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THE BOOKS .     .     .     .     .     .     .     .
In which can be found an illustrated bibliography of Morton's books, pamphlets and other works.  I include in a later section a wider (and shorter) list of books about the author or compiled and re-edited from his original writings.  Finally a list of internet book sellers is provided to help those inspired to read more by Morton or simply expand their collection - I am told there is a difference between book readers and book collectors!
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THE WORKS OF H.V. MORTON (English Language Editions)
(I am grateful to Peter Devenish and Kenneth Fields for supplying this bibliography. Clicking on a linked title will bring up a thumbnal of the cover. In books with multiple editions the choice of cover is entirely personal - I picked the one I liked best!)
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Listed below are the titles of the books, booklets and pamphlets written by H.V. Morton. He was a prolific writer and his body of work contains many hundreds of newspaper and magazine features and articles, the total of which may never be fully catalogued.

 
1.  THE HEART OF LONDON
Forty-nine essays about life in London taken from the pages of the Daily Express. In 1940 this was combined with ‘The Spell of London’ and ‘The Nights of London’ into a single volume titled ‘H.V. Morton’s London’.
First published: Methuen, London, 11 June 1925. First USA edition (?): Brentano’s Publishers, New York, 1925.

2.  THE SPELL OF LONDON
Fifty-one essays about life in London taken from the pages of the Daily Express. In 1940 this was combined with ‘The Heart of London’ and ‘The Nights of London’ into a single volume titled ‘H.V. Morton’s London’.
First published: Methuen, London, 11 February 1926. First USA edition (?): Brentano’s Publishers, New York, 1927

3.  LONDON (The Little Guides Series)
A pocket-guide to London which replaced a similar title written by George Clinch and published by Methuen in 1912. It was published in the USA in a larger format with the title ‘The London Scene’, and in 1937 it was revised and published in the UK with the title: ‘London – A Guide’.
First published: Methuen, London, June 1926. First USA edition (?): McBride, New York, 1926

4.  THE LONDON SCENE
A larger format USA edition of the pocket-guide: ‘London’ (The Little Guides Series).
First published: McBride, New York, 1926.

5.  THE LONDON YEAR, A BOOK OF MANY MOODS
A series of essays describing the different social events that take place in London during each month of the year. In 1927 it was published in the USA with the title ‘When You Go To London’. In a revised edition in 1933 the UK title was changed to ‘A London Year’.
First published: Methuen, London, 29 July 1926.

6. THE NIGHTS OF LONDON
Thirty-eight essays looking at London after dark, with one exception taken from the pages of the Daily Express. In 1940 this was combined with ‘The Heart of London’ and ‘The Spell of London’ into a single volume titled ‘H.V. Morton’s London’.
First published: Methuen, London, 11 November 1926.

7.  WHEN YOU GO TO LONDON
A USA edition of ‘The London Year, A Book of Many Moods’, with a new introductory section titled “Before You Go To London”.
The first American edition of "When You Go To London" is believed to have been published by Harper and Bros., New York, 1927, although there is some question as to whether McBride & Co. of New York may, in fact, have published the first American edition at an earlier date in the same year.

14.  IN SEARCH OF IRELAND
The third volume of H.V. Morton’s ‘In Search of…’ series, which describes his motor-car journey around Ireland. It is based upon a series of articles which he wrote originally for the Daily Express.
First published: Methuen, London, 4 December 1930. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1931

15.  IN SEARCH OF WALES
The fourth volume of H.V. Morton’s ‘In Search of…’ series, which describes his motor-car journey around Wales. It is based upon a series of articles which he wrote originally for the Daily Herald.
First published: Methuen, London, 16 June 1932. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1932

16.  BLUE DAYS AT SEA, AND OTHER ESSAYS [click for a review]
Twenty-seven essays on three different topics: About Men, About Women and About Places. Some of these originally appeared in the Daily Express, the Sunday Express and the Daily Herald.
First published: Methuen, London, 20 October 1932.

17.  GLASTONBURY, THE JERUSALEM OF ENGLAND
A laced booklet (8 pages with paper covers) containing an extract from ‘In Search of England’, describing Glastonbury, together with William Blake’s “The Glastonbury Hymn.” Transcribed and ornately illuminated in colour by Walter J. Dexter.
First published (paper covers): Methuen, London, 1933.

18.  WHAT I SAW IN THE SLUMS
A pamphlet containing a series of articles first written for the Daily Herald, about life in the slum dwellings of English cities in the 1930s.
First published: Labour Party, London, 1933.

