Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Phone: 07810 766737 in the UK, or +44 7810 766738 for international enquiries.
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Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:52


The Aerodrome, The Bodley Head, London, 1941. First edition, second printing - as scarce as the first as the majority of copies were apparently destroyed in The Blitz. Spine slightly cocked, a trifle dusty but a very good copy in somewhat soiled dustwrapper, sunned at spine and missing some small chips at extremities. £150

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:51

231. WAIN, JOHN.

The Young Visitors, Viking, New York, 1965. First American edition - the dedication copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper to: "Frank and Maureen [Kermode] with love from John 1965". The printed dedication reads simply: "Frank's". A very good copy in damp-stained dustwrapper, faded at spine, with Wain's holograph note to upper flap: "Puke-making blurb". £175

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:51


Presumed Innocent, Bloomsbury, London, 1987. First UK edition of the author's first novel, a presentation copy inscribed on the title-page to his British publisher, Elizabeth Calder: "To Liz - with gratitude and admiration. Scott 16 Oct 1987". Usual browning to paper but an excellent copy in dustwrapper with Calder's bookplate to front pastedown. £150

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:50


The Street, Tuskar Rock Press, Dublin, 2010. First edition. One of 50 numbered copies signed by the author, in full blue leather and slipcase. A fine copy. £300

Saturday, 17 December 2016 15:49


Paeans for Peter Porter, Bridgewater Press, London, 1999. First edition. Contributors include Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Wendy Cope, David Malouf, Clive James, Barry Humphries and William Trevor. One of 12 numbered copies in quarter-leather signed by all the contributors. A fine copy. £475


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On writing

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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