All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]. James Herriot, James Alfred: OBE Wight, FRCVS.
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]
All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]

All Creatures Great and Small [Rare Association Copy with Signed Herriot Letter]

New York: St. Martin's Press, 1972. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Near Fine copy of the first edition, first printing (binding mildly askew, spine ends pushed, tiny rub through the cloth to the spine tail's lower right corner) in a Very Good + dust jacket (some general wear and tear, some handling soil, light sunning to the spine panel, short crease line to the front flap's upper right), being the copy of Sir Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, Bart. (the eighth baronet in the Hervey-Bathurst baronetcy), signed Signed and Dated by him on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, with his bookplate to the front pastedown, and with an ORIGINAL TYPED LETTER SIGNED FROM JAMES HERRIOT TO SIR FREDERICK tipped-in to the rear free endpaper. The book is a combination of James Herriot's first two semi-autobiographical books, originally published in the U.K. as "If Only They Could Talk" (1970) and "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet."(1972), as well as (per wikipedia) a portion of his then-next book then in progress which would later be published as "Let Sleeping Vets Lie" (1973) and to which Herriot makes reference in the attached letter. Those first two novels, "If Only They Could Talk" and "It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet" provided the basis for the 1975 film of the same starring Simon Ward and Anthony Hopkins as the Yorkshire vets James Herriot and Siegfried Farnon, and the film was given the same title as this 1972 US compilation volume of these two novels. This book's title (and, of course, the film's title) came from the Hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful". Having excellent content, the [undated] Signed letter begins with Herriot thanking Sir Frederick for Sir Frederick's earlier letter and the "...nice things you say about by book.....You, in particular, know what I'm talking bout with your farming upbringing and those years in New Zealand." [Sir Frederick grew up at the family estate Somborne Park (a property which has been in the Hervey-Bathurst family since 1594), an Estate which includes a farming operation.] Herriot also notes that he has "another book coming out in England in April and am busy on yet another one. If all goes well, I should thing that St Martin's Press might take them and publish them in one volume in due course. They are a follow up to the events in ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL." [These books would have been "Let Sleeping Vets Lie" (1973) and "Vet in Harness" (1974) which would have been published together in the US as "All Things Bright and Beautiful" (1974).] Herriot then mentions that he remains a "full time vet" and that he writes only in "the odd hour in the evenings" and that he "shouldn't like to give up my real work and become a full time author." Copies of "All Creatures Great and Small" are quite uncommon to the market, Signed letters from James Herriot, as well as Association copies of his most notable work, are EXCEEDINGLY SO and the two together make this an EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE TO RARE ENSEMBLE. Near fine / very good +. Item #2808

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