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  1. Le Morte D'Arthur.
    (FLINT, William Russell.) MALORY, Thomas. Le Morte D'Arthur.

    London : 1920

    First trade edition with Flint's illustrations, following the four-volume privately printed edition of 1910-1911. Uncommon in the dust jackets. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147996

  2. [The Lark: issues 1-24.] "Who'll be the Clerk?" "I!" said The Lark:
    BURGESS, Gelett (ed.) [The Lark: issues 1-24.] "Who'll be the Clerk?" "I!" said The Lark:

    San Francisco : 1896-97

    First editions of the complete run of this American arts and crafts periodical which was a great contribution to the San Francisco Bay Area literary renaissance of the 1890s, by the American artist, art critic, poet, author and humorist, Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951).

    Burgess is best known as a writer of nonsense verse, such as "The Purple... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147999

  3. [Hook, Line & Sinker trilogy:] Spy Hook; Spy Line; Spy Sinker.
    DEIGHTON, Len. [Hook, Line & Sinker trilogy:] Spy Hook; Spy Line; Spy Sinker.

    London : 1988-8990

    First editions, first impressions, of Deighton's sequel to the first Bernard Samson novels, Berlin Game (1983), Mexico Set (1984), and London Match (1985). Learn More

    Stock Code: 147766

  4. Faust.
    POGANY, Willy (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    London : 1908

    First Pogany edition, first impression, of Goethe's Faust in a superb Bayntun binding. The US edition was published the same year. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147818

  5. Marino Faliero.
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Marino Faliero.

    London : 1821

    First edition, second issue, with the Doge's speech on p. 151 starting "His crimes!" and lasting seven lines (changed from the first issue beginning "What crimes?" followed by five-and-a-half lines, in a superb contemporary binding.

    Marino Falerio is a verse tragedy written by Byron after visiting the Palazzo Ducale in Venice and discovering... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147916

  6. Sharpe's Eagle.
    CORNWELL, Bernard. Sharpe's Eagle.

    London : 1981

    First edition, first impression, of the first book in the Richard Sharpe series. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147927

  7. Sharpe's Eagle.
    CORNWELL, Bernard. Sharpe's Eagle.

    London : 1981

    First edition, first impression, of the first book in the Richard Sharpe series, signed by Cornwell on a loosely inserted paper slip. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147929

  8. Geek Love.
    DUNN, Katherine. Geek Love.

    New York : 1989

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page "For Moonyean with the beautiful name. Katherine Dunn". Learn More

    Stock Code: 147941

  9. Quartered Safe Out Here.
    FRASER, George MacDonald. Quartered Safe Out Here.

    London : 1992

    First edition, first impression. Fraser's acclaimed section-level account of his service with the Border Regiment in the Burma Campaign. Described by John Keegan as without doubt "one of the great personal memoirs of the Second World War", and by David Mamet as a "magnificent war memoir". Learn More

    Stock Code: 147710

  10. Flashman on the March.
    FRASER, George MacDonald. Flashman on the March.

    Lonodn : 2005

    First edition, first impression, number 473 of 1000 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. The Flashman novels comprise 12 books featuring the eponymous anti-hero, which Fraser adapted from Tom Brown's School Days. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147711

  11. The Years.
    WOOLF, Virginia. The Years.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, of Woolf's penultimate novel, and the most popular of her novels during her lifetime.

    Woolf began The Years in the early 1930s as a novel-essay entitled The Pargiters. Woolf subsequently divided it into two parts, with the fiction portion reworked into The Years and the essay portion the basis for Three Guineas.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147720

  12. Another Time.
    AUDEN, W. H. Another Time.

    London : 1940

    First UK edition, first impression, of Auden's poems containing among others "Musée des Beaux Arts" and "In Memory of W. B. Yeats". Another Time was published simultaneously in the US. It includes the poem "Funeral Blues". Learn More

    Stock Code: 147732

  13. Public Faces. A Novel.
    NICOLSON, Harold. Public Faces. A Novel.

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, of Nicolson's great (and, from the jacket blurb, seemingly prophetic) political novel: "Staged in the Foreign Office, the book describes how, during the first week of June, 1939, Great Britain becomes involved in an international crisis, which exposes her to the alternative of complete humiliation or of war against a... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147737

  14. 147740
    DESCLOS, Anne, as Pauline Reage. Histoire d'O.

