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  1. 129756comp
    First edition, inscribed by Maria Edgeworth, who contributed a story, on page i, "With Miss Edgeworth's Compliments". The Christmas Box is a collection of short stories to which Edgeworth contributed "Garry Owen; or The Snow-Woman" (p. 33). This copy bears an ownership inscription on the front pastedown, "Geraldine Fortescue... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 129756

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  2. 125120comp
    First edition, sole printing, presentation copy of Rand's first novel, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper just a few days after it was published on 7 April, "Johnny and Lucille - - who sympathize with my cause - Ayn. 4-13-1936". The first printing of 3,000 copies sold out within 18 months of the book's publication,... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 125120

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  3. 125261
    First edition of Charlotte Brontë's third novel, and the last to be published in her lifetime. Learn More
    £4,500

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  4. 124238
    First edition, first impression. Though critically well-received, initial sales were poor, and Rhys spent a decade after the novel's publication living in obscurity, until, in 1949, a theatrical adaptation of the novel was created, for which she was tracked down via newspaper advertisements to obtain her permission. Rhys... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 124238

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  5. Murder in the Willett Family.
    First edition, first printing of the fourth novel in the Lieutenant Valcour series. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 101048

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  6. 131032
    First edition, first issue, with number line running to 0 as called for. Learn More
    £150

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  7. 131031
    First edition, first issue with orange binding. With a 2.50 price sticker, with a "peel off" request, to the front cover, not noted by Younger and Hirsch. Learn More
    £800

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  8. 131029
    First edition, first printing, with the requisite 29 titles and no ISBN code on the rear cover. Learn More
    £500

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  9. 131028
    First edition, first printing, with the correct 195/195 price on the dust jacket. Learn More
    £875

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  10. 131010comp
    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 131010

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  11. 131008
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 131008

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  12. 131007
    First edition, first impression, first issue binding, in the first issue dust jacket with the wider flaps. Three issues exist: two in black boards (the first with a jacket with wide flaps and priced 16s., the second with the flaps trimmed and re-priced 18s.), and the third issued in 1971 in purple boards with a decimal price... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 131007

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  13. 130975
    First edition, first impression, of Greene's second published work. Learn More
    £300

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  14. 131006
    First edition, first impression. Copies of the first impression were issued either in green or dark red dust jackets. To judge from surviving examples, this was done in proportions of about two green to one red, but there is no priority between them. Learn More
    £4,000

    Stock Code: 131006

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  15. 130973
    First edition, first impression, published simultaneously with the first US edition. In Beaton's own words, this is a "potpourri" of pictures and texts, recording his impressions of some of the decade's most talented people and significant places. Learn More
    £375

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  16. 130969
    First Leighton edition, trade issue, with the US edition issued by Random House the same year. Clare Leighton's (1898-1989) woodcuts inspired the set design of the 1939 film adaptation of the novel, starring Laurence Olivier. "Convinced that wood-engraving was an art for the masses rather than for an élite, Clare Leighton... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130969

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  17. 130967
    First edition, first impression. Rather than a full-length novel, For Your Eyes Only was Fleming's first collection of short stories. Apart from the titular story, the collection includes "From a View To a Kill", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico", and "The Hildebrand Rarity". Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 130967

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  18. 130966comp
    Signed limited edition, with a fine initialled original watercolour by Lawrence. Number 240 of 250 specially bound and signed copies of the first illustrated edition of Adams's first novel, signed by both the author and illustrator. This extremely popular animal story was initially turned down by all major publishing houses.... Learn More
    £5,000

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  19. 130960comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. This copy additionally bears an inscription of love by man of letters and bookseller Maurice Firuski, to his wife, Elvia Scoville Firuski, on the first blank, "I'm tired of hiding our love;/aren't you? Very well-then-/... Learn More
    £3,750

