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  1. Jack's Book. An Oral Biography.
    (KEROUAC, Jack.) GIFFORD, Barry, & Lawrence LEE. Jack's Book. An Oral Biography.

    New York : 1978

    First edition, first printing, the dedication copy inscribed by Gifford to Marshall Clements on the front free endpaper, "For (as well as by) Marshall with love and more love - JACK'S BOOK would never have been possible without you and Francis Reeves himself! Barry Colly Gifford at the Phoenix Bookshop, New York City in the presence of Barry Weiner,... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 147855

  2. Shelley Memorials:
    (SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.) SHELLEY, Lady Jane (ed.) Shelley Memorials:

    London : 1859

    Second edition, presentation copy inscribed by Lady Jane Shelley, Shelley's daughter-in-law, "The Countess of Malmesbury, from J. Shelley", on the front binder's blank. Jane Shelley was motivated to produce this memoir of her father-in-law as a response to his biography by Thomas Jefferson Hogg, which was published in 1858 to unfavourable reviews. In... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 124955

  3. Augury. An Oxford Miscellany of Verse & Prose.
    (WALLER, John; C. S. Lewis; Edmund Blunden, et al.) DOUGLAS, Keith, & Alec H. Hardie (eds.) Augury. An Oxford Miscellany of Verse & Prose.

    Oxford : 1940

    First edition, first impression, signed five times and annotated by the poet John Waller, and with a publisher's compliments slip laid-in. Waller has signed his two poetic contributions, "Photograph Album" and "Ophelia"; added a barely legible original poem, signed, on the same page; annotated a Keith Douglas translation of Horace; and inscribed his... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 99176

  4. Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.
    (YEATS, W. B.) BAX, Clifford (ed.) Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.

    Dublin : 1941

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy from Georgie Yeats, number 17 of 500 copies. This copy has a Cuala Press compliments slip inscribed "Sent at the request of Mrs W. B. Yeats" and also two pieces of Cuala ephemera: one Cuala Press advertisement for the Broadsides New Series, and a card reprinting from A Broadside "The Midland Toast:... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117891

  5. London Lickpenny.
    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

  6. London Lickpenny.
    ACKROYD, Peter. London Lickpenny.

    London : 1973

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page for prominent book collector Roland Comstock, "for Roland L. Comstock from Peter Ackroyd", together with loosely inserted records of correspondence between the two men. The first piece is a photocopied letter from Comstock thanking Ackroyd for agreeing to sign some books, explaining... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 77979

  7. Modern Chinese Poetry.
    ACTON, Harold, & Ch'en Shih-Hsiang (trans.) Modern Chinese Poetry.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, in a nice example of the scarce jacket, of Harold Acton's English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry. It includes his introductory survey, and specimens of the works of Ch'en Meng-chia, Chou Tso-jen, Feng Fei-ming, Ho Chi-fang, Hsu Chih-mo, Kuo Mo-jo, Li Kwang-t'ien, Lin Keng, Pien Chih-lin, Shao Hsun-mei,... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 136704

  8. An Indian Ass.
    ACTON, Harold. An Indian Ass.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Mrs Harmsworth, or 'dear Nine' (as Yarrick called Miss Hannah Morr) inasmuch as the Nine Muses are united in her delicate and charming person, with the affection & esteem of Harold Acton, on her birthday, the 13th of December 1925, may it be a happy one!".

    The... Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 146389

  9. Five Saints and an Appendix.
    ACTON, Harold. Five Saints and an Appendix.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Edward when he's in a poetic mood; these juvenilia from his old friend Harold". Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 80368

  10. The Morning Watch.
    AGEE, James. The Morning Watch.

    Rome : 1950

    First edition, offprint issue, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Albert Brush, with warmest regard and esteem, Jim Agee, June 6, '54"; this is the offprint of the novella as it first appeared in the literary journal Botteghe oscure, VI. The recipient, the enigmatic Santa Monica poet Albert Brush, travelled in bohemian circles... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 106970

  11. Cruelty.
    AI. Cruelty.

    Boston : 1973

    First edition, first printing, of the author's first book, inscribed by Ai on the half-title "To Bill & Deborah, Love Ai (Florence)". This is a review copy with the publisher's review slip and the original photograph of the author, used on the jacket, loosely inserted.

    "The poet Ai (1947-2010) was noted for her uncompromising poetic vision and... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 144826

  12. Korean and Chinese poetry in Russian.
    AKHMATOVA, Anna (trans.) Korean and Chinese poetry in Russian.

    Moscow : 1954 & 1956

    First editions, each inscribed by Akhmatova to the linguist and fellow translator Aleksandr Kholodovich, with whom she collaborated extensively on the translation of Korean poetry. This is a lovely set of Asian poetry in Russian and with a great association.

