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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

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

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

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

Martineau Harriet - A Complete Guide to the English Lakes

Hardback. 16mo. Nd. 1850s/60s. A fair plus copy in the original dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and lettered in gilt on the upper board. Cloth a little torn at top of spine. Board tips worn. Lower front hinge cracked. 210 pages + prelims, directory, adverts etc. Eleven steel-engraved plates. Six drawings of which two are folding. Two plates of hotels in adverts. section. Lacks geological map.
Published : John Garnett, Windermere,

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

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

Mathew David - The Social Structure in Caroline England

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with a few small edge tears. No ownership inscription. Some fore-edge foxing. 140pp. A survey of life in England during the reign of Charles the First.
Published : Oxford University Press 1948, First Edition

McLynn, F.J. - The Jacobite Army in England 1745: The Final Campaign

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. Top edge foxing but otherwise clean. Pp.ix,210. Map.
Published : John Donald Publishers Ltd., Edinburgh 1983, First Edition

Merrick Rice - A Book of Glamorganshire's Antiquities

Hardback. Folio. A good copy in plain boards with no title lettering. Neat ownership inscription dated 1840 on title page. Small title-page vignette. Pp.vii,68. Numerous minor corrections/amendments to the text in ink and pencil. This, and the plain boards, perhaps mean that this was used as a proof copy. Foxing to endpapers and a little sporadic foxing in text. This work was written in 1578 but not published till this edition of 1825. According to the publisher's preface he printed only 50 copies. This very early local history of Glamorganshire is certainly scarce in first edition.
Published : Sir T. Phillipps 1825, First Edition

Middleton, Sir Arthur E. - Sir Gilbert De Middleton: And the Part he Took in the Rebellion in the North of England in 1317

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in the original green boards quarter backed in light brown and lettered in gilt. A nice clen copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xi,[3],118. The story of the seizure by Sir Gilbert de Middleton of the Bishop of Durham and robbery of two Cardinals of Rome in 1317 which "was the beginning of the rebellion against the misgovernment of Edward II, a rebellion which was never quite extinguished, and was only ended by his deposition ten years later."
Published : Mawson Swan & Morgan, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1918, First Edition

Miller Edward - The History and Antiquities of Doncaster and Its Vicinity, with Anecdotes of Eminent Men

Hardback. 4to. Nd. [1804]. A good copy in a half-leather binding. Lettered in gilt on dark green title-piece. Spine decorated in gilt and with five raised bands. Marbled end-papers and edges. Ownership inscriptions. Pp.xii,397,xlv. The map frontispiece is coming loose and has a tear to one fold and to the edge. 11 full-page engraved plates + smaller illustrations in text. Some pencilled side and under-lining.
Published : W. Sheardown, Doncaster, First Edition

Moon, Nigel - The Windmills of Leicestershire and Rutland

A fine copy in a dark green leatherette binding lettered in gilt on spine and with windmill in gilt on upper board. All edges gilt. Original glassine wrapper is present but chipped. Pencilled gift inscription otherwise a lovely clean copy internally. This is no. 61 of 500 numbered copies. Pp.214,[ii]. Numerous black and white illustrations.
Published : Sycamore Press, Wymondham 1981, First Edition

Moore Margaret F. - The Lands of the Scottish Kings in England the Honour of Huntingdon, the Liberty of Tyndale and the Honour of Penrith

Hardback. A good copy in grey cloth. Spine a little faded. No ownership inscription. Just a little fore-edge foxing. Pp.xii,141. Tells for the first time "the full and connected history of the lands in England held by the kings of Scotland" in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1915, First Edition

Morrell J.B. - York Monuments

Nd. 1940's? 4to. A very good copy without dustwrapper. Pp.viii,131. Frontispiece and 90 plates.
Published : B. T. Batsford Ltd, London, First Edition

Nicolas Sir Harris - Memoirs of the Life and Times of Sir Christopher Hatton K. G., Vice-Chamberlain and Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth. Including His Correspondence with the Queen and Other Distinguished Persons

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and with gilt coat of arms on upper board. Bookplate. Foxing to end-papers and frontispiece. Pp.xxvi,510. Errata slip. Hatton was a 16th century Lord Chancellor of England and a politician and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1847, First Edition

Noppen J.G. - Westminster Abbey and Its Art

4to. Dark blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Has the appearance of a very good copy but with a small paper label on the spine and lacking the front end-paper. A little foxing. Pp.xii,108. 55 plates.
Published : Ed. J. Burrow & Co., London 1926, First Edition

North F.J., Campbell Bruce and Scott Richenda - Snowdonia the National Park of North Wales

A good copy. Some fading to boards and a little foxing to page ends. A volume in The New Naturalist series. 469pp. Many plates and diagrams including 40 colour plates.
Published : Collins, London 1949, First Edition

O'Neill T.P. - British Parliamentary Papers a Monograph on Blue Books

Softback. A good copy. Smallish tear at top of spine. 32 pages. Illustrated.
Published : Irish University Press, Shannon 1968, First Edition

O'Sullivan, Deidre; Young, Robert - The English Heritage Book of Lindisfarne : Holy Island

Softback. A very good copy. No ownership inscription. 128 pages. 14 colour plates. 91 black and white illustrations.
Published : B. T. Batsford, London 1995, First Edition

Owen Trefor M. - Welsh Folk Customs

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 189pp + 16 plates at end.
Published : National Museum of Wales, Cardiff 1968,

Parker Eric - Floreat an Eton Anthology

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth. Gift inscription. A little foxing. Pp.xxi,333. this is an attempt to present "a mirror of the life of Eton as it has been lived from the Founder's day to our own".
Published : Nisbet & Co, London 1923, First Edition

Paston George - Side-Lights on the Georgian Period

. A very good copy in a blue half-leather binding. A little scuffing to the spine. Small label of previous owner on front fixed end-paper. Pp.vii,304. 16 illustrations.
Published : Methuen, London 1902, First Edition

Patterson A. Temple - Southampton

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with a few edge tears. Ownership inscription. 252pp. 16 illustrations. 4 maps. A town history.
Published : Macmillan, London 1970, First Edition

Pearson Hugh - Memorials of the Church and Parish of Sonning ---reprinted from the Parish Magazine and Revised together With a Memoir of the Writer By W. R. W. Stephens

Illustrated by A. Y. Nutt.
Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear to spine ends. Bookplate. Not foxed. Pp.xlii,237. Frontispiece and two other illustrations. The story of a Berkshire village and church.
Published : Edward J. Blackwell, Reading 1890, First Edition