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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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  1. The Blind Beauty.
    PASTERNAK, Boris. The Blind Beauty.

    London : 1969

    First UK edition, first impression, of the play Slepaya krasavitsa, left unfinished on Pasternak's death. It was first published in the US earlier the same year. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 99216

  2. Snow Before Christmas.
    TUDOR, Tasha. Snow Before Christmas.

    New York : 1941

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 99286

  3. Brokeback Mountain.
    PROULX, Annie. Brokeback Mountain.

    London : 1998

    First UK edition, first impression. It was originally published in The New Yorker on October 13, 1997. The basis for the 2005 film directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, and Randy Quaid. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 99320

  4. In the Frame.
    FRANCIS, Dick. In the Frame.

    London : 1976

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 99350

  5. Risk.
    FRANCIS, Dick. Risk.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 99508

  6. First Lesson. A Novel.
    [WHITE, T. H.] ASTON, James. First Lesson. A Novel.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression of the author's fourth book, the second that he published under the pseudonym James Aston. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 99576

  7. The Silver Princess in Oz.
    BAUM, L. Frank - Ruth Plumly Thompson. The Silver Princess in Oz.

    Chicago : 1938

    First edition, first printing, variant A binding with spine illustration of Handy Mandy's face. The 31st Oz book. Scarce in such good condition. Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 99603

  8. They Winter Abroad.
    [WHITE, T. H.] ASTON, James. They Winter Abroad.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression of the author's first novel, published pseudonymously. White composed the novel halfway through his studies at Queen's College, while convalescing from tuberculosis in Italy. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 99609

  9. A Fringe of Leaves.
    WHITE, Patrick. A Fringe of Leaves.

    London : 1976

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 99683

  10. The Burnt Ones.
    WHITE, Patrick. The Burnt Ones.

    London : 1964

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 99687

  11. These Are The Ravens.
    EVERSON, Bill. These Are The Ravens.

    San Leandro, CA : 1935

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 15 copies covered by the author at The Everson Printery, on 27 November 1935. This copy was presented to Miss Frances Wilson by the author on 19 December 1935, and was subsequently inscribed by him 44 years later on the inside front cover: "How astounding to find this specially bound copy of my first book,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 99733

  12. Hortensius, Friend of Nero.
    PARGETER, Edith. Hortensius, Friend of Nero.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book in the scarce jacket. Inscribed by the author on the first blank: "Best wishes, Edith Pargeter." Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 99761

  13. The Nowhere City.
    LURIE, Alison. The Nowhere City.

    London : 1965

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 99955

  14. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.
    GULIK, Robert van. New Year's Eve in Lan-Fang.

    Beirut : 1958

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Met al onze beste wensen voor 1959! Robert en Francis Beyruth, Dec. '58" ("With all our best wishes for 1959!"). This is one of just 200 copies printed for the author and privately distributed as a Christmas gift to his friends. Laid-in is a photograph of... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 100038

  15. Miss Hargreaves.
    BAKER, Frank. Miss Hargreaves.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression of the author's third novel. The book was a gift from the author, as noted on the bookplate in pencil. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 100122

  16. The Golden Notebook.
    LESSING, Doris. The Golden Notebook.

    London : 1962

    First edition, first impression of the Nobel laureate's masterpiece. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 100216

  17. Bright November.
    AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.

    London : [1947]

    First edition, first impression, later issue binding, of the author's first published book. The publisher R. A. Caton was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham Palace Road, in 1924. He specialised in gay writing (several Fortune Press productions were burned after the 1934 obscenity trials), and in taking... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 100284

  18. Partisans.
    MATTHIESSEN, Peter. Partisans.

    London : 1956

    First UK edition, first printing of the author's second novel. This copy is from the author's library; it was first printed in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 100292

  19. Remember Me.
    WELDON, Fay. Remember Me.

    London : 1976

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 100372

  20. A Temporary Life.
    STOREY, David. A Temporary Life.

    New York : 1974

    First US edition, first printing. It was first published in the UK the preceding year. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 100491

  21. All Dogs Go To Heaven.
    BROWN, Beth. All Dogs Go To Heaven.

    New York : 1943

    First edition, first printing. Most likely the basis for the 1989 animated film of same title. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 100574

  22. Who Killed Palomino Molero?
    VARGAS LLOSA, Mario. Who Killed Palomino Molero?

    London : 1988

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US in 1987, and originally published in 1986 under the title Quién mató a Palomino Molero? Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 100704

  23. Death in Midsummer and Other Stories.
    MISHIMA, Yukio. Death in Midsummer and Other Stories.

    London : 1967

    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US in 1966, and originally published in Japan in 1953. Prior to the first edition in English, some stories also appeared in Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Japan Quarterly, and Today's Japan. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 100868

