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COWARD, Noël. Private Lives.
London : 1930First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to Laurence Olivier, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Larry from Noël, 1930". An outstanding association copy marking Olivier's "breakthrough" stage appearance. The distinguished theatre critic Michael Billington writes: "Olivier's early years were marked by an impatient hunger... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 121721
MILLER, Henry. The Angel is my Watermark.
Fullerton, CA : 1944Signed limited edition, number 8 of a small number of copies signed by Henry Miller and enclosing one of Miller's original watercolours. The number of copies is estimated by Porter as 15, by Riley as 15 or 16, and at any rate a very small number, each unique with a different water colour. Alongside the original watercolour, the publication contains... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 136512
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated May 1913. The copy is accompanied... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 122696
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of A Clergyman's Daughter.
8 Nov 1934 - 22 July 1983Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's first novel, A Clergyman's Daughter, including the original contract for the novel. Present are two typed letters, two autograph letters, and two autograph postcards, all signed by Orwell; all such material is uncommon in the market.
Orwell began to write the... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 131751
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
16 Jan 1936-23 June 1944Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's second novel, Keep the Aspidistra Flying. The correspondence, often bitter, shows how far concerns with libel altered the final text of the novel, and how unhappy Orwell was about this; it contains two typed letters, two autograph notes, and one full autograph letter,... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 131753
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of The Road to Wigan Pier.
29 Oct 1936-27 Aug 1958Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence regarding the publication of George Orwell's The Road to Wigan Pier, including the original contract for the work. Orwell's classic study of industrial poverty in the north of England remains in print today, and is among the most esteemed and best-known of his non-fiction books.
After Orwell finished... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 131757
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Inside the Whale.
1 Jan 1940 - 13 Oct 1966Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first collection of essays, Inside the Whale, including the original contract. Orwell began work on the essays in May 1939. The outbreak of the war led to an unproductive period, but by mid-December he had finished the book and sent the manuscript to Gollancz.... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 131758
ORWELL, George. Keep the Aspidistra Flying.
London : 1936First edition, first impression. Signed by the author for fellow novelist Anthony Powell, "Geo. Orwell" on the front endpaper, with Powell's bookplate to the front pastedown. The first edition consisted of 3,000 sets of sheets of which only 2,500 were bound. Of these more than 200 were destroyed during the war.
The book which "would eventually... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 103159
DULAC, Edmund (illus.); STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Treasure Island.
London : 1927First Dulac edition, signed limited issue, number 49 of 50 copies signed by the illustrator, bound in vellum and printed on handmade paper, and notably rare due to the unusually small limitation. Hughey describes Dulac's watercolour illustration for Treasure Island as his "most careful and superb painting", and Dulac himself considered them his best... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131651
FLEMING, Ian; CONNOLLY, Cyril. "Bond Strikes Camp. An Extravaganza."
London : 1963First edition of this Bond pastiche, superbly inscribed by Fleming to his close friend Richard Hughes on the front cover, "Dikko - Ouch! Ian", and with a mark in his hand next to the title of the Bond story. Richard Hughes was a good friend of Fleming's and the dedicatee of You Only Live Twice (published in 1964). In 1959, Ian Fleming was given a licence... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 124681
POWELL, Anthony. From a View to a Death.
London : 1933First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Clara from the author, Tony Powell. Oct 17th 1933". The recipient was potentially Powell's cook, Clara Warville. Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 83172
BORGES, Jorge Luis - GÜIRALDES, Ricardo. Don Segundo Sombra.
Buenos Aires : 1926First edition, first printing, a major association copy, being the copy of Jorge Luis Borges, with his ownership signature dated Buenos Aires 1936 on the title page. Güiraldes and Borges were friends, and both influenced the literary career of the other. They met around 1924-5, and Borges helped Güiraldes launch the magazine Proa. It was Güiraldes... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 130488
JAMES, P. D. Cover Her Face.
London : 1962First edition, first impression, of the debut novel of this great crime writer. This is copy is inscribed by the author, "To Geir Moe Sorensen with every good wish from the author P. D. James" on the front endpaper, and inscribed "To Moe P. D. James" on the title. Cover Her Face is uncommon in the dust jacket, and especially so inscribed. Learn More£8,000.00
Stock Code: 135464
POWELL, Anthony. Caledonia. A Fragment.
