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The Last Tycoon. An Unfinished Novel. Together with The Great Gatsby and Selected Stories

By FITZGERALD, F. Scott (1896-1940)

New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1941. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Printing (with Scribner's seal and "A" on copyright page). 8vo: xii,476pp. Publisher's navy blue V cloth, spine and upper cover stamped in gold, top edge stained red, fore-edge rough-cut; typographic dust jacket, printed in red and black and priced $2.75, with photo of the author by Eareckson on back panel. A superb example, square, tight, and probably unread; glue-darkened end sheets (as often), else Fine; crisp, clean jacket with very brief edge wear. Broccoli A19.1.a. Fitzgerald's final, incomplete novel, edited by Edmund Wilson, Fitzgerald's friend since their days together at Princeton and later sometimes literary mentor, first published ten months after Fitzgerald's death, at the age of 44, in this volume with a synopsis of the ending, a selection from Fitzgerald's working papers for the novel, the text of The Great Gatsby, and five previously published stories: "May Day," "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," "The Rich Boy," "Absolution," and "Crazy Sunday." Wilson collated the novel's episodes, supplied the synopsis, made the selection from Fitzgerald's working papers, and wrote a foreword in which he affirmed that The Last Tycoon was "even in its imperfect state, Fitzgerald's most mature work" and "far and away the best novel we have had about Hollywood." His edition "played a key role in the posthumous revival of Fitzgerald's reputation." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$3250.00

A Time for Gifts. On foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube; [with] Between the Woods and the Water. On Foot to Constantinople from the Hook of Holland: The Middle Danube to the Iron Gates; [and with] The Broken Road: From The Iron Gates to Mount Athos

By FERMOR, Patrick Leigh (1915-2011)

London: John Murray [through 2013], 1977. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine-. First Impressions of Leigh Fermor's magisterial account, in three volumes, of his epic journey at age 18, in 1933, from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople. Publisher's navy-blue cloth, spines and upper covers lettered and decorated in gold or silver, in the wonderful dust jackets illustrated by John Craxton and Ed Kluz, priced, £6.50 and £25. Gifts: 8vo: [8],291,[1]pp, with frontispiece photographic portrait of Fermor by Valasa Cantacuzène and double-page map on khaki paper. Woods and Water: 8vo: 248pp, with double-page map on mint-green paper. Broken Road: Tall, thick 8vo: xxi, 362pp, with photographic portrait of the author and two full-page maps. Each volume is virtually pristine (and likely unread), Fine, tight, and square, in about Fine jackets (Between the Woods and the Water is price-clipped). A Time of Gifts recounts the journey as far as the Middle Danube. Between the Woods and the Water picks up with Fermor crossing the Mária Valéria bridge from Czechoslovakia into Hungary and ends at the Iron Gate, where the Danube formed the boundary between the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Romania. The Broken Road is a reconstruction of the third leg of Fermor's trek, pieced together by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper from Fermor's diary and an early draft he wrote in the 1960s, to include an account of his exploration of Mount Athos. Throughout, Fermor, a superb prose stylist, offers compelling glimpses of the resplendent domes, monasteries, great rivers, hospitable burgomasters, storks and frogs. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$965.00

The Violins of Saint-Jacques. A Tale of the Antilles
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The Violins of Saint-Jacques. A Tale of the Antilles

By LEIGH FERMOR, Patrick (1915-2011)

London: John Murray, 1953. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Impression of Leigh Fermor's scarce second book (and first novel), with drawings by Robin Ironside. Tall, slim 8vo (215 x 132mm): 139,[1]pp. Publisher's moss-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, moss-green map end papers; superbly illustrated dust jacket, priced 9s/6d. A virtually pristine copy (apparently unread), the jacket minutely rubbed at the extremities. Preceded by The Traveller's Tree (1950), Leigh Fermor's best-selling travel book, considered a classics of the genre, and like that first book, set in the Caribbean. The romantic tale of an enigmatic Frenchwoman's youth amongst the descendants of slaves and a fading French aristocracy. Basis for Malcolm Williamson's three-act opera, with libretto by William Chappell. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Edition s Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

Tonka and Other Stories

By MUSIL, Robert (1880-1942)

