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HUGO, Victor. Les Misérables.
Bruxelles [Brussels] : 1862First edition. The Brussels edition of Les Misérables takes precedence as the first published edition, as the first two volumes were issued in Brussels on 30 or 31 March 1862, preceding the Paris edition by four or five days. The remaining volumes appeared on 15 May 1862.
Copies in the original wrappers are rare in commerce. ABPC locates two copies... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 127594
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 novel... 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
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Charge of the Light Brigade.
[London] : 1855First separate edition, extremely scarce in this format, one of 1,000 copies published for distribution to the troops in the Crimea, with a note in manuscript at the foot of the mount: "My father Col. Adolphus Burton C.B. was in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. G.D.B. his eldest daughter, Grace, whose married name was Grace Denys-Burton"... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 111544
CHERRY-GARRARD, Apsley. The Worst Journey in The World.
New York : 1930First US one-volume edition, "reproduced exactly from the second English edition, and the first to be printed in America" (Rosove), this copy inscribed by Cherry-Garrard to a family friend: "Inscribed to Alice by Apsley Cherry-Garrard with best these two words blotted wishes, July 7 1936", with an earlier date beneath. Copies of Worst Journey are very... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 133368
DUMAS, Alexandre. Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Paris : 1844First separate edition, extremely rare in the original wrappers. The author's best-known work and one of his two masterpieces, Les Trois Mousquetaires was originally published earlier the same year as a serial novel in the Parisian newspaper Le Siècle, from 14 March to 1 July 1844.
The Three Musketeers "has become the archetypal adventure story,... Learn More£125,000.00
Stock Code: 124078
SPINOZA, Baruch. Tractatus theologico-politicus.
Hamburg : 1670First edition of Spinoza's great treatise on political theology, a "crystal-clear exposition of the theory of natural right" (PMM). Spinoza's principal work, and the only work published in his lifetime, it blends the traditions of his Hebraic background with Cartesian rationalism. His ethical views are extended into the realm of politics, and contain... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 130116
ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
London : 2000First edition, first impression, dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page with an arrow from the printed dedication ("to Susan Sladden who helped Harry out of his cupboard"): "and, though we didn't want it in print, helped me out of my cupboard. With unending gratitude and equal love Jo a.k.a. (again) JK Rowling x". The printed... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 128864
FEYNMAN, Richard P. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!"
New York & London : 1985First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title by Feynman to Alice Zorthian, daughter of Jirayr Zorthian, Feynman's close friend and artistic mentor, "To Alice Zorthian for Christmas 1985 Richard P. Feynman". Only two other signed copies of the first printing have appeared at auction, neither specifically inscribed to... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 136532
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises.
New York : 1926First edition, first printing, the first issue with the misprints "stoppped" on p. 181, l. 26, "down-staris" on p. 169, line 34, and the third book being designated as "BOOK THREE" instead of "BOOK III" (p. 235), with the first issue dust jacket, incorrectly citing Hemingway's earlier title as In Our Times.
Hemingway's second novel is a roman à... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 118495
SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Original Copies. The third Impression.
London : 1663)Third folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, generally regarded as the rarest of the 17th-century folio editions. An unknown number of copies is thought to have been destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666. The third folio is a reprint of the second (1632), but the second issue adds seven plays to the corpus, although of these only Pericles is... Learn More£500,000.00
Stock Code: 108578
MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions.
London : 1841First edition. Mackay's important early work of social psychology discusses popular delusions of all types and considers the credulous enthusiasm of mankind for phenomena such as alchemy, witchcraft, relics, the Crusades, urban myths, as well as economic events such as the tulip bubble, the Mississippi Bubble, and the South Sea Bubble. Still in print,... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 128845
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
[VOLTAIRE.] Candide, ou l'optimisme, traduit de l'allemand de Mr. le Docteur Ralph.
[Geneva : 1759First edition, one of only a dozen or so recorded copies of the true first edition of this celebrated philosophical conte, one of the genuine rarities in major 18th-century literature. There were 18 editions of Candide in 1759 alone, all of them superficially alike, though only four of them, like this, have 299 pages. Recent research, following Ira... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 135295
[MALTHUS, Thomas Robert.] An Essay on the Principle of Population,
London : 1798Rare first edition of one of the most important and influential works in the history of economic thought. In this copy Q8r (pp. 239-40) is in cancelled state, which amends the incorrectly printed phrase "the immortality of man on earth seems to be as completely established" to read "mortality" on line 9.
"Malthus was not the first writer to make... Learn More£155,000.00
Stock Code: 137089
[LAW, John.] Money and Trade considered.
Edinburgh : 1705First edition of the major work of the famous Scottish financial adventurer John Law (1671-1729), which presents his theories on the establishment of paper note-issuing national banks. The title exists in two states: one with an ornament of an eagle and vines, the present with a coastline and its reflection. Textually they are all the same. Of the few... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 117696
WILDE, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest.
London : 1899First edition, signed limited issue, number 46 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 was not... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 132907
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
Brooklyn : 1855First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the... Learn More£60,000.00
Stock Code: 135889
(RACKHAM, Arthur.) IBSEN, Henrik. Peer Gynt.
London : 1936Deluxe edition, number 6 of ten "special copies" reserved by the publisher, presented in a specially commissioned luxury binding and including a delightful full-page original pen-and-ink and watercolour drawing by Rackham (signed "Arthur Rackham 36"), showing Peer Gynt being swarmed by the trolls and surrounded by anthropomorphic trees. Describing his... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 135675
OWEN, Robert. A New View of Society: or, Essays on the Principle of the Formation of the Human Character, and the Application of the Principle to Practice.
London : 1813-14First edition, first issue of the four Essays, one of 40 specially bound presentation sets printed on thick paper, parts III & IV "Not published", inscribed "From the Author" on the first blank.
Edouard Dolléans states that just forty copies of A New View of Society were bound for presentation: "En écrivant les Vues nouvelles, Owen a surtout pour... Learn More£87,500.00
Stock Code: 130529