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.


High Windows, Faber and Faber, London, 1974. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to a friend, the wife of a colleague at the University of Hull: "For Katherine Moore with gratitude for many kindnesses Philip Larkin." Presentation copies of any of Larkin's collections are very scarce. An excellent copy in dustwrapper. £2750


England, My England, Martin Secker, London, 1924. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to his literary agent: "to Curtis Brown from D.H. Lawrence." (Roberts A23.) Spine a little cocked and creased, top edge dusty but a very good copy in a nice, clean dustwrapper with a short, closed tear at the head of the spine. £2500


Lady Chatterley's Lover, Martin Secker, London, 1932. First "authorised" English edition. Flyer and bookmark laid-in. A nice, bright copy in very good, unsurprisingly rare dustwrapper which is heavily offset and missing small chips from extremities of spine and corners. The only example of the dustwrapper I've seen. £1500


Out of the Shelter, Macmillan, London, 1970. Suppressed by the author but obligingly signed by him to title-page. First edition. An excellent copy in slight edge- worn dustwrapper with a short closed tear at base of spine. £1250


Ultramarine, Cape, 1933, First edition of the author's scarce first book. Slightly browned to spine, which has a short split at head, else a very good copy with the fragile spine lettering intact. £750


The Trembling of a Leaf, Heinemann, London, 1921. First edition. Offsetting to endpapers and prelims else an excellent, bright copy in very good dustwrapper with some restoration to spine, internally laid onto Japanese tissue. £950

67. NARAYAN, R.K. Mysore,

The Assistant Superintendent at the Government Branch Press, Mysore, 1939. A few patchy losses of sizing to cloth, cheap spine gilt oxidised, some light foxing but a very good copy of the author's rare guide book to his home city in India. £600


Simpson's Choice: An Essay on the Future Life by A Clutton-Brock, Omega Workshops, London, 1915. The first book of the Omega Workshops. One of a limited edition of 500 numbered copies. Woodcuts by Roald Kristian. Sixteen pages of text and images, three of the pages being full-page woodcuts. Heavy offsetting to front and rear free endpapers as always, library blindstamp to front free endpaper and title, otherwise a very good copy bumped at corners. £1750


Autograph letter signed to Eleanor Jaques, one page, The Hawthorns, Hayes, 20 July 1933. Approximately 350 words. Jaques was the object of Orwell's ardour during his years living at Southwold with his parents after returning from his two years in Paris and their relationship provided much of the raw material for Keep the Aspidistra Flying. He remained close to her after her marriage to his friend Dennis Collings in 1934 and there is evidence to suggest she was partly the basis for the character of Julia in "1984". "I have finished my novel [Burmese Days], but there are wads of it that I simply hate, & am going to change ... I have been reading in D. H. Lawrence ... there is a quality about L. that I can't define ... I feel that he has seized on an aspect of things that no one else would have noticed. In another way, which I can still less explain, he reminds me of someone from the Bronze Age". £12,000


Homage to Catalonia, Secker and Warburg, London, 1938. First edition. Bookplate to front pastedown, edges a little dusty else an excellent copy with the spine gilt sparkling and scarce thus. £950


Two autograph letters signed to Victor Gollancz, six pages, London, 4 June and 28 June, 1944. Responding positively to Gollancz's offer to commission him to provide the illustrations for Allen Laing's Prayers and Graces; thanking Gollancz for offering to pay more than he had asked for. "At first it seemed un-illustratable - but after re-reading it several times I think I can see it from my own angle - & I think it will be an extremely amusing [crossed through] attractive and witty production." Additionally there are several letters from Laing, carbons of the Gollancz side of the correspondence and further material regarding royalties, re- issues, potential libel matters etc. Pin holes, slight loss to margins of one page else in excellent condition. £1500


Jefferson and/or Mussolini, Stanley Nott, London, 1935. First (and only) English edition. Light damp-staining to front edge of boards, but a very good copy in dustwrapper missing small pieces along flap folds and at head of spine (not affecting lettering) - probably silverfish damage. Number of copies not known, but very scarce (Gallup A41.b). £750


The British Union Quarterly, British Union, London, 1937. Volume One, Number One, the January-April 1937 issue of the magazine formerly titled The Fascist Quarterly. Pound contributes ‘Demarcations’ and Lewis - his sole contribution to the organ – ‘“Left Wings” and the C3 Mind.’ Boards somewhat soiled and rubbed at extremities but a very good copy of a very scarce item. £750


Agents and Patients, Duckworth, London, 1936. First edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed in the month of publication: "For Juliet from Tony January 8th. 1936" on the front free endpaper. Spine somewhat faded and some light soiling to boards but a very good copy. The recipient, according to Powell's son, was probably Juliet O'Rourke - a family friend and wife of the painter E. Brian O'Rourke. £750  


What's Become of Waring, Duckworth, London, 1939. First edition. The scarcest of Powell's novels, not as scarce now as when people used to ask "What's become of What's Become of Waring?" but scarce nonetheless. Ownership signature to front pastedown else a very good copy, slightly faded at spine and with minimal rubbing to boards. £1250


Duineser Elegien, Insel, Leipzig, 1923. First trade edition, issued simultaneously with the limited edition of 300 copies. The issue in paper-covered boards - an excellent, clean copy in the fragile and very scarce dustwrapper, somewhat faded to edges of lower panel, which is missing some tiny chips to upper edge. £750


Twelve Days: An account of a journey across the Bakhtiari Mountains in Southwestern Persia, Hogarth Press, London, 1928. First edition. Light foxing to edges else a very good copy in the rare dustwrapper which is somewhat rubbed, nicked and creased at extremities and missing a few small chips, not affecting any lettering. £950


Picture Show, privately printed for the author by J.B. Peace at the University Press, Cambridge, 1919. First edition - one of 200 copies. Light rubbing to extremities, slightest soiling to boards, traces of mounting (of a print of Glyn Philpot's portrait of the author - present but laid-in) to first blank but an excellent copy of a very scarce book seldom found thus. £1950


In the Teeth of the Evidence and Other Stories, Gollancz, London, 1939. First edition. Slight bumping to head of spine, foxing to fore-edge extending to margin of some pages else a very good copy in somewhat soiled and dusty dustwrapper with a few nicks at extremities and a small area of water-staining to spine £750


Journey's End, Gollancz, London, 1929. First edition, the scarce first impression of this luckiest of authors' first commercial - and only significant - work. Sherriff's good fortune - and the phenomenal success of what is essentially a mediocre play - depended in large part on the appearance in the intitial production of the work - by the Incorporated Stage Society in a two-day run at the Apollo Theatre in December 1928 - of the 21-year old Lawrence Olivier (directed by the equally unknown James Whale). The production transferred to The Savoy Theatre for a three-week run in January 1929 and thence to The Prince of Wales where it ran for two years, during which time it was also produced by 14 other companies in the Anglophone world and in 17 other languages across the world. Hollywood beckoned . . . The luck also rubbed off on Victor Gollancz, for whom the text was a first major publishing coup, selling 175,000 copies. Self-wraps mention a cloth issue of which it appears there was no such. Together with a copy of the programme for a performance of the first production at The Prince of Wales Theatre on 26 August 1929. A very good copy with the wrappers somewhat rubbed and soiled, missing a half-inch chip to head of spine. £1250

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