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ANGUS-BUTTERWORTH, L.M. (Lionel Milner), 1900-1994 : THE MANUFACTURE OF GLASS.

ANGUS-BUTTERWORTH, L.M. (Lionel Milner), 1900-1994 : THE MANUFACTURE OF GLASS.

London : Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1948. First edition. A short history of Egyptian, Roman and Venetian glass, followed by full sections on composition and properties (including colour; plant; manufacture (cut glass, pressed glass, window glass, plate glass, tubing, optical glass, etc.), products and uses, etc. The numerous illustrations include photographs of glassware from the "Britain Can Make It" exhibition of 1946. With a bibliography.
Demy 8vo (23cm). xii,274,[ii]pp. Illustrations. Original cloth; mild discolouration of edges of covers, but otherwise a very good copy.

£20

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PAINE, Lauran (Lauran Bosworth), 1916-2001 : A GAGGLE OF GHOSTS.

PAINE, Lauran (Lauran Bosworth), 1916-2001 :A GAGGLE OF GHOSTS.

London : Robert Hale, (1971). First edition. An intriguing examination from this prolific American author of the whole field of ghosts, hauntings, apparitions, manifestations, poltergeists, spirit voices, etc., with chapters on individual cases — “Borley Rectory”, “The Dark Lady of Bognor Regis”, “The Affair at Tedworth”, etc. With a bibliography, index, etc. There would appear to be no equivalent American edition.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (192)pp. Original violet boards, lettered in silver; top edge purple; very slightly bruised at foot, but otherwise a very good copy in the stylish C. R. Evans dust-jacket — price-clipped and just a touch sunned, but with only a hint of wear and also very good.

£50

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PEPPER, John Henry, 1821-1900 : THE PLAYBOOK OF METALS : INCLUDING PERSONAL NARRATIVES OF VISITS TO COAL, LEAD, COPPER, AND TIN MINES ...

PEPPER, John Henry, 1821-1900 : THE PLAYBOOK OF METALS : INCLUDING PERSONAL NARRATIVES OF VISITS TO COAL, LEAD, COPPER, AND TIN MINES ...

London : George Routledge & Sons, [ca.1885]. A fresh edition of Pepper’s extraordinary compilation, first published in 1861. A richly illustrated account, aimed primarily at “youthful readers” – but evidently quite sophisticated ones – of mining and metals. With individual chapters on coal; alchemy; gold; silver; lead; copper; tin; mercury; iron; aluminium; antimony; arsenic; barium; bismuth; cadmium; calcium; cerium; chromium; cobalt; donarium and others; magnesium; manganese; molybdenum; nickel; niobium and others; potassium; platinum; palladium and pelopium; rhodium and ruthenium; sodium; strontium; tantalum, titanium, and others; tungsten; uranium and others; zinc; zirconium, etc.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(504)pp. 300 illustrations. Original pictorial cloth gilt over bevelled boards; all edges gilt; a touch dulled; some rubbing and wear; endpapers cracking; a few spots, but a serviceable copy. Gift inscription dated Christmas 1885 from Henry C. Embleton to R. R. Drake – the Yorkshire mining engineer Henry Cawood Embleton (1854-1930) and Rowland Ramsay Drake (1869-1891).

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REDGROVE, H. Stanley (Herbert Stanley), 1887-1943 : THE CREAM OF BEAUTY : A LITTLE BOOK OF BEAUTY CULTURE, CONTAINING MANY RECIPES FOR USEFUL TOILET CREAMS AND LOTIONS.

REDGROVE, H. Stanley (Herbert Stanley), 1887-1943 : THE CREAM OF BEAUTY : A LITTLE BOOK OF BEAUTY CULTURE, CONTAINING MANY RECIPES FOR USEFUL TOILET CREAMS AND LOTIONS.

London : William Heinemann (Medical Books), 1931. First edition. An attempt at demystifying and encouraging good and safe practice in the largely unregulated first great age of make-up – with chapters on the cure of ugliness; care of the face; care of the hands; materials used; cold cream; vanishing creams; emollient creams – both greasy and non-greasy; mud-pack treatment; face powder; rouge and lipstick; toilet waters and lotions; care of the hair; preparations for the hair, and the problem of superfluous hair.
Crown 8vo (20cm). xii,184pp. Original decorative boards in a stylish art-deco design by Bernard Venables (1907-2001); some minor wear and a few spots, but overall a very good copy.

£40

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VERNON, Charles : THE SWEET SHOP : A HANDBOOK FOR RETAIL CONFECTIONERS.

VERNON, Charles : THE SWEET SHOP : A HANDBOOK FOR RETAIL CONFECTIONERS.

[London : Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1939]. First edition. A comprehensive view of the world of the pre-war sweet-shop, toffee-hammers, dorothy bags and coconut ice – with material on stock, ordering, window displays (with some wonderful plates), serving, staff, accounts, fitting and layout, tax, insurance, and the additional lines (cigarettes, ice cream, biscuits and books – with eleven pages on running a library).
Demy 8vo (23cm). [iv],332,[iv]pp. Plates. Diagrams, Tables, two folding. Original cloth; some minor spotting to edges and lower cover, but overall a very good copy.

£20

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WATSON, James D. (James Dewey), 1928- : THE DOUBLE HELIX : A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE STRUCTURE OF DNA.

WATSON, James D. (James Dewey), 1928- : THE DOUBLE HELIX : A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE STRUCTURE OF DNA.

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, (1968). First British edition. “Watson, 40, is American. He was a gangling, crew-cut, Anglophile student of twenty-two when he went to Cambridge and met Dr. Francis Crick. Two years later they had solved the problem of DNA ... But the discovery was not made by supermen. In London yesterday Watson, whose book reveals the failings, foibles and petty jealousies of many scientists still well known in Britain, spoke of the bumbling way in which the discovery was made” (Daily Mirror, 16th May 1968).
Demy 8vo (23cm). xvi,(236),[iv]pp. Illustrations. Portraits. Diagrams. Facsimiles. Original purple boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge lilac; a very good, clean and sound copy in the Dorothy Judd dust-jacket – the jacket price-clipped, and with some minor wear to extremities, but also very good.

£125

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