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WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.
Richmond : 1921First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories, and an early Hogarth Press production. Leonard Woolf stated that the work "was printed by F. T. McDermott of the Prompt Press, Richmond, who used to give him advice on printing problems when he and Mrs. Woolf first started the Hogarth Press" (Kirkpatrick). Woolf... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 137334
TOLSTOI, Alexei, & A. B. Goldenveizer. Talks with Tolstoi.
Richmond : 1923First edition in English, first impression, first published in 1922. A composer, Goldenveizer was a close friend of Tolstoy in his youth and transcribed many conversations that they had together, which are collected in this work. According to Woolmer an alternative binding of plain cloth was done for a minority of copies. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 122499
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. The Memorial.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, in the uncommon first state pink and white cloth binding. The first impression was printed in a run of 1,222 copies. "A remarkably acute and assured novel about the pre- and post-war generations" in the attractive jacket designed by John Banting (ODNB). Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 122075
GRAVES, Robert. Mock Beggar Hall.
London : 1924First edition, first impression. "The whole tone of the book is philosophical involving a series of meditations on relativity and Time" (Patrick J. Quinn ed., New Perspectives on Robert Graves, 1999, p. 75). Nicholson's sinister cover design of a hanging bat is stunning. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 110245
OMEGA PRESS. Original Woodcuts by Various Artists.
London : 1918First and only edition, number 52 of 75 copies. This important Omega Workshops production includes woodcuts by Roger Fry ("Still Life", "The Cup", "The Stocking", and "Harliquinade" after Mark Gertler), Vanessa Bell ("Nude"), Duncan Grant ("The Hat Shop", "The Tub"), Edward Wolfe ("Ballet", "Group"), Edward McKnight-Kauffer ("Study"), Simon Bussy ("Black... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 98564
WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.
Richmond : 1922First edition, first impression. One of probably 40 "A" subscribers' copies with the part-printed limitation label to the front free endpaper completed in ink by Virginia Woolf and signed by her. These copies were issued in advance of the trade publication and were not issued in dust jacket; they were given to the 40 active subscribers who had supported... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 38018
CORNWELL, Bernard. [Complete set of the Sharpe novels:]
London : 1981-2006First editions, first impressions, signed by the author on the title page in each volume, and with Sharpe's Eagle inscribed, "for Barry - welcome to Sharpe! Bernard Cornwell".
The complete series of Sharpe novels comprise 21 books featuring the eponymous soldier, Richard Sharpe, a rifleman in the Napoleanic Wars. The series was adapted into a... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 147992
COETZEE, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians.
London : 1980First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The winner of both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, Waiting for Barbarians is the third novel by J. M. Coetzee (b. 1940), who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147955
OMAR KHAYYÁM; FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.) Rubáiyát
Cambridge, MA : 1909Limited centennial edition, number 43 of 50 copies only, signed by the President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Omar Khayyám Club of America. This is a faithful and scarce facsimile of the first edition of Fitzgerald's Rubáiyát, printed on Japanese vellum and published on 31 March 1909.
Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát, originally... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147877
OMAR KHAYYÁM; POGÁNY, Willy (illus.) Rubáiyát.
New York : Signed limited edition, number 82 of 500 copies printed for the United States and signed by the artist, specially bound and with an original etching facing the title page, also signed by Pogány; there were also 750 copies printed for the UK and published by George G. Harrap & Co. Pogány's illustrated edition was first published in 1909.
Fitzgerald's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147882
MATISSE, Henri (illus.); JOYCE, James. Ulysses.
New York : 1935First illustrated edition, signed limited, number 478 of 1,500 copies signed by Matisse.
Within weeks of the lifting of the US ban on the book (6 December 1933), Limited Editions Club impresario George Macy approached Joyce about a special edition of Ulysses, and by February 1934 he was en route to Paris to speak to Matisse about illustration.... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 147814
WOOLF, Virginia. The Letters; The Diaries.
London : 1975-84First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Woolf's collected letters and diaries.
