Current Catalogue - Winter 2016/17

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.


Original Portrait Photograph, Downey, London, 1913. By Olive Edis Galsworthy. Postcard-sized, mounted and in fine condition. £250


From Moscow to Samarkand, Hogarth Press, London, 1934. First edition, one of 1200 copies (Woolmer 356). Prize label for The Listener crossword pasted to front free endpaper, foxing and offsetting to prelims and a little faded along top edge else quite a fresh copy in the scarce, illustrated dustwrapper which is somewhat sunned and lightly chipped along top edge - not affecting any lettering - and rather more so along lower panel. £175


The 6,000 Beards of Athos, The Hogarth Press, London, 1935. First edition. Introduction by Ethel Smyth. Boards slightly bowed, light offsetting to endpapers but a nice copy in a very good example of the scarce dustwrapper which is sunned at spine, somewhat foxed and lightly chipped at extremities of spine. £300


Moses and Monotheism, Hogarth Press, London, 1939. First English edition, a very good copy in the scarce dustwrapper which is rather dusty, lightly soiled and slightly rubbed at extremities with a couple of minor internal tape reinforcements. £250


Tribune of Rome: The Story of Cola di Renzo, Hogarth Press, London, 1938. First edition. Wrinkle to cloth on upper board (a production fault), large ownership stamp to front free endpaper else a nice copy in the scarce illustrated dustwrapper, very lightly chipped at extremities of spine which has some faint water staining and a 7/6 price sticker, cancelling the original price of
12/6. Number of copies not known (Woolmer 436). £150


Autograph letter signed, one page, Times Literary Supplement, London, 9 March 1983. Approximately 50 words to an aspiring reviewer asking him to send examples of his recent work. Slightly creased, folded for mailing but in very good condition. £150


Wodwo, Faber & Faber, London, 1967. First edition. Laid-in is a fair holograph copy by the author of "Pibroch". An excellent copy in a well-preserved wrapper with short scrape to the mildly faded spine; the holograph copy folded twice else excellent. £750


The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar, Richard Gilbertson, Crediton, Devon, 1970. One of 6 copies with the whole poem in the author's holograph, of a total edition of 100 copies, signed and dated by Hughes. One or two tiny spots and trivial browning to edges of wrappers but an excellent copy. £2500


Prometheus on His Crag, Rainbow Press, London, 1973. One of 160 numbered copies, signed by the author and artist. Drawing and colophon by Leonard Baskin. Excellent in slipcase. £275


Adam and the Sacred Nine, Rainbow Press, London, 1978. One of 200 copies numbered and signed by the author, bound in full leather. An excellent copy with none of the usual fading to spine in cloth slipcase. £275


Moortown Elegies, Rainbow Press, London, 1978. One of 143 numbered copies signed by the author in full goatskin vellum, out of a total edition of 175. Some light yellowing to vellum of boards else excellent in slightly used slipcase. £300


Winter Pollen: Occasional Prose, Picador, New York, 1995. First American edition. Edited by William Scammell. Inscribed by the author on the half-title to his supervisor at Pembroke College, Cambridge: “For Doris [Wheatley], my memorable mentor - with love, Edward, New Year 1997” (the only time I have seen Hughes sign thus). Laid-in is an a.l.s. (2pp.) and two a.p.c.s. (1 p. & 2pp.) from Hughes to Wheatley. In the letter (11 November 1989) Hughes expresses his pleasure at having heard from her and suggests meeting in London: “Devon becomes more & more inaccessible/inescapable, as the Train Fare pushes up its peaks - like the lifting of the Himalayas - somewhere between Exeter & Paddington. You'll be pleased to know, I hope, that my Anthropology / Religion / Mythology / Folklore books are my only treasures.” [Indeed, during a recent library move]: “I was amazed by what a sharp dislike I had (detestation) of the novels, poetry (most of it) etc.”. The earlier postcard (23 October 1992) explains “Since we last made contact I've been in London maybe twice - and beyond it not once. How are things? As well as maybe in this world I hope?” The second postcard accompanied the book (12 January 1997): “I don't know if I should even oppress your attention with such a big heavy book. I mean - first the effort of looking at it tires me a little . . .it's what an editor has made of all the essays I didn't write at Cambridge. The ideal use for it is - as a mat for your teacup . . . The helter skelter of life feels foolish at the time, but in retrospect it is clearly absurd . . . Edward.” Wheatley is reported as having resumed contact with Hughes in order to congratulate him on becoming Poet Laureate, commenting that she learned more from him than he ever seemed to have done from her. It is unusual to find correspondence that gives a glimpse of the despondency and isolation that characterised Hughes’s later years. £2400


