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First And Last Loves

London: John Murray, 1969

8vo, pp. 244. Original pink and white illustrated stiff paper wrappers. Wrappers a little marked, spine dulled, but a very good copy.

Later edition, AFFECTIONATELY INSCRIBED BY BETJEMAN ON HALF-TITLE: 'To D.E. Howell With best wishes from his old neighbour + friend John Betjeman 1969'. 1 pp. ALS FROM BETJEMAN TO HOWELL LAID IN.

Mr. Howell had clearly sent this copy to Betjeman requesting a signature, and preserved the letter he received in reply. Dated 27 June 1969, and sent from Betjeman's Cloth Fair address in the City, the letter reads:

'Dear Mr. Howell, How very kind of you to write to me. I hope my head won't get turned by all these kind letters I have had. I especially value yours + hope you are happy up there in Islington. There are two churches -- St. Silas Pentonville + St. Saviours Aberdeen Park which are all right. We miss you down in the City. Yours, John Betjeman'.

A lovely association copy.

Keywords: John BETJEMAN"


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