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MY EARLY LIFE. - THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES. - GREAT CONTEMPORARIES. - STEP BY STEP.
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MY EARLY LIFE. - THOUGHTS AND ADVENTURES. - GREAT CONTEMPORARIES. - STEP BY STEP.

By CHURCHILL. WINSTON. S

Odhams Press Limited. London. 1947. FOUR VOLUMES. First Odhams Press editions. 8vo. (8.5 x 5.7 inches). Finely bound for Churchill, by Zaehnsdorf bookbinders, for presentation. My early life is inscribed 'To Air Commodore G. Powell from Winston S. Churchill. 1948', Thoughts and Adventures is signed 'W S Churchill', and the other two volumes are initialled by Churchill, all in black ink on the front blank endpapers. These are later editions of earlier titles but all four are the first printings of these Odhams Press editions, and are four of an unknown number of Odhams printings that were specially bound for presentation by Churchill. Bound by Zaehnsdorf, and with their gilt name stamp to the inner front boards, in full red morocco. Spines with raised bands, each with gilt piping. The compartments ruled and lettered in gilt. Double gilt ruled borders to the boards. All four front boards have a gilt stamped facsimile of Churchill's signature to the bottom of the panel. Board edges double ruled in gilt. Decorative gilt rolled inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt. Great Contemporaries has a small mark to the bottom of the spine otherwise the binding is clean and bright. The other three volumes all have staining to the bindings on the boards and spines and a couple have some bowing but they are all still attractive and sound. The blank endpapers have some offsetting around the edges and matching the lines of the endpapers. Some occasional foxing to some of the text pages but generally clean and tidy books throughout. The recipient of these four books was Air Commodore Griffith 'Taffy' Powell, a pilot who frequently flew Churchill both during the war with R A F Ferry Command and after when he was a commercial pilot, where he pioneered the development of Silver Cities Air Ferries, flying passengers and their cars between Britain and the continent. He is said to have offered Churchill free flights during his wilderness years and these books were probably given as a thank you for this generosity as well as Powell's war time work. He wrote a book about his years as a pilot, 'Ferryman: from Ferry Command to Silver City', which was published in England in 1982. The book contains mention of these volumes 'After his last flight to North Africa he (Churchill) gave me a handsomely bound and autographed set of his early works... ' , and a photo of Powell, stood outside of an aircraft with Churchill. A copy of the first edition of this book is included with the 4 Churchill books. I do not know how many books from these Odhams editions were bound for presentation but they are not common. I had three of these titles, in identical bindings, and all inscribed, signed and initialled by Churchill to the same person, back in 2006 but have not seen any others since.

$16710.00

THE FALL OF GONDOLIN.  Edited by Christopher Tolkien. With Illustrations by Alan Lee
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THE FALL OF GONDOLIN. Edited by Christopher Tolkien. With Illustrations by Alan Lee

By TOLKIEN. J. R. R

Harper Collins. London. 2018. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (9 x 6 inches). Signed on the title page by Alan Lee. As new in the colour illustrated dustwrapper. A small bookseller's sticker has been placed on the front panel of the wrapper stating 'Signed by the Illustrator'.

$100.26

MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. With a preface by the Authors and an appendix containing the true story of Peter Heywood. Illustrated by Fletcher Martin
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MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. With a preface by the Authors and an appendix containing the true story of Peter Heywood. Illustrated by Fletcher Martin

By NORDHOFF. CHARLES. ; HALL. JAMES NORMAN

The Limited editions club. New York. 1947. LIMITED EDITION. One of 1500 copies, signed by the Illustrator. Large 8vo. (9.3 x 6.3 inches). Illustrated with 16 full page colour plates and several other line drawings throughout the text. A bright and clean copy in a beautiful fine leather binding by Bayntun of Bath, for Samuel E. Zeitlin of Chicago. Full mid blue morocco, spine with five raised bands each with gilt piping. The compartments ruled, decorated and lettered in gilt. Single ruled gilt borders on boards. Two gilt ruled lines, with decorative corner pieces, to the inner boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Aside from just a hint of fading to the spine, this is a lovely, highly decorative binding on this classic book.

