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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
MELVILLE, Herman. Moby-Dick;
New York : 1851First US edition of Melville's greatest work, in the first issue binding (BAL's "A" state). The US edition was the first to appear under the familiar title, and contains some 35 passages and the epilogue omitted from the English edition.
Now universally acclaimed, at the time the novel was a "complete practical failure, misunderstood by the critics... Learn More£65,000.00
Stock Code: 137462
WHARTON, Edith. Hudson River Bracketed.
London, New York : 1929First edition, UK issue. The dedication copy, with the author's presentation inscription to the dedication leaf incorporating the printed dedication, "To A.J.H.S. From E.W. December 1929". The dedicatee was John Hugh Smith, a wealthy English banker who met Wharton at Stanway in 1908. The two became fast friends and "embarked on a friendly, even flirtatious... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 131588
FLEMING, Ian. On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
London : 1963First edition, signed limited issue. One of 35 unnumbered "presentation" copies signed by the author; a further 250 numbered copies were also released. This was Fleming's only signed limited edition; it was published simultaneously with the first trade edition on 1 April 1963. Over time, the vellum has shown a tendency to yellow, and copies in such... Learn More£13,500.00
Stock Code: 131688
[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
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
HAGGARD, H. Rider. King Solomon's Mines.
London : 1885First edition, first impression. With all the textual misprints: p. 10, "Bamamgwato"; p. 122 3rd line up "let twins to live"; p. 307 footnote, last line, "Wrod." Surprisingly scarce in the correct state. Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 124633
JAMES, Henry. Daisy Miller: A Study.
London : 1879First UK edition of one of James's scarcest and most desirable titles, one of 500 copies. The first two impressions are indistinguishable: it was first published on 15 February 1879 in a print run of 250 copies, with a second impression of 250 copies following in March, lacking any imprint to distinguish it from the first issue. Rare, with just two... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 125130
DIXON, Franklin W. The Tower Treasure.
New York : 1927First edition, first printing, of the first Hardy Boys title, long considered one of the holy grails of American children's book collecting. Developed by the American publisher Edward Stratemeyer, The Hardy Boys books were part of a range of juvenile detective fiction released by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and was so successful that they launched Nancy... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 104563
JOYCE, James. Ulysses.
London : 1936First UK edition, number 883 of 900 copies on japon. The Bodley Head Ulysses established the text for the succeeding 25 years and printed as appendices the International Letter of Protest against Samuel Roth's piracy and the famous legal judgement by John M. Woolsey lifting the ban on the publishing of the book in America. Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 121336
MELVILLE, Herman. White Jacket; or, the World in a Man-of-War.
London : 1850First edition, first issue, of Melville's emblematic fifth novel, which did much to influence the congressional prohibition of naval flogging in September 1850. Copies of the first issue are notably rare in any state, and exceptionally so with the original cloth in such a fine state of preservation.
The British edition, preceding its American counterpart... Learn More£60,000.00
Stock Code: 138349
WODEHOUSE, P. G. Original manuscript of Bill the Conqueror, carbon typescript with autograph corrections.
Original manuscript of Bill the Conqueror, with final corrections for publication, presented by Wodehouse to his musical collaborator Jerome Kern (1885-1945), with the author's signed presentation inscription in ink on the typed title leaf: "To Jerry from Plum - P. G. Wodehouse 1924"; and with Kern's ink inscription below, re-presenting the manuscript... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 76402
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Night Flight.
London : 1932First UK edition, first impression. Saint-Exupéry is most famous for his landmark children's book Le Petit Prince (1943), but Night Flight, first published as Vol de Nuit (1931), is his greatest literary work, a remarkable modernist treatment of the new age, man's position in it and the relationship of technology and humanity, selected by Connolly... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 129419
(EVANS, Walker.) CRANE, Hart. The Bridge
Paris : 1930First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker Evans. Harold Bloom praised... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 83569
HERODOTUS. Historiae, in Greek.
Venice : 1502Editio princeps of Herodotus' history of the Persian Wars, one of the most important texts edited by the great scholar-printer-publisher himself. Herodotus had first been published in Lorenzo Valla's Latin translation. Aldus claims in the dedication that he corrected the text from multiple exemplars, one of the few instances where such a claim by him... Learn More£35,000.00
Stock Code: 103246
[CLELAND, John.] Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.
London : 1781Extremely rare early edition of Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill, "the first original English prose pornography, and the first to break away from the dialogue form into the style of the novel" (Foxon, Libertine Literature in England, 1660-1745).
First published under the same imprint in an edition dated 1749, the imprint... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 86257
JOYCE, James. Ulysses.
