[PÜCKLER-MUSKAU, Hermann von.] Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1828 & 1829;
London : 1832First edition in English of "one of the most remarkable and comprehensive portraits of Britain in this period" (Nicholas Penny, London Review of Books), an engaging, witty and lively travelogue by the German nobleman and influential landscape gardener Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), presented here in a most attractive period binding.
Tour... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139875
[THOMSON, William.] A Tour in England and Scotland in 1785.
London : 1788First edition, a prettily bound journal-style tour of Britain, compared on publication to Pennant. "Since the publication of Mr. Pennant's tour... several visitors... have endeavoured to imitate the manner of that candid, agreeable and entertaining traveller. The author now before us appears to be a candidate for the same praise; and he is not, indeed,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139655
(TARTAN.) WHYTE, John. Clan Tartans [Spine title] - Coats of Arms, Crests, Clan Tartans &c. Designed for Embroidery by …
Edinburgh : c.1845No other copy recorded institutionally, fascinating, and enterprising exercise in "pattern drawing", making available the 75 designs published in John Sobieski Stuart's Vesitiarium Scoticum of 1842 in a format enabling their manufacture. This is an important early record of the adoption of the Sobieski Stuart patterns, and an extremely appealing and... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 135594
BAKER, J. A. The Peregrine.
London : 1967Excellent copy of the elusive first edition of this cult classic of new nature writing. Compressed from a decade of obsessively compiled journals into 60,000 words of "violent, enraptored prose... not a book about watching a bird, but a book about becoming a bird... a record of obsession, which has itself in turn provoked obsession" (Robert Mscfarlane,... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140921
ALLOM, Thomas; George Pickering; Thomas Rose. Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham, and Northumberland, Illustrated.
London and Paris : 1832-35First edition of this delightful collection of views, more than half of which are given over to Lake District subjects, described as being the first album that "featured Wordsworthian sites and sights" (Saeko Yoshikawa, William Wordsworth and the Invention of Tourism, 1820-1900, 2014, p. 174). It was originally issued in 26 parts as a section of Fisher's... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140668
FIGGIS, Darrell. Recollections of the Irish War.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, scarce with the dust jacket. "The portrait Darrell Figgis paints himself in Recollections of the Irish War shows him as a defender of personal liberty and individual opinion whose voice is stifled by authority, traits that he has in common with the Oisin of his satire" (Colby). Darrell Figgis was an Irish writer,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 129573
SAUNDERS, Ann. The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945
London : 2005First edition. "During the Second World War the War Damage Section of the Architect's Department of the London County Council recorded the degree of damage due to enemy action to buildings across the 117 square miles of the Administrative County of London. Using the relevant sheets of the 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey maps, the Architect's staff hand-coloured... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 104909
KNAPPEN, M. M. (ed.) ROGERS, Richard, and Samuel Ward. Two Elizabethan Puritan Diaries.
Chicago : 1933First edition, first printing. This work publishes two diaries from the late-16th century and early-17th century, along with annotations and short biographies of the two diarists. This copy from the library of the prominent authority on Elizabethan England A. L. Rowse, with his ownership signature to front pastedown and marginal lining to text in pencil.... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140132
PEPYS, Samuel. Memoirs.
London : 1825First 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 (1642), was easily accessible... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 116143
MACLEAY, Kenneth. Highlanders of Scotland:
London : [c. 1874]Archibald Fraser MacDonald's copy in the presentation binding. It was first published in 1870, featuring the watercolour portraits commissioned by Queen Victoria from Kenneth Macleay. This copy was specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald (1842-1890), who was The Prince of Wales's Jäger (or gillie). His biographical notes start... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137270
KAYAT, Assaad Y. A Voice From Lebanon.
London : 1847First edition of this scarce book that shows only 4 copies on COPAC. There is the ownership inscription of a member of the Bowie family on the first binder's blank. Kayat met the Bowies in Scotland and described them as "charming" (p. 357 - which has been dog-eared).
Kayat felt compelled to publish this account of his life and travels after visiting... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 127760
(GREAT BRITAIN, Army, Home Guard.) Record of the Technical Companies of the 40th County of London (G.L.C.C.) Battalion, Home Guard. 1942 - 194
[London : 1945]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 off in the autumn of 1941, company... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 116865
COOK, John, & John Maule. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.
