Rare and first edition literature from Peter Harrington. On our shelves you'll discover rare poetry, English, American & modern literature, pre-1900 rare books, plays, world literature and much more.
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CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The Life and Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
London : 1820First Westall-illustrated edition. Richard Westall (1765-1836) was "a significant and innovative figure in the development of the English watercolour, his elegant and precise book illustrations set new standards in that field, and his portraits and historical and religious paintings have deservedly received more scholarly attention recently than hitherto"... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140103
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
London : 1933Second and enlarged edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, "To Elinor Loring, with best wishes, Wystan Auden. Nov. 1933"; rarely encountered inscribed. First published in 1930, this revised edition contains seven new poems.
This copy also has nice provenance, with... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139518
WOOLF, Virginia. Autograph letter signed to Roger L. Scaife.
London : An unpublished autograph letter signed inviting the managing director of Houghton Mifflin to tea, brusque and insincere in its tone given Woolf's extreme reluctance to discuss business with the Boston publisher.
Houghton Mifflin was Harold Nicolson's American publisher. In March 1933 Woolf reluctantly agreed to meet with Roger Scaife (1875-1951),... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 139458
HESSE, Hermann. Das Glasperlenspiel.
Zurich : First edition, first printing, of Hesse's utopian futuristic novel, his final and longest work, and a major contributor to Hesse being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. It was first published in English in 1949 under the title The Glass Bead Game. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139449
BAGNOLD, Enid. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.
London : 1918 & 1920Enid Bagnold's two wartime works, each inscribed by her to Dorothy Heath, her friend and fellow FANY driver, together with three letters and a postcard from Bagnold to Heath: Diary Without Dates is inscribed on the dedication page verso, "To Dorothy Heath (who said 'Did you write this?' and changed my career in France) with love from Enid 1919"; The... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139421
KENNEDY, Margaret. The Constant Nymph.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, in the rare jacket, of the author's bestselling and most famous work. The book and jacket are the second issue, as usual, with the cancel half-title and variant adverts on the rear panel of the dust jacket: copies of the first issue with all points are rare, issued only in small quantities to reviewers prior to publication.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139346
JOYCE, James. Anna Livia Plurabelle.
New York : 1928First edition. One of a small number of special copies printed on green Alexandra Japan paper, not signed by Joyce (as the standard issue of 800 is). The number of copies printed on green paper is unspecified, but Crosby Gaige's papers at Princeton suggest fifty copies may have been printed. Slocum & Cahoon speculate that only six of which were sold... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 138348
(BEARDSLEY, Aubrey.) MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
Westminster : 1893-4First edition, deluxe issue, number 101 of 300 sets printed on large Dutch handmade paper. The classic combination of Aubrey Beardsley's distinctive drawings and the Arthurian legend, and one of the most iconic books of the fin de siècle.
The young Beardsley was a regular at London's antiquarian book shops, where he forged a friendship with shop... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 134558
ORWELL, George. Animal Farm.
New York : 1946Advance review copy of the American edition. The publisher's stamp on the front wrapper announces the publication date as August 26, 1946. Animal Farm was first published in the UK the previous year. It has never since been out of print, with Orwell's allegorical fable, written as a warning against totalitarianism in general and Stalinism in particular,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 133704
CHANDLER, Raymond. The Lady in the Lake.
New York : 1943First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author to his sometime lover, Louise Loughner, on the front free endpaper, "For my sweet and lovely Louise who is not at all like any of the ladies in this book. Ray. La Jolla Sept. 30, 1956". Louise Loughner had read in her local newspaper about Chandler's suicide attempt on 22 February 1955 at his home... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 131622
TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Last Chronicle of Barset.
London : 1867First edition, bound from the original parts; with the following issue points: publisher's rights printed on the verso of both title pages (omitted from verso of title page in vol. 2 for the book form edition), and all plates captions in the first state: no variants in vol. 1, as here; vol. 2 with the plate facing p. 120 captioned "Because of Papa's... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 128402
FLEMING, Ian. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
London : 1963First edition, first impression, of the 11th book in the James Bond series, featuring a reappearance of Blofeld and SPECTRE, linking it to the plot of Thunderball (1961). It was adapted for film in 1969, featuring George Lazenby. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 120581
(WAUGH, Evelyn.) SPARE, Austin Osman, & Clifford Bax. The Golden Hind.
