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First Editions

Pound Ezra - Drafts and Fragments of Cantos CX - CXVII

Hardback. Nd but 1968 or 1969. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in silver. In a good plus dustwrapper which has two smallish stains on the spine and a little browning/foxing. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or foxing. 32 pages.
Published : New Directions, New York, First Edition
£18.00

Pound Ezra - Personae

Hardback. A good copy in the original light brown boards lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Second state with the five lines of title on the spine measuring 1.5cm. Smallish piece (approx. 7mm) missing at foot of the spine and some rubbing to the spine. No ownership inscription. Some foxing, mainly to early and late pages. 59 pages. Photographs available on request.
Published : Elkin Mathews, London 1909, First Edition
£135.00

Powys John Cowper - In Defence of Sensuality

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth decorated in silver and lettered in silver and black. Top edge green. In a very good dustwrapper which is now protected by a clear removeable sleeve. Distintive bookplate of Lloyd Emerson Siberell, the great Powys authority and admirer who published a bibliography of John Cowper Powys. 313 pages. A nice copy.
Published : Simon and Schuster, New York 1930, First American Edition
£85.00

Powys John Cowper - In Spite of - A Philosophy for Everyman

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. In a very good dustwrapper. A nice clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 312 pages. The book "seeks to show how the individual, by acceptance of his lot in life, may enjoy being alive under any circumstances or conditions, in spite of all obstacles."
Published : Macdonald & Co., London 1953, First Edition
£24.00

Priestley J.B. - Papers from Lilliput

A very good copy. 236pp. A volume of essays.
Published : Bowes & Bowes, Cambridge 1922, First Edition
£7.00

Purser John - The Counting Stick

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. This is number 14 of 25 copies which have been signed and numbered by the author. 46 pages. A short book of poetry by the composer John Purser who is also well-known for his classic book entitled "Scotland's Music".
Published : The Aquilla Publishing Co., Breakish, Isle of Skye 1976, First Edition
£35.00

Raine Kathleen - The Inner Journey of the Poet

A very good copy in blue card covers lettered in yellow. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 24 pages. This is no. 360 of 500 numbered copies. Next to a passage dealing with the relationship between poetic minds there is a pencilled side-note: "& KR & TS!" which must have been written either by Raine or the recipient of this copy who was the Scottish poet, Tom Scott.
Published : Golgonooza Press, Ipswich 1976, First Edition
£35.00

Ransford, Tessa - Indian Selection: Poems

Softback. A fine copy. Inscribed by the author on title page to "Hazel" who was Hazel Smith, widow of the poet Sydney Goodsir Smith. 20 pages. Loosely enclosed are a typed poem "Incantation 2000" also signed by the author for Hazel and a hand-written note from the author to Hazel.
Published : Akros Publications, Kirkcaldy 2000, First Edition
£15.00

Reed Edward Charles - The Strangler

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in black. Some fairly light fore-edge foxing. 288 pages.
Published : John Long, London 1929, First Edition
£30.00

Reeman Douglas - Torpedo Run

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. One end bumped.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1981, First Edition
£5.00

Rendell Ruth - The Killing Doll

A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected. The dw has one very small tear on rear panel and two small marks at the foot of the inside of the rear panel which are not noticeable externally. Previous owner's name on f.e.p.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1984, First Edition
£5.00

Rice, Anne - Interview with the Vampire

Hardback. An ex-library copy in a very good dustwrapper. The wrapper has a couple of very small edge tears and a 1/4 inch tear at the edge of the front flap. There is some creasing to the flaps and a very faint trace of a stain at the foot of the spine which is not visible externally. The book itself is a reading copy only. The author's first novel.
Published : Raven Books, London 1976, First Edition
£25.00

Rickards John - Winter's End

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with title in red on spine. No inscriptions. 296 pages. Very good illustrated dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Michael Joseph, London 2003, First Edition
£10.00

Rickword Edgell - Behind the Eyes Selected Poems and Translations

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. No ownership inscription. Some browning to pages. 153 pages. The author is described as "one of the outstanding poets of his generation".
Published : Carcanet New Press, Manchester 1976, First Edition
£10.00

Roberts Cecil - A Tale of Young Lovers: a Tragedy in Four Acts

Hardback. A very good copy in the original chipped cellophane wrapper. Inscribed by the author as follows on the front end-paper: "Dear Monty, I don't suppose you ever saw this early venture of mine in which your family was involved! Ever Yours, Cecil Roberts". "Monty" was Sir Compton Mackenzie and the cast of the first production of the play included Ellen Compton and Viola Compton. Pp.xiii,84.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1922, First Edition
£40.00

