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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. Talks with Tolstoi.
    GOLDENVEIZER, A. B. Talks with Tolstoi.

    Richmond : 1923

    First edition in English, first impression, one of 1,000 copies only.

    A composer, Goldenveizer was a close friend of Tolstoy in his youth and transcribed many of their conversations. Talks with Tolstoi was taken from the first volume of his diaries, published in Moscow in 1922. For the present edition, Koteliansky translated the text... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142958

  2. 142961
    OWEN, Wilfred. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 142961

  3. The Poet In New York and Other Poems.
    LORCA, Federico Garcia. The Poet In New York and Other Poems.

    New York : 1940

    First edition, first printing, of Lorca's final cycle of poems. They were published posthumously but were written during his New York residency in 1929 and 1930. This edition precedes the first Spanish edition of Mexico, Poeta en Nueva York, by just a few weeks. The original Spanish text and English translation are printed facing each other.

    Known... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142962

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    GOREY, Edward. Gorey Posters.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, first printing, signed by Edward Gorey on the title page. 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
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 143260

  5. 142927
    REYNOLDS, Ernest. Scheherazade.

    Baghdad : [c. 1942]

    First and only edition. Rare, Library Hub locates only two copies (BL, NLS), WorldCat lists one more at Oxford, and we could trace none at auction. Reynolds (b. 1910) was a writer on theatre and opera, a poet and dramatist, who was a British Council Lecturer at Baghdad and Lisbon between 1940 and 1944, before teaching English at Birmingham University.... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142927

  6. Persephone in Hades.
    PITTER, Ruth. Persephone in Hades.

    Auch : 1931

    First edition, first printing, one of 100 copies only, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title "To Christopher Hassall. From Ruth Pitter. March 1937".

    Christopher Vernon Hassall (1912-1963) was an actor, dramatist, poet, and librettist, who was also a noted biographer of poets Rupert Brooke and Edward Marsh.

    Library... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 142939

  7. Retreat.
    BLUNDEN, Edmund. Retreat.

    [London] : 1928

    Signed limited edition, publisher's presentation copy, inscribed on the limitation page "Kenneth Rae his copy; floreant Ambo. E. B. May? no, June 2, 1929", with a drawing of a road sign around the limitation, numbering this copy "Thorough fare. By. Order". One of 112 signed copies on hand-made paper, of which 12 out of series unnumbered copies not for... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142941

  8. Atalanta's Garland.
    WOOLF, Virginia (contrib.) Atalanta's Garland.

    Edinburgh : 1926

    First edition, first impression, and first appearance of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Woman's College from Outside". This literary and artistic "miscellany" produced to celebrate and fund the Edinburgh University Women's Union in its 21st year.

    It also features writing by, among others, Hilaire Belloc, W. H. Davies, Walter de la Mare, Fredegond... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142944

  9. One Fat Englishman.
    AMIS, Kingsley. One Fat Englishman.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow author and bibliophile "John Baxter, from another fat Englishman, Kingsley Amis".

    Baxter recounts the circumstances of his Amis collection being signed in his entertaining memoir A Pound of Paper (2002). Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 142955

  10. The Informer.
    O'FLAHERTY, Liam. The Informer.

    London : 1925

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

    Stock Code: 70385

  11. 143213
    GOREY, Edward. Dracula. A Toy Theatre.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, first and only printing, of Gorey's "cut out and assemble" replica of the sets and costumes he designed for the 1977 Broadway production of Bram Stocker's Dracula, and for which he won a Tony award for Best Costume Design. He was also nominated in the category for Best Scenic Design.

