Literary criticism & biography
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WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader.
London : 1925First edition, first impression, of the first of the two volumes of Woolf's Common Reader, collecting critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared in various publications. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 146658
WOOLF, Virginia. A Letter to a Young Poet.
London : 1932First separate edition, first impression, published in the present form in July 1932, following publication in the Yale Review in June. The eponymous "young poet" was writer John Lehmann (1907-1987), who had written to Woolf to ask about her views on modern poetry; this epistolary essay, written in response, offers perhaps the clearest expression of... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 145966
WOOLF, Virginia. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.
London : 1924First edition, first impression. This essay, on writing, reading, and modernity, was published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press on 30 October 1924. The first instalment of the first series of Hogarth Essays, it is one of 1,000 copies. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 145961
WOOLF, Virginia. Beau Brummell.
New York : 1930Signed limited edition, number 91 of 550 copies only, signed by the author in her customary purple ink on the half-title verso. This essay was first published in Nation and Athenaeum, 28 September 1929. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145936
CASANOVA DI SEINGALT, Jacques. The Memoirs.
London and New York : 1928A very handsome set of the memoirs of the great libertine, one of a stated edition of 330 unnumbered sets (other sets are known with an edition limitation of 660). The text uses the translation of the Welsh mystic and author Arthur Machen, first published in 1894, with an introductory essay by the pioneering sexologist Havelock Ellis, taken from his... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138632
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and editor Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe issue, additionally signed by him on the title page, and with two unpublished autograph letters signed from Ginsberg to Leyland laid in.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
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Inquisiciones.
Buenos Aires : 1925First edition, first impression, a superlative presentation copy of the author's first work of prose. One of 505 copies printed, this is a uniquely untrimmed, unnumbered, and specially bound presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the first blank to his fellow Argentine author, and muse, Norah Lange (1905-1972).
Borges's inscription, using the... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 145266
WILDE, Oscar. The Chameleon.
London : The first and only number of The Chameleon to be published, noted as number 25 of 100 copies in manuscript to the front wrapper, containing the first appearance of Wilde's "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young", two poems by Lord Alfred Douglas, and the editor John Francis Bloxam's anonymous and controversial homoerotic drama "The Priest... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 144072
STRACHEY, Lytton. Pope.
Cambridge : 1925First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To H.T.J.N. with love from the Author". The recipient was Harry Norton, a fellow Cambridge Apostle and close friend of Strachey's, he was also the dedicatee of Strachey's Eminent Victorians (1918). This is a lovely association copy. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146014
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 small group of related contemporary autograph material laid in which reflects the strong ties between the Forbes and Beattie families.
Sir William Forbes, 6th... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 118450
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£500.00
Stock Code: 143803
SELLAR, W. Y. The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age.
Oxford : 1899Handsomely bound copy of this overview of Roman poetry. Sellar's works, including "The Roman Poets of the Republic (1863), The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil (1877), and Horace and the Elegiac Poets, edited by W. P. Ker (1892) were all remarkable examples of sound and sensitive literary criticism" (ODNB). Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 140818
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
SENNETT, Mack, & Cameron Shipp. King of Comedy.
Garden City, NY : 1954First edition, first printing. Presentation copy signed by Sennett and inscribed by Shipp on the front free endpaper, "For Wally and Joan Meier, keep laughing! Mack Sennett, Cameron Shipp". Mack Sennett (1880-1960) was a Canadian-American actor and director, an Academy Award winner and the innovator of slapstick comedy in Hollywood. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 81753
PICASSO, Pablo - SABARTÉS, Jaime. Picasso: Toreros.
New York & Monte Carlo : 1961First edition in English, first printing, published simultaneously with the French edition, with four lithographs executed by Picasso for this work entitled; La Pique, Le Picador II, Jeu de la Cape, Les Banderilles. Sabartés (1881-1968) was an artist, poet, and writer, as well as a close personal friend of Picasso's, "the friendship of Picasso and... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 132543
PICASSO; HALÁSZ, Gyula; BRASSAÏ. Un apres-midi avec Picasso 85 ans. (An Afternoon with Picasso at 85).
[Cannes, : 1966]A superb unpublished and heavily corrected manuscript in French, in which Brassai recounts his visit to Picasso, a long-standing friend, at his home near Cannes. Brassaï, who photographed much of Picasso's work in the 1940s, had published Conversations with Picasso in 1964, in which he created an intimate portrait of Picasso, covering their friendship... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 112218
WILDE, Oscar, & James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Wilde v Whistler,
London : 1906First edition, first impression, one of 400 trade issue copies; a further 100 demy octavo copies were also issued.
Despite beginning as friends, the relationship between Wilde and Whistler descended into a bitter dispute as each sought to assert himself as spokesman for the aesthetic movement. Following the accusations of plagiarism,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144070
TROLLOPE, Anthony. Ayala's Angel.