    Sceaux [Paris] : 1954

    First edition, one of 480 numbered copies "sur vergé", from an edition of 600. Published as Pauline Réage, the author was the French journalist and novelist Anne Desclos (1907-1998), who also used the pseudonym Dominique Aury.

    Its sadomasochistic content caused a scandal on publication and both Pauvert and Jean Paulhan (who was Desclos's lover... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147740

  15. SS-GB Nazi Occupied Britain.
    DEIGHTON, Len. SS-GB Nazi Occupied Britain.


    First edition, first impression, inscribed on a blank sticker pasted to the title page "For Nick, thanks and best wishes Len Deighton". Learn More

    Stock Code: 147688

  16. 147690
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. Historia de la eternidad.

    Buenos Aires : 1936

    First edition, first printing, with 29 April 1936 date and "Francisco A. Colombo" on the colophon, of Borges' sixth collection of non-fiction essays on various topics such as time, eternity, the art of translation, and the Icelandic kennigar. This title is uncommonly found in the original wrappers. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147690

  17. Discusion.
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. Discusion.

    Buenos Aires : 1932

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of 15 essays on wide ranging topics such as philosophy, literary criticism, and epistemology. Discusion was expanded and republished in 1957 as the sixth volume of his Complete Works, a project that began in 1953. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147691

  18. 147705comp
    FRASER, George MacDonald. The General Danced at Dawn.

    London : 1970

    First edition, second impression, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147705

  19. 147708comp
    FRASER, George MacDonald. The Light's on at Signpost.

    London : 2002

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

    Stock Code: 147708

  20. Len Deighton: An Annotated Bibliography, 1954-1985.
    DEIGHTON, Len - Edward Milward-Olivier. Len Deighton: An Annotated Bibliography, 1954-1985.

    London : 1985

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 174 of 375 copies signed by Len Deighton. The bibliography includes a 4,000 word interview with Deighton. This copy also has a signed uncorrected page proof housed in the publisher's printed paper sleeve. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147677

  21. 147682comp
    DEIGHTON, Len. [Trilogy:] Berlin Game; Mexico Set; London Match.

    London : 1983-84-85

    First editions, first impressions, all inscribed "to Liz" and signed by Deighton on the title or half-title. The first three of the Bernard Samson novels. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147682

  22. The Book of Bond or Every Man His Own 007: With Reversible Bookjacket for Work in the Field.
    AMIS, Kingsley, as Lt.-Col. William ("Bill") Tanner. The Book of Bond or Every Man His Own 007: With Reversible Bookjacket for Work in the Field.

    London : 1965

    First edition, first impression. Written under a pseudonym, Amis's tongue-in-cheek work is a manual for prospective agents to live like James Bond, wittily illustrated with examples from the Fleming canon. The dust jacket is reversible, entitled on the verso as The Bible to be Read as Literature - a play on a scene in Goldfinger, in which Bond carries... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143897

  23. The Novels.
    AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels.

    Oxford : 1933

    Third Clarendon edition of Austen's collected novels, attractively bound; all first impressions except for Pride and Prejudice, which is the third impression of the second edition. Though Austen's novels remained in print throughout the 19th century, it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) that produced the first modern edition,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147315

  24. The Springtide of Life.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. The Springtide of Life.

    London : 1918

    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 631 of 765 copies signed by the artist. A contemporary review described the edition as "one of his best... Rackham's delicate and romantic fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's poems and his pictures show that he understands no less than did the poet" (The Publisher's Weekly, vol. 94, 1918,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147713

  25. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer-Night's Dream.

    London : 1908

    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 303 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rackham "developed his gift for drawing witches, gnomes, fairies, and anthropomorphized trees and brought them to a pitch of vivid characterization, sometimes with an unsettling frisson of horror" (ODNB). Learn More

    Stock Code: 147694

  26. 147697comp
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.) Some British Ballads.

