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Inner Circle Illustrated by F N Souza (Signed limited edition with original lithograph)

Macmillan, London
No 27 of 100 copies signed by both Peterkiewicz and Souza on the title-page. The book is housed in a plain black paper covered slip-case. Large 8vo in blue leather backed black paper covered boards, silver lettering to spine, top edge gilt, original lithograph as frontispiece, 185pp with 22 tipped in line illustrations all on thin off-white proof paper. The books text is printed from the same plates as the trade edition, as are the line illustrations, but on larger and better quality paper with wider margins. The frontispiece was hand printed in black ink (there are very noticeable variations between different copies of it) on a standard colour printed London tube map, these maps were probably specially made for Souza as they were not normally available on the type of paper used or with blank versos. The trade edition has a reproduction in b/w of this lithograph.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy, in an almost AS NEW slip-case (corner tips are very faintly shelf rubbed)
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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R U R (Rossum's Universal Robots) - A Play in Three Acts and an Epilogue

Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, London
1st printing, 1st issue. Small Octavo size (8vo). in red printed thin card wrappers, 102pp, publishers advert leaf at rear, cast list of 1st British performance in London on verso of title-page pasted over by blank sheet of paper (causing a very slight wrinkle to that leaf only). This was done by the publishers for copyright reasons to all copies of the first printing.
An exceptionallywell preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (mild sunning to covers around the spine, minute nick to wrapper at bottom edge of spine, page-block edges slightly tanned)
1st editionSoftcover
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Banksy - Wall and Piece (1st printing with dustwrapper)

Century, London
Quarto size (4to) in illustrated thick boards, 238pp, mainly colour plates. First edition first printing with the elusive dustwrapper (issued with only a small number of the first printing)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an almost AS NEW Dust Jacket (hint of creasing to corner tips, minute and barely noticeable nick to bottom edge of spine panel, looks new in its protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Red Grooms (Signed 'Deluxe' Limited Edition with lithographic popup)

Rizzoli, New York
Large, very heavy 4to in colour printed glazed boards with glossy dust jacket and housed in a matching thick card slip-case. 240pp on thick art paper, illustrated in colour throughout. Hand numbered 185 of 400 copies and signed by Groooms, and with a colour lithograph on stiff card, fully pre-assembled pop-up with integral base at rear. It is a re-working of Grooms' New York Taxi of 1986 - which in turn was based on his earlier giant Ruckus NY taxi sculpture)
NEW copy in NEW Dust Jacket and NEW slip-case plus printed wrap-around paper band loosely inserted
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Damien Hirst - Theories, Models, Methods, Approaches, Assumptions, Results and Findings (SIGNED COPY)

Gagosian Gallery, New York
Quarto size (4to) in gilt embossed red faux leather, 146pp, plates in colour and b/w, etc. Boldly signed (with no other inscription) by Damien Hirst on the title-page. Issued with a printed glossy card sleeve
AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW sleeve
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Caesar - The Life Story of A Panda Leopard

G P Putnam's Sons, London
1st printing. Small Quarto size (4to) in red cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover, 89pp, colour frontispiece plus 13 full page b/w plates. Author's uncommon first book. The wrapper has the printed price of 2/- 6d
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (name and date (1942) on front blank fly-leaf, a few scattered spots of slight foxing to leaves, tiny flat crease to bottom corner tip of front blank fly-leaf, page-block edges faintly dusty) in a tanned and slightly dusty near FINE un-clipped Dust Jacket (very slightly edge-rubbed at spine panel ends and flap fold corner tips with a minute nick to base of spine panel and to the top corner tip of the front flap fold, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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The Studio An Illustrated Magazine of Fine and Applied Art - Volume Three 1894 (Vol 3)

The Studio, London
Large 4to. in publishers' original green cloth covered bevel edged boards, gilt lettering and decoration to spine and front cover, index plus 192pp, numerous illustrations in text, etc. Includes original lithographs, all with the Studio blind embossed stamp as issued, by Anning Bell, Mortimer Menpes, Frank Short, C J Watson and J McNeill Whistler ('Gants de Uede' and 'The Long Gallery, Louvre') Plus xlvii pp 'Editor's Room' at rear and 'Christmas Cards and Their Chief Designers' by Gleeson White, 56pp at far rear (the first of the Studio Special Numbers and by itself quite scarce). The whole has been collated complete. During this early period the Studio Magazine did not have a large circulation, estimates of the number of each issue printed vary from 2,000 to no more than 3,000 copies, and a large portion of these went to intitutional libraries.
The covers are faded and tanned at the margins, there is a small slight stain to bottom corner tip at the rear of the page block which very mildly affects the blank margins only of the last few leaves, none of the lithographs are affected, and the contents are otherwise in fine condition, overall VERY GOOD+
1st editionHardcover
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Peter Beard - Longing for Darkness - Kamante's Tales From Out of Africa (SIGNED COPY WITH INK 'HAND' DRAWING)

