Current Catalogue - Summer 2015

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.


Typed letter signed, two pages, 194 Regents Park Road, London, NW1, 14 November 1991. Kingers writes at some length about Lucky Jim: "My first idea was to incorporate [Philip Larkin] somehow in the central character, Jim Dixon, but I had abandoned this intention altogether by the time I started to write." He corrects some egregious typos on the part of his bumbling but amiable correspondent, notorious for his inattention to detail (his guide for book collectors remains unparalleled for its inaccuracies and general incompetence, and is rivalled only by that of Joseph Connolly). £1250


Programme for The Brighton Grammar School Annual Entertainment 1888, Brighton Grammar School, 1888. Presented at The Dome, Wednesday, 19 Dec. 1888. This `Programme and Book of Words’ (price four pence) contains some of the earliest published drawings, eleven in total, of the (then schoolboy) Aubrey Beardsley, described thus on the contents page: "The Illustrations are ORIGINAL Etchings by A.V. BEARDSLEY, A Present Boy", and illustrate The Pay of the Pied Piper, a comic opera. Beardsley and C.B. (later Sir Charles) Cochran are listed in the cast - this was Cochran's copy and his pencil notes are on the endpapers. (Lasner 5.) Bound into later blue cloth covers, stamped in gilt on leather spine label "Brighton Grammar School 1888" and - erroneoulsy - on the upper board: "The First Published Drawings of Aubrey Beardsley". Original wrappers, very slightly torn and soiled, bound in. £1500


Murphy, Bordas and Editions de Minuit, Paris, 1947 and 1953. First and second issues of the first French edition of his first novel, translated by the author. Bordas is Number Five in the series 'Les Imaginaires'. James Knowlson, in Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett, reveals that only 285 copies out of 3000 had been sold when Les Editions de Minuit took over Beckett's contract from Bordas and re-issuedthe book in their own wrappers. (Federman & Fletcher 145 and 145.01.) The Bordas issue has an inscription to front free endpaper, small areas of light soiling to upper wrapper and spine, which is somewhat faded - a very good copy. Minuit: A little darkened at spine, paper browned, but a nice copy. £950


Six original press photographs, United Press International, San Francisco, 1961. A fascinating group of images of the train-wreck author in various states of bibulous disarray and apparently unpublished. Each with the date-marked Reference Library stamp of The [San Francisco] Examiner to verso (one with the additional stamp of U.P.I.) and each with press caption to margin (e.g. " ... charged with drunkenness, assault and disturbing the peace", " ... described as a disorderly person seeking publicity ...".) In fine condition, unlike the subject. £750


A Handbook on Paint, The Silicate Paint Company, London, 1939. Betjeman contributes his thoughts on interior design to this charming - and rare - little promotional book on colour schemes and suchlike. Light soil to lower board else in excellent condition. £950


Letters from America, Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1916. First edition - one of 2800 copies printed. Crease to front free endpaper, else a very good copy in the scarce dustwrapper, which is missing the bottom inch of the spine and with a few other small chips and nicks here and there. £500


Selected Poems, Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1917. First edition of this selection, assumed to have been made by Edward Marsh and Frank Sidgwick. Cheap paper somewhat browned else a fine copy in the flimsy dustwrapper which is a little rubbed at extremities of spine and corners with miniscule loss. Very scarce in the dustwrapper and quite possibly unique in this condition. £750


Collected Poems with a Memoir, Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1918. First edition. Some rubbing to boards, spine label rather sunned else a very good copy in the scarce dustwrapper which is spotted, rather browned at spine and missing some small chips from extremities of spine and corners (not affecting any lettering). Spare spine label present. £950


Lithuania: a Play in One Act, Sidgwick and Jackson, London, 1935. First English edition. A little dusty at top edge else a near-fine copy in dustwrapper which is very slightly sunned at spine, a little rubbed at extremities with miniscule loss and with a small stain and a short snag to upper panel. Unaccountably scarce in the dustwrapper. £500

10. BROOKE, RUPERT. [The Dead],

War Command, n.p., n.d.[c.1916]. An unrecorded, contemporary broadside printing (45 x 28 cms., on laid paper watermarked "Glastonbury") of the first stanza of one of Brooke's best- known First World War poems, signed on two printed lines beneath the text: "[Sir] F[enton].J[ohn]. Aylmer Lt. Genl. [V.C.] / Tigris Army Corps." above the printed words "War Command". The typesetting of the poem differs from that of any appearance in Sidgwick and Jackson's editions of Brooke's poems that I have seen although the typeface appears to be the same. Perhaps done for presentation to bereaved relatives of casualties of the calamitous attempt to relieve the siege of Kut by Ottoman Turks in the early part of 1916, which cost the lives of several thousand British troops. Lightly foxed to margins and a little creased from being rolled up for storage. £1750

11. BYATT, A. S.

Shadow of a Sun, Chatto & Windus, London, 1964. First edition of the author's surprisingly scarce first book. A nice copy in lightly soiled dustwrapper. £1250


