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  1. 131096
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket. The jacket has the points as called for by Grissom: it is printed in brown and there is no mention of Hemingway's Nobel Prize. Previously, much has been made of the colour tint on the rear panel portrait on the dust jacket as an issue point. However, Grissom refutes... Learn More
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  2. 131083
    First edition, first impression, of what Greene described as his "first overtly political novel" (West, p. 56). Learn More
    £275

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  3. 131078
    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £750

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  4. 130386comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 1,500 copies unnumbered copies signed by Steinbeck on the limitation page; of these 750 were released for sale. Learn More
    £2,500

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  5. 130148comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. The Handmaid's Tale won the Arthur C. Clarke award in 1985 and has been adapted into a film (1990), an opera (2000), and, in 2017, a highly popular television series. Learn More
    £750

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  6. 128388
    First edition, first impression, an unusually bright copy. Learn More
    £750

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  7. 128335
    First edition, first printing, of Updike's second collection of poetry. Of the 66 poems collected here 3 were previously unpublished, and 47 were published in The New Yorker, for whom Updike had written regularly since 1954. Learn More
    £115

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  8. 128342
    First edition, first printing. Rabbit at Rest is the fourth novel in Updike's Rabbit series and won the Pullitzer Prize for Fiction in 1991. It was followed in 2001 by the final work in the series, a novella entitled Rabbit Remembered. Learn More
    £80

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  9. 128186
    First edition, sole printing, of Rosenberg's second of only three poetry pamphlets published in his lifetime. This work, containing 22 poems, was published in a run of roughly 100 copies just prior to his enlistment in the army. Rosenberg attended the Slade School and quickly became one of the most celebrated of the British... Learn More
    £500

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  10. 127935
    First edition in English, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. Originally published in Czech in 1936 Capek's novel charts the gradual invasion of recently discovered species of newt. The invasion turns to an aggressive colonisation which leads to the eponymous war. On 27 August, 1935, Capek wrote, "Today I completed... Learn More
    £2,000

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  11. 127870comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 25 signed copies on special paper, a further 250 trade copies were also issued. Learn More
    £750

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  12. 124238
    First edition, first impression. Though critically well-received, initial sales were poor, and Rhys spent a decade after the novel's publication living in obscurity, until, in 1949, a theatrical adaptation of the novel was created, for which she was tracked down via newspaper advertisements to obtain her permission. Rhys... Learn More
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  13. 131008
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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  14. 130975
    First edition, first impression, of Greene's second published work. Learn More
    £300

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  15. 130960comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. This copy additionally bears an inscription of love by man of letters and bookseller Maurice Firuski, to his wife, Elvia Scoville Firuski, on the first blank, "I'm tired of hiding our love;/aren't you? Very well-then-/... Learn More
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  16. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... 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. 130207comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author, "Jeri Mayer his book Aldous Huxley 1955", on the front free endpaper, with Mayer's initials in pencil above the inscription. This is the defining dystopian novel - a seminal work of fiction and a triumph of book design. Learn More
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  19. 128326
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket with the 16 line blurb to the front flap. Rabbit, Run is the first novel in Updike's influential and critically acclaimed Rabbit series. Two later titles in the series, Rabbit is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990), were awarded Pullitzer... Learn More
    £750

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  20. Author's Edition.
    Limited edition, American issue, number 81 of 1,000 copies, rare in the publisher's special binding of half morocco, which was sold at 5 per volume, twice the price of the standard red buckram. The Author's Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes published in England by Smith, Elder & Co. and 13 volumes... Learn More
    £4,500

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  21. Le Balcon.
    First edition, first impression. Number 18 of a limited edition of 3000 copies printed on Japon nacre imperial and numbered in roman. Learn More
    £4,750

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  22. The Child Manuela.
    First English language edition, first printing, in a lovely example of the scarce jacket. The Child Manuela, based on its author's experiences at the strict boarding school Kaiserin-Augusta-Stift in Potsdam, was originally published in German in 1934. Dealing frankly with the subject of homosexuality among teenage girls,... Learn More
    £675