    The book includes six walls (not... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 143213

  12. My Early Life.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. My Early Life.

    London : 1937

    Second impression of The Keystone Library edition. Inscribed by the author to the binder's front blank "To Patrick Monkhouse from Winston S. Churchill May 1938." The recipient, Patrick 'Paddy' Monkhouse (1905-1981) joined the Manchester Guardian in 1927 as reporter, leader writer and critic, before joining the Evening Standard from 1936-1940. He rejoined... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 134668

  13. The Burning Hare.
    WOOLF, Leonard (inscr.); HALL, J. C. The Burning Hare.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from Leonard Woolf (the book being published by The Hogarth Press, in these later days a subsidiary imprint of Chatto & Windus), inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Angela from Leonard July 1966", together with a typed note signed dated 3 September 1966: "Dearest Angela, the book of poems which... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 138417

  14. Al Que Quiere!
    WILLIAMS, William Carlos. Al Que Quiere!

    Boston : 1917

    First edition, first printing, very scarce early presentation copy inscribed by Williams to the writer Waldo Frank (1889-1967) on the front free endpaper, "To Waldo Frank from William Carlos Williams, May 23 - 1919". Early dated presentation copies from Williams are very seldom encountered.

    The title of this, his third collection, means "To... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 142739

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    ACKROYD, Peter. London Lickpenny.

    London : 1973

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author "Peter Ackroyd, London: November 25, 1990" on the title page. London Lickpenny was Ackroyd's second book. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143457

  16. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
    MCKAY, Donald (illus.); TWAIN, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    New York : 1930

    Signed limited edition, number 60 of 2,000 copies signed by the illustrator. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 143422

  17. [Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas] Rolling Stone No. 95 [&] No. 96.
    THOMPSON, Hunter S., as Raoul Duke. [Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas] Rolling Stone No. 95 [&] No. 96.

    San Francisco : 11 and 25 Nov. 1971

    First appearance in print of Hunter S Thompson's great work, complete as issued. The importance of its appearance at this time and in this context cannot be stressed strongly enough; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas both heralded and defined the decade of decadence that filled the vacuum left by the passing of the preceding decade of idealism, and Rolling... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 143427

  18. 143428
    POGANY, Willy (illus.); COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

    London : [1910]

    First Pogany edition, deluxe issue. Featuring intricately decorated borders and text printed in manuscript style, this edition of Coleridge's masterpiece is perhaps Pogany's best work, "considered by many to be among the most beautiful books ever produced" (Jeff Menges). Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143428

  19. 143082
    LANG, Andrew (ed.) The Orange Fairy Book.

    London : 1906

    First edition, first impression, of the tenth of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books, gathering folk stories from Africa to Jutland, here a particularly fine copy preserving - most unusually - the original dust jacket, without restoration.

    "The series became a landmark in the presentation of traditional tales, for it introduced children to selections of... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 143082

  20. They Also Serve.
    BECKETT, Samuel - FRASER, G. S. They Also Serve.

    London : Friday February 1956

    Review article from The Times Literary Supplement on Waiting for Godot. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 98646

  21. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.
    INGOLDSBY, Thomas, pseud. of Richard Harris Barham. The Ingoldsby Legends or Mirth and Marvels.

    London : 1864

    An elegantly bound edition of the Ingoldsby Legends, which were first serialised in Bentley's Miscellany from 1837, and first published in book form 1840-47. The plates by Leech, Tenniel, and Cruikshank are wonderfully spirited and inventive.

    Under the guise of Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Everard in Kent, Barham "discovered"... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143170

  22. Romola.
    ELIOT, George. Romola.

    Leipzig : 1863

    First published in the Cornhill Magazine 1862-3, Eliot's novel of Renaissance Florence became a popular souvenir for late "Grand Tourists" when presented thus. This historical novel, set in 15th-century Florence, was first published in book form the same year at London and Edinburgh. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 142990

  23. A Book of Twenty Songs.
    SYMONS, Arthur. A Book of Twenty Songs.

    London : 1905

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to his daughter, whose mother was the dedicatee and Symons wife, Rhoda; "To Anna for her birthday, December 18: 1905, Arthur". A lovely family copy. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142993

  24. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.); McMANUS, Blanche (illus.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : 1903

    An attractive edition of the Rubáiyát, in a refined contemporary arts and crafts binding, in the style of Douglas Cockerell, and nicely preserving McManus's original endpapers. Founded at the turn of the century by Alexander Moring, the De La More Press produced small, finely printed editions, including several Rubáiyáts.

