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Fourth Collected Edition, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer, 1550. Peter Harrington



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Fourth Collected Edition, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer, London: [Nicholas Hill] for Wyllyam Bonham, 1550.

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Folio (286 × 178 mm). Late 19th-century full grosgrain morocco in antique style by Hayes of Oxford, tooled in blind and decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, wide turn-ins richly gilt, gilt edges. Housed in a morocco-backed folding case. Printed in black letter in two columns. Title page and separate title for “Romaunt of the Rose” within decorative border, woodcut of the Knight on B1r, woodcut of the Squire on E6v, woodcut initials throughout. Provenance: John Hawes (contemporary ownership inscription inked to title and colophon); Thomas A. Hendricks of Indianapolis (bookplate); Rosenbach Collection (typed label on printed header); Sylvain Brunschwig (morocco bookplate); Paul Peralta-Ramos (small Japanese-style inkstamp); the collection of Cornelia Funke, author of the Inkheart trilogy. Joints tender, lacking final blank, mild browning, dampstaining to first gathering and to margins of last gathering, head of B1 shaved just touching foliation, tear to f. 90 affecting a few letters of text, pen-trials to outer margin of f. 227, discreet ink doodles to woodcut of Knight, “Squier” inked to scroll on woodcut of same, last leaf coming away at head, overall a very good copy.

Fourth collected edition, one of four variants each with a different publisher’s name in the colophon: the others were Richard Kele, Thomas Petit, and Robert Toye. Pforzheimer notes that, to judge from the relative numbers of extant copies, it is probable that they shared equally in the edition. The woodcuts of the pilgrims that had first been printed in Caxton’s 1483 edition are here replaced by two new cuts, of The Knight and The Squire, which were then reprinted in later black letter editions through to 1602. The history of the woodcuts is traced by David R. Carlson, “Woodcut Illustrations of the Canterbury Tales, 1482–1602,” The Library, 6th ser., 19 (1997): 25–67.

Fourth Collected Edition, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer, London: [Nicholas Hill] for Wyllyam Bonham,1550. –

APOLLONIUS RHODIUS. Argonautica, 1496. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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Median quarto (232 164 mm). Bound in the third quarter of the 19th century by Francis Bedford (his name in gilt at the foot of the front turn-in) in reddish-brown crushed goatskin, spine divided in six compartments by raised bands, gilt-lettered in two compartments, the others with gilt devices, sides with frames formed of gilt and thick-and-thin blind rules, gilt centrepieces, turn-ins ruled in gilt and in blind, gilt edges (spine a little faded; extremities rubbed). Housed in a burgundy flat-back cloth box. 172 leaves, including the final blank. Greek types 114 (two sets of capitals designed by Laskaris, one large for headings and initials letters, one small for the text). Commentary (10–33 lines) in miniscule surrounding text (3–31 lines) in majuscule. Greek marginalia in an early hand in six places; the publication date added in arabic numerals in ink at the foot of the final text leaf; an excellent copy, well-margined, clean and fresh.

Editio princeps. A remarkable presentation copy, inscribed on the verso of the final blank from the Greek scholar Robert Pember to his friend and student Roger Ascham: “R. Pemberi hunc librum dono dedit Rogero Aschamo testi magistro Fitzerbert et multis aliis.” The presentation inscription brings together three of the outstanding figures in the early years of Greek scholarship in Tudor…Read More

APOLLONIUS RHODIUS. Argonautica, 1496. Peter Harrington Rare Books.

De Bello Peloponnesiaco, Thucydides. Editio Princeps, First Edition 1502. Peter Harrington Books



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De Bello Peloponnesiaco, in Greek. Thucydides. Editio Princeps, First Edition 1502. Venice: Aldus Manutius, May 1502

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Folio (290 x 198 mm). Eighteenth-century red morocco, gilt border on covers, spine with gilt decorations and title, comb-marbled endpapers, red sprinkled edges. 122 leaves, without blank A8 and terminal blank P4. Text in Greek and Latin. Large red initials in first chapters. Extremities lightly rubbed, few marks to rear cover, a little light soiling and staining internally, but generally very good, with a few marginal annotations in Greek, 18th-century engraved bookplate of an English collector, Michael Smith, to the front pastedown.

