Continual Dew: A Little Book Of Bourgeois Verse

by John Betjeman

with illustrations by E. McKnight Kauffer, Osbert Lancaster, Gabriel Pippet and others

(John Murray - First Edition, First Printing 1937) 

Overall Book Condition – Very Good

Overall Dust Jacket Condition – Good

A Very Good First Edition, first printing of John Betjeman's second collection of poems (the last fifteen poems actually first appeared in Betjeman's first volume of poetry "Mount Zion"). 

Described as a "Bourgeois" collection and includes "The Arrest Of Oscar Wilde At The Cadogan Hotel" and "Tunbridge Wells" (please see our photographs below for the full contents list).

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Details Of Book Condition

Physical Description: Hardback, 8vo (approx 8.5 inches / 21.5 cm tall), 45 pages with mono illustrations (plus six pages of poems on tissue paper in Very Good condition - please note the tissue pages have been inserted between pages 18-19 not pages 22-23 per the Contents list).
External Condition: Light to moderate general wear to the original dark brown boards and spine (bruising / rubbing to spine extremities - cloth not broken), gilt spine and front board lettering / decoration a little dulled but still clear and bright.
Internal Condition: Securely bound with hinges fully intact, neat gift inscription from Ronald Fleming on the front free endpaper (dated 1937), all text block edges gilt (very bright), light to moderate foxing to endpapers and adjoining page but otherwise only very occasional light internal foxing and signs of careful reading, internally Very Good on lightly edge-browned blue paper in a very clean and clear condition throughout.
Dust Jacket Condition: Moderate edge wear with very small amounts of loss to extremities (a couple short closed tears repaired to the reverse with archive quality film and some further very short edge nicks / splits), light to moderate general browning and sunning to spine, light to moderate soiling with an area of light surface rubbing to the front panel, not price clipped.

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Total weight with packaging 350g.  All orders are bubble wrapped and despatched in cardboard mailers for maximum protection.  Dust jackets (where present) are enclosed in easily removable library covers

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