Literary criticism & biography
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ARENDT, Hannah. Rahel Varnhagen.
London : 1957First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "For Harry Zohn, cordially, Cambridge, April 6, 1967". This is the German-born Jewish political theorist's first commercially published book which she began writing in the late 1920s, translated from the German by Richard and Clara Winston. It was nearly complete when Arendt... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 118211
(HUNTER, Sir William Wilson.) SKRINE, Francis Henry. Life of Sir William Wilson Hunter.
London : 1901First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the second free binder's blank, "Mrs. Patrick Caird, with the author's kind regards, 147 Victoria Street, S. W. Sep. 22nd 1904". The recipient was the wife of Patrick Caird of Caird & Company, a Scottish shipbuilding and engineering firm based near Glasgow. The Caird family was influential... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 118105
GIBSON, Harvey Dow. An Autobiography.
North Conway, New Hampshire : 1951First and sole edition, first printing, presentation copy from Gibson's widow Helen Whitney Gibson to Kate Davison, inscribed and dated 2 June 1952. This is the privately printed autobiography of the American businessman, bank president, and Chairman of the American Red Cross during World Wars I and II. It was published by his widow Helen Whitney Gibson... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 117964
KENNEDY, John F. Profiles in Courage.
New York : 1956First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. and Mrs. John Knight - with the very highest regards - John Kennedy". John S. Knight (1894-1981), a pioneering journalist and close personal friend of the Kennedys, founded Knight Newspapers, which would later become Knight Ridder, which was... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 117813
AYER, A. J. Part of My Life.
London : 1977First edition, first impression, of Ayer's autobiography; presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Caroline Anne Tuell, with my best wishes from Freddie Ayer. Bournemouth, October 13 1977". Anthony Smith's review for The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben Rogers is laid in to the front... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 117409
[YOUNG, Geoffrey Winthrop.] Wall and Roof Climbing.
Eton College : 1905First edition, first impression, very scarce presentation copy inscribed "'from the Culprit' 1906", of this notable satirical anthology of buildering lore through the ages by Geoffrey Winthrop Young (1876-1958), author of The Roof-Climber's Guide to Trinity (1899), this his second book, and an early title in the lineage of Cambridge-related roof-climbing... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 115630
ARNOLD, Matthew Essays in Criticism.
London and Cambridge : 1865First edition, first issue, presentation copy inscribed "From the Author" in the hand of the publisher on the half-title. This is the first of Arnold's two influential Essays in Criticism, published by Arnold as Oxford Professor of Poetry. The second was published in 1888. The subjects in this work include Heinrich Heine, Pagan and Mediaeval Religious... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 115429
LEWIS, Wyndham. Time and Western Man.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To H. E. Dounce, from Wyndham Lewis, October 1927". Harry Esty Dounce (1889-1947) was an American journalist and book reviewer. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 115120
(BLAKE, William.) KEYNES, Sir Geoffrey. Laocoon. A Last Testament.
Clairvaux : 1976First edition, number 11 of 380 copies thus, this copy inscribed on the limitation leaf by the publisher Arnold Fawcus, "For Raymond: Geoffrey's most recent and exciting contribution to Blake scholarship, warmest regards, Arnold", from a total edition of 438 copies. This Trianon production constitutes a finely illustrated disquisition by Keynes on Blake's... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 115020
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
(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
DERRIDA, Jacques. The Work of Mourning.
Chicago & London : 2001First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by Derrida to the poet and photographer Ira Cohen on the title page, "Pour Ira, de tout coeur, J.D." The book is a collection of eulogies, essays and condolences on the deaths of 14 writers and thinkers who were Derrida's friends or colleagues: Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 111353
SYMONS, A. J. A. The Quest for Corvo. An Experiment in Biography.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Vincent, a tribute to a long a noble friendship, with the sincere and cordial salutations of his colleague in letters and admirer in life. A.J. Feb 3rd, 1934". The recipient, identified by a pencilled note, was Harold Vincent Marrot (1898-1954),... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 109896
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
WHITE, T. H. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
London : 1959First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", on the front free endpaper, with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and Then, all laid in. A lovely... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 108471
CARTLAND, Barbara. I Search for Rainbows.
