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ACRES, W. Marston (Wilfrid Marston), 1879-1953 : LONDON AND WESTMINSTER IN HISTORY & LITERATURE.

ACRES, W. Marston (Wilfrid Marston), 1879-1953 : LONDON AND WESTMINSTER IN HISTORY & LITERATURE.

London : T. Fisher Unwin, (1923). First edition. An attractive compilation of out of the way snippets of London history - central London taken street-by-street. Acres is best known for his history of the Bank of England, where he spent his working life.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (190),[ii]pp. Original cloth; lightly rubbed; endpapers tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges and prelims; a good copy. A previous owner has attached a dozen or so contemporary press-cuttings with similar snippets of London history to the endleaves and prelims.

£20

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ADAMS, Bernard (Bernard Paul Fornaro), 1915-2002 : LONDON ILLUSTRATED 1604-1851 : A SURVEY AND INDEX OF TOPOGRAPHICAL BOOKS AND THEIR PLATES.

ADAMS, Bernard (Bernard Paul Fornaro), 1915-2002 : LONDON ILLUSTRATED 1604-1851 : A SURVEY AND INDEX OF TOPOGRAPHICAL BOOKS AND THEIR PLATES.

London : Library Association, (1983). First edition : limited to 1,000 numbered copies. The essential reference book for any collector of illustrated books on London - wise, witty and massively detailed descriptions of over 230 books - and offering far more riches than the somewhat dry title might suggest.
Post 4to (27cm). (xxxiv),586pp. Plates. Original cloth; lower edge a touch dusty, but a very good copy in a lightly sunned but otherwise very good dust-jacket.

£150

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ADDISON, William (Sir William Wilkinson), 1905-1992 : WANSTEAD PARK.

ADDISON, William (Sir William Wilkinson), 1905-1992 : WANSTEAD PARK.

[London : Corporation of London, 1973]. First edition. A brief illustrated guide to the park and its history.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (24)pp. Line drawings and coloured map by Mary Warren. Coloured illustrations. Original stapled wrappers; very good.

£20

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“ALAIN-FOURNIER” - [FOURNIER, Henri-Alban, 1886-1914] : TOWARDS THE LOST DOMAIN: LETTERS FROM LONDON, 1905.

“ALAIN-FOURNIER” - [FOURNIER, Henri-Alban, 1886-1914] : TOWARDS THE LOST DOMAIN: LETTERS FROM LONDON, 1905.

Manchester : Carcanet Press, (1986). First edition in English. The young Alain-Fournier spent the summer of 1905 in England. His letters to friends and family at home, portions of which appear here for the first time, paint a curious and oblique picture of Edwardian London and directly foreshadow the creation of his masterpiece, “Le Grand Meaulnes” (1913). Edited and translated by W. J. Strachan.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 222,[ii]pp. Illustrations. Facsimiles. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket - just a touch sunned, but also very good.

£25

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AUNGIER, George James, 1808- - editor : CRONIQUES DE LONDON, DEPUIS L'AN 44 HEN. III. JUSQU'À L'AN 17 EDW. III.

AUNGIER, George James, 1808- - editor : CRONIQUES DE LONDON, DEPUIS L'AN 44 HEN. III. JUSQU'À L'AN 17 EDW. III.

London : for the Camden Society, 1844. First edition. A transcription of a valuable fourteenth-century manuscript French Chronicle of London, with an extensive introduction and explanatory notes. With a list of members of the Society, etc. Edited by George James Aungier, who was sentenced to transportation for life the following year for forging a cheque in the name of John Gough Nichols of the printing family - indeed the printers of the present work - Nichols testifying at the Old Bailey trial.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). [4],(xxiv),112,36pp. Original cloth, blocked in gilt and blind; minor wear at head, but a very good copy. Armorial bookplate of Travers Barton Wire (1835-1910).

£50

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BAEDEKER, Karl, 1801-1859 : LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS : A HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELLERS.

BAEDEKER, Karl, 1801-1859 : LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS : A HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELLERS.

Hamburg : Karl Baedeker / London : George Allen & Unwin, 1951. Twentieth edition. The first post-war edition of this ever-useful and comprehensive guide, thoroughly revised and updated (by Edward Francis Peeler) to take account of the bomb damage, etc., and with a new feature - eighty thumbnail sketches of the principal buildings by G. Gronwald.
Foolscap 8vo (16cm). 320pp. Ten maps and plans, mostly coloured and folding. Illustrations. Original cloth gilt; tiny crease at foot, but otherwise a very good, clean and sound copy. Foyle's label on front paste-down.

£20

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BARNETT, May & LEWIS, Douglas R. : A STORY OF NORWOOD GREEN : ITS RESIDENTS & ENVIRONS.

BARNETT, May & LEWIS, Douglas R. : A STORY OF NORWOOD GREEN : ITS RESIDENTS & ENVIRONS.

Southall : Norwood Green Residents'Association, 1982. First edition. An illustrated history of Norwood Green in Middlesex.
Crown 4to (25cm). viii,66,[ii]pp. Illustrated throughout. Original stapled wrappers; a little rubbed and slightly creased, but a serviceable copy.

£20

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BARTHOLOMEW & SON, John – publishers : CENTRAL LONDON ATLAS-GUIDE.

BARTHOLOMEW & SON, John – publishers : CENTRAL LONDON ATLAS-GUIDE.

Edinburgh : The Geographical Institute, John Bartholomew & Son, 1956. Second edition. An attractive pocket atlas of London, with coloured sectional maps extending north to Highbury, eastwards to Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs, south to the Oval, and westwards to Hammersmith, on a scale of something over three inches to the mile. Complete with historical notes, notes on place names, population, museums and galleries, theatres, cinemas, clubs, hotels, restaurants, sports grounds, etc, etc. Also with plans of several major buildings, general maps of the Greater London area, the major approach roads, underground railways, and an extensive street index, etc. First published in 1951.
Crown 8vo (19cm). xl,32,56pp. Thirty-two coloured map pages, six plans. Original stiff card pictorial wrappers; a few minor signs of age and use, faint crease to upper wrapper, but overall a very good copy.

£25

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BELL, Walter George, 1867-1942 : LONDON REDISCOVERIES AND SOME OTHERS.

BELL, Walter George, 1867-1942 : LONDON REDISCOVERIES AND SOME OTHERS.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1929). First edition. Bell on some recent London finds - with material on Charles I, fishing, Lady Jane Grey, Hoare's Bank, infangthef, legal libraries, Regent Street, Roman London, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xii),296,[iv]pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original cloth; edges spotted, but a very good copy in a lightly sunned and slightly used dust-jacket.

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BESANT, Sir Walter, 1836-1901 : FIFTY YEARS AGO.

BESANT, Sir Walter, 1836-1901 : FIFTY YEARS AGO.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1892. Second edition : a revised and slightly expanded version of the original 1888 publication. Besant's entertaining and richly illustrated account of life and society (principally in London) in 1837 - the year of the accession of Queen Victoria and in Besant's view the year in which all that we think of as nineteenth-century really began.
Post 8vo (20cm). (xvi),244 + 32pp advertisements dated 1897. Numerous plates and illustrations. Original decorative cloth; a few small marks and spots; endpapers lightly cracked; a little shaken and slack, but a good and still bright copy. With the 1899 ownership inscription of C. K. Grenside - Charles Knowlys Grenside (1812-1902), a Wimbledon barrister.

£25

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BESANT, Sir Walter, 1836-1901 & MITTON, G.E. (Geraldine Edith, Lady Scott), 1866-1955 : THE STRAND DISTRICT.

BESANT, Sir Walter, 1836-1901 & MITTON, G.E. (Geraldine Edith, Lady Scott), 1866-1955 : THE STRAND DISTRICT.

London : Adam & Charles Black, 1902. First edition. Covers Charing Cross, Piccadilly, St. James’s Square and the Strand – a volume in the attractive “The Fascination of London” series, an offshoot of Besant’s “Survey of London” (1902-1912), describing individual areas of London in “a regular and systematic perambulation”. “I’ve been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day” – Sir Walter Besant.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). (xii),(118),[ii]pp. Frontispiece. Folding map. Original cloth gilt; top edge gilt; a touch bruised at foot; a few faint marks and spots, but a good copy. With the attractive contemporary bookplate of Edgar Selot Scorer (1877-1925).

£20

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BRIMBLE, J.A. (James Arthur), 1897-1974 : THE RAMBLERS' AND RIDERS' GUIDE TO EPPING FOREST.

BRIMBLE, J.A. (James Arthur), 1897-1974 : THE RAMBLERS' AND RIDERS' GUIDE TO EPPING FOREST.

London : Country Life, [ca.1952]. First edition. A spin-off from Brimble's 1950 book on Epping Forest - the detailed maps by Leo Vernon here produced by the publisher in more convenient pocket form.
Narrow medium 8vo (24cm). 16pp. Two general maps and ten detailed ones. Original stapled linen wrappers; some wear to folds; slight rusting to staples; a good copy.

£20

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BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : ENGLAND’S HOUR.

BRITTAIN, Vera (Vera Mary), 1893-1970 : ENGLAND’S HOUR.

London : Macmillan & Co., [1941]. First edition. Heart-breaking personal essays on aspects of London “bombed, burned and battered”, illustrated with poignant and evocative photographs of the Blitz.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (xviii),(302)pp. Eight plates. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; a few tiny patches of fading where the jacket is chipped; endpapers very lightly tanned; first few leaves very slightly creased, but otherwise a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket by the poster artist G. R. Morris – lightly tanned, a little worn, nicked and slightly chipped, with an unobtrusive tear to lower panel. Contemporary ownership inscription dated April 1941.

