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Beckford William of Fonthill - The Vision Liber Veritatis

Hardback. A near very good copy in publisher's red cloth with title in gilt and illustration on spine which is slightly faded. No inscriptions. 4 black and white illustrations. The book is edited with an Introduction and Notes by Guy Chapman. Some fore-edge foxing. Pp.xxix,166 + 2 page catalogue. Protected in a removable cover.
Published : Constable & Co., London 1930, First Edition

Belchem, John - Industrialization and the Working Class : The English Experience, 1750-1900

A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.viii,287. A wide-ranging social history of the English working class.
Published : Scolar Press, Aldershot, United Kingdom 1990, First Edition

Bennett A.G. - Whaling in the Antarctic

A very good copy in original blue cloth lettered in black. Smallish inscription on front paste-down. 222pp. 24 illustrations. This is a book on the "modern" whaling industry. It also has three chapters on "Creatures of the Antarctic".
Published : William Blackwood, Edinburgh 1931, Third Impression

Bentley Wallace - Sketches of Engine and Machine Details Specially Arranged for the Use of Engineers, Draughtsmen, Mechanics and Students

A very good copy in maroon cloth lettered in gilt on spine and upper board. Pencilled ownership inscription. 77pp + 3pp index + 20pp adverts.
Published : F. King & Sons, Halifax 1898, First Edition

Berry William - An Introduction to Heraldry, Containing the Rudiments of the Science in General and Other Necessary Particulars Connected with the Subject

Hardback. Undated but may be first edition of 1810. (Gift inscription is dated 1835). A good copy in green cloth spine and brown paper-covered boards. Title-piece is chipped and largely unreadable. Neat gift inscription on front end-paper. 158 pages. 12 plates. Folding "Paradigm of the Tinctures." Neat and informative ink writing on one page.
Published : T. Egerton, London,

Bertram Jerome - Brasses and Brass Rubbing in England

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription on front end-paper. 206pp. Illus.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1972, Second Impression

Bevan G. Phillips (Editor) - British Manufacturing Industries

Hardback. 16mo. A good copy although the front board and spine have faded from the original maroon. Bookplate. Pp.iv,182 + 16pp adverts. dated January 1876. Illustrations and figures in text. Chapters on "Wool and its Applications", "Flax and Linen", "Cotton " and "Silk".
Published : Edward Stanford, London 1876, First Edition

Bickley Francis - True Dialogues of the Dead

A good copy. Bookplate. A little foxing. 150pp. A series of conversations taken from British history.
Published : Guy Chapman, London 1925, First Edition

Black M. H. - Cambridge University Press 1584-1984

Hardback. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn but a little faded on the spine. Neat ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper which is hidden by inner flap of wrapper. Pp.xvii,343. 26 illustrations.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1984, First Edition

Blackmore Howard L. - Guns and Rifles of the World

4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Pp.x,134. Over 1000 illustrations. This is an undated reprint of the first edition of 1965.
Published : Chancellor Press, London, Reprint

Boissier Gaston - Cicero and His Friends a Study of Roman Society in the Time of Caesar

Hardback. Nd. Prize label on front end-paper is dated 1942 but this may be earlier. A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Rather heavily foxed. Pp.vii,399.
Published : Ward Lock & Co. Ltd., London,

Bossuet Jacques-Benigne - Discours Sur L'Histoire Universelle: Oraisons Funebres

Hardback. Nd. but prize label on front fixed end-paper is dated 1876. A very good copy in a full leather binding decorated in gilt on the spine and lettered in gilt (with the words "Oeuvres de Bossuet") on a maroon title-piece. Five raised bands on spine. Logo of an Edinburgh school embossed on the upper board. Page edges marbled. Pp.xv,564. Frontispiece. Text in French.
Published : Furne, Jouvet et Cie, Paris,

Bosworth, Rev. Joseph - A Compendious Anglo-Saxon and English Dictionary

Hardback. A near very good copy. Some wear to spine ends. Ownership inscription. 278 pages.
Published : Gibbings & Co., London 1901, First Edition

Braithwaite Lewis - Canals in Towns

A very good copy. Glazed boards. 146pp. Many illus. This is essentially a study of urban canals from the environmental and planning standpoint.
Published : Adam & Charles Black, London 1976, First Edition

Braithwaite Paul - Swings, Park Swings, Overboats and Over the Tops Including Rides Presented By Carters Royal Berkshire Steam Fair

A fine copy. Paperback. 29pp. Numerous illustrations including colour. UK postage on this item one pound.
Published : John Carter & Sons 1996, First Edition

