Lot 9

BETJEMAN, John (1906-84).  Continual Dew. A Little Book of Bourgeois Verse. London: John Murray, 1937. 8vo. Half title, illustrations by Hubert de Cronin Hastings and Osbert Lancaster, decorations to the poem “Exeter” by Gabriel Pippet, printed on pale blue paper, except for the poem “Exeter” which is printed in red and black on white paper, initials. Original dark brown cloth with gilt lettering and decorations by Osbert Lancaster, gilt edges, dust-jacket with a design by E. McKnight Kauffer printed in blue and black (jacket rather worn with half of the backstrip lacking). Provenance: Bernard B. Humphreys, September 1940 (signature on front free endpaper). FIRST EDITION of the poet’s third published work, and the first appearances in print of “The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel” and “Slough”. It also includes 15 poems which had previously been published in Mount Zion (1931). With 15 other books by John Betjeman including Old Lights for New Chancels (London, 1940, without jacket, FIRST EDITION), New Bats in Old Belfries (London, 1945, dust-jacket, FIRST EDITION) and Poems in the Porch (London, 1954, reprint, illustrations by John Piper). (16)

Estimate: £300-£500

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