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- Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Silver Plate Belonging to the Colleges of the University of Oxford

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with some darkening to the spine. Pp.xii,80 + 73 illustrations at end. Frontispiece. A collective exhibition of the silver of the Oxford colleges. The exhibition "may claim to be an exceptionally complete illustration of the history of the silversmiths' craft in England from medieval times until craftsmanship was debased and commercialized in the latter part of the nineteenth century".
Published : Oxford University Press 1928, First Edition

- Labour-Saving Looms a Brief Treatise on Weaving and Northrop Looms

A very good copy in flexible maroon covers lettered and decorated in white on the upper board. A nice copy with no ownership inscription and little foxing. 147 pages. Many illustrations. The story of Northrop looms.
Published : The British Northrop Loom Company Ltd, Blackburn 1905, Third Edition

- The Dome an Illustrated Magazine and Review of Literature, Music, Architecture and the Graphic Arts New Series Volume Three

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. Bookplate of Fort Augustus Abbey. Pp.vii,254. Illustrations. Contents include "The Theatre" by W.B. Yeats; "Women as Painters" and "The Glasgow School at Knightsbridge" both by C.J. Holmes; "The Staff of Life" by Laurence Housman etc. Contains the numbers for April, June and July 1899.
Published : The Unicorn Press, London 1899,

- The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine. An Illustrated Journal, Combining Practical Information, Instruction, and Amusement. New Series Vol. VI

Hardback. [1863]. A fair copy in rather worn and marked boards. First gathering loose. Pp.iv,288. Six full-page hand- coloured fashion plates (dated 1862 or 1863). Illustrations in text.
Published : S. O. Beeton, London,

- The Gilbert and Sullivan Operas an Illustrated Record By "The Sphere" from Special Exclusive Pictures

Softback. 4to. Nd. c.1925. A fair copy with rather ragged uptirned edges to front cover. 44 pages. Numerous captioned black and white photographs of performances of Gilbert & Sullivan operas.
Published : The Sphere, London,

- The Magazine of Domestic Economy Volume the First

Hardback. A good copy in green boards lettered in gilt on a maroon title-piece. Some tears in cloth at spine edges. Pp.iv,387. Everything from the best method of keeping eggs to the London fog and "useful hints to those who travel in omnibuses". A fascinating compendium.
Published : Orr and Smith, London 1836, First Edition

Bruce, David - Sun Pictures, the Hill-Adamson Calotypes

Large 4to. Hardback. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Small ownership inscription. 247 pages. Consists mainly of the calotypes with a short commentary on each. There is also an Introduction and a few pages on "The Disruption Painting" by Hill.
Published : Studio Vista, London 1973, First Edition

"A Lady" (Mrs. Maria Eliza Rundell) - A New System of Domestic Cookery; Formed Upon Principles of Economy, and Adapted to the Use of Private Families

Hardback. 16mo. A good copy in a half leather binding with rather worn marbled boards. Rebacked with old spine laid down. Small bookplate, ownership inscription dated 1852 and some ink writing on front end-papers. Pp.[xxiv],xxx,351 + 1 page publisher's adverts. Frontispiece and 9 plates. Some foxing. A comprehensive general cookery book with Part XII being "Cookery for the Sick and for the Poor" and Part XIII being "Various Receipts and Directions to Servants." Also included are "Miscellaneous Observations for the Use of the Mistress of a Family." Has been described as "the most popular English cookbook of the first half of the nineteenth century."
Published : John Murray, London 1807, A New Edition, Corrected

"A Musical Professor" (Edward Holmes) - A Ramble Among the Musicians of Germany Giving Some Account of the Operas of Munich, Dresden, Berlin Etc with Remarks Upon the Church Music, Singers, Performers and Composers

A good copy in cloth boards with rather worn printed title label. Tears in the cloth at the spine edges. A little ink writing on the title page gives the name and dates of the author. Pp.xii,286.
Published : Hunt and Clarke, London 1828, First Edition

"E. M. C." (Elvina Mary Corbould) - The Lady's Knitting Book First Series and the Lady's Crochet Book Second Series and Third Series

Hardback. Three series bound in one in green boards (measuring 14cm x 11cm) lettered in gilt on a maroon title-piece. A very good copy. Top edge gilt. Patterned end-papers. Neat inscription on front end-paper. The first series of the knitting-book is dated 1881. Its 62 pages contain "eighty easy patterns of useful and ornamental work." The second series of the crochet book is dated 1886. Its 62 pages contain 44 patterns. The third series of the crochet book is dated 1888 and contains 63 pages. All three series are illustrated.
Published : Hatchards, London,

