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James MacPherson:
An Introduction to the History of Great Britain and Ireland: or, an Inquiry into the origin, religion, future state, character, manners, morality, amusements, persons, manner of life, houses, navigation, commerce, language, government, kings, general assemblies, courts of justice, and juries, of the Britons, Scots, Irish, and Anglo-Saxons.

London: for T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, 1772. Second edition, revised and greatly enlarged. [xii], 347, (i), [9] index, [3] adverts. Some toning, foxing or soiling to first and last few pages. Text very clean with occasional light spotting. The 'discoverer' of Ossian, speaking of himself, says in the preface: 'An enemy to fiction himself, he imposes none on the world. He advances nothing as fact without authorities; and his conjectures arise not so much from his own ingenuity, as from the proofs which the ancients have laid down before him.' Takes a great interest in the Irish versus the Scottish claims to be the originators of Celtic culture. Quarto, in a new craftsman binding of half brown calf with marbled boards, spine with five raised bands ruled gilt and two spine labels. A very handsome copy. Very Good in Fine binding.
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Pratt, John Tidd:
The Laws Relating to the Poor. Including the collections originally made by E. Bott, Esq and afterwards edited by F. Const, Esq. [Volume II only (of 2)]

London: Printed by A. Strahan... for Joseph Butterworth and Son, 1827. Sixth Edition. xvi, 797pp. Contents very good, with browning to endpapers. In full 19thC calf, marked with old scuffs, ruled in blind, with five raised bands and bright spine label: joints refurbished with Japanese tissue. Good firm bright copy, scarce in the original. Very Good.
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[Compiled by William Darton, rewritten by Ann and Jane Taylor and illustrated and engraved by Isaac Taylor, jr.]:
City Scenes, or a Peep into London. [Hand-coloured]

London: Harvey & Darton, 1828. 79pp, preceded by the decorative title page, and with the 84 illustrations (numbered to 87) on 28 plates, as called for. There are descriptions or explanations of each illustration, often cautionary, and with some verse, written for children. Title and plates in this copy are made greatly more characterful and attractive by having been hand-coloured (except illustrations 73-78). Many of the plates, though bright, are thumbed and soiled, with damage to a few corners. Pages generally clean, though a few have some minor soiling. 1887 gift inscription to front pastedown. New (yellow) free endpapers. In the original binding of brown cloth, rebacked and firm, with the original spine relaid; boards decorated with curlicues in blind, front also bears an armorial title in gilt: spine title rubbed. Very nice copy. Very Good.

Price: 480.00


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Turner, Dawson (Edited by):
Sketch of the History of Caister Castle, near Yarmouth; including Biographical Notices of Sir John Fastolfe and of Different Individuals of the Paston Family. [Association Copy] (Spine title: Historical Sketch of Caister Castle)

London: Whittaker and Co., / Nichols and Son, 1842. First edition. (iv), 144pp, with the fold-out Paston family tree and 12 heavily-foxed plates. Directions to the Binder tipped in at p.1. *** The verso of the half-title bears the armorial bookplate of the Shropshire Benthall family, on which is handwritten 'Francis Benthall Esq. FSA. 1841. Buckfast Abbey.' Benthall, whose 'magnificent assemblage of highly valuable and important books' was sold by Sotheby's in 1855, has, with brown ink and pencil, made very considerable additions to the printed Paston family tree, particularly in increasing the number of Sir William and Bridget (nee Heydon) Paston's offspring from two to nine, and adding several generations of their descent. Bound in at the front of the book are two MSS also in his own hand: a): a double page on which he has written out a 'Coppie of a Letter from the Lady Margaret, Mother to King Henry the seventh' concerning the Paston lands, together with a note concerning the 'forty nine... noble families having a share of Paston blood'; and b): a foldout family tree of 'The descent of the marriage of Sir Wm Paston... and Ann Beaufort...', which finds the connection to his own family, the Benthalls. *** Browning to a few pages, principally those adjacent to the plates, pages otherwise clean. Tall 8vo, 9 x 5.6 ins, in contemporary grained cloth ruled and decorated in blind with gilt spine title. Newish endpapers confirms impression of it having been refurbished in modern times. Scarce, and a clean, firm copy, with much additional material. Very Good.

