Literary criticism & biography
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MANNING, Frederic. Scenes and Portraits.
London : 1930Second edition, first impression. Number 177 of 250 copies signed by the author on the verso of the title page. First published in 1909, this is a series of imaginary debates on themes appropriate to the characters, with figures such as Socrates, Euripides, St. Francis of Assisi, Thomas Cromwell and Machiavelli taking part. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 91514
WOOLF, Virginia (contrib.), and others. Atalanta's Garland.
Edinburgh : 1926First edition, first impression, and first appearance of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Woman's College from Outside". This literary and artistic "miscellany" produced to celebrate and fund the Edinburgh University Women's Union in its 21st year. Scarce in the jacket and in such good condition.
It also features writing by, among others, Hilaire Belloc,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143133
TYNDALE, William; John Frith; Robert Barnes. The Whole workes of... three worthy Martyrs,
London : 1573First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William Tyndale, John Frith, and Robert... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 77878
WOOLF, Virginia. Hours in a Library.
New York : 1957First separate edition, first printing, in a notably attractive example of the glassine jacket. Hours in a Library was originally published in the Times Literary Supplement in 1916. This edition was published for private distribution as a New Year's gift to friends of the publisher, this copy with a seasonal greetings note, signed "Dan", clipped... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142943
GRAVES, Robert. Another Future of Poetry.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies. This work was issued as part of the Hogarth Essays, Series I, Number XVIII. Woolmer states that out of the 1,000 copies that were printed, 400 were pulped. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142890
GRAVES, Robert. Nine Hundred Iron Chariots.
[Cambridge : 1963First edition. One of 4,500 copies (3,000 of which were issued on 7 October 1963, and a further 1,500 later that month) produced from Graves's lecture at the M.I.T., which included lecturers such as Sir Edward V. Appleton, Secretary of the British Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.
This copy with an enigmatic annotation to the... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142891
GRAVES, Robert. Oxford Addresses on Poetry.
London : 1962First edition, first impression. This book gathers the three annual lectures Graves gave in his first year as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, as well as another three lectures given to University societies. Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 142778
JAMES, W. P. Romantic Professions.
London : 1894First edition, first impression of this collection of essays, including the titular 'Romantic Professions', 'The Nemesis of Sentimentalism, 'Romance and Youth', and 'On the Naming of Novels'. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 142754
RIDING, Laura, & Robert Graves. A Pamphlet Against Anthologies.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, of Riding and Graves's collaborative thinking about the anthology as a significant form of marketing poetry, usually considered the sequel to their A Survey of Modernist Poetry (1927).
Loosely inserted is the publisher's promotional leaflet for P. Morton Shand's A Book Of Food, published the... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 142383
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) BOSWELL, James; George Birkbeck Hill (ed.) Boswell's Life of Johnson.
Oxford : 1887First Hill edition. By 1887 Hill was an established commentator of both Johnson and Boswell's works, having published Dr Johnson, his Friends and his Critics (1878) and an edition of Boswell's correspondence (1879). The Clarendon Press accepted Hill's proposal for a new edition of Boswell's Life in 1881, and the six volume text - the... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139100
CHURCHILL, Winston S. Marlborough.
London : 1933-1938First editions, first impressions, in a handsome binding. "Marlborough: his Life and Times took its place at once among the classics of historical writing. As the story of his ancestor's leadership of a grand alliance to prevent the domination of the continent by a single power, it was also a source of inspiration to Churchill in his campaign against... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139225
FREEMAN, Kathleen. The Work and Life of Solon.
Cardiff : 1926First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of the author's first book, inscribed by the author to her long-term partner, at the very start of their acquaintance, on the front free endpaper, "Lilian M.C. Clopet, from Kathleen Freeman July 14th, 1926". This work, "considered essential reading", is uncommonly found in the jacket or inscribed, this... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142281
FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence, & Nancy J. Peters. Literary San Francisco.
San Francisco : 1980First edition, 84th printing, presentation copy inscribed to Beat icon, Carolyn Cassady, "For Carolyn in San Francisco on 'Literary San Francisco Day' 22 Sept 80", signed by both authors on the front free endpapers, and Cassady's annotations, on p. 179, correcting the text in her own entry, about her book Off the Road (1990).
