Greetings from our office at the York Eco Business Centre. We are shelved out and have spent much of this week getting back to the business of cataloguing and photographing items we hope might be of interest to you.
Highlights in this list include a rare presentation copy of Charles Darwin's The Origin Of Species; this copy was given to the botanist, author and publisher Alfred W. Bennett who reviewed it in the February 22nd 1872 issue of Nature.
Sticking with nature..... and country pursuits, we have "the great Mr. Fox's" typescript of the widely unknown musical play Fantastic Mr. Fox, produced for performance at the 1976 Thornbury Arts Festival and attended by Roald and Patricia Dahl.
Other items include two beautiful dustwrappered Willa Cather novels in the UK first edition, some crime fiction, signed copies and an 18th century travel book!

Further images of anything listed below are available by clicking through to our website or on request.
With best wishes,

James, Georgina and Monica.

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Early edition. Publisher's pictorial paper covered boards, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean and square, the contents complete and without inscriptions or stamps but spotted to the text pages. All 24 full page colour plates are present as called for. Loosely laid in is a publisher's single page brochure for other Cicely Mary Barker titles. Complete with the rubbed and nicked pictorial dustwrapper which remains bright and without loss, but with a few marks to the extremities. Not price-clipped (1/6 net to the front flap).

Price: £30.00 Stock code: 12002


Early edition. Publisher's pictorial paper covered boards, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean and square, the contents complete, without inscriptions or stamps and with only light spotting to the text pages. All 24 full page colour plates are present as called for and in fine condition. Complete with the rubbed and nicked pictorial dustwrapper which remains bright and without loss, but with a few marks to the extremities. Clipped and re-priced by the publisher (1/9 net to the front flap).

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12019


Author / Artist: Block, Lawrence
Publisher: London: Victor Gollancz. 1984

First UK edition, first printing. Original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, without inscriptions or stamps in the fine price-clipped dustwrapper.

Price: £18.00 Stock code: 12032


Author / Artist: Block, Lawrence
Publisher: London: No Exit Press. 1998

First UK edition, first printing. Inscribed presentation copy. Original black cloth with silver titles to the spine. A fine copy in the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the title page “For John / all the best / Lawrence Block / 12-98”.

Price: £16.00 Stock code: 12031


First editions with these illustrations. Three volumes. Publisher's original orange cloth boards with brown cloth spines lettered in gilt. A very good attractive set, the bindings square with a little rubbing and fading at the extremities. The contents are entirely complete, each volume with a neat ink inscription dated 1902 to the front free endpaper. Beautifully illustrated throughout with line drawings by H. M. Brock.

Price: £60.00 Stock code: 11999


First edition, first printing. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine clean copy, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper which has a large closed tear to the edge of the front flap. Not price-clipped (16s to the front flap).

Price: £22.00 Stock code: 12009


First edition, first printing. Publisher's original light blue cloth with dark blue titles and decorative borders to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding clean, the contents without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original Frank C. Pape illustrated dustwrapper which is a little rubbed, nicked and darkened to the extremities with a small chip to the bottom edge of the rear panel. Not price-clipped (7/6net to the spine).

Price: £45.00 Stock code: 12010


First UK edition, first printing. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An attractive very good copy, the binding square, the contents with a previous owner's inscription to the front free endpaper otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which has a few small pieces of tape to the underside. Not price-clipped (8s 6d net to the front flap).

The author's second novel.

Price: £30.00 Stock code: 12022


First UK edition, first printing. Publisher's original brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in the supplied first issue pictorial dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean but a little rubbed at the extremities, the contents without inscriptions or stamps but foxed in places. The dustwrapper is in exceptionally nice condition with only light rubbing and dustiness at the extremities. The colours remain vibrant and the correct first issue price of 7/6net is present to front flap. There is a vertical crease to the spine as the dustwrapper was folded once and put away on issue. Rare thus.

Price: £200.00 Stock code: 12035


First UK edition, first printing. Publisher's original green cloth with black titles to the spine, in supplied first issue dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding a little rubbed and marked with some fading of the spine. The contents with a neat previous owner's inscription to the front free endpaper otherwise clean and bright throughout. The dustwrapper is in exceptionally nice condition with only the lightest of wear to the extremities. The colours remain vibrant and the correct first issue price of 7/6net is present to the spine. The condition is due to the dustwrapper being stored flat and out of sunlight since issue. Rare thus.

Price: £165.00 Stock code: 12024


First edition, first printing. Original blue light blue cloth with dark blue titles to the upper panel and spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated in black and white throughout. A lovely near fine clean and square copy, without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper, not price-clipped (3s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 12018


Author / Artist: Colfer, Eoin
Publisher: London: Viking. 2001

First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A fine clean and tight copy in the fine original dustwrapper which is a little faded to the spine.

