Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

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This is the ROBERT TEMPLE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE. It contains descriptions and notes relating to almost 18,000 titles in the fields of British and American literature, being the bulk of the stock that has passed through our hands since 1984, with the addition of a few earlier items of especial interest. Books currently in stock are not included, and it is therefore necessary to supplement your search by looking at our Current Catalogues. For the most part full bibliographical descriptions are given, though for some earlier items, catalogued when computing space was more restricted the details given are quite brief. For an account of the conventions adopted, the abbreviations used, and reference sources consulted, please see our information pages.




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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KOESTLER (Arthur). Scum Of the earth. Collins With Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 1955. Lge.post 8vo; frontispiece; deep pink cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Prelims. foxed; worm-hole through back joint, affecting gutter of back end-papers and last few leaves; otherwise a very nice copy in lightly embrowned and slightly marked dust-wrapper.

Issued as a volume of the four volume Uniform Edition of Koestler's autobiography. The book was first published in 1941. The present edition includes a five page Preface by Koestler, here first published.

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KOSINSKI (Jerzy). The Devil Tree. New York, Har- court Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1973. Double lge.post 16mo, perfect-bound; half-title and advertisement leaf precede title-page; biographical note leaf followed by blank at end; quarter black cloth lettered silver down spine, bright green boards; textured black end-papers; black and white head- and tail- bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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KOSINSKI (Jerzy). Cockpit: A novel. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975, Boston. Double med.16mo, perfect bound; initial blank, half-title, title, dedication leaf, Author's Note leaf, epigraph leaf, and fly-title precede start of text; leaf bearing quotation from Dostoyevsky, biographical note leaf, and three blanks at end; rough black cloth lettered in silver and gilt on front cover and down spine; t.e. bright yellow. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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KOSINSKI (Jerzy). Blind date. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1977. Double med.16mo format, perfect bound; biographical note leaf, followed by two blanks at end; black cloth, lettered blind on front cover, silver down spine; black and white head and tail bands; light brown end-papers. Fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper repaired with clear tape.

Presentation copy, with the author's large signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper.

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KOSINSKI (Jerzy). Passion Play. St. Martin's Press, New York, 1979. Double lge.med 16mo, perfect bound; double-spread half title and double-spread vignette title (altogether three leaves), dedication leaf, Author's Note leaf, epigraph leaf with single rule on verso, and fly-title precede start of text; biographical note leaf at end; pp.[xiv]+1-271+[1 (blank)+[ii]; quarter black cloth lettered silver and silver outlined black down spine, orange boards, blocked blind on front board; fore-edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KUPRIN (A.). In honour's name. Translated by W.F. Harvey, M.A. Everett & Coy., 42 Essex Street, Strand, 1907. Integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically dotted ribbed dark and pale green cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled and blocked white, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt and with gilt ruled boxes on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. End-papers foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

KUSENBERG (Kurt). The Sunflowers And other stories By Kurt Kusenberg Translated by George Bird. 1972, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; three blanks at end, the last serving as paste-down; pp.218+[vi]; light purple cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Short stories that may well be funny in German. In this copy p.10, l.11 lacks the inverted comma at the end, probably as always. This copy, however, though without signs of provenance, was purchased from the publisher's file and conceivably represents some final stage of proof.

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LAGERKVIST (Pär). The Marriage feast And Other Stories. [By] Pär Lagerkvist, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1951. 1955, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.demy 8vo; leaf bearing printer's imprint on recto at end; pp.222+[i]+[i (blank)]; dull blue fine beaded linen grain boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped and frayed proof dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled ownership inscription on the front end-paper. The proof dust-wrapper (designed by F. Exell) has been extensively corrected and revised in ink, the corrections being authorised as correct by ‘BJP' in a note dated ‘12.5.55'. First edition in English of what was virtually Lagerkvist's collected short stories to date. "On the Scales of Osiris" is here translated by Carl Eric Lindin, the rest by Alan Blair. Includes some fantasy stories. In this copy, which may be a final stage of proof, the following typographical flaws have been noted: p.14, penultimate line, risen space after ‘isn't'; p.18, l.28, risen space after ‘pastor'; p.19, l.5, risen quad at end of line; p.28, last line, lower corner of space risen after ‘in'.

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LAGERKVIST (Pär). The sibyl. Translated by Naomi Walford. 1958, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; leaf bearing printer's imprint on recto followed by two blanks at end; pp.[153]+[i (blank)]+[i]+[v]; pale brown cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered greyish lilac on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First edition in English. The author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951.

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LAGERKVIST (Pär). The death of Ahasuerus: A Novel by Pär Lagerkvist Translated by Naomi Walford. 1962, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title, two at end; pp.[ii]+[90]+[iv]; dull brown cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's monogram, blocked, and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled holograph initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto and Windus, and her copies frequently differ from the published volumes in minor ways. First edition in English of the first volume of the ‘Tobias' trilogy. The author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951.

