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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. Joy in the Morning.
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. Joy in the Morning.

    London : [1947]

    First UK edition, first impression of the fourth Jeeves novel, including a photograph of Wodehouse inscribed "with best wishes P. G. Wodehouse", and a typed letter signed by Wodehouse to a fan enclosing the photograph, and commenting on his books.
    Dated 14 March 1947 and sent to one Mr. Curran in St. Germain en Laye in France, Wodehouse writes "Do... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142102

  2. You Only Live Twice.
    FLEMING, Ian. You Only Live Twice.

    London : 1964

    First edition, first impression, first state, of the eleventh Bond novel, based on Japanese material that Fleming had gathered on his five-week foreign jaunt on behalf of the Sunday Times, the basis of his non-fiction Thrilling Cities (1963). It was the last Bond story published in his lifetime. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142033

  3. The Viking Portable Library.
    PARKER, Dorothy. The Viking Portable Library.

    New York : 1945

    First collected edition, fifth printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Ruthven Todd - with gratitude to him for wanting this miserable signature. Dorothy Parker". Todd was a Scottish poet, artist, and novelist, best known as an editor of the works of William Blake. He moved to the United States in 1947 where he lived for 13 years.
    This... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141988

  4. 142023
    ANGELOU, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, first printing, of the first volume of Angelou's seven volume autobiography. Nominated for a National Book Award in 1970, Caged Bird remained on The New York Times paperback best-seller list for two years, and "is considered her most notable contribution to black literature" (Nelson). Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 142023

  5. 142026
    GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

    New York : 1970

    First edition in English, first printing, in the first state dust jacket, with the exclamation mark terminating the first paragraph on the front flap, later replaced with a full stop. First published in Spanish at Buenos Aires in 1967, this seminal novel in the Magical Realist genre quickly established the author's international reputation and remains... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 142026

  6. The Real Inspector Hound.
    STOPPARD, Tom. The Real Inspector Hound.

    London : 1968

    First edition, first impression, casebound issue, inscribed by Stoppard on the front free endpaper "Bob and Joan with love from Tom". The recipients are Robert A. "Bob" and Joan Welch, who were both actors, co-founders of the troupe "Interplayers Ensemble" of Spokane, Washington, and local key cultural figures. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 141926

  7. The Earth Gods.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Earth Gods.

    New York : 1931

    First edition, first printing, of Gibran's classic focusing on spiritual concepts, published the year of the author's death. Uncommon in such good condition and with the jacket. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 141927

  8. 141873
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Rewards and Fairies.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, and first appearance in book-form of Kipling's most enduring poem "If". Originally written in 1895, "If" was inspired by the actions of Dr Leander Starr Jameson, a British officer whose forces were massacred by the Boers in 1895, but who was portrayed as a victorious hero by the British press.
    With a Hutchinson bookmark... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 141873

  9. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
    VERNE, Jules. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

    London : 1872 [1871]

    First English edition in book form, first impression, of Verne's early science fiction novel, first published in French in 1864. Although this edition is dated 1872 it was actually published in November 1871, following a serial publication in Boys' Journal, A Magazine of Literature, Science and Amusement, from January to December 1870. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 141918

  10. 141861
    BOWLES, Fred. G. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.

    London : 1899

    First and sole edition, rather uncommon. Fred G. Bowles was best known in his day as a lyricist. However, his poem "Resurrection", published here, was anthologized in The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse (1917). The Sign of the Unicorn was a small publishing house established by the "versatile journalist" and "mercurial 1890s figure" Ernest James... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141861

  11. The Golden Hind.
    SPARE, Austin Osman, & Clifford Bax (eds.) The Golden Hind.

    London : April 1924

    First edition, first impression, number 32 of 75 cloth copies signed by both Spare and Bax on the front free endpaper. From the library of the artist Pickford Robert Waller (1849-1930), with his bookplate to the front pastedown, a leading member of the aesthetic movement and a prolific illustrator, producing book designs for Guthrie's Pear Tree Press,... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 141840

  12. 141846
    A. E. [George William Russell.] The Earth Breath and Other Poems.

