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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. 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

  2. The Ecstasies of Thomas de Quincey.
    BURKE, Thomas (ed.) The Ecstasies of Thomas de Quincey.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 46435

  3. Another Self.
    LEES-MILNE, James. Another Self.

    1998

    First published in 1970 and then re-issued in hardback in 1998. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 46846

  4. Aurora Leigh. Offprint from
    WOOLF, Virginia. Aurora Leigh. Offprint from

    1931

    First printing of this appreciation of Elizabeth Barret Browning's Aurora Leigh (1856). Woolf's essay was reprinted and slightly revised in TLS on 2 July 1931; The Common Reader: Second Series, 1932; and in the Collected Essays, Vol. I, 1966. In this essay Woolf analyses Browning's work and writing form, and wonders why it has "left no successors",... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 46203

  5. Memories of a Working Women's Guild. Offprint from.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Memories of a Working Women's Guild. Offprint from.

    1930

    First printing of this essay, reprinted (revised) as the introduction to Life as We Have Known It, Margaret Llewelyn Davies (ed), Hogarth Press 1931; collected in The Captain's Death Bed, 1950; Selections from Her Essays, 1966; Collected Essays, Vol. 4, 1967. Woolf had an active interest in the Labour Party and Co-operative Movement and regularly held... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 46212

  6. Typed letter signed ("Scott" in pencil) to Gilbert Seldes in New York.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Typed letter signed ("Scott" in pencil) to Gilbert Seldes in New York.

    1934

    A fine and longish letter in which Fitzgerald discusses Seldes's edition of Ring Lardner, a possible evening of one-act plays, and reviews of Tender Is the Night: "Just read the Lardner collection First and Last. At first I was disappointed because I had expected there would be enough stuff for an omnibus and I still feel that it could have stood more... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 44748

  7. Ceaseless Turmoil.
    LEES-MILNE, James. Ceaseless Turmoil.

    2004

    First edition, first impression. The eleventh volume of the diaries. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 44085

  8. Time Exposure.
    JACKSON, William Henry. Time Exposure.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing, of the autobiography of William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), the American painter, Civil War veteran, geological survey photographer, and an explorer most famous for his images of the American West. Learn More
    £220.00

    Stock Code: 42723

  9. Classics and Commercials. A Literary Chronicle of the Forties.
    WILSON, Edmund. Classics and Commercials. A Literary Chronicle of the Forties.

    New York : 1950

    First Edition, First Printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Dorothy Mendenhall with love from Edmund Christmas 1950". With a correction to the text in Wilson's hand. Review slip laid in. Dorothy Mendenhall was Wilson's cousin, a respected researcher, obstetrician, and pioneer in methods of childbirth.... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 42861

  10. A Tree is a Tree.
    VIDOR, King. A Tree is a Tree.

    New York : 1953

    First Edition, First Printing. Signed by Vidor on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 41284

  11. Autograph letter signed to his sister Ellen ("My dear Nelly").
    GISSING, George. Autograph letter signed to his sister Ellen ("My dear Nelly").

    1898

    A note to his sister: "I thought I remembered sending, or bringing, the Michelet to Wakefield. But I suppose I was mistaken. The vol. has somehow been lost, unfortunately. Affectionately yours, George Gissing". Gissing had last visited his family in Wakefield in September 1898.

    Michelet, best known for his monumental Histoire de France (1833-67)... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 39057

  12. Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally.
    MILNE, A. A., & E. H. Shepard. Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally.

    London : 2011

    Catalogue to accompany the exhibition and sale of the most comprehensive collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books and artwork ever assembled. Including more than one hundred items gathered together over twenty years by American football legend Pat McInally, the catalogue describes and illustrates fine examples of all the Pooh books, important inscribed copies,... Learn More
    £10.00

    Stock Code: 39598

  13. Shakespeare's Boy Actors.
    DAVIES, W. Robertson. Shakespeare's Boy Actors.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Davies's work is still considered a standard in the field. Despite this it is notably uncommon, especially in the jacket. In a letter to a collector written in 1951 Davies reported having no spare copies of this book, reporting that his best guess was that no more than 600 were in existence.... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 38548

  14. Memoir of Charles Mathews, comedian.
    MATHEWS, Charles. Memoir of Charles Mathews, comedian.

    London : 1838-9

    First edition, in an extraordinary binding no doubt intended to invoke the traditional motley of the jester. The most famous comedian of his day, Mathews's powerful influence on Charles Dickens's stylistic methods of comic characterization has long been recognized. Mathews's monopolylogues, farces in which the actor played every character, provided... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 35334

  15. Now and Then.
    HELLER, Joseph. Now and Then.

    New York : 1998

    First edition, first impression. With the author's magnificent presentation inscription to the half title page, "For Erica - - Who has played a much larger role in this slice of a life than has been given her here. The family photo in the book is lovely. I hope the book pleases you too. With much love Dad". Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 35884

  16. Predilections.
    MOORE, Marianne. Predilections.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 34667

  17. The Fortunes of Harriette.
    THIRKELL, Angela. The Fortunes of Harriette.

    1936

    First Edition, First Impression. Scarce. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 33706

  18. The Milk of Paradise.
    LEES-MILNE, James. The Milk of Paradise.

    2005

    First Edition, First Impression. The final volume of the diaries. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 33708

  19. Holy Dread.
    LEES-MILNE, James. Holy Dread.

    2001

    First Edition, First Impression. Learn More
    £90.00

    Stock Code: 33709

  20. A Mingled Measure.
    LEES-MILNE, James. A Mingled Measure.

    1994

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £90.00

    Stock Code: 33710

  21. Place in Fiction.
    WELTY, Eudora. Place in Fiction.

    1956

    First Edition, Offprinted. One of about 50 copies. With the author's signed presentation inscription, "For Bobbie Gafford who sat through it in Birmingham Eudora Welty". The recipient was Charlotte Gafford the Professor of Writing Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her nickname "Bobbie" seems universally to have been used. Place in... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 32546

  22. Jugged Journalism.
    BERKELEY, Anthony, as A. B. Cox. Jugged Journalism.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Anthony Berkeley Cox wrote numerous and particularly highly regarded works of detective fiction under two pen names: as Anthony Berkeley, he took the British Golden Age detective novel to fresh heights, while as Francis Iles, he was a pioneer of psychological suspense fiction with a seasoning of cynical wit. The pieces... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 31316

  23. Beyond the Outsider.
    WILSON, Colin. Beyond the Outsider.

    1965

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Sheila Hancox, in the year of publication. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 31339

  24. The Drama:
    BATES, Alfred; James Penny Boyd; John Porter Lamberton. The Drama:

    London : 1903

    Limited edition, number 1 of 8 sets only, printed on japon, this styled the "Aeschylus Copy". The set has the bookplates of Daniel Willard Streeter (18831964), an American hunter, adventurer, and author active in the 1920s, who lived in Buffalo, New York. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 22924

  25. The Life of Samuel Johnson.
    BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson.

    London : 1901

    First Railton edition, one of the most attractive illustrated editions of Boswell's great book; this set extra illustrated and handsomely bound by Riviere and Son, with the additional volume of Johnsoniana, or Supplement to Boswell (1836). Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 12631

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