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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. Worstward Ho.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Worstward Ho.

    New York : 1983

    First US edition, first impression. Originally published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 143702

  2. 'With all Faults'.
    LOW, David. 'With all Faults'.

    Tehran : 1973

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed inscription to the half-title "Mea culpa et maxima poenitentia! David Low," Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 143706

  3. 143707
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); DICKENS, Charles. A Christmas Carol.

    Philadelphia & London : [1926]

    Later US printing. A lovely example in the not often seen dust jacket. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143707

  4. 140837
    AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.

    London & New York : 1930

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.

    Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140837

  5. A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical.
    POETRY ANTHOLOGY. A Collection of English Verse. Chiefly Lyrical.

    New Haven : 1894

    First edition, sole printing, of this rare privately printed anthology of English lyrical verse, printed on japon and handsomely bound. Only one copy is recorded in any library worldwide, at the Yale University Library (who give Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor as the unnamed private press involved in the book's production). Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143644

  6. Breakfast at Tiffany's.
    CAPOTE, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing of Capote's classic novella, the basis for the much-loved film. Gorgeously hand-bound by the Chelsea Bindery in deep rose-pink and black morocco leather, the front cover features a silhouetted Audrey Hepburn in that iconic Givenchy little black dress and foot long cigarette holder. Diamond embellishments on the jewellery... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 131220

  7. Irish Fairy Tales.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STEPHENS, James. Irish Fairy Tales.

    London : 1920

    Limited edition of 520 unnumbered copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 123059

  8. Canciones.
    LORCA, Federico Garcia. Canciones.

    Madrid : 1929

    Second edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to fellow "Generation of '27" group member "Para Guillermo de Torre lo salucha a la distancia, Federico Garcia Lorca", and with de Torre's purple ink ex libris stamp to verso of front free endpaper. A great association copy, connecting Spanish and South American literary circles.

    Lorca... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 143185

  9. Das Leben des Bened. von Spinoza,
    SPINOZA, Baruch - COLERUS, Johann. Das Leben des Bened. von Spinoza,

    Frankfurt & Leipzig : 1733

    First edition in German of this significant biography of Spinoza, following initial publication in Dutch in 1705, by the Lutheran preacher Johann Colerus (1647-1707). Colerus based the biography on talks with Spinoza's friend and landlord Hendrik van der Spijk, and others who knew the philosopher. Although Colerus did not sympathize with Spinoza's philosophy,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 138476

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

    New York : 1920

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

    Stock Code: 62670

  11. 143742
    LITERARY PERIODICAL. Chance: New Writing and Art.

    London : 1952-53

    First and only editions. A scarce complete set of this interesting, if short-lived, literary periodical; contributors include Elizabeth Bowen, Joyce Cary, Peter Ustinov, Brian Glanville, Wolf Mankowitz, William Sansom, Muriel Spark, Denton Welch (a posthumous piece entitled "A Short Story"), Thom Gunn, and Cecil Day Lewis. There are illustrations by... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143742

  12. The Left Bank & other stories.
    RHYS, Jean. The Left Bank & other stories.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, of Rhys's first book. While living in Paris, Rhys became friends with Ford Madox Ford who publish her short story 'Vienne' in his magazine The Transatlantic Review and supported the publication of The Left Bank. In the preface he praises Rhys's "singular instinct for form" (preface, p.24). Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143719

  13. Polemic.
    ORWELL, George (contrib.) Polemic.

    London : 1946—47

    First and only edition of this important post-war periodical, complete sets of which are decidedly uncommon: Copac locates sets at ten British and Irish institutional libraries; OCLC records no complete sets worldwide. Contributors include Bertrand Rusell, A. J. Ayer, Henry Miller, C. E. M. Joad, Ben Nicholson (who also designed the covers of issues... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 143721

  14. Travellers' Verse.
    BAWDEN, Edward, illus.; M. G. Lloyd Thomas (ed.) Travellers' Verse.

    London : 1946

    First edition, first impression, signed by Bawden on the top forecorner of the front free endpaper (suggestive, though not definitely so, of an ownership inscription). This anthology of travellers' verse from across the centuries, attractively illustrated with lithographs by Bawden, was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series (general... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143690

  15. The Wind in the Willows.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    New York : 1940

    First Rackham trade edition, first printing. "This edition is the first appearance of the 14 line drawings, which were not included in the limited edition designed by Bruce Rogers for the Limited Editions Club and published the same year" (Riall). Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143693

  16. 143699
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. Money in the Bank.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, first impression, of one of Wodehouse's standalone novels. It was originally published in the US in 1942. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143699