$868.92

SLIGHTLY FOXED - BUT STILL DESIRABLE. Ronald Searle\'s wicked world of book collecting
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SLIGHTLY FOXED - BUT STILL DESIRABLE. Ronald Searle's wicked world of book collecting

By SEARLE. RONALD

Souvenir Press. London. 1989. SIGNED FIRST EDITION. 4to. (12.1 x 8.8 inches). One of an unspecified number of copies bound in the publisher's scarce variant delux bright red leather binding and signed by Searle in black ink on the verso of the title page. Fully illustrated throughout with sixty full page colour plates by Searle, each with a humorous book related title on the opposite leaf. Single page introduction by Searle at the front and 4pp humorous glossary of book collecting terms at the end of the book. Fine copy in the scarce publishers original red Morocco leather binding with gilt lettering to the spine. The signed limited edition of 150 copies, and a few extra volumes, were issued in dark blue morocco and only a very small number were bound in this variant red leather. Mustard yellow endpapers. Top edge red. A beautiful, fine copy of this very amusing book. ---- "A splendid book; for the wicked mind of Ronald Searle, for the freshness of the cartoons, for the pithiness of the glossary but most of all for reminding both booksellers and book collectors that the business can be fun!". - The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association Newsletter.

$568.14

SLIGHTLY FOXED - BUT STILL DESIRABLE. Ronald Searle\'s wicked world of book collecting
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SLIGHTLY FOXED - BUT STILL DESIRABLE. Ronald Searle's wicked world of book collecting

By SEARLE. RONALD

Souvenir Press. London. 1989. SIGNED FIRST EDITION. 4to. (12.1 x 8.8 inches). One of an unspecified number of copies bound in the publisher's delux blue leather binding and signed by Searle on the verso of the title page. Fully illustrated throughout with sixty full page colour plates by Searle, each with a humorous book related title on the opposite leaf. Single page introduction by Searle at the front and 4pp humorous glossary of book collecting terms at the end of the book. Fine copy in the publishers original delux dark blue Morocco leather binding with gilt lettering to the spine. Mustard yellow endpapers. Top edge blue. This same binding was used for the 150 numbered and signed copies of this edition. A beautiful, fine copy of this very amusing book. ---- "A splendid book; for the wicked mind of Ronald Searle, for the freshness of the cartoons, for the pithiness of the glossary but most of all for reminding both booksellers and book collectors that the business can be fun!". - The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association Newsletter.

$501.30

BOY.  Tales of Childhood.
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BOY. Tales of Childhood.

By DAHL. ROALD

Puffin Books. Penguin Group. London. 1988. Reprint of the 1986 Puffin paperback edition. INSCRIBED BY DAHL on the front blank inside of the front cover. - 'To Fritz, Love, Roald Dahl'. Mono illustrations throughout. A very good copy in original full colour illustrated wrapper.

$334.20

WHAT I AM TRYING TO DO.
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WHAT I AM TRYING TO DO.

By FULLER. R. BUCKMINSTER

Cape Goliard Press. London. 1968. LIMITED EDITION. (12 x 10 inches). One of just 100 numbered and signed copies (this number 4) from a total edition of 500. Printed at the Trigram Press, London, in four colours. 8pp, plus colour printed laminated card covers, designed by Paul Vaughan, and frosted paper wraps with the title printed in blue to the front. The whole booklet is held together with the original white metal clasp spine. First page with a Buckminster Fuller design, printed in bright yellow and with red lettering, the other pages printed in blue and showing detailed diagrams of four of his invented construction ideas. A sharp and bright copy of this rare edition.

$1336.80

THE KINGS MESSENGERS. An Allegory of New Year\'s Eve. Written out by John Franklin Shipley in the year of our LORD. 1905
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THE KINGS MESSENGERS. An Allegory of New Year's Eve. Written out by John Franklin Shipley in the year of our LORD. 1905

By SHIPLEY. MARY ELISABETH. (Calligraphic Manuscript)

No publisher. 1905. Unique calligraphic manuscript, apparently unpublished. (9.6 x 6.3 inches). Hand written manuscript in black ink with red initial letters and gold and blue decorations throughout. Title and first word on the first text page are also written in gold. Twenty fine hand made paper leaves (made by O. W. Paper & Arts Co. Ltd, and with their watermark) with untrimmed edges, sixteen with written text, bound in full white vellum binding with three red ties through both boards. Neat inscription (C. M. S from J. F. S, Christmas. AD 1907) on front blank leaf. A beautiful item. ----- Mary Elizabeth Shipley was a prolific author in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, of mainly religious novels including:- Little Helpers 1876, Legend of St. Christopher 1877, Bernard Hamilton: Curate of Stowe 1880, Palm Branches 1890, A Desolate Shore 1884, Cousin Deborah's Whim. 3 vols. 1878, An English Church History For Children 1905. among many others.