    The inscription in the second work includes a quote from the Orthodox Eucharist reflecting... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 142729

  13. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
    AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.

    Cairo : 1939

    First edition in any western language of the second novel, widely considered as one of his best, by a key figure in the development of modern Egyptian literature. A limited edition of 450 copies signed by the author, rare with just four locations identified world-wide: American Universities Beirut and Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Bibliothèque... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141116

  14. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.
    AL-HAKIM, Tawfiq. Journal d'un substitut de campagne.

    Cairo : 1939

    First edition in any western language of the second novel, widely considered as one of his best, by a key figure in the development of modern Egyptian literature. A limited edition of 450 copies, this 349, signed by the author, rare with just four locations identified world-wide: American Universities Beirut and Cairo, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and Bibliothèque... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 141117

  15. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    ALBEE, Edward. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    New York : 1962

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "By Edward Albee, this copy signed for Paul Bartel". Paul Bartel (1938-2000) was an actor and director best known for his 1982 film Eating Raoul. Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 126039

  16. A Walk on the Wild Side.
    ALGREN, Nelson. A Walk on the Wild Side.

    New York : 1956

    First edition first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. A Walk on the Wild Side is a classic down-and-out novel, and the source for Algren's three rules of life: "Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own." Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 101443

  17. Here Lies.
    AMBLER, Eric. Here Lies.

    London : 1985

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the title page to his friend the historian Mortimer Chambers and his wife: "Mort and Catherine from Eric Ambler June 85." Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 143670

  18. Journey Into Fear.
    AMBLER, Eric. Journey Into Fear.

    London : 1940

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "Mort Chambers, from Eric Ambler, Los Angeles, 1970". Mortimer Chambers was Professor of Ancient History at the University of California. Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 90534

  19. Cause for Alarm.
    AMBLER, Eric. Cause for Alarm.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the title page, "To Maurice and Helga with love from Eric". The recipients were Ambler's brother and sister-in-law. Very uncommon inscribed. Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 90165

  20. Uncommon Danger.
    AMBLER, Eric. Uncommon Danger.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the title page, "To Arthur with all the best from Eric". A letter from Ambler sending this book to the previous owner of this copy relates, "This first edition copy of Uncommon Danger was the one I gave to my stepfather Arthur Waters, when it was first published. It... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 90161

  21. The Dark Frontier.
    AMBLER, Eric. The Dark Frontier.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. With the author's signed presentation inscription to an early blank, "Dear Mr Huggill, This is just in case you can spare the time to read the work - I hope you can. Yours sincerely Eric Ambler". The recipient was a close friend of the author's father who had, as Ambler recalled, seen an advertisement... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 90158

  22. A Look Round the Estate:
    AMIS, Kingsley. A Look Round the Estate:

    London : 1967

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow author and bibliophile "John Baxter, from Kingsley Amis, drinking at a quiet pace".

    The recipient John Baxter was also a science fiction novelist, alongside publishing many non-fiction works on science fiction in film, in a writing career spanning over half a century.... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142957

  23. 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".

    The recipient John Baxter was also a science fiction novelist, alongside publishing many non-fiction works on science fiction in film, in a writing career spanning over half a century.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 142955

  24. Bright November.
    AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.

    London : [1947]

    First edition, first-issue binding, presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication "Best wishes from Kingsley Amis, November 1947" on the front free endpaper. Bright November was Amis's first published book.

    The publisher Reginald Ashley Caton (1897-1971) was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 139744

  25. The Trouble Twisters.
    ANDERSON, Poul. The Trouble Twisters.

    London : 1967

    First edition, first printing, advance review copy with the publisher's slip tipped-in on the front pastedown. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 82266

  26. Dark Laughter.
    ANDERSON, Sherwood. Dark Laughter.

    New York : 1925

    First trade edition, first printing. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author to Jane W. Prall, the mother of his third wife, Elizabeth Prall, on the half-title, "To Jane W Prall, With Love, Sherwood Anderson". Inspired by his time in New Orleans, Dark Laughter was Anderson's best-selling work in his lifetime. Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 124274

  27. 147853comp
    ANGELOU, Maya. Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing, of the author's first book of poetry, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Richard Gildenmeister, Dick, Brother, you are a boon, a boon for me, for us, (for the species) Please write! and write on! Your sister (How-be-it-now) Maya". Richard Gildenmeister is a former bookseller based in Cleveland, Ohio, where... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 147853

