Blacket Books
Information

Catalogues

Archaeology ( 57 )
Art / Architecture ( 295 )
Biography / Autobiography ( 487 )
Children ( 584 )
Country Life / Sports ( 161 )
England & Wales ( 275 )
First Editions ( 471 )
Foreign Countries ( 414 )
Illustrated ( 425 )
Ireland ( 121 )
Literature / Fiction ( 466 )
Maritime / Naval ( 205 )
Military ( 600 )
Miscellaneous ( 306 )
Mountaineering ( 102 )
Natural History / Botany ( 262 )
Religion ( 266 )
Science / Medicine ( 297 )
Scotland ( 1824 )
Sport ( 143 )
The Arts ( 210 )
Transport ( 81 )

Search

Contact Us
Email:
Postal Address:

Blacket Books
1 Leadervale Terrace
Edinburgh
EH16 6NX
Scotland

Telephone:

Within UK :
0131 666 1542
Outwith UK :
44 131 666 1542

The Arts

Pringle W. J. - Melrose Abbey in Twelve Photographic Views

Hardback. 4to. A good plus copy in a green half-leather binding which shows a little scuffing. Raised bands on spine. Titled in gilt on upper board. All edges gilt. Foxing to end-papers and title page (which has a photographic vignette) but the 12 full-page photographic plates are clean. Quite scarce.
Published : Marion & Co, London 1870, First Edition
£110.00

Purser, John - Scotland's Music: A History of the Traditional and Classical Music of Scotland from Earliest Times to the Present Day

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper. No ownership inscription or other internal marking. Light edge foxing. 311 pages. 30 coloured plates. 64 black and white plates. Over 200 music examples many published for the first time. Describes Scotland's classical and traditional music from the 8th century BC to the present day. A highly regarded work which is described as "tremendously entertaining and stimulating."
Published : Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh 1992, First Edition
£32.00

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, Twelfth Edition
£90.00

Ramsden Charles - Bookbinders of the United Kingdom (Outside London) 1780-1840

A near fine copy in a similar dustwrapper. 4to. 250pp. 16 plates.
Published : B. T. Batsford Ltd, London 1987, Reprint
£6.00

Richardson James S. - The Mediaeval Stone Carver in Scotland

Hardback. A very good copy in a near very good dustwrapper. Ownership inscription on half-title. 78 pages + 127 plates at end. Contains the text of the author's 1949 Rhind lectures.
Published : Edinburgh University Press 1964, First Edition
£17.00

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
£10.00

Rolleston Mrs. J.D. and Harris Mrs. K.M. - The Emboideress Volume Six a Collection of Articles Published in Parts 41 to 48 of This Quarterly Magazine Treating of the Practice and History of All Kinds of Decorative Needlework, Including Stitches, Designs & Materials

Hardback. 4to. Externally a very good copy in light green cloth lettered in dark green. Internally good with one loose page. Pp.967-1154 + 4pp index. Numerous illustrations.
Published : James Pearsall & Co Ltd. And Old Bleach Linens Ltd. 1933, First Edition
£25.00

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

Sandon, John - The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain: Volume One 1751-1851

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper. 384 pages. 101 colour plates. 465 black and white illustrations. A standard reference work.
Published : Antique Collectors' Club 1993, First Edition
£30.00

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,
£55.00

Sanger, Keith; Kinnaird, Alison - Tree of Strings: Crann Nan Teud: A History of the Harp in Scotland

Hardback. A fine copy in a near fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear, removable, sleeve. Inscribed presentation copy by both authors with small drawing of a harp by Alison Kinnaird. Pp.vii,247. Illustrated. This first published history of the harp in Scotland includes "material which has never before been brought to light, from unpublished documents, family papers and original manuscripts."
Published : Kinmor Music, Temple, Midlothian 1992, First Edition
£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 UK Edition
£10.00

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
£9.00

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, Third Edition
£10.00

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

Slater, J. Herbert - Engravings and Their Value: a Guide for the Print Collector

Hardback. A very good bright copy in brown cloth which is lettered and decorated in gilt. 625 pages + adverts. The major part of the work is "an alphabetical list of the principal engravers with the prices realised at auction for a selection of their work".
Published : L. Upcott Gill, London 1900, Third Edition, Revised,
£12.00

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, Second Edition
£58.00

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,
£13.00

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

Illustrated by Kenneth Hunter.
Hardback. 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

Sor Fernando (Edited By Brian jeffrey) - The New Complete Works for Guitar Volumes 5-7 : Guitar Solos Opus Numbers 33 to 60

Softback. 4to. Three near fine volumes. No ownership inscription or other internal markings. Approx. 215 pages in total. Includes guitar solos opus numbers 33 to 60. With Notes on the pieces.
Published : Tecla Editions 2004, Second Printing with Corrections
£36.00