Lizzie, Arbor House, New York, 1984. First edition - one of two possible dedication copies, inscribed at some length to Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson on the dedication page. Excellent in dustwrapper. £225


Music at Night & Other Essays, Chatto & Windus, London, 1931. First edition, inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author: "With my best love Aldous H. 1931". From the library of Ottoline Morrell. Spine somewhat faded else a nice, clean copy lacking the dustwrapper. £750


A Widow for a Year, Bloomsbury, London, 1998. First edition, preceding publication in the USA. His British publisher Elizabeth Calder's copy. Presentation inscription to Calder's husband Louis on the title-page. Usual light browning to paper but an excellent copy in dustwrapper. Calder's bookplate to front
pastedown. £200


Mr. Norris Changes Trains, Hogarth Press, London, 1935. First edition. Rebound in quarter-leather gilt with five raised bands. A nice copy. £375


The Soft Side, Methuen, London, 1900. First edition, author's presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title: "To Joseph Conrad / Henry James / Sept 10th 1900". A major modernist association, and one that links the two male subjects of F.R. Leavis's The Great Tradition. "So many qualities do the two writers share", wrote another critic, "that it is possible to think of Joseph Conrad as Henry James for people who prefer to read about the out-of-doors." They first met in February 1897, when James was 53 and Conrad fourteen years his junior, and remained life-long friends. In a letter to John Quinn, after James's death in 1916, Conrad remarked that: "I had a profound affection for him. He knew of it and he accepted it as if it were something worth having. At any rate that is the impression I have. And he wasn't a man who would pretend. What need had he? . . . even if he had been capable of it?" Conrad always wrote to James in French, addressing him as "Cher Maître" and choosing the language of Flaubert, the writer to whom both were devoted. The Soft Side is particularly notable for several short stories about the artistic life in which James portrays the modern novelist as a figure isolated by his Flaubertian dedication to artistic form. Apart from this collection of stories and The Sacred Fount, the sale catalogue of Conrad's library (Hodgson's; March 13th 1925) lists just two other books with an inscription from James, only one of them a work by James himself. In return for a flattering presentation copy of An Outcast of the Islands, James inscribed a copy of The Spoils of
Poynton thus: "To Joseph Conrad in dreadfully delayed but very grateful acknowledgement of an offering singularly generous and beautiful, Henry James, Feb. 11, 1897". The other title was Pierre Loti's Impressions, to which James had contributed an introduction. A very good copy. £20,000


Autograph letter signed, two pages, Londonderry, n.d. "Monday". In reply to a reader's letter inquiring about the 1977 Booker Prize short-listed author's work: " ... the book that is most interesting, the most creative and the best written is my last novel `The Invisible Worm.'" Very light creasing, folded twice for mailing else excellent. £125


Accendat in nobis dominus signem sui amoris et flammam aeternae charitatis, 11 x 8.5 cms., 1929. Original copper engraving of an inscription designed as a tailpiece for Jones's illustrated edition of `The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. "May the Lord enkindle in us the fire of his love and the flame of everlasting charity." Signed in pencil and dated by the author. Framed and glazed. £1500


Chamber Music, Elkin Mathews, London, 1907. First edition of his first book, first issue, one of approximately 100 copies bound in lighter green linen. Bookplate of publisher Thomas Mosher on front free endpaper. Endpapers foxed and with a small stain on front pastedown, else a fine copy, with the gilt fresh and bright. £6500


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