    London : [1919]

    First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 113 of 575 copies signed by the artist. Some British Ballads collects 44 songs and poems from across the country. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147697

  27. En attendant Godot.
    BECKETT, Samuel. En attendant Godot.

    Paris : 1952

    First edition, trade issue; it was preceded only by a tiny limited issue of 35 large paper copies issued earlier the same year. This copy has an appealing inscription to the front free endpaper dated from the play's first run: "vu au Theatre Babylone 28 Mars 1953".

    Godot was written and published in French, and was first performed in full at... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147547

  28. Compulsory Chapel.
    STEPHEN, Thoby. Compulsory Chapel.

    [Cambridge : 1904]

    First and only edition of this pamphlet, anonymously printed and privately circulated by Thoby Stephen among his Cambridge cohorts, rebelling against compulsory chapel attendance for students and exhorting them to assert their right not to attend. This is a rare survival, Library Hub locates a single copy (Cambridge), WordlCat adds a copy at the BL,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147579

  29. La divina commedia.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.

    London : 1808-09

    First Zotti edition, a handsomely bound set of Dante's Divine Comedy in the original Italian.

    Romualdo Zotti (d. 1819) was an Italian expatriate in London, a teacher of Italian to young noble women and a printer. Zotti produced highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar, as well as editions of Italian poets. Zotti's interest in the education... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147655

  30. 146148
    ALLINGHAM, John Till. Fortune's Frolic:

    London : July 1799

    First edition of Allingham's (c.1775-1812) first play, which featured celebrated actors like Charles Mathews (1776-1835). The most famous comedian of his day, Mathews's powerful influence on Charles Dickens's stylistic methods of comic characterization has long been recognized. Mathews's monopolylogues, farces in which the actor played every character,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146148

  31. 144949
    SWIFT, Jonathan. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World.

    London : 1726

    The true first edition of Swift's masterpiece, the most famous of all imaginary voyages, and among the greatest literary works of the 18th century, one of the few works from that period to have such a continued wide readership and such enduring cultural significance.

    "The clandestine business of getting into print a pseudonymous and satirically... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144949

  32. Le Livre D'Amour.
    HAGGIN, Blanche Butterworth. Le Livre D'Amour.

    New York : 1887

    First edition of this lavish book of French love poetry, number 19 of 20 large paper copies printed on Japon, numbered and initialled by the editor Blanche Butterworth Haggin on the limitation page, in an exquisitely produced binding by one of the most famous and important fin de siècle French binders, Léon Gruel's atelier, in beautiful condition.

    The... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144850

  33. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.
    BOWLES, Fred. G. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.

    London : 1899

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141861

  34. Amoris Victima.
    SYMONS, Arthur. Amoris Victima.

    London : 1897

    First edition, number 4 of 25 large paper copies, the limitation being in the hand of the publisher, Leonard Smithers, of a total edition of 425 copies. This collection of poems was inspired by a woman called "Lydia" who Symons had met in either 1893 or 1894 (Munro, Arthur Symons, p. 54.) In it, Lydia was "admirably cast for the role of the enigmatic... Learn More

    Stock Code: 124871

  35. A Pomander of Verse.
    NESBIT, Edith. A Pomander of Verse.

    London : 1895

    First edition, one of 750 unnumbered copies. The front cover and title page were designed by Laurence Housman. Learn More

    Stock Code: 122770

  36. Complete set of the Harry Palmer novels, each signed or inscribed.
    DEIGHTON, Len. Complete set of the Harry Palmer novels, each signed or inscribed.

    London : 1962-63-64-66

    First editions, first impressions of the first three books, proof copy of the fourth, all signed or inscribed by Deighton:

    i) Ipcress File inscribed on title page: "For Otto Penzler with all my best wishes Len Deighton Jan 1986" - a superb literary association: Penzler is an American author, editor, and owner of The Mysterious Bookshop in New... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147167

  37. The Forsaken Merman.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. The Forsaken Merman.

    London : 1900

    First Jean Archer edition, this copy beautifully hand coloured, a stunning piece of arts and crafts design. Archer's illustrated edition is uncommon, with 15 copies held institutionally worldwide. In 1901 Dent released a further 50 copies of this work printed on Japon and 10 on vellum for binding by the Guild of Women Bookbinders.

