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  1. 130472comp
    First Tice edition, limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies on Pannekoek paper, bound in variously coloured morocco; this copy additionally signed by the artist on the limitation page, though uncalled for. A further 750 trade copies were also issued, bound in quarter cloth, with the plates uncoloured. Signed copies of the... Learn More
    £1,250

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  2. 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.
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    £9,750

    Stock Code: 132166

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  3. 132522comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page "Para Atilio con la amistad la Jorge Luis Borges" For Atilio with friendship Jorge Luis Borges. An excellent association copy: the recipient was Borges's friend, the Italian artist Attilio Rossi (1909-1994), who designed the covers of two of Borges's... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 132522

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  4. 132521comp
    First edition, first printing, the publisher's copy with their bookplate, signed by all three contributors (Borges, Casares, and Chello) on the title page. La Ciudad, both publisher and bookshop, was founded by Borges's friend Luis Alfonso in 1969. The bookshop was across the street from where Borges lived, and he frequently... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 132521

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  5. 134095comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, and again on the title page. The publication prints Milosz's speech on accepting the 1980 Nobel Prize in Literature, in both English and Polish. Very scarce signed. Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 134095

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  6. 132689comp
    First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.
    Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 132689

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  7. 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

    Stock Code: 123238

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  8. i1
    First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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  9. 132448comp

    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

    Stock Code: 132448

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  10. 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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  11. 132198comp
    First edition, number 52 of 150 copies on folded hemp paper, signed by Levitt. This is the first Mandrill Press publication, which appears to have published only one other book: Flower-gazer: Japanese poems, printed in 1961.
    This publication, in the Japanese woodblock printing style, brings together Haiku poems... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 132198

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  12. 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
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 130403

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  13. 128501comp
    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
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 128501

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  14. 131728comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title to her friend Henry Harrisse: "a mon ami Henry Harrisse G. Sand"; together with Harrisse's ownership signature on the verso of the front free endpaper, and with his gilt initials "HH" on the spine. The American historian and man of letters Henry... Learn More
    £1,500

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  15. 130381comp
    First edition, hors commerce copy inscribed by Cocteau on the front wrapper, "Pour madame de Brontelle respectueux hommage Jean Cocteau". This was the author's first book, published when he was only 19 years old, a poetical collection inspired by the Mille et un nuits. "Cocteau's poetry was at one with his Parisian image... Learn More
    £1,250

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  16. 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
    £750

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  17. 132611
    Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English..."> First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English... Learn More
    £975

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  18. 132195
    This..."> First edition illustrated by Roger Ferrero, number 15 of 35 on papier Guarro à la main, from an edition limited to 180 copies, with an original drawing signed, and a suite of illustrations on Japon, signed "Grosclaude" and "RFerrero" on the limitation page, the present work with an extra 3 original drawings by Ferrero.
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    £1,250

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  19. 132519comp
    First edition, first printing. With a signed presentation inscription from the author to the philosopher and essayist Ramiro de Maeztu on the verso of the front wrapper: "A Ramiro de Maeztu, mi devoción por su obra maravillosamente hispana, cerradamente española. R. E. Scarpa... Stgo de Chile. Dic. 1935" ("To Ramiro de... Learn More
    £875

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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
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 131813

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  21. 125557
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's..."> First complete edition, very rare presentation copy to Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov (1817-1897), inscribed by the author in Russian at the head of the first half-title, "Aleksandr Petrovich Miliukov, from the author, in memory, with respect and sincere devotion".
    A superb association for this novel. Miliukov and Dostoevsky's... Learn More
    £185,000

    Stock Code: 125557

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  22. 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
    £1,750

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  23. 128480comp
    Very scarce inscribed copy of García Márquez'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,... Learn More
    £1,250

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  24. 130719comp
    Signed limited edition, number 157 of 1,000 copies of the US issue signed by the artist. A further 1,000 signed copies were issued simultaneously in the UK. In a letter to Thomas Bodkin Clarke reported that his publisher regarded the illustrations in this work to be "full of stench and steaming horrors" (Bowe, p. 79). Learn More
    £650

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  25. 113379comp
    First edition thus, first impression. One of a limited edition of 1,470 numbered copies signed by Kent. Learn More
    £375

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  26. 123236
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Winston Leyland (b.1940) wasa 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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  27. 123245
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, from the personal collection of publisher and editor Winston Leyland, signed by him on the title page. The vast majority of the clothbound copies were sold to libraries and are very scarce. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and... Learn More
    £375

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  28. 123283
    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. The colophon advertises 26 deluxe lettered copies but the bibliography... Learn More
    £300

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  29. 123282
    First edition, first printing, scarce cloth issue, publisher Winston Leyland's own copy with his ownership inscription to half-title. The majority of the limited hardback issues of Gay Sunshine Press books were sold to libraries and are consequently scarce. Winston Leyland (b.1940) was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing... Learn More
    £250

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  30. 116995comp
    First UK edition, with the contemporary ownership inscription of Aida Borchgrevinck in red ink to the half-title. Aida Borchgrevink (née Ada Starr) was a Bloomsbury figure, a friend of E. M. Forster and R. C. Trevelyan, described by John Furness as "an ebullient, romantic woman" who "sang Wagner at the top of her voice... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 116995

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  31. 116547comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "To Philip, from his friend, GabM, 85" on the title page. The recipient was Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, whose collection was sold in 2016 in Ireland's largest-ever sale of first editions. In his memoir, The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), Murray writes:... Learn More
    £1,250

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  32. The Painted Bird.
    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Dr Philip Murray, in appreciation of his 'long distance' interest, cordially, Jerzy Kosinski, indecipherable, US. November 14th, 1983." Next to the inscription Kosinski has drawn an abstract doodle reminiscent of the jacket design.... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 114972

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    First and limited edition, number 312 of 530 copies. Presentation copy to Francis Bacon inscribed by the author and signed by the artist on the title page: "Pour Francis Bacon, en espérant qu'un jour très prochain nous travaillions à quelque chose de moins abstrait sur son œuvre avec l'admiration et l'amitié de Michel... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 114971

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  34. Peer Gynt.
    Deluxe edition, number 250 of 460 numbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,850

    Stock Code: 113157

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  35. Representative Men:
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand on the front free endpaper "Frederic H. Hedge / From the Author." The book shows Hedge's close reading, with marginal pencil lines marking several passages, and a number of manuscript marginalia. A key association: Emerson first met Frederic... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 109707

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  36. 29576comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Sainte-Beuve to the maritime painter Antoine Léon Morel-Fatio: "A mon ami Monsieur Fatio signed St. Beuve". Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 29576

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