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  1. Peeling the Onion.
    First English language edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Norman Mailer, with many thanks, Günter Grass". Grass and Mailer appeared together at "The 20th Century on Trial", an event in 2007 in which they were both interviewed on stage by Andrew O'Hagan. Peeling the... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 88979

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  2. The Anti-Egotist:
    First UK edition, first impression, review copy from US sheets. Originally published in the US in 1994. With the publisher's review slip loosely inserted. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 88947

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  3. Essays on Philosophical Subjects.
    First edition, published five years after Smith's death, edited by Dugald Stewart with his "Account of the life and writings of Adam Smith", originally presented to the Royal Society of Edinburgh in two sessions during 1793. The editor states that the essays were intended as parts of "a connected history of the liberal... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 90155

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  4. The Lion and the Fox.
    First edition, first impression, third issue. This book represents Lewis's major essay on Shakespeare. Learn More
    £60

    Stock Code: 87358

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  5. i1
    First collected edition, first impression, presentation binding. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve published his biographical portraits anonymously and for private circulation among his circle of friends. For rather obscure reasons he had second thoughts and destroyed most copies. It is said that he did not keep a copy for himself... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 90713

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  6. Mr. Bojangles. The Biography of Bill Robinson.
    £25

    Stock Code: 85745

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  7. The Poetry of Edmund Blunden.
    First edition, first impression, of the author's essay on Blunden's poetry, focusing on the "Joy" poems which are reproduced in the text. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 89484

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  8. The Book of Lovat.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 150 numbered copies signed by Haldane Macfall on the limitation leaf. Macfall was one of the earliest and strongest supporters of the artist Claud Lovat Fraser, and provided him with one of his first commissions, the illustrations for Macfall's essay on aesthetics... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 85015

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  9. Reflections in a Silver Spoon.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Dr. Joel Guiterman - with all best wishes from Paul Mellon". Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 85945

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  10. A Little Learning. The First Volume of an Autobiography.
    First edition, first impression. A fine presentation copy with Waugh's signed inscription to the front free endpaper, "For Bob & Angie with Christmas greetings & love from Evelyn. Tis is a mass of misprints & mistakes which I was ashamed to send before. Please treat it as a Christmas card & don't trouble to acknowledge.... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 87033

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  11. Hamp. An Autobiography.
    First edition, first printing. Pioneer vibraphonist Hampton started out as a drummer, playing with such as the Dixieland Blue-Blowers and the Les Hite Band. He was asked to contribute on the vibraphone for two songs when Louis Armstrong hired the Hite band on a visit to California in 1930, thereafter being in high demand... Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 85115

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  12. Twenty-Four Portraits.
    First edition, first impression of this collection of twenty-four portraits or authors, artists, and intellectuals by William Rothenstein, including Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, André Gide, Thomas Hardy, T. E. Lawrence, George Bernard Shaw, and H. G. Wells. Provenance: from the library of Conrad collector Stanley J.... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 84657

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  13. John M. Synge: A Few Personal Recollections, With Biographical Notes.
    First edition, first impression, of Masefield's recollections of his friend J. M. Synge, who died in 1909; from a numbered limited edition of 350 copies. This copy is from the Garvan Collection on Ireland, with the bookplate and shelfmark annotation to title page verso in pencil. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 83957

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  14. Negro.
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in the US in the same year. The biography of the great American actor, musician, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson, written by his wife Eslanda. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 83627

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  15. Without Prejudice.
    First edition, first impression. The first publication of this collection of letters from Rolfe to his publisher, John Lane. 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: 84788

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  16. 83943comp
    First edition, first impression. Scarce presentation copy inscribed by T. H. White on the title page, "N.H.H-B. / One book as a small token of gratitude for very many fried eggs. T.H.W." Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 83943

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  17. Between You and Me.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Paul, God is ever present. Love, Pearl Bailey". With a photograph inscribed "Love Pearl Bailey" loosely inserted. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 83591

