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The first trade edition. Slim 8vo. Paper-covered boards. Fore-edge fractionally foxed and head and foot of spine panel rubbed, else a very good, bright copy. In price-clipped, tanned and chipped dust wrapper. Neat name of former owner. The Labouring Life. The deluxe issue of the first edition, limited to hand-numbered copies signed by the author this being Brown cloth, vellum backed. With a tissue-protected portrait frontispiece and map-illustrated endpapers, designed by the author.

Endpapers and fore edges very lightly spotted. Very good indeed and housed in the original unprinted glassine protector with marbled paper flaps. With two-colour map-illustrated endpapers drawn by the author and a photographic portrait frontispiece. A touch of spotting to top- and fore edge, else a virtually fine copy in price-clipped dust wrapper, tanned a spine panel, and lightly dust marked and edge worn with two or three minute slivers of loss.

A collection of thirty essays and sketches recounting village life in the decade following the Great War. Some light staining to cloth at upper board, and some spotting to top- and fore edge and to very occasional leaf margins. A nice bright copy, lacking the uncommon dust wrapper. As the Sun Shines. Dutton , New York The first American edition of The Labouring Life , with a few minor alterations, not to be confused with Williamson's novel of the same name. Spine lettering quite dulled as invariably seems to be the case and backstrip faded. Some browning to endpapers and pastedowns else an unusually crisp and bright copy of one of the scarcest of Williamson's American editions, Lacking the uncommon dust wrapper.

The Star-Born. With wood engravings by C. Faber, London Green parchment-vellum. Illustrated with fifteen full-page wood-engravings, eighteen tailpieces and two vignettes by C. Boards lifting a fraction and vellum quite faded at backstrip. Internally in fine state. One of the scarcest editions in the Williamson canon. This deluxe issue was originally to be limited to fifty copies but the print run was increased quite late in the publication process necessitating the disposal of the first gathering which Williamson had already signed.

Included with this volume is one of those original fifty signed colophons. The discarded signature for the deluxe issue. Disbound pages, one of fifty uncut and discarded signatures of the deluxe edition of Williamson's The Star-Born , which was originally to be limited to fifty copies. That number was increased by twenty when subscriptions were higher than anticipated, but as copies of the colophon stating the limitation had already been printed and signed these were discarded and a new revised signature printed.

This colophon for the unpublished edition of fifty copies is signed in red ink by the author none were numbered. The signature comprises the signed colophon, half title, title page with owl engraved by Tunnicliffe two other small Tunnicliffe vignettes , dedication, introduction, contents, two pages of text; the discarded batch was apparently hoarded for years by Richard de la Mare in his Faber office. In fine state. With a brief introduction by the author and fifteen full-page engravings, eighteen tailpieces and two vignettes by C. First edition, the cheap issue without the vellum endpapers and gilt top edge, but otherwise identical.

Some fox-spotting to endpapers and one blank preliminary and concluding leaf. A lovely crisp copy in dust wrapper the first issue state, not the cheaper one , with the original printed price blacked-out, lightly marked and spotted in one or two areas and with a little chafing to the spine ends. On Foot in Devon ; or Guidance and Gossip. Being a Monologue in Two Reels. Map-illustrated endpapers. With a frontispiece and seven photographic plates. Top- and fore edge spotted, and with a touch of further light spotting to occasional text leaves, in the main confined to the margins.

A very good copy in the handsome C. Tunnicliffe-designed dust wrapper, with some light uneven tanning, and some really quite minor spotting and edgewear. Former owner gift inscription neatly inked to a blank flyleaf. Never reprinted, although there were at least seven very slightly varying states of the dust wrapper this being Matthews A19vi — probably the final issue.

Laid-in are two promotional slips from the publisher. Top edge dust marked and just a trace of light spotting to fore edge. A very crisp and bright copy in spotted, dust marked and w little nicked and torn dust wrapper. Lawrence 'G. Everest' , C. Nevinson 'Cahnnerson' , D.