Signed by the author in black in on the title page.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12030


First edition, first printing (the US and UK first editions were published simultaneously). Inscribed presentation copy. Original quarter brown cloth over paper covered boards, stamped in blind to the upper board, with titles in gilt to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine copy, the binding square with a little rubbing at the extremities, the contents are without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Text block edge lightly spotted, the brown top-stain unfaded. Complete with near fine lightly creased un-faded dustwrapper. Not price-clipped. An excellent example with a fantastic provenance.

Inscribed by the author in black ink on the front free endpaper “To Roger / The Great Mr. Fox / With love / from / Roald Dahl / 12 May 1976”. Together with a signed original program for a unique production of the musical play Fantastic Mr. Fox which was specially commissioned for the Thornbury Arts Festival '76 and starred the recipient Roger [Whittall] in the title role. The program is signed by Roald Dahl in brown and the composer and conductor Adrian Beaumont in black.

Price: £3250.00 Stock code: 11984


Typescript on paper, stapled. 19pp. First and only edition. “Copyright. This play must not be performed without the permission of Roald Dahl”. A rare original typescript of the specially commissioned musical play of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox. This script belonged to the lead actor Roger Whittall who played Mr. Fox. Inscribed by Whittall in blue ink with the cast names. Underlining of Mr. Fox's lines in red throughout. The pages creased at the edges with a little soiling or spotting throughout. Together with: The original program for the performance of this play Fantastic Mr. Fox, signed by Roald Dahl in brown, Patricia Neal Dahl in blue (inscribed “To Dear Roger”) and the composer and conductor Adrian Beaumont “with thanks and best wishes” in black; An inscribed presentation copy of the paperback edition of the novel Fantastic Mr. Fox, inscribed in red ink “For Mr. Fox / Love / Roald Dahl” on the front endpaper; the Thornbury Arts Festival '76 full program; A scrap book of newspaper reviews of the play.

An exceptional collection relating to this largely unknown production of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox. Manuscript material pertaining to any of the major Dahl novels is rare in commerce.

Price: £3750.00 Stock code: 11983


Author / Artist: Darwin, Charles
Publisher: London: John Murray. 1872

Presentation copy to the botanist, author and publisher Alfred W. Bennett. Sixth edition, with additions and corrections. Eleventh Thousand. Publisher's original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine. A very good copy, the binding rubbed and bumped at the spine tips and board edges. The contents are complete and clean throughout with a little light spotting to the prelims. An excellent example in entirely original condition. Inscribed on the half title at the author's request in black ink by the publisher's clerk “From The Author” above which the recipient has inscribed his name Alfred W. Bennett. At the time of presentation Bennett was in regular correspondence with the author, having come to Darwin's attention after writing a series of papers on fertilization in plants. In his capacity as biological subeditor, Bennett's glowing review of the 6th edition of Origin appeared in the February 22nd [1872] issue of Nature.

Alfred William Bennett (1833-1902) Botanist, bookseller and publisher. Proprietor and editor of the Friend, the monthly journal of the Society of Friends. Lecturer in botany, Bedford College, London, 1868; Westminster Hospital, London, 1869–73. Author of several papers on pollination, 1871–3, and other botanical works; Biological subeditor for Nature, 1871–3; Botanical reviewer and writer for the Academy; Vice-president of the Microscopical Society, 1892, 1899, and 1900; editor of the society’s journal, 1897–1902. Vice-president of the Linnean Society of London, 1891–2.

Price: £17500.00 Stock code: 11926


Author / Artist: East, Roger
Publisher: London: Hodder and Stoughton. 1963

First edition, first printing. Original red cloth with silver titles over black to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely near fine clean and square copy, a neat ink name to the front free endpaper otherwise fine throughout. Complete with the lightly rubbed pictorial dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

Price: £15.00 Stock code: 12026


First edition. Inscribed presentation copy. Original white cloth with light blue titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A fine copy, in the near fine dustwrapper.

Inscribed by the artist in blue ink on the half title “For Paul ....... / With warmest wishes / Chris Foster [underlined]”. The recipient was an employee of the Tate museum.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 12034


First edition, first printing. Publisher's original orange cloth with black titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An attractive very good or better copy, the binding clean, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original pictorial dustwrapper which has a few small nicks and a little creasing to the extremities. Not price-clipped (8s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £145.00 Stock code: 12014


Author / Artist: Gunn, Victor
Publisher: London: Collins. 1954

First edition, first printing. Original purple cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding clean and square with some light bumping at the extremities. The contents are clean throughout and with a previous owner's name to the front free endpaper. Complete with the rubbed and nicked original dustwrapper which remains bright and attractive. Not price-clipped (9s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £75.00 Stock code: 12004


Author / Artist: Hunter, Alan
Publisher: London: Constable. 1986

First edition, first printing. Original black cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, without inscriptions or stamps, in the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

Price: £15.00 Stock code: 12025


Author / Artist: Kinsella, Thomas
Publisher: Dublin: Peppercanister 8 1978

First edition. Publisher's original red card covers. A near fine copy, the covers with only light rubbing and fading to the extremities, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Loosely laid in is the publisher's brochure and a typed list of the author's selected poems (1962 - 1989).

One of 525 copies.

