By Ted Hughes
Limited edition (Crediton: Richard Gilbertson, 1967). Signed by Ted Hughes to the front endpaper. One of 100 copies produced. 1-6 were interleaved throughout with blank paper, on which the poet wrote out each of the thirteen poems in full, to face the printed text and were also bound in full dark green levant morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. 7-16 were interleaved with three manuscript poems and bound in half morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. 17-36 contained one poem in manuscript and were bound in decorative covers. The example on offer here is one of the 37-100 copies that were signed by the author.
Original salmon fur-grained covers with lettering to the upper cover in black. Faint marginal soiling to spine with minor wrinkling here and there; top edge of upper cover and opening few pages turned up slightly; area of minor staining to lower cover with a little colour transfer to fore-edge of rear endpaper, contents nice and clean otherwise and firmly bound. A very good example of a rare book.
First edition in book form (London: Chapman & Hall 1840-41). Three volumes bound together in one. Engraved frontispieces with illustrations throughout. Half-calf binding from 1924.
Foxing to preliminaries with occasional foxing throughout; rubbing to corners and board edges and a couple of small areas of rubbing to boards. Small and neat owner inscription to front pastedown.
On Chesil Beach
By Ian McEwan
First edition, first impression (Jonathan Cape, 2007). Signed and dedicated by the author: 'To Allan, Ian McEwan'. Copies that have been signed and dedicated are considerably less numerous that those that have just been signed. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2007 and recently adapted to film in 2017.
Fine in a fine dust jacket.
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
By Beatrix Potter
First edition, later printing with 'Author of 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' to title page (Frederick Warne & Co, 1903). 16mo, original dark grey boards with circular squirrel motif to upper cover, rebacked with later spine in black paper, hinges repaired and endpapers relaid, a little internal soiling and external rubbing, in black custom-made clamshell box.