Selected Titles and Recent Acquisitions

Ian Fleming, Live and Let Die

Jonathan Cape, Ninth Printing 1963.  Original black boards, 240 printed pages. Very slightly bumped to the spine ends, slight fore edge foxing, a few pages creased to the top corner, otherwise tidy with no inscriptions. The dust jacket is browned and dusty to the rear and has small chips to the corners and spine corners. Not price clipped.


Charles (Chas) Pears, Original Illustration, Titled "The First Sitting"

Likely to have been painted for a book or magazine, not dated, circa 1900. The illustration is made on Scraperboard: The china clay surface has grey lines and white areas are created by scraping away the grey surface, the black is drawn on with ink. The effect is stunning and must take a lot of skill to produce. The board measures 8.75 x 11.25 inches. It has two pin holes to the top and is creased to the corners. Charles Pears is best known for illustrating periodicals such as Beardsley's "The Yellow Book", "Punch" and "The Graphic" and illustrating books such as "Alice in Wonderland", Charles Dickens' works and many other titles.


Donald Henderson, Mr. Bowling Buys a Newspaper

First Edition, Constable 1943.  Original grey cloth, 211 printed pages. Condition: Bumped and scuffed to the bottom corners, some red staining to the lower part of the rear board, initials and date (1943) to the front free end paper, foxed to the fore edge and end papers. The dust jacket is foxed and browned, chipped to the corners and spine ends with a large chip to the front bottom corner and staining to the rear. Correctly priced 8/6 net to the front flap.


P. G. Wodehouse, Nothing Serious

Doubleday & Company, First USA Edition, Signed and inscribed by Wodehouse to his friend and bibliographer, David Jasen. This was from the collection of David A. Jasen that Clouds Hill Books dealt with a few years ago. Bound in the original red cloth, 222 printed pages. Slightly bumped to the spine ends, otherwise tidy. The dust jacket is quite browned to the spine, has light edge wear and neat paper reinforcements to the reverse at the corners and spine ends.


Complete Set of Harry Potter books

Each book is published by Bloomsbury, London. The Philosopher's Stone is the 25th Printing, Chamber of Secrets is the 26th Printing, Prisoner of Azkaban is the 22nd Printing, the other books are all first edition, first printings and Goblet of Fire is the rarer Omnia First Printing. Some of the books have browning to the pages and slight bumping to the boards and slight creasing to the dust jacket, the Philosopher's Stone dust jacket has a 1cm closed tear to the bottom of the spine, Prisoner of Azkaban has the laminate coming away towards the front edge of the book and dust jacket. No inscriptions.


Beautiful original illustration on card by Millicent Sowerby, made using pen, ink, pencil and watercolour, not framed but in a gilt mount. Measures approximately 8.5 x 11.5cm (3.25 x 4.5 inches). This is the original illustration painted by Millicent Sowerby that was used in The Wise Book, which was published by J. M. Dent in 1906 and had words by Githa Sowerby.


The Works of Max Beerbohm

A complete set of ten volumes, Published by William Heinemann between 1922 and 1928. Limited Edition 416/780, signed to the first volume. Each is in the original cloth with printed label to spines and extra label to each volume tipped in at rear. Condition: They have some bumping to the spine ends and rubbing and fading to the cloth, the spine labels are browned and there is foxing to the pages (mainly the fore edge and first and last few pages), otherwise a tidy set with no inscriptions and some pages unopened.


John Springs (born 1962) original pen & ink caricature with additional red ink hatching and acrylic colouring of Margaret Thatcher. Signed and dated by the artist to lower right. High quality mount, frame and glaze. The painting measures 42x30cm, the frame is 46x58cm. Believed to have been painted for The Times. Springs is a well-known caricaturist, especially of political titans. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Daily Telegraph, GQ, Independent, The Times and the New Yorker.