London : 1934]First edition, sole impression, one of fewer than 100 copies printed for Powell himself. This is the dedication copy of Powell's droll Anti-Scots pastiche, inscribed by the author on the dedication leaf, "And Wyndham Lloyd, Esquire being the latter of these two gentlemen referred to the in the printed dedication and this copy being presented by the... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 77382
HODGSON, William Hope. The Ghost Pirates.
London : 1909First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of Hodgson's landmark work, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "N. Rendall, Esq. from William Hope Hodgson - 'May we be friends e'en though we disagree'. Sept. 21st '09." Rare inscribed, with no other copies traced. Hailed as one of the best novel-length works of supernatural fiction... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 101607
POUND, Ezra. The Pisan Cantos.
New York : 1948First edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author on the front free endpaper: "Eileen from Ezra full benedictions S. Liz 1949", and with his subsequent inscription, "having been forgot returned and re returned repeat 'benedictions' June 58". A superb relic from the St Elizabeth years: the recipient was Eileen Lane Kinney, a member of the... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 124333
GOLL, Yvan; BRAUNER, Victor (illus.) Le Char triomphal de l'antimoine.
Paris : 1949First and limited edition, pre-publication presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "à Adolphe de Milly avec mon trés amical souvenir, Yvan Goll, Paris 11 avril 1949"; number 90 of 300 copies on Rives (from a total edition of 333). The colophon notes that "cet ouvrage a été achevé d'imprimeur le 15 Mai 1949". The recipient was a French-born... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 122170
FIELDING, Henry. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling.
London : 1749First edition, with the errata leaf in volume I. One of only three 18th-century English novels (with Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels) still widely read with real pleasure by modern audiences, with all the points to distinguish it from the virtually identical reprint of the same year: vol. 1: errata leaf after contents, cancels B9 & B10; vol.... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 84920
BURKE, Thomas. Limehouse Nights:
London : 1916First edition, first impression, presentation copy from the author to the publisher, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Grant Richards, novelist and patron of letters. Thomas Burke". Examples in the jacket are rare and we have been unable to trace another inscribed copy.
Queen's Quorum describes Limehouse Nights, a collection of 14 short... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 136021
WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room.
Richmond : 1922First edition, first impression. One of 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 active subscribers who had supported the press's... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 65828
WAUGH, Evelyn. Black Mischief.
London : 1932First edition, large paper issue, out of series from 250 numbered copies, the dedication copy to Mary Lygon, inscribed by the author on the limitation page: "For Sweet Blondy with much love from BOAZ housed within swastika device". The book was dedicated to Mary and her sister Dorothy Lygon. Although known to her friends as Maimie, Lady Mary Lygon was... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 123779
WAUGH, Evelyn. Scott-King's Modern Europe.
London : 1947Two copies, first editions, first impressions. Both presentation copies, inscribed by the author to Anthony Powell. The first, in blue biro, in a scrawling hand: "For Tony, the host of Bats with deep respect from Evelyn" and with a half-page caricature drawing by the author, of a woman with curly hair and a veil and a man (self portrait?) in evening... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 103235
WELLS, H. G. The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance.`
London : 1897First edition, first impression. With Wells's fine contemporary presentation inscription to the half title page, "W. W. Jacobs from H. G. Wells". With the recipient's embroidered silk bookmark laid in. An excellent association: Jacobs (1863-1943) was a close contemporary of Wells, the highest earning writer of his day, and a superb technician. His masterful... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 67963
JOYCE, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
London : 1917So-called second edition; the first edition to be printed in the UK. This edition was preceded by the English issue of the Huebsch edition of 1916. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the half title page, "To George and Mary Slocombe James Joyce Paris 7. i. 926"; George Slocombe was an English journalist writing for the American papers.... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 77029
WELLS, H. G. Kipps.
London : 1905First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Wells to Ford Madox Ford on the half title: "To F. M. Hueffer with affection from H. G. Wells". A superb association linking two of the heaviest hitters of Edwardian fiction. Hueffer - who changed his name during the War to the less Teutonic sounding Ford Madox Ford - was part of the coterie... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 28390
WELLS, H. G. Tales of Space and Time.