Editio princeps of the most important work in Greek historiography, edited by Aldus from a Cretan manuscript. As with his edition of Herodotus, the text had first appeared in print in the Latin translation of Lorenzo Valla. The recipient of Aldus’s dedicatory letter, Daniele Renier, was a Venetian senator, procurator of San Marco and collector of Hebrew, oriental and classical manuscripts. The printer mentions how Renier frequently comes to his shop to see what Greek or Latin text might be under production.
“The standards and methods of Thucydides as a contemporary historian have never been bettered … He uses [reported speeches] to make clear, what would have been intolerably dry in the extract, the personal and political motives of the protagonists on either side… Thucydides has been valued as he hoped: statesmen as well as historians, men of affairs as well as scholars, have read and profited by him” (PMM).

De Bello Peloponnesiaco, in Greek. Thucydides. Editio Princeps, First Edition 1502.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Truman Capote. Signed first edition



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First edition presentation copy inscribed by Capote on the front free endpaper, “for Martha Robertson, with love, Truman Capote”. The recipient was Martha Hunt Robertson (1931-2014), an art teacher from Guntersville, Alabama, who in 1977 married noted journalist-novelist William Bradford Huie (1910–1986), of Hartselle, Alabama.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is rare inscribed – we have only ever handled one other.

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Dashiel Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, first edition.



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Pom Harrington inspects an exceptional first edition copy of one of the greatest thrillers ever written.

This copy boasts the original grey cloth, falcon motif to upper board in blue, titles and geometric design to spine in black and blue, top edge stained blue.
With the pictorial dust jacket, and housed in a black quarter morocco solander box.

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J. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit. First edition in the dust jacket.



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Pom Harrington presents this rare, first edition, first impression Hobbit, boasting the first issue jacket with the hand-correction to “Dodgeson” on the rear inside flap.

The first edition was published on 21 September 1937 and the first impression of 1,500 copies was sold out by December. A beautiful copy in the unusually bright jacket.

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COBURN, Alvin Langdon. New York. [1910]. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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COBURN, Alvin Langdon. New York. With a foreword by H. G. Wells.
Published: London & New York: Duckworth & Co; Brentano’s, [1910].

Presented by Sammy Jay of Peter Harrington Rare Books.

Folio. Original calf-backed grey boards, titles to front board gilt. With the dust jacket. With 20 photogravure plates hand-pulled by Coburn mounted on grey heavy stock marbled paper. Jacket and binding professionally restored, jacket spine toned and with a few old wax stains to front panel, touch of foxing internally. A very good copy.

First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket: a remarkable survival, we have traced just two copies at auction since 1975. Coburn’s New York is one of the cornerstone photobooks of the 20th century and considerably more scarce than the photographer’s groundbreaking sister publication, London, put out in the same format in 1909. “Of the two books, it is the New York volume that might be considered the more proto-modernist in spirit, not only because New York itself was the most palpably modern city, epitomized by that great leitmotif of early modernist photography, the skyscraper, but also because the form of the city, as created by these large, monolithic buildings, pushed Coburn towards a more radical way of seeing” (Parr & Badger).

COBURN, Alvin Langdon. New York. [1910]. Peter Harrington Rare Books.

