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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. Spider.
    MCGRATH, Patrick. Spider.

    New York : 1990

    First Edition, First Printing. An excellent association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to the novelist John Hawkes and his wife "For Jack and Sophie. Affectionately and with great good wishes, Patrick New York September 1990." Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 41137

  2. Night and Day.
    WOOLF, Virginia. Night and Day.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, one of just 2,000 copies printed, of Woolf's second novel. Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 41311

  3. An English and Oordoo Dictionary, in Roman Characters.
    THOMPSON, Joseph T. An English and Oordoo Dictionary, in Roman Characters.

    Calcutta : 1852

    Uncommon, Library Hub has only four copies of this revised edition, WorldCat adds just four more. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 41369

  4. "Goethe as the Sage"
    ELIOT, T. S. "Goethe as the Sage"

    Hamburg : [1955]

    First edition, first impression; 1200 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed on the top front cover "to Julie Malman with most cordial good wishes T. S. Eliot." Booklet issued on the presentation of the Hanseatic Goethe Prize awarded to Eliot. An important essay and rare in presentation state. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 41409

  5. Ask Me Tomorrow.
    BARSTOW, Stan. Ask Me Tomorrow.

    1962

    First Edition, First Impression. Learn More
    £40.00

    Stock Code: 41678

  6. Wormwood.
    KINSELLA, Thomas. Wormwood.

    Dublin : 1966

    First edition, signed limited issue of 350 copies, signed by the author on the colophon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Benjamin Boshes, with best wishes, Thomas Kinsella". The recipient was Doctor Benjamin Boshes, chairman emeritus of the neurology department at Northwestern University Medical School. During the... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 42113

  7. The Animal Game.
    TUOHY, Frank. The Animal Game.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 42727

  8. Gone To Ground.
    WHITE, T. H. Gone To Ground.

    1935

    First Edition, First Impression, First Issue binding in the brown cloth with the spine gilt and the jacket priced at 7/6. Not common in the first issue. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 43655

  9. Within and Without: a dramatic poem.
    MACDONALD, George. Within and Without: a dramatic poem.

    London : 1855

    First edition of the author's first book, presentation copy to Charles Kingsley, inscribed by MacDonald in ink at the head of the title: "The Reverend Charles Kingsley With much honour from George MacDonald." An excellent association copy, bringing together the only two significant writers of Christian fantasy in the Victorian period. Kingsley recognised... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 43749

  10. Only When I Larf.
    DEIGHTON, Len. Only When I Larf.

    1967

    First edition, first impression, limited to 150 copies only privately printed by the author to establish copyright while negotiating the motion picture deal with Paramount Pictures. The first trade edition was published a year later in 1968. Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 43932

  11. I thought of Daisy.
    WILSON, Edmund. I thought of Daisy.

    London : [1952]

    First UK edition. First published in the US in 1929. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the front free endpaper to author and music historian Sam Chotzinoff, dated 1952. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 44265

  12. The Kitchen.
    WESKER, Arnold. The Kitchen.

    London : 1961

    First expanded edition. First published by Penguin in 1960. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 44336

  13. Swag.
    COE, Charles Francis. Swag.

    New York : 1928

    First edition. "This is a novel that is more than a novel. Romance is here; excitement, suspense, tensity!. But deeper than that are the amazing disclosures of criminal activities" (jacket blurb). Coe's previous works Me, Gangster and The River Pirate were both filmed by the Fox Film Corporation, the former with Carole Lombard "as Blonde Rosie (as Carole... Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 44709

  14. The Sky and the Forest.
    FORESTER, C. S. The Sky and the Forest.

    London : 1948

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper "Judith Nelson with best wishes from C. S. Forester." Learn More
    £780.00

