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  1. 130084comp
    First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. A superb association copy, with the humorous gift inscription of Sylvia Lynd, poet and founder of the Book Society, to her husband, critic, and journalist, "Robert Lynd - 27.11.'17. (an unbirthday present.) from S. L." (Robert's actual birthday was 20 April). Both Robert (1879-1949)... Learn More
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  2. 132818
    First trade edition, first impression, of the author's key feminist treatise. The signed limited edition was issued simultaneously in the USA and in the UK three days earlier. One of 3,040 copies printed. Laid in to this copy is the publisher's publicity leaflet for the Uniform editions of The Voyage Out, Jacob's Room,... Learn More
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  3. 132821
    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce Vanessa Bell jacket. Mrs Dalloway is regarded by many as the author's masterpiece; certainly it is one of her best-loved works. Only 2,000 copies of the first printing were produced, and the dust jacket is one of the finest Bell ever designed and rare in collectable condition.... Learn More
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  4. 132813
    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's penultimate novel, and the most popular of her novels during her lifetime. Woolf began The Years in the early 1930s as a novel-essay entitled the The Pargiters. Woolf subsequently divided it into two parts, with the fiction portion reworked into The Years and the essay portion... Learn More
    £1,875

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    First edition, first printing, number 164 of 150 large paper copies numbered between 101 and 250. Ulysses was published in imitation of the traditional three-tiered French format aimed at both connoisseurs and readers: 100 copies were printed on Dutch handmade paper and signed by Joyce; 150 copies were printed on heavier... Learn More
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    A Lunch Appointment.

    [North Pomfret, Vt.]: [1993]

    First edition, number XIII of twenty copies signed by Edmund White and containing an original signed etching by Pierre Le-Tan, preserved in a folder at the end. "This previously unpublished essay is an account of the author's first meeting with his mentor, Edith Sitwell and captures his minutely observed insights into human... Learn More
    £750

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  7. 132664comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Auden on the first blank. This amusing pre-war travelogue was written collaboratively by Isherwood and Auden in prose and verse respectively. Learn More
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  8. 130838comp
    Scarce first edition, first impression, presentation copy to the author's close friend Stephen Tennant, inscribed "For my dearest Stephen from Edith October 1932" on the front free endpaper. The writer, aesthete, and "Bright Young Thing" Stephen Tennant (19061987) was Olivier's neighbour in Wiltshire, his beloved childhood... Learn More
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  9. 132386comp
    First edition, signed by the author. Churchill has signed on the first binder's blank, apparently after binding, and presumably at the behest of Henry Sotheran, the London booksellers who commissioned the binding from Morrell. Savrola was Churchill's only novel, his third published book, but the first he undertook to write,... Learn More
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  10. 132967comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. An Accidental Man was Murdoch's fourteenth novel. Learn More
    £150

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  11. 132922
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  12. 132918
    First edition, first impression. Under Milk Wood was originally commissioned as a radio drama by the BBC, and was first broadcast on 25 January 1954. It was later adapted for the stage, and has since become one of Dylan Thomas's best known works. Learn More
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  13. 132848
    First edition in English of the third Moomin title. Originally published in Sweden in 1948. Learn More
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  14. 132977comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Comedians was published in the US later the same year and was the basis for the 1967 film of the same name, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. This copy is in the first issue dust jacket with the price of 25 shillings to the... Learn More
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  15. 132975comp
    First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. The work was first published in the UK earlier the same year. The Italian Girl was adapted for the stage by James Saunders in collaboration with Iris Murdoch, and was first performed at the Bristol Old Vic on 29 November 1967, directed by... Learn More
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  16. 131308
    First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket retaining the scarce illustrated plate to the front panel. In Pursuit of Spring was Thomas's last work of prose and provides an account of his week-long bicycle ride from central London out into the Quantock Hills in Somerset undertaken in March 1913. It... Learn More
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  17. 130902

    Mitsou.

    Erlenbach and Leipzig: 1921

    First edition, first impression, of Balthus's notably scarce first publication. Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001) created this pictorial tale from a series of uncaptioned ink drawings at the age of 11. The work's drawings are "animated with the fervour of an intense child eager to tell his tale.. the pen strokes are... Learn More
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  18. 130514comp
    Signed limited edition, number 29 of 100 copies signed by the author. This copy with Dalí's previously unpublished 20-page Postface and the publisher's advertisement slip loosely inserted, as issued. Originally written in French in autumn 1943, Hidden Faces was first published in 1944 in Haakon Chevalier's... Learn More
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  19. 131172comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Honi, who had the job of typing the damn thing, from, Erle Stanley Gardner". The recipient was Ruth "Honey" Moore, the youngest of the three Walter sisters who were Gardner's longtime secretaries, and to whom Gardner... Learn More
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  20. 131277comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 79 of 500 copies signed by the author. May We Borrow Your Husband? is a collection of 12 short stories, two of which have been adapted into successful short films. Learn More
    £500

