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The Cat in the Hat
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The Cat in the Hat

by Dr. Seuss

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  • Good
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Good
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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First UK edition, first impression (Collins Clear-Type Press, 1958). Originally published in the US the previous year. Signed and inscribed by the author to front endpaper verso: 'for the children of Battersea with Best Wishes... Dr Seuss'. Rare thus.Publisher's original turquoise pictorial boards. Rubbing to edges and to spine with some bumping to corners; very slight bowing to upper board; contents clean and free from names and inscriptions.A good copy of an edition that is rare to find bearing a unique inscription from the author.
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The Handmaid's Tale
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The Handmaid's Tale

by Atwood, Margaret

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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First Canadian edition, first impression (McClelland and Stewart, 1985). Signed and inscribed by the author to half-title: 'For Nancy - Best Wishes - Margaret Atwood'. Featuring striking dust jacket artwork by Tad Aronowicz. The true first edition, preceding that of the UK and the US. Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and more recently adapted into a successful TV series.

Quarter-bound in maroon cloth with cream boards and white lettering to spine. A fine and clean copy with some of the seemingly always present rubbing to the spine ends.

The original and unclipped dust jacket has a nick to spine foot, but is otherwise beautifully crisp and sharp.

A uniquely superior example of a classic of dystopian fiction.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
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One Hundred Years of Solitude

by García Márquez, Gabriel

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  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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First US edition, first impression (Harper & Row, 1970) in first state dust jacket with the exclamation mark after 'Latin America' on upper flap. Originally published in Spanish in 1967. Original green cloth with lettering to spine in gilt and green endpapers and paste-downs. A small area of light browning to front endpaper with very minor traces of rubbing to spine tips, near fine otherwise. The original and unclipped dust jacket has very mild traces of edge wear in places with a very small chip to bottom of lower panel, a couple of tiny nicks to edges and a price fairly inconspicuously pencilled under the original jacket price. A beautiful copy of the novel's first appearance in English, housed in an attractive drop-back box.
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A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol

by Dickens, Charles

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  • very good
  • Hardcover
Condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
Fifth
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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Fifth edition (Chapman & Hall, 1844). Issued the year after the first edition, which was published in December 1843. Hand-coloured etched frontispiece and a further three plates by John Leech with four wood-engravings by W.J. Linton. Two pp advertisements at rear. Gilt edges with publisher's original cinnamon vertically ribbed cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Previous owner name to half-title dated 1844. Small stain on page 25 and one plate detached. A little light soiling/spotting to leaves here and there with some rubbing to edges. Hinges starting and binding a little exposed towards the rear of the book, but all pages, save for the one aforementioned plate, still firmly in place. A very good example.
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A Bear Called Paddington - Inscribed by the Author
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A Bear Called Paddington - Inscribed by the Author

by Bond, Michael

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  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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First edition, first impression (Collins Clear-Type Press: London and Glasgow, 1958). Signed and inscribed by the author to the front endpaper: "To Nina, with best wishes, Michael Bond". The dedicatee is Nina Froud who was a personal friend of the author and worked at his literary agency. The first book in the Paddington series where one of the most iconic and beloved British fictional characters first appeared, later going on to form the basis of several ongoing TV and successful film adaptations. Publisher's original red cloth with silver lettering to spine containing illustrations by Peggy Fortnum. A beautiful, fine and pristine book throughout, save for a touch of off-setting to endpapers. Appears unread. The original complete dust jacket is not price-clipped and is in unusually superior condition with a chip to spine head - not affecting any lettering - and a closed tear to top of upper panel fore-edge with a couple of tiny and inconspicuous nicks to the top edge of lower panel. A very rare… Read More
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

by Rowling, J. K.

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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£7,500.00
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First edition first impression and first state with 'Joanne Rowling' to the copyright page and dropped text on page 7. It has been confirmed by the publisher that all states of the first impression consisted of 5,150 copies in total, of which, it is believed, 2,500 pertained to the first state. Original pictorial boards. A fine book with the slightest hint of spotting to top edge in a beautiful fine dust jacket without flaws. Rare in such superior condition.
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£7,500.00
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A Squash and a Squeeze
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A Squash and a Squeeze

by Donaldson, Julia

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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First edition, first impression.

The author's first book which, due to the infrequency of its appearance in commerce, is likely to have had a very limited print run. It also marks the first collaboration between the author and illustrator, whose partnership would later go on to create 'The Gruffalo', 'Stick Man', 'Zog' and 'Room on the Broom' among many others.

Original pictorial boards with pictorial endpapers and paste-downs. Slight toning to edges and very minor instances of rubbing to corners, else a fine and sharp example, free from any names or inscriptions. No jacket as issued.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
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For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Hemingway, Ernest

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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First edition, first impression in first issue dust jacket.

Original publisher's cloth. Some rubbing to label on spine with toning to edges and a small area of browning to edge of of paste-downs and endpapers. Contents beautifully clean throughout otherwise.

The original and unclipped dust jacket has a little soft crease close to fore-edge of upper panel, else in beautiful, fine condition.