    New York and London : 1897

    First edition, dedicated to Yeats, who had encouraged Russell's first collection, Homeward (1894). An attractive little volume printed in an edition of 2, 000 copies by Will Bradley at the Wayside Press. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141846

  13. The Flora of Burns.
    (BURNS, Robert.) JOHNSTONE, Alexander. The Flora of Burns.

    Edinburgh : 1905

    First and sole edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at head of title page, "With Alexander Johnstone's compliments". This is a rare little pamphlet recorded at just 1 institutional library worldwide, Edinburgh University. Johnstone, lecturer on botany at the School of Medicine, Edinburgh, was the author of several textbooks, in particular... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141831

  14. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.
    OMAR KHAYYÁM. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.

    Worcester, Mass. : 1910

    First edition in Japanese, number 31 of 100 copies, and invariably scarce; this a particularly well preserved copy of a fragile publication.

    In his introduction, Hikozo Kikase remarks that his translation was undertaken as the behest of "my friend Mr. F. L. Coes so as to add a new variety to his collection of seven hundred copies of the original... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141753

  15. 139181
    (DACIER, Anne Lefèvre, trans.) HOMER. L'Iliade d'Homere,

    Paris : 1711

    First Dacier edition, an exceptional set in having the full suite of plates by Picart, not issued in all copies. Since first publication discerning bibliophiles have always sought out sets comprising Picart's fine suite of plates.
    Dacier's celebrated translation into French of the Iliad, the first by a woman, is considered her "crowning achievement"... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 139181

  16. Atlas Shrugged.
    RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged.

    New York : 1957

    First edition, first printing, of Rand's fourth and final novel, offering her most extensive exposition of her Objectivist philosophical system: "the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute" (from Rand's self-penned... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 142045

  17. The Speaker:
    ENFIELD, William. The Speaker:

    London : 1815

    The stereotype edition of this popular work on elocution, first published 1774. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141936

  18. 141937
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson. More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter.

    London : [after] 1885

    Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the whole of "The Explosive Bomb" and several passages in the other stories, apart from "The Destroying Angel" and "The Fair Cuban", for which Fanny Stevenson was solely responsible. There was also a wrappered issue of the first edition but the cloth issue is much scarcer.
    From the library of Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Baron... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 141937

  19. A Companion to Latin Studies.
    SANDYS, John Edwin (ed.) A Companion to Latin Studies.

    Cambridge : 1913

    Second edition, first impression. An attractive copy. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141943

  20. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
    (ROYCROFTERS.) WILDE, Oscar, & Elbert Hubbard (ed.) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

    East Aurora, NY : 1905

    First Roycrofters edition, number 19 of 100 copies on Japan Vellum, signed by Hubbard, and inscribed on the first blank "To Margaret Scott, Royal Roycrofter, with all kind wishes from her Uncle, Elbert Hubbard".
    The recipient, the actress, poet, and playwright Margaret Scott Oliver (1879-1930), was not in fact Hubbard's niece. Settled in the arts... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 142011

  21. An Address.
    MORRIS, William. An Address.

    London : 1898

    First editions, first impressions, of these Chiswick Press fine publications of William Morris's lectures printed in the Golden type he designed for the Kelmscott Press; in an attractive arts and crafts style binding by the amateur binder, bibliophile, and author, Fletcher W. Battershall (1866-1929), and with his bookplate on the front pastedown.
    Fully... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142015

  22. 141811
    (REMINGTON, Frederic.) HASSRICK, Peter H., & Melissa J. Webster. Frederic Remington.

    Cody, Wy : 1996

    First edition, first printing, deluxe issue, number 246 of 250 copies signed by both authors on the title page of the first volume. Frederic Sackrider Remington (1861-1909) was an American artist and writer who specialized in depictions of the Old American West. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141811

  23. The Seasons, and the Castle of Indolence.
    THOMSON, James. The Seasons, and the Castle of Indolence.

    London : 1841

    First Samuel Williams edition. A handsomely bound copy. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 141847

  24. Royal Characters.
    DOBSON, William T. (ed.) Royal Characters.

    London : 1881

    First edition. A handsome copy. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141849

  25. Historical Tales from Shakespeare.
    QUILLER-COUCH, Arthur. Historical Tales from Shakespeare.

    London : 1899

    First edition. An attractive copy. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141852

  26. Deutsche Liebe.
    MÜLLER, Max F. (ed.) Deutsche Liebe.

    London : 1898

    An attractive copy in a handsome arts and crafts binding, of a collection of poems first published at Leipzig in 1857. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141855

  27. Histoires extraordinaires; Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires.
    POE, Edgar Allan, & Charles Baudelaire (trans.) Histoires extraordinaires; Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires.

