London: His Majesty's Staionery Office, 1949. Paperback. Off-white side stapled paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Penned ownership signature of Arnold Plant dated 26 Jan 1949 to front cover. Minor browning to margins and edges of wrappers, but clean overall. 82 pages. ENG/040820. 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. Size: Small 8vo. 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.
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.
London: Paul Elek, 1966. Hardcover. With 24 colour plates, reproduced using 6 color lithography, from original 18th and 19th century engravings, prints, and paintings. Also includes 96 pages with 196 duotone illustrations for a total of 144 pages. Oblong folio bound in turquoise cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt emblem to front board. Minor sunning to edges of boards and wear to edges. Clean, bright interior. In full color illustrated dust jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panels. Wear to edges of jacket including a few tears, one repaired with tape. Minor sunning to jacket. Jacket is now protected in an archival cover. This may require extra shipping fee due to large size. ENG/072821. Very Good / Very Good.
London: various, various. Hardcover. Volume 1: For the Year 1758, the seventh edition, London: J. Dodsley, n.d.Volume 2: For the Year 1759, the eighth edition, London:Otridge and Son; R. Faulder, etc.; 1802 Volume 3: For the Year 1760, the ninth edition, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. 1811 Volume 4: For the Year 1761, London: W. Otridge and Son, R. Faulder, etc. n.d. Volume 5: For the Year 1762, the fifth edition, London: J. Dodsley, 1787 These are later editions of the first five volumes of Edmond Burke's ambitious publication that ran from 1759-1824, designed as a summary of chief events of each year. It was called "the most valuable record and chronicle of historical and political events for over a hundred years" [Sabin]. Most notable in these volumes are the lengthy contemporaneous accounts of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). Each year had standard sections, such as the war events, State papers, Chronicles and Book Reviews. But each year had sections that were relevant to that year but not necessarily others, such as "Remarkable Characters," or "Extraordinary Adventures." The Adventures section in the 1758 volume has an indeed extraordinary first person account of an Englishman imprisoned in the heinous Black Hole of Calcutta. Another highlight is the 1762 volume, which has detailed and fascinating descriptions of the coronation of King George III and of his marriage to Princess then Queen Charlotte, complete with order of procession, attendees and attendants, attire of the King and Queen, banquet menus, and more. The volumes are bound uniformly in brown three quarter leather with brown and black marbled paper boards. Marbled paper edges. The volumes are in very good condition, with some bumping and chipping to some of leather, and scuffing to the marbled paper boards of volumes 4 and 5. Interiors are also in very good condition. Light foxing to pastedowns and free endpapers, creasing to several page edges in volumes 1 and 4. Volume 1: 495 pages + contents list; Volume 2: 494 pages + contents list; Volume 3: 271 + 260 pages + contents list; Volume 4: 304 + 316 pages +contents list; Volume 5: 267 + 259 + contents list. Very Good.
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.
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: W. Rawlins, S. Roycroft and H. Sawbridge, assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, 1683. Hardcover. The third impression, carefully corrected, with the addition of many thousand of references never before printed. George Croke (1560-1642) began reporting law cases in 1581, and is mentioned as an advocate in his own reports in 1588. He established a lucrative practice and built up estates in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Croke’s law reports, published after his death in a translation from the law French by Harbottle Grimston his son-in-law, soon occupied a considerable place in the authoritative literature of the common law. The 12 active years which he spent on the King’s bench coincided with some of the great constitutional cases of the century. This is the last of three volumes that covered the reigns of Elizabeth I, James VI, and Charles I. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is rubbed, chipped, and bumped. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers. Early ownership signatures on front pastedown. Title page is torn along the right margin and all pages have aging to margins. Still very good. Quarto volume. 610 pages plus two tables of cases and of abstracts of matters and points of law. LAW/041412. 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.
Edinburgh and London: James Hogg and R. Groomridge & Sons, 1857. Hardcover. Uncommon. In his introduction the author writes: "What is the justifying purpose of this pamphlet at this moment: Its purpose is to diffuse amongst...the middle classes, whose daily occupations leave them small leisure for direct personal inquires, some sufficient materials for appreciating the justice of our British pretensions and attitude in our coming war with China." De Quincey continues throughout to revile the Chinese and to justify again and again the rectitude of England's conducting war against them. Bound in three quarter red leather with red and blue marbled boards. Spine with six compartments with leather title label. Leather worn and scuffed along corners and spine joint. All edges decorated. Bookplate apparently removed from front pastedown. Interior pages clean and bright. Very good condition. Measures 5.25 x 8.25 inches. 152 pages. ENGHIS/022621. 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.
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.
London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1877. Hardcover. This is the most famous work by English historian and biographer, James Anthony Froude (1818 - 1894). Originally intending to be a clergyman, Froude ultimately turned from this career after publishing a novel that questioned the Christian faith. Very good in three-quarter tan leather over marbled paper boards with leather title and volume labels to spines. Gilt decoration to spines. Minor wear to edges, corners, and spine ends of all volumes. Occasional pulls and small chips to leather. Marbled endpapers and marbled edges. Clean, bright interiors overall with occasional spots of foxing and soiling. Tight bindings. An attractive set despite noted condition issues. Each volume is about 600 pages. This set may require an additional shipping fee. ENG/021519. Very Good.
New York: Union Theological Seminary, 1927. Hardcover. 8vo. 1501 - 1700. First Edition. An excellent reference on theology and English history. Each volume is well organized with bibliographical entries listed by date and author. Beige cloth boards with black titles to spines. Slight browning to spines. Small black mark to spine of volume IV. All volumes have clean, bright interiors. Laid-in bookplates of H.P. Kraus to several volumes. Volume I has 562 pages; Volume II has 802 pages; Volume III has 827 pages; Volume IV has 643 pages; Volume V has 682 pages. BOB/072007 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Near Fine.
London: Macmillan and Co., 1874. Hardcover. First Edition. The rare first edition of a key work in British history. Includes a time line, genealogical tables, and five maps of which four are printed in color. John Richard Green (1837-1883) was an English clergyman who left the church and turned to history. This work assured his place as a major writer of history. The book was intended for a popular audience and was very successful, leading to subsequent expanded editions. Very good in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to corners, light rubbing to boards, and slight crease to rear board. This book has been expertly recased using all original materials. The interior has a few light spots of foxing throughout and spots of browning to the end pages. One inch stain from tape remnant on ffe. With the bookplate of Thomas Brooke. Housed in a fine brown cloth slipcase with leather and gilt title label to spine. Index, 847 pages. ENG/052110. Very Good.