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Rare books and first editions, including copies in fine bindings, across both literary criticism and biography, including letters and personal correspondence.

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  1. Angry Penguins Broadsheet.
    A complete set of ten issues. The Angry Penguins Broadsheet was an offshoot of the magazine, Angry Penguins, which was devoted to modernist writings. 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... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 105022

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  2. The Song of Bernadette.
    First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Originally published as Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 95463

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  3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
    First edition, first impression. With the errata slip tipped-in facing p. vi. A scholarly edition of the Middle English alliterative romance, the text being reproduced from the original 14th-century manuscript (now held as part of the Cotton Library at the British Library) with copious notes, details and glossaries by Tolkien... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 89320

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  4. Fever Pitch. A fans life.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 46961

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  5. J. D. Salinger: A Writing Life.
    First state of the uncorrected proofs bound from sheets of the May setting with all suppressed content extant of Hamilton's unpublished biography. A scarce and significant Salinger item, it is the only record of the biography as Hamilton originally intended it to be published, and the only appearance in print of significant... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 110664

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  6. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 112249

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  7. Un apres-midi avec Picasso 85 ans. (An Afternoon with Picasso at 85).
    A superb unpublished and heavily corrected manuscript in French, in which Brassai recounts his visit to Picasso, a long-standing friend, at his home near Cannes. Brassa Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 112218

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  8. Masters of Mystery.
    First edition. "Despite the universal appeal of detective fiction, only recently has serious attention been paid to its technique. It is surely high time that criticism "placed" detective fiction and officially recognised the conscientious craftsmanship that beguiles our leisure hours" (Foreword). Study described by Ellery... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 111577

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  9. Sylvia Plath: Last Encounters.
    The suppressed privately printed memoir describing Plath's last days, from an edition of 200 copies. Thomas lived in the flat below Plath's in London in 1963, and witnessed the events leading up to and following her suicide, as well as suffering the effects of the gas which also seeped into his flat. Ted Hughes, who is portrayed... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 111559

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  10. Enemies of Promise.
    First edition, first impression, uncommon in the dust jacket. "Connolly made a surer reputation [than with his debut novel The Rock Pool (1936)] with Enemies of Promise (1938). This work is part literary criticism, part general observations on the life of the writer, part childhood autobiography, part astute assessment of... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 106756

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  11. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.
    First edition, first printing, first issue binding. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112726

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  12. William Golding: A Bibliography, 1934
    First and limited edition. Number 54 of 900 copies which were supposed to have been numbered by Golding in Roman numerals, but instead were numbered in Arabic. There were also 1,000 copies bound in quarter leather, numbered in Arabic numerals and signed by Golding. This copy is unsigned and comes with an erratum slip tipped-in... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112721

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  13. Four Years.
    First edition, first impression; one of 400 copies this memoir of Yeats's first four years in London. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 112223

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  14. Alice I Underlandet.
    First Jansson edition, first impression. A whimsical illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland, in Swedish, from the creator of the Moomins. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 111942

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  15. Urgent Copy. Literary Studies.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 109986

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  16. Strictly Personal.
    First UK edition, first impression. It was first published in the US the preceding year. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 109930

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  17. Letters.

    Letters.

    Wiltshire: 1974

    First editions, first impressions. Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 109799

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  18. The Work of Mourning.
    First edition, first printing of this collection. Presentation copy, inscribed by Derrida to the poet and photographer Ira Cohen on the title page, "Pour Ira, de tout coeur, J.D." The book is a collection of eulogies, essays and condolences on the deaths of 14 writers and thinkers who were Derrida's friends or colleagues:... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 111353

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  19. Lord Randolph Churchill.
    First edition, first impression. Churchill's biography of his father was published on 2 January 1906 to "almost universal acclaim in the Press" (Churchill Winston S. Churchill II) the Sunday Times remarking on Churchill's "maturity of judgement, levelheadedness and discretion" and the Spectator praising his style: "He has... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 111316

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  20. Oscar Wilde
    First trade edition, originally printed privately for the author earlier the same year, this copy with the bookplate of Dennis Hartman (b. 1894), American anthologist and secretary of the National Poetry Association, to the front pastedowns. Harris, an Irish-born journalist, led a dissolute life that some observers believed... Learn More
    £185

    Stock Code: 111257

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