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Shaw, John - Water Power in Scotland, 1550-1870

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Somje edge foxing but a clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.xi,606. 128 figures. 12 tables. "The aim of this work is to establish the spatial and chronological development of the water mill in Scotland and to relate this to innovations in technology, impact on the landscape, the rise of steam power and the overall evolution of the Scottish economy."
Published : John Donald Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh 1984, First Edition

Shaw, Jonny - The Bridges of Strathcarron and the Magic Fishery They Span

Hardback. A fine copy in pictorial boards. A small label states this is no. 178 of a limited first edition but the limitation is not given. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Numerous illustrations and maps mostly in colour. A book about fishing for salmon on the Strathcarron Fishery, Kyle of Sutherland.
Published : CPD Amat 2014, First Edition

Shead, Norman F. (Editor) - Scottish Episcopal Acta Volume II the Early Thirteenth Century C.1200--c.1240

Hardback. A near fine copy in red cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Pp.lxxxix,482 + one page Addendum being corrections to volume I. Text in Latin and English. Includes short details of lost Acta, a glossary, an index of persons and places and an index of subjects.
Published : Scottish History Society 2020, First Edition

Shearer John A. - Antiquities of Strathearn, with Historical and Traditionary Tales and Biographical Sketches of Celebrated Individuals Belonging to the District

Hardback. 16mo. A very good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on upper board. All edges gilt. Ownership inscription on front free end-paper. Pp.[vi],94. This is a reprint of the first edition of 1836.
Published : D. Philips, Crieff 1881, Reprint

Sheeler, Jessie - Little Sparta: The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which has two small edge tears. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. 141 pages. Numerous colour illustrations. The story of the art and sculpture garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Published : Frances Lincoln Ltd,, London 2003, Second Impression

Shepherd Thomas - Rare Engravings of Old Edinburgh

4to. A very good copy. Softback. Unpaginated. Approx. 100pp. This is a collection of Shepherd's drawings of Edinburgh which were originally published in 1829 as "Modern Athens", together with the accompanying text.
Published : Lang Syne Publishers Ltd. 1980,

Shire, Helena Mennie - Song, Dance and Poetry of the Court of Scotland Under King James VI

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. The wrapper, which is not price-clipped, is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy witrhout ownership inscription, foxing or other internal marking. Pp.xi,286. Frontispiece and four plates. 16 musical illustrations. Described as "a series of linked studies of the character, origins and history of the court-song of Renaissance Scotland, with substantial critical discussion of poets, musicians and court culture generally."
Published : Cambridge University Press, London 1969, First Edition

Sime John (Editor) - James, First Marquess of Montrose 1612-1650

Hardback. A very good copy in a fine leather binding profusely and attractively decorated in gilt and incorporating the Royal Coat of Arms. Some fading to spine and a little wear to spine ends. Still in the original box which is now in rather poor condition. Top edge gilt. Red end-papers. This is no. 47 of 320 copies. Pp.lx,[4], 157. Frontispiece. The preliminaries include a "Note on the Binding" by Cyril Davenport and a biographical sketch by the editor of Montrose and Bishop Wishart. This book is an abridged translation of Bishop Wishart's "History of the Kings Majesties Affairs in Scotland" under Montrose.
Published : F. E. Robinson & Co, London 1903, First Edition Thus

Simmons Moira - The Scottish Licensed Trade Association 1880-1980 : The Centenary History

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.v,124. 38 illustrations. An account of the first 100 years of the Association.
Published : John Donald, Edinburgh 1981, First Edition

Simpson A. Nicol - Sketches in Angus: Being a Series of Papers on the Natural History of Forfarshire

Hardback. A good copy in rather soiled yellow cloth with paper title label on spine. Some browning to end-papers but otherwise quite clean and with no ownership inscription. 248 pages.
Published : Printed at The Arbroath Herald Office, Arbroath 1894, First Edition

Simpson Bert - Humorous Caithness Sketches: a Delightful Series of Illustrated Jokes; with Introduction and Memoir

Softback. A very good copy. This is a modern reprint of a book of jokes first published in 1925. 45 pages + memoir and Introduction. The reprint is undated and gives no publisher.
Published : ,

Simpson Myrtle - Skisters the Story of Scottish Skiing

Hardback. A very good copy in blue cloth lettered in silver. In a good plus dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 160 pages. Many illustrations.
Published : Landmark Press, Carrbridge 1982, First Edition

Simpson Myrtle - Skisters the Story of Scottish Skiing

Hardback. A very good copy in a good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which shows some edge wear and tear. Ownership inscription on front end-paper. 160 pages. Numerous black and white illustrations.
Published : Landmark Press, Carrbridge 1982, First Edition

Simpson T. B. - Right Left

Hardback. A very good two volume set in the original boards. Leather title-pieces. Top edges gilt. Ownership inscription in each volume of a former Scottish judge. 986 pages. This is a day-to-day account of the war years from the outbreak of war in September 1939 to victory in Europe in May 1945. The author was, I think, an Edinburgh advocate, Thomas Blantyre Simpson. Much of the diary consists of the day-to-day news of the war but there is also much of "home front" interest, particularly relating to Edinburgh. A scarce book.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation, Edinburgh, First Edition

Simpson W. Douglas - Dundarg Castle a History of the Site and a Record of the Excavations in 1950 and 1951

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which is slightly torn/chipped at head of spine. Small ownership label on front end-paper. Some paper adhesion (from wrapper) to upper board. Pp.xii,95. Illustrations. Text figures. Includes a full historical account of the castle and a full account of the excavations.
Published : Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1954, First Edition

Simpson W. Douglas - Dunstaffnage Castle and the Stone of Destiny

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.viii,136. 16 plates. 3 figures. The legendary lore, architectural importance and history from the 13th century onwards of Dunstaffnage Castle with a final chapter on the history of the Stone of Destiny and its traditional associations with Dunstaffnage.
Published : Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1958, First Edition

Simpson W. Douglas - On Certain Saints and Professor Watson

A very good copy. Softcover. 33 pages. This is the author's response to a detailed criticism by Professor W.J. Watson of his book "The Historical Saint Columba".
Published : Milne & Hutchison, Aberdeen 1928, First Edition

Simpson W. Douglas - The Castle of Bergen and the Bishop's Palace at Kirkwall a Study in Early Norse Architecture

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has minor edge chips/tears. Small ownerhip label on front end-paper. Pp.xii,77. Frontispiece and 30 illustrations.
Published : Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1961, First Edition

Simpson W. Douglas - The Historical Saint Columba

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper which is slightly faded on spine. Sellotape mark on f.e.p. 125pp. Frontispiece. First published in 1927 this edition is thoroughly revised.
Published : Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1963, Third Edition

Simpson W. Douglas (Editor) - The Viking Congress Lerwick, July 1950

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has a few chips. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xxvi,294. 28 illustrations. Reproduces the principal papers delivered at the Congress which focussewd on the Norse occupation of the northern isles of Scotland. Papers on brochs, Shetland folk-tales, castles of Shetland, udal law, Shetland sea language etc.
Published : Published for the University of Aberdeen By Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh 1954, First Edition