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"HOUSEHOLD WORDS - A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens." Vol VII

Hardcover Edition in half leather covers, published by Bradbury and Evans, London in 1853. Dimensions: 24cm x 17.5cm approx.

Volume VII of the famous weekly journal edited by Charles Dickens. This bound volume contains issues from March 5th to August 27th, 1853.

620 pages.

Condition: Heavy wear to covers. Spine covering split to front external hinge and coming away from block. Front hinge cracked internally as well. Spine cracked in a number of places internally. Internal pages good with some yellowing and slight rippling. Binding still quite tight. Would make a nice copy if restored.

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"ALL YEAR ROUND - A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens"

Hardcover Edition in half leather covers, published in London in 1864. Dimensions: 24cm x 16cm approx.

A bound compilation of issues of this weekly fictional work from August 13th, 1864 to December 1st, 1864. The final issue is a Christmas special. Most of the issues advertise Dickens' "Our Mutual Friend" as being published in 20 monthly parts to the rear.

Pagination not given but must be around 500.

Condition: A fair bit of wear to the covers and 4cm of top of spine covering missing. Internal pages very good for their age with slight ripple and mild yellowing. Binding tight.

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"FARMING FOR LADIES" by Edith E. Park. c.1900.

Softcover pamphlet (presumed First Edition) re-bound in modern card covers with new free endpapers. Appears to be privately published and is undated but, we believe it to be c.1900 to 1910. Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14cm approx.

A really fascinating pamphlet on "Amateur Farming" that covers "Cows", "Butter Making", "Simple Cream Cheese", "Calf Rearing", "Devonshire Cream", "Management of Pigs", "Sheep and Lambs", "Poultry", "Ducks", "Turkeys", "Garden", "Pony and Cart" and more.

27 pages plus a number of related contemporary advertisements to the rear.

Condition: Covers Very Good. Internal quite yellowed with some chipping and wear to extreme page edges. Some light foxing. Binding tight.

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"FAMILIAR STUDIES OF MEN AND BOOKS" by R. L. Stevenson. 1912.

Hardcover edition in green cloth covers, published by Chatto and Windus in 1912 as part of a series of works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Dimensions: 16cm x 10.5cm approx.

Includes chapters on "Victor Hugo's Romances", "Walt Whitman", "Samuel Pepys" and more.

277 pages.

Condition: Good. Some wear/fading/rubbing to covers. Some yellowing and very minor foxing to internal pages. Binding tight.

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"THE BOOKE OF THENSEYGNEMENTES AND TECHYNGE THAT THE KNIGHT OF THE TOWRE MADE TO HIS DOUGHTERS" by The Chevalier Geoffrey De La Tour Landry. 1902.

Hardcover Edition in embossed blue calf covers, published by George Newnes, Ltd, London in 1902. Dimensions: 20.5cm x 17cm approx.

A rather fascinating book that was originally published in French towards the end of the 14th Century, subsequently translated into
English and published under this title by William Caxton at the end of the 15th Century. The book was apparently originally written by de la Tour Landry as a means of instructing his daughters on how to grow up to be virtuous young women and also on how to read. Contains the original Caxton prologue. Edited with notes and a glossary by Gertrude Burford Rawlings and with 6 black and white engraved plates by Garth Jones.

229 un-cut and untrimmed pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers (and spine in particular). Spine slightly cracked at front hinge. Internal pages somewhat yellowed but clearly unread as they have never been cut. Binding tight.

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"THE HANDBOOK OF FOLK-LORE." by Charlotte Sophia Burne. 1914.

Hardcover "New and Enlarged Edition" in brown hardcovers, published for the Folk-Lore Society by Sidgwick and Jackson, Ltd, London in 1914. Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx.

A fascinating look at old folk-lore that was originally published 40 years previously. This new and enlarged edition contains three main parts: 1) "Belief and Practice" 2) "Customs" and 3) "Stories, Songs, and Sayings".

364 pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Hardcovers good and protected by plastic. Lacks front free endpaper. Other internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE" by Cardinal Wiseman. 1865.

Hardcover First Edition in mauve decorated cloth covers, published by Hurst and Blackett, London in 1865. Dimensions: 23cm x 14.5cm approx.

An interesting look at Shakespeare the man and his works.

80 pages plus publishers advertisements.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Ex-Library copy with just a bookplate to the front paste-down. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Internal pages good with just some light yellowing. Binding a bit loose.

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"THE THOUGHTS OF THE EMPEROR M. AURELIUS ANTONINUS." Translated by George Long. 1880.

Hardcover Second Edition in full calf covers, published by George Bell & Sons, London in 1880. Dimensions: 17.5cm x 11.5cm approx.