Eliot 'P. Etiol ', John Galsworthy 'Holsworthy' , H. Priestley 'P. Bradford' - Priestley took considerable umbrage to his portrayal, taking his revenge in a review: " a great oozing slab of self-pity, bearing the wet trade-mark of Henry Williamson ". First edition - this copy inscribed and dated by the author. With a photographic frontispiece and seven photographs by the author.

Buckram lightly marked and faded especially at spine as is common. With a tiny hole punched in spine. Internally in super state.


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In marked, tanned and chipped dust wrapper with a little loss to foot of spine panel. Salar the Salmon. Faber, London First edition. Map illustrated endpapers and a small title-page vignette by C. Some light wear to the cloth at extremities and a short tear to the cloth at rear gutter. Internally an extremely crisp and bright copy.

Missing dust wrapper.

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The Illustrated Salar the Salmon. With an introduction by Richard Williamson , and a foreword and illustrations by Michael Loates. The first edition with these Michael Loates illustrations.. With a photographic frontispiece and title page decoration, sixteen full-page colour plates, fifteen further colour illustrations, mostly half-plates, and twenty black and white header and tail pieces.

A fine copy in fine dust wrapper. Devon Holiday. First edition never reprinted. Fore edge spotted, with some additional spotting to the preliminary leaves and to leaf margins throughout. Buckram faded at the backstrip as is so often the case, and with some further uneven fading to the boards themselves. A nice, bright copy in dust wrapper, lightly tanned at the spine panel, and with some fox-spotting to the front and rear panel.

A light-hearted narrative links six short stories mostly hitherto unpublished in bookform , whilst a postscript laments the sudden death of T. Lawrence who appears as "G. Everest" and reproduces the 'last telegram'. Buckram, quite tanned at spine with some general fading to boards. Binding cocked.


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  5. Internally an extremely crisp and bright copy of a volume which is usually prone to quite disastrous fox spotting. The Flax of Dream. A novel in four books. The first and only single-volume edition, with a new foreword by the author. Printed on India paper. Errata slip. Spine ends lightly rubbed. A very good bright copy in the correct first state star decorated dust wrapper, with just a hint of tanning and rubbing to the spine panel. Former owner inscription inked to front endpaper. Top edge lightly dust soiled and with just a touch of rubbing to the spine ends.

    A very good copy housed in the later state no star decoration dust wrapper, somewhat tanned at the spine panel, and some wear to spine ends and corner tips with half a dozen small areas of loss. Former owner bookplate to the front free endpaper. Goodbye West Country. Illustrated with thirty photographic plates, mostly taken by the author.

    First edition, first state not the subsequent cheap issue. Edges and three or four preliminary leaves lightly spotted. A very good copy in the correct first state pictorial dust wrapper priced at 10s 6d and with three advertisements on the rear panel faded at spine panel with a touch of very light edge wear and dust marking and a lengthy tear to the front flap join.

    The author and title have been neatly inked to the interior of the dust wrapper. Tiny dealer plate to the base of the front pastedown. The Children of Shallowford. With a frontispiece and sixteen photographs by the author. Binding a fraction cocked and cloth rubbed at top edge. A hint of spotting to endpapers.

    Neat former owner gift inscription neatly inked to front endpaper. A nice, bright copy in price-clipped dust wrapper, tanned at spine panel, a little faded and dust marked and nicked and rubbed at extremities. The revised edition, extensively rewritten and rearranged with additional revised extracts from Goodbye West Country with several passages of new text which did not appear in the original edition.

    Edges and endpapers very lightly spotted with a tiny dealer plate to the front pastedown obscured by the wrapper flap. A very good copy in dust wrapper, lightly faded at spine panel and with two tiny edge tears. A new edition, incorporating the revisions from the edition, and with the addition of new illustrations and a four-page afterword by Richard Williamson. Illustrated with twenty-two captioned photographs. In fine state with virtually fine dust wrapper. Genius of Friendship. The tips of two corners gently knocked and the cloth lifting a fraction in one small area.