£50

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BURROW, E.J. & CO. - publishers : THE BOROUGH OF EAST HAM : OFFICIAL GUIDE.

BURROW, E.J. & CO. - publishers : THE BOROUGH OF EAST HAM : OFFICIAL GUIDE.

Cheltenham & London : Ed. J. Burrow & Co., [ca.1938]. Seventh edition. A comprehensive guide to pre-war East Ham, Beckton, Plashet, Green Street, Little Ilford, Manor Park, etc. - with historical notes, material on the public buildings, libraries, gas supply, health services, open spaces, allotments, clubs, shopping, etc., and numerous advertisements from local tradesmen. Originally published in 1917.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 76pp. Illustrations. Double-page aerial view. Folding map. Original wrappers; some minor wear and a few faint marks and creases; wrappers a little spotted, but a very good copy of a fragile and ephemeral publication.

£25

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BUXTON, Edward North, 1840-1924 : EPPING FOREST.

BUXTON, Edward North, 1840-1924 : EPPING FOREST.

London : Edward Stanford, 1890. The third edition of this attractive guide - with material on the topography (with twenty guided routes) and neighbouring sites, the animals, reptiles, birds, moths and butterflies, trees, plants, mosses and fungi. Originally published in 1884.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). xii,(138),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Heywood Sumner and others. Six coloured maps, some folding. Original cloth; covers a little tanned, marked and soiled; one map torn, without loss; endpapers a little strained and slightly cracked, but a good copy.

£25

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BUXTON, Edward North, 1840-1924 : EPPING FOREST.

BUXTON, Edward North, 1840-1924 : EPPING FOREST.

London : Edward Stanford, 1923. The ninth, final and most extensive edition of this attractive guide - with material on the topography (with twenty guided routes) and neighbouring sites, the animals, reptiles, birds, insects, pond life, prehistoric remains, trees, plants, mosses, fungi, geology and management. Originally published in 1884.
Narrow demy 8vo (22cm). (xvi),182,[ii]pp. Illustrations. Six coloured maps, some folding. Original cloth; covers a little marked and spotted; endpapers lightly tanned, but a good and sound copy.

£25

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CAUNT, George, 1908-1977 : ILFORD'S YESTERDAYS : THE VILLAGE THAT BECAME A TOWN.

CAUNT, George, 1908-1977 : ILFORD'S YESTERDAYS : THE VILLAGE THAT BECAME A TOWN.

[Ilford] : Caunt Publishing, (1980). Second edition. An enlarged and augmented version of the original 1963 edition - illustrated sketches of incidents, characters, houses, etc., in Ilford history.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). 120pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Map. Original laminated boards; a touch sunned, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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CHANCELLOR, E. Beresford (Edwin Beresford), 1868-1937 : THE ANNALS OF THE STRAND : TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL.

CHANCELLOR, E. Beresford (Edwin Beresford), 1868-1937 : THE ANNALS OF THE STRAND : TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1912. First edition. The earliest history of this celebrated and important London thoroughfare, covering the Strand itself, the side-streets, and the famous characters, with separate chapters on the Savoy, Somerset House, the Strand Churches, the Inns of Court and Chancery, the Great Houses, the Theatres, the Taverns and Coffee-Houses, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(366),[vi]pp. Frontispiece and thirty-two plates (two folding). Original cloth; just a little sunned; just a touch shaken; some spotting, mainly of edges; slight damage to margin of one folding plate, but still a very good copy.

£40

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COBB, Gerald, 1899-1986 : LONDON CITY CHURCHES 1951 : A BRIEF GUIDE.

COBB, Gerald, 1899-1986 : LONDON CITY CHURCHES 1951 : A BRIEF GUIDE.

London : Corporation of London, 1951. First edition. A survey of the surviving City churches, with notes on bomb damage, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). 32pp. Corrigenda slip. Folding plan. Illustrations. Endpaper illustrations of the spires. Original stapled wrappers; staples a little rusted; plan loose; a touch dusty, but a good copy.

£15

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CROKER, Thomas Crofton, 1798-1854 : A WALK FROM LONDON TO FULHAM.

CROKER, Thomas Crofton, 1798-1854 : A WALK FROM LONDON TO FULHAM.

London : William Tegg, 1860. First edition. An illustrated antiquarian and topographical ramble in stages - Knightsbridge to Brompton, Brompton to Little Chelsea, Little Chelsea to Walham Green, Walham Green to Fulham, and then separate chapters on Fulham, North End and Pryor's Bank. Based on essays prepared by Croker for "Fraser's Magazine", but here augmented, revised and updated by his son, Thomas Francis Dillon Croker (1831-1912).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 256pp. Numerous vignette illustrations by Frederick William Fairholt (1814-1866). Original green cloth gilt; spine tanned, dulled and lightly worn at extremities, but a good, sound and firm copy. With the 1878 ownership inscription of Arthur Talbot Bevan (1843-1918), a London solicitor, and the bookseller's label of the noted Victorian bookseller, Charles Hutt (1856-1886).

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CROMWELL, Thomas (Thomas Kitson), 1792-1870 : WALKS THROUGH ISLINGTON; COMPRISING AN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THAT EXTENSIVE AND IMPORTANT DISTRICT ...

CROMWELL, Thomas (Thomas Kitson), 1792-1870 : WALKS THROUGH ISLINGTON; COMPRISING AN HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THAT EXTENSIVE AND IMPORTANT DISTRICT ...

London : for Sherwood, Gilbert, & Piper, 1835. First edition. Nineteenth-century Islington, Barnsbury, Battle Bridge, Canonbury, Finsbury Fields, Highbury, Highgate, etc., traversed in a series of five thorough and well-informed walks with the historian and unitarian minister, Thomas Kitson Cromwell. The walks are prefaced by a general history of the area and illustrated by charming engravings of the more important buildings.
Post 12mo (180 x 101mm). viii,412pp. Folding map. Twenty-four engraved plates, containing thirty-seven views, by father and son James (1771-1853) and Henry Sargant Storer (1797-1837). Bound in an attractive contemporary morocco-grained maroon calf, banded and gilt; green labels; marbled edges and endleaves; lightly tanned; faint rubbing; a few tiny scuffs; short tear and some creasing to map; some plates a little browned or with a light fringe of discolouration, but otherwise a very good copy. Contemporary armorial bookplate of J. H. Dixon – probably James Henry Dixon (1803-1876), lawyer and antiquary of Hornsey, whose library was dispersed by Sotheby’s in 1866. Also with the more recent bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst.

£200

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DEMARNE, Cyril, 1905-2007 : THE LONDON BLITZ : A FIREMAN'S TALE.

DEMARNE, Cyril, 1905-2007 : THE LONDON BLITZ : A FIREMAN'S TALE.

London : Parents' Centre Publications, (1980). First edition. A London firefighter remembers the Blitz - mainly in the East End - with some extraordinary photographs of damage and defiance.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (96)pp. Photo illustrations. Double-page bomb map of West Ham. Original pictorial wrappers; very good.

£20

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DESMOND, R.G.C. (Raymond George Coulter), 1925- : OUR LOCAL PRESS : A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE NEWSPAPERS OF WALTHAMSTOW.

DESMOND, R.G.C. (Raymond George Coulter), 1925- : OUR LOCAL PRESS : A SHORT HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE NEWSPAPERS OF WALTHAMSTOW.

London : Walthamstow Antiquarian Society, (1955). First edition. An interesting and detailed account of a rich variety of local publishing – with material on twenty-five different local productions from 1870 onwards.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [vi],82pp. Plates. Illustrations. Folding chronological table. Original wrappers; slightly rubbed; a few faint spots; slight scuff to upper wrapper, but a good copy.

£15

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DUNN, Nell (Nell Mary), 1936- : UP THE JUNCTION.

DUNN, Nell (Nell Mary), 1936- : UP THE JUNCTION.

London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1963. First edition. Her first and most famous book - sixteen short stories and sketches of working-class life in Battersea and Clapham Junction "Out with the Girls", "The Tallyman", etc. Adapted for television by Ken Loach in 1965 and subsequently filmed with Suzy Kendall, Susan George, Dennis Waterman, etc.
Post 8vo (20cm). 110,[ii]pp. Illustrations by Susan Benson. Original blue-green boards, lettered down spine in gilt; very good in the original photographic Tina Tranter dust-jacket - very slightly worn and a touch soiled on lower panel.

£100

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EGAN, Pierce, 1772-1849 : LIFE IN LONDON; OR, THE DAY AND NIGHT SCENES OF JERRY HAWTHORN, ESQ. AND HIS ELEGANT FRIEND CORINTHIAN TOM, ACCOMPANIED BY BOB LOGIC, THE OXONIAN, IN THEIR RAMBLES AND SPREES THROUGH THE METROPOLIS.

EGAN, Pierce, 1772-1849 : LIFE IN LONDON; OR, THE DAY AND NIGHT SCENES OF JERRY HAWTHORN, ESQ. AND HIS ELEGANT FRIEND CORINTHIAN TOM, ACCOMPANIED BY BOB LOGIC, THE OXONIAN, IN THEIR RAMBLES AND SPREES THROUGH THE METROPOLIS.

London : for Sherwood, Neely & Jones, 1821. First edition : the second issue, with the footnote on p.9. Pierce Egan's roaring and runaway success - racy, slangy and riotous adventures among the highest of high life and the lowest of low life in Regency London - "In his particular line, he was the greatest man in England" (John Camden Hotten). The sparkling text which took the country by storm as it appeared in instalments between August 1820 and July 1821 is gloriously accompanied by the superb aquatints of the brothers Isaac Robert and George Cruikshank, many depicting recognisable London scenes.
Demy 8vo (216 x 139mm). xvi,376pp. Frontispiece and thirty-five Cruikshank plates, all with original hand colour. Three folding leaves of music. Woodcut illustrations in text. Bound, without half-title and advertisements, in an elegant later (mid twentieth-century) full crimson morocco, banded and gilt, by Bayntun-Riviere; all edges gilt; gilt turn-ins; marbled endpapers; a few minor marks and spots; two leaves neatly repaired, but a very good copy of Egan's defining work.

