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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 Ex Manx museum heritage library with the library plate (and withdrawn stamp) in each volume but no other markings.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

Raistrick Arthur - Open Fell Hidden Dale

A very good copy. 4to. 144pp. This is a book of photographs of the Yorkshire Dales by John & Eliza Forder with accompanying text by Arthur Raistrick. This copy is inscribed by both photographers.
Published : Frank Peters Publishing, Kendall 1985, First Edition

Raistrick Arthur - Quakers in Science and Industry

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has a number of small edge tears. Ownershipo inscription on front free end-paper. 361 pages. Frontispiece and 16 illustrations. 10 charts of family and business connections. This is an account of the Quaker contributions to science and industry during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Published : The Bannisdale Press, London 1950, First Edition

Raistrick Arthur - West Riding of Yorkshire

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper with a couple of tears. Small ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. 191pp. 32 plates. 13 diagrams.
Published : Hodder & Stoughton, London 1970, First Edition

Ramsay, Sir James H. - Genesis of Lancaster or the Three Reigns of Edward II, Edward III, and Richard II 1307-1399 Volume I 1307-1368

Hardback. Blue cloth lettered in gilt. Would be very good but for a fair amount of pencil marking and a lesser amount of ink marking in the text. No ownership inscription. Not ex-library. Pp.xxix,[iii],495. 6 maps and plans. This is Volume V of The Scholar's History of England.
Published : Oxford University Press 1913, First Edition

Ratcliffe Dorothy Una - Mrs. Buffey in Wartime

Illustrated by Fred Lawson.
Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's bright red cloth with title in gilt on front board and on spine. Some fairly light end-paper foxing. No inscriptions. Coloured frontispiece and many black and white illustrations. 71 pages. A good plus dustwrapper with minor edge wear and tear. Not price-clipped and protected in a removable cover. Mrs. Buffey is seen at her full stature - a humourous, sturdy and a lovable figure - as the voluble commentator on the War as it affects the daily life of the Dales.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Son Ltd., London 1942, First Edition

Rawnsley H. D. - Chapters at the English Lakes

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription. A little edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.[x],249 + one page adverts. 9 illustrations (lacking frontispiece). Essays on Cumbrian history e.g. "The Life and Death of John Wordsworth," ""The Battle of Portinscale Bridge," "The National Trust Possessions on Windermere" etc.
Published : James Maclehose and Sons, Glasgow 1913, First Edition

Rees, Alwyn D. - Life in a Welsh Countryside : A Social Study of Llanfihangel Yng Ngwynfa

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. In a good dustwrapper chipped at the spine ends and with other minor tears. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. 188 pages. 12 plates. 35 figures. "This book is an attempt to describe and to understand the essential features of the culture of rural Wales as it is lived today in a Welsh-speaking parish in northern Montgomeryshire."
Published : University of Wales Press, Cardiff 1950, First Edition

Reichel, Rev. Oswald J. (Editor) - Devon Feet of Fines Volume 1 Richard I - Henry III 1196-1272

Hardback. A very good copy in grey cloth lettered in black. Top edge gilt. Bookplate. Pp.[vi],xiv,437. A few pencilled side-line markings. "Feet of Fines" were records of agreements reached in lawsuits relating to land. The records are of interest genealogically for the names of the persons involved and also in relation to the place-names in respect of which agreement was reached.
Published : The Devon and Cornwall Record Society, Exeter 1912, First Edition

Renwick Roger deV - English Folk Poetry Structure and Meaning

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is chipped and torn at the top of the spine. Pp.xii,276. This is an examination of traditional Englisg folksongs, local songs of regional interest and working-class poetry.
Published : Batsford Academic, London 1980, First Edition

Rice H.A.L. - Lake Country Echoes North Country People and Places

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Previous owner's name etc. on front-endpaper and traces of sellotape marks on end-papers. 194pp. Photographic illus. This is the story of some of the personalities, traditions and legends of the Lake District.
Published : Westmorland Gazette, Kendall 1973, First Edition