  28. The Sleeping Fury.
    ARMSTRONG, Martin. The Sleeping Fury.

    London : 1929

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 125 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author on the limitation page; the publisher's retained copy with their ink-stamp to the front free endpaper. "Armstrong's novels, his most substantial artistic accomplishment, were written in the Edwardian tradition of John Galsworthy and Arnold Bennett... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 106546

  29. Essays in Criticism.
    ARNOLD, Matthew Essays in Criticism.

    London and Cambridge : 1865

    First edition, first issue, presentation copy inscribed "From the Author" in the hand of the publisher on the half-title. This is the first of Arnold's two influential Essays in Criticism, published by Arnold as Oxford Professor of Poetry. The second was published in 1888. The subjects in this work include Heinrich Heine, Pagan and Mediaeval Religious... Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 115429

  30. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.

    1897

    A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 138062

  31. Schools and Universities on the Continent.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Schools and Universities on the Continent.

    London : 1868

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed "with the author's sincere regard" in the author's hand on the half title. This copy also contains an autograph letter signed from Arnold to Mr Osborne Turner Junr., on Whitehall Education Department stationery, informing the recipient of his supplementary book "Higher Schools and Universities in Germany" published... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 115431

  32. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.
    ASHBERY, John. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

    New York : 1975

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed "for Anne Fremantle, with admiration, John Ashbery, December 1 1975" to half-title. The recipient is "Anne Fremantle, a British-born author, art critic, essayist and editor" (The New York Times obituary, 28 December 2002, retrieved 29.11.19), who also "published her first poems in 1931 and followed... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 135895

  33. Some Trees.
    ASHBERY, John. Some Trees.

    New Haven : 1956

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Barbara, with love John Ashbery, October 19, 1957" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was fellow poet and core member of the New York School of poets Barbara Guest (1920-2006). Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection was made by W. H. Auden, who was... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 134111

  34. Black Oxen.
    ATHERTON, Gertrude. Black Oxen.

    New York : 1923

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Lawrence Rising, from his colleague and friend, Gertrude Atherton. 1924." The book was made into a silent film of the same name, starring Corinne Griffith, Conway Tearle and Clara Bow. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 105027

  35. Crime in Corn-Weather.
    ATWATER, Mary M. Crime in Corn-Weather.

    Boston : 1935

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Atwater on the front free endpaper: "'I hope you'll like it.' Mary M. Atwater, May 1935". Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 122353

  36. The Circle Game.
    ATWOOD, Margaret. The Circle Game.

    Toronto : 1966

    First edition, signed by the author on the title page, one of 200 copies issued in wrappers aside from a "Library edition" of 50 hardback copies. The Circle Game was Atwood's first regularly published book, following only a self-published poetry collection Double Persephone in 1961. It won her the first of her many awards, the Governor-General's Award.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 124183

  37. Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Poems.

    New York : 1934

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "Bill Gray with love from Wystan", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 147383

  38. A Selection by the Author.
    AUDEN, W. H. A Selection by the Author.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient was Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993); his ownership inscription is on the half-title of this copy. Gray fostered friendships with... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 147380

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    AUDEN, W. H. For the Time Being.

    London : 1958

    First UK edition, fifth impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through. This volume comprises the long poems For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio and The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

    The recipient... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 147263

  40. The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays.
    AUDEN, W. H. The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays.

    New York : 1968

    First paperback edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through. The Dyer's Hand was first published in 1962, and Auden gave many of these essays as lectures in Oxford while serving as the Professor of Poetry.

    The recipient... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 147257

  41. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author the year after publication using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "For Patrick Garland. With best wishes, from Wystan Auden June. 1970", his printed name struck through. Garland (1935-2013) was a writer, actor, and director.

    Loosely inserted is a newspaper... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 147003

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    AUDEN, W. H. The Collected Poetry.

    New York : 1945

    First edition, third printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through. Auden has written "1927-1944" under the title, reflecting his original (rejected) wish that, "as to the title, I want Poems 1928-1945. The word Collected suggests finality... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 146839

  43. Spain.
    AUDEN, W. H. Spain.

    London : 1937

    First edition, second impression, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through.

    This title was written after Auden's visit to Spain during the Spanish Civil War, a troubling experience that left him morally ambivalent towards the Republican cause. He published this supportive poem on his return, however, to defend the... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 146828

  44. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.

    New York : 1969

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill Gray with love from Wystan. Feb 1970".

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and on one occasion met... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 146846

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    AUDEN, W. H. Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957.

    New York : 1968

    First US edition, second printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends, "For Bill with love from Wystan. Feb. 1970", his printed name struck through. Auden has also annotated this copy with a missing line on p. 27 in the poem "Easy Knowledge".

