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.


Typed letter signed to Marcel Thiebaut, one page, approximately 75 words, Cabris, Alpes-Maritime, 22 March n.d.[1949]. With characteristic formality, the 1957 Noble Prize-winner politely declines permission to publish "Le Meurtre et l'Absurde" - a fragment from L'Homme Révolté in the `Revue de Paris': "Malheureusement j'ai accordé un sort d'exclusivité, à mes amis d'Empédocle. Le seul châpitre qui pouvait se distraire de mon essai sera ainsi publié par cette revue." Although short-lived, the literary magazine Empédocle, for which Camus acted as part of the editorial board along Albert Beguin, René Char and Guido Meister, punched above its weight for the 11 issues published from April 1949 to August 1950. Camus contributed "Murder and the Absurd" to the first of them and the essay was subsequently incorporated into The Rebel published in 1951 by Gallimard. Camus letters appear to have become scarce in recent years. Folded twice for mailing else an excellent example in nice condition. £1350


Sabbatical, Faber and Faber, London, 1972. First edition - the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to her publisher Charles Monteith. Excellent in dustwrapper. £100


Original portrait photograph signed, 105 x 68 mm, Someries Farm, Luton, 1908. A family snap, apparently unpublished, posed on the path leading to the great man's front door and presumably fulfilling some part of his enduring need to be perceived as (or even to feel himself to be) an English gentleman. Initialled and dated by Conrad. Somewhat browned and faded and with a small stain impinging on inscription but still in very good condition. £1750


Contact Collection of Contemporary Writers, Contact Press, Dijon, France, 1925. Limited to 300 copies. This seminal anthology prints sections of Joyce's Work in Progress, as well as contributions by Pound, Stein, Williams, Hemingway, Ford, Barnes, McAlmon, and others. Chipping to spine, not affecting titling, lower wrapper detached - just about a very good copy in rather soiled wrappers. £750


Sailors Don't Care, Contact Publishing, Paris, 1929. First edition - one of 510 copies. Some soiling and foxing to wrappers, browning to paper but a very good copy. £95


Red Skeletons, Editions Narcisse, Paris, 1927. Illustrated by Alastair. First edition - one of 366 on Hollande Van Gelder Zonen. Nine full-page color lithographs by Alastair, all with titled tissue guards. Crosby later suppressed the book, buying the unsold copies, 84 in total, and burning them (with the exception of four copies which he blasted to bits with a pistol). The second volume of his poems, preceded by Sonnets for Caresse. Dust-soiling to upper wrapper and light sunning to the lower but a very good copy of a scarce book. £950


A Little Anthology of Modern Irish Verse, Cuala Press, Dublin, 1928. First edition of this selection by Robinson, limited to 300 copies. Paper boards, cloth backed, with a little brown streaking to the cloth and very slightly chipped, browned title label. £175


Steam Conquers the Atlantic, D. Appleton-Century Company, New York, 1939. First edition. Cunard family copy of this history of the development of steam navigation with numerous references to the Cunard Line. With the contemporary ownership signature of A.J. Cunard to the front free endpaper and Nancy Cunard's below that, dated 1964. A compliments slip from Bircham & Co. is tipped-to the verso of the frontispiece with Cunard's note: "1964. Solicitors of Sir Edward Cunard, my cousin. Received by me Nancy Cunard, May 27 1964, at Villa Pomone, Ave Sauvau. St. Luc Fort[?] AMT, France”. Small area of damp-staining to front pastedown, offset onto free endpaper, lower corner of upper board rubbed but a very good copy. £150


Tempest-Tost, Clarke, Irwin, Toronto, 1951. First edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to his sister-in-law: "For Maisie [Drysdale], who has now seen something of Canada. R.D. Nadolig [Christmas] 1951". Rubbed and faded around spine, extending onto boards - a good copy in very good [supplied] dustwrapper. £450


Love, Faber and Faber, London, 1943. First edition, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For H.G. Martin with all good wishes from W.J. de la Mare 1951". A nice copy in very good dustwrapper with some long closed tears and missing small chips at extremities. (The recipient is possibly Lt.-Gen. H.G. Martin - military correspondent of The Daily Telegraph and occasional book reviewer for The Tablet.) £150

51. DICK, KAY.

They, Allen Lane, London, 1977. First edition - one of two possible dedication copies, inscribed on the dedication page [beneath the printed sentiment: `To Judith Burnley and Francis King']: "dear Francis, this your copy, with my love - Kay 27 October 1977". Additionally signed by the author on the title-page and with her (hopefully superfluous) note to the front free endpaper: " Francis - see dedication page - ". Excellent in dustwrapper. £150


New Preface to the Life and Confessions of Oscar Wilde, Fortune Press, London, 1925. First edition, limited issue - one of 225 numbered copies, signed by Alfred Douglas. Cloth very lightly rubbed at edges, else an excellent copy. £125


The Waterfall, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1969. First edition. Author's presentation copy, inscribed by her on the front free endpaper: "For Fay with love & gratitude Maggie D." Very good in dustwrapper slightly faded at spine. £95


Frenchman's Creek, Gollancz, London, 1941. First edition. Slight browning to cheap wartime paper, gilt title to spine partially oxidised but a nice copy in somewhat rubbed and dusty dustwrapper lightly browned at spine. £200


Eight autograph letters signed to Victor Gollancz regarding the publication of `Hungry Hill', twenty-four pages, Cornwall, 26 July 1942 - 27 January 1943. The Victor Gollancz Ltd. publishing file for the book. Together with carbons of Gollancz's side of the correspondence and further material regarding royalties, re-issues, potential libel matters etc. Filing pin holes else in excellent condition. £1750


Justine, Faber and Faber, London, 1957. First edition. A nice copy in very good dustwrapper, slightly browned at spine, lightly soiled and missing some tiny chips at extremities of spine. £750


Balthazar, Faber and Faber, London, 1958. First edition. Small booksellers' ticket to front free endpaper, light foxing to prelims else a very good copy in dustwrapper slightly browned at spine and missing a few very small chips.


Sommières, privately printed, Sommières, 1968. One of 50 numbered copies signed by the author, of a total edition of 1500. This copy also signed by Durrell - who contributes the preface - on the front free endpaper. An excellent copy, slightly faded around spine, in the original wrappers. £150

59. ELIOT, T.S.

“The Waste Land” in The Criterion, R. Cobden-Sanderson, London, 1922. Volume One; Number One of October 1922 - the first publication of the poem, reprinted a month later in The Dial in the USA and in book form a month thereafter. Eliot was to toil at the editorship of The Criterion for 17 years, but no later contribution was so distinguished as his own to this inaugural issue. Original wrappers with spine a little sunned and rubbed, yapp edges nicked and creased with minimal loss, light soiling to lower panel but a nice copy - one of the best I've seen - with the upper panel (doubling as title-page) particularly fresh. £2750

60. ELIOT, T.S.

The Waste Land, Hogarth Press, Richmond, 1923. First English edition, one of 460 copies, hand-printed by the Woolfs. The label on the upper cover is in Gallup's first state (i.e. "with a border of asterisks"), though Woolmer gives no priority to any of the three states. Unobtrusive splitting to the notoriously fragile spine along the lower edge and part of the upper neatly repaired (with a small area of loss along lower); spine lightly browned but retaining some of the blue of the marbled paper, light rubbing to edges of boards, but a very good, clean, collectible copy with a little light foxing to early and late pages. In cloth solander case. £8500


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