The Westmeath Examiner. Mullinger. No Date. 1938.
FIRST EDITION. Only 50 copies printed. 8vo. (7.7 x 5.3 inches). 12pp pamphlet stapled into green wraps printed in black to the front cover. Inscribed in ink on the first blank leaf by Betjeman to his friend George Alfred Kolkhorst, a lecturer in Spanish at Oxford. 'George Alfred Magee de Courcy Kolkhorst with love & kisses from John desponcer Betjeman. 1938.' and below an inscription in Gaelic and Portuguese with the words 'Old Portuguese proverb' in brackets, and an ink caricature drawing of Kolkhorst. With three text corrections in the author's hand. Some fading to the edges of the wraps but overall a very good copy indeed. ---- George Alfred Kolkhorst , also known as The Colonel and Baron G'ug, was a contemporary of Betjeman's at Oxford, renowned for his wit, and his parties. Betjeman wrote a sizeable part of Chapter nine of Summoned by Bells about Kolkhorst. -- In a letter to Jock Murray in 1939, Betjeman wrote of this volume 'Sir John Piers was merely 50 copies privately printed for circulation among friends, 3 of these copies went to Libraries'. -- ' This copy sold for £65 at Sotheby's. 23rd march, 1959. -- Peterson. AA1. - Gammond and Heald's bibliographical companion to John Betjeman. 38B2.