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    • Arnold Bennett
      Feb. 27, 2024

      Arnold Bennett

      Est: £200 - £300

      Arnold Bennett Arnold Bennett A collection of 12 volumes, including: Polite Farces for the Drawing-Room, first edition, 4pp. publisher’s adverts at rear, front free endpaper detached, paper browned and brittle, original cloth gilt, chemise and quarter morocco slipcase, Lamley and co., 1900; The Card, first edition, original cloth gilt, Methuen, 1911; The Regent, ink signature to front free endpaper, 1913; Those United States, first edition, some spotting, original cloth, Martin Secker, 1912; The Old Wives' Tale, 2 vols., facsimile from the author’s manuscript, one of 500 copies, signed by Bennett at the foot of the preface, original quarter vellum, slipcase, Ernest Benn & George H. Doran, 1927; From the Log of the Velsa, one of 110 numbered copies, signed by Bennett on the limitation page, some spotting, original cloth, some staining, some splitting at head of spine, Chatto & Windus, 1920; with others by the author, v.s. (12)

      Chiswick Auctions
    • McKnight Kauffer (E.).- Bennett (Arnold) Elsie and the Child, one of 750 numbered copies, signed presentation inscription from the artist E. McKnight Kauffer, Curwen Press, 1929.
      Oct. 05, 2023

      McKnight Kauffer (E.).- Bennett (Arnold) Elsie and the Child, one of 750 numbered copies, signed presentation inscription from the artist E. McKnight Kauffer, Curwen Press, 1929.

      Est: £200 - £300

      McKnight Kauffer (E.).- Bennett (Arnold) Elsie and the Child, one of 750 numbered copies, signed presentation inscription from the artist on limitation page, dated 1936, additional presentation inscription beneath in a different hand, dated 1951, superb pochoir plates and illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer, bookplate of Norman H. Partridge, a few spots to fore-edge, light browning to endpapers, original cloth, some light spotting and surface soiling, uncut, 4to, Curwen Press, 1929.

      Forum Auctions - UK
    • 2 Arnold Bennett First Edition Books
      Oct. 06, 2022

      2 Arnold Bennett First Edition Books

      Est: $200 - $400

      Arnold Bennett (England, 1867-1931). 2 first edition books, Riceyman Steps and The Old Wives' Tale. Riceyman Steps. First edition, 1923. Publisher Cassel and Company Ltd.; printed in Great Britain. With illustrated paper dust jacket. Dust jacket torn at spine, corners and edges, creases throughout; front cover dented along top and bottom edges, minor staining to front, minor shelf wear and bumped corners, notation in pencil rear pastedown; foxing to fore edge, pastedowns and endpapers and inside of dust jacket, some foxing throughout text. The Old Wives' Tale. First edition, 1908. Publisher Chapman & Hall, Ltd., London; printed by William Clowes and Sons, London. In red cloth cover, with red cloth and brown leather faux book slipcase. Corners bumped and cover dented, shelf wear, wear to edges and corners, fraying to cloth at spine, notations in pencil on front endpaper, binding loose, foxing throughout; slight wear to slipcase. Provenance: both private collection, New York City; thence by descent.

      Willow Auction House
    • Bennett (Arnold) Elsie and the Child, one of 750 copies, Curwen Press, 1929 & others, illustrated, illustration, book-plates etc. (c.70)
      Nov. 25, 2021

      Bennett (Arnold) Elsie and the Child, one of 750 copies, Curwen Press, 1929 & others, illustrated, illustration, book-plates etc. (c.70)

      Est: £250 - £350

      Bennett (Arnold) Elsie and the Child, one of 750 copies, pochoir plates and illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer, ink inscription to front free endpaper, Curwen Press, 1929 § Mare (W. de la) Peacock Pie, plates and illustrations by W.Heath Robinson, some spotting, n.d. Sterne (Laurence) A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, colour frontispiece and black-&-white illustrations by Norah McGuinness, original cloth-backed boards, 1926 § Twyman (M.) Early Lithographed Books, 1990 § Blum (Gernot) L'Art de l'Ex-Libris Erotique, 1990 § Selborne (Joanna) British Wood-Engraved Book Illustration 1904-1940, Oxford, 1998, plates and illustrations, all but the third original cloth, the first three a little rubbed and soiled, the last two with dust-jackets; and c.65 others, illustrated, illustration, book-plates etc., 4to & 8vo (c.70)

