Current Catalogue - Winter 2016/17

A couple of times a year I compile a catalogue which serves to give a snapshot of the items I currently have for sale.

This is my latest catalogue.

141. LEWIS, NORMAN.

A Single Pilgrim, Jonathan Cape, London, 1953. First edition. A nice copy in slightly rubbed and soiled dustwrapper and quite scarce thus. £100

142. LEWIS, NORMAN.

Three typed letters signed to Victor Gollancz Ltd. regarding the publication of `Spanish Adventure', Four pages, London, 27 April 1935 - 10 February 1936. The Victor Gollancz Ltd. publishing file for the author's first book (provisionally entitled `The Spanish October'), which he offers for consideration in the earliest letter: "Dear Sirs, I have just written a travel book dealing with Spain, Portugal and Morocco - the outcome of several visits to those countries. It is possibly brought within your scope on account of the happy coincidence of my
arrival in Spain on the last occasion with the outbreak of the October revolt, to my experiences in which, seven chapters are devoted." Together with the original signed contract for the book, carbons of the Gollancz side of the correspondence, two typed letters from Jonathan Cape (1948) to Victor Gollancz regarding contractual issues for Lewis's subsequent book, two original readers' reports and correspondence regarding libel issues. £1250

143. LINKLATER, ERIC.

The Impregnable Women, Jonathan Cape, London, 1938. First edition - the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page (beneath the printed sentiment: `To Edwin Muir an Orkneyman'): "From Eric Linklater in friendship. Orkney - June 1938.". A very good copy in dustwrapper with a few short closed tears. £200

144. (LITTLE MAGAZINES). ADELPHI, THE.

The Adelphi, London, 1923 - 1925. A run of the first twenty-seven issues of this important monthly magazine, running from June, 1923 to November 1925. Edited by John Middleton Murry, The Adelphi printed important work by D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, H.E. Bates, Dylan Thomas, and others. A nice set in original yellow wrappers. £400

145. (LITTLE MAGAZINES). TRANSITION.

Transition, Shakespeare & Company, Paris, 1927-38. First editions of 20 issues of this important magazine to which a stellar list of writers of the '20s and '30s contributed, including James Joyce, Eugene Jolas, Franz Kafka, Djuna Barnes, and Pablo Picasso. Comprising issues: 1-5; 8-20 (including double issues 16/17 and 19/20); 22 and 24-6. Overall in very good condition. £1500

146. LIVELY, PENELOPE.

Judgement Day, Heinemann, London, 1980. First edition - the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page beneath the printed sentiment: `For Jill': "with great affection Penelope 1980". Excellent in dustwrapper. £225

147. LIVELY, PENELOPE.

Perfect Happiness, Heinemann, London, 1983. First edition - the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page beneath the printed sentiment: `For Ann and Anthony [Thwaite]': "each and both with love and admiration Penelope August 1983". Excellent in dustwrapper. £250

148. LIVELY, PENELOPE.

Autograph postcard signed, two pages, London, 2 December 2005. In reply to a reader's letter in praise of the 1987 Booker Prize-winning (and twice short-listed) author's work: "I am glad that `Oleander, Jacaranda' struck a chord with you; those of us who had itinerant childhoods are a different breed, I think - we are slightly deracinated in a sense, always." Lively goes on to reminisce about a trip to the Adelaide Festival and gives her impressions of Australia. In excellent condition. £125

149. LODGE, DAVID.

Ginger You're Barmy, MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1962. Ownership signature to front free endpaper else a nice copy of the author's scarce second novel, in slightly rubbed and nicked dustwrapper with an area of discoloration to lower panel. £600

150. LODGE, DAVID.

The British Museum is Falling Down, MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1965. First edition. A very good copy in somewhat rubbed, creased and nicked dustwrapper with some closed tears but less faded at spine than is usual. £250

151. LONGLEY, MICHAEL.

Autograph letter signed, one page, Belfast, 24 October 1970. Approximately 100 words to a publisher, offering some poems for consideration: "Would you mind sending me another copy of `The Review'? This one, as you can see, has been chewed by someone or something." In excellent condition. £150

152. MACLEISH, ARCHIBALD.

New Found Land, Black Sun Press, Paris, 1930. Of a total edition of 135, this is one of 10 copies hors commerce, so noted on the limitation page - signed and dated by the author in pencil on the half-title in New York in 1971. An excellent, clean copy in chipped and torn glassene browned at spine, in collector's quarter-leather solander case. £750

153. MAILER, NORMAN.

The Naked and the Dead, Rinehart, New York, 1948. First edition of his first book - author's copy, inscribed on the half-title: "From my library / Norman Mailer". A very good copy in dustwrapper in quarter-leather case. £5000

154. MANTEL, HILARY.

Every Day is Mother's Day, Chatto & Windus, London, 1985. First edition of the double Booker Prize-winning author's scarce first novel, inscribed to the Booker Prize judge (once as chairman and also a shortlisted author), Malcolm Bradbury. Usual browning to paper else a nice copy in dustwrapper. £2250

155. MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET.

Portrait photograph signed, postcard-sized, showing the ageing author in striking head-and-shoulder profile, signed in full beneath the image. Traces of mounting to verso else in excellent condition. £275

156. MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET.

On a Chinese Screen, Heinemann, London, 1923. First English edition. Offsetting to endpapers, contemporary ownership signature, small circular area of fading to spine from removal of price from the dustwrapper else a very good, bright copy in lightly repaired - and very scarce – dustwrapper with all other lettering intact. £750

157. MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET.

Ashenden or The British Agent, Heinemann, London, 1928. First edition, Arnold Bennett's copy with his book-plate to front pastedown. A nice copy in dustwrapper in collector's case. £3750

158. MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET.

The Plays of W. Somerset Maugham, Heinemann, London, 1932-4. First collected edition in six volumes. First editions - the first and final volumes first impressions, the others later. Foxing to fore-edges, discreet bookseller's ticket to front pastedowns, erasure from front free endpaper of Volume I but a handsome set in somewhat dusty dustwrappers with light soiling here and there and a little browning at spines. £300

159. MAUGHAM, W. SOMERSET.

Autograph letter signed, one page, 27 Carlisle Mansions, Westminster [London] S.W., Oct. 1904. To a Miss Fitzgerald informing her that "there is no truth in the announcement which has appeared in many papers that Miss Hylford is going to produce my new play at once," and returning a photograph. Signed "W.S. Maugham" - in fine condition. £375

160. MCALMON, ROBERT.

A Hasty Bunch, Contact Publishing, Paris, n.d. [1922]. First edition. An excellent copy in slightly rubbed wrappers. Hugh Kenner's copy with his dated (1957) ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. With the broadside "From an h'English Printer to an English Publisher" laid-in. "We beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated August 2nd and the copy for book. We are returning the same to you as you have quite evidently mistaken the standing that our firm enjoys in the Printing World. We have been established over 60 years and do not remember ever being asked to place such literature before our workspeople before, and you can rest assured that we are not going to begin now. Thanking you
for your kind enquiry, yours faithfully". A nice copy. £250

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