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AYLIFFE, John, 1676-1732 : THE ANTIENT AND PRESENT STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD. CONTAINING I. AN ACCOUNT OF ITS ANTIQUITY ...
London : for E. Curll, 1714. First edition. A polemical history which led directly to Ayliffe’s hounding and expulsion from the university. The work combines straightforward history with a searching examination of the powers and procedures of the colleges and the university authorities (Ayliffe was a civil lawyer of some distinction). His remarks on the “supine negligence of a late warden”, as well as his suggestions of the maladministration and improper use of benefactions led swiftly to the fate that his preface foretold – “such is the calamity of the times, that learning, good manners, and a publick spirit, are to be laugh’d and hiss’d out the world by an illiterate faction”.
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BANKS, William, 1806-1866 : VIEWS OF THE ENGLISH LAKES.
Windermere : J. Garnet, [ca.1860]. First edition. A set of highly attractive engravings of the Lake District engraved by William Banks & Son of Edinburgh for the local publisher, printer and postmaster, John Garnet or Garnett (1825-1896) – vignette views of Windermere, Bowness, Ambleside, Furness, Derwentwater, Grasmere, Coniston, Buttermere, Keswick, Ullswater, Borrowdale, etc. Banks was a skilled draughtsman as well as an engraver and most of the views are from his own drawings, with others by Theophilus Lindsey Aspland (1807-1890), a pupil of George Cooke. Banks’ relationship with the publisher was close enough for him to name one of his sons John Garnett Banks (1860-1890).
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BELL, J.J. (John Joy), 1871-1934 : SCOTLAND IN TEN DAYS.
London : George G. Harrap & Co., (1934). First edition. The author of “The Glory of Scotland” etc., with an attractive and informative planned itinerary by road or rail for those with only a fortnight’s holiday.
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BEVAN, G. Phillips (George Phillips), 1830-1889 : TOURISTS’ GUIDE TO THE COUNTY OF SURREY; CONTAINING FULL INFORMATION CONCERNING ALL ITS FAVOURITE PLACES OF RESORT.
London : Edward Stanford, 1887. Third edition. An attractive guide, first published in 1879 and containing a general description of the county, detailed itineraries of forty-four suggested excursions, mainly by rail and road, but with also a river-trip from London Bridge to Richmond and Kingston. The advertisements, dated for 1889-1890, give a countrywide selection of hotels, restaurants, schools, etc.
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BOUMPHREY, Geoffrey, 1894-1969 & OTHERS : BERKSHIRE.
London : Shell-Mex & B.P., (1963). First edition. A guide to the county in the Shell “Shilling Guides” series, with an introductory essay, a gazetteer, etc.
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BRADSHAW, George, 1801-1853 : BRADSHAW’S RAILWAY COMPANION, CONTAINING THE TIMES OF DEPARTURE, FARES, &C. OF THE RAILWAYS IN ENGLAND ...
Manchester : Bradshaw & Blacklock, 1842. “Seldom has the gigantic intellect of man been employed upon a work of greater utility” (Punch, 1865). First conceived under a different title in 1839, the Manchester map engraver’s railway companion was the world’s first such compilation. By 1842 the size had more than doubled to keep pace with the burgeoning railway system: timetables and fares are given for the London & Birmingham; the Great Western; London & South Western; Northern & Eastern; London & Blackwall; London & Greenwich; London & Brighton; South Eastern; Eastern Counties; London & Croydon; Taff Vale; Manchester & Birmingham; Sheffield & Rotherham; Stockton & Darlington; Grand Junction; Chester & Crewe; Birmingham & Derby Junction; Birmingham & Gloucester; Liverpool & Manchester; Manchester & Leeds; Midland Counties; North Midland; Newcastle & Carlisle; York & North Midland; Great North of England; Hull & Selby; Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester; Stockton & Hartlepool; Durham & Sunderland; Manchester & Bolton; Bolton & Preston; North Union; Lancaster & Preston Junction; Bolton & Leigh; Chester & Birkenhead; Preston & Wyre; Newcastle & North Shields, and the eight Scottish railways already in existence. As well as maps and plans, also included are a table for measuring travelling speed; cab fares for London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds; a timetable and fares for the Lancaster Canal packets; an almanac for 1842, and an index.
