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Shakespeare and Company

'If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast' (Ernest Hemingway)

A celebration of the great authors that have graced the doors of the iconic Shakespeare and Company, this list features many first editions whose narrative was conceived amongst the ex-pat communities who called the bookshop their home including the Lost Generation of the 1920s and 30s and the Beatniks of the 1950s.

 

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  1. First edition, first impression; 8vo; ownership inscription to front free endpaper date 'Day of Publication' with a poem written out in pencil beneath, foxing to endpapers; publisher's grey cloth, titles to spine in red, with the dust jacket. A very good copy in the tanned and little marked and stained dust jacket.

    £125
  2. First edition, first printing, number 187 of 800 copies signed by the author; device to title, contemporary ink name to front free endpaper; publisher's brown cloth, blind-tooled borders, gilt device to upper cover, gilt spine, slightly rubbed at spine ends, fore-corners slightly bumped, top edge gilt, others uncut.

    £3,500
  3. 8vo; full complement of blank pages; printing department binding of green cloth, gilt lettered lettering-piece to spine (later addition), plain paper endpapers to front (paste-residue showing and offsetting), heavier, more finished salmon ones to rear, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, soiling and fading to boards and spine but sound and solid; hand-written letter loosely inserted (215 x 140 mm), folded horizontally twice, creased at corners, short split to right margin of each fold, otherwise very good.

    £3,750
  4. First edition, first printing, review copy with ink stamp and publisher's ink note to title; 8vo; publisher's red cloth, a fine copy, dust-jacket, minor superficial rubbing to one corner and spine ends, but overall a fine example.

    £250
  5. First edition; large 8vo (215 x 150 mm.); some toning to margins as usual, small closed tear and ink stamp to final blank leaf; publisher's printed wrappers, 2 minor tape reinforcements to inside of each wrapper with small closed tear to top edge of lower wrapper, but overall very good.

    £850
  6. First edition; 8vo; publisher's green printed wrappers, minor rubbing to spine edges but overall very good.

    £195
  7. First edition; 8vo; neat bookplate to front free endpaper, tape reinforcement to rear hinge; publisher's green printed wrappers, spine slightly dulled, price stamp NF 18 to lower cover with original price scored through.

    £165
  8. First edition, first impression; 8vo; browning to text block as usual; publisher's pictorial wrappers, very mild rubbing to extremities, overall a fine, bright copy.

    £950
  9. First edition, number 107 of 200 copies printed by François Bernouard for Nancy Cunard's Hours Press on Canson-Mongolfier Soleil velin M.R.V. Paper, inscribed presentation copy from the author; 8vo; decorative initials in oriental style by Dorothy Shakespear Pound; publisher's linen cloth, lettered in red, some mild fading and toning, but overall very good.

    £6,500
  10. First edition. folio (31 x 22.5 cm), limited to 150 numbered copies (this number 58), signed and dated by Burroughs, 7 multicolour screen-print images with text, photograph of the author by Robert Mapplethorpe, original dark morocco binding with onlaid 'shot' balsa wood panel, original packing carton numbered 58/150, a fine copy.

    £850
 

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