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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. A Handful of Dust.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust.

    London : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 74152

  2. Ulysses.
    JOYCE, James. Ulysses.

    Basel : 1927

    First German edition, number 174 of 1,000 copies, this one of an unspecified number bound in quarter morocco; it is the first foreign language edition of Ulysses. Slocum and Cahoon comment that "the emphasis on the private nature of this publication and the strict limitation of copies was caused by some fear on the part of the Swiss publisher that... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 35202

  3. David Elginbrod.
    MACDONALD, George. David Elginbrod.

    London : 1863

    First edition of this novel of Scottish country life "peculiarly tinged with his speculative tendency and mystic significance" (Eggleston, p. 504). David Elginbrod was George MacDonald's first real success and effectively challenged 19th-century materialism, contributing to contemporary interest in psychic experiences. MacDonald (1824-1905) was originally... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 37011

  4. Fables.
    (BLAKE, William.) GAY, John. Fables.

    London : 1793

    First edition thus, with 12 plates engraved by William Blake; these are sometimes stated to have been designed as well as engraved by Blake, but the illustrations are based largely on designs from earlier editions, particularly those of John Wootton and William Kent for the first edition of 1727. Keynes notes that the first Blake plate, "The Shepherd... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 140405

  5. Travelling Letters.
    DICKENS, Charles. Travelling Letters.

    New York : 1846

    First US and first separate edition. These sketches of Dickens' travels originally appeared in the London Daily News between 21 January and 11 March 1846 under the same title, before being included in Pictures from Italy that year. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138175

  6. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
    DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.

    Philadelphia : 1836-1837

    First US editions, first states. Parts 1 to 4 (appearing between 5 November 1836 and 20 September 1837) precede the first book edition in London, which was published by Chapman and Hall on 17 November 1837. The fifth part of the American edition appeared on 29 December. Part I is particularly scarce in first state, being issued in only 1,500 copies... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 138128

  7. El Congreso.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. El Congreso.

    Buenos Aires : 1971

    First edition in book form, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Borges to fellow writer Hugo Manning, who drew Borges's portrait, used as a frontispiece in the English edition, The Congress (1974). Though this utopian meditation has confused some critics, Borges was very fond of it: "If of all my stories I had to save one, I would... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 135421

  8. The Cuckoo's Calling.
    [ROWLING, J. K.] GALBRAITH, Robert. The Cuckoo's Calling.

    London : 2013

    First edition, first impression. The first printing of the first edition ran to at least 1,500 copies, with a cover which features a quote from Val McDermid, while the back cover has quotes from Mark Billingham and Alex Gray. The copyright page does not have a number line but simply states "First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Sphere". Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 131822

  9. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; [together with:] Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There.

    London : 1880-1

    Sixth edition. A beautifully bound set of Carroll's classic works. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 122169

  10. The Complete Works.
    MONTAIGNE, Michel de, & William Hazlitt (ed.) The Complete Works.

    London : 1842

    First Hazlitt edition of the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne's collected works, gathering his influential essays and letters. The present essays were originally published between around 1570 to 1592, and cover a wide variety of topics, from religion, philosophy, and classics, to solitude, age, drunkenness, anger, books, imagination, and many... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 140342

  11. The Nightingale.
    ANDERSEN, Hans Christian. The Nightingale.

    Birmingham : 1896

    First UK edition of the Merrymount Press production (the US edition was published the same year but in wrappers only), beautifully illustrated by Birmingham arts and crafts artist Mary J. Newill (1860-1947). She was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists from 1909 to 1923. A diverse artist, she was a teacher of needlework, textile worker,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140242

  12. Don Tarquínío.
    ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. Don Tarquínío.

    London : 1905

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding. This copy has an apparently unpublished autograph letter discussing the writing of this work signed from Rolfe tipped in to the first blank. The letter, dated 25 January 1905, is on Jesus College, Oxford, letterhead and discusses an upcoming visit of his to the unnamed recipient; Rolfe commenting... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 140100

  13. 139910
    HUXLEY, Aldous, and others. Georgian Stories 1924.

    London : 1924

    First edition, first impression. This is the second volume in Chapman and Hall's short story anthologies, here including Huxley's The Gioconda Smile, P. G. Wodehouse's The Purity of the Turf, and works by Algernon Blackwood, Orlo Williams, and Stacy Aumonier, among others. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 139910

  14. The Wind in the Willows.
    GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows.

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression, of "one of the central classics of children's fiction" (The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature). From the library of Martin Mitau (19001973) and Marjorie (née Fleishhacker) Mitau (19061983) were both San Franciscans and lived in the Bay Area all their lives. He was a member of Roxburghe Club of San Francisco... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 138508

  15. 137906
    SALTEN, Felix. Bambi, A Life in the Woods.

    New York : 1928

    First US edition, first printing. The German-language original was first published in Berlin in 1923. Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 137906

  16. German Popular Stories,
    GRIMM, Jacob & Wilhelm. German Popular Stories,

    [London] : 1823-1904

    First Frowde edition, facsimile reprint of the true first edition, numbered 41 of a total edition limited to 250 copies. A handsomely bound and attractive set of the Grimm's tales. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 137343

  17. To Be Spoken with An Appeal for Funds For the Rebuilding of The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
    DRINKWATER, John. To Be Spoken with An Appeal for Funds For the Rebuilding of The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.

