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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. 140179
    ROWSE, A. L. Extempore Memorial.

    St. Austell, : (1940)

    First edition, sole impression, of a memorial poem by A. L. Rowse for Charles Henderson, historian and antiquarian of Cornwall, with whom he had edited Essays in Cornish History (1935). Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140179

  2. Three Guineas.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Three Guineas.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Written as a companion piece to her earlier essay, A Room of One's Own, Woolf addresses how women can influence and prevent the rise of militarism, even though they are excluded from education, professional employment, and the public sphere. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138941

  3. Live and Let Die.
    FLEMING, Ian. Live and Let Die.

    London : 1954

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Philip who stopped the Knave rubbing the Queen! From The Author 1954". The recipient was Fleming's old friend from Eton, Phillip Brownrigg. It was through Brownrigg, a senior executive at the diamond merchant De Beers, that Fleming gained access... Learn More
    £65,000.00

    Stock Code: 136351

  4. A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).
    (CUALA PRESS.) YEATS, W. B. & Dorothy Wellesley (eds.) A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).

    Dublin : March 1937

    First edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Three Bushes" was first published just two months prior in The London Mercury.
    The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of the year in a smaller edition. The first series... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140544

  5. A Broadside: No. 2 (New Series).
    (CUALA PRESS.) YEATS, W. B. & F. R. Higgins (eds.) A Broadside: No. 2 (New Series).

    Dublin : February 1935

    First edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Wicked Hawthorn Tree" was first published, untitled, at the end of the verse version of The King of the Great Clock Tower in 1934. The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140551

  6. From Russia, With Love.
    FLEMING, Ian. From Russia, With Love.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming on the front free endpaper: "To Erich Hartmann from his impatient patient. Ian Fleming". The recipient, Erich Hartmann (1922-1999), was the head of Magnum Photo, who "throughout his career, pursued many long-term personal projects, and photographic interpretations with literary... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 138464

  7. War and Peace.
    TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.

    London : 1971

    Handsomely bound reprint of War and Peace. This translation was first published in 1942. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140509

  8. The Lighthouse Always Says Yes.
    BRENAN, Gerald. The Lighthouse Always Says Yes.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Gary and Katie Murchie, with all best wishes, from Gerald Brenan". Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140549

  9. The Poetical Works.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1959

    Handsomely bound copy of Brooke's poetry. Ninth impression of this edition, first published in 1946. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 140505

  10. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.
    (CHEKHOV, Anton.) SMITH, Virginia Llewellyn. Anton Chekhov and the Lady with the Dog.

    London : 1973

    First edition, first impression of this study of "Chekhov's relationships with women and the portrayal of them in his work" (p.xv). In a fine full morocco binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140506

  11. The Works.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Works.

    London and Glasgow : 1957

    A handsomely bound copy of Wilde's works. This is a reprint of the New Collected Edition first published in 1948. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 140508

  12. 140393
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing, with the Scribner's "A" to the copyright page, and in the first issue jacket without the photographer's credit. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 140393

  13. The Complete Works,
    HAWTHORNE, Nathaniel. The Complete Works,

    Cambridge, Massachusetts : 1883

    The Riverside edition, a very handsome set of the complete works of Hawthorne. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 140414

  14. 140419
    [MOORE, Bryan.] BRYAN, Michael. Murder in Majorca.

    London : 1958

    First UK edition, first impression, scarce in such nice condition. This early pseudonymous detective novel by the prize-winning Canadian author was first published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 140419

  15. Don Fernando.
    MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Don Fernando.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression, of this "lengthy travel narrative focusing on historical and cultural events in sixteenth-century Spain but combined with fragments from a yet-unpublished novel set during the reign of Philip III" (Rogal, p. 36). Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 140421

  16. 140367
    BUTLER, Samuel. Hudibras, A Poem.

    London : 1819

    First edition thus with Clarke's illustrations, and the extra matter gathered together from Grey, Hume, Smollett, Fox and others, handsomely bound. Samuel Butler's Hudibras is a satiric poem on the English Civil War, written in Chaucerian couplets and published 1663-78. Voltaire, who translated a condensed version of Hudibras into French, noted that... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140367

  17. Eimi.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Eimi.

    New York : 1933

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 7 of 1,381 copies signed by the author, additionally inscribed "For H. W. from EEC. April 3". Eimi was a travelogue, in Cummings's signature abstract prose, of his visit to the Soviet Union in 1931. As explained on the limitation page, the unusual limitation was apparently simply a reflection of the number... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138117

  18. Mumbo Jumbo.
    REED, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo.

    New York : 1972

    First edition, first printing. The novel was cited as one of the 500 most important books in the Western canon by Harold Bloom. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140478

  19. 140482
    ALLBEURY, Ted. Snowball.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression, of the author's second novel. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140482

  20. 140408
    POUND, Ezra. The Letters of Ezra Pound.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression. A collection of nearly four hundred letters written by Ezra Pound. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 140408

  21. 140415comp
    DE BERNIERES, Louis. Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord.

