Literary criticism & biography
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HARTNELL, Norman. Silver and Gold.
London : 1955First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Princess Mary, "To Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. With respect, gratitude and humble best wishes at Christmastime. Norman Hartnell, Christmas 1955." In this work, this copy of which is in an attractive presentation binding, Hartnell provides... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 130515
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
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
(REMINGTON, Frederic.) HASSRICK, Peter H., & Melissa J. Webster. Frederic Remington.
Cody, Wy : 1996First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both authors 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
(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
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
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
(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
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
WASHINGTON, Booker T. Up From Slavery.
New York : 1901First edition in book form, first printing, signed by the author on the verso of the contents page "Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee, Alabama, Aug. 11. 1906". This autobiography was first published chapter by chapter over 17 issues in The Outlook between 1900 and 1901 and became "his most critically acclaimed autobiography, translated into some... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 139033
(STRICKLAND, Agnes.) POPE-HENNESSY, Una. Agnes Strickland. Biographer of the Queens of England 1796-1874.
London : 1940First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to Georgiana Fanny Julia Foster, "To Miss Foster in gratitude from Una Pope-Hennessy April 1940". Foster's ownership inscription, "F. Foster Park Lane Cottage Southwold", appears on the front pastedown.
Foster (1891-1975)... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 138334
STREATFEILD, Noel. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.
London : 1963, 1965, 1971First editions, first impressions, presentation copies to Streatfield's amanuensis and proof-reader June Allen, inscribed by the author in each work: A Vicarage Family, "For June with love Noel 1963"; Away from the Vicarage, "For June, Thank you for your hard work, love, Noel 1965"; Beyond the Vicarage, "To June with love Noel 1971". It is very unusual... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 111041
MANDELA, Nelson. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography.
Boston : 1996First US edition, signed limited issue. Number 3 of 425 copies quarter bound by hand in Wassa Goatskin from South Africa. It includes a specially commissioned portrait of Nelson Mandela, taken by Benny Gool, and is signed and dated by Mandela. This illustrated and abridged edition of Mandela's biography was first published earlier the same year; the... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 138910
(BERG, Alban.) ADORNO, Theodor W. Berg. Der Meister des Kleinsten Übergangs.
Wien : 1968First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page to the poet Stephen Spender, "Für Stephen Spender, aller herz lichst von seinem Th. W. Adorno" and re-signed "Th. W. Adorno Frankfurt, 30. V. 69." Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 75441
HAMILTON, Ian. Jean.
London : 1941First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Major William Robarts Napier Madocks, Hamilton's military secretary. With a loosely inserted newspaper cutting, reporting that the wife of Winston Churchill offered to give Lady Hamilton her one of her children. A memoir of the life of Lady Hamilton Jean, the wife... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 92051
(DICKENS, Charles.) SMITH, F. Hopkinson. In Dickens's London.
New York : 1914First edition. One of a limited edition of 150 numbered sets, each signed on the limitation leaf by the artist and the publisher. Additionally signed by Smith on the print "Coffee-Room, George Inn". Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 75760
GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. Vivir para contarla.
Mexico : October 2002First Mexican edition, first printing, a lovely presentation copy of García Márquez's first (and the only completed) volume of autobiography, inscribed to his close friend the writer and actress María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009), who was the dedicatee of Cien Años de Soledad. The inscription, on the dedication page, reads, "Por María... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128476
WISDOM, Norman. My Turn.
London : 2002First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "With love to Gloria - Sincerely Sir Norman Wisdom. O.B.E." Once referred to by Charlie Chaplin as his "favourite clown", Sir Norman Wisdom was a veteran British comedian, best known for his portrayal of loveable buffoon, Norman Pitkin, in a series of films released in the 1950s... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 137048
BLYTH, R. H. Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics.
