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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
Bates (H.E): A Moment in Time
Michael Joseph, [1964] 8vo., First Edition, faint spot on front free endpaper, top lightly mottled; blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w. With striking wrap-around d/w artwork '[Battle of Britain'] by Richard Barton. Eads, A100a (Book ref. 19182) £22.00
BATES (H.E): Edward Garnett
Max Parrish, [1950] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 7 plates; original brown cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in mildly age-soiled d/w. Published in the series 'Personal Portraits' edited by Patric Dickinson and Sheila Shannon. Eads A65. (Book ref. 18880) £36.00
BATES (H.E).: The Fallow Land. IN FULL MOROCCO
Jonathan Cape, [1932] 8vo., First Edition; handsomely bound in full blue morocco, back gilt with raised bands, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Of the first edition 2500 copies were printed. A lovely copy of this early Bates novel. Eads, A17. (Book ref. 18769) £285.00
WWII. War Artists. Richmond (H), J.B. Morton, H.E. Bates and C. Coote, intros: War Pictures by British Artists. [Series I complete, comprising 'War at Sea', 'Blitz', 'R.A.F.', 'Army']. IN FULL MOROCCO
Oxford University Press, 1942 4 vols., sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 194 toned full-page illustrations in the text, three volumes with neat signatures on front free endpapers; handsomely bound in navy blue full morocco, back gilt, ALL ORIGINAL PICTORIAL d/w PRESERVED, a most attractive volume ideal as a gift or for presentation. No.1: War at Sea; No. 2: Blitz; No. 3: R.A.F.; No. 4: Army. Complete set of the first series with fine reproductions of paintings, drawings and sketches by virtually all Britain's leading war artists. The contributors naturally featured many of the most eminent artists of the period, including (among many others) Ardizzone, Bawden, Bone, Kennington, Moore, Nash, Piper, Ravilious, Rothenstein, Spencer, Sutherland, Topolski and Worsley. A second series (dealing primarily with the Home Front) was published separately in the following year. Uncommon as a set and especially in this condition. Eads, A43 (recording H.E. Bates' introduction to 'RAF'). (Book ref. 17871) £268.00
WWII. War Artists. Richmond (H), J.B. Morton, H.E. Bates and C. Coote, intros: War Pictures by British Artists. [Series I complete, comprising 'War at Sea', 'Blitz', 'R.A.F.', 'Army']
Oxford University Press, 1942 4 vols., sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 194 toned full-page illustrations in the text, three volumes with neat signatures on front free endpapers; original plain wrappers, a very good, clean set in pictorial d/w (front panel of wrapper of first volume detached but present), backstrips lightly browned else a very good, clean set. No.1: War at Sea; No. 2: Blitz; No. 3: R.A.F.; No. 4: Army. Complete set of the first series with fine reproductions of paintings, drawings and sketches by virtually all Britain's leading war artists. The contributors naturally featured many of the most eminent artists of the period, including (among many others) Ardizzone, Bawden, Bone, Kennington, Moore, Nash, Piper, Ravilious, Rothenstein, Spencer, Sutherland, Topolski and Worsley. A second series (dealing primarily with the Home Front) was published separately in the following year. Uncommon as a set and especially in this condition. Eads, A43 (recording H.E. Bates' introduction to 'RAF'). (Book ref. 17870) £110.00
[Williamson (H). Bates (H.E). Brittain (V). Sackville-West (V)]. Wise (R.A.J) and R.A. Smith, eds: Voices on the Green
Michael Joseph, [1945] 8vo., First Edition, with a wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous wood-engraved illustrations (several full-page) in the text, contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; original blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at backstrip. Extensive anthology nicely illustrated by many of the best wood-engravers of the period, including Ravilious, Gibbings, Miller Parker, McNab and Hughes Stanton (frontispiece). Includes Williamson: 'The Ackymals', Bates: 'Time-Expired'; Brittain: 'Mutterchen' and Sackville-West: 'Adventuring'. Scarce in this condition. Eads B.181 (recording Bates: Time-Expired). (Book ref. 17728) £30.00
BATES (H.E).: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal and other Stories
Michael Joseph, [1961] 8vo., First Edition, some light age-marking to front free endpapers; original red cloth, gilt back, upper hinge paper parting (but joint and binding entirely sound), a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly chafed at extremities and with one short closed tear at upper edge of front panel. Collects twelve short stories. With striking d/w artwork by Charles Gorham. Eads, A91a. (Book ref. 16745) £12.00
BATES (H.E). ARDIZZONE (E), illus.: Sugar for the Horse. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
Michael Joseph, [1957] 8vo., First Edition, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; original blue cloth, gilt back, backstrip very lightly faded at extreme head and tail, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter chafed (without material loss) at head and tail of backstrip. Collects twelve short stories featuring Uncle Silas. Uncommon in this condition. Eads, A85. (Book ref. 16564) £48.00