$1136.28

ONE-UPMANSHIP.
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ONE-UPMANSHIP.

By POTTER. STEPHEN

Rupert Hart Davis. London. 1952. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Signed by the author to the front free endpaper. A very good, clean copy in the original illustrated dustwrapper with a couple of small chips to the rear panel, the spine just a little toned and a couple of minor marks to the front panel but overall very good.

$133.68

ENGLISH SONNETS. By Poets of the past. Edited by Samuel Waddington
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ENGLISH SONNETS. By Poets of the past. Edited by Samuel Waddington

By WADDINGTON. SAMUEL. Edits

George bell and Sons. London. 1888. Second edition. 8vo. (6.5 x 4.2 inches). Possible the Author's own copy. A word in one Keats poem has been corrected in ink and initialled 'S. W. 1921' in the margin. A fine copy in a beautiful fine leather binding. Full dark blue morocco. Spine with raised bands. The compartments lettered, ruled and decorated in gilt. Both boards with decorative black and grey leather onlaid border design, edged with gilt dots and within a single gilt ruled border. Board edges with single gilt ruled lines. Inner boards with four gilt ruled lines and decorative corner designs. Soft tan leather endpapers. All edges gilt. A fine and beautiful early twentieth century leather binding. The book is housed in a custom two piece slip case with felt lining in the lower part where the book slides into a blue leather entry case within a brown morocco faux book. When the top is placed on the whole case resembles a full morocco bound volume with raised bands and blind tooled ruled lines and lettering. A truly beautiful and finely executed delux leather binding. The binding is unsigned but certainly the work of a master bookbinder. Ma.

$1002.60

THE LEGEND OF SIGURD AND GUDRUN.  Edited by Christopher Tolkien
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THE LEGEND OF SIGURD AND GUDRUN. Edited by Christopher Tolkien

By TOLKIEN. J. R. R

Harper Collins. London. 2009. FIRST DE LUXE EDITION. 8vo. (9.1 x 6 inches). One of only 100 copies numbered and signed by Christopher Tolkien. Contains a facsimile page of Tolkien's original manuscript. Publishers delux full morocco leather binding with four raised bands to the spine. The compartments lettered and decorated with publishers logo and JRRT monogram, all in gilt. Front board has a circular gilt stamped design, the rear board the JRRT monogram. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. Brown silk bookmarker. Tiny production fault to the bottom page edges where the gilt hasn't taken, leaving a white spot about 2mm wide. Housed in the original felt-lined full morocco clamshell case with a black satin tie-pull. Gilt stamped monogram to the fron panel and the same circular design as the book's front board on the spine. A small crease to one corner of the clamshell case otherwise book and box are fine.

$1002.60

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. A trivial comedy for serious people
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. A trivial comedy for serious people

By WILDE. OSCAR

Leonard Smithers and Co. London. 1899. FIRST EDITION. Small 4to. (8.4 x 6.3 inches). One of 100 large paper copies, printed on Dutch hand made paper, numbered and signed by Oscar Wilde. Original publishers pale purple cloth with both boards and spine lettered and decorated with designs by Charles Shannon. Brown mark to two leaves where a piece of newspaper has been left in between the pages, otherwise a bright and clean copy throughout. Some minor mottling to the cloth spine but overall a superior copy. Mason 382.