£750

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ERWOOD, P.M.E. (Peter Malcolm Elliston), 1921-2010 - editor : WOOLWICH IN 1846 : AN EARLY VICTORIAN GUIDEBOOK EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY P. M. E. ERWOOD. WITH REPRODUCTIONS OF FIVE HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED SKETCHES OF THE DISTRICT MADE ABOUT 1840.

ERWOOD, P.M.E. (Peter Malcolm Elliston), 1921-2010 - editor : WOOLWICH IN 1846 : AN EARLY VICTORIAN GUIDEBOOK EDITED WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES BY P. M. E. ERWOOD. WITH REPRODUCTIONS OF FIVE HITHERTO UNPUBLISHED SKETCHES OF THE DISTRICT MADE ABOUT 1840.

Sidcup : Lambarde Press, (1963). First edition. Based on the anonymous "The Pictorial Guide to Woolwich : A Handbook for Residents and Vistors" (1846), but here furnished with extensive notes and the previously unpublished sketches.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [iv],(28)pp. Illustrations. Original stapled wrappers; a little creased and marked, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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FAULKNER, Thomas, 1777-1855 : AN HISTORICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF FULHAM; INCLUDING THE HAMLET OF HAMMERSMITH.

FAULKNER, Thomas, 1777-1855 : AN HISTORICAL AND TOPOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF FULHAM; INCLUDING THE HAMLET OF HAMMERSMITH.

London : for T. Egerton; T. Payne, Becket & Porter, etc. 1813. First edition. An elegant local history, covering in turn the origins, agriculture, botanic gardens, nurseries, manufactories, the canal, rectory, church and chapel, parish registers, benefactions, charity schools, the history, Fulham Palace, the bishops of London, ancient houses, Parsons Green, Walham Green, North End, Hammersmith, Pallenswick, Shepherds Bush, Brook Green, Brandenburgh House, Craven Cottage, etc.
Royal 8vo (252 x 158mm). (xiv),478 [i.e. 480]pp. Engraved frontispiece, dedication leaf and seven plates, mostly engraved by S. Watts after G. Lynn. Folding engraved map. Folding table. Woodcut vignettes by C. Nesbitt. Tailpieces. Bound in a neat recent quarter calf, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt; a few faint scuffs; map trimmed at inner margin to aid folding, without loss of detail; some occasional informal internal strengthening with adhesive paper; a few slight flaws, odd patches of browning, a few spots, creases, marks and signs of use, but a good and robust copy.

£150

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FLETCHER, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Scowcroft), 1923-2004 : PEARLY KINGDOM.

FLETCHER, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Scowcroft), 1923-2004 : PEARLY KINGDOM.

London : Hutchinson & Co., (1965). First edition. Fletcher explores the "dim and disappearing" old East End of London.
Post 4to (28cm). (102),[ii]pp. Colour frontispiece. Numerous full-page illustrations. Original boards; a few faint spots, but a very good copy in the original pictorial Fletcher dust-jacket - a little worn, creased, slightly torn and repaired.

£20

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FLETCHER, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Scowcroft), 1923-2004 : LONDON'S RIVER.

FLETCHER, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Scowcroft), 1923-2004 : LONDON'S RIVER.

London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1966). First edition. "A treasure-house for the serendipitist ... the off-beat, the eccentric, even the bizarre" - Fletcher in words and pictures in Greenwich, Deptford, Rotherhithe, Wapping, the Bankside, Battersea Park, Chelsea, the pubs of Hammersmith, Kew, Richmond, etc.
Post 4to (28cm). (112)pp. Illustrations, many full page, by the author. Original boards; very good in the original Fletcher dust-jacket - a little worn, torn and repaired.

£20

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GEOGRAPHIA : GEOGRAPHIA GREATER LONDON ATLAS : COMPLETE INDEX TO STREETS WITH POSTAL DISTRICTS.

GEOGRAPHIA : GEOGRAPHIA GREATER LONDON ATLAS : COMPLETE INDEX TO STREETS WITH POSTAL DISTRICTS.

London : Geographia, [1971]. Eleventh edition, revised and extended. Originally published in 1930, but here revised and extended in scope, reaching out to Rickmansworth and Egham to the west; Radlett and Potters Bar to the north; Rainham and Dartford to the east, and Epsom and Purley to the south. Contents include a double-page key map, 210 fully indexed sectional maps in colour on a generous scale of three inches to the mile; six coloured sectional maps of the City and West End at over six inches to the mile; coloured double-page maps of the postal districts and the major roads; a map of the underground railway; and four endpaper maps of the theatres, cinemas, clubs and museums.
Demy 8vo (209 x 129mm). 224,182pp. Bound in an elegant contemporary full green crushed morocco (for Hatchard's); banded and gilt; ornamental centrepiece on upper board; all edges gilt; silk headbands; spine eveny tanned; minor wear to corners, but a very good copy in a handsome binding.

£125

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GODFREY, Walter H. (Walter Hindes), 1881-1961 : A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON : ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.

GODFREY, Walter H. (Walter Hindes), 1881-1961 : A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON : ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.

London : Phoenix House, (1962). First edition thus. A wholly revised edition of Godfrey’s classic “A History of Architecture in London” (1911), extending his original text on into the twentieth century and the geographical coverage out to a radius of forty miles from the capital. A richly illustrated history of English architecture as demonstrated in surviving London buildings – “no major building of architectural merit from Norman to our own time is overlooked”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xx),264pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original cloth gilt; a very good copy in a lightly worn dust-jacket.

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GODFREY, Walter H. (Walter Hindes), 1881-1961 : A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON : ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.

GODFREY, Walter H. (Walter Hindes), 1881-1961 : A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN AND AROUND LONDON : ARRANGED TO ILLUSTRATE THE COURSE OF ARCHITECTURE IN ENGLAND UNTIL THE END OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, WITH A LIST OF PRINCIPAL TWENTIETH-CENTURY BUILDINGS.

London : Phoenix House, (1962). First edition thus. A wholly revised edition of Godfrey’s classic “A History of Architecture in London” (1911), extending his original text on into the twentieth century and the geographical coverage out to a radius of forty miles from the capital. A richly illustrated history of English architecture as demonstrated in surviving London buildings – “no major building of architectural merit from Norman to our own time is overlooked”.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xx),264pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original cloth gilt; a very good copy in a rubbed and lightly worn dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished London artist and historian Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his dated (1975) ownership inscription.

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HARDY W.J. (William John), 1857-1919 - editor : MIDDLESEX & HERTFORDSHIRE NOTES AND QUERIES.

HARDY W.J. (William John), 1857-1919 - editor : MIDDLESEX & HERTFORDSHIRE NOTES AND QUERIES.

London : Hardy & Page / F. E. Robinson 1895-1898. First edition. A complete run of this relatively short-lived journal - with much valuable and recondite material on London, Westminster, Middlesex and Hertfordshire - including material on Highgate; London servant-tax returns of 1780; enclosure awards; the Thrale family; Watford; St. Albans; Caddington; Finchley; Brentford; Harrow; Hadley; the Strand; Elstree and hundreds of other topics.
Four volumes. Demy 8vo (225 x 140mm). [4],xxvii,180; [2],(xxxii),196; [4],xl,216; [4],xxxii, 208pp. Plates. Facsimiles. Bound in a smart contemporary half roan, banded and gilt; a little rubbed, a few minor marks and small flaws, but a very good set.

£150

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HARE, Augustus J. C. (Augustus John Cuthbert), 1834-1903 : WALKS IN LONDON.

HARE, Augustus J. C. (Augustus John Cuthbert), 1834-1903 : WALKS IN LONDON.

London : Daldy, Isbister & Co., 1878. First edition. Entertaining and fact-filled walks around London in the company of the always engaging Augustus Hare: the Strand; the Inns of Court; Fleet Street; St. Paul's; Smithfield, Clerkenwell, Canonbury; Cheapside; Aldersgate and Cripplegate; Bishopsgate; the City; the Tower; Thames Street; London Bridge and Southwark; Trafalgar Square; the West End; Regent Street; Regent's Park; Oxford Street; Whitehall; Westminster Abbey; Westminster; Chelsea; Lambeth; Kensington, etc.
Two volumes. Crown 8vo (183 x 122mm). xxxvi,480; [vi],(512)pp. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Bound in an elegant near contemporary half green calf, banded and gilt; contrasting red and tan labels; top edges gilt; spines evenly tanned to a pleasant olive shade; some minor wear and rubbing; a few spots and faint marks, mainly to edges; a few leaves roughly opened, but overall a very good and partly unopened set.

£125

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HARRISSON, Tom, 1911-1976 :  LIVING THROUGH THE BLITZ.

HARRISSON, Tom, 1911-1976 : LIVING THROUGH THE BLITZ.

London : William Collins, Sons & Co., 1976. First edition. An account of the Blitz and those who endured it - in London, Coventry, the southern ports and the northern towns - compiled from contemporary reports, diaries and the Mass-Observation archive.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [iv],372,[viiii]pp. Original boards; very mild spotting of top-edge, but a very good copy in a just lightly tanned dust-jacket. With the ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield.

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[HOTTEN, John Camden, 1832-1873] : A DICTIONARY OF MODERN SLANG, CANT, AND VULGAR WORDS, USED AT THE PRESENT DAY IN THE STREETS OF LONDON ...

