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Fiona Hall (with small signed etching)

Piper Press, Sydney
Large heavy 4to. in dark grey cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 192pp on thick art paper, colour plates, bibliography, index etc. PLUS loosely inserted an original ink etching on stiff paper (approx 10 x 14 cm) with central vertical fold inscribed 'Gum leaf etching' and signed 'F. H.' on the bottom margin. There is a brief note about Hall, in another hand, on the blank verso.
A well preserved almost AS NEW unmarked copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Landon Metz - Painter Painting Surface (Artists Book)

Art Direction Publishing / Vimmerby Rinkerby
Large 4to. (31cm x 24cm) in colour printed covers, 10 interior colour printed leaves all on stiff art paper (offset printed 'Arctic' paper) pencilled no.32 / 250 copies made. PLUS 1 loose leaf printed in grey tone on thinner proofing type paper
AS NEW (minute speck of shelf rub to cover corner tips)
1st editionSoftcover
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Resende - Sinais no Espaco e no Tempo - Signs Through Time and Space (Hardcover signed limited edition) (Julio)

Bial, Portugal
Large Square Quarto size (4to) in thick linen covered boards, 73pp mainly full page colour plates with notes by the artist in both Portugese and English. Number 18 of a signed limited edition of 100 copies (produced in tandem with an ordinary edition in boards)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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Inner Circle - illustrated by F N Souza

Macmillan, London
1st printing. Octavo size (8vo) in green faux cloth, silver lettering to spine (not stated, but to a circle design motif by Souza matching his lettering to wrapper). 185pp, frontispiece plus 26 other full page line illustrations by Indian abstract artist F N Souza illustrating the Polish poet and novelist's offbeat futurist narrative. The wrapper has a full colour front panel designed by Souza. This book had a very small hardcover printing. There was a smaller format softcover published in 1968, this is also scarce as sales were poor and many copies were pulped
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (thin sliver of very slight tanning to cover edges) in a very near FINE complete Dust Jacket (slightly dusty and tanned, tiny closed tear to top edge of rear panel with associated crease, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Mao Yan in Dufftown (SIGNED COPY) alt. spelling MaoYan

Shangart Gallery, Shanghai
Tall Quarto size (4to) in grey cloth, blue lettering to spine, tipped-on colour plate to front cover (as issued), 77pp, plates etc. Inscribed and signed by MaoYan on the 2nd fly leaf
Almost AS NEW (slight surface rub to rear cover)
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Scar Strangled Banger (SIGNED COPY)

Harrap, London
1st printing. Large 4to. Approx. 150pp (unpaginated), plates in colour and b/w. Inscribed and signed in thick splashy silver paint by Steadman over the title page and facing leaf ('Gamma - From Ralph Steadman 20.11.87')
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to page-block edges) in a FINE Dust Jacket (tiny chip and faint tanning to top edge of front panel, looks almost new in its removable transparent protector)
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Basilika - Sv. Jiri Na Prazskem Hrade / St Georges Basilica At Prague Castle (Signed Limited Edition with Signed Print)

Prague Castle Administration / Lars Muller, Baden
Large 4to. in boards, unpaginated, approx. 100pp on stiff art paper, mainly full page photos in b/w of the castle done by Jan Jedlicka for the exhibition in the Old Royal Palace July 15 - September 9 1997. Dual text in English and Czech . This is number 26 of 50 copies numbered and signed by Jedlicka and with a photo-engraving processed by him (also signed and numbered 26 of 50) in a tissue folder in a rear pocket.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy in FINE Dust Jacket
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Foster and Partners - Palacio de Congressos de Valencia - Valencia Congress Centre

Aumsa / Foster and Partners
Folio size. 104pp, plates in colour and b/w, plans, sketches etc. Dual English and Spanish text. This book had a very small printing and is now very scarce.
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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Quatuors Pour 2 Violons Alto et Violoncello par Louis van Beethoven (sic) String Quartets 1 - 9 - Op. 18 No1 1 to 6 and Op 59 No 1 to 3)

Mayence Chez les Fils de B Schott, Bruxelles, Londres, Paris, Leipzig etc
Volume one complete, 4to in later red cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Contains main title leaf, contents leaf, all nine quartets with own title-page and paginated separately. The printing, from engraved plates, is very sharp throughout, suggesting this is a first or very early printing (engraved plates wore down with use and later printings would become noticeably fuzzy)
A well preserved FINE clean and tight copy (page-block edges a little tanned, 4 leaves only affected by very mild foxing). A nice copy
Hardcover
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The Man with the Golden Gun

