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ADAMSON, John William, 1857-1947 : 'THE ILLITERATE ANGLO-SAXON' AND OTHER ESSAYS ON EDUCATION, MEDIEVAL AND MODERN.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1946. First edition. Essays on Asser, literacy in England in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, mediaeval education, etc.
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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.
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BOVILL, E.W. (Edward William), 1892-1966 : THE ENGLAND OF NIMROD AND SURTEES : 1815-1854.
London : Oxford University Press, 1959. First edition. A study of the golden age of fox-hunting and coaching, with chapters on both Charles James Apperley and Robert Smith Surtees, eleven chapters on "The Chase" and seven on "The Road", a bibliography, etc.
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BURROWS, Allan : [COVER TITLE] THE GIRLS OF TODAY : SKETCHES AND VERSES.
London : Allan Burrows, [ca.1942]. First edition. A charming sequence, dedicated "to all our brave girls", of fifteen colour sketches of women and war work - Wrens, Waafs, munition girls, land girls, etc. - each accompanied by enthusiastic and exhortatory verses.
HIBBERT, Christopher, 1924-2008 : THE GRAND TOUR.
London : Thames Methuen, (1987). First edition. The splendour, squalor and all the minutiae of the young Englishman abroad in the eighteenth-century - Hibbert in fine form with a richly illustrated account.
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MANWARING, G.E. (George Ernest), 1882-1939 & DOBRÉE, Bonamy, 1891-1974 : THE FLOATING REPUBLIC : AN ACCOUNT OF THE MUTINIES AT SPITHEAD AND THE NORE IN 1797.
London : Geoffrey Bles, (1935). First edition. "A chapter in Social History, a queer, poignant, naked-nerved chapter, which even at the present day contains lessons that have never been properly learnt".
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NUGENT, Edmund C. (Sir Edmund Charles), 1839-1928 : COUNTRY-HOUSE CHARADES FOR ACTING.
London : John Camden Hotten, . First edition. A dozen short plays in various styles - the operatic, the sensational, the bombastic, the farcical, the burlesque, the pathetic, the domestic, the maritime, the shoppy, the fantastic and juvenile, etc. - designed for under-rehearsed and jovial amateur players, complete with music, etc. The author was variously a captain in the Grenadier Guards, a Justice of the Peace, and subseqently High Sheriff of Norfolk.
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RICHARDSON, Joanna : THE BOHEMIANS : LA VIE DE BOHÈME IN PARIS 1830-1914.
London : Macmillan & Co., (1969). First edition. With much passing reference to Charles Baudelaire, Roger de Beauvoir, Jules Claretie, Theophile Gautier, Arsene Houssaye, Charles Monselet, Henry Murger, Gerard de Nerval, etc.
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SAYERS, Dorothy L. (Dorothy Leigh), 1893-1957 : THE MYSTERIOUS ENGLISH.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1941. First edition. Wartime speech on the nature of Englishness - "mongrels who are proud to be mongrels and, partly because of the fact, are not a 'volk' but a nation". Macmillan War Pamphlets No. 10.
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SCOTT, J.W. Robertson (John William Robertson), 1866-1962 : THE STORY OF THE WOMEN'S INSTITUTE MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND & WALES & SCOTLAND.
Kingham : Village Press, 1925. First edition. The earliest history of the W.I. - "the most important body formed during the century".
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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.
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VIZETELLY, Ernest Alfred, 1853-1922 : WITH ZOLA IN ENGLAND : A STORY OF EXILE.
London : Chatto & Windus, 1899. First edition. A powerful account of Emile Zola’s exile in England in the wake of the celebrated “J’Accuse ...” letter and headline concerning the Dreyfus furore. Compiled by Ernest Vizetelly, son of the English publisher who went to prison for publishing Zola, and himself the translator of many of Zola’s novels.
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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.
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