London : 1923-4Final four issues of the important literary magazine, with five illustrations by Evelyn Waugh; and 3 others, including 2 works containing Dudley Carew's bookplate designed by Waugh and Circular Saws with the Waugh-designed dust-jacket.
"At Oxford Evelyn had a greater reputation as a graphic artist than a writer, and as such was much in demand, designing... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 112542
JOYCE, James. Dubliners.
London : 1914First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 746 sets of sheets bound by Grant Richards and issued in London on 15 June 1914. The remaining 504 sets of the 1,250 printed were shipped to Huebsch in New York, where they were not issued until much later, sometime between 15 December 1916 and 1 January 1917. Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 106591
DICKENS, Charles. Sketches by Boz.
London : 1864An attractively bound copy of Dickens's classic, first published in book-form in 1839. Sketches by Boz was Dickens's first book, although this reprint follows the revised text of the new edition. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139194
JAMESON, Anna. Shakspeare's Heroines.
London : 1891Large paper edition, one of 175 numbered copies of which this is number 127. Jameson's work was originally published in 1832 under the title Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical and Historical. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 140646
QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. The Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250-1900.
Oxford : 1912A handsomely bound edition of Quiller-Couch's collection of English poetry, first published in 1900. "This volume soon became the standard anthology of English verse and sold nearly a million volumes during Quiller-Couch's lifetime" (ODNB). Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 140674
(BAUMANN, Gustave, illust.) BANNING, Kendall. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.
Chicago : 1918First trade edition, first printing, of this collection of 13 poems and accompanying woodcuts, following the limited edition of 525 copies in a larger format on handmade paper published by the Brothers of the Book in 1916. The publisher, Laurence Woodworth was the scrivener for the Brothers of the Book, a small private press "made up of those who like... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140322
FLEMING, Ian. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
London : 1963First edition, signed limited issue. One of 35 unnumbered "presentation" copies signed by the author; a further 250 numbered copies were also released. This was Fleming's only signed limited edition; it was published simultaneously with the first trade edition on 1 April 1963. Over time, the vellum has shown a tendency to yellow, and copies in such... Learn More£13,500.00
Stock Code: 131688
(BRITISH POETS.) Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
London : 1831-1852A very pretty set of Pickering's Aldine Edition of the British poets, celebrated both for the elegance of the typography and the diligence of its editors. The two-decade long publishing project brings together a vast selection of the works of British writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spencer, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift and Gray. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 139248
DICKENS, Charles. The Nonesuch Dickens.
London : 1938-9The Nonesuch edition, one of 877 sets, this set unnumbered. This peculiar limitation is due to the inclusion with each set of one of the original plates used in Chapman and Hall's first printings of each title. Since they held in their archive 877 such plates - the majority steel but with a number of wood blocks, as here - the limitation was enforced.... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 139227
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First edition, first printing, inscribed by Gibran on the front free endpaper, "To Margarrite Marguerite? Harrison Day, with kindest thoughts from Kahlil Gibran, 1923". The recipient has proved unidentifiable, though it is tempting to think her some relation of Gibran's early creative mentor the Boston photographer Fred Holland Day.
Twenty Drawings... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 137819
FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker.
London : 1955First edition, first impression, one of two variant states, printed on thicker paper stock and with the word "shoot" on page 10 correctly printed. The entire first impression (containing both "shoot" and "shoo" states) was issued on 7 April 1955. The third book in the James Bond series, Moonraker was adapted into a film of the same name in 1979, starring... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 136616
ROSSETTI, Christina. Poems.
