Highlights in this recent acquisitions list include two stunning Henry James first editions, each with an autograph letter; the debut novel from John Le Carre introducing George Smiley; Copy number I of the deluxe edition Players' Shakespeare, complete in seven volumes; the first edition of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind In The Willows. We also offer books signed or inscribed by Alexander Trocchi (Young Adam), Roald Dahl (Matilda) and Richard Adams, a small collection of literature in fine bindings and a rare Alice In Wonderland parody. Our next bookfairs are Oxford on April 21st and 22nd before the newly situated ABA London International Bookfair in Battersea beginning 24th May. Do let us know if you'd like complimentary admission tickets.
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First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Publisher's original brown cloth with illustrated in black and titles in gilt to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with line drawings by Alfred Wainwright throughout the text. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly creased dustwrapper which is faded to the spine. Not price-clipped (£4.50 net to the front flap).

Inscribed by the author in blue ink on the half title "yours sincerely / Richard Adams".

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 14491
 


 
Author / Artist: Auden, W. H.
Publisher: London: Faber and Faber, 1950

First UK edition, first printing. Original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents with light spotting to the text block edge and a prize bookplate to the front pastedown are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed original dustwrapper which has a little toning to the spine, and remains without loss or tears. Not price-clipped (15s net to the front flap)

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 14487


First edition. Finely bound in contemporary three-quarter brown morocco, double ruled in gilt with five raised bands to the spine, with double ruled compartments and titles in gilt. Quarto. 18 pages of text printed rectos only and 42 pages of plates. Top edge gilt. Green marbled endpapers. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm with a little rubbing and scuffing to the extremities. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Light toning and offsetting to the margins.

Price: £295.00 Stock code: 14503
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original deep red / purple cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A very good copy, the cloth a little marked, the spine faded to brown and the gilt oxidised as usual. Internally there is a previous owner's inscription to the front pastedown (mostly hidden by the dustwrapper flap) and some light spotting to the text block edge and prelims. Complete with the original rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which has a few small chips at the spine tips ad fold corners with several short closed tears to the panel edges. The colours remain bright and the dustwrapper entirely without repair or restoration.

The true first editon in book form of this collection of 12 short stories, most notable for the first appearance of "The Witness for the Prosecution" which was later adapted for the stage, film and television.

Price: £245.00 Stock code: 14480


First edition, first printing. Publisher's original orange cloth with black titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent very near fine copy, the binding clean and square, the cloth without fading and just a little bumping at the head of the spine. The contents are without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps and clean and bright throughout. Complete with the correct first issue dustwrapper which is lightly rubbed and nicked at the folds and with a couple of tiny chips to the spine tips. The rear panel has a few small marks to the bottom edge and a couple of short closed tears. Not price-clipped (8s. 6d. net to the front flap). An attractive example in entirely original condition, of this Hercule Poirot mystery.

Price: £225.00 Stock code: 14479
 


 
Author / Artist: Churchill, Winston S.
Publisher: London: Cassell, 1956

First edition, first printing. Four volumes. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrappers. Each volume is in excellent near fine condition, the bindings square and firm with light fading of the red top-stain. The contents with a little spotting to the text block edges are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original lightly rubbed dustwrappers all of which are without loss, showing a little fading to the spine. Not price-clipped.

Price: £145.00 Stock code: 14492


First edition, first printing. Original red boards with gilt titles to the spine in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents free of inscriptions or stamps and spotless throughout. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper which remains entirely without fading. Not price-clipped (£8.50 net to the front flap). A lovely example.

Price: £350.00 Stock code: 14467
 


 

First edition, first printing. Signed by Roald Dahl. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with black ink and wash drawings by Quentin Blake throughout. A superb fine copy, the binding bright, square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper which remains clean, bright and without the fading so often seen to the spine. Not price-clipped (£8.50 net to the front flap). Housed in a purpose made quarter morocco solander case.

Signed by Roald Dahl in black ink on the half title.