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LAGERKVIST (Pär). The holy land: A Novel by Par Lägerkvist [sic] Translated by Naomi Walford. 1966, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; blank at end; pp.[61]+[iii]; hammered dark dull brown cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's monogram and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her pencilled holograph initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto and Windus, and her copies frequently differ from the published volumes in minor ways. We wonder in the present instance whether the error on the title-page was in the volume as issued. First edition in English of the third volume of the ‘Tobias' trilogy. The author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951.

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LAGERKVIST (Pär). Mariamne: A Novel by Pär Lagerkvist Translated by Naomi Walford. 1968, Chatto & Windus, London. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[79]+[i (blank)]; dull lime green cloth-textured boards blocked and down-lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The publisher's file copy, this being indicated only by a laid in slip recording that the publication date was sceduled as 26th September 1968, that 2500 sets of sheets were printed, 276 being disposed of in that form, and 981 bound copies were subscribed for (55 of them being free copies). First edition in English. The author was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951.

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LAGERKVIST (Pär). The eternal Smile And other stories. By Pär Lagerkvist. 1971, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr. 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[206]; hammered cerise cloth-textured boards lettered on and down spine, and with short rule, gilt. Fine copy in lightly marked dust-wrapper.

Includes three novellas: ‘The Eternal Smile' and ‘Guest of Reality' translated by Erik Mesterton first published in 1920 and 1925 respectively, and here reprinted; and ‘The Executioner', first published in 1933 and here newly translated by David O'Gorman.

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[LAMB (Charles).]. Sidelights on Charles Lamb By Bertram Dobell. Published by the Author, 77 Charing Cross Road, 1903. Blank before half-title; frontispiece facsimile with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; green buckram blocked blind and gilt on front cover, lettered and blocked gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Very nice copy.

Presentation copy with an inscription from the author dated April 1, 1903 on the front free end-paper. Loosely laid-in is a single leaf of green paper headed "A Remarkable Contemporary Notice", being the Supplement to No.18 of the Bulletin of the Charles Lamb Society, February 1937. Dobell's volume contains some previously uncollected material by Lamb, as well as a good deal of useful bibliographical information, and the facsimile of a poem in Lamb's holograph.

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LAMB (Charles and Mary). The works . . . Edited by E.V. Lucas. Volume VI. [and Volume VII.] Letters 1796-1820 [-1834]. Methuen and Co., 1905. Demy 8vo; photogravure sepia-tone portrait frontispiece and three plates in volume one; collotype portrait frontispiece, eleven plates, and eight illustrations in the text in volume two; red linen, cream spine labels printed in red and black; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Covers a little faded, and paper labels chipped; otherwise very nice.

The letters complete, and apparently issued separately, the spine labels bearing the legend ‘In two volumes' and the numbers I. and II.

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LAMB (Charles and Mary). The Letters of Charles Lamb To which are added those of his sister Mary Lamb. Edited by E.V. Lucas. Published by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., & Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1935. 3 Vols., med.8vo; sepiatone frontispiece with tissue guard in each volume; dark brown coarse buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Volume two has been disbound from case, the gatherings being laid loose into it; some pencil notes (v. below); otherwise fine.

First complete edition. A pencil note on the front end-paper of volume three records the purchase of this copy from the sale of E.V. Lucas's library at Sotheby's on 20. 3. 1939. Volume three contains a slip of paper bearing a pencil note in Lucas's hand; volume two has been disbound for the purposes of revision, and contains numerous slips bearing pencil notes or marking pencilled notes, corrections, and revisions in the text, and a number of sheets of paper with longer notes in typescript or in Lucas's holograph, etc., involving the redating and reordering of letters, corrections, and further elucidations of the letters.

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LAMBERT (Gavin). A Case for The Angels. Secker & Warburg, 1968. Double cr.16mo; light marina blue boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.



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LAMBERT (Gavin). The Goodby People. Andre Deutsch, 1972. Double cr.16mo; leaf bearing blurb precedes title-page; half-title not called for; dark blue boards, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device, gilt, on spine. Small original binding flaw affecting back paste-down; otherwise fine in dust-wrapper.



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LAMBERT (Gavin). Running Time. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982. Lge.double med.16mo; final blank; orange boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published at £7.95

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LAMPEDUSA (Giuseppe di). The Leopard. Translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun. Collins and Harvill Press, 1960. Lge.post 8vo; sea green cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The first edition in English. First published in Milan in 1958 as Il Gattopardo.

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LAMPEDUSA (Giuseppe di). Two Stories and a Memory. Translated from the Italian by Archibald Colquhoun. With an Introduction by E.M. Forster, C.H. Collins and Harvill Press, 1962. 12pp. plates; bllue buckram lettered gilt down spine; end-papers coated fawn. Name on front end-paper, otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The first edition in English, and the first publication of Forster's Introduction.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Progress At Pelvis Bay. John Murray, 1936. Short demy 8vo; imprint leaf at end; numerous illustrations on text-paper; quarter red cloth, lettered gilt-outlined red, and gilt, down spine, cream pictorial boards printed in black and red; old cream end-papers printed pictorially in red. A near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The dust-wrapper, end-papers, and boards are designed by Lancaster. Lancaster's first book.

