Welcome to our August recent acquisitions list. Highlights include the signed limited edition of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest  (from the library of his Swedish translator) and a lovely bright example in the Macartney illustrated dustwrapper of Agatha Christie's Appointment With Death. We also offer a small run of Samuel Beckett, a signed Simon Raven and a couple of UK editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
We are gearing up for the York National Bookfair, one of the highlights of the UK book fair calendar and this year welcoming more international exhibitors than ever before. We have plenty of complimentary admission tickets available either on request or through this link.
As always further details and images of any item listed below are available by clicking through to our website.
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James, Georgina and Monica.

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Author / Artist: Beckett, Samuel
Publisher: London: John Calder. 1961

First edition, first printing. Original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean with light rubbing and bumping at the extremities. The contents are clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the very good original dustwrapper which is a little rubbed and darkened to the fold edges. Not price-clipped.

Price: £65.00 Stock code: 11652
 


 
Author / Artist: Beckett, Samuel
Publisher: London: Faber and Faber. 1962

First UK edition, first printing. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding clean and tight, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 11655


Author / Artist: Beckett, Samuel
Publisher: London: John Calder. 1964

First edition, first printing. Trade issue. Original grey cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed dustwrapper which is a single tiny closed tear to the top edge of the upper panel at the spine fold. Not price-clipped.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 11653
 


 
Author / Artist: Beckett, Samuel
Publisher: London: Calder and Boyars. 1967

First edition, first printing. Trade issue. Original terracotta cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding clean and tight, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed dustwrapper which is a couple of closed tears to the top edge of the rear panel. Not price-clipped.

Includes The Expelled, The Calmative, The End, Texts for Nothing, From an abandoned work, and Residua.

Price: £45.00 Stock code: 11654


First edition, first printing. Trade issue. Original purple cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents without inscriptions or stamps but with some offsetting to the endpapers. Publisher's review slip loosely laid in. Complete with the lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

Price: £45.00 Stock code: 11658
 


 
Author / Artist: Blyton, Enid
Publisher: London: George Newnes. 1967

Early edition. Publisher's original green cloth with black titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean with light bumping to the corners and spine tips. The contents are without inscriptions or stamps, the text block tanned as usual. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked, price-clipped dustwrapper. An attractive copy.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 11651


First edition, first printing. Original orange cloth with black titles to spine in dustwrapper. An attractive better than very good copy, the binding clean and square, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. There are a couple of light marks to the endpapers and light spotting to the text block edge. Complete with the superb original Robin Macartney illustrated dustwrapper which has tiny nicks to the spine tips and one small rectangular mark to each flap. The colour remains vivid and without fading and the publisher's first issue price of 7s 6d net is present to the front flap. A beautiful example of this scarce Hercule Poirot novel.

Price: £12500.00 Stock code: 11639
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original red and black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine copy with a little spotting to the top edge of the text block and an erased inscription to the front free endpaper, otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the very good or better slightly darkened and creased dustwrapper which has a tiny closed tear to the bottom edge of the rear panel. Not price-clipped (16s net).

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 11659


First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine copy, the binding square, the contents without inscriptions or stamps but with a little spotting to the text block edge. Complete with the very good or better original dustwrapper which is a little tanned to the spine and with a couple of marks to the rear panel. Not price-clipped (16s net to the front flap).

Price: £40.00 Stock code: 11660
 


 

First edition thus. Publisher's original grey cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine clean copy, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which has a small closed tear at the bottom of the spine. Not price-clipped. An attractive example.

Price: £160.00 Stock code: 11649


First edition thus. Publisher's original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine clean copy, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which has a couple of closed tears at the spine folds and a few marks to the rear panel. Not price-clipped. An attractive example.

Price: £160.00 Stock code: 11648
 


 
Author / Artist: Fleming, Ian
Publisher: London: Jonathan Cape. 1966

First edition, first impression, first state. Original cloth in dustwrapper. A superb fine clean copy, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

The correct first state dustwrapper priced 10s 6d net to the front flap. [Gilbert A14a.]