Abraham Gerald (Editor) - New Oxford History of Music Volume IX Romanticism (1830-1890)

Hardback. A near fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. The wrapper is now protected in a clear, removable sleeve. A clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xx,935. 12 plates. 537 musical examples. "Provides a comprehensive overview of this most diverse of musical periods."
Published : Oxford University Press, Oxford 1990,

Ackerman Phyllis - Wallpaper Its History Design And Use

Hardback. A very good copy in marooon cloth lettered in gilt. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xix,268. Colour frontispiece and 29 black and white illustrations.
Published : Tudor Publishing Company, New York 1938, New Edition

Adams John Cranford - The Globe Playhouse Its Design and Equipment

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper which is a little faded at the edges. 435pp. 32 maps, views and other illustrations. First published in 1942 this is an authoritative source on Shakespeare's famous theatre.
Published : Constable, London 1961, Second Edition

Adams William Howard - The French Garden 1500-1800

4to. A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper with an internal sellotape repair. Ownership inscription. 159pp. 168 illustrations.
Published : Scolar Press, London 1979, First Edition

Andere Mary - Old Needlework Boxes and Tools Their Story and How to Collect Them

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription. 184pp. Many illustrations.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1971, First Edition

Anderson, Tom - "Ringing Strings": Traditional Shetland Music and Dance

Softback. 4to. Ring-bind format. A very good copy in laminated covers. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 104 pages. Black and white phototgraphs and other illustrations throughout. This is a collection of almost 100 fiddle tunes, practically all never published before.
Published : The Shetlland Times, Lerwick 1983, First Edition

Annan J. Craig (Edited By William Buchanan) - J.Craig Annan ; Selected Texts and Bibliography

Hardback. A fine copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.xx,192. Frontispiece and 32 illustrations. A book celebrating the work of the late 19th/early 20th century Scottish photographer.
Published : Clio Press, Oxford 1994, First Edition

Bach Albert B. - The Art Ballad Loewe and Schubert

A very good copy in attractively gilt decorated black boards. 215pp. Frontis. Musical illustrations.
Published : Kegan Paul, London 1897, Third Edition

Backhouse, E. and Tylor C. - L'Eglise Primitive Jusqu'a La Mort De Constantin

Hardback. A very good copy in a superb full tooled calf binding by Zaehnsdorf with emblems in blind round the upper and lower boards. Bevelled edges. Five raised bands on spine. Lettered in gilt on a maroon title-piece. Edges stained red. Marbled end-papers. A clean copy without foxing, ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.xiv,536. 30 illustrations including colour with some photographs and chromolithographs. Text in French translated from the English by Paul de Felice. Photographs available on request.
Published : Grassart, Paris 1886,

Bain Harry Westland - Wood Sculpture:The Fire Within

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has a two inch scrape on the front panel. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 119 pages. Numerous illustrations, mostly in colour. This is mainly a description/ discussion of some of the author's wood carvings.
Published : Published By the Author By Direct POD 2011, First Edition

Banks, Chris; Turner, J. Rigbie - Mozart : Prodigy of Nature and Mozart's Thematic Catalogue a Facsimile

Two hardback books housed in a box published to accompany an exhibition to commemorate the bicentennial of Mozart's death. Mozart's Thematic catalogue is in fine condition. Mozart; Prodigy of Nature is coming away from its binding. Also included is a card (housed in an envelope) showing the last pages from the Thematic Catalogue and referring to "this special edition Mozart book set". The box is in good condition but starting to tear at the corners.
Published : The British Library and Pierpont Morgan Library, London and New York 1991, First Edition

Beard James & Watt Alexander - Paris Cuisine

Hardback. A very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with title in silver on spine. Illustrated map endpapers. No inscriptions. 223 pages.Good dustwrapper which is a bit soiled, has a small chip at the head of the spine and a stain which is not too noticeable externally. The wrapper is not price-clipped and is protected in a removable cover. "A spectacular book of cooking in the great French tradition, combined with a valuable guide to sixty French restaurants, from fashionable Maxim's to the bistro whose unpretentious exterior belies its reputation for excellence."
Published : Macgibbon & Kee, London 1953, First English Edition

Beaton Cecil & Tynan Kenneth - Persona Grata

Hardback. A near very good copy in publisher's blue cloth with very light fading along edges. No inscriptions. Just a little end-paper foxing. Many black and white photographs. 99 pages. Good illustrated dustwrapper. chipped at top of spine, showing minor edgewear, not price-clipped and protected in a removable cover. This is "a portrait gallery, in words and photographs, of about 100 living people whom [the authors], as self-appointed curators, both admire."
Published : Wingate, London 1953, First Edition