Chronicle Books, San Francisco
(first softcover edition). Thick, heavy 4to. in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, unpaginated, approx. 320pp. Inscribed and signed by Peter Beard on the fly leaf along with a large ink drawing or tracing of a hand
Spine a little sunned else FINE, a very clean and tight copy still close to new
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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The Custard Stops At Hatfield (Inscribed copy with autographed letters and memorabilia)

Willow Books, Collins, London
Quarto size (4to) in bright red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 121pp, inscribed in red ink by Everett on the blank verso of the half title leaf 'To my chum Simon (Booker), the dearest sweetest closest sort of friend that money can buy', and with red ink additions by him to the title-page illustration. This book was actually written by Simon Booker, loosely based on conversations with Everett but largely fiction, meaning Everett has inscribed this copy to the books real author. PLUS Postcard from Everett whilst holidaying in St Moritz (signed as 'Edith'). Single leaf typed letter signed with an 'X' above typed 'Edith' and with a PS in silver ink signed 'Ken'. Typed letter signed in full as Kenny Everett, both the latter headed with his Lexham Gardens address in Kensington. All three are to Booker, undated but circa 1980. There are also a few much later items from Everett's family and agent.
The book is in FINE very clean and tight condition, the complete Dust Jacket is slightly tanned and very slightly nicked at the spine ends but otherwise FINE. The loosely inserted material is all in fine condition apart from one letter which has been typed on heat sensitive paper which is moderately faded.
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Red Grooms (Signed 'Deluxe' Limited Edition with lithographic popup)

Rizzoli, New York
Large, very heavy 4to in colour printed glazed boards with glossy dust jacket and housed in a matching thick card slip-case. 240pp on thick art paper, illustrated in colour throughout. No. 185 of 400 copies hand numbered and signed by Grooms in red ink, with an original colour lithograph on stiff card, fully pre-assembled pop-up with integral base at rear (a re-working of Grooms' New York Taxi cut-out of 1986 - which in turn was based on his Ruckus taxi sculpture of 1982). The pop-up and slip-case were issued only with this 'Deluxe' limited edition.
NEW copy in NEW Dust Jacket with the original printed wrap-around paper band loosely inserted. The thick card slip-case has been split on the bottom edge but neatly repaired and is now barely noticeable.
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Joan Miro (SIGNED COPY)

Lund Humphries, London
4to in patterned cream linen covered boards printed in yellow and blue to a design by Miro. 159pp text plus tipped-in colour plates, full page plates, approx 40pp b/w plates. This copy is signed in black ink by Miro on the 3rd blank fly-leaf. Miro signed about 200 copies each of the UK and US editions for the publishers. This copy is from the collection of London art collectors Emmanuel and Patricia Harris.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (thin sliver of very slight tanning to bottom edge of spine, mild tape offset marks to end-papers - from tape used to hold an old wrapper protector) in a VERY GOOD+ complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable indeed in its removable transparent protector)
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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F N Souza - an introduction by Edward Mullins (SIGNED COPY)

Anthony Blond, London
Square 4to in textured faux cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover, 108pp, plates (some colour) etc. This copy inscribed and signed by Souza (as Francis) to 'Manny and Pat / with love & good wishes / from / Francis / London Aug 1963'. The recipients being the art collectors Emmanuel and Patricia Harris who owned a number of Souza works and appear in the printed list of owners at the rear of the book
A well preserved very near FINE clean and tight copy (very slight tape offset marks to end-papers - from tape used to hold an old wrapper protector in place, one leaf is partly torn and has been repaired with tape on one side which has browned a little) in a very faintly dusty but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (minute nicks to spine ends, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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The Score of the Four Operas Containing 48 Sonatas for Two Violins and A Bass ..... ...... the whole revis'd and carefully corrected by Dr Pepusch Vol I

