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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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BAMFORD, Samuel, 1788-1872 : PASSAGES IN THE LIFE OF A RADICAL.

BAMFORD, Samuel, 1788-1872 : PASSAGES IN THE LIFE OF A RADICAL.

London : MacGibbon & Kee, (1967). Originally published serially in Manchester in the early 1840s and here in a slightly shortened modern edition – one of the most important documents of nineteenth-century radicalism, covering the turbulent years either side of the Peterloo massacre, in the aftermath of which the highly articulate Bamford, both weaver and poet, was charged with treason and wrongly convicted of inciting a riot – “it is a voice that England cannot afford even now to shut its ears to”. With a preface by Tim Hilton.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 368pp. Original boards; top edge red; very good in a just lightly used and slightly creased dust-jacket.

£20

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[CHALLICE, Annie Emma Armstrong, 1821-1875] : HEROES, PHILOSOPHERS, AND COURTIERS OF THE TIME OF LOUIS XVI.

[CHALLICE, Annie Emma Armstrong, 1821-1875] : HEROES, PHILOSOPHERS, AND COURTIERS OF THE TIME OF LOUIS XVI.

London : Hurst & Blackett, 1863. First edition. Drawn from French sources and with emphasis in particular on the story of French influence and intervention in the American War of Independence. With a rich cast of characters including Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Voltaire, Mirabeau, William Pitt, Tom Paine, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Horace Walpole, Samuel Johnson, the Marquis de Lafayette, Madame du Barry, Richelieu, Rousseau, Captain Cook, Cagliostro, etc.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (191 x 124mm). (xx),(346); xii,(376)pp. Bound in a smart, slightly later, half blue calf, banded and gilt, by Zaehnsdorf for the Chicago booksellers Alexander C. McLurg & Co.; top edges gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; slight wear at extremities; a few minor marks and small flaws, but overall a good and attractive set. Pictorial bookplate of Roy McWilliams in each volume.

£125

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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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CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA.

CHURCHILL, Winston (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer), 1874-1965 : LONDON TO LADYSMITH VIA PRETORIA.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1900. First edition. Churchill’s personal account of the early months of the Boer War and his extraordinary adventures in South Africa. A particularly interesting copy in having been annotated in pencil in numerous places by an eye-witness to a number of the military actions – at Spion Kop, etc. At one point the anonymous annotator identifies himself as the field officer of the East Surreys who pointed out to Churchill “an expansive bullet of a particularly cruel pattern” being used by the Boers. For the most part the officer accepts Churchill’s account – “Very well described. I watched all this”, etc. – adding and identifying a name here and there, but elsewhere he bluntly corrects with a “Wrong” and other tokens of disagreement.
Crown 8vo (187 x 121mm). xiv,498,[ii] + 32pp advertisements dated October 1899. Maps & plans (three folding, one coloured). Bound in an elegant recent half crimson morocco, banded and gilt; sprinkled edges; a few spots; a few slight creases; one corner missing, not affecting text, but overall a very good and interesting copy. Woods A4.

£850

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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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DANGERFIELD, Elma (Elma Tryphosa), 1907-2006 : BEYOND THE URALS.

DANGERFIELD, Elma (Elma Tryphosa), 1907-2006 : BEYOND THE URALS.

London : British League for European Freedom, [1946]. First edition. A grim and factual exposé of the persecution and deportation of over a million Polish citizens by the Soviet authorities between 1939 and 1941 – one of the first accounts of the Gulags. With an introduction by Rebecca West.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 94,[ii]pp. Plates. Maps. Original pictorial stapled wrappers, in a design by Machan; a few slight splash marks to covers, but otherwise very good.

£20

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DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 – editor : FROM ANNE TO VICTORIA : ESSAYS BY VARIOUS HANDS.

DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 – editor : FROM ANNE TO VICTORIA : ESSAYS BY VARIOUS HANDS.