Ridpath George - The Border History of England and Scotland Deduced from the Earliest Times to the Union of the Two Crowns

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a rather torn dustwrapper. Small ownership label on front end-paper. Pp.iv,496. This is a facsimile reprint of the 1848 edition.
Published : The Mercat Press, Edinburgh 1979,

Ridpath, George - The Border History of England and Scotland Deduced from the Earliest Times to the Union of the Two Crowns

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy. In a very good dustwrapper which shows a little wear at foot of spine and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.iv,496. A history of the Anglo-Scottish border from A.D. 78 to 1603. This is a facsimile reprint of the 1848 edition.
Published : Mercat Press, Edinburgh 1979,

Roach J.P.C. (Editor) - A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely Volume III the City and University of Cambridge

4to. A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which has a substantial tear up the join between the spine and the rear panel and a few other smallish tears and chips. The book itself is a lovely bright copy its only fault being a little foxing. Pp.xx,504. Illustrations, maps and plans.
Published : Oxford University Press 1959, First Edition

Roberts, Stephen K. - Recovery and Restoration in an English County : Devon Local Administration 1646-1670

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xxiv,232. Maps, tables and figures. Describes the administration of Devon during the two decades after the execution of Charles 1 in 1649.
Published : University of Exeter 1985, First Edition

Rogers Colonel H.C.B. - Battles and Generals of the Civil Wars 1642-1651

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 325pp. 54 illustrations and maps. A nice clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription.
Published : Seeley Service &Co, London 1968, First Edition

Rooke Octavius - The Channel Islands Pictorial, Legendary and Descriptive. Jersey, Guernsey and Sark, with a Glance at Alderney

A good copy in the original covers, decorated and lettered in black on upper board. Undated but preface states two years after first edition so 1858. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Pp.[x],72 + 7pp "Supplementary Chapter." 35 engravings. 3 maps. This third edition is "in so cheap a form that I trust all Tourists to these charming Islands will take me with them as a Guide and a Companion."
Published : L. Booth, London, Third Edition

Rose Jacqueline (Editor) - The Politics of Counsel in England and Scotland 1286-1707

Hardback. A fine copy. The dustwrapper is near fine with just a small piece rubbed from the surface near the foot of the spine. Pp.xii,303. Frontispiece. A study of who gave counsel and how it operated in England and Scotland between the 14th and 17th centuries. This is no. 204 in the series entitled "Proceedings of the British Academy."
Published : Published for the British Academy By Oxford University Press, Oxford 2016, First Edition

Rowse A.L. - West-Country Stories

A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper with a stain on the spine. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Some fore-edge foxing. Pp.viii,222.
Published : Macmillan, London 1945, First Edition

Saunders Ann - Regent's Park a Study of the Development of the Area from 1086 to the Present Day

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is clean, complete and untorn. No ownership inscription and not foxed. 244 pages. Illustrated including colour frontispiece.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1969, First Edition

Seebohm Frederic - The Tribal System in Wales

A good copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in black. Spine a little faded and marked. Very small paper label on spine and school library label and stamp on end-papers. Otherwise a nice copy internally. Ppxlvi,238 + 127pp Appendices and index. 3 maps. This edition has an Introductory Note on "The Unit of Family Holding under Early Tribal Custom".
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1904, Second Edition

Sewell Gordon - A Wessex Notebook Houses and People

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 192pp. Illustrated. A collection of essays on country houses in Wessex and some of the famous people who lived in them.
Published : G.F. Wilson & Co. Ltd., Southampton 1956, First Edition

Shand Alexander Innes - Half a Century or Changes in Men and Manners

Hardback. A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.viii,340. A discussion of changes in manners and customs, mainly in England between the earlier and later parts of the 19th century.
Published : William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London 1888, Second Edition

Sharpe, Sir Montagu - Middlesex in British, Roman, and Saxon Times

Hardback. A near very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and with a crest in gilt on the upper board. Some fading to the spine but the lettering remains clear. The boards are now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Inscribed presentation copy from the author on the title page to Revd. D.B. Harris whose ownership inacription appears on the front free end-paper. Pp.xix,240 + 8pp publisher's catalogue. 12 illustrations. 9 maps and plans.
Published : Methuen & Co, London 1932, Second Edition, Revised