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. 8vo in plain black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 221pp
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to page-block edges) in a very near FINE complete Dust Jacket (priced 18s net) (top edges of inner flaps very slightly tanned, faint crease and two minute nicks to head of spine panel, barely visible short closed tear to top edge of front panel, looks fine in its removable transparent protector). A nice copy
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Eats shoots and leaves - The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (SIGNED COPY of the very first printing)

Profile Books, London
1st printing / 1st Impression. 8vo in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 209pp. Inscribed and signed by Truss on the title-page (no other marks or inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread and unmarked copy (pages slightly tanned) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy of the very scarce first printing
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What the Butler Saw

Methuen, London
1st printing. 8vo in black boards, gilt lettering to spine, 92pp plus 4pp publishers ads at rear.
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy (pages very slightly tanned) in a lightly rubbed and slightly dusty VERY GOOD+ complete Dust Jacket (two minute nicks and slight associated crease to very top edge of rear panel, looks fine in its removable transparent protector). A very nice copy of the elusive hardcover first edition
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Pyramid Studies and Other Essays Presented to I E S Edwards

Egypt Exploration Society, London ((Occasional Publications 7)
4to in blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine and front cover, 228pp text plus frontispiece and 43 other plates at rear. PLUS 4pp printed errata and corrigenda loosely inserted
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread and unmarked copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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A Choice of Churches with Literary Connections From Cornwall and Devon (LIMITED EDITION with original SIGNED PRINT)

Treparrot Press, Church Hanborough, Oxford
Tall 4to. in illustrated boards with black leather spine, gilt lettering to spine, 45pp on thick hand made paper. This is number vii of xxxvi copies (7 of 36 from a total printing of 326), signed by both author and illustrator, which were specially bound with a black leather spine, hand-coloured illustrations throughout, issued with a signed limited edition scraperboard print with tissue guard within a separate card folder, both are housed in a fine thick card slipcase
The book, print and slip-case are all unmarked and AS NEW
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Shakespear's Pound - Illuminated Cantos (Signed Limited Edition)

La Nana Creek Press, Nacogdoches / Scolar Press, London
Printed at the Lanana Creek Press, Nacogdoches, Texas in an edition of 210 copies (200 for sale) designed by Charles Jones, printed on a Vandercrook Universal III press onto Magnani Biblios mould made white wove paper, hand-bound in Harmatan's tan leather with Japanese book cloth over boards, and matching slip-case. This copy numbered 114 and signed by Omar Pound and Charles Jones in pencil
An AS NEW unread and unmarked copy in an AS NEW slip-case. This copy has been stored un-opened since it was made
Signed copy1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1st UK edition)

Jonathan Cape, London
1st printing. 8vo in bright yellow faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 241pp.
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy (small ink name on front blank fly-leaf) in a FINE complete Dust Jacket (flat vertical crease to far outer edge of front inner flap, looks almost as new in its removable transparent protector). An excellent copy
1st editionHardcoverDustjacket
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The Conservation of Pictures

Dalton and Lucy, London
8vo in ornate black and gilt embossed green cloth, 81pp plus index. A landmark text, widely credited as the first published work to use the term conservation and advocating protection and preservation, as opposed to repairing or restoration
An extremely well preserved near FINE very clean and tight unmarked copy (covers very slightly edge-rubbed, pages slightly tanned, very slight bubbling to cloth covers (usually due to dry patches where the glue fixing the cloth was not evenly distributed)
1st editionHardcover
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The Mirror and the Light (SIGNED LIMITED EDITION)

4th / Fourth Estate, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in ornately gilt embossed light blue faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine, photographic end-papers, ribbon bookmark, 904pp including 8 page essay by Mantel 'Tudor Places' at rear. One of a limited edition of copies signed by the author on the first half title leaf. Issued simultaneous to the ordinary trade edition
NEW unread and unmarked copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Development of Quantum Theory - J Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize Acceptance Speech

Gordon & Breach, New York, London & Paris
Small 8vo. in white and black printed stiff card covers, frontispiece, vi pp prelims + 66pp main text and 14 full page photos
An exceptionally well preserved FINE very clean and tight unmarked and barely read copy
1st editionSoftcover
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Bring Up the Bodies (Signed Limited First Edition)