Bridges T.C. - Adventures Under Ground

A good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Some foxing mainly to page ends. 212pp. Frontispiece and 8 illustrations. Adventures which have taken place in caves, tunnels, mines etc.
Published : Thomas Nelson & Sons, London 1937, First Edition

Britten F.J. - Old Clocks and Watches and Their Makers Being an Historical and Descriptive Account of the Different Styles of Clocks and watches of the Past, in England and Abroad to Which is Added a List of Eleven Thousand Makers

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Ownership inscription. Some end-paper and fore-edge foxing. Pp.viii,790 + 24pp.adverts. More than 800 illustrations.
Published : B.T. Batsford, London 1911, Third Edition Much Enlarged

Brockett L.P. - Woman: Her Rights, Wrongs, Privileges and Resaponsibilities

A very good copy. 447 pages. 20 illustrations. First published in 1869 this is a male view of how women should behave and an anti-female suffrage tract. It sets out to show the "folly and inexpediency" of woman suffrage "and the injury and deterioration which it would cause in her character".
Published : Books for Libraries Press, New York 1976, Reprint

Brockwell David - The Alsatian

Nd. c.1930. A good copy in red cloth lettered in black on spine and upper board. A small piece of the spine cloth has been rubbed away. 223pp. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. 17 text illustrations. Quite a nice copy overall.
Published : Hutchinson, London, First Edition

Brown Arthur and Foote Peter (Editors) - Early English and Norse Studies Presented to Hugh Smith in Homour of His Sixtieth Birthday

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.xii,225. 8 plates.
Published : Methuen, London 1963, First Edition

Browne Charles F. M. - A Short History of the British Embassy at Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Or Forty Years in a School of Diplomacy

A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in silver on upper board. A clean book without foxing or ownership inscription. 121pp. Many illustrations. The author began working in the Embassy in 1888. An unusual book which appears to have been privately published.
Published : 1930,

Browne Isaac Hawkins (Edited By H. F. B. Brett-Smith) - A Pipe of Tobacco: In Imitation of Six Several Authors

Hardback. A good plus copy in light grey cloth which is a little torn at the top of the spine. Bookplate. Neat gift inscription. Pp.viii,62. A reprint of an 18th century work in verse.
Published : Basil Blackwell Publisher to the Shakespeare Head Press 1923, First Edition

Burgess Susan - The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

A good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. A damp stain to the rear board does not affect the book internally. 102 pages. Many illustrations including 6 in colour.
Published : K. and R. Books (Publishers) Ltd 1975, First Edition

Burkhart Brian - The Ancestry and Family History of Maxwell Strange of Scotland and Canada Including the Descendency of Sir Robert Strange as a Possible Ancestor

Softback. 4to. Nd. c.1998? Ring-bind format. Unpaginated - approx. 50 pages. A number of ink amendments to the text. This is a piece of research into a branch of the Strange or Strang family, but not a published book.
Published : ,

Butler Josephine E. - Personal Reminiscences of a Great Crusade

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 409 pages + 3pp publisher's adverts. A narrative of the author's "abolitionist struggle" over its first ten years, the struggle being against the state regulation of prostitution and the traffic in women and children.
Published : Horace Marshall & Son, London 1896, First Edition

Cargill Alexander (Editor) - Memorial of the Celebration of the Centenary of Savings Banks Held at Edinburgh 8th,9th and 10th June 1910

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in black cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt. No ownership inscription. Edge and end-paper foxing. Pp.xv,312. Numerous illustrations. Includes a number of papers presented at the meeting on savings banks.
Published : T & A Constable, Edinburgh 1910, First Edition

Carnegie Andrew (Arranged By Margaret Barclay Wilson) - A Carnegie Anthology

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Top edge gilt. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xv,260. Tissue-guarded frontispiece and numerous illustrations including a collection of portraits of Andrew Carnegie between pages 185 and 243. The book comprises short extracts from Carnegie's writings with an extract for each day of the year, together with an Introduction, a bibliography and an index.
Published : Privately Printed, New York 1915, First Edition

Cawdor Hugh - Thistles in Aspic : Leaves from the Commonplace Book of Hugh Cawdor

Hardback. A fine copy in green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. In the original clear plastic wrapper. Pp.xi,258. Frontispiece. Head and tail pieces. The extracts here are described as "nuggets of concise, distilled excellence." Also included are four short stories.
Published : Angelika Cawdor, Cawdor Castle 2000, First Edition

Chaffers William - Marks & Monograms on European and Oriental Pottery and Porcelain

