshold', which he pretended was but his translation from the original French of Jean Paul Raymond. He again introduces this imaginary author into his own recollections... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 113812
(GOLDING, William.) GEKOSKI, R. A., & P. A. Grogan. William Golding: A Bibliography, 1934-1993.
London : 1994First and limited edition. Number 54 of 900 copies which were supposed to have been numbered by Golding in Roman numerals, but instead were numbered in Arabic. There were also 1,000 copies bound in quarter leather, numbered in Arabic numerals and signed by Golding. This copy is unsigned and comes with an erratum slip tipped-in at the limitation page,... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 112721
YEATS, W. B. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.
Dublin : 1928First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing in Ireland and "to give work to Irish girls" (McMurtrie, p. 472). The press's "clearly legible, slender volumes... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 112249
THOMSON, H. Douglas. Masters of Mystery.
London : 1931First edition. "Despite the universal appeal of detective fiction, only recently has serious attention been paid to its technique. It is surely high time that criticism "placed" detective fiction and officially recognised the conscientious craftsmanship that beguiles our leisure hours" (Foreword). Study described by Ellery Queen as "the most ambitious... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 111577
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) [BIRRELL, Augustine.] Aphorisms on Authors and their Ways;
[London] : 1917First and only edition, 100 copies printed. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the initial blank, "To M.C, from AB, Christmas 1917" on the initial blank, and latterly in the collection of American-born Conservative politician and diarist Sir Henry "Chips" Channon (1897-1958), with his pencilled ownership inscription to the front free endpaper.... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 111281
DERRIDA, Jacques. The Work of Mourning.
Chicago & London : 2001First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by Derrida to the poet and photographer Ira Cohen on the title page, "Pour Ira, de tout coeur, J.D." The book is a collection of eulogies, essays and condolences on the deaths of 14 writers and thinkers who were Derrida's friends or colleagues: Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 111353
SYMONS, A. J. A. The Quest for Corvo. An Experiment in Biography.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Vincent, a tribute to a long a noble friendship, with the sincere and cordial salutations of his colleague in letters and admirer in life. A.J. Feb 3rd, 1934". The recipient, identified by a pencilled note, was Harold Vincent Marrot (1898-1954),... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 109896
BARTHELME, Donald. Here in the Village.
Northridge : 1978First edition, signed limited issue, accompanied by the author's extensively hand-corrected galley proofs for the preface and the first essay in the book. This is number 7 of 275 copies signed by the author (a further 50 signed copies were also issued, with a collage by the author as a frontispiece). Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 109942
MAILER, Norman. Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet.
Dublin : 1964First separate edition, one of 100 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Mailer on the front cover to Herb Yellin (1935-2014) the American book collector and founder of the Lord John Press in 1976 to publish signed limited editions of significant American authors: "For Herb Yellin, cheers, cheers. Norman Mailer, March 1992." Yellin published two of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 109702