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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,

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

Cushing, George with Starsmore, Ian - Steam at Thursford

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. Signed by George Cushing on the half-title. 174 pages. Numerous illustrations in colour and black and white. This is the story of George Cushing who made one of the most famous fairground museums in the world.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1982, First Edition

Cuttler S.H. - The Law of Treason and Treason Trials in Later Medieval France

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription. A little pencilled writing and side-lining in the text. Pp.x,272.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1981, First Edition

Davies Robert - A Memoir of the York Press with Notices of Authors, Printers and Stationers in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is faded on the spine but with lettering clear. Bookplate. 397pp. This is a facsimile reprint of a book first published in 1868. This edition has a new introduction and bibliography by Bernard Barr.
Published : Ken Spelman, York 1988, Reprint

Dawson, Warren R. - The Custom of Couvade

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt. The boards are protected by a clear removable sleeve. Fairly light fore-edge and some end-paper foxing. Small ownership inscription. Pp.ix,118. Informative pencilled writing at end of text.
Published : Manchester University Press 1929, First Edition

De Forest Louis Effingham - Ancestry of William Seaman Bainbridge

Hardback. A very good copy. Fore-edge foxing. Pp.viii,167. Three pedigree charts (one folding).
Published : The Scrivener Press, Oxford 1950, First Edition

de la Roche Catherine - Cats in Focus

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a bit rubbed nd which has one edge tear. 82 pages. Many colour illustrations. Bears witness to what the author has learned from cats.
Published : Godfrey Cave Associates, London 1982, First British Edition

Denham Sidney and Helen - The Complete Book of the Siamese Cat

Hardback. A very good copy in a good complete and untorn dustwrapper which is faded on the spine although leaving the lettering clear. Inscribed presentation copy from the authors to Sir Compton Mackenzie. 173 pages. 22 photographs.
Published : Arco Publications, London 1968, First Edition

Denlinger Milo G. - The Complete Doberman Pinscher

A good copy in rather soiled boards. Internally vg. 472pp. Many illustrations.
Published : Denlinger's, Richmond, Virginia 1953, First Edition

Dodds Harold W. Et al - Government Assistance to Universities in Great Britain: Memoranda Submitted to the Commission on Financing Higher Education --

Hardback. A very good copy in grey cloth lettered in red. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.x,133. 12 tables. Memoranda submitted by three American academics.
Published : Columbia University Press, New York 1952, First Edition

Dorling E. E. - Leopards of England and Other Papers on Heraldry

Hardback. A near very good copy in the original cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated on upper board. Rear board a little scuffed. No ownership inscription. Pp.viii,136. Numerous illustrations including colour. Contains seven essays on heraldry.
Published : Constable, London 1912, First Edition

Downs, T. Nelson - Modern Coin Manipulation

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Spine lettering dull but quite clear. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Small corner clipped from front end-paper. 244 pages + 4 pages index and 8 pages publisher's adverts at end. Frontispiece. 88 figures. A rather unusual book in that there is no title page (as issued), the first chapter (by "W.J.H".) consists largely of newspaper extracts praising the author and the "index" at the end is really a list of "Contents". Nevertheless a classic and highly regarded work by a man known as the "King of Koins".
Published : Hamley Bros., London 1900, First Edition

Drinkwter John; Page Philip; Walcot William - Cumberland Hotel

A very good copy of the first, limited, edition this being no.105 of 500 copies printed on hand-made paper, bound in Welsh Mountain Sheepskin and signed by the authors. 31 pages. Illustrated. Label on front fixed end-paper states "From the Collection of John Fuller." Some browning to edges of end-papers.
Published : Golden Cockerel Press 1933, First Edition

Drummond J.C. And Wilbraham Anne - The Englishman's Good - A History of Five Centuries of English Diet

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's reddish cloth with title in gilt on spine. Black and white illustrations. Some foxing to page ends. Chapters on the Production of Food, Diet and Health, Army Rations, Feeding of Infants, Quality of Food etc.. This revised edition has a new chapter by Dorothy Hollingsworth and a Preface by Norman C. Wright. 482 pages. Good plus dustwrapper showing minor edgewear and some very minor tea stains. The wrapper is now protected in a removable cover. Internally a nice tight clean copy.
Published : Jonathan Cape, London 1957, New and Revised Edition

Dulcie M. Ashdown - Christmas Past

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is slightly faded on spine and is not price-clipped. Numerous illustrations. Foreword by Jilly Cooper. A selection of articles from Victorian magazines
Published : Elm Tree Books, London 1976, First Edition

Dumas Alexandre - Celebrated Crimes (3 Vols.)

