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Russ, Dr. Karl - Canary Birds : How to Breed for Profit or Pleasure.

Hardback. Nd but probably late 19th century and probably first English edition. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and with decoration of a canary in gilt on the upper board. Patterned end-papers. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 132pp + 3pp index and one page of publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and black and white illustrations. The title continues: "An Exhaustive Treatise on all the Different Breeds; With Chapters on Pairing, Colour, Breeding, Feeding Cages, Nesting, Egg Food, Sanitary Measures, Diseases to which the Canary Bird is Subject, etc.etc."
Published : Dean & Son, London,

Saint-Laurent Cecil - A History of Ladies Underwear

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 222 pages. Numerous illustrations including colour. Covers ladies underwear from the earliest times to the present day "and traces the developments and changes of fashions in underclothes in relation to morals, sensibility, sex and practical considerations". A lovely clean copy.
Published : Michael Joseph, London 1968, First UK Edition

Sanders Maurice H. - Characters of Wood, Wurlitzer & Wesley - Maurice Sanders Looks Back

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's orange cloth with title in gilt on spine. Small indentation mark on front board. Black and white photographs throughout. 186 pages. SIGNED by author and dated September 1990. Very good illustrated dustwrapper which has one tiny closed tear, is not price- clipped and is protected in a removable cover.
Published : Cortney Publications, Baldock, Herts 1990, First Edition

Sanderson C.C. (Editor) - Pedigree Dogs as Recognised By the Kennel Club

A good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Some fading to spine but the lettering is clear. No ownership inscription. Some end-paper and fore-edge foxing. Pp.xvi,362. 143 illustrations.
Published : T.Werner Laurie, London 1927, First Edition

Sassoon David & Stemp Sinty - The Glamour of Bellville Sassoon

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on front board and on spine. Gift inscription SIGNED by the author "Dear Maria & Simon a Big thank you for all your help over the years. I hope you will enjoy this Book. Much love, David Sassoon.xx". Profusely illustrated throughout. Chapters on Bellville Brides, Jewels and Balls , Royals, and Vogue Patterns. Unpaginated. Very good illustrated dustwrapper which is not clipped and is protected in a removable cover. "As the formality of the 50's gave way to the Swinging Sixties, the new design partnership of Bellville and Sassoon quickly became Britain's foremost couture label - THE label, for High Society dressing."
Published : ACC Editions, Woodbridge, Suffol;k 2009, First Edition

Schutte Gudmund - Our Forefathers the Gothonic Nations a Manual of the Ethnography of the Gothic, German, Dutch, Anglo-Saxon, Frisian and Scandinavian Peoples

A very good two volume set in dustwrappers which are a little chipped and torn. Internally a nice clean set without inscriptions or foxing. Vol.1, 288pp, 10 illus. Vol. 2, 482pp, 20 illus. "The aim of this work is to supply the lack of a systematic ethnological description of our forefathers, the peoples of the North".
Published : Cambridge University Press 1929, First Edition

Scott Malcolm - Mauriac the Politics of a Novelist

A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 158pp. The first book in English on the subject.
Published : Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh 1980, First Edition

Scott Thomas E. - A Short History of the First Fifty Years (1877-1927) of the All Saints Lodge No.1716, on the Roll of the Most Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons of England

A good copy in grey cloth lettered in gilt on upper board. 60pp. Frontispiece and 14 illustrations. List of members etc.
Published : Privately Printed 1928, First Edition

Sergeant Philip W. - Witches and Warlocks

Hardback. A very good copy in black cloth with title in gilt on spine. Bookplate of Paul Tabori (British novelist, jounalisty and psychical researcher). 17 black and white illustrations. 290 pages + 32 page publisher's catalogue. Introduction by Arthur Machen. Good dustwrapper which is browned on spine making the title lettering rather difficult to read, also with minor chipping at top of spine and a closed tear at the foot of the front panel. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve.
Published : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers} Ltd., London 1936, First Edition

