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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. 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 : ST. MARY-LE-STRAND.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : ST. MARY-LE-STRAND.

[London] : Privately Printed, [ca.1977]. First edition. A broadside poem of twenty lines in honour of the famous old church in the Strand, signed by Betjeman in his frail hand of old age, and published from his address at 29 Radnor Walk. Undated, but presumably related to Betjeman's fund-raising campaign for the church launched in 1977.
Single sheet of imitation parchment paper, printed in black on recto only. 296 x 206mm (approx. 11-5/8" x 8-1/8"). Illustration. Two tiny spots at head, but otherwise in very good and clean state. No copy located in any major UK library.

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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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