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.

61. ELIOT, T.S.

Poems 1909-1925, Faber and Gwyer, London, 1926. Spine label partially browned, offsetting to endpapers, top edge dusty but a very good copy in defective dustwrapper chipped at head and centre of spine and on upper panel and priced accordingly. £250

62. ELIOT, T.S.

Poems, Knopf, New York, 1927. Second printing of the first American edition being the contents of "Ara Vus Prec" with the replacement of one poem and with the poems in a different order. Ownership signature to front pastedown, light offsetting to endpapers but a very good copy in the scarce dustwrapper which is somewhat browned at spine, missing small chips from extremities and a larger one along the upper edge of the lower panel and splitting at upper flap fold. £250

63. ELIOT, T.S.

Collected Poems 1909-1935, Faber & Faber, London, 1936. First edition. An excellent copy in dustwrapper missing some miniscule chips at extremities and a little faded at spine and scarce thus. £500

64. ELIOT, T.S.

Four Quartets, Faber & Faber, London, 1944. First UK edition in collected form. Boards a little bowed and rolled at spine, foxing to endpapers else a nice copy in slightly nicked dustwrapper somewhat browned at spine. £250

65. ELIOT, T.S.

Gramophone recording of `The Cocktail Party', Decca, New York, 1950. Double album featuring the cast of the first New York production, including Alec Guinness. Sleeves splitting at edges and repaired with tape at spine-fold, else a very good copy. £150

66. ELIOT, T.S.

American Literature and the American Language, Washington University, St. Louis, 1953. First edition of this "Address delivered at Washington University on June 9, 1953," which contains an appendix on "The Eliot Family and St. Louis prepared by the Department of English." According to Gallup (A62), 500 copies were printed. Wrappers somewhat browned and brittle at edges but a very good copy. £125

67. ELIOT, T.S.

The Elder Statesman, Faber and Faber, London, 1959. First edition. Signed by the author on the title-page. Contemporary dated ownership inscription to front free endpaper else an excellent copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. £450

68. ELIOT, T.S.

The Dry Salvages, [in] The New English Weekly Vol. XVIII No.19, [London], 27th February 1941. First appearance of the third part of "Four Quartets" (Gallup C465). Four punch holes to left hand margin, two light creases lengthways else a very good copy with a few nicks and creases to edges. Together with a copy of the issue of 20th November 1941 containing an (unsigned) review of the poem. £375

69. ELIOT, T.S.

The Unity of European Culture, Lipsius, Berlin, n.d. [1950]. First edition thus, of the English text only. Strangely, listed by Gallup under "Miscellanea". Scarce - not in the John Meekin or Thomas Shelton collections. A nice copy in slightly creased wrappers. £350

70. ELIOT, T.S.

Original Portrait Photograph, 15 x 11 cms, Elliott and Fry, London, n.d.[1950s]. Half-length, seated in profile - a famous image of the pensive poet, with the studio's copyright stamp to verso. Slightly bowed, traces of mounting to verso but in excellent condition. £500

71. ELIOT, T.S.

Gramophone record of Eliot reading “The Four Quartets”, His Master's Voice/E.M.I., Hayes, Middlesex, n.d.[c.1955]. Recorded "under the auspices of the British Council" and first released in 1947 as a set of six 78 rpm records. Scarce and in very good condition in original sleeve which is lightly soiled. £250

72. ELIOT, T.S.

Signed Menu Card, The Ivy Restaurant, London, 26 September, 1963. Menu card for the dinner organised by the directors of Faber & Faber to celebrate Eliot's 75th. birthday. Signed by all those present. An excellent copy of a rare and charismatic ephemeron. £1500


A Man from Elsewhere, New Authors, London, 1963. First edition of the Booker (and "Lost Booker") Prize-winning author's rare first book, inscribed "For Tom love from Jim Farrell January 1969". A very good copy in dustwrapper. £2500


A Girl in the Head, Jonathan Cape, London, 1967. The author's scarce third book. Ownership signature to front free endpaper, a couple of minor bumps to upper edge and upper corners of boards else a nice copy in lightly used second state dustwrapper lightly rubbed at edges and corners. £250


The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Chatto and Windus, London, 2014. First English edition of the author's Booker Prize-winning novel, signed on the title-page. Fine in dustwrapper. £175


The Last Post, A. & C. Boni, New York, 1928. Second American edition, preceding publication in England - very good in defective dustwrapper, inscribed to the dedicatees of Ford's autobiography, “Return to Yesterday”: "For Mickey & Eileen Lake in remembrance of New York & St. Katherine's Day MCMXXX". With a sketch by Ford, echoing the design of the
dustwrapper, of musical annotation emerging from a trumpet. £1500


Typed letter signed, one page, Paris, 21 May 1930. Approximately 175 words on the author's Rue de Vaugirard letterhead, in answer to an inquiry on the subject of collecting the works of Ford's friend and sometime collaborator Joseph Conrad in first edition. "The collection of Conradiana is a science in itself ...". Ford recommends the (expensive) purchase of Keating's bibliography, which presumably made sense at the time, and offers further advice in regard to locating works by Cunninghame Graham. Folded twice, traces of mounting to verso just showing through to the recto else in excellent condition. £375


Salome, John Lane The Bodley Head, London, 1894. First English edition, one of 500 copies. With an accomplished forgery of a Beardsley illustration on the half-title, thought to be by H.S.Nichols. Clumsily (in view of the quality of the illustration) inscribed "Leonard Smithers' Book" on upper board, a little faded at spine else very good in custom-made slip-case. £3500


The Story of the Siren, Hogarth Press, Richmond, 1920. First edition in wrappers, one of 500 copies, with the first, and much the scarcest, state of the label, i.e. within a gold border (Woolmer 9). Wrappers repaired at spine and to a one-inch chip extending into upper panel, somewhat faded around rear and upper edges, paper rather browned and creased but a very good copy of a notoriously fragile (and now scarce) item. £1250


A Passage to India, Edward Arnold, London, 1924. Signed by the author on the title-page and - although it appears that Forster signed a small number of copies of the trade edition for the publisher - much scarcer than the signed, limited edition thus. A very good copy a little faded at spine and rubbed at extremities. £2750


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