London : 1892Arthur Edward Waite's copy of this attractive collection of Christina Rossetti's poems, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. This copy has the contemporary ownership inscription of Waite's muse and great love Dora Stuart Menteath to the front free endpaper, "Dora Stuart Menteath, Feb 23rd 1893". Waite met Dora in 1886 and the two fell almost immediately... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 130308
(WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.) HAYS, Mary, and others. The Annual Necrology for 1797-8.
London : 1800First edition, and sole volume, of this ambitious project to record obituaries of notable persons on an annual basis. The most significant memoir recorded here is the 49 page obituary of Mary Wollstonecraft by the feminist biographer Mary Hays (1759-1843). Hays received a copy of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman upon its publication... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 123651
YEATS, W. B. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.
New York : 1957Signed limited edition, number 381 of 825 copies signed by Yeats, and issued posthumously. The limitation sheets were signed by the author before his death in 1939, and retained by the publisher until the publication of this edition, which was deferred until after the war. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 112375
FLEMING, Ian. Casino Royale.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, first state dust jacket (without the Sunday Times review on the inner front flap). "According to the Cape archives, 4,760 sets of sheets of the first printing were delivered, but only 4,728 copies were bound up. Many of these went to public libraries and we believe that less than half of the first printing was sold to... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 111955
YEATS, W. B. The Shadowy Waters.
London : 1900First edition, one of 500 copies printed. Yeats's lyrical, visionary play - "a lengthy Wagnerian verse drama" (ODNB) - tells the love story of Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Provenance: with the bookplate of Oliver Brett, 3rd Viscount Esher (1881-1963), whose sister Dorothy was friends with Ottoline Morrell... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 108461
DAHL, Roald. Over to You.
London : 1946First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Frances, with all good wishes, Roald Dahl, March '47". It is, however, probable that this copy was inscribed but never presented, as it bears the ownership signatures of Dahl's first wife, Patricia Neale: upside down on the rear free endpaper, likely done with the... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 106791
YOUNG, Filson. A Christmas Card.
London : 1914First 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 by Beerbohm drawn on the half-title.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 105008
BETJEMAN, John. A Nip in the Air.
London : 1974First edition, signed limited edition. Number 130 of 175 copies signed by the author. From the library of Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), the scholar, esteemed bibliophile, and expert on Rensaissance bindings, who was President of the Internationale de Bibliophilie between 1985 and 1999, with his bookplate. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 102440
DOYLE, Arthur Conan. A Study in Scarlet.
London : 1888 First edition in book form of Conan Doyle's first book, marking the first separate publication of any Sherlock Holmes story, preceded only by the story's appearance in Beeton's Christmas Annual 1887. This copy is the second impression of the first edition, with the first and final signatures reset (distinguished by the mis-spelling "youuger" on p. v),... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 137971
ACKROYD, Peter; Kevin Stratford; Graham Walker. The Works.
No place : [c. 1970]-71-73First editions, first impressions, of these three early Ackroyd publications.
The Works is Ackroyd's first appearance in print, Ouch is his first solo publication, and London Lickpenny, one of 500 copies only, was his second solo publication. All three works come from the library of Martin S. Golding, librarian and director... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140689
WHITMAN, Walt. Ode a la France.
Paris : 1917First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 140650
CALVINO, Italo. Prima che tu dica "Pronto".
Cottondale : 1985Signed limited edition, number 73 of 75 copies signed by the artist and the author, of this bilingual publication of Before you say "Hello".
With the printer's change of address humourous slip loosely inserted, explaining that he, Richard-Gabriel Price Rummonds, "has forsaken Cottondale, Alabama, wimpish deans, dragonlady paper decorators,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140672
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Garden.
London : 1946First edition, signed limited issue, number 20 of 750 copies signed by the author. A long poetical sequence on the author's favourite subject, "which tries to sum up her own horticultural aesthetic and is in some respects superior to its predecessor The Land" (ODNB). Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139782
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Works.
Paris : 1831An elegantly bound copy of Byron's poetical works. The French binder Joseph Thouvenin (17901834) was well-known for producing bindings in an "historical" style.
Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington Irving, Thomas Moore, Walter Scott, and Southey among others), but carefully done.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140256
FAULKS, Sebastian. Birdsong.
