The SIGNED deluxe edition. Quarter white paper spine over black paper boards.Top edge gilt. Gilt titles and design on the front board and spine. One of 250 numbered copies SIGNED by Jon Gilbert - this being copy number 83. A Fine copy in its glassine dust jacket. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with gilt front board design after an original idea of Ian Fleming's for a limited edition of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The slipcase is insignificantly dusty at the edges.
The first hardcover issue of this title. Scarce. A UK first edition, first impression.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is bright, unfaded and complete. It is unclipped. It shows a suggestion of bruising to the upper edges and the spine ends. Looks sharp.
Book : The book is square and very tight. The boards are clean and unfaded. Ther corners are sharp. The pages are clean. The closed page edges are fresh. No foxing. No dog-eared pages. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. A very nice copy in a protected wrapper.
WRAPPER : The wrapper on this copy is bright, unfaded, complete and unclipped. Looks very sharp.
BOOK : The book is square and very tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are clean and unfaded, the corners sharp. The pages are clean. The closed page edges are unmarked. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. No remainder marks. This copy has been SIGNED by Ben Aaronovitch to the title page. A handsome copy in a protected wrapper.
A SIGNED UK first edition, first impression - with the number 1 on the copyright page. SIGNED directly to title-page and additionally DATED '4.3.2020' - the eve of the book's publication and the UK launch event s held at Waterstones, Piccadilly in London. Included is the QR coded event ticket used in getting this copy SIGNED. Uncommon thus.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is very bright, is unfaded, and is complete. The wrapper is unclipped. Looks very sharp.
Book : The book is square and very tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are clean and unfaded, the corners sharp. The pages and closed page edges are clean and bright. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. No remainder marks. This copy has been FLAT SIGNED and DATED by Hilary Mantel to the title page. A lovely copy in a protected wrapper.
Publisher: Fourth Estate, 2020
Condition: Fine. Wrapper: Fine
Searle, Ronald - Watteau Revisited and More Scraps ( 2 volumes in a slipcase ) - SIGNED
Two hardcover volumes housed in a Searle illustrated slipcase. Each volume one of 42 special copies and each numbered 11. Accompanied by a set of 6 prints SIGNED by Searle and also by Annie Newnham who colour washed them. More Scraps is also SIGNED by Searle at the limitation page as called for. Quarter bound in gilt lettered black leather over illustrated boards. Fresh, clean, tight, unfaded copies. No inscriptions, tight bindings. Bright unfaded slipcase. Please note that this is a heavy item and postage will be a little more than standard.
Original sienna cloth, paper labels to spine and upper cover. Four 4 double page coloured wood-engravings. Number 19 of 174 (200) copies. Designed and hand-printed by Gaylord Schanilec. Smart, fresh, clean book. No blemishes, no inscriptions, no fading. An excellent copy.
Illustrated Editions of Alice in Wonderland from the USSR and the Post-Soviet Era. Introduction by Ella Parry-Davies, Afterword by Tatiana Ianovskayia. Quarter bound in crimson morocco over pictorial boards. With an additional portfolio of four SIGNED and numbered aquatints and housed in a pictorial clamshell case. Limited to 160 standard copies and 48 special copies. This is one of the 48 special copies. A fine copy - unfaded, no inscriptions, fresh boards, tight binding in a fine, fresh box. A handsome copy. Please note that this is a heavy book and as such postage will be more than standard.
A UK first edition, first impression. Original publisher's pictorial cloth. All edges gilt. No wrapper. New endpapers. The book is sound and tight. The front and back boards are generally clean, showing gentle bumping to all edges. All the corners being are very gently rubbed. The lettering and design on the front board is sound. The spine is lightly toned. Some of the spine lettering is dulled. The spine is bruised at the top and bottom. The pages are clean. The original endpapers have been replaced. The closed page edges are sound. The binding is tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. A decent copy of an uncommon title.
Four volumess - Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer. All SIGNED UK first editions, first impressions.
