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Godfrey John T. - Notes on an Old Baptist Family: Ward of Nottingham

A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt. Bookplate. 46 pages + index. 22 illustrations. Folding family tree.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation, Nottingham 1900, First Edition

Godfrey Walter H. (Introduction) - English Mural Monuments and Tombstones

4to. A good copy in mauve cloth which is faded on the spine. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. Introduction of 15pp + 84 photographs of 17th and 18th century wall tablets, table tombs and headstones selected by Herbert Batsford as representative examples of the beautiful and traditional types in English parish churches.
Published : B. T. Batsford Ltd, London 1916, First Edition

Goldstrom J.M. (Introduction) - The Working Classes in the Victorian Age Debates on the Issue from 19th Century Critical Journals Volume II Urban Conditions 1839-1848

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is a little faded on the spine (but leaving the lettering clear). A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. A volume in the "Victorian Social Conscience" series.
Published : Gregg International 1973, First Edition

Goldsworthy, Andy; Craig, David - Arch

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 80 pages. 35 colour illustrations. An account of the travels of a stone arch, built by Goldsworthy, on a journey along drove roads from Galloway through Cumbria to Kirby Lonsdale.
Published : Thames & Hudson, London 1999, First Edition

Goodsall Robert H. - A Third Kentish Patchwork

Hardback. A very good copy in a good, price-clipped dustwrapper. Foxing to end-papers. 159 pages. Many illustrations. Chapters on Kentish customs, Strange streams, Kitchen crafts etc.
Published : Stedehill Publications 1970, First Edition

Gray-Jones, Arthur - A History of Ebbw Vale

Hardback. A very good copy. In a near very good dustwrapper which has a little wear and tear at top of spine. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.273,[7]. Illustrations. Maps.
Published : Gwent Libraries,Gwent County Council 1992,

Green John Albert - Bibliography of the Town of Heywood

Hardback. 12mo. A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt. A number of stamps of Douglas public library but no other library markingss. 113 pages. A bibliography of "books, pamphlets, etc. written by natives or residents of, and printed at or relating to, Heywood"
Published : Printed at the "Advertiser" Office, Heywood 1902, First Edition

Grey, Edwin - Cottage Life in a Hertfordshire Village

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has two closed edge tears. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 253 pages. Illustrated. First published in 1934 this book is described as "a unique account of what life in Harpenden was like in mid-Victorian times." This edition has an Introduction by F.M.L. Thompson.
Published : Harpenden and District Local History Society, Harpenden 1977,

Gribble Francis - The Romance of the Cambridge Colleges

A good copy in light blue cloth. Fore-edge and end-paper foxing. 268 pages + 32pp adverts. 16 illustrations.
Published : Mills & Boon, London 1913, First Edition

Grose Francis - The Antiquities of England and Wales Vols. II - VIII

Hardbacks. Published between 1784 and 1787. Seven volumes of eight lacking volume I. In a full brown tree calf binding attractively decorated in gilt on the spines and lettered in gilt on a red title piece with a separate black piece for the volume number. Hinges sound. Marbled end-papers. Numerous engraved plates with tissue guards, maps (some hand-coloured) and plans, all collated. A very good, clean, set with very little foxing and no ownership inscription. Photographs available on request.
Published : S. Hooper, London 1784,

Gross Alexander - The "Geographia" Plan of London

Large coloured folding cloth-backed plan of London divided into half mile squares. Undated but probably c.1920. Accompanied by a 62 page guide to London which lists places of interest, theatres etc but which is mainly a street index to the map. All in a pink cover. Advert at front is torn but overall a good copy.
Published : Geographia, London,

Haime John W. - The Haimes a Dorset Family

Hardback. A very good copy in a dustwrapper which is also very good but for the word "Dorset" having been written in ink on the spine. No ownership inscription and very little foxing. Pp.xiv,100. 4 illustrations. Described as "a moving picture of human activity over more than 700 years" and as a "window on Dorset's past".
Published : Published By the Author 1970, First Edition

Harrison B. J. D. And Dixon G. (Editors) - Guisborough Before 1900

A fine copy in a half-leather binding with marbled boards. In a near fine dustwrapper. Pp.xiv,241. Frontispiece and 40 plates. 15 maps and plans. "This fine work has been revised, augmented and reset in this new edition. It will remain the definitive history of the town for many years to come."
Published : MTD Rigg Publications, Guiseley, Leeds 1994,

