“This signed and first edition, printed at The Westminster Press, in February 1930, is limited to six hundred and fifty numbered copies. Of these, two hundred and fifty are reserved for sale in Great Britain and four hundred for sale in the United States of America. This copy is number 601”
The number and the signature is in the hand of Walter de la Mare
The original cloth green binding has thick heavy boards which bear the decoration in gilt to the front board and gilt decoration and lettering in gilt with gilt bands to the spine. The binding is in Very Good condition with only the most minimal of wear to the binding and knocks to the top and bottom of the spine.
Desert Islands and Robinson Crusoe has 285 printed pages with tissue-guards which are foxed and loose but the pages are in Very Good to Near Fine condition, all being top edge gilt with remainder being untrimmed. The book comes complete with the Illustrated Title Page and the Title Page. There is a decorative bookplate adhered to the blank front pastedown for Frederick Howard Llewellyn Thomas; and a presentation inscription to the owner dated Dec 25, 1943 with the words “Signed Limited Edition” in pencil to the top right corner of this page. All pages are very tightly bound-in.