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.


A Companion Volume, Contact Publishing, Paris, n.d. [1923]. First edition - one of approximately 200 copies. A very good copy in somewhat dusty original wrappers rubbed at extremities of spine with minor loss of paper to corners. £250


Post-Adolescence, Contact Publishing, Paris, n.d. [1923]. First edition. Written before, but published after, "A Hasty Bunch". Spine slightly chipped at head and base, title and author in ink along it, light rubbing to extremities - nonetheless a very good copy. £150


The Portrait of a Generation, Contact Editions, Paris, n.d. [1926]. First edition - one of a total edition of 210, this copy un-numbered. Small area of soiling along upper edge of spine but a very good copy in the original wrappers. £375


Christmas card signed, 1997. Photographic design by Linda - signed "Paul, Linda & the kids". In fine condition. £500


Other Minds, Bridgewater Press, London, 2001. An excerpt from the Booker Prize shortlisted novel "Atonement", issued before publication of the complete version. Of a total edition of 138 numbered copies signed by the author, this is one of 12 Roman-numeraled copies bound in quarter-leather. This copy out-of-series and additionally inscribed by the author. A fine copy. £750


Autograph letter signed, one page, Oxford, 8 January 2000. Approximately 75 words to an aspiring poet, politely declining to read a manuscript due to his writing commitments: "I'm in a phase of monomaniacal obsession with my own work at present." In excellent condition in original mailing envelope. £125


Autograph letter signed, one page, Mills College, California, n.d. [1950s]. Approximately 100 words to Shirley Moore, wife of the poet and publisher Nicholas Moore returning - with encouraging words - some songs written by their son Peregrine and asking her to pass on his best wishes to her husband. Among many accomplishments, Milhaud wrote the music for "Le Train Bleu", staged by Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, with a scenario by Cocteau, costumes by Coco Chanel and a curtain design by Picasso. Very light creasing, folded for mailing - in excellent condition. £150


Original typescript draft of "number9dream", n.p., n.d. [1996], Two volumes comprising the first draft of what eventually became his second, Booker Prize short-listed novel, "number9dream", here titled "Land of Crows". With an a.p.c.s. from the author to his first publisher, Neil Belton, tipped-in to the first volume; "Dear Neil - hope this doesn't disappoint. The title is provisional. I like, rather than really like, it. Obviously, this is a first draft, not the finished product. May the force be with you. Dave". With a typed letter signed from Belton detailing the origin of the typescript. In excellent condition. £1950


The White Father, Constable, London, 1964. First edition of the author's John Llewellyn Rhys Prize-winning novel. Presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper: "David Wainwright - who understands this book because he is a father in search of a son. Julian Mitchell July 1964". The recipient was the literary critic of the London Evening News during the 1960s and 1970s. A nice copy in very good, somewhat rubbed dustwrapper, a little faded at spine. £75


No Other Life, Bloomsbury, London, 1993. First edition, author's presentation copy inscribed to his publisher Elizabeth Calder's husband: "For Louis with every good wish Br. Moore." An excellent copy in dustwrapper, somewhat faded at spine, with Calder's bookplate to front pastedown. £250


Two autograph postcards signed to his mother, Berlin, 10 April and 2 May 1899. Enthusiastically recounting episodes in his travels, one written from the Dürer house in Nuremburg. Very good. £350


Beloved, Chatto and Windus, London, 1988. First English edition, second impression, warmly inscribed to her English publisher Christopher Maclehose. Excellent in dustwrapper. £600


Rumming Park, The Bodley Head, London, 1948. First edition of his scarce second book. Excellent in dustwrapper missing one or two tiny chips at extremities and with a closed tear to lower panel. £175


Brave Old World, Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1936. First edition. Top edge dusty, a bit of offsetting to endpapers and spotting to fore-edge else a nice copy of a scarce book in the rare dustwrapper which is somewhat sunned to spine and with a little light foxing to rear panel. £500


Dance of the Happy Shades, Ryerson Press, Toronto, 1968. First edition of her first book, signed by the Nobel Prize-winning author on the title-page. Previous owner's signature to front free endpaper else a nice copy in dustwrapper with one or two tiny spots of soiling. £500


A collection of autograph letters to Rolando Pieraccini, 23 pages, Oxford, v.d. 1976-1993. Comprising: 16 a.l.s., one a.p.c.s. (and one signed contract) from the Booker Prize-winning (and five times short-listed) author to Rolando Pieraccini, proprietor of the Helsinki-based Eurographica Press, concerning his publication of Murdoch's "Something Special: Four Poems and a Short Story". Discussing the various stages of editing, production and publication in surprisingly thorough style (for an author who was notorious for throwing away proofs of her own works without reading them) and digressing on a number of subjects. "About Finland - yes, I have been once to Helsinki and loved it. I arrived by boat from Sweden, travelling through the night - only there was no night (it was `white nights', late May) - we danced all night on deck - and then saw the domes and spires of Helsinki coming up over the horizon!" "I am afraid I do not know much about Barbara Pym. I have read and enjoyed two of her novels. Sorry! I think she is a good novelist. She is very witty & observant of human nature." In excellent condition. £1500

177. NARAYAN, R.K.

The Bachelor of Arts, Nelson, London, 1937. First edition of the author's rare second book, the later binding in orange cloth. A very good copy in somewhat faded and dusty later state dustwrapper, re-priced by the publisher at 2/6, which is chipped at head of spine, barely impinging on lettering. £450

178. NARAYAN, R.K.

The Dark Room, Macmillan, London, 1938. First edition, a very good copy a little sunned at spine and lightly soiled, with E.V. Knox's bookplate to front pastedown. All of Narayan's pre-War books are very scarce and this - his third novel - is no exception. £175

179. NARAYAN, R.K.

Mr. Sampath, Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1949. First edition. Offsetting to endpapers, light foxing to edges else a very good copy in the scarce dustwrapper which is faded at spine, lightly rubbed at extremities, missing a
small chip from upper corner of spine and with a closed tear to upper panel. £150


Small Talk, Constable, London, 1937. First edition. Inscribed on the front free endpaper : "For Stephen Reynolds Harold Nicolson London June 1937". A very good copy in the scarce dustwrapper, somewhat faded at spine, rubbed at edges and with a few short, closed tears. £175


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