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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WODEHOUSE, P. G. Joy in the Morning.
London : 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
FLEMING, Ian. You Only Live Twice.
London : 1964First 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
PARKER, Dorothy. The Viking Portable Library.
New York : 1945First 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
ANGELOU, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
New York : 1969First 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
GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude.
New York : 1970First 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
STOPPARD, Tom. The Real Inspector Hound.
London : 1968First 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
GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Earth Gods.
New York : 1931First 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
KIPLING, Rudyard. Rewards and Fairies.
London : 1910First 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
VERNE, Jules. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
London : 1872 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
BOWLES, Fred. G. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.
London : 1899First 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
SPARE, Austin Osman, & Clifford Bax (eds.) The Golden Hind.
London : April 1924First 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
A. E. [George William Russell.] The Earth Breath and Other Poems.
New York and London : 1897First 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
(BURNS, Robert.) JOHNSTONE, Alexander. The Flora of Burns.
Edinburgh : 1905First 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
OMAR KHAYYÁM. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.
Worcester, Mass. : 1910First 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
(DACIER, Anne Lefèvre, trans.) HOMER. L'Iliade d'Homere,
Paris : 1711First 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
RAND, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged.
New York : 1957First 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
STEVENSON, Robert Louis, & Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson. More New Arabian Nights: The Dynamiter.
London : [after] 1885Robert 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
(ROYCROFTERS.) WILDE, Oscar, & Elbert Hubbard (ed.) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
East Aurora, NY : 1905First 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
MORRIS, William. An Address.
London : 1898First 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
(REMINGTON, Frederic.) HASSRICK, Peter H., & Melissa J. Webster. Frederic Remington.
Cody, Wy : 1996First 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
POE, Edgar Allan, & Charles Baudelaire (trans.) Histoires extraordinaires; Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires.
Paris : 1884First 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
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. The Little Prince.
New York : 1943First 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
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First 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
SYMONS, A. J. A. Emin. The Governor of Equatoria.
London : 1928First 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
STUART-WORTLEY, Emmeline, Lady. Poems.
London : 1833First 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
AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
Cairo : 1939First 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
TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace.
London : 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
WELLS, H. G. The War of the Worlds.
London : 1898First 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
PASTERNAK, Boris. Doctor Zhivago.
Milan : 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
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First 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
TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Poems.
[London?] : 1862First 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
THOMAS, R. S. Destinations.
Shipston-on-Stour : 1985First 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
FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Beautiful and Damned.
New York : 1922First 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
BAILEY, Nathan. An Universal Etymological English Dictionary,
London : 1737Eighth 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
IRVING, Washington. The Complete Works.
New York : 1850-80A 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
DAHL, Roald, ed. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories.
London : 1983First 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
GRAVES, Robert. Lars Porsena.
London : 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
SIMON, Neil. I Ought To Be In Pictures.
New York : 1981First 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
GRAVES, Robert, & Alan Hodge. The Reader Over Your Shoulder.
London : 1943First 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
PEYREFITTE, Roger. Diplomatic Conclusions.
London : 1954First 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
JACOBSON, Howard. Who's Sorry Now?
London : 2002First 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