London : 1967First edition, first impression, of Cartland's autobiography. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To darling Denise - the most glamorous writer in the world - with love from her ever admiring Barbara, 1967" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was Cartland's friend and rival romantic novelist Denise Robins. The two authors shared a close... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 106956
ETCHISON, Dennis (ed.) Lord John Ten: A Celebration.
Northridge, California : 1988First edition, signed limited edition, deluxe issue. Number 3 of 75 specially bound copies, signed by the contributors: Robert Bloch, Dennis Etchison, James Purdy, Patrick W. Magee, Robert B. Parker, Bruce Francis, James Crumley, Whitley Strieber, Robert Lannes, Joyce Carol Oates, John Updike, William F. Nolan, Lorri Ziegler, Barry N. Malzberg, Jack... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 105651
DOUGLAS, Norman. Looking Back.
London : 1933Signed limited edition. Additionally inscribed by the author to his friend, the lawyer Arthur Johnson, "For Arthur, with love from Norman, Capri, January, 1950" (front free endpaper of first volume). Number 533 of 535 copies signed by the author. In 1953 Johnson wrote to Nancy Cunard: "I first met Douglas on Capri on the terrace of a café overhanging... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 104200
DE CHAIR, Somerset [Struben]. Buried Pleasure.
Braunton, Devon : 1985Limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, this number 32. This copy additionally signed and inscribed by de Chair on the title page "For Phyllis Roper on her 70th birthday in appreciation of her consistent help". Biography of the English author, politician, poet and connoisseur. In WWII he served as an intelligence officer with the 4th Cavalry... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 103982
SHAW, George Bernard. Selected Passages.
London : 1912First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's friend, Sydney Cockerell, signed by Shaw and inscribed by Charlotte Shaw on the half-title: "To Sydney Carlyle Cockerell from Charlotte F. Shaw". another inscription, with indistinct signature and dated "5th Nov. 1913" reads: "I witness these signatures - on this most pleasant evening".... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 103503
BRIDSON, Douglas Geoffrey. The Filibuster: a study of the political ideas of Wyndham Lewis.
London : 1972First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his second wife, Joyce Thirlaway Bridson (née Rowe), "For Joyce, who suffered as much as I did researching & writing it for our old friend W.L. with love, Geoffrey. 21.9.72," and with Joyce's bookplate to the front pastedown. The author was a close... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 103407
ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, one of 2,020 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper to the author Ralph Straus: "For Ralph Straus, whose gifts are almost an numerous as Corvo's, & who loves books as much as I do. Very cordially, from his friend A.J. Dec., 1934." A. J. A. Symons (1900-1941), book collector and... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 102584
FORSTER, E. M. The New Disorder.
New York : 1949First separate edition, signed limited issue, number V of 20 copies signed by both author and illustrator, from a total edition of 1,200. Forster's essay was first published in Horizon, December 1941, and largely incorporated in "Art for Art's Sake" in Harper's Magazine, August 1949. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 100433
CABELL, James Branch. Special Delivery.
New York : 1933First US trade edition, first printing of this collection of ten "witheringly luminous emotional responses of Mr. Cabell to his typical fan mail" (front flap blurb). This copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Leo T. Sides, Jr., this volume which I remember liking very much when I dedicated it to George Keating, but upon which... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 94352
DAVIES, Jonathan Ceredig. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
Llanddewi Brefi : 1927One of 70 copies only printed by the author at his own printing-press for private circulation. This copy is inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece, and was sent to Davies's cousin the Hon. Dan W. Williams, who is mentioned (though misnamed, as Williams comments in the margin) on page 5 as part of the global diaspora of Davies's... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 93335
SAYERS, Frances Clarke. Anne Carroll Moore. A Biography.
