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  1. Atalanta's Garland.
    WOOLF, Virginia (contrib.), and others. Atalanta's Garland.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    First edition, first impression, number 5 of 50 deluxe copies with calligraphy presentation leaf from the Edinburgh University Women's Union, signed by the president, Helen A. Wright and the secretary, Jessie A. Kydd, bound before the half-title. This copy was presented to Mrs Baldwin Brown. Scarce in the jacket.

    Atalanta's Garland features... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 143135

  2. Hours in a Library.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Hours in a Library.

    New York : 1957

    First separate edition, first printing, in a notably attractive example of the glassine jacket. Hours in a Library was originally published in the Times Literary Supplement in 1916. This edition was published for private distribution as a New Year's gift to friends of the publisher, this copy with a seasonal greetings note, signed "Dan", clipped... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 142943

  3. 142281comp
    FREEMAN, Kathleen. The Work and Life of Solon.

    Cardiff : 1926

    First 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

  4. Literary San Francisco.
    FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence, & Nancy J. Peters. Literary San Francisco.

    San Francisco : 1980

    First 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,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141947

  5. The Appreciation of Poetry.
    PAUL, Eden & Cedar. The Appreciation of Poetry.

    London : 1920

    First 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

  6. Present Indicative.
    COWARD, Noël. Present Indicative.

    London : 1937

    First 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

  7. Frederic Remington.
    REMINGTON, Frederic. Frederic Remington.

    Cody, Wy : 1996

    First 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

  8. Timebends.
    MILLER, Arthur. Timebends.

    New York : 1987

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140751

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska.
    (GAUDIER-BRZESKA, Henri.) EDE, H. S. A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska.

    London : 1930

    First 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

  12. Edmund Campion.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Edmund Campion.

    London : 1935

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 45 of 50 copies signed by Waugh "for private distribution". Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 112493

  13. 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

  14. The Memorial Service.
    (WILDER, Thornton Niven). The Memorial Service.

    Battell Chapel : 1976

    First 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. My Guru and His Disciple.
    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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. Edward Marsh's Little Book.
    MARSH, Edward. Edward Marsh's Little Book.

    Eton : 1990

    First 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.
    TOKLAS, Alice B. The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.

    New York : 1954

    First US edition, first printing, of one of the best-selling cookbooks of all time. Weaving together traditional French recipes and entertaining anecdotes of Toklas's life with Gertrude Stein in Paris, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book is considered the counterpart to Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) which had catapulted Toklas to fame.

    Harper,... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 133986

  28. 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

  29. Lawrence Durrell: A Study.
    FRASER, G. S. Lawrence Durrell: A Study.

    London : 1968

    First edition, first impression. This is an appealing association copy, inscribed by Alan G. Thomas, who contributed the bibliography at the rear, to Margaret McCall, Lawrence Durrell's lover, "For Margaret McCall Recalling many hilarious hours in good company and in gratitude for pages 245-9 With Best Wishes Alan G. Thomas. Chelsea 1968" on the half-title.... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 136655

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. Looking Back.
    DOUGLAS, Norman. Looking Back.

    London : 1933

    First one-volume edition, first impression. Looking back was first published as a signed limited edition of two volumes in 1933. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 88777

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

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

    New York : 1954

    First 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

  47. 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

  48. "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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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

  58. 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

  59. Greek Love.
    [BREEN, Walter, pseud.] EGLINTON, J. Z. Greek Love.

    New York : 1965

    First 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

  60. 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

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