Robertson T.A. - Mair Laeves Fae Vagaland

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper with very small chips and a tear at the spine ends. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 58 pages. Poems in the Shetland dialect.
Published : The Shetland Times, Lerwick 1965, First Edition
£35.00

Rushdie Salman - East, West

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped. A collection of short stories.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1994, First Edition
£5.00

Sackville-West V - Pepita

A very good copy in a rather poor dustwrapper which has a number of largeish chips affecting much of the spine lettering. One or two spots of foxing. 282pp + 4pp adverts. 16 illustrations. A biography of the author's grandmother and mother.
Published : Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, London 1937, First Edition
£35.00

Saint Columba (ascribed to): Translated By Edwin Morgan - The Maker on High

A fine copy in green sewn wrappers lettered in black. This is no. 134 of 300 copies and is signed by Edwin Morgan. An eight page poem ascribed from a very early date to Saint Columba. The poem is described as "a concentrated, relentless blast of fearful praise for the "altus prosator" of the opening line. Text in Latin and English.
Published : The Mariscat Press, Glasgow 1997, First Edition Thus
£28.00

Sandison Janet (pseudonym Jane Duncan) - Jean at Noon

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's maroon cloth with title in silver on spine. SIGNED (not a facsimile) Janet Sandison, Jane Duncan, Cromarty, August 1971. 252 pages. Very good, complete and untorn, dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. A very nice tight clean copy.
Published : Macmillan, London 1971, First Edition
£80.00

Scott Walter - The Lady of the Lake; A Poem

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a modern quarter leather binding with marbled boards. New end-papers. No ownership inscription. A little foxing to final few pages. Frontispiece portrait with some off-setting to title page. Half-title present.. Todd & Bowden 47Aa.
Published : John Ballantyne & Co, Edinburgh 1810, First Edition
£280.00

Scott, Sir Walter - Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border : Consisting of Historical and Romantic Ballads, Collected in the Southern Counties of Scotland; With a Few of Modern Date Founded Upon Local Tradition

A very good two volume set in a contemporary full leather binding lettered in gilt on red title-pieces. Some tearing at the join of spine with boards on Volume II. Bookplate of Sir William Forbes of Pitsligo on the front fixed end-paper of Volume I. Some pages show browning but overall a decent set internally and externally. Frontispiece to Volume I. Vol. I Pp.cxxxviii,[iv],258 + errata page. Vol. II, pp.[viii],392 + errata page. This collection of Border Ballads was compiled by Sir Walter Scott and published anonymously in the first edition. Photographs available on request.
Published : T. Cadell Jun. And W. Davies, London 1802, First Edition
£1,850.00

Scott, Sir Walter - Redgauntlet, A Tale of the Eighteenth Century

Hardbacks. A very good three volume set in uniform red half-leather bindings lettered in gilt. Marbled boards and edges. Some foxing mainly to end-papers. Previous owner's small logo and initials on front fixed end-paper of each volume. Prelims +319,328,331pages. Comma after the title in volumes I and II with a full stop in volume III indicates a first printing. Half-titles present (after title pages) but lacking adverts.
Published : Archibald Constable & Co, Edinburgh 1824, First Edition
£70.00

Service Robert W. - Ballads of a Bohemian

Hardback. A near very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and in black on the upper board. A little scuffing to lower board. No ownership inscription. A little edge foxing. 205 pages. A book of poetry much of it set in the Latin Quarter of Paris.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1921, First Edition
£12.00

Service Robert W. - Rhymes of a Rolling Stone

A very good copy in original olive green boards lettered and decorated in gilt. 195pp. A nice clean copy.
Published : William Briggs, Toronto 1912, First Canadian Edition
£9.00

Service Robert W. - The Rhymes of a Red-Cross Man

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. A little browning/foxing. 176 pages. Poems of the First World War.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1916, First Edition
£9.00

Sharpe Tom - Ancestral Vices

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's orange cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. 231 pages. Very good dustwrapper which is price-clipped. This is a nice tight clean copy.
Published : Secker & Warburg, London 1980, First Edition
£9.00

