First Edition of Tales From Watership Down; Inscribed by Richard Adams
Tales From Watership Down.
Item Number: 1281
London: Hutchinson, 1996.
First edition of the author’s sequel to his beloved Watership Down. Octavo, original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine. Inscribed by the author, “Yours sincerely, Richard Adams Whitchurch, Hampshire, 28th February 2004.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket that shows some light rubbing to the extremities.
"An exercise in enchantment. Richard Adams is a master of characterization and descriptionand his rabbit vocabulary is priceless. Tales From Watership Down is the sort of work that can transport the reader to a parallel existence" (The Baltimore Sun).
Other Books by this Author
"Animals don't behave like men,' he said. 'If they have to fight, they fight; and if they have to kill they kill. But they don't sit down and set their wits to work to devise ways of spoiling other creatures' lives and hurting them. They have dignity and animality": First Edition of Watership Down; Signed by Richard Adams
London: Rex Collings, 1972.
First edition of the author’s first and most beloved work. Octavo, original brown cloth, pull out map. Boldly signed by Richard Adams on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example.
First Edition of Richard Adams' Watership Down; Inscribed by Him To One of His Closest Friends Reg Sones and also With a Expository Letter
London: Rex Collins, 1972.
First edition of the author’s classic first book. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Reg Sones with gratitude and warm feelings Richard Adams November 1972.” Reg Sones was one of Richard Adams closest friends, who read and corrected the proofs of Watership Down. The two worked in the Civil Service together and would often play chess together on their lunch breaks. Following the dedication page (Adams dedicated this book to his two daughters), Reg Sones is mentioned first, “who read the book before publication and made valuable suggestions.” Also laid in is an autographed signed letter to Sones, which reads, “Monday 24th Dear Reg, Sorry for the delay. The demands of the promotional tour for “The Plague Dogs”, which began on 18th September and went on until 6th October, have been heavy. Then, after that, there was loads of correspondence, plus a dinner with Peter Ustinov at Birmingham on the 12th and a visit to Bristol University on the 17th. I’m just beginning to turn around. On Wed. the 2nd November I go to U.S.A. again. From 7th to 17th November I shall be at 12502 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120, Ohio. I could play the move after next from these. After that I go to Canada, from Vancouver to New Zealand and thence to Australia. Back on 10th December. All go, errit? But there’ll never be another “Watership Down,” will there? Happy days! Wish I was off to a chess match with you and Glyde, I really do! Yours ever Richard.” An outstanding association in one of the finest children’s books of the twentieth century, next to the dedication copy, the finest copy extant and with a telling letter in which Adams realizes the magic, that was created when he wrote Watership Down. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition with a few volumes with some light cracking at the hinges. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
New York: Random House, 1954.
First edition. Quarto, original boards. Near fine in a very good price-clipped second issue dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper, “For Greg Barrett with best wishes Dr. Seuss.”
"Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor": First Editions of Each Work in the Hunger Games Trilogy; Each Signed by Suzanne Collins
New York: Scholastic, 2008-2010.
First edition, first printings of each book in the author’s acclaimed Hunger Games Trilogy. Octavo, original half cloth Each book is hand signed by Suzanne Collins on the half title pages. Each book is fine in fine dust jacket.