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30. BARRIE, J.M. (author). F.D. BEDFORD (illustrator). Peter and Wendy. new York; Charles Scribner’s Sons. 1911.


£550


Large 8vo. original olive green cloth prettily blocked in gilt to spine and upper board, top edge plain, others uncut; pp. [iv], v-vii + [iii] + 267; with frontispiece, title-page and 11 other detailed black and white plates, on coated stock, after pencil drawings by Bedford; externally near finewith the gilt blocking uncommonly bright and crisp; internally also fine, with a neat name and an ink stamp to front free endpaper.


First U.S. edition, published simultaneously with the U.K. edition, and boasting a finer resolution of the black-and-white plates.


31. [BASKERVILLE] CATULLUS. Tibulli et Properti opera. Birmingham: John Baskerville, 1772.


£1,450


4to, sometime rebound in full straight-grained red morocco, boardds with single gilt-ruled fillets, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, gilt ruled board edges, gilt ruled turn-ins, all edges gilt; slight offsetting from turn-ins, light marginal toning but clean internally in a handsome binding.


First edition.


32. BATES, H.E. The Yellow meads of Asphodel. Michael Joseph. 1976.


£48


8vo., original cloth lettered in gilt on spine with gilt flower blocked on upper board. illustrated by John Ward. A fine copy with slightly worn glassine wrapper.


First separate edition of this short story, limited to 350 copies printed to celebrated the publisher’s fortieth anniversary. With a printed compliments slip from the publishers loosely inserted.


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33. BATTY, D.M. (illustrator). The Giant Without A heart; An old norse Fairy Tale. London; Peter Lunn (Publishers) Limited. 1944. £88


Royal 8vo. original grey cloth pictorially blocked in dark red, preserved in pictorial dustwrapper with wrap-around design; pp. [ii], 3-27 + [i], printed throughout on coated stock; externally fine; internally very fresh indeed with two quite neat, contemporary, juvenile inscriptions; the unclipped dustwrapper with narrow chipping to head of spine (10mm x 10mm) and one larger irregular area of loss from top edge of upper panel (maximum 30mm x 30mm).


First edition.


34. BEERBOHM, Max. Zuleika Dobson. William Heinemann. 1928.


£498 8vo., original brown cloth lettered in gilt on spine. A very good copy.


Reprint inscribed by John Gielgud to Edith Evans, “To Edith who loves oxford too, affectionately John 1938”.


A very pleasing association copy. Gielgud and Evans first acted together in 1929 in Reginal Berkeley’s The Lady and the Lamp at the Garrick Theatre, although they had most likely already have met through Ellen Terry, Gielgud’s grand aunt, with whom Edith Evans had toured during the First World War.


John Gielgud made his directing debut as a guest at oUDS in 1932 with a production of Romeo and Juliet in which he enlisted professional actresses Peggy Ashcroft to play Juliet and Edith Evans to play the nurse. They played the same roles at the new Theatre in 1935 in a production directed by Gielgud and thereafter often acted together. indeed it was in Gielgud’s 1939 production of The importance of Being Earnest that Edith Evans first created her legendary Lady Bracknell.


Edith Evans was given an honorary degree by The University of oxford in 1954.


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