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Coronation Everest : Signed By the Author

Coronation Everest : Signed By the Author

Morris, James (Morris, Jan) The First UK printing published by Faber and Faber, London in 1958. The BOOK is in Very Good+ or better condition. Light pushing at the spine tips with some light rubbing along the lower edges. A small bump to the upper front corner. Light toning and spotting to the board edges, text-block with some spotting to the prelims. A 'The Book Society' bookplate to the front blank end-paper which is clean. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good condition. Some edge wear with a little loss at the spine ends and corners. Light rubbing to the folds with a few nicks and light loss to the edges. 'Coloured plates' blacked out on the lower front flap by the publishers (the book only has B/W plates). One small piece of tape to the verso. The wrapper remains attractive in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed by the author to the title page: ' Jan Morris, (ne James Morris!)'. 'In the five years since Everest, James Morris has established his reputations a brilliant commentator on people, places and events. Then he was simply the anonymous Special Correspondent of 'The Times'. This glittering retrospect of his dramatic assignment may well become a classic of its kind. with wit, verve and style it captures the very essence of the great expedition: the climbers themselves: the Sherpas: the rival newsmen : the boredom: the moments pf black despair and the moments of triumph : the grandeur of the greatest mountains in the world. To read it is to share the splendour that was 'Coronation Everest' ' (Front flap blurb). Very scarce with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
In Parenthesis : Proof Copy

In Parenthesis : Proof Copy

Jones, David An unknown printing published by Faber and Faber - no date. In as far as I can determine this title was only published with its distinctive grey front cover, with red and yellow lettering, in hardback format. I can find no other paperback copy for sale in this format. This, combined with the fact that this volume has no publication data, such as date, no title page and does not include the plates of the published volume, leads me to conclude this is probably a proof copy. This copy came with a number of other volumes on WWI from the library of Norman Hancock who also wrote on his experiences of the First World War, notably in A Martial Medley (1931) along with David Jones, Eric Partridge and several others. This connection with Jones further makes me think it likely this is a proof copy sent by the publishers to Hancock. The BOOK is wraps format and is in Very Good+ condition. A generally very clean copy throughout. Some light creasing to the front cover. The spine at some point has had clear tape applied along its full length. It is not entirely clear why this was done, as the spine strip appears to be in tact. The tape has now disappeared leaving some light residue.The text block is square and firm. Text pages are clean and unmarked throughout. The first Faber wraps edition appeared in 1961 and the cover design were very different to this edition. There are some reviews for other titles on the rear cover which makes me feel that this title was issued in this format after 1953 but before 1961 and was possibly a proof edition for the to be released wrappered edition of this title but was never issued as such. Now protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Songs Of Three Counties

Songs Of Three Counties, And Other Poems : Signed By The Author : With ‘Primrose League’ Ephemera Relating To The Author

Radclyffe-Hall, Marguerite The Sole UK printing published by Chapman & Hall in 1913. The BOOK is in Very Good+ condition. Original publisher's blue cloth, lettered black on the spine and the front cover. Some light markings to the boards with a little rubbing along the folds and extreme edges. Light offsetting to the endpapers with some spotting to the prelims and just a hint of spotting in a few places otherwise. Poems include: 'Dusk in the Lane', 'The Ledbury Road', 'The Malvern Hills', 'Eastnor Churchyard' and 'Casend Hill'. The book has been signed (without dedication) by the author to the front end-paper : ' M. Radclyffe-Hall'. An early collection of poetry from this acclaimed author who subsequently dropped her first name and wrote under the name 'Radclyffe Hall'. Accompanied by an interesting piece of ephemera loosely laid in relating to the author : A folded two page letter (dated October 1915) from the Registrar of 'The Primrose League' requesting those 'knights and dames' to pay their unpaid tributes. Accompanied by a loosely inserted folded two page 'Primrose League Registration Form ' dated August 1915 naming those members who were in arrears of paying their tributes. Among the names listed are Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall. The Primrose League was founded in 1883 as an organisation for spreading Conservative principles in Great Britain. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Walden : First British Edition

Walden : First British Edition

Thoreau, Henry David The correct First British printing published as one of 'The Camelot Classics series' by Walter Scott, London in 1886. The BOOK is is Very Good++ condition with the publisher's original red cloth-covered boards with black lettering and gilt titling. Light pushing at the spine ends with some inevitable fading of the spine colouring. Two small marks to the lower front cover with some light age related markings. The binding remain tight. Some offsetting to the end papers with a tiny red penned circle to the upper rear blank end-paper. Free from inscriptions and internally remarkably very clean. 4 pages of adverts to the rear as called for with later editions having eight pages. Now protected in a loose Mylar archival cover. There appears to be more than one version of this 1886 'first British' edition of Walden, varying in advertisements, bindings and even page numbers. However, Harding, in his 'Centennial Checklist of the Editions of Walden', states that this Walter Scott's printing, issued first in 1886, was the correct first original British edition. The earlier Edinburgh edition of 1884 was apparently distributed in England having been bound by David Douglas in Edinburgh from American sheets with a new title page and contents page. Regarding the 1886 edition, Borst cites only the red cloth binding in his description and makes no mention of the other blue cloth with paper label edition which is likely to have been a remainder binding. BAL gives no binding description (Borst A22a, BAL 20184. This is a very good copy of an uncommon edition. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
W.H. Auden A Tribute : Signed By The Author : With a H/W Letter From Spender Concerning The Burning Of Auden's Letters : With The Memorial Address For W.H. Auden By Stephen Spender

