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Literary criticism & biography

Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to critical writings about literature, including biographies and autobiographies of literary figures and printed collections of their correspondence.

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  1. The Letters.
    (WOOLF, Virginia.) Nigel Nicolson (ed.) The Letters.

    London : 1975-80

    First editions, first impressions, inscribed by Nigel Nicolson on the title page of each volume. The letters record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941.
    Volumes I and II: "Nigel Nicolson"
    Volumes III, IV and... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 137435

  2. Ronald A. Wilford Presents Marcel Marceau and His Partner Pierre Verry.
    (MARCEAU, Marcel.) Ronald A. Wilford Presents Marcel Marceau and His Partner Pierre Verry.

    New York : 1973

    First 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

  3. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.
    (BEATTIE, James.) FORBES, Sir William. An Account of the Life and Writings of James Beattie, LL.D.

    Edinburgh : 1806

    First 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

  4. 112546comp
    SITWELL, Osbert. Left Hand, Right Hand! An Autobiography. [Together with a first edition of Passage to India.]

    London : 1945-1950

    First editions, presentation copies, each volume inscribed and signed by Sitwell to E. M. Forster on the half-title, each beginning "For Morgan" and dated, vol. I with the additional epithet "With affection and admiration" and vol. III "whose only fault is his invisibility". Each volume bears Forster's booklabel to the front pastedown. In a 1954 letter... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112546

  5. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.

    Cambridge : 1920-36

    An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius, and was Regius Professor of... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 119798

  6. Friday Nights.
    GARNETT, Edward. Friday Nights.

    London : 1922

    First 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

  7. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Autograph letter signed to T. S. Eliot.

    Hogarth House, Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey : Sunday [?12 November 1922]

    An exceptional letter connecting two of the key figures of the English modernist movement, here in their capacity as publisher/editors in the annus mirabilis of modernist publishing. Virginia Woolf writes to T. S. Eliot, addressing him familiarly as "Tom", on Hogarth House stationery towards the end of 1922, the year in which the Woolfs began to run... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 126655

  8. A Tribute to Kevin Sullivan.
    HEANEY, Seamus, and others. A Tribute to Kevin Sullivan.

    New York : 1991

    First 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

  9. Going Solo.
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jenny with love, Roald Dahl, 1988". Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 112116

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    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. My Guru and His Disciple.

    New York : 1980

    First 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

  11. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.
    RUNCIMAN, Steven. Medieval History and the Romantic Imagination.

    Oxford : [1963]

    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

  12. Sidney H. Sime, Master of Fantasy.
    (BRADBURY, Ray, intro.) SKEETERS, Paul W. Sidney H. Sime, Master of Fantasy.

    Pasadena, CA : 1978

    First 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

  13. The Queen.
    (WILSON, Harold.) MORROW, Ann. The Queen.

    London : 1984

    Harold Wilson's copy of this biography of his sovereign, inscribed to him on the front wrapper verso: "To Rt Hon Lord Wilson of Riveaulx, & Lady Wilson, House of Lords, S.W.1. 12/3/86" (the presenter unclear; the hand not matching that of the author). Wilson has intensely annotated eleven pages of the book (the rest unannotated), especially in the chapter... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 138078

  14. Paul Verlaine.
    NICOLSON, Harold. Paul Verlaine.

    London : 1921

    First 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

  15. Up From Slavery.
    WASHINGTON, Booker T. Up From Slavery.

    New York : 1901

    First 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

  16. Agnes Strickland. Biographer of the Queens of England 1796-1874.
    (STRICKLAND, Agnes.) POPE-HENNESSY, Una. Agnes Strickland. Biographer of the Queens of England 1796-1874.

    London : 1940

    First 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

  17. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.
    STREATFEILD, Noel. A Vicarage Family; Away from the Vicarage; Beyond the Vicarage.

    London : 1963, 1965, 1971

    First 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

  18. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.
    FAITHFULL, Lilian. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.

