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'BB' catalogue

updated 26th June 2017

Denys Watkins-Pitchford (1905-1990) was born in Northamptonshire.
Considered to be delicate as a child, he was educated at home, spending a great deal of time on his own,
wandering through the fields, and developed a love of the outdoors.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and drawing; all these things were to influence his writing greatly.
While teaching at Rugby School he began contributing regularly to the Shooting Times and started his careers as an author and an illustrator.
He wrote under the nom de plume of 'BB', a name based on the size of lead shot he used to shoot geese,
but he maintained the use of his real name as that of the illustrator in all his books.
He later illustrated books by other writers.




Manka The Sky Gypsy - The Story of a Wild Goose
Methuen & Co in association with Eyre & Spottiswoode London, 1970
reprint hardback in good condition with dust jacket in good condition. It is ex-library with Book Fair stamped on the fep and pocket on the front inside cover, tape ghosts on both end-papers. There are no other names, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean grey board covers with tape ghosts on them. The unclipped dust jacket in new removable plastic has slight edgewear.

Wild geese come every winter to the Fenland farms and marshes 'BB' knows so well. Leading the great arrowhead comes Manka the white goose.
BB005 AU$20



The Autumn Road to the Isles
Eyre & Spottiswoode London, 1959
reprint hardback in good condition with dust jacket in good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean blue board covers. The clipped dust jacket has slight mottling on the back.

'BB' took the road to the Isles, enjoying Scottish dawns and winds and Highland sun, great storms and tranquil lochs.
BB008 AU$20


Wild Lone - The Story of a Pytchley Fox
Methuen & Co in association with Eyre & Spottiswoode London, 1970
reprint hardback in good condition with dust jacket in good condition. It is ex-library with Cancelled on the fep, date stamps and pockets in the back. There are no other names, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean grey board covers. The unclipped dust jacket has slight edgewear.

Rufus the fox cub is left motherless before he can properly fend for himself. 'BB' tells of his struggles to survive with an utter lack of sentimentality.
BB009 AU$20


The Fisherman's Bedside Book
Eyre & Spottiswoode London, 1946
2nd ed. hardback, no dust jacket, in good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean blue cloth-covered boards with slight edgewear. B&w engravings.

A collection of 'BB''s favourite fish tales.
BB024 AU$10

The Sporting Man's Bedside Book
Eyre & Spottiswoode London, 1948
1st ed. hardback, no dust jacket, in good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean yellow cloth-covered boards with slight edgewear and a forward lean. B&w engravings.

A collection of 'BB' 's favourite hunting and shooting tales.
BB025 AU$12


 
Children's Books

Ben the Bullfinch
Hamish Hamilton London Red Bison Library, 1968
reprint hardback with glossy pictorial board covers, no dust jacket, in good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, a few spots on first page, clean beige pages, tight binding and clean board covers.

Peter and Sheila raise a pair of bullfinches.
BB017 AU$10


 
'BB' 's illustrations, other authors
The Lost Princess a Double Story written by George Macdonald
J.M. Dent London, 1967
reprint hardback in very good condition with dust jacket in good condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean white pages, tight binding and clean patterned boards. The clipped dust jacket in removable plastic has edgewear and chipping at spine ends. 4 colour plates and line drawings.

Rosamund the spoilt princess and Agnes the shepherd's daughter come mysteriously to the dwelling of the Wise Woman.
BB030 AU$10


More Stories of the Wild - Vix: The Story of a Fox Cub + The Badgers of Bearshanks written by A. Windsor-Richards
Ernest Benn Ltd London, 1977
2nd imp. hardback in near fine condition with dust jacket in near fine condition, not ex-library. There are no names, clean white pages, tight binding and clean green boards. The unclipped dust jacket has no marks, slight fading on the spine. B&w engravings, map of England's waterways.

2 full-length books in one volume.
BB031 AU$10


Philandering Angler by Arthur Applin
Hurst & Blackett London
no date hardback in good condition with dust jacket in good condition, not ex-library. There is a name, 1956 date and 2 addresses on the fep, clean cream pages, tight binding and clean red boards. The clipped dust jacket in removable plastic has edgewear and chipping at spine ends. B&w line drawings.

From the blurb: "A good bedside book and a pleasant travelling companion, a means of escape from the present materialistic and disillusioned age."
BB032 AU$30