[HOTTEN, John Camden, 1832-1873] : A DICTIONARY OF MODERN SLANG, CANT, AND VULGAR WORDS, USED AT THE PRESENT DAY IN THE STREETS OF LONDON ...

London : John Camden Hotten, 1859. First edition. An extraordinary compilation from the mercurial bookseller, publisher, rogue and antiquary, John Camden Hotten. Alongside an extensive dictionary of some 3,000 words unknown to other dictionaries (covering the slang of the universities, the rookeries, parliament and the court, as well as the London streets) there are an absorbing history of the subject, glossaries of two secret languages – the back-slang of the costermongers and the rhyming-slang of the chaunters and patterers (the first authoritative account of either), and an extensive bibliography.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [6],x,lxxvi,[2],160,[ii]pp. Frontispiece map – A Cadger’s Map of a Begging District, with an explanation of the vagabonds’ chalk marks. Original red-brown cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in blind, by Bone & Son, with their ticket; recased, strengthened and refurbished; some fading, a few internal spots and mild browning, but a sound and serviceable copy. Contemporary ownership inscriptions, of which only the name Jessie Westall is legible.

£200

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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : BIRDS IN LONDON.

HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : BIRDS IN LONDON.

London : Longmans, Green, & Co., 1898. First edition : in the secondary binding and with the inserted catalogue dated January 1903. A wide-ranging and attractively illustrated survey of the remarkably varied bird-life of the capital from the master naturalist, with much on individual birds, individual areas of London, adaptive behaviour, occasional visitors, the cat problem, rookeries, suggestions for introduction, a bibliography, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xvi,(340) + 40pp. Frontispiece and fifteen plates, colour-printed map, and fifteen further illustrations in the text – by Bryan Hook, A. D. McCormick and from photographs by R. B. Lodge. Original decorative cloth gilt; top edge gilt; minor rubbing at foot; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good, bright and attractive copy. Small bookseller’s label of Edward Baker of John Bright Street, Birmingham – “the most expert bookfinder extant”. Payne A16a.

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HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : THE OLD COURT SUBURB; OR, MEMORIALS OF KENSINGTON, REGAL, CRITICAL, AND ANECDOTICAL.

HUNT, Leigh (James Henry Leigh), 1784-1859 : THE OLD COURT SUBURB; OR, MEMORIALS OF KENSINGTON, REGAL, CRITICAL, AND ANECDOTICAL.

London : Hurst & Blackett, 1855. First edition : the presumed first issue, without the tipped-in preface leaf. Hunt's charming and "anecdotical" history of the fashionable suburb, with material on Kensington Gore, Kensington House, the High Street, the church, Holland House, Kensington Palace and Gardens, and much more.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). x [but viii],306,[ii] + 16pp advertisements; vi,288 + (24)pp advertisements dated March 1855. Original orange cloth gilt, by Leighton Son & Hodge, with their ticket; just a hint of wear; some mild sunning; the startling royal blue endpapers slightly cracked in a few places, but a handsome set still.

£200

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KENWARD, James (James Macara), 1908-1994 : THE SUBURBAN CHILD.

KENWARD, James (James Macara), 1908-1994 : THE SUBURBAN CHILD.

London : Cambridge University Press, 1955. First edition. "Parks are unjungular: they have so obviously been explored" - an absorbing reminiscence, beautifully illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, of a childhood in Eltham in South-East London. Kenward was in fact the son of the Lloyd's broker who invented rain insurance.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],(142),[ii]pp. Front cover, title-page and ten full-page illustrations and dust-jacket by Ardizzone. Original pictorial cream boards printed in black and red; very faintly bruised at foot; a few tiny marks, but a very good and sound copy in the original Ardizzone dust-jacket, price-clipped; slightly tanned and faintly bruised, but also very good.

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LEWIS, Samuel, 1821-1862 : THE HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF THE PARISH OF SAINT MARY, ISLINGTON, IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX.

LEWIS, Samuel, 1821-1862 : THE HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF THE PARISH OF SAINT MARY, ISLINGTON, IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX.

London : Printed for the author ... and published by J. H. Jackson, 1842. First edition. A handsomely illustrated local history, covering Islington, Holloway, Highbury, Barnsbury, Newington Green, Stroud Green, etc., taking in turn the early and manorial history, parish government, the St. Mary's district and its later subdivisions - the St. John's district, St. Paul's district, Holy Trinity, the chapelries of St. Peter, St. James, All Saints and St. Stephen - the parts of Islington village in the parish of Clekenwell, charities, biographical notes on local worthies, etc. Compiled by the younger Samuel Lewis, son of the publisher of topographical dictionaries.
Demy 4to (30cm). [xx],486pp. Extra engraved pictorial title. Maps of Islington and Finsbury, the former a folding plan by John Dower. Steel engraved views, mainly by Henry Griffiths after Edward Duncan (1803-1882). Woodcut views, facsimiles, portraits and coats of arms. Folding table. Original cloth, much restored and refurbished, with a plainly lettered new spine and fresh endpapers; a little bumped at head; very occasional spotting or browning, but a good, sound and serviceable copy.

£200

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LILLYWHITE, Bryant, 1895-1974 : LONDON SIGNS : A REFERENCE BOOK OF LONDON SIGNS FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO ABOUT THE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY.

LILLYWHITE, Bryant, 1895-1974 : LONDON SIGNS : A REFERENCE BOOK OF LONDON SIGNS FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO ABOUT THE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY.

London : George Allen & Unwin, (1972). First edition. Historical notes on over 15,000 London signs - alphabetically listed from the ABC (a sixteenth-century bookseller's sign in St. Paul's Churchyard) to the Young Devil Tavern in Fleet Street - with material on the origins of certain signs, etc.
Royal 8vo (26cm). (xx),696pp. Plates, some coloured. Original cloth; a very good copy in a slightly nicked and creased dust-jacket. Ex-libris label of N. G. Jones.

£50

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LINEBAUGH, Peter, 1942- : THE LONDON HANGED : CRIME AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

LINEBAUGH, Peter, 1942- : THE LONDON HANGED : CRIME AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

London : Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, (1991). First edition. A fine and detailed study of poverty, community and society in the shadow of the gallows in eighteenth century London.
Medium 8vo (25cm). (xxviii),484pp. Illustrations. Tables. Figures. Maps. Original boards; a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£40

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LLOYD, John H. (John Henry), 1830-1910 : THE HISTORY, TOPOGRAPHY, AND ANTIQUITIES OF HIGHGATE, IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX; WITH NOTES ON THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD OF HORNSEY, CROUCH END, MUSWELL HILL, ETC.

LLOYD, John H. (John Henry), 1830-1910 : THE HISTORY, TOPOGRAPHY, AND ANTIQUITIES OF HIGHGATE, IN THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX; WITH NOTES ON THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBOURHOOD OF HORNSEY, CROUCH END, MUSWELL HILL, ETC.

London : Printed by Subscription, 1888. First and sole edition : limited to an unspecified number of numbered copies. A handsome local history, compiled by a local wine-merchant of Green Bank, Merton Lane, who was also a long-serving secretary of the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution. Contains separate sections on the churches, the houses, gossip, customs, etc., as well as a survey of the “Highgate of Today”, notes on fossils found in the Archway cutting, etc. The “notes” on the surrounding areas are in fact extensive.
Crown 4to (249 x 177mm). (xvi),(520)pp. Portrait frontispiece (of Coleridge); double page maps; illustrations in text. Original pictorial cloth gilt, neatly rebacked in a stout morocco; top edge gilt; corners a little worn; front free endpaper replaced in a very good match of the original chocolate surface paper; rear endpaper neatly rejointed; a few small spots, marks and faint creases, but a very good, sound and serviceable copy. Ownership inscription of A. M. Henderson dated 1889 on half-title.

£150

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LOFTIE, W.J. (William John), 1839-1911 : IN AND OUT OF LONDON: OR, THE HALF-HOLIDAYS OF A TOWN CLERK.

LOFTIE, W.J. (William John), 1839-1911 : IN AND OUT OF LONDON: OR, THE HALF-HOLIDAYS OF A TOWN CLERK.

London : Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, [ca.1877]. Fourth thousand. A revised and corrected reprint of the original 1875 publication - Saturday afternoon excursions for the amateur antiquary - London churches and palaces - St. Olave Hart Street, Great St. Helen's, the Savoy, Northumberland House, Holland House - and farther afield to Berkhamsted, Fulham, Ingatestone, Knole, St. Albans and the Surrey Hills. Prefaced by a general introduction, a chapter on the geography of London (a search for the seven streams), and chapters on London in the fifteenth and in the eighteenth centuries.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (252),[iv]pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original decorative cloth gilt; some minor wear to extremities; a few marks and spots; a touch shaken; but a good copy. With the contemporary armorial bookplate of S. Stubbs - the marine painter Samuel Stubbs (1841-1918) - with his initialled 1877 inscription to his wife, Jemima Tucker (1854-1894), and the contemporary bookseller's label of William Gammell of Camden Town.

£40

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MACHRAY, Robert, 1857-1946 : THE NIGHT SIDE OF LONDON.

MACHRAY, Robert, 1857-1946 : THE NIGHT SIDE OF LONDON.

Edinburgh : Paul Harris Publishing, (1984). A facsimile of the 1902 London edition. The Scottish novelist, who lived in Clements Inn, explores London night life at the turn of the last century - Piccadilly, in the streets, in society (and not in society), an East End music-hall, Earl's Court, the masked ball, the shilling hop, club night, the Savage Club, the Eccentric Club, a night club, etc. - the whole illustrated with the fine drawings and sketches of Tom Browne (1872-1910). This edition with an introductory essay by David Cuppleditch.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xi,[8],300pp. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; very good in a very faintly creased dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished artist and London historian, Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his 1986 ownership inscription.

