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A COMPLETE SET OF JAMES BOND BOOKS: FLEMING, Ian

About this Item: Cape -1966, 1953. Fourteen volumes, all first editions, all first issues in first issue dustwrappers. A near fine set, which shows a little tanning to some of the spines and occasional light wear to the spine ends, but are generally bright and crisp. An excellent, uniform set. "'The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.' Thus Ian [Fleming] dragged his readers into the fast, racy world of James Bond at the start of Casino Royale .[Fleming] skilfully matched this hard edged delineation of contemporary reality with a more mythical interpretation of events. Bond is taking on the forces of evil, a heroic St George-figure fighting on the side of virtue (and the free world), saving and bedding the girl, and attempting to slay the dragon." (Andrew Lycett) The publisher Jonathan Cape was initially sceptical, saying upon reading the manuscript, "Peter's little brother has written a book. It is not up to scratch", but he would publish it "because he's Peter's brother." 4750 copies of the first edition were printed. The book was well received and quickly reprinted. Fleming's confidence grew and he wrote a book a year for the next twelve years until his death in 1965. Collector's have long sought the first editions of Ian Fleming, both for their attractively designed dustwrappers and for their influence on modern culture. Seller Inventory # 36143

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ULYSSES: JOYCE, James

JOYCE, James

Published by Paris Shakespeare Press Paris (1922)

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About this Item: Paris Shakespeare Press Paris, 1922. First edition, number 550 of 750 copies on handmade paper, from a total edition of 1000 copies. Original 'Greek flag' blue-green wrappers, lettered in white to upper cover. A fine copy, fresh and crisp, with just a trace of wear to a couple of corners and spine ends. Internally unimpeachable, with a contemporary pencil name and discreet bookplate to inside front wrapper. A stunning example and rare in this condition. The author's most famous work and tour de force of modern literature. The first printing of Ulysses consisted of 1000 numbered copies to be sold by subscription. Copies number 1-100 were printed on Holland handmade paper and each signed by Joyce; copies 101-250 were printed on vergé d'Arches and the remaining 750 copies on linen paper, the least expensive stock. Following a disastrous serialisation in the Little Review, it was to Sylvia Beach and her small Parisian bookshop, Shakespeare and Company that Joyce turned. Beach, like Andersen before her, had immediately seen the genius in Ulysses, and wrote to her mother that she might be soon to publish "the most important book of the age". A printer was found in Maurice Darantière of Dijon and publication was planned for October. The printing process was not nearly as straightforward as anticipated, due in part to Joyce's continual rewriting of the text and his and Beach's perfectionism in the printing process. The publication date was continually moved back and eventually 2 February 1922, Joyce's birthday, was settled upon. Copies were delivered in tranches and all 1000 of the first edition were sold within a month. It is now recognised as one of the key works of the twentieth century and the defining work of the modernist movement. Slocum A17; Connolly 42. Seller Inventory # 33546

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SCOT, Reginald

Published by William Brome,, London (1584)

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About this Item: William Brome,, London, 1584. Hardcover. Condition: Good. FIRST AND ONLY EARLY EDITION FIRST EDITION. 4to in 8’s. pp. [xxviii] 352 [iv] 353-560 [xvi]. Black letter, Roman and Italic, with side-notes, woodcut historiated initials, head- and tail-pieces, 4 unnumbered pp. of full-page woodcut engravings between 352-353, 5 pp. of woodcut astrological diagrams on pp 397-401. Light age browning, t.p. slightly dusty and repaired at head with some loss to ornament, repairs to margins of a few ll. throughout with no loss to text, occasional light foxing, a good, clean copy in early c19 crushed morocco, covers gilt-stamped with arms of the Society of Writers to the Signet within panel triple-ruled in gilt with corner flourishes, spine in gilt with five raised bands, a.e.g. FIRST AND ONLY EARLY EDITION of the definitive treatise denying the existence of witches, to such an extent that it is also considered the major source for early attitudes toward, and rituals of, witchcraft, citing no less than 212 authors as well as examples from the courts of law in England. Scot is as sharp as he is humane in his attack on "witchmongers" who seek "to pursue the poore, to accuse the simple, and to kill the innocent", pointing out how unreasonable it is to accuse vulnerable persons of having "power which onelie apperteineth to God". The first four books list the procedures of identifying witches and using torture to procure confession, found in the Malleus Malificarum as well as Jean Bodin's work. Scot quotes heavily form his sources, and refutes them only after. He suggests to his readers that they skip the next book, which discusses in detail the many "filthie and bawdie matters" that cling to belief in witchcraft, such as sex with the devil, "how maides hauing yellow haire are most comred with Incubus", and including excerpts from Chaucer. Next, Scot attacks beliefs in transformation into animals, transportation by air, and control of the weather. References to the Book of Job in this section leads to lengthy discussion of witchcraft as mentioned throughout Scripture, working from the Old Testament to the pagan origins of augery and astrology. The twelfth book deals with the full gamut of charms and spells, from Hebrew to English, and book 13 follows up with an inventory of materials used in magic: animals (toads and cats), minerals, crystal balls, and more relevant to modern magicians, instructions on tying trick knots, every manner of juggling, how "to make one danse naked", and how "to thurst a bodkin into your head without hurt" (these "trick" instruments including bodkins and knives are illustrated on the four unnumbered pages of woodcuts). The final portion, and the majority of the book, considers the art of conjuring devils and spirits, including woodcuts depicting the proper symbols and commands, used to command spirits, and cause or prevent demonic possession. This section also takes into account the history of exorcism, and the laws surrounding it, of the Catholic Church. The book ends with a chapter-by-chapter summary of topics. Reginald Scot (1538? - 1599) never seems to have taken a degree from Hart Hall, Oxford, where he studied law, and he spent his life instead managing his property in the countryside of Kent. He was the author of only two works, both significant in their own right: the "Perfect Platform of a Hop-garden", the first practical treatise of its kind in England, and this, the more celerated of the two. The Discoverie elicited several heated responses from George Gifford and Henry Perkins, and even Meric Casaubon later wrote against Scot. Copies of this edition are rare, however, because King James I did not agree with Scot's position. While the book was well received on the continent and appeared in Dutch editions of 1609 and 1637, it was not printed in England again until 1651. STC 21864. Caillet III 10061. Graesse p. 58. "Many copies were burnt by order of K. James I an author on the other side of the question.This learned and curious work, with which Shakespeare was evident. Seller Inventory # L1356

