Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is bright and complete. It has been clipped. The front panel is bright and unfaded. It shows trivial bruising to the top and bottom edges. The spine has - as ever - darkened. It is scuffed at either end - the spine ends have been reinforced internally. The back panel is bright, if a little soiled. It shows trivial nicking - again, internally reinforced - at the corners. Looks sharp in protective plastic.
Book : The book is tight and bright. The boards are sound - there is a trace of spotting to the edges. The corners are sharp. The spine is bruised at the bottom and the top. The pages are clean. No foxing. The closed page edges are slightly dulled. The bottom corner of orange title page is detached by 2cm. The binding is tight. No loose pages. There is a neat gift inscription on the reverse of the ffep. An uncommon title.
A UK Limited Edition - one of 160 standard copies, this being copy number 13. Cloth over printed boards, with illustrations throughout by Gennady Kalinovski from his 1992 edition of this work. Introduction by Ella Parry Davis. Issued without a wrapper. A fine, bright copy - unfaded, no inscriptions, fresh boards, tight binding. Please note that postage on this item will be a little more than standard.
A UK first edition thus - the first edition to carry Tunnicliffe's illustrations. Uncommon.
Wrapper : The evocative wrapper on this copy is bright, unfaded and complete. It has been clipped. The front panel is bright. It is slightly soiled and gently rubbed at the top and bottom edges. The spine is intact. The green lettering has faded. There is wear ( including a small hole ) out of the main body of the spine where a label has been removed. It is very gently scuffed and bruised at the ends. The white back panel is sound. It is gently soiled and gently bruised at the top and bottom edges - rubbing and a couple of closed tears. Looks very sharp.
Book : The book is square and very tight. The boards are clean and bright. The corners are sharp. It shows light bruising to the spine ends. The pages are clean. The closed page edges are sound - the top edge is slightly dusty, lightly toned and gently flecked. No dog-eared pages. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. There is a small neat ownership inscription on the reverse of the ffep. A nice copy in a protected wrapper.
Poem by Lawrence Durrell, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. Published by The Steam Press, based in Bernard Stone's Turrett Bookshop. Folded card broadsheet in a blue / grey wrapper. Out of series, single broadsheet that was one of the poems in Steadman's Steam Press Portfolio 2. Bernard Stone's copy - inscribedto him by Steadman : This is to ( well, that is to certify ) this is -well-you know- sort of- kind of- well - hee hee, snigger a jolly good really. Don't throw it away mind ! Keep it - it could be worth a lot one of these days ! Boldly SIGNEDby Steadman who has also written StoneD a number of times along the foot of the poem. A fine copy - no fading, inscriptions or blemishes.
Boxed set of 12 limited edition softcover booklets. Each booklet one of 499 numbered copies. Featuring the work of a leading contemporary poet working with a prominent contemporary artists/designer. Unsigned and different limitation numbers - I suspect this is the six volume Prospero Poet set with 6 other booklets added.
The booklets are :
Simon Armitage - The Anaesthetist (Illustrator Velerii Mishim);
U.A. Fanthorpe - Painter & Poet (Illustrator Simon Brett);
Wendy Cope - The Squirrel & the Crow (Illustrator John Vernon Lord),
Roger McGough - Pen Pals (Illustrator Annie Newnham),
Craig Raine - Change (Illustrator George Hardie);
Matthew Sweeney - The Blue Taps (Illustrator John Ross);
Ted Hughes - Comics (Illustrator Annie Newnham);
Ted Hughes - Football (Illustrator Christopher Battye);
Alan Jenkins - Found Among His Papers (Illustrator John Griffiths);
Philip Gross - Coniunctio A Spell ( Illustrator Vance Gerry);
Andrew Motion - Does that Hurt ( Illustrator Rigby Graham);
Glyn Maxwell - The World They Mean (Illustrator Mary Griffiths).
Also Comes with Clarion Publishing promotional material.
Booklets are in fine condition - no inscriptions. Box is unfaded and shows light scuffing to one of the spine corners.
Moon-Whales is the revised UK edition of Moon-Whales and Other Moon Poems published by Viking in 1976. The revisions and the new set of illustrations render it virtually a different book. A very bright UK first edition thus, first impression. SIGNED by both author and illustrator.
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, the corners sharp. The pages are clean and bright. The closed page edges are unmarked. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. No remainder marks. SIGNEDand dated ( 17 Feb 1990 ) by Ted Hughes to the ffep and SIGNED by Chris Riddell to the title page. A handsome copy in a protected wrapper.
A SIGNED US first edition, first impression, illustrated by Leonard Baskin. Twenty four poems, 6 per season, with fourteen colour illustrations.
Wrapper : The wrapper on this copy is very bright, is unfaded, and is complete. It is unclipped. Looks 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. A sharp copy in a protected wrapper. This copy has been SIGNED by Ted Hughes.
Illustrated by Edmund Dulac. Original olive cloth. Front cover and spine stamped in gilt bell design. Gilt lettering to spine and front board. Decorative endpapers ( same design as cover). 28 coloured illustrations, including frontispiece. A bright copy without ownership inscriptions. Clean boards. Slightly dulled spine, gently bruised at the ends. Internally bright with strong hinges. Toned closed page edges. Ornate ownership bookplate on the front pastedown. A nice copy.
A UK Limited edition. Limited to 250 copies SIGNEDby both Ted Hughes and the illustrator, R. J. Lloyd.