    From the library... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142994

  25. The Essential Shakespeare.
    HUGHES, Ted (inscr.); SHAKESPEARE, William. The Essential Shakespeare.

    Hopewell, New Jersey : 1991

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn love Ted 9th March 1992". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established the Rainbow Press with Ted... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 143416

  26. The Works.
    WELLS, H. G. The Works.

    New York : 1924-7

    A handsome set of the Atlantic Edition. Signed limited edition, deluxe issue, number 711 of 1,050 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of Volume I and released for distribution in America, of which 50 were reserved for presentation.

    A further 620 sets were released by T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd, in Great Britain and Ireland, 20 of which... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 143381

  27. 143415
    HAMMETT, Dashiell. The Big Knockover. Selected Stories and Short Novels.

    New York : 1956

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 143415

  28. 143069
    ELIOT, George. Daniel Deronda.

    Edinburgh & London : 1876

    First edition, in the original parts, of Eliot's last completed novel. With the errata slip in parts 3 and 6; parts 1 to 7 with a slip advertising the next instalment.

    "While creating once more a panorama of social classes and opinion and showing how individuals interact at times of social change, this novel spreads its net even wider than its... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 143069

  29. 142585
    TWAIN, Mark. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson.

    Hartford, CT : 1894

    First US edition, first state, with the text block measuring 1 1/8 inches and the title leaf conjugate, not tipped in, and Twain's facsimile signature to the frontispiece. It was initially serialised in The Century Magazine from 1893 to 1894, and was originally published in the UK earlier in 1894. This copy is in notably attractive condition.... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 142585

  30. 142586
    TWAIN, Mark. The Innocents Abroad, or the New Pilgrims' Progress;

    Hartford : 1869

    First edition, first printing, with all necessary issue points. An attractive unrepaired example of Twain's humorous account of his time aboard the steamer Quaker City on its five-and-a-half-month "pleasure excursion" to Europe and the Middle East in 1867 as a roving reporter for the San Francisco Daily Alta.

    This copy has the following... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 142586

  31. 142588
    TWAIN, Mark. Following the Equator.

    Hartford, Connecticut : 1897

    First edition of Twain's travelogue from a tour through the British Empire. This bright copy with the preferred single Hartford imprint, and the signature "11" at p. 161.

    Having invested heavily in revolutionary but flawed typesetting machinery, by 1894 Twain was practically bankrupt. He thus set out on a tour of the British Empire in 1895 to... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142588

  32. 142599
    TWAIN, Mark. Life on the Mississippi.

    Boston : 1883

    First US edition; second state, with no illustrated tail-piece on page 441, and the caption on page 443 reading "The St Charles Hotel" changed from the first state "The St Louis Hotel". An attractive copy of Clemens's classic anecdotal travel narrative, which contains an autobiographical account of his childhood experiences, as well as his life on the... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 142599

  33. The Dramatic Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Dramatic Works.

    London : 1826

    An exquisitely bound copy of this attractive Regency edition of Shakespeare, printed by Charles Corrall for the pioneering publisher William Pickering using his miniscule diamond type in double columns: the text is tiny but perfectly legible.

