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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : GHASTLY GOOD TASTE : OR, A DEPRESSING STORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : GHASTLY GOOD TASTE : OR, A DEPRESSING STORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1933. First edition : the first issue, with the reading “Come Mowbray swell the praise” at p.119. Betjeman’s second book, illustrated with the splendid forty-inch long folding panorama of “The Street of Taste or the March of English Art Down the Ages” by Peter Fleetwood-Hesketh (1905-1985).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),(190)pp. Folding panorama. Errata slip. Spare label. Original cloth-backed printed boards; some spotting of prelims and edges, but a very good, bright and fresh looking copy. Loosely inserted is the interesting original blurb – “The author protests that this book is intended to infuriate its readers ...”.

£250

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : GHASTLY GOOD TASTE : OR, A DEPRESSING STORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : GHASTLY GOOD TASTE : OR, A DEPRESSING STORY OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ENGLISH ARCHITECTURE.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1933. First edition : the second issue, with p.119/120 a cancel substituting the new line "Sing guild and craftsmen's praise" in place of "Come Mowbray swell the praise". Betjeman's second book, illustrated with the splendid forty-inch long folding panorama of "The Street of Taste or the March of English Art Down the Ages" by Peter Fleetwood-Hesketh (1905-1985).
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),(190)pp. Folding panorama. Errata slip. Spare label. Original cloth-backed printed boards; lightly rubbed; tiny chip to spine label; mild marginal discolouration to boards and outer leaves, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£125

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : OLD LIGHTS FOR NEW CHANCELS : VERSES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND AMATORY.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : OLD LIGHTS FOR NEW CHANCELS : VERSES TOPOGRAPHICAL AND AMATORY.

London : John Murray, 1940. First edition. An early collection of twenty-five poems, including “Upper Lambourne”, “Pot Pourri from a Surrey Garden”, “Blackfriars”, “Holy Trinity, Sloane Street”, “Myfanwy”, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (xx),(67),[i]pp. Silhouette portrait frontispiece by Apollo. Ribbon marker. Original blue pebbled cloth; paper title label on spine; label very slightly rubbed; a few very minor marks and signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£125

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES : POEMS.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : NEW BATS IN OLD BELFRIES : POEMS.

London : John Murray, 1945. First edition. An early collection of twenty-four poems, including "Henley-on-Thames", "Parliament Hill Fields", "South London Sketch, 1944", "May-Day Song for North Oxford", "In a Bath Teashop", etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). vi,54pp. Original red cloth; paper title label ruled and lettered in black on upper cover; covers faintly flecked as usual; mild spotting of edges; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very good copy in a lightly worn and slightly nicked dust-jacket. Contemporary ownership inscription reading simply "Smethurst".

£125

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 - editor : ALTAR AND PEW : CHURCH OF ENGLAND VERSES.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 - editor : ALTAR AND PEW : CHURCH OF ENGLAND VERSES.

London : Edward Hulton, (1959). First edition. A selection of descriptive poetry - churches, priests and people - from George Herbert to Philip Larkin.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 48pp. Original patterned wrappers; just lightly rubbed, but a very good copy.

£15

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

London : John Murray, (1974). First edition : one of 175 numbered copies on handmade paper, signed by John Betjeman. Twenty-seven poems from the period 1967-1974, including “The Costa Blanca”, “A Wembley Lad”, “A Mind’s Journey to Diss”, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original deep yellow buckram, lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; a very good copy indeed in the original acetate jacket – the jacket just slightly nicked.

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : A NIP IN THE AIR.

London : John Murray, (1974). First edition. Twenty-seven poems from the period 1967-1974, including The Costa Blanca, A Wembley Lad, A Mind's Journey to Diss, etc.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 62,[ii]pp. Original yellow cloth, blocked and lettered on spine in gilt; near fine in the original turquoise, white and black dust-jacket - price-clipped and with a faint suggestion of creasing at upper edge, but also very good indeed. Contemporary Christmas gift inscription from Jane and Robert to their father.

£40

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : UNCOLLECTED POEMS.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : UNCOLLECTED POEMS.

London : John Murray, (1982). First edition. A collection of twenty-nine poems previously unpublished in book form - and in many cases never previously printed. Edited and introduced by Bevis Hillier.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [viii],(82)pp. Original olive boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good indeed copy in the original red dust-jacket; very lightly sunned, but also very good indeed.

£25

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