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The Secrets of
Conjuring and Magic
How to become a Wizard

Translated and edited, with notes, by
Professor Hoffmann

Publisher: George Routledge and Sons, 1878, first edition. Bound in blue cloth with titles and decorations in gilt and black on the spine and top board. Good plus condition, with spine rubbed, corners bumped. Slight lean, and a water stain to the endpapers and the frontispiece. The closed page edges are slightly marked, but the text block is otherwise unaffected. There is a slight scatter of foxing to the title page, one or two isolated light marks to pages, and there are some pencil sketches of a design for some sort of illusion involving mirrors on the final blank page. Otherwise clean. Illustrations within the text.
Octavo, 19.5cm,  7.75 inches, tall, 373 pages, plus 6-page publisher's catalogue.



Arthur P. Luff

Text-Book of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co., 1895, first edition. Two volumes bound in dark brown cloth with titles in gilt on the spines.  The books are in very good condition, with light rubbing to the cloth. Small labels of Henry Kimpton, Medical Bookseller, on the endpapers, light scattered foxing to the closed page edges, and intermittently throughout volume one, less frequent in volume two. Both text blocks slightly uneven, but no pages are loose.  Owner name in each volume, about two or three small pencil annotations. Illustrated with a full-colour frontispiece of Blood Spectra and twelve monochrome plates of poisonous plants in volume one, and with illustrations in the text in both volumes. Rare.
Arthur Pearson Luff (1855-1938) was a British physician and forensic chemist. He is considered one of the founders of 20th century forensic medicine. These books are a fascinating resource for anyone interested in the forensics of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
21.7cm, about 8.1 inches tall, Vol I. xii, 416 pages; Vol. II, viii, illustration index, 360 pages, plus a 16 page publisher's catalogue dated November 1895.



The Magician's handbook

A Complete Encyclopaedia of the Magic Art for Professional and Amateur Entertainers.

Publisher: Marshall & Brookes and Dawbarn & Ward, 1901 first edition. Bound in the publisher's green cloth with titles in black on the spine and top board and vignette of magician on top board. Advertising endpapers.
The book is in good condition with a rubbed and soiled binding. Stamped number and ownership stamps of R.C Ritson on the front endpapers, and repeated similar ownership stamps throughout the book.  Light scattered foxing to the endpapers, frontispiece and title page, and occasional light marks throughout. Mainly clean.
Selbit was a stage magician himself, first to perform the 'Sawing the Lady in half' trick before an audience.  This lovely book contains sections entitled The Art of Juggling, New Miscellaneous magical effects; The Tricks and Illusions of Modern Magicians with photographs and memoirs of the contributors; Tricks and Illusions; and New Illusions and Black Magic. One of the 'Modern Magicians' is W.C Fields, who began his career as a comedy juggler.
The book is illustrated throughout with line drawings and photographs of various performers.
This first edition is quite uncommon.
22 cm, 8.5 inches, tall, viii, 188 pages, plus 10 pages of advertisements.



Edwin Sachs

Sleight of Hand:
A Practical Manual of Legerdemain

For Amateurs and Others.
Second, and Greatly Enlarged, Edition

Publisher: L. Upcott Gill, 1885, second, enlarged edition. Bound in the publisher's blue-green cloth with titles and vingettes on the spine and top board, floral endpapers.
The book is in very good condition with corners and spine ends bumped and a little rubbing to the cloth over the hinges. One owner name on the ffep, dated 1888. Final text page excised, replaced in facsimile. On the recto of the back free endpaper is a small pencil drawing of a bundled up child drinking from a beaker. Occasional light foxing, mainly clean and bright. 
Illustrated with engravings within the text
20.3cm, 8 inches, tall, 408 pages, plus a 16 page publisher's catalogue, plus a further 8 pages of advertisements


Ceremonies of a Japanese Marriage
Publisher: Tamamura, photographer, c.1906.  Bound in a Japanese binding of grey-green silk covered boards tied with brick red silk ribbons.  The binding has some wear and losses, but is basically sound.  The title page of the book has hand-painted images of a crane and a turtle, both symbols of longevity.  There follow 19 hand coloured plates, each with a tissue guard.  There is occasional light creasing to the tissue guards, and an occasional light mark to the plates, but the book is mainly clean and bright.
This book was issued a number of times, but this is an early issue.  Later issues, after 1916,  have an extra plate.  That the book was produced for the foreign market is evident not only in the English captions to the plates, but also in the fact that the book reads in the Western direction, not the Japanese.
A very nice copy of a delightful book.
18.3cm tall by 25.7cm wide (a little more than 7 by 10 inches). Title page, 19 plates, colophon.