19.  A LONDON YEAR
A revised edition of ‘The London Year, A Book of Many Moods’ which was first published in 1926.
First published: (as a 2nd revised edition of ‘The London Year’) Methuen, London, June 1933.

20.  IN SCOTLAND AGAIN
The journal of H.V. Morton’s second motor-car journey through Scotland, being a companion volume to ‘In Search of Scotland’. One chapter is taken from an article which he wrote for the Daily Herald.
First published: Methuen, London, 26 October 1933. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1933.

21.  IN THE STEPS OF THE MASTER
The journal of H.V. Morton’s journey through the Holy Land, exploring the places associated with the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Later published in 1944 in an abridged edition for the Services with the title ‘Travels in Palestine and Syria’, in a children’s edition in 1954 with the title ‘In the Steps of Jesus’ and in an abridged edition in 1979, with coloured photographs by Rene Burri, with the title ‘In Search of the Holy Land’.
First published: Rich & Cowan, London, October 1934. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1934.

22.  OUR FELLOW MEN [click here for a review]
Thirty essays first published in the Daily Herald, looking at the working life of English men and women in the 1930s.
First published: Methuen, London, 7 May 1936. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1936.

23.  IN THE STEPS OF ST. PAUL
The journal of H.V. Morton’s journey through Syria, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, Macedonia, Greece, Rhodes, Malta and Italy. Following the path of St. Paul from his birthplace at Tarsus to the scene of his martyrdom at Rome.
First published: Rich & Cowan, London, October 1936. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1936.

24.  LONDON - A GUIDE
The title is given as ‘Guide to London’ on the cover and ‘London – A Guide’ on the title page. It is a revised edition, in a larger format, of ‘London’ (The Little Guides Series).
First published: Methuen, London, 1937.

25.  THROUGH LANDS OF THE BIBLE
The journal of H.V. Morton’s journey from the Euphrates to the Nile, exploring places associated with the early Christian church.
First published: Methuen, London, 27 October 1938. First USA edition: Dodd Mead, New York, 1938.

26.  GHOSTS OF LONDON
Thirty essays looking at the ancient customs and ceremonies which still survive in London, together with a contemporary look at life during the first few months of the Second World War.
First published: Methuen, London, 16 November 1939. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1940.

27.  TRAVEL IN WAR TIME
A pamphlet looking at the rediscovery of the pleasures of cycling during the travel restrictions of the Second World War.
First published: B.S.A. Cycles Ltd, Birmingham, c1940.

28.  H.V. MORTON’S LONDON
A single volume edition of ‘The Heart of London’, ‘The Spell of London’, and ‘The Nights of London’, with a new introduction.
First published: Methuen, London, 31 October 1940. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1941.

29. WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
Twenty-three essays about the lives and characters of famous women mentioned in the Bible.
First published: Methuen, London, 21 November 1940. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1941.
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Bookseller world  

Wikipedia   

John Baker’s site has an extensive bibliography on his main page with a very fine illustrated one available via a link.   

Amazon have listed all their available Morton titles (they have more than you might think!).

