- Category = Modern First Editions
A Gentleman of France.
Being The Memoirs Of Gaston De Bonne Sieur De Marsac
London: Longmans Green & Co, 1894. New edition. Blue cloth hardback beveled boards with gilt title to front and spine. From the library of the author Maarten Maartens. Black end papers. Frontis with tissue guard, illustrated title page. Book is in a fair condition only, as it is foxed throughout. 412 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches).Book ID: 2857More details Price: £15.00
A Hundred and Eleven Years Without a Chauffeur.
Edition: First Edition
London: Colophon Press, 2001. A lovely copy of this limited edition work. Signed by the author to the colophon. Blue soft covers with white label to the front cover. Sewn with white cotton. This is number 37 from a total limitation of 157 copies printed by letterpress on Velin d'ARCHES. Short story, (first published in The New Yorker in June 2000), about a famous woman writer who searches through her family photographs at the request of her biographer. Upon doing so, she discovers that some she remembers are missing...
Condition: A lovely copy, without flaws.Book ID: 1071More details Price: £50.00
A Passage to India
London: Edward Arnold & Co, 1924. First edition. Hardback. Olive green publisher's cloth (variant binding) with black titles and device. A little bumping and rubbing to the boards, but overall a very good copy. Inside a clean and tidy copy, with a little darkening to the edges only. 190 by 130 mm (7½ by 5 inches). 325, [iii] pp.Book ID: 2501More details Price: £200.00
A Philosophical Investigation
The Mind of a Killer - the Heart of Murder
London: Chatto & Windus, 1992. Nice copy of this first edition. Signed by the author to the title page. Clean and tidy dust wrapper. White is still bright! Book itself is clean and tidy. A little darkening to the pages only. Neatly signed.
240 by 160mm (9½ by 6¼ inches).Book ID: 2306More details Price: £25.00
An Awkward Lie.
The third detection featuring Bobby Appleby together with his father, Sir John Appleby.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1971. First UK edition. Publisher's red cloth. In an unclipped dust jacket. 192 pages. 205 x 140 mm (8 x 5½ inches). The preceding books are: 'A Family Affair' and 'Death at the Chase', in which Bobby Appleby played only a minor part. This time he does most of the detecting; and even finds the corpse!
Condition: Both book and dust jacket in a very good / near fine condition.Book ID: 2556More details Price: £10.00
Appley Dapply's Nursery Rhymes
Edition: First Edition
London: F. Warne & Co, 1917. 1st or 2nd issue (identified by the end papers - Linder states that there is no way to distinguish between the first and second printings). Original green / grey paper covered boards with mouse illustration to the front board. Brown titles. 46 pp.
Condition: The spine has been repaired neatly, and shows only light signs of handling. There is a touch of staining to the spine edge, particularly to the rear panel, but overall a clean and tidy copy. Internally sound throughout, with just fractional darkening. No inscriptions.Book ID: 1496More details Price: £130.00
Belfast Story, A Novel
Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear: Erdesdun Pomes: 1976. Published in Conjunction with Ostrich by Erdesdun Pomes. Original yellow illustrated wrappers. Slightly soiled - a very good copy. The novel was produced as a fund raiser for the Tyneside Socialist Centre. O'Doherty is a writer, broadcaster and journalist from Donegal. He is based in Ulster. Raised as a Catholic, he has written for a variety of publications in Northern Ireland, and was a regular on Radio Ulster. Belfast story is not listed on his own website bibliography. 56ppBook ID: 1811More details Price: £30.00
London: Flamingo / Harper Collins, 1996. Very good copy of this first edition. Silver and black dust wrapper. Black boards. 330 pages. Ballard was born in 1930, and grew up in Shanghai. He spent several years in a Japanese internment camp. (Which informed his most famous work, "Empire of the Sun"). Ballard is know for his dystopian novels, and later wrote: "I don't think you can go through the experience of war without one's perceptions of the world being forever changed. The reassuring stage set that everyday reality in the suburban west presents to us is torn down; you see the ragged scaffolding, and then you see the truth beyond that, and it can be a frightening experience." This…(more)