Shaw R. Cunliffe - The Records of a Lancashire Family from the XIIth to the XXth Century

A very good copy in a near very good, complete, dustwrapper. Light fore-edge foxing. Pp.xv,304. Frontispiece and 30 illustrations. Two folding family pedigrees at end. Errata slip.This is a history of the Shaw family of Lancashire. A nice copy and uncommon in dustwrapper.
Published : The Guardian Press, Preston 1940, First Edition

Shepherd Thomas - London in the Nineteenth Century

4to. A very good copy in a very good, complete and untorn dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 160 pages. Numerous engravings. A classic work first published in 1829.
Published : Bracken Books, London 1983, Reprint

Shepherd, Rev. W.R. - The History of Kirby Underdale (With Supplement )

Hardback. A very good copy in the original boards which are now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. The main volume is dated 1928 with the bound-in Supplement dated 1930. Main volume - pp.xv,194. Supplement - pp.v,57. The main volume contains chapters I - XVII (with an Appendix on "Some Typical Wills") + 27 illustrations. The Supplement contains Chapters XVIII - XXIII, its own Index + 9 additional illustrations and a folding map of the parish. The history of a parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Published : J.S. Newsome & Son, Batley, First Edition

Sitwell, Brigadier-General William - The Border from a Soldier's Point of View

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Pp.ix,278. 13 illustrations. Large folding map in rear pocket. The object of the book "is to provide easy reference to nearly every place connected with Border fighting on the English side, as well as some account of Border history from the earliest days."
Published : Andrew Reid & Co, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1927, First Edition

Smith Albert (Editor) - Sketches of London Life and Character

Illustrated by Gavarni.
Hardback. A good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine and lettered in gilt on the upper board. A little wear to spine ends and edges. Some dulling/darkening to spine. All edges gilt. Gift inscription on front end-paper. 188 pages. 22 illustrations "designed and drawn on wood by Gavarni and engraved by Henry Vizetelly." [Note: The illustration for the chapter entitled "Easter and Whitsun Holidays" is lacking].
Published : Dean & Son, London,

Smith John [John Delaware Lewis] - Sketches of Cantabs

Hardback.A good copy in green cloth with gilt decorated spine and upper board. Spine dull and some marking to boards. All edges gilt. Ownership inscription and bookplate. Pp.244. Engraved frontispiece and fully-illustrated title page by Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz"). (The 1849 first edition was issued without illustrations and in a plain binding). Amusing satirical sketches written while Lewis was at Trinity, Cambridge. He later became a barrister and MP.
Published : George Earle, London 1850, Second Edition

Southworth John - Fools and Jesters at the English Court

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 216pp. Many illustrations including colour. The story of fools throughout history at the English court.
Published : Sutton Publishing 1998, First Edition

Staff of "The Luton News" - Luton at War

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a dustwrapper which would be very good but for fading to the red spine lettering. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. A nice clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 423 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout. Written and compiled by the staff of "The Luton News" this book was first published in 1947 and is the most comprehensive and fascinating account of Luton during the Second World War.
Published : Bedfordshire County Library 1982, Reprint

Stevenson Gertrude Scott (Editor) - Charles1 in Captivity from Contemporary Sources

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on spine. 322pp. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. Introduction by the editor.
Published : Arrowsmith, London 1927, First Edition

Stoney, Major F. Sadleir - A Memoir of the Life and Times of the Right Honourable Sir Ralph Sadleir

Hardback. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. Bookplate. Pp.x,258. Photographic frontispiece. Sadleir was a 16th century English statesman and diplomat. He was a Privy Councillor to both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and was at different times Ambassador to Scotland and the jailer of Mary Queen of Scots.
Published : Longmans Green & Co, London 1877, First Edition

Stuart Lady Louisa (Edited By W.S. Lewis) - Notes By Lady Louisa Stuart on George Selwyn and His Contemporaries By John Heneage Jesse