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  20. 130953
    Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23..."> First edition. Wild had been with Scott on the Discovery, was with Mawson in 1911-14, "and was a close friend of Shackleton on both the Nimrod expedition of 1907-09 and second-in-command on the Transantarctic Expedition of 1917-17... Wild joined Shackleton on his final voyage to the Antarctic in 1921-23... Learn More
    £1,500

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  21. 130958comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Beaton on the front free endpaper, "Love to darling Winifred, Xmas 1939". The recipient was playwright and novelist, Winifred Ashton, who wrote under the pseudonym of Clemence Dane. This spoof autobiography is a satire of the world of the middle-European aristocrat, which even... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 130958

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  22. 130947
    First edition, first impression, of this scarce work on the folklore of horses. This expansive collection of legends, religion, folk practices, and mythology relating to horses was reviewed contemporaneously as a "learned and delightful chronicle" (Spectator, 1923). In The Bookman's review of the work they noted that they... Learn More
    £250

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  23. 130940
    First edition in English, first published in France in the same year. This expansive work was written by Richard 'Dick' Farman, the eldest of the three Farman brothers who ran the Anglo-French Farman motoring company. The company, which produced both aircraft and cars, presented its first motor car at the Salon de l'Automobile... Learn More
    £375

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  24. 130937
    First edition, first impression, of this classic cookery book. The work notably features the earliest recipe for Spry and Hume's "coronation chicken", which they designed for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation banquet in 1953, on p. 1012. Spry comments prior to the recipe, "I doubt whether many of the three hundred odd guests... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 130937

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  25. 130933comp
    First edition in English, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on p. v, "Para Tom, de su amigo, Gabriel 82", with the Quentin Blake designed bookplate of publisher Tom Maschler loosely inserted. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director in... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 130933

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  26. 130902

    Mitsou.

    Erlenbach and Leipzig: 1921

    First edition, first impression, of Balthus's notably scarce first publication. Balthasar Klossowski de Rola (1908-2001) created this pictorial tale from a series of uncaptioned ink drawings at the age of 11. The work's drawings are "animated with the fervour of an intense child eager to tell his tale.. the pen strokes are... Learn More
    £6,750

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  27. 130411comp
    First edition, edition de luxe, number 117 of 250 copies signed by Stanley. Stanley's famous account of his expedition to relieve Emin Pasha (Eduard Schnitzer), the beleaguered governor of equatorial Sudan, contains some of his most celebrated writing, especially his account of the tortuous 450-mile passage through the dense... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 130411

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  28. 130376comp
    Signed limited edition, presentation copy from the author to his friend and future biographer, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For the Loved One Christopher Sykes in the hope of his joyful resurrection from Evelyn Waugh"; number 135 of 250 numbered large-paper copies signed by both author and illustrator. Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 130376

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  29. 130355comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author ("Geo. Orwell", his customary form when signing books with his nom de plume) on the front free endpaper, very scarce thus. Orwell originally believed The Road to Wigan Pier would not be included in Gollancz's Left Book Club as "it is too fragmentary and, on the surface,... Learn More
    £15,000

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  30. 130218

    Dracula.

    Westminster: 1897

    First edition, early issue, with the Shoulder of Shasta on the verso of the final integral leaf 392, and the eight leaf advertisement catalogue inserted before the rear free endpaper. Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 130218

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  31. 130207comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author, "Jeri Mayer his book Aldous Huxley 1955", on the front free endpaper, with Mayer's initials in pencil above the inscription. This is the defining dystopian novel - a seminal work of fiction and a triumph of book design. Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 130207

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  32. 130099
    First separate editions, rare, comprising eleven of Einstein's papers written for the Prussian Academy of Sciences journal, Sitzungsberichte, including two distinguished as some of his major worksZur affinen Feldtheorie (1923) and Einheitliche Theorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität (1931), both asterisked in Weil and... Learn More
    £5,000

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  33. 130050
    Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition of the first book in the Harry Potter series, with the misprint "J. A. Rowling" on the title page, one of 200 such prepublication proof copies. Bloomsbury only issued proof copies for the first three Harry Potter novels: after the Prisoner of Azkaban, anticipation of each new book... Learn More
    £20,000