A very good two volume set in good dustwrappers faded on spine but with lettering clear. Vol.1,636pp. Vol.2,443pp. Numerous illustrations in text.
Published : William Reeves, London 1965, 15th Revised Edition

Chamberlain Sir Austen - The League of Nations - Address Delivered to the Students of the University of Glasgow -- on November 2nd 1926 on the Occasion of His Installation as Rector

Softback. A very good copy in brown paper covers lettered in black. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 31 pages. Frontispiece.
Published : Jackson, Wylie & Co, Glasgow 1926, First Edition

Chappell Connery - The Dumbell Affair

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xii,126. Colour frontispiece and numerous black and white photographic illustrations. George William Dumbell was involved in the affairs of almost every Manx company of note in the latter half of the 19th century. He created a banking empire on the Isle of Man the like of which had not previously been seen on the island. The rise and fall of Dumbell's bank is part of the island's social history.
Published : T. Stephenson & Sons Ltd., Prescot, Merseyside 1981, First Edition

Cheever George B. - God Against Slavery: And the Freedom and Duty of the Pulpit to Rebuke it as a Sin Against God

Nd. c. 1859. A good copy in the original brown blind-stamped cloth with (part-faded) gilt lettering and decoration on spine. A little wear at head of spine. Ownership inscription. 272pp + 4pp adverts. Contains sermons against slavery delivered by Dr. Cheever and an address given by him at the Academy of Music.
Published : American Reform Tract and Book Society, Cincinnati,

Chiari, Joseph - Twentieth-Century French Thought : From Bergson to L�vi-Strauss

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Presentation copy from the author (signing himself "Jo"). 207 pages. A critical examination of 20th century French thought and a speculative exploration of the ideas at work during that period.
Published : Paul Elek, London 1975, First Edition

Churchil Winston S. - King George VI: The Prime Minister's Broadcast Thursday, February 7, 1952

This single sheet pamphlet, folded to form four pages, contains the speech broadcast to the nation by Winston Churchill on the death of King George VI. There is one horizontal fold but the pamphlet would otherwise be very good except that a previous owner has sellotaped to it a newspaper cutting of the tribute broadcast by Churchill to Queen Mary (King George VI's mother) on her death which took place shortly after that of the King.
Published : Thye Times, London 1952, First Edition

Clark Cumberland - The Flags of Britain Their Origin and History

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription and just a little foxing. 124 pages + 5pp Index. Colour illustrations of flags.
Published : Wilding & Son, Shrewsbury 1934, First Edition

Coates Doris E. - Tuppenny Rice and Treacle Cottage Housekeeping (1900-1920)

A very good copy in a very good protected dustwrapper which is price-clipped. Inscription on f.e.p.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1975, First Edition

Coldstream J.N. - Geometric Greece

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Previous owner's inscription on front end-paper. 405pp. 117 figures including maps, charts and plans. This is the story of Greece between 900 and 700BC which saw the dawn of Hellenic civilisation.
Published : Ernest Benn, London 1977, First Edition

Collins, Verite Reily - About the Border Terrier

Hardback. A very good copy in laminated boards. 224 pages. Many illustrations including colour. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription.
Published : Kingdom Books 1997, First Edition

Cook Eliza - Melaia and Other Poems

Hardback. A good copy in publisher's green cloth with title in gilt on upper board surrounded by a floral garland. Rebacked with new end-papers. All edges gilt. Some foxing to early pages. Previous owner's name, address and date (1839) on Contents page. Hand- coloured frontispiece and coloured vignette on title page are foxed but still attractive. 202 pages. Now protected in a removable cover.
Published : R.J. Wood, London 1838, First Edition

Cooper John Gilbert - Letters Concerning Taste. To Which are Added, Essays on Similar and Other Subjects

Hardback. A very good copy in a dark green half-leather binding with marbled boards. Raised bands on spine which is lettered and decorated in gilt. A little rubbing to head of spine and boards. Marbled edges and end-papers. Two ownership inscriptions on front end-paper, the author of the later of which has written of the earlier, neatly and rather charmingly: "Why should his name be erased? He cannot for ever own it. Neither can you." Very little foxing. A multiplicity of end-papers both front and rear. Pp.[xvi],220. Engraved frontispiece by Grignion. This is the fourth edition of the "Letters Concerning Taste" and the second edition of the "Essays." The essays are on Education, the Power of Habit, Good and Beauty, Self-Love, True and False Religion, Friendship, Conjugal Love, Solitude and Society, and Contentment. Photograph available on request.
Published : J. Dodsley, London 1771,

