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Norman John - The Organs of Britain an Appreciation and Gazetteer

A very good copy in a complete dustwraper which has suffered water damage and adhesion to the rear cover. Internally the book is unaffected. 330pp. Illustrated. Includes a history of organs, how to listen to them, organ builders etc. together with a gazetteer of where they are to be found.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1984, First Edition
£25.00

Normand Tom - Scottish Photography: A History

Hardback. A near fine copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one small edge tear. Signed by the author on the title page. No ownership inscription or other marking. Pp.188 + 3pp index. 142 illustrations including colour.
Published : Luath Press Ltd, Edinburgh 2007, First Edition
£15.00

Null Harold - Riva Di Po Fotografie Di Harold Null

Folio. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Preface by Riccardo Bacchelli followed by 56 full page captioned photographs by Null who was an American and long-time resident of Europe. A nice clean copy.
Published : Edizioni Valdonega, Verona 1965, First Edition
£48.00

Ord-Hume Arthur W.J.G. - Clockwork Music an Illustrated History of Mechanical Musical Instruments from the Musical Box to the Pianola from Automaton Lady Virginal Players to Orchestrion

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has a little edge wear and tear. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 334pp. Numerous illustrations. The story of instruments producing mechanical music with an Appendix containing the names of instruments and their makers.
Published : George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London 1973, First Edition
£15.00

Ord-Hume, Arthur W. J. G. - Harmonium the History of the Reed Organ and Its Makers

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn but with some fading to the spine (although the lettering is clear). A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 256 pages. 50 plates. Frontispiece and 54 line illustrations + 11 additional illustrations. This is the first ever comprehensive history of the reed organ.
Published : David & Charles, Newton Abbot 1986, First Edition
£24.00

Owens L.T. - J.H. Mason 1875-1951 Scholar- Printer

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Pp.xvi,192. Frontispiece and 12 illustrations. Traces the life and work of Mason who was one of the great scholar-printers of the 20th century.
Published : Frederick Muller, London 1976, First Edition
£6.00

Parry Stephen - Miniature Decanters and Whisky Measures

A very good copy Softcover. 15 pages. 4 pages of illustrations. A monograph published to coincide with an exhibition of the collection it describes.
Published : Polyptoton, London 1981, First Edition
£6.00

Pearce Harry Hastings - On the Origins of Waltzing Matilda (Expression, Lyric, Melody)

Hardback. A very good copy in a good plus dustwrapper which has the trace of a damp-stain at the foot of the spine and lower board. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. 145 pages. Frontispiece and eight illustrations.
Published : The Hawthorn Press, Melbourne 1971, First Edition
£8.00

Philpott John (Foreword By Tony Worobiec) - Face the Camera: The Portrait Photography of John Philpott

4to. Paperback. A fine copy. 48pp. Monochrome portrait photography.
Published : Creative Monochrome Ltd. 1994, First Edition
£6.00

Pinto Edward and Eva - Tunbridge and Scottish Souvenir Woodware with Chapters on Bois Durci and Pyrography

A very good copy in a dustwrapper which is a bit chipped and torn and with sellotape repairs. 149pp. 63 plates. 17 figures. The first full-length study of the decorative woodware produced in the 19th century at Tunbridge Wells and in Scotland.
Published : G. Bell & Sons, London 1970, First Edition
£40.00

Ramsay Allan - The Tea-Table Miscellany: Or, a Collection of Choice Songs, Scots and english

Small 8vo. A good copy in a full leather binding. Rebacked with new spine laid down. Title page and frontispiece browned. Small ownership inscription. Four volumes in one. 448pp +8pp glossary of Scots words used in the songs. This edition is described as "the compleatest and most correct of any yet published".
Published : A. Millar, London 1763,
£90.00

Rogers John C. - English Furniture Its Essentials and Characteristics

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper. Some foxing. No ownership inscription. Pp.xxiv,188. Numerous illustrations. Deals with oak, walnut and mahogany furniture.
Published : Country Life, London 1923, First Edition
£8.00