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[LANCASTER (Osbert).]. Grabberwocky And other Flights of Fancy By Michael Barsley. Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster. John Murray, 1939. Demy 8vo format, sewn as a single gathering into plain white card wrappers, large yellow self-wrappers printed in black with a design by Lancaster; blank at front and back, serving as stiffening; numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.[ii]+45+[iii]; slight fading of wrappers and small split at head of spine; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Occasional war-time verse, sometimes very funny. Especially the title parady of Lewis Carroll.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Pocket Cartoons. John Murray, 1940. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; yellow wrappers, cut flush, printed in red on front and down spine; issued without end-papers. Nice copy.

The first volume of ‘pocket cartoons'.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Further pocket Cartoons. John Murray, 1942. Frontispiece, title vignette, and other illustrations on text paper; yellow cloth lettered red down spine, blocked red on spine and front cover. Very nice in slightly torn dust-wrapper by Lancaster.



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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

LANCASTER (Osbert). Classical Landscape With figures. Illustrated by the Author. John Murray, 1947. Super roy.8vo; vignette title-page, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; map printed in brown on tinted paper; four double-sided plates in full colour; yellow cloth, blocked white on front cover, blocked and lettered white down spine; end-papers printed in brown and blue with a design by Lancaster. Fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Lancaster.

A substantial volume.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). More and more Productions. Gryphon Books Ltd., 1948. 64pp., post 8vo format, sewn as a single gathering into thin plain white card wrappers; self-wrappers; frontispiece on verso of half-title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; issued without end-papers. A near fine copy.

The wrappers were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). The Saracen's Head Or The Reluctant Crusader. Illustrated by the Author. John Murray, 1948. Super roy.8vo, four gatherings, the first three with an additional inserted central pair printed on one side with text in black and white, on the other with double-spread illustrations in colours; vignette on title; numerous black and white illustrations in text; integral advertisement leaf at end; yellow cloth, blocked red on front cover, blocked and lettered red down spine. Generally nice copy in dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). A pocketful of Cartoons. Gryphon Books Ltd., 1949. Short cr.8vo format, 64pp., sewn as a single gathering into plain thin white card wrappers, self-wrappers, cut flush at top and lower edges, printed black and yellow on front wrapper, black on back wrapper and inside front flap; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

The covers are designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Draynflete Revealed. Illustrated by the Author. John Murray, 1949. Demy 8vo; vignette title-page and numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow cloth lettered pink down spine, blocked pink on spine and front cover; t.e. grey green; end-papers printed with map in pink. Fine copy in very slightly torn dust-wrapper.

The covers and the dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Facades And Faces. Illustrated by the Author. John Murray, 1950. Super roy.8vo; numerous illustrations on text-paper; lemon cloth, blocked red on front cover, blocked and lettered red down spine. Extremely fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.

The covers and the dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Facades And Faces. Illustrated by the Author. John Murray, 1950. Super roy.8vo; numerous illustrations on text-paper; lemon cloth, blocked red on front cover, blocked and lettered red down spine. Spine rubbed, and covers lightly marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Signed by the author on the front end-paper.

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[LANCASTER (Osbert).]. London Night and day Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster: A guide to where the other books don't take you Edited by Sam Lambert. The Architectural Press, 1951. Landscape 8vo, wire-stabbed; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations in text; card wrappers, cut flush, printed in colours. Very nice copy.



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LANCASTER (Osbert). All done From memory. Illustrated by the Author. John Murray, 1953. Double lge.post 16mo; full colour frontispiece; numerous illustrations on text-paper; pp.[viii]+199+[i (blank)]; quarter white coarse buckram, blocked and lettered gilt down spine, ‘Cockerel paper' sides marbled in grey and black; ‘transmatic' dust-wrapper (i.e. glassine, with paper flaps, the front one bearing blurb), loose front under-panel printed with design by the author in yellow, black, and brown. Glassine of dust-wrapper a little chipped and torn; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper. Rare.

One of a total edition limited to only 45 numbered copies signed by the author.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Tableaux Vivants: New pocket cartoons. Gryphon Books Ltd, 1955. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; lemon boards, blocked and lettered blue on front cover. Fine copy in slightly rubbed dust-wrapper darkened a little on spine.