Sor Fernando (Edited By Brian jeffrey) - The New Complete Works for Guitar Vols. 1-4 Guitar Solos: Opus Numbers 1 to 32

Softback. 4to. Four volumes in very good condition. Nice clean copies without ownership inscription or other internal marking. Approx. 315 pages in total. Includes guitar solos opus numbers 1-32 and works without opus number. With Notes on the pieces.
Published : Tecla Editions 2004, Second Printing with Corrections
£50.00

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
£15.00

Spero, Simon - Worcester Porcelain: The Klepser Collection

Hardback. 4to. A fine copy in a clean, complete, untorn, dustwrapper which is faded on the spine (but leaving the lettering clear). 224 pages. 49 colour plates. 211 black and white illustrations.
Published : Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, London 1984, First Edition
£20.00

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
£25.00

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
£50.00

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
£40.00

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
£20.00

Swain Margaret - Scottish Embroidery Medieval to Modern

A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper which is a little faded on the spine. This is an inscribed presentation copy from the author. 190pp. 10 colour photographs. 133 black and white illustrations. A history of Scottish embroidery and embroiderers from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Published : B.T. Batsford, London 1986, First Edition
£15.00

Swain, Margaret - Scottish Embroidery: Mediaeval to Modern

Hardback. A very good copy in a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper which is otherwise complete and untorn. Ownership inscription on front fixed end-paper. 190 pages. 10 colour photographs. 133 black and white illustrations. A history of Scottish embroidery and embroiderers from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Published : B.T. Batsford, London 1986, First Edition
£10.00

Tankard Judith B. And Van Valkenburgh Michael R. - Gertrude Jekyll a Vision of Garden and Wood

Nd. c.1990. Oblong 4to. Pp.x,148. Frontispiece and 83 photographs. Garden plan. Photographs and plan of Jekyll's garden at Munstead Wood through her own eyes and as it was when she designed it and cared for it herself.
Published : John Murray, London, First Edition
£11.00

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, First English Edition
£15.00

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
£65.00

Thomson George (Editor) - Fifty Scottish Songs with Symphonies and Accompaniments, Wholly By Haydn Vol. III

Hardback. Folio. Very worn half-leather binding. Signed by publisher/editor on title page. Title page. Engraved title page with vignette. Preface. Index to the Airs. Index to the Poetry. Fifty songs with words and music by Robert Burns, Mrs. Grant of Laggan, Allan Ramsay etc.
Published : G. Thomson, Edinburgh 1802, First Edition
£80.00

Thomson Pat - Take One Glen

Hardback. A very good copy in a good dustwrapper which is a little stained. 184 pages. Illustrated. Recipes from the kitchens of crofters, farmers and gamekeepers living in Glenesk with a little bit about the glen thrown in.
Published : Standard Press, Montrose 1973, First Edition
£7.00

Thomson Winifred Hope - Someone to Dinner:Chef Cooking for Little Kitchens

Hardback. A very good copy which has a previous owner's signature on the front board hidden by the dustwrapper which shows some foxing and edge chipping.The author supplies a real need giving recipes, although of the highest class, that can be carried out in the modern flat or small house, where labour and storage room are limited and where economy has to be considered. 208 pages.
Published : Cobden-Sanderson 1935, First Edition
£12.00

Toomer, Heather - Lace: A Guide to Identification of Old Lace Types and Techniques

Hardback. 4to. A very good copy in a very good dustwrapper. A nice clean copy with no ownership inscription or other internal marking. 192 pages. 179 photographs by Cynthia Voysey. 38 line illustrations including a map. Over 300 lace examples illustrated.
Published : B.T. Batsford, London 1989, First Edition
£10.00

Torrance D. Richard - Scottish Studio Photographers to 1914 and Workers in the Scottish Photographic Industry

Hardbacks. A very good two volume set in dark blue cloth lettered in gilt. No ownership inscription or other marking. Vol. I,pp.ix,447. Vol.II,pp.[iv],404. Contains a biographical list of Scottish photographers with dates, addresses and in some cases a biographical note or further information.
Published : The Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh 2011, First Edition
£25.00

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
£10.00

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,
£18.00

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

Hardback. 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,
£30.00

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
£50.00

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, New Edition
£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 writtewn by the latter about the Lyceum Theatre. An excellent association copy.
Published : Lou Warwick 1977, First Edition
£45.00

Webster, James - Haydn's 'Farewell' Symphony and the Idea of Classical Style: Through-Composition and Cyclic Integration in his Instrumental Music (Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis)

Hardback. A fine copy in a fine dustwrapper which is now protected in a clear removable sleeve. Pp.xix,402. Numerous musical examples. Tables. A study of Haydn's instrumental music with a detailed and comprehensive analysis of his "Farewell" symphony.
Published : Cambridge University Press 1991, First Edition
£50.00