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Compiled from authentic sources by G. Thompson:
The Lives of Notorious and Daring Highwaymen and Robbers. aka (spine title): Lives of the Celebrated Highwaymen and Robbers.

London: J.S. Pratt, 1844. Early reprint. 318pp +[2] index; with a frontis. Tales of the (generally unpleasant) doings of Dick Turpin and 26 others. Contents firm and in very good order: unmarked, with some toning of the pages, and a little light soiling, mostly at the title page and frontis. Small format, 16mo (12.9x7.8cms), in the original brown cloth decorated in blind, spine titled in gilt. A very nice bright firm clean copy. Very Good.

Price: £140.00


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Rev Edward Parry:
Memoirs of Rear-Admiral Sir W. Edward Parry, Kt.

London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863. Eighth Edition. xvi, 365pp, +32 adverts (dated 1864), and with the guarded frontis portrait and the map of the North West Passage, outlined in colour. Contents very clean. Original brown endpapers with 1867 gift inscription to the ffep. In the original binding of navy cloth patterned in blind: gilt spine title rather dulled and faint marks to boards. All firm, spine ends and joints professionally refurbished. A very good sound copy. Very Good.

Price: £60.00


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Sydney H. Shadbolt:
The Afghan Campaigns of 1878-1880, compiled from official and private sources. Complete in two volumes: Historical Division, and Biographical Division.

London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Riviington, 1882. First edition. [vi], 352pp, with the six maps (one folding) and a frontis portrait photograph of General Roberts; [40], 274pp: the biographies preceded by 140 oval woodburytype portrait photographs mounted on 10 page-openings. Contents of both volumes very clean, a few pages having slight spotting to the edges. In the Historical volume, the edge of the frontis has been made good, and the single-page maps have some foxing to the edges; and in the Biographical volume there is a lightly-pencilled military ownership name to the half-title, and some foxing at the first text page. Large quarto, all edges gilt, in the original bindings of green cloth over bevelled boards, titled in gilt, rebacked in the mid-20thC: bright, with minor marks. A firm and very handsome set. Very Good+.
[EXTRA Heavy Item]

Price: £1,400.00


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Anon:
A Hero-Poet. [biography of Theodor Körner]

London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge / SPCK / S.P.C.K., nd [1885]. First or early edition. 80pp +8p adverts, plus a frontis. No sign of the title page. Contents clean. 1891 prize inscription to front free endpaper. Lacks rear endpaper: final page tanned. 17x12cm, in the original binding of decorative blue-green cloth. Firm, a little dulled and soiled. G-.

Price: £30.00


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Strachey, Ray:
A Quaker Grandmother: Hannah Whitall Smith.

New York, etc: Fleming H. Revell Company, 'copyright 1914'. First or early edition. 144pp, with a guarded photo frontis. A coloured illustration of an old cottage neatly fixed on front pastedown with a carefully written gift inscription: contents otherwise very fresh and clean. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. In the original binding of quarter green cloth with mottled grey boards, titled in gilt to front and spine: with a couple of tiny marks to spine, and ends crimped: firm and clean, gilt bright, corners good: a very nice copy. Very Good+.

Price: £75.00


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R.E. Crompton:
Reminiscences.

London: Constable, 1928. First edition. xiv, [ii], 238, illustrated with photographs. Erratum slip pasted in at p.1. Previous owner has neatly written on the front pastedown his account of trying for five years to obtain a copy. He has also attached a xeroxed inscription by the author below the frontis portrait. Contents clean and in very good order. In the original binding of dark green grained cloth, spine titled in gilt. Firm and clean, with faint marks, corners blunted, spine ends professionally refurbished. Engrossing: Crompton was a great electrical and mechanical engineer. A good copy. Very Good.

Price: £45.00


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I Lost My Memory: The case as the patient saw it.

London: Faber and Faber, 1932. First edition. 305pp, with a coloured chart frontis. Pages very clean and unmarked. Neat small 1943 gift inscription to front endpaper. Firm and clean in the original binding of brown cloth. Upper corner bumped. Nice copy of a scarce title. [First-person account by a man who discovered himself wandering remembering nothing of the preceding 20 years. The return to a family he was told was his was quickly effected, but it took much patient work to eventually bring him back to himself. Includes a preface by the doctor who helped bring him through.] Very Good.

Price: £120.00


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Lieck, Albert:
Narrow Waters. The first volume of the life and thoughts of a common man.

London: William Hodge, 1937. Second edition. (viii), 305pp. Dedicated to all who are neither good nor great. Lieck wrote mostly on legal matters, but in this congenial book he admits all topics. Contents clean and unmarked. In the original binding of undressed grey and blue cloth. Slight browning to spine and edges. Decent copy: now very scarce. VG.

Price: £70.00


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Patrick A. McEvoy: illustrated by Christopher C. McEvoy:
The Gorse and the Briar.

London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1938. First edition. 288pp, plus the 8 plates. Contents clean with very minor signs of use. Faint foxing to half title and final text page. Heartfelt first person tale of gypsy life. In the original binding of green cloth titled in black, firm and bright, with a few small marks and indentations to the lower board. Spine ends puckered. A very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: £45.00


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A Victorian Child: [Alethea]:
Four to Fourteen. [The diary of Alethea, a Victorian Child].

London: Robert Hale, 1939. First edition. 157pp, illustrated with two photographs. Contents clean. Bottom edges of some pages untrimmed. Yellow endpapers. Neat ownership name to front fly. Pastedowns stained pink - apparently an effect of the glue. In the original binding of pale pink cloth, spine titled in blue and silver: slightly darkened and bumped. In the protected chipped and torn unclipped dust jacket with internal repairs: pictorial front panel almost complete. A child's tender and direct account of her days: 'With the occasional bright and happy interludes in her life, is contrasted a murk of petty tyranny and injustice.' Not a great copy, but a scarce title. VG in poor dust-jacket.

