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.

21. BEHAN, BRENDAN.

Programme for the first production of “The Hostage”, Theatre Royal, Stratford, E15, London, 1958. Theatre programme for the first production of Behan's landmark play at Joan Littlewood's Theatre Royal Stratford East. A bit creased but a very good copy. £100

22. BELL, VANESSA.

"The Hat Shop": Original Woodcut Illustration from `Monday or Tuesday', Hogarth Press, Richmond, 1921. One of 1,000 copies (Woolmer 17) of an original woodcut by Vanessa Bell used to illustrate the first edition of her sister Virginia Woolf's book. Mounted, in excellent condition. £450

23. (BELL, VANESSA). WELLESLEY, DOROTHY.

Jupiter and the Nun, Hogarth Press, London, 1932. One of 250 numbered and signed copies, additionally inscribed by the author to Vanessa Bell. The last of the hand-printed Hogarth Press books (Woolmer 313). A very good copy with a small area of surface loss to paper at base of upper panel. £750

24. BERGER, JOHN.

Corker's Freedom, Methuen, London, 1964. First edition of the author's fourth book. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author - "To C.L.R. James With great respect and in friendship - John Berger - Stockholm - Feb. 1969." A very good copy, in rubbed, tanned and little torn dustwrapper. £225

25. BETJEMAN, JOHN (CONTRIBUTES).

"Death in Leamington" in The London Mercury, London, 1930. The scarce first appearance of a major poem by the future Poet Laureate, Death in Leamington was Betjeman's breakthrough into the mainstream media after numerous appearances in school and university magazines and anthologies. With three minor differences from the first appearance of the text in a collection in (Continual Dew). An excellent copy with the yapp edges of the wrappers largely undamaged aside from some nicks. £150

26. BETJEMAN, JOHN.

An Oxford University Chest, John Miles, London, 1938. First edition. An excellent copy in a very good example of the scarce dustwrapper, which is somewhat rubbed, soiled and nicked and with a light lengthways crease down the spine - much better than usually found on this book. £375

27. BETJEMAN, JOHN AND COWARD, NOEL.

Back to Back, Polydor, London, 1969. Original gramophone record of Betjeman reading selections from High and Low and his old friend Coward reading from Not Yet the Dodo. Betjeman composed and delivered the eulogy for Coward at the memorial service at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields in 1974. The illustrated sleeve in fine condition and presumably un-played in original sealed polythene wrapping. £175

28. BETJEMAN, JOHN.

Ode on the Marriage of HRH Prince Charles to the Lady Diana Spencer in St. Paul's Cathedral on 29 July 1981. Warren Editions, London, 1981. First edition. Broadsheet. One of 125 copies signed by the author. A twenty-eight line poem. Designed by Jonathan Gili. Red and blue decorations [by Phillida Gili]. Printed by Skelton's Press on hand-made paper. A fine copy. £275

29. BETJEMAN, JOHN.

Carbon copy letter with autograph subscription signed to R.S. Thomas and his wife, one page, London, 7 March 1972. A carbon copy on his 43 Cloth Fair letterhead of a letter to an unidentified correspondent, with the salutation "Dear and Learned Clerk", giving thanks for advice on the subject of muffling a two-stroke engine and enclosing a letter from Thomas's wife (not present) which appears to have warned the Laureate about dangerous lamp standards around Smithfield (where Mrs. Thomas was in hospital at Barts at the time). With an autograph subscription addressed to Mrs. Thomas: "Can I come and see you? What a good drawing of the lamp-post. Love to Ronald. John". Folded twice, in excellent condition in original mailing envelope. £125

30. (BETJEMAN, JOHN). BIRT, RAYMOND.

The Glories of Winchester Cathedral, Winchester Publications, Winchester, 1948. Inscribed on the verso of the front endpaper: "Elizabeth [Sweeting], best wishes John Betjeman 1965". Elizabeth Sweeting was involved with the founding of the Maltings at Snape and later she was the Administrative Officer at the Playhouse, Oxford. A very good copy in dustwrapper with nicks and short tears on upper and lower edges and some loss at the top and base of the spine. £175

31. (BLACK SUN PRESS) DE LACLOS, CHODERLOS.

