London: Marcus Ward & Co., 1880. Hardcover. with 74 illustrations by R.T. Pritchett and 12 water-colour sketches after F. Jones - produced here in chromograph. Thin quarto. Three-quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with red leather title label to spine. Heavy wear to boards with some loss to paper. Chipping to head of spine and wear to edges of boards. Minor foxing to interior and smudge marks / spots of soiling throughout. Short tears to edges of some pages. This was obviously a family favorite in years past. 144 pages. ENG/071422. Very Good.
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London: printed for H. Lintot, T. Longman, J. and P. Knapton, B. Sprint, D. Midwinter, et. al. 1737. Hardcover. Bound in full dark brown leather boards with red and gilt title labesls to spines. Gilt volume numbers to volumes 1, 2, and 3. Volume 4 has been expertly restored; the boards are original, and spine is modern with original title label. The front boards of Volumes 3 and 4 are detached but present. Cracking to exterior hinges of volumes several volumes. Leather of spines of volumes 1 - 3 are cracked with minor chipping. Leather boards of all volumes are scuffed and edgeworn with bumped corners. A border is tooled on all boards. Gilt tooling to edges of boards is worn. Bookplate of previous owner to front pastedowns of all volumes, Harold Randolph. Vols. are also signed by previous owner. Laid paper interiors are very clean with bright text and only very occasional spots of foxing. Edges of pages in Volume 4 are somewhat warped. Decorative woodcut headpieces begin all chapters. A nice set despite noted wear. All volumes include an Index. Vol. I, 299 pages; Vol. II, 330 pages.; Vol. III, 312 pages.; Vol. IV, 309 pages. ENG/091404. Very Good.
New York: Schocken Books, (1966). Hardcover. 8vo. Red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light bumping to spine ends. Interior is clean and bright. Red price-clipped illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Spine panel faded to light brown. Minor rubbing to dust jacket. Index, 216 pages. English Biography. ENGBIO/042313. Near Fine / Very Good.
London and New York: Frederick Warne and Co, 1891. Hardcover. With 488 Illustrations. Bound in the original red cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine and gilt crest to front board. Sunning and dampstaining to spine. Dampstain (single drip mark) to front board. It appears that cloth spine was once detached and was later amateurly glued back down to spine. Boards and textblock remain tightly bound. Crack to cloth along both joints. Hinges are tight. Clean interior with many illustrations. Slight roll to spine and chip to corner of frontispiece. A good reference work. 428 pages. ENG/022823. Very Good.
London / New York: William Heinemann / Dodd, Mead and Company, 1904. Hardcover. A history of Bath in England focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries with chapters on life at bath, society, Sheridan's marriage, the Methodists, authors at Bath, Art and Science, and the transformation of Bath in the 19th century. With extensive bibliography and illustrations. Bound in three quarter red leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and decoration to spine. Sunning and scuffing to spine. Fading, rubbing, and spotting to front board. Wear and chipping to edges and corners. Illustrated with some full page plates, some of which fold out. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and occasional spot of soiling to margins, but clean and bright overall. Bookplate of Miriam Lewis to front pastedown. A worn, but still attractive copy. 328 pages. ENG/083022. Very Good.
New York: Crown Publishers, 1952. Hardcover. Very good. No Jacket. 4to. Red cloth boards with blue title to spine and small white unicorn designs. Minor fraying to spine ends; rubbing to boards and spine. Light bowing to front board. Interior pages are yellowed around edges, but are otherwise very clean w/ bright text. Includes 201 photographs of English scenes from 1850-1951. Index, 164 pages. ENG/042004. Very Good.
Newcastle, England: J.G. Foster, 1860. Hardcover. Scarce. Thomas Bell (1785-1860) was a prominent land valuer and surveyor who also served as a commissioner and arbitrator for lands in districts of northern England. He is best remembered, however, as an extraordinary book collector, "bringing together one of the largest and most valuable collections of books, papers, and engravings ever formed in the North of England particularly in matters of local interest"(from obituary reprinted in catalogue). The auction sale lasted fifteen days. On the front free endpaper, there is an interesting later handwritten transcript of notes originally written by John Gray Bell, son of Thomas, about his father's library. He described a good-sized library that was shelved round with filled bookcases buried by other bookcases, also filled and then buried as well. The door of the room would only open slightly ajar and one had to sidle in one at a time along a narrow round pathway. A woman wearing a crinoline could not enter at all. The catalog was published in paper wrappers. This copy has been rebound with covers in blue cloth with a black and gilt spine label. Original wrappers bound in. Some bumping and fading. Browning to wrapper cover and browning to to untrimmed edges and to some page margins, not affecting text. Very good condition. 276 pages. BOB/042415. Very Good.
