The Sword in the Stone
By T. H. White
First edition, first impression (Collins, 1938).
Bumping to spine ends and corners of upper board; spine a little faded; some rubbing and marking to rear board; gift inscription to front endpaper; offsetting to front and rear endpapers with some foxing to preliminaries and final pages; edges foxed. Original dust jacket is price-clipped; spine panel is a little toned with loss to head and foot and a small hole just below the centre; abrasion to hinge on front panel; chip and a tear to top edge of front panel; few tears and chips to rear panel and to corners; tape repair to verso. A very good copy overall in its rare original dust jacket.
Life of Pi: The Illustrated Edition
By Yann Martel
First Edition, First Impression of the illustrated edition (Canongate, 2007). Winner of the Man Booker Prize and adapted to film in 2012. Small ding to edge of front board, else fine.
The Acceptance World
By Anthony Powell
First Edition, First Impression (Heinemann, 1955). Presentation inscription by the author to front endpaper dated March 1973. The third novel in the 'A Dance to the Music of Time' series, which comprises twelve novels in total. Signed or inscribed copies of this title are very scarce. Spine tips and corners rubbed; marks to boards at front and rear; spine slightly darkened; edges toned; binding cracked at front and rear, but all pages still firmly adhered. Original and unclipped dust jacket has a neat tape repair to verso; light soiling to parts of rear panel and a couple of small closed tears to the 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.