- Category = Modern First Editions
London: Gollancz, 2003. Very nice copy of this first edition, signed and dated) by the author to the title page. Spotless cloth. Clean and tidy dust wrapper, now held in archival protection. 240 by 160mm (9½ by 6¼ inches). 421 pagesBook ID: 2356More details Price: £15.00
The American Express
No. 85 in The Traveller's Companion Series.
Paris: The Olympia Press, 1961. Green paperback. Has green decorative border on title page. Previously owned by Julian Mitchell, the British playwright, screenwriter and occasional novelist. Best known for his play 'Another Country'. B/w illustrations by the author are also in text. 241 pages. 175 x 110 mm (7 x 4¼ inches).
Condition: Very small closed tear to title page. Previous owner's signature to front (as detailed). Also some handwritten poetry to the back blank end paper. Possibly also in Julian Mitchell's hand? Overall a very good copy, with added interest!Book ID: 2713More details Price: £60.00
Edition: First Edition
London: Chatto & Windus / Book society, 1958. First edition, original wrappers, original green cloth. This was Murdoch's fourth novel. It is set in Imber Court, an eccentric lay Religious community in Gloucestershire. 320 pp.
Condition: The wrapper (now protected in a removable archival cover) has a little nicking to the top and bottom edge of the spine. There are a couple of small closed tears also. Slight darkening / marking to the wrapper only. Not clipped, with the original 15s net. price. The cloth is clean and tidy, without marks. The book itself is clean and tidy throughout, with a touch of darkening to the end papers only.Book ID: 1420More details Price: £40.00
The Conjuror's Bird
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2005. Very nice copy of this first edition, signed and dated) by the author to the title page. Spotless cloth. Clean and tidy dust wrapper, now held in archival protection. 230 by 140mm (9 by 5½ inches). 309 pages.Book ID: 2355More details Price: £15.00
The Death of Satan.
London: Faber and Faber Ltd, 1955. UK first edition, first impression. Hardback in unclipped dust jacket. 110  pages. 225 x 145 mm (8¾ x 5¾ inches).
Condition: The dust jacket is still bright, but has some very light signs of handling. Some small areas of loss. Head of the spine in particular. Inside the book is crisp and spotless, except for the following: over what was once the details of how to inquire about performance rights of the the play, there is a label reading Eric Glass Ltd.Book ID: 2714
The Diary of a Nobody
With illustrations by Weedon Grossmith
Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1892. First edition in book-form, first impression, first issue with the terminal leaves used as pastedowns and no blank leaf at the front. The Diary of a Nobody, one of the great achievements of Victorian comic fiction, was first serialized in Punch from 1888 to 1889, before being published in the present book-form in 1892 with new material and added illustrations. Original cloth, with decorations and titles. Very slight rubbing only. A touch of handling and bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Inside this is a clean and tidy copy. A little foxing to the end papers only. One gather (ends p 158) is rather loose, but still holding. Vol. XI in…(more)
Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, 1892. First edition in book-form, first impression, first issue with the terminal leaves used as pastedowns and no blank leaf at the front. The Diary of a Nobody, one of the great achievements of Victorian comic fiction, was first serialized in Punch from 1888 to 1889, before being published in the present book-form in 1892 with new material and added illustrations. Original cloth, with decorations and titles. Very slight rubbing only. A touch of handling and bumping to the head and tail of the spine. Inside this is a clean and tidy copy. A little foxing to the end papers only. One gather (ends p 158) is rather loose, but still holding. Vol. XI in Arrowsmith's 3/6 series and the list on final leaf finishes with Vol. X, Fergus Hume's When I Lived in Bohemia. viii,,14-300,. pp. 190 by 130mm (7½ by 5 inches).(less)Book ID: 2450More details Price: £425.00
Translated by Madge Pemberton.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1928. First UK edition, first impression. Original black cloth, with spine lettered in red. Ex-libris and signature to front. 288 pp. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches). First published in serial form from December 1913 to August 1914 in the periodical Die Weißen Blätter.
HUC-JIR (Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion) says on its website:
An outstanding early work about the golem was the novel entitled Der Golem (1915; Eng. 1928) by the Bavarian writer Gustav Meyrink (1868–1932), who spent many years in Prague. Meyrink's book, notable for its detailed description and nightmare atmosphere, was a terrifying allegory about man's reduction to an automaton by the pressures of modern society.