    Paris : 1884

    First editions thus, each number 66 of 100 copies on Japon paper, of Poe's classic tales. Each volume has an original watercolour by Swiss artist Evert van Muyden (1853-1922), who left Rome to study at Geneva's Beaux-Arts around 1884. Van Muyden is best known for his illustrations of plants and animals inspired by the Paris Museum National d'Histoire... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141759

  28. 134453
    SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. The Little Prince.

    New York : 1943

    First edition in English, first printing, in the first state jacket with the publisher's Fourth Avenue address on the front flap. Later printings had a Madison Avenue address for the publisher. Although the manuscript was composed in Saint-Exupéry's native French language, it was written and published in both English and French versions, in New York... Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 134453

  29. The Poetical Works.
    DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1806

    First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141677

  30. Emin. The Governor of Equatoria.
    SYMONS, A. J. A. Emin. The Governor of Equatoria.

    London : 1928

    First edition, limited issue, this 281 of 300 copies, and with a flavoursome presentation inscription in Symons' careful calligraphic hand: "For Eddie Marsh with envy for his possessions, and his cook, and admiration for his discernment cordially, AJA Symons". In his reminiscences, A Number of People, Marsh gives his housekeeper and cook Mrs. Elgy... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 141795

  31. Poems.
    STUART-WORTLEY, Emmeline, Lady. Poems.

    London : 1833

    First edition of the author's first publication, fairly uncommon, around a dozen copies institutionally, but this a delightful presentation copy inscribed; "For the Marchioness of Londonderry with the Author's very Affectionate Love". Stuart-Wortley memorialised her friend, Frances Anne Vane-Stewart in verse in Fisher's Drawing Scrap-Book for 1838:... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 141664

  32. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
    AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.

    Cairo : 1939

    First edition in any western language of the second novel, widely considered as one of his best, by a key figure in the development of modern Egyptian literature. A limited edition of 450 copies, this 349, signed by the author, rare with just four locations identified world-wide: American Universities Beirut and Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Bibliothèque... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141117

  33. War and Peace.
    TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.

    London : [1889]

    First translation into English from the original Russian, UK issue. This translation was the work of American editor and translator Nathan Haskell Dole (1852-1935), issued in the same year in the US and UK, with the UK issue published in four volumes and omitting the translator's preface (Walter Scott reissued the work in two volumes in 1897). Two versions... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139548

  34. The War of the Worlds.
    WELLS, H. G. The War of the Worlds.

    London : 1898

    First edition, inscribed and dated by the author on the half-title with one of his characteristic "picshuas", a caricature portrait; the inscription reading "with a signed portrait of the author. H. G. Wells June 3/99." Signed copies of this edition are notably uncommon.

    The War of the Worlds was originally printed as a serial simultaneously... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 134639

  35. Doctor Zhivago.
    PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.

    Milan : [1959]

    First Feltrinelli edition in Russian (the third overall), first printing, issued in the very attractive and distinctive dust jacket designed by Ampelio Tettamanti (1914-1961), matching that of the first edition, published in Italian by Feltrinelli in 1957.

    Doctor Zhivago was deemed unfit for publication within the Soviet Union due to certain... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134123

  36. The Importance of Being Earnest.
    WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.

    London : 1899

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author.

    Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB) meant that the play... Learn More
    £50,000.00

    Stock Code: 132907

  37. Poems.
    TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Poems.

    [London?] : 1862

    First pirated edition of Tennyson's suppressed poems, taken from the Poems, Chiefly Lyrical of 1830 and the Poems of 1833, printed by J. Dykes Campbell and sold by the bookseller John Camden Hotten.

    Tennyson took legal action, obtained an injunction to prevent its sale, and extracted an apology and 100 damages from Hotten. The book was issued... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 130070

  38. Destinations.
    THOMAS, R. S. Destinations.

    Shipston-on-Stour : 1985

    First and limited edition, one of 300 copies (this copy unnumbered and out of series), beautifully printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. Although Thomas's poetry is "commonly renowned for pessimism and distress... Destinations is the neglected mainspring of the poet's philosophical turning towards affirmation" (Christopher Morgan,... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 123679

  39. The Beautiful and Damned.
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned.

    New York : 1922

    First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket with the title in outline on the front panel. This is Fitzgerald's second novel; uncommon in the first issue dust jacket. Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 50447

