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  1. 134123
    First Feltrinelli edition in Russian (the third overall), first printing, issued in the very attractive and distinctive dust jacket designed by Ampelio Tettamanti (1914-1961), matching that of the first edition, published in Italian by Feltrinelli in 1957. Doctor Zhivago was deemed unfit for publication within the Soviet... Learn More
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  2. 133668
    First edition, first printing, first state of the text: with "chatter" on p. 60, line 16, "northern" on p. 119, line 22, "it's" on p. 165, line 16, "away" on p. 165, line 29, "sick in tired" on p. 205, lines 9-10, and "Union Street station" on p. 211, lines 7-8. Learn More
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  3. 132212comp
    First edition, first printing, preceding the UK edition which was made up from the American sheets. Booker prize winner of winners. Inscribed by the author to the title page "For Monika and Craig Salman Rushdie." Learn More
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  4. 130450comp
    First edition, first impression, in the first issue dust jacket. A magnificent presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming to the employer who gave him the means to write - James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley - and his second wife, Edith: "To Gomer and Edith, wishing them both always a nine when it is needed, and in memory... Learn More
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    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member..."> First edition, first issue (with the nine-pointed star to front), rare presentation copy of Heaney's first book, inscribed to fellow-poet Daniel Hoffman (1923-2013), "For Dan Hoffman: with good wishes, Seamus Heaney" inside the front cover.
    Hoffman had studied at Columbia University in the 1940s, where he had been a member... Learn More
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  6. 118495
    Hemingway's..."> First edition, first printing, the first issue with the misprints "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26, "down-staris" on p. 169, line 34, and the third book being designated as "BOOK THREE" instead of "BOOK III" (p. 235), with the first issue dust jacket, incorrectly citing Hemingway's earlier title as In Our Times.
    Hemingway's... Learn More
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  7. 133107comp
    First edition, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Beatrice Ricchetti sic, 25-X-911 James Joyce", that is, on 25 October 1911. At the time of this inscription, Joyce was supporting himself by giving private lessons and by teaching in the evening school of the Società degli impiegati civili. Beatrice... Learn More
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    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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    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce first instalment in the works of Argentine poet Pedro B. Palacios (1854-1917, who wrote as "Almafuerte"). This is a superb association copy with the ownership inscription of his Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) to the first blank. Borges in his early career, before turning to short... Learn More
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  10. 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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  11. 130484
    Borges's own copy of Dante's Divine Comedy in the original Italian and annotated by him in Spanish - an exceptional association. Borges has signed this copy five times: to the front endpapers of each volume, and additionally to the engraved half-title recto of the first, and the title page of the third. The front endpapers... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, a major association copy, being the copy of Jorge Luis Borges, with his ownership signature dated Buenos Aires 1936 on the title page. Güiraldes and Borges were friends, and both influenced the literary career of the other. They met around 1924-5, and Borges helped Güiraldes launch the magazine... Learn More
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    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
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    First edition, first printing, Borges's own copy of this anthology of Argentine Poetry, signed by him on the half-title in the year of publication. 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... Learn More
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  15. 134011comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  16. 133954comp
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of poems, number 205 of 250 copies in boards numbered and signed by the poet. Learn More
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  17. 133950comp
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of short stories; number 158 of 400 copies in boards, signed by the author and accompanied by Bukowski's Thurberesque self portrait thumbnail sketch "little man with bottle". Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, copy number 60 of 250 in boards numbered and signed by the poet. "One of the milestone books of Bukowski's career... It came out in a beautiful edition... There was no blurb on the back, no quotes from other writers saying what a brilliant fellow Bukowski was, just the ten words of the title... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, copy number 170 of 226 copies signed by the author and handbound in boards. This short poem was printed in January 1993 as a New Year's Greeting for the friends of the Black Sparrow Press. Learn More
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  20. 134103comp
    First edition, presentation issue, presented by the author to his UK publisher Tom Maschler, inscribed on the half-title "To Tom with admiration and thanks for everything Bill Styron". Tom Maschler (b. 1933) was head of Jonathan Cape, which published Sophie's Choice in the UK the following year. Maschler was a highly influential... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, incorporating Macmillan's "M" device: "To John Baxter, from Ian M Banks, g'day!, 19/9/87" (the final word written upside down). The book is uncommon with a personalized inscription, with this a particularly playful example. The recipient John Baxter... Learn More
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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies specially bound, and signed by Beckett on the limitation page. This Dolmen Press edition presents, in facing translation, two of the century's most charismatic and influential writers. Learn More
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  23. 131043
    A striking example of Cummings's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of Brittany's many windmills.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson... Learn More
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  24. 50043
    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Learn More
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  25. 133932
    First edition, first printing, very scarce especially in this condition, of the Nobel Prize winner's ground-breaking piece of absurdist metatheatre (known in English as Six Characters in Search of an Author). The play was published as volume three of the playwright's "Maschere Nude" sequence. The debut performance,... Learn More
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  26. 133823
    First English edition, first impression, with the very scarce jacket. The Muirs' translation of Das Schloss was Kafka's first appearance in English, preceding the English editions of The Trial and Metamophorsis by some seven years. Learn More
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  27. 132179comp
    A rare and perfectly dastardly presentation photograph of the poet, who has taken a print of him sitting by the fireside with his wife Caitlin, cut her out of it, and inscribed it on the verso to his previous lover, "For Emmy, from Dylan, this 1/2 a picture, January 1939". Caitlin was, that January, nine months pregnant... Learn More
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  28. 132178comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his mother in law Yvonne Macnamara on the front free endpaper, "for Yvonne, from Dylan, with love. January, 1947." Thomas and Caitlin lived with her mother, Yvonne, for much of the late 1930s. During this stay Thomas and Yvonne's relationship... Learn More
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    The Alchemist.

