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  1. A Maggot.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "Dr Philip Murray of Sligo, with my best wishes, John Fowles, Lyme Regis, 6.ii.86". Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113514

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  2. 76495
    Signed limited edition, number 56 of 500 numbered copies. Durrell's enduring masterpiece. Learn More
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  3. 132729comp
    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
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 132729

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  4. 135040comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 41 of 100 copies signed by the author and bound thus. Go Set a Watchman was Lee's highly anticipated second work, publicised as a sequel to Lee's seminal novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. The text of Go Set a Watchman is known to have been written before... Learn More
    £3,500

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  5. 132677comp
    First edition, first impression (with the number line to 1), inscribed by the author on the half title, "To Josh, enjoy the feast, G R R M", and another half title, loosely inserted, inscribed "To Cecil, enjoy the feast, G R R M." Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 132677

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    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title "For Olwyn - love from Ted November 1986". The American edition had been published in September 1986, the UK edition in October. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £475

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  7. 134056comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Ruth & Alan Hilditch our good friends who have heard me talk a lot of this. Bill Heinz Xmas 1957". Alan Hilditch (1900-1971), a certified public accountant, was a graduate of Yale and "a member of the St. Elmo Society,... Learn More
    £950

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  8. 134881comp
    First edition, one of 26 lettered copies signed by the author for private distribution, this being letter I. The total edition was 126 copies, of which the remaining 100 were signed copies issued for general sale. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 134881

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  9. 134799comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Seducers in Ecuador was the first of Vita Sackville-West's novels to be published by the Hogarth Press. Learn More
    £350

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  10. 124311
    The complete original autograph manuscript used as the printer's setting copy for Sackville-West's essay on Marvell and the most substantial of her original manuscripts remaining on the market. Aside from a few short stories and a few ephemeral pieces previously disposed of (mostly for charity), the bulk of Vita Sackville-West's... Learn More
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  11. 134777comp
    First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "To Angus with the author's best wishes, Yukio, 1965 March" The recipient was novelist Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), one of England's first openly gay authors. Mishima stayed at Wilson's Suffolk Cottage while in England, and Wilson, for his part, praised Mishima's... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 134777

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  12. 129166comp
    First editions, first printing of Omnibus, third printing of The Thin Man. Presentation copies, both inscribed on the front free endpaper jointly to the husband and wife screenwriting duo Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Goodrich and Hackett co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Hammett's The Thin Man, produced... Learn More
    £27,500

    Stock Code: 129166

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  13. 134691comp
    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 244 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting four rabbits, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, to the front free endpaper verso and first blank; it also has a contemporary fore-edge... Learn More
    £6,000

    Stock Code: 134691

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  14. 132725comp
    First English-language edition, first impression, of Neruda's masterpiece, a superb presentation copy from the poet to the publisher, inscribed "Un abrazo a Tom de su amigo Pablo 1970" on the front free endpaper, with Tom Maschler's bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential... Learn More
    £5,000

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  15. 70376comp
    First edition, first impression of a rare children's book by the author of Cold Comfort Farm. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Stella Gibbons, Nov. 18 1936". We know of no other copy in private hands, and OCLC locates only 11 in institutions. A lovely copy in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £1,750

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  16. 134663comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "for Colin Edwards with best wishes from Iris Murdoch". Learn More
    £275

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    Signed limited issue, number 6 of 22 copies on Hammermill paper signed by the author on the limitation leaf, out of a total edition of 725; this copy a presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second front free endpaper: "Para Daniel S. Devoto, atento y fino y minucioso, poblado de palabras y gestos de generosa... Learn More
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  18. 134563comp
    First Steadman edition, first impression, signed by Steadman in gold ink on the endpapers. The book was originally published in 1883. Learn More
    £250

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    Finnegans Wake."> First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 625 of 800 copies signed by the author. Anna Livia Plurabelle is an early published chapter from Joyce's famous "work in progress" that would eventually become Finnegans Wake. Learn More
    £3,750

