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MANN, Thomas. Nocturnes
New York : 1934First edition in English, signed limited issue, number 562 of 1,000 copies signed by the author. This volume collects three of Mann's early short stories, which were originally published in German and translated here by H. T. Lowe-Porter: "A Gleam" (1904), "A Weary Hour" (1905) and "Railway Accident" (1907). Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 146303
MANN, Thomas; PRIESTLEY, J. B. (intro.) An Exchange of Letters.
Stamford : 1938First edition thus, with Priestley's foreword, one of 350 copies printed on tissue paper by the Overbrook Press, to mark the occasion of Mann's visit to Yale University on 24 February 1938. Mann's essay was first published the previous year. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 146390
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works.
London : 1839First collected edition, an appealing copy in the deluxe red cloth. Mary Shelley's collected edition of her husband's poetical works established Shelley finally and irreversibly amongst the great poets of the English language.
Pirate editions of Shelley's works had persuaded his father, Sir Timothy, that all hope of obscurity had passed, and... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147575
HEARN, Lafcadio. Japanese Fairy Tales.
Tokyo : First edition thus of the illustrated 5-volume set of Japanese folklore stories. These five tales were first published on plain paper between 1898 and 1922 in a larger format than this one. They were also issued separately in small crêpe-paper editions (the crêpeing process was applied after printing) sometimes simultaneously as the first plain paper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 146072
RYLANDS, George. Russet and Taffeta.
London : 1925First edition, first impression, signed by Rylands on the title page and inscribed by him on the front free endpaper with a quote from Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, Act 5, Scene 2: "Taffeta phrases, silken terms precise.../ I do forswear them....../ Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd / In russet yeas, and honest kersey noes."
... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145958
SHOVE, Fredegond. Daybreak.
Richmond : 1922First edition, first impression, with the errata slip loosely inserted. One of only 250 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs. As with many of the hand-printed Hogarth books, this copy has one of a number of the variant patterned papers to the boards. Copies in such good condition are rare, upside-down ones rarer still.
This copy has a highly distinguished... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145727
BLOOMSBURY - STRACHEY, Lytton; Leonard Woolf; Clive Bell; and others. Euphrosyne.
Cambridge : 1905First edition, sole impression, of this rare poetry anthology that constitutes the very first "Bloomsbury" publication, with anonymous contributions by Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell, and Saxon Sidney-Turner, all peers at Trinity College, Cambridge. This copy has a further Bloomsbury Group association, coming from the library of two Bloomsburyites,... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 145525
GRAVES, Robert. The Feather Bed.
Richmond : 1923First and limited edition, number 214 of 250 copies signed by the author on the limitation page.
"In The Feather Bed Graves presented the monologue of a young man fatigued in mind and body 'and under the stress of an abnormal conflict,' as an 'Introductory Letter' to John Crowe Ransom described him. Graves's young man carries on an internal... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 145523
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
Richmond : 1923First UK edition in book form, sole impression, one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs, with the title label in the first state with asterisks (one of three states noted by Gallup, with no priority). This is a great association copy, with the bookplate of the novelist and playwright Richard Arthur Warren Hughes on the front pastedown.
Hughes... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 145515
DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor. Stavrogin's Confession and The Plan of the Life of a Great Sinner.
London : 1922First edition in English, first impression, in the first issue binding.
The texts, being a formerly unpublished section of Dostoevsky's The Possessed and a sketch of a novel he never completed entitled The Life of a Great Sinner, were found in Russian archives in 1921 and published there in 1922. The translation is taken from this printing -... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 145260
VIVIEN, Renée. Les Kitharèdes.
Paris : 1904First edition thus, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "A Léon Bocquet, avec mes très sincères remerciements de son aimable accueil littéraire, Renée Vivien". This wonderful translation of the female lyric poets of classical Greece (imagined as the "Cythereans" of the island of Aphrodite) followed Vivien's groundbreaking... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145267
SNAITH, Stanley. A Flying Scroll.
London : 1928First and only edition. A lovely copy of one of the two Snaith books hand printed by the Woolfs, both of which have always been amongst the scarcest of their kind. It was printed in a run of around 275 copies of which 119 were later pulped.
This copy has a highly distinguished collector's provenance, bearing the bookplate of William Beekman to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145183
WOOLF, Leonard S. The Wise Virgins.
London : 1914First edition, first impression, of Leonard Woolf's second and final novel. Rare in its own right, it is even more so in such good condition.