  17. The Diamond Smugglers.
    FLEMING, Ian. The Diamond Smugglers.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression, first state, with white lettering to spine. One of only two non-fiction books published by Fleming, it was written in collaboration with John Collard (under the pseudonym "John Blaize"), the MI5 agent who co-ordinated the elimination of a diamond smuggling racket in West Africa during the mid-1950s, and Sir Percy Sillitoe,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 143680

  18. 143682
    GRIGSON, Geoffrey, ed. Visionary Poems and Passages or the Poet's Eye.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression, very scarce in condition. This anthology of poems was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series, which was edited by W. J. Turner and Sheila Shannon. It contains works by W. H. Auden, John Milton, and John Clare, amongst other poets. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143682

  19. 143686
    GREEVER, Garland, & Joseph M. Bachelor (eds.) The Soul of the City. An Anthology of Urban Verse.

    Boston and New York : 1923

    First edition, first impression, with the very scarce dust jacket, of the first anthology of its kind, collecting the poetry of the city, drawing on Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, and Whitman, as well as representing many more contemporary writers. "A great city is a great poem - not a poem by a dapper and correct versifier, but a poem by a Shakespeare,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143686

  20. Der Doktor Faust.
    HEINE, Heinrich. Der Doktor Faust.

    Hamburg : 1851

    First edition of Heine's "dance-poem" based on Goethe's classic tale. "It was during a very dark period in Heine's unhappy life that the notion of producing a Faust of his own once more took hold of his mind. Already more than half-blind and crippled by the stroke which his fearful state of mind about his uncle's will had precipitated in March 1845,... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143688

  21. Here Lies.
    AMBLER, Eric. Here Lies.

    London : 1985

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page to his friend the historian Mortimer Chambers and his wife: "Mort and Catherine from Eric Ambler June 85." Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 143670

  22. New Hampshire.
    FROST, Robert. New Hampshire.

    New York : 1923

    First edition, first impression, signed on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "Robert Frost, Amherst, December 1923". New Hampshire is one of Frost's most notable books, and won him his first Pulitzer Prize. It contains poems such as the famous "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "Fire and Ice". There were 5,350 copies (of which... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 143675

  23. 143676
    TROUBETZKOY, Princess Paul. Gallows' Seed.

    New York : 1935

    First US edition, sole printing, of this thriller by Princess Paul Troubetzkoy. The first edition was published in London in the preceding year - both US and UK versions are rare, with only 3 copies of each recorded in institutional holdings worldwide. The sensational jacket must, of course, be rarer still.

    The author was British novelist Rhoda... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 143676

  24. 143654
    GREENE, Graham. British Dramatists.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression. A survey of British drama; part of the Britain in Pictures series. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 143654

  25. 143659
    FLEMING, Ian. Ian Fleming Introduces Jamaica.

    London : 1965

    First edition, first impression, of Fleming's survey of Jamaica, the home of his Goldeneye estate, an island which he loved and which influenced his Bond novels. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143659

  26. 143631
    MACINNES, Colin. England, Half English.

    London : 1961

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 143631

  27. 143600
    ENRIGHT, D. J. Academic Year.

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, of Enright's first novel, uncommon in the John Minto-designed jacket. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143600

  28. 143604
    STEWART, Carol (ed.) Poems of Sleep and Dream.

    London : 1947

    First edition, first impression, of the first book to be illustrated by Colquhoun. It was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series, which was edited by W. J. Turner and Sheila Shannon. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143604

  29. 143617
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Tactical Exercise.

    Boston : 1954

    First edition, first printing of this short story collection that was only published in the USA. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143617

  30. 143251
    MORRISON, Toni. The Bluest Eye.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing, of Morrison's highly influential debut novel, in notably attractive condition. The Bluest Eye "cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing black girls at the center of the story" and its lasting importance was cited when Morrison received the Nobel Prize for her contributions to literature... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143251

  31. 143253
    SHELLEY, Mary. Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.

    London : 1888

    A lovely example of Routledge's Pocket Library edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Shelley's pioneering work was first published in 1818. The definitive, expanded, text, which includes a new chapter and the celebrated Preface in which she describes the novel's genesis in the nocturnal storytelling session at the Villa Diodati, was published... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143253

  32. 143303
    AUSTEN, Jane. Love & Freindship [sic].

    London : 1922

    First edition, deluxe issue, number 233 of 260 copies printed on larger paper and in full-cloth, here the copy of the great bibliographer of 19th-century literature Michael Sadleir, with his bookplate to front free endpaper verso. Sadleir discovered that the "horrid novels" referenced in Northanger Abbey were in fact real gothic titles, as opposed to... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143303

  33. 142875
    BUKOWSKI, Charles, & Linda King. Me and Your Sometimes Love Poems.