    The plates were prepared for The Plays of Shakespeare in Pickering's 1825 "miniature classics" edition.... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 141562

  34. Middle East Diary.
    COWARD, Noël. Middle East Diary.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression, a very scarce presentation copy inscribed by the author to Coward's friend the actress Joyce Carey on the title page: "For Joyce from !!!". Coward's Middle East Diary relates his late 1943 tour across North Africa, the Levant and Iraq, visiting wounded soldiers in hospitals and performing a series of morale boosting... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143406

  35. Icaro.
    DE BOSIS, Lauro. Icaro.

    New York : 1933

    First edition in English, US issue, first printing, presentation copy from the translator Ruth Draper, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Walter Oakley, with the regards of Ruth Draper. October 1931." Oakley was the US-based sales manager of the Oxford University Press. A lovely copy in the very scarce jacket of the 1928 Olympic Prizewinning verse-play... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 143414

  36. 143375
    ORWELL, George; Reginald Reynolds; A. J. P. Taylor (eds.) British Pamphleteers.

    London : 1948 & 51

    First editions, first impressions thus, of this collection of pamphlets published over the last five hundred years. George Orwell edited and contributed the introduction to volume I, which was published in November 1948. His death in January 1950 led to A. J. P. Taylor replacing him as joint editor and writing the introduction for volume II, which was... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 143375

  37. The Writings.
    TWAIN, Mark. The Writings.

    New York : 1922-5

    The Definitive Edition, number 285 of 1,024 numbered sets, with the front blank signed by the author as "Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain" and with the limitation leaf signed by Twain's biographer Albert Bigelow Paine. A handsome set in a contemporary fine binding of the most complete of all the collected editions of Twain's works. Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 143379

  38. 143385
    FITZGERALD, F. Scott. The Pat Hobby Stories.

    New York : 1962

    First edition, first printing. A collection of Fitzgerald's stories about Pat Hobby, a Hollywood writer "who was hot stuff when the movies were dumb", published in Esquire magazine between January 1940 and May 1941. Fitzgerald had himself worked, frustratingly, as a Hollywood writer, and these experiences influenced the Pat Hobby stories as well as... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 143385

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    LE CARRÉ, John. Smiley's People.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. The final novel of the Karla trilogy, following Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy. Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 143369

  40. The Fall of America.
    GINSBERG, Allen. The Fall of America.

    San Francisco : 1972

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscrutably inscribed on the title page, "Feb 4, 1973, Allen - Bold Tattle, What?! We'll all live to see what it means, happily! Allen Ginsberg". The title page also has the ownership inscription of the recipient, Allen de Zouch. The Fall of America was published as number 30 in City Lights's Pocket Poets... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143357

  41. 143359
    ROSS, J. Maclaren-. The Nine Men of Soho.

    London : 1946

    First edition, first impression, scarce in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 143359

  42. The Golden Treasury.
    PALGRAVE, Francis Turner (ed.) The Golden Treasury.

    Cambridge : 1861

    First edition, first impression, with the relevant points as established by Foxon: 4 notes on p. 323, Roman-type half-title, price of "4/6" on spine. The first impression was published in July 1861; based on Palgrave's notes in his own copies, the second impression was published in October, and the third in November.

    Dedicated to his friend Alfred... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 143363

  43. 143364
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Philadelphia : 1882

    First edition thus, the seventh overall, quite scarce, and a very nice copy. This is the first Philadelphia edition to be printed following the book's censorship in the previous year, Osgood's edition having been labelled by the Massachusetts Attorney General as "Obscene and Ordered To Be Removed From Sale". Osgood refused to publish further, expressing... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143364

  44. The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night.
    BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night.

    Benares : 1885-8

    First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes.

    The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition.... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 143343

  45. 143222
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem, with Notes.

    London : 1813

    First edition, an "unmutilated" copy, with title page and final leaf intact, and including the poetic dedication to Harriet.

    Queen Mab was Shelley's most provocative poem and a key radical text in the early years of the 19th century. The entire edition was 250 copies, published by Thomas Hookman for private distribution by Shelley himself.... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 143222

  46. 143232
    PULLMAN, Philip. His Dark Materials.

    London : 1995-1997-2000

    First editions, first impressions, in first issue jackets, of the complete Dark Materials trilogy, in particularly nice condition. Pullman's epic trilogy of fantasy novels is recognized as one of the best children's novels of the 20th century.

