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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.

Browse Grahame Green Modern First Editions available at Shapero Rare Books.

 

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  1. First edition; 8vo; internally pristine; publisher's red cloth, bump to lower, outer corner of upper cover, photographic dust-jacket featuring Dorothy Tutin and Eric Portman by Angus McBean on the upper panel, mildly rubbed, a few chips, otherwise very good.

    £275
  2. First edition, signed presentation copy from the artist & subject Nino Caffè; oblong folio (220 x 290 mm.); black & white illustrations, 14 tipped-in colour plates with printed captions; publisher's watered silk cloth, gilt, slight splaying but overall very good.

    £750
  3. First edition, one of 250 copies, signed presentation copy from the author to the actor Ralph Richardson and his wife; 8vo; bookplates; publisher's green cloth, dust-jacket, partially browned around spine and top edge, some rubbing and other marking.

    £1,450
  4. First edition, first impression; 8vo; very light toning to text-block but overall internally fine; publisher's cloth, minor bumping to corners, otherwise fine, in the original first issue dust-jacket designed by Youngman Carter, price removed from from both flaps, presumably for gift presentation, neat conservational restoration to fore-edge folds, corners and spine ends but in effect an excellent example of this iconic dust-jacket.

    £16,500
  5. First edition; 8vo; internally fine; publisher's cloth, a sharp, tight copy, first state dust-jacket correctly priced at 7/6, browning to spine with central stain, chipped at spine ends fore-corners, upper panel chipped and creased at top edge with slight loss, but overall a good plus example.

    £3,800
  6. First edition; 8vo; bookplate removed from front pastedown, overall internally in fine condition; publisher's cloth, an attractive, sharp and undulled copy, in the original first issue dust-jacket correctly priced at 7'6, browning to spine, small closed tears to corners, otherwise a very good example.

    £3,500
  7. First edition; small 4to; illustrations in colour and tone by Dorothy Craigie, pictorial endpapers; publisher's cloth with gilt lettering and illustration, dust-jacket, price-clipped, rubbed with minor wear to corners and head of spine, but overall an attractive copy.

    £350
  8. First UK edition. 8vo, 361pp., usual age-toning to paper, otherwise fine, modern full red morocco with navy blue lettering pieces gilt, navy blue endpapers and all edges gilt, fine.

    £1,200
  9. First edition, 8vo, illustrated by Dorothy Craigie, endpapers browned, original pictorial boards, a little rubbed along extremities and at spine ends, browning to endpapers otherwise near fine.

    £450
 

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