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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Collins, 1942 4to., Fourth Impression, with 12 coloured plates and 21 monochrome illustrations in the text, neat contemporary inscription on front paste-down; original series binding of pictorial boards, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Published in Collins' well-known 'Britain in Pictures' series. First published in 1941. Carney 15; Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme, A38 (recording the first edition). (Book ref. 25790)
Michael Joseph, [1958] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 7 plates, small annotation on rear free endpaper; green cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter chipped with minor loss at head and tail of backstrip. Dustwrapper artwork by Ashley Pope. Nice copy of the fourth, final and by far the scarcest of Vita's collections of gardening articles written for The Observer newspaper. Cross & Hulme A56(a); Gretton, 50. (Book ref. 24874)
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Allen & Unwin, [1935] 8vo., First Edition, with decorative title in green and black, and illustrations in the text, free endpapers very lightly spotted; original ivory pictorial cloth, upper board blocked in green, backstrip lettered in green, covers lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly frayed at lower edge, wanting lower half of backstrip, and with one closed tear on rear panel. Vita Sackville-West contributes chapters 9-12, based on her broadcasts from October 1933 to January 1934. EXTREMELY SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE DUSTWRAPPER. Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme, B16 (recording 'dustwrapper not seen'). (Book ref. 23078)
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Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1930 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper; some light offsetting to front and rear free endpapers as often; orange cloth, gilt back, covers very lightly age-soiled else a very good, clean copy. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. The author's finest novel. Cross & Hulme A20(a); Gretton, 18; Woolmer 235b. (Book ref. 23842)
Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1930 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper; some light offsetting to front and rear free endpapers as often; orange cloth, gilt back, covers very lightly age-soiled else a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter neatly repaired on inner surface. The author's finest novel. VERY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Cross & Hulme A20(a); Gretton, 18; Woolmer 235b. (Book ref. 23841)
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Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1930 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper; some light offsetting to front and rear free endpapers as often, fore-edges lightly spotted; orange cloth, gilt back, covers very lightly age-soiled else a very good, clean copy. The author's finest novel. Cross & Hulme A20(a); Gretton, 18; Woolmer 235b. (Book ref. 23840)
The Hogarth Press, 1938 8vo., First Trade Edition, on laid paper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme A34 (a); Gretton, 32; Woolmer, 438B. (Book ref. 13380)
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Hogarth Press, [1941] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, small neat inscription on front paste-down; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly age-soiled and with light browning at backstrip. 2500 copies were printed. Scarce in the dustwrapper. The wrapper here is the second state, with '3/6' sticker overlaying the original printed price of '2/6'. Cross & Hulme A37(a); Gretton, 35; Woolmer 485. (Book ref. 10001)
Michael Joseph, [1951] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 7 plates; original grey cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly browned at backstrip, chafed at head and tail of backstrip, and with one short closed tear at headband. First and by far the scarcest of the author's immensely popular 'garden' titles; dustwrapper artwork by Paul Holmes. VERY SCARCE IN ANYTHING LIKE THIS CONDITION. Cross & Hulme A.48(a); Gretton, 44. (Book ref. 22050)
Michael Joseph, [1951] 8vo., Second Impression, with a frontispiece and 7 plates; original grey cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy In price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly chafed at extremities and head of backstrip (not affecting lettering) and lightly browned on (predominantly white) rear panel. Published in the same year as the first edition. First and by far the scarcest of the author's immensely popular 'garden' titles; dustwrapper artwork by Paul Holmes. Cross & Hulme A.48(a); Gretton, 44 (recording the first edition). (Book ref. 21939)
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Michael Joseph, [1953] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 7 plates, endpapers mildly browned; cloth, gilt back, green top, a near fine copy. Second of the author's immensely popular 'garden' titles, and now increasingly difficult to find in good condition. Cross & Hulme A.51(a); Gretton, 47. (Book ref. 13085)
Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1932 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper; cloth, gilt back, covers mildly age-marked else a good, clean copy. Cross & Hulme A.28.a; Gretton 25; Woolmer 307. (Book ref. 11427)
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Collins, 1941 4to., First Edition, with 12 coloured plates and 21 monochrome illustrations in the text; original series binding of pictorial boards, a near fne copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly scuffed at backstrip. With personal bokplate on front paste-down. Published in Collins' well-known 'Britain in Pictures' series. Uncommon in this condition. Carney 15; Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme, A38. (Book ref. 23164)
Collins, 1942 4to., Second Impression, with 12 coloured plates and 21 monochrome illustrations in the text, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper, title very lightly spotted; original series binding of pictorial boards, a very good, bright copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly rubbed at joints and a little browned on (predominantly white) rear panel. Published in Collins' well-known 'Britain in Pictures' series. First published in the previous year. Carney 15; Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme, A38. (Book ref. 24000)
[Through Leaves Press, 2002] 8vo., handsomely bound in blue full morocco, back gilt with raised bands, original printed wrappers preserved, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Vita Sackville-West's first published work, Chatterton was issued in 1909 in a privately printed edition of 100 copies printed by J. Salmon of Sevenoaks. See Gretton, 1. Only two copies are known to have survived; this high-quality facsimile is reproduced from the copy preserved at Sissinghurst. In his specially written introduction, Nigel Nicolson provides fascinating and detailed background to the work's composition and original publication, which Vita funded with 5 from her pocket money at the age of 17! See Cross & Hulme A.1; Gretton 1. (Book ref. 17761)
[Through Leaves Press, 2002] 8vo., printed wrappers, a fine copy. Vita Sackville-West's first published work, Chatterton was issued in 1909 in a privately printed edition of 100 copies printed by J. Salmon of Sevenoaks. See Gretton, 1. Only two copies are known to have survived; this high-quality facsimile is reproduced from the copy preserved at Sissinghurst. In his specially written introduction, Nigel Nicolson provides fascinating and detailed background to the work's composition and original publication, which Vita funded with 5 from her pocket money at the age of 17! See Cross & Hulme A.1; Gretton 1. (Book ref. 22024)
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Michael Joseph, [1944] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 62 pages of plates; green cloth, upper board blocked in gilt and lettered in red, backstrip lettered in red, backstrip mildly sunned else a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly chafed at head of backstrip. The standard contemporary account published for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme, A41a; Gretton, 39. (Book ref. 9873)
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Heinemann, [1926] Sm. 8vo., Second Impression; original terracotta cloth buckram backstrip with paper label printed in red, label lightly faded but entirely legible, a very good, bright, clean copy. Published three months after the first edition. C&R-H note that 1000 copies were printed. ALL EARLY ISSUES ARE SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. See Cross & Ravenscroft-Hulme, A13 (a). (Book ref. 22427)
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Michael Joseph, [1946] 8vo., First Edition, with a title-vignette and decorative endpapers; original terracotta cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, terracotta top, a very good, bright, crisp, clean copy in price-clipped, lightly age-soiled dustwrapper. Dustwrapper artwork by Broom Lynne. Winner of the Heinemann Prize. A very nice copy of a classic work now increasingly hard to find in this state. Cross & Hulme A44a; Gretton, 41 (Book ref. 21205)