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  18. The 'Shaggy Dog' Story.
    Presentation copy of the first edition, first impression, of this humorous investigation into the phenomenon of the "Shaggy Dog" story, defined by its mischievous unexpectedness, and traced from its Ancient Greek origins ("A pert youth, meeting an old woman, driving a herd, called, 'Good morning, mother of asses!', she replied... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 84947

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  19. 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

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  20. i1
    First edition, edited by the martyrologist John Foxe. Foxe had established his reputation as the leading chronicler of the English reformation with his first two editions of Acts and Monuments (Foxe's Book of Martyrs) in 1563 and 1570. In the latter he had promised that he would edit a collection of the works of William... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 77878

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  21. Hopkins the Jesuit. The Years of Training.
    First edition, first impression of the account of the early years of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Learn More
    £10

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  22. Grand Man. Memories of Norman Douglas.
    £80

    Stock Code: 81395

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  23. Gilles de Rais.
    First edition, first impression. The first biography in English of the extraordinary Gilles de Rais (1404-1440), the 15th century French Baron who is famous as a companion-in-arms to Joan of Arc, a splendiferous theatre producer, and infamous as a necromancer and child-murderer (for which crimes he was eventually hanged... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 82173

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  24. A Survey.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 275 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 80459

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  25. My Life.
    First edition, first printing of Ellis's autobiography, the central subject of which is Ellis's marriage and open relationship with the lesbian and women's rights activist Edith Lees. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 82383

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  26. The Complex Fate.
    First edition, first impression of Bewley's study of classic and modern American literature, taking its title from Henry James's words, "It's a complex fate, being an American, and one of the responsibilities it entails is fighting against a superstitious valuation of Europe". This copy is inscribed on the front free endpaper... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 81883

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  27. King of Comedy.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy signed by Sennett and inscribed by Shipp on the front free endpaper, "For Wally and Joan Meier, keep laughing! Mack Sennett, Cameron Shipp". Mack Sennett (1880-1960) was a Canadian-American actor and director, an Academy Award winner and the innovator of slapstick comedy in... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 81753

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  28. 60922
    Offprint with the ownership inscription of poet and academic Ronald Bates to the front wrapper and his pencilled notes to the contents. Ronald Gordon Nudell Bates (1924-1995) earned his PhD from the University of Toronto, the subject of his doctoral thesis being James Joyce's Finnegans Wake. His teaching career was spent... Learn More
    £520

    Stock Code: 60922

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  29. Letters to Various Persons.
    First edition in the binding variant A, described in BAL as presumably the earliest of a number of styles, and cloth type Z. This volume compiles a large number of letters written by Thoreau to correspondents such as his wife, his sister, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with nine poems. An exceptional copy, Thoreau's books... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 79534

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  30. 77452
    An offprint from the Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. IX, No. 4, Fall, 1970. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 77452

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  31. Rabelais.
    First separate edition of Anatole France's "exact biography of Rabelais and critique of his masterpieces", first published two months previously in France's posthumous collected works. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 79710

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  32. 76529
    First edition, first printing. An account of Hemingway's schooldays, drawing together much of his schoolboy juvenilia. Learn More
    £65

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  33. 46846
    First published in 1970 and then re-issued in hardback in 1998. Learn More
    £35

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  34. The Wanderer.

    The Wanderer.

