[ilds] quaint & intimate Black Book

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Sat Dec 27 10:22:38 PST 2008

Hey Bill,

I went up and took a look myself yesterday -- it's in pristine condition 
and is priced cheaply at $675.  I think it's a steal, but I don't have 
the funds myself...  They've also got a booklet for /Ulysses Come Back/, 
which I didn't even know existed (it's not in Jay's bibliography 
either), and that's priced at $250.

Interested?  You can see them online through Abebooks.com or on their 
own site:


I hope you're enjoying the break!


william godshalk wrote:
> Okay, what is the price? I give in.
> At 12:19 AM 12/22/2008, you wrote:
>> Since I know an impoverished owner of a copy of /Quaint Fragments/, I
>> think this is excellent news!
>> Should anyone be interested, I've recently discovered that the Edmonton
>> Bookstore has a pristine copy of /The Black Book/, and it's at a bargain
>> price for the condition.
>> Best from the frigid North...  We're practically wearing icicles up here
>> at the moment!
>> --James
>> Charles Sligh wrote:
>>> On 11 December 2008, Bloomsbury Auctions put up for sale the Durrell
>>> items listed below this note.  These lots were collected under the title
>>> "Printed Books, Manuscripts and Artwork, including the Collections of
>>> Cecil & Desmond Harmsworth and Important Manuscripts and Books from the
>>> Library of the late Francisco Gil de Borja e Menezes."
>>> The Durrell-related lots will interest subscribers to this listserv not
>>> only for their individual merits--the second lot is indeed
>>> /singular/--but also for their over-topping of estimates.   The
>>> Bloomsbury Auctions webiste notes:
>>>>         In spite of deeply depressing economic news, Bloomsbury’s last
>>>>         sale of 2008, Printed Books, Manuscripts and Artwork including
>>>>         the Collections of Cecil & Desmond Harmsworth (11-12th
>>>>         December), was a success. It would seem that private
>>>>         collections and items fresh to the market in good condition,
>>>>         still find eager buyers.
>>>>         A substantial part of the Harmsworth Collection (sold by
>>>>         descendants of the newspaper magnates) was snapped up by an
>>>>         institution. An autograph letter from WB Yeats to Cecil
>>>>         Harmsworth on Irish Unification (lot 47) made £3120, three
>>>>         times the lower estimate; a letter from Joyce recounting his
>>>>         eye problems fetched £7800, almost double the lower estimate
>>>>         (lot 85). Lot 87 was an interesting account of Harmsworth’s
>>>>         difficulties in drawing Joyce, it sold for £1800 (estimate
>>>>         £300-400). Swift’s presentation copy of Caludius Claudianus
>>>>         (1650) made a healthy £9000 (estimate £6000-8000).
>>>>         Once again Bloomsbury reaffirmed its place as the auction
>>>>         house for Modern First Editions. As Roddy Newlands said, ‘The
>>>>         market is still strong for genuinely scarce items, especially
>>>>         those in good condition or those with important associations.’
>>>>         *The very rare first edition of Lawrence Durrell’s Quaint
>>>>         Fragment (lot 229), one of very few printed (only two have
>>>>         appeared at auction in the last 30 years), and which contained
>>>>         poems written by the author between the age of 16-18, sold for
>>>>         £19200 against an estimate of £6000-8000.*
>>>         http://www.bloomsburyauctions.com/index
>>> Whatever the vagaries of investments in other markets, "Lawrence
>>> Durrell" is apparently booming.
>>> C&c.
>>>     ****
>>>>     229. Durrell (Lawrence)  Quaint Fragment,  first edition , printed
>>>>     in red and black, mounted portrait (actual photograph) tipped in
>>>>     as frontispiece following title, with guard, mount with small
>>>>     crease at corner, pencil note on front free endpaper “Cecil
>>>>     Jeffrey’s first printed book December 1931”, endpapers a little
>>>>     foxed, original bronze paper-backed crimson cloth, uncut, spine a
>>>>     little rubbed with slight wear to head and foot, overall a very
>>>>     good copy, 8vo, Cecil Press,  1931.
>>>>     *
>>>>     est. £6000 ­ £8000*
>>>>     The author’s very scarce first book, one of only a few copies
>>>>     printed. It contains his poems written during the ages of sixteen
>>>>     and nineteen.
>>>>     “‘Never published. Cecil Jeffries bought a hand press and asked me
>>>>     to give him something to practise with; poems were easier than
>>>>     prose so I gave him an old notebook with roughs. Title was his. We
>>>>     took two pulls I think before the type was dispersed. One copy
>>>>     bound.’ This book is extremely rare, but Durrell’s statement that
>>>>     only one copy was bound is an exaggeration. Three or four have
>>>>     passed through the antiquarian book market in the last ten years,
>>>>     and one copy, left behind in Corfu, was destroyed.” Alan Thomas in
>>>>     his bibliography for G.S.Fraser’s Lawrence Durell: A Study , 1968.