The letters, edited by Nigel Nicolson, record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941. Woolf's diaries, which she... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147767
PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials: Northern Lights; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass; [together with] Lyra's Oxford; Once Upon a Time in the North; The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage; The Secret Commonwealth; [and] Serpentine.
London : 1995-97-2000-03-08-17-19First editions, first impressions, signed by the author on the title page of each volume, apart from Once Upon a Time in the North, which is a signed limited edition, number 740 of 1,500 copies.
The first volume, Northern Lights, was issued in small numbers and is far from common; it has the first issue points on the jacket: 12.99 price, "Point"... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 147638
BECKETT, Samuel. Endgame: A Play in One Act.
New York : 1958First edition in English, first impression, limited issue, number 45 of 100 copies specially bound in cloth. A comic experiment in an eschatology of lovelessness, Endgame was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 3 April 1957; it was originally published the same year, in French, as Fin de partie. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147742
LE CARRÉ, John. The Le Carré Omnibus:
London : 1964First omnibus edition, first impression. This volume brings together the first two novels by John le Carré (1931-2020), both scarce in first editions. Gollancz published the omnibus to capitalise on the success of le Carré's third novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 147535
BECKETT, Samuel. En attendant Godot.
Paris : 1952First edition, trade issue, scarce review copy. It was preceded only by a tiny limited issue of 35 large paper copies issued earlier the same year.
Godot was written and published in French, and was first performed in full at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris on 5 January 1953. Beckett's English translation of the play later premiered at the... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 147545
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Signed photograph and typed letter signed.
15 March 1945A fine typed letter signed from Vita Sackville-West to a reader, Miss Richardson, thanking her for her "nice letter about my book on the Women's Land Army. It is very gratifying to know that you have read it more than once and I expect that you can now give your mother a great deal of information about the Land Army which perhaps she did not already... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147033
WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader: First and Second Series.
London : 1925 & 1932First editions, first impressions, of two works that are tough to find in collectable condition, in particularly nice examples of the Vanessa Bell-designed dust jackets.
These two volumes, the "pillars of Virginia Woolf's essays" include critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared publications such as Times Literary... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 146747
GRISWOLD, Rufus Wilmot (ed.) The Cypress Wreath:
Boston : 1844First edition of this American consolation anthology. The editor Griswold (1815-1857) "produced a flood of gift books containing the sentimental poetry popular at the time", and was considered by his contemporaries "an expert on American poetry" (ANB). Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 146045
IBSEN, Henrik. The Master Builder.
London : 1893First edition in English, originally published as Bygmester Solness in 1892. The translators and critics Gosse (1849-1928) and Archer (1856-1924) were among the first English writers to recognize Ibsen's talent. "Gosse became one of the most prolific and powerful writers of his time", while Archer's "pioneering advocacy of Ibsen in England cannot be... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 146144
GREENE, Graham. Our Man in Havana.
London : 1958First edition, first impression. Greene's thriller was adapted the year following publication into a film of the same name, directed by Carol Reed and starring Alec Guinness. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146526
GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.
Hammersmith : November 1906 & June 1910First Doves Press editions, each volume one of 25 copies on vellum.
The subject of Faust preoccupied Goethe for most of his life. He began a play on the theme as early as 1773, at first probably concentrated mainly on Faust's disgust with academic learning and on the shallowness of university life. He worked it up into the love tragedy (the so-called... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 145189
FRY, Roger. A Sampler of Castile.
Richmond : 1923First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the limitation page to the Swedish art historian and curator Sixten Strömbom (1888-1983) who established the Swedish Portrait Archive in 1915 of which he published a catalogue in 1935-42. This is number 50 of 550 copies only numbered and signed by Fry in pencil. A charming travelogue of... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145258
STRACHEY, Lytton. Eminent Victorians.
New York : 1918First US edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "David Garnett from Lytton Strachey", and with Garnett's armorial bookplate to the front pastedown. Copies in the jacket are rare, and in such excellent condition, rarer still. This is a stupendous Bloomsbury association copy.
Published simultaneously in... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 145708
GREENAWAY, Kate. Collection of works.