London : 1993First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The novel was listed as the 13th favourite book in Britain in the BBC's Big Read survey, conducted in 2003. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 140381
(GREEK VERSE.) LUCAS, F. L. The Golden Cockerel Greek Anthology. A Selection of the Poems, Edited, with Translations into English Verse and an Introduction, by F. L. Lucas.
London : 1937First edition, first printing, number 190 of 206 copies printed on hand-made paper. A beautiful edition, edited and translated by F. L. Lucas, one of the finest Greek scholars of his generation - described by Virginia Woolf as "pure Cambridge: clean as a breadknife and as sharp" - gathering selections from fifty poets in a small compass. The illustrations... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139717
TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.
New York : 1886First editions in English, first printings (with all title pages dated 1886 and the corrected Gottsberger imprint to versos), translated into English by Clara Bell (1835-1927). Gottsberger published Tolstoy's masterpiece as a trilogy of individual two volume novels, issued separately in uniform cloth at 1.75, which together form the complete work. A... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 112666
SMITH, Edward E. The Vortex Blaster.
Hicksville, NY : 1960First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to the publisher on the front free endpaper, "To my friend Marty Greenberg - with the hope that this new relationship of publisher and writer will make even deeper the friendship that has lasted so long, Edward E. Smith, PhD". Smith originally worked as a food scientist, and became... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 82267
DICKEY, James. The Zodiac.
Bloomfield Hills, MI : 1976First edition, number 39 of 61 copies signed by the author with a single leaf of the typescript working draft bound in, Dickey's manuscript corrections in ink. A trade issue was released by Doubleday later in the same year. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140558
[WILDE, Oscar.] An Ideal Husband.
London : 1899First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Oscar Wilde's third comedy, An Ideal Husband premiered at the Haymarket on 3 January 1895, before Wilde's trial, but was not published until after his release from prison. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140565
(DOYLE, Richard, illus.) PLANCHÉ, James Robinson. The Sleeping Beauty.
London : 1868An Old Fairy Tale Told Anew 1865
Brothers Dalziel "For these 'fine art' books, often issued in the name of other firms, the Dalziels made all arrangements and undertook the financial risk, commissioning artists on their own responsibility to design the woodcuts, contributing part of the designs themselves, and engraving the blocks by their... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139828
BURTON, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy,
London : 1836A handsomely bound copy of Burton's great book, first published in 1621. "The Anatomy, as its publishing history shows, was one of the most popular books of the seventeenth century. All the learning of the age as well as its humour - and its pedantry - are there. It has something in common with Brant's Ship of Fools, Erasmus's Praise of Folly, and More's... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140146
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
London : 1916First edition, UK issue. Inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author Frederick Britten Austin, with Austin's note "signed for me F. Britten Austin" followed, in Joyce's hand, "by James Joyce Paris 1.1.39". The English writer Austin (1885-1941) published various short story collections, chiefly on military, maritime, and supernatural themes. Austin... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 140235
JOYCE, James. Chamber Music.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding, presentation copy with Joyce's inscribed card inserted. The inscription reads: "Dear Mr Simson, As you were kind enough to write me often about my book."
Theodore Spicer-Simson was an American medallist, painter, sculptor and illustrator. Born in Le Havre, he first met Joyce in Paris in... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 140266
(KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Atalanta in Calydon:
Hammersmith : 1894First Kelmscott edition, one of 250 copies on paper; a further 8 copies printed on vellum were also issued. Swinburne was a warm admirer of the Kelmscott Press books, and "when Atalanta (which was first published in 1865) was reprinted by Morris, Swinburne wrote to him that it was 'certainly one of the loveliest examples of even your incomparable press'"... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 140418
BOSWELL, James. The Life of Samuel Johnson.
London : 1835An attractive set of Boswell's great biography, first published in 1791. "This version contains both the original texts, augmented by the additional writings of the biographer and his subject, and the very valuable new and related material which Croker introduced in his 1831 edition" (Pottle). "Boswell's Life of Johnson remains the most famous biography... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140500