Literature in the English Language has a profound influence on every generation, to a greater or lesser extent. Most of us will have recollections of listening to a story and even reading our first poem or novel; some relish the memory of studying English Literature at school while others will cringe but everyone will have a favourite title or even a character from a piece of writing such as Mr Darcy or James Bond, or Mrs. Dalloway or Bridget Jones.
The major early authors, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, etc., have withstood the test of time and fickleness of fashion and others brought back into favour by the stimulus of film; Anthony Trollope and Elizabeth Gaskell immediately spring to mind; whereas the early exponents of the novel, Defoe and Fielding are largely forgotten or only remembered for one work.
Major events act as a catalyst for some of the most salient and profound writing, often in the face of horrific suffering, as with the war poets or from domestic experiences such as the miserable first marriages of T.S. Eliot and Thomas Hardy. Conversely, for the reader it is often an event, positive or negative that helps us to relate to a specific piece of writing or even author from adolescence to old age; Franz Kafka said; ‘I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us…’, whereas Voltaire was of the opinion; ‘Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world’. Whichever school of thought we relate to there is no denying the importance and relevance of a good read and the privilege of owning a special edition.
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The End of the Affair. 1951.
A beautifully crafted novel portraying the intricate machinations and agonies of an illicit affair and possible divine intervention; a semi-auto-biographical work loosely based on Greene's own affair with Lady Catherine Walston. Description First edition, 8vo., publisher's grey cloth, spine lettered…£275.00
MILNE, A. A.
A Complete Set of Winnie-the-Pooh Books. London, Methuen & Co. Ltd.,1924-28.
I. When We Were Very Young. II. Winnie-the-Pooh. III.Now We Are Six. IV.The House at Pooh Corner A superb set of first editions, each signed by the Author and Illustrator, internally fine, many page unopened therefore probably unread. Description Four…£30,000.00
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.London, Bloomsbury, 2007.
An excellent copy of the last, and possibly darkest of the Harry Potter books, in which the eponymous hero has his final battle with “he who must not be named”. An especially appealing copy given the name of the dedicatee!…£3,250.00
СОЛЖЕНИЦЫН, Александр Исаевич [SOLZHENITSYN, Aleksandr Isaevich].
Архипелаг Гулаг. [The Gulag Archipelago]. YMCA-Press, Paris, 20 decembre 1973.
One of the best Russian novels of the XX century: very good example of rare first issue of volumes I-II. ‘The Gulag Archipelago has long been a part of the great canon of Russian literature. It is undoubtedly Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece…£1,500.00
БУЛГАКОВ, Михаил [BULGAKOV, Mikhail].
Собачье сердце [Heart of a Dog]. [ca. 1968].
Two of the earliest publications of Bulgakov’s classic canine satire of scientific and social engineering in early Soviet Russia. Heart of a Dog was originally submitted to the journal Nedra [Natural Resource] in 1925, but it was turned down after…£2,950.00
SEUSS, Dr. [Theodor Seuss Geisel].
The Sneetches and Other Stories. New York, Random House, 1961.
Four separate stories with themes of tolerance and diversity, comprising: “The Sneetches”, “The Zax”, “Too Many Daves”, and “What Was I Scared Of?”. The National Education Association of America named the book one of its “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for…£200.00Out of Stock
Paddington takes the air. London, Collins, 1970.
“The roar of excitement as Paddington mounted his horse at the gymkhana was equalled only by the groan of disappointment as he disappeared from view over the other side…”£75.00
BOND, Michael; Fred Banbery, artist.
[PADDINGTON BEAR] ‘He opened his suitcase and peered inside’, [c.1973].
A charming preliminary pencil study of Paddington searching optimistically inside his suitcase for sufficient money to pay for the vast quantity of shopping he has piled up, for Michael Bond’s Paddington Goes Shopping (1973, pp.24-25).£1,200.00
BOND, Michael; Fred Banbery, artist.
[PADDINGTON BEAR] “Perhaps you’d like to tell him he’s won a free supply of groceries”, [c.1973].
A wonderful coloured intermediary study by Banbery for Michael Bond’s Paddington Goes Shopping (1973, pp.30-31), with the central figure of Paddington finished to a relatively high degree.£1,500.00
The Little Steamroller A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection.1953.
Description 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., published 1953. Bibliography Stock ID: 94391£550.00
Tarka the Otter [with] Salar the Salmon.1927 & 1935.
The fore-edge painting on Tarka shows the otter on a riverbank with a heron opposite; The one on Salar shows a hillside river with a salmon swimming upstream. Both fore-edges paintings are initialled by the artist. Description First editions. 2…£2,250.00
I Claudius [with] Claudius the God. 1934.
Description First editions. 2 volumes, 8vo., BOTH VOLUMES INSCRIBED BY GRAVES, “”Best Wishes from / Robert Graves / Deyá, 1976″”. Bound in dark blue half morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Asprey, top edge gilt, a fine set., published 1934. Bibliography…£3,800.00
The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit. 1932.
Description 8vo., 16 colour plates by C. E. Brock, red half morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, raised bands, all edges gilt, a fine copy., published 1932. Bibliography Stock ID: 88281£350.00
HYDE, Lilian Stoughton.
Favourite Greek myths. 1914.
Description 8vo., 16 illustrations by various artists, age-toning to half-title and first title pages, otherwise fine, handsome full brown morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Asprey, all edges gilt, a fine copy., published 1914. Bibliography Stock ID: 88298£275.00Search