London : 1881First edition of a difficult title to find in acceptable condition. Sadleir notes that "the serial rights of this story were sold to the National Press Agency on November 9, 1880" but that he had been "unable to discover what used was made of these rights". Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 128307
ROWSE, A. L. Extempore Memorial.
[Oxford : 1933]Rare first and sole edition. A touching elegy for Charles Henderson (1900-1933), fellow historian and Cornishman, privately printed following his sudden death in Rome. In 1935 Rowse co-edited with Henderson's wife, Isobel Munro, Henderson's Essays in Cornish History (1935). An online search of institutional libraries cites copies at just five locations:... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140179
BEERBOHM, Max. The Poet's Corner.
London and New York : 1943First edition thus, Ezra Pound's copy with his pencil ownership initials to front pastedown, and a clipped and tipped in book review with a portrait of Baudelaire dated in Pound's hand, "Times April 1946", in red crayon. Pound's ownership of Beerbohm's superbly mocking caricatures of the great poets of the past is a delightful association, and the two... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 144660
LAWRENCE, D. H. - MAGNUS, Maurice. Memoirs of the Foreign Legion.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, one of 2,000 copies. Magnus's memoir of his time with, and subsequent desertion of, the French Foreign Legion was left unpublished upon his death by suicide in 1920; it is here published for the first time, together with a lengthy introduction and biographical sketch by Lawrence, his erstwhile friend. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144610
BRITTAIN, Vera. Testament of Youth.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of this powerful feminist classic; notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Lengel notes that this was "one of the most important pieces of literature to emerge from the war".
Brittain's memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 121385
SCHOFF, Wilfred H. (trans.) The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.
New York : 1912First edition, first printing, of this translation of "the first record of organized trading with the nations of the East, in vessels built and commanded by subjects of the Western World, comparable to the journals of Marco Polo and Columbus and Vespucci" (introduction). Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 143761
BRONTË, Charlotte - GASKELL, Elizabeth. The Life of Charlotte Brontë.
London : 1857First edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's pioneering, landmark biography of her close friend, "creating a new, feminine form which linked emotional and domestic life and suffering to creativity" (ODNB). The biography was hugely controversial at the time, and remains so today, for different reasons.
Gaskell was asked to write it by Patrick Brontë... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 138990
STRACHEY, Lytton. Landmarks in French Literature.
London : 1923First edition thus (second overall), first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Dadie from Lytton", and with the recipient's pictorial book plate to the front pastedown, and with a couple of minor corrections in ink by either one of them.
George Humphrey Wolferstan "Dadie" Rylands (1902-1999), became one of Leonard... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 143674
FRAZER, R. W. A Literary History of India.
London : 1898First edition, presentation copy from the author, with a full-page inscription on the front free endpaper: "I wrote this book in six months time and have repented ever since that I wrote it. It is however a pleasure to know that it has found an honoured home in the Library of Mr. J. Carleton Young. I now sign it in token of kindest regards and sincerest... Learn More£295.00
Stock Code: 141343
DE TORRE, Guillermo. Literaturas europeas de vanguardia.
Madrid : 1925First edition, first printing, of de Torre's famous defence of the avant-garde movement, which contains a detailed account of the origins and development of surrealism.
The Spanish writer and Dadaist, Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), was a member of the group of avant-garde artists, collectively known as the "Generation of '27". Although the... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143311
WILSON, Edmund. Axel's Castle.
New York and London : 1931First edition, first printing (Scribner's "A"), scarce in the jacket. Axel's Castle, which is numbered among Connolly's 100 Books of the Modern Movement, was an influential study on the roots of Modernism in the Symbolist Movement, with chapters on W. B. Yeats, Paul Valéry, T. S. Eliot, Proust, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Rimbaud. The title relates... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 143829
GILL, Eric. Sacred and Secular in Art and Industry.
Rhode Island : 1939First edition, first printing, one of 400 copies only. In his lecture, Gill explores the relationship and the ratio of power between art and industry, skill and labour, personality and impersonality, and of course, sacred and secular. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 142937
WOOLF, Virginia (contrib.) 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.
It also features writing by, among others, Hilaire Belloc, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, Fredegond... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 142944
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
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
(PLUTARCH.) CLOUGH, A. H. (ed.) Plutarch's Lives.
London : 1893An attractive library set of Plutarch's biographical works recounting the lives of notable Greek and Roman figures including Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. Clough had started on his revision of Dryden's translation of Plutarch in America, whence he had sailed in October 1852 with W. M. Thackeray, spending nine months in a vain search for a permanent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139091
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 product of almost... 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, Carolyn... 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
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
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
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
JAMESON, Anna. Shakspeare's Heroines.
London : 1891Large paper edition, one of 175 numbered copies of which this is number 127. Jameson's work was originally published in 1832 under the title Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical and Historical. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 140646