(WILDE, Oscar.) JONSON, Ben. Volpone, 1898. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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Limited edition, one of 1,000 copies on art paper, this copy out of series, unnumbered, and presumably from the publisher’s own retained stock; there were another 100 copies on Japanese vellum. With an strongautograph letter signed from Oscar Wilde to the publisher, Leonard Smithers/strong, in its original stamped and franked envelope, postmark 13 January 1899, mounted on the front free endpaper. brWilde’s letter, addressed from the Hôtel des Bains, Napoule, on the sea near Cannes, thanks “My dear Smithers” for sending him Volpone “it is a very fine issue indeed”. He thinks Beardsley’s work not quite his best but adds that “had he lived he would no doubt have done wonderful other illustrations.” He praises both the introduction and Robbie Ross’s eulogy, concluding teasingly: “The play is, I suppose, by you.” He requests copies of The Importance of Being Earnest, to be published by Smithers the following month: “20 ordinary 5 large paper and 1 vellum for me”.brBut his mind is no longer directed to literary work. “Yes: even at Napoule there is romance: it comes in boats: and takes the form of fisher-lads, who draw great nets, and are bare-limbed: they are strangely perfect: I was at Nice lately: Romance there is a profession plied beneath the moon.”brEllman notes that Beardsley’s death at 25 years of age on 16 March 1898 was the first of several affecting Wilde which seemed to bring the Nineties to a doomed end.

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The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald



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First English edition, in a sparkling example of the very rare first state dust jacket, unseen by Bruccoli, which reproduces the famous Cugat design of the first American edition, with a window left at the foot of the spine for the Chatto & Windus imprint, and the rear panel with Chatto & Windus printed advertisements. The jacket is priced 7s. net at the foot of the front flap. The unrivalled Matthew J. & Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald at USC’s Thomas Cooper Library has only copies of later state jackets, price-clipped and repriced with an over-sticker. Bruccoli notes that the first English publication of The Great Gatsby is “not a new edition, but a separate printing in England from the plates of the American edition—the third printing of the first edition” (p. 64).

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LEWIS, C. S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. 1952. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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LEWIS, C. S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1952. Peter Harrington Rare Books.

Presented by Ben Houston of Peter Harrington Rare Books.

Octavo. Original pale blue boards, title to spine in silver, pictorial front endpapers. With the dust jacket. Housed in a red morocco slipcase and red cloth chemise.

First edition, first impression. Dedication copy, inscribed by the author around the printed dedication, “With love [to Geoffrey Corbett] from Jack Lewis”; Lewis has also altered the first letters of the dedicatee’s name, to read “Jeffrey”. Laid in is an autograph postcard signed from Lewis to Jeffrey, dated 22 September 1952, shortly after publication (presumably in response to a thank-you letter for the book), congratulating him on having constructed a working wireless, noting “I should think the mice have a grand time in that wardrobe; there will be 100’s and 1000’s of them soon”, describing a sighting of hares from his childhood bedroom in Ireland, and ending: “Someone has given us some Buffalo meat but I haven’t tried it yet”, signed with initials, “J.L.”
Jeffrey Barfield (born Geoffrey Corbett) was a foster child adopted by Lewis’s close friends, Owen and Maud Barfield, and adoptive sister of Lucy Barfield, dedicatee of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third published of seven novels in the Narnia series, was first published on 1 September 1952. Only six of the Narnia books have formal printed dedications, of which one is to a family; this is therefore one of only five personal dedication copies.

LEWIS, C. S. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. 1952. Peter Harrington Rare Books.

Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, first American edition.



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Pom Harrington presents this first edition of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

First American edition, first printing, printed on wove paper, with the half-title and frontispiece printed on separate leaves (verso of half-title and recto of frontispiece blank).

The American edition was published around the beginning of December 1876, preceded by the London edition published in June the same year.

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The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence. Subscriber’s Edition 1926. Peter Harrington Rare Books



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The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph. T. E. Lawrence. Subscriber’s Edition 1926. [London: privately printed by Manning Pike and C. J. Hodgson,] 1926.