London : Cassell & Co., (1937). First edition. Essays literary, artistic and historical – the contributors including W. H. Auden (on Alexander Pope), T. S. Eliot (on Lord Byron), Graham Greene (on Henry Fielding and Laurence Sterne), Edwin Muir (on Walter Scott), Herbert Read (on William Hogarth), George Santayana (on Bishop Berkeley), John Sparrow (on Lord Mansfield), Rebecca West (on Elizabeth Montagu), Leonard Woolf (on Tom Paine), etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,630pp. Original cloth gilt; slight dimple on spine; small mark on upper cover; a few faint marks and spots; faint discolouration to rear endpaper, but still overall a very good copy.

£25

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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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GREEN, J.R. (John Richard), 1837-1883 : A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE.

GREEN, J.R. (John Richard), 1837-1883 : A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1902-1903. The magnificently “illustrated edition” of Green’s magisterial and hugely popular account, first published in 1874. “It is a history, not of English Kings or English Conquests, but of the English People”. Green was among the first to switch attention from political and military to social and cultural history, although remaining well aware of that “recurring tendency to the formation of oppressive oligarchic structures from which, periodically, ordinary Englishmen had to liberate themselves” (Anthony Brundage in ODNB). The illustrated edition was prepared after his death by Green’s wife, Alice Stopford Green, and his former assistant, Kate Norgate – “It was a favourite wish of my husband’s to see English History interpreted and illustrated by pictures which should tell us how men and things appeared to lookers-on in their own day, and how contemporary observers aimed at representing them”.
Four volumes. Crown 4to (250 x 165mm). lvi,468; [6],lvi-lxxxiv,(469-932); [6],lxxxiii-(cxii),(933)-(1410); [6],(cxi)-(cxxxvi),(1411)-1906pp. Plates and maps (some folding, some coloured), portraits, tables, facsimiles, illustrations in text. Also bound in at the start is the shorter introductory matter to the earlier 1892 edition. Bound in a handsome contemporary half green morocco, banded and gilt; top edges gilt; just lightly sunned; a few minor marks and spots; a couple of leaves lightly discoloured, but a very good set.

£250

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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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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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LAWRENCE, John, 1928- & LAWRENCE, Robert, 1960- : WHEN THE FIGHTING IS OVER : A PERSONAL STORY OF THE BATTLE FOR TUMBLEDOWN MOUNTAIN AND ITS AFTERMATH.

LAWRENCE, John, 1928- & LAWRENCE, Robert, 1960- : WHEN THE FIGHTING IS OVER : A PERSONAL STORY OF THE BATTLE FOR TUMBLEDOWN MOUNTAIN AND ITS AFTERMATH.

London : Bloomsbury Publishing, (1988). First edition. Inscribed to Brian and Elspet [the actor Brian Rix and his wife Elspet Gray] and signed “John and Robert” by the authors – “Your support and love have been so invaluable”. The horrendously wounded hero of Mount Tumbledown and his father give a personal and controversial account, with the editorial assistance of Carol Price.
Royal 8vo (25cm). xii,196pp. Plates. Original red boards, lettered in gilt; a very good copy in the dust-jacket – lightly sunned, but also very good.

£25

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LECKY, William Edward Hartpole, 1838-1903 :  THE MAP OF LIFE : CONDUCT AND CHARACTER.

LECKY, William Edward Hartpole, 1838-1903 : THE MAP OF LIFE : CONDUCT AND CHARACTER.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1902. An attractively bound reprint of the celebrated historian’s popular discussion of everyday ethical problems. It was in 1902 that Lecky became one of the first people to be granted the new Order of Merit. Originally published in 1899.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). xiv;(354)pp. Bound in an elaborate full green morocco, banded and extra gilt, by George Frederick Ayling (1862-1928) of Brighton and London; all edges gilt; a little rubbed and tanned, with a slight split at head, but still an attractive book.

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MASSINGHAM, H.J. (Harold John), 1888-1952 & MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 – editors : THE GREAT VICTORIANS.

MASSINGHAM, H.J. (Harold John), 1888-1952 & MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 – editors : THE GREAT VICTORIANS.

