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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; endpapers lightly marked; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket a touch rumpled, very slightly marked, with a couple of nicks and a tiny hole, but also very good. Ownership inscription “Smethurst” on front free endpaper.

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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 : FIRST AND LAST LOVES.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 : FIRST AND LAST LOVES.

London : John Murray, (1952). First edition. Betjeman on Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Leeds, London Railway Stations, the Isle of Man, Padstow, Sidmouth, Weymouth, the Isle of Wight, and many other places, as well as on Nonconformist Architecture, Victorian Architecture. Numerous illustrations – many by John Piper.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). (xii),244pp. Numerous illustrations, including a folding panorama of Cheltenham by Piper. Original cream canvas, blocked and lettered in blue; top edge pink; a very good, clean and sound copy in the striking Piper dust-jacket – the jacket also very good.

£125

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BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 – editor : COLLINS GUIDE TO ENGLISH PARISH CHURCHES : INCLUDING THE ISLE OF MAN.

BETJEMAN, John (Sir John), 1906-1984 – editor : COLLINS GUIDE TO ENGLISH PARISH CHURCHES : INCLUDING THE ISLE OF MAN.

London : Collins, 1958. First edition. A county-by-county guide to the best of the parish churches, judged not only for their architecture, but for atmosphere and aesthetic merit. Betjeman contributes a lengthy historical introduction and many of the introductions to the individual counties, as well as writing or co-authoring the sections on Berkshire, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, London, Oxfordshire and Sussex. With a glossary of architectural terms, an index of architects and artists, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 480pp. Sixty-four photo plates by John Piper and others. Plans. Original black buckram, ruled and lettered in gilt; mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in the attractive Clifford and Rosemary Ellis dust-jacket – just very lightly rubbed and slightly spotted on lower panel and flaps, but also very good.

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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. Includes “Woman Driver”, “Civilized Woman”, “Chelsea 1977”, etc. Edited and introduced by Bevis Hillier.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [viii],(82)pp. Original olive boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy indeed in the original red dust-jacket; very lightly sunned, but also very good indeed.

£25

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