An rather fascnating insight into the thoughts of the Roman Emperor.

210 pages.

Condition: Tatty. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Front board and front free endpaper detached. Internal pages good with just some light yellowing and a slight ripple. Binding tight. A decent reading copy or for repair.

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"MINSTRELSY OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER: Consisting of Historical and Romantic Ballads, Collected in the Southern Counties of Scotland; with a few of Modern Date, Founded Upon Local Tradition. Vol I. 1803.

Hardcover Second Edition in (original?) blue paper-covered boards, printed by James Ballantyne, Edinburgh for Longman and Rees, London in 1803. Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. Please note that this is volume I only of a III volume set.

An early edition of this famous collection of Scottish ballads.

291 untrimmed pages.

Condition: Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine covering badly cracked and some worn away. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and a couple of places internally. Internal pages quite good with yellowing/edge wear to extreme edges, some rippling of pages and some light foxing throughout. Binding quite tight.

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"THE MONTHLY REVIEW OR LITERARY JOURNAL" by "Several Hands". Volume XXXVIII. 1768.

Hardcover First Edition in half calf and marbled board covers, printed for R. Griffiths, London in 1768. Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx.

A fascinating annual review of literature during the second half of the 18th Century. Contains pieces from published literature arranged in monthly chapters, the subjects covered include Politics, Travel, Exploration, Science, Fiction, Poetry and much more.

600 pages plus index of notable references.

Condition: Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking and some damage to covers. Corners bumped. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just some minor yellowing and foxing. Binding tight.

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"MEMOIRS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND. From the Dissolution of the last Parliament of Charles II until the Sea-battle off La Hague." by Sir John Dalrymple. 1771 / 1773.

2 x Hardcover Second Edition volumes in full calf covers, printed for W. Strahan & T. Cadell, London in 1771 and 1773 respectively. Dimensions: 26cm x 21cm approx.

Volume I contains the main account whilst volume II is "Consisting chiefly of letters from the French Ambassadors in England to their Court; and from Charles II, James II, King William, and Queen Mary, and the Ministers and Generals to those Princes. Taken from the Deopt des Affaires etrangeres at Versailles, and King William's private Cabinet at Kensington. Interspersed with Historical Relations, necessary to connect the Papers together."

Volume I = 509 pages.
Volume II = 913 pages.

Condition: Both volumes are effectively disbound but complete. Both boards of both volumes are detached. The front free endpaper and title page of Vol I are detached and have suffered some edge loss and damage (does not affect text of title page). The binding of Vol II has split into three parts but all pages are present and bound in (front free endpaper is loose, has some edge loss and damage and has had an inscription cut out of the centre of it). Not surprisingly, both volumes are really in urgent need of a re-bind however, the internal contents are good.

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"MYSTERIES OF THE SEA - A Book of Strange Tales" by J. G. Lockhart. First. 1924.

Hardcover First Edition in blue hardcover, published by Philip Allan & Co, London in 1924. Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx.

A well known compilation of 12 stories of mysteries at sea including "The Flying Dutchman", "The Lost Ships of La Perouse", "The Mystery of the Marie Celeste" and others. With 18 black and white plates and illustrations.

265 hand cut pages.

Condition: Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to hardcovers. Spine cracked at first title page. Ex-Libris labels to front paste-down and front free endpaper in the name of George Ernest Wright. Internal pages good with some yellowing and some minor foxing throughout. Binding tight.

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"THE LIFE OF SIR WALTER SCOTT" 2 Vols. by J. G. Lockhart. 1892.

2 x Uniform Hardcover Editions (possibly First ?) in gilt embossed green cloth covers, published by Adam & Charles Black in 1892. Dimensions: 19.5cm x 13.5cm approx.

An extremely detailed biography of Sir Walter Scott with a prefatory letter by J. R. Hope Scott.

Vol I = 408 pages with a black and white frontispiece portrait of Scott and an illustrated first title page.
Vol II = 428
pages with a black and white frontispiece portrait of Lady Scott and an illustrated first title page.

Condition: Good. Both volumes have some rubbig/wear/marking (including slight damp spotting) to covers. Some foxing to both portraits and first title pages. Other internal pages good. Bindings tight.

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"MARY AND FLORENCE AT SIXTEEN - A Continuation of 'Grave and Gay" by Ann Fraser Tytler. 1856.

Hardcover Sixth Edition in
mauve decorated cloth covers, published by Thomas Hatchard, London in 1856. Dimensions: 17.5cm x 11.5cm approx.

A sequel to Tytler's earlier novel "Grave and Gay" featuring two heroines, Mary and Florence.

