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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

Rowe, A. L. - Simon Forman: Sex and Society in Shakespeare's Age

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xiii,315. 16 illustrations. The case Books of Simon Forman "give the most intimate close-up of Elizabethan social life, particularly its sex-life, that we possess." Loosely inserted is a hand-written card from the publisher.
Published : Weindenfeld & Nicolson, London 1974, 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

Scott Sir Walter (Editor) - Secret History of the Court of James the First --- with Notes and Introductory Remarks

Hardbacks. Two volumes complete. Modern quarter leather rebind lettered in gilt on spines. New end-papers. Bookplate in each volume. Some foxing especially to early pages. Pp.482;506. Frontispiece to each volume (the frontispiece to Volume II being rather badly foxed). Includes I. Osborne's Traditional Memoirs; II. Sir Anthony Weldon's Court and Character of King James; III.Aulicus Coquinariae; IV. Sir Edward Peyton's Divine Catastrophe of the House of Stuarts. Introduction and Notes to each Work by Sir Walter Scott. Photographs available on request.
Published : John Ballantyne & Co, Edinburgh 1811, First Edition

Scott W. - The Border Exploits; or a Historical Detail of Events Relating to the Borders of England and Scotland, from the Reign of Malcolm II to the Rebellion in 1745

Hardback. 12mo. A good copy in the original green boards. Worn title-piece lacks the "B" of "Border". Internally very good with no ownership inscription and little foxing. Pp.iv,379. 4 engravings. Folding map of the parish of Castleton. Chapters on individual border counties + Border exploits, Border anecdotes and ancient Border songs. List of subscribers. This second edition is "enlarged and greatly improved".
Published : Printed for the Author By Charles Thurnam, Carlisle 1832, Second 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

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

Simpson W. Sparrow - S. Paul's Cathedral and Old City Life

A good copy in quarter leather boards which are rather marked. Brown spine with gilt lettering. Top edge gilt. Some writing on front end-paper. 312pp. 6 illus. Sub-titled "Illustrations of Civil and Cathedral Life from the Thirteenth to the Sixteenth Centuries".
Published : Elliot Stock, London 1894, 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

Stone, Lawrence - Uncertain Unions: Marriage in England 1660-1753

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper (just slightly bumped at foot of spine). A nice clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xiii,281. 8 plates.
Published : Oxford University Press 1992, 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

Swan, George A. - Flora of Northumberland

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a clean, complete and untorn dustwrapper which shows fading to the spine lettering. 351 pages. 14 pages of colour plates. Figures, distribution maps and tables. 8 overlays in back pocket with booklet of references. Includes an introductory section on the environment by Angus G. Lunn and an account of "Taraxacum" by A. John Richards.
Published : The Natural History Society of Northumbria 1993, 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

Tomkeieff O.G. - Life in Norman England

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions. Pp.xiv,178. Numerous black and white illustrations. In a very good price-clipped dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. A volume in the publisher's "English Life" series.
Published : B.T. Batsford Ltd., London 1967, Second Impression

Tomlinson H.M. - London River

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's brown cloth with title in gilt on front board and on spine. Endpapers browned. No inscriptions. Black and white frontispiece by Harold Oakley. 268 pages.Good plus dustwrapper which is a little chipped at head of spine and which is now protected in a removable cover.
Published : Cassell & Co.,Ltd., London 1921, First Edition

Toynbee William - Vignettes of the Regency and Other Studies Political and Social

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Top edge gilt. Marbled end-papers. Ownership inscription. Some fore-edge foxing. Pp.vii,232. 6 portrait illustrations. Chapter4 headings include "The Prince Regent and the Royal Family", "A Famous Whig Hostess", "Queen Victoria's Mentor" etc.
Published : The Ambrose Company Ltd, London 1907, First Edition

Trinder, Barrie - The Industrial Archaeology of Shropshire

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.x,278. 125 black and white illustrations. "This penetrating new micro-study of Shropshire examines in detail the whole range of artefacts, images, structures, sites and landscapes which relate to manufactures or mines and their associated transport and social systems."
Published : Phillimore & Co 1996, First Edition

Trtent Christopher - Greater London Its Growth and Development Through Two Thousand Years

A very good copy in a good, slightly edgeworn, dustwrapper. Gift inscription. Pp.xxii,282. Many illustrations.
Published : Phoenix House, London 1965, First Edition

Tudor Henry - Domestic Memoirs of a Christian Family Resident in the County of Cumberland with Descriptive Sketches of the Scenery of the British Lakes

Hardback. A near very good copy in blind-stamped dark brown cloth lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to spine ends and edges. Pp.vii[1],416. Frontispiece and four plates of Lake District scenery. This is a work of fiction the profits from which were to go to the Church Missionary Society. There are three factual Appendices entitled "Brief View of the Plan and Operations of the British and Foreign Bible Society and of Kindred Institutions throughout the World;" "The Present Position and Future Prospects of the Church Missionary Society", and "Religious Tract Society, Instituted 1799; Its Principles, Objects and Operations".
Published : J. Hatchard and Son, London 1848, First Edition

Tuer Andrew W. - Old London Street Cries and the Cries of Today

Hardback. 24mo. A good plus copy with marbled boards and cord ties. Green cloth spine (rebacked).. Paper title label on upper board a little rubbed. Some rubbing to boards at tips. No ownership inscription and not foxed. Hand coloured frontispiece and many black and white illustrations. 137 pages + adverts. A nice tight copy.
Published : Field & Tuer The Leadenhall Press, London 1885,

Vale Edmund - The Mail-Coach Men of the Late Eighteenth Century

Hardback. Nd. c.1968. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. In a good dustwrapper which shows some edge-wear and some fading to the spine. Pp.xix,300. 19 illustrations. 4 maps.
Published : Cassell, London 1960, New Edition

Vaughan John - The English Guide Book C1780-1870 An Illustrated History

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with remains of a piece of sellotape across the foot. 167pp. 79 illus. This is the first full-length study of the English guide book.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1974, First Edition

Verey, David - The Diary of a Cotswold Parson

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 189 pages. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations. This is the diary, from 1820 to 1852, of the Reverend Francis Edward Witts, who was Rector of Upper Slaughter. It "throws new light on to a fascinating period of English social history."
Published : Alan Sutton 1978, First Edition

Victoria and Albert Museum - List of Rubbings of Brasses

A very good copy. 115pp + 56 plates. The rubbings are classified and arranged in chronological order and date back as far as the 13th century.
Published : HMSO, London 1915, First Edition

Wagner Anthony Richard - English Genealogy

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.xii,397. A comprehensive picture of English genealogy in relation to English history.
Published : Clarendon Press, Oxford 1960, First Edition

Wakefield Priscilla - A Family Tour Through the British Empire; Containing Some Account of Its Manufactures, Natural and Artificial Curiosities, History and Antiquities: Interspersed with Biographical Anecdotes. Particularly Adapted to the Amusement and Instruction of Youth

Hardback. A good plus copy in a full leather binding which has been rebacked with new end-papers. Marbled edges and end-papers. Small ex libris label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.iv,454 + notes, itinerary and publisher's adverts. Folding map (with a tear without loss). Consists of a tour of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Published : Darton, Harvey and Darton, London 1818, Ninth Edition