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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.
    BATES, H. E. Death in Spring and A Flower Piece, manuscript drafts.

    1932

    Manuscript drafts for two of Bates's stories that were published in The Black Boxer Tales in 1932. Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 60259

  2. Through the Woods.
    BATES, H. E. Through the Woods.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. Bates and Miller-Parker provide a pleasantly illustrated prosaic guide to England's woodlands. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 141272

  3. A Travers L'Enfer [How Sleep the Brave].
    BATES, H. E. A Travers L'Enfer [How Sleep the Brave].

    London : 1944

    First French edition, first impression. Originally published as How Sleep the Brave in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 62411

  4. Edward Garnett.
    BATES, H. E. Edward Garnett.

    1950

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 62417

  5. The Day of the Tortoise.
    BATES, H. E. The Day of the Tortoise.

    London : 1961

    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
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 116094

  6. The Golden Oriole. Five Novellas.
    BATES, H. E. The Golden Oriole. Five Novellas.

    1962

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 62409

  7. The Yellow Meads of Asphodel.
    BATES, H. E. The Yellow Meads of Asphodel.

    London : 1976

    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.

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    £125.00

    Stock Code: 116095

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