Wrappers : The Hockney wrappers on these copies are very bright, are unfaded, and are complete. They are unclipped. Look very sharp.
Book : The books are square and very tight. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. The boards are clean and unfaded, the corners sharp. The pages and closed page edges are unmarked. The bindings are tight - no cracked hinges. No remainder marks. Each copy has been FLAT SIGNED by Ali Smith to the title page. Please note that postage on this set will be higher than standard.
Number 40 of 120 copies, SIGNED by the publisher. Seven wood-engraved plates and numerous colour illustrations, decorations and initials by Jean Berque. Bound in half morocco over patterned boards by the Rene Kieffer bindery in Paris. TEG, others uncut. A Near Fine + copy - bright, unfaded, clean and without inscriptions. Hint of rubbing to the corners. Bright gilt lettering to the spine. Internally fresh - no foxing or blemishes. Tight binding. An attractive book. Please note that postage will be a little more than standard.
Publisher: Gonin & Cie., 1930
Condition: Near Fine. Wrapper: No Jacket ( as Issued )
A Psychedelic selection of sayings, reflections and gobbets of poetry. Originally printed in an edition of 300 copies by the Compton Press in 1970.Half the edition was bound at the time of publication with the remaining sheets being placed in storage. Most of these sheets were damaged or destroyed. 20 sets however survived and were hand coloured by Sheena McCall ( who with Mick Taylor drew all the illustrations and edited the text ) and bound in quarter vellum by John Sewell at a later date. These copies were numbered 280 - 300 and were published by The Strawberry Press. This is copy number 289 and is effectively one of only 20 copies. A fine copy ( unfaded, no inscriptions, fresh text block, tight binding ), housed in a fine brown slipcase. An attractive and uncommon production. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be a little more than standard.
Widely recognized as one of the most influential books in the fantasy genre, with L. Sprague de Camp describing it as being on par with The Lord of the Rings in terms of its quality and influence. This copy is one of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies - this is copy number 10 - SIGNED by the author and by the frontispiece illustrator, Sidney Sime. Quarter bound - vellum spine over tan cloth boards. Morocco label, lettered in gilt, to the spine. TEG. A Very Good++ copy - complete, no inscriptions, tightly bound. The boards are fresh, the vellum is lightly soiled with occasional spotting. Internally very fresh - no foxing or spotting. Light bruising at the head of the spine. SIGNED to the limitation page by Lord Dunsany, SIGNED at the foot of the frontispiece by Sidney H Sime. Uncommon.
Publisher: G P Putnam's Sons, 1924
Condition: Very Good ++. Wrapper: No Jacket ( as Issued )
Unpaginated - 4 leaves. White covers, gold titling. No jacket as issued. Short story that preceded the play that appeared in Methuen's Tea Party and Other Plays in 1967. Private edition. Limited to 250 numbered copies printed in English - this being copy number 61. There were also 280 copies printed in Serbo-Croat. A Near Fine copy - bright, unfaded, no inscriptions, tight binding. Trivial toning to the very extremities of the covers. Tiny crease to bottom leading edge corner. A very nice copy.
A very recently re-bound copy of 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde. Published by Charles Carrington of Paris in 1908. The book contains engravings by Eugene Dete from drawings by Paul Thiriat. This is the first illustrated edition of this book.
312 pages with 7 full page wood engravings protected by printed tissue guards.
This book has been hand bound by Lyra's Books. It was completed in January 2020.
The book has been half bound (spine and corners) with vellum, and the sides of the book are covered in a light grey book cloth. This is to match, as closely as possible, the original binding which was a white buckram spine and corners with blue/grey paper sides. A gilt decoration has been added and stamped to the middle of the front board in gold. The title and author's name have been stamped in gold on the spine.
Marbled paper for the endpapers was supplied by master marbler Jemma Lewis (UK). The top edge of the book has been very lightly trimmed and hand gilded with genuine gold leaf. There is a white endband to the top edge of the book only - the bottom edge and foredge have been left untrimmed as was originally intended.