Beerbohm Max - Around Theatres Vol. I

Hardback. First edition thus. A good copy in blue cloth with title piece on spine (and spare title piece in back of book). No ownership inscription. A little foxing. Pp.xiv,524. Essays on theatical matters. One of 780 copies this is the eighth volume of Beerbohm's Works.
Published : William Heinemann, London 1924,

Beeton Mrs. Isabella - Mrs. Beeton's Family Cookery and Housekeeping Book

Hardback. A near very good copy in brown boards with black leather spine lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.cxlviii,640. 8 colour plates including folding frontispiece. 26 full-page black and white illustrations. Numerous smaller ilustrations. "A useful guide in households both large and small."
Published : Ward Lock & Co, London 1900,

Bennett Anna Gray - Unfolding Beauty the Art of the Fan the Collection of Esther Oldham and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Oblong 4to. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper which has a little edge wear and tear. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 270 pages. 158 illustrations of which 111 are in colour.
Published : Thames & Hudson, London 1988, First UK Edition

Bie Oscar; Kellett E.E.; Naylor E.W. - A History of the Pianoforte and Pianoforte Players

Hardback. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Some fore-edge foxing. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xi,336. Frontispiece and numerous illustrations including full-page engravings. Translated and revised from the original German edition.
Published : J.M. Dent & Co, London 1899, First Edition

Blacklock, Judith - Church Flowers

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 412 pages. Colour illustrations throughout. Described as "the definitive book on church flower arranging" which "covers every aspect of working with flowers in church."
Published : The Flower Press, Bournemouth 2009, First Edition

Blair Matthew - The Paisley Shawl and the Men Who Produced it. A Record of an Interesting Epoch in the History of the Town

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and lettered and decorated in gilt on the upper board. Top edge gilt. Some edge and end-paper foxing. Previous owner's initials on front end-paper. 84 pages. 15 tissue-guarded plates, mostly in colour. An account of the 19th century Paisley Shawl industry.
Published : Alexander Gardner, Paisley 1904, First Edition

Bobart H.H. - Basketwork Through the Ages

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Pp.xv,174. 86 illustrations. Traces the history of basket-making from pre-historic times. In addition to technical information it contains myths, legends and etymological references derived from basket-weaving.
Published : Oxford University Press 1936, First Edition

Bone, Philip J. - The Guitar and Mandolin : Biographies of Celebrated Players and Composers

Hardback. A very good, bright, copy in red cloth lettered in gilt and decorated in gilt on upper board. Bevelled edges. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.[xii],388. Portraits and illustrations. Music examples. This is a reprint of the enlarged second edition of 1954 with a new preface which states it remains "as the author left it, a pioneer work for the instruments he loved."
Published : Schott & Co, London 1972,

Bouchot Henri - The Book: Its Printers, Illustrators and Binders from Gutenberg to the Present Time with a Treatise on the Art of Collecting and Describing Early Printed Books and a Latin - English and English - Latin Topographical Index of the Earliest Printing Places

Hardback. Lacks part of the spine and therefore a reading/working copy only. Top edge gilt. Pp.xv,383. Contains 172 facsimiles of early typography, book illustrations, printers' marks, bindings, numerous borders, initials, head and tail pieces and a frontispiece.
Published : H. Grevel & Co, London 1890, First British Edition

Bradley Fiona ; Doherty Willie - Willie Doherty - Buried

Hardback. A near fine copy. 160 pages. The book is a celebration of two films by Doherty; "Ghost Story" and "Buried." The book reproduces stills from each film. There is a short Introduction by Fiona Bradley and a new text by Doherty entitled "Some Notes on Problems and Possibilities." The book was published for an exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.
Published : The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh 2009, First Edition

Brandt Bill (Introduction By Michael Hiley) - Nudes 1945-1980

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. 20 pages (mainly Introduction) + 100 full-page plates. "The photographs in this book are a record of consistent visual inventiveness and form a collection of unparalleled dramatic power."
Published : Gordon Fraser, London 1980, First Edition

Bridgewater Alan & Gill - The Craft of Wood Carving

Some fading to spine of wrapper otherwise a very good copy in a very good wrapper. 159pp. 173 illustrations.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1981, First Edition

Brinsmead Edgar - The History of the Pianoforte with an Account of the Theory of Sound and Also of the Music and Musical Instruments of the Ancients