    Los Angeles : [1972]

    First edition, one of an estimated 100 copies only, this attractive copy signed by both authors on the front cover, with three minor manuscript corrections in blue ink King's hand to the text. Bukowski collaborated on this work with his then partner Linda King, a poet and sculptor who edited the literary magazine Purr.

    While bibliographer... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142875

  34. 142940
    DICKENS, Charles. Master Humphrey's Clock.

    London : 1840-41

    FIRST EDITION, IN THE ORIGINAL WEEKLY PARTS, the rarest of the three formats in which it was issued, this set in attractive condition and partly unopened. Gordon Ray described this work, which issues two novels together, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge, as "the pinnacle of Dickensian Gothic".

    This publishing experiment... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 142940

  35. The Christmas numbers of Household Words and All the Year Round.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Christmas numbers of Household Words and All the Year Round.

    London : 1850-1867

    Together eighteen consecutive volumes of the Christmas numbers of Household Words (nine parts, published from 1850 to 1858) and All the Year Round (nine parts, published from 1858 to 1867), attractively presented.

    Dickens edited Household Words and All the Year Round between 1850 and 1859, and 1859 and 1895 respectively. While... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 142964

  36. 143030
    LAWRENCE, T. E. Oriental Assembly.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, a bright copy in a particularly attractive example of the jacket. Oriental Assembly contains all the hitherto uncollected writings by Lawrence about the East, including the first publication for the general public of the suppressed introductory chapter of Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

    The work also includes... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 143030

  37. 143250
    FAULKNER, William. Pylon.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing, in uncommonly bright condition. Faulkner began work on what would become Pylon as soon as he returned from a trip to New Orleans to see the Pan-American air races two months after he received his pilot's license. The novel reflects "all the enthusiasm and fascination for aeronautica of the newly-fledged pilot"... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143250

  38. 142740
    CLARKE, Arthur C. 2001. A Space Odyssey.

    New York : 1968

    First edition, first printing, an exceptionally bright copy. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 142740

  39. 142119
    CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de. The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha.

    London : 1749

    First octavo edition of the Jarvis translation, the second overall following the large quarto edition of 1742. The translator was in fact Charles Jervas (1675-1739), but the misprinting of his name as Jarvis on the title page has led this to be known as the Jarvis translation. The translation was published posthumously and frequently reprinted, and... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 142119

  40. An Ideal Husband.
    WILDE, Oscar. An Ideal Husband.

    London : 1899

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Oscar Wilde's third comedy, An Ideal Husband premiered at the Haymarket on 3 January 1895, before Wilde's trial, but was not published until after his release from prison. This edition was published anonymously. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140565

  41. Time and the Gods.
    DUNSANY, Lord. Time and the Gods.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression, of this influential fantasy text, with a four-page autograph letter signed from the author to William Roughead tipped-in to the front free endpaper, and Roughead's bookplate to the front pastedown. Roughead (1870-1952) was a Scottish lawyer and popular true crime author with whom Dunsany shared a long-held correspondence... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139315

  42. De voornaamste Gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot,
    CERVANTES, Miguel de; Jacob Campo Weyerman (trans.) De voornaamste Gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot,

    The Hague : 1746

    An extraordinary example of one of the most significant illustrated Cervantes editions of the 18th century; a fine, large paper copy of the lavish 1746 Hague edition of Don Quixote, each of the 31 copperplates here beautifully illuminated by a contemporary hand and heightened with gold, presented in an elaborately worked Dutch binding.

    The grand... Learn More
    £50,000.00

    Stock Code: 137295

  43. 143599
    JAMES, Henry. In the Cage.

    London : 1898

    First edition, preceding the US edition by a month. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 143599

  44. Fever Pitch.
    HORNBY, Nick. Fever Pitch.

    London : 1992

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the title page "Best wishes, Nick Hornby". Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142960

  45. 143325
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. Blandings Castle and Elsewhere.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression, in an uncommon variant binding not mentioned in McIlvaine. This is the first collected edition of these six short stories, which were originally published in British or American magazines. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 143325

  46. 142937
    GILL, Eric. Sacred and Secular in Art and Industry.

    Rhode Island : 1939

    First edition, first printing, one of 400 copies only. In his lecture, Gill explores the relationship and the ratio of power between art and industry, skill and labour, personality and impersonality, and of course, sacred and secular. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 142937

  47. Diálogos.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. Diálogos.

    [Buenos Aires] : 1983

    First edition, first printing, of these dialogues, gathered by Montenegro to "expose in an articulate way Borges's thoughts about the events of the past years, and to rectify the fragmented or circumstantial interpretations that distorted his thought" (front flap). This copy bears the ownership inscription of Borges's controversial English-language... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 142917

  48. 143302comp
    WELSH, Irvine. Filth.