Based on the early days of his courtship of Virginia after his return from Ceylon, Leonard started writing this roman à clef during their honeymoon and it was published two years later. Much like Leonard... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 145077
TREVELYAN, R. C. Rimeless Numbers.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. Pre-publication presentation copy, inscribed by Trevelyan on the front free endpaper, to the Canadian artist, and dedicatee of Trevelyan's Idylls of Theocritus, Elizabeth Muntz (1894-1977): "'E.M.' Betty, from R.C.T. 21 April 1932". The edition was not published until May. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 145054
WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader: Second Series.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, of the second of the two volumes of Woolf's Common Reader, collecting critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared in various publications. With a Hogarth Press advertisement for the works of Virginia Woolf loosely inserted. Hogarth Press books are notoriously fragile, this copy is remarkably... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145071
WOOLF, Leonard. Stories of the East.
Richmond : 1921First edition, sole impression, of this very scarce early Hogarth Press book, one of 300 copies hand printed by the Woolfs and with front wrapper design by Dora Carrington. This copy is an extraordinary survival of an already rare book and fragile book, here in effectively fine condition, uncut and unopened.
An instant success, with all but three... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 144822
GRAVES, Robert, as John Doyle. The Marmosite's Miscellany.
London : 1925First edition, first impression. Robert Graves only used the pseudonym of John Doyle for this one work but he adopted a number of pen names throughout his early career, particularly for contributions to periodicals such as The Carthusian, The Spectator, and Woman's Leader. The Sussex ledge shows 106 copies sold by 6 January 1928.
This copy has... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 144345
RANSOM, John Crowe. Grace After Meat.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Miss Laura M. Bragg, with the author's cordial regards, John Crowe Ransom, November 17, 1924". Uncommon inscribed; a great association copy.
Laura Bragg (1881-1978) notably co-founded the Poetry Society of South Carolina in 1920 as part of Charleston's renaissance.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144237
CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.
London : 1915First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed (this copy unnumbered). Simpson's Choice was the first work to be published at the Omega Workshop, which was founded in July 1913, and was to be one of only four books completed by the press.
The original prospectus (not present here) stated the intention of this enterprise, declaring... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141226
VAN DER POST, Laurens. In a Province.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, in a bright example of the Anthony Butts jacket, of this scarce Hogarth Press novel, the debut of Woolf's friend Laurens van der Post. Of the 1,250 copies printed, Woolmer states that 300 were pulped. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140892
FORSTER, E. M. The Story of the Siren.
Richmond, London : 1920First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed. This copy has an excellent Bloomsbury provenance, being that of Frances Partridge, with her ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, "Frances Marshall, 1921".
Both Marshall and Forster were closely entangled in the Bloomsbury set and consequently each other. In 1925 Forster... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139687
WOOLF, Virginia. Kew Gardens. Decorated by Vanessa Bell.
[London] : 1927First edition fully illustrated by Vanessa Bell, (third overall), signed by Woolf and Bell on the limitation page, and numbered 62 from a limited edition of 500.
It was first published in 1919, and Bell's contribution to the first two editions was a woodcut frontispiece and finispiece only. The unexpected success of this work, Woolf's third... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 139242
WOOLF, Virginia. Roger Fry: A Biography.
London : 1940First edition, first impression, of Woolf's biography of Roger Fry, English painter and fellow member of the Bloomsbury Group. Woolf wrote the biography at the request of the Fry family. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 138410
WOOLF, Virginia. Monday or Tuesday.
Richmond : 1921First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies of this collection of short stories, and an early Hogarth Press production. Leonard Woolf stated that the work "was printed by F. T. McDermott of the Prompt Press, Richmond, who used to give him advice on printing problems when he and Mrs. Woolf first started the Hogarth Press" (Kirkpatrick). Woolf... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 137334
FISHER, Irving. The Theory of Interest.
New York : 1930First edition of Fisher's Theory of Interest, a revised version of his earlier book The Rate of Interest (1907). Dedicated to John Rae and Böhm-Bawerk, it is a further development of their ideas: "its greatness as a book lies wholly in its outstanding pedagogic qualities... which amounted to the demonstration that the real rate of interest is determined... Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 129479
TOLSTOI, Alexei, & A. B. Goldenveizer. Talks with Tolstoi.
Richmond : 1923First edition in English, first impression, first published in 1922. A composer, Goldenveizer was a close friend of Tolstoy in his youth and transcribed many conversations that they had together, which are collected in this work. According to Woolmer an alternative binding of plain cloth was done for a minority of copies. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 122499
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. The Memorial.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, in the uncommon first state pink and white cloth binding. The first impression was printed in a run of 1,222 copies. "A remarkably acute and assured novel about the pre- and post-war generations" in the attractive jacket designed by John Banting (ODNB). Learn More£700.00
Stock Code: 122075
GRAVES, Robert. Mock Beggar Hall.
London : 1924First edition, first impression. "The whole tone of the book is philosophical involving a series of meditations on relativity and Time" (Patrick J. Quinn ed., New Perspectives on Robert Graves, 1999, p. 75). Nicholson's sinister cover design of a hanging bat is stunning. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 110245
OMEGA PRESS. Original Woodcuts by Various Artists.