    This melancholy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147588

  38. A Murder of Quality.
    LE CARRÉ, John. A Murder of Quality.

    New York : 2004

    First edition thus, first impression, with a foreword by Otto Penzler. The second novel by John le Carré, A Murder of Quality was first published in 1962. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147615

  39. The final revised typescript of Diamonds Are Forever, with Fleming's autograph revisions throughout, also marked up by the copy-editor for publication.
    FLEMING, Ian. The final revised typescript of Diamonds Are Forever, with Fleming's autograph revisions throughout, also marked up by the copy-editor for publication.

    London : [1955-6]

    Ian Fleming's revised typescript of Diamonds are Forever, with numerous autograph additions, revealing Fleming's working practices as he honed the fourth Bond novel into its final shape. Original manuscripts and typescripts of Fleming's major works are extremely rare on the market.

    The typescript is peppered throughout with authorial tweaks,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145630

  40. Archive for the dust jacket of "For Your Eyes Only".
    FLEMING, Ian - CHOPPING, Richard. Archive for the dust jacket of "For Your Eyes Only".

    October 14 1959 - April 14 1960

    A series of twenty-two autograph and typed letters signed between Ian Fleming, his agent at Jonathan Cape Michael Howard, and Fleming's dust-jacket artist of choice Richard Chopping, documenting the conception and creation of Chopping's jacket design for For Your Eyes Only, also containing a number of drafts and colour palettes for the dust jacket,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145633

  41. 145639comp
    FLEMING, Ian - CHANDLER, Raymond. Playback.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression, an outstanding presentation copy to Ian Fleming, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Ian, with love, Ray", an inscription expressive of the remarkable friendship between two masters of the thriller, creators of two of the century's most memorable fictional characters, James Bond and Philip Marlowe.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145639

  42. Manuscript notebook, including material used in You Only Live Twice.
    FLEMING, Ian. Manuscript notebook, including material used in You Only Live Twice.


    Undoubtedly one of the very last pieces of significant Fleming manuscript material outside the Lilly Library's Fleming collection.

    These notes were made at the time of Fleming's trip to Japan in 1961. He returned to Japan with the express purpose of making a trip that he could funnel into a Bond story. He wrote to his friend Richard Hughes in... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145643

  43. You Only Live Twice.
    FLEMING, Ian. You Only Live Twice.

    London : 1964

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author, "To Jonathan from Ian". The precise identity of the recipient is uncertain (although several Jonathans tantalize). You Only Live Twice was the twelfth Bond book, based on Japanese material that Fleming had gathered on his five-week foreign jaunt on behalf of the Sunday... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138050

  44. From Russia, With Love.
    FLEMING, Ian. From Russia, With Love.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming on the front free endpaper: "To Leonard & Dilys with affection. Ian". Recipients were Leonard Russell (1906-1974), features editor and Fleming's colleague on The Sunday Times, and his wife, the novelist and renowned Times film critic Dilys Powell (1901-1995). It was Russell who... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138052

  45. Love in the Time of Cholera.
    GARCIA MÁRQUEZ, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera.

    New York : 1988

    First edition in English, signed limited issue, one of 350 copies signed by the author and specially bound, this copy out of series. The novel was originally published in Colombia under the title El amor en los tiempos del cólera in 1985. The American edition preceded the UK edition by a few months. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147816

  46. Femmes Damnées.
    LARKIN, Philip. Femmes Damnées.

    Oxford : 1978

    First edition, sole separate printing, one of 400 unnumbered copies. The poem was originally written in 1943, just after Larkin graduated from Oxford. The short biography on the verso contains a note in which Larkin recounts that, "The piece is evidence that I once read at least one 'foreign poem', though I can't remember how far, if at all, my verses... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147560

  47. Flaubert's Parrot.
    BARNES, Julian. Flaubert's Parrot.

    London : 1984

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title-page, "to Lenny from Julian Barnes". The third novel by Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147571

  48. Poems from Italy.
    SASSOON, Siegfied (intro.) Poems from Italy.

    London : 1945

    First edition, first impression, number 13 of 110 copies, of which 100 were for sale, signed by Sassoon. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147580