Sussex and New Jersey: The Harvester Press and Barnes & Noble Books, (1985). First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Fine in grey paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Pristine interior. Fine light blue dust jacket with white and black title to front and spine panels. Index, 228 pages. ENGHIS/010418. Fine / Fine.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2022. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. This book is from a small open edition, which is signed by the artist. According to the book artist: "The Eiffel Tower was the main entrance for the Exposition Universelle, organized to celebrate the anniversary of the French Revolution. A competition was held for the design of the tower, which was won by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nougier. Gustave Eiffel got the construction commission for a very small fee in return for a portion of the gate for the length of the Exposition plus twenty years. In 1890, Sir Edward Watkin, a British MP, held a design competition for a ”Great Tower of London” that would have rivaled or surpassed Eiffel’s tower in Paris. Sixty-eight designs were submitted. The Great Tower of London was, of course, meant to be taller than the Eiffel Tower, and like the Eiffel Tower, temporary. It was meant to be the centerpiece of an amusement park in Wembley, easily reachable by train (Watkin was Chairman of the Metropolitan Railway). As with the Eiffel Tower, the design would be decided by a competition. In spite of many of the designs being slightly loony, or VERY similar to Eiffel’s design, Stewart, McLaren and Dunn’s practical design, number 37, was eventually chosen to be awarded the 500 guinea prize. Construction began, but the funding slowly petered out. The full extent of the building, called the London Stump or Watkin’s Folly, is shown on the title page - all 154 feet. The remains were eventually dynamited and buried under Wembley Stadium" Printed on Mohawk superfine paper in Garamond 1911, and bound in a gold-on-black Art Nouveau paper. The slipcase is bound in matching paper. 85 pages. Size: Book - 2 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches; Case - 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches. ARTB/091123. Fine.
London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and J. Ridgway, 1816. Hardcover. A collection of over 200 speeches by Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797), an Irish statesman who served in the House of Commons of Parliament for many years. The speeches in this collection address a wide array of topics including the French Revolution, the economy, East India company affairs, exchanging prisoners with America, the American Revolution, Irish trade bills, American Loyalists, the King's illness, abolition of the slave trade, impeachment of Mr. Hastings, and more. Published nearly 20 years after his death, most of the speeches were given between 1767 and 1794. "Delivered as these speeches were, upon great and comprehensive questions, and containing Mr. Burke's opinions upon a variety of subjects that come home 'to the business and bosoms of men,' it is confidently hoped that they will, in their present collected form, be alike conductive to the reputation of the orator and the best interests of society" (introduction). All four volumes are bound in matching three quarter tan leather over marbled paper covered boards with title and volume labels to spines. All have been rebacked and restored using the original spine leather. Despite the restoration, the spine leather is heavily cracked, chipped, browned, and worn; however, the bindings remain tight and secure. One of the four title labels is modern. The interiors are clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Bookplate of William Robert Bevan to front pastedowns of each volume. Volume I: 457 pages; Volume II: 494 pages; Volume III: 544 pages; Volume IV: 511 pages. ENG/040820. Very Good.
London: Printed by T.H. for Richard Chiswell, J. Churchill, 1679, 1683, 1715. Hardcover. Written by Scottish philosopher and historian Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715), this was considered to be the standard reference on this subject for over a century. The Parliament of England voted to formally thank Burnet after he published the first volume and he was later awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Oxford University. Three volumes bound in full black morocco with gilt decoration, raised bands, and title labels reading "Burnet's Historical Works" to spines. Gilt emblems reading "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (a French saying that translates to: "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it") to front and rear boards of all volumes. This was the motto of the Order of the Garter, which Burnet became the Chancellor of in 1689. He served as the Bishop of Salisbury for the order from 1689 to 1715. Gilt rules to boards and dentelles. Full gilt edges to all volumes. Long cracks to front and rear boards of first volume, but boards remain attached. Chipping and wear to spine ends, edges, hinges, spine bands, and corners of all volumes. Minor rubbing to boards and to gilt emblems. Bookplates of William Pochin, Barkly Hall, Leichester, Lynden Bonnie Evans, and Blanche Guthrie Miller to endpapers. Previous ownership stamp "Withrow" and name "Mary Guthrie Miller Naquin" in pen to front endpapers, dated 1966. Another previous owner's name in pen to top margin of title page of volume two. William Pochin (1731 - 1798) was a member of the English Parliament and held the office of sheriff of Leichester from 1756-7. Illustrated title page plus seven plates to first volume, illustrated title pages plus eight plates to second volume, five plates to supplement. Interiors are clean overall with occasional smudge marks and spots of soiling. Volume I: Progress Made in it during the Reign of K. Henry the VII, 368 pages; Volume II: of the Progress made in it till the Settlement of it in the beginning of Q. Elizabeth Reign, 416 pages; Volumes III: Supplement, 426 plus a table of records and papers. An oversized, heavy set that may require an extra shipping fee. REL/032119. Very Good.
