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M Richardson Rare Books

Good to see that book fairs are back in full swing, well, almost! You'll be able to search most of the books we have in stock on our Abebooks storefront where, for the month of April 2022 there is 30% off all of our stock. We are constantly adding new stock online also so do also contact us if you don't find what you want there. For example we have a number of scarce, signed Booker Prize winners which are not currently listed. Copy this link: If there are any of these that you'd like to see photos of or ask for more information on then please do get in touch. M. Richardson Rare Books was formerly known as Mr. Books Bookshop and located on Tonbridge High Street in Kent, England for over 12 years up until July 2017. The shop is still there under new owners so, due to the sale of the bricks and mortar side of the business, it made sense to change our name to reflect this change of direction. (And we had to because the new owner liked the name so much it went with the business sale!) We now trade mainly online and at PBFA fairs up and down the country from our new base nestling in the foothills of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds. We also exhibit at Bloomsbury Book Fairs in London a few times a year, and occasionally have a small selection of fine books for sale at select antique centres, such as Hemswell, in Lincolnshire. Whilst we don't specialize in anything in particular we do lean towards certain subjects such as collectable modern fiction and children's books, and also have many fishing books and topographical books & ephemera. But really we just sell rare and fine books on many subjects. The stock is being constantly replenished so it's always worth visiting us at one of the fairs. We travel far and wide to purchase quality collections so please feel free to call us.

The Star in the West


A remarkable copy of the second edition, as stated on the reverse of the half title page. Inscribed in pencil on the front fly leaf are the notes of AWF Fuller, JFC's brother, which reads: "AWF Fuller 25 June, 1934 2nd edition, see back of 1/2 title) Underneath the quotation on the title page is written "2nd Edition" in light pencil and in the hand of AWF Fuller again. Laid in is a letter from a bookseller by the name of David Low, of Cecil Court, Charing Cross Raod, London WC2, on his headed note paper to the author, Captain Fuller, which asks as to how he could get hold of a copy of the special, deluxe signed edition (1st edition) and whether or not that edition was more complete. So it would seem that even in the 1930s, when the letter was written, the first edition was very scarce. The condition of this copy is very close to fine. On the whole it is clean and bright, albeit there is a little fading at the top and spine edge and the spine itself looks a different shade of red due to the sunning effect. The white title lettering and decorative detailing looks nice and crisp. The pages are clean throughout, although a tad toned and mildly foxed to the end papers. The tissue guarding of the frontispeice is more heavily foxed, as is often the case on this different paper stock. The page block edges too look somewhat toned. The bottom and fore edge page block edges are untrimmed, as should be the case. JFC Fuller went on to be famous as a military leader and writer in the science of war. He championed mechanised warfare, when many in the British army doubted it. He is included in Mark Urban's book, "Generals Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World" Some accolade indeed. It is this first work though which is most prized by collectors and this 2nd edition is also very scarce. This being a unique association copy.