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BETJEMAN, John.
Selected Poems.
London, John Murray, 1948. 8vo, pp. xxii, 127; offsetting from inserted cutting to half-title; in red cloth; spine sunned and title label browned, torn and detached (loosely inserted at end), boards a little scratched; inscribed by the author to front free endpaper 'Inscribed for Brian Aldiss by that brilliant fellow J Betjeman. V. X. MCMXLVIII', with a Betjeman manuscript poem loosely inserted; Sanders Bookshop label to front pastedown.First edition. An Observer review of Betjeman's Summoned by Bells is loosely inserted, along with a manuscript poem in Betjeman's hand entitled "Queen of the Girls at the 'Drome'", with a note on the reverse in a different hand reading, 'Given me by John Betjeman 13.I.43'. Aldiss recalled meeting Betjeman when working at Sanders & Co. bookshop in Oxford: 'He would arrive giggling and steaming in an old coat with a fur collar which might once have done duty for Bud Flanagan. His hair was curly and somewhat enveloped in an old felt hat. He filled the shop with formidable goodwill, made himself pleasant to all, and signed a copy of his poems for me' (Bury My Heart at W.H. Smith's, Coronet, 1991, p. 28). This is evidently that same copy, taken by Betjeman and Aldiss from the Sanders stock.Provenance: from the library of science fiction author Brian Aldiss (1925-2017). [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Bernard Quaritch Ltd ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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