Other bibliographies online:
Addyman Books is a “well loved burrow of books” run by HV Morton society members Anne Brichto & Derek Addyman in Hay-on-Wye, Wales.  It sounds a really fascinating place; in their own words, “The unusual combination of semi-suicidal owners and six lovely members of staff makes this one of the most successful and exciting bookshops in Hay”.  Well, there you have it, who could resist - and, if anyone ever needed an excuse to visit Hay on Wye, now you have one!
Courtyard Books is situated in the beautiful Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, England.  Run by HV Morton society member Brian Woodcock, they specialise in hard to find, out of print, and rare books both selling and buying, but they also have a stock of new and second hand books.  If you can’t find what you want on the web site they have a detailed search form which you can fill in online and they will search their off-line inventory for you and even ask other booksellers to try to find the title you’re after.
Island Books was founded in 1974 by HV Morton society member Simon Westall and is run from the historic village of Northleigh in Devon, England.  The web site is systematic, user friendly and professional; managed by a true lover of books.  There are a number of specialist subjects, from cookery to World War Two and specialist authors including (naturally!) HV Morton.  The site is well worth a visit; there are some incredibly collectible items in the HV Morton section.
Booklovers.co.uk is a “little book shop” owned and run by David Gower-Spence from his post office in Peasedown St John in Wiltshire, England.  He calls it “little” because he only has space for 250 books there.  Behind the scenes though he has a further 40,000 secondhand books for sale - so, not that little after all!  The BookLovers website also acts as a hub for many other booksellers, so it’s a pretty good first port of call.
Thames Books - a vendor based in Battersea, London with connections to the Aftermath website. Thames books has a comprehensive catalogue and a straightforward search engine, although, bizarrely a search for HV Morton asks if you actually wanted to search for HIV Morton.  What would HVM have said!
AbeBooks, whose tag-line is "Passion for books" which probably also true for most Morton fans, is a bookseller selling new, secondhand, rare and out-of-print books.  Abe books are the second hand bookseller wing of Amazon and is actually a conglomerate of small booksellers from all over the world who provide standardised entries to one massive second hand book catalogue, an excellent "one stop shop" - bliss!  It has special features sections including rare books, signed books and first editions.  It also has a forum section where book lovers can chat, help one another and exchange views.
Of course, as you would expect Amazon, the biggest online bookseller, has a section devoted to the works of HV Morton and sells his books both new and second-hand via Abe (above).
Ryan O'Horne Books - There is a rather lengthy introduction when you go to the web site of this vendor of second hand books and antiques which features a rhinocerous charging around through lines of text and I was a bit puzzled as to the relevance.  Then I realised - Ryan O'Horne/Rhino Horn - geddit, a cunning play on words!  Still puzzled by the relevance though, it's a personal thing but animated introductions to web sites, clever though they are, leave me cold (there is a 'skip the intro' button to be fair).  They are a small, family run business based in the North East of England who specialise in a wide range of antiquarian, rare and out of print books to suit every budget & taste.  I've had a few orders with them via Abe books and have had no hitches.
David Spenceley Books - A bookseller specializing in Antiques, Architecture, British History, Church History, Ecclesiology, Garden History, Language, Literature.  They are based in Leeds, UK.  The link takes you to their section with biblio books and they can also be found under the Abe books banner which is where I came across them and received excellent service (as I have from all members of Abe book's group).
Biblio books - This is an umbrella company who say they "work with the finest booksellers in the world to cultivate a truly remarkable collection of used, rare and out-of-print books that strikes the perfect balance between quantity and quality of selection".  They have over 65 million books on their catalogue, that's a lot to choose from!  They also have a section on book repairs as well (see below).
The Book Guide is an excellent online resource for anyone who is looking for old books, book shops, auctions or fairs or information on binding or repairs. A love of the subject shines from the pages of this extremely well designed site.
Online booksellers:
D & M Packaging - It was quite a revelation to me when I discovered, after a conversation with a “librarious person” recently, that it was actually possible to cover and preserve the sometimes incredibly fragile dust jackets of books.  Up to then I think I had imagined that the protective sleeves which are occasionally seen on books had been put there by the publisher.
On further investigation I discovered that various forms of dustwrapper protection are available in the forms of clear pockets which jackets can be slipped into and then are folded to size or clear film which wrap around the jackets.  I eventually managed to get hold of some "Trimsleeve" dust wrapper protection from D&M packaging supplies and I've been happily occupied cutting, wrapping and taping ever since (much to my family's amusement).
It is very easy to do, the Trimsleeve material folds easily, has little "memory" (so doesn't want to spring back to its original shape) and it is a far more satisfying occupation than I would ever have believed.  I have a few books of great sentimental value to me from my childhood (nothing valuable, just greatly loved) which I had actually become quite fearful of handling, never mind reading, for fear of damaging their frail jackets, so to see them safely protected means they have a new lease of life - I can handle them and arrange them on shelves without concern.  They are back to being how they should be - proper books that I am looking forward to re-reading, not just objects to be looked at and worried over. A most satisfying undertaking, now I can't wait to get into the mysterious world of tapes, glues, polishes and preservatives!
Biblio books, the bookseller have a handy set of articles about book repair.
The University of Illinois has a fantastic section on their web site concerning the repair, restoration, care and proper storage of books leaflets and pamphlets. The team there are obviously extremely dedicated to their craft, their love of the subject and the objects of their devotion comes through very clearly in the text and pictures. There is some highly detailed information there outlining everything to replacing a worn spine to what sort of paperclips to use when transporting documents. It is well worth a read, even if you have no intention of repairing a book at any stage just for an account of what can be done to preserve documents which have suffered the depredations of time.
The conservation section of the links page on the website of The Book Guide has many useful links to suppliers of materials used in book repair.
Book repairs:
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On-line books:
Despite my slightly tongue in cheek sniffiness about electronic publications generally in a previous society bulletin I'm not as much of a technophobe as all that (honest!). To prove my point I have even located some of Morton's books which are available on line, and they are provide here for your delectation. They are available free of charge to read online or to be downloaded in a variety of formats including pdf's.
The “Internet Archive” is a non-profit organisation which is “building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form”, they aim to provide “free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public".
Included in the archive are three complete Morton books: The Call of England, In the Steps of St Paul and In the Steps of the Master.
Epubbud” is also a not for profit organisation set up in 2010, originally as a platform for online children's books as a memorial for a newborn baby who tragically survived only a few hours following delivery. Among other things the webmaster is keen that prospective parents are made aware of the risks involved in home-birth.
Apart from children's books the site has now developed to include a wide variety of publications, and a contributer named 'fiongalla' has scanned, restored and uploaded a copy of In Search of Wales which can be read online or downloaded. She (or possibly he) has also uploaded a copy of "Travels through the South of France and in the interior of the provinces of Provence and Languedoc, in the years 1807 and 1808", which is an account of the impressions of an American traveller in the Europe of 200 years ago, which sounds fascinating.
I am most grateful to both these websites and their contributors for promoting literature and books generally and the works of Morton in particular.
If anyone reading this knows of any other works of Morton which are available please drop me a line and I will include them in this section.
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30.  MIDDLE EAST
Extracts from ‘In the Steps of the Master’, ‘In the Steps of St Paul’ and ‘Through Lands of the Bible’, together with impressions of Greece and Turkey.
First published: Methuen, London, 5 June 1941. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1941.