    The Amber Spyglass won the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year award, being the first... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 143232

  47. 143097
    JOYCE, James. The Mime of Mick, Nick and the Maggies.

    The Hague : 1934

    First and limited edition, number 115 of 1,000 copies printed on Old Antique Dutch paper (a further 29 copies were issued printed on japon and signed). The text is a fragment from the upcoming Finnegans Wake, and comprised book 2, chapter 1 of the novel when it was published in 1939.

    The front cover design, initial letter, and tail-piece were... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 143097

  48. Love.
    CARTER, Angela. Love.

    London : 1972

    First paperback edition, signed by the author on the title page; the novel was first published in hardback the previous year. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142579

  49. Honeybuzzard.
    CARTER, Angela. Honeybuzzard.

    London : 1968

    First paperback edition, signed by the author on the half-title; the novel was first published in hardback in 1966, under the title Shadow Dance. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 142580

  50. Dart.
    OSWALD, Alice. Dart.

    London : 2002

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to her fellow poet Pat Borthwick, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Pat love from Alice O. Ledbury 2009". Oswald's book-length poem, winner of the 2002 T. S. Eliot Prize, documents the River Dart in Devon over three years. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 142589

  51. The Complete Works.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. The Complete Works.

    Philadelphia : 1886

    A handsomely bound set of Shakespeare's works. Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 142622

  52. The Mission Song.
    LE CARRÉ, John. The Mission Song.

    London : 2006

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 142391

  53. 142394
    LE CARRÉ, John. Our Game.

    London : 1995

    First edition, first impression, with a signed photograph of Le Carré mounted facing the half-title. The first edition was not for sale in the UK and was traded only at airports and parts of the former colonies. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142394

  54. A Legacy of Spies.
    LE CARRÉ, John. A Legacy of Spies.

    London : 2017

    First edition, first impression, signed issue, signed by the author on the edition page. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 142397

  55. Scenes and Portraits.
    MANNING, Frederic. Scenes and Portraits.

    London : 1930

    Second edition, first impression. Number 177 of 250 copies signed by the author on the verso of the title page. First published in 1909, this is a series of imaginary debates on themes appropriate to the characters, with figures such as Socrates, Euripides, St. Francis of Assisi, Thomas Cromwell and Machiavelli taking part. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 91514

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    MANNING, Frederic. Scenes & Portraits.

    London : 1909

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Eva Fowler, to whom he had been introduced the previous year, on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs Alfred Fowler, from the author. 17.5.1909" and with the bookplate of the recipient's husband to both front pastedown and front free endpaper. Eva Fowler (1872-1921) was a minor... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 94483

  57. 143087
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    Paris : 1928

    Tenth printing, unrestored in the original wrappers and in particularly nice condition. The novel was first published by Shakespeare and Company in 1922. Widely recognized as the key book of 20th-century English literature, it is among the major works in the modernist canon. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 143087

  58. 143096
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    Hamburg : 1932

    First Odyssey edition, first printing, single volume issue, the first printing of Ulysses issued in cloth. The novel was first published by Shakespeare and Company in 1922. Widely recognized as the key book of 20th-century English literature, it is among the major works in the modernist canon. Stuart Gilbert edited the text of this edition with help... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 143096

  59. Ulysse.
    JOYCE, James. Ulysse.

    Paris : 1929

    First edition in French, number 474 of 875 copies on Alfa Vergé paper, out of a total edition of 1,200. This was the second translation of Ulysses following the German edition of 1927.

    A French translation of Ulysses was started in 1923 by Valery Larbaud at Joyce's request, but the author grew dissatisfied and halted the project, saying that... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 143100

  60. Fairies and Fusiliers.
    GRAVES, Robert. Fairies and Fusiliers.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Fairies and Fusiliers, Graves' third book, is dedicated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers and contains some of the author's most memorable war poems. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140407

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