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    First edition, first impression of Strachey's fourth book. Contains papers on various literary figures, including Thomas Browne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Jean-Mariet Arouet de Voltaire, of which all but 'A Dialogue' had previously appeared in different periodicals. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 91844

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  2. 52144comp
    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... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 52144

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  3. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First Dublin edition, same year as the first London edition; Kress lists the Dublin printing first and calls the London "another issue" while Tribe calls the Dublin edition a piracy. The Essays were published five years after Smith's death and edited by the Scottish philosopher Dugald Stewart (1753-1828); his "Account of... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 97132

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  4. 77017comp
    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... Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 77017

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  5. 50706
    £50

    Stock Code: 50706

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  6. Madame Ambassador. The Life of Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Leah Horwitz with appreciation of all she has done for PPSEWA - which includes the land of Madame Ambassador. With best wishes. Anne Guthrie". Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed from the author to Horwitz thanking her for sending... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 82367

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  7. 85374
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of essays by Kingsley Amis including "literary criticism, of writers as diverse and Hans Christian Andersen and Dylan Thomas and novels from Sorrell and Son to Portnoy's Complaint; articles on such topics as horror films, the use of language, the National Eisteddfod of... Learn More
    £100

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  8. 118739detail
    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... Learn More
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  9. 114757detail
    Dorothy 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... Learn More
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  10. i1
    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... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 44748

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    First edition, first printing, of the influential biography that was Alex Haley's first book. Haley met Malcolm X in 1960 when he interviewed him for a piece on the Nation of Islam in the Reader's Digest, of which Haley was then senior editor. They met again when Haley interviewed the activist for Playboy, and the present... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 84268

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  12. 109359
    First edition, trade issue of Beerbohm's caricatures of public figures ranging from Joseph Conrad to David Lloyd George. There was also a deluxe limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 109359

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  13. Specimens of Scottish Literature 1325-1835.
    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy. This volume compiles a wide selection of Scottish writing from the Early, Middle, and Modern Scots periods between 1325 and 1835, along with substantial critical apparatus. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 86913

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  14. Fanny Burney and the Burneys.
    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... Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 81598

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  15. 67592
    First edition, first impression of this collection of essays by Kingsley Amis including "literary criticism, of writers as diverse and Hans Christian Andersen and Dylan Thomas and novels from Sorrell and Son to Portnoy's Complaint; articles on such topics as horror films, the use of language, the National Eisteddfod of Wales... Learn More
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  16. 116641
    First edition, first impression. The known information about Shakespeare's life and the documents associated with it are the focus of this profusely illustrated book. Where possible, the facsimiles included are reproduced full size. Learn More
    £225

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  17. 116951
    First edition in a fine binding by Zaehnsdorf. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 116951

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  18. 116552comp
    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, one of 100 large-paper copies signed by Lawrence and the bibliographer; there were 500 regular copies printed at the same time. Lawrence's foreword, "The Bad Side of Books" ("What do I care for first or last editions?... To me, no book has a date, no book has a binding"),... Learn More
    £475

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  19. 110782
    First UK edition in a fine Zaehnsdorf binding. With the spine panel of the original binding bound in at rear. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £125

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  20. Urgent Copy. Literary Studies.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 109986

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  21. Shakespeare and Company.
    First UK edition, advance proof copy. With the publisher's compliments slip loosely inserted. Originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 106867

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  22. Marianne Thornton 1797-1887.
    First edition, first impression, of Forster's biography of his paternal great-aunt. A lovely copy. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 109653

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  23. Joysprick.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 106702

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  24. Left Hand, Right Hand! An Autobiography.
    First UK editions, first impressions of Volumes I-IV (first published in the US in 1944, 1946, 1947, and 1948 respectively), and the first edition, first printing of Volume V, which precedes the US edition by three days. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 105764

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  25. Lord John Ten: A Celebration.
    First 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,... Learn More
    £475

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  26. Thomas Hardy.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 104948

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  27. The Problems of Lieutenant Knap.
    First edition, first impression, preceding its publication in the original Czech (as Problémy nadporucíka Knapa) by a year. Ewald Osers was a noted translator of Czech, Slovak and German; of Jewish origin, he left his native Prague for England in 1938 and spent more than 40 years working for the BBC Monitoring Service.... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 107712

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  28. Memoirs of a Booklegger.
    First edition, first impression of this memoir by the founder of the Obelisk Press. Scarce, due to most of the edition having been destroyed when a Nazi bomb hit the publisher's warehouse. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 105121

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  29. Schnozzola: The Story of Jimmy Durante.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mumsie, with love, Gene." Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 105033

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  30. Marianne Thornton 1797-1887. A Domestic Biography.
    £85

    Stock Code: 104287

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  31. Book I'm!
    £50

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  32. Frederick William Rolfe and Editors.
    First edition, limited issue. Number 40 of 110 copies only. Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 102684