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BURTON, Anthony, 1942- & BURTON, Pip : THE GREEN BAG TRAVELLERS : BRITAIN’S FIRST TOURISTS.
London : André Deutsch, (1978). First edition. An affectionate study of the first and fashionable British tourists, taking advantage of the new turnpike roads in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and setting out in search of the picturesque. “Take as few things as possible; these carried in a light green bag (I would on no account recommend a blue one, as that might occasion you to be mistaken for a lawyer)” – from Daniel Carless Webb’s “Four Excursions" (1812).
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CARBERY, Mary (Lady Mary Toulmin), 1867-1949 & GREY, Edwin : HERTFORDSHIRE HERITAGE : OURSELVES AND OUR WORDS.
London : John Green & Co., 1948. First edition. General historical matter on the county, followed by over 100 pages of a glossary of Hertfordshire dialect words.
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CHERRY, Bridget & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : DEVON.
London : Penguin Books, (1989). Second edition : combines and much amplifies the original North Devon and South Devon volumes published in 1952. In the celebrated “Buildings of England” series.
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[CLARK, Samuel, 1810-1875] : REUBEN RAMBLE’S TRAVELS THROUGH THE COUNTIES OF ENGLAND.
London : Darton & Clark, [1843?]. First edition. A delightful, rare and charming county atlas designed for children or “the little geographer”, with simple text relating to the size, position, resources and history of each county, and forty maps, decorated with vignettes of local scenes intended “effectually to fix the counties on the recollection”. The maps themselves had appeared in earlier publications, but not with the illustrations, which the authority on Darton publications, Jill Shefrin, has firmly attributed in personal conversation to James Richard Barfoot (1796-1863). Generally dated to about 1845, a copy has recently been reported with an ownership inscription dated 1843, which is perhaps closer.
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COOPER, W. Heaton (William Heaton), 1903-1995 : THE TARNS OF LAKELAND.
London : Frederick Warne & Co., 1960 First edition. “The very word tarn – from the Old Norse tjorn, a small lake or a tear-drop – suggests to me an expedition and a discovery” – Cooper describes and gloriously illustrates his beloved Lake District tarns or “eyes of the mountain”. With a foreword by Sir John Hunt.
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[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND.
London : Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), (1954). First edition. A delightful and well-illustrated personal quest for echoes of the Elizabethan age in brick, stone and local memory – not just the great aristocratic houses, but the manors, farms, inns and homes of the less exalted. With chapters on Devon; mansions and manors; grammar schools; Shakespeare country; Gayhurst and Buckinghamshire; Elizabethan Kent; East Anglia; the Cotswolds; the Elizabethan inn, etc.
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[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR GEORGIAN ENGLAND.
London : Macdonald & Co. (Publishers), (1952). First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed and signed by the author (under his real name) to John Foster White (1921-1997), the editor of the book and responsible for collecting the photographs with which it is illustrated . “A well-written non-technical survey by one who loves buildings and can express delight in them. It is illustrated with well chosen photographs of such places as Brighton, Bath, Bristol, Cheltenham, Newcastle, Blandford, Farnham, Ramsgate, and many towns with unsuspected Georgian beauty” (John Betjeman).
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GRAVES, Charles (Charles Patrick Ranke), 1899-1971 : PANORAMA.
London : Ivor Nicholson & Watson, 1932. First edition. Ebullient essays from the younger brother of Robert Graves – on Edinburgh, North Berwick, York, Harrogate, Scarborough, Norwich, the flotsam and jetsam of London, the City of London, prize-fighting, high life, the circus, horse-racing, and much more.
