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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 Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen.
    WOOLF, Virginia (contrib.); MAITLAND, Frederic William. The Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen.

    London : 1906 [1910]

    First edition. The book contains Virginia Woolf's first appearance in a book at pp. 474-6, chapter XI, "The Sunset". Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 84698

  2. Mrs Fisher.
    GRAVES, Robert. Mrs Fisher.

    London : 1928

    First 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

  3. The Cutting of An Agate.
    YEATS, W. B. The Cutting of An Agate.

    London : 1919

    First UK edition, first impression. The 1912 New York publication of this title had substantially different contents. An attractive copy and uncommon in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 84212

  4. England Have My Bones.
    WHITE, T. H. England Have My Bones.

    London : 1936

    First 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

  5. John M. Synge: A Few Personal Recollections, With Biographical Notes.
    SYNGE, John M. - MASEFIELD, John. John M. Synge: A Few Personal Recollections, With Biographical Notes.

    Churchtown, Dundrum : 1915

    First edition, first impression, of Masefield's recollections of his friend J. M. Synge, who died in 1909; from a numbered limited edition of 350 copies. This copy is from the Garvan Collection on Ireland, with the bookplate and shelfmark annotation to title page verso in pencil. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 83957

  6. Between You and Me.
    BAILEY, Pearl. Between You and Me.

    New York : 1989

    First 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

  7. Negro.
    (ROBESON, Paul.) ROBESON, Eslanda Goode. Negro.

    London : 1930

    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in the US in the same year. The biography of the great American actor, musician, and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, written by his wife Eslanda. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 83627

  8. Edmund Campion. Jesuit and Martyr.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion. Jesuit and Martyr.

    London : 1947

    Second 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

  9. My Life.
    ELLIS, Havelock. My Life.

    Boston, : 1939

    First edition, first printing of Ellis's autobiography, the central subject of which is Ellis's marriage and open relationship with the lesbian and women's rights activist Edith Lees. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 82383

  10. The Complex Fate.
    LEAVIS, F. R. - BEWLEY, Marius. The Complex Fate.

    London : 1952

    First 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

  11. Grand Man. Memories of Norman Douglas.
    DOUGLAS, Norman - CUNARD, Nancy. Grand Man. Memories of Norman Douglas.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £80.00

    Stock Code: 81395

  12. Fanny Burney and the Burneys.
    (BURNEY, Fanny.) JOHNSON, R. Brimley. (Ed.) Fanny Burney and the Burneys.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression. Additions to Madame d'Arblay's diary, letters by Susan Burney, a journal of the Worcestershire Burneys, and a selection of the works of Dr Burney, his children and grandchildren. Plates, the frontispiece being a photogravure reproduction of an allegorical sketch by Edward Burney. Ownership signature on front pastedown.140492... Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 81598

  13. King of Comedy.
    SENNETT, Mack, & Cameron Shipp. King of Comedy.

    Garden City, NY : 1954

    First 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

  14. My Life.
    DUNCAN, Isadora. My Life.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, limited issue, number 211 of 650 publisher's presentation copies, not for public sale. This copy bears the bookseller's ticket of the renowned Kamin Dance Bookshop and Gallery, New York, owned by the publisher Martin Kamin, to the front pastedown, giving the copy a lovely association to both the Parisian and American dance and literature... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 81051

  15. A Survey.
    BEERBOHM, Max. A Survey.

    London : 1921

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 80459

  16. Rabelais.
    FRANCE, Anatole. Rabelais.

    London : 1929

    First separate edition of Anatole France's "exact biography of Rabelais and critique of his masterpieces", first published two months previously in France's posthumous collected works. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 79710

  17. The Wanderer.
    MURRY, John Middleton. The Wanderer.

    The Old Rectory, Larling, near Norwich : December 1933 - 1934

    First editions, first impressions of all 12 published numbers (the final volume contains two numbers) of The Wanderer, a literary magazine published privately by John Middleton Murray. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 79254

  18. Letters to Various Persons.
    THOREAU, Henry David. Letters to Various Persons.

    Boston : 1865

    First edition in the binding variant A, described in BAL as presumably the earliest of a number of styles, and cloth type Z. This volume compiles a large number of letters written by Thoreau to correspondents such as his wife, his sister, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with nine poems. An exceptional copy, Thoreau's books are rarely found in such beautiful... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 79534

  19. The Cantos. Some Testimonies by Ernest Hemingway,
    POUND, Ezra. The Cantos. Some Testimonies by Ernest Hemingway,

    New York : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 78052

  20. Themes and Attitudes in Modern African Writing.
    GORDIMER, Nadine. Themes and Attitudes in Modern African Writing.