Condition: No dust wrapper. Head and tail of spine have minor chipping. Light foxing / age toning to pages; overall a firmly-bound and clean copy.Book ID: 2521More details Price: £100.00
The Green Helmet, and Other Poems
Edition: First Edition
Churchtown, Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1910. Limited to only 400 copies. Bound in original publishers grey paper covered boards, cloth backed, re-cased at some early stage preserving most of original back-strip - this is rather darkened and has a little loss to the head and tail. An ex-library copy with the usual labels to endpapers, perforated stamp and ink stamp to face of title, further perforated stamps to pp.15 and pp. 25. Errata slip not present in this copy. Collation:, 32, pp. Errata slip not present. The publisher's statement is printed in capitals in Red to the last page of the book. This states "Here end the Green Helmet and Other Poems by William Butler Yeats. Printed and Published…(more)
Churchtown, Dundrum: The Cuala Press, 1910. Limited to only 400 copies. Bound in original publishers grey paper covered boards, cloth backed, re-cased at some early stage preserving most of original back-strip - this is rather darkened and has a little loss to the head and tail. An ex-library copy with the usual labels to endpapers, perforated stamp and ink stamp to face of title, further perforated stamps to pp.15 and pp. 25. Errata slip not present in this copy. Collation:, 32, pp. Errata slip not present. The publisher's statement is printed in capitals in Red to the last page of the book. This states "Here end the Green Helmet and Other Poems by William Butler Yeats. Printed and Published by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats at the Cuala Press, Churchtown, Dundrum, in the County of Dublin, Ireland. Finished on the Last Day of September, in the Year Nineteen Hundred and Ten." Title- page woodcut pressmark "Lady Emer and tree" by Elinor Monsell. This is the original Irish First / Limited edition by one of Ireland's finest poets.(less)
Condition: 15cm by 21.5cm. The binding is holding firmly, the original backstrip darkened and with title details and library code in manuscript, some general browning/fingermarking, edges a little rubbed and corners bumped. Textblock holding firmly, contents generally in good condition, a little toned and with some occasional minor spots, creases or marks from handling. There is a closed tear to page 27 / 28 to the top edge. No loss of paper. Library markings as noted above, with residue of various labels to the lower endpapers. Original grey endpapers.Book ID: 1052More details Price: £500.00
The Invasion of 1910: with a full account of the Siege of London.
London: Eveleigh Nash, 1906. First edition. Original red cloth with gilt titles and blind embossed Prussian eagle to the front boards. Bookplate for W.H. Smith Library to the front paste down.
xiv. 550. pp.
200 by 130mm (7¾ by 5 inches).
Condition: The boards have spotting / areas of paleness, and a touch of bumping, but still in good shape. Slight weakness / cracking to the front hinge. Owner's signature to the title page. Foxing / darkening to the initial pages. Overall in very nice condition.Book ID: 2113More details Price: £120.00
The Kickleburys on the Rhine [and] Rebecca and Rowena, A Romance upon Marriage.
London: Smith, Elder / Chapman & Hall, 1850. Two First editions, bound together in a contemporary full leather binding. All edges gilt. Both by Titmarsh, a pseudonym for Thackeray. The 15 full page illustrations to the Kicklebury's are unsigned, the 8 plates in Rebecca & Rowena are attributed to Richard Doyle. These were two of the 'Christmas books' written by Thackeray. 88, viii, 102 pages. 185 by 140mm (7¼ by 5½ inches).
Condition: Clean full leather binding. A touch of rubbing. Spine is somewhat dulled. Internally clean, binding is firm but slightly shaken.Book ID: 2453More details Price: £80.00
The Lady Who Loved Insects.
Translated from the Japanese. Dry-points by Hermine David.
London: The Blackamore Press, 1929. This is limited edition # 98 of 550 copies. In Japanese style cream coloured silk binding over bevelled hardback boards. Top edge gilt. 33 pages. 215 x 155 mm (8½ by 6 inches). From the 12th century Japanese short story about a Heian court lady who defies social convention. It was one of ten short stories told in the collection Tsutsumi Chūnagon Monogatari.
Condition: Complete. Cream covers are grubby from handling, but internally the book is clean and tidy. Minus the slipcase.Book ID: 2598More details Price: £90.00
The Life and Death of Mr Badman
With Decorations by the Brothers Rhead
London: William Heinemann, 1900. One of 200 deluxe copies printed on Van Gelder paper. Cream boards with gilt design. Featuring the illustrations of the Brothers Rhead (George Woolliscroft and his brother Louis). The illustrations are each in two states. 330 x 260 mm (13 x 10¼ inches).
Condition: A little darkening and nicking to the edges of the book. Darkening to page edges. Toning to blank endpapers. Good + copy overall.Book ID: 2506More details Price: £100.00
The Mary Deare
London: Collins, 1956. First Edition; signed by the author, in its original dust jacket. Very good book, in green cloth. 256 pp. 210 x 140 mm (8¼ x 5½ inches). Ralph Hammond Innes CBE, was a British novelist who wrote over 30 novels, as well as children's and travel books.