    London : 1998

    First edition, first impression. Signed on the title page by 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 publisher. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 143302

  49. Half O'Clock in Mayfair.
    TROUBETZKOY, Princess Paul. Half O'Clock in Mayfair.

    Paris : [1938]

    First edition, sole impression, a truly rare production of the Obelisk Press, with only three copies showing in institutional holdings worldwide (all in America). The author was British novelist Rhoda Muriel Boddam (b. 1898), second wife of the Russian sculptor Prince Paul Troubezkoy (1866-1938). He was a prominent figure of the Belle Epoque, acquainted... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143574

  50. Oeuvres.
    MOLIÈRE, pseud. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. Oeuvres.

    Paris : 1835-36

    First Johannot edition of the works of Molière, the master of French comedy, this edition for the first time thoroughly illustrated by Tony Johannot, and this copy lavishly bound by Hayday. Each volume bears the armorial bookplate of John Congreve of Mount Congreve estate (Waterford, Ireland), whose grandfather (also John Congreve) had assembled the... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143509

  51. 143499
    LE CARRÉ, John. Our Kind of Traitor.

    London : 2010

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author to the title page. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 143499

  52. 143507
    DICKENS, Charles. All The Year Round. A Weekly Journal.

    London : 1859-60

    A contemporary-bound set of Dickens's journal All the Year Round, including therein the original publication of A Tale of Two Cities and The Uncommercial Traveller, both of which were only issued in book form upon completion of the serialization. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143507

  53. The End of the "Old School Tie".
    ORWELL, George (introd.); WORSLEY, T. C. The End of the "Old School Tie".

    London : 1941

    Second edition reset, with an introduction by George Orwell. The colophon reports that the first printing of this book in April 1941 was destroyed in its entirety by enemy action. The book is part of the Searchlight Book Series, which included The Lion and the Unicorn by George Orwell. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143452

  54. Oscar and Lucinda.
    CAREY, Peter. Oscar and Lucinda.

    London : 1988

    First UK edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author "To Tara, I hope you enjoy it, Peter Carey 30/3/88" on the title page. Oscar and Lucinda won the 1988 Booker Prize and the 1989 Miles Franklin Award. It was originally published in Australia earlier the same year. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143330

  55. Paterson.
    WILLIAMS, William Carlos. Paterson.

    New York : [1951]

    First collected edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the front free endpaper: "Norman Di Giovanni with best wishes William Carlos Williams 12/24/51". Norman Thomas di Giovanni was a writer and translator best known for his later translations of Jorge Luis Borges writings, and his friendship with the Argentinean author.

    The... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 143332

  56. The Trembling of the Veil.
    YEATS, W. B. The Trembling of the Veil.

    London : 1922

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 499 of 1,000 subscribers copies signed by the author and printed on handmade paper. The Trembling of the Veil was the second of Yeats's seven autobiographical works, and was described by Arthur Symons as "an absolute masterpiece: far & away the best thing Yeats has ever done" (Ross, p. 559).

    The... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 143336

  57. 143337
    NICOLSON, Harold. Verlaine.

    London : [1921]

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, an uncut copy with an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket. Nicolson's Verlaine is rare in the dust jacket - we have only seen one other, and can trace none at auction - this copy, almost untouched and unopened, is rarer still in such condition.

    Harold Nicolson (1886-1968)... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143337

  58. La Ballade de la Geôle de Reading.
    CAMUS, Albert - WILDE, Oscar. La Ballade de la Geôle de Reading.

    [Paris] : [1952]

    First edition thus, first printing, out-of-series presentation copy, inscribed by Camus on the title page of "L'artiste en prison" "A Sylvestre, en souvenir d'Iguape, et avec l'amicale pensée d'Albert Camus" ("to Sylvestre, in memory of Iguape and with the amicable thought of Albert Camus"), and with the two corrections in his hand on pp. 19 and 21.... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 143345

  59. A Small Town in Germany.
    LE CARRÉ, John. A Small Town in Germany.

    London : 1968

    First edition, first impression, of the author's fifth novel. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 143437

  60. A Look Round the Estate:
    AMIS, Kingsley. A Look Round the Estate:

    London : 1967

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow author and bibliophile "John Baxter, from Kingsley Amis, drinking at a quiet pace".

    Baxter recounts the circumstances of his Amis collection being signed in his entertaining memoir A Pound of Paper (2002). Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142957

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