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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.
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LUCEY, R.M. (Roger Martin), 1871-1954 : A PROBLEM A DAY.
London : Faber & Faber, (1937). First edition. “The amusement to be obtained from a simple yet ingenious puzzle, and the pride of quickly solving it, sets up a well-being far more important in keeping the doctor away than any number of apples”. A brain-teaser (with some nice seasonal touches) for every day of the year (not forgetting leap-years) – with solutions at the end – and hints on how to tackle similar problems.
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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.
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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 ...
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.
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.
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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).
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WALLIS, John, 1745?-1818 – publisher : AN ARITHMETICAL PASTIME; INTENDED TO INFUSE THE RUDIMENTS OF ARITHMETIC; UNDER THE IDEA OF AMUSEMENT.
London : John Wallis, [ca.1800]. A race-game in spiral form, with an accompanying sheet of directions – the game featuring 100 numbered or pictured spaces from the start (the first space is a prison) to the winning laurel wreath at the centre. For simple addition just one teetotum was used, but for subtraction, multiplication and division, two were in play – the product of which governed the next move. Some fiendish forfeits include requests to repeat (from memory) the long measure table (three barley-corns = one inch), the dry measure table (four bushels = one comb), the wine measure table, the ale measure table, the avoirdupoise [sic] table, etc. Difficult wholly to see the amusement measure in all this, but evidently a popular game in its day, with a version known dated 1791, another dated 1798 on the slip-case (which, like the present example, was printed by Biggs & Co. of Crane Court) – and later versions to at least 1820.
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).
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