£20

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MADGETT, Kenneth C.J., 1920-1988 : A HISTORY OF 75 YEARS OF ST. GEORGE'S AND 50 YEARS OF ST. GEORGE & ST. ETHELBERT'S CHURCH EAST HAM.

MADGETT, Kenneth C.J., 1920-1988 : A HISTORY OF 75 YEARS OF ST. GEORGE'S AND 50 YEARS OF ST. GEORGE & ST. ETHELBERT'S CHURCH EAST HAM.

London : Parochial Church Council of St. George & St. Ethelbert, 1987. First edition. An illustrated jubilee history.
Demy 8vo (21cm). (160)pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Facsimiles. Original stapled wrappers, very good. With the ownership inscription of the late B. C. Bloomfield.

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MANDER, Raymond, 1911-1983 & “MITCHENSON, Joe” [BLACKETT, Francis Joseph], 1913-1992 : THE THEATRES OF LONDON.

MANDER, Raymond, 1911-1983 & “MITCHENSON, Joe” [BLACKETT, Francis Joseph], 1913-1992 : THE THEATRES OF LONDON.

New York : Hill & Wang, (1961). First edition : the American issue of the British sheets. Chapters on each of the London theatres – alphabetically from the Adelphi to Wyndham’s – with further material on the suburban theatres, club theatres, etc. With dust-jacket and illustrations by Timothy Birdsall.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 292pp. Endpaper maps. Illustrations. Original boards; very good in a lightly used and slightly dusty dust-jacket.

£20

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MANTON, Colin & EDWARDS, John : BYGONE BILLINGSGATE.

MANTON, Colin & EDWARDS, John : BYGONE BILLINGSGATE.

Chichester : Phillimore & Co., (1989). First edition. A short history of the fish-market, illustrated from old maps and engravings, accompanied by a fine sequence of explanatory photographs taken in the final two years before the market moved out of the City in 1982.
Crown 4to (26cm). [128]pp. Illustrations throughout. Original boards; very good indeed in a price-clipped dust-jacket.

£20

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"MARS" - [BONVOISIN, Maurice Charles, 1849-1912] : LA VIE DE LONDRES : CÔTÉS RIANTS.

Paris : E. Plon, Nourrit & Cie., [1894]. First edition. The lighter side of London life and fashion as seen by the popular and irrepressible Belgian caricaturist - Charing Cross Station, lunch-hour on the Strand, Royal Ascot, Hyde Park and Rotten Row, Kensington, Piccadilly Circus, the Lowther Arcade, Piccadilly and Park Lane, Henley, the Music-Hall, Christmas parties, Kensington Gardens, Maidenhead, and so much more - sketches, studies and wry observation.
Landscape foolscap folio. (26cm). 32 leaves. Illustrated throughout, frequently in colour, with full-page plates and medleys of smaller studies. Original pictorial cloth; lightly rubbed and slightly worn; front endpaper cracked and torn; some minor internal marks and short tears, but overall still a good copy of a delightful compilation.

£200

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MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 & MASSINGHAM, Pauline : THE LONDON ANTHOLOGY.

MASSINGHAM, Hugh, 1905-1971 & MASSINGHAM, Pauline : THE LONDON ANTHOLOGY.

London : Phoenix House, (1950). First edition. A quite splendid anthology of nearly 700 extracts, mainly from memoirs and private letters, offering thoughts on every aspect of London life - from accidents, actors and air-raids to traffic and the weather. Extensively illustrated from contemporary sources.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xiv,514pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original cloth; a very good copy in a lightly repaired and reinforced, price-clipped, dust-jacket.

£25

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MAUDE, Cyril (Cyril Francis), 1862-1951 : THE HAYMARKET THEATRE : SOME RECORDS AND REMINISCENCES.

MAUDE, Cyril (Cyril Francis), 1862-1951 : THE HAYMARKET THEATRE : SOME RECORDS AND REMINISCENCES.

London : Grant Richards, 1903. First edition. Both a history of the theatre and some lively reminiscence of Victorian plays and players. Chapter XVI, a highly entertaining attack on George Bernard Shaw and his “utter want of practical knowledge of the stage”, is said (very plausibly) to have been written by Shaw himself. Edited by Ralph Maude.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (viii),(240)pp. Colour frontispiece. Plates (including portraits of both Maude and his wife, the actress Winifred Emery). Original cloth gilt; top edge gilt; some very faint rubbing; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£25

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METEYARD, Eliza, 1816-1879 : THE HALLOWED SPOTS OF ANCIENT LONDON : HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND ANTIQUARIAN SKETCHES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF PLACES AND EVENTS MADE MEMORABLE BY THE STRUGGLES OF OUR FOREFATHERS FOR CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

METEYARD, Eliza, 1816-1879 : THE HALLOWED SPOTS OF ANCIENT LONDON : HISTORICAL, BIOGRAPHICAL, AND ANTIQUARIAN SKETCHES, ILLUSTRATIVE OF PLACES AND EVENTS MADE MEMORABLE BY THE STRUGGLES OF OUR FOREFATHERS FOR CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.

London : E. Marlborough & Co., 1862. First edition. An unusual London history, concentrating on those parts of it famous in the history of liberty, and written at a time when it was still possible and still true to speak of the "one sentiment in the breasts of all true-born English men and women - invincible attachment to the liberties their fathers won". With chapters on the City; Smithfield; the Tower; the Fleet Prison; the Temple and Lincoln's Inn; Whitehall; the liberty of the press; Bunhill Fields, etc.
Foolscap 4to. xii,(292)pp. Wood-engraved illustrations by Charles William Sheeres (1819?-1899). Original green cloth gilt over bevelled boards in an elaborate design by Hanbury & Co., with their ticket; all edges gilt; small mark on upper cover; mild spotting and just a hint of cracking to endpapers, but a very good, still bright and attractive copy of a handsome book.

£100

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NEALE, K.J. (Kenneth James), 1922- : QUEEN ELIZABETH’S HUNTING LODGE : CHINGFORD.

NEALE, K.J. (Kenneth James), 1922- : QUEEN ELIZABETH’S HUNTING LODGE : CHINGFORD.

[Chingford] : Chingford Historical Society, 1965. First edition. A brief account of the Tudor lodge in Epping Forest. The Society’s Bulletin No.3.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (12)pp. Illustration. Original stapled pictorial wrappers; wrappers a little fingered and soiled, but otherwise in very good order.

£10

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NORMAN, Philip, 1842-1931 & OTHERS : THE LONDON CITY CHURCHES.

NORMAN, Philip, 1842-1931 & OTHERS : THE LONDON CITY CHURCHES.

London : The London Society, (1929). Second edition. A revised version of the original 1923 publication - Dr Norman's historical notes on all the City churches, with a tabular list describing present uses, etc., suggestions for extended use, a bibliography, etc.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (60)pp. Addendum slip. Folding map. Original cloth; a few slight marks and spots, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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PASSINGHAM, W.J. (William John), 1897-1957 : LONDON’S MARKETS : THEIR ORIGIN AND HISTORY.

PASSINGHAM, W.J. (William John), 1897-1957 : LONDON’S MARKETS : THEIR ORIGIN AND HISTORY.

London : Sampson Low, Marston & Co., [1935]. First edition. London’s markets in the broadest sense, with chapters on Smithfield; the Metropolitan Cattle Market; Billingsgate; Leadenhall; Spitalfields; the Borough; the Railway Markets; and also on Mincing Lane and the commodity markets; Corn; Wool; Furs; Timber; Coal; Hatton Garden, and the Stock Exchange.
Demy 8vo (23cm).(xviii),302pp. Original turquoise cloth, lettered in black; a touch of wear to extremities; some fading to rear cover; some spotting to edges and prelims, but a good, sound and pleasant copy. Previous owner’s neat pencilled date of purchase (1939) on front free endpaper.

£25

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PERRY, William George, 1891-1984 : A WEST HAM LIFE : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

PERRY, William George, 1891-1984 : A WEST HAM LIFE : AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

London : Parents' Centre Publications, 1984. First edition. A working-class life in the old East End, with much on Forest Gate, Stratford, etc. Compiled from recorded interviews made in old age.
Demy 8vo (21cm). (viii),56pp. Illustrations. Original stapled wrappers; lightly sunned and slightly creased, but a good copy of a fragile production.

£20

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PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : MIDDLESEX.

PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : MIDDLESEX.

London : Penguin Books, (1951). First edition : the wrappers issue. Pevsner incisive on the merits and demerits of the built heritage of the much abused county. In the celebrated "Buildings of England" series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 204,[iv]pp. Plates. Map. Original wrappers; a little rubbed and sunned; one of the blank pages supplied for making notes has been so used; a good copy.

£20

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[PHILLIPS, Sir Richard, 1767-1840] : MODERN LONDON : BEING THE HISTORY AND PRESENT STATE OF THE BRITISH METROPOLIS. ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS COPPER PLATES.

[PHILLIPS, Sir Richard, 1767-1840] : MODERN LONDON : BEING THE HISTORY AND PRESENT STATE OF THE BRITISH METROPOLIS. ILLUSTRATED WITH NUMEROUS COPPER PLATES.