The dust-wrapper, and the design on the front board are by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). The Year Of the Comet. New pocket cartoons. Gryphon Books Ltd., 1957. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Etudes. New pocket cartoons. John Murray, 1958. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered black down spine. Very nice copy in a slightly frayed and rubbed dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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[LANCASTER (Osbert).]. La vie anglaise By Tony Mayer Translated by Christopher Sykes Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1960. Double cr.16mo; vignette title page, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; final blank; red boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

First edition in English, and the first appearance of these illustrations. Originally published in France in 1959.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Signs Of the Times. John Murray, 1961. Super roy.8vo, gathered in twelves; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked red on front cover, lettered red down spine. Nice copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). In-laws & outlaws [by] C. Northcote Parkinson. Illustrated by Osbert Lancaster. John Murray, 1962. Vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; three blanks at end, the last two serving as end-papers; scarlet boards, blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt down spine. A near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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LANCASTER (Osbert). Mixed notices. New pocket cartoons. John Murray, 1963. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red down spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Fasten your Safety belts. New Pocket Cartoons. John Murray, 1966. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette title-page; other illustrations on text-paper; lemon boards, lettered carmine down flat spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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LANCASTER (Osbert). Temporary Diversions. New pocket cartoons. John Murray, 1968. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked and lettered red on front cover, lettered red down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Recorded Live. New Pocket Cartoons. John Murray, 1970. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked red on front cover, lettered red down spine. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Meaningful Confrontations. New Pocket Cartoons. John Murray, 1971. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked dark red on front cover, lettered dark red down spine. Leaves cockled throughout; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Theatre in the Flat. New Pocket Cartoons. John Murray, 1972. F'cap 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; yellow boards, blocked red on front cover, lettered red down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The covers and dust-wrapper were designed by Lancaster.

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[LANCASTER (Osbert).]. An essay on Malta [by] Nigel Dennis. With drawings by Osbert Lancaster. John Murray, 1972. Demy 8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; vignette on title; numerous illustrations on text paper; map on inset leaf of green paper; bright lemon boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine; pale turquoise end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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LANCASTER (Osbert). The Littlehampton Bequest. Foreword by Roy Strong. John Murray, 1973. Demy 8vo; limitation leaf precedes half-title; vignette on title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; quarter yellow buckram, flat spine, blocked and lettered down in gilt, Cockerel paper boards; t.e.g.; yellow and green head and tail bands; grey end-papers printed pictorially with designs by Lancaster in dark brown; paper dust-wrapper designed by Lancaster, and transparent plastic over-wrapper printed on front in red with the Littlehampton crest. Very nice copy.

One of an edition limited to only seventy-five numbered copies, "signed by the Earl of Littlehampton and the author".

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LANCASTER (Osbert). Liquid assets: New Pocket Cartoons. John Murray, 1975. Lge.f'cap 8vo format, gathered in tens and eights; frontispiece on verso of half-title; numerous illustrations on text-paper; lemon boards, blocked red on front cover, lettered red down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The dust-wrapper and cover designs are by Lancaster.

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LANG (Andrew). The Mystery of Mary Stuart. With illustrations. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, New York and Bombay, 1901. All rights reserved. Med.8vo; four binder's blanks at front and back, sewn in as end-papers; integral blank precedes half-title; photogravure portrait frontispiece and five plates with tissue guards (one printed in sepia); twelve half-tone plates (including facsimiles); two key plans printed in colours; pp.[2]+xxii+452; publisher's 32pp. inserted Catalogue, undated, follows last leaf of text; dark green fine linen blocked and lettered gilt on front cover with illustration of coin, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Very slight marking of covers; otherwise a nice copy of an uncommon title.



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LANG (Andrew). James VI And The Gowrie mystery. With Gowrie's coat of arms in colour, 2 photogravure portraits And other illustrations. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, New York and Bombay, 1902. All rights reserved. Med.8vo; four binder's blanks at front serving as end-papers and text-paper blank before half-title; full-colour frontispiece and two photogravure portraits printed in sepia, with tissue guards, three half-tone facsimiles and eight illustrations from photographs; three plans in text; pp.[2]+xiv+280; publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue, undated, followed by four binder's blanks serving as end-papers, at end; navy blue buckram surfaced art-linen, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight fading to cloth of spine, and photogravure plates foxed in margins; otherwise a fine copy of a scarce title.

Lang's solution of ‘the Gowrie Mystery', drawing on hitherto unpublished letters and documents.

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LANG (Andrew). Historical mysteries. With a frontispiece. Smith, Elder & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1904. Demy 8vo; mezzotint frontispiece, printed in brown; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; red buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. uncut, others rough-trimmed. A nice copy.

The case of Elizabeth Canning, The Murder of Escovedo, The Campden Mystery, etc.

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LANG (Andrew). The Red romance book Edited by Andrew Lang. With eight coloured plates And numerous illustrations by H.J. Ford. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, London, New York and Bombay, 1905. All rights reserved. Frontispiece with tissue guard and seven plates, all in full colour; numerous illustrations in the text, some full-page and unbacked, but included in the pagination; pp.xii+372; light red buckram ruled and blocked blind on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g.; end-papers coated pale yellow and printed with illustrations in red by Ford. Gilt somewhat oxydised on spine; small rubber stamp erased from front free end-paper, leaving a whiter patch, but barely affecting the design; otherwise a very nice copy.



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LANG (Andrew). The puzzle of Dickens's last plot. London, Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1905. Sm.cr.8vo; three inserted plates; pp.xii+100; mottled red fine linen blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed. Gilt rubbed on spine; otherwise a nice copy.

