Lady Chatterley’s Lover signed by D. H. Lawrence
A privately printed edition of this classic book, Lady Chatterley’s Lover. A find of ‘the Phoenix’ first edition in very good condition with a signature of the author. A limited edition numbered 413 of 1,000 copies. On printing, the book was banned and became the focus of the famous 1960 obscenity trial. Lacking the title page and rebound spine. Replaced, loosely laid-in contemporary title page.
Original phoenix motif boards rebacked in half calf. Covers lightly marked. Previous owner’s signature dated 27/3/49 on the front paste down. Generally clean contents with a few marks on some of the pages. Uncut pages. 8vo 365 pp
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Droles de Betes signed by Andre Helle
An extremely good copy of this rare find of a children’s illustrated book. Droles de Betes is Helle’s first book and contains Art Deco style illustrations of animals. Large folio size. 20 pochoir prints of various sizes tipped into the pages. 2 contemporary presentation inscriptions in French to the half title, both addressed to Fanny Roscaol at Christmas 1911. The first inscription is from Pierre Muller, the second seemingly from the author/illustrator Helle, with a little pen and ink sketch of a donkey. The hand lettered French text of informal paragraphs about each of the twenty animals. Quite exquisite.
Cloth backed pictorial boards with old water staining to the lower half of the volume. Resulted crinkling of the pages. Some edge wear and loosening of the rear cover from the binding. Repaired front hinge. 4cm tear on “Tigre” page. 3cm tear on page “L’Oiseau”.”La Marabout”,”Le Dindon” and L’Autruche” pages are loose. Folio (42 x 31.5cm).
The King’s Breakfast. Limited edition.
Signed by A. A. Milne, composer, H. Fraser-Simson and illustrator, E. H. Shepard
A wonderful limited edition of the classic poem, The King’s Breakfast and Feed My Cow. The poems are set to music by the composer, H. Fraser-Simson, an English composer of light music who specialised in devising musical pieces to children’s poems, especially those of A. A. Milne. The poems are illustrated by the “Winnie the Pooh” illustrator, E. H. Shepard. A scarce find in such good condition. A large format book
Original buff cloth boards with green strip spine. Title on a label which has a 2 cm stain on the lower right corner. Light mark on the upper front edge and water satin on the rear of the cover. 2 cm tear on the rear lower edge. Clean end papers. Signatures of the author, composer and illustrator on the verso of the title page. Very light browning and minimal spotting of the contents. Large format 32 x 26 cms.
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Lucky Jim, A Novel, signed by Kingsley Amis
A first edition copy of Lucky Jim which has been beautifully rebound and a lovely find. Complete with a signed presentation inscription from the author. The book was Amis’s first novel which won critical acclaim winning the 1955 Somerset Maugham Award for fiction.
Modern, green morocco covers with patterned end papers. Bright gilt edges to all pages ends. Inscription, “All the best to Ray Manwell from Kingsley Amis, January 1954” on the front free page. The contents are browned on some of the pages with mils spotting. Otherwise clean and tidy contents. 8v0 256 pp.
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The Way the World is Going, signed by H G Wells
A US first edition book signed by the author and complete with original dust jacket in good/v good condition. The Way the World is Going contains 26 articles and a lecture on a range of topics from politics to science H G Wells worked on in 1927. The book was first published in the UK in 1928 and this US edition was released a year later.
Original buff cloth boards with blue and red lettering and illustrations on the cover and spine. The spine is darkened with worn edges. Light toning of the covers. Top edge is coloured and uncut toned other edges. Bright illustrated red end papers. Hinge is beginning to split on the half title page. Signed by the author on the half title page, “To Muriel Davies to cheer her up on a wet day”. The contents are clean. The dust jacket is rubbed and clean. Small tears and chipping on edges and folds repaired with tape internally. 8vo. 324 pp.
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The Loved One, An Anglo-American Tragedy. Signed by Evelyn Waugh and Stuart Boyle.
A limited edition signed by the author and illustrator, Stuart Boyle. The Loved One is encased in original glissine dust jacket and is a very rare find in such near fine condition.
Original olive green cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Top edge is gilt and others are uncut. Slight fading of spine and lower section of upper cover. Signed by author and illustrator, with additional inscription “Mr E. B Maahinock’s copy” in Waugh’s hand. Very clean end papers and contents. Illustrated with sepia decorative initials and full page woodcuts. The glissine dust jacket is not price clipped 42s. Part of the rear and inner flap are missing. 8vo 144 pp
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The Mary Deare signed by Hammond Innes
A very good copy of a first edition of this classic sea story by Hammond Innes. The Mary Deare is signed by the author and is complete with unclipped dust jacket.
Original green cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine. Map illustration on the front free pages. Signed by the author on the title page. The contents are clean. The dust jacket is clean and unclipped. Slightly darkened spine colour. Slight chipping on the spine and fold ends. 1.5 cm tear on the lower edge of the jacket. 8vo 256 pp
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Stage-Land, Habits and Customs of it’s Inhabitants described and signed by Jerome K Jerome
Stage-Land is one of Jerome’s humorous essay on the world of acting touching on the theatrical cliches and quirks of the men and women who bring these characters to life. Black and white illustrations by J. Bernard Partridge throughout the book. A charming book in good/very good condition with signature by the author.
Original green cloth boards with red lettering on both covers. Cocked edition with wear to the spine folds and ends. Bumped corners. Red patterned end papers. Signed on the title page by the author. Page 44/45 with marks on the edges of the pages and a few light markings within the book. Bright illustrations. 8vo. 80pp.
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Alfie by Bill Naughton
A scarce first edition copy of the famous play by the Irish writer with the author’s signature and inscription. The play, Alfie, was adapted for film starring Michael Caine in the eponymous role with significant acclaim. The book has an unclipped dust jacket and is in very good condition.
Original brown cloth hard boards in very good state. Gilt lettering on the spine. Signed by the author on the front free page and title page. Clean contents. The dust jacket is lightly rubbed with mild wear on the edges and extremities. 8vo. 208 pp
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The Pyromaniac signed by the author by Arthur Allen Bruce
A very rare first edition book as The Pyromaniac is one of the first science fiction novels to mention a heat ray gun. The author, Arthur Allen Bruce, was a prolific English write on a range of topics from art to and history. Yet Bruce published one science fiction novel. This scarce copy is in good ++ condition with an unclipped dust jacket..
Original yellow cloth boards with light bumping of the corners and spine ends. Very light rubbing. Signed presentation copy on the front free page. Comments about the book hand written on the front flap. Very slight lean. The contents are clean and lightly browned. The dust jacket is lightly soiled with a piece missing on the front cover. Sellotape repairs on the folds internally. Chipping of the edges. Small loss to the spine ends. 8vo 211pp