London : 1789First edition. Uncommon. Reprints in full the original grants of William and Mary for the establishment of the Hospital, and offers a detailed description of the building works, and the finished structure, accompanied by a spectacular folding engraved plate of a river view taken from a drawing by Thomas Lancey. Lancey was placed at the Hospital school... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 85988
POINTER, John. An Account of a Roman Pavement, Lately found at Stunsfield in Oxford-shire, Prov'd to be 1400 Years Old.
Oxford : 1713First edition of this treatise on the recently discovered Roman pavement in Stonesfield (using the archaic name Stunsfield) in Oxfordshire, by the antiquary John Pointer (1668-1754). A tenant farmer, George Handes, found the pavement in 1712, which attracted the interest of various antiquaries in nearby Oxford. However, Handes quarrelled with the landowner,... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 137682
ACKERMANN, Rudolph (publisher). A Picturesque Tour of the English Lakes,
London : 1821First 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 various kinds of scenery of... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 115759
AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
Edinburgh : 1863First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 137470
JEROME, Jerome K. Three Men in a Boat.
Bristol : 1889First edition, first issue, with the requisite issue points: the imprint reading "Quay Street", with no street number, 37 titles listed in the Bristol Library advert, and Prince Prigio advertised as "Ready in October" on the rear pastedown. Three Men in a Boat is a humorous account of a two week boating holiday on the Thames from Kingston-upon-Thames... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 129571
JOHNSON, John, Lieutenant-Colonel. A Journey from India to England,
London : 1818First edition of Johnson's journey from Bombay to London. After 35 years in India, devoting most of his time "to the acquisition of local and professional knowledge" (preface), British Officer John Johnson decided to travel to England by land. This account of his travels documents the local life and customs encountered along the route, and, with future... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 134957
BRAYLEY, Edward Wedlake. A Topographical History of Surrey.
1841First edition. "Brayley's most important work was probably a History of Surrey (5 vols., 18418). His topographical works bear scrutiny because of his competence in a range of scientific, literary, and artistic subjects, a breadth of knowledge which few other contemporary topographers could match" (ODNB). A handsomely bound set. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 70458
THOMAS, Edward. In Pursuit of Spring.
London : April 1914First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket retaining the scarce illustrated plate to the front panel. In Pursuit of Spring was Thomas's last work of prose and provides an account of his week-long bicycle ride from central London out into the Quantock Hills in Somerset undertaken in March 1913. It is often considered the best... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 131308
[WARNER, Richard.] [Dropped head title:] The Diary of a Retired Country Parson.
Chelwood : 1848First 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, in Latin and Greek) of Francis... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 127816
SAINT-FOND, Barthélemy Faujas de. Voyage en Angleterre, en Écosse et aux îles Hébrides;
Paris : 1797First edition of this account of Saint-Fond's (1741-1819) travels to Britain in the year 1784, with important observations on the geology of northern England and Scotland, most notably his recognition that Fingal's Cave was a volcanic formation, which had gone unnoticed by Joseph Banks. The work also includes anecdotes of Banks, John Whitehurst and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 127675
(SCOTT, Sir Walter.) BOWER, John. Description of the Abbeys of Melrose, and Old Melrose, with their traditions.
Edinburgh : 1822Presentation copy from the dedicatee Sir Walter Scott to Thomas Moore, inscribed in Scott's hand on the front blank, "Thomas Moore from his affectionate friend Walter Scott, Melrose Abbey, 31 October 1825", with Moore's ownership inscription below and his bookplate to the front pastedown. The presentation was made on the occasion of Moore's "long meditated... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 125496
QUIGLEY, Hugh. The Highlands of Scotland.
New York : 1936First US edition, first printing. This work provides a topographical and travel guide to the Scottish Highlands. It was first published in the UK earlier in the same year. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 123810
HUGHSON, David. Walks through London,
London : 1817.First edition, large paper issue, of this delightful illustrated guide to Regency London, laid out in eighteen walks around the metropolis. In many ways this is the forerunner of the modern guide book, giving a small map and directions for each perambulation. Hughson also compiled an illustrated history and description of London, issued in parts and... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 119726
WILLIAMS, Charles. A London Earthquake.
London : 1884First 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 was in type long before Claudian... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 116683
(LONDON TRANSPORT.) Appointments for 1936.
