First Editions

First Editions

First Editions

First Editions

UK and US First Editions of famous and collectable authors - many of which may become rare - and a rather good investment.

 

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REAL ELIZABETH: An Intimate Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
ANDREW MARR    Book Number: 77448
Published price: $32
Bibliophile price: £2.00
Product format: Hardback

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Published 2012 in the USA to coincide with the 60th year of her reign, the book was originally published as "Diamond Queen, Elizabeth II and Her People" in GB in 2011. Our Queen Elizabeth is one o...
ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLY GRAIL
STUART MCHARDY    Book Number: 80965
Published price: £7.99
Bibliophile price: £3.25
Product format: Paperback

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Holy: sacred, pertaining to a religion. Grail: vessel, platter or cauldron. Holy Grail: priceless historical artefact or sacred Christian symbol? Fact or fiction, myth or reality? You will not ...
THE KINDNESS
POLLY SAMSON    Book Number: 81091
Published price: $26
Bibliophile price: £1.75
Product format: Hardback

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It's August 1997 and Julian is lost in a medicated haze of grief. His partner Julia has removed all traces of herself from Firdaws, their beautiful riverside home, while all that remains of their ...
SPAIN: The Centre of the World 1519-1682
ROBERT GOODWIN    Book Number: 81099
Published price: $40
Bibliophile price: £8.00
Product format: Hardback

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The much-acclaimed history of Golden Age Spain told through the kings and queens, bureaucrats and bankers, soldiers and priests who made Spain wealthy and powerful, plus the artists, playwrights, p...
MY FATHER'S FORTUNE: A Life
MICHAEL FRAYN    Book Number: 81218
Published price: $25
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

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Tom Frayn left his son little more than three watches and two ink-and-wash prints, but the true fortune he passed on was the great humour and spirit revealed in this beguiling memoir. A clever lad...
SCARLET WOMEN: The Scandalous Lives of Courtesans
IAN GRAHAM    Book Number: 81233
Published price: $26.99
Bibliophile price: £5.00
Product format: Hardback

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With stories from the hetaerae of ancient Greece, educated, unmarried decision-making women, the cortigiani onesti of 16th century Venice, the oiran of Edo-period Japan, the demimondaines of 19th c...
UGLY RENAISSANCE: Sex, Greed, Violence
ALEXANDER LEE    Book Number: 81377
Published price: $30
Bibliophile price: £8.00
Product format: Hardback

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Behind the dazzling artwork of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and others is a fascinating and counterintuitive portrait of a sordid, hidden world. Renowned as a period of cultural reb...
TREE CLIMBER'S GUIDE
JACK COOKE    Book Number: 81611
Published price: £14.99
Bibliophile price: £2.75
Product format: Unknown

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London has millions of trees and here is a man who has climbed just a few. In the city parks of Holland Park, we find the Divine Tree, the Cracked Ash and Twin Peaks at Victoria Park, Plimpton's S...
BOYS IN THE TREES: A Memoir
CARLY SIMON    Book Number: 81541
Published price: $28.99
Bibliophile price: £5.50
Product format: Hardback

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'You're So Vain' began as a ballad with Richard Perry which she worked on, a new song called 'Ballad of a Vain Man' about a man who owned a yacht, a private jet, a hat that comes over one eye, and ...
CHALLENGE OF THINGS: Thinking Through Troubled Times
A. C. GRAYLING    Book Number: 81542
Published price: $26
Bibliophile price: £9.00
Product format: Hardback

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The Humanist philosopher and author of The God Argument and The Good Book presents a new collection of essays on our conflicted and prejudiced world. Based on the idea that philosophy should engag...
A HIGHER FORM OF KILLING
DIANA PRESTON    Book Number: 81560
Published price: £17.99
Bibliophile price: £5.50
Product format: Hardback

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Poison gas, the torpedo, the Zeppelin, here is a startling new window onto World War One with Diana Preston's chronicle of the birth of weapons of mass destruction. Between April 22nd and May 30th...
SEVERED: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found
FRANCES LARSON    Book Number: 81576
Published price: $27.95
Bibliophile price: £7.00
Product format: Hardback

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Shrunken heads, trophy heads, framed heads, frozen heads, heads as prizes, as art, as objects of instruction, as symbols of triumph over enemies, this most unusual book investigates the ways in whi...
NATURAL KENT
BRYNMOR GREEN    Book Number: 81681
Published price: £9.99
Bibliophile price: £5.00
Product format: Paperback

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With its varied geology, benign climate and nearness to the continent, Kent has one of the richest floras and faunas of any county in the country. The first figure (of ten included in this excelle...
CORSICAN CAPER
PETER MAYLE    Book Number: 81760
Published price: $23.95
Bibliophile price: £2.75
Product format: Hardback

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Brimming with entertaining twists, sparkling scenery and mouth warming gustatory interludes, the author of 'A Year in Provence' is at his best. His master sleuth Sam Levitt is eating, drinking and...
DEVIL IN MONTMARTRE
GARY INBINDER    Book Number: 81763
Published price: £15.99
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

