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King Nut-Cracker or The Dream of Poor Reinhold. A Fairy Tale for Children rendered from the German of Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann (author of “Struwwelpeter”) by J R Planche, Esq/

HOFFMAN, Heinrich 1st UK and English Language Edition 19.5 x 25.2 cm red cloth backed pictorial paper covered boards with title to the front. Pale grey endpapers 28 leaves printed on one side only with verse accompanied by 28 hand coloured illustrations including the decorative title page. The boards are very good considering the book's age with uniform toning and occasional marking commensurate with age. There is a little rubbing to the spine tips with minor loss and also to the corners, which are a touch rounded and edges with minor loss. with. Internally there is a German tax stamp on the title page and occasional spotting throughout, more so over the first and last few pages. There are a couple of tape repairs to the book on the front endpapers and also on the final page, which also has a section of paper reinforcement. Page 17 has loss measuring 4 x 2 cm at its greatest extent on the bottom margin and there are also a couple of short 1-2cm closed tears affecting the margins but none of these affect either the text or the illustration. There are light handling marks and spotting to most text pages but the illustrations are bright and clean. All in all an excellent complete copy in its original binding. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
  • $1,045
  • $1,045
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Paraprosodies – 7 Dialogues

COCTEAU, Jean 11.2 x 22 cm grey paper wraps with red decoration and black titles to the front 37 [1]pp with erratum tipped in. The half title contains a red and blue profile portrait drawn by the artist with a personal inscription reading. ' à George/ Wright Hall /cet essai de solitude et de/ porter le poise à la/ hauteur d'une sucrie exacte./ avec l'amitie/ de Jean Cocteau'. The pamphlet also comes with its original mailing envelope written by Cocteau with his return address in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France. There is a light horizontal mark just up from the end of the "S" of "DIALOGUES" and across onto the spine and a round mark immediately below the bottom triangle (slightly right of centre) on the front cover. Otherwise it is in at least near fine condition. The envelope is addressed by Cocteau to his friend George Wright Hall (1895-1974), who had studied in Edinburgh in the early 1920s and was a member of the 1922 Group. It bears its original stamps and Cocteau's return address. The envelope has been opened along the top and both side are now open too. The two sides of it remain partially joined along the bottom edge but this has been conserved by the application of Japanese paper. In all a lovely inscribed item complete with the envelope Cocteau used to send it and which has helped to keep the book so well preserved. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
  • $2,155
  • $2,155
French Provincial Cookery

French Provincial Cookery

DAVID, Elizabeth 1st Edition, green cloth with red vignette to the front and red and gilt titles to the spine. Top edge red, 493[3]pp with illustrations by Juliet Renny. In unclipped dust jacket with 35s net price. Signed by the author in the year of publication on the half title. This book together comes together with a proof copy and sections of the galley proof of the same work. The boards are clean and bright with just a little pushing to the corners. Internally clean, with just the author's signature and a line of toning to the the endpapers and page following where the dust jacket does not reach. The jacket which is now protected in a removable, clear cover (not shown) is a little marked and dust stained with rubbing to the corners, spine tips and edges with minimal loss. There are two closed tears of 1 and 1.5 cm with a touch of associated creasing. The proof copy is a little stained and rubbed on the cover and internally there is the occasional comment on a recipe written in pen. The Galley Proof covers pages 33-448 only. These items come from the collection of Angela Wolford [nee Kay]. She wrote books for the chef and early television personality Jean Conil and helped in the editing of this volume. There is a note signed by her, in the book, to the effect that she compiled the index and the comments on various recipes in the proof, presumably from her. A lovely trio of items. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
  • $2,285
  • $2,285
Now We Are Six

Now We Are Six

MILNE, A. A. 1st Edition. 12.5 x 19.3 cm dark red cloth with gilt stamped vignette and border to the front, vignette to the rear and titles to the spine. Top edge gilt, pink pictorial endpapers, x,103[1]pp, with black and white illustrations by Ernest Shepard throughout. Clean, bright, unfaded boards with a touch of rubbing to the spine tips and corners, a little fading at the spine tips and pushing to the corners. At the top of the back board there are slight unobtrusive marks where a few drips have been brushed off, but can only really be seen at a certain angle in the light. Internally clean, without name, inscription or bookplate and just a hint of toning/acid migration to the free endpapers where the jacket flaps don'treach. The dust jacket which is now protected in a removable, clear cover (not shown) is lightly dust marked with toning to the spine which extends to a lesser extent for about 2 cm onto the front panel - it looks much worse in our images than in reality. There is rubbing to the spine tips and corners with minimal loss to the corners and loss to the head of the spine to a maximum of 0.8 cm and affecting the word "Now" in the title. This loss extends round onto the front and rear panels for 1cm. There are three small chips at the foot of the spine, two are minute and the other is a chip of 0.8 x 0.3 cm. There is a little creasing to the top edge of the rear panel and a couple of tiny nicks on the top and bottom edges. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
  • $751
Winnie The Pooh

