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Ashton Rare Books

Specialising in High Quality Fine Editions. Particularly Modern First Editions (Fiction), Plays (mainly 20th century), Signed and Association copies, Uncommon Editions, Children's Literature (mainly 20th century) and illustrated books. We are members of both the PBFA and ABA and practise under their guidance.

The Owl Service : Double Signed By the Author


The First UK Printing published by Collins in 1967. The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition. Light pushing at the spine ends. The silver titling remains bright. Light offsetting and spotting to the pictorial end papers. The text block is lightly toned and spotted. The page edges are lightly toned. Free from inscriptions and erasures. The WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. Mild edge-wear with a little loss at the upper spine. Some rubbing along the spine folds in places. A single piece of archival tape to the verso supporting a closed tear to the rear upper spine fold. Some age relating toning and marking to the rear cover and folds. The wrapper presents well in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been Signed by the author to the title page. Alan Garner has also inscribed the book on the half title ; 'For Brenda, from Alan'. The dedicatee of this inscription is a family relative and the book has been in their possession until recently. The author's classic novel of the supernatural, based on the Mabinogion's story of Lleu Llaw Gyffes and Blodeugerd which won the Carnegie Medal Literary Award. A very scarce title to find Signed. Collectible. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.