An uncommon title. There is no list of plates, but they are tipped-in to face pp.76, 84, and 86.

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LANG (Andrew). New & old letters To Dead authors. Pocket edition. Longmans, Green, And Co., 39 Paternoster Row, 1907. F'cap 8vo; Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; final blank; dark green smooth cloth, embossed and blocked blind on front cover, elaborately blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Nice copy.

The first expanded edition, adding a Preface and seven new letters, to Chaucer, Froude, Horace Walpole, John Barbour, Richardson, Fielding, and Tupper. This copy has the mis-readings ‘Socrate' for ‘Soracte' at l.9, p.174, and ‘ponys' for ‘ponies' at l.11, p.227. Issued in May 1907 as a volume in the series ‘Longman's Pocket Library' at price 2s 0d. A simultaneous issue in leather was priced at 3s 0d.

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LARDNER (Ring W.). The big town: How I and the Mrs. go to New York To see life and get Katie a husband. Illustrations by May Wilson Preston. Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers, 1921. Frontispiece, and four plates; two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+244+[iv]; dotted diagonally fine ribbed yellow green cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover, blocked and lettered black on spine; t.e.grey-green. Minor faults, but in general a nice copy.

There is no list of plates, but they are tipped in to face pp.40, 72, 108, and 214.

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LARKIN (Philip). Jill. The Fortune Press, London S.W.1, 1946. Double cr.l6mo; stone grey buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. sprinkled. Gilt oxydised, and cloth very lightly marked; otherwise nice.



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LARKIN (Philip). A girl in winter. A novel. Faber and Faber Ltd, 1947. Double post 16mo; blank before half-title; mottled blue-green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt more or less lacking from spine; faint vertical crease through prelims.; a few small corners turned; otherwise a very nice copy. As a working copy.

Bloomfield, A3. The author's second novel, and in our experience a good deal scarcer than the first.

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LASKI (Marghanita). Love on the Supertax. Illustrated by W. Stein. The Cresset Press, 1944. Vertically ribbed pale lemon cloth lettered gilt down spine and on front cover. Inscription on front end-paper; other- wise a fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with clear tape



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LAVER (James). Nymph Errant. William Heinemann Ltd, 1932. Rose buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded, and one corner bruised; otherwise a fine copy.

With the author's holograph signed presentation inscription, dated June 1932, on the front end-paper.

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LAVIN (Mary). The House In Clewe Street. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, London, W.C.1, 1945. Double cr.16mo; title-page and advertisement on verso of half-title printed in black and green; sea green cloth ruled and blocked red on front cover, ruled red, blocked and lettered silver on spine. Light foxing of end-papers; otherwise very nice.

The author's first novel, running to some 237,000 words.

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LAVRIN (Janko). Dostoevsky And his creation: A psycho-critical study. W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1920. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; grey cloth ruled and lettered orange on front cover and spine. Head and tail of spine a trifle rubbed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed inscription to George Sartoris, dated 9.I.1921, on front end-paper.

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LAWLESS (The Hon. Emily). Maria Edgeworth. Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1904. Title-page printed in red and black; pp.viii+219+[i (blank)]; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements at end; mottled red fine rough buckram, flat spine blocked and lettered gilt; t.e.g. Spine a little faded and warped; slight foxing of prelims.; otherwise a nice copy.

Publisher's Presentation Copy, so stamped in blind on the title page. A volume in the English Men of Letters New Series.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. Six volumes in the series ‘British Library Of Continental Fiction', London Book Co., 1906, each edited and with an Introduction by Edmund Gosse. 6 Vols., uniform: half-title bearing series advertisements on verso; portrait frontispiece with tissue guard (one volume without this, but apparently so issued); title-page printed in orange and black; one volume with final blank, one with final blank excised, and apparently so issued; half blue skiver, blue cloth sides; a.e.g., end-papers printed in grey; red and yellow headbands. Slight wear to head and tail of spines; leather splitting badly over one front joint, tender over joints in one other volume; otherwise fine.