A good copy in decorated red cloth darkened on the spine. All edges gilt. Lacks front end-paper. 201pp. Frontispiece and 18 figures.
Published : Novello, Ewer & Co, London 1879, First Edition

Britton, Frank - English Delftware in the Bristol Collection

Hardback. A fine copy in a dustwrapper which would be fine but for fading to the spine (although the lettering is clear). 335 pages. Profusely illustrated including colour. The author has catalogued for the first time the 800 pieces of English delftware in the Bristol City Art Gallery "opening up to collectors and historians of ceramics a wealth of invaluable comparative material. The resulting volume presents a comprehensive survey of the styles and decoration employed in the production of this fascinating and widely used ware."
Published : Sotheby's Publications, London 1982, First Edition

Bruce Marjory - The Book of Craftsmen: The Story of Man's Handiwork Through the Ages

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is a little darkened and marked on spine. Ownership inscription. 283pp. Many illustrations. Chapters on many different crafts e.g. the weaver, the baker and the cook,the sculptor and the builder, the worker in wood etc.
Published : George G. Harrap, London 1936, First Edition

Buck, Anne - Thomas Lester : His Lace and the East Midlands Industry 1820-1905

Hardback. 4to. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which shows some fading. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.x,108. Frontispiece and 54 illustrations. A study of the hand-made lace industry in the east Midlands in the 19th century and of Thomas Lester a key figure in the industry.
Published : Ruth Bean 1981, First Edition

Buckley Francis - A History of Old English Glass

Hardback. 4to. A good copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Small tear in cloth at head of spine. Bookplate. Not foxed. Pp.xxvii,153 + 60 full-page plates at end.
Published : Ernest Benn, London 1925, First Edition

Bunting Edward - The Ancient Music of Ireland - an Edition Comprising the Three Collections By Edward Bunting Originally Published in 1796, 1809 and 1840

Hardback. Large 4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows moderate wear and tear to the edges. A clean copy internally with no ownership inscription or other marking. Illustrated. Includes almost 300 airs for the Irish harp together with an extensive dissertation on the history and practice of music in Ireland. The airs were arranged by Bunting for the piano but many of the arrangements are also well suited to the harp.
Published : Walton's Piano and Musical Instrument Galleries, Dublin 1969, First Edition Thus

Bussell Jan - Puppet's Progress

A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper with fading to the original colour on the spine. Ownership inscription. 119pp. Illustrated. An autobiographical account of the author's involvement with puppet shows.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1953, First Edition

Busselle Michael - The Art of Photographic Lighting

4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 192pp. Numerous colour and black and white illustrations.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1994, Reprint

Cameron, Elisabeth - Encyclopedia of Pottery & Porcelain : The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 366 pages. Many illustrations including colour. Covers the ceramics of the world for the period from 1800 to 1960.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1986, First Edition

Cannon, Roderick D. - A Bibliography of Bagpipe Music

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. A nice clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.v,295.
Published : John Donald, Edinburgh 1980, First Edition

Capa Robert - Images of War

Hardback. Folio. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one small edge tear. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 175 pages. A book of war photography from the Spanish Civil War to the French Indo-China War and including the Second World War. Includes an Appreciation of Capa by John Steinbeck.
Published : Bookplan 1966,

Capa, Robert - Photographs

Hardback. Large 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A not very noticeable stain at the foot of the wrapper does not affect the book internally. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.[x],242. 262 photographs of war and peace spanning Capa's entire career with captions by Capa's biographer, Richard Whelan.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1985, First Edition

Caulfield Patricia - Capturing the Landscape with Your Camera Techniques for Photographing Vistas and Closeups in Nature

4to. A very good copy. Paperback. 160pp. Numerous colour illustrations.
Published : Amphoto, New York 1987,

Chaffers William - The Keramic Gallery Containing Several Hundred Illustrations of Rare Curious and Choice Examples of Pottery Anf Porcelain from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Present Century with Historical Notices and Descriptions

Hardback. A very good two volume set in an attractive dark blue full leather binding lettered and decorated in gilt. Five raised bands on spine. Top edges gilt. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxviii,228 (continuous pagination). 223 of 227 plates. Plates 139,140,204 and 223 not bound in. Moderate foxing but a handsome looking set.
Published : Chapman and Hall, London 1872, First Edition

Cheape Hugh - Bagpipes : A National Collection of a National Instrument

Softback. A near fine copy. Inscribed presentation copy from the author. Pp.v,[i],154. Numerous illustrations including some in colour. CD-ROM in pocket at rear. Described as "an account of the musicology of the bagpipe in its European context."
Published : NMS Enterprises Ltd., Edinburgh 2008, First Edition