London: Secker & Warburg, 1965. First Impression. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First translation into English (by Eithne Wilkins and Ernst Kaiser) of these short stories and novellas by the author of The Man Without Qualities. 8vo ()195 x 129mm): 222pp. Publisher's French blue paper-covered boards, spine stamped in gold, grey typographic dust jacket printed and black and priced 25s. As New (and seemingly unread), without apparent flaw. Two of the five stories in this collection originally appeared, in German, in 1911, as "Die Versuchung der stillen Veronika" (The Temptation of Quiet Veronica) and "Die Vollendung der Liebe" (The Perfecting of Love) under the title, Vereinigungen (Unions). The remaining three, all novellas, were published in 1924, in a collection entitled Drei Frauen (Three Women), as "Grigia," "Die Portugiesin" (The Lady from Portugal), and "Tonka," spinoffs of work on Musil's magnum opus, about the last years of the Hapsburg Empire, The Man Without Qualities. "The most considerable of these three stories, "Tonka," draws on an unhappy entanglement from Musil's own youth (it is remarkable how directly this reserved, ironical modernist transposed the events of his life into his fictions)." (J. M. Coetzee, NYRB 12/18/1986) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$235.00

Manhattan Transfer
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Manhattan Transfer

By DOS PASSOS, John (1896-1970)

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1925. First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine. First Edition (so stated), K-Z on copyright page, with (per Potter) perfect "p" in "Ferryslip" (running head); p. 9; perfect 2 in folio, p. 298, and almost obliterated "i" in "telling," p. 328, Small, thick 8vo (189 x 125mm): [4],404.[2]pp. Publisher's preferred binding of black cloth, covers with paper reproduction of painting by dos Passos of New York harbor with skyline in the distance; yellow paper label printed in black to spine; top-edge stained yellow, others rough-trimmed; plain white wove end papers. Without the dust jacket. One of 2000 copies so bound (an additional 2,000 copies were bound in plain black cloth, no priority known). Potter 7. Modern Library 100, 23. Near Fine, soundly bound and clean throughout, a collectible copy. D. H. Lawrence praised Manhattan Transfer as "the best modern book about New York," because it "becomes what life is, a stream of different things and different faces rushing along in the consciousness, with no apparent direction save that of time." It was with Manhattan Transfer, his third published novel, that Dos Passos attempted to depict an "entire society, that of a city that for him embodied the best and worst of American culture. . . . stripped, staccato style in [the] narrative passages, and . . . rapid, abrupt shifts among a large and varied cast of characters. The speed of modern life is reflected not only in the style but also in those shifts, and the vividly colorful imagery adds to the effect. . . . For its style, its depiction of city life, and its vigor, Manhattan Transfer remains one of the genuine classics of the twentieth-century novel." (enotes) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$865.00

[Ariel Poems, New Series, comprising;] The Cultivation of the Christmas Tree; Mountains; Christmas Eve; Nativity; The Other Wing; Sirmione Peninsula; Prometheus, and The Winnowing Dream

By ELIOT, T. S.; C. Day Lewis; Walter De La Mare; W. H. Auden; Edwin Muir; Louis MacNeice; Roy Campbell; Stephen Spender

London: Faber and Faber, 1954. First Edition. Stiff Wrappers. Fine. Complete Set of Eight of these illustrated poems, four with original, unused printed envelopes for posting. Slim 8vo (214 x 138mm): 4pp (including full-page colored illustration and in-text drawings). Pastel-colored stiff wrappers lettered in black, sewn bindings. All eight volumes in Fine condition (virtually pristine); about Fine envelopes. Scarce as a set. Originally commissioned by Faber and Gwyer for the Christmas gift market (intended as holiday cards) from 1927 to 1931 (First Series). Each pamphlet consisted of just one previously unpublished poem by a major writer, with a decorated cover and a colored illustration by a well-known or talented younger artist. The poets were asked to write verses either relating to Christmas or on something appropriately seasonal. Beginning with Thomas Hardy, the series included verse from both established literary figures and newer voices. The series was reinstituted for one year only (1954) with our (New Series) set of larger-formatted pamphlet. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$335.00

[Television Script] The League of Gentlemen : Scripts and That [Signed]

By DYSON, Jeremy; Mark Gatiss; Steve Pemberton, [and] Reece Shearsmith

London: BBC Books, 2003. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine-. First Printing. Tall, wide, thick 8vo (255 x 200mm): [2],.601,[3]pp, with numerous photographs, "oddities, drawings, and annotations."`Publisher's pictorial boards (reprising the dust-jacket illustration by Stuart Pearson Wright), spine lettered in white and red, black end papers, signed to half-title by three of the four creators (Gatiss, Dyson, and Shearsmith). A Fine example (apparently unread) in about Fine jacket (price-clipped). The scripts of all three BBC series and the Christmas Special published here in their entirety, along with early drafts, capsule biographies of each character, never before published candid snapshots, and drawings. The creators (Dyson, Gatiss, Pemberton, and Shearsmith) of The League of Gentlemen, a wacky comedy series that premiered on BBC Two in 1999, were listed in The Observer, in 2003, as among the 50 funniest acts in British comedy. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$285.00