Printed for & Sold by I Walsh, London
Folio size, Volume I only and disbound (no covers) portrait frontispiece, title-page, 44pp, 34pp, 54pp, 43pp and blank leaf at rear, bound as one. Title in full (variously capitalised) also includes: 'N.B. The first and third opera being compos'd for a violincello and thorough bass, of which the variation being but little, they are put on the same stave for the greater facility in reading / These compositions as they are now printed in score, are of great advantage to all students, and practitioners in musick, they also make compleat lessons for the harpsicord '
Small chip to top corner of frontispiece, very mild fore-edge corner tip creasing to outer leaves, small chip to fore-edge bottom corner tip and closed tear to spine edge of one leaf, contents otherwise very good indeed. Spine stringing is still intact and very strong
1st editionSoftcover
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Mao Yan - Shanghai Art Museum 2009 (SIGNED COPY) alt. spelling MaoYan

Chinablue Gallery, Shanghai
Thick, very heavy Quarto size (4to) in cream linen covered boards, metallic red lettering to spine, 179pp (35pp dual text in English and Mandarin, rest colour plates on high quality gloss art paper). Published to coincide with Mao Yan's exhibition 'Longing for More' at the shanghai art museum. This copy inscribed and signed by Mao Yan on the blank 2nd fly leaf
NEW copy in NEW Dust Jacket
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Discovering Islamic Art - Scholars Collectors and Collections 1850 - 1950

I B Taurus, London
Heavy 4to. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 232pp, illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Damien Hirst - From the Cradle to the Grave (Signed Limited Edition)

Other Criteria, London
Lavish large landscape Quarto size (4to) in illustrated cloth backed boards, all page-block edges gilt, 352pp. with printed card box. Signed by Hirst
NEW unread copy in printed box
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Alfred Hrdlicka - Die Ateliers Des Monsieur Rodin (Inscribed Copy with signed Original Engravings)

E Hilger, Wien
Square 4to in pink marbled paper covered boards with printed paper label to front cover (as issued). 11pp text in French, 41 full page plates. This is an unnumbered copy of the de luxe edition with seven original engravings each signed in pencil by Hrdlicka. This copy is also inscribed and signed by the artist on the half title leaf
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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A Bibliography of the Writings of William Somerset Maugham (One of 50 Signed Copies)

Unicorn Press, London
Octavo size (8vo) in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt, marbled end-papers, 78pp. No 9 of 50 copies signed by Maugham. This copy with the engraved ornate armorial bookplate of Gregory Schapiro on the front paste-down end-paper
A well preserved FINE very clean, bright and tight copy (very mild sunning to spine, slight tanning to leaves)
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Beautiful Losers - Contemporary Art and Street Culture (Multiply Signed Copy)

Iconoclast / D A P (Distributed Art Publishers), New York
Large heavy Quarto size (4to). in red cloth, large gilt lettering to spine and front cover. 256pp plus 16pp 'Artists Pages' at rear, plates in colour and b/w, etc. This copy signed on the front end-papers by the editors Aaron Rose and Christian Strike, exhibited artists Brian Donnelly (signed as KAWS and dated '04), Mike Mills and Steve Olson and exhibited photographers Cheryl Dunn, Ivory Serra, Terry Richardson and Tobin Yelland
NEW copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Men At Arms (Uncorrected Book Proof)

Gollancz, London
8vo in printed stiff card covers, 288pp publishers' uncorrected proof copy. A Discworld novel
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight copy (slight scattered tanning or foxing to covers only, bottom edge of spine slightly rubbed, contents are fine and tight)
1st editionSoftcover
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A Room of One's Own

Leonard and Virginia Woolf At the Hogarth Press, London.
1st printing. Small 8vo. in brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 172pp
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight copy (spine slightly dusty and a little sunned, end-papers and page-block edges tanned, minute inscription on the front blank fly-leaf dated 1932, very slight push to bottom corner tip of front cover).
1st editionHardcover
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F N Souza - Words and Lines (Limited First Edition)

Villiers, London
Quarto size (4to) in black printed stiff card covers, with dust-wrapper on hand made paper, both with lettering and design by Souza. 1 of 950 copies. 27pp text with line illustrations, plus 12pp additional illustrations, all on laid paper. An artists book / autobiography by one of India's foremost artists
An extremely well preserved FINE crisp and clean copy (hint of tanning to edges) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (faintly edge-tanned but otherwise very clean and bright), the latter still has the original transparent tissue over-wrapper, which is slightly tanned and lightly chipped
1st editionSoftcoverDustjacket
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The Austrian Phenomenon - Architektur Avantgarde Osterreich 1956 - 1973