    13 Kensington Square, W., : [1899]

    Two page autograph draft with annotations and corrections in ink and pencil by Lilian Faithfull, an early reformer of women's higher education and one of Virginia Woolf's lecturers, for her autobiographical entry in Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries (1899). Written in the third person, it culminates with her appointment as Head... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 132800

  19. Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, From 1848 to 1861.
    VICTORIA, Queen. Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, From 1848 to 1861.

    London : 1868 and 1883

    First editions, superbly provenanced presentation copies from Victoria, inscribed on a preliminary blank in each volume, respectively, "For dear Elizabeth Argyll, in recollection of our visit to Inverary in 1847 from Victoria R, Jun: 10. 1868" and "To the Duke of Argyll from his affectionate Victoria RI, Dec: 28, 1883". More Leaves is of the rare privately... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 134754

  20. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses
    STRICKLAND, Agnes [& Elizabeth]. Lives of the Queens of Scotland and English Princesses

    Edinburgh & London : 1852-59

    An excellent association set with copious autograph revisions by the authors, preparing the text of volumes one, two, seven, and eight of their monumental historical survey for subsequent editions; in all a clear demonstration of the Strickland sisters' tireless dedication to factual accuracy which made them the most prominent and influential historians... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 138343

  21. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography.
    MANDELA, Nelson. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography.

    Boston : 1996

    First US edition, signed limited issue. This is copy number 3 from an edition 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... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 138910

  22. Shakespeare and Company.
    BEACH, Sylvia. Shakespeare and Company.

    London : 1960

    First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author three months after publication, "With many good wishes for Louis Davis and Mark Davis affectionately their friend Sylvia. Paris. September 1960", with her bookplate on the front pastedown, annotated by her: "Please excuse this creased corner couldn't find another copy. S.B."... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 136528

  23. Berg. Der Meister des Kleinsten Übergangs.
    (BERG, Alban.) ADORNO, Theodor W. Berg. Der Meister des Kleinsten Übergangs.

    Wien : 1968

    First 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

  24. Jean.
    HAMILTON, Ian. Jean.

    London : 1941

    First 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

  25. In Dickens's London.
    (DICKENS, Charles.) SMITH, F. Hopkinson. In Dickens's London.

    New York : 1914

    First 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

  26. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
    [TWAIN, Mark.] Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.

    New York : 1906

    Inscribed by the author on the second blank, "Truly yours, Mark Twain, Dec /08". Uncommon inscribed, with five other copies traced at auction. Clemens often signed works under both his pseudonym and as Clemens; this novel is the only work to be published under the alternate pseudonym of Louis de Conte. Originally published as a serial in Harper's Magazine... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 119977

  27. My Life.
    CLINTON, Bill. My Life.

    New York : 2004

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 121642

  28. Vivir para contarla.
    GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. Vivir para contarla.

    Mexico : October 2002

    First 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

  29. My Turn.
    WISDOM, Norman. My Turn.

    London : 2002

    First 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

  30. Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics.
    BLYTH, R. H. Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics.

    Tokyo : 1942

    First 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

  31. The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.
    (VICTORIA, Queen.) MARTIN, Theodore. The Life of His Royal Highness the Prince Consort.

    Lonodn : 1875-80

    This 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

  32. The Development of English Prose Between 1918 and 1939
    FORSTER, E. M. The Development of English Prose Between 1918 and 1939

    Glasgow : 1945

    First 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

  33. Ulysses: The Mechanics of Meaning.
    (BECKETT, Samuel.) HAYMAN, David. Ulysses: The Mechanics of Meaning.

    Englewood Cliffs, NJ : 1970

    First 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

  34. Tristan and Isolde in Finnegans Wake:
    (BECKETT, Samuel.) HAYMAN, David. Tristan and Isolde in Finnegans Wake:

    [University Park, PA] : 1964

    Offprint 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

  35. The Road to Wimbledon.
    MARBLE, Alice. The Road to Wimbledon.

    New York & London : 1946

    First 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

  36. An Acquaintance with Description.
    STEIN, Gertrude. An Acquaintance with Description.

    London : 1929

    First 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

  37. Elinor Remick Warren: her life and music.
    BORTIN, Virginia. Elinor Remick Warren: her life and music.

    Metuchen, New Jersey : 1987

    First 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

  38. Sartre. Romantic Rationalist.
    MURDOCH, Iris. Sartre. Romantic Rationalist.

    Cambridge : 1953

    First 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

  39. The Trembling of the Veil.
    YEATS, W. B. The Trembling of the Veil.

    London : 1922

    First 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

  40. Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.
    ELIOT, T. S. Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.