The recipient,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 141947
PAUL, Eden & Cedar. The Appreciation of Poetry.
London : 1920First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to the publisher Stanley Unwin on the front free endpaper: "To Stanley Unwin with the writers' kind wishes. October 30th, 1920." Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 140810
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 [and] Waging Peace 1956-1961 [together with] At Ease: Stories I Tell My Friends.
New York : 1963, 1965, 1967First editions of Eisenhower's two volumes of presidential autobiography and his later volume of discursive memoirs. Nelson Doubleday Jr. (1933-2015) was the last president of Doubleday and Company (1978-86) before its sale to Bertelsmann AG in 1986; he was grandson of the founder, Frank Nelson Doubleday ("Effendi"). Doubleday were Eisenhower's publishers... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 116984
COWARD, Noël. Present Indicative.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Dennis Wheatley, from Nöel Coward"; with Wheatley's bookplate to the front pastedown. Present Indicative is Coward's "entertaining and often revealing memoirs" (Philip Hoare in ODNB). Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 114439
LOKER, Chris One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature.
New York : 2014First edition, first printing. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 136359
REMINGTON, Frederic. Frederic Remington.
Cody, Wy : 1996First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both editors on the title page of the first volume. Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861-1909) was an American artist and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141811
GRAVES, Robert. Lars Porsena.
London : First edition, first impression of this satirical treatise on the decline of swearing in the English language, including a defence of James Joyce's Ulysses from the charge of obscenity. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140732
GRAVES, Robert, & Alan Hodge. The Reader Over Your Shoulder.
London : 1943First edition, first impression, of this study of English prose, featuring analysis of more than fifty short passages by eminent contemporary writers including T. S. Eliot, Daphne Du Maurier, Ernest Hemingway, H. G. Wells, and Aldous Huxley. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140723
WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B. Ronsard.
London : 1946First UK edition, third impression, of the author's biography of the French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). The first edition was published in the US and UK simultaneously, with the first impression appearing in 1944. Learn More£25.00
Stock Code: 140591
JOHNSON, Samuel. An Account of the Life of Mr Richard Savage, Son of the Earl Rivers.
London : 1744First edition of Johnson's celebrated biography of his friend Richard Savage, the flamboyant poet, playwright, and blackmailer, here bound with the first edition of Oliver Goldsmith's life of Beau Nash, another of the most celebrated biographies of the 18th century.
Johnson's Life of Savage has the last page in the state with a single-line erratum.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141773
OWEN, Robert. The Life of Robert Owen: Written by Himself,
London : 1857-8First edition of the autobiography of Robert Owen (1771-1858), one of the most influential thinkers and social reformers of his time, "published in his eighty-seventh year, but probably written much earlier, perhaps when he was planning the writing of his memoirs in 1835. The first volume takes the story of his life to the early 1820s" (Goldsmiths'... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 87786
(JOYCE, James.) PRESCOTT, Joseph. James Joyce: A Study in Words.
New York : March 1939The truly rare original offprint, with only two copies listed by WorldCat worldwide (Harvard and National Library of Israel), of this groundbreaking early article on James Joyce, published two months before the final release of Finnegans Wake. Joseph Prescott would go on to become a major voice in Joycean studies, in particular through his book Exploring... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140930
MARCEAU, Marcel - Ronald A. Wilford Presents Marcel Marceau and His Partner Pierre Verry.
New York : 1973First edition thus, first printing, inscribed by Marceau on title page verso "In dear memory of Bip flower doodle Marcel Marceau, 1973"; together with a programme signed "Bip flower doodle Marcel Marceau, 1973" for one of Marceau's show in Denver, in March 1973. Dunetz published similar performance souvenir programmes from the late 1960s to 1976. Wilford... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 140997
(BEATTIE, James.) FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
Edinburgh : 1806First edition of Forbes's principal work, an excellent association copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's son, "William Forbes Esqr. from the author"; together with a group of related contemporary autograph material laid in which reflects the strong ties between the Forbes and Beattie families.
Sir William Forbes, 6th Baronet... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 118450
DUNCAN, Isadora - YORSKA, Lottie. Hommage à Isadora Duncan.
