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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 ...

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”.
Two volumes. Post 8vo (193 x 115mm). [xxiv],518,[x]; [ii],334,[10],(cxc)pp. Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked to style; contrasting red and olive labels; corners worn; occasional manuscript annotation and shoulder notes; occasional slight browning or spotting; a few small flaws, but overall a very good and attractive set. Nineteenth-century ownership inscriptions of Robert B. Gardner.

£250

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BANKS, William, 1806-1866 : VIEWS OF THE ENGLISH LAKES.

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).
Long demy 8vo (15 x 23cm). Engraved pictorial title and thirty plates. Two leaves of advertisements at the rear describe the various specialisations of Banks’ business, as well as listing numerous similar views obtainable from Garnet. Original cloth gilt; all edges gilt; slight wear to spine; a touch shaken and slack, but the plates clean, crisp and in very good order.

£150

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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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BOUMPHREY, Geoffrey, 1894-1969 & OTHERS : BERKSHIRE.

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.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [16]pp (paginated 97-112). Photo illustrations. Double-page map. Original stapled wrappers – a colour-printed pictorial design by Barbara Jones; a few faint marks, but a very good copy.

£15

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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 – 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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DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.

DEWAR, George A.B. (George Albemarle Bertie), 1862-1934 : LIFE AND SPORT IN HAMPSHIRE.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition. A most attractively produced and charming account of wild life and sport – mainly in the woods, streams and chalk downs of north-west Hampshire. With two coloured plates by Archibald Thorburn, illustrations from photographs, etc.
Medium 8vo (24cm). xii,274pp. Eight plates. Four photogravures. Two colour plates. Original pictorial cloth gilt; some slight spotting, mainly of edges; endpapers a little tanned, but a very good, bright and sound copy in the original dust-jacket – just lightly worn and a little tanned. Neat contemporary (1912) inscription of A. G. D. Moger of Bath – Alfred George Derwent Moger (1843-1919), the City Treasurer – on front free endpaper.

£50

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[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND.

[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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 238,[ii]pp. Ninety-seven photographs. Original boards; a very good copy in the original Roy Sanford dust-jacket – just lightly used, but also very good. Although not so marked, this copy comes from the library of the book’s editor, John Foster White (1921-1997), who was responsible for collecting and choosing the illustrations.

£25

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[GOLDRING, Douglas, 1887-1960] – “FRANCIS, Raymond” : LOOKING FOR GEORGIAN ENGLAND.

[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).
Demy 8vo (23cm). (244)pp. Over 100 photographs. Original cloth; a very good copy in the original Roy Sanford dust-jacket – the jacket lightly worn, a touch dulled and a little marked.

£25

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GRAVES, Charles (Charles Patrick Ranke), 1899-1971 : PANORAMA.

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.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). 318,[ii]pp. Original orange cloth over thin boards; very good in a lightly worn and slightly repaired dust-jacket.

£20

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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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HARDWICK, Michael, 1925-1991 : A LITERARY ATLAS & GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES.

HARDWICK, Michael, 1925-1991 : A LITERARY ATLAS & GAZETTEER OF THE BRITISH ISLES.

Newton Abbot : David & Charles, (1973). First edition. An absorbing guide, arranged by county and town, tabulating who lived and died where.
Crown 4to (26cm). 216pp. Maps by Alan G. Hodgkiss. Original boards; a few faint marks, but a very good copy in the dust-jacket.

£20

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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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JONES, Sydney R. (Sydney Robert), 1881-1966 : ENGLAND EAST.

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”.
Royal 8vo (26cm). 272pp. Plates and around 200 illustrations. Original boards; endpapers a little tanned; a few edge-spots, but still a very good copy in the dust-jacket – just faintly tanned, but also very good.

£20

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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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LEE, David C. – editor : THE ILFORD INTELLIGENCE (BOROUGH OF ILFORD RECORD, YEAR BOOK & STREET PLAN) : YEAR 1940.

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.
Crown 8vo (19cm). 82pp. Folding maps. Original stapled wrappers; some marks; last leaf slightly torn at inner margin, but a good copy of an ephemeral production.

£25

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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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LUMSDEN, James, 1753?-1821 – publisher : THE STEAM BOAT COMPANION: AND STRANGER’S GUIDE TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS AND HIGHLANDS OF SCOTLAND ...

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.
Slim royal 12mo (21cm), designed to fit the pocket. 114pp. Large folding hand-coloured map of the Western Highlands, with an inset of the Clyde, by William Home Lizars. Seven smaller folding maps of the roads. Original black sheep, ruled and blocked in gilt; some light wear and slight splitting; maps with some offsetting and minor nicks, splits, and short tears; text a little damp stained in places, with some softening, but a good copy of an evidently well-used and well-regarded production. With the contemporary (1821) ownership inscriptions of Mr and Mrs A. Slater with notes of their passing through Greenock, Campbelton, and Glasgow in the autumn of 1821 and a subsequent visit in 1835. The Slaters have annotated and even extended the main map northwards to Tobermory, as well as annotating the text in a number of places, specifically regarding improvements made by 1835.

