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- An Act to Provide for the Regulation of Municipal Corporations in England and Wales

A good copy in paper covers. Small bookseller's label on front cover. Inscription on front cover of "T. Gladstone", probably Sir Thomas Gladstone who was an MP in 1835 and who was an elder brother of William Gladstone, who was to become Prime Minister. Pp.xxxi,196. The early pages are a very useful index. This act, which followed on from the great Reform Act of 1832, provided for town councillors to be elected by ratepayers and for councils to publish their financial accounts. Previously membership of some councils had been for life with vacancies filled by co-option.
Published : George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode, London 1835, First Edition

- An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of Cambridge Parts 1 and 11

Softback. 4ro. A two volume set in very good condition. Pp.cxxix,480. 310 plates. Many diagrams.
Published : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London 1988, Reprint

- Ancient Reliques; Or, Delineations of Monastic, Castellated and Domestic Architecture, and Other Interesting Subjects; With Historical and Descriptive Sketches [2 volumes]

Hardbacks. (6 1/4 inches x 4 inches) A good two volume set in full black leather bindings which show some rubbing to the spines and spine edges. Lettered in gilt and with five raised bands on spine. All edges gilt. Bookplate in each volume with Crown and motto "sans changer" which is the motto of the Earl of Derby. The two volumes are dated 1812 and 1813 respectively. Unpaginated. 48 full-page plates in each volume + engraved half-title + illustration in text at end. Moderate browning/foxing.
Published : W. Clarke et al, London 1813, First Edition

- Black's Guide to North and South Wales

A good copy in green cloth elaborately decorated in gilt on spine (which gives the title as "Black's Picturesque Guide Through Wales"). 407pp + 48pp adverts. Endpaper maps. Frontispiece. 41of 42 illustrations (lacking the illustration at p.174).
Published : Adam & Charles Black, Edinburgh 1867,

- Black's Picturesque Guide to the Isle of Wight

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Pp.x,85 + 112 pages of Black's Guide Book Advertiser which consists mainly of adverts. for hotels. Frontispiece, title page vignette and one other illustration. Folding map. Front endpapers map.
Published : Adam & Charles Black, Edinburgh 1879, Seventh Edition

- Calendar of Various Chancery Rolls A.D.1277 - 1326.

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's dark blue cloth with title in gilt on spine and embossed on front and rear boards.Supplementary Close Rolls, Welsh Rolls and Scutage Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office prepared under the superintendence of The Deputy Keeper of the Records A.D. 1277-1326. pp.ix. 552. This is a nice tight clean copy.
Published : H.M.S.O., London 1912, First Edition

- Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Silver Plate Belonging to the Colleges of the University of Oxford

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with some darkening to the spine. Pp.xii,80 + 73 illustrations at end. Frontispiece. A collective exhibition of the silver of the Oxford colleges. The exhibition "may claim to be an exceptionally complete illustration of the history of the silversmiths' craft in England from medieval times until craftsmanship was debased and commercialized in the latter part of the nineteenth century".
Published : Oxford University Press 1928, First Edition

- City of Cambridge Map Showing Position of Monuments: Plans of King's, St. John's & Trinity Colleges

Four large folding maps/plans in a red box with gilt lettering together with the slip-on paper cover. The box (and plans) are in very good condition. The paper cover is a little marked but otherwise very good. This map volume is a companion to the RCHM Cambridge volumes.
Published : Royal Commission on Historical Monuments,

- Excerpts from Certain Volumes in the Rolls Series Relating to Reform and Revolution 1258-1267

A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Approx. 500pp. Excerpts from "Annales Monastici", Flores Historiarum", "Matthaei Parisiensis Chronica Majora" and "Royal and Other Historical Letters Illustrative of the Reign of Henry 111". The text is in Latin with side-notes in English.
Published : Reprinted for the Board of the Faculty of Modern History University of Oxford 1963, First Edition Thus

- London Town Described and Illustrated

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper wchich has a little wear and tear at the edges. Unpaginated - approx. 100 pages. Consists of photos of London landmarks on one side of each page with text relating to the landmarks on the opposite page.
Published : The Homeland Association, London 1934, Third Edition