Special limited subscription edition, so designated on verso of title-page, the front end-papers being rubber-stamped ‘Limited edition Set No ...' and the signature ‘Thos. Cartwright'. The number space has been left blank. These volumes, once the property of D.H. Lawrence, were presented by him to his schoolfriend Alan Chambers, one volume bearing on the front end-paper Lawrence's contemporary signed holograph inscription: ‘Alan A Chambers "memor/ Actae non alio rege puertiae/Mutataeque simul togae"/D.H. Lawrence'. Alan Aubrey Chambers, 1882- 1946, elder brother of Jessie Chambers (the Miriam of ‘Sons and Lovers') married Alvinia Reeve (née Lawrence) and subsequently emigrated to Canada. He is described by Harry T. Moore as "one of his [Lawrence's] closest friends." The volumes here present are as follows: VALERA (Juan). Dona Luz: A Novel. Translated from the Spanish By Mary J. Serrano; LIE (Jonas). Niobe: A Novel. Translated from the Norwegian By H.L. Braekstad; FRANZOS (Karl Emil). The Chief Justice: A Novel. Translated from the German By Miles Corbet; GOLM (Rudolf). The Old Adam And the New Eve: A Novel. Translated from the German By Edith Fowler; VALDES (Armando Palacio). The Grandee: A Novel. Translated from the Spanish By Rachel Challice; SERAO (Matilde). Farewell Love! A Novel. Translated from the Italian By Mrs. Henry Harland. An interesting comment upon Lawrence's literary interests and enthusiasms four or five years before he published his own first book.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). The trespasser. Duckworth & Co., 1912. Publisher's inserted 20pp. catalogue at end; dark blue beaded linen grain cloth, blocked and lettered with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt within gilt ruled circle on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth renewed at joints; a few leaves foxed or spotted; a very good copy.

Roberts, A2, variant (1). Reckoned the scarcest of all Lawrence's novels.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Sons and lovers. Duckworth & Co., 1913. Cancel title-page; publisher's 20pp. inserted catalogue at end; dark dull blue buckram, blocked with publisher's motto device blind on back cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Neat, almost invisible restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine, and gilt on spine a little rubbed; one leaf frayed at fore-margin (not approaching text); first leaf of catalogue lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

Connolly, Modern Movement, 21; Roberts, A4, variant (1). A cheap copy, for the reasons given.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Twilight in Italy. Duckworth and Co., 1916. Pp.[viii]+311+[i (blank)]; l6pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end dated Spring 1916, followed by 16pp. undated publisher's catalogue; grey-lilac cloth ruled blind, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, blocked blind on back cover. In general a nice copy.

Roberts, A8. Published in June 1916 in an edition of 1500 copies. With a brief presentation inscription in pencil on the front end-paper, dated Sicily, 1921, and initialled ‘D.H.L.' Lawrence's handwriting is extremely variable, and the inscription is brief, but the writing does resemble his.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. The gentleman from San Francisco And other stories By I.A. Bunin Translated from the Russian by S.S. Koteliansky and Leonard Woolf. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, Paradise Road, Richmond, [Surrey,] 1922. Sm.cr.8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; publisher's Note slip tipped on to title-page; white boards patterned in blue, green, and orange, white labels printed in black on front cover and spine. Small scuff mark on back cover; spine label darkened; otherwise a fine copy.

Inscribed in ink on the front end-paper ‘Leslie / from / Rex / Christmas 1923'. A previous owner has identified the recipient as L.P. Hartley. Lawrence's name as the third co-translator was in error omitted from the title-page, and this is corrected by the tipped in Note. Woolmer, 19. One of "about 1,000 copies".

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Psychoanalysis and The unconscious. Martin Secker, Number five John Street Adelphi, 1923. Post 8vo; light cerise buckram, paper spine label printed in red. A nice copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Fantasia of the Unconscious. London, Martin Secker, Number five John Street Adelphi, 1923. Short demy 8vo; pp.[176]; purple buckram, cream paper spine label printed in red. Spine and edges of covers slightly faded, and minute chip from top-edge of label, not touching printed area; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.



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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Studies in Classic American Literature. Martin secker, Number five John Street Adelphi, 1924. Demy 8vo; scarlet buckram, white paper spine label printed in black; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy.

First English edition, first issue: one thousand copies were printed, but the book was later taken over by Heinemann, who provided it with a cancel title-page. Benjamin Franklin, Fenimore Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Dana, Melville, Whitman, etc.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Reflections on the Death of a porcupine And other essays. The Centaur Press, Philadelphia, 1925. Lge.post 8vo; vignette on half-title; limitation leaf followed by two blanks at end; slip reading: ‘Sole Agents for Great Britain and Ireland, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Company, Limited, Stationers' Hall Court, E.C.4' lightly tipped on to title-page over publisher's imprint; pp.[x]+240+[i]+[v]; quarter natural canvas, marbled boards, spine blocked and lettered black; blue and white head- and tail- bands; t.e. dark green, others uncut. Slight wear to one corner; front free end-paper mostly lacking; otherwise a near fine copy.

Number 49 of an edition limited to 475 numbered copies. The English issue.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. Little novels of Sicily By Giovanni Verga. Translated by D.H. Lawrence. Oxford, Basil Blackwell, 1925. Pp.191+[i (blank)]; mottled orange fine rough buckram, ruled and lettered blue on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut; fore-edges mainly trimmed. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; four leaves very badly opened at fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy of a book that does not usually wear well. As a reading copy for the reason stated.

Includes a Note on Giovanni Verga by Lawrence, which occupies pp.5-7.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. Cavalleria rusticana And other stories By Giovanni Verga. Translated and with an Introduction by D.H. Lawrence. Jonathan Cape, 1928. Pp.224; maroon buckram blocked with publisher's initials device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper. A difficult title.

