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  1. 116358

    Appointments for 1936.

    Progress in the Silver Jubilee, A Calendar for 1936; Change and Progress as illustrated in London 1910 - 1935, George V Silver Jubilee.
    Appointment book printed by London Transport as a Christmas gift in December 1935. With laid in gift note which reads “London Transport send you every good wish for Christmas and the coming year; and hope you may find this little book an amusing companion as well as a useful one. 55 Broadway, London, S.W.1, December 1935”. Through the photograph captions this appointment book details social and technological developments from the start of the century, commenting on, for example, the introduction of electricity in the home and the prevalence of garages in newly built houses. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116358

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  2. A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats

    A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats

    of the noblemen and gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland. With descriptive and historical letterpress.
    First edition in book form; "the book's publishing history is complicated. It is described as having been issued in parts between 1864 and 1880, but selections from it like The Ancestral Homes of Britain of 1868 also appeared during this period" (Ray). Morris's Seats offers an unparalleled survey of British and Irish country houses in their late Victorian heyday, Lydon's superbly detailed and carefully composed plates - projecting an image of supremely placid and untroubled estates - were printed with considerable subtlety by Benjamin Fawcett, "the leading provincial colour printer of the age" (ibid). Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: [1880]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116080

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  3. Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:

    Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:

    With the scenery of the River Wye. With fifty engravings, from drawings by Harding, Fielding, Cox, Creswick, and Cattermole, and an accurate map. [Uniform with:] — Wanderings and Excursions in North Wales. With fifty engravings, from drawings by Cattermole, Cox, and Creswick, and an accurate map.
    A fine pair of bindings by London's leading binder of the 1840s and 1850s, with appropriately Welsh heraldic devices, perhaps done in celebration of the birth of Edward, the eldest son of Queen Victoria, in 1841. As Prince of Wales from 8 December 1841 to 22 January 1901, the future Edward VII held the record for longest-serving heir apparent until overtaken by the current holder of the title. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: [1837?]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114542

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  4. The Channel Islands.

    The Channel Islands.

    Painted by Henry B. Wimbush.
    First edition of this handsomely illustrated account, in a fine binding. "In this volume all that I have attempted is to sketch the history of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark, pointing out a few of the many legends and traditions associated with them the storm and stress through which they have battled, some of the remnants of feudalism which they have managed to preserve, and certain conspicuous men and women who once lived in them … Mr Wimbush has painted them as they are — bathed in sunshine, radiant with flowers, busy and well-to-do" (Preface). Learn More
    £550

    Date of Publication: 1904

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113851

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  5. Scotland Illustrated,

    Scotland Illustrated,

    In a Series of Views Taken Expressly for this Work by T. Allom, W. H. Bartlett, and H. McCulloch.
    First edition, in a fine Scottish binding. One of several works by William Beattie (1793-1875), Scotland Illustrated includes historical and topographical descriptions of Scottish sites and landscapes, accompanied by numerous engraved views, of which 91 are by Allom, whose "drawings are full of little touches which redeem his landscapes from formality" (Hunnisett, p. Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1838

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113843

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  6. The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne,

    The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne,

    in the County of Southampton: with Engravings, and an Appendix.
    First edition of this classic text of both English natural history and literature, with the armorial bookplate of English naturalist Joseph Whitaker (1850-1932), who as vice-president of the Selborne Society (founded in 1885) commissioned the memorial window to White in St Mary's Church, Selborne, completed in 1920: laid in to this copy are also Whitaker's signed Selborne Society membership ticket, a later postcard of the memorial window, and a recent pamphlet about the church, where White's father was vicar and where White himself is buried. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1789

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113839

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  7. The Natural History of Selborne.

    The Natural History of Selborne.

    Edited with notes by Grant Allen. Illustrated by Edmund H. New.
    First edition illustrated by Edmund New, in a splendid onlay binding incorporating a variety of attractive natural history motifs. First published in 1789, and one of the great English books of the 18th century, Selborne was "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) "White's Natural History of Selborne is open to everyone, for everyone has observed much of what it describes. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London and New York

    Stock Code: 113834

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  8. Whiteway.

    Whiteway.

    A Colony on the Cotswolds.
    First edition, first impression. Whiteway was a Tolstoyan anarchist community established by Quaker journalist Samuel Veale Bracher near the Gloucestershire village of Miserden in 1898. "Vegetarianism was obligatory, nudism optional … [An early visitor remarked that] prosperity … sapped some of the primitive rigour from the venture. However, the sexual permissiveness that had been one of the founding tenets remained … In the 1920s the Colony was infiltrated by the Home Office, anxious about revolutionary tendencies" (Aslet, Villages of Britain, online). Learn More
    £850

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113477

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  9. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]

    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis Albert Necker de Saussure's Voyage en Ecosse et aux Iles Hébrides (1821). Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1820

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112632

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  10. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.

    Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.

    With 214 illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Herbert Railton.
    Second edition, scarce with the jacket, of this popular book on the major coaching roads of England. "To Thomson fell the providing of the subject and action pictures, while Railton vignetted old buildings, etc., along the great coaching roads of which the author gossiped... There is no doubt that Coaching Days remains to this day one of the most popular of Hugh's books" (Spielmann & Jerrold, Hugh Thomson: His Art, His Letters, His Humour and His Charm, 1931, pp. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1893

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 112134

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  11. Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1778.

    Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1778.