      Forum Auctions - UK
    • ARNOLD BENNETT DIRST DW
      Oct. 15, 2021

      ARNOLD BENNETT DIRST DW

      Est: $50 - $100

      Accident by Arnold Bennett London Cassell 1929 First edition. Cloth in dustwrapper which is NOT price clipped. A couple of spots to the edges and dustwrapper. A very good copy

      Sydney Rare Book Auctions
    • BENNETT ARNOLD: (1867-1931) English Writer. T.L.S., Arnold Bennett, one page, 8vo, Cadogan Square, London, 21st May 1928, to Patrick Braybrooke. Bennett states, in full, 'Many thanks for your letter and the copy of ''Focus''. I like the article, and
      Mar. 01, 2018

      BENNETT ARNOLD: (1867-1931) English Writer. T.L.S., Arnold Bennett, one page, 8vo, Cadogan Square, London, 21st May 1928, to Patrick Braybrooke. Bennett states, in full, 'Many thanks for your letter and the copy of ''Focus''. I like the article, and

      Est: £100 - £120

      BENNETT ARNOLD: (1867-1931) English Writer. T.L.S., Arnold Bennett, one page, 8vo, Cadogan Square, London, 21st May 1928, to Patrick Braybrooke. Bennett states, in full, 'Many thanks for your letter and the copy of ''Focus''. I like the article, and see nothing in it which ought to be eliminated. But I am bound to say that my gloom about old age is very much less than the average gloom about that affair.' With very light age wear. Together with Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) English Poet. A.L.S., E Blunden, on one side of a plain postcard, Talbot Road, London, n.d. (18th October 1929), to [The Editor?] of The Nation. Blunden informs his correspondent 'There is a poetry book about to appear which I shd say deserves to be considered in my next compendious verse review, if you haven't already disposed of it otherwise' and adds 'It is called Caesar Remembers, by W. Kean Simpson.' Some slight traces of former mounting to the verso, affecting Blunden's holograph address and totally obscuring the name of his correspondent and much of the address. Also including John Masefield (1878-1967) English Poet & Writer, Poet Laureate 1930-67. A.L.S, John Masefield, two pages, oblong 8vo, Abingdon, n.d. (28th September 1961), to Mrs. Harris. Masefield thanks his correspondent for their letter and continues to advise on writing, stating, in part, '... to read much, of all that pleases you, & to write much, in many different ways, but something every day. In reading, it is better to read a good deal of old work, for the faults of old writing will be plain to a reader. It is helpful to read work aloud, & to come to know some few who care for writing, & can occasionally meet, read verses or prose, and discuss the problems that these may raise.' Accompanied by the original envelope, addressed in Masefield's hand, and with a red wax seal to the verso. VG, 3

      International Autograph Auctions
    • Bennett, Arnold. Venus Rising from the Sea. London: Cassell, 1931. (Curwen Press.) (Kauffer, E. McKnight, illustrator.)
      Dec. 14, 2012

      Bennett, Arnold. Venus Rising from the Sea. London: Cassell, 1931. (Curwen Press.) (Kauffer, E. McKnight, illustrator.)

      Est: £40 - £60

      Bennett, Arnold. Venus Rising from the Sea. London: Cassell, 1931. (Curwen Press.) (Kauffer, E. McKnight, illustrator.) 195/350 signed by the illustrator

      Ewbank's
    • BENNETT (ARNOLD)
      Jun. 26, 2012

      BENNETT (ARNOLD)

      Est: £100 - £200

      The Old Wives' Tale, first edition, typed letter signed and dated (13.9.1929) by Bennett to Mr. Payen-Payne, regarding the book, Lord Beaverbook's bookplate, publisher's cloth, a little bubbled and faded, cloth slipcase, 8vo, Chapman and Hall, 1908

      Bonhams
    • Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931), Signed copy, How to Live on 24 hours a Day, New York: George H. Doran, [1910], original boards, present...
      Nov. 14, 2010

      Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931), Signed copy, How to Live on 24 hours a Day, New York: George H. Doran, [1910], original boards, present...