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  33. Frederick William Rolfe, Christchurch, and The Artist.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 10 of 120 copies. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 102681

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  34. Frederick William Rolfe, Christchurch, and The Artist.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 64 of 120 copies. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 102679

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  35. The Story of the Life of George Stephenson;
    An attractively bound copy of Smiles's popular biography, first published in 1857. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 101775

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  36. Essays by Divers Hands.
    First edition, first impression of this volume of essays, with contributions from Seamus Heaney, Ronald Blythe, Robert Gittings, Thomas Hinde, Paul Jennings, Willian Sansom, Charles Tomlinson, John Stewart Collin, and N.C. Chaudhuri. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 103180

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  37. Tennyson.
    First edition, first impression, number 3 in Faber's "The Poets on the Poets" series; a study of Tennyson's Maud. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103092

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  38. Aberdeen Interval.
    First edition, limited issue. Number 10 of 120 copies printed on Strathmore paper; an additional 20 copies lettered A to T were printed on handmade paper by Barcham Green. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 102597

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  39. Without Prejudice.
    First edition, limited issue, one of 600 copies. The first publication of this collection of letters from Rolfe to his publisher, John Lane, and which was published privately as a gift for friends and family by Allen Lane, John's nephew and the founder of Penguin Books. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 102595

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  40. Crazy Sundays: F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood.
    First edition, first printing, with the title taken from Fitzgerald's short story, Crazy Sunday, published in the October 1932 issue of American Mercury. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103363

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  41. Frederick William Rolfe & Artists' Models.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 16 of 115 copies only. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 102674

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  42. The Hornblower Companion.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 100451

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    First published in 1894. A most attractive copy of "the most extensive critical commentary on Tennyson's poetry written in the late nineteenth century" (Laurence W. Mazzeno, Alfred Tennyson: the Critical Legacy, p. 39). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 98515

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  44. The Merry Hippo.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 99495

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  45. Chatterton.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 98807

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  46. Nothing Like the Sun.
    First edition, first impression, of this novelisation of Shakespeare's life. Burgess has been described by Harold Bloom as "at his best in some of his novels, particularly in his Joycean fiction about Shakespeare, 'Nothing Like the Sun'" (Bloom, "Road Trip", New York Times, November 11, 2009). Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 99565

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  47. Pentimento.
    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's controversial memoir, which was originally published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 99077

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  48. A Better Class of Person. An Autobiography 1929-1956; Almost a Gentleman. An Autobiography. Volume II, 1955-1966.
    First editions, first impressions, of the playwright's two-part autobiography, described by Melvyn Bragg as a classic: "It is, quite simply, one of the best, most moving, richest and most bitterly truthful autobiographies I have ever read" (writing about A Better Class of Person). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 99809

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  49. End Papers.
    First edition in English, first impression. It was published later the same year in the US, in Germany as Schlussakte Südafrika, and in Amsterdam as De andere kant van de vrijheid. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 99217

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  50. i1
    Second issue of this New Edition, first published the previous year, the text largely based on John Major's 1825 edition, with the addition of Dowling's memoir of Walton. William Mansell was successor to the famed James Hayday. Large armorial bookplate of Charles Preston Crewe to the front pastedown. Born in London, Crewe... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 95258

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  51. A Connoisseur's Guide to the Books of Sir Winston Churchill.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed by the author for Mary Soames, with regard & affection, and so many thanks for your encouragement. Richard Langworth, 8.8.98". From the library of Mary Soames, with the posthumous bookplate loosely inserted.... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 97942

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  52. Higher Gossip.
    First edition, first printing of this posthumously published volume (Updike died in 2009). With the ownership inscription of novelist John Barth to the half-title. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 97316

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  53. Confessions of a Young Man.
    First edition in English. Originally published in French in 1886. A memoir written in the form of a novel about the author's bohemian life in Paris and London during the 1870s and 80s, and notable as one of the first English writings about the emerging French Impressionist art scene. With the advert for Parnell and His Island... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 95927

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  54. Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe.
    First UK edition, first impression. First published in the US in 1926. From the publisher's archive. A fascinating biography. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 95030

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  55. More First Nights.
    First edition, first impression of Agate's theatrical impressions. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 94973

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  56. 89022
    A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 89022

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  57. More First Nights.
    First edition, first impression of Agate's theatrical impressions. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket, the front pastedown and the title page. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 94971

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  58. Experiment in Adoption.
    First edition, first impression. An account of the author's experience of adopting a child. The publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the front panel of the dust jacket and the front pastedown. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 94292

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  59. Christ in the Synagogue.
    First edition, first impression. An account of Aaronson's conversion from Judaism. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 94173

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  60. Animal Days.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. The memoirs of the author's early work with animals. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 92128

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