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993)... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 146844

  46. About the House.
    AUDEN, W. H. About the House.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, second printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot,... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146830

  47. Three Songs for St. Cecilia's Day.
    AUDEN, W. H. Three Songs for St. Cecilia's Day.

    New York City : 1941

    First collected edition, first impression, one of 250 copies. Signed by the author on the title page. Signed copies are rare.

    The poems were originally published in Harper's Bazaar and subsequently privately printed for Caroline Newton, the wealthy daughter of a well-known bibliophile. She had fallen in love with Auden and positioned herself... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 148611

  48. Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Poems.

    Cincinnati : 1964

    Limited edition, number 41 of 500 copies of this facsimile of the author's first published book (a great rarity in the original 1928 edition), familiarly inscribed by him using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146820

  49. The Magic Flute.
    AUDEN, W. H., & Chester Kallman. The Magic Flute.

    New York : 1956

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through. Auden and Kallman's translation of the libretto to Mozart's opera The Magic Flute was published during the anniversary of two hundred years since Mozart's birth. Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146842

  50. Journey to a War.
    AUDEN, W. H., & Christopher Isherwood. Journey to a War.

    New York : 1939

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends on the title page, "for Bill Gray with best wishes from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T.... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 147384

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    AUDEN, W. H., & Louis Macneice. Letters from Iceland.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Auden on the title page "For William Gray, with love from Wystan". This is a lovely association copy of this pre-war travelogue, collaboratively written by Isherwood and Auden in prose and verse respectively.

    The recipient, Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993), fostered friendships with... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 147786

  52. An Angler's Anthology.
    AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.

    London & New York : 1930

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.

    Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140837

  53. Autograph letter signed discussing the frustrations of publishing a periodical work for children.
    AUSTIN, Sarah. Autograph letter signed discussing the frustrations of publishing a periodical work for children.

    26 Park Road, Regent's Park : [no year, but likely c.1829-36]

    Autograph letter signed to an unknown female recipient setting out Austin's thoughts regarding the establishment of a "periodical work for children". Despite the recipient's enthusiasm, her own, "and that of everyone, without a single exception, of my female friends and acquaintances I am forced to relinquish it from the difficulty of finding a publisher... Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 124627

  54. Part of My Life.
    AYER, A. J. Part of My Life.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression, of Ayer's autobiography; presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Caroline Anne Tuell, with my best wishes from Freddie Ayer. Bournemouth, October 13 1977". Anthony Smith's review for The Observer of A. J. Ayer: A Life in Philosophy by Ben Rogers is laid in to the front (20 June 1999).... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 117409

  55. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
    AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.

    Edinburgh : 1863

    First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 137470

  56. Constante parité.
    BACON, Francis - COUTURIER, Michel, & Robert Groborne. Constante parité.

    Paris : 1977

    First and limited edition, number 312 of 530 copies. Presentation copy to Francis Bacon inscribed by the author and signed by the artist on the title page: "Pour Francis Bacon, en espérant qu'un jour très prochain nous travaillions à quelque chose de moins abstrait sur son œuvre avec l'admiration et l'amitié de Michel Couturier, R. Groborne" (title... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 114971

  57. The Legend of St. Bernard.
    BACON, Mary Ann. The Legend of St. Bernard.

    Norwich : [1840]

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Howlett from her affectionate friend MAB". We can trace ten copies in institutions worldwide, just one of those a presentation copy, inscribed from the author's father (see below).

    The little-known British poet Mary Ann Bacon (fl. 1839-1870, d. 1875) was born into... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 136220

  58. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.
    BAGNOLD, Enid. Diary Without Dates; [together with:] The Happy Foreigner.

    London : 1918 & 1920

    Enid Bagnold's two wartime works, each inscribed by her to Dorothy Heath, her friend and fellow FANY driver, together with three letters and a postcard from Bagnold to Heath: Diary Without Dates is inscribed on the dedication page verso, "To Dorothy Heath (who said 'Did you write this?' and changed my career in France) with love from Enid 1919"; The... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 139421

  59. Bullets & Billets.
    BAIRNSFATHER, Bruce. Bullets & Billets.

    London : December 1916

    First edition, first impression, in the rare jacket. "No list of books on the Great War can be complete without those of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather. Superior persons and those who wish to impress the younger generation with the horror and beastliness of war sneer at his drawings to-day but to us in those old days they meant a great deal, sometimes... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 120852

  60. Lightbody on Liberty.
    BALCHIN, Nigel. Lightbody on Liberty.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression of the author's very uncommon third novel. With his signed inscription to the front free endpaper, "It must be remembered that this should be tried in a Juvenile Court. Nigel Balchin". Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 30209

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