- Rambles About Bath and Its Neighbourhood. Based on Dr. Tunstall's Work

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth. Decorated spine and upper board. Spine darkened with some wear to ends and edges. Top edge gilt. Patterned end-papers. No ownership inscription. Pp.xvi,384. Numerous illustrations.
Published : Isaac Pitman & Son, London 1889, Illustrated Edition

- Records of the Woodmen of Arden from 1785 with Roll of Members of the Society and Other Notes Mainly Compiled from the Archives of the Forest

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Bookplate and ownership inscriptions on front fixed end-paper. Pp.[x],152. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. Scarce in first edition.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation 1885, First Edition

- Sylvan's Pictorial Handbook to the English Lakes

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper of a guide book first published in 1847. New forward by John Wyatt. 248pp. Many illus and maps.
Published : Evans & Longley Associates, Dewsbury 1974,

- The Art of the Map-Maker in Essex 1566-1860

4to. A very good copy in a rather chipped dustwrapper. Small ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xv + 30 plates including colour.
Published : Essex County Council 1947, First Edition

- The Book Of Manchester And Salford

A very good copy in original blue cloth with gilt lettering. 249pp. Many illus. The book was written for the 97th annual meeting of the British Medical Association and includes much on education, hospitals, trade and commerce etc. in Manchester and Salford.
Published : George Falkner & Sons, Manchester 1929, First Edition

- The Comical Creatures from Wurtemberg, Including the Story of Reynard the Fox

Hardback. A very good copy in light beige blind-decorated cloth which is lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated and lettered in gilt on the upper board. A clean copy with no ownership inscription and little foxing. Hinges sound. Light yellow end-papers. 96 pages. "With twenty illustrations drawn from the stuffed animals contributed by Herrmann Ploucquet of Stuttgart to the Great Exhibition" (including a folding frontispiece described as a "double plate.") The illustrations are uncoloured. With the exception of " Reynard the Fox" the sketches in the book were written to illustrate the drawings as the stuffed animals were, according to the preface, "one of the cleverest and most popular displays in the Great Exhibition." The book is now protected in a clear, removable, cover.
Published : David Bogue, London 1851, Second Edition

- The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine. An Illustrated Journal, Combining Practical Information, Instruction, and Amusement New Series Vol. II

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine and lettered and decorated in gilt on upper board. Moderate wear to boards. Small ex libris plate on front fixed end-paper. Pp.vii,336. 6 hand-coloured fashion plates. Black and white illustrations in text. The embroidery patterns and needlework designs (which I think came separately) are not present.
Published : S.O. Beeton, London 1861,

- The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine. An Illustrated Journal, Combining Practical Information, Instruction, and Amusement. New Series Vol. IV

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine and lettered and decorated in gilt on upper board. Moderate wear to spine. Small ex libris plate on front fixed end-paper. Pp.iv,284. Six hand-coloured fashion plates. Black and white illustrations in text. Lacks embroidery patterns and needlework designs which, (I think), came separately and have not been bound in. There should possibly also be a preface which is lacking. Contains the issues from November 1861 to April 1862.
Published : S.O. Beeton, London 1862,

- The King's Scholars and King's Hall: Notes on the History of King's Hall, Published on the Six-Hundredth Anniversary of the Writ of Edward 11 Establishing the King's Scholars in the University of Cambridge

A very good copy in white cloth lettered in black. In a plain white, chipped, wrapper with the words "With the Compliments of the Master and Fellows of Trinity College" printed on the front cover. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.iv,91. Frontispiece and one other illustration. Partly unopened. Hand-made paper.
Published : Printed Privately, Cambridge 1917, First Edition

- The Maid of the Mill : Louie Jermy of Poppyland and Her Times 1864-1934

Hardback. No. 905 of 1000 copies. A very good copy in yellow boards decorated in red and with red cloth spine. Much of the original glacine wrapper is still present. A clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.[vi],57 + one page adverts at end. 12 illustrations. The story of Louie Jermy and "some of the famous folk who were her associates" in Beckhythe in Norfolk, later known as Overstrand and dubbed "Poppyland" by a London journalist
Published : Gwen M. Parry, London 1936, First Edition

- The Political State of Europe for the Year [1792 to 1795] Containing an Authentic and Impartial Narrative of Every Military Operation of the Present Belligerent Powers; And a Correct Copy of Every State Paper, Declaration, Manifesto Etc - A Ten Volume Set