  24. In His Own Image.
    ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. In His Own Image.

    London & New York : 1901

    First edition, first printing, first issue binding, with the highly scarce jacket, Wolff noting "no copy traced". The sheets were printed in the US, with 1,500 sets imported to the UK, where the book was published on 5 March 1901. It was released in the US one month later, on 6 April 1901. Copies issued in the US were bound in purple silky cloth, and... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 100920

  25. The Viceroy of Ouidah.
    CHATWIN, Bruce. The Viceroy of Ouidah.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 101555

  26. Monk Dawson.
    READ, Piers Paul. Monk Dawson.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression. The book won both the Somerset Maugham Award and Hawthornden Prize in 1970, and was adapted into a film of the same name in 1998. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 101580

  27. The Ghost Pirates.
    HODGSON, William Hope. The Ghost Pirates.

    London : 1909

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of Hodgson's landmark work, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "N. Rendall, Esq. from William Hope Hodgson - 'May we be friends e'en though we disagree'. Sept. 21st '09." Rare inscribed, with no other copies traced. Hailed as one of the best novel-length works of supernatural fiction... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 101607

  28. Poems.
    CLOUGH, Arthur Hugh. Poems.

    London : 1890

    A choicely bound copy. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 101683

  29. English Music.
    ACKROYD, Peter. English Music.

    London : 1992

    First edition, first impression of the author's sixth novel. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 101751

  30. The Story of the Life of George Stephenson;
    SMILES, Samuel. The Story of the Life of George Stephenson;

    London : 1871

    An attractively bound copy of Smiles's popular biography, first published in 1857. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 101775

  31. Foveaux.
    TENNANT, Kylie. Foveaux.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 101776

  32. Tanglewood Tales
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. Tanglewood Tales

    London : [1918]

    First trade edition, first printing. A lovely bound copy. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 101814

  33. Everard Bringle.
    OWEN, John. Everard Bringle.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's retained copy with their ink notation to the half title. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 102001

  34. If I Die In A Combat Zone.
    O'BRIEN, Tim. If I Die In A Combat Zone.

    London : 1973

    First UK edition, first impression of the author's first book. It was first published earlier the same year in the US. Uncommon in such nice condition. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 102020

  35. Billy Budd and Benito Cereno.
    SHORE, Robert (illus.); MEVILLE, Herman. Billy Budd and Benito Cereno.

    New York : 1965

    Signed limited edition. Number 46 of 1,500 copies signed by Robert Shore. With the prospectus loosely inserted. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 102125

  36. A Thurber Garland.
    THURBER, James. A Thurber Garland.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to fellow writers Peter de Vries and Katinka Loeser, inscribed on the front free endpaper verso, "To the Katinkas from the Helens", and on the lid of the box, more legibly (probably the hand of his wife), "Katinka and Pete from Jim and Helen". A Thurber Garland - or "weedy bouquet" as... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 102235

  37. The Writings.
    COOPER, James Fenimore. The Writings.

    New York : [1895-1900]

    The Iroquois edition. Limited to 1,000 numbered sets of which this is number 343, signed by the publisher with the limitation number additionally punched into the paper. The Iroquois edition is considered to be one of the finest editions printed of Cooper, this set being a particularly handsome example. Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 102326

  38. The Works.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. The Works.

    New York : 1901

    A handsomely bound set of the Thistle Edition, complete as issued, and containing the author's novels, satirical sketches and letters. The present edition was issued in 24 volumes from 1895 to 1899 and comprises 22 volumes of Stevenson's works with 2 volumes of his letters. Three more volumes (Stevenson's biography and more of his letters) were published... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 102346

  39. Chinese Opera Watercolors. Volumes III and IV.
    LAN, Wang. Chinese Opera Watercolors. Volumes III and IV.

    [Taipei] : 1983

    First editions. Both volumes warmly inscribed by the author to Josephine Pullein-Thompson. One of Taiwan's leading literary figures, Lan was also chairman of the Chinese Watercolor Society, these volumes reproducing some of his colourful operatic images. Probably best known for her pony novels, in her later years Pullein-Thompson was increasingly involved... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 102404

  40. Black Tears. Stories of War-torn China.
    KO, Peng. Black Tears. Stories of War-torn China.

    [Taipei] : 1986

    First edition of this collection. This copy inscribed by the author, "Dear Ms. Josephine Pullein-Thompson with very best wishes, Peng Ko, 1988." Peng Ko has combined a successful career as a newspaperman, now editor-in-chief of the Central Daily News, with that of a prolific author of novels, short stories, and opinion pieces. The majority of the stories... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 102406

  41. Selected Poems.
    BETJEMAN, John. Selected Poems.

    London : 1948

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 8 of 18 copies, signed by the author and specially bound and printed on fine japon vellum. From the libraries of the publisher, bibliographer and novelist Michael Sadleir (1888-1957) and, latterly, the scholar and auctioneer Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), with their bookplates to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 102444