Price: £3750.00 Stock code: 14442


Author / Artist: Eliot, T. S.
Publisher: London: Faber and Faber, 1948

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A superb fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the very lightly rubbed and creased dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (10s 6d net to the front flap). A lovely example, scarce thus.

Price: £75.00 Stock code: 14517
 


 
Author / Artist: Evans, Gwyn
Publisher: London: Wright and Brown, 1937

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original red cloth with black titles to the spine, in the C. Leslie illustrated dustwrapper. A very good or better copy, the binding square and firm, the contents spotted to the text block edge and page margins are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the scarce original dustwrapper which is a little rubbed and nicked at the spine tips and folds and with a small brown mark to the bottom of the spine. Correctly priced 3/6 net to the spine.

Hubin.

Price: £175.00 Stock code: 14510


Limited edition. One of 50 copies. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full red morocco, five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments and titles in gilt to the spine. Gilt decorated border to the upper and lower board, gilt decorated inner dentelles, red silk endpapers. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. With 6 illustrations. Printed in facsimile from the 1573 first edition, with an additional introduction by Bernard Mordaunt Ward. A fine copy, beautifully presented.

Numbered 46 of 50 copies printed on Bachelor's Kelmscott paper, from the full limitation of 450. Originally published in 1573 as an anthology of works by multiple unnamed poets. Using code names interlaced through pages of verse, it criticises contemporary political goings-on and the various people involved. Since it's publication, their has been much controversy surrounding its authorship, and scholars continue to argue various theories regarding who actually penned this major work of Elizabethan literature.

Price: £475.00 Stock code: 14507
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original blue-green cloth with gilt illustration and title to the front and spine. Top edge gilt. Black and white frontispiece by Graham Robertson. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with only light rubbing to the extremities, the cloth clean and the gilt bright. The contents with faint foxing to the endpapers are mild toning to the page edges are otherwise clean and bright throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. There are marginal repairs to a few leaves from irregularly cut edges, not affecting the text. An attractive example of this classic of children's literature.

Price: £5000.00 Stock code: 14471


Author / Artist: Greene, Graham
Publisher: London: William Heinemann, 1951

First edition, first printing. Original grey cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent very near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which is mildly toned to the spine and with a few light marks, which includes and ink number 8, to the rear panel. Not price-clipped (10s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £145.00 Stock code: 14484
 


 

First illustrated edition, first printing. Original green cloth with silver titles and illustration to the upper board and spine in dustwrapper. Top edge purple. Illustrated throughout with engravings by C. F. Tunnicliffe and Raymond Sheppard. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original pictorial dustwrapper which is a little rubbed and nicked at the extremities with a tiny chip at the head of the spine. An attractive example of the first illustrated edition of this Hemingway classic.

Price: £125.00 Stock code: 14486


First edition, first printing. Original black cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm, the contents lightly spotted to the text block are otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed dustwrapper which has a few tiny nicks at the spine tips. Not price-clipped (10/6 net to the front flap).

The author's first novel (preceded by a volume of poetry), introducing Inspector George Gently.

Price: £125.00 Stock code: 14490
 


 
Author / Artist: James, Henry
Publisher: London: Macmillan and Co, 1888

First edition, first printing in book form. Two volumes. With an autograph letter from the author. A fine copy. Publisher's original smooth steel blue cloth ruled in gilt to the upper cover and spine, with titles in gilt to the spine. Black coated endpapers. Volume I: [vii], 239 pp; Volume II: [viii], 202 pp + 6 pp publisher's catalogue (undated). Each volume housed in a cloth chemise and together in a quarter blue morocco solander case by the Chelsea Bindery. A superb example, the bindings square, clean and firm with a couple of tiny nicks at the spine tips. The contents with a small monogram bookplate to the pastedown of each volume and a tiny closed tear to the fore-edge of the front endpaper of volume one are otherwise clean, tight and bright throughout. Loosely laid in is an autograph letter from the author. Written on September 26th 1887 in black ink, over two sides of Athenaeum Club embossed note paper "Dear Sir, I am afraid the few lines you are so flattering as to ask for must limit them [indecipherable] to my saying that your letter has twice crossed the Atlantic in pursuit of me and that I am [indecipherable] obliged to you for your friendly assurances. Very truly yours Henry James". An exceptional example.