340 hand-cut pages with black and white frontispiece illustration.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to covers. Spine slightly skewed. Slight damp mark to front paste-down and front free endpaper. Internal pages good. Binding quite tight.

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"THE SUCCESSFUL MERCHANT: Sketches of the Life of Mr. Samuel Budgett, Late of Kingswood Hill (Bristol). by William Arthur. 1861.

Hardcover 24th Edition (58th thousand) in decorative cloth covers, published by Hamilton, Adams, & Co, London in 1861.

An interesting biography of one of the eminent merchants of Bristol. Particularly of fascinating for anyone with an interest in the history of Bristol.

290 hand-cut pages with black and white frontispiece portrait of Budgett and publishers advertisements to the rear.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Prize bookplate to front paste-down in the name of William Rowe, dated 1881 from Piper's Pool Wesleyan Sunday School. Internal pages quite good with a fair bit of yellowing and a few minor marks. Binding tight. A decent and original copy.

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"RELIGIO MEDICI - Urn Burial and Christian Morals"by Sir Thomas Browne. 1894.

HardcoverEdition inblack cloth cover, published byG. Moreton,Canterbury in 1894.Dimensions: 23cm x 15cm approx.

A reprint of the original that was published in 1643. Scarce even in this re-print format. The volume was not originally intended for publication but, Browne showed it to a number of friends and somehow it was published without his permission. After this, Browne published his own edition, admitting the book's authorship.

210pages with2 black and white plates.

Condition:Reasonable.A fair bit ofwear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Spine covering has approx 3.5cm loss to top. Internal pagesgood with just some yellowing andsome very minor marks.Binding tight.

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"THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS" by F. S. Marvin. 1922.

HardcoverEditioninred clothcover, published by J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd,London in 1922 in their "The King's Treasuries of Literature" series. Dimensions: 15.5cm x 11.5cm approx.

24classic stories taken from the Iliad and the Odyssey.

221pages.

Condition: Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Boards slightly warped. Internal pagesgood with some yellowing. Bindingtight.

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"DEBITS AND CREDITS" by Rudyard Kipling. 1926.

HardcoverEdition(Possibly First) inred clothcover, published by Macmillan & Co, Ltd,London in 1926. Dimensions: 20cm x 13.5cm approx.

A very early (possibly First Edition) of one of Kipling's last novels.

414pages.

Condition: Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers. Spine cracked at first title page. Internal pagesgood with some yellowing/marking and foxing.Bindingtight.

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"BESIDE THE BONNIE BRIER BUSH" by Ian Maclaren. 1894.

HardcoverFirst Edition(Ninth Thousand) inred/brown clothcloth cover, published by Hodder and Stoughton,London in 1894. Dimensions: 19.5cm x 14cm approx.

An interestingnovel by Ian Maclaren (the pen name for Rev. John Watson). Tells the tale of life and deathin the Scottish town of Drumtochty and provides some touching insights into the simple life of the crofters living there. Written as per the spoken Scottish.

304hand-cut pages.

Condition: Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and a bit loose. Internal pagesgood with some yellowing/marking and foxing. Bindingtight.

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"AT THE BLACK ROCKS" by Rev. Edward A. Rand. c.1900.

HardcoverFirst Editioninpictorially embossed bluecloth cover, published by Thomas Nelson and Sons,London. The volume is undated butwe would guess it to be c.1900 (though it could be a bit earlier). Dimensions: 19cm x 13cm approx.

An interestingboys novel which tells of adventures by the coast.

196pages with colour frontispiece illustration.

Condition:Good.Some wear/rubbing/fading to covers.Corners bumped. Spine cracked at front hinge which has caused front free end-paper and illustration to become slightlyloose. Internal pagesgood with slight yellowing and some minor foxing (to extreme page edges). Bindingtight.

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"COURAGE" by J. M. Barrie. 1922.

HardcoverFirst Editioninwhite cloth covers, published by Hodder & Stoughto, Ltd,London in 1922. Dimensions: 22.5cm x 15cm approx.

A printed version of the Rectorial Address delivered by Barrie at St. Andrews University on May 3rd, 1922.

c.34pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings. This volume was originally issued in card covers and has been re-bound for library use. Spine cracked in one place internally. A fair bit ofwear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers.Internal pagesgood. Bindingtight.

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"RECENT PROSE" by John Masefield. 1924.

HardcoverFirstEditioninblue cloth covers with green leather spine, published byWilliam Heinemann, Ltd,London in 1924. Dimensions: 18cm x 12.5cm approx.

