Antiquarian Prejudice [and] The English Town in the Last Hundred Years

BETJEMAN, John (author). Antiquarian Prejudice [and] The English Town in the Last Hundred Years.

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with autograph letter signed and 2 clipped signatures

BETJEMAN, John (author). Antiquarian Prejudice [and] The English Town in the Last Hundred Years. London; Cambridge University Press [and] The Hogarth Press. 1939 and 1956.

8vo., 2 vols.; original burnt orange and eggshell blue printed wrappers, stitched at spine, pp. [iv], 5-30; [ii] + 27 + [i]; both attractive sound and uninscribed examples with a little light marking to covers.
First editions. Antiquarian Prejudice is Hogarth Sixpenny Pamphlet No. 3. The English Town is a Rede Lecture delivered by Betjeman at Cambridge University. Both booklets sold together with a rather perfuntory 1-page autograph letter signed by Betjeman on headed notepaper (43, Cloth Fair, London, EC1) complete with the original stamped envelope addressed, in Betjeman's hand, to Mrs. Joan Harding, explaining that he is away from home a lot and inviting her to leave books on the stairs for signing. He alternatively suggests that she stick in examples of his autograph, and includes a pair on a small piece of paper, each dated 1967, which are both present.

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