1870-1930A significant collection of the illustrated books of Kate Greenaway, gathered by a private collector over many years and an assemblage which in scope and quality would now be difficult to equal, covering the full breadth of her career, and richly illustrating the extent and variety of her work.
The collection comprises four presentation copies... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 144492
VERRI, Alessandro. Le avventure di Saffo poetessa di Mitilene traduzione dal greco originale nuovamente scoperto.
Padova : 1780First edition of the foundational text in the contemporary novelistic reinterpretation of Sappho, in which Phaon, the mythical lover presented by Ovid as the poet's downfall, replaces her at the heroic centre of the Sapphic plot. Following Madame Dacier's lead, Verri ignored any mention of the poetess's homosexuality; he and his many successors and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146727
JOYCE, James. Pomes Penyeach.
Paris : 1927First edition, first impression, of this collection of thirteen of Joyce's poems. Beneath each poem the place and year of composition are provided; they range from 1904 to 1924. The first poem, 'Tilly' is named after the Irish custom of providing customers a free extra serving; the book was sold at 12 shillings, so the thirteenth poem came "free".
This... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148251
DONNE, John. Paradoxes and Problems.
Soho : 1923First Nonesuch edition, one of 645 copies printed in the Fell types on handmade paper, this copy out of series and marked "Hilda's copy" in ink by the printer, Francis Meynell (1891-1975). Hilda Peppercorn (1886-1962), a concert pianist (performing as Hilda Saxe), was Meynell's first wife. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148122
LE GUIN, Ursula K. Rocannon's World.
New York : 1977First hardback edition, first printing, inscribed on the title "For Tom, with love, from Ursula". The recipient is likely the American science fiction author and poet, Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008). This hardback edition is uncommonly found signed.
Le Guin and Disch were near contemporaries in the science fiction community and seem to have had... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148104
STALLINGS, A. E. Archaic Smile.
Evansville : 1999First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title "To Ginger, with gratitude for all your good work! Alicia. 24.i.01, Atlanta". This collection of poems, by the recipient of the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award, is uncommon in such fine condition and especially so inscribed. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148105
FORSTER, E. M. - LUBBOCK, Percy. Roman Pictures.
London : 1923First edition, first impression, of this humorously fictionalised account of an Englishman's visit to Rome. This copy comes from the library of E. M. Forster, with his book label to the front pastedown, and the inscription "Hugh Brogan 20 November 71" on the front free endpaper. This is a great association copy.
Lubbock was a Cambridge contemporary... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148116
LE GUIN, Ursula K. The Wind's Twelve Quarters.
New York : 1975First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title "For Tom, famous or infamous. Love from Ursula. 20.8.96". The recipient is likely the American science fiction author and poet, Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008). This collection of short stories include selected parts of Left Hand of Darkness, Earthsea, Rocannon's World, and others.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148099
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poems and Sonnets.
London : 1903An attractively bound copy of this limited edition printed on handmade paper, number 23 of 400 copies.
In his introduction to the present volume, scholar and poet Edward Dowden (1843-1913), writes that, when we read Shakespeare's poetry, we learn that he "was capable of measureless personal devotion; that he was tenderly sensitive, sensitive... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147775
ARABIAN NIGHTS - LANE, Edward William. The Thousand and One Nights,
London : 1839-41First edition of Lane's translation, in the scarce original cloth. Lane's edition, one of the earliest in English, "reigned as the leading English translation of the Nights for decades, and its copious notes are stimulating micro-essays of enduring value" (ODNB).
The illustrations, of which there are over 600, were provided by a team of engravers... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 147780
GRAVES, Robert. Good-bye To All That.
London : 1929First edition, first impression, of the author's memoir of the First World War. This copy is from the second issue, with the infamous Sassoon poem excised and replaced with cancels and asterisks.
The story of the suppression of this issue is well recorded: the book had originally printed a poem Sassoon had written to Graves in letter form. Sassoon... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147507
ANGELOU, Maya. Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie.