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  20. 134511comp
    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. First published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £200

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  21. 134505comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  22. 134503comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page and dated June 1993. Learn More
    £375

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  23. 134501comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £150

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  24. 134502comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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  25. 132339comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 77 of 200 copies signed by the author. The limited issue is specially bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, a chrysolite asbestos material that is theoretically fire resistant, in honour of the eponymous temperature at which paper spontaneously combusts. Fahrenheit 451 has won multiple... Learn More
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  26. 134394comp
    First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 706 of 751 copies signed by the author and illustrator, handsomely bound. Of Human Bondage was first published in 1915 and Maugham contributed a new foreword for this illustrated edition. Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948) "was a draughtsmen, painter and etcher who was the... Learn More
    £1,750

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  27. 132182comp
    First edition, first printing. Review copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Burt Britton, Joy! Maya Angelou", with the publishers review copy slip loosely inserted. Burt Britton (1933-2018) was an author, book collector, and co-founder of Books & Co. Britton also collected self-portraits, or "self-doodles",... Learn More
    £575

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  28. 133983comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 33 of 50 copies signed by Knox, from a total edition of 550 copies. Learn More
    £1,250

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  29. 132166comp
    Chikovani..."> First edition of Pasternak's Russian translation of Goethe's masterpiece, presentation copy inscribed to a close friend and fellow poet, "to one of the most interesting people and the best poets of the present times, Simon Chikovani, with love and devotion, B. Pasternak, 9 February 1954", on the front free endpaper.
    Chikovani... Learn More
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  30. 134110comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by the poet above her name on the title page. Geography III was Bishop's last work and won the Book Critics' Circle Award for 1977. "This volume of nine beautifully crafted poems returns to themes of North and South but with greater intimacy and immediacy" (ANB). Learn More
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  31. 132976comp
    First and signed edition, number 746 of 950 copies only, signed by the author on the limitation page. This volume includes the epigraphs of all Greene's books in chronological order, forming "a sort of autobiography, beginning with the innocent disclosures of immaturity and ending with the uncertainties and fears of old... Learn More
    £175

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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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  33. 134237comp
    First trade edition, first impression, the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title verso "To Sir Ian Hamilton from John Drinkwater 1917". Drinkwater dedicates the book to General Sir Ian Hamilton with the dedicatory stanza "because the darling chivalries, / that light your battle-line, belong / to music's... Learn More
    £750

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 62 of 110 copies. The Book of Beauty is Beaton's first book, featuring his sketches and portraits of many well-known women, including a number of royalty and his sisters Nancy and Baba who were his first photographic models. This copy has the ink ownership stamp of Vernon F. Taylor... Learn More
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    Animal Poems.

    Crediton: [1967]

    First edition, one of 20 copies containing a manuscript poem, this copy with The Hawk in the Rain, additionally signed and numbered by the author, this being number 37, and bound in decorative wrappers. This edition was published with a total limitation of 100, of which six were bound in green morocco with each poem written... Learn More
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  36. 134113comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the Faber and Faber text designer, "For Michael Wright - who made a better job of the inside than Philip Larkin" on the front free endpaper. This wrappers issue was published in November 1983 and is the true first edition, preceding the hardback... Learn More
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    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
    £1,250

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  38. 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
    £135,000

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  39. 131225comp
    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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  40. 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
    £2,500

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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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  42. 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

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  43. 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
    £850

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  44. 134096comp
    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
    £950

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  45. 133951comp
    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
    £750

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  46. 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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  47. 133976comp
    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
    £600

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  48. 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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  49. 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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    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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  51. 133839comp
    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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  52. 133748comp
    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). Learn More
    £675

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  53. 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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  54. 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
    £375

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    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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    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
    £750

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  57. 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
    £1,750

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  58. 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
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 132225

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  59. 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
    £475

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  60. 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
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132203

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