31.  I, JAMES BLUNT
A fictional account of what life in Britain would have been like if the Nazis had won the war.
First published (in paper wrappers): Methuen, London, 1942. First USA edition (in boards): Dodd Mead, New York, 1942. First Canadian edition (oversize soft cover) (?): Dodd Mead, Toronto, 1942.

32.  I SAW TWO ENGLANDS
The record of a motor-car journey which gives a last glimpse of pre-war England and the first impressions of England at war.
First published: Methuen, London, 15 October 1942. First Canadian edition (?): Reg. Saunders, Toronto, 1942. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1943.

33.  ATLANTIC MEETING
A record of the historic meeting at sea of Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt in 1941, which resulted in the Atlantic Charter.
First published: Methuen, London, 1 April 1943. First Australian edition: Hicks Smith Wright, Melbourne, 1943. First Australasian edition: Hicks Smith Wright, Wellington, 1943. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1943. First Canadian edition (?): Reg. Saunders, Toronto, 1943.

34.  TRAVELS IN PALESTINE AND SYRIA
An abridged paperback edition for the Armed Services of ‘In the Steps of the Master’.
First published: Methuen, London, September 1944.

35.  IN SEARCH OF SOUTH AFRICA
The fifth volume of the ‘In Search of…’ series, which describes a journey through South Africa from Cape Town, through Cape Province into Natal, Zululand and the two northern provinces of the Free State and the Transvaal.
First published: Methuen, London, 21 October 1948. First Australian edition: Methuen/Hicks Smith Wright, Melbourne, 1948. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1948. First Canadian edition (?): Reg. Saunders, Toronto, 1948.

36.  IN SEARCH OF LONDON
The sixth volume of the ‘In Search of…’ series, which explores the many faces of both historic and contemporary London.
First published: Methuen, London, 24 May 1951. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1951. First Canadian edition (?): Methuen, Toronto, 1951.

37.  IN THE STEPS OF JESUS
An abridged edition of ‘In the Steps of the Master’, specially written for young people.
First published: Dodd Mead, New York, 1953. First UK edition: Methuen, London, September 1954.

8.  MAY FAIR – HOW THE SITE OF A LOW CARNIVAL BECAME THE HEART OF FASHIONABLE LONDON
A history of Mayfair, illustrated with 20 colour prints, commissioned by the Gordon Hotels Ltd to celebrate the building of the Mayfair Hotel. (With a section written by Clifford Whitely)
First published (for Gordon Hotels Ltd, in paper wrappers): Marshalsea Press, London, 1927.
 
9.  IN SEARCH OF ENGLAND
The journal of a light-hearted motor-car journey through England, being the first of the classic ‘In Search of…’ series. The title was suggested by the Literary Editor of the Daily Express, Beverley Baxter, and first appeared in that newspaper as a series of articles during 1926.
First published: Methuen, London, 2 June 1927. First USA editions (?): National Travel Club, New York, 1928 and McBride, New York, 1928. First Canadian edition (revised): The Book Society of Canada, Agincourt, Canada, 1935.