    Stock Code: 44845

  15. Evolutional Ethics and Animal Psychology.
    EVANS, Edward Payson. Evolutional Ethics and Animal Psychology.

    London : 1898

    First edition. Having graduated from the University of Michigan and studied for three years at Göttingen, Berlin and Munich, in 1862 Evans was appointed Professor of Modern Languages at his alma mater. He resigned in 1870 to become a private scholar and freelance journalist ; "and before long his high, broad forehead and flowing beard were a permanent... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 44950

  16. Fighting Fool.
    DILNOT, George. Fighting Fool.

    1939

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £280.00

    Stock Code: 46210

  17. Rujub, the Juggler.
    HENTY, G. A. Rujub, the Juggler.

    London : 1893

    First edition of this novel, published in America under Henty's intended title, In the Days of the Mutiny, which Chatto & Windus rejected for fear it would lead it to be mistaken for one of Henty's children's books. This is one of only seven multi-volume titles by Henty. "In the 1890s, among the last three-deckers to appear in Britain, Chatto and Windus... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 46919

  18. Marazan.
    SHUTE, Nevil. Marazan.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 47191

  19. George Gissing: A Critical Biography.
    KORG, Jacob. George Gissing: A Critical Biography.

    London : 1965

    First UK edition. Initially published by the University of Washington Press two years previously. From the library of John Heygate, whose initials and the date "1965" are inscribed at head of the title page. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 47655

  20. Happy as Larry.
    MacDONAGH, Donagh. Happy as Larry.

    Dublin; London : 1946

    First edition. Inscriptions read: "Inscribed for Red and Louise/ Taylor. Donagh MacDonagh/ July 1946" "and with very much love/ from the publisher/ Maurice/ I. VII. 46" Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 48091

  21. The Highfield Mole. Book One The Circle in the Spiral.
    GORDON, Roderick, & Brian Williams. The Highfield Mole. Book One The Circle in the Spiral.

    2005

    First edition, first impression. One of only 500 copies printed. The first book in which has subsequently been retitled the Tunnels series. Signed by Gordon and Williams on the title page and with the added inscription "Schlaak! The pickaxe hit the wall of earth", dated 17th Mole 2005. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 48372

  22. Under Western Eyes.
    CONRAD, Joseph. Under Western Eyes.

    London : 1911

    First edition, presentation copy with a fine literary association, inscribed to John Galsworthy and his wife, Ada, on the front free endpaper, "To Jack and Ada with love from J. C. 1911". Conrad first met Galsworthy in 1893 on the sailing-ship Torrens. Galsworthy, bound for Cape Town, boarded the ship at Adelaide and encountered its first mate, the... Learn More
    £17,500.00

    Stock Code: 48397

  23. In Our Time.
    HEMINGWAY, Ernest. In Our Time.

    New York : 1930

    Second US edition (revised) of Hemingway's first collection of stories, originally published in Paris in 1924, substantially revised for the Boni & Liveright edition of 1925, and republished here with further revisions and new introductions by both Edmund Wilson and the author, the latter later included as a short story in The First 49 under the title... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 48712

  24. Saint's Progress.
    GALSWORTHY, John. Saint's Progress.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression. Scarce in dust jacket. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 48922

  25. Tales From the Far Riding.
    ONIONS, Oliver. Tales From the Far Riding.

    1902

    First edition, first impression. Of the utmost scarcity in dust jacket. An early collection of stories by detective and mystery writer Oliver Onions. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 49171

  26. Feather Crowns.
    MASON, Bobbie Ann. Feather Crowns.

    New York : 1993

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 50050

  27. Songs for Eve.
    MacLEISH, Archibald. Songs for Eve.

    Boston : 1954

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, presentation copy, this copy unnumbered and specially bound and signed by the author on the half-title, and additionally inscribed on the title page "For Dos & Betty with love, Archie, December 1954". The recipients were the writer John Dos Passos, author of the U.S.A. Trilogy (1930-6), and Betty,... Learn More
    £640.00

    Stock Code: 50076

  28. 19 Raptures.
    EMIN, Tracey; Billy Childish; Bill Drummond; Beth Orton; Will Self; & others. 19 Raptures.