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Quarto (250 x 188 mm). Original tan morocco gilt, gilt-lettered and ruled, edges gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. 66 plates, including frontispiece portrait of Feisal by Augustus John, many in colour or tinted, 4 of them double-page, by Eric Kennington, William Roberts, Augustus John, William Nicholson, Paul Nash and others, 4 folding, linen-backed coloured maps – that is 2 mapsrations in text, one coloured, by Roberts, Nash, Kennington, Blair-Hughes-Stanton, Gertrude Hermes and others, initials by Edward Wadsworth. duplicated – rather than the 3 mistakenly called for by O’Brien, 58 illustrations in text, one coloured, by Roberts, Nash, Kenning, Blair Hughes-Stanton, Gertrude Hermes and others, historiated initials by Edward Wadsworth printed in red and black. Provenance: Nancy Campbell, the original subscriber, her bookplate on flyleaf, together with correspondence from T. E. Lawrence, Manning Pike, and Pierce C. Joyce; Barbara Hutton (1912-1979) heiress to Frank Winfield Woolworth, ownership inscription on flyleaf: “Barbara Haugwitz-Reventlow 1941”.

One of the Cranwell or subscriber’s edition of 211 copies, this one of 170 “complete copies”, inscribed by Lawrence on p. XIX “Complete copy. 1.XII.26 TES”, with his manuscript correction to the illustration list, a “K” identifying Kennington rather than Roberts as the artist responsible for “The gad-fly”; page XV mispaginated as VIII; and with neither the two Paul Nash illustrations called for on pages 92 and 208, nor the Blair Hughes-Stanton wood engraving illustrating the dedicatory poem, which is found in only five copies. However, it does include the “Prickly Pear” plate, not called for in the list of illustrations.

This handsome and beautifully preserved copy is accompanied by a clutch of related correspondence concerning Lawrence’s “big book” from the original subscriber, Mrs Colin Campbell. Nancy Leiter, daughter of the Chicago financier and philanthropist Levi Z. Leiter, had married Major Colin Powys Campbell, formerly Central Indian Horse, in 1904. Nancy’s elder sister Mary was married to Lord Curzon and her younger sister Daisy became Countess of Suffolk, making them three of the most prominent “Dollar Princesses” of the period.

a) LAWRENCE, T. E. Autograph letter signed (“Yours very truly, T. E. Shaw, used to be Lawrence”), dated Cranwell, Lincolnshire, England, 16 September 1926. Two pages, recto and verso of a single octavo leaf, with the original mailing envelope addressed in Lawrence’s hand.

b) JOYCE, Colonel Pierce C. Two substantial autograph letters signed from Colonel Pierce C. Joyce, a friend of Mrs Campbell and her late husband, and a key player in the Arab Revolt. Joyce was a Boer War veteran, and was on Staff at Cairo from 1907.

c) PIKE, Roy Manning, printer of the 1926 Seven Pillars. Two letters, signed (“Manning Pike”), from London, the first a typed letter, 8 [August] 1927, one page, about shipping; the second, an autograph letter, 15 August 1927, one page, enclosing a second copy of Some Notes on the Writing of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Shaw (O’Brien A039, 200 copies)

d) CAMPBELL, Nancy. Two manuscript drafts: the first a two-page letter, signed (“N. Campbell, Mrs. Colin Campbell”) to T. E. Lawrence (“Sir”), Campbell Ranch, Goleta, California, 30 October [1926], writing of her excitement at being a subscriber – “Thank you very much for allowing me to have the privilege of subscribing”; the second a three-page autograph letter signed (“N.C.”) to Messrs Manning Pike, on letterhead of the Drake Hotel, Chicago, undated, arranging shipping of her copy of Seven Pillars.

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. A Triumph. T. E. Lawrence.

CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. 1898. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. London, New York & Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1898. Peter Harrington Rare Books.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt within blind panel, front cover lettered in gilt on recessed panel, black endpapers.