Simmonds Peter Lund - The Curiosities of Food; or the Dainties and Delicacies of Different Nations Obtained from the Animal Kingdom

Hardback. A fair to good copy in the original boards which have been rebacked with the original spine laid down. (The title on the spine is almost illegible). The hinges have been strengthened. Two bookplates. Pp.xvi,372. Deals with food from animals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects etc explaining what was eaten in different parts of the World in the mid-19th century.
Published : Richard Bentley, London 1859, First Edition

Simpson Frances - Cats and All About Them

Hardback. A good plus copy in the original yellow cloth which is lettered and decorated in black. Ownership stamps and inscription on front end-paper. 126 pages + 24 pp. adverts including stud adverts. 25 illustrations including the cover illustration.
Published : Isbister and Co., London 1902, First Edition

Smith C.J. - Synonyms Discriminated a Complete Catalogue of Synonymous Words in the English Language, with Descriptions of Their Various Shades of Meaning and Illustrations of Their Usages and Specialities

A very good copy in brown cloth decorated in gilt and black and lettered in gilt. Pages uncut. This is a nice, clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 610pp.
Published : Bell & Daldy, London 1871, First Edition

Smith W.J. (editor) - James Chalmers Inventor of the Adhesive Postage Stamp

A very good copy in a complete but rather scuffed and marked dustwrapper. 148pp. 11 illus. The book sets out to show it was Chalmers and not Rowland Hill who invented the adhesive postage stamp.
Published : David Winter & Son Ltd., Dundee 1970, First Edition

Smith, Adam - Essays on Philosophical Subjects with Dugald Stewart's Account of Adam Smith [Volume Three of the Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith]

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is not price-clipped and which is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. Pp.ix,358. Includes miscellaneous pieces by Smith in addition to his essays on philosophical subjects and Dugald Stewart's account of Smith. Includes a General Introduction, an Introduction to each subject area and an Index of Persons.
Published : Oxford University Press, Oxford 1980, First Edition Thus

Sparrow Judge Gerald - Murder Parade

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's black cloth with title in gilt on spine. No inscriptions.13 black and white photographic illustrations as listed. 190 pages. A fairdustwrapper showing some edge wear and with a piece missing on the rear panel. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is now protected in a removable cover. "This is a book for the connoisseur of murder. The notorious and unusual murders described are mainly British starting with the Wallace case, the perfect crime - but two American and two Far Eastern murders, including the murder of King Ananda of Thailand, make up the fascinating collection."
Published : Robert Hale Ltd., London 1957, First Edition

Spence Lewis - Myth and Ritual in Dance, Game and Rhyme

A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Ownership inscription and some ink writing on a couple of pages. Pp.x,202. Well illustrated.
Published : Watts & Co, London 1947, First Edition

Spoth Max (edited by W.H. Evans) - Spoth's Cake Making and Decoration.

Hardback. .A very good copy in publisher's maroon cloth. Many black and white photographs and coloured frontispiece. 380 pages. Described as "a compilation of practical and tested recipes for all kinds of cakes with an extensive illustrated section of modern cake designs".
Published : Virtue & Co. Ltd., London 1950, First Edition

Staff Frank - The Valentine & Its Origins

4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has a few smallish edge tears. 144 pages. Profusely illustrated including colour. Not foxed and no ownership inscription.
Published : Lutterworth Press, London 1969, First Edition

Stephen Adrian - The "Dreadnought" Hoax

Hardback. A very good copy in the original cream boards with illustration to upper board. Spine a little browned. A little wear to lower board tips. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 47 pages. Frontispiece and two other illustrations. The story of a hoax in 1910 by Horace De Vere Cole and friends (including Virginia Woolf) who had themselves made up as Abyssinian Royals and tricked the navy into showing them around their flagship, the battleship H.M.S. Dreadnought.
Published : Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, London 1936, First Edition

