Alex Smith

Alex Smith

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A Bibliography of the Poems of Oscar Wilde, E. Grant Richards, London, 1907. Of an edition of 475 numbered copies signed by Millard, this is one of 25 on Japanese vellum. Bookplate to front pastedown, offsetting to endpapers, spine slightly browned, else an excellent copy, in collector's box. £750

Saturday, 17 December 2016 16:11


Poems, Roberts Brothers, Boston, 1881. First American edition, in variant binding of blue cloth (Mason 310), and now - inexplicably - scarce, whereas the first English edition appears to have become - equally inexplicably - relatively common. Cloth a little rubbed at extremities of spine, but a very good copy. £750

Saturday, 17 December 2016 16:10


My Lives, Bloomsbury, London, 2005. First English edition, author's presentation copy inscribed on the half-title by the 1989 Booker Prize judge to his British publisher Elizabeth Calder's husband: "For Louis all my best Edmund". An excellent copy in dustwrapper, with Calder's bookplate to front pastedown. £250

Saturday, 17 December 2016 16:10


Birdy, Jonathan Cape, London, 1979. First UK edition of the late-blooming author's first, National Book Award-winning novel, a presentation copy inscribed on the fly-title to his British publisher, Elizabeth Calder: "To Liz - and the best of flight from another bird lover. William Wharton alias Bert or [arrow pointing to title `Birdy']". An excellent copy in dustwrapper with Calder's bookplate to front pastedown. £250

Saturday, 17 December 2016 16:09


Evolution Old and New, Fifield, London, 1911. First revised edition. With a presentation inscription to Alec Waugh an the front free endpaper and with the recipient's bookplate - designed by his brother - to the front pastedown. Spine faded, extremities rubbed - a good copy. £175


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I have been writing about drinks since 2000, mainly for newspapers and magazines, and also through my blog, which is being updated alphabetically here (see below).

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