Acollection of proseby playwright and author,Masefield. The subjects are "The Taking of Helen", "Letters", "Play-Writing", Fox-Hunting", and "John M. Synge".

207pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Ex-Libris copy with normal library markings. Has probably been re-bound for library use. Some wear/rubbing/marking to covers.Internal pagesgood if slightly yellowed. Bindingtight.

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"LARS PORSENA - or The Future of Swearing and Improper Language" by Robert Graves. 1927.

HardcoverSecond (revised)Editioninmauve hardcovers with pasted title, published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, Ltd,London in 1927. Dimensions: 16.5cm x 11.5cm approx.

Arather amusing volume (more an essay than a book)on the history and future of swearing in British society.We are sure the author would have had a fit if he could have witnessed today's profanities!!

94pages plus publishers advertisements.

Condition: A bit tatty. Ex-Library copy with normal library markings. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers.Spine covering split at both hinges and coming away. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pagesreasonably good if abit yellowed. Bindingquite tight.

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"THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE" Vol V and Vol VI. 1859

Hardcover First Edition in embossed red cloth covers, published by W. Kent & Co, London in 1859. Dimensions: 28cm x 20.5cm approx.

The Victorian answer to the television!! An interesting bound copy of issues of this general knowledge magazine that included essays and sketches, stories, poetry, reviews and notices of books and numerous engravings.

372 pages with approx 100 engravings (mostly full page).

Condition: Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading and some damage to covers (spine in particular). Spine cracked at front and rear hinges and a number of places internally. Internal pages generally good with some yellowing, light foxing and some edge wear. Binding fairly tight.

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"CHAMBER'S EDINBURGH JOURNAL" Vol XI. Numbers DXXI to DLXXII. Conducted by William and Robert Chambers. 1843.

Hardcover First Edition in one thrid calf and marbled board covers, published with the permission of the proprietors by W. S. Orr and Co, London in 1843. Dimensions: 35cm x 25cm approx.

An extremely interesting bound volume of editions of the "Edinburgh Journal". The volume is indexed in subject areas as follow: Familiar Sketches and Moral Essays, Poetry, Tales, Biographic Sketches (includes pieces on Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir William Smith, and Rev. John Francis), Miscellaneous Articles of Instruction and Entertainment, and Anecdotes and Paragraphs.

The editions cover the period January 1842 to December 1843.

415 pages.

Condition: Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading and a fair bit of damage to the covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Front hinge weak but holding and not split to exterior. Spine has some damage to top. Front free endpapers and first title page becoming loose. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed. Binding quite tight.

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"THE GOLDEN WRENS" by The Hon. Mrs. Greene. 1898.

Hardcover First Edition in illustrated blue cloth cover, published by T. Nelson and Sons, London in 1898. Dimensions: 16.5cm x 11.5cm approx.

We have to confess to knowing nothing about this volume but it would appear to be a moralistic tale aimed at children.

64 pages with black and white frontispiece illustration and title page vignette.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages slightly yellowed with a few minor marks. Binding fairly tight.

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"PETER THE WHALER - His Early Life and Adventures in the Arctic Regions" by William H. G. Kingston. c.1930.

Hardcover First Edition in green cloth cover, published by Dean & Son, Ltd, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1930. Dimensions: 20.5cm x 14cm approx.

A rather nice novel following the life of young Peter, the whaler.

312 pages with a colour frontispiece illustration.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Lacks front free endpaper. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed. Binding tight.

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"NIGHTMARE ABBEY" by Thomas Love Peacock. 1891.

Hardcover Edition in pictirially embossed cream cloth cover, published by J. M. Dent & Co, London in 1891. Dimensions: 18.5cm x 12cm approx.

A rather nice edition of this interesting novel by Peacock (1785-1866). Peacock had an unusual style of combining miscellaneous characters followed by diverting dialogue and absurd incidents.

134 hand-cut pages with frontispiece portrait of Peacock.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed with some very light foxing. Binding tight.

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"ELSIE VENNER" by Oliver Wendell Holmes. c.1900.

Hardcover Edition in red cloth cover, published by Collins' Clear-Type Press, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1900. Dimensions: 15.5cm x 10.5cm approx.

One of the few novels written by American author Holmes (1809-1894).

416 pages with a number of black and white full-page illustrations by Harold Piffard.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed. Binding tight.

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"MISTER HORN AND HIS FRIENDS; or GIVERS AND GIVING" by Rev. Guy Mark Pearse. 1874.

Hardcover Second Edition in embossed green cloth cover, published by Tubbs and Brook, Manchester in 1874. Dimensions: 16.5cm x 11cm approx.

An interesting morality novel with a dedication to Frederick Howard of Bedford.