London : Ivor Nicholson & Watson, [1932]. First edition. Essays by various well-chosen hands on forty Victorians – including Edmund Blunden on Matthew Arnold, Rebecca West on Charlotte Bronte, G. K. Chesterton on Charles Dickens, Neville Cardus on W. G. Grace, Laurence Housman on Florence Nightingale, Hugh Walpole on Anthony Trollope, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xx,556pp. Original orange cloth; just a touch sunned and faintly bruised; a few slight marks, but othrwise a very good copy. Ex-libris label inscribed J. Hornby and dated 1932.

£20

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MASS OBSERVATION : WAR BEGINS AT HOME.

MASS OBSERVATION : WAR BEGINS AT HOME.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1940. First edition. The countrywide part-time observers and full-time researchers of the legendary and hugely influential Mass-Observation report on “the anthropology of ourselves” in the first four months of war – the impact of the blackout; gas-masks; air raid neurosis; blimp reassurance; the collapse of the football pools; the drought of news; the A.R.P. wardens; class conflict and evacuation; the red poster fiasco; the Ministry of Information; the rise of jazz; saving versus spending; public versus private opinion; civilian morale; leaders and led. Edited and arranged by Tom Harrisson (1911-1976) and Charles Madge (1912-1996) – “This book is possible because we live in a democracy”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [ii],(x),(426),[ii]pp. Original yellow cloth, blocked and lettered in red; top edge pink; a few tiny marks; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket – a little nicked and chipped, with short tears and tape-repairs, but still substanially complete and attractive.

£125

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“ORWELL, George” – [BLAIR, Eric Arthur, 1903-1950] : ORWELL : THE WAR COMMENTARIES.

“ORWELL, George” – [BLAIR, Eric Arthur, 1903-1950] : ORWELL : THE WAR COMMENTARIES.

London : Gerald Duckworth & Co. / British Broadcasting Corporation, (1985). First edition. The rediscovered texts of George Orwell’s wartime radio broadcasts, transmitted weekly from December 1941 (Pearl Harbor) through to February 1943. Passages originally deleted by the wartime censor have been restored where legible. “The first large-scale unpublished work of Orwell’s to appear since his early death in 1950”. Edited, introduced and extensively annotated by the late W. J. (Bill) West (1942-1999), who discovered the lost original manuscripts.
Medium 8vo (25cm). 248pp. Maps. Original boards; price obliterated from front free endpaper, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket – the jacket just lightly sunned but with negligible wear. Contemporary gift inscription.

£25

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OSWALD, John : TEXT BOOK OF HISTORICAL & GEOGRAPHICAL TERMS AND DEFINITIONS, INCLUDING THE PRINCIPAL STATUTES FROM THE SAXON PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME, WITH A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF BRITISH IMPORTS, AND A COMPLETE INDEX.

OSWALD, John : TEXT BOOK OF HISTORICAL & GEOGRAPHICAL TERMS AND DEFINITIONS, INCLUDING THE PRINCIPAL STATUTES FROM THE SAXON PERIOD TO THE PRESENT TIME, WITH A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF BRITISH IMPORTS, AND A COMPLETE INDEX.

Manchester : James Galt & Co., 1898. Twenty-seventh edition. An updated and expanded version of this once-popular shilling guide, intended as an aid to examination students – synopses of the statutes chronologically from the Synod of Whitby to the Voluntary Schools Act of 1897; history definitions alphabetically from the Abhorrers to Yeomen; geography from Affluent to Zone; and imports from Agates to Zinc. First published in 1876.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (72)pp. Original cloth-backed boards; lightly worn and a little marked; rear endpaper cracked; a little shaken and slack, but a reasonable copy.

£15

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READ, Jan (John Hinton), 1917-2012 : THE NEW CONQUISTADORS.

READ, Jan (John Hinton), 1917-2012 : THE NEW CONQUISTADORS.

London : Evans Brothers, (1980). First edition. The extraordinary tale of the British volunteers and mercenaries who helped gain independence for the countries of South America – “the swashbuckling and fearless Lord Cochrane; William Brown, the amateur admiral; the embattled William Miller of Peru”, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (176)pp. Plates. Portraits. Maps. Original boards; very good in a price-clipped but very lightly used dust-jacket.

