Franklin, NH: The Hillside Press, 1963. First edition. Hardcover. 70pp. 6 x 4.8 cm, 2 3/8 x 1 7/8". Five tales of magic and sorcery, with text set by hand in Bulmer Roman type, and with four illustrations. An edition of 310 copies, signed by Irwin, of which this is number 233 . Fine in black and white patterned paper on boards, black cloth spine with a paper spine label.
Oxford and New York: Bodleian Libary and Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. First editions. Small octavos. This is a set of two editions of the same P.D. James' title, her "illuminating exploration" of the detective fiction genre. The first copy is the signed limited edition published by the Bodleian Library at Oxford,160 pages, this one being # 13 of 450 signed copies in gilt-stamped red boards, dustjacket and pictorial slipcase. The second copy is the first North American Trade edition, published in New York by Knopf in 2009, viii, 198 pages, bound in tan and red boards and a different-design (American) dustjacket. Perfect, flawless copies. The pair:. OK.
New York: The Dial Press, 2008. First edition. 8 1/2" x 5 3/4", 277 pages. A candidate for anyone who collects books-made-into-movies, this extremely charming novel is of course worth a read for its own sake, chronicling as it does the lives of people affected by, and living through, the German occupation of Guernsey in World War II. A few small yellow spots at the top of a rear blank leaf else a fine copy in pale tan boards and a pictorial dustjacket.