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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : BEVIS : THE STORY OF A BOY.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : BEVIS : THE STORY OF A BOY.

London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. First edition : in the variant green (a) binding – Miller & Matthews (B15) make a persuasive case for regarding these slightly taller copies in green as having appeared earlier than the regular copies in brown. Jefferies and his haunting evocation of a Wiltshire childhood – “where there was magic in everything, blades of grass and stars, the sun and the stones upon the ground”.
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (180 x 119mm). viii,(288); iv,294,[ii]; iv,294,[ii]pp. Original decorative green cloth, blocked in black and gilt, and lettered in gilt; patterned endpapers; a few very minor signs of age and use; some occasional spotting to prelims and edges, but an excellent set. W. H. Smith blind-stamp to front free endpaper of the first volume.

£1,000

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : AMARYLLIS AT THE FAIR : A NOVEL.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : AMARYLLIS AT THE FAIR : A NOVEL.

London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1887. First edition. His late novel, to some extent autobiographical and based on his own family and their small Wiltshire farm.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],260pp – the variant without final blanks or advertisements. Original decorative cloth in a daffodil design; very faint crease to spine; some very minor rubbing; endpapers slightly cracked; some spotting, a little soiling to a few early leaves; still overall a very good and bright copy. With the 1904 ownership inscription of Ethel Mary Mountfort (1883-1966) of Cambridge.

£100

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JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : FIELD AND HEDGEROW : BEING THE LAST ESSAYS OF RICHARD JEFFERIES.

JEFFERIES, Richard (John Richard), 1848-1887 : FIELD AND HEDGEROW : BEING THE LAST ESSAYS OF RICHARD JEFFERIES.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1889. First edition : [the undifferentiated second impression, with the misprints corrected and in the paler binding]. A collection of twenty-nine essays, including Nature and Books, The Country Sunday, Buckhurst Park, House-Martins, Field Words and Ways, Summer in Somerset, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,332 + 16pp advertisements dated June 1888. Original decorative cloth; spine a little worn and slightly creased; front endpaper cracked and split; a little marked; somewhat spotted; somewhat shaken and loose, but a serviceable copy. Miller & Matthews B26.3.

£25

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