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  1. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Pete, wherever you are, whoever, FW" and signed by the author over his printed name. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 77764

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  2. Shoe the Wild Mare.
    First edition, first printing of the author's second book. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For my fine son, Gene, jr, from his old pal., Gene Fowler, sr, Feb 6 - 1931" on the front free endpaper. Gene Jr. (d.1998) would have a successful career as a film editor, his credits including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 97325

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  3. 32403
    First edition, first impression of the author's third book. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 32403

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  4. 132020comp
    First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the title page, 21st September 1983. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 132020

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  5. A Christmas Card.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his old associate Max Beerbohm, while on service with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in the First World War, "Max from Filson. H.M.S. Lion, North Sea, 5 Jan 1915", together with an original pen-and-ink and watercolour caricature of the author... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 105008

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  6. Live and Let Die.
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue jacket without the design credit slug to the front flap. The earliest dust jackets issued made no mention of Kenneth Lewis and at some point the need was recognised to credit his work. A stamp was made and as a stopgap existing jackets were overstamped beneath the blurb... Learn More
    £16,500

    Stock Code: 98869

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  7. 65227comp
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of poems by the former US President. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper and by the illustrator on the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 65227

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  8. 131842comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 719 of 861 copies signed by the author on the verso of the half-title in her customary purple ink. This edition preceded the first trade edition, published in the UK, by nine days. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 131842

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  9. Prisoner's Base.
    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy of this Nero Wolfe mystery. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 87614

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  10. 85709
    First edition, first impression. The eighth book in Powell's Dance to the Music of Time sequence. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 85709

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  11. Fantasia of the Unconscious.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to E. M. Forster, inscribed by the author to E. M. Forster on the front free endpaper, "E.M., from D.H.L. Taos, 6 Nov 1922" and with Forster's "This book belongs to..." ticket. Forster and Lawrence met in 1915, when Forster visited Lawrence at Greatham, sharing "two hours... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 83380

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  12. 35692
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 35692

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  13. 131678comp
    First edition, number 213 of 1,000 copies signed by the author, a nice association copy, with the bookplate of Herbert J. Seligmann (1891-1984), author of D. H. Lawrence, An American Interpretation (1924), the first full-length study (and a highly favourable one at that) of Lawrence's work. Seligmann also wrote, among other... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 131678

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  14. 131533comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Greetings to Bill! Philip K. Dick". The recipient was a doctor at Yorba Park Medical Group in Orange, California, where Dick was a patient in 1972; inscribed copies of this work are notably uncommon. This copy is the hardback issue, with code "08L"... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 131533

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  15. 129442
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue green cloth binding, one of only 598 copies bound and sold. Learn More
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 129442

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  16. 126083comp
    First edition in book form, signed limited issue, number 148 of 250 copies signed and numbered by the author in her typical purple ink. Written by Woolf after experiencing a period of severe manic-depression, On Being Ill was first published in essay form in T. S. Eliot's New Criterion in January 1926. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 126083

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  17. Somewhere in this House.
    First edition, first printing of the second novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. It was subsequently published in the UK under the title A Woman Is Dead. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 101070

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  18. Cold Comfort Farm.
    Proof copy of Gibbons' classic parodic novel. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 98079

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  19. 66260
    First separate edition, first impression. One of only 25 copies printed, by permission of the author, of Conrad's essay on the River Thames, which originally appeared in the London Magazine, July 1906. This is one of a number of short-run reprints issued by the journalist and magazine editor Clement Shorter around this time.... Learn More
    £3,250

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  20. England Made Me.
    First US edition, first printing. A major association copy, inscribed by Green in uncharacteristically gushing style on the front free endpaper, "In thanks for the pleasure I got from 'Swami & Friends' & with the very best wishes for its success from Graham Greene"; beneath is the signature of the recipient R. K. Narayan.... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 68284

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  21. The Demolished Man.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 110316

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  22. 103296
    First edition, first impression. One of 150 copies printed at the author's request to be used during rehearsals of the play and sold at the first performances in February 1903. This pamphlet is rarely seen in commerce, as Maugham put it in his preface to Frederick Bason's bibliography in 1931: "But there is another little... Learn More
    £4,500

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  23. 126864
    First edition, first impression, scarce in any condition and especially so in the dust jacket. This copy has the illustrated bookplate of fellow Scots poet Charles Murray (1864-1941). Murray wrote in the Doric dialect of the north-east of Scotland and was a key figure in the vernacular revival within Scottish poetry. MacDiarmid... Learn More
    £1,750

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  24. 125916
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies issued. Poems was Brooke's first collection, his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution. Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros; he died on 23 April 1915... Learn More
    £1,000

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  25. They Also Serve.
    Review article from The Times Literary Supplement on Waiting for Godot. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 98646

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  26. 77365comp
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 175 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 77365

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  27. 44750
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from Baltimore, March 26, 1934, announcing an exhibition of Zelda's paintings, and urging him to attend. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 44750

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  28. 35202
    First and limited German edition, number 174 of 1,000 copies, this one of an unspecified number bound in quarter morocco; it is the first foreign language edition of Ulysses. Slocum and Cahoon comment that "the emphasis on the private nature of this publication and the strict limitation of copies was caused by some fear... Learn More
    £1,500

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  29. 131787
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket. The jacket has the points as called for by Grissom: the flaps are printed in brown and there is no mention of Hemingway's Pulitzer or Nobel Prize. Previously, much has been made of the colour tint on the rear panel portrait by Lee Samuels on the dust jacket as an... Learn More
    £650

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  30. 60864
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 60864

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  31. 117395comp
    First US edition, first printing, rare presentation copy, thrice signed by the author and twice by her lover and literary agent Molly Malone Cook: inscribed by Oliver on the half-title, "March 1965 For Walter, Mary", signed on the title page, and inscribed by her on the final text leaf on the verso "still for Walter, Mary";... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 117395

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  32. Jones of Colorado.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Steadman on the title page, "For Gary, from Ralph Steadman, 27 Nov. 97." Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 103785

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  33. Cherrywood Cannon.

