The Essays of Elia, with introduction and notes by Alfred Ainger.
Item Number: 3006
London: McMillan and Co., 1929.
Octavo, full green leather with gilt vignette of author on front board. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine. All edges gilt. Presents beautifully.
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"It's like it's a marriage of convenience and all it produces are dead offspring": First Edition of The Constant Gardener; Signed by John Le Carre
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2001.
First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by John Le Carre on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself": First Edition of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
Westminster: Archibald and Constable & Co., Ltd, 1903.
First edition of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page with a humorous inscription, “Never ask an author to autograph a copy of one of his books without first making sure that all the leaves have been cut open. See pp. xxvii, 200, 217, 221 and 237. I assure you they are quite worth reading. G. Bernard Shaw.” In very good condition with some of the usual toning to the spine. Uncommon signed and inscribed.
"Think you're escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home": First Edition of Ulysses; One of 750 Numbered Copies
Paris: Shakespeare & Company, 1922.
First edition. One of 750 numbered copies on handmade paper from a total edition of 1000 copies. Thick quarto, original blue and white wrappers. A near fine copy, internally fresh and largely unopened, the wrappers not significantly soiled or faded, and completely unrestored. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. This is copy #992, and has laid in the front panel of the original prospectus with the tipped-on reproduction of the 1918 photo of Joyce by C. Ruf. The front panel of the prospectus has been amended, as often, to indicate the book “is now ready,” and the original buyer must have jumped at the opportunity, as the order panel of the prospectus has been neatly cut away. Sisley Huddleston’s 5 March 1922 review from The Observer is also laid in (though both items are in prophylactic sleeves that have prevented any offsetting). Also laid into the slipcase is some correspondence relating to the sale of this copy in 1972 by Duschnes in New York City. A very sharp example with exceptional provenance.
"These woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep": Robert Frosts New Hampshire; Signed by Him
New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1923.
First edition, early printing of Robert Frost’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning collection. Octavo, original cloth, woodcuts by J.J. Lankes. Signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, “Robert Frost Amherst 1925.” In near fine condition, small name on the front free endpaper, bookplate to the front pastedown. One of his most well-known works, one that includes, “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.”