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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. Limited edition, number 529 of 550 copies, signed by the illustrator; 4to; 24 tipped in colour plates by Arthur Rackham, including frontispiece, captioned tissue guards, headpieces, tailpieces and full-page black and white illustrations also by Rackham throughout, text clean and bright; publisher's quarter vellum, gilt lettering to spine and upper cover, gilt device to upper cover, light spotting to boards, top edge gilt, others uncut or unopened, blue pictorial endpapers, housed in a custom buff solander box; overall a very good example.

    £850
  2. Edition de Luxe, number 300 of 500 copies on handmade paper, signed by the publisher and printer; 4to; blue initials, very occasional light spotting to margins, otherwise text clean and bright; publisher's limp vellum, gilt lettering to spine and upper cover, green cloth ties, top edge gilt, others uncut, housed in a custom green cloth chemise and quarter green morocco slipcase, slightly worn; overall an attractive example.

    £650
  3. First UK edition, first impression; 8vo; light age-toning to leaves, otherwise unmarked internally; publisher's dark grey cloth, red and silver lettering to spine, with the price-clipped pictorial dustjacket, slight edge-wear, otherwise an excellent example.

    £250
  4. First UK edition, first impression of the Glenny translation; 8vo; publisher's green boards, title to spine gilt, with the pictorial dust jacket. An excellent copy in the minimally sunned dust jacket with just a trace of fading at the spine.

    £650
  5. First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author; 8vo; pages a little toned as usual; publisher's red boards, titles to spine gilt, pictorial endpapers, with the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket.

    £150
  6. First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author; 8vo; pages a little toned as usual; publisher's black boards, titles to spine in silver, pictorial endpapers, with the dust jacket. An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a short snag at the top of the spine panel.

    £125
  7. First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author; 8vo; publisher's brown boards, titles to spine gilt, with the dust jacket. A superb copy in the publisher's price-clipped dust jacket.

    £225
  8. First edition, signed presentation copy from the author; small 8vo; frontispiece portrait, patterned endpapers; publisher's blue lettered in gilt; accompanied by two autograph letters from the author.

    £95
  9. 8vo; title printed in red and black, rubricated throughout, extra title for Book of Psalms, light toning to leaves, prayer pasted to verso of front free endpaper; contemporary black morocco, elaborately gilt with central device to both covers, spine with 5 raised bands, elaborately gilt in compartments, light rubbing to extremities, marbled endpapers, overall a very good copy.

    £750
  10. First edition, early issue; 8vo; wood-engraved frontispiece and 21 engravings by Eric Gill, including initials and tailpieces, occasional light offsetting; original stiff pink printed wrappers, 'sxipence' on the front cover, minor creasing to corners, spine and edges slightly discoloured, slight soiling to edges, otherwise a very good copy.

    £150
 

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