  40. 139467
    BAILEY, Nathan. An Universal Etymological English Dictionary,

    London : 1737

    Eighth edition, revised. Bailey's first dictionary, originally published in octavo in 1721, was "the most popular and representative dictionary of the 18th century" (Starnes & Noyes). "Bailey's English dictionaries gave a new prominence to etymology and to lexical comprehensiveness, including dialect terms, scientific terms, common words, and even vulgar... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139467

  41. The Complete Works.
    IRVING, Washington. The Complete Works.

    New York : 1850-80

    A lovely set of the Hudson edition. Annotated matter inserted into one volume suggests this particular set belonged to a Mr. Wentworth Bacon of Canoe Hill Farm, New York. Mr Bacon was a friend to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and neighbour to Henry Morgenthau Jr., the 52nd Secretary of the Treasury who served from 1934 until 1945. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138193

  42. Facing Nature.
    UPDIKE, John. Facing Nature.

    New York : 1985

    First edition, first printing, of Updike's seventh collection of poetry. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 128336

  43. 140875
    GRAVES, Robert. The English Ballad.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140875

  44. 140876
    (WILDE, Oscar) SYMONS, Arthur. A Study of Oscar Wilde.

    London : 1930

    First edition, limited issue, number 109 of 350 numbered copies printed on Abbey Mill Antique Paper; from a total edition of 460 copies. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140876

  45. 140877
    DAHL, Roald, ed. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories.

    London : 1983

    First edition, first impression. This volume collects fourteen of Roald Dahl's favourite ghost stories, including "W.S." by L. P. Hartley, "The Corner Shop" by Cynthia Asquith, "Afterward" by Edith Wharton, "On the Brighton Road" by Richard Middleton, and "The Upper Berth" by F. Marion Crawford. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140877

  46. 140878
    GRAVES, Robert. The Real David Copperfield.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of the author's retelling of Charles Dickens's classic novel. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140878

  47. 141016
    GRAVES, Robert. Selected Poetry and Prose.

    London : 1961

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141016

  48. 141017
    GRAVES, Robert. Contemporary Techniques of Poetry.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141017

  49. The Shout.
    GRAVES, Robert. The Shout.

    London : 1929

    Signed limited edition, one of 30 copies for presentation, from a total edition of 530 numbered copies signed by Graves; this copy is number 515. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140725

  50. 140726
    GRAVES, Robert. Poems 1930-1933.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140726

  51. 140732
    GRAVES, Robert. Lars Porsena.

    London : [1927]

    First edition, first impression of this satirical treatise on the decline of swearing in the English language, including a defence of James Joyce's Ulysses from the charge of obscenity. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140732

  52. 140750
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Guards Came Through.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of poetry, comprising largely of poems relating to war. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140750

  53. Timebends.
    MILLER, Arthur. Timebends.

    New York : 1987

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140751

  54. 140720
    SIMON, Neil. I Ought To Be In Pictures.

    New York : 1981

    First edition, first printing. The play had its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 1979, before opening on Broadway in 1980, and was subsequently made into a feature film directed by Herbert Ross in 1982. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140720

  55. 140723
    GRAVES, Robert, & Alan Hodge. The Reader Over Your Shoulder.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, of this study of English prose, featuring analysis of more than fifty short passages by eminent contemporary writers including T. S. Eliot, Daphne Du Maurier, Ernest Hemingway, H. G. Wells, and Aldous Huxley. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140723

  56. Pax Obbligato.
    MARKS, Herbert H. Pax Obbligato.

    London : [1937]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 140716

  57. 140717
    PEYREFITTE, Roger. Diplomatic Conclusions.

    London : 1954

    First edition in English, first impression. The novel was first published in French as La Fin des Ambassades in 1953, and this is the first translation by Edward Hyams is the first into English. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140717

  58. 140609
    GRASS, Günther. The Flounder.

    London : 1978

    First edition in English, first impression. The present English translation was published in the US simultaneously. The novel was first published in German as Der Butt in 1977. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140609

  59. 140610
    FORSTER, E. M. Two Cheers for Democracy.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 140610

  60. Who's Sorry Now?
    JACOBSON, Howard. Who's Sorry Now?

    London : 2002

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For Bernice, who was never sorry! all my love, Howard". The recipient was the Booker Prize-winning novelist Bernice Rubens (1923-2004). Jacobson himself would go on to win the Booker Prize in 2010. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 140604

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