    [Ann Arbor, MI] : 1970

    An offprint from the Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. IX, No. 4, Fall, 1970. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 77452

  21. Diamond Jim. The Life and Times of James Buchanan Brady.
    BRADY, James Buchanan - MORELL, Parker. Diamond Jim. The Life and Times of James Buchanan Brady.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first impression. The biography of the larger-then-life figure James "Diamond Jim" Brady, American tycoon, philanthropist, and toast of the New York social scene during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A collector of jewellery and precious stones, he owned 30 sets of diamond jewellery-one for each day of the month. He... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 77480

  22. British Poetry since 1945.
    [BROWNJOHN, Alan] LUCIE-SMITH, Edward [ed]. British Poetry since 1945.

    Harmandsworth, Middlesex : 1973

    Third 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

  23. On Strange Altars.
    JORDEN-SMITH, Paul. On Strange Altars.

    New York : 1924

    First edition, first impression. An idiosyncratic anthology of critical and personal responses to a range of writers, by the man (known pseudonymously as Pavel Jerdanowich) who founded the hoax art movement, Disumbrationism. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 77098

  24. The Truth About A Publisher.
    UNWIN, Sir Stanley. The Truth About A Publisher.

    London : 1960

    First 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

  25. Henry Green. A Novelist of the Imagination.
    WELTY, Eudora. Henry Green. A Novelist of the Imagination.

    [Austin : 1961

    Offprint 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

  26. Ernest Hemingway's Apprenticeship. Oak Park, 1916-1917.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest - BRUCCOLI, Matthew J. Ernest Hemingway's Apprenticeship. Oak Park, 1916-1917.

    Washington : 1971

    First edition, first printing. An account of Hemingway's schooldays, drawing together much of his schoolboy juvenilia. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 76529

  27. Diamond Jim. The Life and Times of James Buchanan Brady.
    BRADY, James Buchanan - MORELL, Parker. Diamond Jim. The Life and Times of James Buchanan Brady.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first impression. The biography of the larger-then-life figure James "Diamond Jim" Brady, American tycoon, philanthropist, and toast of the New York social scene during the late 19th and early 20th century. A collector of jewellery and precious stones, he owned 30 sets of diamond jewellery - one for each day of the month. He was also... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 74752

  28. Society Sensations.
    WYNDHAM, Horace. Society Sensations.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of tales, including "the liaison of a poet and a "literary" lady; the suspect "mediumship" of a feminine spiritualist; the exploits of a "gold-digger" who overreached herself; and the story of a girl who began in the chorus, and who, by courage and personality, finished up in the peerage." Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 74609

  29. Preface [to Three Plays by Brieux].
    SHAW, George Bernard. Preface [to Three Plays by Brieux].

    [London : 1910]

    Page proofs, first state, hand-corrected by Shaw. The rare first state page proofs of Shaw's Preface to Three Plays by Brieux, which was published in 1911 by A. C. Fifield. Laurence located only 8 copies and notes "Shaw used copies of this proof state (and of the revised proof which followed) for purposes of translation and copyright deposit." It appears... Learn More
    £1,560.00

    Stock Code: 73705

  30. Edmund Campion.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. A very tricky book to find in genuinely nice condition, this copy with an appropriately catholic association: a gift inscription from the Countess Idina Brassey to the Priory of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Haywards Heath, to the front free endpaper, and with the Priory's bookplate on the front pastedown. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 72381

  31. The Life of Captain James Cook.
    COOK, James - KIPPIS, Andrew. The Life of Captain James Cook.

    London : 1788

    First edition of the "first English biography of Cook intended to give a well-balanced account of his life from birth to death, including his family and early years, and the capacities in which he was engaged prior to the famous voyages The Newfoundland and Labrador surveys are discussed, and the three voyages are dealt with in great narrative depth.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 70808

  32. Sybil Thorndike Casson.
    THORNDIKE, Sybil - SPRIGGE, Elizabeth. Sybil Thorndike Casson.

    London : 1971

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Laurence Oliver and Joan Plowright, inscribed by Thorndike on the front free endpaper, "To my darlings Larry & Joan with much love, Sybil", and below that by the author, "and warm thanks from Elizabeth Sprigge, October 1971". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 68779

  33. The Cantos. Some Testimonies by Ernest Hemingway,
    POUND, Ezra. The Cantos. Some Testimonies by Ernest Hemingway,

    New York : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 66251

  34. The Cantos. Some Testimonies by Ernest Hemingway,
    POUND, Ezra. The Cantos. Some Testimonies by Ernest Hemingway,

    New York : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 66252

  35. My Musical Life and Recollections.
    RIVIÈRE, Jules. My Musical Life and Recollections.

    London : 1893

    First 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

  36. The Eye of the Story. Selected Essays and Reviews.
    WELTY, Eudora. The Eye of the Story. Selected Essays and Reviews.

