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.


A Burnt- Out Case, Heinemann, London, 1961. First edition, author's presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the best man at his daughter Caroline's wedding: "For John Baxter, of whom Jean [Bourget] has spoken so much tonight, with a father's thanks for your part tomorrow from Graham Greene. April 28. 1961". Wedding invitation and press cutting stuck to rear free and fixed endpaper with tape which has browned, a nice copy in a very good, rubbed and nicked dustwrapper with some internal tape repairs. £2750


A Burnt-Out Case, Heinemann, London, 1961. First edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For John [Hampden] with love from Graham." The recipient worked for many years for the British Council and was later a prolific editor for numerous publishers, responsible for some 60 collections of short stories and plays. It is unclear in which capacity Green knew him but it is clear from the warmth of the inscription that it was a close relationship. The Clinton Ives Smullyan Jr. copy. Apart from very light rubbing to extremities, just about fine in dustwrapper. £1250


43. GREENE, GRAHAM. The Honorary Consul, The Bodley Head, London, 1973. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Diana [Cooper] with love, from Graham." Greene was close friends with Duff and Diana Cooper, the latter having written of him: "I think it's guilty love that has put him all out . . . [He] is a good man possessed of a devil." Spine slightly rolled with light markings to boards but a very good copy in dustwrapper with tape repairs to verso. £2750


The Little Train, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, n.d. [1946]. The first of Greene's children's books, although his name does not appear on the book or the dustwrapper. Dorothy Craigie, who illustrated the book, was a girlfriend of Greene's at the time and is credited with its authorship as well. Greene was keen that the book be published as a result of her efforts, and not, presumably, only because he was writing the text. Craigie, Greene and his brother laterformed a Victorian detective fiction collection that they catalogued with John Carter under her married name of Dorothy Glover. An excellent copy in price-clipped dustwrapper - and uncommon thus. £1350


Love on the Dole, Jonathan Cape, London, 1933. First edition, inscribed "faithfully, Walter Greenwood" on the half- title. A very good copy, lightly soiled, a little sunned at spine with foxing to prelims and a previous owner's book ticket to rear pastedown. Signed copies of this seminal classic of "proletarian literature" are very scarce - this is the only one I've seen. £750


 Rhea, Heinemann, London, 1934. First edition of his second book. Rare, and rarer still in the attractive art-deco, typographical dustwrapper which is slightly chipped at head and base of spine (partially affecting the upper edge of the title-lettering and the publisher's name), a little rubbed, nicked and soiled else very good. £1250


A Flying Scroll, Hogarth Press, London, 1928. Sole edition. Even the small print run of 275 copies - of which 119 were pulped in 1938 - would not seem to account fully for the scarcity of this title. It is likely to have been, in common with the earlier April Morning, an exercise in vanity publishing, with the majority of copies going to the author. Apparently most of these were subsequently destroyed. Spine and edges of patterned paper boards somewhat browned, small erasure from front pastedown, light foxing to title label, fore-edge and late pages of text, splitting to lower half of upper edge of spine - nonetheless a very good copy. Woolmer 178. £1500


Portrait of Wyndham Lewis, monochrome etching on laid paper, 12.5 x 10 cms, c.1903. Signed by the artist in pencil. In a contemporary frame, glazed. £2750


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Huebsch, New York, 1916. First edition (Slocum and Cahoon A11). Bookplate to front pastedown, some rubbing to head and base of spine but a very good copy with the spine gilt quite bright. £1950


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, The Egoist, London, 1917 [but 1918]. First English edition from English sheets (Slocum and Cahoon A13). Laid-in is a flyer for The Egoist Press publications (n.d. [1922] - single sheet, folded) listing - inter alia - Ulysses, Marianne Moore's Poems, T.S. Eliot's Prufrock, Wyndham Lewis's Tarr and Ezra Pound's Quia Pauper Amavi - an impressive list by any standards. Unobtrusive removal of large circular bookplate from front pastedown (and associated light offsetting to endpaper), spine a little browned but a very good copy with the spine gilt dulled but still entirely legible. £1100


Exiles, Huebsch, New York, 1918. First edition. Slight sunning to boards, and foxing to endpapers else an excellent copy in the rare dustwrapper which has some soiling and rubbing and is nicked at extremities. £3750


Ulysses, Shakespeare & Company, Paris, 1922. First edition - one of 750 numbered copies on hand-made paper of a total edition of 1,000. Some restoration of paper to the spine, light soiling to wrappers but a very good copy in solander cloth case. £37,500