106 pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Internal pages good if slightly yellowed. Binding tight.

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"REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS FOR THE YEAR 1864 - ARTS AND MANUFACTURES" 1866.

Hardcover Edition in brown cloth cover, published by The Government Printing Office, Washington in 1866. Dimensions: 23cm x 16cm approx.

A large and rather interesting volume which provides detailed listings of all the patents filed under the heading of "Arts and Manufactures" in the year 1864. Contains an alphabetical index of descriptions and designs of everything from abdominal supporters to water wheels. Also has an alphabetical listing of people who had filed patents that year, the same for expired patents and then detailed descriptions of all the patents filed. A fascinating book.

1,073 pages.

Condition: Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/damage and fading to covers. Spine covering is missing. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good. Binding fairly tight.

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"TALES OF MY LANDLORD" Collected and Arranged by Jedediah Cleishbotham. Vols I & IV. 1817.

2 x Hardcover volumes in full calf covers, printed for William Blackwood, Edinburgh, and John Murray, London in 1817. Dimensions: 18.5cm x 11cm approx. Please note that these are volumes I & IV only of a four volume set.

A classic collection of tales composed by the assistant school master, Peter Pattieson from stories told by the landlord of the Wallace Inn at Gandercleugh. The author, Cleishbotham, was schoolmaster and parish clerk.

710 pages in total.

Condition: Reasonable. Heavy wear/rubbing/fading/marking to the covers. Front cover of volume I is detached and front free endpapers loose. Both spines cracked at font and rear hinges and covering a bit tatty with some minor loss. Internal pages very good. Bindings tight. Really need restoration.

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"RED AS A ROSE IS SHE" Volume I. 1870.

Hardcover "Copyright" Edition in one third red calf and marbled board cover, published by Bernhard Tauchnitz, Leipzig in 1870. Dimensions: 16cm x 11.5cm approx. Please note that this is volume I only of a two volume set.

A rather nice edition of this novel by "the author of 'Cometh up as a Flower".

310 pages.

Condition: Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with some yellowing. Binding tight.

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"SHORE AND SEA or Stories of Great Vikings and Sea Captains" by W. H. Davenport Adams. 1887.

Hardcover Edition (Third Thousand) in full calf cover, published by Hodder and Stoughton, London in 1887. Dimensions: 18.5cm x 12.5cm approx. Front cover embossed with "United Services College, Westward Ho!"

A rather nice collection of stories with a flavour of the sea. The first portion of the book is devoted to the Vikings and Norsemen whilst the rest of the book tells the stories of Sebastian Cabot, de Soto, Raleigh, Amadas, Barlow, John White, Henry Hudson and Sir Henry Morgan.

348 pages with black and white frontispiece illustration.

Condition: Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers. Boards slightly warped. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"MEMORIALS OF HIS TIME & JOURNAL OF HENRY COCKBURN" by Henry Cockburn. 1856 and 1874.

3 x Uniformly bound Hardcover First Editions in full calf covers, published by Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh and Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh in 1856 and 1874 respectively. Dimensions: 22.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

An unusual opportunity to purchase this three volume set which include an engraved frontispiece portrait of Cockburn in "Memorials" and three facsimile plates in volume I of the "Journal". All three volumes contain a bookplate for "F. A. Cockburn, Sandys, Fawley Green, Henley-on-Thames."

1,174 pages in total.

This set of books is currently for sale elsewhere on the net at over 180 - so grab yourself a real bargain.

Condition: All three volumes have some wear/rubbing/marking to the covers (consistent with age). Volumes I and II have spines which are cracked at the front and rear covers. The front and rear covers to Volume III are both disbound. Internal pages for all three volumes are very good and the bindings are tight.

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"ION; A TRAGEDY IN FIVE ACTS" by Thomas Noon Talfourd. 1835.

Hardcover First Edition in one third burgundy calf and brown cloth covers, printed by A. J. Valpy, London for private circulation (prior to the first publicly available First edition) in 1835. Dimensions: 21.5cm x 14.5cm approx.

An interesting volume in that this was a privately circulated pre-public edition, the main First Edition having been printed and gone on sale in 1936. The volume also contains a pasted-in cutting of Talfourd's obituary from a newspaper.

204 pages.

Contains bookplate from Henry Byrom of Bath.

Condition: Rather tatty. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking and fading to covers which also have some damage. Spine badly cracked at front and rear hinges. Front free endpaper and first title page loose. Other internal pages have some yellowing, a lot of light pencil marking, some marking and foxing. Binding a bit loose.

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"REJECTED ADDRESSES or The New Theatre Poetarum" by James Smith and Horace Smith. 1855.

