London: Bodley Head [through 1950], 1948. First Edition. Hardcover. A superb set of Brooke's semi-autobiographical novels, all First Impressions uniformly bound. Small 8vo: 134,; 252; 186,pp, with full-color frontispiece repeating cover illustration and two line drawings (Military Orchard) and numerous illustrations and line drawings (Mine of Serpents). Publisher's (respectively) chestnut, steel grey, and green finely woven cloth, spines lettered in gold, top edges of second two titles stained (respectively) dusty rose and purple; handsomely illustrated dust jackets, priced 7s / 6d, 10s / 6d, and 9s / 6d. Both bindings and jackets are generally Fine with these caveats: engraved bookplate to front paste down (Military Orchard), offsetting to front front fly leaf and few specks of foxing to front edge (Mine of Serpents), very faint foxing to first few leaves (Goose Cathedral). Fine- / Fine. Item #BB1759
"In these witty, subtle, deceptively simple works, the narrator records details of the childhood and later life of a young man resembling but not identical to Brooke himself, who is presented as a prototype of his generation and class. The books capture the unfolding of a melancholy, often painfully sensitive male consciousness, an observer who portrays sardonically and with delicate wit a quintessentially English life. His gift lay in evoking life in the inter-war years and in the army with all its idiosyncratic and distinctive elements without creating dated period pieces." (ODNB) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).