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Larkin, Philip   (1922-1985)
Larkin, Philip English poet, librarian and jazz critic.
An extraordinary Larkin rarity - a hardback copy of Kenneth Grahame, Life, Letters and Unpublished Work by Patrick Chalmers (Methuen & Co., London, 1933), with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper. What is remarkable is that Larkin has added the date, 16th April 1935, making him just 12 years and 8 months old at the time!


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ref:3625  £495.00
Leonard, Elmore   (1925-2013)
Leonard, Elmore Great American Western and crime novelist and screenwriter.
A very fine signature in black ink on a 6" x 4" white card. Obtained in person at the BBC in 1997

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ref:7022  £12.00
Lessing, Doris   (1919- )
Lessing, Doris British writer, born in Iran; winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature.
A fine signature in blue ink on a yellow bookplate (unused), measuring 4" x 2.5".

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ref:3257  £15.00
Loos, Anita   (1893-1981)
Loos, Anita American screenwriter, most famous for her 1925 novel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, made into a great screen musical starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in 1953.
A very fine black and white photograph (8" x 10"), neatly signed across a clear area of the image in black ink.
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ref:9749  £60.00
Lucas, E.V.   (1868-1938)
Lucas, E.V. Extraordinary, versatile and prolific British wit and author, most famous for his cricket books.
A short message, signature and date ("To one who brings coals of fire, E.V.Lucas, June 12th 1911) in black fountain pen ink on a headed 4.5" x 3.5" notelet (Kingston Manor, Lewes).

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ref:7024  £10.00
Mackenzie, Compton   (1883-1972)
Mackenzie, Compton Prolific British writer, probably most famous for Whisky Galore (1947), which was later filmed.
The title page (8.25" x 5") of the eighth instalment of his autobiography, My Life and Times (Chatto & Windus, 1969), nicely signed in blue fountain pen ink.

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ref:6059  £15.00
Mason, A.E.W.   (1865-1948)
Mason, A.E.W. English author, most famous for his 1902 novel, The Four Feathers.
A short typed letter on headed notepaper (51 South Street, W1, January 20th, 1940), signed in black ink, to the editor of the Royal Society of Arts Journal, enclosing a review.


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ref:7459  £15.00
Mason, A.E.W.   (1865-1948)
Mason, A.E.W. English author, most famous for his 1902 novel, The Four Feathers.
A
very fine, neat signature and date (May 19, 1938) in black founatin pen ink on a vintage card (4.5" x 3.5")
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ref:7682  £15.00
Maugham, W.Somerset   (1874-1965)
Maugham, W.Somerset British novelist and playwright.
A
rare vintage black and white photograph (a little larger than 6.5" x 4"), signed and inscribed in ink across the lower white panel.
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ref:9259  £125.00
Maugham, W.Somerset   (1874-1965)
Maugham, W.Somerset Great British novelist and playwright.
A hardback copy of Heinemann's 1949 Collected Edition of The Razor's Edge, nicely signed and inscribed ("For Joy, W.Somerset Maugham") in dark blue fountain pen ink across the first free end paper.
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ref:9989  £85.00
Maugham, W.Somerset   (1874-1965)
Maugham, W.Somerset British novelist and playwright.
A
hardback first edition copy of his short story, The Book-Bag, published by G.Orioli in Florence in 1932. This is No.60 in a limited edition of 725 copies, printed on hand-made paper. (The short story was published as a private edition because Maugham's publisher at Cosmopolitan Magazine didn't like its theme of incest - it's a tangled love story of four people, two of whom are siblings).
The nicest thing about this book is the frontispiece - a
photograph by Kollar of the J. Davidson bust of Maugham. In excellent condition, this is beautifully signed by the author in blue fountain pen ink and is one of the best examples of his signature I've seen.
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ref:9326  £150.00
McBain, Ed   (1926-2005)
McBain, Ed Hugely popular American writer of police novels.
A fine signature in black ink on a 6" x 4" white card. The signature was obtained in person when he was appearing on the Wogan show in London on the 16th June 1986.

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ref:9419  £15.00
Monsarrat, Nicholas   (1910-1979)
Monsarrat, Nicholas English novelist, author of The Cruel Sea (1951).
A fine First Day Cover, with franked Maltese and Jersey stamps, commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the First Naval Air Unit (26th February 1976). The cover features a Nimrod reconnaissance aircarft flying between RAF Gibraltar and RAF Luqa in Malta.
Nicholas Monsarrat has added a fine signature in black ink across a clear area of the panel. (This is a nice assocation piece - Montsarrat served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve during World War II and lived on Malta in later life)


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ref:4272  £20.00
O'Hara, John   (1905-1970)
O'Hara, John Great American writer, author of Appointment in Samarra, Butterfield 8 and Pal Joey.
A very fine signature in dark blue ink on a vintage album page (5.5" x 3.5"). Scarce.
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ref:9055  £20.00
Orczy, Baroness Emma   (1865-1947)
Orczy, Baroness Emma Hungarian-born British novelist, chiefly remember as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, one of the greatest popular successes of the 20th Century.
A superb signature and date ("Emmushka Orczy, October 14th, 1924") in dark blue fountain pen ink on a specially printed "Autograph" card (5.5" x 3.5").

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ref:8056  £30.00
Orczy, Baroness Emmuska   (1865-1947)
Orczy, Baroness Emmuska Hungarian-born British novelist, chiefly remember as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, one of the greatest popular successes of the 20th Century.
A 6" x 4" slip of paper (Ospedaletti. Ligure, Italy, 21st February, 1930), detailing a lecture ("The Latest on Russia") to be delivered by Bishop Bury on behalf of the St Luke's Church Building Fund. There's a fine signature ("Yrs v.sincerely, Emmuska Orczy")  in black fountain pen ink across the clear lower part of the slip.
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ref:8830  £20.00
Orczy, Baroness Emmuska   (1865-1947)
Orczy, Baroness Emmuska Hungarian-born British novelist, chiefly remember as the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, one of the greatest popular successes of the 20th Century.
A fine letter, typed on a 10" x 7.75" sheet of headed notepaper (Snowfield, Bearsted, Kent, October 24th, 1913), thanking a lady for a very kind invitation to a Christmas Supper but declining it ("my boy will be at home for his Christmas holidays and I would find it quite impossible to leave during that week"). There's a bold signature in black ink at the conclusion.
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ref:10416  £50.00
Osborne, John   (1929-1994)
Osborne, John British playwright and actor.
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n unusual item - an 8.25" x 3" piece cut from a contract licensing the production of one of his plays, signed in ink by John Osborne  and by his fifth and final wife, Helen Dawson (1939-2004), whom he married in 1978
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ref:9420  £12.00
Osborne, John   (1929-1994)
Osborne, John British playwright and actor.
A very fine programme for the revival of Look Back in Anger at the Lyric Theatre in London (August 1989), with Kenneth Branagh starring as Jimmy Porter. There's a bold signature in black ink ("Best wishes, John Osborne") to the front cover.

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ref:7015  £30.00
Plaidy, Jean   (1906-1993)
Plaidy, Jean English author, real name Eleanor Hibbert, one of the pre-eminent and best-loved authors of historical fiction of the Twentieth Century.
A lovely little black and white photograph (2.75" x 2"), nicely signed in blue ink as Jean Plaidy.

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ref:7033  £15.00
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