      Est: $200 - $400

      Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931), Signed copy, How to Live on 24 hours a Day, New York: George H. Doran, [1910], original boards, presentation copy, 8vo, (minor wear, label laid down to end papers).

      Skinner
    • AUTOGRAPHS: CHESTERTON G. K.: (1874-1936) English
      Sep. 25, 2010

      AUTOGRAPHS: CHESTERTON G. K.: (1874-1936) English

      Est: £100 - £150

      AUTOGRAPHS: CHESTERTON G. K.: (1874-1936) English Writer. A.Q.S., G K Chesterton, one page, folio, n.p., n.d. In bold, dark fountain pen ink, Chesterton pens a quotation from Napoleon Bonaparte, 'All European Wars are Civil Wars'. Together with Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) English Novelist. Autograph statement signed, Arnold Bennett, one page, oblong folio, n.p., n.d. Bennett writes, in full, 'Peace is a natural state of man. War is not. The first principle of the universe not only should be, but is, harmony.' Some very light, extremely minor age wear, VG to EX, 2 Chesterton and Bennett prepared the statements for publication in the Pax Mundi book; an anthology of sentiments on peace published in Switzerland by the World League for Peace. Between 1925 and 1932 many notable persons from around the world were asked to comment on the prospects of world peace and the volume included contributions from Marie Curie, Guglielmo Marconi, Albert Einstein, Rabindranath Tagore and many others.

      International Autograph Auctions
    • BENNETT, ARNOLD (1867-1931, novelist and essayist)
      Oct. 03, 2005

      BENNETT, ARNOLD (1867-1931, novelist and essayist)

      Est: -

      PORTRAIT BY SIR WILLIAM ROTHENSTEIN N.E.A.C., R.P. (1872-1945), drypoint, head and shoulders, in profile facing left, artist's initials and date 1920 in the field, size of image 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 in (17.2 x 12.1 cm), platemark.

      Bonhams
    • Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931)
      Nov. 21, 2004

      Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931)

      Est: $50 - $100

      Don Juan de Marana, A Play in Four Acts, London: T. Werner Laurie Ltd., 1923, subscription edition numbered 612 of 1000 and signed by the author, half vellum with dust jacket, in later slip case, 8vo, (good); sold with a typed letter signed, addressed to Crosby Gaige discussing dinner party arrangements, dated 1927.

      Skinner
    • Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931)
      Nov. 21, 2004

      Bennett, Arnold (1867-1931)

      Est: $2,000 - $3,000

      Autograph manuscript signed with initials on title page, Venus Rising from the Sea, title page dated London, 1929, ninety-seven pages, neatly written and maintained in a small three-ring binder, with an asterisk in the margin for each 100 words, the last page inscribed "23,200 London 14.5.29," each chapter heading with large red initial, each sheet 8 by 5 in., with half leather and cloth clam box; together with a copy of Venus Rising from the Sea, London: Cassell & Company, 1931, cloth with slip case, one of 350, illustrated and signed by E. McKnight Kaufer, (minor wear).

      Skinner
    • BENNETT, Arnold (1867-1931). Autograph manuscript of 'Buried Alive A tale of these days by Arnold
      Mar. 03, 2004

      BENNETT, Arnold (1867-1931). Autograph manuscript of 'Buried Alive A tale of these days by Arnold

      Est: £5,000 - £8,000

      BENNETT, Arnold (1867-1931). Autograph manuscript of 'Buried Alive A tale of these days by Arnold Bennett', a novel, n.p., n.d. [1] the title page written in capitals, the text neatly written in Bennett's cursive hand, including emendations of words or phrases on most pages, 211 pages, 4to, tipped into an album, red morocco, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Buried Alive, a romantic fantasy set in London and involving mistaken identities, wills and a court case, was written during Bennett's highly productive autumn and winter of 1, when he also completed The Old Wives Tale, and another short novel. It concludes with the departure of its mysterious painter hero, Priam Farll, for a 'sweet exile' in Algiers with 'the enchantress Alice'. Published in 1908, it was later made into a play (The Great Adventure).

