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BAYNE-POWELL, Rosamond, 1879-1960 : TRAVELLERS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

BAYNE-POWELL, Rosamond, 1879-1960 : TRAVELLERS IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND.

London : John Murray, (1951). First edition. An engaging and well-researched account of overseas travellers in England, with material on arrival at the custom-houses; coaches; roads, tolls and highwaymen; inns, lodgings, coffee-houses and clubs; London; amusements and sports; education, arts and universities; the poor, hospitals and charities; English towns; the foreigner; religion; morals; foreign quacks and imposters, etc.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xii),(204)pp. Plates. Original cloth; a few spots; plates very faintly tanned, but a very good copy in a lightly used and slightly marked dust-jacket - a pictorial design by Goetz..

£20

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BELL, J.J. (John Joy), 1871-1934 : SCOTLAND IN TEN DAYS.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (288)pp. Plates. Folding map. Original cloth; top edge a mite dusty; a few slight internal marks, but a very good copy in the striking dust-jacket - an art-deco design in puce, black and white by Leo Newman - worn, slightly split and a little tanned at spine.

£20

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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.

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.
Foolscap 8vo (17cm). vi,138,40pp. Two folding maps. Original cloth; lightly rubbed and a touch dulled; one map slightly torn, but overall a very good copy. With the contemporary ownership inscription of H. H. Haddon.

£40

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BRADSHAW, George, 1801-1853 : BRADSHAW'S RAILWAY COMPANION, CONTAINING THE TIMES OF DEPARTURE, FARES, &C. OF THE RAILWAYS IN ENGLAND ...

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.
Crown 16mo (12cm). Pagination irregular, but [104]pp. Folding maps of London, and England and Wales; double-page plans of Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester; ten regional maps with hand colour, mostly double-page; a diagram of the gradients of the major lines, etc. Original cloth, with green and gilt label on upper cover; some minor wear; a substantial block of the text loose and detached; some minor marks, splits and small flaws, but internally clean and good copy of a scarce and fragile survival.

£400

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BURTON, Anthony, 1942- & BURTON, Pip : THE GREEN BAG TRAVELLERS : BRITAIN'S FIRST TOURISTS.

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).
Demy 8vo (23cm). 152pp. Plates. Original boards; a few faint marks, but very good in a lightly used dust-jacket. From the library of the distinguished artist and architectural historian, Geoffrey Scowcroft Fletcher (1923-2004), with his 1986 ownership inscription.

£20

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CARBERY, Mary (Lady Mary Toulmin), 1867-1949 & GREY, Edwin : HERTFORDSHIRE HERITAGE : OURSELVES AND OUR WORDS.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 158,[ii]pp. Original cloth; very mild tanning of endpapers, but a very good copy in a lightly sunned and slightly chipped dust-jacket.

£15

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CHERRY, Bridget & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : DEVON.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 976pp. Plates. Map. Original rexine; very good in a just slightly used dust-jacket.

£25

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[CLARK, Samuel, 1810-1875] : REUBEN RAMBLE'S TRAVELS THROUGH THE COUNTIES OF ENGLAND.

[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.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [iv],[80]pp. Lithographic frontispiece, extra title, and forty decorative maps, all with attractive original hand colour. Original red cloth, blocked in gilt and blind; rebacked, restored and refurbished, with expert repairs to spine and endleaves; internally a few minor, marks, spots and small flaws, with a slight nick to one map, but overall a very good copy of a notable rarity. Contemporary (1859) gift inscription to the eight-year-old Randall Proctor Burroughes Spinks (1851-1898) from his aunt.

£2,000

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COOPER, W. Heaton (William Heaton), 1903-1995 : THE TARNS OF LAKELAND.

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.
Crown 4to (26cm). (xlv),(238)pp. Sixteen delightful colour plates and eighty-seven drawings by Cooper. Endpaper maps. Original cobalt blue cloth, blocked in red and lettered in gilt and red; top edge blue; a very good copy indeed – bright, clean and sound copy – in the original Cooper wrap-around dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped, just faintly sunned, and with a single short nick, but still very good. Neat contemporary 1960 gift inscription to Freda from Gerald.

