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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
A&C Black, 1905 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present) and numerous plates; pictorial red cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in white and black, top lightly dust-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 25917)
Dennis Dobson, [1954] 8vo., pages tanning lightly; black cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, bright, crisp copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter with one short closed tear on rear panel. This much-needed reissue of Yeats-Brown's classic is now elusive in its own right. (Book ref. 25915)
Batsford, [1945] 8vo., First Edition, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; orange cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in blue, a very good, right, clean copy. During WWII Beaton was sent to the Far East to take photographs for the Crown. This outstanding collection is part of the outcome. (Book ref. 25909)
Batsford, [1945] 8vo., First Edition, with coloured frontispiece, numerous plates and illustrations in the text, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; orange cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in yellow, a very good, crisp, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly chipped at edges and with minor loss (not affecting lettering) at head and tail of backstrip. Classic account of the author's experiences in the India and China during WWII. Facsinating travelogue enlivened by the author's outstanding photography. (Book ref. 25908)
Hodder & Stoughton, [1966] 8vo., First Edition, with 16 coloured plates, 16 monochrome plates and 3 maps (one double-page); original buckram, a very good, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter very lightly chafed at upper edge (Book ref. 25877)
Heinemann, [1990] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, gilt back, red endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Already elusive in this condition. (Book ref. 25890)
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John Murray, [1953] 8vo., First Edition, with frontispiece, plates and double-page map on green stock; ivory cloth, backstrip lettered in brown; a very good, bright, clean copy. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE. Ursula Graham Bower , pioneer anthropologist, gives a vivid account of her work in the Naga Hills of Assam before WWII. During the conflict she became a guerrilla fighter against the Japanese in Burma. SIGNED COPIES ARE VERY SCARCE. Not recorded by Graham & Cole. (Book ref. 25841)
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Macmillan, 1914 8vo., with portrait frontispiece, plates and maps (a number folding),; handsomely bound in Lancing College prize binding of half brown crushed morocco, contrasting brown cloth sides, upper board blocked in gilt with College motto, back with one raised band tooled in gilt, upper compartment framed and lettered in gilt, lower compartment framed in gilt, gilt top, green endpapers, a most attractive copy. With the College prize bookplate printed in red and black on front paste-down. (Book ref. 25775)
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[Privately Printed, Baroda, 1936] 8vo., First Edition, with mounted portrait frontispiece, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper, paste-downs lightly browned, a few neat annotations in red; brown pictorial cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in black, uncut, a very good, clean copy. EXTREMELY SCARCE. (Book ref. 25675)
Cassell, [1959] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, several plates and 8 maps (one double-page); red cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned, moderately sunned at backstrip and frayed and creased at edges. The standard life of the last C-in-C of the old Indian Army and one of the most controversial British commanders of WWII. INCREASINGLY SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. Enser, p.263. (Book ref. 25647)
Jonathan Cape, [1986] 8vo., First Edition, with plates and endpaper maps; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Enser, p.76. (Book ref. 25404)
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Collins, 1986 8vo., First Edition, with plates, maps in the text and endpaper maps; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Enser, p.43; Graham & Cole C19. (Book ref. 25266)
Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press., 1925 8vo., First Edition; handsomely bound in red full crushed morocco, back with raised bands ruled and lettered in gilt, a most attractive ideal as a gift or for presentation. SCARCE. Kirkpatrick B3a; Woolmer 60. (Book ref. 25172)
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University Press, Cambridge, [2003] 8vo., First Edition; black cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 25147)
John Murray, 1920 8vo., Second and Best Edition, half-title and title lightly spotted; handsomely bound in red full morocco, back gilt with raised bands lettered and tooled in gilt, uncut, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Revised and corrected version of the first edition published earlier in the same year. THIS COPY WAS FORMERLY IN THE LIBRARY OF SIR REGINALD SPENCE WITH HIS FINE ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Sir Reginald Spence, prominent merchant, philanthropist and educationalist, spent much of his career in India. He was a prominent wine merchant (Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers 1949-1950) and an eminent freemason (District Grand Master of Bombay and Northern India); the Reginald Spence Lodge was founded in his memory. A fervent educationalist, he co-founded Barnes School in Devlavi, one of the finest institutions of its type in Western India where a school house now bears his name. A NOTABLE ASSOCIATION COPY (Book ref. 24419)
Hodder & Stoughton, 1932 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece; original blue cloth, upper board with gilt frame border, uncut, hinges cracked (but binding wholly sound), a good, sound copy. Sold from an institution with the usual markings (Book ref. 19976)
Roxy Press, New Delhi, 1945 6 issues in 1 vol., 8vo. First Edition, with numerous photographs, illustrations and cartoons throughout; strongly bound in terracotta cloth, gilt back, ALL ORIGINAL WRAPPERS PRESERVED, a near fine copy. 'Victory' magazine was published for British armed forces serving under India Command. The standard of content and illustration, particularly the cartoons, is unusually high. The geographical area covered was wide and included Borneo, Burma, East Indies, India, Java, Malaya, New Guinea, Singapore, Sumatra, and Thailand. Individual copies are scarce. This volume of virtually fine issues is a rare survival. (Book ref. 12304)
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Leo Cooper, [Barnsley, 2002] 8vo., First Edition, with plates; green cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 22093)
1935 Roy. 8vo., Best Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 4 fine coloured plates, 15 monochrome plates and numerous illustrations in the text, neat contemporary signature on half-title, wanting front free endpaper; ribbed cloth, gilt back, gilt top, UNCUT AND LARGELY UNOPENED, covers slightly rubbed, crease in lower board with corresponding short split in lower joint, else a very good, sound, clean copy. The first edition of this important avifauna appeared in 1928 and was quicly out-of-print. This new edition is materially enlarged and updated. Tate (1985), p.65 (Book ref. 291)
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John Major, Fleet-Street, adjoining Serjeant's-Inn, 1823 8vo., First Major Edition, Large Paper, with a copper-engraved portrait frontispiece mounted on India Paper, engraved title-vignette, 13 fine copper-engraved plates (including 2 of music scores) all mounted on India Paper, and 77 woodcut illustrations and decorations in the text, some light offsetting from frontispiece to title, some very light and inoffensive spotting to some margins; most attractively bound in mid-nineteenth century green full roan, boards with quintuple frame border enclosing large and elaborate floral lozenge all in gilt, back with four flat bands, second and fourth compartments framed and lettered in gilt, first and fifth compartments frame in gilt, third extended compartment richly tooled in gilt to a floral design, all edges gilt, gilt doublures, green endpapers, blue silk marker, joints moderately rubbed else a very good, bright, clean copy. The first Major edition is based on the fifth edition of 1676, the last published during Walton's lifetime, and printed by Nicol at the Shakespeare Press. Major's typically extensive notes occupy pp.395-406. The plates are engraved by Cook and Pye from the old drawings by Wale which had been 'greatly heightened in the effect, by the pencil of Mr. Frederick Nash' (W&S). A nice, bright (if slightly aged) copy of what is generally regarded as the best edition of one of the finest and most desirable of the illustrated 'Anglers'. An edition of standard size with the plates on ordinary paper was published simultaneously. Coigny 23; Oliver 23; Slater p.28; Westwood & Satchell p.225. (Book ref. 17857)