Three novellas, the first of which, a tale of suspense set in Venice is one of the author's best known and most acclaimed stories. The Aspern Papers was originally published over three issues of the Atlantic Monthly magazine in 1888. The London edition which is the first printing in book form was issued in an edition of 650 copies on 29th September the same year, with the American edition following on 10th November. The story has been the basis for several film, theatre and radio adaptations. [Edel & Laurence A32a].

Price: £7250.00 Stock code: 14446


Author / Artist: James, Henry
Publisher: London: William Heinemann, 1896

First edition, first printing in book form. Two volumes. With an autograph letter from the author. A fine copy. Publisher's original light blue cloth with titles in gilt to the spine, publisher's ornament in blind and title in gilt to the upper board. Volume I: [v], 206 pp + 32 pp undated publisher's catalogue. Volume II: [vi], 202 pp + 32 pp publisher's catalogue (dated August 1896). Housed in a quarter blue morocco solander case by the Chelsea Bindery. A superb example, the bindings square and firm with a little bumping at the spine tips and upper right corner of the upper board of volume I. The contents are entirely complete and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. A few light foxing spots to the margins of the prelims and to the upper and leading edge of the text block, otherwise clean and bright throughout. Loosely laid in is an autograph letter from the author. Written on June 20th of an unspecified year in black ink, over two sides of Athenaeum Club note paper, apologising for being "prevented from accepting your kind invitation for Sunday. I go into the country to a distance on Saturday and remain till Thursday. But I shall give myself the compensation of seeing you on my return. Very truly yours H. James".

Something of a coup d'essai, marking James's return to the novel after five years devoted to writing plays, which under the title of "The Promise" was his original intention for this novel. Serialised in the London Illustrated News, the first edition in book-form was published on the 1st October 1896, in an edition of 1250 copies by William Heinemann. The American edition followed 16 days later. [Edel & Laurence A47a].

Price: £4750.00 Stock code: 14445
 


 

First edition. Publisher's variant red textured paper covered boards with titles in black on a white label to the spine, in dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with some bumping at the spine tips. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. There is a later gift inscription to the blank front endpaper and light spotting to the text block edge otherwise the pages are clean and bright throughout. Complete with the first state dustwrapper which is a little rubbed and nicked and with several short closed tears but bright and without loss. Correctly priced 7s 6d net to the front flap and with the advert for Arthur Upfield's The Bone Is Pointed [1939] to the rear panel as called for. An attractive example.

A murder mystery from the Biggles and Worrals author.

Price: £275.00 Stock code: 14511


First Edition. Original blue cloth with red lettering to the spine, in the Stead illustrated dustwrapper. With a colour frontispiece and 5 further colour plates by Leslie Stead. A very good copy, the binding firm with a little toning at the extreme edges, the contents with a previous owner's inscription lined through on the front endpaper and some spotting to the text block edge. Single short closed tear to the bottom edge on one page. Complete with the rubbed and lightly creased dustwrapper which is price-clipped to the front flap.

Price: £35.00 Stock code: 14513
 


 

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original red cloth with black titles to the upper board and spine, in the Stead designed dustwrapper. A very good copy, the binding firm with light bumping at the spine tips. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages, other than some spotting to the text block edge, the pages remain clean and bright throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed dustwrapper which remains clean, bright and without loss. Not price-clipped (8s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £50.00 Stock code: 14512


First edition, first printing. Original variant yellow cloth with black titles to the spine, in the Val Biro illustrated dustwrapper. A better than very good copy, the binding square, clean and firm, the contents spotted to the prelims and text block edge are otherwise clean and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the near fine lightly rubbed original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (15s net to the front flap).

