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Literature

One of the most exciting and expanding areas of rare book collecting at Shapero Rare Books has to be Literature.

We specialise in the best examples of key works of literature, including literary classics from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, modern first editions in their original dust-jackets, fine bindings, alongside children’s and illustrated literature from the 19th & 20th centuries.

Contact Roddy Newlands or Angus Robb for more information about Literature at Shapero Rare Books.

 

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  1. First edition, first printing; 8vo; illustrated throughout by Ralph Steadman; publisher's black cloth backed grey boards, titles to spine in silver, with the pictorial dust jacket, top edge of boards a little sun-struck, the merest trace of spotting to the endpapers and fore edge, in the stunning, price-clipped dust jacket; one of the nicest copies we have seen.

    £1,375
  2. First published edition, sole printing; contents spotted especially early and late; single quire wire-stitched into cream wrappers printed in black, staples rusted but perfectly sound, wrappers a little marked and sunned, otherwise a very good example; 56pp.

    £3,250
  3. First edition, first impression; 8vo; publisher's white cloth, titles to spine in magenta, pale blue endpapers, minor cockling to the free endpapers, couple of smudges to the perilous white cloth, with the dust jacket, somewhat marked and lightly chipped with a small puncture to the front panel.

    £1,250
  4. First UK edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on front free endpaper; 8vo; publisher's brown boards, titles to spine gilt, pink topstain, spine slightly rolled; in the somewhat tanned dust jacket, a touch faded at the spine.

    £1,250
  5. First edition, one of 500 copies, inscribed by the author; 8vo; unmarked internally; original dark grey wrappers, stitched as issued, black lettering to upper cover, light wear to extremities, unopened and uncut, with NPG tissue wrapping with label.

    £1,250
  6. First edition, inscribed by the author to Sacheverell Sitwell; 8vo; scattered light foxing; publisher's emerald green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, with the unclipped dustjacket, slightly marked with some light wear to the lower edge, otherwise a very good copy.

    £375
  7. First edition, inscribed by the author to Sacheverell Sitwell; 8vo; frontispiece tipped in, unmarked internally; publisher's green cloth, orange paper label to spine, lettered in black, with the unclipped pictorial dustjacket, dustjacket marked, with some edge nicks and two neat tape repairs to inside top of jacket, otherwise a very good clean copy.

    £475
  8. First edition, inscribed by the author to Sacheverell Sitwell; 8vo; slight marginal toning to leaves, otherwise unmarked internally; publisher's green boards, black lettering to upper cover, with the unclipped dustjacket, slightly worn and marked, with the NPG tissue wrapping with label.

    £475
  9. First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to Sacheverell Sitwell; 8vo; light offsetting to endpapers, otherwise unmarked internally; publisher's brown printed boards, spine and upper cover lettered in black, slight spotting to edges, with the unclipped peach dustjacket, title printed in blue within elaborate border, floral device to upper cover, with the NPG tissue wrapping with label.

    £475
  10. First edition, first printing, first state binding; 8vo; marginal tear to one leaf, seemingly in production; publisher's quarter bound blue cloth binding with light grey paper-covered boards, titles to upper board in black, cream paper title label to spine printed in black, with the dust jacket; a superb copy in the professionally repaired dust jacket with small restoration here and there.

    £1,250
 

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