Hardcover Twenty Fifth Edition in one third calf and marbled board covers, published by John Murray, London in 1855. Dimensions: 17cm x 11cm approx.

A classic volume, first published in 1812, of imaginary addresses by popular poets of the day. The volume contains a series of parodies of Wordsworth, Southey, Crabbe, Byron, Coleridge, Scott, Fitzgerald, Spencer and others. The book is described in the introduction as "one of the luckiest hits in literature" and originally appeared on the re-opening of the Drury Lane Theatre in October, 1812.

106 pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Boards slightly warped. Internal pages slightly yellowed with some minor foxing but otherwise good. Binding tight.

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"HOLIDAY HOUSE: A Series of Tales. Dedicated to Lady Diana Boyle" by Catherine Sinclair. 1839.

Hardcover First Edition in one third calf and marbled board cover, published by William Whyte & Co, London in 1839. Dimensions: 17cm x 11cm approx.

A fairly scarce first edition by the author of "Modern Accomplishments", "Modern Society", "Hill and Valley", "Charlie Seymour" and others.

387 pages.

Condition: Rather tatty. Heavy fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to the covers. Spine covering damaged to the top. Spine cracked at font and rear hinges and covering coming away from the binding. Most internal pages quite good but several are loose with some damage to the edges. Binding a bit loose. Really needs restoration and re-binding.

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"THE HISTORY OF SANDFORD AND MERTON" by Mr. Thomas Day. c.1850.

Hardcover Edition in half calf and marbled board cover, published by Darton and Clark, London. The volume is undated but, we would guess it to be c.1850. Dimensions: 14.5cm x 9cm approx.

A classic children's novel by Day - a late eighteenth century social reformer.

284 pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing and some fading to the covers. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"MISCELLANEOUS WORKS OF THE LATE PHILIP DORMER STANHOPE" by M. Maty. Vol II. 1779.

Hardcover Edition in full calf covers, printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, London in 1779. Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx. Please note that this is volume two only of a four volume set.

The full title of this volume is:

"Miscellaneous works of the late Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield: consisting of Letters to his Friends, never before printed, and various other articles, to which are prefixed, Memoirs of his Life, tending to illustrate the Civil, Literary, and Political History of his Time."

411 pages.

Condition: Reasonable. Front cover, front free endpaper, first title page and frontispiece illustration are all disbound. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking to covers, particularly at the corners and spine. Spine also has some damage to top and bottom. Internal pages extremely good for their age and are just yellowed to the edges with some minor foxing to very early and late pages. Binding tight.

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"THE IMPERIAL GAZETEER" Edited by W. G. Blackie. Complete in 2 Vols. 1856.

2 x Hardcover Second (?) Editions in elaborately tooled and gilt embossed full calf covers, published by Blackie and Son, Glasgow in 1856. Dimensions: 27.5cm x 21cm approx.

These volumes are described on the title page as:

"The Imperial Gazeteer; a General Dictionary of Geography, Physical, Political, Statistical, and Descriptive. Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities. With 700 Illustrations, Views, Costumes, Maps, Plans &c."

These are a truly superb set of gazeteers which describe every known town and city of over 1,000 population during the mid-nineteenth Century! They contain a wealth of information including economic and historic descriptions as well as facilities for each place. Also included as an appendix is an abstract of the census for Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the year 1851 (for places of 500 population and over). The "Google" of the nineteenth century!

Vol I = 1308 pages. Vol II = 1286 pages.

Please note that these are extremely heavy volumes so, I have only quoted for postage wihin the UK. Please enquire for overseas Postal Rates.

Condition: Good for their age. Covers have a fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading and some damage to spines which are beginning to split a bit. Spines cracked at front and rear hinges (mainly due to the size of the volumes). Internal pages very good with just some minor damp marking to the very bottom of the first few pages of volume I. Bindings tight.

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"P. VIRGILIUS MARO VARIETATE LECTIONIS ET PERPETUA ANNOTATIONE ILLUSTRATUS A CHR. GOTTL. HEYNE" 1821.

Hardcover Edition in one third vellum and marbled board cover, published by Ricardum Priestley, London in 1821. Dimensions: 22cm x 14cm approx.

As we do not read or speak Latin, we cannot describe the contents of this volume. We believe it to have been part of a IV volume set of which this appears to be volume III.

611 pages.

Condition: Good for its age. Heavy wear/rubbing/marking/fading to the covers. Corners bumped. Spine quite browned. Internal pages very good with only slight yellowing and some light foxing. Binding very tight.