Usually encountered in brown cloth with gilt titles, this binding in yellow cloth and black titles with exactly the same proportions as the former, is the first we have encountered.

Price: £55.00 Stock code: 14489
 


 

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original red cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm with only light bumping at the spine tips. The contents are entirely complete and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. The text block, toned as often due to the quality of the paper stock, is otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the original first state dustwrapper which is without loss having only a couple of tiny nicks and short closed tears (with tape to the underside) and some toning and light marking to the spine and panel extremities. Not price-clipped (13/6 net to the front flap). An attractive example of this important debut in crime fiction.

Introducing George Smiley.

Price: £14000.00 Stock code: 14448


Limited edition. Three volumes. Beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf in full red morocco, five raised bands with gilt floral decoration, single ruled compartments and titles in gilt to the spine. The upper and lower boards are triple ruled in gilt, elaborate gilt decorated inner dentelles, red marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. Illustrated with 12 original etchings by R. de Los Rios. A stunning presentation, in fine condition inside and out.

Copy number 1 of 100 copies printed at the Ballantyne Press, with proof etchings on Whatman paper. A beautiful edition of this picaresque novel, set in 18th century Spain. First published between 1715 and 1735 (the Smollett translation in 1749) it has been adapted for at least five operas and is mentioned in notable literary works by authors including Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Washington Irving.

Price: £750.00 Stock code: 14504
 


 

First edition. Two volumes. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in full red morocco, five raised bands, gilt decorated compartments and titles in gilt to the spine. Gilt Celtic-style decorated borders to the upper and lower boards, gilt decorated inner dentelles, red silk endpapers. Top edge gilt. Illustrated by Phiz with two examples of each of the 44 plates and illustrated title pages present. Some plates with toning to the edges and the occasional finger mark otherwise clean throughout. A fine copy, beautifully presented.

Price: £320.00 Stock code: 14506


First edition, first printing. Original pictorial card wrappers. String bound, as issued. With twelve full page colour illustrations by Noel Pocock and Frank H. Mason. A very good copy, the binding firm with a some soiling and creasing to the covers. The spine and stitching remains intact and without tears. The contents are entirely complete and without loose or torn pages. There is some dustiness or soiling to the edges of the half title. The text pages are tanned as always due to the poor quality paper used in production. Very scarce.

The book was produced to promote railway travel to the Yorkshire Coast. The illustrations are a collaboration between two artists, Frank H. Mason drawing for the sea and landscape and Noel Pocock the figures.

Price: £275.00 Stock code: 14488
 


 

First edition, first printing. Original salmon pink cloth with titles and illustrations in gilt to the upper board and spine, in dustwrapper. Top edge gilt. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the cloth without fading or marks. The contents are entirley complete, spotlessly clean throughout and without any previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the near fine very lightly rubbed dustwrapper which is without loss or toning and in entirely original condition. A beautiful example.

Price: £1400.00 Stock code: 14494


Author / Artist: Mitchell, Gladys
Publisher: London: Michael Joseph, 1955

First edition, first printing. Original black cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, the binding clean and square, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper which remains clean, bright and without fading. Not price-clipped (10s 6d net to the front flap).

Price: £75.00 Stock code: 14493
 


 
Author / Artist: Murdoch, Iris
Publisher: London: Chatto & Windus, 1956

First edition, first printing. Original brown cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in the Edward Bawden designed dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm with light bumping at the extremities. The contents are clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the rubbed and nicked dustwrapper which is lightly toned at the extremities and with some dustiness to the rear panel. Not price-clipped (15s net to the front flap).

The author's second novel.

Price: £350.00 Stock code: 14497


Author / Artist: Plath, Sylvia
Publisher: London: Faber and Faber, 1971

First edition, first printing. Original blue cloth with silver titles to the spine, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine, tight copy, the contents clean throughout and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine original dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (£1.00 net to the front flap).