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  34. 129798
    Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville (attributed so by Bennett), sister-in-law to the radical vegan John Frank Newton. In 1813 Percy Shelley had been close friends with the Boinvilles when married to Harriet Westbrook, and he had also been in love with Harriet Boinville's daughter. Mary's letter to Boinville is full... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 129798

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  35. 130047
    First Rockwell Kent edition, limited to 1,000 sets. Kent's rendering of Moby Dick is generally accepted to be finest edition of Melville's masterpiece, and is one of the great American illustrated books of the 20th century. In 1926, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971), then just beginning to establish his fame as an artist, was approached... Learn More
    £7,500

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  36. 129649
    First edition, combining a translation of the important work by the fifth-century Indian Theravada Buddhist commentator and scholar Buddhaghosa, together with the German orientalist Müller's translation of the Dhammapadavatthu. Learn More
    £1,500

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  37. 128959
    First edition, from the library of Harold Ingrams (1897-1973), a British colonial administrator who first came to Zanzibar in 1919 at the age of 22 as assistant district commissioner and held several positions there, including editor of the Zanzibar Gazette. He later served in Yemen and Uganda and wrote a number of books... Learn More
    £3,750

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  38. 129541
    First edition. Rather scarce, COPAC shows nine locations. The account of an early journey in the Sinai Peninsula and Wadi Arabah undertaken in 1883 by Colvile, who later "achieved a reputation as one of the army's best intelligence officers" (ODNB). Colvile set out from Victoria Station with his servant, Cash, in November... Learn More
    £750

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  39. 128327
    First edition, first printing, of Updike's collection of eighteen short stories. Pigeon Feathers was adapted into a film in 1988 as part of PBS's American Playhouse series. Learn More
    £125

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  40. 127755
    First edition, first impression. Limited to 1500 copies, each numbered and signed by Testino. Learn More
    £1,500

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  41. 128326
    First edition, first printing, in the first issue jacket with the 16 line blurb to the front flap. Rabbit, Run is the first novel in Updike's influential and critically acclaimed Rabbit series. Two later titles in the series, Rabbit is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1990), were awarded Pullitzer... Learn More
    £750

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  42. 127240
    First edition, first impression. After the huge success of When We Were Very Young, first published on 6 November 1924, Milne was asked to contribute a story to the London Evening News. "The Wrong Sort of Bees", published on Christmas Eve 1925, was based on a bedtime story that Milne had told his son Christopher. It starred... Learn More
    £2,750

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  43. 128754
    First edition of Webster's correspondence, in an attractive binding. Daniel Webster (1782-1852) served as Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tylor and Millard Fillmore, one of only two individuals to serve under three presidents. He was the chief negotiator for the Webster-Ashburton Treaty,... Learn More
    £425

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  44. 129009
    First edition, first printing, of this masterpiece of French literature. This is the rare first printing ("A" as identified by Max Brun) with the errata leaf at the end of volume IV and uncorrected errata in the text. The first edition, issued in April 1782 in a print run of 2,000 copies, was an immediate success, with several... Learn More
    £12,500

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  45. 129124
    First edition in English of Pushkin's final work. "Perhaps because it was the first, Spalding's translation is often set down as a pioneer version, which we naturally expect to have all the faults of an initial attempt... but the remarkable fact is that it has not more" (Simmons, The Slavonic and East European Review, Volume... Learn More
    £7,500

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  46. 128504
    An exquisite example of late Victorian embroidered binding by Helen Margaret Dixon, in excellent condition. Inscribed by John Ruskin, expressing his admiration, to the rear endpaper: "much admired by yours truly John Ruskin, 25th June 93". The binding was shown to Ruskin by his cousin Joan Severn at Brantwood that month,... Learn More
    £4,750