    New York : 1977

    First 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

  37. Contemporary Portraits.
    HARRIS, Frank. Contemporary Portraits.

    New York : 1915

    First 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

  38. Conversations.
    SINGER, Isaac Bashevis. Conversations.

    Garden City, NY : 1985

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Robert with love, Isaac B Singer". Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 62867

  39. Edward Garnett.
    BATES, H. E. Edward Garnett.

    1950

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 62417

  40. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.
    MCLUHAN, Herbert Marshall. The Mechanical Bride. Folklore of Industrial Man.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Mr. Fred Allan from Marshall McLuhan". Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 61401

  41. James Joyce: Trivial and Quadrivial.
    JOYCE, James - MCLUHAN, Marshall. James Joyce: Trivial and Quadrivial.

    New York : spring 1953

    Offprint 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

  42. Janus. A Summing Up.
    KOESTLER, Arthur. Janus. A Summing Up.

    1978

    First 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

  43. Abinger Harvest.
    FORSTER, E. M. Abinger Harvest.

    London : 1936

    First 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

  44. Goldsworthy Lower Dickinson.
    FORSTER, E. M. Goldsworthy Lower Dickinson.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £260.00

    Stock Code: 60122

  45. A Bibliography of Sir James George Frazer.
    (FRAZER, James George) BESTERMAN, Theodore (ed.) A Bibliography of Sir James George Frazer.

    1934

    First 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

  46. Creating the Modern American Novel.
    HATCHER, Harlan. Creating the Modern American Novel.

    1936

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 59457

  47. A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.
    WILDE, Oscar - MASON, Stuart. A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde.

    London : 1907

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 7 of 25 copies signed by the bibliographer, printed on larger hand-made paper, and with the illustrations on Japanese vellum. A further 450 unsigned trade copies were also issued. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 59355

  48. A Whole New Life.
    PRICE, Reynolds. A Whole New Life.

    New York : 1994

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £20.00

    Stock Code: 59411

  49. Language In Action.
    HAYAKAWA, S. I. Language In Action.

    1939

    An early typescript of a fundamental work on language. The author was inspired by the work of groundbreaking semanticist Alfred Korzybski, applying his theories to sociology and politics in reaction to the fascist use of language to oppress. Hayakawa was a lecturer at the Armour Institute of Technology in 1939 and this copy is likely from an edition... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 52003

  50. Worthy women of our first century.
    WISTER, Mrs O. J. [Sarah Butler], & Miss Agnes Irwin (eds.) Worthy women of our first century.

    Philadelphia : 1877

    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' presentation inscription; "Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers" to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of Fanny Kemble and Pierce Butler,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 52144

  51. In Pursuit of Publishing.
    HILL, Alan. In Pursuit of Publishing.

    1988

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £20.00

    Stock Code: 51594

  52. Best Minds. A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg.
    GINSBERG, Allen. Best Minds. A Tribute to Allen Ginsberg.

    New York : 1986

    First edition, first impression. One of 500 specially-bound contributor's copies out of a limited edition of 726 copies. From the library of Alan Ansen. Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 51415

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

    New York : 1954

    First edition, first impression, one of a limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. 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
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 50750

  54. Presents.
    GORDON, Max; with Lewis Funke. Presents.

    New York : 1963

    First edition, first printing, of the autobiography of the successful theatre and film producer. Inscribed by the author on two stickers: one to the verso of the half-title, "To Maurice Chevalier who understands the business of acting and the show business. There are few like you. Best always, Max Gordon"; and to the contents page, "To Maurice Chevalier... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 49985

  55. My Friend Henry Miller. An Intimate Biography.
    MILLER, Henry - PERLÈS, Alfred. My Friend Henry Miller. An Intimate Biography.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression. Signed by both the author and Miller on a stuck in label on the front free endpaper and further inscribed by Miller "For Harry Lloyd Marshall, Jr." Learn More
    £320.00

    Stock Code: 48899

  56. On Stephen Crane.
    CONRAD, Joseph. On Stephen Crane.

    1932

    One of an edition of 31 copies privately printed 27 July 1932 for the friends of Vincent Starrett and Edwin B. Hill. Starrett (1886-1974) was a Chicago reporter, bibliographer, author, and Sherlock Holmes expert. Hill was a Texas tax-assessor whose hobby was printing by hand. In 1939, on its 55th anniversary, his was the oldest private press in America.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 48957

  57. A Victorian in the Modern World.
    HAPGOOD, Hutchins. A Victorian in the Modern World.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 47039

  58. George Gissing: A Critical Biography.
    KORG, Jacob. George Gissing: A Critical Biography.

    London : 1965

    First UK edition. Initially published by the University of Washington Press two years previously. From the library of John Heygate, whose initials and the date "1965" are inscribed at head of the title page. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 47655

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