Tempest-Tost [Salterton Trilogy]

By DAVIES, Robertson (1913-1995)

New York: Rinehart, 1952. First Printing. Hardcover. Fine/Fine-. First American Edition (preceding the English edition) of the author's first novel, the opening installment of the Salterton Trilogy (followed by Leaven of Malice and A Mixture of Frailtie). 8vo (135 x 207mm): [6],307,[1]pp. Publisher's green cloth-effect paper-covered boards, spine stamped in red and yellow, fore- and bottom edges rough-cut; pink and green dust jacket illustrated by Edwin Schmidt and printed in black. A tight, crisp, clean copy; about Fine dust jacket (very mild edge wear). First book of the Salterton Trilogy, "written while Davies was deeply immersed in his report on the lamentable status of Canadian theatre for the Massey- Lévesque Commission, and while he was writing his deeply satirical Marchbanks columns [in which Davies vented his frustrations about the puritanism of Canadians and Canadian culture]. Indeed, the novels that make up the Salterton Trilogy are markedly different from the rest of Davies's novels because of their use of social satire to expose the artistic limitations and cultural immaturity of small-town Canada." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$365.00

The Haunting of Hill House

By JACKSON, Shirley (1916-1965)

New York: Viking Press, 1959. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Printing of this cornerstone of horror literature, one of "the only two great novels of the supernatural in the last hundred years" (Stephen King) and the "great modern novel of supernatural horror." (Jones & Newman) 8vo (203 x 132mm): [6],246pp. Publisher's yellow and turquoise cloth, spine lettered in black, top edge stained black, dust jacket illustrated by Paul Bacon, priced $3.95. Finalist for the National Book Award and basis for two films, both under the title "The Haunting" (preeminently Robert Wise's 1963 version, with Julie Harris and Claire Bloom). Previous owner's blind stamp to half-title page, else a superlative example, very lightly read (if at all), tightly bound and clean throughout. Jones & Newman 60. Sullivan (Penguin Encyclopedia), pp. 226-29 ("perhaps the most vividly haunted house in the literature."). The "most influential ghost story since The Turn of the Screw. . . . [and] one of the most beautifully written horror stories ever published. The novel's famous first paragraph is deservedly considered one of the most elegantly atmospheric openings in modern American literature . . . The dark heart of the novel lies in the manner in which Jackson so carefully portrays the relationship between lonely, disturbed outsider Eleanor Vance (who, like so many of Jackson's heroines, has 'waited all her life for something to happen') and Hill House, which so readily begins to exploit her obvious vulnerabilities and overwhelming desire for a home of her own." (Literary Encyclopedia) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1165.00

The Seven Dials Mystery
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The Seven Dials Mystery

By CHRISTIE, Agatha (1890-1976)

New York: Dodd, Mead, 1929. First Printing. Hardcover. Fine-. First American Edition of this early Christie novel, reuniting characters first introduced in The Secret of the Chimneys. 8vo (130 x 188mm): [viii],310pp. Publisher's orange cloth, patterned end papers, spine and front cover stamped in black, top edge stained orange, fore-edge untrimmed, manuscript ex-libris to half-title; without the dust jacket. About Fine and very fresh (top stain a tad faded, one corner gently bumped). Wagstaff & Poole, pp. 153-57. Hubin, p. 82. Preceded by the London edition, published earlier the same year. Sequel to The Secret of Chimneys, with he return of Lady Eileen 'Bundle' Brent and Lord Caterham. The mystery is solved after Bundle returns from the Seven Dials Club, a sinister secret society whose hooded members address each other only by numbers. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$485.00

Siddhartha [First Issue]

By HESSE, Hermann (1877-1962)

