Welcome to Peter Harrington Books

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.

Showing items 1-60 of 61

List Grid

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  1. 134406comp
    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... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 134406

    signed

    Reserve

  2. 134308comp
    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... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 134308

    signed

    Reserve

  3. 134113comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the Faber and Faber text designer, "For Michael Wright - who made a better job of the inside than Philip Larkin" on the front free endpaper. This wrappers issue was published in November 1983 and is the true first edition, preceding the hardback... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 134113

    signed

    Reserve

  4. 130217comp
    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... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130217

    signed

    Reserve

  5. 129522comp
    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... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 129522

    signed

    Reserve

  6. 132556comp
    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".... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 132556

    signed

    Reserve

  7. 133140
    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... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 133140

    signed

    Reserve

  8. 132331
    Jane Austen's novels..."> First Clarendon edition, large paper edition, limited to 1,000 sets, of which 950 were for sale, presentation copy (and therefore presumably one of the 50 copies not for sale), inscribed by the editor in the first volume to his youngest son, "Michael Edward Chapman, from his father, the editor".
    Jane Austen's novels... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 132331

    signed

    Reserve

  9. 132624comp
    First English-language edition, first impression, cloth issue, presentation copy from the author to the publisher, inscribed "A Tom, con afecto y amistad, Octavio, Londres, a 5 de Marzo de 1970" on the first blank. This meditation on the significance of Marcel Duchamp was penned in Delhi 1966 by Octavio Paz, the Nobel Prize-winning... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 132624

    signed

    Reserve

  10. 130267
    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... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 130267

    signed

    Reserve

  11. 118211comp
    First 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... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 118211

    signed

    Reserve

  12. 92281comp
    First 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:... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 92281

    signed

    Reserve

  13. 130630comp
    Signed limited edition, number 25 of 100 copies signed by the author. Curie's biography of her late husband, the French physicist Pierre Curie, also includes an autobiographical piece in which she hoped to convey "an understanding of the state of mind in which I have lived and worked" (p. 155). The publication was shepherded... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 130630

    signed

    Reserve

  14. 130476comp
    Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Too sic Anselma, love Eve Babitz". Uncommon signed, Eve's Hollywood was Babitz first work; billed as a confessional L.A. novel, the work gives a semi-fictional account of Babitz early life in Hollywood. A photographer, author, and mainstay of... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130476

    signed

    Reserve

  15. Fantasia of the Unconscious.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to E. M. Forster, inscribed by the author to E. M. Forster on the front free endpaper, "E.M., from D.H.L. Taos, 6 Nov 1922" and with Forster's "This book belongs to..." ticket. Forster and Lawrence met in 1915, when Forster visited Lawrence at Greatham, sharing "two hours... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 83380

    signed

    Reserve

  16. 32546
    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... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 32546

    signed

    Reserve

  17. Going Solo.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986". Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 101866

    signed

    Reserve

  18. 131699comp
    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,... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 131699

    signed

    Reserve

  19. 131428comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, 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

    Stock Code: 131428

    signed

    Reserve

  20. 123228comp

    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... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 123228

    signed

    Reserve

  21. 130958comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Beaton on the front free endpaper, "Love to darling Winifred, Xmas 1939". The recipient was playwright and novelist, Winifred Ashton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Clemence Dane. This spoof autobiography is a satire of the world of the middle-European aristocrat, which even... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130958

    signed

    Reserve

  22. 63062comp
    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

    Stock Code: 63062

    signed

    Reserve

  23. 130847comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. A collection of Eliot's "most important" literary essays which "revisit the French symbolists and the development of language in twentieth-century poetry" (ODNB). Dedicated to Valerie, his secretary, whom he married... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130847

    signed

    Reserve

  24. 130515comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Princess Mary, "To Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. With respect, gratitude and humble best wishes at Christmastime. Norman Hartnell, Christmas 1955." Hartnell (1901-1979) was the Dressmaker by Appointment to both... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130515

    signed

    Reserve

  25. 130466comp
    First edition, first impression. A superb presentation copy from the author to his unrequited love Ralph Partridge, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Ralph from Lytton". Lytton Strachey and Ralph Partridge had a platonic, and possibly sexual, relationship, but the love was not returned on the latter's part. Strachey... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130466

    signed

    Reserve

  26. 117964

    An Autobiography.