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  47. 127375
    First edition, first impression. It was the basis for the 1989 film of the same title starring Jeremy Irons, with his son Samuel in the title role. Learn More
    £350

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  48. 126883
    First edition, first impression. Peter and Wendy is an expanded adaptation into novel form of the story first made popular in the 1904 stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. It tells the familiar story of the stage version, with Peter as an older child flying off with Wendy and the other Darling children... Learn More
    £575

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  49. 127002
    Limited edition, number 23 of 500 copies. Each plate signed by the photographer, accompanied by the certificate of authenticity. This portfolio, produced to celebrate the photography of the magazine Picture Post (1938-1957), provides a stunning snapshot of English life in this period. The Picture Post, described as "a magazine... Learn More
    £1,750

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  50. 125312
    First edition, first impression. After the huge success of When We Were Very Young, first published on 6 November 1924, Milne was asked to contribute a story to the London Evening News. "The Wrong Sort of Bees", published on Christmas Eve 1925, was based on a bedtime story that Milne had told his son Christopher. It starred... Learn More
    £950

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  51. 121870
    First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stories. Learn More
    £600

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  52. 121180
    First deluxe editions, first impressions, with a Bloomsbury bookplate signed by the author tipped in to Philosopher's Stone. The deluxe editions, created for the gift market, were issued out of sequence, with the third book, Prisoner of Azkaban, being the first published in this format. It was issued simultaneously with... Learn More
    £3,500

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  53. 121127
    First edition, first issue, of Anne Brontë's last and only separately published novel, which "reverberated throughout Victorian England" (May Sinclair, Brontë biographer) with its realistic and disturbing portrayal of alcoholism and debauchery. Thomas Cautley Newby was a notoriously shifty publisher who had taken a deposit... Learn More
    £27,500

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  54. 120914comp
    First edition, first printing (copyright page signed "A-K", later printings are signed "D-K"), presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To my old antagonist Senator Goldwater from his friend Bob Kennedy". This is a great cross-party association for Bobby Kennedy's first book, which concerns the McLellan Committee's... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 120914

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  55. 120664detail
    A remarkable survival, the original manuscript notes for Orwell's lecture on "Culture and Democracy", the lecture which was published, much to Orwell's disgust, with unauthorized alterations in the volume Victory or Vested Interest (1942). Orwell's lectures were not usually recordedBernard Crick describes the published version... Learn More
    £75,000

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  56. 117983

    Ilias.

    London: 1815

    A highly appealing Regency-era prize binding, with Glasgow Grammar School presentation plates dated 1819 to the front pastedowns, signed by noted rector William Chrystal (1776-1830), who is credited with transforming the school's fortunes following his appointment in 1805, and whose death in a boating accident in the Firth... Learn More
    £650

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  57. 118081
    An attractive Oxford edition of the only surviving work by the Greek poet thought to have lived in Alexandria in the 2nd century AD, printed with the Latin commentary of Eustathius (d. 1195/6) and four attractive maps illustrating Greek geographical knowledge. Classical works were published at Oxford from the 1580s onwards,... Learn More
    £650

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  58. 118084
    Second edition of Walker's useful anthology of Latin poetry, in a splendid contemporary binding, unsigned but resembling the work of Charles Lewis (1786-1836). Walker (1795-1846), though best remembered as a Shakespeare scholar, won a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, almost entirely on the strength of his classical... Learn More
    £750

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  59. 116681
    Second edition, first published the previous year. This handsomely bound set fulfils Southey's wish to create a pocket edition, "clear and concise enough to become a manual for the young sailor, which he may carry about with him" (Preface). His Life of Nelson has rarely lapsed from print, and has been the cornerstone of... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 116681

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  60. Author's Edition.
    Limited edition, American issue, number 81 of 1,000 copies, rare in the publisher's special binding of half morocco, which was sold at 5 per volume, twice the price of the standard red buckram. The Author's Edition was a joint publication, consisting of 12 volumes published in England by Smith, Elder & Co. and 13 volumes... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 114703

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