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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Methuen, [1945] 8vo., Third Edition, with sepia-toned frontispiece, 24 sepia-toned plates (7 double-page) and endpaper maps; black cloth, gilt back, backstrip dulled (but lettering wholly legible), a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 25340)
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Methuen, [1942] 8vo., Eighth Edition, with sepia-toned frontispiece, 21 fine sepia-tined plates (10 double-page) and endpaper maps; terracotta cloth, upper board blocked in blind, backstrip lettered in yellow, a very good bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. A difficult Morton title to find in the dustwrapper. First published in 1933. (Book ref. 25338)
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Methuen, [1942] 8vo., with frontispiece, 15 sepia-toned plates and endpaper maps; red cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in yellow, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly rubbed and chipped at edges. Second volume of Morton's 'In Search Of' series based on a series of articles originally written for the 'Scottish Daily Express' newspaper. Evocative dust-wrapper artwork by R.G. Praill. SCARCE IN THE DUSTWRAPPER. Fields & Devenish 12 (recording the first edition of 1929) (Book ref. 25337)
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Methuen, [1956] 8vo., small label scar on front free endpaper, top a little dust-soiled; blue cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned on (p[predominantly white) rear panel. First published in 1940. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. (Book ref. 25248)
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Methuen, [1957] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 3 coloured plates, 15 monochrome plates and endpaper maps in blue and black; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly browned at backstrip. Fields & Devenish 39. (Book ref. 25055)
Rich and Cowan, [1936] 8vo., First Edition, with a sepia-toned frontispiece and 23 sepia-toned plates (8 double-page panoramas) and endpaper maps; handsomely bound in burgundy full morocco, back with raised bands tooled and lettered in gilt, gilt from original backstrip mounted on new leaf at front, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Fields & Devenish 23. (Book ref. 24414)
Methuen, [1948] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 15 sepia-toned plates, a full-page map in the text and front endpaper map; handsomely bound in burgundy full morocco, back with raised bands tooled and lettered in gilt, original backstrip gilt mounted on new leaf at front, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Fields & Devenish 35. (Book ref. 24413)
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 DUSTWRAPPERS 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)
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 dustwrappers (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)
Hutchinson, [1960] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous illustrations and endpaper maps in red; cloth, upper board blocked in silver, a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 22706)
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University of North Carolina Press [for] Virginia Historical Society, Chapel Hill NC, 1960 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with coloured and monochrome frontispieces, and numerous plates and maps; original red cloth, gilt backs, backstrips very lightly faded else a very good, bright, clean set. This set was formerly in the library of Professor Jack Morpurgo and bears his neat signature on front free endpapers. (Book ref. 23110)
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Methuen, [1941] Sm. 8vo., Fourteenth Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 7 coloured plates, 8 plates in monochrome and endpaper maps; cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter creased and lightly frayed at edges, and wanting small sections (just affecting lettering) at head and tail of backstrip. First published in 1928. Early editions are scarce in the dustwrapper. (Book ref. 11889)
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Methuen, [1955] 8vo., Fourth Impression, with a coloured frontispiece, 3 coloured plates, 9 monochrome plates, front endpaper map and rear endpaper table in red and black; cloth, gilt back, a vry good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly age-browned, rubbed at joints and fold-ins and chipped without material loss at head and tail of backstrip. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND OLWEN CARADOC EVANS, WITH HIS INITIALLED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON HALF-TITLE AND HER NEAT GREEN BOOKPLATE ON TITLE. Published in the same year as the first edition. Morton met Evans during a tour of Wales in the latter half of 1957. He was ostensibly collecting material for a feature commissioned by National Geographic magazine, but in the event it was never published. In the course of his research he struck up a friendship with one of his guides Olwen Caradoc, and the two remained regular correspondents for over twenty years. Fields & Devenish 38 (recording the first edition). (Book ref. 10322)
Methuen, [1941] 8vo., First Edition, with a sepia-toned frontispiece, 15 sepia-toned plates, 5 full-page maps in the text and endpaper maps; handsomely bound in burgundy full morocco, back gilt with five raised bands, second and fourth compartments lettered and ruled in gilt, all other compartments tooled and ruled in gilt, uncut, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Lovely copy of an uncommon Morton title, combining selections from 'In the Steps of the Master' (1934), 'In the Steps of St. Paul' (1936) and 'Through Lands of the Bible (1938) with original accounts of his time in Greece and Turkey. Fields & Devenish 30. (Book ref. 21348)