Preface to "The Nigger of the Narcissus", Doubleday, Page, New York, 1914. A variant, unrecorded issue of the second separate printing of Conrad's famous manifesto, of which copies in wrappers were distributed by the publisher to promote their new edition of the book. Not seen by Cagle (or anyone else for that matter - no copy was in the Seeger collection), in publisher's boards with the same endpapers and prelims as those used for the leather-bound, ‘Deep Sea’ issue of the published book. The copies in wrappers have a different title-page - the title itself being "Joseph Conrad on the Art of Writing". Whether called for or not, this copy is signed by Conrad on the first blank. A reasonable speculation is that a few copies such as the present one may have been done up for the author and his long-time American publisher in order to mark the "re-launch" of Conrad's career in the USA and the forthcoming re-printing of much of his "back-catalogue". It may subsequently have been decided to make a larger printing for publicity purposes with the new title-page, the imprint of which describes it as being "Issued by Messrs. Doubleday, Page & Co. for distribution among those interested in English literature." That's my theory, anyway, and I'm sticking to it. Damp-damage to lower margins of boards and hinges cracked - about very good. £1250


Victory, Methuen, London, 1915. First English edition with second state of the title-page and publisher's lists for Autumn 1915 and 8/5/15 bound-in at rear (Cagle A19b). Spine very slightly faded and with a small nick and a narrow band of sunning at crown but a very good copy in the scarce first-issuedustwrapper (6/- on spine) which has a chip from the upper edge of the front panel affecting the last two letters of the title, lightly chipped at head of spine, affecting the top of the letters of the title and with a few other small chips from extremities and corners. £2750


A Personal Record, Dent, London, 1919. Third English edition, first thus, with the "Author's Note," first printing, first issue (Cagle A15e1). Author's presentation copy, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper to one of his (numerous) physicians, and one of the last two to attend him: "C[ampbell]. Tilbury Fox with great regard and affection from Joseph Conrad Xmas 1919." Somewhat browned at spine else a very good copy in the scarce (supplied) dustwrapper which is rubbed at extremities and browned at spine and with some internal tape reinforcement at edges. £2750


Lettre a Jacques Maritain, Stock, Paris, 1926. The Crosby copy in their library binding of half-calf over marbled boards with marbled endpapers and their distinctive ex-libris to front pastedown. Inscribed by Cocteau to Walter Berry. £1500


Hand-Coloured Christmas card inscribed by Elizabeth Yeats to her cousin Grace, Cuala Press, Dublin, n.d. Hand- coloured woodblock print by Beatrice Campbell, Lady Glenavy, c.180 x 115mm, signed with monogram in image, above the verse "Now we'll forget the windy hill...", by Monk Gibbon. Folded once to form a greetingscard. Inscribed within by the publisher and proprietor of the Cuala Press: "For dear Gracie / With love and best wishes from / Auntie Lolly." In fine condition. Grace Butler Yeats (1898-1997) was the daughter of Edwin Butler Yeats, first cousin of John Butler Yeats, the father of W.B., Elizabeth (‘Lolly’), Susan (‘Lily’), and Jack B. Yeats. Edwin emigrated to Canada at the end of the nineteenth century but the family remained in close touch with their cousins in the old country. £500


Three typed letters signed; one autograph letter signed and one autograph postcard signed to Margaret McCall [Broadley], five pp., approx. 1000 words in total, London and Sommières France, 24 November 1967 - 2 September 1972. The recipient was a television producer who joined BBC TV in its earliest days in the 1950s and went on to produce some of the corporation's finest arts and music documentaries in the 1960s and 1970s, introducing numerous writers and artists to television for the first time. Among them were Lawrence Durrell, with whom she developed a special friendship, John Betjeman, who likewise became a close friend, Robert Graves and Graham Sutherland. An excellent series of letters covering a wide range of subjects and reflecting the closeness of their friendship. The autograph letter lacks a salutation but appears to be complete. The a.p.c.s. is on the author's carte de visite. In excellent condition. £1250


Justine, Faber and Faber, London, 1957. First edition. A nice copy in lightly soiled dustwrapper with a few nicks and creases to extremities. £1500


Justine, Faber and Faber, London, 1957. First edition. Connolly's copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper and his brief notes - presumably for his early review of the book in The Sunday Times - to the rear free endpaper and with marginal markings, approximately 25 words, such as: "77. nymphomaniac," "197. failure" and "well dreamt 120!" A very good copy in defective dustwrapper, rubbed and soiled and missing the bottom couple of inches of spine. £800


Nunquam, Dutton, New York, 1970. First American edition, author's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Henry my boy / Hoki my girl / Pray for the fate / Of Nunquam the pearl / Larry". Any comment on the importance of the relationship between Durrell and Miller would be superfluous, except to note that books presented between them are extremely uncommon. A fine copy in lightly edge-worn dustwrapper. £3750

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