New York : 1972First edition, first printing, of this biography of Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961), American author, educator and advocate for children's libraries. Presentation copy inscribed to Julia Carter, the first full time children's librarian at the New York Public Library. Sayers's inscription, to the front free endpaper, is fulsome: "This book is for Julia... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 92281
DOUGLAS, Norman. Together.
London : 1923Signed limited edition, number 154 of 275 large paper copies signed by the author. Together is a nostalgic evocation of lost youth and the north as the author revisits his native Austria. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 92115
MANNING, Frederic. Scenes and Portraits.
London : 1930Second edition, first impression. Number 177 of 250 copies signed by the author on the verso of the title page. First published in 1909, this is a series of imaginary debates on themes appropriate to the characters, with figures such as Socrates, Euripides, St. Francis of Assisi, Thomas Cromwell and Machiavelli taking part. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 91514
BARZUN, Jacques. On Writing, Editing, and Publishing.
Chicago : 1971First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Wendell, fellow-author, editor & publisher. As ever, J. Nov 30/71". The recipient is the French-born American historian Barzun's life-long friend, with whom the author Wendell Hertig Taylor later wrote the critique of crime fiction, A Catalogue of Crime... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 91240
FOWLER, Gene. Father Goose.
New York : First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Jimmy ('Four') Starr, my friend and colleague, with regards, Gene Fowler. Sept - 1934." Starr was an American screenwriter, gossip columnist, and film reviewer. Fowler's book is a biography of Mack Sennett, a director and actor active in Hollywood during... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 90705
GRASS, Günter. Peeling the Onion.
New York : 2007First English language edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Norman Mailer, with many thanks, Günter Grass". Grass and Mailer appeared together at "The 20th Century on Trial", an event in 2007 in which they were both interviewed on stage by Andrew O'Hagan. Peeling the Onion is a biography of Grass's... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 88979
MELLON, Paul, & John Baskett. Reflections in a Silver Spoon.
New York : 1992First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Dr. Joel Guiterman - with all best wishes from Paul Mellon". Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 85945
PARTRIDGE, Eric. The 'Shaggy Dog' Story.
London : 1953Presentation copy of the first edition, first impression, of this humorous investigation into the phenomenon of the "Shaggy Dog" story, defined by its mischievous unexpectedness, and traced from its Ancient Greek origins ("A pert youth, meeting an old woman, driving a herd, called, 'Good morning, mother of asses!', she replied 'Good morning, my son!'"),... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 84947
GRAVES, Robert. Mrs Fisher.
London : 1928First edition, first impression; from the To-day and To-morrow series. Inscribed by Robert Graves on the front free endpaper, "Damn and blast, said Lars Porsenna! Robert Graves, 1957". This inscription references the opening lines of Macaulay's poem Horatius at the Bridge ("Lars Porsena of Clusium, / By the Nine Gods he swore..."), and to Graves's... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 84023
WHITE, T. H. England Have My Bones.
London : 1936First edition, first impression. Scarce presentation copy inscribed by T. H. White on the title page, "N.H.H-B. / One book as a small token of gratitude for very many fried eggs. T.H.W." Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 83943
BAILEY, Pearl. Between You and Me.
New York : 1989First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Paul, God is ever present. Love, Pearl Bailey". With a photograph inscribed "Love Pearl Bailey" loosely inserted. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 83591
WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion. Jesuit and Martyr.
London : 1947Second edition, with a new introduction by the author. Inscribed by Waugh on the half-title, "With happy & grateful memories of Dundee, from Evelyn Waugh. Oct 26, 1949". At the outbreak of the Second World War Waugh joined the marine infantry brigade and, after seeing action on the Libyan coast in April 1941, returned to Britain and spent about a year... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 82521
(LEAVIS, F. R.) BEWLEY, Marius. The Complex Fate.
London : 1952First edition, first impression of Bewley's study of classic and modern American literature, taking its title from Henry James's words, "It's a complex fate, being an American, and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting against a superstitious valuation of Europe". This copy is inscribed on the front free endpaper by the monolithic British... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 81883
[BROWNJOHN, Alan] LUCIE-SMITH, Edward [ed]. British Poetry since 1945.
