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By William Shakespeare
Astolat Press Edition (A. C. Curtis Guildford, 1902). Number 45 of 60 copies on Japanese vellum. Bound in crimson crushed levant morocco by A De Sauty; edges gilt with gilt borders inside covers. Reproduction of Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus’ as a frontispiece. Small chip to spine foot; Boston Libraries ink stamps to pastedown, title verso and to page 1 and 154. A beautiful binding preserved in a custom drop-back box.
The Rachel Papers
By Martin Amis
Light foxing to edges with faint spotting to endpapers, else fine. Original and unclipped dust jacket has the usual fading to the spine panel, but far less severe than usual; small closed tear to bottom of rear panel; corners rubbed with a nick to bottom corner of front panel; general wear/rubbing to extremities. A great, signed copy of the author's first novel.
The Word Child
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1975) Small bump to spine foot, else fine. Original and unclipped dust jacket has very slight fading to spine panel with signs of trivial wear to extremities. An excellent copy.
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1957). Edges toned; bumping to top corners of front and rear boards and to spine tips; browning to spine tips; remnants of sticker to front pastedown. Original and unclipped dust jacket has some loss to spine tips; spine panel toned; rubbing to corners and fore-edge; tape repairs to verso. A good copy of the author’s third novel.
Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
US First Edition and First Impression with "pendula" on page 9, and a bullet between the numbers on page 88, which were removed from later printings. (New York: Covici Friede, 1937). One of only 2,500 copies printed in 1937. 8vo, publisher's beige cloth, front cover and spine stamped in black and orange; spine darkened with insect damage; corners bumped; dust jacket, price-clipped with a little soiling to rear panel and closed tear to front panel; spine panel and folds tanned with some edgewear.