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  23. Carrie's War.
    First edition, first impression. In 1993 Carrie's War received the Phoenix Award, which recognises works published twenty years earlier that did not win a major literary award upon publication. The author's key work is now scarce, especially in such bright condition. Learn More
    £500

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  24. 67961
    Galley proof of the first printing of five of Plath's previously unpublished poems, comprising: "Complaint of the Crazed Queen"; "Battle-scene from the comic operatic fantasy The Seafarer"; "Dialogue en route"; "Letter to a Purist"; and "Dream of the Hearse Driver". It seems to have been common practice to provide authors... Learn More
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    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
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  26. 130988comp

    Roger Sessions (1896-1985) won a special Pulitzer..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the dedicatee Stephen Spender to the American composer Roger Sessions and his wife Barbara, inscribed by Spender on the front free endpaper: "For Barbara & Roger Sessions from Stephen Spender. Berlin June 27. 1932".

    Roger Sessions (1896-1985) won a special Pulitzer... Learn More
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  27. 130980comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher Tom Maschler on the front free endpaper: "most affectionately for Tom - Kurt Vonnegut Jr Oct. 26, 1967". Vonnegut travelled to Europe in October 1967 to revisit the places he saw in wartime. Tom Maschler (born 1933), head of the... Learn More
    £1,750

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  28. 130423comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "with love to Maurice & Jane Marston, from Evelyn Waugh", with Maurice's bookplate to the front pastedown. Maurice Marston, "a modestly paid uncle to the world of books", was a partner at the short-lived publisher Leonard... Learn More
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  29. 129980
    First edition thus, first impression, of Joyce's version of the story of the cat of Beaugency, illustrated here by Gerald Rose. Joyce originally included it in a letter to his young grandson Stephen on 10 August 1936, and it was first published in 1957 in a volume of Letters of James Joyce. Learn More
    £225

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  30. 128480comp
    Very scarce inscribed copy of Marquez's first book, ninth edition, inscribed on the half-title to Diego García Elío, the son of his close friends the writers María Luisa Elío Bernal (1926-2009) and Jomí García Elio (1927-1986), who were the dedicatees of Cien años de soledad. The inscription reads, "Diego,... Learn More
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  31. Half a Life.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed on the title page by Naipaul to the historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson: "V. S. Naipaul, for Anthony, 24 October 2001." With Hobson's bookplate to front pastedown and a newspaper clipping from the Sunday Telegraph concerning Half a Life loosely inserted. Learn More
    £375

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  32. 130962comp
    First edition in English, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his UK publisher Tom Maschler and his wife Fay on the dedication leaf, continuing the printed dedication "for jomí garcía ascot and maría luisa elío" "y para Fay y Tom, con todo el carino, Gabriel 1975 London" (translated as "and... Learn More
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    After Summer.

    Massachusetts: 1978

    First and signed limited edition. One of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. After Summer contains two poems, Elegy and Leavings. Learn More
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  34. 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
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  35. 130865
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies. With the ownership inscription of John Wilton Haines on the front free endpaper, "J W Haines, Hucclecote, in Gloucester". Haines (1875-1960) was a poet, solicitor, and botanist, closely associated with the Dymock and Georgian Poets, the second anthology of whose poetry... Learn More
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  36. 130845
    First edition, first impression, of this collection which "contains all Mr Eliot's poetry that he wishes to preserve", including the first appearance in print of Burnt Norton (dust jacket blurb). Learn More
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    The Alchemist.