London : for Richard Phillips, 1805. First edition : a seemingly unrecorded secondary issue, with the 1805 title-page, the map dated 1808 (originally dated 1804 in both instances), and the credits to the map and the coloured plates wholly or partly burnished out. A handsome London companion, intended both to amplify the historical material found in earlier works and to display the modern features of the city, with chapters on present manners and police; hospitals and other public charities; judicial and legal tribunals; royal palaces and parks; commerce, trade and the public commercial buildings; prisons; public and private architecture; learned societies; public amusements, theatres, musical and theatrical performances; the state of the fine arts, etc. A highly attractive and unusual feature is the supplementary section giving a sequence of thirty-one hand-coloured plates after William Marshall Craig, water-colour painter to Queen Charlotte, of "the itinerant traders of London in their ordinary costume, with notices of the remarkable places given in the background" - striking images of strolling vendors of baking apples, band boxes, baskets, bellows, brick dust and various other likely and unlikely articles of commerce, each one set against a familiar London street or building.
Post 4to (264 x 200mm). viii,152,169-(502),[lxii],(537)-(574)pp. Engraved folding frontispiece (a panoramic view of London from Greenwich), folding map of London [by Samuel John Neele - Howgego 229.(4)], twenty-one lively engraved views of familiar London exterior and interior scenes (engraved by John Pass, James Fittler, James Newton, Samuel Rawle, Isaac Taylor and others from original studies - mostly by Edward Pugh), and the thirty-one hand-coloured etchings after Craig. Bound in a nineteenth-century half green roan, marbled sides and edges, rebacked in calf in a plain style in the mid-twentieth century; spine unevenly faded; boards lightly rubbed; internally a few spots, light marks and occasional mild tanning or slight creasing; but overall a very good and sound copy - the black and white plates in noticeably sharper and better impressions than usual (and in this fresh state wholly refuting Adams' charge of lifelessness). With the nineteenth-century ownership inscriptions of D. McDonald Smith (on an engraved armorial bookplate) and J. S. Earle (dated 1890), and the tiny book-label of the late nineteenth-century London bookseller, Charles Hutt. Adams 89 - not recording this variant. The somewhat irregular pagination makes sense if we allow for gatherings X and Y having been cancelled by the publisher (the instructions to the binder make this explicit) and for the blank rectos of the descriptive leaves for the coloured plates being ignored in the enumeration (especially if we assume that the original intention was for there to be a more probable thirty-two coloured plates).

£1,500

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PHILLIPS-BIRT, Douglas (Douglas Hextall Chedzey), 1920-1978 : THE CUMBERLAND FLEET : TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF YACHTING 1775-1975.

PHILLIPS-BIRT, Douglas (Douglas Hextall Chedzey), 1920-1978 : THE CUMBERLAND FLEET : TWO HUNDRED YEARS OF YACHTING 1775-1975.

London : Royal Thames Yacht Club, (1978). First edition. A handsomely illustrated history of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, first instituted when the Duke of Cumberland presented a cup in 1775. With much passing reference to the America’s Cup, the Channel Match, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, etc.
Crown 4to (26cm). (192)pp. Colour plates. Numerous illustrations. Original boards; very good in a lightly used dust-jacket.

£25

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PIPER, David (Sir David Towry), 1918-1990 : ARTISTS' LONDON.

PIPER, David (Sir David Towry), 1918-1990 : ARTISTS' LONDON.

New York : Oxford University Press 1982. First American edition. A most attractive study - a richly illustrated survey of London as seen by the great artists down the ages.
Crown 4to (27cm). 160pp. Illustrations throughout, many in colour. Original boards; very good in a just faintly sunned dust-jacket.

£25

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POST OFFICE : PRINCIPAL STREETS AND PLACES IN LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS, AS DIVIDED INTO POSTAL DISTRICTS. WITH MAPS.

POST OFFICE : PRINCIPAL STREETS AND PLACES IN LONDON AND ITS ENVIRONS, AS DIVIDED INTO POSTAL DISTRICTS. WITH MAPS.

London : printed by George E. Eyre & William Spottiswoode, 1857. [Second edition]. London was first divided into postal districts in 1857-1858 to a plan devised by Sir Rowland Hill in 1856 - a circle of roughly twelve miles radius from the General Post Office in St. Martin's-le Grand being split into ten districts, "each to be treated, in many respects, as a separate town". The present alphabetical index and guide first appeared in 1856, but for this edition was furnished with maps of the districts, converting it into one of the very earliest London street atlases. A folding index map covers the whole area, followed by individual maps of the whole of the Eastern Central (EC) and Western Central (WC) districts, and further maps of the innermost portions of the Northern, North Eastern, Eastern, South Eastern, Southern, South Western, Western and North Western districts - these corresponding very roughly to the modern head districts - N1, E1, SE1, SW1, W1 and NW1. The North Eastern and Southern districts were abolished in the 1860s following a report by Anthony Trollope - hence no modern S or NE London postcodes.
Royal 8vo (25cm). 78,[ii]pp. One folding and ten single-page maps, the rectos only included in pagination. The index with alphabetical thumb-guides. Original drab printed boards, neatly rebacked in a match of the original sheep; some occasional mild spotting, but a very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of W. M. King - "Northern District of Scotland".

£500

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PRATT, A.T. Camden (Alfred Thomas Camden), 1856- : UNKNOWN LONDON : ITS ROMANCE AND TRAGEDY ... A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF LONDON; AND A GUIDE TO PLACES GENERALLY UNKNOWN.

PRATT, A.T. Camden (Alfred Thomas Camden), 1856- : UNKNOWN LONDON : ITS ROMANCE AND TRAGEDY ... A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF LONDON; AND A GUIDE TO PLACES GENERALLY UNKNOWN.

London : Neville Beeman, [1897]. First edition. A highly interesting and varied collection of forty-seven articles on out of the way London and Londoners from the journalist and later news-agency proprietor, A. T. Camden Pratt - including A Haunt of Highwaymen, The Romance of Millbank, The Art and Practice of Forgery, The Clapper Carrier, The Gagger and his Ways, The Dosser at Home, The Professional Bailer Out, Babel on the Wool Exchange, A Market of Human Flesh and Blood, The Diamond Club, The London of Dickens, In a Refrigerator, A Chat about Oriental Manuscripts, A Visit to Newgate, The End of the Old Bailey, Orientalism at Woking, The Cab Horse at Home, The Art and Practice of Disguising, The Trickeries of Trade, Curious Powers of City Companies, and much else besides.
Medium 8vo (23cm). [viii],276pp. Original cloth; a little rubbed and slightly marked; endpapers a little browned and text lightly tanned, but a good copy of an unusual title. With the contemporary ownership inscription and label of George Percy Skelsey (b.1867), a notary's clerk of 153 St. John Street Road, Clerkenwell, London.

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[PRICE, John Edward, 1839-1892] : THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF NEEDLEMAKERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON. WITH A LIST OF THE COURT OF ASSISTANTS AND LIVERY.

[PRICE, John Edward, 1839-1892] : THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF NEEDLEMAKERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON. WITH A LIST OF THE COURT OF ASSISTANTS AND LIVERY.

London : Privately Published, 1876. First edition. An attractively produced history of the company from its sixteenth-century origins and its incorporation in the seventeenth century, together with names and addresses of the livery in 1876.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). 112pp. Original decorative cloth gilt; all edges gilt; a hint of rubbing and slightly shaken, but a very good, clean and bright copy.

£50

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ROBERTSON, E. Arnot (Eileen Arbuthnot), 1903-1961 : THAMES PORTRAIT.

ROBERTSON, E. Arnot (Eileen Arbuthnot), 1903-1961 : THAMES PORTRAIT.

London : Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1937. First Edition. An illustrated, discursive and entertaining journey down the Thames from Lechlade to the sea, by the popular novelist and critic, with atmospheric photographs by her husband H. E. (Sir Henry) Turner.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xii),(174)pp. Fifty one photos. Original pink canvas, ruled and lettered in black; a few tiny marks, some spotting, mainly to prelims and edges, but a very good and sound copy in the textured dust jacket, sunned and a little rubbed, but complete and attractive still.

£30

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ROCK & CO., William Frederick, 1802-1890 : [COVER TITLE] VIEWS OF LONDON.

ROCK & CO., William Frederick, 1802-1890 : [COVER TITLE] VIEWS OF LONDON.

London : Rock & Co., [ca.1850]. A bound sequence of fifteen handsome vignette plates of London scenes, somewhat larger than the usual Rock & Co. views and including some new additions to London's built environment erected in the 1840s. Views include the new Royal Exchange, the Post Office (the view incorporating a man holding up a placard for "Rock's Conversation Cards"), St. Paul's, the British Museum, Exeter Hall, the Horse Guards, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Hall, the Houses of Parliament, Lambeth Palace, the Hungerford Suspension Bridge, the Port of London, the Thames Tunnel, etc.
Small landscape folio (22cm). Fifteen steel-engraved vignette plates, without text or title-page. Original decorative blind-stamped cloth; marbled edges; some very minor wear; endpapers replaced at some point; the plates somewhat spotted in places, but otherwise a very good copy. Photographic bookplate of The Steel Collection on front pastedown.

£200

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SCHLESINGER, Max, 1822-1881 : SAUNTERINGS IN AND ABOUT LONDON.

SCHLESINGER, Max, 1822-1881 : SAUNTERINGS IN AND ABOUT LONDON.

London : Nathaniel Cooke, 1853. First edition in English of this amiable and much-quoted primary source on Victorian London. An acute overseas visitor shines a light on London street life, the London squares, life on the Thames, the London police, Newgate, the Post Office, the London of fogs and gaslight, the City, the Bank of England, Hyde Park, the haunts of fashion, the newspapers and periodicals, the theatres, and much else. Originally published as "Wanderungen durch London" (1852-1853) and here in a translation by Otto von Wenckstern (1819-1869), translator of Goethe, writer on slavery, the Schleswig-Holstein question, etc.
Crown 8vo (21cm). xii,290pp. Frontispiece, extra pictorial title and six lively plates of street scenes by William McConnell (1832?-1867). Original decorative cloth, elaborately blocked in gilt and blind; a little worn at head; a touch sunned; some rubbing; front free endpaper neatly excised; a few slight marks and spots, but still overall a good copy. With the contemporary armorial bookplate of the book-collector John Rowden Freme (1821-1872) of Wepre Hall in Flintshire, and the later pencilled ownership inscriptions of A. Fraser.