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  21. 122395detail
    Virginia Woolf's original typescript, with her autograph corrections in eight places, for her first introduction to Mrs Dalloway, published in the Modern Library edition in 1928. Neither the first edition published by the Hogarth Press in 1925, nor the American edition published by Harcourt, Brace & Co later in the same... Learn More
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  22. 132766comp
    First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to fellow science fiction author John Baxter, "for John Baxter, Ursula K. Le Guin 18.3.97". Learn More
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  23. 132670comp
    First editions, first printings, of which four are inscribed by the author to Philomena Guillebaud, three of which have an additional inscription from Le Guin's close friend Martha West. Additionally Dancing at the Edge of the World is inscribed solely from West to Guillebaud; Buffalo Gals and other Animal Presences... Learn More
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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 19 of 150 copies signed by the author. Collected Poems includes Sackville's "The Land" and "Sissinghurst" (which was dedicated to Virginia Woolf), as well as 28 new poems published here for the first time. Volume one was the only volume to be published. Learn More
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  25. 129602
    First edition, first impression, one of only 300 copies printed. This collection, finely printed by Yeats's sister Elizabeth C. Yeats, collects the best of Yeats's love poetry, including He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven and Adam's Curse. Elizabeth's "clearly legible, slender volumes with their distinctive paper labels... Learn More
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    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, the copy of the publisher Nelson Doubleday, number 1 of 751 copies signed by the illustrator and the author, specially bound. An excellent association copy: Doubleday had inherited Maugham as an author when his company merged with Maugham's former publisher, George H. Doran,... Learn More
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  27. 132809comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and Isherwood on the title page and rare thus. Auden and Isherwood were commissioned by Faber and Faber and Random House to write a travel book about the East. They decided to visit China, then at war with Japan, in the spring and summer of 1938. On their travels they... Learn More
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  28. The Bitter Orange-Tree.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the half-title. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 108505

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  29. The Aristos.
    First edition, first printing preceding the UK publication. Learn More
    £125

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  30. 93026
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  31. 132791
    Signed limited edition, number 49 of 200 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf in the front of Waiting For Godot. This was the first collected set of Beckett's works, issued in both a trade edition and this present signed edition; neither is common complete. Learn More
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  32. 132730comp
    First English-language edition of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular... Learn More
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    First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his... Learn More
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  34. 132632
    Very scarce program booklet for the 1951-1952 season of the Living Theatre, one of America's premier experimental theatre groups, at their first permanent performance space at Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. Quite international in scope, the plays advertised are: Gertrude Stein's "Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights"... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Marguerite - who understands the search. from Anne - March 1955", and additionally signed by the author in full on the title page. In Gift from the Sea Lindbergh "wrote about balancing personal needs, social... Learn More
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  36. 132170
    First European edition, first printing, scarce and in exceptional condition. Zweig's great chess novella (published in English as "Chess" or "The Royal Game") was first printed in Buenos Aires in 1942, but that edition is rare - the Stockholm edition is the first printed on the continent that Zweig had fled. One of the most... Learn More
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  37. 132320comp
    First edition, first impression, very rare inscribed presentation copy of this already scarce Hogarth production, number 195 of 450 copies printed at the Hogarth Press. This copy is inscribed on the limitation leaf, "Ethel Smyth from Virginia Woolf", an also have a pencil note in Woolf's hand to the text of her Introduction.... Learn More
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    Icaro.