    San Francisco: 1993

    The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil..."> First edition in English, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page, "Cally: The Soul of the World needs your help. Follow your heart. Paulo Coelho", quite scarce and appealing thus with a personal inscription. The Alchemist was originally published in Portuguese as O Alquimista in Brazil... Learn More
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  30. The Collected Works in Verse And Prose.
    First collected edition, one of 250 first issues sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the Chapman & Hall imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of publishing (Yeats... Learn More
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    Vigils

    [Bristol: May 1934

    First edition, number 241 of 272 copies signed on the limitation page, this an excellent poetic presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sassoon to Edith Sitwell on the first blank "Edith Sitwell from her friend S.S." and with a tipped-in presentation letter from Sassoon to Sitwell on Heytesbury House stationery, dated... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. This paperback edition precedes the UK hardback edition published by Victor Gollancz by two months. The first winner of the "triple crown" the Nebula, Hugo and Philip K Dick Awards Neuromancer is the most famous and enduring "cyperpunk novel". It was... Learn More
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    First edition, first issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to fellow poet Allen Upward (1863-1926) on the front free endpaper, "To Allen Upward from E. P. Sept 1913". Upward was an influential intellectual figure for Pound at this time, "Upward started Pound off in a new direction by putting him on to the Chinese... Learn More
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  34. 130245
    First edition, first impression, with the first issue dust jacket, of the final James Bond book by Fleming, published two years after the author's death. The book comprises two stories, both later adapted into Bond movies: Octopussy in 1983, starring Roger Moore, and The Living Daylights in 1987, starring Timothy Dalton.... Learn More
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  35. 130660
    Original drawing by the author, a version of the same image that was used as the frontispiece to The Prophet. It is evidently an idealized portrait of Gibran himself. Several versions are known; this example was a gift to Barbara Young, his last companion and assistant, author of a biography of Gibran.
    Gibran (1883-1931)... Learn More
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  36. 133779
    First edition, first printing, published posthumously in an edition of 2,000 copies, dated November 1958 facing the title page and 25 October 1958 at the rear colophon as called for. 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... Learn More
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  37. 133748comp

    Provenance: ownership inscription to front free..."> First edition, first impression, number 207 of 280 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. Patrick MacGill (1889-1963) was known as the "navvy poet", Soldier Songs "collected his war verse with a valuable preface on songs the soldiers made" (ODNB).

    Provenance: ownership inscription to front free... Learn More
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  38. 131532
    First edition, first printing. This work is an expansive collection of Wodehouse's short stories about golf, the majority of which are told by the Oldest Member at the Nineteenth Hole, including the ten stories from Wodehouse's first collection on golf, The Clicking of Cuthbert (1922). Learn More
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  39. 129797comp
    This copy has the ownership inscription of Bloomsbury artist..."> First edition, sole impression, of this rare poetry anthology that constitutes the very first "Bloomsbury" publication, with anonymous contributions by Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell, and Saxon Sidney-Turner, all peers at Trinity College, Cambridge.
    This copy has the ownership inscription of Bloomsbury artist... Learn More
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  40. 133626
    First edition thus - a collection of Yeats's poems entitled Responsibilities was first published by the Cuala Press in 1914, but this London edition was significantly different, printing the 31 poems of the 1914 edition but adding "The Well and Tree", together with 19 poems from The Green Helmet (Cuala Press, 1910) and two... Learn More
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    Two Poems.