London : 1918First and only edition, number 52 of 75 copies. This important Omega Workshops production includes woodcuts by Roger Fry ("Still Life", "The Cup", "The Stocking", and "Harliquinade" after Mark Gertler), Vanessa Bell ("Nude"), Duncan Grant ("The Hat Shop", "The Tub"), Edward Wolfe ("Ballet", "Group"), Edward McKnight-Kauffer ("Study"), Simon Bussy ("Black... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 98564
WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.
Richmond : 1922First edition, first impression. One of probably 40 "A" subscribers' copies with the part-printed limitation label to the front free endpaper completed in ink by Virginia Woolf and signed by her. These copies were issued in advance of the trade publication and were not issued in dust jacket; they were given to the 40 active subscribers who had supported... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 38018
HOCKNEY, David. My Window.
Cologne : 2020First edition, first impression. Signed by Hockney on the statement of limitation page. The total edition was 2,000 numbered copies including Art editions A, B, C and D, each of these limited to 250 copies each. This is copy no. 1,736/2,000. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 148306
MONDALE, Walter F. The Accountability of Power.
New York : 1975First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Jacques & Jacqueline with best wishes Walter Mondale". In his first book, Mondale sets out the new approach to the Presidency that is needed after Vietnam and Watergate. The book set the ground for his own candidacy on a Presidential ticket, firstly in his successful... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 148295
TURNER, Stansfield. Secrecy and Diplomacy: the CIA in Transition.
Boston : 1985First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author to the Americans Public Affairs television organization C-Span on the half-title: "To CSPAN - Thanks for all you do to inform the American public - Stan Turner". Turner served as Director of the CIA from 1977 to 1981, following senior roles in the military. The present book outlines his approach... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 148294
HERZOG, Chaim. The War of Atonement.
Boston : 1975First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page: "For William Safire, in appreciation. Chaim Herzog".
William Safire (1929-2009) was a long-time political columnist for The New York Times, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006. He became friends with Herzog, and hosted him for dinners in New York.... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148288
DEVINE, Frank J. El Salvador: Embassy Under Attack.
New York : 1981First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to a fellow member of the US Foreign Service, Ruth V. Verdin: "To Ruth Verdin, good friend, long-time diplomatic colleague, excellent source of administrative support in San Salvador, and a real credit to the Foreign Service, with all best wishes of the author, Frank J.... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 148293
HOOVER, Herbert. The Challenge to Liberty.
New York : 1934First edition, first printing, inscribed by the 31st President on the front free endpaper "To James H Douglas Jr With the kind Regards of Herbert Hoover".
James Henderson Douglas Jr. (1899-1988) was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury by Hoover towards the end of his administration, and continued in the role under Franklin Roosevelt... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148284
NIXON, Richard. Real Peace.
New York : 1983First edition, first printing, inscribed by the 37th President on the front free endpaper "To Strobe Talbott with warm regards - from Richard Nixon 12-15-83".
Strobe Talbott (born 1946) was then Time Magazine's principal correspondent on Soviet-American relations. He later served as Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001, and as president... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 148285
ROGERS, Samuel. Italy, a Poem; [together with:] Poems.
London : 1842The copies of renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry, with her signature to each title page and her Winchelsea bookplate to each front pastedown; the Italy volume with her note to title page "From Henry - M of V." Henry is almost certainly Henry Irving, who played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice alongside Terry (as Portia) at the Lyceum Theatre. On... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148205
CORNWELL, Bernard. [Complete set of the Sharpe novels:]
London : 1981-2006First editions, first impressions, signed by the author on the title page in each volume, and with Sharpe's Eagle inscribed, "for Barry - welcome to Sharpe! Bernard Cornwell".
The complete series of Sharpe novels comprise 21 books featuring the eponymous soldier, Richard Sharpe, a rifleman in the Napoleanic Wars. The series was adapted into a... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 147992
BEATON, Cecil. Chinese Album.
London : 1945-6First edition, first impression. Best known for his ultra-glamorous photographs of "bright young things", Beaton was commissioned by the Ministry of Information during the Second World War to photograph the war effort in Asia and the Middle East. His tour led to three photographic albums: Far East (1945), An Indian Album (1945-6), and Chinese Album... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 147925
COETZEE, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians.
London : 1980First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The winner of both the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, Waiting for Barbarians is the third novel by J. M. Coetzee (b. 1940), who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147955
BEATON, Cecil. An Indian Album.