    San Francisco: 1993

    The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil in 1988. It has since been translated into 67 languages and has sold upwards of 90 million..."> First edition in English, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Heather: may love show you the way, Paulo Coelho". The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil in 1988. It has since been translated into 67 languages and has sold upwards of 90 million... Learn More
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  38. 130862detail
    An attractive set of Maugham's collected works, with three volumes each of stories, plays and novels. The books are later editions, with the collected short stories first published in 1951, the plays in 1931, and the novels in 1953. Learn More
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  39. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Philip, love Roald Dahl." Learn More
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  40. 130341
    First US edition, first printing. First published in the UK in 1939, No Orchids for Miss Blandish provoked considerable controversy for its open displays of sexuality and violence. Nonetheless it proved highly popular, and a film adaptation was produced in 1948. The novel was included as number 89 in Le Monde's 100 Books... Learn More
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  41. 130342
    First edition, first impression, of the author's continuation of No Orchids for Miss Blandish, which was published in 1939. A film adaptation, La Chair de l'orchidée, was produced in France in 1975. Learn More
    £500

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  42. 130316
    First edition, first impression, first issue in blue cloth, of the author's first book. Salt-Water Ballads contains what is perhaps the author's best known poem, Sea-Fever, which John Betjeman claimed, along with Cargoes, would be "remembered as long as the language lasts". There were three issues of the first edition: 300... Learn More
    £375

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  43. 130179
    First edition, first impression, of this anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories, all first published in The Strand magazine from 1892 to 1917. The stories comprise: "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" (1908), "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (1892), "The Adventure of the Red Circle" (1911), "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington... Learn More
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  44. 130155
    First edition with Lovat Fraser's illustrations, first impression. Peacock Pie was first published in 1913. Claud Lovat Fraser had designed the illustrations in 1912, and De la Mare wanted them to be used in the first edition, but Heath Robinson was chosen by the publishers instead. The present volume marks the first printing... Learn More
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    First edition in book-form, sole impression, signed by the author on the title page. The text was first published in London Magazine in January 1957; Greene had this edition printed for private distribution in a run of just 250 copies. Learn More
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  46. 130123
    First edition, first printing, in the rare dust jacket. This is the only hardcover appearance of the comedic detective Philo Gubb, who was highly popular throughout the 1910s, so much so that the author's plan to kill him off was overturned by public pressure. Learn More
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  47. 130110
    First edition, first printing, with the first issue point of "wearily" on page 135 unbattered. Learn More
    £500

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  48. 130106
    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. A collection of poems, some are aimed "directly at child readers, others recreate the state of childhood itself - to him always life's summit - its pure wonder, intuitions, solitary fantasy, and above all its readiness to see this world as part of another, no... Learn More
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  49. 130104comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to the French novelist and playwright Georges Duhamel, inscribed by the author a month after publication on the front free endpaper: "à Monsieur Georges Duhamel en hommage à l'ecrivain et l'homme de la part de T. S. Eliot 8.4.54". Duhamel had served as a surgeon during... Learn More
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  50. 130101comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £750

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  51. 130088
    First US edition, first printing, of Charteris's third novel and the first appearance of his famous fictional character Simon Templar, "the Saint". The UK edition was first published the previous year. Learn More
    £1,250

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  52. 130035
    First edition, first impression, of the first novel in Cheyney's Dark series. Learn More
    £125

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  53. 130029
    First US edition, first printing, following the first UK edition published earlier the same year. Learn More
    £375

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  54. 130030
    First edition, first printing, of Chandler's fourth novel, preceding the UK edition by a year. Learn More
    £2,500

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  55. 130018
    First US edition, first printing, of Chandler's last completed novel, following the first UK edition published earlier the same year. Learn More
    £275

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  56. 130015
    First US edition, first printing. Forester's novel, also published in the UK the same year, was adapted into the highly successful film in 1951 starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Learn More
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  57. 130005
    First US edition, first printing. This unauthorized edition of Joyce's first regularly published book was issued in a print run estimated at 1,000 copies. The first authorized American edition, published in New York by B. W. Huebsch, appeared three months later. Learn More
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  58. 129970
    First edition in French, number 231 of 875 copies on Alfa Vergé paper, out of a total edition of 1,200. This was the second translation of Ulysses following the German edition of 1927. A French translation of Ulysses was started in 1923 by Valery Larbaud at Joyce's request, but the author grew dissatisfied and halted the... Learn More
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