BETJEMAN, John. Old Lights for New Chancels. Verses Topographical and Amatory. London: John Murray, 1940. 8°. Half title, silhouette frontispiece, Aldine device on title. Original red cloth-backed marbled boards. [ONE OF 29 COPIES PRINTED ON BLUE LAID PAPER] AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE TITLE. Loosely inserted is a one-page typed letter from John Murray to Michael Sadleir, mentioning the number of copies printed on blue paper and alluding to “an illegible postcard from John Betjeman”; an autograph postcard from Betjeman is also present, addressed to Sadleir, and also mostly illegible, and smudged. With 4 other books by the same author, namely New Bats in Old Belfries (London,1945, ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 50 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR), A Few Late Chrysanthemums (London, 1954, ONE OF 50 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR), Collected Poems (London,1958, NUMBER 8 OF 100 COPIES ON INDIA PAPER AND SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, with a one-page typed letter and an autograph postcard, both from John Murray to Anthony Hobson, loosely-inserted) and Summoned by Bells (London, 1960, ONE OF 125 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, with a 2-page typed letter from Tom Driberg to Sotheby’s inquiring about the potential value of a signed piece of “Betjemaniana” in his possession and relating to the book, loosely-inserted).
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