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"THE YOUTH'S MAGAZINE or Evangelical Miscellany for the Year 1824" Vol IX. 1824.

Hardcover First Edition in one third calf and marbled board covers. Published by T. Hamiton and J. Taylor, London in 1824. Dimensions: 18.5cm x 11cm approx.

A rather nice volume of stories, factual articles, cautionary tales, bible stories and more for young people. The book is a compilation of the monthly publications and features numerous black and white illustrations - some pull-out, some full-page and some in the text.

Features a superbly executed inscription to the front free endpaper in the name of William Bennett, Dec, 19th, 1825.

432 pages.

Condition: Reasonable. Covers have a fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking/fading and some damage to spine in particular. Front cover is detached. Spine cracked at rear hinge. Internal pages good with some yellowing / minor foxing, a few minor marks and very small tears/creases consistent with age. Binding tight.

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"THE SPECTATOR - With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors" 1807.

Hardcover Edition in full calf cover, published by W. Gracie, London in 1807. Dimensions: 18cm x 10.5cm approx.

The classic satirical volume. This is volume VIII omly of an 8 volume edition.

284 pages with black and white frontispiece engraving.

Condition: Reasonably Good. In contemporary calf binding which has a fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers. Front cover disbound. Corners bumped. Internal pages good but quite yellowed with some very minor foxing and marking. Binding tight.

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"POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK" by Benjamin Franklin (Richard Saunders, Philomath). 1908.

Hardcover Edition in pictorially embossed full calf cover, published The Century Co, New York in 1908. Dimensions: 13cm x 7cm approx.

Described on the title page as "Selections from the Prefaces, Apothegms, and Rimes, with a Facsimile in Reduction of the Alamanack for 1733. Edited by Benjamin E. Smith."

220+ pages.

Condition: Reasonably good for its age. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Covers and spine have heavy wear/rubbing/marking and some minor damage. Internal pages generally very good with some very minor yellowing. Binding tight.

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"MEN WHO HAVE RISEN - A Book for Boys". c.1860.

Hardcover Edition (probably a first edition but, we cannot be certain) in embossed full leather cover, published by J Hogg and Sons, London. The volume is undated and we believe it to be c. 1850 (though it could be slightly earlier). Dimensions: 16.5cm x 12cm approx.

A rather nice little volume which encourages children to follow the example of successful people. Contains brief biographies of the Rothschild family, Stephenson, Davy (the chemist), Hutton (the bookseller), Smeaton (engineer) and others. Nicely illustrated with 8 engravings by C. A. Doyle.

312 pages.

Condition: Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages very good. Binding tight.

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"GRIT WILL TELL" by R. Stead. c.1900.

Hardcover Edition in pictorially embossed green cloth cover, published by Blackie and Sons, Ltd, London. The volume is undated but we believe it to be c.1900 (though it could be a bit earlier). Dimensions: 18.5cm x 13cm approx.

An interesting novel of adventure for teenagers/toung adults. Inscription to front free endpaper reads "Albert Ellard for regularity. Easter 1912. D. Griffiths. Teacher." with a stamp for Thurloxton School.

238 pages with a number of black and white illustrations by D. Carleton Smyth.

Condition: Reasonable. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers. Corners bumped. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good but quite yellowed with some foxing and marking. Binding tight.

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"THE POPULAR EDUCATOR - A Complete Encyclopaedia of Elementary, Advanced and Technical Education" c.1895.

3 x Hardcover First Editions in one third calf and mauve cloth covers, published by Cassell & Co, Ltd, London. The volumes are undated but I would guess them to be c. 1895. Dimensions: 25.5cm x 20cm approx.

Three very large and comprehensive reference volumes. They are actually 6 volumes bound as 3 volumes and cover a huge range of subjects including Architecture, Arithmetic, Animal Physiology, Bookkeeping, Botany, Drawing, English, French, German, Latin, Music, Shorthand, Algebra, Mechanics, Natural History and much more besides.

c.2,470 pages in total.

Condition: Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers which have slight damage to top of the spines. Spines cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with slight yellowing and a few minor marks. Bindings tight.

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"THE DISOWNED" by Edward Bulwer Lytton (Lord Lytton). 1852.

Hardcover Numbered Limited "Edition de Luxe" Volume in green cloth cover, published by George Routledge and Sons, Ltd, London in 1852. Dimensions: 23.5cm x 16cm approx. Number 391 of 500.

An interesting edition of Lytton's classic novel.

482 untrimmed pages with black and white frontispiece illustration and 3 further illustrations.

Condition: Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/marking to covers. Internal pages extremely good and clean with just some fading to uncut edges and a few minor marks. Binding tight.

