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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
Faber, [1983] 4to., First Edition, with numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good copy in the dustwrapper. (Book ref. 24759)
Duckworth, [1998-2003] 2 vols., 8vo., First Editions, with 118 plates on 48; cloth, gilt backs, a fine set in unclipped dustwrappers. Wilson's exhaustive biography is certain to become the definitive account. Includes exceptionally useful photographs and much material from interviews with the last of those who knew Sassoon well. Essential to any Sassoon and Great War collection. (Book ref. 7430)
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Duckworth, [1998-2003] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with 118 plates on 48; cloth, gilt backs, a fine set in unclipped dustwrappers. Wilson's exhaustive biography is certain to become the definitive account. Includes exceptionally useful photographs and much material from interviews with the last of those who knew Sassoon well. Essential to any Sassoon and Great War collection. (Book ref. 10610)
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University of Leiden, 1966 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and 4 plates on 3; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly yellowed and sunned at backstrip. With neat personal bookplate on front free endpaper. The first serious study of Sassoon to be separately published, this very scarce work is widely acknowledged for its seminal influence upon later scholars. (Book ref. 7700)
Faber, [1942] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, and title-vignette by Reynolds Stone, small neat signature on front free endpaper; blue cloth, gilt back, a very bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly spotted, browned and frayed at edges, and chipped with minor loss at head and tail of backstrip (not affecting lettering). The second volume of Sassoon's factual autobiography. Increasingly elusive in this condition, especially in the dustwrapper. Keynes, A49; V&A Catalogue 124. (Book ref. 14680)
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Faber, [1942] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, and title-vignette by Reynolds Stone, some light spotting; blue cloth, gilt back, a very bright, clean copy. Second volume of Sassoon's famous factual autobiography. Keynes, A49; V&A Catalogue 124. (Book ref. 20362)
Faber & Faber, [1938] 8vo., First Edition, with a title-vignette by Reynolds Stone; original cloth, gilt back, green top, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly chafed at extremities and a little browned at backstrip. This 'daisy of a book' was Sassoon's personal favourite of all his prose works. It is dedicated to Max Beerbohm who materially assisted Sassoon by punctuating the text at proof stage. Scarce in this condition, especially in the dustwrapper. Keynes, A42a. (Book ref. 12741)
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Faber & Faber, [1946] 8vo., Fifth Impression, with a title-vignette by Reynolds Stone; original red cloth, gilt back, green top, a remarkably bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter evenly age-browned. First published in 1938, this 'daisy of a book' was Sassoon's personal favourite of all his prose works. It is dedicated to Max Beerbohm who materially assisted Sassoon by punctuating the text at proof stage. All early printings are scarce in the dustwrapper. Keynes, A42a. (Book ref. 14990)
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Faber & Faber, [1938] 8vo., First Edition, with a title-vignette by Reynolds Stone, endpapers very lightly spotted; original cloth, gilt back, green top, an unusually bright, clean copy. This 'daisy of a book' was Sassoon's personal favourite of all his prose works. It is dedicated to Max Beerbohm who materially assisted Sassoon by punctuating the text at proof stage. Scarce in this condition. Keynes, A42a. (Book ref. 12950)
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Faber, [1929] 8vo., First Illustrated, Signed, Limited Edition, with title-vignette, 7 plates in brown, black and grey (original tissue guards present), several decorations in the text, and pictorial endpapers in red; full ivory vellum, boards illustrated in red and lettered in black, backstrip letttered in black, gilt top, uncut, covers very lightly age-soiled as usual else a near fine copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 350 NUMBERED COPIES SIGNED BY AUTHOR AND ARTIST (THIS COPY NO. 265). Printed at the Chiswick Press. Sassoon signs in green ink; Nicholson in pencil. Keynes, A30e. (Book ref. 21811)
Folio Society, 1974 8vo., First Edition thus, with a frontispiece, title-vignette and illustrations in the text; pictorial cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in publisher's card slip-case. (Book ref. 17083)
Folio Society, [1971] 8vo., First Edition thus, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations in the text; pictorial cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in publisher's green slip-case (Book ref. 17082)
Folio Society, 1974 8vo., First Edition thus, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations in the text; pictorial cloth, gilt back, brown top, brown endpapers, a very good, clean copy in publisher's card slip-case. (Book ref. 20673)
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Folio Society, 1971-74 3 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with three frontispieces and very numerous illustrations in the text; pictorial cloth, gilt backs, a near fine set in publisher's slip-cases as issued, the latter very lightly frayed at entrances. Comprises 'Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man' (ill. Lynton Lamb; 1971), 'Memoirs of an Infantry Officer' (ill. Lynton Lamb; 1974) and 'Sherston's Progress' (ill. John Lawrence; 1974). Nice set of first editions of one of the most successful recent publications from the Folio Society. All three volumes have been several times re-issued individually and again as a 'boxed set' in 1993. Nice set of Sassoon's 'fictitious' autobiography (first published 1928-30-36) in which his story is told by 'George Sherston'. The acclaimed trilogy was later published in a single volume as 'The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston' (1937) and subsequently complemented by further volumes of autobiography in his own name. (Book ref. 8897)
Hart-Davis, 1962 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, 5 plates and 15 full-pge illustrations in the text; original burgundy buckram, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Scarce, especially in this condition. The Soho Bibliographies, X. (Book ref. 14709)
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Faber, [1981] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece; brown cloth, gilt back, case inverted else a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly sunned at backstrip (Book ref. 6928)
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Faber and Faber, [1983-81-85] 3 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with 3 portrait frontispieces; cloth (green, brown, blue respectively), gilt backs, a near fine set in dustwrappers with virtually no trace of the usual sunning. COMPLETE SETS IN THIS STATE ARE SCARCE AND SELDOM OFFERED FOR SALE (Book ref. 23630)
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Faber, [1986] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper (Book ref. 2039)
Faber and Faber, [1931] 8vo., First English Illustrated (Limited) Edition, on English hand-made paper, with a coloured frontispiece, monochrome vignettes on title and half-title, 15 coloured plates, numerous monochrome illustrations and decorations in the text and coloured pictorial endpapers; parchment over pictorial designs and lettering, gilt top, uncut, parchment lightly clouded and chipped (without material loss) at head and tail of backstrip else a very good, bright, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 320 COPIES (300 FOR SALE) SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND ARTIST (THIS COPY NO. 248). The publisher's dustwrapper and slip-case are not present with this copy. Keynes, A33e. (Book ref. 12954)
Faber and Faber, [1931] 8vo., First English Illustrated (Limited) Edition, on English hand-made paper, with a coloured frontispiece, monochrome vignettes on title and half-title, 15 coloured plates, numerous monochrome illustrations and decorations in the text and coloured pictorial endpapers; parchment over pictorial designs and lettering, gilt top, uncut, parchment lightly clouded and chipped (without material loss) at head and tail of backstrip else a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter lightly creased and frayed at edges. EDITION LIMITED TO 320 COPIES (300 FOR SALE) SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND ARTIST (THIS COPY NO. 248). The publisher's slip-case is not present with this copy. Keynes, A33e. (Book ref. 20505)