Tokyo : 1942First edition, first printing, presentation copy from Henry Miller to his lifelong friend Robert Carlock, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Bob Carlock - to read in moments of despair or desperation. From his ever grateful friend, Henry Miller, 10/8/56". Miller had a particular interest in Zen and Buddhism, and his Tropic of Cancer... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136184
FORSTER, E. M. The Development of English Prose Between 1918 and 1939
Glasgow : 1945First edition, inscribed by Forster on the half title: "Monroe Wheeler, with E. M. Forster's best wishes. May 1946." Forster has made one correction to the text (page 10); laid in is part of the original stamped envelope hand-addressed by Forster to Wheeler at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Wheeler (1899-1988) became the inaugural Director... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 128015
(BECKETT, Samuel.) HAYMAN, David. Ulysses: The Mechanics of Meaning.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ : 1970First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Sam Beckett, from whose first letter to me I quote: 'in Joyce the form of judgement more and more devoured its gist and the saying of all the saying of anything, in a way more consistent with Bruno's identification of contraries than with the intellectualism of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 75895
(BECKETT, Samuel.) HAYMAN, David. Tristan and Isolde in Finnegans Wake:
[University Park, PA] : 1964Offprint from the journal of Comparative Literature Studies. Inscribed by the author above the title, "For Sam Beckett with warm regards, David". Hayman is a literary critic and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who participated in the publication of Joyce's complete manuscripts, and has also written a number of essays on Beckett's works.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 75881
MARBLE, Alice. The Road to Wimbledon.
New York & London : 1946First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Uncommon signed, this is the first memoir by Alice Marble (1913-1990), ranked World No. 1 from 1936 to 1940. She became Wimbledon champion in 1939, winning not only the women's singles, but also the doubles and mixed doubles titles. Billie Jean King recalled: "Alice Marble... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134406
STEIN, Gertrude. An Acquaintance with Description.
London : 1929First edition, no. 199 of 225 copies signed by the author. Stein signed the limitation slips in Paris and returned them to London to be tipped-in opposite the title page. This is the second work published by the press, found by Robert Graves with his literary partner Laura Riding in 1927. An Acquaintance with Description is part of Stein's... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 133140
BORTIN, Virginia. Elinor Remick Warren: her life and music.
Metuchen, New Jersey : 1987First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Remick Warren, "To Patsy, with all loving good wishes and happy memories of neighborhood days, from Elinor Remick Warren Griffins" on the front free endpaper. Works signed by Remick Warren are uncommon. Warren's "neo-Romantic style which was accessible to audiences and characterized... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 134308
MURDOCH, Iris. Sartre. Romantic Rationalist.
Cambridge : 1953First edition of the first monograph study on Sartre in English and Murdoch's first book, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This exploration of Sartre "reveals a novelist's capacity to sink and merge her personality within the mind of another, and criticizes Sartre's ideas and novels accessibly". Murdoch first met Sartre in 1944.... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 132556
YEATS, W. B. The Trembling of the Veil.
London : 1922First edition, signed limited issue, number 844 of 1,000 subscribers copies signed by the author and printed on handmade paper. The Trembling of the Veil was the second of Yeats's seven autobiographical works, and was described by Arthur Symons as "an absolute masterpiece: far & away the best thing Yeats has ever done" (Ross, p. 559). The following... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 131699
ELIOT, T. S. Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.
New York : 1954First edition, signed limited issue, number 49 of 300 copies signed by the author. This work presents the text of an address Eliot gave to the Friends of Rochester Cathedral in 1937. This copy is from the library of author William Vincent Sieller, with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 131428
BORGES, Jorge Luis. El "Martín Fierro"
Buenos Aires : 1953First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Borges and his co-author on the half-title, "Augosto 1953, A Gilda, profetizándole mucha felicidad, Jorge Luis Borges" and "A Gilda con carino autentico y eterno agradecimiento, Margot Guerrero." We have not been able to identify the recipient, but the double presentation and warm wording... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 130217
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Leopoldo Lugones.
Buenos Aires : 1955First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the title page, "Para Vicente Barbieri, afectos y un abrazo, Jorge Luis Borges". Barbieri (1903-1956) was a notable Argentine poet, posthumously awarded the National Prize for Poetry after his early death from tuberculosis. In this work Borges addresses the legacy of another Argentine... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 129522
(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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[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
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