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Masquerade : Inscribed And Doodled By The Author To The Publisher Tom Maschler

Masquerade : Inscribed And Doodled By The Author To The Publisher Tom Maschler

Williams, Kit The First UK printing published by Jonathan Cape in 1979. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition with just one light mark to the fore-edge of one text page. The book has been inscribed by the author to the title page: ‘To Tom, fair fortune is ours!, Kit’. The author has also doodled a rabbit’s head next to his name. The recipient was Tom Maschler and bears his Quentin Blake designed bookplate to the lower front pastedown. ‘Challenged by Tom Maschler, of the British publishing firm Jonathan Cape, to ‘do something no one has ever done before’ with a picture book, Williams set out in the 1970s to create a book of paintings that readers would study carefully rather than flip through and discard. The book’s objective, the hunt for a valuable treasure, became his means to this end’ (Wiki). The book sparked a nation-wide treasure hunt for a jewelled gold hare, made by the author/artist and buried in a secret location. Readers were encouraged to solve clues in the book’s illustrations to find the treasure. A winner, announced in 1982, was later exposed as a fraud. The story of the scandal was featured in a TV documentary, ‘The Man Behind the Masquerade’, in 2009. The gold hare is now on display at the V&A Museum, London. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the book launch. A wonderful association copy. No Jacket as issued. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Masquerade : Inscribed By The Author To The Publisher Tom Maschler

Masquerade : Inscribed By The Author To The Publisher Tom Maschler

Williams, Kit The First UK printing published by Jonathan Cape in 1979. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition with just one very light mark to the fore-edge of one text page. The book has been inscribed by the author to the title page: ‘To Tom, on ‘its’ birthday, friday 12 March 1982, it’s all up, Kit’. The recipient was Tom Maschler and bears his Quentin Blake designed bookplate to the lower front pastedown. ‘Challenged by Tom Maschler, of the British publishing firm Jonathan Cape, to ‘do something no one has ever done before’ with a picture book, Williams set out in the 1970s to create a book of paintings that readers would study carefully rather than flip through and discard. The book’s objective, the hunt for a valuable treasure, became his means to this end’ (Wiki). The book sparked a nation-wide treasure hunt for a jewelled gold hare, made by the author/artist and buried in a secret location. Readers were encouraged to solve clues in the book’s illustrations to find the treasure. A winner, announced in 1982, was later exposed as a fraud. The story of the scandal was featured in a TV documentary, ‘The Man Behind the Masquerade’, in 2009. The gold hare is now on display at the V&A Museum, London. The author’s inscription refers to the fact that the Hare had been found! This year marks the 40th anniversary of the book launch. A wonderful association copy. No Jacket as issued. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great : Signed By William Plomer : Association Copy

Address Given at the Memorial Service for Ian Fleming. St Bartholomew the Great : Signed By William Plomer : Association Copy

Plomer, William (Ian Fleming Interest) The sole UK Printing. which was privately printed at the Westerham Press in 1964. The BOOK is in near Fine condition and is only one of the limited 50 hardcover copies issued. Original black boards, titles to label to front board in black. The book is in lovely condition with just a hint of toning to the page edges and the slightest of pushing at the spine ends. The book has been Inscribed and initialled by William Plomer to John Morris on the title page. Protected in a loose Mylar archive cover. An address given at the memorial for Ian Fleming, by the South African poet and novelist William Plomer. Plomer was a close friend of Fleming, his trusted Editor-in-chief and had been a publisher’s reader for Jonathan Cape from 1937. He was instrumental in the publication of Fleming’s work and was the very first reader of the James Bond debut ‘Casino Royale . He was also the dedicatee of Goldfinger (Gilbert p. 596). John Morris and William Plomer were close friends and had worked together over the years on many projects and Plomer often addressed himself as W.P. to Morris. The recipient, Major Charles John Morris CBE, known as John, was a British mountaineer, anthropologist and journalist, and controller of ‘BBC Radio’s Third Programme . From February 1943 to October 1943. He worked in the same department as George Orwell, at 200 Oxford Street. He wrote an article about Orwell, ‘Some are more equal than others’ for ‘Penguin New Writing Number 40’, September 1950 which was reprinted in ‘Orwell Remembered ‘with the title ‘That Curiously Crucified Expression’. The Poet Laureate Stephen Spender described Morris in his Journals as: ‘A not very daring promoter of the cause of culture, cruelly teased by his friend E.M. Forster, who referred to him as ‘the pudding ‘. Morris was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1957 and appeared as a ‘castaway’ on the BBC Radio programme Desert Island Discs on 16 February 1959. Highly collectible with such attributes. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Night Manager : Signed By the Author With The Very Scarce Press Kit For The AMC TV Dramatisation Of ‘The Night Manager’

The Night Manager : Signed By the Author With The Very Scarce Press Kit For The AMC TV Dramatisation Of ‘The Night Manager’