Lawrence's Preface occupies pp.7-28.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. Cavalleria Rusticana And other stories By Giovanni Verga. Translated by D.H. Lawrence. Lincoln Mac Veagh, The Dial Press, New York, 1928. Final blank; very dark green buckram, paper spine label. Fine copy. A difficult title.

Includes a 27pp. Preface by Lawrence. The English edition appeared in the same year.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). The author's unabridged popular edition. Lady Chatterley's lover Including My skirmish with the jolly roger Written Especially and Exclusively as an Introduction to this Popular Edition. Privately Printed, [on back cover:] Lecram Press, Paris, [on title-page:] 1929. Imp.16mo in half sheets; two blanks before title-page, one at end; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+VIII+365+[iii]; textured mulberry-coloured thick paper wrappers, printed on sides in black, paper spine label; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Wrappers chipped on corners, and on spine, and a little marked; paper label more or less lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

The third authorised, and first authorised trade, issue, following the two limited issues published in Florence, this being a photographic reduction from that text. ‘My Skirmish with the Jolly Roger', occupying pp.I-VIII, is here first printed. Lawrence, aware that there were numerous pirated editions of his controversial novel in circulation, wished to issue his own cheap edition to counter them. Eventually, Edward Titus, owner of the Black Manikin Press, agreed to publish it, provided Lawrence wrote a new introduction discussing the piracies. 3,000 copies were issued in May, and quickly sold out, a further 6,000 copies being called for in the same year. Roberts, A42c; Connolly, Modern Movement, 57.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Lady Chatterley's Lover. Privately Printed, 1929 [i.e., 1930]. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece (a photograph of Jo Davidson's sculptured head of Lawrence, done in 1930); limp brown linen-effect cloth, yapped edges, blocked with pheonix device in black on front cover. A very good working copy.

The ‘Third Edition', once believed to have been a piracy, but now (on the evidence of Lawrence's letters) thought to have been authorised. We had through our hands a year or two ago a copy of the ‘Second Edition' (i.e. the first edition, cheap paper issue: one of 200 copies) corrected as printer's copy for the present edition, in a hand resembling that of Lawrence, this involving the alteration of a handful of words scattered through the text, as well as correction of single letters and of spacing errors, the addition of italics, and marks suggesting new paging spaces, all but one of these changes (an apparent oversight) being incorporated in the present published text. Arguably therefore this ‘Third Edition', which was issued posthumously, may be taken to represent Lawrence's final thoughts. One of 500 copies, this copy being unnumbered. Printed in London by P.R. Stephenson. Connolly, Modern Movement, 57.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. A Bibliography Of the Writings of D.H. Lawrence By Edward D. McDonald With a Foreword by D.H. Lawrence. Philadelphia, The Centaur Book Shop, 1925. TOGETHER WITH: The Writings of D.H. Lawrence 1925-1930. A Bibliographical Supplement By Edward D. McDonald. Philadelphia, The Centaur Book Shop, 1931. The first volume post 8vo, printed in half-sheets; two blanks before half-title; leaf bearing list of books by Lawrence following half-title; leaf bearing Lawrence's signature in facsimile, and with tipped on sepia tone portrait as frontispiece, with tissue guard; title-page printed in black and marina blue; marina blue initial letter to each of the introductory sections; 8pp. at end blank except for headline ‘Future collations'; quarter natural canvas, dark blue boards, cream paper label printed in blue on spine, and front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. The second volume post 8vo; two blanks before half-title; two leaves bearing list of Lawrence's works following half-title; facsimile frontispiece on text-paper; title-page printed in black and red; red initial letter to Introduction; limitation page, followed by 9pp. at end blank except for headline ‘Future collations'; quarter natural canvas, scarlet boards, cream paper label printed in scarlet on spine, and front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight general wear to covers in volume one; some notes in bibliography sections, mostly in pencil, but on some few leaves in ink (see note below); otherwise a nice copy; second volume fine in original chipped glassine dust-wrapper. Very scarce.

From the library of bookseller/bibliographer Andrew Block, with his signature, in pencil, on the front pastedown of the first volume, and the notes, relating to further editions, issue points, and prices, and giving additional information as to numbers printed, etc., in his hand. The first volume was limited to five hundred numbered copies, the second volume to only three hundred and fifty numbered copies. Lawrence's Foreword in the first volume, ‘The Bad Side of Books', occupies pp.9-14.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Assorted articles. London: Martin Secker, 1930. Short demy 8vo; pp.[216]; cerise cloth blocked with Lawrence's signature gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Published posthumously, but prepared for the press by the author. Lawrence's introductory note is dated only a few days before his death.