    An account of the friendship between Williamson and Lawrence which began in the summer of when Edward Garnett sent T. The Story of a Norfolk Farm. With wood engravings by Christopher Wormell. Map-illustrated endpapers reprints of Tunnicliffe's original endpaper designs. With a frontispiece, sixteen full-page woodcut illustrations, and various vignettes in the text, plus an additional engraving on the upper panel of the dust wrapper. A touch of tanning to leaf margins which, alas, is common with this productions, else a fine copy in virtually fine dust wrapper.

    Head of upper board a little spotted. A very crisp and bright copy in dust wrapper, tanned at spine panel and very lightly rubbed at top edge. An attractive collection of previously published excerpts. An attractive collection of previously published excerpts from eighteen of Williamson's previous major publications, each one preceded by a brief note written specially for this appearance.

    Norfolk Life. A nice crisp copy, albeit printed on fairly cheap wartime paperstock which is now a little tanned. Housed in a nice, bright dust wrapper, just a little rubbed and chipped at spine ends and with some tanning to spine panel. Bookplate to front endpaper. A compilation of articles and nature-notes originally contributed pseudonymously by Lilias Rider Haggard to the Eastern Daily Press. Williamson collaborated with her as editor, adding notes and a commentary.

    The Sun in the Sands. Tiny indentation to the head of the upper and lower board, and preliminary leaves lightly spotted. A nice crisp copy, albeit produced on slightly inferior wartime paperstock, housed in the dust wrapper, a slightly tanned and dust marked example with a short tear to the head of the spine panel and a little chafing to spine ends and tips of corners. Tales of a Devon Village. Very good indeed in slightly chafed, nicked and dust marked dust wrapper, internally reinforced at the head of the spine panel.

    Comprises fifteen tales, mostly heavily revised by the author from his collections The Village Book and Labouring Life A companion piece, Life in a Devon Village , with a further twenty-three revised tales was issued later the same year. Life in a Devon Village.

    Top edge and endpapers lightly spotted. A very good copy, albeit printed on slightly poor quality wartime paperstock, housed in price-clipped dust wrapper, a little chipped at spine ends. The Henry Williamson Nature Books. Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Each volume with a frontispiece and various Tunnicliffe wood-engravings.

    A tiny bump to the tips of two corners, else in virtually fine state. No dust wrappers called for, but lacking the most uncommon slipcase. A super set. The Phasian Bird. A fine copy in very good Mildred Eldridge-illustrated dust wrapper the second state, price-clipped by the publisher and re-price at 5s net , marred only by a touch of light wear to the spine ends, a single tiny closed edge tear and a touch of minor dust soiling to the rear panel.

    With illustrations by Israel Doskow. The First American edition, the text quite heavily revised and with illustrations a title page vignette and twenty-five line drawings which did not appear in the English edition of Edges lightly spotted. Very good indeed in dust wrapper, lightly soiled and a little nicked and chafed at the edges with several short internally repaired tears. Scribbling Lark. Edges spotting with just a touch of further spotting to one or two preliminary leaves. A nice crisp copy in price-clipped pictorial dust wrapper, spotted, chafed at one or two extremities and with a centimetre of loss from the base of the spine panel.

    A book for children, never subsequently reprinted in any form whatsoever. Tales of Moorland and Estuary. With drawings by Broom Lynne. Illustrated with twelve line drawings and a dust wrapper design by Broom Lynne. A little off-set browning to two adjacent text leaves from where a newspaper cutting was once stored. Very good indeed in dust wrapper, exhibiting just a touch of minor uneven browning to the predominantly white rear panel and with an area of staining to the front panel.

    A collection of twelve short stories, four hitherto unprinted and most of the remainder with minor revisions. A Clear Water Stream. Top edge spotted and dust soiled, and with a little discolouration to the cloth margins at the upper and lower boards. A very good copy, particularly crisp internally, housed in the dust wrapper, tanned at the spine panel and with a little further darkening to the margins of the front and rear panel, and just a little rubbed and edgeworn.

