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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

Hardback. 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, Second Edition

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

Hardback. 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, Revised Edition

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

Hardback. 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, First English Edition

Major, John - A History of Greater Britain as Well England as Scotland Compiled from the Ancient Authorities --- 1521

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Ownership inscription (of a former Keeper of the Records of Scotland) on the half-title. Pp.cxxxv,476. Two illustrations. Translated from the original Latin and edited with Notes by Archibald Constable. Includes a Life of the Author by Aeneas J.G. MacKay. An early history of Britain by a Scottish author dedicated to King James Fifth of Scotland and first published in Paris in 1521.
Published : Scottish History Society, Edinburgh 1892, First Edition Thus

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

Markham Christopher A. and Cox Rev. J. Charles (Editors) - The Records of the Borough of Northampton [Two Volumes Complete]

Hardbacks. A good two volume set in green cloth lettered in black. Vol. I has smallish tear in cloth at join of spine and back board. This set is no.377 of 500 small paper copies. Vol. I pp.xxxv,511. 6 illustrations. Vol. II, pp.xii,602. 6 plates as called for but lacks plan of the old town of Northampton. [Extra postage may be required for this heavy set].
Published : Corporation of the County Borough of Northampton 1898, First Edition

Martineau Harriet - A Complete Guide to the English Lakes

Hardback. 16mo. Nd. 1850s/60s. A just about good 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, Second 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

Hardback. 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

Hardback. 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

Newcome Peter - The History of the Ancient and Royal Foundation Called the Abbey of St. Alban, in the County of Hertford, from the Founding Thereof in 793 to Its Dissolution in 1539----

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a half leather binding with marbled boards. Lettered in gilt on a maroon title-piece. Decorated in gilt on the spine which has a little rubbing and one small chip. No ownership inscription. Pp.xiii,547 + a page giving the names of the abbots and a page listing errata. Frontispiece. Folding map and two folding plans. Gives a life of each abbot "and the principal events relating to the monastery during his rule and government."
Published : J. Nichols, London 1795, 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, Second Edition

Palmer W.J. - The Tyne and Its Tributaries

Illustrated by W.J. Palmer.
Hardback. 4to. A good copy in publisher's green cloth with gilt illustration and title in black on front board and black illustration and title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Some foxing to pages. Black and white illustrations throughout by the author. Spine rubbed top and bottom and boards darkened with small stain at foot. Map to rear is complete with no tears. 308 pages.
Published : George Bell & Sons, London 1882, First Edition

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

Hardback. 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

Pease Howard - The Lord Wardens of the Marches of England and Scotland Being a Brief History of the Marches, the Laws of March, and the Marchmen Together with Some Account of the Ancient Feud Between England and Scotland

Hardback. A near very good copy in maroon cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Top edge gilt. Foxing to edges and early and late pages. Bookplate. Limited edition of 500 copies. Pp.xv,[i],255. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. 4 double-page maps.
Published : Constable & Co., London 1913, First Edition

Pevsner Nikolaus - Cambridgeshire (The Buildings of England)

Hardback. A very good copy in a just about good dustwrapper which has chips in the rear panel and at the top of the spine. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. 453 pages + one page Addenda. Illustrations. Maps.
Published : Penguin Books 1954, First Edition

Phillips Derek and Heywood Brenda - Excavations at York Minster: Volume I from Roman Fortress to Norman Cathedral Part I the Site ; Part 2 the Finds

Hardback. 4to. A near fine two volume set in fine dustwrappers and fine slipcase. Ownership inscription on front end-paper of each volume. Pp..xxiii,1-221; 223-658. 154 plates. 210 figures. 39 tables. "The historical evidence gained from these excavations offers an outstandingly detailed account of social, economic and ideological change in a place favoured by Roman, Anglian, Viking and Norman invaders. The results are of particular importance for the story of European urbanism in its most obscure period, the first millennium AD." Please note this is a very heavy set which will require extra postage.
Published : Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, London 1995, First Edition

Plucknett, T.F.T. - Legislation of Edward I

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth lettered in gilt. Previous owner's small label and inscription. Pp.xv,168. Chapters on feudalism, the family, commerce etc.
Published : Oxford University Press, London 1949, First Edition

Pollard Sidney (Introduction) - The Sheffield Outrages

Hardback. Folio. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine and which has a few tears. Pp.xix,xvi,452. The book comprises the Minutes of Evidence taken by a Royal Commission and its 1867 Report into acts of violence committed in Sheffield and what connection if any trades unions had with these acts. The Report is "a vivid and first-hand account of the lives and conditions of Viuctorian craftsmen."
Published : Adams & Dart, Bath 1971, First Edition Thus

Pollard William - The Stanleys of Knowsley a History of That Noble Family Including a Sketch of the Political and Public Lives of the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby K.G. And the Right Hon. Lord Stanley M.P.

Hardback. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. The cloth of the upper board is a little wrinkled and the spine shows wear at the foot. Pp.viii,239. Photographic frontispiece.
Published : Edward Howell, Liverpool 1868, First Edition

Pollen, John Hungerford (Editor) - Mary Queen of Scots and the Babington Plot

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and with the Scottish History Society's crest in gilt on the front board. Neat inscription of previous owner (a Keeper of the Records of Scotland) on the front free end-paper. Pp.ccxii,184. The Babington plot was a plan to execute Queen Elizabeth 1 of England and replace her on the English throne with Mary Queen of Scots.
Published : Scottish History Society, Edinburgh 1922, First Edition

Postles, David - The Surnames of Leicestershire and Rutland

Hardback. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. Pp.xvii,369. 22 figures. Numerous tables. Vol. VII of the "English Surnames Series."
Published : Leopard's Head Press Ltd, Oxford 1998, First Edition

Poulet Sir Amias (Edited By John Morris) - The Letter-Books of Sir Amias Poulet Keeper of Mary Queen of Scots

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. Two bookplates. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xliii,401 + 2pp publisher's advertisements. Includes an Introduction, Preface, Index and notes to the letters in addition to the letters themselves.
Published : Burns and Oates, London 1874, First Edition

Press C. A. M. - Warwickshire Lives: Social and Political

Hardback. 4to. Nd. 1894? A good plus copy in dark blue pebbled cloth lettered in gilt. Boards a little marked. All edges gilt. Bookplate. Patterned end-papers. Pp.iv,186 + 8pp adverts. Brief accounts of 36 notable people of the county with a photograph of each.
Published : Gaskill, Jones & Co, London,

Prevost E.W. - A Supplement to the Glossary of the Dialect of Cumberland

A working copy. Paper covers disbound. Much of spine missing. 202pp. Includes "A Grammar of the Dialect" by S. Dickson Brown.
Published : Henry Frowde, London 1905, First Edition

Price Norman - The Derbyshire Dales

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper with two edge tears. Lacks front end-paper. 184pp. 16 colour plates. 8 monochrome plates.
Published : Frederick Warne, London 1953, First Edition

Raine James (Editor) - The Historians of the Church of York and Its Archbishops

Hardback. A good three volume set published between 1879 and 1894. Ex Manx museum heritage library with the library plate (and withdrawn stamp) in each volume but no other markings. Rebound in brown cloth lettered in gilt.. New end-papers. Some pages browned especially the early and late pages of volume 3. Approx. 1500 pages in total. Text in Latin with side-notes in English. Contains the lives of the Bishops and Archbishops of York together with documents "chiefly derived from the muniments of the Dean and Chapter of York and the registers of the Archbishops".
Published : Longman & Co, London 1894, First Edition