£100

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[SERRES DE LA TOUR, Alphonse-Joseph de] : LONDRES ET SES ENVIRONS, OU GUIDE DES VOYAGEURS, CURIEUX ET AMATEURS DANS CETTE PARTIE DE L'ANGLETERRE ...

[SERRES DE LA TOUR, Alphonse-Joseph de] : LONDRES ET SES ENVIRONS, OU GUIDE DES VOYAGEURS, CURIEUX ET AMATEURS DANS CETTE PARTIE DE L'ANGLETERRE ...

Paris : Chez Buisson, 1788. First edition. A charming eighteenth-century illustrated French guide to London from the journalist and refugee who had absconded to London with the aristocratic wife of his employer. Serres de la Tour includes chapters on the character of the people, the London way of life, the antiquity, the extent, the principal buildings in turn, the Thames, the hospitals, societies, institutions, markets, spectacles and amusements, the post, the taverns and cafes, etc. In an unusual feature at this date, the second volume comprises an alphabetical dictionary of the smaller towns and villages of the London area (from Abbots Langley to Windsor), with descriptions of each, this followed by notes on the principal English towns elsewhere, from Bath to York. As Adams points out, the folding plates are "larger and more handsome than those usually found in a duodecimo volume. They ... seem not to be associated with any British prints of the period. Most view the buildings at an unusually oblique angle and include ... much architectural detail".
Two volumes. Crown 12mo (163 x 95mm). 4,372; [ii],(324),[iv]pp. Folding map and nine folding plates. Contemporary mottled calf, the spines prettily ruled and decorated in gilt in a floral design; marbled edges and endpapers; some minor rubbing and wear; lacks one title-label and one numeral label; some repairs and strengthening to folds of plates; two leaves torn without loss; a few minor marks and small flaws, but overall still a very good set in a pleasant contemporary binding. Adams 65.

£500

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SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE LONDON CHILD.

SHARP, Evelyn (Evelyn Jane), 1869-1955 : THE LONDON CHILD.

London : John Lane, The Bodley Head, (1927). First edition. Studies of childhood in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, by the 'rebel woman' - Evelyn Sharp, suffragette, feminist, radical journalist and off-beat writer for children. The nursery school, playing in the street, park and playground, going to the pictures, the panto, the school play, the Christmas party, the swimming-baths, the children's library, the children's court, the certified school, the clinic, the hospital, etc. With drawings and illustrations by Eve Garnett (1900-1991).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [xii],(256),[iv]pp. Frontispiece. Colour plates. Numerous illustrations. Original orange cloth; just a little sunned; very slightly rubbed; a few faint marks, but an attractive copy of a very attractive book.

£40

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SIGERSON, Dora, 1866-1918 : A DULL DAY IN LONDON AND OTHER SKETCHES.

SIGERSON, Dora, 1866-1918 : A DULL DAY IN LONDON AND OTHER SKETCHES.

London : Eveleigh Nash, (1920). First edition. A collection of twenty posthumously published sketches and slight pieces from the Irish poet, Dora Sigerson Shorter. With an introduction from Thomas Hardy, whose poem "How She Went to Ireland" commemorates her funeral in Dublin.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (126),[ii]pp. Original green cloth, ruled in blind and lettered in gilt; lightly rubbed; spine titling dulled; endpapers a little tanned, but a good, sound and serviceable copy.

£20

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SINCLAIR, Robert (Robert George), 1900-1985 : EAST LONDON : THE EAST AND NORTH EAST BOROUGHS OF LONDON AND GREATER LONDON.

SINCLAIR, Robert (Robert George), 1900-1985 : EAST LONDON : THE EAST AND NORTH EAST BOROUGHS OF LONDON AND GREATER LONDON.

London : Robert Hale, (1950). First edition. A stylish exploration of the history of the "blind and wayward growth" of the parts of London east of Aldgate. In the Hale County Books series.
Demy 8vo. 416pp. Plates. Map. Original cloth gilt; a few faint marks and spots, but a very good copy in a lightly worn, slightly torn, repaired and price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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SMITH, Thomas, 1798-1875 : A TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE PARISH OF ST. MARY-LE-BONE ...

SMITH, Thomas, 1798-1875 : A TOPOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE PARISH OF ST. MARY-LE-BONE ...

London : John Smith, 1833. First edition. An account of that part of London forming the original parish, from Abbey Road and St. John’s Wood in the north to Oxford Street in the south, bounded to the west by the Edgware Road, and to the east by Primrose Hill, London Zoo, Regent’s Park, and Cleveland Street. Includes material on Roman roads, Tyburn, the Portland family, the local churches, chapels, schools and hospitals, Oxford Street, Cavendish Square, Portman Square, Portland Place, Lord’s Cricket Ground, conduits and waterworks, Marylebone High Street, the Gardens, local worthies and eccentrics, the Cato Street conspiracy, etc., etc.
Post 8vo (194 x 114mm). [x],(320)pp. Folding lithographed map by Jeremie Graf and James Lewis Soret. Six lithographed views (five by Edward Hassell), again printed by Graf and Soret. Bound in a stout later half black pigskin; cloth sides; sprinkled edges; just slightly rubbed; short repaired tear to map; a few slight marks; some spotting to plates, but a good and sound copy. An interesting later letter presenting the book to a Mrs Welbury, laid in at the front, reads in part, “I am glad to say I have at last picked up a copy of Smith’s Marylebone. For books out of print one must bide one’s time ...”.

£125

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SPRADBERY, Walter E., 1889-1969 & OTHERS : THE WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY AND THE BRANGWYN GIFT.

SPRADBERY, Walter E., 1889-1969 & OTHERS : THE WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY AND THE BRANGWYN GIFT.

London : Borough of Walthamstow, 1936. First edition. An illustrated account of the founding bequest of pictures from Frank Brangwyn to the Water House (now the William Morris Gallery) in Walthamstow. With an account of the house by George E. Roebuck, accounts of Brangwyn and Arthur H. Mackmurdo by Spradbery, a list of the 148 pictures, etc. Printed at the Curwen Press.
Demy 8vo (22cm). (32)pp. Seven Plates. Original wrappers; a touch dusty, but a very good copy. With a related memo and a colour post-card loosely inserted.

£20

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STANNAGE, Robert : STARS BY DAY : A TOUR IN WORDS AND PICTURES OF THE BRITISH FILM STUDIOS.

STANNAGE, Robert : STARS BY DAY : A TOUR IN WORDS AND PICTURES OF THE BRITISH FILM STUDIOS.

London : Film Book Club, Ward & Hitchon, [1947]. First edition. An interesting and richly illustrated tour of the British studios with film buff Robert Stannage – chapters on Pinewood; Denham; Shepperton & Isleworth; Islington; Shepherd’s Bush; Ealing; Welwyn; Walton-on-Thames; Elstree, and the Smaller Studios.
Crown 8vo (19cm). (104)pp – plates included in pagination. Numerous photo illustrations, portraits, stills, etc. – Richard Attenborough, John Boulting, Phyllis Calvert, Michael Denison, Paulette Goddard, Stewart Granger, Valerie Hobson, Glynis Johns, Jean Kent, Sir Alexander Korda, Margaret Lockwood, Burgess Meredith, Dennis Price, Patricia Roc, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, Jack Warner, Michael Wilding, etc. Original stapled wrappers; a few marks and tiny hole to spine; staples rusted, but a good copy in the original dust-jacket – spine frayed and holed, rear wrapper discoloured, but otherwise complete and in reasonable order. Just two copies (Exeter and Stockholm) located in major libraries worldwide.

£20

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STONIER, G.W. (George Walter), 1903-1985 : ROUND LONDON WITH THE UNICORN.

STONIER, G.W. (George Walter), 1903-1985 : ROUND LONDON WITH THE UNICORN.

London : Turnstile Press, (1951). First and sole edition. A whimsical London guide - a mixture of essays, visits, prose poems and "cockney idylls" - delightfully illustrated by Lynton Lamb.
Post 8vo (22cm). [viii],142,[ii]pp. Original black cloth, lettered on spine in gilt; some spotting of endpapers, etc., but a nice copy in the price-clipped Lynton Lamb dust-jacket - a design in orange, black, yellow and white.

£20

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SUMMERSON, John (Sir John Newenham), 1904-1992 : GEORGIAN LONDON.

SUMMERSON, John (Sir John Newenham), 1904-1992 : GEORGIAN LONDON.

London : Pleiades Books, (1947). A reprint of the original 1945 edition of Summerson’s most important book. Tipped in is a single-page, signed autograph letter on Soane Museum notepaper from Summerson to the young Geoffrey Fletcher (then at the Slade) – referring to the book, his subsequent work on Victorian London, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(316)pp. Plates. Original cloth; some spotting to covers, edges, endpapers and the inserted letter; but a good and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – somewhat defective at head and tail. From the library of the distinguished London artist and historian Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his 1947 ownership inscription.

£40

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THORNE, James, 1815-1881 : HANDBOOK TO THE ENVIRONS OF LONDON, ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE, AND OF ALL PLACES OF INTEREST, WITHIN A CIRCLE OF TWENTY MILES ROUND LONDON.

THORNE, James, 1815-1881 : HANDBOOK TO THE ENVIRONS OF LONDON, ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED, CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE, AND OF ALL PLACES OF INTEREST, WITHIN A CIRCLE OF TWENTY MILES ROUND LONDON.