Herbert W. - Antiquities of the Inns of Court and Chancery; Containing Historical and Descriptive Sketches Relative to Their Original Foundation, Customs, Ceremonies, Buildings, Government Etc with a Concise History of the English Law

A rather poor, disbound copy only the leather spine still being present. Bookplate. Top corner missing from title page. Appears complete. Pp.xii,377 + index + page of "Directions to the Binder" which is loose. 24 plates all present. A little underlining and marginal annotation. A reading or rebinding copy.
Published : Vernor and Hood, London 1804, First Edition

Hewitt H.J. - The Organization of War Under Edward 111 1338-62

A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. Pp.ix,206. 4 plates. 4 maps, including folding map at rear. Shows how non-combatants were involved by the war between England and France during the years 1338-1362.
Published : Manchester University Press 1966, First Edition

Hissey James John - On Southern English Roads

Hardback. A good copy in the original cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Board tips worn. Hinges cracked. Previous owner's small ex libris label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xiv,[i],423 + 8pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and 15 illustrations + folding map at end of book. Described as "an unvarnished record of a restful, health-giving holiday spent in driving [i.e. by horse and carriage] about the peace-bestowing English country---."
Published : Richard Bentley & Son, London 1896, First Edition

Holme Charles (Editor) - The Gardens of England in the Southern & Western Counties

Hardback. 4to. A good plus copy in the original green cloth which is a little worn at the spine ends. Gift inscription on front fixed end-paper. Not foxed. Pp.xxxvii + 136 full-page plates of which 8 are in colour. Preliminary articles on "The History of Garden-Making", "The Principles of Garden-Making", and "Notes on the Illustrations."
Published : The Studio, London 1907, First Edition

Horn, Pamela - The Victorian Country Child

A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which is a little faded/marked on the spine. Pp.xvi,244. Frontispiece and 16 illustrations.
Published : The Roundwood Press 1974, First Edition

Howells B.E.(editor) - A Calendar of Letters Relating to North Wales

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 287pp. 5 pedigree tables. Letters written between 1533 and circa 1700.
Published : University of Wales Press, Cardiff 1967, First Edition

Howitt William - The Rural Life of England

Hardback. A good plus copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription and only a little end-paper foxing. Pp.xxiv,615 + one page publisher's adverts. Wood engravings by Bewick and S. Williams. A fascinating look at country life in early Victorian England.
Published : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts and Green, London 1862,

Hudson Kenneth - The Industrial Archaeology of Southern England

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 286pp. Illustrations and diagrams.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1968,

Hughes Gareth - One Hundred Years of Scarlet

Hardback. 4ro. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.viii,282. Many illustrations. A celebration of Llanelli rugby club.
Published : Llanelli Rugby Football Club 1983, First Edition

Hughes Philip - The Reformation in England: I "The King's Proceedings; II Religio Depopulata; III "True Religion Now Established"

Hardback. A very good three volume set in rather torn dustwrappers. Vol. III is a first edition. The other two volumes are reprints. Each volume has a single stamp of a church on its front end-paper. More than 1200 pages in total. Maps and illustrations.
Published : Hollis & Carter, London 1954,

Hulme Harold - The Life of Sir John Eliot 1592 to 1632 Struggle for Parliamentary Freedom

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper somewhat darkened on the spine. 423pp. 4 illustrations. Eliot was a great parliamentarian who constantly struggled to maintain the privileges of the House of Commons and who died for his belief in freedom of speech.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1957, First Edition

Hutchinson Mrs. L - Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham Castle and Town

A very good copy in original olive green cloth with gilt lettering. Bookplate. 523pp. Frontis (loose). The volume also includes the life of Mrs. Hutchinson written by herself and an account of the siege of Latham House defended by the Countess of Derby against Sir Thomas Fairfax.
Published : Henry G. Bohn, London 1863,

James H.E.M. And W.A. - Extracts from the Pedigrees of James of Barrock No. 3 Containing the Descent of the Following Families: 1. James. 10. Hill. 11. Featherstonhaygh Corrected as Far as Possible Up to June 1913

Hardback. Small folio. A good copy with some wear and fading to board edges. Marbled end-papers. No ownership inscription. 24 pages of text + 5 folding pedigrees (3 relating to James and one each relating to Hill and Featherstonhaugh). Frontispiece and illustrations in text.
Published : Privately Printed, Exeter 1913, First Edition