P. G. Wodehouse, William Tell Told Again, A & C Black 1904

Mcilvaine lists as the 3rd issue. Original light brown cloth, titled and illustrated to front and spine, top edge gilt, 106 printed pages complete with 16 colour illustrations and captioned tissue-guards as issued and two pages of adverts at rear. Bumped and slightly frayed to the corners and spine ends, quite a browned spine, creased to the rear top corner, gift inscription to the top of the half-title page, scattered foxing and browning to the pages, one tissue-guard frayed to the edge.
Maurice Gorham & Edward Ardizzone, The Local, First Edition 1939
First Printing, signed and dated (1939) by Edward Ardizzone to the front free end paper and below this Maurice Gorham has signed. Original pictorial boards, 51 printed pages complete with illustrations. Book Condition: 80% of the spine is missing, bumped towards the top of the spine with resultant creasing to the top inner page corner, rubbed and bumped to the corners.  Very rare, due to the bombing of Cassell premises during the Blitz.

P. G. Wodehouse, The Intrusion of Jimmy

First USA Edition, First Printing 1910, Published by W. J. Watt, New York

Signed, inscribed and dated (May 16. 1910) by Wodehouse to the front free end paper.  The book is complete with frontispiece, tissue-guard and all four illustrations as issued.  Book Condition:  The boards are rubbed, it is frayed to the bottom corner of the spine, the spine lettering is dull, the front hinge paper is splitting but holding fine, there is occasional foxing to the pages.


Elsie J. Oxenham, Original Painting By Percy Tarrant

This is the original painting by Percy Tarrant that was used for the First Edition of A School Camp Fire, which was published in 1917 by Chambers. The painting measures 5.5 x just over 8 inches. It is in the original mount which has pencil notes to the bottom which read; Book 3, Chap 7, p.234, frontisp, Priscilla burnt her old name". The painting is tidy. The mount is creased to the corners and lightly soiled.

P. G. Wodehouse, Original Christmas Card from Wodehouse to His biographer and bibliographer David A. Jasen

The card is from Christmas 1959 and is in the original stamped addressed envelope.  All of the writing is in Wodehouse's hand, which includes the inscription inside the card, the address to the front of the envelope and the return address to the rear flap of the envelope.  

Original Video Sleeve for Jeeves and Wooster, Series One, Signed by both Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. 

Came from the collection of Mark Goodfellow.  Comes with copies of a letter from Stephen Fry and a letter from the Producer's Secretary of the Jeeves & Wooster series.  Slightly soiled and creased towards one edge.

Original Video Sleeve for Jeeves and Wooster, Series Two, Signed by both Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. 

Came from the collection of Mark Goodfellow.  Comes with copies of a letter from Stephen Fry and a letter from the Producer's Secretary of the Jeeves & Wooster series.  Slightly soiled and creased towards one edge.
P. G. Wodehouse, How I Became a Poet, SIGNED Typed Manuscript
Please be aware, although this manuscript has been signed at the bottom of the last page by Wodehouse in black pen, it is almost certainly not typed by him.  As far as I know, in the 1960's a book dealer typed out some chapters from Wodehouse's books and asked him to sign them, which he obligingly did.  The manuscript is a complete chapter, being 10 typed pages.  Also comes with an invoice from when the manuscript was purchased in 1968 for $87.50.
Victor Gunn, Murder with a Kiss
First Edition 1963, Published by Collins
First Printing signed and inscribed by the author. The inscription reads; 'To The Old Boys' Book Club - In appreciation of all the long years you have suffered at my hands. "Victor Gunn"', he has then signed beneath this in his real name 'Edwy Searles Brooks, Dec '63'. The inscription is in blue pen and is to the front free end paper. Condition: The book is slightly bumped to the corners and spine ends, but is otherwise tidy. The dust jacket is rubbed to the edges, has small chips to the corners and spine ends and has two closed edge tears. Not price clipped and correctly priced 12s. to the inside flap.

Elsie J. Oxenham, "Rosaly's New School"

First Thus 1921, Published by W. & R. Chambers
First of this issue, with the date (1921) to the rear of the title page. Original pictorial blue cloth, 303 printed pages complete with colour frontispiece and 2 further colour illustrations all correct as issued. The book is slightly bumped to the spine ends and has a prize book-plate to the front paste down, otherwise tidy. The dust jacket is the original and has wonderful artwork by P. Tarrant. It is chipped to the corners and spine ends and is rubbed to the edges. Not price clipped.
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