£20

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ROBERTS, George, 1803?-1860 :   THE LIFE, PROGRESSES, AND REBELLION OF JAMES, DUKE OF MONMOUTH, &C. TO HIS CAPTURE AND EXECUTION WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE BLOODY ASSIZE, AND COPIOUS BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES.

ROBERTS, George, 1803?-1860 : THE LIFE, PROGRESSES, AND REBELLION OF JAMES, DUKE OF MONMOUTH, &C. TO HIS CAPTURE AND EXECUTION WITH A FULL ACCOUNT OF THE BLOODY ASSIZE, AND COPIOUS BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES.

London : Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1844. First edition : a later binding up of the first edition sheets, with inserted advertisements dated 1850. An absorbing full-length account of the Monmouth Rebellion, drawing on previously unknown sources and records. The author was a schoolmaster at Lyme Regis (and also at one time the mayor) and is particularly strong on local records and traditions.
Post 8vo (21cm). Two volumes. xvi,338,[ii] + 32pp advertisements dated June 1850; viii,346,[ii]pp. Portrait frontispiece, view of Lyme Regis, and two folding maps; wood engravings in text. Original terracotta cloth, blocked and decorated in gilt and blind, by Westleys & Co., with their ticket; a touch sunned; a few faint marks; rear endpaper to first volume slightly cracked; a few spots, mainly to edges; slight offsetting from plates; advertisement leaves partially unopened; related press-cutting laid in; overall a very good set.

£125

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ROLLIN, Charles, 1661-1741 : THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE EGYPTIANS, CARTHAGINIANS, ASSYRIANS, BABYLONIANS, MEDES AND PERSIANS, MACEDONIANS AND GREEKS.

ROLLIN, Charles, 1661-1741 : THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THE EGYPTIANS, CARTHAGINIANS, ASSYRIANS, BABYLONIANS, MEDES AND PERSIANS, MACEDONIANS AND GREEKS.

London : for James, John and Paul Knapton, 1734-1736. First edition in English. Rollin’s sprawling history of the ancient world – by far the most influential and popular account of its time – reprinted again and again until the late nineteenth century. Although three supplementary volumes were published in 1737-1739, the set was evidently regarded by many readers as complete in ten volumes by 1736 and a good number of sets in the major institutions are similarly restricted to this number. A nineteenth-century pencilled instruction at the front of the present set confirms that only ten volumes were ever sent to the bookbinder “to be lettered and gilt on the backs” – in fact to be labelled. Originally published in Paris from 1730 onwards.
Ten volumes (ex thirteen). Crown 8vo (190 x 112mm). Bound in near contemporary full calf, banded and ruled in gilt, with later contrasting orange and black labels; sprinkled edges; some minor wear; boards a little rubbed and slightly pitted; a couple of short splits, but overall a very good, clean and attractive set. With the library stamps of Ben Damph Forest, part of the Torridon estate of the Earls of Lovelace, and (in vol.iii only) the name of an earlier family home at Ashley Combe in Somerset.

£750

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ROWSE, A.L. (Alfred Leslie), 1903-1997 : THE ENGLISH PAST : EVOCATIONS OF PERSONS AND PLACES.

ROWSE, A.L. (Alfred Leslie), 1903-1997 : THE ENGLISH PAST : EVOCATIONS OF PERSONS AND PLACES.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1951. First edition. “Now that the great days of England are perhaps over – it is extraordinary to think that we have lived through the very greatest of them in our lifetime – it is somehow consoling to pursue and evoke the past, recent as well as remote”. Twelve essays – on All Souls; on Hillesden and Oliver Cromwell; on Milton; on Jonathan Swift; an afternoon at Haworth Parsonage; on Thomas Hardy and Max Gate; on John Buchan; on Nottingham – “what an astonishing town it is”; on D. H. Lawrence, and on Alun Lewis, etc.
Demy 8vo (214 x 131mm). (x),(246)pp. Bound in a handsome contemporary full Turkish blue morocco, banded and gilt; silk headbands; all edges gilt; Cockerell endpapers; a little sunned, but otherwise a very good copy.

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ROWSE, A.L. (Alfred Leslie), 1903-1997 : RALEGH AND THE THROCKMORTONS.