Rudnitsky Konstantin - Russian & Soviet Theatre Tradition & the Avant-Garde

4to. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 320pp. 64 colour illustrations. 393 black and white illustrations. Deals with the development of Russian theatre in the early part of the 20th century up to 1932.
Published : Thames & Hudson, London 1988, First Edition
£23.00

Sandys William and Forster Simon Andrew - The History of the Violin and Other Instruments Played on with the Bow from the Remotest Times to the Present, Also, an Account of the Principal Makers, English and Foreign, with Numerous Illustrations

Hardback. A good plus copy in brown cloth lettered in gilt. A little wear at spine ends. Gift inscription on front end-paper. Pp.xii,390. Coloured frontispiece. 2 other plates. 58 figures in text. A reprint of the first edition with "Reeves & Turner" appearing in gilt at the foot of the spine.
Published : John Russell Smith, London 1864,
£45.00

Schlesinger Kathleen - The Precursors of the Violin Family Records, Researches and Studies

A very good copy in original green cloth lettered in gilt. 658pp. Over 200 illustrations and plates. Includes a 97pp bibliography of music and archaeology. This is the second volume of a two volume work, the first volume being concerned with modern orchestral instruments. This volume includes indices to the two volumes. The text of each volume, however, seems to stand alone.
Published : William Reeves, London 1910, First Edition
£12.00

Scorsese Martin and Wilson Michael Henry - A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 191pp. Profusely illustrated. A look at American films from the silent movies to the 1970s.
Published : Faber & Faber, London 1997, First Edition
£7.00

Shapiro Nat and Hentoff Nat (Editors) - The Jazz Makers

Hardback. A very good copy in a fair dustwrapper which is chipped at the spine ends and which shows some wear. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xiii,368. Illustrated. "Tells of the lives and works of twenty-one jazzmen".
Published : Rinehart & Company, New York 1957, First Edition
£8.00

Sharp Cecil J. - The Country Dance Book Part 11 Containing Thirty Country Dances from the English Dancing Master (1650-1728)

Hardback. A very good copy in dark greenish-blue cloth with bevelled edges. Top edge gilt. A lovely clean copy with no foxing or ownership inscription. 139 pages. Frontispiece, figures and diagrams.
Published : Novello and Company, London 1927,
£7.00

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
£22.00

Sloane-Evans, W. Sloane - A Grammar of British Heraldry Consisting of Blazing and Marshalling; with an Introduction on the Rise and Progress of Symbols and Ensigns

Hardback. A very good copy in blind-stamped red cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription. A little foxing. Pp.190,[2], + 56pp catalogue. Frontispiece and 23 plates.
Published : John Russell Smith, London 1854,
£30.00

Smith Allan - Fabric Printing

A very good copy in a near vg dustwrapper which is now protected. 88pp. 28 plates by the author.
Published : Frederick Warne, London 1953, First Edition
£8.00

Smith William C. And Humphries Charles - A Bibliography of the Musical Works Published By the Firm of John Walsh During the Years 1721-1766

Hardback. A very good copy in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt on spine. Not foxed and no ownership inscription. Pp.xx,351. Frontispiece.
Published : The Bibliographical Society, London 1968,
£10.00

Snagg (or Snagge) Thomas - Recollections of Occurrences : The Memoirs of Thomas Snagg (or Snagge)

Illustrated by Kenneth Hunter.
A very good copy in green buckram in a very good dustwrapper which is a little darkened on the spine. This is no. 99 of 300 copies "set in 10 point Monotype Plantin and printed on cream wove paper hand made by Millbourn of Totnes in Devonshire." Previous owner's small ex libris label on front fixed end-paper. Pp.xxii,110. Wood engravings by Kenneth Hunter. Snagge, who was born in 1746, was an actor who played with Garrick at Drury Lane and later in Dublin. This narrative of his experiences throws light on the theatre of his time.
Published : The Dropmore Press, London 1951, First Edition
£20.00

