Modern Firsts

John Bowen | Storyboard! | Faber | 1960 | First printing in unclipped jacket. There is a small skinned patch on the front panel caused by the removal of a label at some time. | £15

Ronald Firbank | The Flower beneath the Foot | Grant Richards | 1923 | First printing with worn cover, small stain at outer edge of ffep, ownership signature on ffep. Text pages are in very good condition except for some foxing. | £25

Neil Gaiman | Coraline | Bloomsbury | 2002 | First printing in unclipped jacket. | £75

Alfred Kazin | Starting out in the Thirties | Secker & Warburg | 1966 | Inscribed by author to Richard Hoggart B[irming]ham March 66 on ffep. There is also a WITHDRAWN stamp on the ffep. First British printing in a damaged jacket: the book itself is in very good condition. | £30

Paddy Kitchen | A Fleshly School | Gollancz | 1970 | First printing in jacket. Jacket is worn at edges, with a short closed tear at the top edge of the rear panel, & faded on the spine. The book is a little slant, with the front cover set forward. There are traces of a pair of staples having been removed from the ffep, with faint impressions left by the staples on the next couple of pages. There is a small cigarette scorch mark on p.9. | £25

Robert B. Parker | Mortal Stakes | Andre Deutsch | 1976 | 233968369 First printing in unclipped jacket. Bookdealer’s stamp on front pastedown, very faint trace of old pencilled price on ffep, front cover set rather forward. | £15

Ruthven Todd | The Lost Traveller | Grey Walls Press | 1943 | First printing in a price-clipped jacket. The pale jacket is heavily foxed, & marked with cup-rings. The boards are worn & threadbare at the edges. There is a little damage to the top of the ffep, apparently due to the page becoming stuck to the front pastedown in the production process: the small missing patch of paper is still glued to the front pastedown. The book is slant, with the front cover set forward. There is some foxing to the outer edge of the page-block. The frontispiece & text pages are in very good condition, with some foxing to the final page. | £100