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 Starlight Barking
By Dodie Smith
First edition, first impression (Heinemann, 1967). Illustrated by Janet and Anne Grahame-Johnstone. Signed, inscribed and dated by the author in the year of publication on the front blank: 'To Cicely Courtneidge, from Dodie Smith "Dear Octopus", Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 1967'. The inscription refers to Smith's play 'Dear Octopus', which was revived in 1967 for the fiftieth wedding anniversary of the comedy actors Dame Cicely Courtneidge and Jack Hubert. Dodie Smith's married name, 'Mrs Beesley', Dodie Smith's married name is also written in ink in another hand to the front flap of the dust jacket. Additionally a postcard from the author is loosely inserted: 'Dearest Cis, Here is "The Starlight Barking" as a tiny first night present. It's also intended as a get well present to your dear poodle - I trust you'll be able to use Bill's line and say "The dog liked it". Bless you and thank you for your lovable, funny and altogether admirable performance as "Dora". Much love as ever, Dodie".
8vo, publisher's original blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial decorative endpapers. fine with just a little pushing to spine ends in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket with slight edge-wear in places and a couple of spots to upper panel. A near fine example of the sequel to 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians'.
By Evelyn Waugh
First edition, first impression (Duckworth, 1931).
A little fading to board edges; some compression and rubbing to spine tips; some foxing to preliminaries and to bottom edge; offsetting to front and rear endpapers; all plates present with one becoming slightly loose; small stamp to rear pastedown.
The original dust jacket has some loss to head and foot with some creasing and chipping to extremities; corners chipped with slight browning to spine panel and a red stain to upper panel. Very rare in the original dust jacket.
By Philip K. Dick
First UK edition, first impression (Rapp & Whiting, 1970). Originally published in the US the previous year. Publisher's original brown cloth with silver lettering to spine and upper board. A little spotting to edges with slight lifting to fore-edge of front paste-down, contents nice and clean and free from names and inscriptions. The original and unclipped dust jacket has a little faint soiling to rear panel and toning to spine panel verso, near fine otherwise. An excellent copy.