    London : 1926

    First edition, limited issue, number 1 of 25 specially printed copies, this inscribed by the author "No. 1. David from Jonathan". Drinkwater was the governor of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, along with George Bernard Shaw. This 14 line poem was written to petition for funds for the rebuilding of the theatre, after it was destroyed by fire in 1926.... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140034

  18. 139881
    PRIDEAUX, Walter. Poems of Chivalry, Faery, and The Olden Time.

    London : 1840

    First and only edition of this unusually early example of this genre, anticipating Tennyson's Arthurian poetry by over a decade. Possibly a family copy, with the ink ownership inscription "W. de C. Prideaux" to the half-title in a later hand, seemingly the author of Notes on Mediaeval Enamelled Armorial Horse Trappings, with Reference to a Weymouth... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139881

  19. 139627
    RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.

    London : [1897]

    First edition in English, this book was first published in France in 1854 as "La poésie des races celtiques". Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is best known for his 1863 Vie de Jésus, which was an immediate success, but " it is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence" (PMM 352).
    This copy belonged... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 139627

  20. The Collector.
    FOWLES, John. The Collector.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 111597

  21. Lady Chatterley's Lover.
    LAWRENCE, D. H. Lady Chatterley's Lover.

    Florence : 1928

    Pirate edition, number 648 of 1,000 copies, likely produced in New York around the same time as the true first. This early pirated edition is well printed but lacks Lawrence's signature.
    The true first edition was printed and distributed from Florence "with the help of the Florentine bookseller Pino Orioli,... and made Lawrence more money than he... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 140388

  22. Romances and Narratives.
    DEFOE, Daniel. Romances and Narratives.

    London : 1895

    An attractive set of Defoe's works, uniformly bound by Riviere & Son, in mixed editions. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 140416

  23. Dead Fingers Talk.
    BURROUGHS, William S. Dead Fingers Talk.

    London : 1963

    Advanced reading copy, later inscribed on the half-title "For Richard Aaron. William S. Burroughs". Aaron negotiated the sale of Burroughs' literary archive to Robert Altmann of Liechtenstein. As recounted in an interview with Eric C. Shoaf, once the sale's contracts were signed, "a button was pushed. In about ten minutes a door in the wall opened and... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140218

  24. Songs and Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Songs and Sonnets.

    London : 1926

    A very prettily bound copy of Palgrave's Golden Treasury edition, first published in 1865. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 140119

  25. Much Obliged, Jeeves.
    WODEHOUSE, P.G. Much Obliged, Jeeves.

    London : 1971

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 134410

  26. The Way We Live Now.
    HODGKIN, Howard, & Susan Sontag. The Way We Live Now.

    London : 1991

    First edition, first impression, number 175 of 200 numbered copies signed by Sontag and Hodgkin, from a limited edition of 243 copies in total. Hodgkin and Sontag's beautifully produced collaboration is considered one of the great livres d'artiste of the century, and though this copy lacks the separate lithograph which almost always is lacking (invariably... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 115550

  27. Uncle Dynamite.
    WODEHOUSE, P. G. Uncle Dynamite.

    London : [1948]

    First edition, first impression, of the second Uncle Fred novel. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 108088

  28. The Little Sister.
    CHANDLER, Raymond. The Little Sister.

    London : 1949

    First edition, first impression, preceding the first US edition. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 104913

  29. J'Accuse.
    GREENE, Graham. J'Accuse.

    London : 1982

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 90989

  30. Pannychis.
    FARJEON, Eleanor. Pannychis.

    Shaftesbury : 1933

    First edition, limited to 225 copies of which this is number 29. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 90644

  31. Jamaica Inn.
    DU MAURIER, Daphne. Jamaica Inn.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Jamaica Inn was Du Maurier's first book, and her strengths in "narrative drive and the evocation of atmosphere" made it an instant best-seller and later a successful film (ODNB). Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 85173

  32. What Never Dies. A Romance.
    [WILDE, Oscar (trans).] D'AUREVILLY, Barbey. What Never Dies. A Romance.

    Paris : 1902

    First edition, first printing; one of 500 privately printed and circulated copies, of this pseudonymous and posthumously published translation by Wilde of D'Aurevilly's romance. Sebastian Melmoth was Wilde's pseudonym used while living out his disgrace on the continent after his release from prison. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 84895

  33. The Secret Agent. A Simple Tale.
    CONRAD, Joseph. The Secret Agent. A Simple Tale.

    London : 1907

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 77613

  34. The 42nd Parallel.
    DOS PASSOS, John. The 42nd Parallel.

    New York & London : 1930

    First edition, first printing. The first novel in Dos Passos's major work, the trilogy U.S.A. Learn More
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 77757

  35. Green Hills of Africa.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Green Hills of Africa.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing. His second major venture into non-fiction (after Death in the Afternoon, 1932), Green Hills of Africa is Ernest Hemingway's lyrical journal of a month on safari in the great game country of East Africa, where he and his wife Pauline journeyed in December of 1933. Hemingway's well-known interest in - and fascination with... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 77576

  36. Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally.
    (MILNE, A. A., & E. H. Shepard.) Catalogue of The Winnie-the-Pooh Collection of Pat McInally.