Harmandsworth, Middlesex : 1973Third printing, originally published in 1970. Inscribed by the poet Alan Brownjohn in the margin above his section of the anthology (p. 263), "Signed for Nicholas Gammage - with all good wishes to you and for your poetry - Alan Brownjohn, 24th January 1974". Brownjohn and Gammage were both friends with Ted Hughes, who also is included in this anthology.... Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 77017
UNWIN, Sir Stanley. The Truth About A Publisher.
London : 1960First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to Storer Lunt, head of the New York publishing house W. W. Norton & Co., on the front free endpaper, "To Storer Lunt, Colleague of my best friend among american publishers, the late W. W. Norton, from Stanley Unwin, 31st March 1960". Includes, clipped from the New York... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 77300
WELTY, Eudora. Henry Green. A Novelist of the Imagination.
[Austin : 1961Offprint from the Texas Quarterly. Inscribed by the author on the verso of the upper wrapper, "With love to Bill and Barbara and so many wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Eudora, 1961". The recipients were poets William Jay Smith, sometime American Poet Laureate, and his wife, also a poet, Barbara Howes. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 76436
(THORNDIKE, Sybil.) SPRIGGE, Elizabeth. Sybil Thorndike Casson.
London : 1971First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Thorndike on the front free endpaper, "To my darlings Laura & Joan with much love, Sybil", and below that by the author, "and warm thanks from Elizabeth Sprigg, October 1971". Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 68779
ELIOT, T. S. Religious Drama: Mediaeval and Modern.
New York : 1954First edition, signed limited issue, number 153 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. The work was never published in the UK. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 67843
RIVIÈRE, Jules. My Musical Life and Recollections.
London : 1893First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the title page, "anno 1898-99, to Mrs. Baker with compliments and best wishes from the author Rivière. P. S. as a musical conductor I have been beating the time for the last fifty years, but alas! Now, in my 80th year time beats me unmercifully". Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 63632
WELTY, Eudora. The Eye of the Story. Selected Essays and Reviews.
New York : 1977First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Nash and Marjorie - with longtime appreciation and highest respects & best wishes, from Eudora, June 1978". Nash Burger was a high school classmate of Welty's who became an editor at the New York Times Book Review. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 63062
HARRIS, Frank. Contemporary Portraits.
New York : 1915First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Margaret Viereck from the author, who admires her grace & beauty, more than any writing. Frank Harris. New York, 3 Washington Square. In this year of DisGrace 1915". A fine association: Margaret "Gretchen" Viereck was the wife of the German-American... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 63174
(JOYCE, James.) MCLUHAN, Marshall. James Joyce: Trivial and Quadrivial.
New York : spring 1953Offprint with the ownership inscription of poet and academic Ronald Bates to the front wrapper and his pencilled notes to the contents. Ronald Gordon Nudell Bates (1924-1995) earned his PhD from the University of Toronto, the subject of his doctoral thesis being James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. His teaching career was spent at the universities of Upsala,... Learn More£520.00
Stock Code: 60922
KOESTLER, Arthur. Janus. A Summing Up.
1978First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, " To Tony, hopefully, from Arthur". Koestler had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 1976, the effects of which are evident here. Learn More£120.00
Stock Code: 61022
FORSTER, E. M. Abinger Harvest.
London : 1936First edition, second impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title "For E. K. Brown from E. M. Forster, June 4th 1947". Brown's annotations appear throughout the text. Edward Killoran Brown (1905-51) was a prominant Canadian literature professor who taught at the University of Toronto, and later Cornell and the University of Chicago. He edited... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 60250
(FRAZER, James George) BESTERMAN, Theodore (ed.) A Bibliography of Sir James George Frazer.
1934First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Frazer, anthropologist and author of The Golden Bough, on the half-title "A notre ami Francois Ceccaldi, en affectueuse reconnaissance de J. G. & L. Frazer". Also included is a plate from a different book illustrating the entrace to Trinity College, Cambridge (where Frazer was a fellow) taped to the front... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 59659