Copley, Mrs. - Female Excellence; Or, Hints to Daughters. Designed for Their Use from the Time of Leaving School Till Their Settlement in Life

Hardback. Nd. but prize inscription on front free end-paper is dated 1863. Green blindstamped cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine. All edges gilt. Pp.viii,224. One gathering coming loose otherwise this would be a very good copy of this small book. Guidance on the proper way to behave for the well-brought up young Victorian lady.
Published : The Religious Tract Society, London,

Cory, Isaac Preston - A Practical Treatise on Accounts, Mercantile, Partnership, Solicitor's, Private, Steward's, Receiver's, Executor's, Trustee's, Etc. Etc.

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original paper-covered boards with paper title label on spine. Some tearing at spine ends. Author's inscribed presentation copy ("J. Gladstone Esq. with the Authors respects"). Loosely laid in is a short hand-written letter dated 1839 from the author to Gladstone begging his acceptance of the volume. J. Gladstone was John Gladstone, the father of Willam Ewart Gladstone, who later became Prime Minister. The book bears the label of "Fasque" on the front fixed end-paper. This was the house in Aberdeenshire that John Gladstone (later Sir John Gladstone) had bought in 1829. The book is unopened and clean internally but with some edge foxing. Pp.v,340 + one page publisher's adverts. The title of the book continues: "Exhibiting a View of the Discrepancies Between the Practice of the Law and of Merchants; With a Plan for the Amendment of the Law of Partnership, by which such Discrepancies may be Reconciled and Partnership Disputes and Accounts Adjusted." Bound in at the end of the book is an eight page pamphlet by Cory entitled "Proposal for the Introduction of the Decimal Division in Money" which had been read by him before the Numismatic Society in 1838. Photographs available on request.
Published : William Pickering, London 1839, First Edition

Cotton Leo (Compiled and Edited by) - Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender's Guide

Hardback. A good copy in the original maroon leatherette binding with pictorial insert to front board.. A little edge foxing but no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 160 pages. "Published to provide a cocktail and recipe book that would be authentic and accurate." This fifth edition has a new 16 page colour insert "beautifully illustrating the most popular mixed drinks, together with suggestions for some very appetizing and simple to make hors d'oeuvres."
Published : Ben Burk, Inc., Boston 1941, Fifth Printing

Crawley Captain - Whist: Its Theory and Practice with Chapters on Loo and Cribbage

Hardback.N.d. c.1880? A good plus copy in publisher's olive green cloth lettered and decorated in red and black. 147 pages with 12 pages of publisher's catalogue. Contents consist of Chapters on whist - introductory, preliminary instructions, acknowledged rules of the game, first, second and third hand and fourth hand -underplaying, ruffling forcing etc.- together with chapters on short whist, loo and cribbage.
Published : Ward Lock & Co, London, Eleventh Edition Revised.

Crawley Ernest - The Mystic Rose a Study of Primitive Marriage

A good copy bound in red half-leather. Top edge gilt. This would be a handsome volume but for a damp stain which affects the boards towards the foot. Internally the book is virtually unaffected. Book plate. Pp.xviii,492.
Published : Macmillan, London 1902, First Edition

Cremer W. H. (editor) - Magic No Mystery: Conjuring Tricks with Cards, Balls and Dice; Magic Writing, Performing Animals Etc. Etc

Hardback. A very good copy in decorated brown cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear to board edges. Now protected in a clear removable sleeve. No ownership inscription. A little edge foxing. 333 pages + 32 pages publisher's adverts dated April 1876. Numerous black and white illustrations. Apparently lacking frontispiece although no sign one was present.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1876, First Edition

Croft-Cooke Rupert - A Few Gypsies

Illustrated by Peter Emmerich.
Hardback. A very good copy in light brown cloth lettered in gilt. In a near good dustwrapper which has a two inch tear in the rear panel. Some edge foxing. 240 pages. Illustrated. Essays on gypsy lore, musical traditions, superstition etc .
Published : Putnam, London 1955, First Edition

Currie A.W. - Origins of the Cased Book

Hardback. A very good copy. Neat ownership inscription. 10 pages + 6 plates. The book was produced as an exercise by two students on the Book and Periodical Publishing course at Napier College, Edinburgh. Uncommon.
Published : The Albemarle Press, Edinburgh 1970, First Edition

Cushing George with Starsmore Ian - Steam at Thursford

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 174pp. Many illustrations including colour. The story of the man who made one of the most famous fairground museums in the world.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1982, First Edition