Le Carre, John The First UK printing published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1993. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with just a light bump to the lower spine. The WRAPPER is complete and is in near fine condition. There is No fading of colouring with just a mild crease at the upper front spine fold. The book has been signed (without dedication) by the author to the title page. Accompanied by the ‘Press Kit For The AMC Dramatisation Of ‘The Night Manager’ which was issued by AMC in March 2016 , one month prior to the premiere of the TV dramatisation of this title. The BOOK is in Fine condition and is housed in the publisher’s original printed SLIPCASE which is in Very Good condition with some age related markings and two small areas of rubbing on the front panel. The loosely inserted ‘AMC Public Relations’ letter which accompanied this publication, details information of the forthcoming TV dramatisation and states that all information is ’embargoed until March 28′. The ‘Press Kit’ book is profusely illustrated with full page colour stills, actor and production biographies. There is also a foreword ‘letter by John le Carre’ detailing and praising the TV production. An extremely scarce ephemeral item relating to the hugely successful TV dramatisation starring Trevor Hiddelston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman. We have never seen another copy of this press Kit and presume they were issued in very a small print run. Collectible. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Pellew

Pellew, Claughton ~ Claughton Pellew : Five Wood Engravings From The Original Blocks With A Biographical Note By Anne Stevens : With The Ashmolean Museum ‘Claughton Pellew Wood Engravings’ 1987 Exhibition Catalogue

Pellew, Claughton One of only 150 sets produced by Simon Lawrence at the Fleece Press. The Box, bibliography booklet and engravings are all in Fine condition. Five engravings all housed within their own individual printed folder. Paper size 40 x 32 cm. The engravings are : ‘The Return 1925’, ‘The Carol Singers 1930’, ‘Marsh Marigolds 1930’, ‘The Smithy 1930’, ‘The Mother 1931’. The 16 page bibliography on hand made paper is housed within its own folder. It details and references amongst other things, the bibliographic details of each of the engravings. A very scarce production. With the scarce Ashmolean Museum ‘Claughton Pellew Wood Engravings’ 1987 Exhibition Catalogue 1987. This pictorial card catalogue is in Fine condition with 35 B/W plates. The Fleece Press are due to release : ‘Ploughshare & Hayrick, the Life and Work of Claughton Pellew and Kechie Tennent’ later this year. ‘Claughton Pellew was born in Redruth, Cornwall; he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London alongside Paul Nash and Nash’s brother John. Many of his works had a religious theme. His output was not large, but it was strikingly individual, often using a white line technique.’ (British Council Visual Arts). More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Psycho-Therapeutics

Psycho-Therapeutics, Or Treatment By Sleep And Suggestion

Tuckey, C.L. The First UK printing published by Baillière, Tindall and Cox, London in 1889. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition with some mild pushing and rubbing at the spine ends and corners. Original green publisher’s boards with gilt titling to the spine and blind panels to the boards. Light edge-wear with internal binding cracked in a couple of places. Original black end-papers present. Free from inscriptions. This important and influential work ran into seven editions by 1921. The first book in English on psychotherapy in the modern sense. Tuckey introduced Liebault’s method to English speaking psychopathologists: ‘The first english medical man to adopt the Nancy form of treatment seems to have been C. Lloyd Tuckey who first visited ‘dear old Liebault’, and then Bernheim, Berillon and Van Renterghem, in the autumn of 1888′ (Gould. A history of hypnotism, p 349). ‘Historians believe that the first use of the word ‘psychotherapy’ in a book title came with the English hypnotist Charles Lloyd Tuckey’s Psycho-Therapeutics. Tuckey popularised the use of the word ‘psychotherapy’ as a synonym for the hypnotherapy of Bernheim’s Nancy School in France, and attributes the discovery of ‘psychotherapy’ as a discipline to Liebault, it’s founder.’ (Register for Evidence -Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy). Protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. Extremely scarce as the true first issue. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Power Of Movement In Plants : First Issue

The Power Of Movement In Plants : First Issue

Darwin, Charles The First UK printing published by John Murray, London in 1880. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition with the original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt with gilt decorative border at ends, covers blind-stamped and original brown coated endpapers. The hinges are just beginning to split but the binding remains very tight. Some darkening to the spine and the lower half of the front cover. Age related edge-wear with some rubbing and fraying to the spine ends, corners and the rear lower edge. A few light marks to the rear boards. Free from inscriptions and erasures. Light toning to the page edges. The correct first issue, with 32 pp. inserted adverts dated May 1878 and with two lines of errata at the foot of page ‘X’. With 196 woodcuts in the text, only 1,500 copies were initially printed. ‘The book was an extension of Charles Darwin’s work on climbing plants and it showed that the same mechanisms can be observed in plants in general. By extending the idea of irregular circumnutation the Darwins analysed the growth movement of plants in response to factors of the environment such as light, gravity, and wounds. In addition, they demonstrated that the mechanism of curvature in both roots and shoots was the result of differential growth rates. They could also confirm that the effect of the stimuli on the growth movement was indirect and that light and gravity act on some substance in the tip of the root and the shoot, which is transmitted to other parts of the plant. Francis Darwin later refined some of the experimental techniques and modified their theoretical conclusions’ (ODNB). Scarce in such collectible condition. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
In My Own Time

