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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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John Murray, [2001] 8vo., First Edition thus, with 23 plates on 6; pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. Lees-Milne became Country Houses secretary of the National Trust in 1936, when the NT still saw its role primarily as preserving landscape rather than buildings. Over the following five or so decades Lees-Milne succeeded magnificently in redressing the balance. In this characteristically delightful account, he tells of the fraught and intricate means by which fourteen major country houses passed into NT stewardship; an engaging mixture of autobiography and rural history. The paperback edition is now scarce in its own right. (Book ref. 25662)
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Chatto & Windus and Hogarth Press, [1983] 8vo., First Edition, with 12 plates on 8; brown cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Lees-Milne's account of the Stuarts in exile after Culloden is told with his characteristic wit and learning (Book ref. 25603)
John Murray, [2006-2008] 3 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with facsimile endpapers; black cloth, backstrips lettered in silver, a fine set in unclipped dustwrappers. The first appearance of Bloch's abridgement of the original twelve volume series. The set comprises: Vol. I: 1942-1954 (2006); Vol. II: 1971-1983 (2007); Vol. III: 1984-1997 (2008). This edition is now scarce in its own right, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 25002)
Batsford, [1959] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, plates and illustrations in the text, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; green cloth, gilt back, green top, a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 24536)
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Allan Wingate, [1956] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, title in red and black, and 13 plates; red cloth, gilt back, a very good copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter chafed and sunned at edges. Dustwrapper illustration by Lynton Lamb (Book ref. 24503)
Chatto & Windus, [1980-1982] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with plates; cloth, a very good, bright, clean set in the dustwrappers, the latter very lightly chafed at edges. The set comprises Vol. I: 1886-1929; Vol. II: 1930-1968. Complete sets are scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 16941)
John Murray, [2009] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; and 35 plates on 16; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper. Bloch's marvellous life of the architectural aesthete and diarist already recognised as the 'twentieth-century Pepys'. (Book ref. 19499)
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John Murray, [2008] 8vo., First Edition, with pictorial endpapers; black cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. First appearance in one volume of Bloch's abridgement of the last four volumes of Lees-Milne's inimitable diaries, comprising Holy Dread 1982-4 (2001); Beneath a Waning Moon 1985-7 (2003); Ceaseless Turmoil 1988-92 (2004); The Milk of Paradise 1993-7 (2005). For this edition the author provides a new introduction. This edition is now scarce in its own right, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 19838)
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John Murray, 2005 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Twelfth and final volume of Lees-Milne's wonderful diaries, widely regarded as the finest of their kind of the century. Scarce, especially in this condition (Book ref. 12771)
John Murray, [2000] 8vo., Second Impression, with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Eighth volume of Lees-Milne's wonderful. Published a month after the first edition. Scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 15364)
John Murray, [2000] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; blue cloth, backstrip lettered in white, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Eighth volume of Lees-Milne's wonderful diaries, now widely regarded as the finest of their kind of the century. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 12778)
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John Murray, [2001] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Ninth volume of Lees-Milne's wonderful diaries, now widely regarded as the finest of their kind of the century. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 12779)
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John Murray, [2004] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Eleventh and penultimate volume of Lees-Milne's wonderful diaries, now widely regarded as the finest of their kind of the century. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 12781)
John Murray, [2003] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; cloth, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Tenth volume of Lees-Milne's wonderful diaries, now widely regarded as the finest of their kind of the century. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 12780)
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Collins, 1988 8vo., Second Impression, with 17 plates on 8; blue cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in the same month as the first edition. Lees-Milne's delightfully personal account of a city he had known for over sixty years. Very elusive in this condition (Book ref. 22429)
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John Murray, [2001] 8vo., First Edition thus; original pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. Lees-Milne is now recognised as one of the great diarists of the twentieth century. This is the seventh volume of his wonderful memoirs in the first paperback edition, now scarce in its own right. (Book ref. 12802)
Sidgwick & Jackson, [1986] 8vo., First Edition, with 12 plates on 8; original brown cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 18980)
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Faber, [1987] 8vo., First Paperback Edition, pages faintly browning at edges as usual; original pictorial wrappers, a very good, clean copy. Lees-Milne is now recognised as one of the great diarists of the twentieth century. This is the fourth volume of his wonderful memoirs, covering the years 1946-1947 and carrying the story from the war to the bitterly cold winters of the first years of peace. The first paperback editions boast Faber's fine covers designed by Pentagram around illustrations by Christopher Brown. Now scarce in its own right. (Book ref. 12799)
John Murray, [2003] 8vo., First Paperback Edition; original pictorial wrappers, a very good, clean copy. Lees-Milne is now recognised as one of the great diarists of the twentieth century. This is the ninth volume of his wonderful memoirs in the first paperback edition. Now scarce in its own right. (Book ref. 12804)
Country Life, [1970] Roy. 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 467 fine plates (a number full-page) in the text; original green buckram gilt, gilt back, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper, the latter a little faded at backstrip and fold-ins. (Book ref. 16500)