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GRIGSON, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Edward Harvey), 1905-1985 : BRITAIN OBSERVED : THE LANDSCAPE THROUGH ARTISTS’ EYES.
London : Phaidon Press, (1975). First edition. A fine and well-illustrated survey of landscape painting in the British Isles – from Rubens to Victor Pasmore.
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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : THE LAND’S END : A NATURALIST’S IMPRESSIONS IN WEST CORNWALL.
London : Hutchinson & Co., 1908. First edition : the earlier variant in larger format and in the slightly more elaborate binding, with double rules at head and tail of spine. Hudson in St. Ives, Zennor, Land’s End, etc.
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JONES, Sydney R. (Sydney Robert), 1881-1966 : ENGLAND EAST.
London : Studio Publications, (1954). First edition. A handsome illustrated tour of the eastern side of England between the Thames Valley and the Tweed – from Chilterns to Cheviots – in the artistic company of “the Hollar of the twentieth century”.
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KNAPP, James B. – publisher : ENGLAND : PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE.
London : James B. Knapp, [ca.1895]. First edition. A pictorial guide – Kent heavily represented, with short chapters on Folkestone, Dover, Deal, Rochester, Chislehurst, Knole, Eltham Palace, Hayes and Keston Common, Downe, Cobham Hall, Hever Castle and Penshurst – with further similar chapters on Twickenham, Kingston-on-Thames, Hampton Court, Ilford, Epping Forest, Alexandra Palace, High Barnet, Lakeland, Huntingdonshire, Tewkesbury Abbey, Ross, Belvoir Castle, Sedgemoor, Dorchester, etc. The eighth volume in a series of "Illustrated Books descriptive of Home and Foreign Travel" – drawing heavily on earlier publications for content and illustration.
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LEE, David C. – editor : THE ILFORD INTELLIGENCE (BOROUGH OF ILFORD RECORD, YEAR BOOK & STREET PLAN) : YEAR 1940.
Ilford : Ilford Intelligence, 1940. The first wartime edition of a publication that commenced in 1934 – a complete civic guide to Ilford – administration, agriculture, air defence, art, business, education, emergency services, finance, health, highways, housing, etc.
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LEIGH-BENNETT, E.P. (Ernest Pendarves), 1882-1937 : DEVON AND CORNISH DAYS.
London : Printed by Waterlow & Sons, . First edition. A leisurely and delightfully illustrated tour with the civil servant and writer – from Padstow to Lyme Regis, taking in Bude, Bideford, Barnstaple, Okehampton, Exeter, Exmouth, Sidmouth, etc. A charming production, evidently although not explicitly intended as a promotional tool for the Southern Railway.
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LUMSDEN, James, 1753?-1821 – publisher : THE STEAM BOAT COMPANION: AND STRANGER’S GUIDE TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS AND HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND ...
Glasgow : James Lumsden & Son, 1820. First edition. A charming companion, both to the west of Scotland and to the early days of steam travel. Even by 1820 there were over tweny steamboats plying the Clyde, and the present work includes details of tours both by water and by road; Edinburgh to Glasgow; Glasgow to Inveraray, to Fort William and on to Skye; from Oban to Mull, Staffa, and Iona; from Glasgow to Campbelton by the Kyles of Bute; to Arran; to Largs, Millport and Ardrossan, and even to Belfast and Liverpool, etc. The land tours take us to Inveraray via Dumbarton, Luss, Oban, etc.
MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : MY SCOTLAND.
London : Jarrolds, (1937). First edition. Reflections and studies on the character and genius of Scotland from the author of “England, Their England”. In the My Country series.
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MALET, Harold Esdaile, 1841-1918 : ANNALS OF THE ROAD : OR, NOTES ON MAIL AND STAGE COACHING IN GREAT BRITAIN.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1876. First edition. A valuable and beautifully illustrated history of coaching – with chapters on most aspects of the history, the coaches and the roads, as well as “some road slang terms”. Illustrated with striking colour-printed plates (finished with hand colour) by Hanhart and woodcuts in the text. As well as Captain Malet’s own work, this edition also collects together for the first time all the “Nimrod” [Charles James Apperley] essays on the subject.