    London : 1991

    First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the title page. The second book of the author's Latin American trilogy, following on from The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts and preceding The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140415

  22. 140475comp
    GARNETT, Edward. Friday Nights.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Violet Scott James from Edward Garnett". Violet Eleanor Scott-James née Brooks (1885-1942) was a journalist and literary critic, as well as a close friend of Edward Garnett. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140475

  23. English as She is Spoke:
    [FONSECA, Jose de., i.e. Pedro Carolino.] English as She is Spoke:

    London : [1883]

    First UK edition, second printing, (stated second edition). The present work is an edited version of a mid-19th-century Portuguese-English phrase book, which unintentionally became a classic of humorous literature, commonly known as English as She is Spoke. Mark Twain wrote the introduction of the first US edition, also published in 1883, of... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140384

  24. 140395
    ONIONS, Oliver. Catalan Circus.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Onions, a prolific British writer of short stories and over 40 novels, assembled an odd "circus" of characters - Primo de Rivera, Goya, and cobbler's daughter and an Irishman - in this amusing novel. Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 140395

  25. Sonnets.
    DOUGLAS, Lord Alfred. Sonnets.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. John Heygate's copy, with his ownership inscription in ink on the front free endpaper. John Edward Nourse Heygate, 4th Baronet (19031976) was a Northern Irish journalist and novelist, perhaps best known for his affair with Evelyn Gardner while she was still married to Evelyn Waugh. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140397

  26. 140406comp
    DURRELL, Lawrence. Blue Thirst.

    Santa Barbara : 1975

    First edition, signed limited issue, no. 246 of 250 copies signed by the author. This volume includes "Propaganda and Impropaganda", a second impromptu lecture given by Lawrence Durrell in California. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140406

  27. 140378
    BLOCK, Lawrence. Eight Million Ways to Die.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, first printing. The fifth book in the famous Matthew Scudder series, featuring the ex-cop turned P.I. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140378

  28. A Christmas Carol.
    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    London : 1972

    Handsomely bound reprint of the Rackham edition of Dickens's classic, originally published in 1915. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140366

  29. Amy Herbert.
    SEWELL, Elizabeth M. Amy Herbert.

    London : 1886

    New edition, inscribed by Sewell on the title page: "Edward Treasure from Elizabeth M. Sewell. In remembrance of January 29th 1903". Originally published in 1844, Amy Herbert was one of Sewell's most popular novels. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140370

  30. The Originality of Japanese Civilization.
    WALEY, Arthur. The Originality of Japanese Civilization.

    Oxford : 1929

    First edition, sole printing, one of 250 copies. Waley wrote this essay for the British group attending the third conference of the Institute of Pacific Relations, held in Kyoto in 1929. The work was reprinted in Tokyo in 1941 by the Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai The Society for International Cultural Relations to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140348

  31. 140280
    GOREY, Edward. The Bug Book.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing, one of 600 copies printed. The Bug Book was published as a Christmas greeting; this copy has the publisher's printed slip with their Christmas message laid in. Learn More
    £725.00

    Stock Code: 140280

  32. A Season in Hell.
    (MAPPLETHORPE, Robert.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.

    [New York] : 1986

    First edition of this translation by Paul Schmidt, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by both Schmidt and Mapplethorpe; with the original 4-page long "Limited Editions Club Letter" loosely inserted.
    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... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139013

  33. 140097
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Three Stories & Ten Poems.

    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan : 1977

    First edition thus, first impression; a reprint, in 3,000 unnumbered copies, of Hemingway's first book, which was published in only 300 copies in Paris in 1923 and is consequently a great rarity now. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140097

  34. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.
    (PICASSO, Pablo.) BALZAC, Honoré de. Le Chef-d'oeuvre inconnu.