London : John Murray, 1876. First edition. A very useful dictionary of what are now the London suburbs - from Abbey Wood to Yiewsley, with short histories, notes on the principal buildings, population figures, etc.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (21cm). vi,410,20; [ii],411-(796) + 32pp advertisements dated October 1876. Original cloth gilt; some minor wear, the final two gatherings of the first volume are misbound in reverse order, but the text is complete; a few slight internal flaws, but a very good set.

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TIMBS, John, 1801-1875 : CURIOSITIES OF LONDON : EXHIBITING THE MOST RARE AND REMARKABLE OBJECTS OF INTEREST IN THE METROPOLIS ...

TIMBS, John, 1801-1875 : CURIOSITIES OF LONDON : EXHIBITING THE MOST RARE AND REMARKABLE OBJECTS OF INTEREST IN THE METROPOLIS ...

London : David Bogue, 1855. First edition. The final realisation of an idea first hatched in 1828 – an encyclopaedic dictionary of London – from the Adelphi to the Zoological Gardens – mixing the “entertaining and anecdotic” with “social statistics and other Great Facts”. Compiled by John Timbs F.S.A., author, journalist and antiquary. As “agreeable a book as you could wish to meet with. There is so much out-of-the-way reading in it – such apt introduction of personal experience” (The Examiner, 5th May 1855).
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). viii,800 + 32pp advertisements dated July 1857. Portrait frontispiece. Original publisher’s cloth by Leighton, Son & Hodge, with their ticket; lightly sunned; slight spine crease; front free endpaper neatly excised, but overall a very good copy. Small contemporary booksellers’ label of Mann Nephews of Cornhill.

£125

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TUFFS, J. Elsden (Jack Elsden), 1922-1978 : THE STORY OF WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD : FROM ROMAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT.

TUFFS, J. Elsden (Jack Elsden), 1922-1978 : THE STORY OF WANSTEAD AND WOODFORD : FROM ROMAN TIMES TO THE PRESENT.

[Wanstead] : for the Author, (1962). First edition : limited to 1,000 copies. An attractive chronological survey, with illustrations from old prints and the author’s own drawings.
Crown 4to (25cm). 152pp. Colour frontispiece. Illustrations. Maps. Original wrappers; sunned at spine, but otherwise a very good copy.

£25

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UNWIN, George, 1870-1925 : THE GILDS AND COMPANIES OF LONDON.

UNWIN, George, 1870-1925 : THE GILDS AND COMPANIES OF LONDON.

London : Methuen & Co., (1908). First edition. A presentation copy, initialled and dated (1908) by the author and inscribed - "To Sidney and Beatrice Webb whose Industrial Democracy first prompted and has continued to inspire my study of the Gild". A valuable social and economic study of the origin, growth and later development of the London gilds - with material on the gild system across Europe, the Frith Gild and the Cnihten Gild, the Adulterine Gilds, the Greater Misteries, etc. In the excellent "Antiquary's Books" series.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),(400),[iv],40pp. Plates. Maps. Original decorative cloth gilt; a little rubbed, sunned and dulled; a little string-marked, but a good and sound copy with a distinguished provenance.

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UTLEY, Edwin, 1815?-1880 : TRIFLES.

UTLEY, Edwin, 1815?-1880 : TRIFLES.

London : W. Everett & Son, 1865. [Second edition]. Journalistic sketches on aspects of London life – city beggars; a stroll through the City on Christmas Day; books and bookshops; Sunday mornings; Dirty Dick’s; promptitude; the financial press and its editors; the great Tooley Street fire; from east to west; Jews in the City; and a ride on the newly opened Hammersmith and City underground railway. Utley was a bank messenger and part-time journalist who was born and lived right in the heart of the City of London. His observation is direct, unusual and wholly first-hand. First published the previous year.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 64pp. Originally issued in pamphlet form, and now bound in a neat late twentieth-century marbled boards; paper label; first and last leaves a little dusty; a few small flaws, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile item. Only a single copy (Guildhall Library) of this edition located in the major UK libraries.

£50

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VAN NOORDEN, C. (Charles Eskell) : OFF THE TOURIST TRACK IN LONDON : A MORNING'S STROLL AMONG THE LITERARY AND HISTORIC SHRINES ROUND ABOUT THE STRAND, FLEET STREET, AND HOLBORN.

VAN NOORDEN, C. (Charles Eskell) : OFF THE TOURIST TRACK IN LONDON : A MORNING'S STROLL AMONG THE LITERARY AND HISTORIC SHRINES ROUND ABOUT THE STRAND, FLEET STREET, AND HOLBORN.

London : H. A. Bowman, 1911. First edition. A pleasant illustrated literary stroll with the Dickens expert, Charles van Noorden, who could be hired as a personal "cicerone" through the good offices of W. H. Smith & Son, whose advertising dominates the latter part of the production.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 26,[xiv]pp + 4pp colour-printed insert. Illustrations by T. Friedenson and others. Map on lower wrapper. Original wrappers; upper wrapper slightly chipped, but a very good copy of an ephemeral production. Dated 1912 ownership inscription - Thorpe - on upper wrapper.

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VON PORTHEIM & CO. - publishers : STREET SKETCHES OF LONDON LIFE.

VON PORTHEIM & CO. - publishers : STREET SKETCHES OF LONDON LIFE.

London : Von Portheim & Co., [ca.1880]. An attractive suite of chromolitho studies of Victorian street characters - shoeshine boy, paperboy, sweep, milkman, etc., each accompanied by jaunty and occasionally satirical verses. Appears to date from about 1880.
Pott 4to (17cm). [20]pp. Original pictorial stiff wrappers; wrappers detached, creased, marked and split; a little browned, but a good copy of a scarce and fragile production. Only the Newcastle copy located in any of the major UK libraries.

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WALFORD, Edward, 1823-1897 : GREATER LONDON : A NARRATIVE OF ITS HISTORY, ITS PEOPLE, AND ITS PLACES.

WALFORD, Edward, 1823-1897 : GREATER LONDON : A NARRATIVE OF ITS HISTORY, ITS PEOPLE, AND ITS PLACES.

London : Cassell & Co., [1884]. First edition in book form. A sequel to the highly popular "Old and New London", compiled jointly by Walford and C. W. Thornbury. A circular tour round Chiswick, Ealing, Twickenham, Shepperton, Staines, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ruislip, Harrow, Barnet, Chigwell, Ilford, Dagenham, Woolwich, Sidcup, Bromley, Beckenham, Croydon, Epsom, Kingston, Richmond, Wimbledon and all the towns and villages between. Heavily illustrated with some 400 wood-engravings, including many images of buildings and villages never previously depicted. First published serially between 1882 and 1884.
Two volumes. Crown 4to (27cm). xvi,576; (xvi),560pp - two preliminary leaves in vol.ii inexplicably straying into the index. Numerous illustrations. Maps. Original decorative cloth gilt; all edges gilt; a touch bruised; slight scratch to one lower cover; a few slight spots, but overall a very good, bright and fresh set.

£200

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WARD, Charles H. - editor : THE BOOK OF WEST HAM : ITS OFFICIAL AND PUBLIC LIFE; RELIGIOUS AND SOCIAL CENTRES; POLITICAL AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS; RECREATION & SPORTS CLUBS; PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS GUIDE; MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES, &C.

WARD, Charles H. - editor : THE BOOK OF WEST HAM : ITS OFFICIAL AND PUBLIC LIFE; RELIGIOUS AND SOCIAL CENTRES; POLITICAL AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS; RECREATION & SPORTS CLUBS; PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS GUIDE; MANUFACTURING AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES, &C.

London : Official Publications Bureau, 1923. First edition. An extensively illustrated guide to every aspect of West Ham - at that time reckoned the country's seventh largest town.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [ii],(284)pp - including integral endpapers. Illustrations. Portraits. Maps. Advertisements. Original boards, neatly rebacked and rehinged in cloth; covers and some leaves a little marked and soiled; occasional manuscript correction and annotation; a good and serviceable copy.

£40

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WILLIAMS, Harry, 1903-1989 : SOUTH LONDON.

WILLIAMS, Harry, 1903-1989 : SOUTH LONDON.

London : Robert Hale, (1950). A reissue of the original 1949 edition. An overview of the ten boroughs of South London – “He really does capture the special character of this unknown half of our metropolis” (Sir Patrick Abercrombie). In the admirable Hale “County Books” series.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xii,(416)pp. Plates. Folding map. Original cloth gilt; a very good copy in a very lightly used and just faintly tanned dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished London artist and historian Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his ownership inscription.

£20

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WILLIAMS, Montagu (Montagu Stephen), 1835-1892 :  ROUND LONDON : DOWN EAST AND UP WEST.

WILLIAMS, Montagu (Montagu Stephen), 1835-1892 : ROUND LONDON : DOWN EAST AND UP WEST.

London : Macmillan & Co., 1892. First edition. Montagu Williams Q.C., variously choolmaster, soldier, actor, dramatist, journalist, leading barrister and police magistrate known in the East End as "the poor man's magistrate" with a fine series of lively essays (all based on true stories) portraying life across Victorian London - down east with East End Shows, Match Girls, Sclater Street Birds, Griddlers or Street Singers, the London Hospital, Clerkenwell Green, Ratcliff Highway, Sunday at the East End (including cricket in Bethnal Green), Burglarious Bill, From the East End to Ramsgate, etc. - and up west with Climbing the Ladder (enter plutocracy), Descending the Ladder, Modern Stockbrokers, Huckstering Hymen (the marriage market), the Company Promoter, Things Theatrical, Covent Garden, Floss and Floss (lawyers), the Road to Ruin, Moneylenders, Talent in Tatters, and the London Season. With a preface by Charles Dickens Jr.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xii,244pp. Original cloth gilt; one corner slightly bumped, a few minor marks and faint signs of age and use, but a very good and bright copy.

£100

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