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

- 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. Map on front end-papers.
Published : Adam & Charles Black, Edinburgh 1879,

- 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,

- 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,

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

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,

- 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. Photographs available on request.
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,

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

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

"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

[Evans, David morier] - The City; or, the Physiology of London Business; with Sketches on 'Change, and at the Coffee Houses

Hardback. A good copy in the original brown blind-stamped boards lettered in gilt on the spine. Boards a bit marked. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.xii,211 + 4pp publisher's adverts. Evans was a city financial journalist who wrote for the Times, the Stock Exchange Gazette etc. This is his account of the life of the city of London in the early 1840s including banks, the stock exchange, speculation on railway stocks, the Rothschilds, the coffee houses where business was carried out etc. Scarce in first edition. Photographs available on request.
Published : Baily Brothers, London 1845, First 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

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,

Anglesey, 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 Anglesey 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,

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

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

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,

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

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,

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

Bennett Michael - The Battle of Bosworth

Nd. c. 1993. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. 197pp. 75 illus. 3 maps. Originally published in 1985 to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle.
Published : Alan Sutton, Stroud,

Benson, E.F. - The Outbreak of War 1914

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. The wrapper has small chips to the spine-ends, a couple of closed tears and shows some darkening to the spine. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper and on title page. 169 pages + one page bibliography and two pages of publisher's adverts. 8 illustrations. Memories of the England that existed immediately prior to the outbreak of the First World War.
Published : Peter Davies Ltd., London 1933, First Edition

Billings Robert William - Architectural Antiquities of the County of Durham

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. One small damp stain at foot of lower board. 64pp + 64 engravings. First published in 1846.
Published : Frank Graham, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1974,

Bingley Rev. W. - North Wales Delineated from Two Excursions Through All the Interesting Parts of That Highly Beautiful and Romantic Country, and Intended as a Guide to Future Tourists

Hardback. A good copy in a half leather binding with marbled boards. Gilt faded on spine lettering. Some scuffing to boards. No ownership inscription. About 18 pages affected by a larger than usual brown foxing spot. Pp.xxiv,532. Folding map. Frontispiece (quite badly foxed) and one other plate.
Published : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, London 1814,

Blomefield Francis - An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, Containing a Description of the Towns, Villages and Hamlets with the Foundations of Monasteries, Churches, Chapels, Chantries, and Other Religious Buildings

Hardbacks. Vols. 1-10 (of 11). Published between 1805 and 1809. Uniformly bound in a half-leather binding with marbled boards and end-papers. Bookplate in each volume. A good to very good set internally. Externally poor to good with a couple of volumes having detached boards/spines and others with torn/ chipped spines. Lacks the plan of the city of Norwich in volume 3; the monument of Edmund Hobart in volume 4; the plan of King's Lynn in volume 8; and the map of marshland in volume 9. All other plates present and all pedigrees present. A little, mainly end-paper, foxing but generally quite a clean set. Photographs available on request. [Please note extra postage will be required for this large set].
Published : William Miller, London 1805,

Blomfield J. C. - History of Middleton and Somerton

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy of what may originally have been a paper-covered publication but which has been bound in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Blindstamp of previous owner. 160 pages. An old portrait of Sir Thos. Middleton has been loosely laid in. A history of two Oxfordshire parishes. Uncommon.
Published : J. W. Arrowsmith, Bristol 1888, First Edition

Bloom, J. Harvey - English Tracts, Pamphlets and Printed Sheets: A Bibliography Vol.II (Early Period) 1473-1650. Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription. A little edge foxing. Pp.xxviii,459. Frontispiece and six illustrations. The book "brings together for the first time the various editions of the tracts, pamphlets and printed sheets concerning" the counties covered. The book is now protected in a clear removable cover.
Published : Wallace Gandy, London 1923, First Edition

Bolam C. G. et al - The English Presbyterians from Elizabethan Puritanism to Moden Unitarianism

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 297 pages + publisher's adverts. Frontispiece.
Published : George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London 1968, First Edition

Boyce Anne Ogden - Records of a Quaker Family: The Richardsons of Cleveland

Hardback. 4to. A near very good copy in green cloth with paper title label lettered in black. A little foxing. Largely unopened. Pp.xii,298,xxii,3. "With portraits of Isobel Casson and one of her sisters, Jonathan Proestman and John Richardson Procter." This book was published in two editions, one containing nine pedigree tables and an index to the marriages contained in them and one without. This copy is without the pedigree tables. It does have an alphabetical list of marriages and "Corrections and Additions to the Marriage Index."
Published : West, Newman & Co, London 1889, First Edition

Brittain F. and Playford H.B. - South Mymms the Story of a Parish

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Slight fading to spine but lettering clear. Gift inscription which appears to be from author. A little edge foxing but clean internally. Pp.xvi,176. 18 illustrations. Map end-papers. The story of a Middlesex parish.
Published : W. Heffer & Sons, Cambridge 1931, First Edition

Brittain F. and Playford H.B. - The Jesus College Boat Club Cambridge

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. A little spotted on lower board. No ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.xv,298. 20 illustrations + folding chart at end and end-paper maps. This is a history of the club from its foundation together with detailed records of the Club's racing activiities from 1886. There are also several tables containing information about Cambridge rowing which is not collected elsewhere. Remains of dustwrapper loosely inserted.
Published : W. Heffer & Sons, Cambridge 1928, First Edition

Brooks Clive and Boyd-Smith Peter - A History of Southampton in Picture Postcards

Oblong 4to. A fine copy in a fine price-clipped dustwrapper. 88pp. More than 250 illustrations including colour.
Published : Ensign Publications, Southampton 1989, First Edition

Buck, Anne - Thomas Lester : His Lace and the East Midlands Industry 1820-1905

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which shows some fading. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.x,108. Frontispiece and 54 illustrations. A study of the hand-made lace industry in the east Midlands in the 19th century and of Thomas Lester a key figure in the industry.
Published : Ruth Bean 1981, First Edition

Buckrose, J. E. - War-Time in Our Street: The Story of Some Companies Behind the Firing Line

Hardback. A very good copy in light grey cloth lettered in black and decorated on the upper board. Some edge foxing but no ownership inscription and largely clean internally. 158 pages. A fictionalised account of life in Britain during the First World War.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1917, First Edition

Burn, John Southerden - Registrum Ecclesiae Parochialis : The History of Parish Registers in England: Also of the Registers of Scotland, Ireland, the East and West Indies, the Dissenters, and the Episcopal Chapels in and about London, with Observations on Bishops' Transcripts, a

Hardback. Cloth. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.viii,296. First published in 1829 this is a reprint of the revised and enlarged second edition of 1862.
Published : EP Publishing Ltd. 1976,