New York: New Directions, 1951. First Printing. Hardcover. As New/Near Fine+. First English-language Edition, translated by Hilda Rosner. First Issue, priced $5.00 on slip case's printed label and without photo credit on verso of title-page. Small 8vo: [4],153,[1]pp. Publisher's pictorial mustard-yellow cloth covers, moss-green coarsely woven cloth spine stamped in gilt, moss-green end papers and top stain, fore-edge untrimmed; matching slip case with cream label printed in black on lower panel. Both the upper cover and slip case's upper panel feature Roloff Beny's uncredited photo. Fine and unread (marred only by neat gift inscription on half-title); better than Near Fine dust-soiled slip case. A lovely example. First published, in German, in 1922. Hesse's bildungsroman, the story of a Brahmin's son who seeks enlightenment. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$635.00

Bacchus Behave! The Lost Art of Polite Drinking
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Bacchus Behave! The Lost Art of Polite Drinking

By WHITAKER, Alma

New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1933. First Edition. Pictorial Cloth. Fine. First Printing of this scarce cocktail manual, with chapters describing manners and behavior around drinking, as well as chapter descriptions of cocktails, whisky, gin, brandy, Champagne, beer, etc. 8vo (206 x 136mm): [8],140pp. Publisher's art-deco style salmon-pink and glossy blue pictorial boards, fore-edge rough-cut, top edge stained pink, matching pink end papers. Laid in is a charming bookmark ("Nice girls don't swear") cut in the silhouette of a primly dressed debutante. Virtually pristine example (apparently unread), tightly bound, clean and bright throughout, with no visible flaws. Gabler G41270. Whitaker was the Liz Smith of her day (though she may have demurred), a Los Angeles Times gossip columnist with entrée into Holywood society. This witty guide (Whitaker scorns the home bar,"one of the most deplorable customs that won favor during the Prohibition") was was written to reintroduce post-Prohibition Americans to the "lost art of polite drinking" and send them down the "path of righteous alcoholic etiquette." Sounds awfully stuffy, but it sparkles with fascinating facts and even rewards with pearls of wisdom. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1065.00

The Hawk in the Rain [with wraparound band]

By HUGHES, Ted [Edward James, 1930-1998]

London: Faber & Faber, 1957. First Impression. Hardcover. Fine/Fine-. First Impression (First published mcmlvii on copyright page), one of 2000 copies printed, of the poet's first book. Tall, slim, 8vo (134 x 217mm): 59,[1]pp. Publisher's French blue cloth, spine lettered in gold; canary yellow dust jacket printed in blue and red and priced 10s/6d.; with the wraparound cover band ("The Choice of the Poetry Book Society" and "The Hawk In The Rain by Ted Hughes"). A tight, bright copy, Fine and fresh (and apparently unread); about Fine jacket (spine panel and top edge gently toned), with expert, nearly imperceptible repair to crown. Sagar & Tabor A1. A collection of 40 poems. After their honeymoon in France and Spain, the Hughes returned to Cambridge, where Sylvia Plath, who considered her husband's poetry the "most rich and powerful since that of Yeats and Dylan Thomas," typed out almost all of his poems and submitted them, as The Hawk in the Rain, to a competition for a first book of poems being run by the Poetry Center of the Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of New York. In February, 1957, the judges, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Marianne Moore, awarded the first prize-publication by Harper and Row [sic]-to Hughes. Moore wrote: 'Hughes' talent is unmistakable, the work has focus, is aglow with feeling, with conscience; sensibility is awake, embodied in appropriate diction.'" (ODNB) Reviews were almost unanimously enthusiastic, and the book won the Somerset Maugham award. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1050.00

The Elements of Style
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The Elements of Style

By STRUNK, Jr., William (1869-1946)

New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1920. First Printing. Hardcover. Near Fine+. Scarce, beautifully preserved First Trade Edition (after the 1919 private printing) of this revered guidebook of essential rules of the English language. Small, slim 8vo: 52pp. Publisher's original slate-blue paper-covered boards titled in black, black linen spine. Binding strong, lower hinge just starting, slight stain to upper left corner of front board, pages very lightly toned but generally clean with mild foxing restricted to end sheets. An exemplarily example. Time 100 (Nonfiction), 83. Strunk wrote The Elements of Style in 1918 and privately published it, in 1919, for in-house use at Cornell University, where he was professor of English. Harcourt, Brace published this first trade edition one year later. "Strunk and White [E. B. White, one of Strunk's first students and greatest admirers, who, in 1957, updated and revised the "Little Book," adding an introduction and a chapter on style] waded through the totality of our vast and complicated language and boiled it down to a terse 105 pages, including a glossary and index. No exhaustive explanations or sentence diagrams here-just 22 style rules and principles of composition, followed by 'a few matters of form,' a conclusive list of misused words and phrases and an all-encompassing 'guide to style.' . . . The Elements of Style is a timeless reminder of the simplicity of proper writing and is likely to remain a useful tool for years to come." (Time 100) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1265.00