4th / Fourth Estate, London
Thick, heavy 8vo. in colour printed boards without dust jacket (as issued), gilt patterned end-papers, 411pp, housed in a black cloth covered slip-case. No 368 of 1,000 copies signed by the author. This is a correct first edition, published simultaneous to the trade edition and the alternate cloth bound limited edition
NEW unread and unmarked copy in a NEW slip-case
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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John McLean (SIGNED COPY)

Lund Humphries, London
Large 4to. in light green faux cloth, black lettering to spine. 176pp on stiff art paper, colour plates, bibliography, index etc. Published to accompany the exhibition 'John McLean - Paintings (Broadbent Gallery, London 4 December 2009 - 16 January 2010). Inscribed and signed by John McLean (as John) on the front blank fly-leaf. With private view and book launch invitation card loosely inserted
NEW unmarked copy in NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Highgate Cemetery - Photographs by John Swannell (SIGNED HARDCOVER COPY)

Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, London / Hurtwood Press, Oxted
1st printing. Quarto size (4to) in colour printed stiff boards, unpaginated, approx. 88pp, mainly finely printed full page colour photos. This is one of a very few hardback copies made for Swannell and this copy is inscribed and signed by him (as John) on the half title leaf
Almost AS NEW (slight bumping to bottom corner tips from poor handling)
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Damien Hirst - No Love Lost - Blue Paintings (SIGNED COPY) Wallace Collection, London 14 October 2009 - 24 January 2010

Other Criteria, London
Quarto size (4to) in colour printed boards, 66 leaves, colour plates (3 folding). This copy signed by Hirst in black ink on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
NEW unread copy
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The History Boys (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in black boards, white lettering to spine, 109pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (flat crease to rear inner flap, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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With An Eye to the Future (Signed Limited Edition)

John Murray, London
Octavo size (8vo) in cream buckram backed marbled paper boards, gilt lettering to spine, gilt device on front cover, top edge gilt, 156pp, full page illustrations in colour and b/w, line illustrations in text. No 88 of 100 copies signed by Lancaster with an additional illustration on a separate sheet loosely inserted (as issued) in a matching marbled paper covered slipcase
Spine slightly dusty else FINE, an otherwise well preserved and very clean and tight copy in a slightly tanned and slightly edge-rubbed slipcase
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The Margate Exodus (Limited Edition portfolio of photos)

Artangel / Company of Angels, London
Black and red printed thick plastic folder (approx 7 x 5 inches) with 21 colour photos each in a clear plastic pocket, index card and signed limitation card at rear. The Margate Exodus is a re-telling of the Book of Exodus, commissioned by Artangel, written and directed by Penny Woolcock and filmed in Margate all on one day in September 2006. This portfolio of photographs were taken during the filming by Thierry Bal (14), Antony Gormley (2), Phil Fisk (4) and Gautier Deblonde (1). This is number 101 of only 250 copies made and signed by Penny Woolcock
AS NEW
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Het Boek Van PTT

PTT (Posterijen Telegrafie en Telefonie), Leiden
1st printing. Quarto size (4to) in colour printed wrappers. 49pp
VERY GOOD - A well preserved, clean and tight copy (mild surface scuff to spine margin of rear cover, tiny chips to paper spine tips, covers a little tanned, fore-edge corner tips slightly rounded, internally extremely clean, tight and unmarked)
1st editionSoftcover
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Climbing Mount Improbable (SIGNED COPY)

Viking, London
1st printing. Large 8vo in black faux cloth, silver lettering to spine. 308pp, plates, illustrations in text, bibliography, index etc. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other marks or inscriptions)
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a very faintly edge-creased but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks new in its removable transparent protector)
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Stone Soup (SIGNED COPY)

Enitharmon Press, London
8vo in colour printed thick boards, unpaginated, approx. 32pp on thick art paper, illustrated in colour throughout by Rego. This copy has been signed in ink by her and also by Cas Willing on the half title leaf (no other marks or inscriptions)
NEW unread and unmarked copy
Signed copy1st editionHardcover
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Superstructure (SIGNED COPY)

Harper Collins, London
Extra large landscape quarto size (4to) in blind embossed grey faux cloth, black lettering to spine 195pp plus 13pp team list, mainly colour & b/w photos taken throughout the construction of the London Dome (now called the O2). Signed by Mark Power on the title-page (no other marks or inscriptions)
A well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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