$50130.00

THE WORKS. The White Company; Micah Clarke; The Refugees; Rodney Stone; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four; The Great Shadow and Uncle Bernac; A Duet with an Occasional Chorus; Tragedy of the Korosko and the Green Flag; The Stark-Munro Letters and Round the Red Lamp; and The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard
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THE WORKS. The White Company; Micah Clarke; The Refugees; Rodney Stone; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes; A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four; The Great Shadow and Uncle Bernac; A Duet with an Occasional Chorus; Tragedy of the Korosko and the Green Flag; The Stark-Munro Letters and Round the Red Lamp; and The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard

By DOYLE. ARTHUR CONAN

John Murray. London. 1903 (1917). THE AUTHOR'S EDITION. 12 volumes, complete. Limited edition of 1000 sets, numbered and signed by Arthur Conan Doyle in Volume one, The White Company. Illustrated with 24 full page plates, by Arthur Twidle (20), Sidney Paget (1), B. West Clinedinst (1), and W. B. Wollen (2), each with a printed tissue guard. ----- Finely bound in recent full dark red morocco. Spines with five raised bands, the compartments with gilt lettering and centre decorations. Single gilt ruled border to boards. Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Some thumbing and creasing to a few pages but overall an excellent set which has been handsomely bound. ------ Only 510 of the 1000 sets were issued by Smith, Elder & Company in 1903. The remaining sets were passed to John Murray and were reissued with new title pages, still dated 1903, in 1917. This is one of those 490 sets. ------ Green and Gibson's bibliography of the works of Conan Doyle states; "The author considered this edition of his works to be of great importance: he revised parts, and added notes and a number of special introductions. He remarks in the preface that it had for some time been his ambition to have such a collection. Because of the author's friendship with Reginald Smith, he agreed to sign the thousand copies of the English issue. He was not, however, prepared to do the same for the American publisher, though he was asked. He made it known that he would only consider doing so for a considerable fee. The English issue also has the further attraction of having two illustrations in each volume rather than one." (Green & Gibson, p. 233).

$6684.00

SLIGHTLY FOXED - BUT STILL DESIRABLE. Ronald Searle\'s wicked world of book collecting
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SLIGHTLY FOXED - BUT STILL DESIRABLE. Ronald Searle's wicked world of book collecting

By SEARLE. RONALD

Souvenir Press. London. 1989. SIGNED, LIMITED FIRST EDITION. 4to. (12.1 x 8.8 inches). One of only 150 copies, numbered and signed by Searle. Fully illustrated throughout with sixty full page colour plates by Searle, each with a humorous book related title on the opposite leaf. Single page introduction by Searle at the front and 4pp humorous glossary of book collecting terms at the end of the book. Fine copy in the publishers original dark blue Morocco leather binding with gilt lettering to the spine. Mustard yellow endpapers. Top edge blue. A beautiful, fine copy of this very amusing book. ---- "A splendid book; for the wicked mind of Ronald Searle, for the freshness of the cartoons, for the pithiness of the glossary but most of all for reminding both booksellers and book collectors that the business can be fun!". - The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association Newsletter.

$802.08

PREFACES.
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PREFACES.

By SHAW. GEORGE BERNARD

Constable & Company Limited. London. 1934. FIRST EDITION. Large 8vo. (9.9 x 7.1 inches). Illustrated title page with a fine wood engraving by John Farleigh. Inscribed by Shaw to the film and stage Actress Joyce Bland. There is a presentation inscription, not in Shaw's hand, on the front free endpaper which reads; 'To Miss Bland. With every good wish & in memory of the Malvern Festival. July 1934.'. The second inscription, By G B S, on the half title page reads; 'Inscribed to Joyce Bland Bernard Shaw Malvern 16th Aug. 1934'. A very good copy in the publishers delux leather binding of full tan morocco. Spine with raised bands. The compartments are ruled and lettered in gilt and decorated with a blind ruled multiple box design. Boards with a blind ruled blocked line design within six ruled border lines. Salmon pink endpapers. Top edge gilt. A very good copy with some minimal rubbing to the extremities but still an attractive book. ------ Joyce Bland (1906 to 1963) was a Shakespearean stage actress who appeared in several films in the 1930's. She appeared in The Marvellous Life of St Bernard at the Malvern festival in 1934. The Malvern Festival was established in 1929, initially dedicated to the works of George Bernard Shaw, and with the repertoire of the first season entirely composed of his plays.

$1169.70

GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN. A Saraband for the Sixties.
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GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN. A Saraband for the Sixties.

