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  1. The Rural Muse.
    CLARE, John. The Rural Muse.

    London : 1835

    First edition, first impression, of Clare's scarce final collection. From the library of Clare's friend, Spencer T. Hall, with his ink ownership inscription to the title page, and annotation to p. 83. A nice working class writer association for John Clare who was one of the few truly working class poets in the front rank of the romantics.

    The... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 144015

  2. The Carpet People.
    PRATCHETT, Terry. The Carpet People.

    Gerrards Cross : 1971

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first novel, inscribed on the title page " To Judith, with best wishes from Terry Pratchett, a very slow writer..! Jan 26, '79", Pratchett's neighbour while he lived in Rowberrow, Somerset, from 1970 to 1993. Rather uncommon inscribed and with the jacket. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 144029

  3. Far Away and Long Ago. A History of my Early Life.
    HUDSON, W. H. Far Away and Long Ago. A History of my Early Life.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, of Hudson's memoir of his life in Argentina. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the novelist Violet Hunt on the half-title, "Violet Hunt from her friend W. H. Hudson" and with the recipient's later gift inscription to her partner Ford Madox Ford on the front free endpaper, "Violet Hueffer to F. M. Hueffer".... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143037

  4. Literaturas europeas de vanguardia.
    DE TORRE, Guillermo. Literaturas europeas de vanguardia.

    Madrid : 1925

    First edition, first printing, of de Torre's famous defence of the avant-garde movement, which contains a detailed account of the origins and development of surrealism.

    The Spanish writer and Dadaist, Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), was a member of the group of avant-garde artists, collectively known as the "Generation of '27". Although the... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143311

  5. 143554
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. Thank You, Jeeves.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression, in the 1935 reissue jacket priced 2/6 on the spine (and 7/6 to front flap). Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 143554

  6. 143556
    YEATS, W. B. Plays in Prose and Verse.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, a lovely copy, uncommon in the jacket.

    This collection contains Yeats's plays: Cathleen ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth, The King's Threshold, On Baile's Strand, The Shadowy Waters, Deridre, The Unicorn from the Stars (written in collaboration with Lady Gregory), The Green Helmet, The Hour-Glass and The Player... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 143556

  7. Come, Tell Me How You Live.
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. Come, Tell Me How You Live.

    London : 1946

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Carlo, with love from, Agatha". The recipient was Charlotte ("Carlo") Fisher (1895-1976), with her retrospective book label to the front pastedown. Fisher was Christie's secretary, close friend, and amanuensis, with whom she wrote several major early... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143028

  8. 143034
    HEYER, Georgette. They Found Him Dead

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, in a bright example of the notably uncommon jacket. They Found Him Dead is the third of Heyer's detective novels to feature Superintendent Hannasyde and Sergeant Hemingway who "as middle-class crime professionals were unusual at a time when writers of detective novels had largely so far used upper-class amateurs... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143034

  9. Signed original artwork for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.
    CLARKE, Susanna; ROSENBURG, Portia (illus.) Signed original artwork for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

    London : 2004

    A pair of original sketches, signed by the illustrator, used for the first edition Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, each depicting one of the title characters. These illustrations are reproduced on page 1 (Mr Norrell) and page 207 (Jonathan Strange). The novel was adapted for a highly successful BBC TV series in 2015, which drew heavily on... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 142571

  10. 140422
    ROWLING, J. K. "What was the Name of that Nymph Again?"

    Exeter : 1998

    An notably early article by Rowling recounting her experiences reading Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Exeter, printed in the journal of the Department of Classics and Ancient History. In the article she comments that she had "the unforgettable experience of being lectured by a person best known simply as Z. It was Z I had in mind when... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140422

  11. The Night Manager.
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Night Manager.

    London : 1993

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page and dated June 1993. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 136671

  12. 125129comp
    HUGHES, Ted. Crow Wakes.

    Woodford Green, Essex : 1971

    First edition, first printing, signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet. The title page verso is signed "No. 28, Ted Hughes" and the front free endpaper signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 46/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that "These poems were excluded... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 125129

  13. Les Années vingt.
    BEACH, Sylvia. Les Années vingt.

    Paris : 1959

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by Sylvia Beach on the front free endpaper, "Souvenir of Playboy for Mrs Cummins, from Sylvia Beach". The book was created as a companion to an exhibition held between 11 March and 25 April 1959 on the "Lost Generation" of expatriate American writers and artists who gathered at Sylvia Beach's... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 144023

  14. The Bottom of the Harbor.
    MITCHELL, Joseph. The Bottom of the Harbor.

    New York : 1991

    Signed limited edition, number 103 of 250 copies signed by the author. The book collects Mitchell's short stories, which previously appeared in The New Yorker, all relating to the waterfront of New York City; it is illustrated with five photogravures after Berenice Abbott. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 144027

  15. Lyra Heroica.
    HENRY, Prince, first duke of Gloucester - HENLEY, William Ernest. Lyra Heroica.

    London : 1907

    A handsome copy, from the library of Prince Henry, duke of Gloucester (1900-1974), with a gift inscription to binder's blank "H.R.H. Prince Henry, from his godfather, F.M. Lord Roberts, with warmest wish for many happy returns of the day, and that every possible happiness may be his in years to come. 30th March 1913".

