Literary criticism & biography
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LE CARRÉ, John. The Clandestine Muse.
Portland, Oregon : 1986First edition, first printing, one of 10 hors commerce presentation copies signed by the author on the colophon, from a total edition of 260 copies privately printed at the Janus Press, Vermont.
This is the text from a John Le Carré lecture on writing which he delivered at the John Hopkins University in May 1986. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 147825
(KEROUAC, Jack.) GIFFORD, Barry, & Lawrence LEE. Jack's Book. An Oral Biography.
New York : 1978First edition, first printing, the dedication copy inscribed by Gifford to Marshall Clements on the front free endpaper, "For (as well as by) Marshall with love and more love - JACK'S BOOK would never have been possible without you and Francis Reeves himself! Barry Colly Gifford at the Phoenix Bookshop, New York City in the presence of Barry Weiner,... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 147855
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
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
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and editor Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe issue, additionally signed by him on the title page, and with two unpublished autograph letters signed from Ginsberg to Leyland laid in.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
HOUSMAN, A. E. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.
Cambridge : 1920-36An 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
WILDER, Thornton Niven. The Memorial Service.
Battell Chapel : 1976First edition, sole impression, inscribed by Wilder's sister Isabel on the front panel "For Peter & Kenneth, remembering Thornton's affection & admiration for Bart & the many memories we share with affection Isabel Feb - 24, 1977", and with a manuscript note also from Isabel laid-in loose "and ALWAYS greetings & affection to Jan from Isabel Wilder".... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 140296
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
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
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... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139783
NICOLSON, Harold. Paul Verlaine.
London : 1921First edition, first impression, presentation copy of the Nicolson's first book, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, "For William Rothenstein, with all thanks from Harold Nicolson. See p. 213"; with Rothenstein's bookplate to the front free endpaper. On p. 213 is an account of how Rothenstein "saddened by the plight of Paul Verlaine... had... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139526
MARSH, Edward. Edward Marsh's Little Book.
Eton : 1990First edition, limited issue, number 417 of 626 copies (26 were deluxe signed copies). This is the first printing, reproducing the original in facsimile, of the notebook presented in 1911 by Lady Diana Cooper to Sir Edward Marsh (1872-1953), who was Winston Churchill's secretary and a great literary impresario in his own right. Marsh determined "to... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139388
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
FAITHFULL, Lilian. Autograph draft for Men and Women of the Time: A Dictionary of Contemporaries.
13 Kensington Square, W., : 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
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
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 Luisa otra... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 128476
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
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 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
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, 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
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 - 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
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
[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
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