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A Book of Cats: Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita

Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita

Published by New York, Covici Friede (1930)

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About this Item: New York, Covici Friede, 1930. Edition of 500 copies numbered and signed by the artist and printed on hand made Arches paper. 20 full page original etchings by L.T. Foujita in the text, plus an additional separate suite of 20 plates on Japanese vellum paper. Original contemporary salmon-colored hardcover on cardboard and cloth with artist’s surname printed in silver letters. Superb copy in excellent condition. New York, Covici Friede, 1930. Michael Joseph, A Book of Cats, Original Illustrations by Leonard T. Foujita, New York, Covici Friede, 1930. The object may be located and shipped from Italy, France or UK. Michael Joseph, A Book of Cats, Le livre des Chats, avec illustrations orignales de Leonard T. Foujita. Edition de 500 exemplaires numérotés et signés par l'artiste et imprimés sur papier Arches fait à la main. Il y a ensuite 20 gravures originales en pleine page par L.T. Foujita dans le texte, plus une suite séparée de 20 plaques sur papier velin japonais. Original contemporary salmon-colored hardcover on cardboard and cloth with artists surname printed in silver letters. Les gravures dans la suite séparée sont sur des feuilles séparées. Seller Inventory # 26769

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Prince Bismarck Discovering the Soldier" An Original: NIELSEN, Kay

NIELSEN, Kay

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About this Item: 1913. Original pen, ink, watercolour and wash heightened with gold and graphite. 270x305mm. Signed and dated (1913) in the upper right corner. A fine and detailed piece in perfect condition complete with original frame and backing board with the Original Leicester Galleries label and exhibition notice pasted to the rear. Nielsen produced 26 watercolours for In Powder & Crinoline to illustrate seven fairy tales chosen by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. This watercolour illustrates the story, "The Czarina's Violet". LITERATURE: In Powder and Crinoline edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (Hodder & Stoughton, 1913). Seller Inventory # 35260

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List, ah list to the zephyr in: NIELSEN, Kay

NIELSEN, Kay

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About this Item: 1913. Original pen, ink, watercolour and wash heightened with gold and graphite. 270x310mm. Signed and dated ([19]13) in the lower left corner. A fine, beautifully characteristic piece in excellent condition with a couple of faint spots in the yellow sky. Mounted and framed. "Nielsen shows in his development a fancy so delicate and an outlook so original that no charge of plagiarism can be brought against him. His colour work is delicate and suggestive rather than forceful. Very lovely is its faint blues and greens with tones of peach is the illustration plate 21 [i.e. this painting] where the high folly, the love birds and the blossom testify to the legacy of Japan." - Keith Nicholson (Kay Nielsen, 1975) Nielsen produced 26 watercolours for In Powder & Crinoline to illustrate seven fairy tales chosen by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. This watercolour illustrates the story, "Felicia or The Pot of Pinks". LITERATURE: In Powder and Crinoline edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (Hodder & Stoughton, 1913), p.52. Seller Inventory # 35261

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CASINO ROYALE: FLEMING, Ian

FLEMING, Ian

Published by Cape (1953)

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About this Item: Cape, 1953. First edition. Original black cloth with red heart vignette on upper cover and titles on the spine, in gun metal grey dustwrapper designed by the author. A near fine copy, with a little foxing to the page edges in a near fine dustwrapper, which shows a trace of wear to the head of the spine and a touch of foxing to the back panel, but is bright and crisp. The author's first book and the first appearance of James Bond, who has probably had a greater impact on society and popular culture than any other fictitious character since Sherlock Holmes. 4,728 copies of the first impression were printed, although no more than 3000 were issued in the first state dustwrapper, the remainder having a favourable Sunday Times review overprinted on the front flap. A significant proportion of the first printing would have been sold to libraries and the remainder were well read, making well preserved copies ever more uncommon. "Ian Fleming has discovered the secret of narrative art. the reader has to go on reading" - John Betjeman (review in The Daily Telegraph). Gilbert A1a(1.1). Seller Inventory # 35508

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Le Antichità Romane, ossia raccolta delle piu: ROSSINI, Luigi.

ROSSINI, Luigi.

Published by Rome For the Author and Vincenzo Poggioli -1823 but 1829 and 1824-6 (1819)

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About this Item: Rome For the Author and Vincenzo Poggioli -1823 but 1829 and 1824-6, 1819. Two volumes. Landscape folio (54 by 74cm). I. 101 plates by and after Rossini, without letterpress title; II. letterpress title, preface, table of contents, 73 engraved plates; plates bright and clean. Uniform contemporary half vellum gilt, blue marbled boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, morocco lettering piece, gilt. A fine set. An excellent set of this outstanding collection of views of Roman antiquities by the famous engraver Luigi Rossini. "The mantle of Piranesi fell on Luigi Rossini. His plates have strength, especially in dealing with masses of dark masonry" (A.M. Hind, A History of Engraving & Etching, p.232). Rossini (1790-1857) trained as an architect in Bologna but after moving to Rome in 1814, his financial situation deteriorated and he was forced to change career and become a professional artist and etcher. His depictions of the monumental aspect of the architecture of Rome, its bridges, pillars, arches and vaults, often overgrown, show echoes of his illustrious predecessor Piranesi. Le Antichità Romane was produced in collaboration with Bartolomeo Pinelli, who supplied the costumed figures which enliven Rossini's architectonic and archaeological views, and seems to have been first issued in 1823 as titled below the frontispiece ("Frontespizio delle Antichita Romane. Divise in cento Tavole"). It was reprinted in 1829 as Le Antichità Romane, ossia raccolta delle piu interessanti vedute di Roma Antica, but letterpress title-pages appear elusive for both editions. This copy is uniformly bound with the first edition of Rossini's volume on the Roman countryside. Millard, Italian, 116; Berlin Cat. 1917; RIBA, Early printed books, 2847. Seller Inventory # 90176

