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1983 1983. GRAHAM, Paul. A1 The Great north Road. Redland, Bristol, Grey Editions, 1983. £1,200


oblong 4to ( 210 x 280 mm) original yellow wrappers the upper cover illustrated with a colour photograph; 95pp., [1] blank., 40 colour photographs; signed in ink by Graham to the title; a fine copy.


First edition. Paul Graham’s first book, self-published in an edition of 2500 copies. Foreword by Rupert martin. Throughout 1981 and 1982 the photographer Paul Graham travelled the length of the ‘Great north Road’ documenting the people and the landscape along its route. commencing outside the Bank of England, London and terminating in Princes Street, Edinburgh, Graham’s photographs are a poignant record of what was once the busiest road in England prior to the growth of the motorway network in the 1960s and 70s.


1984


1984.HILLIER, Bevis. John Betjeman. A Life in Pictures. compiled and introduced by Bevis hillier. John Murray. 1984.


£498


8vo., original cloth with dust wrapper. Spine of wrapper sunned, otherwise a very good copy.


First edition, warmly inscribed by Bevis hillier on the front-free endpaper “This book of which i am nevertheless quite proud, has quite the worst jacket of any of my books - dull brown; an unrecognizable photograph of Betjeman; and an indecipherable signature as the title. A jacket should be a mini poster, shouting across the bookshop “Buy me!” Bevis hillier.


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Loosely inserted, an autograph letter signed by Princess margaret to John Betjeman in its original handwritten envelope, on clarence house headed paper, dated may 5th 1960. Princess margaret thanks Betjeman for his wedding present to her and Lord Snowdon, “Dear John, We are absolutely


delighted with your lovely wedding present. The books are too marvellous and we bore them off with us last week-end to peruse at leisure. i am so grateful and send you our warmest thanks for giving us such a lovely gift. Yours very sincerely, margaret”.


Princess margaret and John Betjeman were good friends, having met through Lady Elizabeth cavendish the princess’ lady-in-waiting and Betjeman’s companion from the 1950’s onward. indeed Betjeman was among those gathered at Westminster Abbey for her wedding to Lord Snowdon on may 6th 1960. This handwritten thank you letter, penned the day before her wedding, attests to the closness of their friendship.


Provenance: This letter was given by Betjeman to Bevis hillier.


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