>>>>     Only 2 copies have appeared at auction in the last 30 years, the
>>>>     most recent being the Bradley Martin copy in 1990.
>>>>     *Sold for £16000*
>>>>         Sale 672, 11th December 2008
>>> **
>>>>     1019. Durrell (Lawrence) .-  An intimate collection of material
>>>>     illustrating the relationship between Lawrence Durrell and
>>>>     Margaret McCall his “darling original McCall girl”, as well as
>>>>     material relating to McCall’s time at the BBC and her contact with
>>>>     other authors, including Philip Larkin, Henry Miller and John
>>>>     Betjeman,  comprising a selection of autographed and typed
>>>>     letters, postcards and telegrams between Margaret McCall and
>>>>     Lawrence Durrell dating from 1967 , including :  c.5 A.L.s. from
>>>>     Lawrence Durrell to Margaret McCall; c.15 T.L.s. from Lawrence
>>>>     Durrell to Margaret McCall. Referring to the 1967 ‘Generals Coup’
>>>>     in Greece Durrell writes: “At the moment nearly all my powerful
>>>>     friends are locked up or limogees; but they find the exile islands
>>>>     very restful it seems and the food good… The situation is both
>>>>     dismal and quite farcical; both right and left are moaning. But
>>>>     the real nigger in the woodpile is the Queen Mother who has sunk
>>>>     her teeth into Constantine and won't let go. If she could be
>>>>     persuaded to take a holiday in Austria Karamanlis would agree to
>>>>     go back (Heleni was having talks with him when I saw her) and of
>>>>     course win the elections and restore order and democracy…"; 3
>>>>     telegrams; An A.Pc.s. from Durrell to McCall in which Durrell
>>>>     muses “arriving 10.35 London Time p.m. Suppose you were in London:
>>>>     suppose it was your evening off: suppose you got the keys from
>>>>     Alan and came to hear all my adventures... wouldn’t that be
>>>>     wonderful for me?”; 6 photographs of Durrell (2 with McCall);
>>>>     Original typescripts for “Midday Dialogue” and “Malcolm Muggeride
>>>>     talking to Lawrence Durrell” along with some typescript notes; 2
>>>>     ink and watercolour paintings by Durrell for McCall signed “Epfs”
>>>>     (Durrell used the pseudonym ‘Oscar Epfs’ which he reportedly loved
>>>>     as he thought it was impossible to say without sounding silly); a
>>>>     number Durrell’s publications inscribed to McCall including:
>>>>     Collected Poems, 1968; Nunquam, 1970; The Greek Islands, 1978, all
>>>>     signed presentation copies from the author all to Margaret McCall,
>>>>     original cloth, some faded, dust-jackets, jackets rubbed,
>>>>     extremities torn with loss ; and 11 others, by Durrell, many inscribed
>>>>     Also included in the collection: a selection of autographed and
>>>>     typed letters, postcards and telegrams between Margaret McCall and
>>>>     Philip Larkin; Henry Miller; John Betjeman and others, including :
>>>>     2 telegrams and 2 T.L.s. from McCall to Henry Miller, 1 A.L.s.
>>>>     from Miller to McCall in which he states: “I must warn you in
>>>>     advance that I am not much good on T.V. or film”. He decides that
>>>>     he would be more comfortable if “Larry (Lawrence) took over. He
>>>>     knows how to handle me. With the Britishers in general I am
>>>>     usually ill at ease.”; A T.L.s. from Philip Larkin to McCall and a
>>>>     copy of a T.L. from McCall to Larkin; 2 A.L.s. and 3 Pc.s. from
>>>>     John Betjeman to “Darling Margaret” and a T.L.s. from McCall to
>>>>     Betjeman in which she states: “You’ve never used auto-cue, so why
>>>>     should you look through some lavatorial glass darkly into the
>>>>     camera lenses now?” ; a number of typed and autographed letters
>>>>     between McCall and Nicholas Ghike, Dimitri Papadimos and George
>>>>     Katsimbalis; 2 A.L.s. to Phyllis McCall from Robert Graves; a
>>>>     number of books by the above authors inscribed to McCall
>>>>     including: Betjeman (John) Collected Poems, signed from “Banjo
>>>>     Betjeman” , spine faded, 1970 § Stephanides (T.) The Golden Face,
>>>>     signed and inscribed by the author on front free endpaper , 1965,
>>>>     original cloth, dust-jacket, extremities chipped ; and 10 others,
>>>>     many signed, v.s.
>>>>     (qty)
>>>>     *est. £1000 ­ £1500*
>>>>     Margaret McCall was a senior Producer and Director at the BBC in
>>>>     the 1960s and later. She was responsible for many of the stations
>>>>     best arts programmes and was tasked with getting many of the
>>>>     leading artistic figures of the time to make their first
>>>>     television appearances. These included Dali, Betjeman, Henry
>>>>     Miller, Philip Larkin and, of course, Lawrence Durrell, with whom
>>>>     she ultimately conducted a long-standing intimate friendship.
>>>>     *Sold for £2600*
>>>>     Sale 672, 11th December 2008
>>> --
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>>> Charles L. Sligh
>>> Assistant Professor
>>> Department of English
>>> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
>>> charles-sligh at utc.edu
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