First edition, home issue, sole printing, first state. A superlative copy of Churchill’s first book, without the errata slip, the publisher’s catalogue dated 12/97. Churchill was correspondent for the Daily Telegraph on Sir Bindon Blood’s punitive 1897 expedition against the Afghan tribesmen of the North-West Frontier, during which he “took part in several skirmishes in which he came under fire and witnessed acts of barbarism by both sides” (ODNB). He consolidated his reports into book-form on his return to Bangalore, and his account was published in March 1898. “A total of 2,000 sets of sheets were printed for the home issue, of which 1,600 were bound by the … publication date … 200 of these volumes were exported to New York” (Cohen), a number likely to have included this copy, with its contemporary American book-label. The errata slip, indicating second state, was available by April, and by the beginning of June 448 copies remained unsold. Of these, 46 were transferred to the Colonial Library in October the same year.

CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Story of the Malakand Field Force. 1898. Peter Harrington Rare Books.

Adam Smith. The Wealth of Nations. First edition, 1776.



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Senior specialist Adam Douglas presents this first edition of The Wealth of Nations.

This two volume edition is “the first and greatest classic of modern economic thought” (PMM), this is an excellent copy in a handsome and unrestored contemporary binding.

“The Wealth of Nations had no rival in scope or depth when published and is still one of the few works in its field to have achieved classic status, meaning simply that it has sustained yet survived repeated reading, critical and adulatory, long after the circumstances which prompted it have become the object of historical enquiry” (ODNB).

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This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald. First Edition, 1920. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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FITZGERALD, F. Scott, This Side of Paradise. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1920.

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Presented by Ben Houston from Peter Harrington Rare Books.

First edition, second printing (same month as the first). Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “For Peggy Boyd, from F. Scott Fitzgerald, with many thanks for her work for ‘The Little Friends of Jugo-Slovakian Children’ — this humble prize for the Most Tickets Sold For The Bazzaar [sic]. Bravo! Bravo! Keep up your kind acts and Our Celestial Backer will never let you be sorry.” At the head of the page, Fitzgerald has added “Read the article on ‘Professional Youth’ in the last Sat. Eve. Post. I shall revenge myself on the lady.” The lady in question was Fitzgerald’s friend Dorothy Parker, who had written the article making fun of Fitzgerald’s shameless self-promotion. Parker’s article was published on 28 April 1923, which dates the inscription fairly precisely. Fitzgerald’s inscriptions are written above and below the original ownership inscription of Margaret Woodward Smith. Fitzgerald has added quotation marks around “Woodward” (Peggy published some works as Woodward Boyd). Peggy presumably bought the book on publication in April 1920 in Chicago — the book has the ticket of Carrolls Booksellers, The Plaza, Chicago on the front pastedown. An original photo of Fitzgerald is tipped-in below. Margaret (“Peggy”) Woodward Smith (1898–1965) was already established as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News when she met her first husband, the journalist and novelist Thomas Alexander Boyd (1898–1935). They moved to Minneapolis and married in October 1921. The Fitzgeralds had moved to St. Paul in summer 1921 and Tom made it his business to meet Scott as soon as he could. Tom promoted Fitzgerald’s work through his column and Fitzgerald in turn assisted the Boyds with their ambitions of becoming published authors. He encouraged Tom to publish Through the Wheat (1923), with advice on revising the manuscript, and persuading Scribner’s to publish it after they initially turned it down. Similarly, he was full of praise for Peggy’s manuscript for The Love Legend (1922), offering suggestions for revising the novel and writing a fulsome review in the New York Post when it was published. Peggy later published books as Peggy Shane, after her second marriage to the humorist and crossword-puzzle creator Ted Shane.

This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald. First Edition, 1920.

Now We Are Six, A.A Milne. First Edition, 1927. Peter Harrington Rare Books



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Now We Are Six, A.A Milne. First Edition, 1927. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1927.

