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Webster, Richard:
The Secret of Bryn Estyn: The making of a modern witch hunt.

Oxford: The Orwell Press, 2005. First edition. xx, 722pp: with maps and a few pages of illustrations. New copy: contents completely fresh and unmarked, in the original black cloth-textured binding titled in gilt, and with the unclipped pictorial dustjacket. ********* A landmark study, rigorous, brave, and compassionate, which brought to light and detailed the terrible miscarriages of justice which have ensued from the hunt for paedophiles in children's homes across the UK, and examines the social and psychological background to the phenomenon. ['The gulf between the official version of events and the version uncovered by Webster's investigation is so wide as to be incredible. So urgent is our need to rid the world of anyone who might conceivably be a paedophile, that the requirement for evidence has all but disappeared. His book is about the consequences for individuals and society when a large number of false allegations encouraged and borne forward by a wave of moral outrage are taken to be true and ratified by the courts. It takes a book like Webster's to force us to think what has become the unthinkable: that not every residential care worker is a paedophile just waiting to get caught.' (a collage of quotes, without permission, from Gerald Haigh of the TES, Jennie Bristow of Spiked, and the author.)] More copies available. For further information visit Richard Webster's website. ********* Fine in fine dust-jacket.
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Edw. Coke:
Second Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England:

London: M. Flesher, and R. Young, for E.D.R.M. w. L. and D.P., 1642. First edition. [x], 746, [1]. Lacks portrait and index. 1st state, with p.28-9 misnumbered. Contents very clean. Extensive contemporary notes at ends. '2' (ie - 2nd part) inked in an early hand to closed fore-edge. Quarto, 31x20cms, in contemporary full calf with raised bands, borders and compartments ruled. Firm, label gone, corners bumped, has had a little discreet professional refurbishment to head of spine. A very nice copy. [Third Part also available]. Very Good.
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Price: 1,200.00


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Edw. Coke:
Third Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England:

London: M.Flesher, for W.Lee & D.Pakeman, 1644. First edition. [xii], 243, (i), [2] Epilogue. Lacks portrait. Pages cockled but very clean. Extensive contemporary notes at ends. '3' (ie - 3rd part) inked in an early hand to closed fore-edge. Quarto, 29x19cms, in contemporary full calf with four raised bands, borders and compartments ruled. Firm, label gone, upper joint professionally repaired, boards slightly bowed. A very nice copy. [Second Part also available]. Very Good.

Price: 1,600.00


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R.G. [Robert Gardiner]:
Instructor Clericalis. Part IV. Being a continuance of Bars and other Pleadings from the Third Part.

London: Printed by E. Nutt for John Walthoe and Tho Bever, 1717. The second edition. [iv], xvi, 483pp. Latin passages done in black-letter. Pages tanned, but otherwise unmarked. In a recent fine quarter binding of black calf with five raised bands ruled in gilt, with marbled boards. Very nice copy. Contents VG, binding Fine.

Price: 340.00


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George Theodore Wilkinson:
The Newgate Calendar Improved; being Interesting Memoirs of Notorious Characters, who have been convicted of Offences against the Laws of England... Vol. IV. [Volume 4].

London: Thomas Kelly, n.d. (c.1820). First or early edition. [ii], 516, [2] (index): with 8 plates. Contents clean (margin of p.441 soiled, and a few pages are slightly tanned or have some slight soiling). Firm, in a later half binding of diagonally-grained brown calf using the original marbled boards. The boards are rubbed and patinised, the spine is titled in gilt. Very nice copy. VG+.

Price: 90.00


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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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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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[James Grant]:
The Bench and the Bar: complete in 2 vols.

London: Henry Colburn, 1837. First edition. viii, 315, (i), 4 adverts; vi, 308, 4 adverts. Anecdotes and biographies of many legal figures. Bound without half-titles. Contents clean and unmarked: faint browning to edges of title pages and a few other pages from leather corners. 8vo, in al 20thC half calf binding with blue morocco boards, spines labelled with raised bands. Very nice little set. Near Fine.

