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.


Gollancz publishing file for "The Wise Wound", Contains approximately 30 typed and autograph letters signed - most of them with very substantial content - from the authors to Liz Calder, the publisher; original signed contract(s) for the book; readers reports; correspondence from their agent Giles Gordon at Anthony Shiel Associates; a t.l.s. from Ted Hughes (and a copy of his comments on the book); correspondence regarding rights, re-issues, permissions etc. Further details on request. £1100

82. SNOW, C.P.

Nine original letters and cards signed from Snow to his publisher Victor Gollancz, 1933-4. Comprising the Victor Gollancz Ltd. publishing files for three of Snow's books for them: New Lives for Old (1933); two readers' reports; original signed contract; two autograph letters signed (3pp.), two typed letters signed (4pp.) and 1 a.p.c.s. from Snow to Victor Gollancz. The Search (1934): four autograph letters signed (8pp.) from Snow to Victor Gollancz. Together with other material relating to the publication of the books. Further details on request. £1750


Six original letters signed from Spender to Victor Gollancz about ‘Forward from Liberalism’, v.p. [Portugal and London], 1937. Comprising the Victor Gollancz Ltd. publishing file for Forward from Liberalism (1937): original signed contract; four typed letters signed from Spender to Gollancz (six pp.); two autograph letters signed from Spender to Gollancz (two pp.). Spender comments on his relationships with Auden and Day Lewis, Communism, the Spanish Civil War, etc.: "The people I would identify myself with are the idealistic liberals". Together with other related material. Further details on request. £2250


Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Longmans, Green, London, 1916. Original wrappers bound-in. alf-leather binding by Stikeman. £2500


Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, Hogarth Press, London, 1932. First edition, one of 1212 copies printed (Woolmer 309.) A very good copy in the rare dustwrapper (designed by Duncan Grant), with a one-inch chip from the head of the spine, not affecting the lettering. £750


Queen Victoria, Chatto & Windus, London, 1921. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "With the author's sincere regards, Lytton Strachey". Some light foxing to prelims, else a very good copy in the rare dustwrapper, with shallow chipping to the head of the spine, with partial loss to the "UEE" of the first word of the title. £1750


Ten original letters signed from Tennant to her publishers Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1976-80. Comprising the Victor Gollancz Ltd. publishing files for Hotel de Dream (1976) and Bad Sister (1978): ten letters signed from Tennant, carbons of the Gollancz side of the correspondence, two letters from J.G. Ballard, one from Angela Carter, readers reports, original signed contracts and correspondence regarding rights, re-issues, permissions etc. Further details on request. £1500


Autograph letter signed to Elizabeth Reitell, three pp., Boat House, Laugharne, 16 June, 1953. A superb letter from Thomas to his lover Liz Reitell, who worked at the Poetry Centre in New York for John Malcolm Brinnin, Thomas's U.S. agent from 1953. Thomas and Elizabeth first met in April that year when he arrived for his third lecture tour in America. Thomas's first impressions of the striking Liz were more favourable than hers of him, but the two became close and began an affair while working together on his draft of Under Milk Wood the following month. Thomas returned home in June, which is when this letter was written, leaving Liz in New York before his return in October. Thomas was with Liz when he collapsed on 4 November - she stayed at his hospital bedside over the next few days, but was taking a break when he died at 1pm on Monday 9 November. The letter begins: "Liz love, I miss you terribly much. The plane rode high and rocky, and over Newfoundland it swung with lightening and billiard-ball hail, and the old deaf woman next to me, on her way to Algiers via Manchester, got sick in a bag of biscuits, and the bar - a real tiny bar - stayed open all the bourbon way." He continues: "London was still glossy from Coronation day, and for all the customs men cared I could have packed my bags with cocaine and bits of chopped women." Thomas goes on to write of work matters - asking after reviews and talking of an invitation to an international literary conference in Pittsburgh - and ofbeing home 'to the always sad west drizzle'. Folded twice, else in excellent condition with original mailing envelope. £7500


Marrying Damian, Colophon Press, London, 1995. One of 207 privately printed copies - this copy out-of-series. The dedication copy, inscribed with characteristic economy beneath the printed dedication to James Michie, his early champion and editor at The Bodley Head,: "affectionately, Trevor 7.3.96". Laid-in is an a.p.c.s. from the author to the dedicatee (Crediton, Devon, 25 September 2000): "I still miss - ever increasingly - your unrivalled editorial skills. And, of course, all that went with those meetings." Some soiling and discoloration to wrappers but a very good copy. £750