Spero Simon (Foreword) - 18th Century English Transfer-Printed Porcelain and Enamels - The Joseph M. Handley Collection

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which has one edge tear and crease and is faded on the spine (although the lettering remains clear). A nice clean copy without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Pp.x,309. Profusely illustrated including eight colour plates.
Published : Mulberry Press, Carmel, California 1991, First Edition
£12.00

Stainforth, Gordon - The Cuillin : Great Mountain Ridge of Skye

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which has one smallish edge tear. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. 176 pages. Over 120 colour photographs with accompanying text. A highly regarded book of mountain photography.
Published : Constable, London 1994, First Edition
£40.00

Steen Merguerite - A Pride of Terrys Family Saga

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Inscribed presentation copy from the author to Compton Mackenzie "who has given me so much delight that I hope he will get some pleasure from this." Loosely enclosed is a hand-written letter from the author to Compton Mackenzie. Pp.xvi,412. Illustrated. The story of the Terry family and its involvement with English theatre.
Published : Longmans, London 1962, First Edition
£30.00

Summers Montague - A Bibliography of the Restoration Drama

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which shows a little edge wear and tear. No ownership inscription and foxing largely confined to the top edge. 143 pages. The book aims to provide a complete list of all plays, acted and unacted, printed and unprinted, belonging to the Restoration Theatre i.e. from 1660 to 1700. Limited edition of 250 copies on hand-made paper.
Published : The Fortune Press, London 1935, First Edition
£16.00

Thibaut Anton Friedrich Justus (Translated By W.H. Gladstone) - On Purity in Musical Art

Hardback. A near very good copy in dark green cloth lettered in gilt. Page edges red. Gift inscription dated 1878 from "W.H.G." i.e. the translator. Pp.xvii,194 + 32pp adverts dated September 1877. First published at Heidelberg in 1825 this is a study of moral purity in music, particularly church music.
Published : John Murray, London 1877,
£12.00

Thomas David (Editor) - Restoration and Georgian England, 1660-1788

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. Pp.xxx,460. Illustrated. This is the first volume in the series "Theatre in Europe: A documentary history" and comprises 369 documents of primary source material relating to theatre in England during the Restoration and Georgian period.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1989, First Edition
£50.00

Tyler, E. J. - American Clocks for the Collector

Hardback. A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. Pp.xii,[2],209. Many illustrations including 22 colour plates.
Published : Robert Hale, London 1981, First Edition
£7.00

Victor Edward - The Magic of the Hands

Hardback. Nd. 1930's? A very good copy in reddish-brown cloth lettered in gilt. Previous owner's name on front end-papers. Not foxed. 117 pages. 113 figures. Magic tricks with cards, coins etc.
Published : Waddilove & Co,
£15.00

Voltaire (Edited By Desmond Flower) - Voltaire's Essay on Milton

A very good copy in marbled boards with blue cloth spine lettered in gilt. Limited edition of 400 copies "for presentation by the Printer to his friends in printing and publishing Christmas 1954." Bookplate on front fixed end-paper. pp.xiv,[ii],30 + colophon. Tissue-guarded frontispiece.
Published : Privately Printed, Cambridge 1954,
£25.00

Walker James - On Just Intonation in Song and in Speech

A very good copy in green cloth decorated in gilt on upper board. Bevelled edges. Page edges red. Green endpapers. Small tear in cloth at top of spine. Presentation copy from author. 105pp + 28 plates. Chapters on melodic song, polyphonic song,the moral influence of beauty in song etc.
Published : Printed for Private Circulation 1876, First Edition
£45.00

Walters H.B. - History of Ancient Pottery Greek, Etruscan and Roman Based on the Work of Samuel Birch

A good, sound, two volume set in blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Spines a little marked. Vol.1,pp.xxxvi,504. Vol.11,pp.xiv,588. 69 plates. 230 illustrations in text.
Published : John Murray, London 1905, First Edition
£40.00

