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[NABOKOV, Vladimir.] NABOKOFF-SIRIN, Vladimir. Despair.
London : 1937First English edition, first impression, and Nabokov's first attempted at an extended piece of fiction in English. It had been preceded in 1935 by Camera Obscura, the first of Nabokov's works to be translated into English and published by the hapless firm of John Long. Nabokov greatly disliked the translation and its poor quality "prompted Nabokov to... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 28191
(NABOKOV, Vladimir.) NABOKOFF-SIRIN, Vladimir. Despair.
London : 1937First English edition, first impression, first issue in the black cloth. Nabokov's second English publication was put out by the small imprint John Long who specialized in unconventional, quirky books, especially mystery, fantasy, and crime novels. They had previously published Nabokov's Camera Obscura with very little success and fared no better with... Learn More£13,750.00
Stock Code: 124322
[NABOKOV, Vladimir.] NABOKOFF-SIRIN, Vladimir. Despair.
1937First English edition, first impression, and Nabokov's first attempt at an extended piece of fiction in English. It had been preceded in 1935 by Camera Obscura, the first of Nabokov's works to be translated into English and published by the hapless firm of John Long. Nabokov greatly disliked the translation and its poor quality "prompted Nabokov to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 33308
CHANDLER, Raymond. The Lady in the Lake.
London : 1944First UK edition, first impression, originally published in America in 1943. This was the fourth of Chandler's novels featuring Philip Marlowe, in which he "becomes more cynical and world-weary, and actively misanthropic, projecting his own despair onto the state of California, and onto modern life itself" (ODNB). It was adapted into a film of the same... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 132156
(ARS MORIENDI.) Ars Moriendi ex.
Nuremberg : First of three Latin editions printed by Weissenburger. The book derives from the Tractatus (or Speculum) artis bene moriendi, composed in 1415 by an anonymous Dominican friar, probably at the request of the Council of Constance. Owing to its popularity, a shorter version of Ars Moriendi was taken from the second chapter, dealing with the five temptations... Learn More£18,500.00
Stock Code: 90894
(ANGRY PENGUINS.) HARRIS, Max. Angry Penguins Broadsheet.
Melbourne : 1946A complete set of ten issues. The Angry Penguins Broadsheet was an offshoot of Angry Penguins, Australia's leading modernist literary magazine. The title came from Harris's poem, Mithridatum of Despair: "We know no mithridatum of despair/as drunks, the angry penguins of the night/straddling the cobbles of the square/tying a shoelace by fogged lamplight".... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 105022
HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with small pencil mark to the jacket front panel. Savage Civilisation was the future founder of Mass-Observation's first best-seller, in which he defended the way of life of the cannibals of the New Hebrides and their rights to their own land. "Harrisson's fourth Oxford expedition (1933-5)... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 94109
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.
Camden, NJ : 1876Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page of Leaves of Grass also signed... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 92921
HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.
New York : 1937First US edition, same year as the UK first. Uncommon, Harrisson's first book of anthropology based on the work of the Oxford expedition to the New Hebrides, for which he was officially the ornithologist; "When the rest of the Oxford party left Santo Island for home in 1934, Harrisson got to Malekula, where cannibalism was still widespread. Unarmed,... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 51720
BLYTH, R. H. Zen in English Literature and Oriental Classics.
Tokyo : 1942First edition, first printing, presentation copy from Henry Miller to his lifelong friend Robert Carlock, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Bob Carlock - to read in moments of despair or desperation. From his ever grateful friend, Henry Miller, 10/8/56". Miller had a particular interest in Zen and Buddhism, and his Tropic of Cancer... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136184
MUNRO-BUTLER-JOHNSTONE, Henry Alexander. A Trip up the Volga to the Fair of Nijni-Novgorod.