Hardbacks. A very good three volume set in dark green boards lettered in gilt and quite elaborately decorated in gilt on spines and upper boards. Top edge gilt. Bookplate and ownership inscriptions to front end-papers of each volume.Pp.291;287,294. Tissue-guarded frontispiece to each volume.
Published : H. S. Nichols, London 1896,

Duncan William Wallace - Duncan on Investment and Speculation in Stocks and Shares

Hardback. A very good copy in the original boards lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. A little wear to spine ends. Patterned end-papers. Browning to two early and two late blank pages. No ownership inscription. Pp.[vi],227 + 2pp adverts. for W.W. Duncan & Co stock and share dealers. A very early guide to investment in the stock exchange. Scarce in first edition. Photographs available on request.
Published : Effingham Wilson, London 1894, First Edition

Edited By the Editors of Air Force Magazine - Space Weapons a Handbook of Military Astronautics

A good copy in light blue cloth lettered in black on spine. 245 pages. Illustrated. An early work on space exploration and missiles.
Published : Thames and Hudson, London 1959, First Edition

Eimer Christopher - British Commemorative Medals and Their Values

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Lacks dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 265 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout. "This catalogue is the first general summary of the British commemorative medal; a medium which has recorded the development and achievements of Britain and its people."
Published : B. A. Seaby Ltd., London 1987, First Edition

Eimer, Christopher - An Introduction to Commemorative Medals

Hardback. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 147 pages. 36 plates illustrating 300 medals. Frontispiece and 24 text illustrations + cover illustrations. Gives detailed descriptions and values of medals etc making the book an efficient reference catalogue to British commemorative medals.
Published : B.A. Seaby Ltd, London 1989, First Edition

Eustace May - Top Cats and Some Others

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 103 pages. 11 photographic illustrations. Advice to those considering breeding pedigree cats or simply keeping them as pets. Loosely laid in is a typed and signed letter from the author to Sir Compton MacKenzie sending him this copy of the book.
Published : Max Parrish, London 1964, First Edition

Fairchild L.H. And Fairchild Helen G. - Cats and All About Them

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. 231 pages. 34 illustrations. An American book. This appears to be the first British edition.
Published : Kegan Paul Trench Trubner & Co, London 1945,

Fawcett Frank Burlington (Editor) - Their Majesties' Courts Held at Buckingham Palace 1932 with Full Particulars of the Courts and Gowns Worn Presentations to Their Majesties

Hardback. 4to. Nd. 1932? A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt. Bevelled edges. Top edge gilt. In a very good dustwrapper with minor closed edge tears. A few spots of fore-edge foxing. No ownership inscription. Pp.viii,198. Eight full-page tissue-guarded plates. Intended as an official record of the four courts held at Buckingham Palace in 1932 "including the names of all those attending and those presented to Their Majesties, together with a description of toilettes worn, informative data and the Lord Chamberlain's regulations as to costumes and ceremonial". Uncommon, especially in dustwrapper.
Published : Grayson & Grayson, London, First Edition

Fawdry Kenneth & Marguerite - Pollock's History of English Dolls and Toys

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 214pp. Over 200 illustrations. This is an introduction to English dolls and toys.
Published : Promotional Reprint 193, Reprint

Field Leslie - The Queen's Jewels: The Personal Collection of Elizabeth II

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in publisher's grey cloth with title in silver on front board and on spine. No inscriptions. Profusely illustrated throughout in colour and in black and white. Endpapers showing the Famijly Tree of Queen Elizabeth II. 192 pages. Very good black dustwrapper with diamond and emerald necklace on front cover and photograph of the Queen on the rear cover.The dustwrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Harry N. Abrams, New York 1987, First Edition

Fisher Harrison - American Beauties

Illustrated by E. Stetson Crawford.
4to. A very good copy in a poor dustwrapper which is incomplete,comes in two parts and has external sellotape repairs. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Unpaginated. Attractive colour illustrations. The spine lettering has faded but otherwise the book itself is a very nice copy.
Published : The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis 1909, First Edition

Flexner Abraham - Prostitution in Europe

Hardback. A good copy in dark green cloth with rather faded gilt spine lettering. Bookplate of Compton Mackenzie. 304 pages.
Published : Grant Richards, London 1919, Abridged Edition

Forrest Derek - The Evolution of Hypnotism

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 383pp. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations. This is "a survey of theory and practice and of prevailing medical attitudes from Mesmer to the present day". Foreword by Anthony Storr.
Published : Black Ace Books 1999, First Edition

Forrest, Derek - The Evolution of Hypnotism: A Survey of Theory and Practice and of Prevailing Medical attitudes from Mesmer to the Present Day

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 383 pages. Frontispiece and 22 illustrations.
Published : Black Ace Books, Forfar 1999, First Edition

Forsyth William - Hortensius an Historical Essay on the Office and Duties of an Advocate

Hardback. A good copy in brown boards. Paper title label on spine is rather worn but just readable. Gift inscription (to the Forsyth Association) on front end-paper. A little end-paper foxing but otherwise quite clean. Pp.xviii,[1],412 + 4pp publisher's adverts. 10 illustrations. This historical sketch on the office and functions of an advocate looks at the postion in Greece and Rome, France and England.
Published : John Murray, London 1879, Third Edition