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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, And What Alice: CARROLL, Lewis (DODGSON,

CARROLL, Lewis (DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge)

Published by Macmillan (1877)

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About this Item: Macmillan, 1877. Fortieth thousand, i.e. a later issue of the first edition as per Williams Madan Green 84. Publisher's special deluxe binding of white textured paper covered boards to imitate vellum, with gilt lettering and vignettes, in the exceptionally rare unprinted original lilac dustwrapper. All edges gilt. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the half title, "May Forshall from the Author / Dec 3. 1877" A fine copy with exceptionally clean white covers and bright gilt, just a couple of trivial marks to the edges. Internally fresh with tight hinges. Two pin holes to the front endpaper and a faint mark to the edge of the preliminary pages. Dustwrapper rather worn, with small chips to the spine ends and corners and a larger chip to the corner of the back panel. An exceptional copy. Included with this book is an original carte-de-visite mounted photograph of Mary Forshall taken by Carroll, numbered by him (2485) in violet ink on the reverse. Black and white illustrations throughout by John Tenniel. Mary Forshall (known as May) was the daughter of the Highgate physician Francis Hyde Forshall, an acquaintance of Charles Dodgson's. Dodgson recalls his first meeting with May in a diary entry of 27 November 1877, "Dined with Sampson, to meet Dr. Forshall with his sister, etc., and May Forshall, a nice child of 10." In the 1 December 1877 entry, Dodgson mentions May "came to be photographed" at 11am, an appointment which was repeated two days later, with the result that Carroll took, "5 negatives, of which 2 failed". It was on the second meeting that Dodgson presented one of his newly received copies of Through the Looking Glass, in a specially commissioned presentation binding. Dodgson took an obsessive interest in the production of all his books and would habitually order small quantities to be bound up in a variety of non-standard styles and hues for his own use, wanting to have a ready supply of special bindings, which differed form the shop bought version, to be used as presentation gifts. Of these styles, the white binding seems to have been the one chosen by Dodgson for his most favoured presentations. It is also a style of binding which has fascinated latter day collectors. For the publication of The Hunting of The Snark, the year before this book, Dodgson had commissioned an array of coloured bindings including "20 bindings in white vellum and gold". This was changed to parchment style paper or cloth and gold, on economic grounds. Dodgson appears to have placed a similar order for both Alice (then in its sixth edition) and Through the Looking Glass, which were delivered late in 1877. They are now of the utmost scarcity, seldom appearing in commerce. When they do, they are usually in a poor or repaired state, as the fragile white boards were particularly prone to damage. In this case the presence of the original dustwrapper, itself probably a unique occurrence, has meant that the white binding has remained in exceptional condition. Williams, Madan, Green 84. Seller Inventory # 35715

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Description geographique, historique, chronologique, politique, et physique: DU HALDE, Jean

About this Item: Paris: P. G. Le Mercier, 1735, 1735. 4 volumes, folio (429 × 274 mm). Contemporary cat's-paw calf, spines divided in compartments by six raised bands, contrasting red morocco labels in two, others richly gilt with floral tools, leaf sprays, etc., sides ruled in gilt with three-line fillet, marbled endpapers, red edges. Collector's book labels. A little skilful repair to spine-ends, an excellent set, tall and well-margined, contents clean and fresh, in a handsome contemporary binding. With 65 maps and plates (all but one double-page or folding); titles in red and black incorporating engraved pictorial vignette by Baquoy after Humblot; with all half-titles; woodcut head- and tailpieces, typographic ornaments, historiated and decorative initials. First edition of this cornerstone of any collection of books on China, which is also among the rarest and most desirable of important Americana, included in Rare Americana: A Selection of One Hundred and One Books, Maps and Prints not in the John Carter Library. This, "the first definitive European work on the Chinese empire" (Hill), was compiled by Du Halde, Jesuit former confessor to the duc d'Orléans, from the accounts, published and unpublished, prepared by 27 Jesuit missionaries during their travels. This encyclopaedic work not only provided valuable information on Chinese political institutions, education, language, medicine, science, customs and artefacts - importantly it is one of the earliest European sources on Chinese ceramics - but also marked the first appearance of 43 maps by Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville, internationally recognized as "the finest cartographer of his time" (Moreland & Bannister). Drawn from recent surveys commissioned by the Emperor Kang-hi from the Jesuits, these maps represented an immense improvement on existing knowledge and are considered by Tooley to be "the principal cartographic authority on China during the 18th century". For certain remote parts of northern China, Mongolia and Tibet, this work was the only adequate reference until the technological revolution in surveying in the 20th century. The work also contains the first separate map of Korea, together with a previously unpublished account of that country by Jean-Baptiste Régis. The book is also of considerable interest in terms of the exploration of America. Printed here for the first time is the eponymous Vitus Bering's account of his 1728 traverse of the Strait, "Relation succinte du voyage du capitaine Beering dans la Siberie." Of comparable importance is the map "Carte des pays traversees par le Capne. Beering depuis la ville de Tobolsk jusqu'a Kamtschatka" bound between pp. 452–3, based on Bering's manuscript map, and containing the first representation of any part of Alaska, St. Lawrence Island. The manuscripts followed a circuitous route to Du Halde. Bering, a Dane who had risen in the ranks of the Russian navy, was sponsored on his expedition by Peter the Great, and when he finally returned to St. Petersburg in 1730, five years after Peter's death, his account was sent as a gift to the King of Poland, who in turn "gave them to Du Halde with permission to do with them 'as he saw fit'" (Hill). Lada-Mocarski reports that in many copies pp. 451–2 in vol. IV have been supplanted by the map; in this copy, both are present. An excellent example of this fine work of 18th-century encyclopaedism, superbly printed and engraved; this first edition was considered by Lada-Mocarski to be "the most desirable and significant." Cordier, Sinica 46–47; Cox I, p. 335; Hill 498; Howes 546; Lada-Mocarski, Books on Alaska II, pp. 20-22; Lust 12; Moreland & Bannister Antique Maps; Sommervogel iv 35.11; Tooley Maps and Mapmakers, p.107; Wagner p. 156; Wroth: Early Cartography of the Pacific, 91. Seller Inventory # 90607