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Methuen, [1941] 8vo., First Edition, with a sepia-toned frontispiece, 15 sepia-toned plates, 5 full-page maps in the text and endpaper maps; cloth, backstrip lettered in yellow, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly rubbed at front fold-in, lightly soiled on (predominantly white) rear panel, and frayed with minor loss at bottom of front panel and head of backstrip. An uncommon Morton title, combining selections from his biblical trilogy 'In the Steps of the Master' (1934), 'In the Steps of St. Paul' (1936) and 'Through Lands of the Bible (1938) with original accounts of his time in Greece and Turkey. Particularly uncommon in this condition. Fields & Devenish 30. (Book ref. 10237)
Rich & Cowan, 1934 Roy. 8vo., Special Collotype Illustrated Limited Edition, Large Paper, on hand-made laid paper, with a sepia-toned frontispiece, 8 fine double-page panoramas in sepia, 15 full-page sepia plates, 2 full-page maps and a folding street-plan of Jerusalem; publisher's de luxe binding of natural half niger gilt, oatmeal buckram boards, back with five raised bands, second compartment with leather label lettered and framed in gilt, gilt top, uncut and partially unopened, a near fine copy in original unclipped glassine and cartridge dustwrapper, the whole housed in publisher's card slip-case with printed paper label, the slip-case moderately age-marked. EDITION LIMITED TO 101 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE VERSO. This edition contains enhanced reproductions of the 8 double-page panoramas and 16 plates of the standard first edition published earlier the same year. The maps, which appear as endpapers in the standard first edition, are taken from drawings by W. Sydie Dakers. The dustwrapper consists of cartridge fold-ins containing a glassine wrap-around allowing the most attractive binding to remain visible. No version has more plates save the Extra-Illustration Edition (published later the same year) which adds a further 8 double-page panoramas and 16 full-page plates, but once more renders the maps as endpapers. Rare. This issue not recorded by Fields & Devenish (Book ref. 19254)
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Rich and Cowan, [1934] 8vo., De Luxe Edition, on laid paper, with sepia-toned frontispiece and 23 sepia-toned plates (8 double-page panoramas) and endpaper maps; publisher's red full morocco, sides with frame border in blind, back blind-ruled to give six compartments, second and third compartments lettered in gilt, all other compartments tooled in gilt with a floral device, gilt top, red silk marker, doublures lightly rubbed else a near fine copy. There are at least four issues of this title: a) the limited numbered edition; b) the [present] 'de luxe' edition; c) the Large Paper Extra-Illustrated edition; d) the ordinary trade edition. See Fields & Devenish 21. (Book ref. 19811)
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Rich & Cowan, [1936] Roy. 8vo., First Extra-Illustrated Edition, Large Paper, on laid paper, with a sepia-toned frontispiece, 47 sepia-toned plates (16 double-page) and endpaper maps; beige cloth, backstrip blocked with brown label lettered in gilt, backstrip [only] moderately browned else a very good, bright, crisp, clean copy in publisher's board slip-case with printed paper label. This edition, of which an unspecified number was issued, contains 16 plates and 8 double-page panoramas not present in the standard first edition published in the same year. It is itself found in two binding style (see below). There are at least five issues of the first edition: a) the limited numbered Extra-Illustrated edition; b) the Large Paper Extra-Illustrated edition in holland with roan label; the slip-case is almost always missing; c) the Large Paper Extra-Illustrated edition in cloth with blocked label (the present copy); the slip-case is almost always missing; d) a 'de luxe' edition in blue morocco; e) the ordinary trade edition. LARGE PAPER COPIES ARE VERY SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE SLIP-CASE. Fields & Devenish 23 (recording the standard first edition). (Book ref. 19851)
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Rich and Cowan, [1936] 8vo., De Luxe Edition, with sepia-toned frontispiece and 23 sepia-toned plates (8 double-page panoramas) and endpaper maps; publisher's blue full morocco, sides with frame border in blind, back blind-ruled to give six compartments, second and third compartments lettered in gilt, all other compartments tooled in gilt with a floral device, gilt top, blue silk marker, doublures lightly rubbed else a near fine copy. There are at least four issues of this title: a) the limited numbered edition; b) the [present] 'de luxe' edition; c) the Large Paper Extra-Illustrated edition; d) the ordinary trade edition. See Fields & Devenish 23. (Book ref. 19810)
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Methuen, [1954] 8vo., First Edition, with 12 sepia-toned plates on 8 and endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, upper board very lightly age-marked else a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly age-soiled on (predominantly white) rear panel. Abridged version written for children of 'In the Steps of the Master' (1934). Fields & Devenish 37. (Book ref. 10209)