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Graham Greene first editions

Greene, [Henry] Graham. (1904-1991). The English novelist, short-story writer, and playwright, Graham Greene's works make highly collectible modern first editions. His novels are heavily influenced by his conversion to Catholicism and are unusual combinations of psychological studies, adventure thrillers, and essays on moral and theological dilemmas.


Collecting Graham Green First Edition Books


Graham Greene first editions provide an excellent entry point for collectors at all levels. The later books from the 1960s & '70s in great condition can be acquired for less than £200; 1950s titles in very good + condition can be difficult, and as a result price can vary considerably. But the early key titles, including Brighton Rock, England Made Me (with the famous Youngman Carter jacket design) in dust-jackets are increasingly hard to find, and as a result the prices now are very competitive. The market has become increasingly sensitive to restoration to the jackets, with the emphasis moving much more toward original condition when possible.

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  1. First edition, first impression, limited issue no. 449 of 500 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author. 8vo. Original cloth backed boards, original tissue wrapper. A fine copy in the tissue jacket.

    £375
  2. First English edition, first impression, inscribed to Paul Gallico; 8vo; publisher's black cloth, titles to spine in silver, fore-edges severely foxed, endpapers rather browned, spine cocked, very good in the somewhat sunned dust-jacket.

    £2,750
  3. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's grey cloth, titles to spine gilt, with the dust jacket and original Daily Mail wrap around band. An exceptional copy in the dust jacket and belly just a little tanned at the spine.

    £1,750
  4. First US edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's quarter black cloth over tan sides, titles to upper board in green and to spine gilt, green topstain cloth. With the dust jacket. An unusually nice copy in the dust jacket.

    £375
  5. First and limited edition, number 36 of 350 copies signed by the author; 8vo; illustrations by Joy Lloyd, pictorial endpapers, light foxing thoughout; publisher's decorative cloth, gilt, slight bowing to covers, rubbing to extremities, dust-jacket, browning to spine, spine ends and corners a little chipped, a few short chips and tears to head and foot with some creasing, light marking and surface soiling to panels.

    £1,950
  6. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's green boards, titles to spine gilt, with the dust jacket. A fine copy in the jacket.

    £45
  7. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's black cloth, titles to spine in silver, dust jacket with black and white photographic illustration. A superb copy in the nicked dust jacket.

    £1,250
  8. First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author; small 8vo; publisher's blue cloth, titles to spine gilt; dust jacket, a single short tear repaired with tissue to verso.

    £3,250
  9. First edition, first impression, inscribed by Greene on the half title page; 8vo; publisher's green cloth, titles to spine gilt, orange endpapers, orange topstain, with the pictorial dust jacket. A superb copy in the nicked dust jacket with a trace of fading to the spine panel.

    £1,500
  10. First edition, first impression; 8vo; original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, green topstain, with the dust jacket. A very nice copy in the somewhat faded dust jacket as usual.

    £45
 

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