Condition: Simply signed by the author to the title page. Dust jacket unclipped with price shown as 12s. 6d - but the head and tail of spine are chipped, and lesser so to corners. Now in removable clear protective wrapping. Owner name to the front endpaper. Lightly age-toned pages. One or two small spots to prelims.Book ID: 2348More details Price: £120.00
An historical novel
New York: Benziger Brothers: Benziger Brothers, 1928. Original green cloth with blind stamped shamrock to the front board, and gilt titles and shamrock decorations. Original dust wrapper (nowprotected in mylar) with an illustration of an Irish map to the front cover, and a list of other novels to the rear panel. First issue. "Taking the town of Druninara as a setting, he presents with the accuracy of an eye witness vivid and poignant scenes of that futile (1916) uprising that nevertheless was the beginning of the end of British ascendancy in Ireland." (Publisher's blurb). The Reverend Joseph Cannon Guinan was a parish priest in Ardagh, County Longford. 332 pages. 19 cm x 13 cm.
Condition: Both book and wrapper are in excellent condition. The wrapper is fractionally darkened, and has a few minor nicks to the edges, but overall a very presentable wrapper. The boards are clean and bright - without flaw. Internally clean and tidy with a touch of foxing to the closed page edge only.Book ID: 1840More details Price: £250.00
The Prime Minister's Daughter.
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1964. First edition. In its original colour illustrated dust jacket. Signed dedication by the author to the front end paper, dated 1964. This novel continues the story of a fictional British politician and his rise to power. Melville is now Prime Minister, but life still holds some surprises for him. 264 pages. 190 x 130 mm (7½ x 5 inches). After time spent working as a journalist during World War II, Maurice Edelman was elected to Parliament in 1945 as a Labour candidate for Coventry West. During his time in Parliament he was a vice-chairman of the British Council and chairman of the Franco-British Parliamentary Relations Committee.
Condition: Dust jacket has some light rubbing to extremities. Book itself and internal pages are in a very good condition, with no foxing.Book ID: 2725
The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb with illustrations by the Author
London: J.M. Dent, 1962. A corrected proof, bearing printers / proof reading corrections. Paper covers (front cover detached but present). Slight staining to covers. Includes Peake's own illustrations.
230 by 140mm (9 by 5½ inches).Book ID: 2148More details Price: £110.00
The Story of Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight
With Eight Colour Plates by Hope Bourne
Leicester: Edmund Ward, 1944. Limited numbered edition. 93/200. Quarter green leather with vellum boards. Gold pentagram to the front board. Held in a slipcase. Eight coloured illustrations. Top edge gilt with rough cut other edges.
195 by 135mm (7¾ by 5¼ inches).
Condition: The book and slipcase are overall in excellent condition. The only flaw is that the dark green binding has faded to a brown, and there is some rubbing to the spine edges. Internally excellent.Book ID: 2268More details Price: £60.00
The Stuffed Dog. Illustrated by Edward ARDIZZONE
London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1967. First edition in dust wrapper. blue boards with black and gilt decoration. Wrapper is neatly price clipped. 60 pages. 220 by 145mm (8¾ by 5¾ inches).
Condition: Wrapper has a touch of marking to the rear panel and a small stain to the front cover (oddly, exactly the same colour as the girls sash). Book itself, both boards and internally, in Fine condition.Book ID: 2456More details Price: £30.00
London: Collins, 1958. First edition, in its original unclipped dust jacket. Novel is set in a country behind the Iron Curtain, probably Poland. The story of the wife of a member of a British Mission, who has been posted to one of the major provincial cities, and finds herself in a situation that is charged with comedy, tragedy, and an ever-increasing danger for all concerned. 576 pp. 220 x 150 mm (8¾ x 6 inches).
Condition: Toning to front and rear endpapers in the shape of the fold of the dust jacket. Very light shelf wear to head and tail of spine of dust jacket. No other marks or foxing. In a very good condition.Book ID: 2350
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1946. First edition, in second impression dust jacket (as is often stated). Bound in red cloth, Wartime economy paper. 438 pp. 220 x 140 mm (8¾ x 5½ inches).
Condition: Original cloth boards are in a clean condition, with just some sun fading in places. Neat previous owner's details to FFEP. The dust jacket is not price clipped (shows 18 shillings), and is marked 'second impression'. The jacket is slightly marked in places, being a pale colour, and the spine is a little darkened. The edges have a few tiny chips. Overall, in a very good condition. Now held in removable protective archival sleeve.Book ID: 2325More details Price: £150.00