London: Flamingo / Harper Collins, 1996. Very good copy of this first edition. Silver and black dust wrapper. Black boards. 330 pages. Ballard was born in 1930, and grew up in Shanghai. He spent several years in a Japanese internment camp. (Which informed his most famous work, "Empire of the Sun"). Ballard is know for his dystopian novels, and later wrote: "I don't think you can go through the experience of war without one's perceptions of the world being forever changed. The reassuring stage set that everyday reality in the suburban west presents to us is torn down; you see the ragged scaffolding, and then you see the truth beyond that, and it can be a frightening experience." This is clear in this work, where a secret world hides behind the ex-pat luxury of Spain.(less)
Condition: Clean and bright dust wrapper. A touch of handling only. Clean boards. Fractional lean to the book. Pages are clean but slightly darkened.Book ID: 2683More details Price: £20.00
Come to the War
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969. First American edition, first printing. Signed to the half-title by Thomas. In unclipped dust jacket, which states: Author of "The Virgin Soldiers." This was his fourth novel, and is set in Israel. Fine book in a a good dust jacket, with a small tear to the front of the dust jacket. This was the author's own copy. 254 pages. 220 x 140 mm (8¾ x 5½ inches).Book ID: 2810More details Price: £20.00
De Dankbare Indiaan.
een oorspronkelijk verhaal voor de jeugd
Edition: First Edition
Amsterdam: Ten Brinki & De Vries: 1841. First edition. A scarce Netherlands children's story of the Thankful Indian. Original card covers with titles and decoration to front and rear. Half title. Engraved title with vignette. 2 full page engraved plates. 2 page adverts to rear. 58, [ii]. pp
Condition: The card boards are somewhat darkened, but still in sound condition. The spine is almost gone - but the text block and boards are not coming away. Pages slightly darkened. The plates are rather darkened and one has a little staining.Book ID: 1936More details Price: £175.00
Edition: First Edition
London: The Medici Society, 1929. First Edition. Octavo. Original cream dust wrapper, with red decoration to the front cover. There was a limited presentation edition in 1910. This was the first trade edition. Printed at the Curwen Press. 256 pages. 215 x 140 mm (8½ x 5½ inches).
Condition: Dust wrapper has a tiny amount of nicking to the head and tail of the spine. A couple of spots / marking to the cream, otherwise in very good condition. Dust wrapper is neatly clipped. Clean and tidy pale cloth. Internally very nice condition throughout.Book ID: 2000More details Price: £120.00
Paris: Louis Michaud, 1909. First edition of this French novel 'Smokers of Opium.' Attractive period illustrated soft cover. A little nicking to the head and tail of the spine, but overall a clean and tidy copy. Slight lean to the book where read.
Frontis portrait of the author. 315 [iii] pp.
190 by 120mm (7½ by 4¾ inches).Book ID: 2130More details Price: £60.00
Avec une Preface de Jean Paulhan
Sceaux: Ches Jean Jacques Pauvert, 1954. 1/550 copies printed from this, the 4th Impression. Original yellow soft covers. Clean and tidy, with a small split to the base of the spine only. Internally clean and tidy, in a slightly shaken binding.
185 by 120mm (7¼ by 4¾ inches).Book ID: 2131More details Price: £40.00
Idylls of the King.
Illustrated in Colour By Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale
London: Hodder & Stoughton, . No date - circa 1911. First UK edition. Red cloth binding with text and decorations in gilt. Colour frontispiece and 11 other tissue guarded colour tipped-in plates. Covers bumped and page edges slightly spotted. Overall a clean unmarked copy in good condition. 216 pages. 205 x 150 mm (8 x 6 inches).Book ID: 2860More details Price: £60.00
Jakob the Liar. A Screenplay.
Based on the novel Jakob der Lügner by Jurek Becker.