    [Bryn Mawr, PA: 1934]

    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and the printer Frederic Prokosch, out of series from a stated edition of 22 copies, this with the printed statement on the limitation page "special copy on lemon vellum" (being printed on yellow japon); this format unknown to Auden's bibliographers Bloomfield and Mendelson,... Learn More
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  42. 132221
    First edition, first impression, of C. S. Lewis's rare first book, a collection of war poetry with a Miltonic twist. This poetry collection, published when Lewis was only 20 years old, was inspired by his experiences in the trenches, but made complex by a superstructure of Christian faith with which the shocked, imaginative... Learn More
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  43. 123238

    Bom-Crioulo.

    San Francisco: 1982

    First edition in English, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press in 1975,... Learn More
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  44. Happy Valley.
    First edition of the first novel by the only Australian to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. White did not allow the novel to be republished during his lifetime, fearing libel from the family whose story he had appropriated. Learn More
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  45. 68284comp
    First US edition, first printing. A major association copy, inscribed by Greene in unusually warm 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"; below is the signature of the recipient, the great Indian writer R.... Learn More
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  46. 132608
    First edition of this notable contribution to the literature of the Celtic Revival by one of its key figures, Lady Augusta Gregory. "From around 1901 on Lady Gregory began to pursue her own creative opportunities even more energetically. Her redaction of the Táin bó Cúailnge, published in 'Kiltartan' English as Cuchulain... Learn More
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    Thésée.

    [Paris]: [1946]

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to his friend and biographer "à Jean Hytier, avec ma bien attentive sympathie, André Gide". This is number 9 of 30 hors commerce copies, from a total edition of 1,370 copies, of Gide's re-imagining of the myth of Theseus and the... Learn More
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  48. 132462comp
    First edition in French (second overall), first printing, presentation copy of the service de presse issue, inscribed by the translator on the front free endpaper "à Giuseppe Ungaretti, ce livre dont il a été l'un des premiers confidents. Avec toute mon amitié, Paul Henri Michel". The recipient Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970)... Learn More
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  49. 132225comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his English translator "a William Weaver Italo Calvino" on the first blank, with pencil annotations by Weaver in the margins of a few pages. Weaver's translation of this work into English was published in 1968, winning the National Book Award for... Learn More
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  50. 132224comp
    First edition, very scarce presentation copy of this first publication by Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), the anti-fascist Italian poet and translator who was killed defying Mussolini. The inscription, to the first blank, reads: "A Guido Ruberti devoto ommagio di Lauro de Bosis, Roma 8.vii 1924". Ruberti (1885-1955) was an Italian... Learn More
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  51. 132203comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 111 of 325 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were for sale. Heaney's translation of the epic poem Beowulf won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. The limited edition contains a facsimile of the opening page of the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, which is currently... Learn More
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  52. 132171
    First European edition, first printing, scarce. 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 popular writers in the world... Learn More
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  53. 130878
    First edition with the unexpurgated original text, the second overall following a substantially censored first edition in 1915. Before the 1917 revolution Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) had been a "regular scandal-maker" (his own words) of the Futurist school, but by 1918 his revolutionary voice found endorsement in this... Learn More
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  54. 130403
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,..."> Very attractive signed portrait of the great Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher and author, captured at the height of his fame, inscribed in ink on the mount "Rabindranath Tagore, June 17 1921"; also signed by the distinguished photographer Hanns Holdt (1880-1972).
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,... Learn More
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    First edition in Spanish, first printing, presentation copy with an astounding literary association, inscribed by Eco to Gabriel García Márquez on the half-title in Italian and Spanish, "A Gabo, i miei 1300 años de cristianidad. Umberto" ("To Gabo, my own 1,300 years of Christianity, Umberto"). This is a powerful association... Learn More
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  56. 132634comp
    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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  57. 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
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  58. 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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  59. 131322comp
    First edition in English, limited issue, number 35 of 750 copies. Inscribed by novelist and translator Sydney Schiff, using his pseudonym Stephen Hudson to fellow translator Edwin Muir, on the second blank, "Edwin Muir, from S. S. (Stephen Hudson) Jan. 1. 30". This is an important association between three friends and contemporary... Learn More
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  60. 130189
    First trade edition, presentation copy to Ezra Pound, of this anthology of medieval poetry translated by Aldington. The front free endpaper bears the inscription, "Ezra from Richard Xmas 1951", and the title page has the later blind stamp of Brunnenburg castle. Pound stayed at Brunnenburg, the home of his daughter Mary de... Learn More
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