Hardbacks. A good, sound, ten volume set in the original full leather binding lettered on the spine in gilt on red title-pieces. The spines show moderate wear and volume 10 lacks the number on the spine. The following is written in ink at the head of the title page of the first volume: "From Mr. Canning's Library June 1828 JG". George Canning was Foreign Secretary, and briefly Prime Minister, of Britain. He died in 1827. "JG" was Sir John Gladstone, a Member of Parliament, Tory supporter of Canning, and father of the British Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone. Each volume bears the library plate of Fasque, the Scottish country home bought by Sir John Gladstone in 1829. Vol. I,pp viii.9-516 + Index. Vol.II,pp.[x],515-987 + Index. Vol.III,pp.viii,9-539 + Index. Vol. IV,pp.x,11-556 + Index. 3 maps. Vol.V,pp.viii,9-635 + Index and publisher's adverts. Map. Vol.VI,pp.viii,9-515 + Index. Vol.VII,pp.viii,9-416 + Index. Vol. VIII,pp.viii,9-510 + Index. Vol.IX,pp.viii,9-634 + Index and publisher's advert. Vol.X,pp.x, 1-536 (including Index). Includes "a correct translation of the debates and proceedings of the National Convention of France and an accurate survey of the politics and conduct of the neutral powers." "Gentlemen----will find this work contain a more full and accurate statement of the affairs of Europe, at this interesting moment, than any other publication whatever. It is the only work now printing that is entirely devoted to the plan of a Repository of Public Events." Photographs on request.
Published : J. S. Jordan, London, First Edition

Mather John R. - The Birds of Yorkshire: An Account of Their Historical and Present Status and Distribution

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a removable sleeve. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to a friend. 613 pages. 119 black and white plates. Distribution maps. End-paper maps. Described as the first major study for thirty years of the avifauna of the old county of Yorkshire.
Published : Croom Helm, London 1986, First Edition

Speakman, Colin - The Nut Brown Maid and other Dales Stories

Illustrated by Geoffrey Cowton.
Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 163 pages. A collection of thirteen famous stories from the Yorkshire Dales.
Published : Allanwood Books, Pudsey West Yorkshire 1986, First Edition

"Examiner" - History as She is Wrote

A very good copy in a good if somewhat soiled dustwrapper which is a little torn and chipped. 88 pages. Remarks on the nature and significance of "howlers" and a humorous retelling of the history of England "from these neglected documentary sources".
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1930, First Edition

"F. R. C. S. " - Glimpses of Ancient Hackney and Stoke Newington

Hardback. 4to. A good plus copy in brown cloth decorated in black on upper board and lettered in gilt on spine. Bookplate. Some edge and end-paper foxing. 288 pages. Frontispiece. Errata slip. Originally appeared as a series of Articles in the Hackney Mercury.
Published : A. T. Roberts, Son & Co, Hackney 1893, First Edition

"Oxonian" - Israel's Wanderings: Or, the Scuths, the Saxons, and the Kymry: a Connected Account, Tracing the Lost Tribes of Israel Into the British Isles

Hardback. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in black. Some wear to spine ends and board edges. Pp.111,[2],156. 6 maps. An attempt to prove that "we, the British Nation, are of the favoured stock of Abraham, the "Friend of God" - none other, indeed, than the "Lost Tribes" of Israel".
Published : R. Folkard & Son, London 1892, Third Edition

Adams Percy W L. (Editor) - Gnosall Parish Register

Hardback. A good copy in the original boards. Lacks paper title label on spine. Smallish library label at foot of front board but no internal markings. Pp.xii,213. Partly unopened. Covers period from 1572 to 1699 according to title page but there are entries to 1785.
Published : Staffordshire Parish Registers Society 1922, First Edition

Aldin Cecil - Old Manor Houses

Hardback. A very good, bright copy in grey cloth with attractively decorated spine. In a good dustwrapper which has a few smallish chips and tears. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. Some end-paper foxing but generally clean internally. 109 pages. 12 tissue-guarded plates and other tinted and black and white illustrations. Decorated end-papers.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1923, First Edition