Price: 120.00


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Professor John Hugh Wyttenbach (from the German of), edited under the direction of Dawson Turner:
The Stranger's Guide to the Roman Antiquities of the City of Treves. [present-day Trier]. PLUS: ALs: letters from Wyttenbach tipped in. To which are added, plates from unpublished drawings, and other illustrations.

London: John W. Parker, 1839. First English edition. viii, 143, (i), +16 adverts. With 10 plates, and a number of vignettes in the text. Tipped in at the front are two items of correspondence (in German) from Wyttenbach to the antiquarian James Yates: An 1837 note, thanking him for his learned works; and an 1839 letter, barely legible, with Yates' interlinear transcription (which I struggle to interpret). Both are accompanied by part of the envelopes addressed to Yates in which they came, the second still bearing its seal. At page 60, are also tipped in two illustrations which echo the type of arch illustrated in the facing plate and vignette: one, a loose sketch in brown ink, and the other a finely-done ink drawing(?) - apparently taken from the view in the vignette. Besides these, there is a note in Yates' hand at the foot of p.58, and a reference to another work on Trier on the first blank leaf. Contents very clean. 22.5x14cms, with the original yellow endpapers, in the original binding of green cloth, ruled and decorated in blind, spine titled in gilt. Gilt a little dulled, spine caps refurbished. A clean, firm and very nice association copy. Very Good+.

Price: 425.00


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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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The Terrific Record; and Chronicle of Remarkable and Interesting Events, &c. [No.1 through to No. 49, bound.]

London: W. Winn, later William Cross, later E. Steill, 1849 - 1850. 784pp, preceded by two full-page illustrations. A 16-page weekly compendium of sensational and supposedly true tales, the front page of each issue carrying a vivid woodcut illustration and a list of contents. The first issue being dated February 10th 1849, the (undated) last issue or so would have been 1850: appearing thus to correspond to the copy at Oxford, and likely constituting the complete run. Paper a little friable, with occasional small chips, and some tears repaired with archival tissue. Contents good, with some tanning, foxing, and soiling thoughout, and a stain at 590-591 where a fragment of the original leather spine was laid in. In a recent quarter binding of russet buckram with yellow cloth boards, spine titled in gilt. [While the most characteristic titles are the lurid: 'Dreadful Sufferings of Three Officers among Savages', 'Horrible Punishment of Russian Pirates', 'Shocking Death of Mr Wombwell by an Elephant', there is plenty of other material, including accounts of foreign customs, travellers' hardships, family troubles, tales from history, and the behaviour of fearful creatures.] Contents VG, binding fine.

Price: 240.00


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Lieut.-Colonel A. Cotton:
Public Works in India: their Importance. With Suggestions for their Extension and Improvement.

London: Wm. H. Allen & Co., 1854. First edition. [iv], 295pp. Contents very clean, with slight soiling to first 4 pages. 20x12.5cms, in the original binding of russet brown cloth, decorated in blind and titled in gilt, rebacked with the original spine laid down. Rubbed and soiled, with an effect of patina. Appears principally to be a detailed argument for judicious expenditure on railways and irrigation to facilitate the development of the cotton trade with Britain - 'by which we may render ourselves independent of the slave-grown cotton of America' - 'to the great profit of the shareholders, of the people of India, and of the public treasury.' VG.

Price: 65.00


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Bentley's Registry:
Report to the Board of Trade on Banks, Banking, and Life Assurance; from Bentley's Registry of Bank and Life Assurance Accounts; Established 1845. [The Fourth Report].

