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BETJEMAN, John.

Ghastly Good Taste

or, a depressing story of the rise and fall of English Architecture.

London: Anthony Blond, 1970 Stock Code: 141393
£400.00
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First edition thus, signed limited issue, number 28 of 200 specially bound copies signed by the author. Ghastly Good Taste was published first in 1933, and was Betjeman's first prose work, defending Victorian and Edwardian architecture against both antiquarianism and Modernism.

By the 1970s, Betjeman is "appalled by the sententiousness, arrogance and the sweeping generalisations" of his youth, keeping the Apologia's praise for Fleetwood-Hesketh's folding illustration, the Street of Taste (or March of English Art down the Ages).

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Description

Octavo (242 x 182 mm). Original quarter black calf, green cloth boards, titles to spine gilt, green endpapers. With the slipcase, as issued.

Illustrations

One nine foot long folding illustration by Peter Fleetwood-Hesketh.

Condition

A little rubbing to spine and minor fraying to cloth, otherwise a fine copy, illustration intact and contents clean, in the slightly frayed slipcase with a few marks.

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