Foulis Douglas - Hunter & Foulis Publishers' Bookbinders Edinburgh the First One Hundred and Fifty Years - A Personal Journey

Hardback. Oblong 4to. A near fine copy in a green leatherette binding lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 102 pages. Numerous illustrations throughout. This is largely a collection of cuttings, photographs, notices etc for the Company's staff kept over the years. Uncommon.
Published : Privately Published 2007, First Edition

Franklin Charles A. H. - The Bearing of Coat-Armour By Ladies: A Guide to the Bearing of Arms By Ladies of All Ranks, Whether Maid, Wife or Widow, in England, Scotland & Ireland

Hardback. A good copy in blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine and decorated in gilt on upper board. Previous owner's stamp on half title. Little foxing. Pp.xvi,144. Eleven full-page plates including four in colour. More than 100 other illustrations in the text.
Published : John Murray, London 1923, First Edition

Frazer Sir James George - The Golden Bough - 12 Volumes

Hardbacks. Twelve volumes including "The Aftermath" but lacking the volume which contains the Bibliography and General Index (but each Part has its own Index as does The Aftermath). The Aftermath is the first edition of 1936 in very good condition in the original green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt and with top edge gilt. It is in a very good dustwrapper. There is no ownership inscription and the book is clean internally although there is some fore-edge foxing. The other eleven volumes are reprints of the third edition dated between 1925 and 1930. All are in very good condition in the original green decorated cloth and all are in dustwrappers which are either good or very good. The dustwrappers are now protected in a clear removable sleeve. All have top edge gilt. There is no ownership inscription in any volume. Most volumes are clean although a few have either a little edge or end-paper foxing. A nice set. Photograph available on request.
Published : Macmillan, London,

French the Rev. Richard Valpy - The History of Toasting, or Drinking of Healths in England

Hardback. 12mo. A good copy in decorated brown cloth. Rear board has some wrinkling and is marked in a couple of places. Internally very good with no ownership inscription and little foxing. 104pp + 8pp adverts. As might be gathered from the publisher this is a rather disapproving history of the drinking of toasts. An uncommon title.
Published : National Temperance Publication Depot, London 1881, First Edition

Fyfe Hamilton - Behind the Scenes of the Great Strike

A good copy in paper covers. 89pp. A contemporaneous account of the great strike of 1926.
Published : The Labour Publishing Company Ltd., London 1926, Third Impression

Garnier Colonel - The Great Pyramid: Its Builder and Its Prophecy. With a Review of the Corresponding Prophecies of Scripture Relating to Coming Events and the Approaching End of the Age

Hardback. A fair to good copy in red cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Half inch tears to cloth at top of spine and at join with front board. Some spine wear at ends and edges. A good copy internally although with some foxing. Pp.xv,359 + 4pp adverts. Tissue-guarded frontispiece. Folding diagram. Other diagrams in text.
Published : Robert Banks & Son, London 1905, First Edition

Geddes Patrick (Devised and Interpreted by) - Dramatisations of History 1 the Masque of Ancient Learning and Its Many Meanings and II the Masque of Medieval and Modern Learning and Its Many Meanings

Softback. A near very good copy just a little torn/chipped at spine ends. Pp.xii,[4],198. The Masque of Ancient Learning is described as "A Pageant of Education from Primitive to Celtic Times".
Published : Sociological Publications Ltd, London 1923, Seventh Edition

Gibson, John S. - Deacon Brodie : Father to Jekyll and Hyde

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. Many black and white illustrations. No inscriptions. 158 pages. Very good dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. "The High Court trial under Lord Braxfield, perhaps Scotland's most famous criminal judge, locked in conflict the political adversaries and legal lights of old Edinburgh. Appropriately, Lord Cameron, the distinguished judge of today , contributes a Foreword in which he brings out the high importance of the trial and his respect for the great Braxfield."
Published : Paul Harris Publishing, Edinburgh 1977, First Edition

Gohm D.C. - Maps and Prints for Pleasure and Investment

A very good copy in a very good price-clipped dustwraper. 190pp. 24 col. plates. 78 black and white photographs.
Published : John Gifford Ltd., London 1971, Reprint

Gould, Sir F. Carruthers - F.C.G.'s Froissart's Modern Chronicles 1903-6

Hardback. A near very good copy in light blue paper-coverd boards with cream spine. Paper title label on upper board lettered in red and black. Rear board a little marked. This is no. 10 of 50 copies signed by the author on a tipped-in slip. Unopened. No ownership inscription. Pp.xii,115. Numerous illustrations by the author. Humorous political satire.
Published : T. Fisher Unwin, London 1908, First Edition

Graham Cooper C. - Leni Riefenstahl and Olympia

A very good copy in original green cloth lettered in gilt. Pp.xi,323. Frontispiece. This is the history of the production by Leni Riefenstahl of the film "Olympia" which was the film of the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany. Uncommon.
Published : The Scarecrow Press, New Jersey and London 1986, First Edition