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.


Faust, Faber & Faber, London, 1980. First edition - the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson. Excellent in dustwrapper. £100


The Love Object, Jonathan Cape, London, 1968. First edition. The dedication copy, inscribed on the title-page by the 1973 Booker Prize judge to her close friend and early champion: "For Francis [Wyndham] this first copy with love. Edna". Excellent in dustwrapper somewhat rubbed at extremities. £750


Men of Europe, The Omega Workshops, London, December 1915, [1916]. With seven abstract woodcuts by Roald Kristian. The second of the Omega books, a translation by Roger Fry of Jouve's poems about the horrors of war, Vous Etes Hommes. Some soiling but a very good copy. £1750


The English Patient, Bloomsbury, London, 1992. First edition, author's presentation copy inscribed on the title-page to his publisher Elizabeth Calder's husband: "For Louis love and good wishes Michael Ondaatje". A very good copy in dustwrapper, somewhat sunned and soiled, with Calder's bookplate to front pastedown. £275

185. ORTON, JOE.

Loot, Methuen, London, 1967. First edition - the scarce casebound issue. Ownership signature to front and rear pastedowns, else an excellent copy in very good dustwrapper which has some scuffing to the unstable blue ink on the spine and upper panel. £200


Typed letter signed to Anthony Powell, one page, The Cotswold Sanatorium, Cranham, Gloucestershire, 10 February 1949. Approximately 150 words to his fellow old-Etonian, giving some mother-hen advice regarding an intended visit: "It's very tough of you to decide to walk (I suppose you know this place is 900 feet up) . . . perhaps it's wise to carry food. In Scotland one gets into the habit of never going anywhere without a `piece' as they call it, and I've often been glad of it." Orwell was working on the final draft of `Nineteen Eighty-four' at the time. Folded for mailing and in excellent condition, signed "George". £7500


La Vache Enragée, Gallimard, Paris, 1935. First French edition of "Down and Out in Paris and London", the author's first book, with a specially-written Introduction by Orwell not published elsewhere. Translated by Rene-Noel Raimbault and Gwen Gilbert who, to Orwell's approbation, used his unexpurgated text, including the word "fucking" on p. 238, and Raimbault adds his own footnote on the usage of the word. "If you were in England, you would probably get six months for printing the word `fuck'", the author wrote him. With a preface by Panait Istrati. The upper wrapper and title-page both have a small stamp spuriously claiming it to be the "Huitième Edition" when there was in fact only one, which was still in print in 1953. Bookseller's stamp to front endpaper and another small one to spine indicating a re-pricing of the book; light soiling and foxing to wrappers but at least a very good copy of a rare item. £500


James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution, Socialist Book Centre, London, 1946. First edition of this scarce pamphlet. Staples rusted, cheap
paper browned as always else a fine copy and rare thus. £350


Bumblebees and Their Ways, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1934. By Sylvia's father - first edition. Some water staining to part of lower panel of dustwrapper and lower board - not so bad - else a nice bright copy and scarce thus. £500


The Colossus and Other Poems, Heinemann, London, 1960. First edition of her first regularly published volume of poems. Previous owner's contemporary presentation inscription to front free endpaper, else an excellent copy in price-clipped dustwrapper slightly sunned at spine. £2500


To Eva Descending a Stair, Steam Press, London, 1974. Plath's posthumous contribution to the Steam Press Portfolio Number 2, signed by Steadman in pencil. 50 copies were published. Excellent in outer wrapper which is a little rubbed at folds. £300


"Carnival Nocturne" in Seventeen magazine, Triangle Publications, New York, April, 1953. The 19-year old Plath, then at Smith College contributes a short poem (p.127). Slight rubbing and creasing to wrappers, small area of loss to base of spine but a very good copy of a scarce `C item'. £125


"The Suitcases are Packed Again" in Seventeen magazine, Triangle Publications, New York, March, 1953. The 19-year old Plath, then at Smith College contributes a short poem (p.91). Slight rubbing and fading to wrappers but a very good copy of a scarce `C item'. £125


Gaudier-Brzeska: A Memoir, John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1916. First edition, first issue in green cloth with Gaudier's amulet image embossed on front cover. (Gallup A10.) With an accomplished pencil nude - somewhat in the style of H.G-B. - to the rear endpaper, initialled "J.S." Rubbed at extremities, browning to endpapers, hinges a little weak, some foxing - nonetheless a very good copy and now scarce. £950


Lustra with earlier poems, privately printed for John Quinn, New York, 1917. First American edition, number 35 of 60 copies printed "For Private Circulation" and distributed gratis, chiefly by John Quinn (Gallup A11) and with his two-page note on the various editions of the book laid-in. Half-title excised as in most copies. Spine label browned but a nice clean copy. £3500


Guido Cavalcanti Rime, Edizione Rappezzata fra le Rovine / Edizione Marsano, Genova, Anno IX [i.e. X] 1932. Sole edition - one of about 500 copies "salvaged from the ruins" of what Pound had originally intended to be a sumptuous production by Faber & Gwyer of the verses of the 13th century troubador (and soul-mate of Dante Alighieri). (Gallup B27]. Inscribed by Pound on the front free endpaper: "With benediction on the # [?] Ezra Pound anno XVI # the date of inscription J. Angleton". Raised in Italy, James Jesus "Jim" Angleton was an aspiring young poet when he visited Pound in Rapallo in 1938. The two subsequently corresponded and Angleton published some of EP's writings on economic theory in his short-lived magazine "Furioso", produced whilst he was a student at Yale. With dizzying irony, Angleton went on to work for the CIA, running the shadowy X-2 counter-intelligence section's Italian desk during the war, searching local sources for information about enemy spies. He would certainly have been aware of Pound's Italian broadcasts and, despite the fact that those were based on the same views that Angleton had been happy to publish at Yale four years previously, they appear to have been the direct cause of Pound's arraignment for treason after the war and his eventual twelve years' confinement on grounds of insanity at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Angleton eventually rose - if that's the right word - to become director of counter-intelligence staff at the CIA from 1954-1974. Not in the British Library - the only copy located in the UK apparently being at the Bodleian Library. A nice copy, re-bound in half-buckram and patterned paper boards, with the original wrappers bound-in. £4500


Agents and Patients, Duckworth, London, 1936. His fourth novel. Spine marginally faded, else a nice, clean copy, slightly spotted, lacking the dustwrapper. £250


Mr Beluncle, London, Chatto & Windus, 1951. First edition of Pritchett's finest comic novel - the dedication copy, inscribed by Pritchett to his wife: "To Darling Dorothy from VSP October 1951" and with the Pritchett library sticker to the pastedown. An excellent copy with the remnants of the Edward Ardizzone-designed wrapper laid-in. £300


A Cab at the Door, Chatto & Windus, London, 1968. First edition, the dedication copy, inscribed by Pritchett to his wife: "For darling Dorothy with love from VSP", and with the Pritchett library sticker on the pastedown. An excellent copy of the initial volume of Pritchett's autobiography, in a wrapper worn along top edge and with a portion missing from the upper panel. £225


The Acrobats, Putnam, New York, 1954. Presentation copy of the first American edition of the twice Booker Prize shortlisted author's first book, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Barbara Vernon With best wishes and with much thanks for your many kindnesses. Mordecai Richler." Some bumping to extremities and rubbing to corners but a very good copy lacking the dustwrapper. £450


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