    Paris : 1931

    Limited edition, number 171 of 240 copies printed on Rives paper, from a total edition of 340 copies (of which 65 were printed on imperial japon and signed, and 35 for private distribution and numbered using roman numerals).
    In 1926 Picasso was commissioned by the publisher Ambroise Vollard to do a series of illustrations for Balzac's novella Le... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 136550

  35. Yes and No and For Whom The Bell Chimes.
    GREENE, Graham. Yes and No and For Whom The Bell Chimes.

    London : 1983

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 643 of 750 copies signed by the author. This work collects two of Greene's plays, Yes and No and For Whom the Bell Chimes, both of which were first performed at the Haymarket Studio Theatre on 20 March 1980. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 131255

  36. Lysistrata.
    (PICASSO, Pablo.) ARISTOPHANES. Lysistrata.

    New York : 1934

    First and limited edition, first printing, number 1,103 of 1,500 copies signed by Picasso. This finely produced work features Picasso's sensitive line drawings, which carefully "capture the braggadocio of both the men and women in the play" (Rutledge, p. 36). Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 125683

  37. Impressions of Theophrastus Such.
    ELIOT, George. Impressions of Theophrastus Such.

    Edinburgh & London : 1879

    First edition of the author's last published work. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 124483

  38. Fables of Aesop.
    (AESOP.) L'ESTRANGE, Sir Roger. Fables of Aesop.

    London : 1699

    Third edition, extra-illustrated copy, with a complete suite of Francis Barlow's etchings engraved by Thomas Dudley bound in to face the relevant fables. Though the Barlow plates were first published in 1666, they were first published alongside L'Estrange's text in the first French language edition (Amsterdam: Estienne Roger, 1714). The plates here... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 83198

  39. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.
    STEINBECK, John. Of Mice and Men. A Play in Three Acts.

    1937

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 66358

  40. 140443
    SPILLANE, Mickey. The Big Kill.

    London : 1951

    First UK edition, first impression, of the fifth Mike Hammer mystery. It was originally published in the US the same year. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140443

  41. Plexus.
    MILLER, Henry. Plexus.

    Paris : 1956

    First one-volume and unabridged edition, first printing. It was originally published in two volumes in 1953. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 140464

  42. 140502
    BOYLE, Kay. My Next Bride.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing, of Boyle's fourth published novel. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140502

  43. 140503
    CARPENTER, Edward (ed.) Iolaus:

    London : 1902

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of poems, with Carpenter's commentary, celebrating homosexual love. The anthology includes excerpts from Ovid, Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Walt Whitman. Edward Carpenter (1844-1929) was a philosopher, poet, socialist, and early activist for gay rights. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140503

  44. The Birthday Party.
    PINTER, Harold. The Birthday Party.

    London : 1959

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Birthday Party was Pinter's first full-length play, "which, after a short, highly successful provincial tour, opened at the Lyric Hammersmith on 19 May 1958 but closed at the end of the week" (ODNB). Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 140336

  45. The Man with the Blue Guitar.
    STEVENS, Wallace. The Man with the Blue Guitar.

    New York : 1937

    First edition, first printing, second issue dust jacket. Includes the poems "Owl's Clover", "A Thought Revolved", and "The Men That Are Falling". Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140392

  46. Be Thou My Vision.
    (CUALA PRESS.) [HULL, Eleanor.] Be Thou My Vision.

    Dublin : [1941]

    First edition of this hand-coloured copy of the Irish hymn "Be thou my vision", translated by Old Irish scholar Eleanor Hull in 1912. A notable Cuala Press rarity; Liam Miller suggesting in his bibliography that only 54 copies were produced (p. 123). The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Yeats's sisters... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140243

  47. Social Distinction;
    ELLIS, Sarah Stickney. Social Distinction;

    London : [1848]

    First edition of this didactic domestic tale. "The most popular writer of Victorian conduct fiction", Sarah Stickney Ellis (1799-1872) published some 34 books, including educational tracts, conduct manuals, poetry, biographical sketches, and novels (Orlando). With modern sensibilities it is tempting - as many of her female contemporaries did - to dismiss... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 140303

  48. A Tribute to Kevin Sullivan.
    HEANEY, Seamus, and others. A Tribute to Kevin Sullivan.

    New York : 1991

    First edition, number 3 of 25 copies signed to the title page by all five contributors (Seamus Heaney, Thomas Flanagan, Benedict Kiely, Sean White, and June K. Davison). An unsigned issue was also released in an unrecorded run. The tribute reproduces the speeches given at the memorial reading for Sullivan at Queen's College, New York, on 2 May 1988.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140158

  49. Kangaroo.
    LAWRENCE, D. H. Kangaroo.

    London : 1950

    John Middleton Murry's copy of his friend Lawrence's book, with his note on the front free endpaper: "My precious copy of Kangaroo was pinched by somebody. Val, very sweetly, made me a present of this one in July 1953". Murry was a writer, distinguished editor, and critic. He and his wife Kathleen Mansfield were witnesses for Lawrence's wedding in 1914.... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140182

  50. Versuchin sittlichen und zärtlichen Gedichten.
    UNZER, Johanna Charlotte. Versuchin sittlichen und zärtlichen Gedichten.

