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Catch 22 : Signed By The Author : With The Scarce First Issue Wrapper And Publisher’s Promotional Postcards

Catch 22 : Signed By The Author : With The Scarce First Issue Wrapper And Publisher’s Promotional Postcards

Heller, Joseph The First UK printing published by Jonathan Cape in 1962. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Light pushing at the spine tips and some mild bumping to the lower corners. Some light toning to the text-block and very slight offsetting to the end-papers. One previous owner's penned name to the front blank end-paper. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ or better condition. It is the very scarce first issue bearing a 28 lined quotation from the book to the rear panel with NO reviews (the more commonly found second state wrapper has reviews from the USA to the rear panel instead) and no clipping of the flap corners. Slight rubbing and a slither of loss at the spine tips. Mild rubbing to the spine folds and corners. The rear panel has only very slight age related markings and appears very clean for its age. Two small closed tears to the lower spine folds with only very slight toning to the spine colouring. The Germano Facetti wrapper artwork looks very attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed (without dedication) by the author to the title page. The signing event took place at the National Press Club in Washington on February 25th 1998 and a copy of the letter accompanies this book as provenance for the signature. Accompanied by four publisher's promotional postcards depicting a cartoon and a related quote from a character in the book. The cards are complete with just a little toning and spotting to the edges. The author's landmark title which has been adapted for a movie and more recently for TV starring George Clooney. Extremely scarce with such attributes. Only the second copy we have handled to date with the the elusive first issue wrapper. Collectible. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Waiting For Godot : With The Scarce Original Criterion Theatre Programme

Waiting For Godot : With The Scarce Original Criterion Theatre Programme

Beckett, Samuel The First UK printing published by faber and Faber in 1965. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with just the usual offsetting to the end papers and a little dustiness to the upper text-block. Original yellow cloth with the titling in red. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The publisher's note tipped-in after the title page as called for. This note refers to the play's censoring by the Lord Chamberlain and that the text used was from The Criterion Theatre's production in 1955. The WRAPPER is complete and is in near Fine condition. It bears the correct price of 9s. 6d. to the front lower flap. Light toning to the spine and flap edges. A little rubbing and light creasing at the spine tips with a tiny tear and loss at the upper rear corner. The wrapper is protected in a loose Brodart archival cover. Accompanied by the original 'Criterion Theatre' programme which is in near Fine condition. The theatre's price sticker has been neatly cut to open the programme. A pencil date of '17 Oct 55' to the upper front cover which presumably refers to the date purchased. Light edge wear. 'Waiting for Godot' was first performed on 5th January 1953 in Paris and the English-language version premiered on the 3rd August 1955 At 'The Arts Theatre' before moving on and opening at The Criterion Theatre, London on 12th September 1955. The principal cast as detailed in the theatre programme and the book only differ in the role of 'Vladimir'. The text of this first issue was translated from the original French by Beckett himself. Scarce with such attributes. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
To The Boating : Signed By The Author : With The Original Wrapper

To The Boating : Signed By The Author : With The Original Wrapper

Holden, Inez The First UK printing published by John Lane & The Bodley Head, London in 1945. The BOOK is in VERY GOOD++ or better condition. Produced to war time economy standard. A little pushing to the spine tips. Some dustiness and spotting to the text block which very occasionally encroaches onto the page edges. Some heavier spotting to the end papers. Free from inscriptions and bookplates. The WRAPPER is complete and is in VERY GOOD++ or better condition. Faded and toned to the spine, front cover and upper edges. The black lettering remains very bright. Minor edge wear with a little age related marks to the front cover. There is a design for a different book title printed on the verso (as usually encountered due to war time restrictions with paper). The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival protector. The book has been inscribed and signed by the author to the half-title page: 'To Dokter Hell, from Inez Holden, August 1950'. It is not clear who the recipient of this inscription was. A cult classic of short story writing from the 1940's Inez Holden was admired by the likes of Graham Green and V S Pritchett. Inez Holden (21 November 1903- 30 May 1974) was a British writer and Bohemian social figure and journalist, also known for her association with George Orwell. Holden never married, but had a tumultuous romantic relationship with the author and painter Humphrey Slater during the 1940s. She was a close friend, and briefly lover, of George Orwell; she is treated as such in many biographical works on the author. Anthony Powell's memoir 'To Keep the Ball Rolling' recounts his first meeting with Orwell in 1941, in which Holden played a part. He refers to her as 'a torrential talker, an accomplished mimic. excellent company'. This book (in any condition) is hard to find and is extremely scarce with such attributes. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Vigils : Signed Limited Edition : Presentation Copy To Osbert Sitwell

