The Time of the Angels
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1966). Signed by the author to the title page. Inscription to front endpaper; edges toned; minor bumping to spine tips. Original and unclipped dust jacket has a closed tear to bottom edge of front panel and to top edge of rear; some creasing to front flap with one crease to rear flap. Small chip to top of spine panel; a little wear to extremities. A very good copy of the author’s tenth novel, which is hard to find with her signature.
Heaven & Hell
By Aldous Huxley
First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1956). A sequel to 'The Doors of Perception' published in 1954. Spine ends and board corners bumped; a little damp staining to top edge of upper and lower boards; very faint offsetting to front and rear endpapers; small stamp to rear pastedown. Original and unclipped dust jacket has some loss to spine tips and to corners; a few nicks to top edge of front and rear panels; pink stain to verso; fore-edge and hinges rubbed; edge wear to top.
Summoned by Bells
By John Betjeman
Leather-bound, top edge gilt and limited to 125 signed and numbered copies. Some rubbing to extremities with a minor bump to bottom edge of front board. An excellent presentation copy with Douglas Cleverdon Ex Libris label affixed to half title.
The book was given to Douglas Cleverdon; a radio producer, bookseller, publisher and author as a 60th birthday present in 1963.
A letter from a mutual friend of Cleverdon and Betjeman is included.
Among the books Cleverdon published was Gill s Art and Love and an edition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with and introduction and illustrations by David Jones. From 1939 - 1969 he worked for the BBC. During the war he devised The Brains Trust, and as a producer, mainly of radio features on the Third Programme, he commissioned and broadcast poets (including Betjeman), playwrights, composers and writers, giving a first hearing to Flanders and Swann and persuading Dylan Thomas to come up with Under Milk Wood, which Cleverdon produced in 1954 and featured Richard Burton in the role of First Voice.
Nuns and Soldiers
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition, First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1980). Spine tips slightly bumped. Fading to spine panel of original and unclipped dust jacket with slight wear to spine tips. A near fine copy.