N/A, 1999. Full embossed leather, (very) limited edition copy of the screenplay for Jakob the Liar. Beautifully bound by the Vogel Bindery. Typescript, produced for those involved in the 1999 film starring Robin Williams. There is a black and white photograph of Williams (in role) tipped onto the half title. The work comes with a card, with the "Blue Wolf" logo to the top. This has a Picasso quote, and "In appreciation of your artful lies. Marsha and Robin." In a large hand across the title page, a gift inscription states "Ian, you made a world that was painfully real. Thank you. Robin Williams". The title is also signed "Dear Ian, thanks, Marsha Williams." 290 x 230 mm (11½…(more)
N/A, 1999. Full embossed leather, (very) limited edition copy of the screenplay for Jakob the Liar. Beautifully bound by the Vogel Bindery. Typescript, produced for those involved in the 1999 film starring Robin Williams. There is a black and white photograph of Williams (in role) tipped onto the half title. The work comes with a card, with the "Blue Wolf" logo to the top. This has a Picasso quote, and "In appreciation of your artful lies. Marsha and Robin." In a large hand across the title page, a gift inscription states "Ian, you made a world that was painfully real. Thank you. Robin Williams". The title is also signed "Dear Ian, thanks, Marsha Williams." 290 x 230 mm (11½ by 9 inches). 143 pages. Jakob the Liar is an American war comedy-drama film directed by Peter Kassovitz, produced by Steven Haft, Marsha Garces Williams and written by Kassovitz and Didier Decoin.(less)Book ID: 2605More details Price: £480.00
London: Constable & Co, 1973. A very nice copy of this reprint, signed by the author to the front free end paper. Burgundy boards. Book is in immaculate condition. Dust wrapper is clean and tidy, with a little rubbing to the edges of the spine. The dust wrapper of this book was the author's favourite wrapper, and he took great delight in showing me how the picture changed when you turned the book upside down.
210 by 140mm (8¼ by 5½ inches).Book ID: 2303More details Price: £12.00
London: G.P. Putnam's, 1912. First Edition in dust wrapper. Signed to the front end paper by the author, and dated April 1914. Olive green wrapper with coloured vignette to the front of the wrapper, adverts for Putnam fiction to the rear. A scarce work, scarcer in dust wrapper. The author's first novel. 376, iv pages. 190 by 130mm (7½ by 5 inches).
Condition: Wrapper is clean, but with a little chipping to the edges, and with a touch of loss to the head and tail of the spine. The boards of the book are spotless, with just a touch of bumping to the edges. Internally clean and tidy, with a little foxing to the end papers.Book ID: 2499More details Price: £440.00
Penelope. A Comedy in Three Acts
London: William Heinemann, 1912. First edition. 8vo. Original tan card wrappers, titles to spine and upper cover in brown.
[vi], 214 pp. 180 x 130 mm (7 x 5 inches).
Condition: Slight creasing to spine and minor chip to bottom edge. Separation to bottom inch of front cover. Slight foxing to the cover and title page. The rest of the book is clean.Book ID: 2378More details Price: £120.00
Rhymes of Nonsense. An Alphabet
With an Introduction by Philip Hofer
London: Bertram Rota, 1968. Limited edition of Lear's Alphabet. Limited to 500 copies. This copy is not numbered. Clean yellow boards, slight marking only. Clear stiff plastic dust wrapper (original?). Inside, the book is spotless. Unpaginated.Book ID: 2455More details Price: £30.00
Seventeen Reasons: An Essay of Contingent Acts
Or, Short Theoretical Stories
Oberlin, Ohio: Idlewild Press, 1999. From a numbered and signed edition of only 35. Letterpress, with colour photographic transfers. In red cloth over boards, gilt-stamped; English mould made Somerset book paperstock with endpapers of zerkall nideggen sand. 40 pp. 270 by 155 mm (10¾ by 6 inches). This book was designed, printed and bound during Fraser's apprenticeship at Yolla Bolly Press in Covelo, California. Carolyn is now one of the curators at Victoria State Library in Australia.
Condition: There is a light water stain to the rear panel, not very noticeable, otherwise the red boards are clean and tidy. Crinkling to the front and rear paste-down, with a little staining to the front paste-down. Would appear to have been stored in a damp environment. Text block is in excellent, clean condition.Book ID: 2505More details Price: £250.00