[Paris] : 1927Rare first and only edition of this pamphlet calling readers for funds to save Isadora Duncan's house in Neuilly, France, from being sold to pay off her debts. The theatre director, Lottie Yorska, had taken it upon herself to make the news known outside of the US and had contacted the magazine Comœdia to raise funds for the purchase of the house. Duncan's... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 140856
(GAUDIER-BRZESKA, Henri.) EDE, H. S. A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska.
London : 1930First edition, first impression, number 147 of 350 copies, of this illustrated biography of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, "designed to be a worthy memorial of his work", as pointed out in the loosely inserted publisher's promotional leaflet. Of the edition of 350 copies, ten were issued signed and bound in leather. The regular issue is uncommon in the dust... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 140770
WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary - HAYS, Mary, and others. The Annual Necrology for 1797-8.
London : 1800First edition, and sole volume, of this ambitious project to record obituaries of notable persons on an annual basis. The most significant memoir recorded here is the 49 page obituary of Mary Wollstonecraft by the feminist biographer Mary Hays (1759-1843). Hays received a copy of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman upon its publication... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 123651
(WILDER, Thornton Niven). The Memorial Service.
Battell Chapel : 1976First edition, sole impression, inscribed by Wilder's sister Isabel on the front panel "For Peter & Kenneth, remembering Thornton's affection & admiration for Bart & the many memories we share with affection Isabel Feb - 24, 1977", and with a manuscript note also from Isabel laid-in loose "and ALWAYS greetings & affection to Jan from Isabel Wilder".... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 140296
(CHEKHOV, Anton.) SMITH, Virginia Llewellyn. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.
London : 1973First edition, first impression of this study of "Chekhov's relationships with women and the portrayal of them in his work" (p.xv). In a fine full morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140506
GARNETT, Edward. Friday Nights.
London : 1922First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Violet Scott James from Edward Garnett". Violet Eleanor Scott-James née Brooks (1885-1942) was a journalist and literary critic, as well as a close friend of Edward Garnett. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140475
HEANEY, Seamus, and others. A Tribute to Kevin Sullivan.
New York : 1991First edition, number 3 of 25 copies signed to the title page by all five contributors (Seamus Heaney, Thomas Flanagan, Benedict Kiely, Sean White, and June K. Davison). An unsigned issue was also released in an unrecorded run. The tribute reproduces the speeches given at the memorial reading for Sullivan at Queen's College, New York, on 2 May 1988.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140158
RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.
London : First edition in English, this book was first published in France in 1854 as "La poésie des races celtiques". Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is best known for his 1863 Vie de Jésus, which was an immediate success, but " it is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence" (PMM 352).
This copy belonged... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 139627
DAVIES, Thomas. Dramatic Miscellanies:
London : 1783-4First editions, volumes I and III 1784, volume II 1783. Davies had a successful career as an actor before setting up as a bookseller in Covent Garden, his shop becoming a meeting place for the theatrical and literary world, it was in the back parlour of this shop that Boswell first encountered Johnson. In the 1770s Davies turned to writing, particularly... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139635
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. My Guru and His Disciple.
New York : 1980First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author "for Burton & Elliot, Christopher Isherwood" on the front free endpaper. The book is an account of Isherwood's time as a student to the Hindu priest Swami Prabhavananda, who guided Isherwood for over 30 years. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140102
RUNCIMAN, Steven. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.
Oxford : Scarce original offprint inscribed by the author "with best wishes SR" to the front free endpaper. This copy is from the library of John Julius Cooper, 2nd viscount Norwich (1929-2018) a hugely prolific popular historian and television presenter. Runciman and Norwich led very similar careers: both educated at Eton, both dabbling in the Foreign Service,... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139947
PEARSE, Andrew, & Balachandra Rajan. Focus One [together with] Focus Two.
London : 1945 & 1946First editions, first impressions. Focus was a serial miscellany concerned with contemporary writing: Focus One presents a wide selection of poems and essays, while Focus Two is primarily concerned with the realist novel in the 1930s. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140057
(THOMAS, Edward.) THOMAS, Helen. As it Was.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, of Thomas's tender yet frank memoir of her life with poet Edward Thomas, in a remarkable example of the scarce jacket. A follow-up volume, World without End, was published in 1931, the two memoirs published as one volume in 1935. Thomas began writing these memoirs in an attempt to lift herself from her depression... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139953
KEYNES, John Maynard. Essays in Biography.
