BETJEMAN, John. Ghastly Good Taste or, a Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture. London: Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1933. 8°. Half title, extensive folding architectural “panorama” by Peter Fleetwood-Hesketh at the end, errata slip (occasional light spotting). Original blue cloth-backed pink illustrated boards, printed label on spine, additional label tipped onto rear pastedown (some minor staining, corners very lightly rubbed), glassine jacket with paper turn-ins (torn), modern box FIRST EDITION, first issue, with reading “Come Mowbray swell the praise” on p.121. PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed to the publisher on the front free endpaper, “To the most forbearing publisher, this little heart cry from the deeps of Clerkenwell is inscribed by the tortuous-minded author, John Betjeman. 25th Sunday after Trinity 1933,” and then further inscribed by the author, in a different ink, “Re-read All SS Eve 1946 without much pleasure or conviction, John Betjeman.”
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