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MASSIE, Alan (Alan Johnstone), 1938- : ILL MET BY GASLIGHT : FIVE EDINBURGH MURDERS.
Edinburgh : Paul Harris Publishing, (1980). First edition. Five murders tracing the changing character of Edinburgh.
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MASTERS, James (James Edwin), 1876-1943 : SHAFTESBURY : THE ‘SHASTON’ OF THOMAS HARDY.
Shaftesbury : Book in Hand, 1983. Second edition. A delightful portrait of the town, first published by the High House Press in 1932. Wood-engravings by James Masters and John R. Biggs (one of which did not appear in the original edition). With a memoir of James and Beatrice Masters and their High House Press by Biggs, and a checklist of High House titles 1924-1939.
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MAXWELL, Gavin, 1914-1969 : RING OF BRIGHT WATER.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., (1960). First edition. “Nowhere in Scotland is more evocative of a specific book than Sandaig, near Glenelg, Inverness-shire, which Maxwell disguised as Camusfeàrna ...” (ODNB). Otters, nature, and the basis of the 1968 film, with Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, etc.
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“MILES, Walker” – [TAYLOR, Edmund] : DOWN BY THE DARENT : A SERIES OF FIELD-PATH RAMBLES FROM DARTFORD TO WESTERHAM ; ALSO A DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE ROMAN VILLA AT DARENTH, WITH ROUTES TO AND FROM THE NEAREST RAILWAY STATIONS.
London : Robert Edmund Taylor & Son, 1896. First edition : a secondary issue, with an inserted Cassell & Co. slip announcing a change of publisher. An illustrated guide to rambling in the country between Dartford and Westerham, Westerham and Sevenoaks, etc. Series XIII and West Kent Appendix No. 1 in the publishers’ enumeration of this attractive series.
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MITCHELL, W.S. (William S.) : EAST SUSSEX : A SHELL GUIDE.
London : Faber & Faber, (1978). First edition : with a printed label correcting the caption of the frontispiece. A richly illustrated survey and detailed gazetteer in the usual Shell format.
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MOODY, Henry, 1805-1871 – translator : HAMPSHIRE IN 1086. AN EXTENSION OF THE LATIN TEXT, AND AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE DOMESDAY BOOK, AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO HAMPSHIRE ...
Winchester : for H. Moody, by John T. Doswell / London : J. Russell Smith, 1862. First edition. A handsome production, offering the full text and a translation of the Hampshire portion of Domesday Book. The work, as was originally intended, is accompanied by the elegant Ordnance Survey lithographic facsimile of the original – “The Domesday Book or the Great Survey of England of William the Conqueror A.D. MLXXXVI. Facsimile of the part relating to Hampshire” (Southampton : 1861). Henry Moody, a former printer, was curator of the Winchester Museum.
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MOORE, John, 1907-1967 & OTHERS : GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
London : Shell-Mex & B.P., (1963). First edition. A guide to the county in the Shell “Shilling Guides” series, with an introductory essay, a gazetteer, etc.
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NOBLE, John : MISCELLANEA INVERNESSIANA, WITH A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF INVERNESS NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS.
Stirling : Eneas Mackay, 1902. First edition. An entertaining assemblage from the byways of Inverness history – with sections on the site of Macbeth’s castle, local characters, the Ness islands, the trial of John Grant, fiddlers, the Inverness post office, James Paterson the poet, popular entertainers, the floods of 1834 and 1849, etc., and with a full and highly informative bibliography of the locally published newspapers and periodicals. Compiled by the Inverness bookseller John Noble, edited, etc., by John Whyte, and with an appendix (expanding the bibliography) by William Mackay.