The Doctor Is Sick
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The Doctor Is Sick

By BURGESS, Anthony (1917-1993)

London: William Heinemann, 1960. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Fine-. First Impression of the author's fifth published novel. 8vo: [6],161,[1]pp. Publisher's lime green cloth, spine lettered in red; illustrated dust jacket by John Rowland, priced 16s. Light spotting to fore- and top edges, jacket's spine panel gently toned and rubbed to crown, else about Fine, firm, and tightly bound (apparently unread). Boytinck 246. Brewer A09, Perhaps not Burgess's greatest work but the best to emerge from his flurry of writing on returning to England from Malaysia, in 1958. The book was finished in six weeks, and many of the themes that would reemerge in A Clockwork Orange two years later are there: alcohol, linguistics (cockney dialogue), the state of England, and neurological alteration. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$385.00

[Photobook] The English at Home
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[Photobook] The English at Home

By BRANDT, Bill (1904-1983)

London: B. T. Batsford Ltd, 1936. First Edition. Pictorial Boards. Fine-. First Printing (so stated) of the photographer's first book, introduced by Raymond Mortimer. Squarish 8vo (235 x 180 mm): 8pp, with 63 full-page captioned gravure plates by Brandt. Publisher's glazed photographically illustrated boards, spine and upper cover lettered in red, photographic end papers, each with double-page image. Spine and covers lightly toned, else a clean, bright, firmly bound copy. Roth (101), p. 90. Roth (Open Book), pp. 122-23. Parr & Badger I, p. 138. Auer, p. 230. Contrasting the English social classes and panning between urban and rural milieus, the photographer shows himself "not only to be an artist but an anthropologist. He seems to have wandered about England with the detached curiosity of a man investigating the customs of some remote and unfamiliar tribe." (from the Introduction) Most of the photographs appeared here for the first time. The English at Home seems to begin as a conventional photographic celebration of Englishness, with views of a Buckingham Palace guard and double-decker buses crossing London Bridge. But as the book proceeds, the "strictly divided class structure of England is increasingly reflected in the layout, with an image of a desolute street (East End Playground) juxtaposed with children in fine clothes looking bored (Kensington Children's Party) . . . Compared with the works Brandt would later produce and the ones he would later inspire in Robert Frank and others, The English at Home seems tame, but it had a lasting effect." (Roth 101) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1365.00

Death of a Salesman : certain private conversations in two acts and a requiem

By MILLER, Arthur (1915-2005)

London: The Cresset Press, 1949. First British Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Fine-. First Impression ("First published in Great Britain in 1949") of one of the most important plays of the twentieth century by one of the greatest American playwrights. Small, slim 8vo (185 x 119 cm): 133,[1]pp. Publisher's vivid scarlet cloth, spine lettered in gold, grey dust jacket printed in black and red, unpriced but unclipped (Crandell gives a price of 7/6, but makes no mention of the jacket, whose flaps on our copy are blank, making this jacket an unrecognized variant). Slight oxidation to spine gilt, minor toning to jacket's spine panel, else Fine. Crandell A4e. This, Miller's second play (after All My Sons), premiered in New York at the Morosco Theater, with performances from February, 1949 until mid-November, 1950. It received enthusiastic reviews and numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award for Best Play-the first play to win all three major awards in the same year, establishing Miller 's reputation not only in the theater but in all of American literature. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$335.00

The Equilibriad [Signed]
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The Equilibriad [Signed]

By SANSOM, William (1912-1976); Lucien Freud [illustrates]

London: Hogarth Press, 1948. Hardcover. Fine. Signed limited edition of Sansom's early novella about a man who wakes one morning to discover himself physically and psychologically aslant, illustrated with five superb full-page plates after drawings by Lucian Freud. Number 479 of 750 copies signed by Sansom on limitation page. 8vo: 45,[1]pp. Publisher's buckram-backed marbled boards, spine lettered in gold, beveled edges, fore-edge uncut, title page printed in black and red. Ownership signature to front free end papers of New York figurative painter Sigmund Abeles, whose paintings are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Whitney, among many other institutions. Initials "A. B." inked to rear paste down. Without the scarce original glassine dust jacket. Embrowning to end papers, spine tips very lightly rubbed, else Fine. The great figurative artist Lucian Freud made numerous drawings throughout his twenties, before switching predominantly to oil painting. The originals of several of the pencil and conté crayon drawings done for this work were shown for the first time the year after Freud's death, in 2011, at a retrospective of his works on paper at Acquavella Galleries in New York. One is a youthful self-portrait that appears here as a stand-in for Sansom's protagonist. "William Sansom was once described as London's closest equivalent to Franz Kafka. He wrote in hallucinatory detail, bringing every image into pin-sharp focus. . . . He fell from favour, but now there is a movement to rediscover his finest works." (The Independent) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$1765.00

