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ASHTON, T.S. (Thomas Southcliffe), 1899-1968 : AN ECONOMIC HISTORY OF ENGLAND : THE 18TH CENTURY.

ASHTON, T.S. (Thomas Southcliffe), 1899-1968 : AN ECONOMIC HISTORY OF ENGLAND : THE 18TH CENTURY.

London : Methuen & Co., (1955). First edition. Professor Ashton, great authority on the industrial revolution, on the people, agriculture and products, internal trade and transport, manufactures, overseas trade and shipping, money, banking, foreign exchange, labour, etc. With statistical tables, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (viii),(258),[ii]pp. Original cloth; very good in a slightly nicked dust-jacket. Ownership inscription of C. J. A. Robertson.

£15

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CARLYLE, Thomas, 1795-1881 : THE FRENCH REVOLUTION : A HISTORY ...

CARLYLE, Thomas, 1795-1881 : THE FRENCH REVOLUTION : A HISTORY ...

London : Chapman & Hall, [ca.1880]. A standard edition of Carlyle’s magisterial if controversial history of the French Revolution. The full text of the original three volumes published in 1837 – The Bastille, The Constitution, The Guillotine – here compressed into two volumes.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (186 x 121mm). viii,342; viii,412pp. Bound in a smart contemporary prize binding by Henry Bickers & Son of Leicester Square – full polished tan calf, banded and gilt, contrasting red and black labels, marbled edges and endpapers, with the crest of Liverpool College on the upper board of each volume; some minor wear and scuffing to corners, a few slight marks, but otherwise a very good set. Prize label made out to C. L. Williams for French (senior) and dated Midsummer 1882.

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CHARPENTIER, Armand, 1864-1949 : THE DREYFUS CASE.

CHARPENTIER, Armand, 1864-1949 : THE DREYFUS CASE.

London : Geoffrey Bles, 1935. First edition in English of "Historique de l'Affaire Dreyfus" (Paris : 1933), translated by J. Lewis May. Reputedly the best account of the trials and tribulations of Alfred Dreyfus (1859-1935).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 278,[ii]pp. Plates. Portraits. Folding facsimiles at rear. Original cloth; slight discolouration to lower half of spine; lightly bruised; edges spotted; very mild discolouration at foot of a few plates, but a good copy in a soiled and price-clipped dust-jacket, slightly defective at foot of spine.

£20

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COOKE, George Wingrove, 1814-1865 : MEMOIRS OF LORD BOLINGBROKE.

London : Richard Bentley, 1835. First edition. The first full-scale biography of the "Man of Mercury" - Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751) - politician, exile, writer, historian, philosopher, libertine and wit - a figure, in the author's phrase, too long "sedulously erased" from the history books. Included as appendices are Bolingbroke's poems, the articles of impeachment, his will, etc.
Two volumes. Demy 8vo. xx,416; viii,472pp. Portrait frontispiece to each volume. Bound in a later (early twentieth century) half crimson calf, banded and gilt, by Bayntun; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; some minor wear and rubbing; spines a little dulled; some sunning to lower covers; preface and contents leaves to vol. i misbound in vol. ii; text a little marked and fingered in places; one leaf slightly damaged, without loss of text; but overall a good set. With the bookplate of William John Robertson in each volume.

£125

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DOYLE, James E. (James William Edmund), 1822-1893 : A CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND  : B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485.

DOYLE, James E. (James William Edmund), 1822-1893 : A CHRONICLE OF ENGLAND : B.C. 55 – A.D. 1485.

London : Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1864. First edition. The antiquary and illustrator James Doyle (brother of Richard, uncle of Arthur Conan) compiles and illustrates a sumptous chronicle of England from the invasion of Julius Caesar to the death of Richard III. Long celebrated as perhaps the finest example of Victorian colour-printing, with the glowing colours of Doyle’s illustrations engraved and printed by Edmund Evans (1826-1905) in eight to ten overlays on a hand-press – “as bright as if they had just been painted” (ODNB) – and, as Evans later recalled, “the most carefully executed book I have ever printed”.
Post 4to (262 x 200mm). [2],viii,462pp. Eighty-one coloured illustrations. Bound in an equally lavish contemporary full red sealskin, banded and richly gilt in compartments and on edges; panelled boards with trophy corners; all edges gilt and gauffered with fleurs-de-lys; marbled endpapers; some minor rubbing and faint wear; one leaf slightly marked; another torn without loss, but a handsome copy of a handsome book. With a contemporary (October 1864) gift inscription from Albert Goodman to Mrs and Mrs George Ekins Daintree – George Ekins Daintree (1828-1919), a farmer, and his wife Caroline Sarah Ruston (1829-1921), who were living at Pidley-cum-Fenton in Huntingdonshire at this time.