Stephens Meic - Linguistic Minorities in Western Europe

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with faded (but easily readable) lettering on spine and one smallish edge tear. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxxv,796. 15 maps. "Describes the cultural and political situations of over fifty linguistic minorities in sixteen States of Western Europe." Includes Gaelic, Welsh and Cornish.
Published : Gomer Press 1976, First Edition

Stern, Robert - Transcendental Arguments and Scepticism: Answering the Question of Justification

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper of the first impression of the first edition. Pp.x,261. "Investigates how scepticism can be countered by using transcendental arguments concerning the necesary conditions for the possibility of experience, language or thought." The author is a professor of philosophy particularly known for his work on the history of philosophy.
Published : Oxford University Press, Oxford 2000, First Edition

Stewart Seumas - Book Collecting a Beginner's Guide

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 304pp. 17 illustrations. This is the revised edition of a standard modern work.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1980, Reprint

Stirling Amelia Hutchison - Torch Bearers of History : A Connected Series of Historical Sketches

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with illustated front board and spine. No inscriptions. Some edge foxing but clean internally. 174 pages + publisher's adverts. Frontispiece. Maps. Illustrations in text.
Published : T. Nelson & Sons, London 1894, First Edition

Strachey Ray - "The Cause" a Short History of the Women's Movement in Great Britain

A good copy in brown cloth which is a bit faded and marked on the spine. One inch tear in cloth at edge of spine. Some mainly end-paper and fore-edge foxing. 429 pages. 16 illustrations.
Published : G. Bell & Sons, London 1928, First Edition

Stuart David C. - Georgian Gardens

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription partly hidden by inner flap of wrapper. 256pp. Profusely illustrated. An exploration of the rise and fall of the English landscape style of garden between 1730 and 1830.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1979, First Edition

Sully James - Sensation and Intuition: Studies in Psychology and Aesthetics

A good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board. Bevelled edges. Pp.xix,372 + 32pp. adverts. Consists of a series of essays with such titles as "New Theories of Emotional Expression", "The Genesis of the Free-Will Doctrine", "On the Possibility of a Science of Aesthetics" etc.
Published : C. Kegan Paul & Co, London 1880, Second Edition

Swain John - The Pleasures of the Torture Chamber

Hardback. Publisher's turquoise cloth with title in dark blue on spine. Some mottling to the cloth. No inscriptions. Faint tape marks on front and rear free endpapers. Many black and white illustrations. 229 pages. Chip from page 69/70 means a few words have been lost. Very good illustrated dustwrapper which is price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. This is a history of torture, written in a sardonic vein with liberal quotations from historical sources and with many illustrations reproduced from rare old engravings and woodcuts. Looks a lovely copy at first sight but with the defects mentioned.
Published : Edward O. Beck (Publishers) Ltd., London 1957, Thirteenth Imnpression

Taburiaux, Jean - Pearls : Their Origin, Treatment and Identification

A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. Gift inscription. 247 pages. 14 colour plates. 200 drawings and maps. A comprehensive and authoritative work.
Published : Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA 1986, Reprint

Thomson George L. - Christmas Recipes Written Out in Manuscript Form and Illustrated By George L. Thomson Scribe

4to. A very good copy in decorated boards. 89pp. Text in red and black. Illustrations on most pages.
Published : Canongate, Edinburgh 1980, First Edition

Thornton John L. - Medical Books, Libraries and Collectors: a Study of Bibliography and the Book Trade in Relation to the Medical Sciences

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is a little worn at the edges. 445pp. 16 illustrations. A mine of information on medical books.
Published : Andre Deutsch, London 1966, Second Revised Edition