ROWSE, A.L. (Alfred Leslie), 1903-1997 : RALEGH AND THE THROCKMORTONS.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1962. First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed to fellow historian Arthur Bryant and his wife – “For Arthur and Anne – admiration – affection – encouragement from A.L.” Rowse’s ground-breaking interpretation of Sir Walter Raleigh or Ralegh – “the most brilliant, various and glittering of all Elizabethans”, relying on the recently discovered Throckmorton diaries.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(348)pp. Plates. Portraits. Original cloth gilt; a touch dulled and slightly marked; some internal marks; four leaves loose at rear; a well-read copy in a worn, creased and slightly marked dust-jacket. With numerous pencilled annotations and underlinings by Arthur Bryant.

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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.

£20

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STEVENSON, Francis Seymour, 1862-1938 : HISTORIC PERSONALITY.

STEVENSON, Francis Seymour, 1862-1938 : HISTORIC PERSONALITY.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1893. First edition. An interesting and erudite discourse from the British parliamentarian and scholar on the variety of ways of knowing and understanding the great figures of the past – via history, biography, autobiography, diaries, memoirs, letters, table-talk, characterisation, monumental inscriptions, portraiture and, not least, imaginative literature. With passing reference to Aristotle, Boswell, Julius Caesar, Lord Chesterfield, Goethe, Dr Johnson, La Bruyère, Rousseau, Shakespeare, Theophrastus, Voltaire, etc., etc. The present extra-illustrated copy has been enlivened by the insertion of thirty-seven engraved portraits, culled from various sources, of a number of the figures mentioned (although the hand-coloured plate inserted as a frontispiece would appear to be a portrait of Robert Stevenson, the engineer, rather than of the author).
Crown 8vo (191 x 125mm). (viii),140pp. Thirty-seven engraved or lithographed portraits inserted. Bound in a handsome near contemporary half blue crushed morocco, banded and gilt, by Blackwell – I think Henry Blackwell (1851-1928) of New York, rather than the Oxford booksellers; top edge gilt; marbled sides and matching endpapers; a hint of rubbing and a few very minor signs of age; a sprinkling of internal spots, but a very good copy.

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TEMPERLEY, Howard, 1932- BRITISH ANTISLAVERY 1833-1870.

TEMPERLEY, Howard, 1932- BRITISH ANTISLAVERY 1833-1870.

London : Longman Group, (1972). First edition. The last remaining slaves in British sugar colonies were freed in 1833 – the history of the tireless British humanitarian campaign to abolish slavery worldwide from that point onwards, with much on John Bright, Lord Brougham, Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xviii),298,[iv]pp. Original boards; very good in a just slightly creased but also very good dust-jacket.

£20

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TRELOAR, Sir William Purdie, 1843-1923 : WILKES AND THE CITY.

TRELOAR, Sir William Purdie, 1843-1923 : WILKES AND THE CITY.

London : John Murray, 1917. First edition. An engaging and well-researched life of one Lord Mayor of London – the turbulent and magnificent John Wilkes (1725-1797) – by one of his successors in that office. Duels, the “North Briton”, general warrants, habeas corpus, expulsions from the Commons, the Middlesex elections, the mayoralty and all the rest.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xxxvi,(300)pp. Sixteen plates. Original armorial cloth gilt; some minor wear; a touch dulled; some internal browning and spotting, but a good and sound copy. A 1918 gift inscription is signed by the author’s wife.

£25

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TROLLOPE, T. Adolphus (Thomas Adolphus), 1810-1892 :  A DECADE OF ITALIAN WOMEN.

TROLLOPE, T. Adolphus (Thomas Adolphus), 1810-1892 : A DECADE OF ITALIAN WOMEN.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1859. First edition. “The degree in which any social system has succeeded in ascertaining woman’s proper position, and in putting her into it, will be a very accurate test of the progress it has made in civilisation”. Trollope ponders ten notable Italian women – St. Catherine of Siena, Caterina Sforza, Vittoria Colonna, Tullia d’Aragona, Olympia Morata, Isabella Andreini, Bianca Cappello, Olympia Pamfili, Elisabetta Sirani, and La Corilla (Maria Maddalena Morelli).
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (195 x 123mm). (xvi),410;viii,(452)pp. Portrait frontispieces. Bound in a slightly later half crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Riviere & Son; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; bindings a little rubbed and scuffed; some occasional internal spotting, but a good set of an absorbing and interesting study. Bookplates and ownership inscriptions of the collector Roy McWilliams.