10.  THE LAND OF THE VIKINGS FROM THAMES TO HUMBER
A guide to the places of interest in the eastern counties of England, covering Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. This book is believed to have been published under the auspices of the London and North-Eastern Railway (LNER). It was advertised in LNER publications around 1930 jointly with two books in a similar format written by Dell Leigh: ‘On the Line’, which describes various aspects of LNER operations; and ‘Cameos of Three Counties: From Humber to Tweed’, about places served by the LNER.
First published: Richard Clay, Suffolk, 1928.

11.  THE CALL OF ENGLAND
The journal of H.V. Morton’s second motor-car journey through England, being a companion volume to ‘In Search of England’.
First published: Methuen, London, 7 June 1928. First USA edition (?): McBride, New York, 1929.

12.  IN SEARCH OF SCOTLAND
The second volume of H.V. Morton’s In Search of… series, which describes his motor-car journey around Scotland. It is based upon a series of features which he wrote originally for the Scottish Daily Express.
First published: Methuen, London, 1 August 1929. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, February 1930

13.  THE SOUL OF SCOTLAND
A pamphlet containing an extract from ‘In Search of Scotland’, which describes the National War Shrine in Edinburgh.
First published: Methuen, London, 1930.

38.  A STRANGER IN SPAIN
The record of a motor-car journey, starting from Madrid and exploring all the regions of Spain.
First published: Methuen, London, 3 February 1955. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1955.

39. A TRAVELLER IN ROME
An exploration of the eternal city, looking at its history, curiosities and contemporary life.
First published: Methuen, London, 29 August 1957. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1957.

40.  THIS IS ROME
A pilgrimage to Rome conducted by Bishop Fulton Sheen, written by H.V. Morton and photographed by Yousuf Karsh.
First published (?): Hawthorn Books, New York, 1959. First Canadian edition (soft covers) (?): Doubleday Image, 1960. First UK editions: The World’s Work, Surrey, January 1960; Caxton, London, 1960.

41.  THIS IS THE HOLY LAND
A pilgrimage to the Holy Land conducted by Bishop Fulton Sheen, written by H.V. Morton and photographed by Yousuf Karsh.
First published: Hawthorn Books, New York, 1961. First UK editions: The World’s Work, Surrey, 1961; Caxton, London, 1961. First Canadian edition (soft covers) (?): Garden City Doubleday/Image Books, 1962.

42.  A TRAVELLER IN ITALY
A journey through northern Italy, starting from Milan then exploring the four regions of Lombardy, Emilia, Venesia and Tuscany.
First published: Methuen, London, 24 September 1964. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1964.

43.  THE WATERS OF ROME
A description of the great fountains and aqueducts of Rome. It was published in the USA with the title ‘The Fountains of Rome’.
First published: The Connoisseur & Michael Joseph, London, 1966.

44.  THE FOUNTAINS OF ROME
A description of the great fountains and aqueducts of Rome. It was first published in the UK with the title ‘The Waters of Rome’.
First published: Giniger/Macmillan, New York, 1966. First UK edition: The Connoisseur & Michael Joseph, London, 1970.

45.  A TRAVELLER IN SOUTHERN ITALY
A journey through southern Italy, starting from Rome, and then exploring the five regions of Abruzzi, Campania, Apulia, Basilicata and Calabria.
First published: Methuen, London, 1969. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1969

46.  H.V. MORTON’S BRITAIN
This volume comprises extracts from ‘In Search of England’, ‘The Call of England’, ‘In Search of Scotland’, ‘In Search of Ireland’, ‘In Search of Wales’, ‘In Scotland Again’, ‘Ghosts of London’, ‘H.V. Morton’s London’ and ‘In Search of London’.
First published: Giniger/Dodd Mead, New York, February 1969. First UK edition: Giniger/Methuen, London, October 1969.

47.  H.V. MORTON’S ENGLAND
This volume comprises extracts from ‘In Search of England’, ‘The Call of England’ and ‘I Saw Two Englands’.
First published: Eyre Methuen, London, 5 June 1975.

48.  THE SPLENDOUR OF SCOTLAND
This volume comprises extracts from ‘In Search of Scotland’ and ‘In Scotland Again’.
First published: Eyre Methuen, London, 11 November 1976. First USA edition: Dodd Mead, New York, February 1977.

49.  THE MAGIC OF IRELAND
This volume comprises extracts from ‘In Search of Ireland’.
First published: Eyre Methuen, London, 17 August 1978. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, October 1978.

50.  IN SEARCH OF THE HOLY LAND
This volume comprises extracts from ‘In the Steps of the Master’.
First published: Eyre Methuen, London, April 1979. First USA edition (?): Dodd Mead, New York, 1979.