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.

21. ELIOT, T.S.

The Waste Land, Hogarth Press, Richmond, 1923. First English edition, one of 460 copies, hand-printed by the Woolfs. The label on the upper cover is in Gallup's first state (i.e. "with a border of asterisks"), though Woolmer gives no priority to any of the three states. Edward Sackville- West's copy with his ownership signature to front free endpaper and his bookplate to pastedown endpaper. Some rubbing to edges of marbled paper boards, browning and rubbing to the fragile spine but a superior copy and scarce thus. £7500

22. ELIOT, T. S.

Ash Wednesday, The Fountain Press and Faber & Faber, New York and London, 1930. First edition, limited issue, preceding the trade issue by a few days - one of 600 numbered copies signed by the author. A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Frederic Manning from T.S. Eliot Ash Wednesday 1931". The ex-patriate Australian author of one of the most highly-regarded memoirs of the Great War - The Middle Parts of Fortune, later re-published as Her Privates We - Manning was a regular contributor to Eliot's magazine The Criterion and enjoyed high personal and critical esteem amongst the A-list literati of the time, including Pound, Hemingway and T.E. Lawrence. Small gilt prize stamp of the Groton School, Pennsylvania to the lower board else a sparkling copy in the original glassene wrapper. £6500

23. ELIOT, T.S.

East Coker, Faber and Faber, London, 1940. Third impression. Inscribed on the front endpaper: "To A. N. Whitehead, on his 80th birthday, from I. A. Richards." Wrappers and prelims somewhat damp-stained - being charitable (in view of the marvelous association), just about very good. £500


The Ceramic Art of China and Other Countries of the Far East, Faber and Faber, London, 1945. Inscribed by Eliot to his sister-in-law, his brother Henry Ware Eliot's wife: "to Theresa Garrett Eliot from Thomas Stearns Eliot .vi.46 happy birthday." The only inscription I can recall having seen in which Eliot uses his full name. A very good copy of the first edition - the book having been published by Eliot. £750


Marina, Faber & Faber, London, n.d. [1930]. First edition of number 29 of the Ariel Poems, with illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer. Inscribed to James Joyce by Vivien Eliot. Eliot's wife was introduced to Joyce by Pound in Paris in 1921. Joyce, Geoffrey Faber and their wives were later present at an awkward dinner party hosted by Eliot in 1927 to welcome Vivien back from one of her stays in a sanatorium. The present inscription dates from 1933, after Eliot had taken the decision not to returnto Vivien after his year in America as the 1932-33 Charles Eliot Norton Lecturer at Harvard. After the breach, Vivien tried desperately to make contact with Eliot through their friends, and this fragile volume perhaps represents one such doomed attempt. Splitting to spine, else a very good copy. £2750


A Girl in the Head, Cape, London, 1967. First edition, author's presentation copy inscribed (in pencil) on the front free end paper: "For Bob to celebrate the last hurrah at Eggy Gardens with great affection Jim Farrell 19th March 1978." The presentee, Bob Parrish, was an Academy Award winning film editor ( for his film Body and Soul in 1947 ) who also directed and acted in movies. He and his wife, Kathie met Farrell when Parrish made enquires about the film rights to The Siege of Krishnapur in March 1975. Farrell and the Parrishes lived in the same street (Egerton Gardens) and their friendship developed to such an extent that Farrell dedicated `The Singapore Grip' to them and Parrish did a eulogy at Farrell's funeral. The "hurrah" refers to Farrell's imminent move to Ireland. An excellent copy in dustwrapper. £1950


Rossetti, Duckworth & E.P. Dutton, London and New York, n.d. [1902]. First edition, in an unrecorded binding (one of several, it appears), of quarter green cloth and marbled paper boards and with three pages of advertisements for ‘The Popular Library of Art’ series at rear (Laurence A10). Light offsetting to endpapers else about fine in excellent, slightly soiled and nicked dustwrapper with a "3/- net" cancel price sticker over the published price of one shilling and sixpence to spine (copies in leather were priced at two shillings) and not unlikely unique thus. £1500


Desmond MacCarthy, Mill House Press, Stanford Dingley, 1952. First edition of Forster's reminiscence of Desmond MacCarthy and especially of a talk given by MacCarthy at the Memoir Club. One of eight copies on hand-made paper of a total edition of 72 copies printed by Robert Gathorne-Hardy and Kyrle Leng (Kirkpatrick A30). A nice copy in wrappers. £1150


Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, George Allen and Unwin, London, 1922. First English edition. Contemporary presentation inscription to front free endpaper, offsetting to endpapers and a few spots of foxing to prelims else a very good copy in the rare dustwrapper, which is missing a couple of miniscule chips at extremities. £2750


Collected Papers Volumes I-IV, Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psycho-Analysis, New York, London and Vienna, 1924-5. First editions. Volume I issued by The International Psycho-Analytical Press - an excellent, bright copy in the extravagantly scarce dustwrapper (not seen, in common with those of the other volumes, by Woolmer) with a few millimetres of loss at head of spine and partially split to upper flap fold. Volumes II-IV issued by The Hogarth Press and The Institute of Psycho-Analysis. Volume II - slightly bumped at base of spine but an excellent copy in very good dustwrapper missing the bottom 15 millimetres at base of spine (not affecting any lettering): Volume III - two ownership signatures to front pastedown, small tape-mark to front free endpaper else a very good copy rather browned and rubbed at spine with minor loss to base, in excellent dustwrapper with one or two nicks and light fold-marks suggesting it has been laid-into the bookfor most of its life: Volume IV - contemporary ownership signature to front pastedown, bumped to base of spine else a bright copy in defective dustwrapper with loss to base of spine of approximately half of publishers' imprint and extending across approximately bottom quarter of lower panel. Volume V, in smaller format, was published in 1950 (not present). £5000