There is a 3mm thick 'foredge sleeve' for the book. This has been covered in the same grey bookcloth and lined with suede. This is to be kept on the book when not being read. Vellum can be an extemely strong material which can sometimes (over time) pull on the book boards causing them to warp a little. The foredge sleeve simply allows the boards to be kept firmly shut when the book is not in use.
The book and sleeve fit neatly into a suede lined solander box which has, again, been covered in the same light grey book cloth. On the spine of the box the title and author's name have been stamped in gold.
Internally the book is in excellent condition. There is some very minor spotting in a few places, most noticeably along the page edges.
At the beginning of the book there is a publishers disclaimer glued in which reads - "First illustrated edition of 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray'. This illustrated edition was intended to be issued in 1908, the date given on the title-page; but after the text had been printed, the Artist unfortunately fell ill, and this is the reason why the book has not appeared before the present year, 1910. The Publisher"
A UK first edition, first impression. Original green cloth, gilt titling to the front board and the spine. Lacking the wrapper. The book is solid and sound. The boards are discoloured and gently faded at the edges on the back board. The spine is gently sunned. The lettering on the spine is bright. The text block is clean - there is ghosting to the endpapers. The closed page edges are a little toned with age. There are no loose or dog-eared pages. The binding is tight, the hinges are solid. There is a small, neat ownership inscription on the ffep. An elusive title.
One of 45 copies, numbered and SIGNED by Cox - this is copy number 18. Illustrated with ten elimination linocuts. Natural boards, maroon cloth spine. Labels to front board and spine - both present. The first book to have the Gogmagog Press imprint. A clean, fresh and bright copy - unfaded, tight and without inscriptions. Bright boards, tight binding. Hint of bruising to lower corners. Clean, intact acetate wrapper. Uncommon. A lovely production and an attractive copy.
Publisher: Gogmagog Press, 1958.
Condition: Near Fine +. Wrapper: Dust Jacket Included.
One of 60 copies, numbered and SIGNED by Cox - this is copy number 16. Printed in various colours on Barcham Green Roger Powell handmade paper. Quarter natural linen, with paper covered boards. Acetate dust jacket. Hand-coloured offset frontispiece, 6 double page reverse/ direct offset plates. A clean, fresh and bright copy - unfaded, tight and without inscriptions. Bright boards, tight binding. Clean, intact acetate wrapper. Uncommon. A lovely production and an attractive copy.
Original pale green cloth. Gilt lettering and ornate design to front boards and spines. TEG. With coloured illustrations ( all present ) by C E Brock. First Brock illustrated editions - 1907 to 1909. A very good + to Very Good ++ set. The books are bright and well preserved. The front boards are clean - cleaner than is normally found. There is a surface crease on the main body of the front board of Pride and Prejudice. The gilt on the front boards is bright and bold. Some of the corners are very lightly bruised. The back boards are bright. The spines are unfaded and sharp. The pages are bright. The uncut closed page edges are slightly dusty - the top edge gilt on all volumes is lightly soiled. The bindings are tight - the front board hinges on Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility is a little fragile ( but totally intact ). No loose pages. There are no previous ownership inscriptions. A nice set.
A first printing of the second edition, which has a new author introduction. A SIGNED second printing. A fine copy in a fine, unfaded and unclipped wrapper. No inscriptions, no blemishes. Small blind stamp to the ffep. FLAT SIGNED ( later signature ) to the title page by Terry Pratchett. A handsome and very bright copy.
A UK limited edition - one of 100 copies of the regular edition, this being number 109. SIGNED by author Harold Pinter and artist Tony Bevan. Printed on fine Arches V?®lin paper and specially bound in rust coloured cloth. This selection of The Disappeared and 28 other poems was made by Harold Pinter and Stephen Stuart-Smith from Pinter's previously published works. The accompanying colour plates are reproductions of paintings by Tony Bevan made between 1986 and 2002. A fine, unread copy without imperfections. A handsome production.