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.


Chamber Music, Jonathan Cape, London, 1927. The third English edition, second issue, being one of 393 sets of sheets (of a total edition of 500) acquired by Cape from The Egoist in 1924 (Slocum and Cahoon 4 - note.) Ownership inscription to front free endpaper, else an excellent copy in the scarce dustwrapper, somewhat browned at spine and missing a very small chip from the lower edge of the upper panel. With a simple flier for the book laid in. £200


Out by Donnycarney, The John Church Company, Cincinnati, 1910. Sheet music for a setting by Adolph Mann of one of the poems from "Chamber Music." Eight pages, unstitched. Light soiling and creasing but in very good condition. Very scarce - three copies are located (Oxford, Trinity College Dublin and Harvard). £500


Exiles, Huebsch, New York, 1918. First American edition, issued simultaneously with the English. Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown else a very good copy in the scarce dustwrapper which is browned and chipped at spine, including the loss of the first two letters of the author's name and with light fading to cloth below, with some soiling to panels and chipping to edges and corners. £1750


I Hear an Army, J.B. Cramer, London, 1927. Sheet music for a setting by Sidney Harrison of one of the poems from "Chamber Music." Eight pages, unstitched. Light soiling but in very good condition. Scarce. £350


Seven Poems, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1930. Sheet music for a setting of seven of the poems from "Chamber Music" by E.J. Moeran. Lightest of browning to upper edges of wrappers and offsetting from wrappers to first and final pages but an excellent copy of a scarce item. £250


Rosefrail, Augener, London, 1931. Sheet music for a setting of "A Flower Given to my Daughter" (from 'Pomes Penyeach') by E.J. Moeran. Ownership signature of Felix Aprahamian to upper corner, the lightest of soiling and creasing but an excellent copy of a scarce item. £200


How to Enjoy James Joyce's `Ulysses', Random House, New York, 1934. Broadside, 22 x 16", folded three times for insertion in copies of the first authorised US edition. Split at centre-fold, slightly browned and nicked but a very good copy of a scarce ephemeron. £250


Storiella as She is Syung, Corvinus Press, n.p. [London], 1937. First edition, one of 175 numbered copies. Slocum and Cahoon, A46. Original orange vellum boards, lettered in gold. Boards a little cockled as often but nice copy in
chipped original slipcase. £2750


The Dead, Duval and Hamilton, n.p. 1982. One of 150 copies printed at the Officina Bodoni. A little faded at spine else excellent in slipcase. £600


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. Short tear across spine but a nice, clean copy. £375


Tarry Flynn, The Pilot Press, London, 1948. First edition of the author's first novel. Pervious owner's inscription, generally a little worn but a very good copy in dustwrapper which is somewhat soiled nicked and rubbed and missing some very small pieces at the extremities of spine and corners. £450


Darkness at Noon, Jonathan Cape, London, 1940. Spine very slightly sunned, a little dusty but a very good copy in supplied, slightly rubbed, third impression dustwrapper which is distinct from the first impression wrapper in having reviews to the upper flap and rear panel. £350


The Less Deceived, The Marvell Press, Hessel, 1955. First edition, first issue - one of 300 copies bound from a total impression of 700. This copy bound with a flat spine - a point on which Barry Bloomfield's description of A6 appears to contradict itself: he notes that "A later binding has no strip of stiffening mull inserted" but also that "The early copies . . are bound with flat spines". I have seen copies of the stated "second edition" (that is, in fact, the second issue of the first impression, being the 400 copies bound after the first 300 had been sold) with both flat and rounded spines. While I'm at it, another dodgy or misunderstood point is that only the 120 subscribers' copies have the list of subscribers at the rear - it appears to be common to the whole impression. Contemporary owner's presentation
inscription to front free endpaper else an excellent copy in dustwrapper very slightly faded at spine and with miniscule loss to lower corners of fore-edge. £1500


The Less Deceived, Marvell Press, Hessle, 1956. Stated second edition but the second issue of the first impression, being one of the 400 copies (of a total impression of 700) bound after the first 300 had been sold. With the misprints common to the whole impression and the subscribers' list at rear. Contemporary ownership signature, top corners bumped but a nice copy in defective dustwrapper missing two-thirds of the spine and with cancel price sticker to front flap. The statement of "second edition" - wishful thinking, to be charitable, on the part of the publisher - is the only difference from the first issue. £250


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Jonathan Cape, London, 1943. Later edition. Inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Kingsley [Amis], on a less important birthday. (16.iv.44) from Philip [Larkin]." The birthday in question was Amis's twenty-second, which probably explains the inscription from the twenty-one year-old Larkin. Any comment on the significance of the association would be superfluous. Nonetheless, it is worth noting that Joyce's works were among the "dirty books" that Larkin, fresh out of Oxford and in the process of writing “Jill”, had been creating a stir with in his post at Wellington Library around this time. Amis's own time at Oxford had been interrupted by the war (Larkin had been exempted on the basis of his hopeless eyesight) and their correspondence was necessarily infrequent during these years. In later correspondence, Amis refers to both the present text and its precursor, “Stephen Hero” (published by Cape in 1944) - identifying the former as "in some degree a source-book" for “Jill” (letter to Larkin; 3 January, 1949). Spine a little cocked, front hinge cracked but holding, cloth somewhat rubbed at extremities and with a few marks but a very good copy. £3250


The Escaped Cock, The Black Sun Press, Paris, 1929. First edition, printed in an edition of 450 copies on Holland Van Gelder (there were also 50 copies on Japanese Vellum). Closed split along spine which is lightly browned, a little spotting and soiling to wrappers but a very good copy. £275


Lady Chatterley's Lover, Martin Secker, London, 1933. Sixth impression of the expurgated "authorised" first English edition, designated as the second impression of the "first cheap edition". Small nick to head of spine else a nice copy in very good, appropriately illustrated dustwrapper which is rubbed at extremities and with internal tape reinforcement. £150


Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Jonathan Cape, London, 1935. First trade edition, first impression (with illustration on pp 304-5 incorrectly listed as on pp 302-3). Fifty-four illustrations, four fold-out maps. Near fine copy in brown buckram with but the slightest sun-fading to spine due to protective presence of very good price-clipped dust jacket with a couple of small closed tears and virtually no
loss. £350

139. LEAVIS, F.R.

Autograph letter signed, two pages, Cambridge, Saturday, n.d.[1930s]. Approximately 100 words, to C.H. Peacock, briefly discussing various growing pains during the early days of `Scrutiny': "Bumpus's are a bad lot: they're too lazy to re-order, for they do stock `Scrutiny' . . . Our own backs are breaking under the load of work . . . If only Cambridge would support us (2 of the faculty subscribe) or we had a backer for £50 or £75 a year." Light foxing, folded for mailing - very good. £150


Spanish Adventure, Gollancz, London, 1935. First edition of the author's rare first book. Contemporary ownership inscription to front free endpaper, light rubbing to extremities and bumped at base of spine but an excellent, clean copy with the spine gilt bright. £250


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