Winnie The Pooh

MILNE, A. A. 1st Edition, 12.5 x 19.5 cm green cloth with gilt stamped vignette of Pooh and Christopher Robin to the front within a single lined border and titles to the spine. Top edge gilt, Hundred Acre Wood map endpapers, [xiv] 58(2)pp with black and white illustrations by E H Shepard throughout. In original first state dust jacket priced at 7/6 and with the advert for the 117th Thousand of When We Were Very Young on the rear flap. The boards are clean and bright with just a touch of pushing to three of the four corners and to the spine tips. There is a tiny proud dot two thirds of the way down on the left of the front board (1.5cms in from the gilt rule) and a small ding at the bottom edge of the rear board Internally very clean, without name, inscription or bookplate and just a strip of toning/acid migration to the free endpapers where the dust jacket does not reach, noting a single 2mm spot at the bottom of the recto of the illustration preceding chapter 1. There are a few light spots along the fore edge of the text block. The binding is very firm and square with no cracks. The dust jacket which is now protected in a removable, clear cover (not shown) is much cleaner than is usually found with uniform toning that is more evident to the spine. There is a little rubbing to the corners and spine tips with minor loss to the corners on the front panel and of up to 3mm on the head of the spine which does not affect the titles. The foot of the spine has a very small triangular chip measuring 5 x 3mm. All in all a lovely looking clean 1st Edition copy in an excellent original, unrestored dust jacket. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
  • $5,876
  • $5,876
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Dr. No With tipped in author’s signature together with a collection of 12 signatures from members of the film cast and 3 others connected with the film flat signed

Foyle's 1st Book Club Edition May 1959 (after Cape's 3rd printing in April 1959). 12 x 18.8 cm yellow boards with black titles to the spine, 244pp in original dust jacket. 15 signatures. Although the sixth book in Fleming's James Bond series, Dr. No was the first to be made into a film, in 1962. The book has a clipped signature of Ian Fleming and has been signed by 12 cast, as follows: Sean Connery - James Bond Ursula Andress - Honey Ryder Jack Lord - Felix Leiter Bernard Lee - 'M' Lois Maxwell - Miss Moneypenny Anthony Dawson - Professor Dent Marguerite LeWars - The Photographer (Annabel Chung) Eunice Gayson - Sylvia Trench Peter Burton - 'Q' Joseph Wiseman - Dr No Zena Marshall - Miss Taro Dolores Keator - Mary Trueblood The three additional signatures are: Monty Norman - writer of the film score and composer of the now famous James Bond Theme which has featured in every Eon Productions film since. Vic Flick - James Bond Theme guitarist Diana Coupland - Wife of Monty Norman she provided the singing voice for Honey Ryder as she sang 'Under the Mango Tree', when she walked of the ocean on Crab Key The boards are clean with just a little pushing to the corners and spine tips which also have a hint of dust marking. Internally, the cast signatures are on the endpapers and the other three on the half title. The Ian Fleming signature is tipped in on the title page. The lightly toned dust jacket is rubbed on the corners edges and spine tips with minor loss to the corners and spine tips. There are also a couple of closed tears, the longest on the top of the rear panel, measuring 1.5 cm. All in all a wonderful, possibly unique, collection of signatures relating to the first Bond film, who's release led to 1.5 million copies of the book being sold in the following seven months as well as the birth of a new film genre. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.
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The Illustrated Long Walk to Freedom. The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Signed by Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, F W De Klerk, Desmond Tutu, Winnie Mandela and Stan Campbell

1st Book Club Edition Black boards with gilt stamped titles to the spine, [x] 630pp with 22 pages of photographic illustrations in original dust jacket. Signed on the title page on 16/6/98 by Nelson Mandela, on the half title by Thabo Mbeki, F W De Klerk and Desmond Tutu with the last of these dating his signature 15/4/98 and also by Winnie Mandela on the contents page dated 26/7/96. The book is also signed on the recto of the rear free endpaper, rather modestly, by Stan Campbell who was the lead singer with Special AKA on Jerry Dammers song 'Free Nelson Mandela' The boards are clean with a little pushing to the top corners and a couple of dings along the bottom edge. Internally clean with just the signatures as listed. The dust jacket which is now protected in a removable, clear cover (not shown) has a touch of rubbing to the spine tips and corners with a little surface abrasion minimal loss to the bottom joint tips and a little creasing along the bottom edge. A really scarce, almost certainly unique, collection of autographs of individuals who played a part in the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa including three presidents of the country. Rainford & Parris Books welcomes enquiries, so please do not hesitate to ask if you require further images or have any questions. All books are packaged with great care.