[Douglas Cleverdon, Bookseller, BBC producer of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’.] Typed circular from ‘The Bookshop of Douglas Cleverdon’, with ‘order form’, printing appeal by ‘James S. Cox, Antiquary’ for material relating to Ilchester.

Douglas Cleverdon (1903-87), BBC radio producer of ‘Brains Trust’ and Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood [James Stevens-Cox (1910-97), antiquary; Ilchester, Somerset]
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Undated, but dated in manuscript to 1937. From ‘The Bookshop of Douglas Cleverdon / 18 Charlotte Street, Bristol, England’.
SKU: 23820

For information on Cleverdon, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient is the subject of an obituary by Nicolas Barker in the Independent, 18 March 1997. 2pp, 8vo. On tastefully-printed letterhead (Cleverdon’s shop sign was by Eric Gill) headed ‘DOUGLAS CLEVERDON / WISHES TO BRING TO YOUR NOTICE’, and printed in the same font (as is the order form on the reverse) at foot: ‘The order form on the reverse of this sheet should be sent to / THE BOOKSHOP OF DOUGLAS CLEVERDON / 18 CHARLOTTE STREET, BRISTOL, ENGLAND’. in fair condition, a little creased. The twenty-eight-line circular, on the recto, is headed: ‘JAMES S. COX / ANTIQUARY, / 17, JOHN STREET, / BRISTOL. 1.’ It continues: ‘I WISH TO BUY, books, pamphlets, broadsides, manuscripts, paintings, relics, etc., relating to ILCHESTER in the County of Somerset. / For many years I have been collecting materials for a history of Ilchester.’ He continues with a list of types of material which, as he says, ‘I especially want’. ‘If owners do not wish to dispose of manuscripts, paintings or relics, I will gladly pay for photographs, or copies of information.’ Cox concludes: ‘Some old spellings of Ilchester - GIVELCESTRE, YEVELCHESTRE, EVILCHESTER, IVELCHESTER. / Please preserve this for reference.’