£400

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FROUDE, James Anthony, 1818-1894 : ENGLISH SEAMEN IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY : LECTURES DELIVERED AT OXFORD EASTER TERMS 1893-4.

FROUDE, James Anthony, 1818-1894 : ENGLISH SEAMEN IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY : LECTURES DELIVERED AT OXFORD EASTER TERMS 1893-4.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1901. The Silver Library edition of Froude's celebrated lectures on Hawkins, Drake and the Armada, originally published in 1895 - and here presented in a handsome prize binding.
Crown 8vo (183 x 121mm). [vi],(310)pp. Bound in a contemporary peacock-blue half calf, banded and gilt, by Andrews of Durham, with the crest of the Durham Training College for School Masters on the upper cover; red label; all edges red; marbled endpapers; a few very faint signs of age, but an excellent copy. An inscription notes the book's award as a prize to J. R. Moses, second in the college list in 1902 - this John Robert Moses (1880-1917), the son of a local miner and who later became a schoolmaster in Sunderland. For a full account, see my 'Bookhunter on Safari' blog-post for 4th September 2014.

£100

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HARRIS, John, 1756-1846 - publisher : HISTORICAL PASTIME : OR A NEW GAME OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.

HARRIS, John, 1756-1846 - publisher : HISTORICAL PASTIME : OR A NEW GAME OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.

London : for J. Harris, 1803 [but later]. A popular and colourful early nineteenth-century board game, first produced in 1803 - the slip-case so dated here, but with the 1813 rule-book. “No. 1. Battle of Hastings - Pay one to the King ... No. 3. British Baron - Pay one the Norman” - the players pursue their English history through 158 numbered spaces from 1066 to the American War of Independence. “This will naturally excite a curiosity in the youthful mind; and that curiosity will be gratified in the short account of each reign sub-joined. - On the whole, the writer flatters himself, that the public approbation will convince him, that the hours he has devoted to the formation of this little Scheme, have not been spent in vain”. Complete with the 48pp “Rules and Directions for Playing the Historical Pastime ... with a Short Account of the Principal Events”, and the original slip-case.
Copper line engraving on paper. Engraved surface 55 x 51cm (approx. 21-3/4” x 20-1/4”). Original hand colour. Dissected, mounted on linen and folding into the slip-case, with engraved label; the game a little used and thumbed, with slight fraying to lower edge; the slip-case rubbed and worn; the rule-book much used, creased and frayed, with loss of surface to paper wrappers; a few leaves torn and repaired; one leaf defective, with the loss of a few lines of text. Evidently a game much played and much enjoyed, the rule-book with inked and pencilled variations to the rules - being unable to “repeat any circumstance” from the works of Isaac Newton at 145 no longer brings a fine, but the outbreak of war with America on the penultimate space now brings the injunction to return to George I.

£500

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HOWARTH, David (David Armine), 1912-1991 : THE VOYAGE OF THE ARMADA : THE SPANISH STORY.

HOWARTH, David (David Armine), 1912-1991 : THE VOYAGE OF THE ARMADA : THE SPANISH STORY.

London : William Collins Sons & Co., (1981). First edition. The Armada story as interpreted from Spanish sources previously ignored by English-language writers.
Medium 8vo (24cm). 256pp. Plates. Endpaper maps. Original boards; very good in a lightly tanned dust-jacket.

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HUSKISSON, William, 1770-1830 : THE HUSKISSON PAPERS.

London : Constable & Co., 1931. First edition. Previously unpublished official and private correspondence between Huskisson and other statesmen - Canning, Liverpool, Wellington, etc. - tending to suggest that he had a greater importance and influence than that of being the first man to be run over by a train. Edited by "Lewis Melville" [Lewis Saul Benjamin, 1874-1932], with biographical notes, etc.
Demy 8vo. (xii),352pp. Original cloth; a few slight marks; book-label of Lloyd's of London on front pastedown; very occasional pencil annotation, but a very good copy.

£25

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THE OLD RÉGIME : COURTS, SALONS, AND THEATRES.

JACKSON, Catherine Hannah Charlotte, Lady, 1814?-1891 : THE OLD RÉGIME : COURTS, SALONS, AND THEATRES.