    New York : 1954

    First 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

  41. Silver and Gold.
    HARTNELL, Norman. Silver and Gold.

    London : 1955

    First 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." Hartnell (1901-1979) was the Dressmaker by Appointment to both Queen Elizabeth II and the... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 130515

  42. El "Martín Fierro"
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. El "Martín Fierro"

    Buenos Aires : 1953

    First 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

  43. "Is Fiction an Art?" Hand-corrected typescript review of Aspects of Fiction by E. M. Forster.
    WOOLF, Virginia. "Is Fiction an Art?" Hand-corrected typescript review of Aspects of Fiction by E. M. Forster.

    52 Tavistock Square, London : October 1927

    Original typescript draft with autograph corrections by Woolf of one of her most defining essays, by descent from the editor responsible for bringing the essay to publication, Geoffrey Parsons (1879-1956). Published in the New York Herald Tribune on Sunday, 16 October 1927, Woolf's review of E. M. Forster's Aspects of Fiction appeared on the first page... Learn More
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 130267

  44. Leopoldo Lugones.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. Leopoldo Lugones.

    Buenos Aires : 1955

    First 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

  45. The Art of Poetry.
    (STARK, Freya) KER, William Paton. The Art of Poetry.

    Oxford : 1923

    First 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

  46. A Cloud of Forgetting.
    (STARK, Freya) COOPER, Pamela. A Cloud of Forgetting.

    London : 1993

    First 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

  47. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom.
    MANDELA, Nelson. The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom.

    Boston : 2001

    Signed 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

  48. Shelley Memorials:
    (SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.) SHELLEY, Lady Jane (ed.) Shelley Memorials:

    London : 1859

    Second 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

  49. The Café Royal and other essays.
    SYMONS, Arthur, & Randolph Schwabe (illus.) The Café Royal and other essays.

    London : 1923

    First 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

  50. Tree by Tolkien.
    WILSON, Colin. Tree by Tolkien.

    London : 1973

    First 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

  51. Typed letter signed ("Scott" in ink) to Gilbert Seldes.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Typed letter signed ("Scott" in ink) to Gilbert Seldes.

    Baltimore : 1934

    Seldes 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

  52. A Test of Poetry.
    ZUKOFSKY, Louis. A Test of Poetry.

    Brooklyn : 1948

    First 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

  53. Straight Hearts' Delight.
    (GAY SUNSHINE PRESS.) GINSBERG, Allen, & Peter Orlovsky. Straight Hearts' Delight.

    San Francisco : 1980

    First 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

  54. Gay Roots.
    (GAY SUNSHINE PRESS.) Gay Roots.

    San Francisco : 1991-3

    First 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

  55. My Life.
    CLINTON, Bill. My Life.

    New York : 2004

    First 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

  56. Diaries.
    BEATON, Cecil. Diaries.

    London : 1961

    First 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

  57. The World of William Shakespeare.
    BURGESS, Anthony. The World of William Shakespeare.

    London : 1971

    Signed 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

  58. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
    BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

    London : 1791 & 1793

    First 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 assistance... Learn More
    £185,000.00

    Stock Code: 119415

  59. Dedication copy of From the Jerusalem Diary [and] two copies of From the Palestine Diary; [together with] a collection of correspondence to the dedicatee.
    (GILL, Eric & Mary, & Austen Barbe Harrison.) Dedication copy of From the Jerusalem Diary [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

  60. The Door Stands Open.
    HEANEY, Seamus. The Door Stands Open.

    Dublin : 2005

    First 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

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