Shaw Bernard - Arms and the Man: An Anti-romantic Comedy in Three Acts

A good copy in green cloth which is darkened on spine and with a light patch at foot of lower board. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 76pp.
Published : Archibald Constable & Co, London 1905, First Edition
£15.00

Shaw Bernard - The Apple Cart: a Political Extravaganza

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is just slightly chipped. Small inscription on front end-paper.
Published : Constable, London 1930, First Edition
£6.00

Shaw Bernard (Edited By Dan H. Laurence and Daniel J. Leary) - The Complete Prefaces Volume 3 : 1930-1950

Hardback. A very good copy of the first impression in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. Gift inscription on front fixed end-paper. Pp.x,621. The prefaces are assembled chronologically "and are provided with annotation of elusive topical references."
Published : Allen Lane the Penguin Press, London 1997, First Edition
£18.00

Shaw T.E. (Lawrence of Arabia) (Translator) - The Odyssey of Homer

Hardback. First trade edition, second issue. A very good copy in the original brown buckram lettered in gilt on the spine. Foxing to top edge and a little to fore-edge.. In a good plus dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Gift inscription on verso of frontispiece and ownership inscription on half-title. Decorated front end-papers and title page. 327 pages.
Published : Oxford University Press 1935,
£35.00

Silkin Jon - The Re-Ordering of the Stones

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing, marking or inscription. 56 pages. "Mr. Silkin's new volume of verse shows the maturing of an exceptional talent".
Published : Chatto & Windus/The Hogarth Press, London 1961, First Edition
£25.00

Sitwell Osbert - Argonaut and Juggernaut

A good copy in original grey cloth. Spine label worn but readable. Some foxing mainly to last few pages.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1919, First Edition
£7.00

Sitwell Sacheverell - A Charivari of Parrots

A very good copy in pink printed wrappers which show some fading near the spine. Unpaginated (8pp). A poem.
Published : Printed By Smart & Co for the Author, Brackley, First Edition
£25.00

Sitwell Sacheverell - Notebook on Twenty Canons of Giant Art

A very good copy in light green wrappers lettered in black. Unpaginated but 8 pages. Sitwell looks back at the subjects of his work "Canons of Giant Art: Twenty Torsos in Heroic Landscapes" which was published in 1933.
Published : Printed for the Author By Smart & Co, Brackley, First Edition
£18.00

Sitwell Sacheverell - Scherzo Di Fantasia

A very good copy in green printed wrappers lettered in black on the front cover. Unpaginated (12pp).
Published : Printed for the Author By Smart & Co, Brackley 1978, First Edition
£25.00

Sitwell Sacheverell - Truffle Hunt

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has small chips and edge tears. No ownership inscription. Some edge foxing. Pp.x,310. Frontispiece and 30 illustrations. A book of short essays.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1953, First Edition
£12.00

Smith Alexander - City Poems

Hardback. 12mo. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription and little foxing. A neat stamp on the front end-paper states "Reduced Price 1/6". 190 pages + 24pp catalogue dated August 1857. Smith was a Scottish poet of the "Spasmodic" School but is now best remembered for the prose work "A Summer in Skye".
Published : Macmillan & Co, Cambridge 1857, First Edition
£15.00

Smith Alexander McCall - East Coast Tales

Illustrated by Iain McIntosh.
Softback. Limited to 800 copies. A near fine copy. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 20 pages. 6 illustrations by Iain McIntosh + illustrated cover title label. Five people converse on an Edinburgh to London train.
Published : Maclean Dubois, Edinburgh 2011, First Edition
£20.00

Smith Iain Crichton - The Tenement

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 159pp.
Published : Victor Gollancz, London 1985, First Edition
£6.00

Smith Sydney Goodsir - Cokkils

A good copy in yellow paper covers. Upper cover lettered and decorated in red. Two splash marks on upper cover. Rusting to staples. Limited edition, this being number 180 of 220 copies. Unpaginated but 16pp.
Published : M. MacDonald, Edinburgh 1953, First Edition
£12.00

Smith Sydney Goodsir - Gowdspink in Reekie

Wrappers. A very good copy. 24pp. This is number 407 of 600.
Published : Macdonald Publishers, Loanhead 1974, First Edition
£10.00

Smith Sydney Goodsir - Kynd Kittock's Land

A very good copy. Softcover in wrapper. 25pp. A poem about Edinburgh commissioned by the BBC.
Published : M. MacDonald, Edinburgh 1965, First Edition
£9.00