Price: £185.00 Stock code: 11656


Author / Artist: Keats, John
Publisher: London: Macmillan and Co. 1914

Duodecimo. Contemporary Bumpus binding of full green calf, titled in gilt to the spine. Gilt borders to upper and lower boards, compartments between the raised bands on the spine and inner dentelles. All edges gilt. The binding a little rubbed and scuffed to the extremities with light fading of the spine. Other than a gift inscription to the blank front free endpaper the contents are clean and bright throughout. A handsome volume.

Price: £125.00 Stock code: 11640
 


 

First edition with Quentin Blake illustrations, first printing. Original pictorial cloth boards with Blake illustration to the front, spine and rear. In the publisher's slipcase, as issued. A fine copy without fading, inscriptions or stamps in original slipcase with some browning to extremities.

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 11645


Author / Artist: Powell, Anthony
Publisher: London: William Heinemann. 1960

Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, first printing. Publisher's original yellow printed card covers, with the proof pictorial dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the card covers a little bumped at the extremities but clean and bright. The contents are without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the rubbed, nicked and darkened dustwrapper which is a little scuffed at the edges. Not price-clipped.

The fifth volume in the Dance To The Music Of Time series, scarce in proof form.

Price: £140.00 Stock code: 11643
 


 
Author / Artist: Raven, Simon
Publisher: London: Anthony Blond. 1960

First edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy. Original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding square, the contents without previous owner's marks, the text block edges a little dusty. Complete with the original dustwrapper which is lightly rubbed and creased to the extremities with just a hint of fading to the spine. Not price-clipped. The author's scarcest book.

Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper “Sam and Joanna, / With love from / Simon”.

Price: £240.00 Stock code: 11650


First edition thus. Illustrated throughout with 10 unattributed full page steel engravings. Publisher's full red calf, with five raised bands to the spine, gilt decorated compartments, borders and inner dentelles. Titles in gilt on a green leather label to the spine. Marbled edges and endpapers. A very good clean copy, the binding firm with a little rubbing and scuffing to the extremities. Prize inscription dated 1884 in ink to the blank reverse of the front free endpaper. An attractive volume.

Price: £75.00 Stock code: 11642
 


 

First edition. Publisher's original grey pictorial boards. Illustrated with 22 pages of photographic plates to the rear. A very good copy, the binding square with a little rubbing at the extremities. The contents entirely complete and clean throughout. Small circular ink stamp to the bottom of the title page and at the bottom of page 248 (plate list).

Price: £75.00 Stock code: 11644


First edition thus. Publisher's original black cloth boards with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding square, the red top stain unfaded and the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Text block edge lightly spotted. Complete with the lightly rubbed original dustwrapper which has a tiny closed tear to the bottom of the front panel. Not price-clipped.

This volume includes the poems of the Collected Poems 1934-1952, plus over 100 more which were previously inaccessible or overlooked.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 11641
 


 

First edition, first printing. Signed Limited Edition. Original lavender gilt-stamped and decorated cloth. A very good indeed neat copy, the boards lightly water-stained to the top of the front panel with some related inoffensive rippling of the cloth. Corners a little bumped and spine marginally faded but the gilt is sharp and the mauve colour of the cloth remains strong. Internally the book is extremely clean and bright with just a little browning to the endpapers, offset from the ex libris bookplate of Wilde’s Swedish translator, Michael Gripenberg, on the front pastedown. The contents are entirely complete without loose or torn pages (some remain uncut) and with no inscriptions or stamps. An attractive example.

Limited edition of 100 copies on large paper, this copy numbered 87 and signed by Oscar Wilde in black ink on the limitation page.

Price: £27500.00 Stock code: 11646


First edition in Swedish (although published in Finland). Large paper issue, printed on superior paper. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's original green paper covers, printed in black to the upper cover. The binding torn and creased with small loss at the spine tips. The contents entirely complete and clean throughout. Scarce.

This copy is number 6 or 50 of the large / superior paper issue. Inscribed in black ink at the top of the half title by the translator Michael Gripenberg to his future wife Kissie Mannerheim.

Price: £250.00 Stock code: 11647
 

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