      Christie's
    • BENNETT, Arnold (1867-1931). Anna of the Five Towns. London: Chatto and Windus, 1902.
      Mar. 03, 2004

      BENNETT, Arnold (1867-1931). Anna of the Five Towns. London: Chatto and Windus, 1902.

      Est: £500 - £800

      8° (189 x 118mm). Advertisement on verso of half-title, title printed in red and black, advertisement leaves at end dated March 1902. (Some light browning to preliminary leaves including title). Original blue pictorial cloth, the upper board blocked with landscape design in white and yellow, top edge gilt (spine faded). Red morocco-backed slipcase. Provenance: presentation copy to Dr. J. F. Farrar, front free endpaper inscribed, 'To J. F. F. collorator from E. A. B. 11/9/2' -- purchased from Parke-Bernet sale, 10 December 1941, lot 42, $22. Exhibited: The Grolier Club. A FINE PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, inscribed by Bennett to his friend and physician, Dr John F. Farrar. Although published after A Man from the North (1898), Anna was Bennett's first novel, written between 1896 and 1901, with much revision and two changes of title. Like subsequent 'Five Towns' novels, it chronicles the potteries of North Staffordshire -- Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke-upon-Trent and Longton. Dr Farrar was a member of the 'muscial-evenings group' -- in December 1999 Bennett wrote to Thomas Lloyd Humberstone, 'I was up till 1.15 am playing duets with Dr. Farrar. We played four symphonies... two odd movements, and the overture to the Meistersinger. You call this a good evening's work, don't you?' (Texas Ms. 85, from Hepburn, James, ed., Letters on Arnold Bennett, London: OUP, 1968.) Emery 2.

      Christie's
    • BENNETT,
      Jul. 09, 2002

      BENNETT,

      Est: $3,120 - $4,680

      Arnold (1867-1931). Autograph manuscript (unsigned) of an untitled play ['The Bright Island'], in three acts, dated on the first page, '16.1.[19]20' and on the last '18 4.[19]20', approximately 166 pages, 4to, written in ink on recto, including cancellations and emendations, blank leaves; green morocco gilt, by Bagguley. A comedy in which Susan Maddox, 'a Red Cross nurse... a pretty rather flighty society maiden' and her brother, James, 'a naval officer... Good looking, gruff. Ruthless', with progressive ideas from Cambridge, are shipwrecked on the imaginary island of Caspo, peopled with figures from the Commedia dell'Arte such as Harlequin, Pantaloon and Columbine, King Pierrot and the 'subtle, serpentine and unscrupulous' Doctor. The scene is set in the grounds of the royal palace. Bennett uses the play to juggle with certain political and social ideas, and includes jokes about bribery, British justice and especially the British ruling class. At the end of the First World War Bennett was much in demand in the theatre. In 1919 and 1920 he concerned himself particularly with the affairs of the Lyric Theatre at Hammersmith, which he persuaded Lord Beaverbrook to support and where some of the best works of the period were performed. The Bright Island, at first accepted but then declined by the Lyric, was not performed until February 1925, when it was directed by Theodore Komisarjevsky for the Stage Society. Bernard Shaw who in 1924 had called it 'not a play but a libretto' and advised Bennett to put music and dancing into it ('humanity cannot stand 150 minutes unrelieved scoffing, no matter how witty it is') wrote on February 27, 'When I saw the Right Little Bright Little Island on the stage, I found that I was only half right about it. I said that it had the makings of an Offenbachian opera bouffe in it; and I was right. What I did not see was that it had the makings of a powerful serious political play in it', going on to accuse Bennett 'like all inveterate novelists' of not taking the theatre seriously enough. The manuscript was one of fifteen plays included in Sotheby's sale of Arnold Bennett's manuscripts on 25 May 1936 (lot 67), sold by order of Dorothy Cheston with whom he lived from 1923 until his death, and to whom he had bequeathed 47 volumes of his manuscripts, together with his journals and the rights in some of his plays.

      Christie's
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