London & New York : 1900First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author with one of his characteristic "picshuas", a caricature portrait on the first blank: "H. Hick from H. G. Wells", with a small sketch of a medicine bottle with label reading "To be taken as required" below. Dr Henry Hick came to know Wells through his old school friend George Gissing. When Wells... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 115293
FALKNER, J. M. Moonfleet.
London : 1898First edition. Presentation copy inscribed to publisher Reginald J. Smith on the front free endpaper, "Reginald J. Smith, from the author, 1st December 1898". Smith was editor of The Cornhill magazine (in which Falkner subsequently published a story) and head of Smith Elder publishing house from 1894. This copy bears several pencilled marginal corrections... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 115523
FAULKNER, William. The Town.
New York : 1957First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, "To Ruth Ford from Bill Faulkner (See what you can do with this) Oxford 9 October 1959". Ford was an actress and model who had been a long-time family friend of Faulkner. She said of him, "one of the nicest people in Hollywood is William Faulkner, who I had... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 124320
GONNE, Maud, (illus.); YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page, and with an original initialled drawing in black ink on the front free endpaper (an expanded version of the ornament printed on p. 20.) Edith Maud Gonne (1866-1953) was one of the boldest figures of the Irish Literary Revival; a suffragette and artist, she remains best known... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137680
FAULKNER, William. The Marble Faun.
Boston : 1924First edition, sole printing, presentation copy of Faulkner's first book. This copy has been inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Dink Cearley from Bill Faulkner" and also signed and dated 31 December 1924 on the title page. C. L. ("Dink") Cearley was in 1924 the 19-year-old son of Abb W. Cearley (69 years old, married at age 36) and Mollie Cearley.... Learn More£57,500.00
Stock Code: 118733
PASTERNAK, Boris, (trans.); Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Faust.
[Leningrad] : 1953First edition of Pasternak's Russian translation of Goethe's masterpiece, presentation copy inscribed to a close friend and fellow poet, "to one of the most interesting people and the best poets of the present times, Simon Chikovani, with love and devotion, B. Pasternak, 9 February 1954", on the front free endpaper.
Chikovani (1902-1966) was... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 132166
FLEMING, Ian. From Russia, With Love.
London : 1957First 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£50,000.00
Stock Code: 138052
NASH, Paul (illus.); SHAKESPEARE, William. A Midsummer Nights Dreame.
London : 1924The Players' Shakespeare, limited to 106 copies, signed by the art editor Albert Rotherston, the illustrator Paul Nash, and the introduction writer Harley Granville-Barker. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 117387
DURRELL, Lawrence. The Alexandria Quartet.
London : 1962Signed limited edition, number 355 of 500 numbered copies, of Durrell's enduring masterpiece. Perhaps his greatest success, the Quartet is a study of love and political intrigue in Alexandria, Egypt before and during World War II. "The four novels emerged in rapid succession from 1957 to 1960 and elicited wildly divergent but generally favourable reviews,... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 119695
FLEMING, Ian. From Russia, With Love.
London : 1957First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by Fleming on the front free endpaper to the eminent photographer, "To Erich Hartmann from his impatient patient. Ian Fleming".
The recipient, Erich Hartmann (1922-1999), was the head of Magnum Photo, who "throughout his career, pursued many long-term personal projects, and photographic... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 138464
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First edition, signed limited issue, number 19 of 100 large paper copies signed by the author.
Wilde's last and greatest play opened to huge acclaim on Valentine's Day 1895 but was withdrawn after Wilde's failed libel suit against Lord Queensbury led to his arrest. The subsequent "utter social destruction of Wilde" (ODNB) meant that the play... Learn More£40,000.00
Stock Code: 142975
FLEMING, Ian. Moonraker.
London : 1955First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Edith, Cette tranche de vie! Ian 1955". Edith was Marie Edith, Viscountess Kemsley (1888-1976), second wife of the newspaper baron Viscount Kemsley (1883-1968). It was Viscount Kemsley who employed Fleming as the foreign manager of his Sunday Times... Learn More£39,500.00
Stock Code: 138007
MITCHELL, Margaret. Gone With the Wind.