In My Own Time, Reminisces Of A Liberal Leader : Signed By The Author With A Complete Composite Set Of ‘The Trial Of The Century’ Cards : With A ‘Liberal Party Scrapbook’ Containing A Signed Letter From Jeremy Thorpe And Clement Freud et al. : With A ‘This Is Liberal Policy’ Flyer And An ‘Evening News’ Newspaper Headline Flyer Released On The Day Of the Trial Verdicts

Thorpe, Jeremy The First UK printing published by Politico Publishing , London in 1999. The BOOK is in near Fine condition with a bump to the upper rear edge and a small light mark to the upper text-block. The WRAPPER is complete and is in near Fine condition with just a tiny rub to the upper front corner and a hint of creasing at the upper spine end. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed by the author to the front blank end-paper: ‘ George, with affection, Jeremy’. Accompanied by a composite set of ‘The Trial Of The Century’ Cards. The set is complete and is in near fine condition. The original envelope, order form, flyer and the final verdict card is present (which was sent out to subscribers once the trial verdict had been reached). These sets were issued in a numbered limitation. A ‘Liberal Party Policy Flyer’ is included which bears the image of Jeremy Thorpe to the front cover. This is in near fine condition. In addition is a personal 20 page scrapbook containing Liberal Party press cuttings and material. It includes two tipped in hand signed letters from Jeremy Thorpe and Clement Freud on House of Commons official note paper. There is also a large ‘Evening News’ newspaper headline Flyer measuring 75.5cm x 51 cm. This was released on the day of the trial verdict and has the headline news : ‘ Thorpe Case Verdicts’. This flyer has good colouring and has minor creasing where it has been folded and light toning to the edges. An interesting set of items relating to Jeremy Thorpe and his trial which was very successfully adapted for TV in 2018, ‘A Very English Scandal’, starring Ben Whishaw and Hugh Grant. Collectible. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Harold Gilman : An Appreciation

Harold Gilman : An Appreciation

GILMAN, Harold.) LEWIS, Wyndham, & Louis F. Fergusson The sole UK printing published by Chatto and Windus in 1919. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Some pushing to the spine tips with light bumping to the corners. Some light age related markings with a little toning to the spine. The binding remains very tight. Gilt titling to the front board and spine remains bright. Light spotting to the end papers with slight toning to the page edges. Free from inscriptions and erasures. Colour frontis remains clean but lacks the tissue guard. Colour frontispiece and 36 black & white photo plates of drawings & paintings. A very scarce title of which 500 were printed, 200 bound & the remainder were used as wrapping paper. Pound nor Morrow have listed a wrapper. The books is protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. ‘Harold Gilman was one of the main instigators in the formation of the Camden Town Group. As the art critic Frank Rutter later recalled, Gilman was ‘an incorruptible puritan, who would have no half-measures, no bargaining, but stood solid for root-and-branch reform’ and so ‘consistently advocated the formation of a new society’. Despite dying at the age of forty-three in 1919, his strong-minded and ardent personality, as revealingly displayed in Walter Sickert’s portrait of c.1912 (Tate T00164), meant that he made a lasting impact on the British art world at the beginning of the twentieth century.’ (Tate). Marking the centenary of the artist’s death, The Pallant Gallery, Chichester has a current exhibition dedicated to the work of Harold Gilman. A very uncommon title. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
The Concept Of Mind : First UK Edition

The Concept Of Mind : First UK Edition

Ryle, Gilbert The First UK printing published by Hutchinson’s University Library, London in 1949. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Light bumping and fading at the spine ends with mild rubbing to the corners. Gilt titling to the spine is slightly dulled. Previous owner’s name to the upper front end paper. Small ‘Foyles’ bookseller sticker to the lower front pastedown. Mild toning and spotting to the text-block and page edges. Light creasing to the lower edge of pages 83-88. The scarce first issue WRAPPER is in Very Good++ condition. Mild edge wear with some loss at the upper spine and a few nicks. The spine is lightly toned. A 5cm closed tear to the rear upper edge. A light stain to the rear cover. The wrapper presents well in the removable Brodart archival cover. ‘The Concept of Mind’ is a major landmark of 20th century philosophy. In it, Ryle used for the first time the term ‘the Ghost in the machine’, describing the philosophical illusion of Cartesian dualism, which he argued was sustained by logical errors and ‘category mistakes’, a term Ryle coined in the book. He argued ‘I hope to prove that it (Cartesian dualism) is entirely false, and false not in detail but in principle. It is not merely an assemblage of particular mistakes. It is one big mistake and a mistake of a special kind. It is, namely, a category mistake.’ Widely seen as being ‘the last nail in the Cartesian coffin’, the book is regarded as a founding work in the philosophy of the mind, which has since been recognised as a distinct and important branch of philosophy. Extremely scarce as the First UK printing with the wrapper. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.