Subscription form for “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, Black Sun Press, Paris, 1930. A scarce - and beautifully designed - piece of ephemera with two illustrations by Alastair. Single sheet folded twice. Back cover bears a Newark, NJ bookshop label and ordering blank - lightly soiled and scuffed but in very good condition. £250

32. BLACK SUN PRESS.

Young France Today - Supplement to Portfolio II, Black Sun Press, Paris, 1945. The very scarce supplement to Caresse Crosby's Portfolio II, published seven months after the end of World War II, comprising translations into English of the essays by the French contributors to the portfolio: "Letter to a German Friend" by Albert Camus (his first appearance in English it would seem); "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité‚" by Claude Morgan; "The Revolutionary Tradition of the French People" by Louis Martin-Chauffier; "The End of the War" by Jean-Paul Sartre; "Will France Have a Seven Months `Truce of God'" by Valdi Leduc. Only two copies appear to be individually located - at the British Library and the Morgan Library. A very good copy, unfolded, with a few edge tears. £350

33. BRADBURY, MALCOLM.

The History Man, Secker & Warburg, London, 1975. First edition, inscribed by the Booker Prize judge (and shortlisted author) on the title-page to his fellow judge (and Booker Prize winner) A.S. Byatt: "For Toni - with my love and gratitude for her understanding of this book - Malcolm Bradbury / 1976". With the recipient's ownership signature (as A.S. Duffy) and approximately 30 words of her notes on the text to the front free endpaper. Spine slightly cocked, but a very good copy in slightly nicked dustwrapper. £250

34. BROOKE, RUPERT.

Poems, Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1911. First edition of the poet's first commercially published collection - one of 500 copies. Dustwrapper not called for. Spine label somewhat browned, slight rubbing to head and base of spine, small area of soiling to title-page and following page else a nice, clean copy. £450

35. BROOKE-ROSE, CHRISTINE.

Go When You See the Green Man Walking, Michael Joseph, London, 1970. First edition, author's presentation copy inscribed on the title-page: "For Frank [Kermode] & Anita (for "Queenie") with love Christine". Excellent in dustwrapper and quite scarce. £120

36. BRYHER (ELLERMAN, ANNIE WINIFRED).

Roman Wall, Pantheon, New York, 1954. First American edition, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to her late lover Hilda Doolittle's cousin: "Gretchen [Wolle Baker] / with all best wishes from / Bryher / 11th September 1963". Books signed or inscribed by Bryher are scarce. A very good copy in dustwrapper slightly faded at spine. £750

37. BRYHER (ELLERMAN, ANNIE WINIFRED).

Beowulf, Pantheon, New York, 1956. First American edition, later printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Margaret / with fond [?] memories / Bryher". Books signed or inscribed by Bryher are scarce. A very good copy in dustwrapper somewhat faded at spine. £250

38. BUCHAN, JOHN.

Typed letter signed, one page, Oxford, 7 March 1928. To Hubert Grierson, approximately 120 words, requesting his help with a factual matter relating to his book on Montrose. Light creasing, folded thrice for mailing else excellent. £125

39. BURGESS, ANTHONY (BYATT, A.S.).

The Clockwork Testament or: Enderby's End, Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, London, 1974. First edition. With the ownership signature (as A.S. Duffy, dated June 1974) of Byatt, one of the Booker Prize judges for that year to the front free endpaper and her note: "This should have won Booker. The Sperr Lansing show, p.75 et seq. is perhaps the funniest thing I've ever read." Small areas of soiling to front and rear free endpapers and fore-edge else a very good copy in dustwrapper faded at spine. Byatt won the Booker Prize in 1990. £600

40. BUTTS, MARY.

Ashe of Rings, Contact Editions, Paris, 1925. First edition. Spine lacking (apart from a small area showing title) else a very good copy. £175

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