    2009

    First edition, first impression. One of 10 copies housed in a slipcase and signed by all the contributing authors, from a total edition of 505 numbered copies. Other contributors include, Anonymous, Spilious Argyropolous, Sarah Jessica Brown, Charles Chesshire, John Crace, Francesca Dark, Richard English, Rebecca Fortey, Sebastian Horsley, David Jenkins,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 50348

  29. Trumpet in the Dust.
    FOWLER, Gene. Trumpet in the Dust.

    New York : 1930

    First edition, first printing, fine presentation from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Ring Lardner what a sap I'd be to try to tell you what I think of you and your work - you know... Gene Fowler April 3, 1930". A major association. Fowler met Lardner when the two men joined Damon Runyon as writers on Hearst's paper The American.... Learn More
    £1,600.00

    Stock Code: 50429

  30. Partingtime Hall.
    FENTON, James, & John Fuller. Partingtime Hall.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression. With the publisher's promotional sheet laid in. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 50464

  31. Saga and Song: Being a Ballad Made of the "Regina Elizabeth"
    GALE, Norman Roland. Saga and Song: Being a Ballad Made of the "Regina Elizabeth"

    Rugby : 1895

    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 50626

  32. Letters to Edward Garnett.
    HUDSON, W. H. Letters to Edward Garnett.

    1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 50675

  33. Greybeards at Play. Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen.
    CHESTERTON, G. K. Greybeards at Play. Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen.

    1900

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 50828

  34. The Far Side of the Dollar.
    MACDONALD, Ross. The Far Side of the Dollar.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author, using his real name Kenneth Millar, on the front free endpaper "Feb. 8, 1965 Santa Barbara. For Stretch, with affectionate good wishes". Stretch was a Santa Barbara neighbour. Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 50941

  35. Hoi chilies kai e meutera nuchta (The Thousand and Second Night and Other Poems).
    MERRILL, James. Hoi chilies kai e meutera nuchta (The Thousand and Second Night and Other Poems).

    [Athens] : 1966

    First edition thus, first impression. Inscribed by the author and the translator on the front free endpaper "To Allen Ansen and from his friend, veiled in a foreign tongue, Jimmy." Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the... Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 51354

  36. For James Merrill. A Birthday Tribute.
    MERRILL, James. For James Merrill. A Birthday Tribute.

    1986

    First edition, first printing. One of a limited edition of 90 copies. Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 51368

  37. Wholly Communion the film.
    WHITEHEAD, Peter. Wholly Communion the film.

    1966

    Second edition. From the library of Alan Ansen. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 51406

  38. Rumour at Nightfall.
    GREENE, Graham. Rumour at Nightfall.

    London : 1931

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,200.00

    Stock Code: 51819

  39. 'And so ad infinitum' (The Life of the Insects). An Entomological Review, in Three Acts a Prologue and an Epilogue.
    CAPEK, The Brothers. 'And so ad infinitum' (The Life of the Insects). An Entomological Review, in Three Acts a Prologue and an Epilogue.

    London : 1923

    First English langauge edition, first impression of the satire in which insects stand for human personalities. Learn More
    £40.00

    Stock Code: 51886

  40. Roosting Hawk.
    HUGHES, Ted. Roosting Hawk.

    [1959]

    First separate edition, sole printing, being one of a small number of copies off-printed from the Grecourt Review for the use of the publisher and author. Sagar & Tabor write that "The Grecourt Review, like many other periodicals, provided contributors with offprints... They are identical with the magazine texts and of no bibliographical interest".... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 51997

  41. Language In Action.
    HAYAKAWA, S. I. Language In Action.

    1939

    An early typescript of a fundamental work on language. The author was inspired by the work of groundbreaking semanticist Alfred Korzybski, applying his theories to sociology and politics in reaction to the fascist use of language to oppress. Hayakawa was a lecturer at the Armour Institute of Technology in 1939 and this copy is likely from an edition... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 52003

  42. Beggar on Horseback. A Play in Two Parts.
    KAUFMAN, George S., & Marc Connelly. Beggar on Horseback. A Play in Two Parts.