Autograph manuscript of the poem "The Knight Turned Gardener", County Dublin, n.d.,. 2pp. 40-line autograph poem with insertion and correction, signed by Tynan, entitled ‘The Knight Turned Gardener’. At the top fore-corner of the first leaf is noted "Mrs Hinkson, Pilot View, Dalkey Co Dublin", Tynan's married name, which dates this manuscript to post-1898, the date of her marriage. I have been unable to trace any publication of this poem. Tynan had a close friendship with W.B.Yeats and autograph material would appear to be scarce on the market. £750


Vile Bodies, Chapman and Hall, London, 1930. First edition. Spine half-a-shade darkened and with minor bumping to head else an excellent, bright copy lacking the dustwrapper. £750


A Handful of Dust, Chapman and Hall, London, 1934. First edition. A nice copy, a little rubbed and faded at spine. £750


Waugh in Abyssinia, Longmans, Green and Company, London, 1936. A nice copy in a very good, price-clipped example of the scarce dustwrapper which is somewhat rubbed and nicked and missing shallow chips at the head and base of spine and corners (just barely affecting spine lettering). £2500


Men at Arms, Chapman & Hall, London, 1952. First edition. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Darling Poll with love from Bo." This inscription is to Lady Dorothy Lygon, nicknamed Poll, (Waugh's nickname being ‘Boaz’), a close friend of Waugh since the early 1930s as he also was, earlier at Oxford, of her brothers Viscount Elmley and ‘Hughie’. He became a frequent visitor to their home near Great Malvern - Madresfield Court - which he regarded as the closest thing to home at this time. (It was later to serve as the model for the great house in Brideshead Revisited). As a homosexual, Lady Dorothy's father had exiled himself to Italy, a circumstance which was later to find fictional expression in the character of Lord Marchmain in Brideshead Revisited (1944). Very good, though with the free endpapers faintly browned, spotting to spine, the dustwrapper foxed on the rear panel, and chipped at the head and tail of the spine and fore-corners. £2750


Poems - Together with his Lecture on the English Renaissance, privately printed, Paris, 1903. A late Smithers piracy, notionally one of 250 numbered copies (Mason 607) - this one out-of- series - more than redeemed by the pencil inscription to the front free endpaper from Oscar's "perfect friend" to his bibliographer: C[hristopher] S[clater] M[illard] from R[obert] R[oss] / Aug.08". Original cream buckram rather soiled and browned at spine but a very good copy with Millard's bookplate. £500


Autograph letter signed, two pages, 52 Tavistock Square, W.C.1, 19 April 1925. To her editor at The New Republic, Robert Littell, presenting a copy of The Common Reader: First Series (four days before publication) and expressing, inter alia, her frustration at finding "no one who can explain to me the nature of baseball." A single word note in pencil (presumably by the recipient), slightly faded at margins with faint traces of mounting to upper corners, folded for mailing else in nice condition. £3950


Orlando, The Hogarth Press, London, 1928. First edition, author's presentation copy inscribed on the half-title: "Clive [Bell] from Virginia". Faded at spine, staining to boards and a small paint-stain to head of spine - just about very good in supplied dustwrapper; in common with many of the books from Charleston, condition leaves a little to be desired but the same can certainly not be said of the association. £29,500


The Waves, Hogarth Press, London, 1931. First edition. Ownership signature of Alexander Matheson to front free endpaper, small areas of fading to cloth at head and base of spine, else a very good copy in slightly rubbed and browned dustwrapper with small amount of neat restoration to blank paper at head and base of spine. £1250

99. YEATS, W.B.

Collected Poems, Macmillan, London, 1933. Contemporary, dated ownership signature to front pastedown, small areas of fading to cloth where dustwrapper is missing paper else a very good, tight copy in the scarce dust-wrapper which is a little nicked and rubbed and missing a few very small pieces at extremities of spine and corners. Design by Charles Ricketts. Wade 172. £750

100. YEATS, W.B.

The Winding Stair, Macmillan, London, 1933. First edition. F.R. Leavis's copy with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper and his annotations to some of the text, notably at some length (approximately 100 words) to ‘Byzantium’ (e.g. to the second stanza "the living mouth of the invoker, dry with tenseness and excitement"), and which he compared unfavourably in a review with ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ from the earlier (and, for Leavis, the superior, of the two most important collections of Yeats's career, The Tower. Leavis was impressively thorough: a well-used copy, with the extremities of boards rather rubbed and with a short split to base of spine, supplied in a very good copy of the dustwrapper, a little faded and missing a small chip to the head of the spine, affecting the first word of the title. £750

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