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  1. 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

    Stock Code: 105651

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

    Stock Code: 104948

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  3. 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
    £150

    Stock Code: 107712

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  4. Looking Back.
    First and limited edition, first impression, number 36 of 535 numbered copies signed by the author. "Douglas published Looking Back in 1933, a discursive, leisurely autobiography drawing upon material accumulated over several decades, and brought out as a two-volume limited edition of 535 copies under the guidance of Charles... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 105292

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Marianne Thornton 1797-1887. A Domestic Biography.
    £85

    Stock Code: 104287

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  8. Book I'm!
    £50

    Stock Code: 103956

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  9. The Lightning Conductor Comes Back.
    First edition, first impression of this epistolary travel novel. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 103432

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  10. 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

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  11. Broken Record: Reminiscences.
    First edition, second issue, with pp. 105-8 removed and replaced with a cancel by the publisher, due to a libel case with Hugh MacDiarmid. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103284

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  12. Winston S. Churchill.
    First editions, first impressions. A complete set comprising eight volumes of the Life, plus 13 supplementary volumes, which form a unique and extensive source of previously unpublished Churchill material. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103055

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  13. Letters to Harry Bainbridge.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 102575

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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Tennyson.
    First edition, first impression, number 3 in Faber's "The Poets on the Poets" series; a study of Tennyson's Maud. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 103092

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  20. 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
    £85

    Stock Code: 102597

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  21. 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
    £75

    Stock Code: 102595

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  22. 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
    £65

    Stock Code: 103363

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  23. 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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  24. Miscellaneous Works of the Late Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield:
    First edition. Chesterfield's famous Letters to his son Philip were published in 1774 by James Dodsley. The Dilly brothers were quick to capitalise on their success by bringing out these Miscellaneous Works, that includes a lengthy biography by the physician and librarian Matthew Maty (1718-1776). An elegant set. Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 99211

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

    Stock Code: 100451

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  26. 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

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  27. 1
    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
    £125

    Stock Code: 98515

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

    Stock Code: 99495

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  29. Chatterton.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 98807

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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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
    £125

    Stock Code: 99809

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  33. 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
    £45

    Stock Code: 99217

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  34. 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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  35. Everybody's Autobiography.
    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 96832

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  36. 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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  37. 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
    £75

    Stock Code: 97316

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  38. 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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  39. 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
    £150

    Stock Code: 95030

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  40. 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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  41. 89022
    A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 89022

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  42. 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
    £65

    Stock Code: 94971

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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. Jean.

    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... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 92051

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  47. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
    One of 70 copies only printed by the author at his own printing-press for private circulation. This copy is inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece, and was sent to Davies's cousin the Hon. Dan W. Williams, who is mentioned (though misnamed, as Williams comments in the margin) on page 5 as part... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 93335

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  48. Stars in a Dark Night.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £30

    Stock Code: 90868

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  49. My Music, My Life.
    First UK edition, first impression. A scarce presentation copy inscribe by the author on front free endpaper: 'To Jack, affectionately Ravi Shankar, 11.11.69'. A biography of Shankar (1920-2012), the famous sitarist and composer who greatly increased the popularity of the sitar, as well as Indian classical music, in Europe... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 91895

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  50. The Life and Letters of Leslie Stephen.
    First edition. The book contains Virginia Woolf's first appearance in a book at pp. 474-6, chapter XI, "The Sunset". Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 84698

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  51. 1
    First edition, first impression. The author's scarce monograph on the Surrealist exhibition of June 1936, with essays by André Breton, Hugh Sykes Davies, Paul Éluard, Georges Hugnet. Uncommon in the dust jacket, designed by Roland Penrose, with his now classic photo-montage design with a surreal shell and key over a typographic... Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 91486

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  52. The Witnesses.
    First edition, first impression. A remarkable account of the struggle with, and recovery from, mental illness. Though Hennell may be little-known to the general public today, in his time he was seen as an inheritor of the tradition of Constable, Cox and Palmer. He was selected for Sir Kenneth Clark's 'Recording Britain'... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 91831

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  53. Poetic Unreason and Other Studies.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 89638

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  54. Scenes and Portraits.
    Second edition, first impression. Number 177 of 250 copies signed by the author on the verso of the title page. First published in 1909, this is a series of imaginary debates on themes appropriate to the characters, with figures such as Socrates, Euripides, St. Francis of Assisi, Thomas Cromwell and Machiavelli taking part.... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 91514

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  55. The Demon of Progress in the Arts.
    First edition, first impression of this book, in which Lewis analyses and attacks what he considers "the false innovations" in art. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 91498

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  56. Black Mountain. An Experiment in Community.
    First edition. This copy signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 89346

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  57. Printer.
    First edition, first impression, one of 340 copies. Hodgson's account of his printing career. With loosely inserted gift letter dated 26 April 1998. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 91375

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  58. Looking Back.
    First one-volume edition, first impression. Looking back was first published as a signed limited edition of two volumes in 1933. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 88777

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  59. Father Goose.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free endpaper: "To Jimmy ('Four') Starr, my friend and colleague, with regards, Gene Fowler. Sept - 1934." Starr was an American screenwriter, gossip columnist, and film reviewer. Fowler's book is a biography of Mack Sennett, a director and... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 90705

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  60. On Writing, Editing, and Publishing.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "For Wendell, fellow-author, editor & publisher. As ever, J. Nov 30/71". The recipient is the French-born American historian Barzun's life-long friend, with whom the author Wendell Hertig Taylor later wrote the critique of crime... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 91240

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