London : 1951Expanded edition, with three new essays, on Isaac Newton, William Stanley Jevons, and Mary Paley Marshall. First published in March 1933, with a second impression in May 1933, this marked the third printing overall. Keynes's collection gives biographical sketches of various economists and politicians, including Winston Churchill, Alfred Marshall, and... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140126
GREENE, Graham. Getting to Know the General.
London : 1984First edition, first impression. The story of Greene's five-year involvement with General Omar Torrijos, who ruled Panama from 1968 to his death in a plane crash in 1981. Learn More£35.00
Stock Code: 139957
(BRADBURY, Ray, intro.) SKEETERS, Paul W. Sidney H. Sime, Master of Fantasy.
Pasadena, CA : 1978First edition, number 73 of 200 copies signed by Bradbury and Skeeters, additionally number 16 of 50 copies with a copy of Arthur Machen's drawing for Sime's "The Hill of Dreams" loosely inserted, and a dust jacket reproducing "A Beast" by Sime, both numbered in manuscript. This is the definitive work on the artist noted for illustrating the stories... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139783
BAILLET, Adrien. Auteurs deguisez sous des noms étrangers;
Paris : 1690First edition of the first work in French devoted to pseudonyms. "Unlike Latin works on pseudonyms of the period, Baillet does not simply unmask authors who have written under assumed names; instead he offers a history of the practices, civil and ecclesiastical, of naming and re-naming, as well as a reflection on and a limited justification for the... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 128678
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Letters and Reminiscences.
London : 1923First edition in English, first impression. The material includes a letter from Dostoevsky to his brother, letters to Maikov, to his wife, and to Pobiedonoszev, and reminiscences of Dostoevsky by his wife. S. S. Koteliansky translated a number of Russian works into English, often working with Virginia Woolf, publishing their translations at the Hogarth... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 121093
LOWELL, Amy. Poetry and Poets.
Boston : 1930First edition, first printing. A collection of essays on contemporary and historical poets published posthumously, selected from an extensive portfolio of unpublished work found upon her death in 1925. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 117242
PINDAR, Paul. Remarkable Biography;
London : 1821First and only edition of this pseudonymously authored series of curious biographical sketches, including chapters on "Charles Mc. Ghie or Mackey", the Milanese Frances Scanagatti known as "the Female Soldier", and the freemason John Coustos. Though some catalogues have identified the author as the antiquary and numismatist John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873)... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 133534
HOBSON, John Atkinson. John Ruskin, Social Reformer.
London : 1898Second edition, following the first of 1895. John Ruskin's work and thought were a major influence on Hobson's own beliefs regarding social reform. In the present work, a highly favourable account of Ruskin's sociological ideas, Hobson argues that these beliefs are as important as Ruskin's artistic theories, and are deserving of wider appreciation. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 124616
NICOLSON, Harold. Paul Verlaine.
London : 1921First edition, first impression, presentation copy of the author's first book, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, "For William Rothenstein, with all thanks from Harold Nicolson. See p. 213"; with Rothenstein's bookplate to the front free endpaper. On p. 213 is an account of how Rothenstein "saddened by the plight of Paul Verlaine... had... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139526
MARSH, Edward. Edward Marsh's Little Book.
Eton : 1990First edition, limited issue, number 417 of 626 copies (26 were deluxe signed copies). This is the first printing, reproducing the original in facsimile, of the notebook presented in 1911 by Lady Diana Cooper to Sir Edward Marsh (1872-1953), who was Winston Churchill's secretary and a great literary impresario in his own right. Marsh determined "to... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139388
TROLLOPE, Anthony. An Autobiography.
Edinburgh : 1883First edition of Trollope's autobiography, written in the late 1870s but published by his son, after the author's death in 1882.
This copy with W. H. Smith & Son's Subscription Library purple paper label to front pastedowns; and the armorial bookplates of oil and colour merchant Francis Frederick Fox (1833-1915) to front free endpapers. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 128316