London: Joseph Bentley, n.d. [1867]. First edition. 160pp, of which the last 6 are advertisements. A vigorous indictment of the banking practises of the 1860s and earlier, and of the failures of the Board of Trade to regulate these and to inform the public. Contents fresh and clean but for the title and the first few pages, which have a little foxing and small knocks to the upper corners, and there is a mark to the bottom edge of the text block, of which only a slither encroaches onto the bottom edges of the pages. In a new binding of red Victorian cloth, ruled in blind and spine ruled and titled in gilt. Whether these reports were suppressed or have been absorbed, there seem to be very few copies extant. Very nice copy. Near Fine.

Price: 120.00


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Cunningham, John, and Mattinson, Miles Walker:
A Selection of Precedents of Pleading under the Judicature Acts in the Common Law Divisions: with Notes explanatory of the different causes of action and grounds of defence; and an Introductory Treatise on the present rules and principles of pleading as illustrated by the various decisions down to the present time.

London: Stevens and Haynes, 1878. First edition. xxxvi, 730, (2), 48(adverts). Title page soiled, with some browning, and with address stamp and early ownership name in ink at head. Early owner's neat observations in ink on a few pages. Pages browning slightly, contents otherwise clean. Original brown advert endpapers. Text block firm, closed edges slightly soiled. In the original purple-brown pebble cloth boards ruled in blind, with recent black cloth spine ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. Good copy of a title very scarce in first edition. VG+.

Price: 120.00


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R.T. Rohde:
A Practicable Decimal System for Great Britain and her Colonies.

London: Effingham Wilson, printed by William Brown & Co, n.d. [1885?]. Original reprint. Reprinted from the Banker's Magazine. 17pp, illustrated. 8vo pamphlet, VG, in Fine new binding of grey boards with attractive printed label reproduced from the title page. VG+.

Price: 28.00


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Friedrich Engels, translated by Edward Aveling:
Socialism Utopian and Scientific. With a special introduction by the author.

London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1892. First edition. xxxix, 117pp, + [4pp] catalogue of the publishers' Social Science series sewn in. Contents very clean, with faint marks at opening x/xi. The vol has at some time been resewn with congruous new endpapers. In the original binding of red cloth titled in gilt to the spine and in black to the front: some soiling to boards, spine rubbed: refurbished and firm. A good copy. VG.

Price: 90.00


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J.W. Root:
Tariff and Trade.

Liverpool: Allott, Jones & Co., 1898. First edition. xvi, 452pp. Contents very clean, with slight foxing to the endpapers and closed edges. Firm, in the original binding of maroon cloth titled in gilt: clean and bright, corners sharp, spine ends puckered. Very nice copy. VG+.

Price: 80.00


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J.W. Root:
Studies in British National Finance.

Liverpool: J.W. Root, 1901. First edition. x, 116, +[1] adverts. Contents very clean, with faint tanning to half-title and advert page: oak-leaf patterned endpapers. Firm, in the original binding of maroon cloth titled in gilt: clean and bright, but with some dark patches to the upper board. Very Good.

Price: 65.00


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J.W. Root:
Trade Relations of the British Empire.

Liverpool: J.W. Root, 1903. First edition. xvi, 431, +[1] adverts. Contents very clean. Endpapers have at some time been strained, tearing at the hinge, and have been very carefully and effectively re-glued, so that the boards are firm. In the original binding of maroon cloth titled in gilt. Front board and joint marked or scratched: corners good, spine ends puckered. VG.

Price: 24.00


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E.Thorne:
The Heresy of Teetotalism. In the light of Scripture, Science, and Legislation.

London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1903. First edition. viii, 331pp. Endpapers browned: armorial bookplate to front pastedown. First and last few pages have some browning or foxing. Contents otherwise clean, faintly toned at edges. In the original binding of dark green cloth, spine titled in gilt. Firm, corners sharp, spine ends blunted, with a touch of fraying at the head. Boards slightly bowed. Lower board slightly marked, and has a light peppering of white dots to the upper corner. A blast against the Temperance lobby. Good copy: highly uncommon. VG.

Price: 80.00


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