    The Old Rectory, Larling, near Norwich: December 1933 - 1934

    First editions, first impressions of all 12 published numbers (the final volume contains two numbers) of The Wanderer, a literary magazine published privately by John Middleton Murray. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 79254

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  35. 77480
    First edition, first impression. The biography of the larger-then-life figure James "Diamond Jim" Brady, American tycoon, philanthropist, and toast of the New York social scene during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A collector of jewellery and precious stones, he owned 30 sets of diamond jewellery-one... Learn More
    £500

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  36. 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

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  37. 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

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  38. 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

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  39. 72381
    First edition, first impression. A very tricky book to find in genuinely nice condition, this copy with an appropriately catholic association: a gift inscription from the Countess Idina Brassey to the Priory of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Haywards Heath, to the front free endpaper, and with the Priory's bookplate on the front... Learn More
    £1,750

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  40. 46438
    £120

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  41. 77300comp
    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to Storer Lunt, head of the New York publishing house W. W. Norton & Co., on the front free endpaper, "To Storer Lunt, Colleague of my best friend among american publishers, the late W. W. Norton, from Stanley Unwin, 31st March 1960". Includes,... Learn More
    £425

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  42. 77098
    First edition, first impression. An idiosyncratic anthology of critical and personal responses to a range of writers, by the man (known pseudonymously as Pavel Jerdanowich) who founded the hoax art movement, Disumbrationism. Learn More
    £150

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  43. 74752
    First edition, first impression. The biography of the larger-then-life figure James "Diamond Jim" Brady, American tycoon, philanthropist, and toast of the New York social scene during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A collector of jewellery and precious stones, he owned 30 sets of diamond jewellery-one... Learn More
    £575

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  44. 70808
  45. Language In Action.
    An early typescript of a fundamental work on language. The author was inspired by the work of groundbreaking semanticist Alfred Korzybski, applying his theories to sociology and politics in reaction to the fascist use of language to oppress. Hayakawa was a lecturer at the Armour Institute of Technology in 1939 and this... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 52003

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  46. 74193comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Charles and Pamela Snow, in gratitude and admiration, George Steiner (March 16, 1961)". The recipients were the novelist and physicist C. P. Snow and his wife. Snow once described the literary critic Steiner as "a latter-day Edmund... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 74193

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  47. 48957
    One of an edition of 31 copies privately printed 27 July 1932 for the friends of Vincent Starrett and Edwin B. Hill. Starrett (1886-1974) was a Chicago reporter, bibliographer, author, and Sherlock Holmes expert. Hill was a Texas tax-assessor whose hobby was printing by hand. In 1939, on its 55th anniversary, his was the... Learn More
    £650

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  48. 69082
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in Boston in the previous year. Learn More
    £125

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  49. 74890comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Virgil Thomson on the front free endpaper, "For Leland and Mary Hazard from old times loved ones, Virgil, Pittsburgh, May 12, 59". Leland Hazard (1893-1980) was a Pittsburgh lawyer. Learn More
    £275

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  50. 74609
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of tales, including "the liaison of a poet and a "literary" lady; the suspect "mediumship" of a feminine spiritualist; the exploits of a "gold-digger" who overreached herself; and the story of a girl who began in the chorus, and who, by courage and personality, finished... Learn More
    £225

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  51. 61022comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, " To Tony, hopefully, from Arthur". Koestler had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 1976, the effects of which are evident here. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 61022

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  52. 74018
    First edition, first impression. The author's follow-up to her first book of memoirs, Laughing Torso. Hamnett (1890-1956) was an English artist and bohemian who lived in Paris and London, working as an art model and having affairs with writers and artists including Gaudier-Brzeska, Modigliani, Roger Fry, Pablo Picasso, and... Learn More
    £150

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  53. 71876
    First edition, first impression. A memorial sketch of Elizabeth Yates Thompson (1854-1941) the daughter of the publisher George Smith (of the Pall Mall Gazete and the Dictionary of National Biography) and the wife of Henry Yates Thompson, the illustrious collector of medieval manuscripts. Learn More
    £450

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  54. In Dickens's London.
    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

    Stock Code: 75760

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  55. 69406
    £45

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  56. 66252
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £850

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  57. 66251
    £650

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  58. 67843comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 300 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. The book was not published in England. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 67843

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  59. 62417
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 62417

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  60. 61604
    £50

    Stock Code: 61604

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