Vigils : Signed Limited Edition : Presentation Copy To Osbert Sitwell

Sassoon, Siegfried The sole UK printing privately printed for Douglas Cleverdon in 1934. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Small quarto, original half rust cloth, uncut. Top edge gilt. Some splaying of the boards. Signed limited first edition, this being number 268 of only 303 copies signed and numbered by Sassoon on the colophon. This copy is one of 66 reserved presentation copies and additionally inscribed by Sassoon to the second bank end-paper with his characteristic interlocked double-S initials to ‘O.S from S.S, these engraved gravities' ’ The recipient was the author (Sir) Osbert Sitwell. Osbert Sitwell had been introduced to Sassoon through their mutual friend Robbie Ross. These 22 poems 'were engraved on copper by Charles Sigrist, and printed May, 1934. The frontispiece was designed and engraved by Stephen Gooden.' After production of this limited edition, the plates were destroyed. The book is protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. Rupert Hart-Davis records that Sassoon 'longed for praise and recognition, but he was so instinctively reclusive, so unsure of his gifts and afraid of making a fool of himself, that he preferred his poems to appear first in small and expensive limited editions' (Sassoon, Diaries 1915-1918, 10). Keynes A39. A marginal pencil emendation to one poem as usually encountered. An excellent association copy of this scarce Sassoon limited edition. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Chanticleer: A Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press April 1921-August 1936 : Signed by all Four partners : With the Publisher’s Prospectus

Chanticleer: A Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel Press April 1921-August 1936 : Signed by all Four partners : With the Publisher’s Prospectus

Wolfe, Humbert (Intro.) The sole UK printing published by The Golden Cockerel Press, Berkshire in 1936. The Book is in Near Fine condition with just some light fading of the morocco spine but the gilt titling remains bright. The Numbered Limited Special Edition, this being number 95 of only 300 special copies printed on F.J. Head's hand-made paper. Title page printed in gold and black. Quarter green morocco with cockerel pattern yellow cloth covered boards. Gilt title on spine. T.E.G., others uncut. Free from inscriptions and bookplates. Light offsetting to the blank end-papers. The limitation page is Signed by ALL Four partners : Christopher Sandford, Anthony Sandford, L.J. Newbery, and Owen Rutter. The majority of copies were only signed by one or two partners. 34 wood engravings selected from the books including works by John Farleigh, Celia Fiennes, Tirzah Garwood, Robert Gibbings, Eric Gill, Gertrude Hermes, Blair Hughes-Stanton, David Jones, Lynton Lamb, Agnes Miller Parker, John Nash, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and Lettice Sandford. Introduction by Humbert Wolfe with a Foreword & Notes by the four Partners above. There was also an unnumbered unsigned trade edition. Accompanied by the loosely inserted Publisher’s 4 page Prospectus with the specimen full page Eric Ravilious B/W illustration (taken from 'Consequences') and the reproduction of the title page to the front cover. This is in fine condition and a very scarce item in its own right. The book is protected in a lose Mylar archival cover. We have never handled another copy signed by all four partners before. Collectible with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Hunting Of The Snark : Presentation Copy Signed By The Author

The Hunting Of The Snark : Presentation Copy Signed By The Author

Carroll, Lewis The First UK printing published by Macmillan and Co, London in 1876. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition. One of approximately 100 copies in the publisher's deluxe binding of red cloth, although only 80 copies may have been ready for Carroll to sign at publication. Full gilt illustration on the front and back covers, all page edges gilt with coated black end papers as issued. The 'Burn' bindery ticket is present (as called for) on the rear paste-down. Complete with all nine illustrations by Henry Holiday with plain tissue guards (one tissue guard is missing). With 'Baker' not 'Butcher' on p. 83. Easing of both hinges but less so the front hinge. The binding remains tight. Slight pushing at the spine ends and a little light rubbing at the corners. The gilt cover decoration remains bright. A few minor marks to a handful of pages but generally a clean copy internally. 'Blairhame' bookplate of the noted bibliophile to the the front pastedown. The book has NOT undergone any restoration or repairs. The book has been inscribed at publication by the author to the half-title: 'William M. Wilcox, from his affte. Cousin & Godfather, the author, Mar. 29. 1876'. With the personal stamp of 'W.M. Wilcox' to the upper half-title page. Wilcox was to sadly die later that year of tuberculosis. Biographer Morton N. Cohen connects the creation of 'The Hunting of the Snark' with the illness of Carroll's cousin and godson Charlie Wilcox. On 17 July 1874, Carroll travelled to Guildford, Surrey, to care for him for six weeks, while the young man struggled with tuberculosis. The next day, while taking a walk in the morning after only a few hours of sleep, Carroll thought of the poem's final line: 'For the Snark was a Boojum, you see'. [Morton N. Cohen (1995) : Lewis Carroll: A Biography.]. A number of Carroll's relatives including Uncle William Wilcox and many of his Wilcox cousins (Kate, Bessie, Charlie, Leonard, William and George) all died during the period 1868-76 (Lewis Carroll Society). 'Although best known as the author of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' (1865) and 'Through the Looking Glass' (1871), Lewis Carroll, was also an avid reader and writer of poetry. He greatly enjoyed the poems of the Victorian writers Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Christina Rossetti. His own poems were varied . some humorous nonsense, some filled with hidden meanings, and some serious poems about love and life. [Snark] stands out from all the other poems that Carroll wrote. It has inspired parodies, continuations, musical adaptations, and a wide variety of interpretations. Carroll originally intended it as a set of verses to be included in another of his children's stories, but it grew too long and became a book in its own right (Wakeling). Although issued as a trade edition in a pictorial buff coloured cloth, Carroll had special copies bound in red, blue, green, and white cloth, all with gold decorations, to present to his friends and family. Housed in a custom chemise and half morocco slipcase with gilt tiling. Regarding copies inscribed by the author on publication day, Peter Harrington Books 'trace at auction since 1975, seven copies in red (including the author's own retained copy), five copies in blue, and one in green. They cannot trace any presentation copy of this title in a white binding, and conjecture that these may have not been ready' (Peter Harrington Cat.). A significant presentation copy. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Enormous Room : The First Issue : Signed By The Author