London : 1945-6First edition, first impression. Best known for his ultra-glamorous photographs of "bright young things", Beaton was commissioned by the Ministry of Information during the Second World War to photograph the war effort in Asia and the Middle East. His tour led to three photographic albums: Far East (1945), An Indian Album (1945-6), and Chinese Album... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 147924
OMAR KHAYYÁM; FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.) Rubáiyát
Cambridge, MA : 1909Limited centennial edition, number 43 of 50 copies only, signed by the President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Omar Khayyám Club of America. This is a faithful and scarce facsimile of the first edition of Fitzgerald's Rubáiyát, printed on Japanese vellum and published on 31 March 1909.
Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát, originally... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147877
OMAR KHAYYÁM; POGÁNY, Willy (illus.) Rubáiyát.
New York : Signed limited edition, number 82 of 500 copies printed for the United States and signed by the artist, specially bound and with an original etching facing the title page, also signed by Pogány; there were also 750 copies printed for the UK and published by George G. Harrap & Co. Pogány's illustrated edition was first published in 1909.
Fitzgerald's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147882
MATISSE, Henri (illus.); JOYCE, James. Ulysses.
New York : 1935First illustrated edition, signed limited, number 478 of 1,500 copies signed by Matisse.
Within weeks of the lifting of the US ban on the book (6 December 1933), Limited Editions Club impresario George Macy approached Joyce about a special edition of Ulysses, and by February 1934 he was en route to Paris to speak to Matisse about illustration.... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 147814
WOOLF, Virginia. The Letters; The Diaries.
London : 1975-84First editions, first impressions, of the complete set of Woolf's collected letters and diaries.
The letters, edited by Nigel Nicolson, record in stunning detail the evolution of Woolf's unmistakable style and provide an impressively comprehensive gathering of her correspondence from childhood until her death in 1941. Woolf's diaries, which she... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147767
BECKETT, Samuel. Endgame: A Play in One Act.
New York : 1958First edition in English, first impression, limited issue, number 45 of 100 copies specially bound in cloth. A comic experiment in an eschatology of lovelessness, Endgame was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 3 April 1957; it was originally published the same year, in French, as Fin de partie. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147742
LE CARRÉ, John. The Le Carré Omnibus:
London : 1964First omnibus edition, first impression. This volume brings together the first two novels by John le Carré (1931-2020), both scarce in first editions. Gollancz published the omnibus to capitalise on the success of le Carré's third novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 147535
BECKETT, Samuel. En attendant Godot.
Paris : 1952First edition, trade issue, scarce review copy. It was preceded only by a tiny limited issue of 35 large paper copies issued earlier the same year.
Godot was written and published in French, and was first performed in full at the Théâtre de Babylone in Paris on 5 January 1953. Beckett's English translation of the play later premiered at the... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 147545
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Signed photograph and typed letter signed.
15 March 1945A fine typed letter signed from Vita Sackville-West to a reader, Miss Richardson, thanking her for her "nice letter about my book on the Women's Land Army. It is very gratifying to know that you have read it more than once and I expect that you can now give your mother a great deal of information about the Land Army which perhaps she did not already... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147033
WOOLF, Virginia. To the Lighthouse.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, with the front panel of Vanessa Bell's scarce dust jacket laid in at the front, and a Woolf signature (clipped from the Beau Brummell signed limited edition) laid in also.
To the Lighthouse was "written at the height of her luminous Impressionist vision... It is the sunniest of her books and shows the obsession... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147068
WOOLF, Virginia. The Common Reader: First and Second Series.
London : 1925 & 1932First editions, first impressions, of two works that are tough to find in collectable condition, in particularly nice examples of the Vanessa Bell-designed dust jackets.
These two volumes, the "pillars of Virginia Woolf's essays" include critical essays, articles, and book reviews that had previously appeared publications such as Times Literary... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 146747
BANKSY - LAZARIDES, Steve. Banksy Captured [Vols 1 & 2].
London : 2019-20First editions, first printings. Volume 1 limited to 500 numbered copies, volume 2 limited to 5000 numbered copies. In 1997 Lazarides was commissioned to take the portrait of a little-known graffiti artist who went by the name of Banksy. Over the next 11 years he worked with Banksy as his driver, manager, photographer, dealer, spokesperson, and then... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 145942
GRISWOLD, Rufus Wilmot (ed.) The Cypress Wreath:
Boston : 1844First edition of this American consolation anthology. The editor Griswold (1815-1857) "produced a flood of gift books containing the sentimental poetry popular at the time", and was considered by his contemporaries "an expert on American poetry" (ANB). Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 146045
IBSEN, Henrik. The Master Builder.
London : 1893First edition in English, originally published as Bygmester Solness in 1892. The translators and critics Gosse (1849-1928) and Archer (1856-1924) were among the first English writers to recognize Ibsen's talent. "Gosse became one of the most prolific and powerful writers of his time", while Archer's "pioneering advocacy of Ibsen in England cannot be... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 146144