Welcome to Neil Pearson Rare Books

Neil Pearson has collected rare books for thirty years: his specialism is nineteenth and twentieth century first edition literature, with a particular interest in the expatriate literary movement of Paris between the wars. He is the author of Obelisk (Liverpool University Press, 2007), a history of the notorious Paris imprint which in the 1930s published the early work of, among others, Henry Miller, Laurence Durrell and Ana├»s Nin. In 2011 he researched, compiled and wrote They Were What They Were: A Catalogue of Early Gay Fiction, 1862 -1960. More information about both of these titles can be found here.

After buying books for so many years, he is delighted finally to be selling some.

 

NEWS FOR JUNE

 

NEW TO THE SITE: AUDEN, BETJEMAN, HEANEY AND MORE

In recent months we have been a little understocked in poetry, and have now put that right. We are continuing to process and upload recent acquisitions, but the website already carries much to interest collectors of W.H. Auden, John Betjeman and Seamus Heaney. Clicking on the authors' names will take you to the relevant page. We have more material than is currently listed, so do get in touch with wants lists if you have them. 

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

If you've tried to access our website in the last few days you'll have discovered that our server was having problems. Apologies: the gremlins are now defeated, and normal service has been resumed.  

 

COMING SOON

On July 15-16 we shall be at the Bristol Book Fair, at The Passenger Shed, next door to Temple Meads railway station. We'll be bringing a wide selection of stock, including first edition literature and poetry; original radio, television and radio scripts; counterculture; and erotica. Click on the venue for details of the event, and we'll see you there.

E-LISTS

Sleeping Prince 200pxOur most recent E-list is also one of our more wide-ranging lists, the twenty items featured include Churchill's first book, a Victorian comedy classic, radio scripts used and annotated by Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims, and items inscribed by Terence Rattigan and John Betjeman, among many others. You can browse the list here.

Another list, one featuring material covering Modern First Editions, TV Comedy, Paris and Erotica, can be found here. A third, more modestly priced list, covering subjects guaranteed to lift the winter gloom -- 1920s vegetarianism, antiquarian spanking, a treatise on hanging -- can be found here

 

 

 

 We've Joined The Club

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We are delighted to announce that Neil Pearson Rare Books Ltd. is now a full Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.