The Vampyre: a Tale [Second Issue, Uncut]
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The Vampyre: a Tale [Second Issue, Uncut]

By POLIDORI, John William (1795-1821)

London: Printed for Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1819. First Edition. Half-Morocco. Fine. Second Issue (introductory pages set in 24 lines, the false claim that Byron had "in his house two sisters [Mary Godwin and Jane Clermont] as the partakers of his revels," and reference to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, all omitted from the reset third issue (which has the Introduction in 23 lines). One of the earliest issues obtainable. 8vo ( cm): xxv,[2],28-84pp, with both "Extract of a Letter from Geneva" and "Extract of a Letter, Containing an Account of Lord Byron's Residence In the Island of Mitylene" and two sets of ads at rear dated November 24, 1818 and March 1, 1818. Beautifully presented in modern half red morocco over red and gilt-patterned boards, spine in six compartments divided by ruled bands and lettered in black, all edges uncut. Title and half-title reset, omitting Byron's name. Printed on wove paper, watermarked "1818 / G." Repaired marginal tear to half title and occasional pale marginal stain, but a very handsome, uncut example of the scarce second state. Viets III. Wolff 5577. Wise, p. 96. Summers, p 542. First published in Henry Colburn's New Monthly Magazine, as well as in book form (only two copies of which are recorded). Early in 1816 (the story is told in Extract of a Letter from Geneva) John Polidori became physician to Lord Byron, and the two departed on a tour of the Continent. On arrival at Geneva, Byron rented the Villa Diodati, where he was visited by Percy and Mary Shelley and Mary's half-sister, Claire Clairmont, who took up residence nearby. Kept indoors by the "incessant rain" of that "wet, ungenial summer," over three days in June the five turned to telling fantastical tales and then writing their own. Mary Shelley produced Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, and Polidori was inspired by Byron's Fragment of a Novel to write The Vampyre, which on first publication was credited to Byron. "The Vampyre went through five editions in 1819 alone and achieved spectacular success in Europe, where . . . Goethe described The Vampyre as Byron's masterpiece. Although by no means the first appearance of the vampire in European literature, Polidori's tale established the prototype later developed in Sheridan Lefanu's 'Carmilla' and Bram Stoker's Dracula." (ODNB). N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$6250.00

Pale Fire

By NABOKOV, Vladimir (1899-1977)

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1962. First British Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. First Impression of "Nabokov's most perfect novel" (Brian Boyd), and also his most intricate, ingenious, and controversial. 8vo: 315,[1]pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in silver, white dust jacket printed in lime-green and black, priced 21s net. A superb copy, apparently unread, firmly bound and clean throughout. Juliar A35.2. Time 100. Modern Library 100 Best Novels. On November 29, 1960, on the French Riviera, Nabokov took up an index card and wrote the twelve brilliant opening lines of the poem "Pale Fire"-"the hardest stuff I ever had to compose." The "bizarre, three-legged race of a novel," in which he embedded the poem, takes its title from Shakespeare's Timon of Athens: "The moon's an arrant thief,/ And her pale fire she snatches from the sun." When complete, the novel was comprised of the long narrative poem (999 lines, divided into four cantos) followed by a much longer set of footnotes (five times as long as the poem) "written by an obsessive, increasingly deranged annotator. Charles Kinbote, a gay professor at a small New England college, may or may not be a noble-born expatriate from the exotic Eastern European principality of Zembla. He may or may not have stolen the manuscript he's annotating, which he is convinced is really all about him. He is unquestionably, unhealthily obsessed with John Shade, the placid, Robert Frost-like poet who composed the poem. Beyond that all bets are off, and the questions ramify without end. Pale Fire is the kind of novel you can happily get lost in: a house of mirrors with no exit, a labyrinth with no endpoint." (Time 100) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).

$665.00

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