Allday D. Helen - Insurrection in Wales the Rebellion of the Welsh Led By Owen Glyn Dwr (Glendower) Against the English Crown in 1400

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Pp.xii,182. Frontispiece map and 38 illustrations.
Published : Terence Dalton Ltd, Lavenham, Suffolk 1981, First Edition

Almy Percival H.W. - Torquay with Its Surroundings a Handbook for Residents and Visitors

Hardback. Nd. c. 1918. A very good copy in dark greyish/green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and in white on the upper board. 96 pages + xxiiipp adverts. 4 plates + illustrations in the text. Folding map of the country around Torquay and street plan of Torquay loosely inserted. This is no. 57 of the Homeland Handbooks.
Published : The Homeland Association Ltd, London,

Andrews William (Editor) - Bygone Northumberland

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 268pp. Frontispiece and 6 illustrations. First published in 1899 the book tells of Border battles, saints, gipsy life etc.
Published : S. R. Publishers Ltd. 1970, Reprint

Andrews William (Editor) - Old Church Life

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Ownership inscription. 269 pages + adverts. Illustrated. Chapters on "Old English Wedding Sermons", "Burials Without Coffins", "Outrageois Conduct in Church", "Churches in War-Time" etc.
Published : William Andrews & Co, London 1900, First Edition

Angelsey, the Marquess of (Introduction) - All the Queen's Horses : The Art of Lynne Gleason

Illustrated by Lynne Gleason.
Hardback. A fine copy in dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. In a very good slipcase. No. 438 of 950 copies. SIGNED by the artist. Pp.v,182 + list of subscribers, a photograph of the artist and threee fold-out plates at the end. The book is a record of two years work by Lynne Gleason with The Household Cavalry, The King's Troop, Royal Horse Artillery and The Royal Mews and includes all of the series of paintings which she produced. The text is provided by the Marquess of Angelsey who is the official biographer of the British Cavalry. The Foreword is by Princess Anne. A corrigenda slip is loosely inserted. "This limited edition beautifully presented book will be treasured by all who love horses, art, or who appreciate a very special record of some of the finest traditions still extant at the end of this millennium."
Published : Alexander Associates, Fowey, Cornwall 1997, First Subscribers Edition

Apperson G.L. - Bygone London Life Pictures from a Vanished Past

A good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt. Fading to spine (and spine lettering). Black end-papers. Ownership inscription. Pp.xii,170. Many illustrations. Chapters on "Old Time Restaurants", "The Coffee-Houses", "Some Old London Swells", "Old London Museums" and "Old London Characters".
Published : Elliot Stock, London 1903, First Edition

Ashmore Owen - The Industrial Archaeology of Lancashire

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. 352 pages. Numerous illustrations. A volume in "The Industrial Archaeology of the British Isles series.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1969, First Edition

Ashmore Owen - The Industrial Archaeology of Lancashire

A very good copy in a near vg dustwrapper which has one half inch closed tear and a little wear at top of spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 352pp. Many illustrations.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1969, First Edition

Astley H.J. Dukinfield (Editor) - Memorials of Old Norfolk

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth which is darkened on the spine. Top edge gilt. Pp.xiii,357 + adverts. Frontispiece and 58 illustrations.
Published : Bemrose & Sons, London 1908, First Edition

Atkinson Harold Waring - The Families of Atkinson of Roxby (Lincs.) And Thorne and Dearman of Braithwaite and Familes Connected with Them Especially Atkinson - Busfeild, Barnes, Beavington, Birchall, Edwards. Miller, Neave, Ransome, Rooke, Sessions, Sinclair, Somerford, Stanley -

Hardback. 4to. A near very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. Moderate (damp?) fading towards the top of upper and lower board not affecting the spine and not affecting the book internally. Ownership inscriptions on title page. 520 pages. Facsimile signatures, portraits, maps and plans, and pictures of residences. Loose insertions include a short, hand-written letter by the author, an eight page prospectus for the book and a sheet of typed appreciations of the book.
Published : Published By the Author, Northwood, Middlesex 1933, First Edition

Atkinson Rev. J. C. - Memorials of Old Whitby or Historical Gleanings from Ancient Whitby Records