Price: 175.00


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Illustrated London News. Vol. 4. Jan.1 to June 30, 1844.

London: William Little, 1844. Original edition. [iv], 428pp, including Index. Final two leaves (Index, Chronology of Remarkable Events, and Wood-Engraving supplement) bound in reverse order. p23/24 has some soiling and loss to the edges. 10 leaves have been removed, so the volume lacks p25/26, p31/32, p89/90, p229-236 (from April 13th), and p257-262 (from April 20th). Remaining contents in very good order, with minor soiling or foxing to a few pages. Stuffed with the detail of life and hundreds of illustrations. Folio, in the original binding of brown cloth decorated in blind and in gilt, and titled in gilt. Boards stained and worn: refurbished and rebacked, with the original spine laid down: gilt quite bright, bottom corner chipped. Good firm copy. VG-.
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'Poor Richard':
Poor Richard's Farmers' & Commercial Pocket Book for 1845.

London: W. Strange, 1844. Original printing. 32pp, illustrated with a guarded scenic frontis 'The Village' and numerous woodcuts, with much rustic fun in the lively headpieces for each month. With something of the character of an almanack, packed with informative text and advice: various tables, sundry articles, a section listing hundreds of Fairs and Markets in England and Wales, and another with Agricultural and Domestic Recipes. Also advertisements for various nostrums, including Poor Richard's Stomach Pills, capitalising on the name of Franklin's Poor Richard publications of the 18th Century. Discovered with only soiled blank leaves forming front and back: these have been bound in, and bear an early ownership name. Some staining to frontis: pages good. 16x10cms, all edges gilt. Conserved in a new binding of marbled boards with brown cloth spine and paper label. Extremely uncommon. Very Good.

Price: 95.00


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W. K . Haselden: The Daily Mirror:
Daily Mirror Reflections in War and Peace. Vol. XII. Being 100 Cartoons (and a few more) culled from the pages of the Daily Mirror.

London: Pictorial Newspaper Co. (1910), Ltd, [1919]. Original edition. [iv], 108pp. 20x15cms. Stapled paperback. Covers gone, spine largely missing, staples firm. Contents clean but slightly tanned; the very soiled title-page stands in for a front cover. "I always said it would be the last book of War Cartoons, and now it is" (from the Preface). A good slice of life and opinion: scarce. poor.

Price: 25.00


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Lady Kitty Vincent:
Good Manners.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, n.d. [1924]. First edition. 222pp. Some tanning to endpapers, page edges foxed, page surfaces clean and unmarked. 'Good Manners, says Lady Kitty Vincent, 'are the pneumatic tyres on the motor-car of life.' Firm, in the original binding of bright blue cloth titled in gilt. Spine bright, corners sharp, boards with some pale marks. In protected dust jacket, foxed and tanned, with some wear to edges. Nice copy of a title scarce in any edition. Very Good.

Price: 80.00


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Harry Furniss:
Paradise in Piccadilly: the story of Albany.

London: John Lane The Bodley Head, 1925. First edition. xiv, (ii), 229pp + [2] adverts. With illustrations from sketches by the author and from photographs. Some foxing, mostly to margins, obtrusive in places, and with a few spots to the fore-edge. In the original binding of textured grey cloth, spine titled in gilt, clean, bright and firm, with a few spots to spine: corners good, slight puckering to spine ends. Very Good.

Price: 40.00


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Charles Lucas:
The Fenman's World.

Norwich: Jarrold & Sons (Jarrolds), 1930. First edition. xvi, 223pp, illustrated with text drawings and photographs, including a portrait frontis. The author lived at Burwell all his life, being a Fen Commissioner and practising as a doctor. Contents generally clean and in good order, with mild foxing to the endpapers and a few minor soil marks in the text. In the original binding of pink cloth, front board ruled and titled in blind, spine titled in gilt. Cloth faded and marked, extremities bumped, but firm, and has a good character. Now a very scarce title. VG.