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Octavo. Original full vellum with yapp edges, gilt lettered front cover, untrimmed. Housed in a custom made blue cloth chemise and quarter blue morocco slipcase. Illustrated throughout by Ernest H. Shepard. Slipcase a little used. An exemplary copy, largely unopened.

First and limited edition, number 4 of 20 large-paper copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author and illustrator; the most luxurious and exclusive format in which Milne’s Pooh books were issued. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children.

In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of “things which ought to be done”: “A book of verses (about 15 done to date) to appear in 1927 or 1928” (Thwaite p. 293). By the time that Winnie-the-Pooh was published in late 1926 half the poems for this third book were already complete.

Published on 13 October 1927, it took only two months for Now We Are Six to eclipse the sales records of the previous two books. Full of Milne’s charming verse, this collection is also notable for including Shepard’s timeless illustrations from the world of Pooh and Piglet.

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Christie, Agatha, Manuscript Notebook, 1948 1951. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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Presented by Pom Harrington, owner of Peter Harrington Rare Books.

A fascinating notebook containing Christie’s extensive notes, principally for the composition of her Miss Marple novel A Murder is Announced (1950), here under its working title “A Murder Has Been Arranged” and noted as begun at Baghdad, and the play Spider’s Web (1954), which was written at the request of Margaret Lockwood. But there is much else besides. The notebook contains notes for the play Miss Perry, the book They Do It With Mirrors, an alternative ending for A Pale Horse, for short stories, radio plays, jottings of autobiography, and many other ideas, revealing her brimming imagination. There are also notes for novels to be written and published as Mary Westmacott. An entry on one pastedown notes three projects “on hand”: “A. A Murder has been arranged (T & T?) i.e. Tommy and Tuppence B. They do it with Mirrors (witchcraft one) Miss M? C. The House in Baghdad.”brOf the 74 notebooks by Agatha Christie still extant, this is not only the richest in content, but is the only one outside the author’s estate (which is under the ownership of Agatha Christie Limited and not for sale), and therefore still in commerce. The notebook was donated by Agatha Christie to raise money for the Friends of the National Libraries, sold by auction at Sotheby’s London, 15 June 1960, lot 103, 240 to the American collector Milton R. Slater. A copy of the Sotheby’s catalogue is included with the notebook.

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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. Two draft manuscripts and typescripts… 1936]. Peter Harrington Rare Books.



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FITZGERALD, F. Scott. “I Didn’t Get Over”, two draft manuscripts and typescripts, with holograph corrections, for the short story. Published: [Asheville, NC: Grove Park Inn, summer 1936].

Presented by Ben Houston of Peter Harrington Rare Books.

First draft: 20 leaves, various sizes (largest 330 214 mm), partly triple-spaced typescript with pencil holograph amendments, completed in pencil manuscript. Second draft: 9 pages (US Letter: 11 8.5 ins), double-spaced typescript with pencil holograph amendments.

Two original drafts, the first draft and the second and final draft, for Fitzgerald’s short story “I Didn’t Get Over”, written in summer 1936 and published in Esquire magazine that October. The most noticeable differences between the two drafts are at the beginning and end of the piece. The title is slightly changed: in the first draft, it is “I Never Got Over”; in the second, that is amended in manuscript to “I Didn’t Get Over”. In the story, a former army captain who failed to make it to the front in the First World War confesses his responsibility for a training-camp accident that claimed the lives of several soldiers. At the end, the second draft, Fitzgerald adds in pencil the coda that makes the identity of the army captain clear: “I was that captain, and when I rode up to join my company he acted as if he’d never seen me before. It kind of threw me off—because I used to love this place. Well—good night.” The summer of 1936 was a difficult one for Fitzgerald. From February to April 1936, he had published the essays in Esquire magazine that are now well known as The Crack-Up, the articles that helped invent confessional journalism, in which he revealed the collapse of his life and his hopes, and his determination to save himself with his art. A year or so later, he would begin work on his last, unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon. From the collection of James B. Hurley. In 1936, having just graduated from Brown University with a BA in English, Hurley left his hometown of Providence, RI and went to North Carolina looking for work. He answered a classified ad to do some typing and found himself employed by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hurley typed Fitzgerald’s manuscripts, which were written in longhand, on a Remington portable designed for double-spaced work. Fitzgerald wanted his his first drafts triple-spaced in order to edit between his lines, so Hurley turned the roller and carriage by hand to provide three spaces. Hurley worked for Fitzgerald for nine months, at the end of which Fitzgerald inscribed three of his novels to Hurley and presented him with the manuscripts of two short stories, this and the Civil War story, “The End of Hate”. Both were sold at auction, Sotheby’s New York, 4 Dec. 1996, the present two drafts as lot 88. The story was first published in book form in the posthumous collection Afternoon of an Author (1957).