    Being the second after bissextile, or leap year. Adorned with many delightful and useful verities fitting all capacities in the islands of Great Britain’s monarchy. With notes of husbandry, fairs, marts, high roads, and tables for many necessary uses. Compiled for his country’s benefit. [Bound with:] The Court and City Register; or, Gentleman’s Complete Annual Calendar, for the year 1778; containing new and correct lists of both houses of parliament. The court register. Lists of the army, navy, universities, public offices, hospitals, etc. With many improvements, and the addition of some new lists.
    A handsome Georgian-era almanac volume, in a highly attractive contemporary binding. Cardanus Rider is now believed to have been the pseudonym of physician and astronomer Richard Saunders (1613-1675). He was a member of the circle of William Lilly, whose own Merlin was first published in 1644; Rider's British Merlin was first published in in 1653, and was printed annually into the nineteenth century. Learn More
    £950

    Date of Publication: 1787

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111954

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  12. London and its Environs Described.

    London and its Environs Described.

    Containing An Account of whatever is most remarkable for Grandeur, Elegance, Curiosity or Use. In the City and in the Country Twenty Miles around it. Comprehending also what is most material in the History and Antiquities of this great Metropolis. Decorated and illustrated with a great Number of Views and Perspective, engraved from original Drawings, taken on purpose for this Work. Together with a Plan of London, a Map of the Environs, ad several other useful Cuts.
    First edition. "The extent of Dodsley's personal involvement in the writing or editing of both the six-volume London and Its Environs Described (London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1761) and The General Contents of the British Museum … is unknown, and existing attributions are arbitrary, usually assigning him authorship of the General Contents but not of London. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1761

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111883

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  13. England, Scotland  Ireland.

    England, Scotland Ireland.

    A Picturesque Survey of the United Kingdom and its Institutions. With six hundred illustrations.
    First edition in English of this copiously illustrated survey by Paul Villars (1849-1935). Originally published in France in 1885. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1887

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111654

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  14. Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads.

    Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads.

    One hundred photographs from nature of the rivers and broads of Norfolk and Suffolk.
    First edition. Jennings, a photographer from Surrey, "was commissioned by the fledgling advertising department of the Great Eastern Railway Company to take pictures of the Norfolk Broads. The format he used was designed to fit the frames above the seats in the railway carriages, where they saw considerable exposure" (Goodrum, Norfolk Broads, ch. 4, online). Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: [1890]

    Published: Ashtead, Surrey

    Stock Code: 110944

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  15. Penelope's Progress being such extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as relate to her Experiences in Scotland [and] Penelope's English Experiences.
    signed

    Penelope's Progress being such extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as relate to her Experiences in Scotland [and] Penelope's English Experiences.

    First illustrated editions, both copies inscribed and signed by Wiggin on the front free endpapers and Penelope's Progress with the title page additionally signed and dated 1901, and an autograph note singed tipped in. Penelope's Progress is inscribed quoting the first sentence of the book: "We have travelled together before, Salemina, Francesca, and I, and we know the very worst there is to know about one another" and signed "Quotation from myself: Kate Douglas Wiggin"; Penelope's English Experiences is similarly inscribed with the first sentence: "Here we are in London again, Salemia, Francesca and I" and signed "Kate Douglas Wiggin. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: Boston and New York

    Stock Code: 110167

    Signed: Yes

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  16. The Visitors' Handbook to Rosslyn and Hawthornden.
    signed

    The Visitors' Handbook to Rosslyn and Hawthornden.

    First and only edition of the first guide book to Rosslyn Chapel. A very appealing association copy: from the library of General James Alexander St Clair-Erskine, 3rd Earl of Rosslyn (1802-1866), inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Rosslyn. May 23 1866". Also loosely inserted are a newspaper clipping relating to the funeral of James Francis Harry St Clair-Erskine, 5th Earl of Rosslyn, six small photographs showing his grave (one inscribed and dated 13 August 1939) and a postcard photograph showing him at Baden-Baden sometime in the 30s. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: [c. 1863]

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 109238

    Signed: Yes

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  17. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    signed

    The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.
    First edition, first impression of White's account of life on the west coast of Ireland, with the illustrator's inscription, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", to the front free endpaper, together with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and Then, all laid in. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1959

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108471

    Signed: Yes

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  18. An Economic History of Modern Britain.

    An Economic History of Modern Britain.

    The Early Railway Age 1820-1850; Free Trade and Steel 1850-1886; Machines and National Rivalries (1887-1914) with an Epilogue (1914-1929).
    First edition of "the work on which [Clapham's] reputation was based … The great strength of the three volumes was a combination of carefully used statistics in order to challenge legends too easily accepted by literary historians. He therefore offered an account which was more quantitative, but he also warned that the statistician's world was not that of the historian" (ODNB). Learn More
    £325

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: Cambridge

    Stock Code: 108295

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  19. London City.

    London City.

    Its History – Streets – Traffic – Buildings – People. Illustrated by W. Luker, Jr. from original drawings. Engraved by Ch. Guillaume et Cie., Paris.
    The miniatures are identified by a calligraphic guide sheet laid in, all taken from the Cries of London: "Primroses!" "Fresh-shelled peas!" "Chairs to mend!" and "Milk Maids!" are on the front cover; with, on the rear, "Mackerel!" "Sweet china oranges!" "Scissors to grind!" and "Carrots and Turnips!". Each measures 103 x 80 mm. The text is by William John Loftie (1839-1911), "a literary antiquary whose work may have lacked original scholarship but was usually well informed, written in an attractive style, and enlivened with strong personal opinions, especially on architecture. Learn More
    £55,000

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107618

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  20. The History of Scotland.

    The History of Scotland.

    From the Accession of Alexander III to the Union.
    Handsomely bound set of Tytler's history of Scotland, covering the years 1249-1603. Originally published in nine instalments between 1828 and 1843. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1879

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 107298

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