Description of Edwin Smith's Model of Jerusalem, As It Is

Illustrative of
The Holy Scriptures
And The Fulfilment
Of Prophecy

Printed by J. Blurton, Sheffield, 1847, first edition. Bound in cloth covered card wraps with title label on the top cover.  The book is in very good condition, probably recased in its original covers, but not recently. The binding has a little fraying around the spine, a few spots, and the title label is creased. There is a little edge wear to the  illustration and key to the model, and an occasional isolated foxing spot here and there, otherwise clean.
An extra folding map of Jerusalem has been bound in, 'Jerusalem and its Environs', published 1825 by L.B. Seeley & Son, and this map has been reinforced with a tissue backing.
This is a very rare survival. Edwin Smith was a Sheffield sculptor who produced three dimensional plaster models of Jerusalem with detailed depictions of the various buildings and the surrounding topography.  This book is essentially an advertisement for these models, or was perhaps provided with the models as it contains a map with the key to the model and descriptions of the noted buildings and locations.  This section is presented as a 17 page general description of Jerusalem, qutie detailed, and is followed by engravings of the models in different sizes with different cases, and their prices.  After this there are three pages of testimonies to the fidelity of the model, then 'Thoughts on Edwin Smith's Model Of Jerusalem', 6 pages by Charlotte Elizabeth, (Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, who wrote as Charlotte Elizabeth and died in 1846.  A Cabinet Wax Bust of this lady by Edwin Smith is also advertised in the book, modelled from sittings in 1846, just before her death.)  The rest of the book is advertisements and newspaper reviews of the Model of Jerusalem.
Few of these models survive today because of their essential fragility, and this book is equally scarce, providing a small but intimate window into an aspect of the early Victorian world, and a portrait of Jerusalem at that time.
17.5 cm tall (almost 7 inches), 2 maps, 44 pages, complete.




The Militiaman At Home and Abroad;
Being The History of a Militia Regiment,
From Its First Training to Its Disembodiment;
With Sketches of the Ionian Islands
Malta , and Gibraltar

With Illustrations by John Leech

Publisher: Smith, Elder & Co., 1857, first edition.  Bound in publisher’s red cloth with decorations in blind on both boards, and gilt vignette on top board, corners bumped.  Rebacked with dark red leather spine, titles in gilt on red leather label.  Blue endpapers.

This is a very lively account of the history of a militia regiment, written from first hand experience.  The title page bears a pencilled inscription concerning the author, ‘Emeritus’.  It reads “Major Prower of the Wilts Militia served in Corfu in 55/6”  (Wiltshire Militia), and this is indeed the identity of the author.

The book is illustrated with two plates by John Leech (as called for).  The frontispiece plate has some light foxing, and the second plate has less, mainly along the edges (see photos).  The text has a very occasional isolated light mark, one short closed tear and a very little darkening to the top edges of some pages.  There are two instances of short pencil marginalia.  The endpapers have been reinforced along the hinges.  The book is mainly bright and clean, and is tight in its binding.  Very good condition.  An uncommon book.

Octavo, 20.5 cm tall, viii, 300 pages, plus a 16 page publisher’s catalogue dated June 1857.


