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BETJEMAN, John.

BETJEMAN, John.

Rare books by John Betjeman, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Continual Dew, and Mount Zion.

“National British Treasure” John Betjeman (1906-–1884), was a poet, writer and broadcaster who achieved fame early in what would be an extremely successful and prolific career.

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  1. Ghastly Good Taste.
    BETJEMAN, John. Ghastly Good Taste.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first state, the Hungarian-born architect Ernö Goldfinger's copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Having immigrated to England during the 1930s, Goldfinger became a prominent member of the London-based Modern Architectural Research Group (known as MARS), of which Betjeman was also a member. "The force of Goldfinger's... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 123746

  2. Continual Dew.
    BETJEMAN, John. Continual Dew.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, with an autograph Christmas card signed by Betjeman in English and Gaelic loosely inserted. A lovely association copy owned by the Irish architectural historian, writer and poet Maurice Craig (1919-2011), with his bookplate to the front pastedown and ownership inscription,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 123743

  3. 115883
    BETJEMAN, John. Continual Dew.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, of Betjeman's second volume of poetry, printed on pale blue paper. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 115883

  4. 102445
    BETJEMAN, John. Continual Dew.

    London : 1937

    First edition, one of only three copies specially bound in blue velvet. This copy has a typed letter signed from the publisher (John "Jock" Murray VI 1909-1993) dated 1942 gifting the book to the novelist and bibliophile Michael Sadleir, enclosing the present copy as a "swop" for "the splendid Amandiana", and clarifying the limitation, noting that there... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 102445

  5. Sir John Piers.
    BETJEMAN, John. [EPSILON] Sir John Piers.

    Mulligar : [1938]

    First Edition, First Impression. One of 140 copiers this signed by Betjeman in Gaelic. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 99840

  6. Selected Poems.
    BETJEMAN, John. Selected Poems.

    London : 1948

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 8 of 18 copies, signed by the author and specially bound and printed on fine japon vellum. From the libraries of the publisher, bibliographer and novelist Michael Sadleir (1888-1957) and, latterly, the scholar and auctioneer Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), with their bookplates to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 102444

  7. High and Low.
    BETJEMAN, John. High and Low.

    London : 1966

    First edition, first impression. Signed by Betjeman on the title page. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 105693

  8. High and Low.
    BETJEMAN, John. High and Low.

    London : 1966

    First edition, signed limited edition. Number 31 of 100 copies specially bound and signed by the author. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 103910

  9. A Nip in the Air.
    BETJEMAN, John. A Nip in the Air.

    London : 1974

    First edition, signed limited edition. Number 130 of 175 copies signed by the author. From the library of the scholar and auctioneer Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 102440

  10. A Nip in the Air.
    BETJEMAN, John. A Nip in the Air.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For my loyal friend Aunt Agnes, with love from John Betjeman", and dated by the Agnes on 3 December 1974. Agnes de Paula's son Hugh was the godson of Betjeman's father, Ernest. The two families were close, and holidayed together at Trevithick, the... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 97894

  11. A Nip in the Air.
    BETJEMAN, John. A Nip in the Air.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 175 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 77365

  12. A Nip in the Air.
    BETJEMAN, John. A Nip in the Air.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 175 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 77364

  13. A Nip in the Air.
    BETJEMAN, John. A Nip in the Air.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 175 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 65283

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