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PEVSNER, Nikolaus (Sir Nikolaus Bernhard), 1902-1983 : SHROPSHIRE.
London : Penguin Books, (1958). First edition : the hardback issue. In the celebrated "Buildings of England" series.
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POLLETT, Geoffrey (Robert Geoffrey), 1908-1937 : SONG FOR SIXPENCE.
London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1936. First edition. A fascinating account of a poet’s tramp across the south of England trying to peddle his rime-sheets – calling particularly on writers and other “public faces in private places” – and recording their reactions. The dust-jacket maps his journey with the names of those he called on – W. H. Davies, Warwick Deeping, E. M. Delafield, Walter de la Mare, Ethel M. Dell, Lloyd George, Eric Gill, Laurence Housman, A. G. Macdonell, Sir Henry Newbolt, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Michael Sadleir, A. G. Street, etc.
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RIMMER, Alfred, 1829-1893 : ANCIENT STONE CROSSES OF ENGLAND.
London : Virtue, Spalding & Co., 1875. First edition. A charmingly illustrated study and guide to the town-crosses, market-crosses, Eleanor crosses, roadside crosses, etc., scattered all across England. This copy has been extra illustrated by the insertion of additional matter, including seven early photographs of crosses, etc., at Launceston and Lostwithiel, press cuttings, etc.
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ROGERS, Kenneth (Kenneth Herbert), 1930- : THE BOOK OF TROWBRIDGE : A HISTORY.
Buckingham : Barracuda Books, 1984. First edition. A thoroughly researched and extensively illustrated history of the Wiltshire town famous for its cloth industry, compiled by the county archivist. “Of tuns, gouts, cottages and kittles”, etc. Foreword by Professor Peter Mathias, bibliography, etc.
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SCOTT, Clement W. (Clement William), 1841-1904 : ROUND ABOUT THE ISLANDS : OR, SUNNY SPOTS NEAR HOME.
London : Tinsley Brothers, 1874. First edition. Genial rambles and excursions in various parts of the British Isles – with chapters on London after Dark, the Alexandra Palace, The Last Man in London, the Royal Academy, Connemara, Co. Clare, Blarney, Killarney, Scarborough, the Isle of Thanet, Hayling Island, Weston-super-Mare, Goodwood, the Isle of Wight, Sark, etc. Scott was the best-known theatre critic of the period. The startling frontispiece of a flying bat-like journalist is by his brother-in-law, George du Maurier (1834-1896).
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SIMOND, Louis, 1767-1831 : AN AMERICAN IN REGENCY ENGLAND : THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR IN 1810-1811.
London : Robert Maxwell, (1968). Originally published in 1815 as “Journal of a Tour and Residence in Great Britain”, the French-born American Simond gives a fascinating and complete portrait of the British social life of the period. Based in London but travelling all across England and as far afield as the Welsh hills and the Scottish Highlands, talking to anyone and everyone – in country-houses and gardens, at trials and prize-fights, in ironworks and coalmines, in asylums, prisons and hospitals. Edited and introduced by Christopher Hibbert.
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SOMERVELL, D.C. (David Churchill), 1885-1965 & OTHERS : THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO TONBRIDGE AND DISTRICT.
Sevenoaks : Caxton & Holmesdale Press, 1950. First edition. A charming illustrated guide to the town, with chapters by Somervell on the history, the castle, the parish church, the school, etc., with further material on the Medway, the parks, local commerce, places of interest, with an array of advertisements from local business, etc.
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SOUTHERN, L.W. (Leonard William), 1890-1966 : THE ODD CINQUE PORT : A MARITIME HISTORY OF BRIGHTLINGSEA.
[Brightlingsea : For the Author, 1953]. First edition. Signed by the author at foot of preface. A much-revised, much-expanded and modernised version of the author’s earlier “Stories of the Colne” (1949). Includes chapters on the waterside, yacht racing, fishing, regattas, shipbuilding, floods, yacht clubs, smuggling, etc.