Price: 80.00


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Nicholls, Sir George, and (Vol III) Thomas Mackay:
A History of the English Poor Law: in connection with the State of the Country and the Condition of the People. [Three volume set]

Augustus M. Kelley, New York, 1967. Covering the period 924-1898. Facsimile reprint of the edition published in 1904 by P.S.King & Son, London, containing the 1898 revisions made by the author and a biography by H.G.Willink. The first two volumes were first published in 1854, and Mackay's supplement by Putnam's in 1900. Vol I: (iv), x, lxxviii, 384, (ii); Vol II: (iv), viii, 460pp; Vol III: (iv), xv, 617pp,(i). Contents fresh and unmarked, in the original green buckram with black lettering-pieces lettered in gilt: clean, fresh and sharp. Unblemished set. Near Fine.
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Parker, Tony:
The People Of Providence, A Housing Estate.

London: Hutchinson, 1983. First edition. 374pp. New unread copy. Contents fresh and clean. In the original blue cloth-textured binding titled in silver, clean, bright and firm, spine ends slightly blunted. In the unclipped pictorial dust jacket, very bright. Tony Parker's classic portrait of a South London High Rise estate, through the mouths of its residents. This copy from the author's estate, and with a tiny bit of foxing to the front endpaper and a little very faint foxing to the closed edges of the pages from long storage. Near Fine in fine dust-jacket.

Price: 25.00


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Kevin Doyle, editor:
Romany Routes: 39 of the first 40 issues: Vol 1, Nos 1-4; Vol 2, Nos 1, 2, & 4; Vol 3, Nos 1-8; Vol 4, Nos 1-8; Vol 5, Nos 1-8; Vol 6, Nos 1-8. Complete run December 1994 to September 2004, missing only Vol 2 No 3 (June 1996). Together with the Index to Volumes 1 & 2, and the Index to Volume 3.

South Chailey, East Sussex: R & TFHS / Romany & Traveller Family History Society, 1994 -2004. Clean, fresh copies, with hardly any signs of age or use. Near Fine.
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McDonald, John:
Production Efficiency In Domesday England, 1086. Routledge Explorations in Economic History.

London: Routledge 1998. First edition. xiv, 240pp, with charts and diagrams. Author's gift inscription on dedication page. Contents otherwise clean and fresh. Front pastedown has a thin ridge (binding fault). Uses data and management science to examine manorial production efficiency in medieval Essex in 1086 ..[revealing] unexpected facts about economic history. In the original smooth grey binding, clean, firm, and sharp. Near Fine.

Price: 68.00


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Bartlett, Peter and Wright, David:
Outside the Walls of the Asylum. The History of Care in the Community 1750-2000.

London: Athlone Press, 1999. First edition. xiv, 337pp. Contents clean, fresh and unmarked, appears unread. In original black textured binding with silver lettering on spine. Dust jacket equally fresh. As new. Fine in Fine dust-jacket.

Price: 40.00


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Ross McKibbin:
The Ideologies of Class: Social Relations in Britain 1880-1950.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2002. Reprint. xii, 308pp. Unread copy. Contents very fresh and clean. In red laminated pictorial hardcover binding, very bright, fresh and sharp. Lovely copy. Fine.

Price: 60.00


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Nicholas Redman, Anthony Stewart-Moore, Vicky Richards, Susan Millership, with photographs by Nick Danziger: Marriott International:
Grosvenor House: The Inheritance and the People.

London: James & James, 2009. First edition. 144pp, illustrated throughout, many in colour. Contents clean and unmarked. Square quarto, roughly ten inches square, in the original binding of grey boards, spine titled in silver. Upper extremities have been bumped and straightened; otherwise clean, firm and bright. In protected unclipped (unpriced) pictorial dust jacket, also with upper corners knocked: fresh and bright. Very Good+ in VG+ dust-jacket.
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