    Cherrywood Cannon.

    New York and London: 1978

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 103819

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  34. Going Solo.
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Stephen & Rhona, Happy Christmas, Roald Dahl, 1986". Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 101866

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  35. 34293
    First edition, first impression. The author's third book. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 34293

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  36. 131852comp
    First edition, first printing. Prepublication presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To E. F. Knight with best of greetings! Henry Miller Paris 5/4/39". This copy is inscribed prior to the official publication date of 10 May; Pearson notes that publication was originally scheduled for February... Learn More
    £6,500

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  37. 131822
    First edition, first impression. The first printing of the first edition ran to at least 1,500 copies, with a cover which features a quote from Val McDermid, while the back cover has quotes from Mark Billingham and Alex Gray. The copyright page does not have a number line but simply states "First published in Great Britain... Learn More
    £800

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  38. 130222comp
    First edition, first printing. A superb association copy, presented by the author to his sister Elizabeth Steinbeck, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "for Beth with love John". Elizabeth Steinbeck (1894-1992), John's elder sister, "understood the importance to her brother of family loyalty... Known as Beth, she enjoyed... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 130222

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  39. 130217comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by Borges and his co-author on the half-title, "Augosto 1953, A Gilda, profetizándole mucha felicidad, Jorge Luis Borges" and "A Gilda con carino autentico y eterno agradecimiento, Margot Guerrero." We have not been able to identify the recipient, but the double... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 130217

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  40. 124321detail
    Seldes gave Tender Is the Night a rave review in the New York Evening Journal on the day of publication, 12 April 1934. Fitzgerald writes two weeks later to thank him: " I never had any doubt after the weeks and months of half-sleepless work on the thing that it had some special merit and value but it is so nice to see an... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 124321

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  41. 116338
    First edition, one of 125 copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. The poem was first published in RTÉ Guide the preceding year under the title The Workshop. Learn More
    £475

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  42. The Apple and Eve.
    First UK edition, first impression. First published as Der Apfel und Eva in 1932. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 115898

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  43. 104536

    Gorey Games.

    San Francisco: 1979

    First trade edition. A collection of games based around Gorey's tales. Learn More
    £45

    Stock Code: 104536

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  44. 1
    First edition, first printing. A superb presentation to "the original Gatsby", inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Harold Goldman, The original 'Gatsby' of this story, with thanks for letting me reveal these secrets of his past. Alcatraz, Cell Block 17 (I'll be out soon, kid. Remember me to the mob.... Learn More
    £275,000

    Stock Code: 102632

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  45. 46286
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 46286

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  46. One page ALS, beginning "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you are back in Europe."
    Fitzgerald writes to Gilbert Seldes from France. Undated, but likely in 1929. "I was delighted, so was Zelda, to hear that you're back in Europe. Ring Lardner sent me a clipping about your play - I know how it feels to see one go pop before your eyes and I deeply sympathized with you...Zelda has been sick on and off for... Learn More
    £8,500

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  47. 40086
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 40086

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  48. 131918
    First edition, first impression (1-12 Tausend), of Roth's masterpiece, one of the great novels of the 20th century."Radetzkymarsch tells the story of three generations of the Trotta family: the old soldier ennobled for accidentally saving the emperor's life; his son, the dedicated civil servant who is a sensitive man but... Learn More
    £1,250

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  49. 129963detail
    The Atlantic Edition, one of a limited edition of 1,050 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf of which this is number 432, and with new prefaces written especially for this edition by the author. A handsomely bound set. Learn More
    £12,000

    Stock Code: 129963

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  50. 127511
    First deluxe edition, first impression. Learn More
    £500

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  51. 62672
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 62672

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  52. 38828
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 38828

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  53. 45148
    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 45148

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  54. 131880
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in May 1925. The Bounty of Sweden contains Yeats's impressions of Stockholm from his visit there in December 1923 to receive his Nobel Prize for Literature. Whilst there Yeats gave a lecture concerning the Abbey Theatre, the text of which is included... Learn More
    £500

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  55. 131881
    First edition, first impression, one of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in January 1934. The Words Upon the Window Pane was first performed at The Abbey Theatre on 17 November 1930. The play was written at Coole Park estate, the home of Lady Gregory, to whose memory the present edition was dedicated. The Cuala Press... Learn More
    £500

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  56. 131845
    First edition, first printing. Sartoris is a revised version of Faulkner's Flags in the Dust, the full text of which was not published until 1973. It was the first of Faulkner's tales set in Yoknapatawpha County, and introduces many of the characters that appear in his later works. Due to the fragile paper stock... Learn More
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  57. 131839comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Polly, with love, Bob", additionally signed by the author above his printed name on the title page. The recipient is believed to by Polly Freas, wife of Frank Kelly Freas, the illustrator to Heinlein's "The Door into... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 131839

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  58. 131792
    First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study... Learn More
    £650

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  59. 131791
    First edition, first impression, one of 425 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in June 1929. Yeats's Packet for Ezra Pound presents one side of an intriguing literary and personal friendship. Yeats lived with Pound on more than one occasion; first in Ashdown Forest, where Pound's helped to renovate Yeats's poetic style for... Learn More
    £750

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  60. 131762comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the epic poem, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More
    £500

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