Literary criticism & biography
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VICTORIA, Queen - MARTIN, Theodore. The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.
Lonodn : 1875-80This set inscribed in the first volume by Queen Victoria: "To Lord Methuen In recollection of former happy days and of the marriage of our grandson William of Prussia, from Victoria R.I. Windsor Castle Feb: 27. 1881".
Pasted to the verso of the front free endpaper is a folding manuscript letter embossed with the arms of Windsor Castle, addressed... Learn More£3,950.00
Stock Code: 135188
FLEMING, Ian. Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great.
Westerham : 1964First edition, wrappered issue. The South African poet and novelist William Plomer had been publisher's reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937. He was instrumental in the publication of Fleming's work and the dedicatee of Goldfinger. A limited hardcover issue was also produced. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 118708
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Evaristo Carriego.
Buenos Aires : 1930First edition, first printing, of the publication that ensured longevity to Carriego's fame. This is a collection of essays on the life and times of Evaristo Carriego (1883-1912), a poet, friend and neighbour of the Borges family. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 135475
SHELLEY, Mary - CROKER, John Wilson, et al. [Review of Frankenstein in] The Quartely Review. October 1817, & May 1818.
London : 1818First edition of this notoriously scathing review of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, appearing in this volume of The Quarterly Review and penned by John Wilson Croker (1780-1857), a serial foe to all young Romantics and Jacobins, who only a few month later savaged, no less notoriously, Keats's Endymion, and would go on to do the same for a budding Tennyson.... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 132158
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
HARFORD, John S. The Life of Michael Angelo Buonarroti.
London : 1858Second edition of this important life of Michelangelo, first published the previous year; Harford included an index and in his new preface notes that he has "added a few interesting anecdotes which came to his knowledge after its publication, and has introduced in the concluding chapter some critical remarks on the nature of Michael Angelo's genius,... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 133492
LENNOX, Charlotte. Memoirs of Maximilian de Bethune,
London : 1778An attractive and well-preserved set in 'Etruscan' calf, most probably executed by the esteemed bindery of the Edwards of Halifax. This is the ninth edition (first published in 1755 in 3 volumes and subsequently expanded to 5) of this much republished translation by Lennox of the history of one of Henry the Great's main advisers.
Charlotte Lennox... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 133228
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 explanatory... 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
HOMER - WOLF, Friedrich August. Prolegomena ad Homerum
Halle : 1795First edition of one of the most important books in the history of classical studies, in which Wolf applied recognizably modern philological methods to the "Homeric Question", the long-standing debate about the authorship and composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The subjects Wolf addressed dominated Homeric scholarship for almost two centuries,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132587
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
POUND, Ezra, & W. B. Yeats (eds.); FENOLLOSA, Ernest. Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.
Churchtown, Dundrum : 1916First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study of Asian art in the west, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 131792
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, first impression, 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
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. Samuel Knight was an English clergyman and antiquary, who served as chaplain to King George II from 1730 to 1746 and as Archdeacon of Berkshire from 1735 to 1746. John Jortin, a subsequent biographer... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 131300
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
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 - 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
MANDELA, Nelson. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom.
Boston : 2001Signed limited edition, number 112 out of a planned edition of 950 copies, though only 250 were produced, signed by Mandela. This specially bound copy was issued to celebrate Mandela's 85th birthday on 18 July 2003. It was first published in 1994. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 126424
(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
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
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Typed letter signed ("Scott" in ink) to Gilbert Seldes.
Baltimore : 1934Seldes gave Tender Is the Night a rave review in the New York Evening Journal on the day of publication, 12 April 1934. Fitzgerald writes two weeks later to thank him: " I never had any doubt after the weeks and months of half-sleepless work on the thing that it had some special merit and value but it is so nice to see an appreciation of it so early... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 124321
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",... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 123878
[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
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
[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
GILL, Eric & Mary, & Austen Barbe Harrison. From the Jerusalem Diary, dedication copy, and two copies of From the Palestine Diary; together with a collection of correspondence to the dedicatee.A remarkable collection, including the dedication copy of the From the Jerusalem Diary, inscribed by the editor, Mary Gill, Eric Gill's widow, "To Austen St B. Harrison, with happy memories, from M.E.G.", with the Eric Gill-designed bookplate of Austen St Barbe Harrison to the front pastedown. Harrison, a close personal friend of Gill (1882-1940), was... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 118739
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
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 WorldCat 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 (20 June 1999).... 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
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
BUSSY, Dorothy & Simon. A series of letters to art historian and biographer Auguste Bréal.
Roquebrune, London, Nice, etc. : 1919-40Dorothy Bussy (née Strachey) had translated Bréal's book on Velazquez back in 1905 and the present letters have an easy intimacy throughout. In the first she introduces J. M. Keynes "(pronounced Canes) He is something of a swell an intimate friend of my brother Lytton's, Duncan Grant's chief patron, the headquarters in fact of all the Bloomsbury... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 114757
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
YEATS, John Butler. Illustrated autograph letter signed to Gilbert Seldes.
New York : 1921In this illustrated letter written six weeks before his death, John Butler Yeats (1839-1922), father of the poet W. B. Yeats, writes to Dial editor Gilbert Seldes: " That hour glass is a great comfort to Father Time & to others. Art with representation, that is, without condition is the latest demands of austere critics. These people, & among them are... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 114617
GOLDING, William (foreword); 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
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
CARTER, John, & Percy H. Muir (eds.) Printing and the Mind of Man.
Munich : 1983Second edition, revised and enlarged, of this major reference work for book collectors, which was originally published in 1967. With a new bibliography and introduction by Percy H. Muir. PMM, as it is usually abbreviated, is regarded as a standard bibliographical reference, and offers a survey of the impact of printed books on the development of western... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 111397
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
BEERBOHM, Max. A Survey.
London : 1921First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 109359