February 25, 2016 – Window displays change frequently at Peter Harrington Rare Books, boosting footfall into the Fulham Road showroom.
Just in case you won’t have the chance to see it for yourself, we thought we’d keep you up-to-date on the books, prints and curiosities making an appearance each time a reshuffle takes place.
Limited-edition L.S. Lowry prints were showcased in the window display in February.
Prominently displayed was “A Village on a Hill”, 1966, proof before printing aside from the edition of 75, signed by Lowry, for 25,000 pounds.
The works on display also included “Figures in the Park”, circa 1970s, outside the edition of 100, signed by Lowry for 3,000 pounds.
Burford Church, circa 1970s, was from an edition of 850, signed in pencil by Lowry, available for 4,000 pounds.
Peter Harrington Rare Books also presented a selection of first-edition books about Lowry, including “The Paintings of L.S. Lowry. Oils and Watercolours”, 1975 first edition, signed by Lowry, for 1,000 pounds.
Another window display earlier in February presented a wealth of items by illustrator Ralph Steadman, which are shown below.
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The 1989 Calendar for Loose Village, Kent.
Kent: Loose Amenities Association, 1989
Monthly spiral-bound wall calendar on 13 perforated card sheets. Colour images for each month. Slight crease to middle to calendar; in excellent condition overall.
An amusing calendar printed on perforated monthly sheets, which are designed to be torn out and used as postcards. Laid-in is a printed note from the Loose Amenities Association, apologising for any offence caused by the publication.
[DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge.] CARROLL, Lewis. (STEADMAN, Ralph, illus.)
Alice: Alice im Wunderland, Alice hinter den Spiegeln, Die Jagd nach dem Schnark. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman.
Hamburg: Zinnober Verlag, 1987
Quarto. Original blue boards, titles to spine silver, chess patterned endpapers. With the dust jacket. With black and white illustrations throughout by Ralph Steadman. Tips slightly bumped; an excellent copy in the lightly creased jacket.
First Steadman edition in German, first printing. The first Steadman editions in English were published separately: Alice in Wonderland (1967), Alice Through the Looking Glass (1972) and The Hunting of the Snark (1975); this collected edition was first published in the UK in 1986.
America. Introduction by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.
Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 1989
Oblong quarto. Original orange cloth, titles to spine white, illustrated endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrated by Ralph Steadman. A fine copy.
Signed limited edition. Number 310 of 500 copies. It was first published in 1974.
(STEADMAN, Ralph.) ORWELL, George.
Animal Farm. A Fairy Story.
London: Secker & Warburg, 1995
Quarto. Original red boards, illustration to front board and titles to spine in black, illustrated endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrated throughout by Ralph Steadman. A fine copy.
First Steadman edition, first impression. Signed by Steadman on the half-title.
Aspen Nights, Let’s Party.
Petro III Graphics, 2006
Screenprint on White Rising Stonehenge deckle edge paper. Sheet size: 56 x 76 cm. Excellent condition. Presented float mounted in a black wooden frame with conservation glass.
Artist’s proof aside from the edition of 25. Signed in pencil lower right by Ralph Steadman, marked AP lower right.
Between the Eyes.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1984
Quarto. Original pictorial wrappers, titles to spine and front cover red and black. Lavishly illustrated throughout by Ralph Steadman. Wrappers toned, laminate lifting slightly at edges, extremities rubbed. A very good copy.
The Big I Am.
London: Jonathan Cape, 1988
Quarto. Original blue boards, spine lettered in gilt, blue endpapers. With the dust jacket. Illustrated in colour throughout by Ralph Steadman. A fine copy in the bright, slightly creased jacket.
First edition, first impression.
Bonny Doon wine labels.
[No place: no publisher,] 1995 & 1996
12 printed labels, designed by Ralph Steadman. In fine condition.
A selection of witty labels designed by Ralph Steadman for Bonny Doon vineyard, five of which are signed by him in red ink.
Book Fair flyer: “Abelard-Schuman and Ralph Steadman wish you a successful book fair.”Visit our booth No. 9542 in Hall 5.
[London:] Abelard-Schuman, 1973
Oblong white concertina, titles to front cover in black. Illustrated throughout by Ralph Steadman. Mildly toned to margins; an excellent copy.
First edition, first printing.
BERNE, Martina, & Miles, and others.
Book I’m!70 years in the game. A tribute to Bernard Stone.
London: Privately printed, 1994
Tall octavo. Original illustrated wrappers, titles to front cover in black, red and blue, designed by Ralph Steadman. Photographs and illustrations throughout by various artists. A fine copy.
First edition, first impression.
Born Under a Bad Sign.
London: William Kimber, 1970
Tall quarto. Original black boards, titles to spine gilt, pictorial endpapers. With the pictorial dust jacket. Housed in a black cloth solander box with black morocco label to spine. With illustrated endpapers and 13 full-page illustrations by Ralph Steadman. A fine copy in an excellent dust jacket with a few small nicks and creases to extremities and a minor chip to tail of spine.
First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the illustrator on the title page: “Ralph Steadman, Owl Farm, Woody Creek. HST Memorial Blast-Off. 20th August 2005.” Steadman were attending the private funeral of his long-time collaborator Hunter S. Thompson, at which Thompson’s ashes were packed into firework casings and blasted from a cannon mounted on top of a 47 meter high monument, accompanied by firework and music. Palmer, a noted British director, has written several books and numerous pieces for various periodicals, including The New York Times, The Spectator, and The Observer. In this, his first book, Palmer “takes a penetrating look at the mood of young people at the beginning of the seventies” (front flap blurb). With tipped-in errata note on page 59.