£30

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COTTERELL, Constance, 1864-1947 : SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND. ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAYNE JENNINGS, AND COMPRISING VIEWS IN NORTHUMBERLAND, CUMBERLAND, WESTMORLAND, DURHAM AND YORKSHIRE.

COTTERELL, Constance, 1864-1947 : SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN NORTH EAST ENGLAND. ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY PAYNE JENNINGS, AND COMPRISING VIEWS IN NORTHUMBERLAND, CUMBERLAND, WESTMORLAND, DURHAM AND YORKSHIRE.

London : Walter Scott, [1895]. First edition. An attractive late Victorian survey of the north of England - or those parts of it reachable via the North Eastern Railway Company, whose arms appear on the upper cover - the sites memorialised in the evocative photographs of John Payne Jennings (1843-1926), who also oversaw the printing. The accompanying text was compiled by the novelist Constance Cotterell of York, author of "Strange Gods" (1889), etc.
Foolscap 4to (22cm). [6],xvi,(144)pp. Photo illustrations almost throughout. Original pictorial cloth gilt; all edges gilt; lightly rubbed; a few faint marks; endpapers slightly strained, but a very good copy.

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GRIGSON, Geoffrey (Geoffrey Edward Harvey), 1905-1985 : BRITAIN OBSERVED : THE LANDSCAPE THROUGH ARTISTS' EYES.

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.
Post 4to (26cm). 208pp. Illustrations throughout, some in colour. Original boards; top edge a touch dusty; mild tanning of outer margins, but otherwise very good in the dust-jacket.

£25

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HUDSON, W.H. (William Henry), 1841-1922 : THE LAND'S END : A NATURALIST'S IMPRESSIONS IN WEST CORNWALL.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,(324),[iv]pp. Eight plates & forty-one illustrations by A. L. Collins. Original decorative cloth gilt; top edge gilt; some spotting throughout, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy. Contemporary ownership inscription of Alfred Trapnell, a Bristol smelter and refiner, dated 1908. Payne A26a).

£50

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KNAPP, James B. - publisher : ENGLAND : PICTORIAL AND DESCRIPTIVE.

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.
Foolscap 4to (23cm). 144p. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations. Original pictorial cloth, blocked in silver, gilt and black; a touch rubbed and just slightly darkened; endpapers a little tanned; some slight spotting of edges, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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LEIGH-BENNETT, E.P. (Ernest Pendarves), 1882-1937 : DEVON AND CORNISH DAYS.

LEIGH-BENNETT, E.P. (Ernest Pendarves), 1882-1937 : DEVON AND CORNISH DAYS.

London : Printed by Waterlow & Sons, [1932]. 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.
Oblong 8vo (19 x 24cm). 63,[i]pp. Sixteen highly attractive full-page colour illustrations, not included in pagination, plus the onlaid plate on the upper cover, by the well-known poster artist Leonard Richmond (1889-1965), who had a studio at St. Ives at this period. Two identical Southern Railway maps of the area at front and rear. Original boards with pictorial onlay; a sprinkling of pink spots at the foot of the upper cover; a few minor marks and signs of age, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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MALET, Harold Esdaile, 1841-1918 : ANNALS OF THE ROAD : OR, NOTES ON MAIL AND STAGE COACHING IN GREAT BRITAIN.

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.
Foolscap 4to (24cm). (xvi),(404)pp. Errata slip. Coloured frontispiece and nine coloured plates. Woodcuts in text. Original pictorial cloth gilt; very lightly worn at spine tips and a little sunned; a few minor internal marks, nicks and slight creases, but a very good copy.

£250

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MITCHELL, W.S. (William S.) : EAST SUSSEX : A SHELL GUIDE.

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.
Crown 4to (24cm). 192pp. Coloured map. Photo illustrations throughout. Original cloth; a very good copy in a price-clipped dust-jacket.

£25

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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 ...

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.
Two volumes. Imperial 4to (38cm). [ii],66; [vi],[1],xxxiv,[1]pp. Original cloth gilt; all edges red; neatly if functionally rebacked, endpapers reinforced, but a very good set. Tipped in is a flyer for similar county productions.

