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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Swan Sonnenschein, 1894 8vo., First Edition, Large Paper, on laid paper, with portrait frontispiece and 4 plates (original tissue guards present); brown buckram, gilt back, gilt top, bevelled edges, uncut, black endpapers, covers very lightly chafed else a near fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 280 NUMBERED COPIES (THIS COPY NO. 183). The plates by Newcombe are present only in this edition. Miller & Matthews, E8.1 (Book ref. 25674)
Duckworth, [1912] Roy. 4to., First Illustrated Edition, with a mounted coloured frontispiece and 7 fine mounted coloured plates (all original captioned tissue guards present); original decorative cloth gilt extra, gilt back, backstrip moderately sunned (but all gilt entirely legible) else a very good, clean copy. Miller & Matthews, B18.30 (Book ref. 25296)
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Walter Scott, [1892] 8vo., neat signature on front free endpaper, endpapers very lightly browned; original series binding of green cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in gilt, gilt top, uncut, a very good, bright, clean copy. With 18pp publisher's catalogue at end. With a single-page guide to St. Mary Selborne loosely inserted. This edition, published in the 'Scott Library', omits the 'Antiquities'. Jefferies' preface, his only lengthy appraisal of another author, mistakenly places Selborne in the county of Surrey. Martin, p. 166; Miller & Matthews B25.2. (Book ref. 24408)
Jonathan Cape, [1935] Sm. 8vo., First Edition thus, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; cloth, backstrip lettered in blue, a very good, clean copy. Matthews, B.1935; Miller & Matthews, B8.28. (Book ref. 11793)
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Faber, [1947] 8vo., brown cloth, gilt back, backstrip lightly sunned else a very good, clean copy. First issued in 1937. (Book ref. 24171)
Methuen, [1937] 8vo., First Edition thus, with a frontispiece and 9 plates on 7, neat inscription on front free endpaper; cloth, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Dustwrapper artwork by Youngman Carter. Wiliamson's foreword is written from Old Hall Farm, North Norfolk. Miller & Matthews, B12.3. (Book ref. 5771)
Faber, [1946] 8vo., First Edition thus; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright copy in unclipped, lightly browned dustwrapper. Jefferies' classic survey (1880) of mid-late Victorian farming and its methods. Miller & Matthews B12.5. (Book ref. 5866)
Eyre & Spottiswoode, [1949] 8vo., Fifth Edition [First Edition thus]; cloth, gilt back, a good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly frayed with minor loss at extremities. Sold from an institution with its small neat stamp on front paste-down and press-mark on front free endpaper. This edition restores the full text (together with Jefferies' signed preface) of 1880, abandoning the several changes and revisions of intermediate versions. Miller & Matthews, B12.7. (Book ref. 9867)
Duckworth, 1912 Roy. 4to., First Limited Illustrated Edition, Large Paper, with a coloured frontispiece and 7 fine coloured plates, all tipped-in to gilt framed platemarks on Japan vellum leaves with original captioned tissue guards, minimal dust-broiwning to fore-edges, free endpapers very faintly spotted; decorative white parchment gilt, covers blocked in gilt to a floral design enclosing author and title lettered in gilt, back gilt extra, gilt top, uncut, covers a little age-soiled (as is inevitable with this binding), two corners bruised, hinges starting but binding entirely sound, a very good, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 160 NUMBERED COPIES (THIS COPY NO. 72). With a charming contemporary inscription written in a neat hand on front paste-down. The first illustrated edition (with artwork by Waite) was published simultaneously in November 1912 in two forms: the standard trade edition in cloth and this de luxe limited edition. As a result of the considerably larger format, the plates here are mounted in landscape format that places them the correct way up, rather than sideways-on in the trade edition. Miller & Matthews, B18.31 (Book ref. 4929)
Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1896 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 11 plates and a large folding map, free endpapers lightly browned; original navy blue ribbed cloth, gilt back, gilt top, bevelled boards, uncut, a remarkably bright, fresh copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 350 COPIES. The illustrations are reproduced from drawings by Agnes Taylor of Ilminster, mostly from photographs taken by Chas Andrew of Swindon. Goddard, p.238; Miller & Matthews, B29.1. (Book ref. 12355)
Duckworth, [1909] 8vo., First Edition, fore-edges a little dusty, free endpapers mildly browned; original blind-blocked cloth, gilt back, gilt top, joints lightly rubbed, small tear in lower hinge very neatly repaired, corners lightly chafed else a very good, clean copy. Scarce. Eckert, p.267; Miller & Matthews, B32.1. (Book ref. 6451)
Moonraker Press, [Bradford-on-Avon, 1979] 8vo., First Edition, with 20 striking full-page illustrations in the text; cloth, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Collects eighteen essays and two letters, all but one previously unpublished in book form. Miller & Matthews, B39.1 (Book ref. 6421)
Printed at the Daedalus Press for Eric and Joan Stevens, [1981] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with a mounted etched frontispiece signed by A R Neal (original tissue guard present); marbled boards, cloth back, paper label, a fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 150 NUMBERED COPIES BOUND BY TREVOR HICKMAN (THIS COPY NO. 68). Miller & Matthews, B40.1. (Book ref. 5869)
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Scolar Press, [1993] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, 12 plates and very numerous full-page facsimiles in the text; cloth, back lettered in silver, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. One of the finest bibliographies of any single author and a model of its kind. Covers over 1500 items in immense detail and provides valuable and extensive contextual introductions to each individual work. A masterly achievement. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition (Book ref. 7696)
Swan Hill Press, [Shrewsbury, 1994] 4to., First Edition, with illustrated title-spread and very numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 6426)
Lutterworth Press, [1948] 8vo., First Edition, with a wood-engraved frontispiece and numerous illustrations (many full-page) in the text, free endpapers very faintly spotted; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped but frayed and worn dustwrapper. Includes (in addition to the title essay) 'The Country near London', 'The English Breed', 'The Squire and the Land' and 'The Life of the Soul'. Miller & Matthews, B36.1; Rogerson 20 (Book ref. 5956)
Constable, [1944] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 26 plates, fore-edges and margins lightly spotted, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, a good, sound copy. This second anthology (seven years after 'Jefferies' England') was never re-issued. Miller & Matthews, C16.1. (Book ref. 6452)
Phoenix House, 1948 8vo., First Edition, with illustrations in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. With personal bookplate. Collects a total of seventy-eight essays, thirty-one of them published here for the first time. Miller & Matthews, B34.1; binding variant (a) in blue cloth gilt. (Book ref. 6420)
Phoenix House, 1948 8vo., First Edition, with illustrations in the text, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter neatly reinforced on inner surface. Collects a total of seventy-eight essays, thirty-one of them published here for the first time. Miller & Matthews, B34.1; binding variant (b) in green linson cloth. (Book ref. 6419)
Constable, [1947] 8vo., First Edition thus, with a portrait frontispiece and 7 plates and facsimiles, some minor offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; original blue cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter very lightly age-soiled, chipped without loss at head of backstrip and wanting bottom inch at tail of backstrip. Uncommon in this condition. Miller & Matthews B18.50. (Book ref. 21316)