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BLACK BEAUTY: His Grooms and Companions. The: SEWELL, Anna

SEWELL, Anna

Published by Jarrold and Sons (1877)

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About this Item: Jarrold and Sons, 1877. First edition. Small 8vo. Original green cloth with decoration embossed in gilt and black, Carter's variant B. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on publication, "Mary and Catherine Sewell from their affectionate cousin, the Author, Christmas 1877." A very good copy with the front joint neatly repaired, lacking the front endpaper. Light wear to the spine ends and corners. Engraved frontispiece after C. Hewitt. A wonderful family association being a Christmas gift from Anna Sewell to her spinster cousins. Anna Sewell lived only a few months after the publication of her book making inscribed copies extremely uncommon. Confined to the home after a childhood accident, Anna first mentioned that she was writing Black Beauty in her journal on 6th November 1871. She wrote "I am writing the life of a horse, and getting dolls and boxes ready for Christmas". In December 1876 she wrote, "I am getting on with my little book 'Black Beauty'." By this time Anna was becoming more and more crippled and spent much of her time on a sofa writing in pencil, with her mother making a copy. She wrote "I have been confined to the house and to my sofa, from time to time, when I am able, been writing what I think will turn out a little book, its special aim being to induce kindness, sympathy and an understanding treatment of horses". Black Beauty was published at the end of 1877 and Anna lived just long enough to hear of its success. The book has a strong moral purpose and is said to have been instrumental in the abolition of the cruel practice of using the check rein. Seller Inventory # 33970

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FLEMING, Ian Lancaster (1908-1964).

Published by London: Jonathan Cape. 1954. (1954)

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About this Item: London: Jonathan Cape. 1954., 1954. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards, embossed in gilt, with purple dust-wrapper. Gilt to binding is not dulled (as often found), edges clean, without the usual toning. Jacket shows very minor handling and a touch of browning to the rear. An unquestionably fine copy. This variant example features the correct 'author's skill' text and the small section of purple colour which has crept onto the front flap, as described in the bibliography, page 61. .Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big - master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition - he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men he has ever faced, and nobody,not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end. Gilbert A2a (1.1). Seller Inventory # 39655

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KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING: ORWELL, George

ORWELL, George

Published by Gollancz (1936)

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About this Item: Gollancz, 1936. First edition. Publisher's blue cloth with dark blue lettering. Signed by the author for fellow novelist Anthony Powell, "Geo. Orwell" on the front end paper, with Powell's bookplate to the front pastedown. A very good copy, light soiling with a little wear to the spine ends and rear joint and the faint remains of a Boots label to the front cover. The book which "would eventually produce one of his [Orwell's] most substantial adult friendships" (Taylor - Orwell The Life). Powell recalls buying this book and the friendship with Orwell which followed in the first volume of his autobiography, Infants of the Spring (1976). "When Down and Out in Paris and London appeared in 1933, someone recommended it . I read the book, and was impressed by its savagery and gloom. At the same time, I cannot claim to have immediately marked down Orwell as a writer of whom one would obviously hear more. However, a year or two later, when I saw a copy of Keep the Aspidistra Flying in a secondhand bookshop, I bought it. Again, I liked the novel for its violent feelings and presentation of a young man at the end of his tether, rather than for its form or style, which seemed strangely old fashioned in treatment . I spoke of the book dining with Cyril Connolly. Connolly then told me Orwell was one of his oldest friends . He urged me to write a fan letter. This I did, thereby making my first Orwell contact, in 1936" Powell included a copy of his recently self published Caledonia, and received a friendly, if hesitant, reply from Orwell. It was not until some five years later that they met in person, whereafter they would meet and correspond regularly for the remainder of Orwell's life. An exceptional association copy. George Orwell presentation copies are uncommon, without compare amongst major twentieth century writers. Seller Inventory # 34096

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Govinder

Published by Govinder, UK (2003)

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About this Item: Govinder, UK, 2003. Original. Govinder, Gunther The Magnificent. Accompanied by full ownership documentation, Original Castle Gallery valuations throughout the painting's history, the most being a valuation certificate from March 2010 valuing this piece at £30,000 - £40,000. Also included is paperwork direct from Govinders' wife, before his death confirming this is the original oil on canvas. This is the largest and most important original oil painting ever undertaken by the late Govinder Nazran. Measuring a staggering 2 x 2 metres square. "Gunther" by Govinder Nazran was initially exhibited at Harrods, London in 2003 alongside original works by Monet. Featuring a "full" trade mark wide eyed cat. This oil can be hung with or without the frame. It is accompanied by the original frame hand made for the piece by Castle Galleries. A unique opportunity to own a genuine rare and beautiful piece of modern art. Private delivery or personal collection only on this heavy piece. Signed by Illustrator. Seller Inventory # 004842

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A HAPPY PAIR Verses by F. E.: POTTER, Beatrix] H.B.P

POTTER, Beatrix] H.B.P

Published by Hildesheimer & Faulkner (1890)