Price: £30.00 Stock code: 12013


First edition. Publisher's original grey card covers. A near fine copy, the covers with only light rubbing to the extremities, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Loosely laid in is the publisher's brochure and price list.

One of 350 copies.

Price: £30.00 Stock code: 12012


London Tube Map. Folded card printed in blue and black. An original London Tube Map announcing the opening of the new Victoria Line Stage 3 extension. Opening on Friday 7th March 1969 at 3pm. In fine condition.

Price: £10.00 Stock code: 12020


Author / Artist: Mitchell, Gladys
Publisher: London: Michael Joseph 1977

First edition, first printing. Original purple cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine clean copy, without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper which has a little mottling to the front flap. Not price-clipped (£3.75 net to the front flap).

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12011


First edition, first printing. Original blue pictorial cloth, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean with light rubbing at the extremities. The contents are entirely complete and without inscriptions or stamps, just a little spotting to the margins and text block edge. Complete with the original pictorial dustwrapper which is rubbed and chipped at the extremities with small loss at the head of the spine.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12033


First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's original black cloth with red titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding clean and square, the contents lightly spotted to the text block edge otherwise clean and bright throughout. Complete with the rubbed and nicked original dustwrapper which has a small chip to the bottom of the spine. Not price-clipped (8s 6d net to the front flap).

Signed by the author “John Creasey” in blue ink on the title page.

Price: £65.00 Stock code: 12005


Author / Artist: Murdoch, Iris
Publisher: London: Chatto and Windus. 1964

First edition, first printing. Original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine unfaded, price-clipped dustwrapper.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 12021


First edition. Original marbled paper covered boards with titles in black to the upper board and spine. A fine copy.

One of 450 copies.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 12029


First edition, first printing. Original green cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine clean and bright copy in the original pictorial dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£1.90 to the front flap).

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12007


First edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth with black titles to the upper panel and gilt titles to the spine. A very good copy, the binding a little rubbed at the extremities and faded to the spine. The contents are entirely complete and without inscriptions or stamps. Publisher's catalogue to the rear.

A collection of supernatural and weird tales.

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 12016


First edition, first printing. Hardcover issue. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original dustwrapper which has a small chip to the top right corner of the rear panel. Not price-clipped (£2.25 to the front flap).

Price: £15.00 Stock code: 12015


Author / Artist: Sabatini, Rafael
Publisher: London: Hutchinson. [1926]

First edition, first printing. Colonial issue. Publisher's original red cloth with black titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean with a little rubbing at the extremities. The contents are clean throughout and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the rubbed and chipped original dustwrapper which has small losses to the spine tips and corners.

Price: £95.00 Stock code: 12023


First UK edition, first printing. Original pink cloth with blue titles to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding clean with a small patch of fading to the top of the spine, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the James Arnold illustrated dustwrapper which has a small chip at the top of the spine and a couple of short closed tears. Not price-clipped (7s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £150.00 Stock code: 12001


Author / Artist: Simenon, Georges
Publisher: London: Hamish Hamilton. 1957

First UK edition, first printing. Publisher's red cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding clean with a tiny slither of fading to the spine tips. The contents with a neat owner's signature to the front free endpaper and some tanning of the text block. Complete with the attractive lightly rubbed and nicked pictorial dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (11s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12028


First edition in English. Two volumes. Vol I 402pp; Vol II 416pp. Attractively bound in 20th century half tan morocco, marbled boards with five raised bands decorated in gilt to the spine. Gilt titles on red morocco labels to the spine. Folding map (printed for the first time in this English edition) and 152 engraved plates present as called for. The bindings are in fine condition. The contents have a contemporary previous owner's name to the head of each title page and a private library catalogue number in ink to the reverse. Some plates with browning, scattered foxing and staining to the margins throughout. An attractive and complete example.

Price: £1250.00 Stock code: 12017


First edition, first printing. Publisher's original purple cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine clean and tight copy, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed pictorial dustwrapper correctly priced 7/6net to the spine.

A Ghost Story.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12006


Author / Artist: Toynbee, Philip
Publisher: London: Horizon. 1947

First edition. Inscribed by the author. Publisher's original yellow cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding clean as are the contents. The original dustwrapper is rubbed and nicked with a little fading and darkening to the spine. Not price-clipped (7/6net to the front flap).

Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper “John Boyles / from / Philip Toynbee 1/2/50”

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12027


First edition. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A near fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents with the bookplate of novelist and poet Naomi Mitchison to the front free endpaper otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the lightly rubbed and creased photographic dustwrapper.

Inscribed in blue ink on the front free endpaper “To Non / Xmas 1975. / Your interest in guinea- / pigs lives on : in a / somewhat bizarre form. / With love from / Kip”.

Price: £25.00 Stock code: 12008


First edition, first printing. Publisher's original green cloth with black titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding clean and square, the contents without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed pictorial dustwrapper which is without loss and is not price-clipped (9s. 6d net to the front flap, crossed through in pencil).

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 12003

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