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. A moderate amount of fading to the boards. Smallish ownership label on front fixed end-paper otherwise a nice copy internally. Pp.xix,332. 22 illustrations including fold-out plan.
Published : Macmillan, London 1894, First Edition

Awbery G.M. - The Syntax of Welsh a Transformational Study of the Passive

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which shows a few signs of wear at the edges.,243. Described as "the first full-length study of a Celtic language from the standpoint of modern linguistic theory".
Published : Cambridge University Press 1976, First Edition

Baddeley John James - The Guildhall of the City of London Together with a Short Account of Its Historic Associations and the Municipal Work Carried on Therein

A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Presentation copy from the Corporation of the City of London to an MP. 206 pages. Illustrated.
Published : Simpkin Marshall Hamilton Kent &co, London 1899, Second Edition

Bailey, Richard N.; Cramp, Rosemary - Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani: Corpus of Sculpture of the Roman World: Great Britain Volume I Fascicule 3 Yorkshire

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Pp.xiv,80 + 37 plates at end.
Published : Oxford University Press for the British Academy 1983, First Edition

Baker J.H. - The Order of Serjeants at Law ; A Chronicle of Creations with Related Texts and a Historical Introduction

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little wear to spine ends. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xxvi,610. Some pencil marginalia to first two chapters only. 16 pages of plates. Illustrations in text. Traces the history, customs etc of the order of serjeants at law and contains a list of all known members of the order including short biographies and dates of death where known.
Published : Selden Society, London 1984, First Edition

Barber, Chris - Eastern Valley: The Story of Torfaen

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Pasted to front end-paper is a printed card of best wishes from the council and mayor of Torfaen. 324 pages. Many illustrations. A history of the County Borough of Torfaen in Wales.
Published : Blorenge Books, Abergavenny 1999, First Edition

Barfield Samuel - Thatcham, Berks. And Its Manors Volume I Text and Volume II Appendices

Hardback. Large 4to. A very good two volume set. A little wear to spine ends. Browning to end-papers. Presentation slip from the author's executors tipped-in. Smallish piece missing from blank front end-paper of first volume. Some foxing to a few early/late pages but otherwise clean. Pp.xx,360; xii,368. Maps and illustrations as listed. [Please note that these two heavy volumes will require extra postage].
Published : James Parker & Co, Oxford and London 1901, First Edition

Barlow T. Worthington (Editor) - The Cheshire and Lancashire Historical Collector Vol. I

Hardback. A good copy in dark red cloth. A little wear to spine ends. 140 pages. Includes the first 12 issues of the periodical which aimed to "become a receptacle for those scraps of information relating to local history which at present are bandied about as mere "waifs and strays" and may, unless secured, be ere long lost to us for ever".
Published : W. Kent & Co, London 1853, First Edition Thus

Baum R. K. - Antique Maps of Leicestershire

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.[x],74. Map, and other, illustrations, many folding.
Published : The Book House, Loughborough and De Elarge Syston 1972, First Edition

Beale Mrs. Catherine Hutton (Editor) - Catherine Hutton and Her Friends

Hardback. A very good copy in light green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine dulled. Bookplate. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.vii,264 including six page list of subscribers. Partly unopened. Catherine Hutton lived from 1756 to 1846 and was an English novelist and letter-writer who correponded with Charles Dickens, Edward Bulmer-Lytton and others.
Published : Cornish Brothers, Birmingham 1895, First Edition

Bedford, Rev. W.K. Riland - Three Hundred Years of a Family Living, Being a History of the Rilands of Sutton Coldfield

Hardback. A very good copy in light green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Spine darkened. Bookplate of a member of the Ryland family. Pp.ix,[i],175 + 4 page list of subscribers. Folding map frontispiece + 4 illustrations.
Published : Cornish Brothers, Birmingham 1889, First Edition

Belloc Hilaire - Mrs. Markham's New History of England Being an Introduction for Young People to the Current History & Institutions of Our Time

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in light blue cloth with paper title labels to spine and upper board. In a fair to good dustwrapper which has a few edge chips/tears. Some browning to end-papers and lengthy pencilled inscription on front free end-paper otherwise a clean copy internally. 109 pages. Wood engraved frontispiece and upper board label. by Hester Sainsbury. A humorous history of England.
Published : The Cayme Press, Kensington 1926, First Edition