London : 1936First UK edition, first impression. From a total printing of 1,000 numbered copies, this is one of 900 on japon vellum, unsigned. The Bodley Head Ulysses established the text for the succeeding 25 years and printed as appendices the International Letter of Protest against Samuel Roth's piracy and the famous legal judgement by John M. Woolsey lifting... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 99728
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
THOREAU, Henry D. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.
Boston and Cambridge : 1849First edition of Thoreau's first book. Thoreau published at his own expense an edition of 1,000 copies: less than 300 sold, and in 1853 the remainder was returned to him - 256 bound up and 450 in sheets - prompting his rueful journal entry: "I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes, over 700 of which I wrote myself." The present copy has the three... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 52313
JOYCE, James. Pomes Penyeach.
Paris : 1932First English edition (printed in France), number 13 of 25 copies signed by the author, which, together with 6 hors de commerce copies, not for sale and inscribed by Joyce with the name of the recipient, comprised the total edition; this is one of a handful of copies still in private hands. Joyce's daughter designed the illuminations as artistic therapy.
Pomes... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 139014
JOYCE, James. Ulysses.
London : 1936First UK edition. The entire edition was limited to 1,000 copies only, of which this is one of 900 numbered copies. This was the first issue to be entirely produced in Britain, with an appendix with documents relating to the legal history of Ulysses and with a bibliography. Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 47333
DURRELL, Lawrence. [The Alexandria Quartet:] Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.
London : 1957-60First editions, first impressions. Perhaps Durrell's greatest success, a study of love and political intrigue in Alexandria, Egypt, before and during World War II. Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 121818
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... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 132907
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
[BRONTË, Anne.] The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
London : 1848First edition, first issue, of Anne Brontë's last and only separately published novel, which, according to May Sinclair; "reverberated throughout Victorian England" with its realistic and disturbing portrayal of alcoholism and debauchery (Leonardi, p. 314). Thomas Cautley Newby was a notoriously shifty publisher who had taken a deposit for the earlier... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 121127
DONNE, John. Poems. With Elegies on the Authors Death.
London : 1633First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death. This copy has the two inserted leaves with "The Printer to the Understanders" and the publisher John Marriot's Hexastichon Bibliopolae, not always present, and has the leaf Nn1 in the earlier uncorrected state with 35 lines of text on p. 273 instead... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 82696
JONSON, Ben. The Workes.
London : 1641]First complete collected edition, comprising the second edition of volume 1 and the first edition of volumes 2 and 3. The first volume is a close reprint of the first edition of 1616. The second volume contains the reissued, unsold sheets of three plays published in 1631, which were edited by Jonson and intended to supplement his 1616 Workes. The balance... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 108347
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
JAMES, Henry. Roderick Hudson.
London : 1879First English edition of James's début novel, published 11 June 1879, in an edition of 500 copies. James began the first novel he would acknowledge in Florence in spring 1874. It was serialized in Howells's Atlantic, then published in book form at Boston, November 1875, in an edition of 1,500 copies. It was thoroughly revised by James (removing, among... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 72312
BRADBURY, Ray. Original autograph manuscript poem, [published as "Why Viking Lander, Why the Planet Mars?"]
Hollywood, CA : [c. 19] June 1976A wonderful original manuscript poem by Ray Bradbury, showing one of the great imaginations of American science fiction engaging directly and in real time with a major event in space exploration.
In mid-June 1976, Ray Bradbury, author of the Martian Chronicles (1950), was invited to the Disney projection room in Hollywood to witness the... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 139775
ERASMUS, Desiderius. The Praise of Folie.
[London : 1569 [recte 1549]Rare first edition in English of one of the most notable works of the Renaissance, a work written in England, when Erasmus was staying in the house of Thomas More in the winter of 1509-10.
"Its title is a delicate and complimentary play on the name of his host: its subject matter is a brilliant, biting satire on the folly to be found in all walks... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 108395
MARTIAL, Marcus Valerius Martialis. Epigrammata.
Venice : December 1501First Aldine edition, one of the earliest books to be produced in pocket format and in Aldus's beautiful italic type. Aldus starting issuing his groundbreaking "Libelli Portatiles" - or "Portable Library" - in April 1501 with an edition of Virgil, followed by Horace in May, Petrarch in July, Juvenal and Perseus in August, and this edition of Martial... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 118784
APOLLONIUS RHODIUS. Argonautica
Florence : 1496Editio princeps of the most important Greek epic of the 3rd century BCE, the definitive telling of the story of Jason and the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece. The Argonautica is the only epic before Virgil's Aeneid that can be compared with Homer in subject and extent and it is the first epic to give a prominent place to love. With the... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 136329
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