    North Conway, New Hampshire: 1951

    First 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... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 117964

    signed

    Reserve

  27. The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole.
    First 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),... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 102584

    signed

    Reserve

  28. 127606comp
    First Edition. Freya Stark's personal copy of Professor William Ker's lectures delivered as Professor of Poetry in Oxford between 1920 and 1922, which was given to Stark by Ker's sister just a few weeks after Ker's death on 17th July and bears is inscribed to her, "Freya Stark. 6th August 1923. Love P.M.K Penelope M. Ker".... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 127606

    signed

    Reserve

  29. 123246comp
    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,... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 123246

    signed

    Reserve

  30. 124955comp
    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... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 124955

    signed

    Reserve

  31. 119977comp
    Inscribed by the author on the second blank, "Truly yours, Mark Twain, Dec /08". Uncommon inscribed, with five other copies traced at auction. Clemens often signed works under both his pseudonym and as Clemens; this novel is the only work to be published under the alternate pseudonym of Louis de Conte. Originally published... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 119977

    signed

    Reserve

  32. The Quest for Corvo. An Experiment in Biography.
    First 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... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 109896

    signed

    Reserve

  33. 117409comp
    The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben..."> First 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... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 117409

    signed

    Reserve

  34. 79867comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Ethel Smyth on the front free endpaper, "Ethel from Virginia 13 Oct 1932". Dame Ethel Smyth was a prominent composer, memoirist and suffragette, who first met Woolf in February 1930; she had just read A Room of One's Own, and hunted down its author... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 79867

    signed

    Reserve

  35. 122796comp

    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... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 122796

    signed

    Reserve

  36. 121114comp
    Signed limited edition, number 48 of 265 copies signed by the author and specially bound, with an original onlay motif of a Shakespearean theatre designed by Zaehnsdorf. Originally published in 1970 by Jonathan Cape under the title Shakespeare. Burgess wrote a number of works inspired by Shakespeare, including a... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121114

    signed

    Reserve

  37. 117813comp
    First 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... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 117813

    signed

    Reserve

  38. 9415_9_Boswell
    First editions, presentation copies, both the Life of Johnson and Principal Corrections with individual autograph presentation inscriptions from the author to Andrew Lumisden (1720-1801), a friend of Boswell's who had assisted in preparing the Life by deciphering Johnson's manuscript notebook of his trip to France in October-November... Learn More
    £185,000

    Stock Code: 119415

    signed

    Reserve

  39. 118105comp
    First 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... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 118105

    signed

    Reserve

  40. 119798detail
    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,... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 119798

    signed

    Reserve

  41. 118338comp
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jan, Love Roald". The recipient was Jan Ross-Munro. Jan, an art historian who regularly lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, was a close friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More
    £1,600

    Stock Code: 118338

    signed

    Reserve

  42. Laocoon. A Last Testament.
    First 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... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 115020

    signed

    Reserve

  43. A Study of The Illuminated Books of William Blake.
    First edition, limited to 525 numbered copies signed and numbered by the author on the limitation leaf, this copy out of series. Keynes (1887-1982) was an academic, biographer, and the younger brother of John Maynard Keynes. He was a world authority on Blake, and was instrumental in the production of the Trianon facsimiles,... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 115016

    signed

    Reserve

  44. Time and Western Man.
    First 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

    Stock Code: 115120

    signed

    Reserve

  45. 1
    First 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... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 111281

    signed

    Reserve

  46. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    First 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... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 108471

    signed

    Reserve

  47. Gargoyle, Guignol, False Closet.
    First 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... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 109702

    signed

    Reserve

  48. I Search for Rainbows.
    First 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. Cartland... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 106956

    signed

    Reserve

  49. The Filibuster: a study of the political ideas of Wyndham Lewis.
    First 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... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 103407

    signed

    Reserve

  50. The New Disorder.
    First separate edition, first printing. Signed limited edition, number V 5 of 20 copies only signed by both author and illustrator, from a printing of 1200 copies. 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

    Stock Code: 100433

    signed

    Reserve

  51. 82521
    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... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 82521

    signed

    Reserve

  52. 77334comp
    First edition, first impression. One of 26 lettered copies, signed by Golding on the limitation leaf and reserved for the authors and publisher, out of a limited edition of 1026 copies of which the remainder were numbered and available for sale. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 77334

    signed

    Reserve

  53. i1
    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 (why twice?) Frankfurt, 30. V. 69." Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 75441

    signed

    Reserve

  54. 78083comp
    First edition, first impression, of this landmark Tauchnitz edition - a sweeping prospect of the past and present state of English letters written by Henry Morley, one of the earliest professors of English literature, but conceived and commissioned by Baron Tauchnitz himself, who described this 2000th Tauchnitz edition as... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 78083

    signed

    Reserve

  55. 59355comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 475 copies signed by the author Mason (real name Christopher Millard). Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 59355

    signed

    Reserve

  56. 63632comp
    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

    Stock Code: 63632

    signed

    Reserve

  57. 63174comp
    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... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 63174

    signed

    Reserve

  58. 44485comp
    First edition, first printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper "To 'Cap Pearce' the best editor an author could have - these many years! Faithfully Matthew Josephson." Learn More
    £180

    Stock Code: 44485

    signed

    Reserve

  59. 41284comp
    First Edition, First Printing. Signed by Vidor on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 41284

    signed

    Reserve

  60. Classics and Commercials. A Literary Chronicle of the Forties.
    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... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 42861

    signed

    Reserve

Showing items 1-60 of 61

List Grid

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2