Rev. R. Lister-Turner
Rev. the Hon J.B. Clark

Revised Motu Grammar and Vocabulary

Publisher: Edward George Baker, Government Printer, Port Moresby, 1930. Bound with a black cloth spine and black alligator skin textured cloth on the board.
Motu is a language belonging to the Melanesian sub-family of the Austronesian family of languages, and is widely spoken in Papua. From a glide through these pages it seems a wonderful language, filled with words for things for which English speakers would need a sentence, such as Enoapatapata; to squash bananas or other things when moving on them in sleep; of a tree falling on a heap of yams and squashing them.
And many more lovely things.
The book is in very good condition with bumping to the head and foot of the spine, and a nice bright text block that is tightly bound. On the endpaper is the bookplate of Peter Anthony Lanyon-Orgill, and his signature. This gentleman was apparently a teacher and conributor to liguistics in his own dubious way .
‘Peter Lanyon-Orgill's confabulations about his life were of a piece with his confections of vocabularies and the fictive persons who appeared in his works, as Ross Clark showed in a fascinating, devastating and very funny account of Lanyon-Orgill's life. Distressed wood in fake antiques was his analogy for the way that Lanyon-Orgill modified words from existing word-lists. Lanyon-Orgill even made up a fake Hawaiian word-list which contains words for birds such as swallows - introduced to Hawaii long after the word-list was supposed to have been collected.’ Quoted from: http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/elac/2008/08/a_history_of_neglect_and_a_neg_1.html
This book contains a few small annotations made by this interesting character.
25cm tall, 192 pages, scarce.



Biographical Sketches of the
Queens of Great Britain,
From the Norman Conquest to the Reign of Victoria;
or, Royal Book of Beauty.

Illustrated by Twenty-Eight Highly-Finished Portraits on Steel 
Publisher: W.F. Rutter & Son, 1865. Bound in full red leather with five raised bands on the spine.  Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine, and decorations in gilt and black on the boards.  Marbled endpapers, all edges gilt.

The book is in very good condition,with some light scuffing to the leather, light bumping to the board corners, and a couple of small bumps to the fore edge of the top boards.  The internal front hinge has been reinforced.  Some light scattered foxing, mainly to the first and last few pages, with occasional spots throughout, but mainly clean and bright.  Illustrated with fine and lovely engravings each with a guard page.  The plates have some foxing, mainly to the borders.  The frontispiece of Victoria is the most affected.  A lovely, and very heavy, book.
Begins with Matilda of Flanders, Queen of William the Conqueror, and continues up to Queen Victoria. Each Queen has a fairly detailed biography. There are 41 queens represented, 28 of whom are supplied with portraits.
Quarto, 28.2 cm tall (11.2 inches) tall, viii, 516 pages.



Augustus De Morgan

An Essay on Probabilities
and Their Application to
Life Contingencies and Insurance Offices

Publisher: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1838, first edition. Published as part of The Cabinet Cyclopaedia conducted by the Rev. Dionysius Lardner.  Bound in the publisher's dark pink cloth with paper title labels to the spine, uncut edges.  Very good condition with repaired hinges, sunning of the cloth on the spine and board edges, paper labels drakened.  The title  and engraved title pages are foxed, as are the back endpapers.  There is one owner bookplate to the front endpaper.  Most of the pages of the book are actually unopened, only a few pages of the preface and four leaves in the centre of the book have been opened, indicating that this book has not been much read.

Chapters: On the Notion of Probability and its measurement; On Direct Probabilities; On Inverse Probabilities; Use of Tables at the end of this Work; On the Risks of Loss or Gain; On Common Notions with regard to Probability; On Errors of Observation, and Risks of Mistake; On the Application of Probabilities to Life Contingencies; On Annuities and other Money Contingencies; On the Value of Reversions and InsurancesOn the Nature of the contract of Insurance, and on the Risks of Insurance Offices in general; On the Adjustment on the Interests of the different Members in an Insurance Office; Miscellaneous Subjects connected with Insurance, &c.

Appendix: On the Ultimate Chances of Gain or Loss at Play, with a particular Application to the Game of Rouge et Noir; On the Rule for determining the Value of Successive Lives, and of Copyhold Estates; On the Rule for determining the Probabilities of Survivorship; On the average Result of a Number of Observations; On the Method of calculating uniformly decreasing or increasing Annuities On a Question connected with the Valuation of the Assets of an Insurance Office; Table I; Table II.
Numerous tables within the text.

Small octavo, 17.8 cm tall (7 inches), xviii, 306 pages, plus 40 pages of appendices.


