West Country Titles - First Edition Authors A - Z (8 books)
Below is a selection of our stock of first edition novels with West Country links. The list also includes the newly-published Agatha Christie facsimile editions produced to mark the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Miss Marple. (for J K Rowling - see separate Rowling page - click on link on left). Click here to read more about West Country writers.
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A Dartmoor Galahad  **first edition**
code: FE170402
A Dartmoor Galahad **first edition**

Chase, Beatrice

A Dartmoor Galahad

London, Longmans, Green & Co. 1923

First edition.  Very Good in green boards in Good only dust jacket with attractive front cover illustration (some loss and wear at extremities and closed tear halfway down front spine fold, but all printing of titles and illustration intact). 

Signed by the author,  Above her signature, Beatrice Chase has written ^Signed by the author".  Laid in loosely is a plain post card date post-marked 16 July 1941 and embossed with the author's address at Venton Lodge, Widecombe-on-the-Moor. The author has typed to the effect she has 'some unexpected stock in today' and lists some 4 titles to offer with prices. 

On the final line, she types "I wept when I saw them again!"

Scarce novel from a controversial but interesting author who left a wealthy home in London to live on Dartmoor. Although her work is regarded as too sentimental for modern tastes, her observations on life on Dartmoor in the early 20th century are seen as valuable.

Devons Fifty Best Churches **first edition**
code: FE1620
Devon's Fifty Best Churches **first edition**

Gray, Todd

Devon's Fifty Best Churches

Exeter, The Mint Press, 2011

First edition, paperback.  Fine in laminated cover.  Unsigned

Sir Tristram and The Great Commotion in The West **paperback original**
code: FE170403
Sir Tristram and The Great Commotion in The West **paperback original**

Moseley, Philippa

Sir Tristram and The Great Commotion in The West

Peterborough, Upfront, 2007

Paperback original. Fine in illustrated laminated card cover.

All the significant characters and incidents in this novel are authentic; based on the tragic events of the Great Rebellion of 1549.  The people of the South West, particularly in Cornwall, were left so destitute that they could scarcely eke out a living from day to day.

The Western Rising, 1549.  The Prayer Book Rebellion  **first edition**
code: FE170401
The Western Rising, 1549. The Prayer Book Rebellion **first edition**

Philip Caraman

The Western Rising 1549.  The Prayer Book Rebellion

Tiverton, Westcountry Books, 1994.

First edition. Fine in Very Good (price-clipped) dust jacket.

The suppression of the uprising in 1549, the Prayer Book Rebellion, is all too often ignored by historians.  The book deals both with the religious and military aspects of this tragic rebellion.

For Love of Williamina  *signed first edition*
code: FE411
For Love of Williamina *signed first edition*

Rochester, Ralph

For Love of Williamina

Dorset, Agre, 2001

First Edition. Fine in card wraps (no hardback edition).

Signed by the author.

The moving true story of the last days of Williamina Belsches, first love of Sir Walter Scott - interspersed with poems.  Williamina sought relief from consumption in the village of Lympstone on the Exe Estuary, taking with her her youngest child, James. A fascinating and poignant glimpse of life in Georgian times in East Devon.

The Last Sorcerer **signed first edition**
code: H1715
The Last Sorcerer **signed first edition**

Heard, Christopher

The Last Sorcerer

Paperback original (no hardback edition). Torrington, Harracott Publications, 2007.  First edition, first printing.  Fine as issued without dust jacket.  Signed by the author "Best wishes, C. Heard"  to the title page,

Christopher Heard, who lives in North Devon, set out to write this novel at the age of fourteen and completed it in just over a year. It was published to mark his sixteenth birthday. .



The Valley of Secrets **signed first edition**
code: H1713
The Valley of Secrets **signed first edition**

Hussey, Charmian

The Valley of Secrets

Callington, Cornwall, St Piran Press, 2003

First edition, first printing, paperback original (precedes hardback edition).  Fine unread in dark green illustrated card cover with French flaps and without dust jacket as issued.  Signed by the author to the title page.  Unusually for a private press publication, this children's novel set in Cornwall and the Amazon forest, was an instant bestseller when published in 2003. 

All Around The Year  **signed first edition**
code: M1714
All Around The Year **signed first edition**

Morpurgo, Michael; Hughes, Ted

All Around The Year.  New Poems by Ted Hughes with photographs by James Ravilious and drawings by Robin Ravilious

London, John Murray, 1979

First edition.  Signed by Michael Morpurgo without inscription to title page.  Very Good (personal inscription on front free end paper) in Very Good but price-clipped dust jacket, with slight fading to spine, now loosely protected.  The diary is a record of the lives and work of the Ward Family throughout the year on Parsonage Farm in Iddesleigh. with Michael Morpurgo recording the events. Ted Hughes contributing 12 new poems and James Ravilious and Robin Ravilious providing the photographs and drawings respectively.

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