New York : 1936First edition, first printing, first issue dust jacket, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Signed copies of the first edition in this condition are scarce.
Loosely inserted is the 22-page Macmillan promotional booklet, "Margaret Mitchell and Her Novel", dated 1936, "compiled in response to a flood of requests from readers all over... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 148336
JOYCE, James. Yurishizu. [Ulysses.]
Tokyo : 1931 & 1934First edition in Japanese, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the translator to fellow novelist Narasaki Tsutomu on the front free endpaper of volume 1, transcribed on a loosely inserted slip, "Ito Sei - Narazaki Tutomu". This edition is the first non-European translation and predates the publication of the work in England and the United... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 131239
MAUGHAM, W. Somerset. Of Human Bondage.
New York : 1936First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 483 of 751 copies signed by both author and artist. Of Human Bondage was first published in 1915 and Maugham contributed a new foreword for this handsome illustrated edition. Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948) "was a draughtsmen, painter and etcher who was the Slade Professor of Fine Art at University... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 117173
DICKENS, Charles. The Old Curiosity Shop.
Philadelphia : 1842Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation, inscribed by Dickens: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores, and with two accompanying autograph letters signed. In the... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 90111
DICKENS, Charles. The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.
Philadelphia : 1842Presentation copy, inscribed by Dickens to William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), editor of the New York Evening Post and a leading poet of his generation: "William Cullen Bryant From his friend and admirer Charles Dickens", signed with his characteristic lavish underscores. Dickens met Bryant for their first private audience on his American tour on Tuesday... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 90110
JAMES, Henry. The Ambassadors.
New York & London : 1904First US edition, second printing (dated a year after the first), presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Mary Jameson Judah in remembrance of March 16th and 17th 1905. Henry James".
Mary Jameson Judah (1851-1930) was an accomplished hostess, giving dinners with monumental menus in both Memphis - where her... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131659
ERNST, Max - CREVEL, René. Mr. Knife Miss Fork.
Paris : 1931First edition, sole printing, number 27 of 50 copies signed by Crevel on the half-title and Ernst on the frontispiece and printed on Hollande paper, from a total edition of 255 copies. This is one of the most celebrated books of the Black Sun Press and a cornerstone of Surrealist literature. This work is a fragment from Crevel's novel Babylone (1927),... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 146428
FAULKNER, William. Sartoris.
London : 1932First UK edition, first impression, second binding but with the third state ads at the end, and with an example of the remainder dust jacket. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the title page, "William Faulkner for Else 11 Dec 1950". Signed and dated (1937) on the front free endpaper by the writer and journalist Thorsten Jonsson (1910-1950).... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 67135
LLANOS Y GUTIERREZ, Valentin Maria. Sandoval: or, the Freemason.
London : 1826First edition, presentation copy to George Keats, inscribed by the author, his brother-in law, "George Keats, the gift of the author", on the title page of all three volumes. George Keats (17971841), younger brother of the poet John, never met Llanos, but was pleased to have as "a friend and brother" a man of letters, and enjoyed both his published... Learn More£13,500.00
Stock Code: 102920
USTINOV, Peter. House of Regrets
London : 1943First edition, first impression, and typescript. The typescript, which precedes the publication in book form by a year, is inscribed by Ustinov on the title page. In the top fore corner: "In memoriam, a great goose, ever, Peter A. Ustinov, 32 William Mew, Knigtsbridge, London SW1"; and again at the bottom of the page "No longer property of Peter Ustinov,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 95750
AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice.
London : 1894First illustrated edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies released in England; a further 25 copies were released in the US. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text; Bentley's 1833 edition... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 143075
CONRAD, Joseph. An Outcast of the Islands.
London : 1896First edition, first impression, of An Outcast of the Islands, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. W. T. Hornaday with the Author's most friendly regards. 22 March, 1896". Hornaday (1854-1937) was an American zoologist and conservationist who is credited with the preservation of a number of species including the North American... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 63484
ORWELL, George. Original autograph lecture notes for "Culture and Democracy", together with related correspondence between himself, the Fabian Society, and Routledge, the publishers.
1941-42A 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 as "the only record of... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 120664