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  1. Poems by the Way.
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Phyllis Marion Ellis, from William Morris, October 21st 1891". The recipient was the daughter of Frederick Startridge Ellis, Morris's executor, publisher, and close friend. They met in 1864, introduced by Algernon Charles Swinburne... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 111626

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  2. The Works.
    Limited edition, one of 515 copies. A superb copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer. Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109804

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  3. Id Quod Visum Placet.

    Id Quod Visum Placet.

    Waltham Saint Lawrence: 1926

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 148 of 150 copies signed by Eric Gill. Learn More
    £625

    Stock Code: 111575

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  4. A Nest of Ninnies.
    Limited edition of 26 copies signed and lettered by the authors. This copy is lettered "D"; there were also 2,474 unsigned copies. A Nest of Ninnies was originally published in 1969. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 112696

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  5. The Book of Los.

    The Book of Los.

    Clairvaux, Jura, France: 1976

    First facsimile edition, number 98 of 538 copies printed on Arches pure rag paper, made to match the paper used by Blake. Blake scholar Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982), the brother of John Maynard, provides a commentary and bibliographical history. "The Book of Los was the first of the two small books executed by Blake mainly... Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 112647

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  6. Wreath for a Bridal.

    Wreath for a Bridal.

    Frensham, Surrey: 1970

    First edition, limited issue. Number 69 of 100 copies printed on Glastonbury laid paper. Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 109620

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  7. Utopia.
    First Kelmscott edition, one of 300 copies on paper, uncommon in this condition with the silk ties intact: "They are, incidentally, the most fragile part of the Kelmscott books and are broken on many copies" (Peterson p. xxxvi). The main text reproduces the second edition of Ralph Robinson's English translation, first published... Learn More
    £5,000

    Stock Code: 110283

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  8. Mock Beggar Hall.
    First edition, first impression. "The whole tone of the book is philosophical involving a series of meditations on relativity and Time" (Patrick J. Quinn ed., New Perspectives on Robert Graves, 1999, p. 75). Nicholson's sinister cover design of a hanging bat is stunning. Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 110245

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  9. Storiella As She is Syung.
    First edition, number 36 of 176 copies on handmade paper, presentation copy inscribed by the author to Eugene and Maria Jolas on the initial blank: To his kind editors Eugene & Maria Jolas from James Joyce Paris 31 March 1938. The American ex-pat couple Eugene and Maria Jolas had founded the literary journal transition in... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 107575

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  10. As the story was told.
    First edition thus, signed limited issue. Number 23 of 25 copies signed by Samuel Beckett, from an edition of 325 copies. Transcribed by Christopher Ricks (Professor of English at Cambridge at the time), this edition contains, as well as the published text, variant readings from the various stages of composition and parallel... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 109924

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  11. Three Women. A Monologue for Three Voices.
    First edition, limited issue. Number 86 of 180 copies, of which 150 were for sale. This was Plath's only poetic work written for broadcast. Learn More
    £400

    Stock Code: 109596

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  12. Proems.
    First edition, first impression. The Fortune Press made most of its money through a steady output of pornography, and also provided its owner Reginald Caton with a convenient tax dodge for his activities as a slum landlord in Brighton. Caton would occasionally commission works of "proper literature" to provide his pornography... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 109002

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  13. 153 Letters from W. H. Hudson.
    First edition, limited issue, number 246 of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy from Edward Garnett to T. E. Lawrence, inscribed on the blank before the half-title: "'T E Shaw' from Edward Garnett. Nov./23". Edward Garnett (1868-1937), publisher's editor and writer, has been described as Lawrence's "most steadfast supporter"... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108851

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  14. The Works, now newly imprinted.
    One of 425 paper copies; there were 13 on vellum. "The Kelmscott Chaucer is not only the most important of the Kelmscott Press's productions; it is also one of the great books of the world. Its splendour can hardly be matched among the books of the time" (Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England). The paper is made entirely... Learn More
    £68,500

    Stock Code: 108321

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  15. The Chamber Drama.

    The Chamber Drama.

    Flansham, Bognor Regis: 1930

    First and only edition, limited to 60 copies signed by the author on the limitation page, this copy number 14. Plates depict settings for inter alia Milton's Comus, O'Neill's Emperor Jones and the mystery play Christ and the Three Maries. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 107503

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  16. Covent Garden Drollery.
    First Fortune Press edition (and second overall), limited to 575 copies printed on hand-made paper, of which this is number 474. This "collection of all the choice songs, poems, prologues, and epilogues, (sung and spoken at courts and theaters) never in print before" was originally published in London in 1672, that edition... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 106543

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  17. The Tragedie of Julius Caesar.
    Limited edition, one of 200 copies. Cobden-Sanderson produced four of Shakespeare's plays at the Doves Press: Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 108120

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  18. God Save the King.
    First and limited edition, number 29 of 150 copies signed by the author. This is the the only substantial poetry collection of Brian Howard (1905-1958), one of the Eton Arts Society group with Harold Acton, Oliver Messel, Anthony Powell, and Henry Yorke; at Oxford he knew Evelyn Waugh and Waugh, writing later that Howard... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 106933

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  19. Abd-er-Rhaman in Paradise.
    First edition in English, this copy number 381 of 400 copies printed, a characteristically handsome Golden Cockerel production. Abd-er-Rhaman in Paradise was first published in French under the title Les Deux Paradis d'Abd-er-Rhaman (1887), this English translation by Brian Rhys. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 104934

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  20. A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.
    An attractive complete set of the books issued by the Dun Emer Press, a private press established by Yeats's sisters and which played an important part in the Celtic Revival. The poet acted as literary editor and subsidised its productions; a number of the publications are Yeats first editions. "In 1902, when [Lily] Yeats... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 102604

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