By BAILEY. DAVID. & EVANS. PETER

The Conde Nast Publications Ltd in association with Collins. London. 1969. FIRST EDITION. Folio. (14.3 x 11.2 inches). Fully illustrated throughout with mono photos. Ex Vogue Library copy, elaborately inscribed by David Bailey, with doodles and drawings to three pages. On the (purple paper) front free endpaper is a small stamp 'Vogue Library' in black ink. The white blank page opposite the half title has a large doodle featuring a drawing of Mickey Mouse in the centre. The half title page has drawings of two faces in profile and the inscription 'Roo & Sarah Thank you for buying this boi---' (I can't make out the last word). On the third page, the copyright page, is another drawing of a face in profile and Bailey's signature below in the bottom right corner. All three pages are drawn and written in purple felt tipped pen. Bailey has also signed his own portrait on page 232 of the book, again in purple ink. Two of the subjects have also inscribed their photos, The Earl of Snowden; 'Love Tony', and Penelope Tree, Bailey's one time Muse and model, with two small drawings; A picture of a heart with an arrow through; 'Sin-cere-ly Yveres. Penelopache de trompatore el groupie (mais frustratario)'; a picture of an explosion, '(reelee) + Luv'. There are two small stains on the photo os Tree, otherwise a very good copy in publishers grey boards with silver lettering to the front panel and spine. The boards are a bit bumped but generally very good. In the original dustwrapper, which has a design by Alan Aldridge to the panels. There is a crease down the middle of both panels but overall this is a very good wrapper.

$1303.38

ORCHARD AND VINEYARD.
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ORCHARD AND VINEYARD.

By SACKVILLE WEST. V

John Lane The Bodley Head. London. 1921. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Inscribed presentation copy from Vita Sackville-West's mother to the Aviator Amy Johnson on the front free endpaper; "To Miss Any Johnson from the mother of "Ad Astra", page 59. With all admiration for Miss Johnson's wonderful pluck and success. From the Dowager Lady Sackville. January 1932.". Publishers original grey linen-backed blue paper covered boards, with printed paper labels to the spine and front board. Some very light foxing to a few leaves but generally clean internally. The cloth spine has some staining and the corners are bumped but still overall a very good copy with an interesting association.

$501.30

IF. Calligraphic manuscript.
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IF. Calligraphic manuscript.

By KIPLING. RUDYARD

No place, no date. Circa 1930's. Hand written calligraphic manuscript on off-white card, in red and black ink with blue, yellow, brown and gold painted border and initial title. The sheet measures 11.6 x 8.9 inches. Marks on the rear where this was probably mounted previously but the front panel is clean and free of any damage. Unsigned and no clue to the calligrapher. A very attractive presentation. ------ A poll taken by the BBC in the UK in 2005 voted it as Britain's favourite Poem, poling twice as many votes as the number 2 choice, Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shallot. Originally written in 1895, IF was inspired by the actions of Dr. Leander Starr Jameson, a British Officer whose forces were defeated by the Boers in 1895, but who was portrayed as a victorious hero by the British press, the poem is a powerful masterclass in maintaining the British stiff upper lip.

$501.30

THE TAILOR OF PANAMA.
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THE TAILOR OF PANAMA.

By Le CARRE. JOHN

Hodder & Stoughton. London. 1996. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Signed by Le Carre on the title page. Fine copy in near fine dustwrapper.

$160.42

METROLAND.
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METROLAND.

By BETJEMAN. JOHN. -- Boyd Harte. Glynn, Illustrates

Warren Editions. London. 1960. FIRST EDITION, Limited to 220 copies, numbered and signed by both author and illustrator. 4to. (11.4 x 9.1 inches). 23 leaves, illustrated with 16 original coloured lithographs. Verses are taken from Betjeman's commentary for Edward Mirzoeff's BBC documentary, Metro-land, shown in 1973 and are printed in red on thin, almost transparent, paper opposite the illustrations. Witty artistic binding by designer bookbinder Chris Hicks, representing a typical semi-detached "Metro-Land" house. Full red morocco leather in the shape of a house, including chimney, with windows, door and sloping roof. Decorative endapers. Bookbinder's signature in blind on the rear cover. In a yellow cloth fitted clam shell box with gilt title on spine. The box has a little wear but the book is in fine condition. Some correspondence from the Binder, loosely inserted, shows that the binding was executed in 1989.

$5013.00

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