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  1. 130154
    First edition, first impression. In the summer of 1905 Synge toured western Ireland with the artist Jack Yeats, brother of the poet, writing a series of articles for the Manchester Guardian and Maunsel's weekly journal Shanachie. When Synge died in 1909 at the age of 37 "his relative poverty gave to the question of copyright... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 130154

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  2. 116143
    First edition of this key historical record of Restoration London, which remained unprinted for more than 150 years after its original composition. The text was painstakingly deciphered from Pepys's shorthand by a penniless student who did not realise that the manual for the system, Thomas Shelton's Tutor to Tachygraphy... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 116143

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  3. 127816
    First and sole edition, privately printed at Chelwood, the north Somerset parish of the antiquary Richard Warner (1763-1857) and produced to a remarkably high early-Victorian standard (see Cotton's Typographical Gazetteer, Second Series, Oxford, 1866). With a fine provenance: ownership inscription (on front free endpaper,... Learn More
    £950

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  4. 63958
    First edition, a very good, complete copy - "The half-title is frequently missing. Some copies have the vignettes uncoloured" (Tooley). Abbey suggests that although no precedence can be proved "it is probable that the coloured vignettes were issued after the completion of the parts as an extra inducement to prospective purchasers.... Learn More
    £14,250

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  5. 120254
    First edition. Worsley's political career as member of parliament for the Isle of Wight constituencies for Newport (1774-83) and subsequently Newtown (1790-3) were hampered by a mixture of limited skill, a somewhat abrasive personality and the very public collapse of his marriage, but "antiquarian studies were always an... Learn More
    £1,250

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  6. 116683
    First and only edition, decidedly uncommon, just 4 locations on Copac, BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge, OCLC adds no further copies. "It is right to say that this story was planned at the time of the last earthquake at Ischia 28 July 1883; was partly written at the time of the earthquake of Java Krakatoa, 26 August 1883; and... Learn More
    £250

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  7. 115052
    Second miniature edition of Speed's atlas of Great Britain and Ireland, following the edition of 1620. The "farr larger Voulume Done by John Speed" is a reference to the famous Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (1611), issued in folio. Thomas Chubb explains that for the first miniature edition of 1620 "forty of the... Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 115052

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  8. 62650
    First edition, early issue with a number of the plates in their first state. "Ackermann's The Microcosm of London... is a book of major importance. The architectural drawings were by Augustus Charles Pugin, a French refugee who came to London in about 1798, 'driven from his country either by the horrors of the French Revolution... Learn More
    £7,500

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  9. 121291
    Best known for Kidd's New Guide to the 'Lions' of London (1832), William Kidd composed numerous tourist guides of the British Isles during the first half of the 19th century. This volume consists of three works: a guide to London, a London ambulator, and a guide to Paris. The attractive engravings are by G. W. Bonner (1796-1836).... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 121291

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  10. 115759
    First edition, possibly one of 100 large-paper copies (similar to Abbey's copy measuring 14 by 11 inches) from a total print-run of 850, originally issued in 12 monthly parts; all watermarks pre-publication (the plates 1818 and 1820, the text 1818). Ackermann's intention was to combine the "most striking features of the... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 115759

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  11. Scotland Illustrated,
    First edition, in a fine contemporary binding incorporating a variety of attractive Scottish motifs. 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,... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 113843

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  12. 113839
    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... Learn More
    £1,875

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  13. 116865
    Fascinating mimeographed report on the Home Guard battalion formed by engineers from the Gas Light and Coke Company in 1942, with a volume of fine photographs. Rare, with no other copy traced in libraries or in commerce, except an ambiguous reference in the National Archives at Kew. After repair work from the Blitz eased... Learn More
    £650

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  14. 116358
    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".... Learn More
    £225

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  15. Whiteway.
    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... Learn More
    £850

    Stock Code: 113477

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  16. Experiences of a Railway Guard.
    First edition of this series of sketches compiled during the author's service on the Caledonian Railway. Rare: five copies only traced in libraries worldwide, all but one in the United Kingdom, and one copy of a putative second edition. Some of the sketches first appeared in the Weekly News, published by D. C. Thomson of... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 112754

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  17. [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... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 112632

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  18. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
    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... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 112134