Price: £60.00


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Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield:
It Might Happen Again: being the second volume of The Navy and Defence: the Autobiography of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield.

London: Heinemann, 1947. First edition. xiv, 222pp, with a frontis and other illustrations. Contents very clean. In the original binding of purple cloth titled in gilt, firm, bright, and clean, corners sharp. In the protected unclipped white dust jacket: some soiling (including a few ink spots), scuffs to the edges, and a little fraying to head of spine. A very nice copy. VG+ in good dust-jacket.

Price: £110.00


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Michael Pearson:
The Millionaire Mentality.

London: Secker and Warburg, 1961. First edition. 218pp. Contents clean and unmarked. In the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in silver, clean, firm and bright, corners sharp, with slight sunning to top edge of spine. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, fraying slightly at the edges, with a closed tear and a small chip to bottom of front panel. A good copy. ['What are the qualities of mind and character required to build a fortune from nothing - and how can they be cultivated?...Pearson has interviewed and studied the careers of dozens of self-made millionaires..'] VG+ in G dust-jacket.

Price: £25.00


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Jackson, Robert:
Coroner: The Biography of Sir Bentley Purchase.

London: Harrap, 1963. First edition. 319pp, illustrated with photographs. 1964 ownership name on front free endpaper. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. In the original green cloth-textured binding, spine titled in gilt on black: clean, bright and firm, with base of spine and front bottom corner slightly blunted. Slight sunning to head of spine where jacket chipped. In the protected unclipped dustwrapper, very bright to front and spine, with 1cm chip to head of spine by head of lower joint. Lower panel rather soiled. Scuffs to corners and small soil mark to front. Nice copy. Very Good in VG dust-jacket.

Price: £55.00


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Yi Pangja [Princess Masako]: translated by Kim Sukkyu, edited by Joan Rutt: with jacket notes by Edward B. Adams:
The World is One: Yi Pangja's autobiography.

Seoul & Los Angeles: Taewon Publishing Co., 1973. First English edition. 220pp, illustrated with photographs. The story of the Japanese Princess who was betrothed at an early age to a Korean Prince, but who, following the death of her son, dedicated herself to social work in Korea. Front free endpaper bears a gift inscription from the Editor. Contents very clean. In the original binding of tan cloth, spine titled in red and metallic blue, clean, bright and firm, corners sharp, small angled ridges to spine cloth. In the protected pictorial dust jacket: light fraying or wear to some edges, the spine has angled ridges corresponding with those of the cloth, and there is a small chip to the foot. Inner edge of front panel sunned. A good copy. VG in G dust-jacket.

Price: £35.00


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Werner Herzog:
Of Walking in Ice.

London: Cape, 1991. First UK edition. 88pp. Contents very fresh, appears unread. Softcover in plain card covers with unclipped glossy pictorial jacket. Bright, sharp and fresh, as new. Fine in fine dust-jacket.

Price: £30.00


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F.L. Cramer, writing as 'Con Script':
War is Never a Bore.

Apparently self-published, [c.1995]. Presumed only edition. 237pp, plus a frontis portrait and 4 pages of photographs. Verso of the half-title inscribed by the author to his niece, appended 'A.W.O.L.' Author writing from memory of his infantry experiences in WW2. Pages clean, book slightly buckled. Paperback, 20.5x14.5cms: covers creased and very rubbed, spine foot scuffed. Two-inch split to head of lower joint. Rare. Worn.

Price: £45.00


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St Edward's School Leavers Book 1998. [St Edward's School, Oxford]

[Oxford]. 1998. A4, c.30pp, printed recto, with white card covers and in plastic spine binder. The scurrilous lowdown on about 120 teenagers, with photos of most of them, almost every entry actionable: but they look a happy lot. The 'Foreword' on the front cover reads: 'I wonder what you will be doing in the year 2020. I hope you will be happy, fulfilled and think well of your schooling and don't forget the appeal in 2030. DC'; 'St Edward's Prison' spoof photo on back cover. Very fresh copy. Near Fine.

Price: £25.00


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Robert Leeson:
A. W. H. Phillips: Collected Works in Contemporary Perspective.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. First edition. xviii, 515, illustrated with diagrams and a portrait frontis. Very fresh and unmarked, inside and out, in as new condition. In the original black cloth-textured binding, spine titled in silver, in the protected pictorial dust jacket. Wonderful book. Fine in fine dust-jacket.

Price: £60.00


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Gabrielle McDonald:
The Man with Nine Lives.

Lewes, Sussex: The Book Guild Ltd., 2005. First edition. xvii, 275pp, plus 8pp of photos. The story of WW2 pilot Geoffrey Rothwell, DFC & Bar, Order of Leopold II & Palme, Croix de Guerre 1940 & Palme. An entirely fresh and unmarked copy, in the original maroon cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, clean, firm and bright, corners sharp. In the unclipped pictorial dust jacket, crisp and bright, very slightly knocked to head of spine. Scarce title. Fine in fine dust-jacket.

Price: £40.00


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Brokensha, David:
Brokie's Way: An Anthropologist's Story: Love and Work in Three Continents. [Inscribed by author]

Fish Hoek, South Africa: Amani Press, 2007. First edition. x, 566pp, printed on glossy paper and illustrated in colour and monochrome. Half-title inscribed by author. Contents otherwise clean and unmarked. Fairly large format paperback (22 x 15 cms), with pictorial covers. There are small knocks at the ends of the upper joint, and a 4cms tear to the top end of the hinge: this has been made good with archival tape to discourage it from extending. Otherwise a very fresh clean firm copy. Very Good+.
[Heavy Item]

Price: £50.00


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