New York / London: St. Martin's Press / Headline Book Publishing, 1993-2000. First Edition. Hardcover. The first ten volumes in the set, each the first printing (some US firsts and some UK), octavo size, approx. 2575 total pp., five of the volumes signed by "Edward Marston" Fine / fine. Item #23023117
The Domesday series feature Ralph Delchard and Gervase Bret, a soldier and lawyer, who are asked by William the Conqueror "to look into the serious irregularities that come to light during the compilation of Domesday Book, the great survey of England" (n.b., from the web site of Edward Marston). Written by Conrad Allen (as Edward Marston, b. 1940) this set includes the first ten volumes; one additional volume ("The Elephants of Norwich") would subsequently be published.
The ten volumes here offered are: (I.) "The Wolves of Savernake", pub. 1993; (II.) "The Ravens of Blackwater", pub. 1994; (III.) "The Dragons of Archenfield", pub. 1995; (IV.) "The Lions of the North", pub. 1996; (V.) "The Serpents of Harbledown", pub. 1996; (VI.) "The Stallions of Woodstock", pub. 1997; (VII.) "The Hawks of Delamere", pub. 1998; (VIII.) "The Wildcats of Exeter", pub. 1998; (IX.) "The Foxes of Warwick", pub. 1999; and (X.) "The Owls of Gloucester", pub. 2000.
Five of these volumes are signed by the author as "Edward Marston" on the front free endpaper (signature only, no date or inscription), these are volumes I., II., III., IV., and VII.
___DESCRIPTION: The volumes bound in different colours of paper over boards with gilt spine lettering; the volumes octavo size (between 8 1/2" to 8 3/4" tall, by approx. 5 1/2" wide), pagination varies between 227 and 277 pp. Each volume in an illustrated dust jacket with the original prices intact.
___CONDITION: The set is fine: the volumes with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; most volumes still with that "tight" feel. The dust jackets fine overall, the colours bright (without sunning) and free of tears or wear; the sole exception being a minute amount of wear to the jacket for Volume I. Overall the set is clean, crisp, and as new.
___POSTAGE: Please note that, due to the number of volumes (combined weight) additional postage will apply; please inquire for details.
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