London : 1935Appointment 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... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 116358
SPEED, John. England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged.
[London : 1627Second 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 maps are reprints of Peter Keer's... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 115052
ROSCOE, Thomas. Wanderings and Excursions in South Wales:
London : [1837?]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... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 114542
BERTRAM, Henry & Martin K. Rodwell. Life Scenes in London.
London : 1880First and only edition, scarce, Copac lists just Guildhall, and Bishopsgate libraries, the latter evidently defective of a plate, and a leaf of text, OCLC adds the Newberry only. "to present to the Public a series of Original Sketches, wedded to amusing, and they trust, not unprofitable letterpress, has been the aim of the Publishers" (Preface). The... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 114641
BEATTIE, William. Scotland Illustrated,
London : 1838First 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, whose "drawings are full... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 113843
SHAW, Nellie. Whiteway.
London : 1935First 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... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 113477
FERGUSON, James. Experiences of a Railway Guard.
Dundee : 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 Dundee. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 112754
(PHILLIPS, Sir Richard.) [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
London : 1820-1An 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... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 112632
(COACHING.) TRISTRAM, W. Outram. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
London : 1893Second 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... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 112134
[SAUNDERS, Richard.] RIDER, Cardanus. Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1778.
London : 1778A handsome Georgian-era almanac, 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... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 111954
WIGGIN, Kate Douglas. 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.
Boston and New York : 1900First 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 signed tipped in. Penelope's Progress is inscribed quoting the first sentence of the book: "We have travelled together before, Salemina, Francesca, and... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 110167
WHITE, T. H. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
London : 1959First 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 Then, all laid in. A lovely... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 108471
SIMS, Geo. R. (Foreword). Fifty Colour Photographs of London.
London : c.1910First edition. The Photochrom process, a variant of chromolithography, was invented in the 1880s by Hans Jakob Schmidt (1856-1924). It rose in popularity in the 1890s and by the end of the First World War was ubiquitous in postcard format. Most of the photographs in Fifty Colour Photographs of London are of landmarks but there are also a few portraits,... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 107448
CLARENDON, Edward Hyde, Earl of. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England.
Oxford : 1807Large 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 fashioning of the... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 106106
BORROW, George. The Works.
London : 1841-74First 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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 102083
(CROYDON, Edward, publ.) A Guide to the Watering Places, on the coast, between the Exe and the Dart;
Teignmouth : 1817First edition, a superior copy in red morocco, with the bookplate of John Fisher, Bishop of Salisbury. Fisher was "a highly cultured prelate, a generous patron of both authors and artists, and a capable sketcher; he was chaplain to the Royal Academy in 1807 and helped to set up the British Institution the previous year. For the last twenty-five years... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 100333
KNEEN, John Joseph. The Place-Names of the Isle of Man.
Douglas, Isle of Man : 1925-9First 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, as representing, "an... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 99762
JELLICOE, Ann, & Roger Mayne. Devon.
London : 1975First 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£65.00
Stock Code: 91796
PERLIN, Estienne; P. de la Serre; [PUGET DE] LA SERRE, [Jean]. Description des Royaulmes d'Angleterre et d'Escosse; Histoire de l'Entrée de la Reyne Mère dans la Grande Bretagne.
London : 1775First 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. The physician, in the sixteenth... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 87462
MACLAUCHLAN, Henry. The Roman Wall,
1857-64First 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 the first blank. In 1804 Henry... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 68827
LYSONS, Rev. Daniel. The Environs of London:
London : 1795-1811Large 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, Lambeth, Chelsea, Finchley,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 66054
ASHMOLE, Elias. The Antiquities of Berkshire.
1723Second 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 book, but it was not to be... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 31731
(SHIELDS, Henry.) MEIKLE, James. Famous Clyde Yachts.
London : 1888First 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 Shields RBA (1859-1935) showing... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 27407
BRAYLEY, Edward Wedlake. A Topographical History of Surrey.
London : 1850A handsomely bound set of Brayley's copiously illustrated history of Surrey.
Brayley's "most important work was probably a History of Surrey (5 vols., 18418). His topographical works bear scrutiny because of his competence in a range of scientific, literary, and artistic subjects, a breadth of knowledge which few other contemporary topographers... Learn More£1,200.00
Stock Code: 20997