Birkhauser / Architekturzentrum, Wien
Very thick and very heavy 4to in colour printed stiff glossy card covers. 1,084 pp on glossy art paper, mainly captioned photographs, sketches, plans, and colour plates, etc. Text in German
NEW copy (slight rub to head of spine - looks like a minor production flaw)
1st editionSoftcover
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Antologia del Campiello 1968 (With an original signed lithograph by Gianfilippo Usellini)

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venezia
Very large 4to in stiff card covers with white printed blue stiff paper wraps, 151pp on thick paper, No. 581 of 1000 copies made. With 5 original colour lithographs by Gianfilippo Usellini. The last lithograph is signed in ink by Usellini in the bottom right corner.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (the signed lithograph is slightly wider than all the other leaves and the proud edge is very slightly creased). The stiff paper wrapper is almost FINE (slightly nicked at the spine panel ends)
Signed copy1st editionSoftcoverDustjacket
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Svatopluk Klimes - Tento Svet Tyz Pro Vsechny ...... / His World Which is the Same for All ... (with two original artworks)

Svatopluk Klimes, Prague / Praha
Large 4to. in colour printed stiff card covers, 63pp on glossy art paper, colour plates, etc. Dual text in English and Czech. PLUS A4 size original artwork on hand made paper, one of Klimes signature partially burned artworks signed and dated 2012 in pencil on the reverse, and a 3 inch x 5 inch colour photo with singed lines and holes, inscribed signed and dated on the rear 2013. Both have Klimes' branded monogram
AS NEW - both artworks as new
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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To Criticize the Critic and Other Writings (Uncorrected Proof Copy)

Faber & Faber, London
Uncorrected PROOF copy, Octavo size (8vo) in black printed stiff brown paper wrappers, 189pp
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW very clean, tight unread copy (pages slightly tanned, no other signs of age or wear)
1st editionSoftcover
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Antony Gormley - Body and Light and other drawings (SIGNED COPY)

Jay Jopling, London
Thick, heavy Square 4to in white printed yellow linen covered boards, unpaginated, approx. 380pp showing 188 full page single sided plates with opposing caption. Inscribed, signed and dated by Antony Gormley on the front blank fly-leaf . Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name at the Independent Art Space, London 28 November - 21 December 1996
Covers slightly dusty else a well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Scythians and Greeks - A Survey of Ancient History and Archaeology on the North Coast of the Euxine From the Danube to the Caucasus

Cambridge At the University Press
Thick and very heavy 4to in navy cloth gilt lettering to spine, top edge gilt, xl + 720pp, map end-papers, plates and illustrations in text, maps etc (some folding), index etc
A well preserved VERY GOOD clean and tight copy (name on front blank paste-down end-paper, pages slightly tanned, spine slightly faded, bottom edge of spine slightly rubbed, 2 minute nicks to head of spine)
1st editionHardcover
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America

George Routledge, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in red cloth, black lettering to spine, xii + 300pp, 4pp publishers ads at rear
FINE, an exceptionally well preserved and very clean and tight un- or barely read copy (minute speck of shelf rub to spine ends, top edge of page block a little dusty, pages faintly tanned)
1st editionHardcover
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William Johnstone (Signed Copy)

Privately Published by the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London
Extra tall Elephant Folio size (44 x 28 cms / 17.5 x 11 inches) in black cloth with a white design by Johnstone to head of the front cover. Unpaginated, approx. 24pp, portrait photo frontispiece by Robert Sowers, 2 tipped in colour plates and 4 full page b/w plates, all with tissue guards; Ehrenzweig's text (published in an abridged form in The Studio of May 1959 as 'William Johnstone, Artist and Art Educator') is accompanied by 27 b/w plates with red printed captions and small sketches by Johnstone at the head of each page. Errata leaf tipped in at rear. This copy is signed in black ink by William Johnstone on the front blank fly-leaf PLUS loosely inserted a full colour print on stiff glossy card (approx 11 x 8 inches / 28 x 20 cms) with the printed caption 'With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year / Mr and Mrs William Johnstone' and their London address
VERY GOOD, a well preserved clean and tight copy (very slight nicking to cloth at spine ends, front end-papers repaired or strengthened by matching paper tape along centrefold)
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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