London : Richard Bentley & Son, 1880. First edition. A gossipy and readable history of French high society from the death of Louis XIV to the demise of Marie Antoinette - libertinage, seeking interviews with Satan, un fanfaron de vices, an actress's dinners, rival gambling houses, les devotionettes, the coiffure of Madame de Gontaut, and much else besides.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). (xii),(368); (xii),(386),[ii]pp. Errata slips. Six Woodburytype portraits. Original cloth - a delightful example of Victorian design, the blue cloth elaborately blocked in an overall white floral design, with gilt fleurs-de-lys; spines just lightly rubbed and a touch darkened; slight spotting of edges, but a very good set. Attractive and distinctive circular bookplate with the initials M. H. in each volume.

£125

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KNIGHT, Charles, 1791-1873 : CAPITAL AND LABOUR ; INCLUDING THE RESULTS OF MACHINERY.

London : Charles Knight & Co., 1845. First and sole edition of Knight's "Capital and Labour" - based in part on his earlier "Results of Machinery" (1831), but much amplified and with the statistics updated. Charles Knight, author, pioneer of popular and populist publishing, and social reformer, on the mutual dependence of capital and labour, the introduction of mass-production, etc. - his little books and pamphlets were said (by Thomas Spring-Rice, Melbourne's Chancellor of the Exchequer) to have "effected more good for the supression of outrage than a regiment of horse".
Foolscap 12mo. [2],vii-viii,(9)-250pp (complete). Contemporary half roan, banded and richly gilt; contrasting labels; marbled edges; some very minor wear; endpapers a little tanned at corners; a few slight marks, but a very good copy.

£85

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MAY, John, 1926- : VICTORIA REMEMBERED : A ROYAL HISTORY 1817-1861, ENTIRELY ILLUSTRATED WITH COMMEMORATIVES.

MAY, John, 1926- : VICTORIA REMEMBERED : A ROYAL HISTORY 1817-1861, ENTIRELY ILLUSTRATED WITH COMMEMORATIVES.

London : William Heinemann, (1983). First edition. An absorbing and oblique history of Queen Victoria illustrated entirely with examples of commemorative pottery – mugs, plates, bowls and other ware.
Crown 4to (26cm). xii,242,[ii]pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; a very good, clean and sound copy in the dust-jacket – price-clipped, a little sunned and with a short tear to lower panel.

£40

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RICKWORD, Edgell (John Edgell), 1898-1982 - editor : RADICAL SQUIBS & LOYAL RIPOSTES : SATIRICAL PAMPHLETS OF THE REGENCY PERIOD, 1819-1921 : ILLUSTRATED BY GEORGE CRUIKSHANK AND OTHERS.

Bath : Adams & Dart, (1971). First edition. William Hone and the pamphlet war - Rickword introduces a lively and robust series of illustrated and offensive pamphlets, "The Political House that Jack Built", "Non Mi Ricordo", and others.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,(320)pp. Portrait. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original boards; faint tanning of endpapers; last few leaves slightly creased (production flaw), but otherwise a very good copy in a lightly used dust-jacket.

£20

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RUNCIMAN, Steven (Sir James Cochran Stevenson), 1903-2000 : THE LAST BYZANTINE RENAISSANCE.

RUNCIMAN, Steven (Sir James Cochran Stevenson), 1903-2000 : THE LAST BYZANTINE RENAISSANCE.

London : Cambridge University Press, 1970. First edition. The 1968 Wiles Lectures - on the scholarship and intellectual life of the late Byzantine Empire - imperial decline and hellenic revival; contoversy and faction; the scholars, and the achievements of the renaissance.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (x),(112),[iv]pp. Original cloth; a very good and clean copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket. Ownership inscription of Anthony Payne.

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RUNCIMAN, Steven (Sir James Cochran Stevenson), 1903-2000 : THE SICILIAN VESPERS : A HISTORY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD IN THE LATE THIRTEENTH CENTURY.

RUNCIMAN, Steven (Sir James Cochran Stevenson), 1903-2000 : THE SICILIAN VESPERS : A HISTORY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD IN THE LATE THIRTEENTH CENTURY.

London : Cambridge University Press, 1958. First edition. "The action culminates in a conspiracy hatched in Barcelona and Byzantium, with ramifications in Tunis, Jerusalem and Cyprus, as well as England and Germany".
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xiv),(356)pp. Four plates. Six genealogical tables on three folding inserts. Three maps, one folding. Original cloth; very faintly rubbed; lower edge a little splashed, with faint fringe of discolouration to folding map and tables, but otherwise a very good copy in the dust-jacket - lightly worn, a little soiled and with some small repaired tears.

£25

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