A fantastic example of one of the author's highlight titles.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by Rowling, J. K.

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First Deluxe
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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First deluxe edition, first impression. Published simultaneously with the first trade edition in 2003. Signed and inscribed by the author to half-title: 'To Betty, Happy 70th!! With love from J. K. Rowling x'.
Original burgundy cloth and endpapers with lettering to spine and upper board in gilt, gold page edges, ribbon marker and pictorial onlay to upper board featuring artwork by Jason Cockcroft.
A beautiful, fine copy. Very rare signed or inscribed.
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The Stand
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The Stand

by King, Stephen

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
Limited
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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£5,500.00
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Deluxe Limited Edition. Bound in full black morocco, title in gilt on spine with raised bands and decorative red title on front cover. Stated "first edition" on copyright page. All edges gilt, sewn in silk bookmark. Red silk endpapers. Illustrated by Bernie Wrightson. Includes the scarce glassine tissue cover. Housed in a black wooden box lined with red satin. One of 1,250 copies signed by the author and illustrator, of which this is number 370.
A stunning production the size of a family bible, this is widely considered to be the both the most beautiful and among the most desirable books bearing the author's name.
A very good wrapper with some edgewear, a tear and couple of tiny nicks to bottom edge. The book is in pristine, fine condition.
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£5,500.00
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A Pale View of Hills
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A Pale View of Hills

by Ishiguro, Kazuo

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  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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First edition, first impression. Signed, inscribed and dated by the author to the title page: "To Charles, all best, Kazuo Ishiguro 7th June '89". Rare inscribed. The author's first book and the winner of the 1982 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize.
Original cloth with lettering to spine in gilt. Very faint traces of dustiness to top edge with minor pushing to spine head, else fine, in a near fine or better dust jacket with just a hint of the usual fading to spine panel and one instance of negligible wear to spine head. A superior copy.
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East of Eden: Chapter 34
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East of Eden: Chapter 34

by Steinbeck, John

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Paperback
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Binding
Paperback
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Two variants (no priority) containing Chapter 34 from the novel 'East of Eden', privately printed and limited to only 125 copies. The first ever appearance of an extract from the novel, issued prior to its publication in 1952. These copies were mailed by the author to his nephew-in-law, David Heyler. Both housed in the original envelope signed and addressed by Steinbeck. From the Mary Steinbeck Dekker Family Collection.
Very faint traces of soiling to rear cover of one booklet with a little peripheral toning to the covers of the other, else near fine.
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£3,000.00
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I Am Legend
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I Am Legend

by Matheson, Richard

  • Used
  • Paperback
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Very Good+
Edition
First
Binding
Paperback
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First paperback edition, first impression, published by Gold Medal Books in August 1954 and featuring cover art by Stan Melzoff. Uniquely signed, inscribed and dated by the author to the title page: "I was 26 when I wrote this ______ when I signed it! Richard Matheson. The true first edition of the novel, published some 16 years prior to the first hardcover edition that was issued in 1970.
A hugely influential work that was instrumental in the modern development and popularisation of both cinematic and literary works depicting zombies and vampires, as well as the more general concept of disease leading to dystopian, apocalyptic circumstances. The novel was cited by George Romero as a key influence in the creation of the film 'Night of the Living Dead' (1968) and famously had its own film adaptations in 1964 under the title 'The Last Man on Earth', in 1971 as 'The Omega Man', and most recently in 2007 as 'I Am Legend'.
A little yellowing to spine and to the top of lower cover with one or two slight… Read More
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18 Poems
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18 Poems

by Thomas, Dylan

  • Used
  • near fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Near Fine
Edition
First
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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£4,500.00
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First edition, first impression, signed by the author to the title page. One of 500 copies; the present example belonging to the second 250 copies with a round spine, as opposed to the flat spine used for the first 250. Likely signed for Norman Ungar, a collector based in New York and a friend and sometime patron of Thomas.
Original black cloth. Spine lettering a little dulled with a touch of rubbing to hinges and corners. One or two isolated spots to a few of the opening pages and to rear endpaper. Lacking dust jacket.
An excellent, clean example of the author's first book. Extremely scarce, even more so signed.
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£4,500.00
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Winnie-the-Pooh
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Winnie-the-Pooh

by Milne, A. A.

  • Used
  • Fine
  • Hardcover
  • Signed
  • first
Condition
Used - Fine
Edition
Limited
Binding
Hardcover
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Chelmsford, Essex
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£3,500.00
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Limited edition, published by Methuen Children s Books Ltd. in 1973.
Hand bound in blue leather by Zaehnsdorf, London with lettering to spine and motif to upper board in gilt. All edges gilt. Containing attractive illustrations in colour by E. H. Shepard throughout and housed in a blue cloth slipcase with lettering to spine in gilt. One of 300 copies signed by E. H. Shepard, of which this is number 26.
An excellent, fine book. Some evidence of rubbing to top and bottom edges of slipcase, else near fine.
A beautifully produced and unique edition of one of the most important and popular children's books of modern times.
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£3,500.00
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