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"THE COLOUR SENSE IN LITERATURE" by Havelock Ellis. 1931.

Hardcover First Limited Edition in pink board cover with red cloth spine covering. Published by The Ulysses Book Shop, London in 1931. Dimensions: 22cm x 14.5cm approx. The edition was limited to 215 copies but no number has been added to this copy.

A scarce and interesting little volume which was published for the first time in 1896 in "The Contemporary Review". It is described in the introduction as being maybe "the earliest attempt to put on an impersonal and objective foundation the study of the reactions experienced by poets to the colour of the world in which they lived."

30 pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading/marking to covers. Spine cracked at pages 8/9. Internal pages good if a little yellowed. Binding tight.

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"THE MERRY MEN & OTHER TALES" by Robert Louis Stevenson. 1928.

Hardcover Edition in blue cloth covers, published by William Heinemann, Ltd, London in 1928 as part of a uniform series of classic novels under the title of "Tusitala" editions. Dimensions: 17cm x 11.5cm approx.

A classic volume by Stevenson, first published in the 1880's.

236 pages.

Condition: Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading/marking to the covers. Corners bumped. Internal pages good with some yellowing. Binding tight.

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"RURAL LONDON - The Chalfont Country and the Thames Valley. Their Landmarks and Residential Advantages" 1924.

Softcover Second Edition in printed card cover, published by the Great Western Railway Company, London in 1924. Dimensions: 23cm x 14.5cm approx.

An extremely interesting book from a number of perspectives. An obvious promotional tool for the GWR and its services, the book promotes living in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and the Thames Valley because of their proximity to Central London and their ease of access by rail. Includes numerous high quality contemporary photographs and two fold -out maps - one of which is a map of all GWR railway lines and the second a map of "rural London".

47 pages.

Condition: Good. Heavy wear/marking/rubbing/fading to covers which have some damage to the extreme edges. Internal pages good slight yellowing. Both maps good and undamaged. Binding tight. An unusual and interesting volume.

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"THE ADVENTURES OF SAJO AND HER BEAVER PEOPLE" by Grey Owl. 1935.

Hardcover First Edition in red cloth cover, published by Lovat Dickson & Thompson, Ltd, London in 1935. Dimensions: 20cm x 13.5cm approx.

A rather lovely volume, along similar lines to "Tarka the Otter" but rather more genuine and less contrived. Tells the tale of Native American people and the nature around them. Set in the area north of the Northern Canadian settlements and based on factual events.

256 pages with a number of black and white plates.

Condition: Reasonably Good. Some wear/rubbing/fading to the covers. Spine cracked at front and rear hinges. Internal pages good with just some light foxing. Binding tight.

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"UNCLE JOHN" Vol I by G. J. Whyte Melville. 1874.

Hardcover "Tauchnitz" Edition in one third calf and marbled board cover, published by Bernhard Tauchnitz, Leipzig in 1874. Dimensions: 16cm x 12cm approx. Please note that this is volume I only of a II volume set.

An interesting novel by Whyte Melville who also wrote "Kate Coventry", "Holmby House", and "Digby Grand" amongst other works.

278 pages.

Condition: Reasonably Good. A fair bit of wear/rubbing/fading to covers. Corners slightly bumped. Spine cracked at front hinge. Internal pages good. Binding tight.

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"SPON'S WORKSHOP RECEIPTS" 4 Vol Set. 1909.

4 x Hardcover Editions "new and thoroughly revised" in green cloth covers with original dustcovers (not price clipped), published by E. & F. N. Spon, Ltd, London in 1909. Dimensions: 19cm x 13.5cm x 7cm approx.

I believe this is a complete 4 volume set of this comprehensive workshop manual covering a large range of different subjects. Later editions went to 5+ volumes. The 4 volumes are split by subject as follows: "Acetylene to Drying", "Dyeing to Japanning", "Jointing Pipes to Pumps" and "Rain Water to Wire Ropes". A practical and informative guide to a huge number of different techniques, processes and skills, the books cover subjects in alphabetical order. Some of the subjects covered in the first volume are: Acetylene Lighting, Alloys, Aluminium Paper, Amber, Ball Valves, Bamboo Work, Barometers and Weather Glasses, Basket Making, Bell Founding, Bleaching, Boilers and much, much more.

c.2,000 pages in total with numerous black and white illustrations in the text plus publishers advertisements and advertisements from relevant manufacturers.

Condition: Very Good for their age. Rear of vol I dustcover missing. Other dustcovers a little tatty with a fair bit of fading/wear/rubbing, etc. Some wear/rubbing/marking to cloth covers. Internal pages very good. Bindings tight.

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