W.H. Auden A Tribute : Signed By The Author : With a H/W Letter From Spender Concerning The Burning Of Auden’s Letters : With The Memorial Address For W.H. Auden By Stephen Spender

Spender, Stephen (Ed.) The First UK printing published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 1975. The Book is in near Fine condition. Free from inscriptions. The WRAPPER is in Very Good++ condition with light edge wear. A closed tear to the upper rear edge associated with some creasing and rubbing. A small closed tear to the lower front edge which has been repaired with a small amount of tape to the verso. The wrapper is protected in a removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed (without dedication) by Stephen Spender to the title page. Contributors to the book include Stephen Spender, John Betjeman, Cyril Connolly, Christopher Isherwood, Geoffrey Grigson et al. Accompanied by a loosely inserted H/W letter dated 'Nov 13 '73' addressed to a 'M Dosse' in which Spender writes : ' I think it would be absurd to destroy these letters. But then I think it was absurd of Auden to make a request to his friends in such unqualified terms. These letters are gifts to you and I do not think a donor has the right, unless in very exceptional circumstances to will you to burn his gifts. I have written to the executors saying I will keep Auden's letters and not sell them - I shall not burn them. Yours sincerely, Stephen Spender'. This letter was written (after Spender had delivered his memorial address for Auden in Oxford) in response to the request from Auden in his will that all recipients of his letters, destroy them. Auden had died six weeks earlier on the 29th September 1973. Accompanied by the 'memorial Address for W.H Auden by Stephen Spender' which was delivered at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford on 17th October 1973. This was privately printed for Faber by The John Roberts Press, London. The ten page Pamphlet has stiff card covers and is in near Fine condition. An interesting collection of Auden ephemera. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Witchcraft In England : Illustrated By Mervyn Peake

Witchcraft In England : Illustrated By Mervyn Peake

Hole, Christina The First UK printing published by Batsford, London in 1945. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition with just a little rubbing to the edges and at the spine ends. Free from inscriptions. Light offsetting to the end-papers with a little spotting to the prelims and the text-block. A little toning to the page edges due to the quality of the wartime paper stock used. The spine is lettered & ruled in gilt, with a scraper-board frontispiece & 15 drawings in line & wash & gouache, two-colour line blocks & half-tones, and 38 illustrations in the text. Top edge claret red still present. The fragile stiff paper WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good condition. Some edge wear with a some loss at the upper spine and edges (see images). Rubbing to the folds and a few nicks and mild creasing to the edges in places. Supporting archival tape to the verso of the front flap and the rear spine folds which does not show through to the front. Some splitting to the spine folds. Toning to the spine lettering with a little spotting to the flaps. Despite its faults, the scarce wrapper presents well in the removable Brodart archival cover. The line & wash wrapper artwork design by Mervyn Peake of a crone gazing at a pierced wax figure is very striking . An increasingly elusive title with its original wrapper and the masterly illustrations by Mervyn Peake. Collectible. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.
Tedious Brief Tales Of Granta And Gramarye

Tedious Brief Tales Of Granta And Gramarye

Ingulphus (Gray, Arthur) The First UK Printing published by Heffer and Sons in 1919. The BOOK is in near Fine condition. Clean and bright in publisher's original grey paper covered boards with a neat gift inscription to the front end paper. Some very light spotting to the text-block but internally clean. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good+ or better condition with some losses at the spine ends not involving any lettering. A few closed tears with minimal losses at the corners. The wrapper presents well in the removable Brodart archival protector. A very attractive copy of a fragile work. A collection of Cambridge based ghost and 'horror' stories compared favourably at the time to the work of such worthies as M.R. James. B/W illustrations throughout by E. Joyce Shillington Scales. Some fine chilling tales including 'The Necromancer' (evil stalks through Cambridge in the guise of a cat) and the beautifully titled 'The Burden of Dead Books' which warns us never to let our greed for wealth coincide with annual gatherings of the unquiet dead. "Born on September 28th, 1852, Arthur Gray went from Blackheath Proprietary School (London) to Jesus, where he was to remain for most of the rest of his life, first as a student, then a Fellow and then Tutor. When he became Master of the College in 1912 he was the first non-ordained man to hold that post in the College's four-hundred-year existence. He married Alice Honora Gell in 1882 and became the father in due course of six sons. Mrs Gray died in 1927, but Arthur Gray lived on until 1940, when he departed this world on the 12th of April at the venerable age of 87. He was Master of Jesus until the end, and died in the Master's Lodge. Apart from progressive deafness, he'd had hardly a day's illness.". A scarce title with the wrapper. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.