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.
Of Mice and Men
By John Steinbeck
First edition, second issue - without 'pendula' on page 9 and the dot between the 8s on page 88 - (Covici-Friede, 1937).
Slight browning to spine with minor compression to spine tips; previous owner name inscription to front endpaper. Original dust jacket is clipped with area of abrasion to spine panel and chipping and abrasion to head and foot; browning to spine panel; a few small tears to front and rear panels; light toning to rear panel; corners a little rubbed and chipped; tape repairs to verso and to head and foot of spine.
An Accidental Man
By Iris Murdoch
First Edition and First Impression (Chatto & Windus, 1971). Minor bumping to spine tips. Original and price-clipped dust jacket has some rubbing to corners and extremities; corners and spine tips chipped; spotting to front and rear flaps. A very good copy.
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.