London: James Woodman, 1722. Hardcover. One of 250 copies printed for subscribers. There is preface that includes "A Dissertation, wherein some Passages of these Memoirs are illustrated. With a Digression containing serveral curious Observations concerning the Antiquities of Ireland. Bound in contemporary brown leather with scuffing, small tears, and bumping. With gilt titling and ornaments to spine. The front cover is detached although holding slightly to a torn piece from the title page. Pages are aged, and there is offsetting from the text of one page onto another. This does not affect legibility of text. Small ownership signature to title page. Still a nice copy of this scarce 18th century title. Octavo. 259 pages. ENGHIST/040122. Very Good -.
London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858. Hardcover. From "The Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland During the Middle Ages" series. Ex-libris with library book plate to front paste down. Very good in maroon cloth black paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Wear to exterior includes rubbing to boards, bumping to corners and spine ends and some rippling to the cloth on the spine. Light damp stain to front board. Presentation slip tipped in at front. Interior is clean and bright. Index, 186 pages. English Monarchy. ENGMON20/062699. Very Good.
New York: John Lane Company, 1913. Hardcover. 8vo. Very good in grey cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on spine and front cover. Minor rubbing to front board, edges, and hinges. Top edge gilt. Light sporatic foxing throughout. Binding cracked but tight. 247pages , plus approximately 20 pages of ads. English History. ENG105310. Very Good.
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1962. Paperback. Includes laid in three page typed report with pencil annotations from a Conservative Agricultural Committee M.P's Fowl Pest Report meeting, which began in 1960 and wasn't "signed" until 1962. Bound in blue paper wrappers with black title to front cover and handwritten black title to spine panel. Minor wear to covers and previous owner's name to top of front cover. Some underlining in pencil to text. Includes two fold-out charts. 108 pages. ENG/091015. Very Good.
London: Jonathan Cape, (1953). Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in black cloth covered boards with silver title to spine. Interior is clean and bright. White and grey price clipped dust jacket with black and red title to front and spine panels. Browning to spine panel and top edge of front panel and minor soiling to dust jacket. Index, 224 pages. ENGHIS/070716. Near Fine / Very Good.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1884. Paperback. SCARCE. 8vo. Beige paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Wear to wrappers includes one closed tear to top half of front wrapper and one closed tear to bottom half of rear wrapper as well as a few chips to the edges and spine and writing in pencil to top corner of front wrapper. Small chips to corners of text block. Pages are brittle. Pencil marking to footnote on one page. Else is clean and bright. 32 pages. English History. ENGHIS/011818. Very Good.
New York: George H. Doran Company, (1926). Hardcover. SCARCE IN DUST JACKET. 8vo. Very good+ in maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends. Very light browning to front and rear free end pages. Else is pristine with color frontispiece. White illustrated dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor foxing, soiling and edgewear to dust jacket which is in a protective plastic sleeve. Index, 314 pages. ENGMON/011018. Very Good+ / Very Good.
London: J. Dodsley, 1785. Quite scarce. This is a dense and comprehensive listing of the men holding each of the peerages of England, Scotland, and Ireland at the time of publication, along with a history of their lineage. In addition to detailed information about the peers and their families, there are 86 pages showing the coats of arms for each peerage. Supplemented with an index and directory. Bound in later burgundy three quarter leather with red cloth covers and gilt title reading simply "Heraldry" to spine. Signs of handling but nice. Interior pages have occasional foxing, spotting, and offsetting but generally clean and legible. Page edges are untrimmed. Library stamp for Frederick College on title page but no other signs of ex-library. Very good condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. 428 pages. ENGHIS/030821.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1926. Hardcover. 8vo. Dark blue boards with gilt title to spine. Spine sun-faded with title difficult to read. Fading to portion of front board. Minor yellowing to edges of pages. Else is clean and bright. Tight binding. 396 pages. English History. ENG3/3122. Very Good.
Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1957. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth board with gilt title to spine. Bump to head of spine of book and jacket. Clean, tight interior. Beige dust jacket with blue title to spine and front panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket and a few smudge marks. 470 pages. ENG/072806. Very Good / Very Good.