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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
    £375

    Stock Code: 113514

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  2. 76495
    Signed limited edition, number 56 of 500 numbered copies. Durrell's enduring masterpiece. Learn More
    £1,950

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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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    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. 133546comp
    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 105 of 375 copies signed by the author, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's... Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 133546

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    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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  7. 132463comp
    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed by both the translators on the front free endpaper, "à Francis Poulenc, hommage des traducteurs, Paul Éluard, Louis Parrot", one of the few hors commerce copies, unnumbered as issued, from a total edition of 515 copies.
    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 132463

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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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    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Uncommon signed, this is the first memoir by Alice Marble (1913-1990), ranked World No. 1 from 1936 to 1940. She became Wimbledon champion in 1939, winning not only the women's singles, but also the doubles and mixed doubles titles. Billie Jean... Learn More
    £1,250

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    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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    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Grant Duff from Robert Browning, May 30, '64". The recipient was an acquaintance of Browning's; copies of a few letters from him to her are laid in, dating from around the time of the inscription. Dramatis Personae was Browning's first book... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 134883

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    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

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  13. 132707
    First appearance of the Futurist Manifesto in the author's own multilingual magazine (in Italian, French, and English), first issue bearing "Il Futurismo" on the cover, accompanied by an autograph letter from Marinetti to "a fellow writer" requesting that they send back their judgment of the manifesto and communicate their... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 132707

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    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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  15. 134351comp
    First Shepard-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 93 of 200 large paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard. The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series, was... Learn More
    £9,500

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  16. 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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    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
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    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

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    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 750 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
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  20. 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

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  21. 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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  22. 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 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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    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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    First edition, first impression, number 141 of 150 copies printed, each signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. This is one of 140 on hand-made paper (there were also 10 on japon), split between 90 for America (as here) and 50 for the UK. Mardersteig's was a beautiful fine press production bringing together the best of... Learn More
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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
    £850

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    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

    Stock Code: 134462

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  29. 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

    Stock Code: 134511

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  30. 134508comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. A Perfect Spy is le Carré's most autobiographical book. As the author himself has admitted, a large part of the novel is a thinly disguised account of his own early life. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 134508

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

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  33. 134503comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page and dated June 1993. Learn More
    £375

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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
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    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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    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
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  38. 134368
    Typed letter signed by George Bernard Shaw to Edmund Gurney, the actor playing Alfred Doolittle in the upcoming English premier of Pygmalion. Shaw was very unhappy with Gurney's portrayal of the character, which he observed in rehearsal - he writes that he wrote the part specially for him, and he should not let it be played... Learn More
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    First edition, presentation copy from the author to Joseph Gleeson White, inscribed on the front free endpaper on Valentine's Day: "J. Gleeson White from Charles Sayle 'S. Valentine' 1889", along with Gleeson White's bookplate on the front free endpaper. Erotidia, Sayle's second book of poetry, was limited to 220 copies.... Learn More
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    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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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Remick Warren, "To Patsy, with all loving good wishes and happy memories of neighborhood days, from Elinor Remick Warren Griffins" on the front free endpaper. Works signed by Remick Warren are uncommon. Warren's "neo-Romantic style which was accessible... Learn More
    £125

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  42. 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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    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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    Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection..."> First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Barbara, with love John Ashbery, October 19, 1957" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was fellow poet and core member of the New York School of poets Barbara Guest (1920-2006). Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection... Learn More
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    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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    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
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    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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    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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    First Rockwell Kent edition, number 475 of 1,250 copies signed by the artist. 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
    £2,750

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    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 "special overseas" edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page with a notably full message, "To Matt Rawson, Glad you're enjoying the books. I hope you continue to get pleasure from reading them & how I develop the characters and story in the future G R R M". This is the first work in the Game... Learn More
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  54. 133558comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number five of ten author's proofs, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total run of 100 copies, of which 60 were for sale. This copy has an additional inscription by Heaney quoting from his poem Fosterling, "Air to brighten, Time to be dazzled, and the heart to lighten",... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, deluxe signed limited issue, number 46 of 50 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author. There were also 350 ordinary copies issued unsigned on Navarre, and 25 hors commerce. Imaginary Letters is one of the exquisitely produced books put out by the Black Sun Press, founded by... 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

    Stock Code: 132212

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    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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  59. 132907comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author. Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB)... Learn More
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    Ham on Rye.

    Santa Barbara: 1982

    First edition, first printing, number 41 of 100 copies signed by Bukowksi and with an original painting by him bound in (a further 26 were lettered).
    "Bukowski's fourth novel... was published in the summer of 1982. It addresses his childhood and relationship with his father. The title is a pun on The Catcher in the Rye,... Learn More
    £2,750

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