FORSTER, John

FORSTER, John. The Life of Charles Dickens

London, Chapman & Hall, 1874.

£150

8vo, 3 vols.: [6], VII – XVIII, 398 pp.; [5], VI – XX, 462 pp.; [7], VIII – XV, 552 pp. Each volume with half-title, title page and a portrait of Dickens at different ages, with tissue guards. All three volumes are labelled with ex-libris of William Anstice and Bernard Norton on front pastedowns and belonged to British writer John Symonds, who bought them in 1956 as mentioned in a hand-written note on the free endpaper of the first volume. Red coated-cloth hardcover, with black arabesques on head and foot. Gilt title, volume and publishing house’s name on spines. Slightly worn headcaps and tails. The inner hinge of the second and third volumes shows spine netting.  A good copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. Away to the Moon

Philadelphia, Lippincott, 1956.

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 64, with 6 full-page, and one double-page, illustrations. Title framed within a decorative border, decorated pastedowns. All illustrations by Pamela Bianco. Green buckram and original illustrated dust jacket. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed on verso of front free endpaper: ” To Mickey / from his old friend / John / Aug 1956. In very good condition.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. William Waste

London, Sampson Low, Marston & CO.

FRIST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 123, with illustrated frontispiece and 14 b&w illustrations, one at the beginning of each chapter, plus illustrated dust jacket, somewhat worn and damaged, but repaired and laid on a layer of new paper. All illustrations by André François. Red buckram with white lettering to spine. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed on front free endpaper and dedicated to the scholar and poet Michael Hamburger: “For Mickey / from his friend / John”. A good copy.

SYMONDS, John

 

SYMONDS, John. The Child

London, Duckworth, 1976.

£300

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 147. Bound in buckram over boards, gilt title to spine. Original dust jacket. Author’s presentation copy, inscribed on the left endpaper and dedicated to his friend scholar and poet Michael Hamburger: “To Michael / from the Author / John Symonds / 11 March 1997”. A fine copy.

BUCHNER, Georg

BUCHNER, Georg (HAMBURGER, Michael, Tr.). Leonce and Lena Lenz-Woyzeck

London, The University of Chicago Press, 1972.

£350

8vo, pp. 99. Bound in purple cloth over boards, gilt title to spine and author’s name stamped on front cover within a blind-tooled coat of arms. Original dust jacket. Translator’s presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title and dedicated to John Symonds: “For Johnny / in the 33rd year / of our friendship / as ever / Michael Hamburger / Aug. 72.” An excellent copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. The King of the Shadow Realm. Aleister Crowley: his life and magic

London, Duckworth, 1989.

£500

8vo, pp. 588, with 4 plates of b&w photographic illustrations. Bound in red cloth over boards, gilt title to spine. Original dust jacket, wrapped in protective plastic film. Inscribed on the front endpaper by the author with a dedication to a friend: “Joan Stevens / from the author / John Symonds / 17 January 1991.” Occasional minor corrections and annotations in red ink in author’s hand; references to a meeting with Gerald Yorke on the verso of the last flyleaf, not in author’s hand. An excellent presentation copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. The Medusa’s Head

 London, Mandrake Press Ltd, 1991.

£450

FIRST EDITION (on the verso of the title-page: “The Edition is limited to 350 copies, numbers 1-50 being signed by the author and bound in white Aberlave buckram with a matching slipcase, numbers 51-350 are bound in blue Abergave buckram with a laminated dust-wrapper” – this is one of the latter, though unnumbered). 8vo, pp. 216. Author’s presentation copy dedicated to his friend scholar and poet Michael Hamburger, inscribed in black ink on the front endpaper: “To Michael Hamburger / from the author / John Symonds / 3 October 1991”. Very occasional annotations by the author. A fine copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, JohnThe Great Beast. The Life and Magick of Aleister Crowley

 London, Macdonald, 1971.

£500

FRIST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 413. Bound in paper over boards with gilt title to spine. Original dust jacket in very good condition. Inscribed by the author on front endpaper: “photos of AC, pre 1914, by Arnold Gerte”. Annotated and underlined throughout by Symonds. Verso of rear free endpaper and part of pastedown full annotated in reference to p. 153. A very good copy.

SYMONDS, John

SYMONDS, John. William Waste

London, Sampson Low, Marston & CO.

£100

FRIST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 123, with illustrated frontispiece and 14 b&w illustrations, one at the beginning of each chapter, plus illustrated dust jacket, worn and damaged, all by the French illustrator André François. Bound in red buckram with white lettering to spine. A little yellowed internally, though lightly. Autograph of Eleanor Vallange, sister of the author, on front free endpaper.

MANN, Thomas

MANN, Thomas (LINDLEY, Denver, Tr.). Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man

 London, Secker & Warburg, 1955.

£300

FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 408. A copy inscribed on the front endpaper by the scholar and poet Michael Hamburger and dedicated to John Symonds, novelist and biographer of Aleister Crowley: “To John / from his friend / Michael / Christmas 1955”. Bound in buckram over boards, gilt title to head of spine, original dust jacket in fair condition designed by Hans Hagedorn. A good copy.