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About this Item: Hildesheimer & Faulkner, 1890. First edition. Original folded card covers illustrated in colour by Potter, enclosing seven card leaves tied at the spine with the original silk tasselled tie. All edges gilt. A very good copy which shows the usual wear to the spine fold with splitting to the upper and lower portions. Internally clean and crisp, a well preserved example of Beatrix Potter's first work and a noted rarity. Illustrated internally with six exquisite chromolithographs by Potter, one of which is duplicated on the upper cover. In the summer of 1889 the twenty four year old Beatrix Potter took it upon herself to buy a Rabbit. "I brought him home from a London bird shop in a paper bag. His existence was not observed by the nursery authorities for a week.". She christened him Benjamin Bouncer, and he was to be the model to satisfy her voracious appetite for drawing. 'One of the greatest admirers of her work was her uncle, and when he heard that she had set her heart on buying a printing press but had not enough money for it, he suggested she might try to earn some by selling her drawings. With this encouragement, Beatrix set about preparing six designs, using Benjamin Bouncer as her model. and when they were disappointedly rejected by the first firm on the list by return of post, Walter [her brother] took the drawings by hand to the next firm, Hildesheimer & Faulkner, on his way through London. Mr. Faulkner bought them on the spot for £6 and then asked to see more of the artist's work. Beatrix could hardly believe it. "My first act was to give Bounce a cupful of seeds." Some of the designs were published as Christmas and New Year cards and other as illustrations, 'by H.B.P.', to a set of verses by Frederic E. Weatherly, in a booklet entitled A Happy Pair which sold for 4½d. Helen Beatrix Potter had started her professional career.' (Judy Taylor) One of the poems is about a Benjamin Bunny, our first sighting of the eponymous hero of Potter's later classic animal stories. Potter's first published work, preceding The Tale of Peter Rabbit by eleven years, and of legendary scarcity. Seller Inventory # 35397

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TRAVELS INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS OF THE: SWIFT, Jonathan] GULLIVER,

SWIFT, Jonathan] GULLIVER, Lemuel

Published by Benj. Motte (1726)

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About this Item: Benj. Motte, 1726. First edition, first printing (i.e. Teerink A). Frontispiece portrait of Gulliver in the second state, as usual, with vertical chain lines and the lettering around the oval frame. Two volumes. 8vo. (184 x 114 mm). Recent, period style full speckled tan calf, red morocco title labels to the spine, lettered in gilt, raised bands with gilt decoration in the sections. Occasional light spotting but generally clean and bright. Overall an excellent set of this seminal work. Four maps and two plans, plus decorative chapter headings and tailpieces. The author's masterpiece and landmark in the early development of the novel. The first printing was published on 28 October and sold out within a week and was quickly followed by two further printings in 1726, which are subtly different to the first printing, though bibliographically distinct as shown by Teerink in his bibliography of Swift, and referred to as Teerink AA and B issues. The work was immediately hailed as a classic, "From the highest to the lowest, it is universally read, from the Cabinet-council to the Nursery" - John Gay "Gulliver's Travels has given Swift an immortality beyond Temporary Fame" (PMM) Teerink 290; PMM 185. Seller Inventory # 36280

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Description ethnographique des peuples de la Russie.: PAULY, Theodore de.

PAULY, Theodore de.

Published by St. Petersbourg F. Bellizard (1862)

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About this Item: St. Petersbourg F. Bellizard, 1862. Five parts in one volume folio (54 x 41 cm). XIV, including half-title and title, 154, 30, 78, 13, 15 pp., with 62 chromolithograph costume plates after Gagarin, Karpov, Timm, Zichy, F. Teichel, Viale, Zakharov and others, one partly photographic plate of skulls, double-page letterpress table, double-page coloured engraved map; some light browning at the end, front edge with very small indent, some light browning to text only. Publisher's green morocco, gilt lettering to upper cover and spine, all edges gilt; rebacked to style, some neat repairs to covers. First edition of this striking work: "l'ouvrage est tres rare et c'est l'un des plus beaux sur les differents costumes des peuplades de la Russie" (Colas). A fresh example in original binding. Dedicated to Alexander II and published to commemorate the thousand year jubilee of the Russian Empire (commencing with the founding of Novgorod by the three Rus princes, Rurik, Sineus and Truvor), Pauly's book is suitably magnificent in size and scope, with plates of a consistently high artistic and technical quality. Descriptions of the inhabitants of the Empire are divided into parts concerning the Indo-Europeans, the Caucasians, the Ural-Altai nations and the eastern Siberians, while the short final section covers the 'peuples de l'Amerique russe'. The text is one of the most scholarly of the period. These qualities were recognised immediately after publication: "Cet important ouvrage a été rédigé sur les matériaux que possède la Société géographique impériale de Russie et sur les documents des ministères et administrations de l'État. Il est précédé d'une introduction de M. Ch. de Baer, exposant ce qu'était dans le passé et ce qu'est aujourd'hui la science ethnographique. Le savant travail de M. de Pauly est une description étendue et complète de l'état actuel et des traits caractéristiques de tous les peuples de l'empire russe, classée méthodiquement d'après l'origine de ces peuples et les limites géographiques. [.] Cette grande publication [a été] exécutée avec un luxe typographique remarquable" (Le Journal des savants, 1863, p. 204). "????????? ? ????? ??????? [luxurious and rare edition]" (Solovev, marking it at 125 rub. in 1910). Cat. Russica P 303; Colas 2292; Fekula 3565; Lipperheide Kaa 61; Sabin 59233; Solovev Kat.105, 299 (125 rub.); Vinet, Bibliographie méthodique et raisonnée des Beaux-Arts, nº 2329: "Ouvrage de grand luxe, fort rare et peu connu". Seller Inventory # 94778

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FLEMING, Ian.