James N.D.G. - A History of English Forestry

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Many black and white illustrations which include 2 maps. 339 pages. Near very good complete dustwrapper (now protected in a removable sleeve) which is faded on spine and along the top inch or so of both front and rear panel.
Published : Basil Blackwell, Oxford 1981, First Edition

Jerrold Douglas et al - Heads of the People: Or, Portraits of the English [2 Vols. Complete]

Illustrated by Kenny Meadows.
A good plus two volume set in the original green boards lettered in gilt on the spines. Some fading to the boards especially the spines. Small ownership inscription dated 1866 in first volume. Vol. I, Pp.x,400 . 52 illustrations. Vol. II, Pp.viii,385. 56 illustrations. Essays by William Thackeray, Leigh Hunt, Mrs. S.C. Hall and others. "English faces, and records of English character, make up the present work ----the aim of which is to preserve the impress of the present age; to record its virtues, its follies, its moral contradictions, and its crying wrongs." An intersting look at early Victorian England.
Published : Henry G. Bohn, London 1864,

Johnson The Rev. Herbert and Tapley-Soper H. (Editors) - The Register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of the Parish of Lustleigh, Devon 1631-1837 and Extracts from the Bishops' Transcripts 1608-1811

Hardback. A very good copy in light grey cloth. Top edge gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xi,114.
Published : The Devon and Cornwall Record Society, Exeter 1930, First Edition

Jones J.H. - The Tinplate Industry with Special Reference to Its Relations with the Iron and Steel Industries: a Study in Economic Organisation

Hardback. A very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Bears a number of stamps from a newspaper library. Pp.xx,280. A study of the tinplate industry of South Wales.
Published : P.S. King & Son, London 1914, First Edition

Kearsley G. - Kearsley's Complete Peerage of England, Scotland and Ireland; Together with an Extinct Peerage of the Three Kingdoms, List of All Their Family Names, Titles of Elder Sons Etc and Translation of Their Mottos

Hardback. 24mo. A good copy in a moderately worn full leather binding with red title-piece lettered in gilt. Small piece worn away from top of spine. Bookplate (John Buchanan Esq. of Strathyre) and two old ownership inscriptions by other members of the Buchanan family. Hinges sound. Not foxed. Pp.xl,536. Frontispiece of King George III in his parliamentary robes. 80 pages of plates.
Published : Geo. Kearsley, London 1796,

Kerrell-Vaughan, A.R. - The Government of the English Village

A very good copy with pictorial front cover. No ownership inscription. A little end-paper foxing. 55 pages. A look at English local government in rural areas as it existed towards the middle of the 20th century.
Published : Staples Press, London 1946, First Edition

Knight Charles - Old England: a Pictorial Museum of Regal, Ecclesiastical, Municipal, Baronial and Popular Antiquities Vols. I and II

Hardback. Nd c. 1860? Folio. A good two volume set in red cloth bindings lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. Some wear to board tips and spine ends. Front hinges of volume I strengthened. Vol.I,pp.iv,392. Some endpaper foxing. 18 full page colour lithographs. Many black and white illustrations. Vol.ii,pp.v,404. 22 full page colour lithographs(one with some damage at foot). Many black and white illustrations. Quite a handsome set but very heavy and will incur extra postage.
Published : James Sngster, London,

Lamb Lynton - County Town Backs and Fronts in Kennelsford

A very good copy in a good, virtually complete, dustwrapper with one or two small tears. The dustwrapper is not price-clipped and is now protected. 144pp. 61 line drawings by the author. An image of life in an English provincial town.
Published : Eyre & Spottiswoode, London 1950, First Edition

Laver James - Victorian Vista

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected. 256pp. Many full-page illustrations including colour. An informative and interesting account of many aspects of the Victorian age.
Published : Hulton Press, London 1954, First Edition

Laws Edward - The History of Little England Beyond Wales, and the Non-Kymric Colony Settled in Pembrokeshire

4to. A good copy (rebound?) in plain red boards lettered in gilt on spine. Spine a little faded and torn at foot. Front end-paper creased. Some foxing to end-papers. Pp.xvi,iv,458 + corrigenda page. Numerous illustrations, some full-page. A history of Pembrokeshire.
Published : George Bell and Sons, London 1888, First Edition

Lewis Samuel - The Book of English Rivers: An Account of the Rivers of England and Wales Particularizing Their Respective Courses, Their Most Striking Scenery and the Chief Places of Interest on Their Banks

Small 8vo. A good copy in dark blue cloth which is worn at the head of the spine. Bookplate. Front hinges cracked. 447pp.
Published : Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, London 1855, First Edition

