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[John Fry]:
The Impostor Detected and Convicted: or, The Principles and Practices of the Author of a Pamphlet lately published, on the Spirit of Patriotism, &c. set forth in a clear light; In a letter to a Member of Parliament in Town from his friend in the country.

London: printed for John Barnes at the London Gazette, 1749. Presumed first and only edition. [ii] (title page), (9-)50pp. Pamphlet. A response to Bolingbroke's Letters on the Spirit of Patriotism. The text starts at p.9, and there are no signs of prelims having been removed. One-inch chip from corner of title page. Pages otherwise good, sewing (which may be later) firm, 19.5x12.5cms, tipped into later plain olive paper covers, bearing the ownership name W.Rolleston in tiny handwriting. Extremely scarce. G+.

Price: 120.00


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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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Price: 600.00


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[Robert Forsyth]:
The Beauties of Scotland. [Complete in 5 volumes] Containing a clear and full account of the Agriculture, Commerce, Mines, and Manufactures; of the Population, Cities, Towns, Villages, &c. of each county.

Edinburgh and London: Thomson Bonar; John Brown; Vernor & Hood; Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme; et al, 1805. First edition. More than 2,700 pages in total, with c.100 plates, each volume with an additional engraved title, and Volume I with a folding coloured map. Contents mostly very clean and bright. There is some soiling to the prelims of Vol I, but very little elsewhere. A few plates have very pale tidemarks. Vol III has old worm holes to the top margin of many pages, only invading and losing a little text between pages 235 and 294 (see photo). All edges marbled. In new half bindings of green Victorian cloth with marbled boards, with printed paper spine labels. A very attractive set. Near Fine.

Price: 650.00


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Blomfield, Rev. E.:
A General View of the World, Geographical, Historical and Philosophical; on a plan entirely new. Complete in two volumes.

Bungay: C. Brightly and T. Kinnersley, 1807. First edition. Vol I: v, (i), 254, 827; Vol II: [ii], 695, (i), [28] (index). All plates and maps (some folding) present except the map of 'Turkey in Europe and Hungary', referred to in a Note at the end of the list of plates. 1813 gilt bookplate to pastedown of vol ii, and mark to pastedown of vol i where the other has been removed. Contents generally clean, with tide stains in places and occasional groups of pages with some browning/foxing. Quarto, in contemporary full calf, spine with five raised bands and the original labels. Firm, corners bumped, an attractively weathered set. Very Good.
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Price: 560.00


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The Rev. William Bawdwen:
Dom Boc. A Translation of the Record called Domesday, so far as relates to the County of York, including also Amounderness, Lonsdale, and Furness, in Lancashire; and such parts of Westmoreland and Cumberland as are contained in the survey. Also the counties of Derby, Nottingham, Rutland and Lincoln, with an Introduction, Glossary, & Indexes.

Doncaster: printed by W. Sheardown, 1809. First edition. iv, 31, 628, 61 (glossary and indeces), [iii] errata and prospectus for his series. Large-paper copy, 280x220mm. Contents very clean and largely unopened. With the armorial bookplate of Telford to the pastedown. In the publishers' boards, recently re-covered in blue-grey paper with a pale cream paper-covered spine with label. A very nice copy. Very Good+.
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Price: 150.00


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Hearne, Thomas, transcribed by:
Peter Langtoft's Chronicle (as illustrated and improv'd by Robert of Brunne) from the death of Cadwalader to the end of K.Edward the First's Reign. Complete in 2 Vols, constituting Vols III & IV of the Works of Thomas Hearne. Including also: [1] A roll concerning Glastonbury Abbey, being a survey of all the estates belonging to that house at the dissolution, taken by King Hen. the Eighth's order and for his use. [2] An account of the hospital of St. Mary Magdalen near Scroby in Nottinghamshire, by John Slacke, master of that hospital. [3] Two tracts by an anonymous author ; the first relating to Conquest in Somersetshire, the second concerning Stone-henge.