    [Leipzig : 1754

    First edition of a beautifully produced work of verse, printed by the celebrated German typographer Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf.
    "The only significant German woman writer of 'anacreontic poetry'", Johanna Charlotte Unzer (1724/25-1782) published two early books of verse: the present, a set of contemplative poems which "include illuminating... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 137490

  51. 137614
    WELLS, H. G. The War of the Worlds.

    London : 1898

    First edition, first issue, with the 16-page publisher's catalogue at the end, dated 1897 and headed by New Letters of Napoleon I. The War of the Worlds was originally printed as a serial simultaneously in Pearson's magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US, from April to December 1897. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 137614

  52. Going Solo.
    DAHL, Roald. Going Solo.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Jenny with love, Roald Dahl, 1988". Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 112116

  53. The Shrine of Death.
    DILKE, Lady Emilia Francis. The Shrine of Death.

    London : 1886

    First edition, trade issue, of Lady Dilke's first work of fiction. The Shrine of Death is a collection of literary fables, the title story telling the tale of a girl instructed to marry Death himself. There was also a large-paper issue of 150 copies in stiff paper wrappers. Lady Dilke is best remembered as an influential art historian, feminist, and... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 107917

  54. Stella Fregelius.
    HAGGARD, H. Rider. Stella Fregelius.

    London : 1904

    First UK edition, first impression, of this supernatural romance. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Sir Oliver Lodge, from H. Rider Haggard, In recollection of a very interesting evening, 1. Feb: 1904" on his Ditchingham House letterhead mounted to the front pastedown. Oliver Lodge (1851-1940) was an eminent physicist and sometime president... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 106653

  55. Plain Pleasures.
    BOWLES, Jane. Plain Pleasures.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression, signed twice by the author, on the title page and final leaf, of this collection of short stories. This copy is the correct first printing, with the misprint of an extra "one" p. 126, line 15. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 100837

  56. The Chill.
    [MILLAR, Kenneth.] MACDONALD, Ross. The Chill.

    New York : 1964

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "For Paul Nelson, in friendship. Ken. New York, April 27, 1976" on the front free endpaper. The recipient Paul Nelson (1936-2006) was an influential music critic for Rolling Stone, for which he prepared an extended profile on Macdonald. The full piece was never published, although a shorter... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 99393

  57. Trumpet in the Dust.
    FOWLER, Gene. Trumpet in the Dust.

    New York : 1930

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For my son, Gene. My first book for my first son. Gene Fowler. Oct 1, 1930." Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 96695

  58. The Morning is Near Us.
    GLASPELL, Susan. The Morning is Near Us.

    London : 1940

    First UK edition, first impression. The Morning is Near Us is a haunted house novel in which "the intricate plot tells a horror played out against a backdrop of desire for love, understanding, and forgiveness" (Rajkowska, p. 264). This is the publisher's retained copy with their stamp to the title page. The work was first published in the US... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 93614

  59. L'Herne: Samuel Beckett.
    (BECKETT, Samuel.) BISHOP, Tom, & Raymond Federman (eds.) L'Herne: Samuel Beckett.

    Paris : 1976

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed to Samuel Beckett by Tom Bishop, one of the two editors, on the front free endpaper, "For Sam, with more thanks than I could ever tell you with all my friendship and admiration. Tom. Paris Nov 3. 1976". Issued as part of the Cahiers de L'Herne (a series of critical monographs in French), this... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 94019

  60. Belinda Grove.
    ASHTON, Helen. Belinda Grove.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, of this uncommon haunted house mystery, in the scarce jacket. The work tells the story of Belinda Grove, a fictional Regency house in the suburbs North of London whose inhabitants are influenced by a ghost. Ashton (1891-1958) was a prolific author with an interest in architecture, history and antiquities. This is the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 94180

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