Ware, J. Redding - The Isle of Wight

Hardback. Nd. Early 1870s? A good copy in brown cloth lettered and decorated in gilt. Bevelled edges. All edges gilt. Some wear to board tips. No ownership inscription. Some foxing. Smallish ink? mark at foot of a few later pages. Pp.[4],182. 15 mounted photographs of which 12 are full-page with tissue-guards. Photograph available on request.
Published : Provost & Co, London,
£130.00

Warwick, Lou - The Mackenzies Called Compton : The Story of the Compton Comedy Company, Incorporated in the History of Northampton Theatre Royal and Opera House, 1884-1927

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is complete and untorn. This is "Patronage Copy No. 310" which was subscribed for by Lilian Compton MacKenzie (the widow of Sir Compton MacKenzie) and is signed by the author. 328 pages.Numerous illustrations. The story of the Compton Comedy Company which Sir Compton MacKenzie was born into and which he left to gain fame as an author. This copy came from the library of his widow and includes material loosely inserted which predates his death, in particular a copy, unsigned, three page mainly typed letter dated 5th March 1939 by him to M. Willson-Disher objecting to inaccuracies concerning his grandfather in an article written by the latter about the Lyceum Theatre. An excellent association copy.
Published : Lou Warwick 1977, First Edition
£35.00

Wilcox R. Turner - Five Centuries of American Costume

4to. A very good copy in a good, clean, complete dustwrapper which has smallish edge tears at the top of the spine and on the lower panel. A clean copy without foxing or ownership inscription. Pp.xv,207. Many illustrations. Four of the ten chapters cover military dress and there are other chapters on the dress of the earliest settlers in America, on children's dress in the 16th to 20th centuries etc.
Published : Adam & Charles Black, London 1963, First Edition
£15.00

Wilkinson Peter (Editor) - Photography Yearbook 1995

4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 224pp. A superb collection of colour and black and white photographs.
Published : Fountain Press 1994, First Edition
£12.00

Wilkinson Peter (Edotor) - Photography Yearbook 1994

4to. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper. 224pp. A superb collection of colour and black and white photographs.
Published : Fountain Press 1993, First Edition
£11.00

Willetts Pamela J. - The Henry Lawes Manuscript

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little torn at corners. A couple of small ink annotations. 83pp + 22 plates at end. Frontispiece. This is a reassessment of Lawes' place in English music and song.
Published : The Trustees of the British Museum, London 1969, First Edition
£15.00

Williams Ioan - A Straitened Stage a Study of the Theatre of J. Saunders Lewis

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. 208pp. A study of the greatest Welsh language playwright of the 20th century.
Published : Seren Books, Bridgend 1991, First Edition
£12.00

Wills Geoffrey - English and Irish Glass

A very good copy in a good, complete, dustwrapper browned on spine and edges. Profusely illustrated including colour.
Published : Guinness Signatures, London 1968, First Edition
£9.00

Wintersgill Donald - English Antiques 1700-1830

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Spine lettering on wrapper faded but readable. 256 pages. Many illustrations including colour. A study of English antiques in "the age of elegance".
Published : William Morrow, New York 1975,
£5.00

Wood Melusine - Some Historical Dances (Twelfth to Nineteenth Century) Their Manner of Performance and Their Place in the Social Life of the Time

A very good copy in a good dustwrapper with chips to the upper edge. 184pp. 10 illustrations. Alternate chapters on dances (with steps and music) and historical notes.
Published : C.W. Beaumont for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London 1952, First Edition
£35.00

Yerbury Trevor; Cant Malcolm - Yerbury: A Photographic Collection, 1850-1993

4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. Gift inscription on half-title. 192 pages. Foreword by Richard Demarco. A book of photographs, many of Edinburgh but including some portraits, taken by four generations of the Yerbury family of photographers.
Published : Mercat Press, Edinburgh 1993, First Edition
£20.00