Published by London: Jonathan Cape. 1963 (1963)

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About this Item: London: Jonathan Cape. 1963, 1963. 2 copies from the collection of Aubrey Forshaw; a 1963 first impression inscribed by the author, together with an annotated proof copy [issued 1962] in the proof-only dustwrapper. The first edition has a signed presentation inscription to the flyleaf; "To Aubrey / who wrote some of it! / From Ian". Laid in is a typed letter from Jonathan Cape chairman Michael Howard (drafted by Valerie Kettley) to Aubrey Forshaw, dated 10th December 1962 it reads "I finally got Ian to adopt a more intelligible variant of the offending back axle passage in OHMSS and I have checked that all the literals you marked have been corrected in the press proof. I have an idea you said you wanted your proof back and therefore return it herewith." All three items are housed in a purpose-made quarter leather clamshell box. The hardcover volume is in very good condition; dustwrapper a little rubbed and nicked. The corrected softcover proof is in very good condition; the oversized dustwrapper has a few nicks and marks, with some creasing to the unsupported area along the top edge. Aubrey Forshaw was asked by Fleming to read the proof of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and correct any errors, specifically those relating to cars. The inscription relates to the passages corrected by Forshaw, particularly regarding motoring matters, as found within his proof copy of this title. Both the book and jacket differ considerably to the published version. "[T]he offending back axle passage" referred to in Michael Howard's letter appears on page 23, with Aubrey's corrections in pencil to the margins. Further corrections, suggestions and typographical errors appear in the margins elsewhere, all of which are adopted within the first edition text. An outstanding presentation with additional manuscript material relating to the tenth James Bond novel. Gilbert A11a (1.1). Seller Inventory # 39953

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CROCE, Giovanni Andrea della.

Published by Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Jordanum Zilettum, 1573. (1573)

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About this Item: Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Jordanum Zilettum, 1573., 1573. Small folio, ff. (iv), 142, (8) including the final blank leaf. With 5 large woodcuts of surgical operations and numerous smaller woodcuts mostly of instruments, woodcut device on the title. Small repair to fore-edge margin of S3?S5, Z3?Z4 lightly browned and with minor repairs in the fore-edge margins, a few other leaves very lightly browned and some minor dampstains. Early (original?) paste paper boards, no free endpapers, uncut edges. ASSOCIATION COPY, inscribed at the foot of the title-page by Francesco de Bustis (?Ad usum mei Francisci de Bustis a Vidua?), a surgeon who assisted the author and is mentioned by him in this work. FIRST EDITION. G&M 4850.4. One of the most important iconographic sources for early surgical instruments, and one of the great illustrated medical books of the sixteenth century, with about five hundred woodcuts depicting all the best known and most frequently used surgical instruments from antiquity to the time of publication, the most complete collection of surgical instruments published to date. Three half-page illustrations show surgery of the head in progress; these are the first illustrations to show the stages of such an operation, and a typical room in which it was carried out (at home in a canopied bed with the family, servants, cats, dogs and mice all in attendance), which are the first illustrations of an operating room. Croce improved the trephine and gave important descriptions of cranial and cerebral disease. He also gave excellent recommendations for wound management, and commented extensively on gunshot wounds. Two full-page woodcuts show operations on the battlefield. Croce was one of the most successful surgeons in Venice during the years of warfare with the Turks, who are depicted in the last full-page woodcut. This is a very large, uncut copy, in which the woodcuts are preserved entire. In most copies the edges have been cut and the woodcuts, which extend several centimetres beyond the text, are shaved or cropped. This is a true association copy. Francesco de Busti, called della Vidua, was an assistant surgeon or dissector to Della Croce, and is mentioned in this work (on p. 31 of the 1583 Italian edition) as one of the ?most truthful witnesses? to the many dissections and operations on the cranium that Della Croce carried out ?with his own hands.? For more on de Busti, see E.A. Cicogna, Delle Iscrizioni Veneziane, vol. 1, p. 337: ?Un Francesco de Bustis a Vidua è registrato fra gl?incisori anatomici e fra i priori del Veneto Collegio Chirurgico dal dottor Francesco Bernardi all?anno 1584 e 1602. Questo de Bustis è pure nominato dal celebre Giannandrea Dalla Croce nella sua Chirurgia (Libro II [i.e. I], Trattato I) siccome uno di quei professori che alle sue operazioni anatomiche intervenivano.? There are ten short annotations by de Busti in the margins of this copy and one longer one. Walker, History of neurological surgery, pp. 18?19 and 225?227, reproducing several woodcuts. This first edition is rare, especially in an uncut state. Seller Inventory # 2785

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.: ELIOT, T. S.

ELIOT, T. S.

Published by London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939 (1939)

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About this Item: London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1939, 1939. Octavo. Original yellow cloth, title to spine in red. With the yellow dust jacket printed in black with designs by Eliot. Custom tan morocco-backed folding case by The Chelsea Bindery. The jacket just a shade dusty at the spine, the ink of the inscription very slightly smeared; overall, fine in the best example of the dust jacket we have ever seen. First edition, first impression, Inscribed by T. S. Eliot on the title page: "Inscribed for W. J. Crawley by Old Possum." The recipient was a director at Faber and Faber, and a friend of Eliot's from the early 1930s until the poet's death in 1965. Seller Inventory # 42796

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DUBLINERS: JOYCE, James

JOYCE, James

Published by London Richards (1914)

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About this Item: London Richards, 1914. First edition. Original maroon cloth with gilt titles to spine and upper cover. A superb, fine copy showing just slight fading to the spine and a couple of ownership names to the front endpaper, but is exceptionally clean and bright. Joyce's unsurpassed collection of short stories, in which he attempts to 'present Dublin to the world'. The book had a tortuous birth: it was to be Joyce's first published work and appear in 1906, but the publication was abandoned during printing due to disagreements between Joyce and his publishers regarding emendations. In defence of his writing, Joyce said famously in a letter to Richards "It is not my fault that the odour of ashpits and old weeds and offal hangs around my stories. I seriously believe that you will retard the course of civilisation in Ireland by preventing the Irish people from having one good look at themselves in my nicely polished looking-glass." After the publication of Chamber Music in 1907 Joyce offered Dubliners to Elkin Mathews and upon rejection approached the Dublin publishers Maunsel. They printed an edition of 1000 copies in July 1910, but all but a few of the page proofs were burned by the printer because of "objectionable" passages in some of the stories. In 1913 Richards eventually agreed to publish the book in an edition of 1250 copies, 746 of which were bound up and the remaining 504 were sold to B.W. Huebsch to form the American edition. The book was published on 15th June, 1914. Seller Inventory # 34160

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VISSCHER, Claes Janszoon.

