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Literature & History

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 impression, inscribed by Fowles on the front free endpaper; 8vo; publisher's black boards, titles to spine in gold, with the dust jacket. A lovely copy in the dust jacket.

    £975
  2. First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the title page; 8vo; publisher's green boards, spine lettered in gilt, dust-jacket illustrated with David Hockney's Félicité Sleeping with Parrot, a fine copy in the dust-jacket.

    £1,750
  3. First American edition, first printing, Henry Miller's copy, annotated by him; 8vo; publisher's quarter blue cloth, grey boards, decoration to upper board in blue, titles to spine in black, an excellent copy, dust-jacket somewhat worn; housed in a blue cloth folding box.

    £1,250
  4. First American edition, first printing, Henry Miller's copy, annotated; 8vo; publisher's green cloth, titles to upper board and spine gilt, red topstain, dust jacket, sunned and a little frayed and marked dust jacket.

    £950
  5. 4 vols, 8vo (192 x 140 mm); light spotting to half-titles (curiously), otherwise very bright; mid-twentieth century half calf over cloth, gilt spines, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, slight bumping to some corners, otherwise near-fine.

    £350
  6. Third edition; 8vo; engraved frontispiece, [iv pp] dedication, 5 engraved plates, browning to a few pages, bookplate; bound in contemporary full panelled calf, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered, a little worn; 482 pp.

    £500
  7. Sole edition; 8vo; 9 plates (2 folding); publisher's wrappers lettered in green and red, dust-jacket, yapp edges slightly bumped, extremities lightly rubbed.

    £6,500
  8. First edition, first printing, signed by the author; 8vo; frontispiece and illustrations by Joseph Schindelman, some minor toning to text-block; publisher's cloth-backed boards, slightly toned towards top edge, dust-jacket, a little toned at top edge but overall a very good example.

    £1,750
  9. First edition; 4to (25 x 17.5 cm); 70 photographic reproductions by Robert Capa, some full page; publisher's quarter pale yellow cloth over turquoise cloth, lettered in dark blue, pictorial dust jacket, top edge a little creased, rubbed at extremities, spine ends chipped, otherwise very good and internally fine.

    £225
  10. First edition, signed by the illustrator; small 4to (250 x 195 mm); colour illustrations by Valerie Littlewood; publisher's pictorial boards without jacket as issued, a fine, sharp copy; with the original artwork for 'Secret Five' by Littlewood (375 x 505 mm unrolled).

    £150
 

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