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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Chatto & Windus, 1925 8vo., on laid paper, with title-vignette, half-title and title lightly spotted; original green cloth, gilt back, green top, covers unevenly faded else a very good, firm copy. With personal bookplate on front paste-down. (Book ref. 25537)
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University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill NC, [1969] 8vo., First Edition; tan cloth, black cloth back lettered in gilt, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter mildly chipped at edges. Published for the Institute of Early American History and Culture. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 23513)
Argonaut Press, 1929 Roy. 8vo., First Edition thus, on Japanese vellum, with a folding map as frontispiece, title-vignette in blue and black, and 12 maps; original blue buckram, ivory buckram back lettered in gilt, uncut, brown silk marker, covers lightly dust-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 1050 NUMBERED COPIES (THIS COPY OUT-OF-SERIES). Sold from an institution with its stamp on front free endpaper, half-title and title. The seventh publication of the Argonaut Press, printed by Walter Lewis at the University Press, Cambridge. The title-vignette is by William Monk. (Book ref. 19781)
Andre Deutsch, [1966] 8vo., First Edition, original red cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 14331)
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John Murray, 1931 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with 11 maps, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; green cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 2666)
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Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, 1969 8vo., First Edition; green cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy in unclipped, lightly age-soiled dustwrapper. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. SCARCE. (Book ref. 22393)
National Archives, Washington DC, [1962] Roy. 8vo., Fourth Impression, on laid paper, with 8 plates of facsimiles; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. PROFESSOR JACK MORPURGO'S COPY WITH HIS SIGNATURE ON TITLE. The catalogues lists 52 exhibits. (Book ref. 20966)
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1939 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, title in red and black, and 15 plates; original red holland, upper board blocked in gilt, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. One of the best biographies of Thoreau, with a very useful bibliography. (Book ref. 18966)
Constable, 1929 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece toned in sepia (original tissue guard present); original blue cloth, gilt back, uncut, backstrip mildly faded (but all lettering entirely legible), a very good, clean copy. Sold from an institution with its bookplate and inscriptions on front endpapers [only]. One of relatively few detailed personal accounts of the region during this period. Very scarce. (Book ref. 19787)
Oxford University Press, [New York, 1999] 8vo., with illustrations in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a mint copy. (Book ref. 4509)
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Caxton Press, Caldwell ID, 2000 8vo., First Edition, with plates; grey boards lettered in gilt, plum cloth back lettered in gilt, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO PROFESSOR JACK MORPURGO WITH SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON TITLE. (Book ref. 23055)
Allen & Unwin, [1932] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 7 plates; cloth, gilt back, gilt a trifle faded (but entirely legible) else a near fine copy in price-clipped, very lightly browned dustwrapper. With 2pp. publisher's catalogue bound in at end. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM SIR IRVING GANE (THE AUTHOR'S SON) WITH HIS LONG HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. LOOSELY INSERTED IS A RELEVANT PRESS CUTTING TOGETHER WITH A COMPLIMENTS SLIP FROM THE PR OFFICE OF THE CORPORATION OF LONDON. Sir Irving Gane, sometime Chamberlain of the City of London and the author's son, was largely responsible for reopening the Tristan da Cunha fund following the volcanic eruption of 1961 (during which the entire island population was evacuated to the UK). The fund was founded by the author in 1885. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 11511)
David Nutt, 1901 8vo., First UK Edition, with title in yellow and black, 21 full-page plates and over 130 illustrations in the text; original sage-green pictorial cloth, boards blocked and lettered in gilt and black, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, very neatly recased, a near fine copy. Vividly written account of an enterprising (and stalwart) woman's adventures in the mid-West. The US edition was published in the previous year. Profusely illustrated by Ernest Seton-Thompson and others. The UK edition is scarce. (Book ref. 18867)
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, [1971] 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece and numerous plates; pale blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO PROFESSOR J E MORPURGO, WITH BOTH MEN'S SIGNATURES ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. (Book ref. 20155)
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Kegan Paul Trench & Co., 1886 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with an engraved portrait frontispiece (original tissue guard present), title-vignette and 25 fine full-page engraved illustrations in the text, half-title lightly spotted, fore-edges lightly dust-soiled; original red buckram, upper board lettered in gilt, gilt back, bevelled boards, uncut, black endpapers, hinges tender (but binding entirely sound) else an unusually well-preserved, bright, clean copy. With the fine nineteenth century engraved armorial bookplate of Henry Ashworth James on front paste-down. First published in New York in the previous year. Nice copy of a very scarce hunting classic. (Book ref. 19702)
Putnam, Knickerbocker Press, New York NY, 1898 Roy. 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a map, two plates and numerous tables throughout;, neat contemporary signature on blank preliminary, neat contemporary inscription on title verso; original burgundy pebble-gained cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy. With personal pictorial bookplate on front paste-down. This important text by the notable Mexican diplomat, politician and agricultural pioneer, is extremely scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 11090)
Thomas Y Crowell, New York NY, [1964] 8vo., First Edition; yellow cloth, upper board blocked in blind, backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter with one small loss at upper edge of front panel. Very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 17987)
McGill-Queens Press, Montreal & Kingston, 1984 8vo., First Edition, with numerous illustrations; cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Richardson's journal of the first Franklin expedition is published here for the first time. Already scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 15689)
University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville VA, [1970] 8vo., First Edition; blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, a very good, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO PROFESSOR JACK MORPURGO WITH THE FORMER'S SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Published for Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission. Professor Jack Morpurgo (1918-2000) was Director-General of the National Book League and later Professor of American Literature at Leeds University. His many works include several on Anglo-American military history and an acclaimed biography of fellow Old Blue Barnes Wallis. Scarce. (Book ref. 20688)
World Publishing, [Cleveland OH, 1970] 8vo., First Edition; red boards, black cloth back lettered in silver, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. A leading political correspondent, Press Secretary and Special Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, considers about the increasing isolation of presidents from direct contact with their constituents. (Book ref. 18051)