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SUMNER, Heywood, 1853-1940 : A GUIDE TO THE NEW FOREST.
Ringwood : Charles Brown & Son, (1925). Second and best edition : a revised, corrected and expanded version of the original 1924 publication. A most attractive guide in dictionary form, compiled and illustrated by the archaeologist and antiquary Heywood Sumner. With a list of Forest terms, a bibliography, etc.
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THOMAS, Sir William Beach, 1868-1957 : HERTFORDSHIRE.
London : Robert Hale, (1950). First edition. A survey of the county consciously intended to record the charms of its villages, towns, houses, rivers, commons, farms, crafts, etc., before the expansion of the satellite towns, garden suburbs, planners, etc. In the admirable Hale "County Books" series.
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WALLIS, James, fl.1810-1825 : WALLIS’S NEW POCKET EDITION OF THE ENGLISH COUNTIES OR TRAVELLERS COMPANION IN WHICH ARE CAREFULLY LAID DOWN ALL THE DIRECT & CROSS ROADS, CITIES, TOWNES, VILLAGES, PARKS ...
London : J. Wallis, [ca.1814]. First edition : the second state, with the addition of plate numbers to Wallis’s delightfully engraved sequence of maps. A very pretty pocket atlas of the English counties, generally dated to 1810, although surely post-dating Wallis’s larger county atlas of that year and probably datable to about 1812, with the present issue (distinguished by the addition of plate numbers) probably dating from about 1814.
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WEIGALL, Arthur (Arthur Edward Pearse Brome), 1880-1934 : THE GRAND TOUR OF NORMAN ENGLAND.
London : Hodder & Stoughton, . First edition. The multi-faceted Arthur Weigall – historian, journalist, novelist, screen-writer, lyricist and Egyptologist – takes us on an engaging and richly illustrated motor tour of Norman England, visiting “every important Norman building in every county in England”, providing the basic information, and giving every incentive to follow in his footsteps.
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WINDLE, Bertram C.A. (Sir Bertram Coghill Alan), 1858-1929 : REMAINS OF THE PREHISTORIC AGE IN ENGLAND.
London : Methuen & Co., 1904. First edition. Facts rather than theory in this comprehensive illustrated survey of the physical remains, with chapters on stone implements, with lists of caves and localities; the metallic age, with a list of bronze hoards; bone implements, with a list of cup-and-ring sites; places of burial, with a list of barrows; megalithic remains, with lists of dolmens and other visible remains; earthworks, camps and dykes, with lists; places of habitation – pit-dwellings, hut circles, souterrains, dene-holes, beehive houses, pile-dwellings, crannoges, terra-mare, with a list of villages; the early iron age, etc. In the attractive “Antiquary’s Books” series.
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WISE, Francis, 1695-1767 : A LETTER TO DR MEAD CONCERNING SOME ANTIQUITIES IN BERKSHIRE, PARTICULARLY SHEWING THAT THE WHITE HORSE, WHICH GIVES NAME TO THE VALE, IS A MONUMENT OF THE WEST-SAXONS, MADE IN MEMORY OF A GREAT VICTORY OBTAINED OVER THE DANES A.D. 871.
Oxford : for Thomas Wood at the University Printing House, 1738. First edition. An attractive monograph in the hypothetical style of the early eighteenth-century antiquaries. The work rapidly called forth a satirical refutation from an author known only as Philalethes Rusticus (possibly William Asplin), entitled “The Impertinence and Imposture of Modern Antiquaries Display’d” (1740), which was itself robustly attacked in “An Answer to a Scandalous Libel” (1741). Wise, the Radcliffe Librarian and later a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, was not deterred and published further thoughts on chalk horses in 1742. Although his conclusions are no longer accepted, his work was a genuine example of early fieldwork and he was the first to record local folkloric traditions concerning Wayland’s Smithy, Dragon’s Hill and other neolithic survivals in the area.
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