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  19. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", on the front free endpaper, 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... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 108471

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  20. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 105303

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  21. 106106
    Large paper issue - Lowndes notes that only 50 such sets were printed - of this very appealing Oxford edition presented here in a choice Regency binding. First published between 1702 and 1707 (with the first octavo edition appearing in 1705-06) Clarendon's great History has "remained in the mind because of his literary achievementthe... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 106106

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  22. Tableaux de Londres.
    First and limited edition, number 309 of 500 copies. Scarce: Copac locates only four copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge (two copies), London Library), OCLC adds seven copies worldwide, and KVK two more (Lausanne-Dorigny, Linköpings Stadsbibliotek). Xavier-Marcel Boulestin (1878-1943) was... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 105815

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  23. The Works.
    First editions. A finely bound set of the author's principal works, being The Zincali (1841), The Bible in Spain (1843), Lavengro (1851), The Romany Rye (1857), Wild Wales (1862), Romano Lavo-Lil: Word-Book of the Romany (1874). Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 102083

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  24. The Place-Names of the Isle of Man.
    First editions. Wonderful set of this uncommon work of toponymy by the pioneering Manx nationalist, scholar, poet and playwright. It was described by William Cubbon, Manx bibliographer, founder member of the Manx Language Society, secretary and librarian to the Manx Museum, and a driving force behind the Manx National Archive,... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 99762

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    First compiled edition. This volume, prefaced in English, contains two French travellers' accounts of their visit to the Kingdoms of England and Scotland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: "The two pieces here offered to the public contain the idea which some of our neighbours formed of us in the two last centuries.... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 87462

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  26. Devon.
    First edition, first impression. One of the later books in the Shell County Guides series, published between 1934 and 1984 under the general editorship of John Betjeman and John Piper. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 91796

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  27. The Enigma of Stonehenge.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by Fowles on the title page. Co-authored with photographer Barry Brukoff. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 87816

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  28. I Crossed the Minch.
    First edition, first impression. The author's account of a trip to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 87543

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  29. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    First edition, first impression, of White's record of his life on the West Coast of Ireland, where, he "stumbled across what Protestants had said was an idol still being worshipped by the Catholics, and a coal black negro selling patent medicines, and a real fairy fire which lit our footsteps over the infinite bog - no whimsy.... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 85969

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  30. The Environs of London:
    Large paper edition. The first edition was published in 1792-1800. The principal work of the topographer Daniel Lysons (1762-1834), produced with the keen support of Horace Walpole, to whom the work is dedicated. Many areas which were "environs" to Lysons are now firmly inside London, including Battersea, Bermondsey, Camberwell,... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 66054

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  31. The Roman Wall,
    First editions. The first named with the inscription, "Presented to Henry Lawes Long Esq., by The Duke of Northumberland, Syon 27th August 1859" to the first blank and circular, sepia lithographed Long armorial bookplate to the front pastedown; the second inscribed "With the Duke of Northumberland's Compliments" verso of... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 68827

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  32. 61505detail
    First and only editions. Of the Report, Copac records the Guildhall copy only, OCLC adding a copy in Leiden; a single copy of the Entertainment located at Chicago: both extremely uncommon. The Report contains a full subscriber's list, impressions of the various tickets, a table plan for the Royal Table, menus, programmes... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 61505

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  33. A Topographical History of Surrey.
    A handsomely bound set of Brayley's copiously illustrated history of Surrey. Learn More
    £1,200

    Stock Code: 20997

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  34. A Chronological Outline of the History of Bristol,
    First Edition. The full-page woodcut on p. 277 shows the old Bristol bridge. Learn More
    £120

    Stock Code: 29662

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  35. The Antiquities of Berkshire.
    Second edition of the first county history of Berkshire, originally published in 1719; a third edition was published at reading in 1736. The astrologer and antiquary Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) was appointed to the College of Arms as Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary in 1660. In 1667, he began collecting information for this... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 31731

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  36. 27407
    First and only edition. The Royal Clyde Yacht Club was the biggest in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, larger even than the Solent Yacht Club, and Clyde yachts were world-famous as pioneers of the relatively new sport of yacht racing. This book reproduces in chromolithography a series of watercolours by Henry... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 27407

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