Philadelphia : 1875First US edition, same year as the first UK. The author was MP for Canterbury, his " main interest was foreign affairs He was an ardent imperialist and advocated the maintenance of a strong army and navy. During the Eastern crisis of 1875-8 he became a leading Russophobe and philo-Turk He warned against Russia obtaining access to the Dardanelles and... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 111612
(BRONTË, Charlotte.) GASKELL, Elizabeth. The Life of Charlotte Brontë.
London : 1857First edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's pioneering, landmark biography of her close friend, "creating a new, feminine form which linked emotional and domestic life and suffering to creativity" (ODNB). The biography was hugely controversial at the time, and remains so today, for different reasons. Gaskell was asked to write it by Patrick Brontë in June... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 138990
[LOW, Helen Nora Wilson.] MOON, Lorna. Dark Star.
Indianapolis, IN : 1929First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Jean Hersholt, a great artist, from the author of this book, Lorna Moon". With the bookplate of the Motion Picture Country House tipped-in above the inscription and two MPCH ink stamps to the front pastedown. The author, Nora Low, grew up in Aberdeenshire but eventually... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 82794
(NIJINSKY.) BARBIER, Georges, & Francis de Miomandre. Dessins sur les danses de Vaslav Nijinsky.
Paris : 1913First edition, number 260 of 340 copies on wove paper, from an edition of 390. Barbier's first book was inspired by the impact of the Ballets Russes' first seasons in Paris, and of their phenomenal male lead in particular. "We have our despair, our sadness, our violated love and this thing, the most dread of all - the passing of the days between our... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 136225
FINLAY, George. A History of Greece from its Conquest by the Romans to the Present Time B.C. 146 to A.D. 1864.
Oxford : 1877Publication originally began in 1844, this is "a new edition, revised throughout, and in part re-written, with considerable additions by the author". A history of the Greeks by a prominent British philhellene. While at university in Göttingen Finlay (1799-1875) came into contact with enthusiasts for the movement to liberate Greece from Ottoman rule,... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 135051
[VOLTAIRE.] Le Siecle de Louis XIV.
Berlin : 1751First edition, with a fine Bloomsbury Group provenance, presented by Lytton Strachey to Frances Marshall later Frances Partridge upon marriage, with a notation of the presentation in the latter's hand "Frances Marshall from Lytton 1931" in pencil on the front free endpaper. At the time of the presentation, Frances was the lover of Ralph Partridge,... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 131267
(NAVAL SIGNALS.) Signals and Instructions for Ships under Convoy.
London : 1808Extremely uncommon set of instructions for merchant ships sailing in convoy during the Napoleonic Wars. Copac shows a single copy dated to 1802 at NMM, OCLC adds copies identified as 1804 at NYPL and Princeton, another lacking self-wraps - "1800s" - at the Peabody Essex and NYHSL, another similar at the State Library of New South Wales, 1802, and copy... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 127082
FORSTER, E. M. A Passage to India.
London : 1924First edition, first impression. Copies in the dust jacket are very scarce. "Up to the last moment Forster had been assailed by doubts and despairs about his novel, but its reception removed all his fears. The book suited the moment, and friends and reviewers alike called it a masterpiece and his finest achievement" (P. N. Furbank, E. M. Forster: A... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 126380
SMITH, Stevie. Harold's Leap.
London : 1950First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Naomi Replansky, from Stevie Smith" on the front free endpaper, with errata supplied throughout in Smith's holograph.
Beneath the title of "The River God" Smith adds "(of the River Mimram, in Hertfordshire)", and makes minor revisions to "Harold's Leap", "Thought is... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 112543
PATTON, Philip. Strictures on Naval Discipline, and the Conduct of a Ship of War.
[c.1807]Extremely uncommon collection of the clear- and far-sighted memoranda on naval discipline of a long-serving sailor described by Lord Keith as this "deep-thinking and hard-fighting officer." This copy inscribed on the front pastedown, "From Patton to Mr. Ferguson?", the conclusion of the inscription erased.
A scattering of the individual papers and... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 42976