By Ian McEwan
First edition, first impression (Jonathan Cape, 2005).
One of 1500 numbered slipcased copies to be signed by the author, of which this is number 1052.
Fine, with a very small knock to spine foot, in a fine slipcase.
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.
The Remains of the Day
By Kazuo Ishiguro
First edition, first impression (Faber & Faber, 1989). Signed by the author to the title page. The third novel by the 2017 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1989.
Gift inscription to front endpaper; very minor bump to spine head. Original dust jacket is price-clipped, but both spine and rear panels are still bright and unfaded; very light wear to top edge. An excellent, near fine example.
The Revolt of Aphrodite: Tunc & Nunquam
By Lawrence Durrell
A complete set of two first editions making up the 'The Revolt of Aphrodite'. Tunc: First edition, first impression (Faber & Faber, 1968). Original publisher's red cloth with gold lettering to spine. Fine book in a near fine dust jacket with the original wraparound band. Some toning to band and very mild and occasional edge wear. Nunquam: First edition, first impression (Faber & Faber, 1970) Original publisher's green cloth with gold lettering to spine. A little mild rubbing to edges and faint spotting to top and fore-edge of text block. The original and unclipped dust jacket has a couple of areas of marking to upper and lower panels with light edge wear to spine head. A near fine copy overall.