Price: £120.00 Stock code: 14496
 


 
Author / Artist: Raven, Simon
Publisher: London: Anthony Blond, 1959

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in Symonds illustrated dustwrapper. An excellent near fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the lightly rubbed original dustwrapper which has a single piece of tape to the underside of the dustwrapper at the head of the lightly faded spine. Not price-clipped (15s net to the front flap).

The author's first [published] book.

Price: £60.00 Stock code: 14514


First edition thus. Each copy number 1 of the Deluxe edition. Signed by the illustrators, art director and author of the introduction. Complete in seven volumes. Each volume in full green oasis morocco by either Riviere or Zaehnsdorf, with five raised bands, elaborate gilt decorated panles to the upper and lower boards within blindstamped rules. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Printed on Batchelor's Kelmscott hand-made paper. Line blocks by Emery Walker. Large 4to. The Tragedie of Cymbeline, with five colour illustrations by Albert Rutherston; Loves Labour's Lost with five colour illustrations by Norman Wilkinson; The Merchant Of Venice with five colour illustrations by Thomas Lowinsky; The Tragedie of Macbeth with twelve colour illustrations by Charles Ricketts; A Midsommer Nights Dreame with five pages of drawings [9] in black and white and five colour illustrations by Paul Nash; The Tragedie of Julius Caesar with ten pages of drawings in black and white and five colour illustrations by Ernest Stern; The Tragedie of King Lear with six pages of drawings in black and white and five colour illustrations by Paul Nash. An excellent set, the bindings with the occasional scuff or rubbed spot to the extremities are all square and firm, a few with some fading of the spine. A Midsommer Nights Dreame with a small unobtrusive ding to the head of the spine. The contents of each are entirely complete including all of the requisite loose tissue guards (some of which are spotted), all illustrations remain in fine, bright condition. The occasional foxing spot to the deckled edge of text block otherwise clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps.

A superbly produced and beautifully illustrated edition, offered in the most desirable deluxe issue. Each volume is signed by the artist in addition to Albert Rutherston and Harley Granville-Barker. This is presumably one of the publisher's or contributors sets, each volume being copy number 1 (of a total limitation of 106). Due to each volume being published individually over a four year period complete sets are scarce in commerce.

Price: £9500.00 Stock code: 14451
 


 

First edition thus. Four volumes, extra illustrated. Finely bound by Bayntun in full red morocco with five raised bands, gilt ruled compartments and titles in gilt to the spines. Gilt ruled upper and lower boards, gilt decorated inner dentelles, pink marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Two silk markers in each volume. Extra illustrated with 109 illustrations of which 33 are hand-coloured. Frontispiece to each volume. A fine set, beautifully presented.

Volumes I & II contain Stanhope's letters on education and character, volumes II & IV contain political and miscellaneous letters.

Price: £500.00 Stock code: 14509


First edition in this format [the second English edition]. Inscribed by the author. Publisher's green card covers with titles and borders in black to the upper cover and spine. A very good or better copy, the binding firm showing a little rubbing at the extremities and slight toning of the spine. The contents are clean throughout, without loose or torn pages and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Very scarce in signed state.

Inscribed by the author on the inner front cover in black ink "To Dr. Aylett / with best wishes / Alexander Trocchi".

Price: £450.00 Stock code: 14502
 


 
Author / Artist: Walcott, Derek
Publisher: London: Jonathan Cape, 1962

First edition, first printing. Publisher's original green marbled boards, white cloth with titles in gilt, in dustwrapper. A lovely fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean throughout and without previous owner's inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the very lightly rubbed, bright and clean dustwrapper. Not price-clipped (12s 6d net to the front flap). An excellent example.

The Nobel prize winning poet's first collection to be published outside of the Caribbean.

Price: £245.00 Stock code: 14495


First edition, first printing. Original pictorial laminated boards, in dustwrapper. A lovely very near fine copy, slightly bumped at the spine tips, the contents clean and without inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the fine un-faded dustwrapper. Not price-clipped.

The award winning author's first book for children.

Price: £95.00 Stock code: 14485
 

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