Quarter light brown cloth, boards covered in onion fibre paper, handmade by Frances McDowall. 24 ( 9 full page ) linocuts. Housed in a cloth slipcase. A fine, clean copy without inscriptions in a fine, unfaded slipcase. A handsome copy. Please note that the postage on this item will be a little higher than usual.
With a Foreword by Victor Arwas and an Afterword by the Artist. One of 280 copies, SIGNED by Frank Martin and Hal Bishop who contributes a biographical essay. Illustrated boards. Smart, fresh, clean book. No blemishes, no inscriptions, no fading. An attractive copy, SIGNED by Frank Martin to the limitation page. Also includes a prospectus for the book loosely laid in. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be more than standard.
Illustrated by Annie Newnham. A Limited Edition of 335 copies - of which 35 copies are hand-coloured by Annie Newnham. This is copy number 27 of the 35 hand-coloured copies. Green leather spine over decorative paper covered boards. Housed in a matching hand-coloured slipcase. Coloured throughout. A fine copy - no fading, inscriptions or blemishes. Tight binding. The slipcase is fine too. A handsome copy. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be greater than standard.
Number 284 of 300 copies printed in Bembo type on Arnold mould-made paper. Quarter brick red cloth with morocco label over black cloth. 2 wood engravings and engraved title page by Eric Gill. A Very Good ++ copy. Clean boards, bright spine and label. Light bruising to lower corners. Internally very bright. Tight binding. No previous ownership inscriptions. An attractive copy. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be more than standard.
Publisher: Golden Cockerel Press, 1938
Condition: Very Good ++. Wrapper: No Jacket ( as Issued )
Folio Society limited edition. Illustrated and SIGNED by Sir Quentin Blake. One of 1,000 numbered copies. With an essay by Quentin Blake and afterword by Dr Rowan Williams. Still in its original shrinkwrap. A fine, bright, crisp copy ( no blemishes, no fading, no inscriptions - unread ) in a fine, fresh and unfaded slipcase. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be a little more than standard.
The Special Edition. Number 24 of 36 copies, accompanied by a set of 4 SIGNED prints in a folder and housed in an illustrated solander box. Quarter leather binding over illustrated boards. SIGNED by Alan Powers to the colophon page. With introductory essays by Peter Davidson and Michael Hall. Colour illustrations throughout, including double-page plates. A fine copy - no fading, inscriptions or blemishes, tight binding - in a fine solander box. A handsome copy. Please note that this is a heavy item and postage will be greater than standard.
Number 40 of 52 Special Copies - coming additionally with The Wasp in the Wig. Both volumes housed in a matching slipcase. Both volumes quarter bound - maroon leather over decorative boards. Both volumes SIGNED by the illustrator, Angel Dominguez. The Wasp is additionally SIGNED by Selwyn Goodacre who wrote the introduction. Both copies are in fine condition - no fading, inscriptions or blemishes. Tight bindings. The slipcase is fine too. Handsome copies. Please note that this is a heavy item and postage will be greater than standard.
With a Foreword by Victor Arwas and an Afterword by the Artist. One of 280 copies, SIGNED by Frank Martin and Hal Bishop who contributes a biographical essay. Note that limitation numbers stated in the book and in the Press' own bibliography differ. In the book it states that 360 copies were printed in total, 36 of which were special copies with 8 additional engravings. In the bibliography / price list it states that 280 copies were produced, with 42 special copies with 4 additional engravings and 18 copies 8 additional engravings. This copy is bound differently from the regular edition ( Quarter bound in black leather over plain boards. Illustration to upper board ) and comes with 4 additional engravings. It is numbered 27 out of 36 copies and is housed in a matching slipcase. Both book and slipcase are smart, fresh and clean. No blemishes, no inscriptions, no fading. An attractive copy, SIGNED by Frank Martin and Hal Bishop to the limitation page. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be more than standard.
Two hardcover volumes housed in a slipcase. Each volume one of 96 copies and numbered 3. What ! Already is SIGNED at the limitation page as called for. Original grey boards with illustrations laid on. 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.
One of 50 copies - this being copy number 27. 34 leaves, joined at the fore-edges. Printed in various colours on various tones of Ingres papers. Red cloth boards, white plastic labels. SIGNED in ink by the author. Acetate dust jacket. A clean copy, unfaded, tight and without inscriptions. Bright boards, tight binding. Flecking to the top and leading closed page edges. Intact, undamaged acetate wrapper. Uncommon. An attractive copy.
Publisher: Gogmagog Press, 1960
Condition: Near Fine. Wrapper: Dust Jacket Included
The ORIGINAL, hand-painted dustwrapper artworkby William Randell for Collins Mystery series starring Norman Conquest, The Big Brain. The book, by Edwy Searles Brooks, the British crime novelist, writing under the pen name Berkeley Gray (he also wrote as Victor Gunn amongst others), was later to be published in 1959. This piece is hand-painted and measures 194 mm x 154 mm, mounted on a light white board. The margins of the white board include pencilled instructions to the printer, with further instructions and details on a pink slip pasted to the back. The piece has been SIGNEDby William Randell. Unique. (Frame for illustrative purposes but can be sold separately)
Publisher: Collins Mystery; Artwork 1959; Book 1959
SIGNED limited edition of 335 copies set in 18-point Caslon and printed on Zerkall Ingres and mould-made papers. This is one of 35 copies ( number xviii ) with hand-coloured engravings by Sylvia Stokeld. Bound in silk with a proof of the engravings in an envelope at the rear. Fine in matching paper covered slipcase. Unfaded, no inscriptions, tight and bright. SIGNED to the limitation page by Barbara Crow. A lovely copy.