SignedUK first edition, first impression, illustrated by Leonard Baskin.
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 edges of the boards are insignificantly dusty. The pages are clean and bright. The closed page edges are slightly dulled. No foxing. The binding is tight - no cracked hinges. No remainder marks. This copy has been inscribed by Hughes, who has added a four line poem : For Peggy and Sean, with much love from Ted. A mixed bunch - the garden's curators. Crawlers, clingers ,buzzers, palpitators. The glory of the garden bears this onus ( The birds are a bonus )
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 )
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.
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 )
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.
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.
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.
17 volumes. All volumes US first editions. All volumes softcovers. Each book is clean, unfaded and very tight. No creases to the covers, no inscriptions, no loose or dog-eared pages. Tight bindings, no remainder marks. The base of the spine on volume 11 is chipped. A very nice set. Please note that postage on this book will be more than standard.
Facsimile reproduction of Gill's 1931 Golden Cockerel The Four Gospels. One of 80 numbered copies in full leather - this being copy number 77. Folio. Bound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf and printed on Saunders mould-made paper. Housed in its original ( and fine condition ) black cloth slipcase. A fine copy - bright, unfaded, sharp, and very clean. A beautiful book. Please note that postage on this book will be more than standard.
A UK Limited edition. One of 150 copies housed with five wood engravings (from the original blocks) in a grey solander box. The five engravings all have their own individual printed folder. Paper size 40 x 32 cm. The engravings are : The Return, 1925 ; 'The Carol Singers, 1930 ; Marsh Marigolds, 1930 ; The Smithy, 1930 and The Mother, 1931. A fine copy of the book and wrapper- unfaded, no inscriptions, tight, clean and bright - and fine copies of the five engravings. The box is in near fine condition, showing trivial soiling. Uncommon. Please note that this is a heavy book and postage will be greater than standard.
One of only 45 SIGNED copies, quarter bound in oasis leather with a separate portfolio of eight of the engravings. Each of the engravings is initialed. This is copy number 11. Set in 14 pt. Bell and printed at Whittington on Zerkall mould-made papers. Fine in matching paper covered slipcase. Unfaded, no inscriptions, tight and bright. SIGNED by John O'Connor. A lovely copy.
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.
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"
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.
The ORIGINAL, hand-painted dustwrapper artwork for the Collins Crime Club title, Scales of Justice. The book, by Ngaio Marsh, features series detective Roderick Alleyn. It was later to be published in 1955. The colours used for the original artwork differ from those used on the actual published wrapper. This piece is hand-painted and measures 195 mm x 160 mm. It is mounted on a light white board. The margins of the white board include pencil and pen instructions to the printer, with further instructions and details on a pink slip pasted to the back. The artwork is uncredited.
The ORIGINAL, hand-painted dustwrapper artworkby Barbara Walton for Collins Thriller. This piece is hand-painted and measures 7 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches, mounted on a light white board. The margins of the white board include pencilled instructions to the printer. The piece has been SIGNEDby Barbara Walton
The ORIGINAL, hand-painted dustwrapper artworkby Barbara Walton for Collins Thrillers. This piece is hand-painted and measures 7 3/4 x 6 1/8, 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 Barbara Walton.
The ORIGINAL, hand-painted dustwrapper artworkby Barbara Walton for Collins Thriller series. This piece is hand-painted and measures 7 3/4 x 6 1/8 inches, mounted on a light white board. The margins of the white board include penciled instructions to the printer, with further instructions and details on a pink slip pasted to the back. The piece has been SIGNEDby Barbara Walton.
The ORIGINAL, hand-painted dustwrapper artwork for Collins Crime Club, Singing in the Shrouds. The book, by Ngaio Marsh, is the twentieth novel to feature Roderick Alleyn, and was first published in 1959. The colours used for the original artwork differ from those used on the actual published wrapper. This piece is hand-painted and measures 194 mm x 154 mm. It is 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.