    New York: 1933

    First edition in English, US issue, first printing, presentation copy from the translator to the publisher, of this 1928 Olympic Prizewinning verse-play by the extraordinary Italian poet Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), first printed in Italian (Milan 1930), here printed for the first time with facing Italian-English text. The... Learn More
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  39. 130187
    First edition, Ezra Pound's copy, of this T. S. Eliot play which was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival 1958. This copy has the ownership inscription "Pound" to the front free endpaper in the hand of Pound's wife Olivia Shakespear, and the Brunnenberg castle blindstamp to the title page. Pound stayed at Brunnenburg,... Learn More
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  40. 130186
    First edition, Ezra Pound's copy, of this scurrilous Christmas poem printed by Nancy Cunard, this copy numbered and designated in Aldington's hand "This is Number 4, Printed for Ezra Pound, Richard Aldington". This is a superb Modernist association, inscribed by Aldington for the man who coined the term "Imagist" to describe... Learn More
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  41. 132679
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  42. 132524comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Daniel Devoto on the half-title: "Para Daniel S. Devoto - instalado para siempre en la amistad sin vericuetos ni otros dobleces, con toda la simpatia y el afecto de Norah Lange. Talcahuano 638. Nov. 1942" ("For Daniel S. Devoto - installed forever... Learn More
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  43. 130074comp
    First edition, first printing, trade issue. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the literary critic Malcolm Cowley on the title page: "For Malcolm Cowley William Faulkner Sherman, Conn. 20 Oct. 1948". Malcolm Cowley (1898-1989) was responsible for almost single-handedly re-establishing the literary reputation... Learn More
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  44. 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
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  45. 132293
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on what is believed to be the original binder's blank, "Â Madame Cella Delavrancea Lahovary, hommages dévonés Rainer Maria Rilke (Paris, en mars 1923)". Cella Delavrancea was a Romanian pianist and member of Rilke's literary coterie; a sketch of him is included... Learn More
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  46. 130232comp
    First edition, first printing. A superb presentation copy, inscribed by Steinbeck to the producer of the film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath, Darryl F. Zanuck, on the front free endpaper: "For Darryl Zannuck sic with thanks for a fine picture John Steinbeck 1939 Los Gatos". Steinbeck first watched Zanuck's film at Twentieth-Century... Learn More
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  47. 128214
    First edition, first impression; review copy with publisher's compliments slip loosely inserted, with their request not to publish anything on the book until 3 April 1917. Learn More
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    His Dark Materials.

    London: 1995-1997-2000-2003

    Northern Lights with the required issue points to the jacket; 12.99 price, "Point" to the..."> First editions, first impressions, each work signed by the author on the title page; Northern Lights and The Amber Spyglass additionally inscribed, "my greetings to Stephen" and "To Amanda", respectively. Northern Lights with the required issue points to the jacket; 12.99 price, "Point" to the... Learn More
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  49. 132577
    First edition, first printing, published posthumously in an edition of 2,000 copies, this bearing the earlier 25 October colophon, others dated November. Winner of the prestigious Strega Prize in 1959, Lampedusa's novel ranks as one of the finest of the 20th century. "It is a brilliant historical novel set in the Sicily... Learn More
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  50. 132562
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies. Learn More
    £275

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  51. 132558comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  52. 130490comp
    First collected edition of these poems, first printing, Jorge Luis Borges's copy with his signature on the title page. The copy was later passed to his brother-in-law, the Spanish poet and Ultraist Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), with his illustrative ex-libris stamp to the first blank. This is one of several books with... Learn More
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  53. 130542comp
    The Edwardians (1930) for the stage...."> Signed limited edition, number 94 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist. A presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sackville-West on the front free endpaper, "For Dorothy, from Vita". A prior owner has identified the recipient as Dorothy Black, the actress who adapted The Edwardians (1930) for the stage.... Learn More
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  54. The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes.
    First edition, first printing. This collection of 33 stories about Sherlock Holmes was written by writers other than Conan Doyle, and includes contributions from Vincent Starrett, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, J. M. Barrie, Mark Twain, and O. Henry. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 108239

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  55. 72150comp

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal..."> First and limited edition, signed by Stevens; this one of just 10 copies for review and marked "out of series", from a total edition of 165.

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal... Learn More
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  56. 97057
    First edition, first impression, large paper issue. This is copy 45 of 96 numbered copies printed on Verge d'Arches. This early critique of Joyce's final work was published some 10 years prior to the publication of the finished novel. Part of the incentive to publish was apparently to raise funds for the perennially impecunious... Learn More
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  57. 132485comp
    First edition, first impression. Elaborately inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "to Anthony & Tania love from Paddy LF 12-5-84", within a hand-drawn pictorial border derived from the front panel of the dust jacket. In the winter of 1933, at the age of 18, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London... Learn More
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  58. 132453comp
    First edition, first impression, with an inscribed postcard loosely inserted, "with love & best Christmas wishes from Iris" with a manuscript drawing of a cat above the inscription, perhaps in reference to Mrs Tinckham, a cat-loving shopkeeper featured in the work. Under the Net was Murdoch's first novel and was hailed as... Learn More
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  59. Stamboul Train.
    First edition, first impression, first issue. The character of a rather pompous and self regarding author appears in the central portion of this novel. He is named on pages 77, 78, 82, 98, and 131 as one "Q. C. Savory". J. B. Priestley who had read a review copy became convinced that Savory was based none too flatteringly... Learn More
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  60. 132536
    First edition, first printing, of Lorca's lament for his matador friend, gored to death in August 1934; well-known in literary circles, Mejías was memorialized by various Spanish writers, including Miguel Hernández and Rafael Alberti, but it is Lorca's tribute which has achieved the greatest fame. Learn More
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