    The year of the inscription,... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 143884

  16. By Heart.
    HUGHES, Ted (ed.) By Heart.

    London : 1997

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Ted Hughes to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title: "For Olwyn with love from Ted Xmas 1997". With a manuscript correction by Hughes on page xiv, of "Welsh system" to "Welsh poetry", as is known in other copies inscribed by Hughes. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143825

  17. Terribly Intimate Portraits.
    COWARD, Noël. Terribly Intimate Portraits.

    New York : 1922

    First edition, first printing, in an exceptional example of the very scarce jacket, and inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Noël Coward 1928" and again "for Dennis Wheatley", with Wheatley's bookplate to pastedown. The present book, a collection of sketches satirising archetypes of the English upper classes, is one of Coward's earliest... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143826

  18. 143812
    ORWELL, George. The Lion and the Unicorn.

    London : 1941

    First edition, first impression, in particularly nice condition. Contains the essays England Your England, Shopkeepers at War, and The English Revolution. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 143812

  19. 143817
    ORWELL, George. The Orwell Reader.

    New York : 1956

    First edition, first printing. A beautiful copy of a collection of Orwell's writings, this edition was never published in the UK. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143817

  20. 143819
    FLEMING, Ian. Thrilling Cities.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression. Originally published as two series of articles for the Sunday Times, first from 24 January to 28 February 1960 and then from 31 July to 4 September 1960, Thrilling Cities was the product of a five-week, all-expenses-paid trip to visit the world's most exciting cities. Travelling to 13 cities, from Hong Kong to Monte... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143819

  21. 143802
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Le Carré Omnibus:

    London : 1964

    First omnibus edition, first impression. The omnibus brings together Le Carré's first two novels, both difficult to obtain in their first editions. Gollancz published the omnibus to capitalize on the great success of Le Carré's third novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 143802

  22. Tender is the Night.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Tender is the Night.

    Vermont : 1982

    Signed limited edition, featuring Fred Meyer's art deco style illustrations. Number 642 of 2,000 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143804

  23. 143787
    ROSS, Alan. The Derelict Day.

    London : 1947

    First edition, first impression of the author's first collection of poetry. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143787

  24. 143793
    LE CARRÉ, John (contrib.) The Bell House Book.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression. A collection of short pieces by 29 authors represented by the Bell House literary agency, including "George Smiley Goes Home" by John le Carré - its first appearance in print - as well as works by David Niven, Edmund Hillary, E.Nesbit, Enid Blyton, and Elizabeth Craig. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 143793

  25. Flappers and Philosophers.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Flappers and Philosophers.

    New York : 1920

    First edition, first printing. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 143647

  26. 143648
    DICKENS, Charles. Bleak House.

    London : 1853

    First edition, bound from the original parts as issued between March 1852 and September 1853. "The satire of Bleak House focuses on the obfuscations and delays of the court of chancery which result in widespread human misery and suffering, but the novel's complicated plot and centripetal organization bring into the picture a great cross-section of contemporary... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 143648

  27. Following the Equator.
    TWAIN, Mark. Following the Equator.

    Hartford, Connecticut : 1897

    First edition, first issue. This copy with the favoured single Hartford imprint, and the signature mark 11 at p. 161. Having invested heavily in revolutionary but flawed typesetting machinery, by 1894 Twain was practically bankrupt. His solution was to undertake a tour of the British Empire, ensuring an enthusiastic audience for his lectures in every... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143723

  28. Kalendergeschichten.
    BRECHT, Bertolt. Kalendergeschichten.

    Berlin : 1949

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Brecht's wife Helene Weigel on the front free endpaper, "Dear Mr. Clark, many thanks, Helene Weigel". Tipped-in to the front pastedown is a postcard also inscribed by Weigel to Clark, "Dear Mr. Clark, please accept these as a small token of thanks and friendship for your help during our stay in London. With... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143767

  29. 143783
    ARDIZZONE, Edward (illus.); FORDHAM, Hallam (ed.) Hey Nonny Yes.

    London : 1947

    First edition, first impression. An illustrated pocket anthology of "charming, rude, or delightfully odd" phrases and expressions from the Bard's plays. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 143783

  30. The Poetical Works.
    KEATS, John. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1854

    A lovely copy of the first edition of Keats's poetical works with the memoir by Victorian poet and politician Richard Monckton Milnes, author of "Life and Letters of Keats" (1848). Edward Moxon, himself also a poet, was well known for his scholarly editions of Romantic and Victorian poetry. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143618

  31. 143645
    DICKENS, Charles. Bleak House.