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About this Item: 1652. Amsterdam, 1652. Original colour. 445 x 560mm. Restoration to margin and centre fold. This magnificent planisphere manages to include 30 separate illustrations in its panels. Along the top and bottom are equestrian portraits of the Twelve Cæsars of Tacitus. The four corners feature female allegorical figures of the Continents, with Europe as a shepherdess, Asia seated on a camel, Africa on a crocodile and America on an armadillo! The left border has prospects of Rome, Amsterdam, Jerusalem and Tunis, interspersed with illustrations of European, Asian and African dress. The right border is given over completely to America: the prospects of Mexico City, Havana, Pernambuco and Todos os Santos Bay are separated by vignettes of North American natives, South Americans and the giants of the Magellan Strait. Originally published in 1639, most of the cartography has been copied from Blaeu, although Arctic America has been extended, as has the St Lawrence River. This state has the date 1652, the year of Visscher's death, added. SHIRLEY: 350. Seller Inventory # 17720

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A COMPLETE SET OF COOK'S VOYAGES [COMPRISING:]: COOK, Captain James;

About this Item: London: W.Strathan; and T.Cadell 1779 1785, 1773. Eight volumes, 4to, with the contents of the Atlas volume bound in to the third voyage (vols. VI-VIII) as directed by the printers in the list of plates. The first voyage is a first edition, the second voyage is a third edition and the third voyage is a second edition. All bound in contemporary full calf, recently rebacked to style with morocco title labels. A very good set with foxing or offsetting to some leaves and occasional minor repairs to folding plates, but generally very clean and well preserved. Some wear to boards with old repairs to corners. In total 204 engraved plates, maps, views and charts (52, 64 and 88 in the three voyages respectively) The primary account of Cook's remarkable voyages of exploration, which "form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the Southern Hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was the first really scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge" (Hill) From a printing point of view the second edition of the third voyage is generally preferred to the first (Hughs took over the printing from Strahan and reset all the text). Contemporary support for this view is reported in a set presented by Mrs. Cook to Dr. Elliotson, which notes that "the letter press of the second edition being much superior to the first both in paper & letter press.". Seller Inventory # 30505

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FLEMING, Ian.

Published by London: Jonathan Cape. 1963. (1963)

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About this Item: London: Jonathan Cape. 1963., 1963. SIGNED LIMITED EDITION, no. 9 of only 250 copies, being one of the AUTHOR'S OWN copies. Colour frontispiece of the author by Charles Amherst Villiers. Publisher's quarter vellum over black cloth. Gilt titles to spine. In original clear plastic wrapper. A fine copy, with one chip to the crown of the jacket. The only Signed Limited Edition of an Ian Fleming book. A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY, being one of the author's personal copies (he received the first ten), and then presented to his close friend Amherst Villiers, the illustrator of this volume. Villiers ended up with three copies of this edition- this copy, and an out of series copy both given to him by Fleming, plus a later numbered copy which he personally ordered from the publisher. We have purchased all three copies from the family over the years. This particular example was then given by Amherst to his son Charles Churchill Villiers (and as such does not have the Villiers bookplate the other two possess). It does however benefit from a loose autograph note from Amherst 'I gave this book to Charlie. I have another copy. Pa' Sold with a copy of the original sales invoice, signed by Charles Villiers. Amherst Villiers had two children, the late Janie Villiers and Charles Churchill Villiers, godson of Sir Winston Churchill. Both made the acquaintance of Fleming bibliographer Jon Gilbert of Adrian Harrington Ltd., who interviewed them whilst researching the book. The Villiers family home was just a short walk from Harrington's former bookshop in Kensington. Published in 1963, this is the second part of a collection of James Bond books that has become known as the 'Blofeld' trilogy, sitting between Thunderball (1961) and You Only Live Twice (1964). The title was filmed by Eon Productions in 1969, starring George Lazenby as 007, Diana Rigg as Tracy and Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Directed by Peter Hunt, with a terrific storyline and slick script from the ever-reliable screenwriter Richard Maibaum, O.H.M.S.S. features superb action, spectacular locations, a marvelous John Barry score, and, in Contessa Teresa de Vicenzo (aka Tracy, aka Mrs James Bond), probably the greatest Bond Girl of all time. The movie, unlike most in the series, was faithful to the original Ian Fleming novel and is a fine thriller; one of the grittiest movies of the series. Gilbert A11a. Seller Inventory # 39359

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SCENES OF CLERICAL LIFE: ELIOT, George

ELIOT, George

Published by Blackwood (1858)

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About this Item: Blackwood, 1858. First edition. Two volumes, bound in original publisher's maroon-brown cloth, titled in gilt to the spine and decorated in blind. A little wear to the cloth at the head of volume I, but an exceptionally clean bright set with tight hinges and bright gilt to the spines. Housed in a custom made full morocco clamshell case. The author's first book, collecting her first works of fiction. At 38 George Eliot was a latecomer to the world of fiction and was particularly self-conscious about publishing creative and original writing. It took considerable encouragement from her partner, G. H. Lewes, to get her stories written and published. It was he who arranged for John Blackwood to publish her first tentative efforts at literary work, Scenes of Clerical Life, claiming it to be the work of a 'friend' called George Eliot. The three stories first appeared in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine throughout 1857 and were published in book form in January 1858. The popularity of the book caused much speculation as to the author's identity. The work prompted no less a literary figure than Charles Dickens to write to Blackwood regarding the book, "Will you, by such roundabout ways and methods as may present themselves, convey this note of thanks to the author of Scenes of Clerical Life: whose two first stories I can never get enough of. I think them so truly admirable. But if those two volumes, or a part of them, were not written by a woman - then I should begin to believe that I am a woman myself." The author's rarest book and very rare in the original cloth, particularly in such nice condition. Sadlier 818. Seller Inventory # 24186