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MACDONELL, A.G. (Archibald Gordon), 1895-1941 : MY SCOTLAND.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (280),[iv]pp. Portrait frontispiece. Plates. Original jade cloth, lettered across spine in white; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original dust-jacket – a monochrome photographic design, lettered in green and black – lightly worn.

£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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MASSIE, Alan (Alan Johnstone), 1938- : ILL MET BY GASLIGHT : FIVE EDINBURGH MURDERS.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [viii],(182),[ii]pp. Original black boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; very good in the dust-jacket – lightly sunned, but also very good.

£20

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MASTERS, James (James Edwin), 1876-1943 : SHAFTESBURY : THE ‘SHASTON’ OF THOMAS HARDY.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [48]pp. Original boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in a just slightly nicked dust-jacket.

£20

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MAXWELL, Gavin, 1914-1969 : RING OF BRIGHT WATER.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). x,(212)pp. Numerous photographs by the author. Illustrations in the text by Michael Ayrton, Peter Scott, and others. Original blue boards, lettered in gilt; a hint of sunning at tips; some spotting of edges and decorative endleaves, but overall a very good copy in the dust-jacket – price clipped and with some minor signs of age and use, but also very good.

£100

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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.

“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.
Pott 4to (14cm). (88)pp. Illustrations. Maps. Original decorative wrappers; some minor wear; short split to upper joint, but a nice copy of a scarce and fragile production.

£20

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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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MOORE, John, 1907-1967 & OTHERS : GLOUCESTERSHIRE.

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.
Demy 8vo (22cm). [16]pp (paginated 193-208). Photo illustrations. Double-page map. Original stapled wrappers – a colour-printed pictorial design by David Gentleman; a couple of faint signs of age and use, but a very good copy.

£15

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NOBLE, John : MISCELLANEA INVERNESSIANA, WITH A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF INVERNESS NEWSPAPERS AND PERIODICALS.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xii,(238)pp. Tissue-guarded plates. Illustrations. Original armorial cloth gilt; top edge gilt; lightly rubbed, a little sunned, and slightly bruised; a few minor marks; a little shaken, but a good copy. Fewer than 110 copies were subscribed for. Small booksellers’ label of Alex MacLaren & Sons of Argyle Street, Glasgow.

£40

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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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POLLETT, Geoffrey (Robert Geoffrey), 1908-1937 : SONG FOR SIXPENCE.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xiv),320,[ii]pp. Frontispiece. Woodcuts by Florence M. Green. Original cloth; spine lightly discoloured; a few minor marks; a good copy in a worn, tanned, slightly torn and price-clipped dust-jacket. Pencilled ownership inscription of A. D. Holdsworth dated 1949.

£20

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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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ROGERS, Kenneth (Kenneth Herbert), 1930- : THE BOOK OF TROWBRIDGE : A HISTORY.

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.
Post 4to (27cm). 156pp. Numerous illustrations. Endpaper maps. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt; edges a little spotted; a couple of slight creases, but otherwise a very good, bright and sound copy in the dust-jacket – price-clipped and just lightly used.

£20

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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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SIMOND, Louis, 1767-1831 : AN AMERICAN IN REGENCY ENGLAND : THE JOURNAL OF A TOUR IN 1810-1811.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). 176pp. Plates. Original boards; very good in the dust-jacket – the dust-jacket a little creased on lower panel, but otherwise also very good.

£20

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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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SOUTHERN, L.W. (Leonard William), 1890-1966 : THE ODD CINQUE PORT : A MARITIME HISTORY OF BRIGHTLINGSEA.

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.
Crown 8vo (21cm). (96)pp. Illustrations. Original pictorial boards; somewhat chipped at head; a few slight marks; mild tanning of endpapers, but a serviceable copy in the original matching dust-jacket – worn, chipped and tape-repaired. Just a single copy (Leicester) located in major libraries worldwide.

£25

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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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WEIGALL, Arthur (Arthur Edward Pearse Brome), 1880-1934 : THE GRAND TOUR OF NORMAN ENGLAND.

WEIGALL, Arthur (Arthur Edward Pearse Brome), 1880-1934 : THE GRAND TOUR OF NORMAN ENGLAND.

London : Hodder & Stoughton, [1927]. 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.
Demy 8vo (24cm). 352pp. Numerous photo illustrations on eighty-eight plates. Original cloth; some very minor wear to extremities; slight tanning to outer leaves, but overall a very good copy.

£25

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WINDLE, Bertram C.A. (Sir Bertram Coghill Alan), 1858-1929 : REMAINS OF THE PREHISTORIC AGE IN ENGLAND.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (xvi),320,[iv] + 40pp publisher’s advertisements dated September 1904. Numerous illustrations by Edith Windle, the author’s wife. Original cloth gilt; some very minor wear; a touch sunned; some light internal spotting, but a good copy. Ownership inscription of J. Lucas of Warminster.

£25

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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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