    London : 1853

    First edition, bound from the original parts as issued between March 1852 and September 1853. "The satire of Bleak House focuses on the obfuscations and delays of the court of chancery which result in widespread human misery and suffering, but the novel's complicated plot and centripetal organization bring into the picture a great cross-section of contemporary... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 143645

  32. 142883
    FERMOR, Patrick Leigh. Mani, Travels in the Southern Peloponnese; [together with] Roumeli, Travels in Northern Greece.

    London : 1958 & 1966

    First editions, first impressions, of the author's celebrated travelogue of Greece, described as "two of the best travel books of the century" (Financial Times).

    Although perhaps best known for his great walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul in 1935, Fermor was also a committed Hellenophile who devoted much of his life his adopted country.... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142883

  33. 143269
    GOREY, Edward. Gorey Posters.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, first printing. The posters include some of Gorey's best known characters, with works from The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Curious Sofa, The Doubtful Guest, and others. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 143269

  34. 143304comp
    WELSH, Irvine. Filth.

    London : 1998

    First edition, first impression. Signed on the title page by Irvine Welsh and inscribed by Welsh on the pornographic dust jacket "Authorized by me, Irvine Welsh". The pornographic dust jacket is limited to 50 copies hand numbered, and was sold with signed first editions of the book. Blurb on the jacket states that it is not authorized by author or... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143304

  35. The History of the Grecian War: in eight books.
    HOBBES, Thomas (trans.); THUCYDIDES. The History of the Grecian War: in eight books.

    London : 1676

    Second edition of Hobbes's translation, the first made into English directly from the Greek, originally published in 1629. Though Hobbes was then in his early 40s, it was his first printed work. It was reissued twice, in 1634 and 1648, and Hobbes prepared this second edition towards the end of his life. "Forty years later, in Vita Carmine Expressa,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 128690

  36. This is Television.
    STEADMAN, Ralph (illus.); CARRICKFORD, Richard. This is Television.

    London : 1967

    First edition, third impression, with a postcard laid-in from Steadman, "To whom..... sic This is Television, 1958. I haven't seen this book for over 40 years - 1958. It was a commission I got by accident. I had a small studio space in London, when I worked for Kemsley Newspapers. The office belonged to Alex Harrison, a literary agent. One of his authors... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 143838

  37. 143839
    THOMPSON, Hunter S. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72.

    San Francisco, CA : 1973

    First edition, first printing, in which "Thompson took the increasingly popular journalist-covers-campaign-coverage genre to an extreme in a garishly opinionated, gaudily caustic blast at journalism, politics, and politicians" (ANB). Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 143839

  38. London Lyrics.
    LOCKER, Frederick. London Lyrics.

    London : 1881

    First edition, large paper issue with frontispiece and illustration (not present in the ordinary issue); "Austin Dobson made the selection for the privately printed edition, and prefixed the prefatory sexain... very few copies were printed" (Murray); the attractive presswork was by the Chiswick Press. London Lyrics was first published in 1857, and went... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143842

  39. 143843
    WHITMAN, Walt. Good-Bye My Fancy.

    Philadelphia : 1891

    First edition, sole printing, in binding variant A, a deep red V cloth, with the frontispiece in style 1 without the caption, one of 1,000 copies printed in May of 1891. An exceptional copy, with the priority varieties, of the separate issue of Whitman's "annex to Leaves of Grass". Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143843

  40. The Works.
    SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SPENSER, Edmund. The Works.

    Oxford : 1930

    Shakespeare Head Edition, number 183 of 375 sets printed on handmade paper and bound thus, with hand-coloured woodcuts by Hilda Quick. The edition, with the text newly prepared, is one of the Press's crowning achievements, this being a particularly appealing unopened copy. A further eleven copies were issued on vellum.



    Hilda Quick (1895-1978)... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142984

  41. Dead Man's Folly.
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. Dead Man's Folly.

    London : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Carlo, from Agatha, Jun. 1956". The recipient was Charlotte ("Carlo") Fisher (1895-1976), with her retrospective book label to the front pastedown. Fisher was Christie's secretary, close friend, and amanuensis, with whom she wrote several major... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 143027

  42. Hercule Poirot's Christmas.
    CHRISTIE, Agatha. Hercule Poirot's Christmas.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "from Agatha Christie". The novel "brings together two of the favourite devices of the thriller writer of the period, the country-house party and the locked-room murder, to stunning effect" (Wagstaff & Poole, p. 153). Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 143563

  43. The Poetical Works.
    LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. The Poetical Works.

    London : [c.1890]

    A highly attractive copy of Longfellow's poetry, in a superb binding, anonymous though very much in the Sangorski & Sutcliffe style with elaborate use of coloured morocco inlay to a floral pattern. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 143687

  44. Œuvres philosophiques et dramatiques.
    DIDEROT, Denis. Œuvres philosophiques et dramatiques.