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats -: T.S Eliot

T.S Eliot

Published by Faber & Faber, London (1939)

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About this Item: Faber & Faber, London, 1939. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. HARDBACK - The book is in very good condition with clean yellow boards. The inner text is clean, free of finger marks or folded pages. The book has been Inscribed by the author, the inscription reads FOR SALLY BLAKE FROM TOM POSSUM. Sally Blake was the daughter of George Blake, the Scottish author, journalist and Broadcaster. Sally Blake's father became friends with Eliot after being made director of Faber & Faber in 1930, and as Sally Blake herself recalls, in August 1942 he invited Eliot to his home in East Devon Lodge in Dollar, Scotland. There was much anticipation in the Blake household at the prospect of Eliot's visit, and some anxiety on the part of Sally over the imminent arrival of the 'important man'. Knowing that Blake had an eight year old daughter, Eliot had brought with him this copy of Old Possum which he duly Inscribed to Sally. He did spend some time reading to the girl, but rather than his own poems, he chose the Uncle Remus stories of Joel Chandler Harris. Unfortunately, he also chose to adopt a deep southern American accent, which much have sounded entirely foreign, and perhaps a little frightening, to young Scottish ears. At any rate Sally was unsettled to the point of tears, and looking back now, she suggests that the poet rather put the enjoyment of his own performance above the sensibilities of his young listener. The dust wrapper is in very good condition with a little browning to the spine. There are a couple of small closed tears, with a little rubbing to the folds. The dust wrapper has not been price clipped, and presents as a very nice clean example. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 001024

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CHARLOTTE'S WEB: WHITE, E.B.

WHITE, E.B.

Published by Harper (1952)

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About this Item: Harper, 1952. First edition. First issue, with 'First edition, I-B' on verso title page as required. Original publisher's pictorial cloth in (supplied) dustwrapper. Author's presentation copy, inscribed to friend and fellow novelist, Elizabeth Taylor on the front end paper, "For Elizabeth Taylor / and I do like Irish whiskey / E B White". A very good copy, with some toning to the spine and a little wear to the spine ends and slight looseness to the initial pages. The dustwrapper is near fine, clean and bright with trivial wear and a thin chip to one corner. Colour dustwrapper by Garth Williams and numerous line drawings in the text also by Williams. Elizabeth Taylor, the critically regarded British novelist, described by Kingsley Amis as "One of the best English novelists born this century", whose writing career was forced into relative obscurity as a consequence of coinciding with the rise of her more famous namesake, the American actress. Her style was in the mould of Ivy Compton-Burnett, Barbara Pym and Elizabeth Bowen, and has only recently been recognised as one of the important authors of the twentieth century. She wrote twelve novels and many short stories, most of which were originally published in The New Yorker, where E.B. White's wife, Katherine, was her first editor. Taylor rarely travelled to America so did not often meet White, but they became good friends via a long and frequent correspondence. Charlotte's Web was one of Taylor's favourite books and was a story she read aloud to her grandchildren. E.B. White was known to be a great fan of whiskey, often having a bottle to hand to offer guests and storing all his manuscripts in old whiskey boxes. Presentation copies of Charlotte's Web of significant literary association are genuinely rare. Seller Inventory # 30999

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LONDON TRANSPORT.

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About this Item: 1925. London Transport 1925 - 1960. 59 colour-printed maps, smallest 125 x 150mm, largest 150 x 225mm. A little wear on a few leaflets. A run of folding card pocket maps from the first use of the 'London Underground' slogan, through the introduction of Beck's icon 'electrical circuit diagram, to his last contribution published in 1960. The 'UndergrounD' card was designed by F.H. Stingemore (1890-1954). Issued in 1925, it removed all surface detail, including the Thames. His map went through 14 issues before it was replaced by Beck's masterpiece in 1933. Henry Charles Beck ('Harry', 1902-74) produced 38 before being forcibly 'retired' in 1959 (his last effort was published in March the following year), although there was a hiatus between 1938 and 1941. During this period seven cards were designed by 'Zero' (pseudonym of Hans Schleger) Although we are reasonably confident this is a complete run it is possible that an eagle-eyed connoisseur could find a variant edition GARLAND: Mr Beck's Underground Map. Seller Inventory # 16710

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The Cat in the Hat.: SEUSS, Dr.

SEUSS, Dr.

Published by New York: Random House, 1957 (1957)

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About this Item: New York: Random House, 1957, 1957. Small quarto. Original non-laminated pictorial paper-covered boards. With the pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a turquoise full morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery with an onlay of The Cat in the Hat to the front An excellent copy in the jacket that is just a little rubbed at the extremities. Illustrated throughout by the author in two colours. First edition, first printing, first issue, with the price code on the jacket 200/200 and the boards not laminated as in later issues. Inscribed by Dr. Seuss on verso of front endpaper, "for Brent, best wishes, Dr. Seuss.". Seller Inventory # 91655

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SEUSS, Dr.

Published by [c.1960–80] (1960)

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About this Item: [c.1960–80], 1960. Excellent condition. Presented in a black wooden frame with conservation glass. Black, yellow and red felt tip over non reprographic light blue pencil on paper. Sheet size approx: 36 x 24 cm. Original drawing of the Cat in the Hat looking in through a window. Inscribed by Seuss in black felt tip lower middle, "Best wishes! Dr. Seuss.". Seller Inventory # 102824

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