Lipscomb F.W. - Heritage Of Sea Power The Story Of Portsmouth

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 256pp. Illus. Includes much on England's naval heritage.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1967, First Edition

Lockhart R. H. Bruce - Your England

Hardback. A verry good copy in a good plus dustwrapper with fairly minor edge tears. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to Lily MacSween (who was to become Compton Mackenzie's third wife).,303. A Scotsman's take on England and the English.
Published : Putnam, London 1955, First Edition

Longmate Norman - How We Lived Then : A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War

Hardback. A very good copy. In a very good dustwrapper which shows just a little edge wear. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xv,568. Black and white illustrations. Tells how the inhabitants of the British Isles lived during the six years of the Second World War. A common enough book but much less common in first edition in dustwrapper.
Published : Hutchinson, London 1971, First Edition

Lucy Henry W. - A Diary of Two Parliaments. The Disraeli Parliament. 1874-1880

A good copy in red cloth which shows some fading to the spine. Small bookplate. Ownership inscriptions. Pp.viii,520 + 8pp publisher's adverts. Frontispiece. The author was one of the most famous English political journalists of the Victorian era.
Published : Cassell, London 1885,

MacDermot Edward T. - The History of the Forest of Exmoor

A very good copy in a near very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. A superficial stain (approx. one inch in diameter) to the top edge of the book does not affect it internally. Gift inscription on front free end-paper. Pp.xvi,480. 8 original maps and illustrations + 11 photographs not included in the original edition. Introduction by R. J. Sellick.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1973,

MacGillivray, Royce - Restoration Historians and the English Civil War

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has two small closed edge tears. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xi,264. This is a study of the histories of the English Civil War, or aspects of it, written up to 1702 when the first volume of Clarendon's History of the Rebellion was published (Clarendon being one of the historians studied).
Published : Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague 1974, First Edition

Mader, Gunter; Neubert-Mader, Laila - The English Formal Garden: Five Centuries of Design

Square 4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 232 pages. More than 200 illustrations, many in colour, and plans. The book "offers an authoritative account of the development, features, leading originators and sources of the English formal garden style."
Published : Aurum Press Ltd, London 1997,

Malan A.H. (Editor) - More Famous Homes of Great Britain and Their Stories

4to. A very good copy bound in a full red leather gilt-tooled binding attractively decorated in gilt on the spine with five raised bands. Some surface rubbing. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xx,337. Numerous photographic illustrations. Includes Compton Wynyates, Levens Hall, Naworth Castle, Cotehele, Longleat, Glamis, Mount Edgcumbe, Blickling Hall, Rufford Abbey, Wilton House, Inveraray and Knole.
Published : G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London 1900, First Edition

Manley William - A Collection of the Laws of the Customs Now in Force to Prevent Frauds and Abuses in the Revenue and the Illegal Importation and Exportation of Prohibited and Uncustomed Goods

Hardback. A good copy which has been rebound with marbled boards and a leather (or pretend leather) spine which is lettered and decorated in gilt. New end-papers. Ownership inscription - "Abel Hicks, his book--"dated 1742. A fair amount of foxing/soiling mostly towards the page edges. The last few pages are torn, with a little loss, at the top edge. Pp.viii,285 + "a list of all the head ports, member ports, creeks etc in England and Wales, shewing all the lawful keys, wharfs etc ---with their proper uses and dsimensions"; Forms of Proceedings in Customs matters; "The opinions of council in particular doubtful cases"; an index; and "A table of all the Acts which have any relation to the Customs." All these latter parts are unpaginated. The main part of the book is an abridgment of the Acts relating to Customs. There is also an Introduction. The book is intended to contain everything the Customs Officer of 1742 needed to know when carrying out his duties. A scarce work and a fascinating piece of history.
Published : Printed By Thomas Baskett and Robert Baskett, for Robert Vincent, at the Crown and Scepter, in Ludgate-street, London 1742, First Edition

Mann James A. - The Cotton Trade of Great Britain: Its Rise, Progress and Present Extent,

Hardback. A good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Cloth a little torn at spine ends. Pp.vii,134. 36 statistical tables, some folding.
Published : Simpkin Marshall & Co, London 1860, First Edition

Markham Christopher A. - The Proverbs of Northamptonshire

A very good copy of this slim volume in original red cloth lettered in gilt. Presentation copy from the author. 39pp. Scarce.
Published : Stanton & Son 1897, First Edition