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  1. 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

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  2. 125909comp
    First editions, first impressions. Both inscribed to "Derek" by the editor of the first volume, Rupert Pole, Nin's "duplicate husband" (New York Times obituary, 30 July 2006) and literary executor. In Henry and June; "For Derek, Finally the real story. The Missing Anaïs - the Passionate Woman, with love, Rupert, Sept. 1986",... Learn More
    £750

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  3. 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

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  4. 122102
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 122102

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  5. 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

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  6. 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

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  7. 105022
    A complete set of ten issues. The Angry Penguins Broadsheet was an offshoot of the magazine, Angry Penguins, which was devoted to modernist writings. The title came from Harris's poem, Mithridatum of Despair: "We know no mithridatum of despair/as drunks, the angry penguins of the night/straddling the cobbles of the square/tying... Learn More
    £2,500

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  8. 123932
    First authorized separate edition. Originally published as prefaces to the long series of collected works of English poetry which Johnson had edited, these essays were here collected and published as a work in their own right, preceded by an unauthorised Dublin edition in 1780-81. "It was the simplest in style and expression... Learn More
    £1,500

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  9. 122506
    First English and the best edition overall, in the preferred quarto format, originally published in Philadelphia in the same years (5 volumes, octavo). "Apart from freeing his slaves after Martha Washington's death, Washington's long and detailed will left his public and private papers to his favourite nephew, Associate... Learn More
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  10. 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

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  11. 1
    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. 122977
    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... Learn More
    £200

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    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
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    Stock Code: 122796

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  14. 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

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  15. 114803
    First edition, first impression, first issue (in stiff boards). Blasting and Bombarding was the first of two autobiographical books written by Lewis (followed by Rude Assignment, 1950), and covers the period from 1914 to 1926, tracking Lewis's progress through the First World War and the literary and artistic upheavals of... Learn More
    £300

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    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

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  17. 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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  18. 114439comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Dennis Wheatley, from Nöel Coward". With Wheatley's bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £900

    Stock Code: 114439

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  19. 121093
    First edition in English, first impression. The material includes a letter from Dostoevsky to his brother, letters to Maikov, to his wife, and to Pobiedonoszev, and reminiscences of Dostoevsky by his wife. S. S. Koteliansky translated a number of Russian works into English, often working with Virgiana Woolf, publishing their... Learn More
    £375

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  20. 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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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

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  23. 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
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    Stock Code: 119798

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  24. 119784
    First edition. Morgann "took issue with Dr Johnson as to whether the knight was a fat, drunken coward or a figure worthy of admiration. In a close analysis of Shakespeare's technique as a dramatist, Morgann argued that Shakespeare's intent was to gain sympathy from the audience for Falstaff at the expense of the virtuous... Learn More
    £500

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  25. 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

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  26. 117142
    First editions of the first published criticism by Matthew Arnold, who was primarily known for his poetry: "Here, taking the translation of the Iliad by F. W. Newman, brother of the theologian, as his main target, Arnold pilloried the tendency of learning to degenerate into antiquarianism and pedantry" (ODNB). From the library... Learn More
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  27. 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
    £100

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  28. 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

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  29. 117782
    First edition, first printing. This uncommon work details the deaths found in the Holmes canon in a "scholarly compendium". It is listed on OCLC in only seven institutions world-wide, all in the US. Learn More
    £50

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  30. 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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  31. 116951
    First edition in a fine binding by Zaehnsdorf. Learn More
    £125

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  32. 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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  33. 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

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  34. 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

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  35. The Complete Portraiture.
    First edition, copy number 1 of 500 numbered copies thus bound, from a total edition of 562. Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 114945

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  36. 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

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  37. Sir Philip Sidney.
    First edition of Symonds' appreciation of Elizabethan poet and courtier Sir Philip Sidney, attractively bound by Zaehnsdorf with the original cloth bound in. From the English Men of Letters series, edited by John Morley. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 114532

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  38. The Life of Lord Byron.
    Moore's biography was first published in 1830 as Letters and Journals of Lord Byron, a title "distracting attention from the skill with which Moore constructed his portrait" (ODNB). "Byron had given his manuscript memoirs to Moore in the expectation that his friend might profit from them should he survive him. Moore later... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 113992

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  39. Oscar Wilde.
    First and limited edition, number 474 of 800 copies only, a superb copy in the jacket. A printed note informs the reader that "Charles Ricketts wrote and in 1929 privately issued 'Beyond the Threshold', which he pretended was but his translation from the original French of Jean Paul Raymond. He again introduces this imaginary... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 113812

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  40. Un apres-midi avec Picasso 85 ans. (An Afternoon with Picasso at 85).
    A superb unpublished and heavily corrected manuscript in French, in which Brassai recounts his visit to Picasso, a long-standing friend, at his home near Cannes. Brassaï, who photographed much of Picasso's work in the 1940s, had published Conversations with Picasso in 1964, in which he created an intimate portrait of Picasso,... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 112218

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  41. Masters of Mystery.
    First edition. "Despite the universal appeal of detective fiction, only recently has serious attention been paid to its technique. It is surely high time that criticism "placed" detective fiction and officially recognised the conscientious craftsmanship that beguiles our leisure hours" (Foreword). Study described by Ellery... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 111577

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  42. 112726
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue binding. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) and Alice Toklas (1877-1967) established Paris's most notable literary salon together at 27 rue de Fleurus, where notable American expatriates and artists would gather each Saturday evening. This work, written by Stein in Toklas's "wryly... Learn More
    £675

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  43. 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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  44. The English Ballad.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 106674

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

    Stock Code: 109986

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  46. Abraham Lincoln.
    First UK edition, first impression. Highly uncommon in this condition. Beveridge retired from politics in 1922 having unsuccessfully attempted to regain a seat in the Senate and dedicated his last few years to writing. "His great Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1858 (posthumously published in 1928) was so thorough and professionalized... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 106658

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  47. 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

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  48. 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

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  49. Greece and The Levant. The Catalogue of The Henry Myron Blackmer Collection of Books.
    First edition, one of 300 copies of this important bibliographical reference detailing the Henry M. Blackmer Collection, the finest collection on Modern Greece and Levantine studies at the time of its sale in October 1989. Blackmer was an American banker who settled in Athens and formed this remarkable collection as a tribute... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 107507

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  50. 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

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  51. The Observer: Being a Collection of Moral, Literary and Familiar Essays.
    First edition of the first four volumes of Cumberland's Observer, comprising 125 essays. A fifth volume with a further 27 essays followed in 1790. "Although Cumberland will largely be remembered as a playwright, he was more than merely a man of letters. His novel Arundel (1789), written in epistolary form, begs comparison... Learn More
    £325

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  52. 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

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  53. 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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  54. 111397
    Second edition, revised and enlarged, of this major reference work for book collectors, which was originally published in 1967. With a new bibliography and introduction by Percy H. Muir. PMM, as it is usually abbreviated, is regarded as a standard bibliographical reference, and offers a survey of the impact of printed books... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 111397

  55. The Essays.
    First edition of this collection of essays edited by Jerrold's grandson, featuring Brock's delicate illustrations. The brothers C. E. and H. M. Brock collaborated closely with the publisher for J. M. Dent, perhaps most notably illustrating the novels of Jane Austen. They "worked closely together in the same studio and gained... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 105771

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  56. Letters to Harry Bainbridge.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £70

    Stock Code: 105623

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  57. 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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  58. The Big Fellow: A Life of Michael Collins.
    First edition, first impression of this biography of the Irish revolutionary leader. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 103567

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

    Stock Code: 106702

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  60. 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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