[London]: [Bagster], 1810. Reprint of the 1725 first edition. ccxxvi, 230; (231-) 714, 4. Endpapers bear an early name stamp and slight staining and marks. Publishers' foxed advertisement slip printed in red and dated 1810 tipped in at title page. Slight toning to pages and soiling to uncut edges. In contemporary paper-covered boards, rubbed, marked, edges scuffed and heavily eroded at the corners, with later greenish brown cloth spine and label. Firm, opens well. VG.
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Price: 160.00


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Patrick Colquhoun:
A Treatise on the Wealth, Power, and Resources of the British Empire in every Quarter of the World, including the East Indies: The Rise and Progress of the Funding System Explained; With Observations on the National Resources for the beneficial Employment of a redundant Population, and for rewarding the Military and Naval Officers, Soldiers, and Seamen, for their Services to their Country during the late War. Illustrated by copious statistical tables, constructed on a new plan, and exhibiting a collected view of the different subjects discussed in this work

London: Joseph Mawman, 1814. First edition. xii, 451, (1), 91. A wonderful conspectus, packed with tables and argument. Curved impressions to first and last few pages as if from a former weight, pages in any case slightly cockled, and with occasional minor foxing. Contents otherwise clean. Large quarto, 12.5 x 10 ins, all edges uncut and hitherto unbound, now in a new quarter binding of blue paper-covered boards with a cream paper-covered spine with printed label. A very nicely conserved virgin first printing of Colquhoun's famous work. Very Good+.
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Price: 540.00


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Views in London : Consisting of the most Remarkable Buildings with an Historical Description of each. 'Copper Plate Edition'

London: R. Miller, n.d. [1820? / 1830?] First edition. (4), 26 leaves printed recto, + 12pp 'catalogue of books and fancy articles'. Prelims consist of engraved title, a blank, an account of London, and a map. Each of the 26 engravings comprises the illustration of a building and its accompanying description. Title page heavily foxed, and some foxing to plates. 12mo, 5.5 x 3.6ins, in contemporary marbled boards, quite scuffed, with a recent spine in green calf, ruled and titled in gilt, quite pretty. Very Good.

Price: 105.00


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[ British Parliament: ]
[ Parliamentary Papers, 1822: ] VOL. XXI. Accounts and Papers (2.) relating to: The Bank of England, The Bank of Scotland, and Country Banks; Corn, Grain, Malt, Beer, Distilleries, and Spirits; Courts of Law; Extents in Aid; Public Works; British Museum; Vaccine; & c. Session 5 February to 6 August, 1822.

[London:] 1822. (ii), 638pp: many pages folding, with tables. All entries in contents pages (1-4) ticked with blue crayon: very occasional pencilled notes in text. One page edge frayed where left protruding, and pp37-50 knocked to the edge, with a small tear. Contents otherwise in very fresh order. A compendium of disparate reports for the period in question, providing immensely detailed facts and figures, treating variously of a Refuge for the Destitute, the Middlesex Militia, Sewers, Tobacco and Snuff, Printing at the Universities, and many other institutions and commodities. Small folio, firm in contemporary marbled boards with later spine of green cloth. Both boards bear a large crimson leather label stamped in gold 'Audit Office', with the royal arms. Labels bright but scuffed, boards eroded at corners, and the upper stamped in blind 'The British Library of Political and Economic Science', whose small stamp is also on the title page. Spine tough, ruled in gilt, knocked at the base. Very Good.
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Price: 150.00


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[C. Dinmore]:
A Correct Copy of all the Addresses, Squibs, Songs, Poetry, &c. which appeared during the late Contested Election for a Burgess to serve in Parliament for the Borough of King's Lynn in the County of Norfolk.

Lynn Regis [Norfolk], Printed for and Published by C. Dinmore, 1822. First edition. [ii], iv, 108pp, plus the guarded foldout woodcut frontis, 'Don't I look spruce on my Neddy?', and includes ten pages listing the voters and how they voted taken from the Poll Book. Furious mudslinging and some violence in the people's campaign to avoid having a placeman foisted on them: it failed (see the online History of Parliament). Print bold and pages good, though with foxing throughout and some browning. 1cm loss to corner of foldout. 12mo, c.18x12cms, in the original blue publishers' boards with new cream spine and label. Rare. Good copy. Very Good.

