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BATES, H. E.

BATES, H. E.

Rare books by H. E. Bates, including first editions and signed first edition copies of The Darling Buds of May and My Uncle Silas.

H. E. Bates (1905-1974) is widely regarded as one of the most successful authors of his time. Born at the opening of the twentieth century in Northamptonshire, much of his work portrays rural English life.

Bates began writing novels in his late teens, yet discarded his first full length work without seeking publication. His second novel, The Two Sisters (1926), was published when he was twenty years old.



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  1. Death in Spring and A Flower Piece, manuscript drafts.
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    Death in Spring and A Flower Piece, manuscript drafts.

    Manuscript drafts for two of Bates's stories that were published in The Black Boxer Tales in 1932. Learn More
    £1,800

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published:

    Stock Code: 60259

    Signed: Yes

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  2. The Flying Goat.

    The Flying Goat.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £70

    Date of Publication: 1939

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 76327

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  3. The Modern Short Story. A Critical Survey.
    £120

    Date of Publication: 1941

    Published:

    Stock Code: 62382

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  4. A Travers L'Enfer [How Sleep the Brave].

    A Travers L'Enfer [How Sleep the Brave].

    First French edition, first impression. Originally published as How Sleep the Brave in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1944

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 62411

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  5. In England Now: Spring.
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published:

    Stock Code: 45437

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  6. Edward Garnett.

    Edward Garnett.

    With eight plates in photogravure, three illustrations in line.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1950

    Published:

    Stock Code: 62417

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  7. The Country of White Clover.

    The Country of White Clover.

    Drawings by Broom Lynne.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1952

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    Stock Code: 62383

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  8. Death of a Huntsman. Four short novels.
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1957

    Published:

    Stock Code: 62389

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  9. The Day of the Tortoise.
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    The Day of the Tortoise.

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Laurence, with affectionate good wishes, HB. 1961." The recipient was Bates's literary agent, Laurence Pollinger. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1961

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116094

    Signed: Yes

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  10. The Golden Oriole. Five Novellas.

    The Golden Oriole. Five Novellas.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published:

    Stock Code: 62409

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  11. A Crown of Wild Myrtle.

    A Crown of Wild Myrtle.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 101423

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  12. The Yellow Meads of Asphodel.

    The Yellow Meads of Asphodel.

    First edition, limited issue, one of 350 copies. Though unmarked as such, this copy is from the library of Laurence Pollinger, Bates's literary agent. The book was published posthumously two years after after Bates's death. Learn More
    £125

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116095

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