  42. Continual Dew.
    BETJEMAN, John. Continual Dew.

    London : 1937

    First edition, one of only three copies specially bound in blue velvet. This copy has a typed letter signed from the publisher (John "Jock" Murray VI 1909-1993) dated 1942 gifting the book to the novelist and bibliophile Michael Sadleir, enclosing the present copy as a "swop" for "the splendid Amandiana", and clarifying the limitation, noting that there... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 102445

  43. Nicholas Crabbe.
    ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. Nicholas Crabbe.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 102563

  44. Guerrillas.
    NAIPAUL, V. S. Guerrillas.

    London : 1975

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. From the library of historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson and with a photograph of him and Naipaul (kept in an envelope with the autograph inscription: "AH looking Japanese with V.S. Naipaul at Tony Powell's 80th birthday lunch, Claridge's 8 April 19"). With Hobson's bookplate... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 102675

  45. Frederick William Rolfe and Editors.
    ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo; WEEKS, Baron. Frederick William Rolfe and Editors.

    Edinburgh : 1984

    First edition, limited issue. Number 40 of 110 copies only. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 102684

  46. The Venus of Konpara.
    MASTERS, John. The Venus of Konpara.

    London : 1960

    First edition, first impression. Donald Green also designed a similar jacket for Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 102878

  47. Rhéa.
    HOFF, Harry Summerfield [pseud. William Cooper]. Rhéa.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. Hoff's first four books appeared under the signature H. S. Hoff; his fifth, and greatest success, Scenes from Provincial Life (1950), was published pseudonymously as William Cooper. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 103254

  48. De bello Peloponnesiaco, in Greek.
    THUCYDIDES. De bello Peloponnesiaco, in Greek.

    Venice : 1502

    Editio princeps of the most important work in Greek historiography, edited by Aldus from a Cretan manuscript. As with his edition of Herodotus, the text had first appeared in print in the Latin translation of Lorenzo Valla. The recipient of Aldus's dedicatory letter, Daniele Renier, was a Venetian senator, procurator of San Marco and collector of Hebrew,... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 103257

  49. From a View to a Death.
    POWELL, Anthony. From a View to a Death.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author for the scholar and auctioneer Anthony Hobson and his wife on the front free endpaper, "Anthony & Tanya, many years later, Tony". The author's scarce third novel, from the library of Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Powell was a reluctant and at times ungracious signer... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 103276

  50. Another Pamela or, Virtue Still Rewarded.
    SINCLAIR, Upton. Another Pamela or, Virtue Still Rewarded.

    New York : 1950

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 103346

  51. Tear His Head Off His Shoulders.
    DUNN, Nell. Tear His Head Off His Shoulders.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 103356

  52. Public Ghost Number One.
    SOUTAR, Andrew. Public Ghost Number One.

    London & Melbourne : [1941]

    First edition, first impression. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103421

  53. De Vriendt Goes Home.
    ZWEIG, Arnold. De Vriendt Goes Home.

    London : 1934

    First UK edition, first impression. The book was first published the US the preceding year; originally published in German under the title De Vriendt kehrt heim in 1932. Set in Mandatory Palestine, the novel examines the ramifications of the murder of the Dutch Jew De Vriendt, a law professor controversial in Jewish politics for his accommodating stance... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103423

  54. G. A Novel.
    BERGER, John. G. A Novel.

    London : 1972

    First edition, first impression. Winner of the Booker Prize. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 103507

  55. Death in the Fifth Position.
    [VIDAL, Gore.] Edgar Box. Death in the Fifth Position.

    New York : 1952

    First edition, first printing. The first of Vidal's three books featuring Peter Cutler Sargeant II; it was followed by Death Before Bedtime and Death Likes It Hot. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 103557

  56. Much Ado About Nuffink.
    NORMAN, Frank. Much Ado About Nuffink.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the novelist Denise Robins on the front free endpaper, "For Denise Robins, with best wishes. Vive la difference! Frank Norman. July '74." Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 103564

  57. Manhattan Men.
    KREYMBORG, Alfred. Manhattan Men.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, amusingly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the American writer and historian, H. Ogden Wintermute, "This book of man, to the man in Ogden, Wintermute. Alfred Kreymborg, 11/19/31." An attractive copy with the art deco dust jacket. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 103571

  58. All This and Bevin Too.
    PEAKE, Mervyn (illus.); CRISP, Quentin. All This and Bevin Too.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, scarce. "In 1943 Crisp wrote a pamphlet and got his Chelsea neighbour Mervyn Peake to illustrate it. The pamphlet consisted of forty-eight 'rather clumsy verses of angerless satire' directed at the Ministry of Labour headed by Ernest Bevin. Quentin tells us he dashed these off in two afternoons but after ensnaring the... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103875

  59. High and Low.
    BETJEMAN, John. High and Low.

    London : 1966

    First edition, signed limited edition. Number 31 of 100 copies specially bound and signed by the author. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 103910

  60. Regarding Wave.
    SNYDER, Gary. Regarding Wave.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Fred & Edie 9.IX.40070, Kitkitdizze, Gary Snyder". Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103922

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