    Contemporary former owner name inked to the head of the front free endpapers. A lovingly chronicled account of Williamson's exploring, stocking and fishing in the river adjacent to Shallowford Cottage, along with other memories of fishing in Canada in , the Hebrides in and Georgia in A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Complete in fifteen volumes. A first edition set of Williamson's celebrated semi-autobiographical sequence of fifteen novels which explore the fortunes of one family during the first half of the twentieth century.

    Several top edges lightly dust marked, with just a hint of light partial browning to two or three free endpapers. Former owner name and date neatly inked to the front free endpaper of each volume, in each instance accompanied by a small area of surface abrasion possibly a result of somebody trying to obscure this signature , but the impact is extremely minor. One volume The Gale of the World also contains a tiny dealer plate to the front pastedown. An extremely crisp set in the original James Broom-Lynne-designed pictorial dust wrappers, none of which have been price-clipped.

    A number exhibit a little minor rubbing and chafing to the spine ends, and some occasional minor dust soiling to the predominantly white rear panels. The only dust wrapper that is graded below very good is Donkey Boy which exhibits some taped reinforcement and restoration. A very nice example of an increasingly scarce set - a Burgess Ninety-Nine.

    A reprint of the first edition, and the only other casebound issue. A little moderate tanning to leaf margins and a former owner name inked to the front free endpaper of a single volume. Very good indeed in very good dust wrappers, one of which exhibits a little fading to the spine panel. Sutton, Gloucestershire A reprint of the first edition, with a new introduction by Anne Williamson repeated in each volume. This is the first complete paperback edition of Williamson's Chronicle the Panther edition from the late s printed all bar the final two volumes.

    All fifteen volumes in fine state bar a single volume The Innocent Moon with exhibits a light readership crease to the spine. No former ownership names, inscriptions or bookplates to any volumes. Donkey Boy. Volume two of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. A re-issue of the first edition, printed from the original sheets but with a new casing, dated but clearly much later. A touch of spotting to edges and preliminary leaves.

    Very good in very good dust wrapper with a somewhat garish and unsympathetic design. The Golden Virgin was also re-issued at about the same time in a uniform dust wrapper. Young Phillip Maddison. Volume three of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. A trace of dust marking to top edge and a strip of very light partial browning to endpapers.

    A very good copy in very good James Broom Lynne-designed pictorial dust wrapper, price-clipped and just a little chafed at extremities with one short closed tear and three or four small instances of spotting to the predominantly white rear panel. How Dear is Life. Volume four of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Edges spotted, with a trace of minor bruising to the spine ends and a strip of near-invisible browning to the free endpapers. A very good copy in handsome pictorial dust wrapper designed by James Broom-Lynne, price-clipped, lightly faded at the spine panel and with a touch of light soiling and marking, some internal spotting and a small area of staining to the base of the rear panel.

    A Fox Under my Cloak. A very good copy in very good pictorial dust wrapper designed by James Broom-Lynne, a little rubbed and chafed at the spine ends and corner tips, with several short closed tears and some fairly light dust soiling to the predominantly white rear panel. The Golden Virgin.

    Volume six of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Macdonald, London Small bump to the tip of a single corner and lightly dust marked at top edge.

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    Binding slightly cocked and with some fox spotting to preliminary leaves and sporadically to margins throughout. A nice crisp copy in Broom Lynne-designed price-clipped dust wrapper, lightly spotted at rear panel and a little rubbed at chafed at head of spine panel. Neat former owner name inked to front endpaper. Love and the Loveless. Volume seven of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight. Edges spotted, encroaching just a fraction of occasional leaf margins. A narrow strip of nearly invisible partial browning to the free endpapers. A Test to Destruction. The eighth volume of A Chronicle an Ancient Sunlight.