    Amsterdam : 1772

    First edition of Diderot's collected philosophical and theatrical works. It is rare to find a complete set as each volume has both a collective title page and its own, and could have been sold separately.

    There were two editions of published in Amsterdam that year, the other being the octavo-format edition of Marc Michel Rey, though the present... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 141232

  45. The Professor, a Tale.
    BRONTË, Charlotte. The Professor, a Tale.

    London : 1857

    First edition. This is one of 719 copies noted by Smith as being thus bound up "on or before 30 June 1859" (p. 162). The Professor was written before Jane Eyre (1847) and originally submitted to publishers along with both Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey, then independently, and rejected many times; eventually it... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139007

  46. The Works.
    BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily, & Anne. The Works.

    London : 1949

    The Heather edition, handsomely bound by Baytun Riviere. The Heather edition was arranged and introduced by Phyllis Bentley (1894-1977), novelist and expert on the Brontë family. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136650

  47. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    Hartford : 1876

    First US edition, first printing, printed on wove paper, versos of half-title and preface blank. "The irresponsibility, the love of odd adventure, and the sense of natural justice as opposed to the village code, which characterize the heroes of this book and its sequel Huckleberry Finn, presented a sharp contrast to the Sunday School or rags-to-riches... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 132079

  48. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); Edward FitzGerald (trans.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : [1909]

    First Dulac edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 132279

  49. Brave New World.
    HUXLEY, Aldous. Brave New World.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression. A fantastic example of the Chelsea Bindery's work. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 132469

  50. The Odyssey. A Modern Sequel.
    KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos. The Odyssey. A Modern Sequel.

    London : [1958]

    First edition, first impression. Kazantzakis is best known for his critically acclaimed novels, Zorba The Greek, The Greek Passion, and Freedom or Death but it is his version of The Odyssey which is considered his crowning achievement. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 131936

  51. Doctor Zhivago.
    PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.

    London : 1958

    First English-language edition, first impression, of Pasternak's classic novel. First published in Italy in 1957, the original manuscript had been smuggled out of the Soviet Union in the same year. It was an immediate success and has been adapted to screen a number of times, most famously in the 1965 film adaptation staring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie,... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 131737

  52. In Fairyland. A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World.
    DOYLE, Richard In Fairyland. A Series of Pictures from the Elf-World.

    London : 1870

    First edition of one of the masterpieces of Victorian colour printing. As Percy Muir describes it in his Victorian Illustrated Books (1971), In Fairyland "has 16 colour plates many with more than one subject to a page, and there is not one bad one among them... Edmund Evans surpassed himself in the printing of the blocks... it is now considered as a... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 130950

  53. Lost Horizon.
    HILTON, James. Lost Horizon.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of the book that introduced Shangri-La, a fictional utopian lamasery located high in the mountains of Tibet. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 131008

  54. Night Flight.
    SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Night Flight.

    London : 1932

    First UK edition, first impression. Saint-Exupéry is most famous for his landmark children's book Le Petit Prince (1943), but Night Flight, first published as Vol de Nuit (1931), is his greatest literary work, a remarkable modernist treatment of the new age, man's position in it and the relationship of technology and humanity, selected by Connolly... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 129419

  55. Cottage Poems.
    BRONTË, Patrick. Cottage Poems.

    Halifax : 1811

    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce debut collection of poems by the father of the Brontë sisters, this copy in an unrestored contemporary binding and with the contemporary ownership inscription "Apley Castle", of the Charlton family in Shropshire. Bronte had, from 1809 to 1811, been an assistant curate at Wellington, Shropshire, scarcely... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130435

  56. Kim.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Kim.

    London : 1901

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 128694

  57. Howards End.
    FORSTER, E. M. Howards End.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 127775

  58. Collected Verse.
    ROBINSON, W. Heath (illus.); KIPLING, Rudyard. Collected Verse.

    New York : 1910

    First and only edition in this form, with illustrations by the cartoonist, illustrator and author W. Heath Robinson. Learn More
    £1,575.00

    Stock Code: 127295

  59. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.

    Chipping Campden : 1929

    First Alcuin Press edition, number 134 of 325 copies in total. First published in 1896 and 1922 respectively, this work collected together in two volumes what was then understood to be the entire corpus of Housman's published poetry. This book was handsomely printed in the private press manner on Batchelor handmade paper for the publishers by the Alcuin... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 126238

  60. Faust.
    CLARKE, Harry (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    London : 1927

    Signed limited edition, number 910 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 125665

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