Original portrait photograph, silver print, 18 x 13 cms. Keystone Agency, Paris, 1930. One of the famous images of Joyce in Shakespeare & Co., cropped to show only the bumptious- looking author - his head quizzically cocked - in the foreground and the spectral figure of the publisher of the first UK edition of Ulysses - John Rodker - over his shoulder. Even the effects of "red-eye" wouldn't seem to account for Rodker's possessed gaze which brings to mind a figure from an overwrought '50s sci- fi B movie (possibly The Monster from the Black Lagoon). The image would appear to have been produced by the agency in this cropped format as evidenced by the positioning of the copyright stamp and note in ink of the subject and date on verso. Edges slightly curled but in very good condition. £750


Finnegans Wake, Faber & Faber, London, 1939. First edition - one of 425 numbered copies signed by the author. An excellent copy in somewhat soiled slipcase. £9500


Original portrait photograph, silver print, 11.5 x 11 ins.1937. Seated shot, with Joyce in white jacket and tie, from the chest up, half-turned to the camera and staring through his thick spectacles. Stamped on reverse, "Estate of Josef Brietenbach." In fine condition. £2250


F.R. YERBURY. Small Modern English Houses, Victor Gollancz, London, 1929. First edition; a presentation copy, inscribed by Joyce to Siegfried and Carola Giedeon-Welcker. Boards a trifle dusty, extremities worn, but a nice, clean copy, internally excellent. The couple to whom this copy was inscribed were a major presence in Joyce's life: Siegfried was an architectural theorist and author of Space, Time and Architecture, (hence the subject-matter of the gifted book) while his wife, Carola, was an art critic. They first met and became friendly in Zurich at the beginning of the 1930s, when the couple were amongst those who encouraged Joyce to seek out a new eye specialist following the death of his own. At the outbreak of war, they were instrumental in gaining Joyce and his family right of asylum in Zurich for the duration of the conflict. When, after a difficult exit from Vichy France, the Joyces and the Giedeon- Welckers were reunited in the the city, Joyce was effusive in his thanks, saying that what they had done for him was 'impayable'. The two families spent the Christmas of 1940 together; and, when, days later, Joyce was hospitalised with a duodenal ulcer, it was the Giedeon-Welckers who procured a specialist to perform the operation. In a final act of kindness following his death, Carola Giedeon-Welcker arranged for a death mask to be made by the sculptor Paul Speck. A significant association. £5500


Original prospectus for the first French edition of Ulysses, [Adrienne Monnier - La Maison des Amis des Livres], n.p.[Paris], n.d.[1928]. With the "Photograph d'un amateur" affixed to the upper leaf. A fine copy. £500


Bronze of James Joyce's Death Mask, approximately 21 inches in height, n.d.[2000]. Number three of nine bronzes cast at the Birmingham Bronze Foundry (the mould has been broken and no further casts will be produced). The plinth, of Kilkenny granite, was carved by Belinda Eade with the inscription "JAMES JOYCE 1882-1941". £9000


The Compleat Angler, George G. Harrap, London, 1931. Inscribed by Joyce: "To Edmund Brauchbar, James Joyce Souvenir de Paris le 10 mars 1936". Brauchbar was a Zurich businessman and former student of Joyce, who had taught English in Switzerland during the First World War. While he later moved to New York, the two remained friends. During the 1930s, Joyce worked with Brauchbar to aid Jewish refugees - including the businessman's nephew - to establish themselves in new countries. In 1939, Brauchbar returned the favour, putting up the large financial guarantee demanded by Swiss authorities before they would grant Joyce and his family asylum. "I thank you very much for having remembered me" he wrote to Brauchbar, "when so many seem to have forgotten". Scuff to upper board, where a small patch of soiling has been removed, else an excellent copy, with a Brentano's sticker on the rear endpaper. £5500


Fifteen original letters and cards signed from Koestler to his first British publisher Victor Gollancz, 1937-56. Comprising the Victor Gollancz Ltd. publishing files for Spanish Testament (1937) - four typed letters signed from Koestler to Gollancz (4pp.); original signed contract; correspondence with the Duchess of Atholl; libel correspondence. The Scumof the Earth (1941) - six letters and cards signed from Koestler to Gollancz (7pp); four typed letters signed from Jonathan Cape to Gollancz. Reflections on Hanging (1956) - five letter and cards signed from Koestler to Gollancz (8pp); original signed contract. Together with other material relating to the publication of the books. Further details on request. £4500

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