BATES (L.M).: The Thames on Fire. The Battle of London River 1939-1945
Terence Dalton, Lavenham, 1985 4to., First Edition, with numerous photographs in the text and endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in the d/w. (Book ref. 16435) £22.00
Parker (A.M), illus. Bates (H.E).: Down the River. With 83 Engravings by Agnes Miller Parker
Gollancz, 1937 4to., First Edition, with a title-vignette and numerous fine wood-engravings (many full-page) in the text, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter mildly age-soiled, and frayed and creased at edges. Eads, A29a. (Book ref. 15954) £88.00
Parker (A.M), illus. Bates (H.E).: Down the River. With 83 Engravings by Agnes Miller Parker
Henry Holt, New York, 1937 4to., First US Edition, with a title-vignette and numerous fine wood-engravings (many full-page) in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter mildly browned at backstrip. Eads, A29b. The d/w, not seen by Eads, substitutes the engraving of 'Swans in Floodwater' (from p.53) for the 'Canada Geese' of the UK edition (Book ref. 15953) £74.00
BATES (L.V).: Artificial Flies. How to Tie Them [How to Catch Them series]
Herbert Jenkins, [1956] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with diagrams in the text, neat contemporary signature on front paste-down, fore-edges lightly spotted; original blue cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped pictorial d/w, the latter very lightly frayed at extremities and dust-soiled on (predominantly white) rear panel. Nice copy of a scarce title in the much sought-after 'How to Catch Them' series. Scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 15284) £22.00
BATES (H.E).: The Wild Cherry Tree
Michael Joseph, [1968] 8vo., First Edition; original blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very lightly browned at fold-ins and extremities. Collects ten of Bates' inimitable short stories. Eads, A106. (Book ref. 15223) £20.00
BATES (H.E).: The Darling Buds of May [with] A Breath of French Air [with] When the Green Woods Laugh [with] Oh! To be in England [with] A Little of What you Fancy. THE LARKINS NOVELS COMPLETE
Michael Joseph, [1958-70] 5 vols., 8vo., First Editions, some mild offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; cloth, gilt backs, fore-edges a trifle dusty else a very good, clean set in the d/w. (Book ref. 15184) £270.00
Bates (H.E): The Scarlet Sword
Michael Joseph, [1950] 8vo., First Edition, some moderate offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; red cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly rubbed at joints and very lightly dust-soiled at rear panel. d/w artwork by Broom Lynne. Eads, A67a. (Book ref. 14594) £16.00
BRADLEY (B.J), ed. BATES (H.E), intro.: In England Now. Spring. 68 evocative Camera Studies collected and edited by B.J. Bradley. Introduced by H.E. Bates
Avalon Press, [1950] Roy. 4to., First Edition, with 68 fine full-page photographs in the text, free endpapers mildly spotted, neat signature on front free endpaper; original blue coarse-grain cloth, upper board blocked in blind, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter with one short closed tear. Very scarce in this condition. Bates's introduction appears between pp.8-11. Eads, C127.. (Book ref. 14152) £36.00
Bates (H.E): The Daffodil Sky
Michael Joseph, [1955] 8vo., First Edition, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; pictorial cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Eads, A81a. (Book ref. 13464) £20.00
Bates (H.E): The Daffodil Sky
Little Bown, Boston, [1955] 8vo., First American Edition; pictorial cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter lightly frayed at extremities, Eads, A81b. (Book ref. 13465) £20.00
[BATES (H.E)] as Flying Officer 'X'.: How Sleep the Brave and other Stories
Jonathan Cape, [1943] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, upper board lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter lightly age-soiled as usjual and very slightly frayed at edges. It was the unhappy negotiations surrounding publication of this title and its predecessor 'The Greatest People in the World' (1942) that led Bates finally to break his relationship with the house of Jonathan Cape. Literary agent Laurence Pollinger became his champion and, in taking charge of his affairs, organised the historic switch from Cape to Michael Joseph with whom Bates remained for the rest of his writing life. Eads, A47. (Book ref. 12785) £42.00
[Bates (H.E)]: There's Freedom in the Air. [The Official Story of the Allied Air Forces from the Occupied Countries]
HMSO, [1944] 4to., First Edition, with illustrated title and numerous illustrations throughout; original pictorial wrappers, covers very lightly age-marked else a very good, clean copy. A Directorate of Public Relations (Royal Air Force) pamphlet. Bates was chosen to write this account by Air Chief Marshal Portal (later Lord Portal). See 'The World in Ripeness', p.35. Eads, A49 (Book ref. 12694) £12.00