Price: 280.00


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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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Price: 140.00


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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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[compiled by Peter Cunningham:]
The Songs of England and Scotland. [complete in 2 Vols]

London: James Cochrane, 1835. First edition. Vol I (songs of England and Ireland): (iv), xxxix, 313pp, [2] adverts; Vol II (songs of Scotland): (iv), (ii), xxxviii, 362pp. (Lyrics only, no music.) Some slight tanning and light occasional soiling to text in Vol II, Vol I text clean. Vol II has a half-title. Each vol has a frontis and an engraved title. These are foxed in Vol I, and are soiled in Vol II, with damage to both the engraved and the printed title pages (resulting in a hole to the former), where crude efforts have been made to scratch out 'Vol II', presumably to pass the odd vol as being complete. c18x11.5cms, in the original bindings of green cloth, rebacked, with the original spines, lettered and decorated in gilt, laid down. Binding matched except that Vol II is 2 or 3 mm wider and taller than Vol I. Bindings are firm, clean, and slightly knocked. VG.

Price: 55.00


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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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edited by Hudson and Nicholson; [William Wordsworth, Rev. Professor Sidgwick]:
A Complete Guide to the Lakes: comprising Minute Directions for the Tourist, with Mr. Wordsworth's description of the Scenery of the Country, &c. and three letters upon the Geology of the Lake District, by the Rev. Professor Sedgwick.

Kendal: Hudson and Nicholson; also London: Longman; Whittaker; 1842. First edition. vii, [i], viii, 134; [ii], 82; 55; plus nine engravings with guards, of which four are scenes, one a plan, and the other four are cross-sections of terrain. The foldout hand-coloured map at the back is in very good clean condition. Neat early ownership name to front free endpaper. Light foxing affecting the plates, and some page edges. Firm, in the original dark green ribbed cloth binding decorated in blind and titled in gilt. A very attractive copy. Very Good+.

Price: 480.00


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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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Sheldon, Frederick:
History of Berwick-upon-Tweed; Being a Concise Description of that Ancient Borough, from its Origin down to the Present Time, to which are added Notices of Tweedmouth, Spittal, Norham, Holy Island, Coldingham, etc.

Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black; London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longman; and Berwick: John Wilson: 1849. First edition. xx, 438, (i)[errata]; with 6 plates, 5 of which are 2-page. Text generally very clean, plates have varying degrees of foxing. Large 8vo, firm, in faded original green cloth with gilt title. Slight wear to corners and spine ends. Good copy of the original edition. Very Good.

Price: 95.00


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J.T. Blight:
Churches of West Cornwall; with notes of Antiquities of the District.

Oxford and London: John Henry and James Parker, 1865. First edition. iv, 154, [errata], 8 (adverts). Richly illustrated with the author's wood engravings. Pages clean. An early ownership name and a later one on the blank facing the title page. With the original brown endpapers (rear endpapers split at the gutter), in the original brown cloth, ruled in blind, spine titled and ruled in gilt. Spine ends fraying slightly, with a couple of small punctures to the joints, and corners blunted. Clean and firm: a very nice copy of the first edition. Very Good.

Price: 70.00


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Nowlukka:
Waifs and Strays. (Poems)

Simla: printed at the Station Press, 1867. First edition. [vi], ii, 116. Light verse from the Raj, including narratives of expat life, from the era which gave us Lewis Carroll and W.S.Gilbert. Text within ruled borders throughout. Many pages have some foxing or soiling. One or two lines amended in ink, presumably by the author: although plainly a man, he is nowhere identified. With yellow endpapers (new at the front), and all edges gilt. 8.5 x 5.5 ins, in contemporary crimson morocco with five raised bands, with gilt border decoration and dentelles. Bright and firm, if rather mottled. Very Good.

Price: 120.00


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