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M Richardson Rare Books

M. Richardson Rare Books was formerly known as Mr. Books Bookshop and located on Tonbridge High Street in Kent, England for over 12 years up until July 2017. The shop is still there under new owners so, due to the sale of the bricks and mortar side of the business, it made sense to change our name to reflect this change of direction. (And we had to because the new owner liked the name so much it went with the business sale!) We now trade mainly online and at PBFA fairs up and down the country from our new base in the frozen north of NE Lincolnshire! We also occasionally exhibit at Bloomsbury Book Fairs in London, at the Royal National Hotel. We also have a small selection of fine books for sale at a few select antique centres in Lincolnshire. Whilst we don't specialise in anything in particular we do lean towards certain subjects such as collectable modern fiction and children's books. We also have many fishing books and topographical books & ephemera. But really we just sell rare and fine books on many subjects. The stock is being constantly replenished so it's always worth visiting us at one of the fairs. We travel far and wide to purchase quality collections so please feel free to call us.

The Star in the West A Critical Essay Upon the Works of Aleister Crowley (Signed to the author's mother)


A truly remarkable copy of the first impression, limited numbered edition which is signed to the Limited page by both the author and Aleister Crowley. This being No. 22 of "One Hundred copies printed on handmade paper, specially bound and embellished with portraits and autographs." The front fly leaf is inscribed in the author's hand in ink pen and reads: "To my Mother with every best wish for a very happy 22nd July. I give this 22nd copy of my first work, Fritz. 22 July 1907." (Fritz being JFC Fuller nickname, presumably up until closer to WWI. "Boney" Fuller came later.) In light pencil underneath this inscription are the notes of AWF Fuller, JFC's brother, which reads: "AWF Fuller from Mother, who was born on 22 July 1848" The condition of the book is, very nearly, as new having evidently been stored away for much of its life. The light covered cloth boards are remarkably well preserved, as is the gilt detailing and title lettering. There is just a hint of tanning to the spine and a small dink at the very head of the spine, but you really do have to look hard for any slight flaws. Internally the pages are lovely and clean albeit a little toned to the heavier stock end papers. The fore edge and bottom page block edges are untrimmed, as called for, and the top edge in gilt. Fuller went on to be famous as a military leader and writer in the science of war. He championed mechanised warfare, when many in the British army doubted it. He is included in Mark Urban's book, "Generals Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World" Some accolade indeed. It is this first work though which is most prized by collectors.