  49. Brideshead Revisited.
    WAUGH, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited.

    London : 1945

    First trade edition, first impression, of Waugh's most enduring novel, in the notoriously fragile jacket, here well-preserved. Learn More

    Stock Code: 147094

  50. Minutes to Go.
    BEILES, Sinclair; William S. Burroughs; Gregory Corso; Brion Gysin. Minutes to Go.

    Paris : 1960

    First edition, first impression, of the first book of cut-up poems, signed on the title page by Brion Gysin. Burroughs and Gysin had met at the Beat Hotel in Paris, in October 1959, where Burroughs was first introduced to Gysin's cut-up paintings, which influenced much of his later writing. The two became lifelong friends, and collaborated on many books... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146682

  51. The Black Arrow:
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. The Black Arrow:

    London : 1888

    First English edition, presentation copy to the friend in Samoa who found Vailima for Stevenson, inscribed by the author on the half-title: "Harry Jay Moors from Robert Louis Stevenson".

    Stevenson met the American trader Harry Moors on his arrival in Apia, Samoa, on 7 December 1889 - it was on Moors's boat, in fact, that the Stevenson party... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146963

  52. A Delicate Truth.
    LE CARRÉ, John. A Delicate Truth.

    London : 2013

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

    Stock Code: 147597

  53. [The Millennium trilogy:] The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
    LARSSON, Stieg. [The Millennium trilogy:] The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; The Girl Who Played with Fire; The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

    London : 2008-09

    First editions in English, first impressions, originally published in Swedish between 2005 and 2007 as Män som Hatar Kvinnor (Men Who Hate Women), Flickan Som Lekte med Elden (The Girl Who Played with Fire) and Luftslottet som sprängdes (The Castle in the Air that Blew Up).

    Larsson's novels were adapted into a trilogy of Swedish films in 2009,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147014

  54. Our World.
    OLIVER, Mary, & Molly Malone Cook. Our World.

    Boston : 2007

    First edition, first impression, signed by Oliver on the rear free endpaper. Published two years after the death of Oliver's partner, Molly Malone Cook, in 2005, Our World brings together Cook's photography and Oliver's poems and prose in "an intimate revelation of their lives and art" (front flap).

    Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147538

  55. Naked Lunch.
    BURROUGHS, William S. Naked Lunch.

    New York : 1962

    First US edition, first printing. Naked Lunch was first published in book form in Paris by Olympia Press in 1959. It had been censored in America following the publication of extracts in the literary journals the Chicago Review (1958) and Big Table (1959).

    When it was finally published in full in America, after Grove Press won a key anti-censorship... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147541

  56. Vermilion Sands.
    BALLARD, J. G. Vermilion Sands.

    London : 1973

    Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, signed by the author on the title page, rare thus. This collection of nine short stories was originally intended to be published on 15 November 1973 (this date appears on the dust jacket rear flap), but this was later postponed to 29 November, as noted in a manuscript annotation to the dust jacket front panel... Learn More

    Stock Code: 147572

  57. Swinburne.
    NICOLSON, Harold. Swinburne.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket. Nicolson's biography of the poet and novelist Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) is one of his earliest works.

    It was the third book to appear in the new run of the famous English Men of Letters, a series of literary biographies written by the leading writers of the day. The original... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145975

  58. The Iliad; [and] The Odyssey.
    HOMER. The Iliad; [and] The Odyssey.

    London : 1837

    An attractively bound and printed set of Pope's famous translation of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Learn More

    Stock Code: 146036

  59. 146042
    FLINT, William Russell (illus.); KINGSLEY, Charles. The Heroes,

    London : 1912

    First Flint edition, number 416 of 500 copies printed on handmade paper, issued in the present, preferred issue of limp vellum and boards; there were also 12 copies printed on vellum.

    Roger Lancelyn Green wrote that "no one has caught the magic and the music and the wonder of the old Greek legends as Kingsley did" (Green, p. 132), and his collection... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146042

  60. Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe - SHARP, William. Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

    London : 1887

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication: "To Mathilde Blind. With the admiration & affection of her friend, William Sharp. Oct 27, '87".

    Mathilde Blind (1841-1896) was a German-born English poet who lectured on Shelley and edited A Selection from the Poems of Percy Bysshe... Learn More

    Stock Code: 146191

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