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    A short crease to the tip of one text leaf. An uncorrected proof copy of the first edition. Card wrappers, a little chafed and stained. With proof ink-stamp to half-title and neat inked name of former owner. The Innocent Moon. Volume nine of A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight.

    Top edge lightly dust marked and with just a trace of light browning to endpapers. A very good copy in delightful Broom Lynne-designed dust wrapper, just a little dust marked at rear panel and very lightly faded at spine panel. Attractive former owner bookplate to front pastedown. About this Item: Panther, London.

    Mass Market Paperback. Ten volumes of 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight', which eventually ran to 15 volumes. All used,reading wear,pages browned contents clean. This set weighs 2. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Second Edition. With the usual paper tanning assocaited with this edition, slight fading to the dust-wrapper spine of the Test of Destruction and name excised from its front endpaper, otherwise very good set.

    Published by Macdonald, UK About this Item: Macdonald, UK, A fifteen volume first edition set of Williamson's celebrated semi-autobiographical sequence of novels which explore the fortunes of one family during the first half of the twentieth century. A few odd closed tears. Slight age toning to spines.

    No loss to the wrappers. A few volumes price clipped. Dear Life with lightened spine. A nice set and un-common. More images can be taken upon request. Thirteen volumes of 'A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight', which ran to 15 volumes. All unread and in very good condition,published by Sutton in the mid 's. This set weighs 5 Kg and would require extra shipping if posted outside the UK. Published by Macdonald, London.

    About this Item: Macdonald, London. First edition. A complete set of Williamson's semi-autobiographical sequence of novels. Ownership inscriptions on front free endpapers of the first two volumes. The spine of Love and the Loveless a little faded and head and tail.

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    Very good set in very good dustwrappers, by Broome Lynne, a little nicked, chipped or rubbed at the edges and the occasional closed tear. The dustwrapper of How Dear Is Life is somewhat more worn than the others and with tape-marks on the verso. Published by London; Macdonald, About this Item: London; Macdonald, , Original publisher's cloth in various colours with pictorial dust-jackets designed by James Broom-Lynne. Foxing, mainly to textblock edge; brown marks to half-title and title page of The Dark Lantern at hinge.

    Book token pasted to front pastedown of Young Phillip Maddison; no annotation or inscriptions. Semi-autobiogarphical sequence of novels featuring a family in the first half of the twentieth century. A solid set, scarce in a complete run of First Editions. Published by Macdonald, London About this Item: Macdonald, London, It is clear that he never really recovered from that state of trauma. The stories in these books are vivid and detailed portraits of the natural world and the creatures including man and plants that inhabit it.

    They have a compulsive charm and integrity. However, though not necessarily immediately apparent, nearly every story in these three books is in some way or other about sudden, unexpected and unwarranted death, either by accident or deliberate design, caused by man or by other predators.

    By then the book which was to become Tarka the Otter was well under way. Williamson had first seen an otter at the age of 12 when cycling from London to north Norfolk for a camping holiday.


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    Stopping for a rest on a bridge seemingly over the River Deben he had a brief glimpse of this elusive creature. But his first real encounter occurred soon after he arrived in Georgeham. Horton-Wickham enlists the help of the writer, who mentions the presence of this tame otter in an article as early as December By Williamson was planning to write a full-length book about an otter, having read The Life Story of an Otter by J.

    Tregarthen and decided he could do better. In order to gain first-hand material, he followed and joined the local Cheriton Otter Hunt, whose master was William H Rogers — the dedicatee of the published book. Tarka is an extremely intense book: intensely atmospheric, intensely lyrical, intensely harrowing. This is not to detract from the beauty of the surface layer of this deeply observed tale about an otter and its whole surrounding habitat of fellow creatures of the river and moorland, but to delve beneath that surface into deeper and darker depths.

    But even in that opening scene is a rumble of danger. The otter hunt is present though muted. Henry Williamson had experienced all the things in battle that he ascribes to the otter hunts.