Original woodcut: Iris and Vase, 115 x 85 mm., Hogarth Press, London, 1921. Hand- printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf, this is the title-page vignette for Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry - either a proof or taken from one of the 150 copies of the book printed. In fine condition, framed and glazed. £750

32. GRAHAM, W.S.

Cage Without Grievance, Parton Press, Glasgow, 1942. The author's exceptionally scarce first book - the only copy I've seen or heard of in 25 years, and in dustwrapper, to boot. Not in the British Library, apparently. David Archer's Parton Press - first publishers of Dylan Thomas, David Gascoyne and George Barker as well as [William] Sydney Graham - were clearly not much concerned about the niceties of furnishing deposit copies (although Oxford and Scotland do have it; as does Leeds, the only other UK library to have one). Previous owner's presentation inscription to front free endpaper else a nice copy in very good, somewhat rubbed and scuffed dustwrapper missing a couple of small chips here and there. £1750


Silverpoints, Elkin Matthews and John Lane, London, 1893. First edition, one of 250 numbered copies, this copy out-of-series. A nice copy of the quintessential slim volume of '90s verse with a small band of fading to cloth at upper edge of lower board and slightly rubbed at extremities. £2000


Blindness, 1926. His first book. A few fading to cloth but a nice copy with some neat professional extremities of spine. Dent, London, small areas of in dustwrapper restoration to £2250


The Man Within, Heinemann, London, 1929. First edition of his first novel. A fine copy in faintly dust-soiled dustwrapper. £3750


Rumour at Nightfall, Heinemann, London, 193. First edition. Heavy foxing to edges and prelims, ownership signature to front free endpaper and small ownership stamp to prelims else a very good copy in the second issue dustwrapper - with different setting to the spine lettering and with the price at 3/6 - missing chips at corners, impinging on the final "N" of imprint at base of spine. £4500


It's a Battlefield, Heinemann, London, 1934. The author's personal, corrected file copy with a letter of provenance to this effect laid-in and with his ownership signature. Extensively revised throughout for the third edition of 1948. On the verso of the half-title Greene has noted: "2nd edition in Penguin books - third edition completely revised 1948." Constructions are changed, there are insertions, additions and throughout the name "Commissioner" is changed to "Assistant Commissioner"; several pages and passages are entirely crossed through. Disbound and used as a setting copy, with some extra pencil notes, probably by the printer, on some pages. Greene's corrections in ink on 150 pages. A sample check reveals that the corrections made here are incorporated into the revised edition. Greene discusses the process of correcting the text of It's a Battlefield at some length in Ways of Escape, his semi-autobiography (The Bodley Head, 1980). "I have seldom had the courage to reread a book of mine more than once . . . I broke this rule with It's a Battlefield because two passages remained obstinately wrong with the book." (p. 33). The first passage he refers to describes the arrest of a trunk-murderer in Paddington which the Assistant Commissioner helps to effect - "monstrously unlikely behaviour for an Assistant Commissioner. When . . . I set about revising the book for a paper covered edition, I cut the whole scene out [pp. 101-112 here]" Greene later regretted making the cuts: "I realised that, unlikely as the episode had been, it was an essential one. Without the mad murderer of the Salvation army the battlefield of the title lacked the sense of violence and confusion." Michael Shelden, in his biography, The Man Within: A Life of Graham Greene, had other thoughts - the far-fetched idea that Greene had had a hand in the notorious unsolved Brighton trunk murders of 1934. The second passage presents a Communist Party branch meeting attended by Mr. Surrogate. "I could only tinker, altering phrases and cutting wherever possible . . . I had only once inmy life attended a large Communist meeting and this experience was totally insufficient as a basis for a scene which now to me lacks authenticity", the 76-year old Greene recalled in Ways of Escape, apparently forgetting that for the 1948 edition he here excises four entire pages and a number of further substantial passages. £20,000


British Dramatists, William Collins, London, 1942. The author's personal file copy with a letter of provenance to this effect laid-in and with his ownership signature. A very good copy in nicked dustwrapper. £950


The Little Fire Engine, Parrish, London, n.d. [1950]. Illustrated by Dorothy Craigie. Author's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For John Carter with awe and affection from Graham Greene". John Carter wrote the introduction to Victorian Detective Fiction, the catalogue of Greene and Craigie's collection. Signed or inscribed copies of any of Greene's books for children are scarce. Extremities a little rubbed, but still a very good copy in frayed and torn dustwrapper, repaired with archival tape on verso. £3500


Nino Caffè, L'Obelisco, Rome, 1960. First edition, inscribed by the subject - the mischievious painter of priests: "Alla Signora Luciana Tartaglia cordiale omaggio di Nino Caffe Primo Maggio [?] 1967". Illustrated in monochrome and with tipped in full-colour plates. An earlier version of Greene's essay had previously appeared as a contribution to exhibition catalogues issued by the Knoedler Gallery in New York and by Arthur Tooth in London but this is the true first edition as an "A" item with only Greene's text and with new illustrations. As such, it is one of the scarcest of all Greene's primary items. Oblong quarto, original red silk, titles and decoration to upper board and spine gilt - an excellent copy, very slightly faded at spine. £950

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