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Set in fin-de-siècle Paris, amid the hustle and bustle of the 1889 Universal Exposition, workers discover the mutilated corpse of a popular model and Moulin Rouge Can-Can dancer in a sewer. Hyster...
LAST DAYS OF THE SPANISH REPUBLIC
PAUL PRESTON    Book Number: 81909
Published price: £25
Bibliophile price: £4.50
Product format: Hardback

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As well as having received a CBE from the Queen, Paul Preston has also had bestowed upon him two similar orders of merit by King Juan Carlos. Principal of Spanish Studies at the LSE, he is also aut...
PETER CORBIN: An Artist's Creel
PETER CORBIN    Book Number: 82374
Published price: £35
Bibliophile price: £10.00
Product format: Hardback

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We are especially thrilled to be able to offer this magnificent book, a first edition from 2005 showcasing the work of Peter Corbin, the celebrated US sporting artist. Corbin was born in New Jersey...
THE PUFFIN
MIKE HARRIS & SARAH WANLESS    Book Number: 82618
Published price: $85
Bibliophile price: £7.50
Product format: Hardback

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There is something sad about the eyes of the puffin, the black and white birds with the huge orange beaks who return to their colonies every summer. They are beautiful to look at with their small ...
AWAY IN A MANGER: A Molly Murphy Mystery
RHYS BOWEN    Book Number: 82347
Published price: $24.99
Bibliophile price: £5.00
Product format: Hardback

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By the author of the Evan Evans and Royal Spyness series, British born Rhys Bowen is one of the greatest mystery writers working today, known for her quick wit and sharp mind which makes Molly Murp...
BETWEEN TWO FIRES
MARK NOCE    Book Number: 82348
Published price: $25.99
Bibliophile price: £2.50
Product format: Hardback

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Reminiscent of A Game of Thrones and set in medieval Wales on the brink of invasion, this epic historical novel is about a princess torn between love and duty. The year is 597, and Saxon Barbarian...
THE BOX: Tales from the Dark Room
GÜNTER GRASS    Book Number: 82540
Published price: $23
Bibliophile price: £3.00
Product format: Hardback

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By the author of 'The Tin Drum' and a Nobel prize winner, these are inspired and daring works of fiction. Günter Grass writes in the voices of his eight children as they record memories of their c...
FAMILY FURNISHINGS: Selected Stories 1995-2014
ALICE MUNRO    Book Number: 82583
Published price: $30
Bibliophile price: £7.00
Product format: Hardback

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'Alice Munro is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300. She is a virtuoso of the elliptical and the master of the contemporary short story.' She is also ...
SLADE HOUSE
DAVID MITCHELL    Book Number: 82594
Published price: $26
Bibliophile price: £4.00
Product format: Hardback

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'This compact fantasy burns with classic Mitchellian energy. Painstakingly imagined and crackling with narrative velocity, it's a Dracula for the new millennium.' Slade House is a fractal offshoo...
LET'S MAKE TOYS
ROY MCCONKEY & DOROTHY JEFFREE    Book Number: 83023
Published price: £9.95
Bibliophile price: £1.50
Product format: Hardback

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Only an elementary knowledge of carpentry and basic sewing skills are needed to make these invaluable toys, especially designed for mentally and physically handicapped children. These toys are des...
BOOK OF VOYAGES
EDITED BY PATRICK O'BRIAN    Book Number: 83119
Published price: $25.95
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

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In addition to his magnificent output of 20 beloved volumes in the Aubrey Maturin series as well as an acclaimed biography of Pablo Picasso, Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000) had time to read voraciously...
BAKLAVA CLUB
JASON GOODWIN    Book Number: 83124
Published price: $26
Bibliophile price: £2.50
Product format: Hardback

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By the author of The Janissary Tree, this novel asks whether investigator Yashim has met his match at last. We go on a dark adventure which whirls us through the majesty and corruption of Istanbul...
A BROKEN HALLELUJAH:
LIEL LEIBOVITZ    Book Number: 83126
Published price: $25.95
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Hardback

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Why, today, does Leonard Cohen, after all these years, attract a level of reverence and respect afforded to so few artists? Why are his songs, many of them 30-40 years old, reappearing everywhere f...
FATAL RIVALRY: Flodden 1513
GEORGE GOODWIN    Book Number: 83140
Published price: $29.95
Bibliophile price: £6.00
Product format: Hardback

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Sub-titled 'Henry VIII, James IV and the Battle for Renaissance Britain', here is the story of Flodden, the biggest and bloodiest Anglo-Scottish battle and its consequences. On September 9th, the ...
ROGERSON'S BOOK OF NUMBERS
BARNABY ROGERSON    Book Number: 83190
Published price: $16
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Hardback

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Sub-titled 'The Culture of Numbers - From 1001 Nights to The Seven Wonders of the World' we have here a US first edition. The book is based on a numerical array of virtues, spiritual attributes, g...
TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS
SALMAN RUSHDIE    Book Number: 83200
Published price: $28
Bibliophile price: £3.50
Product format: Hardback

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"Rushdie invents his own cultural narrative - one that blends elements of 'One Thousand and One Nights', Homeric epics and sci-fi and action-adventure comic books... referencing Henry James, Mel Br...
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