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LAWRENCE (D.H.). Love Among the Haystacks & other pieces By D.H. Lawrence With a reminiscence By David Garnett. 1930, The Nonesuch Press. Med.8vo in half sheets; two text-paper but non-integral blanks before title leaf; half-title not called for; colophon leaf followed by two text-paper but non-integral blanks at end; quarter natural canvas, buttercup yellow coarse buckram sides, black leather spine label ruled and lettered gilt; a.e. uncut; hand-made paper end-papers. Slight wear to label; end-papers lightly embrowned, apparently by paste action, and front end-papers very slightly cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

One of a total edition limited to sixteen hundred numbered copies for England and America, printed on Auvergne hand-made paper at The Curwen Press. Stories written in 1912, and here first published.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. Young Lorenzo: Early life of D.H. Lawrence Containing hitherto Unpublished letters, articles And reproductions of pictures. By Ada Lawrence and G. Stuart Gelder. G. Orioli, Lungarno delle Grazie, Florence, [on series title:] 1931. Blank, series title with engraved vignette, half-title, limitation leaf, and photographic frontispiece precede title-page; fourteen plates after photographs, and nine from paintings by Lawrence, all in sepia; full vellum, blocked with phoenix design in red on front cover, lettered red within red ruled box on spine; red and yellow headband; a.e. uncut. A fine copy in original French folded wax-paper dust-wrapper, this a little frayed, and with three small chips on back panel.

One of an edition limited to 750 numbered copies, all printed upon large paper. Issued as No. 8 of the Lungarno Series.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. The gentleman from San Francisco And other stories By Ivan Bunin. Translated from the Russian by D.H. Lawrence, S.S. Koteliansky & Leonard Woolf. Second Edition. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52, Tavistock Square, London, W.C.1, 1934. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[vi]+86; mid-green rough buckram lettered black on spine. A few light pencil marks in text (v. note); otherwise a fine copy in defective remains of two dustwrappers, preserved here in a paper-backed loose clear plastic chemise.

Woolmer, 19, note refers. Purchased from the publisher's file. Pencil markings scattered through the first three stories suggest possible editorial revisions relating to some later printing. This second edition was issued to take advantage of the resurgence of interest in Bunin following his award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1933.

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[LAWRENCE (D.H.).]. "Not I, But The Wind . . . " By Frieda Lawrence Geb. Freiin von Richthofen. William Heinemann Ltd, 1935. Demy 8vo; leaf (?blank) before half-title cleanly removed; armorial frontispiece on verso of half-title; twelve plates; brown buckram blocked blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. A very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

Memoirs of her husband by Frieda Lawrence, together with letters, poems, and other unpublished material by D.H. Lawrence.

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LAWRENCE (T.E.). Revolt in the desert. Jonathan Cape, 1927. Frontispiece with tissue guard and fifteen plates (one with tissue guard); slip advertising Travels in Arabia Deserta tipped in after p.434; large folding map at end; title-page and map printed in red and black; light brown coarse buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover; t.e. brown. Virtually fine copy in frayed and embrowned dust-wrapper.



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LAWRENCE (T.E.) and WOOLLEY (C. Leonard). The Wilderness Of Zin By C. Leonard Woolley And T.E. Lawrence. With a chapter on the Greek Inscriptions by M.N. Tod. Jonathan Cape, 1935. Double cr.8vo; numerous plans and illustrations on text-paper; one large folding plan; forty half-tone plates; hammered pale brownish orange wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; made up without end-papers. Wrappers faded, stained, creased, and slightly chipped; half-title spotted, and frayed and chipped at corners; slight very light foxing of several early leaves; numerous small corners turned; in general, however, near-nice.

Uncorrected proof copy, with the legend ‘Duplicate Proof for Retention: Does not contain Proof Reader's marks' on front wrapper. Differs considerably from the published version - this being most immediately evident in the fact that there is absolutely no relationship between the page numbers listed in the Contents and the lists of Illustrations, and the placement of chapters, integral illustrations, etc., in the text: the inserted map, for instance, is marked to face p.111, and is so bound in, but it is listed as facing p.95; the illustration listed as being on p.21 is on p.40. Printed in Oxford at The Alden Press.

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LAWRENCE (T.E.). The mint. A day-book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 With later notes By 352087 A/c Ross. Jonathan Cape, 1955. Sm.imp.8vo; title-page printed in black and red; blue cloth blocked blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Covers a little used; fine internally.



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[LAWRENCE (T.E.).]. Two Stories By John Hampson: The mare's nest; The long shadow. E. Lahr, 68 Red Lion Street, 1931. Med.8vo in half sheets; blank leaf at front and back laid onto end-papers; half-title with advertisement longitudinally on verso; title-page printed in black, bluish purple, and red; blank and fly-title precede second story; limitation / colophon leaf before final blank; quarter blue rough buckram, ivory boards, ivory spine label printed up in blue; a.e.uncut. Slight marking of covers; erased pencil note faintly visible on verso of front blank; in general a nice copy.

From the library of T.E. Lawrence, and bearing his Clouds Hill book label on the front paste-down, together with the subsequent book label of Roger Senhouse. One of an edition limited to 250 copies signed and numbered by the author. Hand printed by Herbert Jones at The Blue Moon Press, 9 Wilton Road, Friern Barnet in October 1931, and issued as ‘Blue Moon Octavos No.1.'

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