£100

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TURBERVILLE, A.S. (Arthur Stanley), 1888-1945 – editor : JOHNSON’S ENGLAND : AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE & MANNERS OF HIS AGE.

TURBERVILLE, A.S. (Arthur Stanley), 1888-1945 – editor : JOHNSON’S ENGLAND : AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE & MANNERS OF HIS AGE.

London : Oxford University Press, 1933. First edition. A distinguished, literate and well-illustrated survey of all aspects of eighteenth-century life, with authoritative essays by G. M. Trevelyan, Dorothy George, G. D. H. Cole, R. W. Chapman and others – the period; the church; the navy; army; exploration and discovery; travel and communications; London; town-life in the provinces; industry and trade; agriculture and rural life; poverty, crime and philanthropy; manners, meals and domestic pastimes; sports and games; costume; taste; painting and engraving; sculpture; architecture and the garden; interiors; drama and theatre; music; education; science; medicine; the law and lawyers; authors and booksellers; newspapers, etc.
Two volumes. Medium 8vo (24cm). (xxiv),(406),[ii]; (x),404pp. Numerous plates. Original cloth gilt; a very good and bright set in the dust-jackets – price-clipped but with only minimal wear.

£100

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[YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901] : A BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS OF ALL TIMES AND ALL LANDS : GATHERED AND NARRATED BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFE”.

[YONGE, Charlotte Mary, 1823-1901] : A BOOK OF GOLDEN DEEDS OF ALL TIMES AND ALL LANDS : GATHERED AND NARRATED BY THE AUTHOR OF “THE HEIR OF REDCLYFFE”.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1908. A collection of fifty historical tales of heroism and self-denial intended as “a treasury for young people”, or “a mother’s storehouse for reading aloud to her boys” – Alcestis and Antigone, The Pass of Thermopylae, The Shepherd Girl of Nanterre, The Keys of Calais, Sir Thomas More’s Daughter, The Children in the Wood of the Far South, etc. Originally published in 1864.
Foolscap 8vo (154 x 98mm). (xii),454pp. Engraved pictorial title-page. Bound in a very pretty contemporary half navy calf, banded and gilt; red label; top edge gilt; a few trifling signs of age, but a very good, clean and partially unopened copy. With the attractive 1914 bookplate of Maude Hawke (1888-1976), etched by her Tyneside neighbour, Sir Henry John Fanshawe Badeley (1874-1951), and the later 1950 ownership inscription of David Fyfe Anderson.

£50

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YOUNG, G.M. (George Malcolm), 1882-1959 – editor : EARLY VICTORIAN ENGLAND : 1830-1865.

YOUNG, G.M. (George Malcolm), 1882-1959 – editor : EARLY VICTORIAN ENGLAND : 1830-1865.

London : Oxford University Press, 1934. First edition. A magisterial and richly illustrated study of the background to mid nineteenth-century England, with chapters on Work and Wages (J. H. Clapham), Homes and Habits, Town Life and London (R. H. Mottram), Life in the New Towns, Country Life and Sport (Bernard Darwin), The Navy, The Army, The Mercantile Marine (Basil Lubbock), The Press, Art, Architecture (A. E. Richardson), Music, Drama (Allardyce Nicoll), Holidays and Travel, Charity, Expansion and Emigration, and the Portrait of an Age.
Two volumes. Medium 8vo (24cm). [ii],(xxvi),414,[ii]; viii,558,[ii]pp. Errata slip. Numerous plates drawn from contemporary sources. Facsimiles. Original cloth gilt; some spotting of edges, one endpaper lightly tanned, but a very good set in the original dust-jackets – lightly tanned, slightly worn and a little chipped.

£100

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