FITZGERALD, F. Scott. “I Didn’t Get Over”, two draft manuscripts and typescripts, with holograph corrections, for the short story. 1936]. Peter Harrington Rare Books.

Crusade in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower. First Edition, 1948. Peter Harrington Rare Books



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Crusade in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower. First Edition, 1948. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1948.

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Octavo. Publisher’s deluxe presentation binding of full red morocco by Gaston Pilon (Garden City, NY), gilt banded spine, Eisenhower’s “flaming sword” motif in gilt and silver on front cover, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, map endpapers. 16 plates, numerous maps in the text. Spine just lightly sunned. An excellent copy.

First edition, one of 35 copies specially bound for presentation, generously inscribed by Eisenhower to the British Prime Minister Clement Attlee and his wife: “For The Prime Minister of Great Britain and Mrs Atlee [sic]. With best wishes for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. From their friends Mamie D. and Dwight D. Eisenhower December, 1948”. Books inscribed by Eisenhower on behalf of himself and Mamie are most uncommon. Eisenhower has also signed at the foot of the facsimile of his famous D-Day Order of the Day.

This copy is number 31 of the edition of 1,426 copies. The unusual limitation suggests that 26 copies were originally planned for personal presentation, but in 1949 a number of US newspapers reprinted an interview with the binder, French-born Gaston Pilon, in which he stated that one of his prized possessions was a letter from Eisenhower thanking him for hand-binding “35 special, goatskin leather-covered volume” of this book.

Eisenhower’s account of his war is widely thought to be one of the finest American military biographies, the New York Times considering that it gave “the reader true insight into the most difficult part of a commander’s life.”

A most desirable copy, linking two wartime leaders: Attlee served as deputy prime minister under Churchill from February 1942 to May 1945, succeeding him as prime minister in July 1945, following the Labour landslide. Eisenhower would have been impressed with Attlee’s military record during the Great War, when he served as an officer in Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, and France; ODNB describing the War as providing Attlee “with a test of leadership which he grasped fully”.

Crusade in Europe, Dwight D. Eisenhower. First Edition, 1948 –

From Russia, With Love. Ian Fleming. First Edition, 1957. Peter Harrington Rare Books



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From Russia, With Love. Ian Fleming. First Edition, 1957. London: Jonathan Cape, 1957.

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Octavo. Original black boards, titles to spine and revolver and rose motif to front board in metallic red and silver. With the dust jacket. Some spotting to contents, rear board lightly creased, very good in the little worn dust jacket.

First edition, first impression. With the author’s signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, “To R. Singleton-Ward In (I hope) Gratitude. Ian Fleming 1957”. The recipient was the writer and physiotherapist Richard Singleton-Ward. The anticipation of gratitude expressed in the inscription is most likely in anticipation of a successful chiropractic treatment but it is perhaps no coincidence that Fleming included a quite detailed description of such therapies in Thunderball on which he was working at that time. Presentation copies of From Russia With Love are very scarce indeed.

From Russia With Love. Ian Fleming. First Edition, 1957.