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  1. First edition; 8vo; monochrome portrait frontispiece signed by Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, numerous monochrome plates from photographs, mild peripheral spotting to preliminary and terminal leaves, mostly to the plain endpapers; publisher's maroon cloth, slight dust-soiling, pictorial dust-jacket, chipped and creased at extremities, three short, closed tears but in the main, a rare survival.

    £1,500
  2. First edition, first issue with text-block printed on heavier stock and in paler red cloth with blind rule to covers; 8vo; vorticistic title vignette and tail-piece, foxing to terminal leaves and extremities of text block; publisher's light red cloth, very good, printed dust-jacket with some minor marking, toning to spine, a few tears and chips to extremities.

    £500
  3. First English edition; 3 vols, 8vo; half-title, occasional scattered foxing or light finger-marking, small ink name to blank verso of marbled front free endpaper; 19th century half calf with marbled boards, spines elaborately gilt compartments within raised bands, a few light scuffs but overall an attractive, neat set.

    £9,500
  4. First edition, 4to (276 x 224 mm); contemporary marbled calf, rebacked to style with red morocco label, endpapers renewed. housed in a custom dark red cloth flat-back box, bookplate of the banker Thomas Coutts, 'Strand, London' to front pastedown, extremities worn, a couple of small nicks to boards, the very occasional faint mark or spot to contents, tiny nick to top edge of K4, else a notably bright, clean copy.

    £7,500
  5. Library edition; 8 volumes, 8vo; illustrated with numerous photogravures after drawings by De Los Rios, Prodhomme, Wagrez and others; contemporary red half morocco, gilt-tooled in characteristic 1890s-style to spines, boards with striking marbled designs and endpapers to same style, top edges gilt, an attractive set.

    £950
  6. First edition, first impression; 8vo (240 x 170 mm); presentation copy, signed 'V.S Naipaul, 21 September 1987 for Al Murray'; publisher's quarter green cloth beige boards, titles to upper board in bronze and white and to spine in bronze, dust jacket, sunned, slightly worn and with a water-stain to the spine panel, otherwise a very good copy.

    £1,250
  7. First edition; 12m; half-title with advertisement for the Dumpy Books series on verso, 27 full-page colour illustrations after the author printed by Edmund Evans, usual minor finger-marking and occasional light soiling to leaves, overall internally very good; publisher's pale green cloth lettered and blocked in darker green, a little light rubbing and marking but an attractive copy, scarce to find in such condition.

    £4,800
  8. Hand coloured continuous folding strip view of London and the Thames (30 x 236 cm), engraved key to panorama at end, (expert repairs to edges as required), publisher's red cloth gilt cover flap (advertisement to verso), on original wooden roller (lower wooden knob with small loss), an excellent example.

    £2,500
  9. First French edition (ý), number 19 out of edition of 125; circa 100 illustrations with text by Geradin, Alphonse Levu, Emile Levu, Henri Levu, Erward Levu, Schlesinger, Vogel, Worms and others. Late green marbled and morocco boards with spine elaborately gilt, divided to 6 compartments. Three titles, iv, 282 pp. with some blanks in the begging and at the end of the book. A fine copy.

    £1,250
  10. First edition in English; 8vo; a little light spotting; publisher's red cloth lettered in gilt, a sharp copy, dust-jacket, some even browning, stronger to spine, a little rubbed at extremities, overall very good.

    £350
 

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