    London : 2011

    Catalogue to accompany the exhibition and sale of the most comprehensive collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books and artwork ever assembled. Including more than one hundred items gathered together over twenty years by American football legend Pat McInally, the catalogue describes and illustrates fine examples of all the Pooh books, important inscribed copies,... Learn More
    £10.00

    Stock Code: 72112

  37. Across the River and Into the Trees.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Across the River and Into the Trees.

    New York : 1950

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

    Stock Code: 68482

  38. The Beasts.
    MORAN, Paul. The Beasts.

    1924

    First Russian Edition. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 63957

  39. Idiots First.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Idiots First.

    London : 1972

    Reprint of the first UK edition. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud", and the publisher's compliments slip laid in. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 60999

  40. Idiots First.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Idiots First.

    London : 1980

    First edition thus (originally published New York 1963). This was the author's own retained copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 60996

  41. Two Novels. The Natural & The Assistant.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Two Novels. The Natural & The Assistant.

    New York : [1964]

    First Modern Library edition, with the author's first two novels (originally 1952 and 1957) published together in one volume, first printing. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 60997

  42. The Assistant.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Assistant.

    London : 1959

    First UK edition, first impression, of the author's second novel (first published in New York 1957). This was the author's own copy, coming to us from his family, with ownership inscription to front free endpaper. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 60998

  43. A New Life.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. A New Life.

    London : 1980

    First edition thus, published as part of the collected works of Bernard Malamud. This was the author's own retained copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Originally published in the US in 1961 Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 60994

  44. The Natural.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Natural.

    London : 1980

    First edition thus of the author's first bok, published as part of the collected works of Bernard Malamud (originally published in the US in 1952). This was the author's own retained copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, and deriving from his library. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 60995

  45. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.

    London : 1983

    First edition thus, published as part of the collected works of Bernard Malamud. This copy from the library of the author with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Originally published in the US in 1969. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 60992

  46. The Magic Barrel.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Magic Barrel.

    London : 1960

    First UK edition, first impression. This was the author's own retained copy, coming to us from his family, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. The Magic Barrel was originally published in the US in 1958. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 60991

  47. God's Grace.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. God's Grace.

    New York : 1982

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 1 of 300 copies signed by the author, this copy being the author's own retained copy coming to us from his family library. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 60983

  48. The Tenants.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Tenants.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author to his son, "for Paul, with love Dad, August 1971, New York" on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 60984

  49. Dubin's Lives.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Dubin's Lives.

    1979

    First trade edition, first printing, preceded by the limited edition of 750 copies published the same year. From the library of the author with the provenance inscription in the hand of his wife to the title page "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Also laid in is a note with inscribed by Malamud, "Only once had he persuaded her to play... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 60982

  50. The Magic Barrel.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Magic Barrel.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 60980

  51. Dubin's Lives.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Dubin's Lives.

    New York : 1979

    First edition, limited issue, one of 750 copies only. This copy of the special issue came to us from the author's own library, though does not have his signature. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 60981

  52. God's Grace.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. God's Grace.

    London : 1982

    First UK edition, first impression. This was the author's own copy, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, and coming to us from his family library. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 60978

  53. The Assistant.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Assistant.

    New York : 1957

    First edition, first printing, of Malamud's second novel. This copy came to us from the author's own library, but was previously inscribed to his brother with a presentation bookplate pasted down to the front free endpaper, the printed legend "With Best Wishes From The Author" crossed through and inscribed "for Eugene my brother, Beru" - also laid in... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 60979

  54. The Stories.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. The Stories.

    London : 1984

    First UK edition, first impression, of this collection first published in New York in the previous year. This was the author's own copy, with the provenance inscription of his wife to the title page, "Personal copy of Bernard Malamud, Ann Malamud". Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 60977

  55. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.
    MALAMUD, Bernard. Pictures of Fidelman. An Exhibition.

    London : 1969

    First UK edition, first impression. This was the author's own retained copy, coming to us from his family, with his ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Pictures of Fidelman was originally published in the US in the same year. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 60976

  56. Aun Aprendo.
    (HUXLEY, Aldous.) Bromer, David J. Aun Aprendo.

    Boston : 2011

    Signed limited edition, number 11 of 50 copies signed by the bibliographer David Bromer. Aun Aprendo (the name taken from the commencement speech that Huxley gave at the progressive Happy Valley School in California in 1951) is the most detailed and comprehensive bibliography of Huxley's writings; this deluxe signed edition was designed by Roderick... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 140285

  57. The Waste Land.
    ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.

    London : 1961 [1962]

    First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 143 of 300 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf; a magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 137130

  58. The Poetical Works.
    BROWNING, Robert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1901

    An attractively bound copy of Browning's poetry. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140251

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