£100

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NAIRN, Ian, 1930-1983 & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : SUSSEX.

NAIRN, Ian, 1930-1983 & PEVSNER, Nikolaus, 1902-1983 : SUSSEX.

Harmondsworth : Penguin Books, (1965). First edition. In the celebrated “Buildings of England” series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 692,[xii]pp. Plates. Maps. Original cloth; very slightly bruised, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket - price-clipped and lightly worn.

£20

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

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

London : Penguin Books, (1958). First edition : the hardback issue. In the celebrated "Buildings of England" series.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 368pp. Plates. Map. Original cloth; very good in a just lightly used dust-jacket.

£25

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RIMMER, Alfred, 1829-1893 : ANCIENT STONE CROSSES OF ENGLAND.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xii,(160)pp. Seventy-two wood-engraved illustrations. Original pictorial cloth gilt over bevelled boards; just a hint of wear and bruising; small mark to back cover; slightly shaken, but a very good and bright copy. With the armorial bookplate of Lieutenant-Colonel the Rev Christopher T. Perowne (1904-1973), the ‘Chindit Bishop’, and occasional neat pencilled notes. Small bookseller’s ticket of James Gemmell of Edinburgh at rear.

£75

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SCOTT, Clement W. (Clement William), 1841-1904 :  ROUND ABOUT THE ISLANDS : OR, SUNNY SPOTS NEAR HOME.

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).
Demy 8vo (23cm). xii,(356) + [iv]pp advertisements. Frontispiece and extra pictorial title by Du Maurier. Original decorative cloth over bevelled boards; some very slight wear, a few spots, a little shaken, but a very good copy of a scarce book.

£50

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SOMERVELL, D.C. (David Churchill), 1885-1965 & OTHERS : THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO TONBRIDGE AND DISTRICT.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). xx,71,xxi-xxxii pp. Illustrations. Photographs, Maps. Original pictorial wrappers; lightly rubbed; a few slight creases, but a very good copy.

£20

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SUMNER, Heywood, 1853-1940 : A GUIDE TO THE NEW FOREST.

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.
Crown 8vo. (96),[viii]pp. Double-page map and full-page illustrations by the author. Rebound in a neat contemporary binder's cloth, retaining the decorative upper panel of the original wrappers; faint spine crease; rear endpaper slightly creased; a few slight edge-spots, but a very good copy.

£40

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THOMAS, Sir William Beach, 1868-1957 : HERTFORDSHIRE.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). viii,270,[ii]pp. Plates. Folding map. Original cloth gilt; a very good copy in a very lightly worn and slightly chipped dust-jacket. Dated (1950) ownership inscription of Miss J. B. Hughes.

£20

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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 ...

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.
Pott 4to (146 x 109mm). Engraved title-page, content page, general map of England and Wales, forty-two county maps (one - Yorkshire - double-page), two regional maps of North and South Wales, and a smaller map of the Isle of Wight - all with original hand colour. Original publisher's half sheep, with the publisher's leather label on upper board; some minor wear and marking, with slight splitting; a little shaken and slightly loose; short split to double-page map; one map (Wiltshire) deftly attached or re-attached by two old metal pins, and possibly supplied from another copy, but overall an attractive example of a charming pocket companion. Contemporary (1818) ownership inscription of the untraced Hannah Wessely or Wepely, with the additional message "Forget me Not".

£500

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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.

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.
Crown 4to (224 x 171mm). (58)pp. Two charming folding plates, engraved by George Vertue from drawings by W. Green or Greene. Bound, without final blank, in a plain but not unattractive amateur red cloth binding, ruled in blind and lettered in black, with pretty hand-blocked patterned endpapers – unusual in giving the precise detail that it was assembled or completed by Dora Martin on 23rd September 1909 – this presumably Dorothy Martin (b.1879), the thirty-year old daughter of the surgeon Paulin Martin (1842-1927) of Ock Street, Abingdon, whose ownership inscription occurs on the same leaf. Cloth a little rubbed; the binding a little slack, exposing Dora’s sewing and tapes in places; some minor marks and small flaws, but overall a good copy.

£200

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