The Enormous Room : The First Issue : Signed By The Author

Cummings, E.E. The First USA printing published by Boni & Liveright, New York in 1922. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. The first state with 'shit' uncancelled on p. 219 and original publisher's tan buckram. Mild offsetting of the wrapper flaps to the blank end papers. Light toning to the text block but the pages remain clean. Frederick Baldwin Adams Jnr.'s bookplate (designed by Rockwell Kent) to the front pastedown (Adams Jnr. had been a former President of the Morgan Library and had served also as President of the 'Association Internationale de Bibliophile', the most prestigious organisation of bibliophiles in the world). The original WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. It is the correct first issue bearing the price of $2 to the spine and the 'Of Vocations' title description on the rear cover is priced at $2. The wrapper is notoriously fragile and brittle and this wrapper has benefitted from some expert professional Japanese tissue repairs to the verso which do not show through to the front. Some loss to the spine ends, corners and a little to the upper edges - see images. The wrapper looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed (without dedication) by the author to the upper front blank end-paper. Kennedy, Cumming's biographer, says less than 2,000 copies of this debut title were published. Very scarce with no records of a copy with such attributes appearing at auction in the last 15years. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Mani : Presentation Copy – Signed And Doodled By The Author In the Year Of Publication : With The Scarce Wraparound Band

Mani : Presentation Copy – Signed And Doodled By The Author In the Year Of Publication : With The Scarce Wraparound Band

Fermor, Patrick Leigh The First UK Printing published by John Murray, London in 1958. The BOOK is in Near Fine condition with light pushing at the upper spine end. A hint of toning to the text-block. Light offsetting to the end-papers. Gilt titling and decoration remain bright. The WRAPPER is in Very Good++ or better condition. It is neatly clipped but the price remains on the lower flap. Light edge-wear at the spine tips. Mild toning to the spine, rear panel and flap edges. The 'Book Society Choice' wraparound Band is complete with one mild crease to the front flap portion. The John Craxton wrapper design looks striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been inscribed by the author in the year of publication to the front blank end-paper: 'To Lady Constance Milnes-Gaskell, wiht many greetings, from Patrick Leigh Fermor'. The inscription is dated 'Nov. 1958' to the lower page, with the intervening space occupied by Fermor's drawing of the symbolic eye that is the centre of the wrapper design, beneath which he has written (in Greek) the question 'where is Alexander the Great?' -asterisking with the reference 'answer on p.187', whereupon he has marked the relevant passage. The recipient was a notable society personage, Woman of the bedchamber to Queen Mary from 1937-53 and Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent until her death in 1960. Accompanied by some loosely inserted postcards and photographs of sits in the book along with a slip showing a previous owner's hand drawn map. Scarce to find with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Against The Law

Against The Law

Wildeblood, Peter The First UK printing published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 1955. The BOOK is in Very Good- condition. Mild pushing at the spine ends. Toning of the text block and page edges due to the quality of the paper stock used. Some spotting to the text-block and the prelims, which has encroached onto the page edges in a few places. A penned gift inscription to the half-title. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good- condition. Light edge-wear with a few small marks and toning to the spine. Some toning, spotting and markings to the rear panel. Some edge wear and a few closed tears with loss at the spine ends (see images). The wrapper is the first issue and is correctly priced at 16s. net. Despite its faults, the wrapper presents very well in the removable Brodart archival cover. 'In March 1954 Peter Wildeblood was sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment for homosexual offences. The case in which he was involved - the 'Montagu Case' - was the subject of considerable controversy and was largely responsible for the Government's decision to set up a Committee to enquire into the whole question of homosexuality and the laws relating to it.' The classic account of a homosexual in 1950s Britain which was successfully adapted by the BBC for TV in 2017 starring Daniel Mays. The first issue of this landmark title is extremely scarce to find in any condition with its original wrapper. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.