    New York : 1924

    First edition, first printing, "a satire on business, written - uncharacteristically for Kaufman - in the Expressionistic style then fashionable" (American National Biography). Learn More
    £340.00

    Stock Code: 52018

  43. The Uncrowned King.
    ORCZY, Baroness. The Uncrowned King.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 52028

  44. Evangeline, a Tale of Acadie.
    KEMBLE, Fanny - LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. Evangeline, a Tale of Acadie.

    1848

    Sixth edition, one year after the first. This copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Sarah Butler from her friend, Fanny Kemble, December 25th/'45," and with the Butler Place bookplate to the front pastedown. Sarah was Fanny Kemble's elder daughter, named for her aunt, the great tragedienne Sarah Siddons. When Kemble's abolitionism forced her separation... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 52316

  45. The Old Glory.
    LOWELL, Robert. The Old Glory.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the film director and screenwriter Elia Kazan, inscribed by the author on the title page "For Elia with affection & admiration from Cal". Cal was Lowell's nickname. The Old Glory is a play consisting of three pieces to be performed together as a trilogy, two being stage adaptations of short stories... Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 59235

  46. The Forseeable Future.
    PRICE, Reynolds. The Forseeable Future.

    New York : 1991

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 59418

  47. Presences. Seven Dramatic Pieces.
    TAYLOR, Peter. Presences. Seven Dramatic Pieces.

    Boston : 1973

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 59426

  48. The Gale of the World.
    WILLIAMSON, Henry. The Gale of the World.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 59431

  49. Tobacco Road.
    CALDWELL, Erskine, & Jack Kirkland. Tobacco Road.

    1937

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in the US in 1934. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 59434

  50. All The Conspirators.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. All The Conspirators.

    London : 1928

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

    Stock Code: 59529

  51. Undream'd of Shores.
    HARRIS, Frank. Undream'd of Shores.

    1924

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 59557

  52. Papers From Lilliput.
    PRIESTLEY, J. B. Papers From Lilliput.

    Cambridge : 1922

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 59618

  53. Plays For England.
    OSBORNE, John. Plays For England.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 59703

  54. The Angelic Avengers.
    [BLIXEN, Karen; as] ANDRÉZEL, Pierre. The Angelic Avengers.

    New York : 1947

    First edition, first printing. Review copy with the publisher's notices laid in. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 61652

  55. Sinners and Shrouds. An Inner Sanctum Mystery.
    LATIMER, Jonathan. Sinners and Shrouds. An Inner Sanctum Mystery.

    New York : 1955

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Mat and Margaret - from your star boarder of many years standing - Jack Latimer". Learn More
    £240.00

    Stock Code: 61824

  56. Ragtime.
    PASCAL, Ernest. Ragtime.

    1924

    First edition, published the following year in the US under the title The Virgin Flame. "Loyal, sensitive young musician" Michael Cardovan struggles to wrest the soul of America from the toils of Jazz. Plot includes a dramatic trial with a jury of "twelve ragtime men and true." On the jacket, in silhouette, a flapper persuades her young man to turn... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 62069

  57. The Modern Short Story. A Critical Survey.
    BATES, H. E. The Modern Short Story. A Critical Survey.

    1941

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 62382

  58. The Golden Oriole. Five Novellas.
    BATES, H. E. The Golden Oriole. Five Novellas.

    1962

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 62409

  59. The Turning Wheel.
    CRESWICK, Paul. The Turning Wheel.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "With all sincere regards to my Cincinnati friends - Mr & Mrs Robert H Smith. July 22 1929 Paul Creswick". A rare fantasy about an antediluvian paradise arising from the subsiding ocean and proving eventually to be Atlantis. The jacket art... Learn More
    £1,400.00

    Stock Code: 62565

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