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DURRELL, Lawrence.

Rare books by Lawrence Durrell, including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of The Alexandria Quartet.

Lawrence Durrell (1912–1990) was a prolific writer in the mid 20th -20th century, working across such forms as poetry, novel-writing, travel-writing and for the stage, as well as other extended non-fiction, criticism and essays. Later in his careerAs an occasional diversion, he turned to painting under the pseudonym Oscar Epfs. He is the older brother of naturalist, zookeeper and author Gerald Durrell.



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  1. Ten Poems.
    First edition, first impression of this extremely rare pamphlet, the earliest obtainable Durrell publication, his second work after Quaint Fragment (of which only six copies are known to exist). Inscribed by the author on the title page, For the desk, or waste-paper basket of Mr. Walter de la Mare. The quality of paper used... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 76426

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  2. The Black Book.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, To Peter from Larry. Paris, 1938. Durrell also reinscribed the half-title in a bolder hand at a later date, Inscribed for Peter Bull by his old friend Larry Durrell, April 1973. Bull was a British character actor perhaps best known for his role as... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 77060

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  3. The Parthenon.
    First edition, sole printing being one of about 25 copies produced for the author at the Government Press in Rhodes as his Christmas card for the winter of 1945. This copy with the author's compliments slip. Dispatch may have been delayed until after Christmas with the consequent doubt over the correct year of publication.... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 77088

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  4. Deus Loci.
    First edition, sole printing. One of 200 signed and numbered copies. With the author's signed presentation inscription on the limitation leaf, "T. S. Eliot by Lawrence Durrell". Eliot was a major supporter of Durrell throughout his career. He published Panic Spring in 1938 despite the failure of Durrell's first novel Pied... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 51978

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  5. [The Alexandria Quartet:] Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.
    Firs 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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 106525

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  6. [The Alexandria Quartet] Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.
    First editions, first impressions. A lovely set. Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 99607

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  7. [Alexandria Quartet:] Justine; Balthazar; Mountolive; Clea.
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 112378

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  8. The Black Book.
    First Olympia Press edition. With a previously unpublished introduction by the author. Originally published in Paris in 1938. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 106556

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  9. The Alexandria Quartet.
    First collected edition, number 65 of 500 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. A beautiful copy. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 87815

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  10. An Irish Faustus.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 102097

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  11. Sauve Qui Peut.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 104360

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  12. The Ikons and other poems.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £40

    Stock Code: 99623

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  13. In Arcadia.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 100 copies signed by the author and composer on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 63318

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  14. Tunc.
    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author "for George and Jean Reeves by Lawrence Durrell" on the title page. Originally printed in the United Kingdom earlier the same year, Tunc was the first instalment in Durrell's two-part comic novel The Revolt of Aphrodite, which he completed with Nunquam, published... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 112582

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  15. The Alexandria Quartet.
    Second reprint of Durrell's tetralogy. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Inscribed for Marge Brandebury by Lawrence Durrell, Pasadena, 1974." Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 105854

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  16. Spirit of Place.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 99624

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  17. Nunquam.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £20

    Stock Code: 46517

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  18. The Black Book. A Novel.
    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in Paris in 1938. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 99628

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  19. The Black Book.
    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published in Paris in 1938. Learn More
    £35

    Stock Code: 48704

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