Hardback. A very good copy in marbled boards with cream cloth spine. 500 copies. This copy unnumbered. Pp.xiii,65. Frontispiece. Facsimile of part of original manuscript. Throws light on the manners and customs of high society in the latter part of the 18th century.
Published : Oxford University Press 1928, First Edition

Stubbs Charles William - Cambridge and Its Story

Illustrated by Herbert Railton.
Large 4to. A well-worn copy externally. Internally very good. Small gift inscription. Pp.xiv,291. 24 tinted lithographs. 29 black and white illustrations.
Published : J.M. Dent, London 1903, First Edition

Swete C. J. - A Hand-Book of Epsom, with Illustrations on Wood and Steel, Embracing the Villages of Ewell, Letherhead, Ashtead, Banstead and Chessington with Their Varied Points of Attractive Scenery, Fishing on the Mole, the Downs, ---

Hardback. Nd. but c.1860. A good copy in maroon cloth with some superficial damp-spotting/fading to the spine and upper board. Pp.iv,200 + 66pp. advertisements and 2pp index to advertisements. Double-page map + 12 (of 13) illustrations lacking the illustration of Nonsuch Palace. An interesting early guide-book with fascinating advertisements.
Published : John Nelson Collingwood, London, First Edition

Symonds Arthur - Papers Relative to the Obstruction of Public Business and the Organization of the Civil Service

Hardback. A good copy in red blind patterned cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. A little wear and tear to spine ends. No ownership inscription. Partly unopened. 354 pages. This work, which commences with a letter addressed to William Gladstone when Chancellor of the Exchequer, sets out suggested reforms to the Civil Service to enhance the efficient functioning of government in Britain.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation, London 1953, First Edition

Tawney R. H. - The Sickness of an Acquisitive Society

Softback. A fair to good copy in paper covers which have tears and minor chipping to the spine. Previous owner's name at head of front cover. Some rusting to staples. 86 pages.
Published : Fabian Society , London 1920,

Taylor Joseph - A Journey to Edenborough in Scotland---Now First Printed from the Original Manuscript. With Notes By William Cowan

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth letterted in gilt. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 182 pages. Edition limited to 425 copies. An account by an English barrister of a journey from London to Edinburgh in 1705. "The most interesting and valuable portion of the narrative is that in which the writer describes the part of Scotland through which he travelled, and the manners and customs of the people with whom he came into contact."
Published : William Brown, Edinburgh 1903, First Edition

The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales - An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan Volume 111: Medieval Secular Monuments Part 11: Non-defensive

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 4to. 398pp. 4 colour plates. 43 monochrome plates. 205 figures. Describes over 500 monuments.
Published : Her Majesty's Stationery Office, Cardiff 1982, First Edition

Thoms William J. - Instructions Given to Edward Grimston and Others By King Henry the Sixth; and Notice of a Portrait of edward Grimston Painted By Peter Christus in 1446. Communicated to the Society of Antiquaries By William J. Thoms, Esq., F.S.A.

Hardback. 4to. Dark green cloth. The spine has been replaced with red tape. Front hinges cracked. Some foxing. Inscribed presentation copy from the Earl of Verulam to the Earl of Dartrey with the latter's bookplate. 32 pages. Two colour plates. Includes King Henry VI's Instructions to his Ambassadors to the Duchess of Burgundy including Edward Grimston. The portrait of Edward Grimston (which belonged to the Earl of Verulam) was painted in 1446 and is one of the earliest English painted portraits. Includes Notes on Edward Grimston by A. W. Franks.
Published : J. B. Nichols and Sons, London 1870, First Edition

Thorpe A. Winton (Editor) - Handbook to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Containing Biographies and a Full List of Persons Appointed to the Order, Showing Their Relative Precedence

Softback. [2003]. A near fine copy. 704 pages. This is a facsimile reprint of the first edition of 1921. Includes a full list, with many short biographies, of all 26,000 persons appointed to the order up to Februrary 1921.
Published : Naval & Military Press, Reprint