New York : 1971First edition, first printing, of the author's first book of poetry, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Richard Gildenmeister, Dick, Brother, you are a boon, a boon for me, for us, (for the species) Please write! and write on! Your sister (How-be-it-now) Maya". Richard Gildenmeister is a former bookseller based in Cleveland, Ohio, where... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 147853
DICKENS, Charles; Robert Browning; and others. Collection of autograph material, including 4 autograph letters signed by Charles Dickens, 4 by Robert Browning, and a quantity of other autograph material.
Various places : 1860s-1910sThe Dickens and Browning letters are addressed to Emma Pender (18171891), second wife of Sir John Pender, Scottish textile merchant in Manchester, submarine communications cable pioneer, and politician.
The Dickens letters are:
a) with envelope, stamp clipped, to Mrs Pender, 9 Park St, Westminster, SW; 5 May 1863, declining an invitation... Learn More£7,000.00
Stock Code: 137842
RULFO, Juan El llano en llamas.
Mexico : 1953First edition, first printing, of Rulfo's first book. This collection of short stories precedes his modern masterpiece of Spanish American literature, Pedro Páramo (1955), and both established Rulfo's literary reputation. This edition is rarely found in such good condition and in the jacket.
Set in the harsh countryside of the Jalisco region... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148115
RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
London : First edition in English, first impression, number 537 of 600 copies only. First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with a revolver in the summer of that year. Copies in such good condition and in the jacket are rare. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148025
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.
San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968First edition, sole impression, a scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets.
Copies were issued for free with the injunction that they be planted: "The time is right to mix sentences, sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation and the rain with verbs, and for worms to pass... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 148029
ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. The Blessèd Damozel.
Aiken : 1900First edition thus, number 25 of 500 copies printed on Whatman paper, one of 100 only illuminated in water-colours. This copy has a lithographic illustration, after the author and printed on Japanese vellum, loosely inserted. A very attractive printing of Rossetti's Blessed Damozel, the most famous of his poems, first published in 1850. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148030
BUKOWSKI, Charles. Shakespeare Never Did This.
San Francisco : 1979First edition, first impression, signed on the title page by Montfort and Bukowski. This is a fresh copy of "a wryly comic view of Europe as only Bukowski could see it and a moving journey back to his lost past and the small town of his birth (Andernach, Germany) via his triumphant tour as a literary celebrity" (front flap). Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 148045
LAMPEDUSA, Giuseppe Tomasi di. Il Gattopardo.
Milan : 1978First edition thus, first printing, number 218 of 500 copies only, of Lampedusa's Leopard with the text from the original 1957 manuscript, with illustrations not included in the first edition, and specially bound.
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... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147951
BAGNOLD, Enid. The Squire.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "For Irene from Enid, September 1938" on Bagnold's headed stationary, with her Rottingdean home address, pasted onto the front free endpaper.
The recipient was likely Irene Mayer Selznick, wife of David O. Selznick, an important influence on Bagnold, and who produced the world premiere... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147981
DICKENS, Charles. The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
London : 1870First edition, bound from the original monthly parts as published between April and September 1870, with the stab-holes visible; handsomely bound. The author's final work, it remained unfinished at the time of his death, in June 1870, and has prompted much speculation as to the resolution of the mystery. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148073
DICKENS, Charles. Little Dorrit.
London : 1857First edition, bound from the original monthly parts as issued from December 1855 to June 1857, with the stab-holes visible; handsomely bound.
Dickens's biographer declares the novel to be the author's "single most ferocious onslaught against England and English society; against its government, against its financiers, against its artists, and... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148086
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of The Pickwick Club.
London : 1837First edition, bound from the original monthly parts as published from March 1836 to November 1837, with the stab-holes visible; a handsome copy. Pickwick was Dickens's first great success, the novel that transformed him from an obscure journalist into England's most famous writer in a matter of months.
Bound into this copy is both the Buss plates,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148088
DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield.
London : 1849-50First edition in the original monthly parts of Dickens's classic Bildungsroman, his most lightly disguised autobiographical fiction, his first first-person novel, and his own favourite among his novels. After The Pickwick Papers, this may be the most difficult of his novels to find in nice condition in parts.
This set has all the requisite first... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 142570