Timbs John - English Eccentrics and Eccentricities

Hardback. A good plus copy in publisher's black cloth with gilt vignettes on front board and spine and title in gilt on spine. Spine ends a little rubbed. Black endpapers. No inscriptions. Light foxing to title page. Coloured frontispiece and many black and white illustrations.. 578 pages with 32 page catalogue at the rear. Protected in a removable cover.
Published : Chatto & Windus, London 1877, New Edition

Tolstoy Leo - The Slavery of Our Times

A very good copy. Softcover. 63pp. Introduction and Notes. Described as "one of the best expositions of Christian radicalism in its most extreme and logical form". This is no. 2 of the Porcupine pamphlets.
Published : Porcupine Press, London 1948, First Edition Thus

Trench Charles Chenevix - A History of Marksmanship

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 319pp. Many illustrations including colour.
Published : Longman, London 1972, First Edition

Tudor-Hart Beatrix - Play & Toys in Nursery Years

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with title in black on spine. Previous owner's name on front endpaper. 7 black and white illustrations including frontispiece. Chapters covering the period from birth to 6 years with a further chapter on "What a Nursery School provides". 86 pages. Good dustwrapper showing wear and chips to spine, and some edgewear. Foreword by Susan Isaacs.
Published : George Routledge & Sons, London 1945, Reprint

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,

Tuke A.W. And Gillman R.J.H. - Barclays Bank Limited 1926-1969 Some Recollections

A very good copy in a near vg dustwrapper which has a small chip at top of spine. Ppviii,167. Frontispiece and 18 illustrations.
Published : Barclays Bank Ltd., London 1972, First Edition

Turner E.S. - A History of Courting

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with some chips and tears. 290pp. 21 illustrations. A study of human courtship.
Published : Michael Joseph, London 1954, First Edition

Tyson Geoffrey - 100 Years of Banking in Asia and Africa: a History of National and Grindlays Bank Limited 1863-1963

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue leather binding lettered and decorated in gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled end-papers. Pp.xii,246. Frontispiece and 25 illustrations. Bookmark made for this book loosely laid in.
Published : National And Grindlays Bank Ltd, London 1963, First Edition

Ullyett Kenneth - In Quest of Clocks

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper with one closed tear. Small inscription on f.e.p. 269pp. 84 illustrations. 28 line drawings. A survey of clockmaking with a glossary of technical and historical terms.
Published : Spring Books 1968, Reprint

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

Von Pufendorf Samuel - De Officio Hominis et Civis Juxta Legem Naturalem Libri Duo Vol. 1

Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in beige cloth lettered in black. No ownership inscription and not foxed. This volume includes a photographic reproduction of the edition of 1682 with an Introduction by Dr. Walther Schucking and a List of Errata.. This is a volume in "The Classics of International Law" series.
Published : Oxford University Press, New York 1927,

Von Volborth Carl-Alexander - Heraldry Customs, Rules and Styles

Nd. c. 1990. 4to. A very good copy. Paperback. 229pp. Many illustrations including colour.
Published : New Orchard Editions, Poole, Reprint

Vurpillot Eliane - The Visual World of the Child

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 372pp. 37 tables. Described as "the first comprehensive study of the relationship between cognitive development and perceptual activities in small children". It explores how children interpret visual information and gradually build up a picture of the world.
Published : George Allen & Unwin, London 1976, First UK Edition

Walker John E.N. - A Record of the Mount Sinai Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Jerusalem Numbered 1,81,37,56,47,49 and Today 19

Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and upper board.,384. Illustrated. Errata slip. Author's compliment slip and By-Laws of the Chapter loosely laid in.
Published : Privately Printed for the Author 1970, First Edition

Watson John - The Cave-Dweller's Dream and Other Poems

Hardback.. A good copy in publ;isher's black cloth with title in gilt on front board. Lacks all before title page (including frontispiece?).102 pages. Not foxed. Poems in English on a wide variety of subjects e.g. "Peace and War", "On Life and Faith", "To the Highlanders" etc.
Published : William Smith, Bon-Accord Press, Aberdeen 1902, First Edition