Thirty Prints of Places
Mentioned by
The Holy Scriptures

Illustrative of the
Fulfilment of Prophecy
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1849, first edition.  Bound in the publisher's brown cloth with blind stamped decorations and titles in gilt on the top board. Very good condition with two owner names on the front endpapers, a few light marks, and some creased corners, mainly clean and bright and tight in its binding.

This is a lovely little book, with thirty locations mentioned in the Bible illustrated with engravings and described.  There are more than thirty engravings, 45 at my count, since some of the locations have both an engraving at the head of the chapter and at the end, while others have only the header illustration.
Small octavo, 17.5 cm tall (almost 7 inches), 128 pages.


Charles Tylor

The Camisards:
A Sequel to
'The Huguenots in the Seventeenth Century'
Publisher: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., and Edwards Hicks, Jun., 1893 first edition.  Bound in the publisher's green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and gilt vignette on the top board. Uncut edges.

The book is in very good condition, with some mottling to the cloth, a few isolated foxing spots and one pencilled owner name on the verso of the frontispiece.  The first blank page has been pasted down to the front board as it appears that the front endpapers have been removed, and the back endpaper is split along the hinge, but the binding is still firm and the book is tightly bound, and the text block is generally clean and bright.

A very interesting book about the Camisard rebellion against the anti-protestant persecutions in the early 18th century, the Camisards being Huguenots of the Cévennes and Vaunage regions of southern France.  Illustrated  with plates in sepia and black and white from paintings and photographs.

Octavo, 19.8 cm tall (7.75 inches), xv, 460 pages, plus one page of publisher's advertisements.



The Northamptonshire Home Guard

A History of the services of men and women of Northamptonshire who in the world war of 1939-45 forsook their rest and leisure to rally in defence of the Homeland and defiance of the invader
Editor B.G. Holloway
Zone H.Q. Intelligence and public Relations Officer
Collaborator H. Banks
A Company, 12th (Northampton) Battalion

Publisher: The Northamptonshire Home Guard, 1949, 1st edition. Bound in light brown cloth with titles on the spine and decorations on the top board in red. A little scuffing of the cloth, tanned free endpapers, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding. A very nice fresh print of a photograph of the Home Guard taken on November 11th, 1944, laid down on the front pastedown endpaper and captioned with the name of every man in the photograph, makes this an especially nice copy of a somewhat scarce book.
Illustrated throughout in monochrome. Small quarto sized, 25.3cm (10 inches) tall, 318 pages, plus one-page advertisement.


E.C. Revitt

This Green and Pleasant Land

The Story of Yardley Hastings
A Northamptonshire Village
The local events of nine centuries collected and narrated by E.C. Revitt
Revised with an Introduction by
Eric Glasgow

Publisher: Stanton and Son, Northampton, 1993 reprint. Bound in green cloth with titles in gilt on the top board. Near fine condition, clean, bright and tight in its binding.
A very interesting look at the history of one village, illustrated throughout in monochrome with maps and photographs.
22cm (8.75 inches) tall, 80 pages.


The Book of Birds

(Class AVES)

Publisher: John W. Parker and Son, 1854, 8th edition. Small format (14cm, 5.5 inches, tall), bound in dark pink cloth with titles on the top board in gilt and decorations blind stamped on both boards. Yellow endpapers. Slight sunning around the spine area, light bumping to the board corners and head and foot of the spine. Occasional light marks to pages, first and last two or three pages lightly toned, otherwise clean. Very good condition.
The book is illustrated throughout with engravings within the text and one full-page frontispiece. An educational book aimed at the young reader, and quite rare in any edition. 160 pages.



O.G.S. Crawford

Said and Done

The Autobiography of an Archaeologist

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1955 first edition. Bound in turquoise cloth with titles in gilt on the spine. Spine and along the hinge of the back board slightly discoloured, a light sprinkle of foxing along the closed pages edges and on the last two pages of the index, and some interesting pencil marginalia by the archaeologist C.A. Gresham, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding. Signed by the author on the title page.
O G S Crawford’s archaeological career was interrupted by the First World War, during which he served in the Royal Flying Corps, and was also taken prisoner. The book contains an account of his war experiences, and one of the illustrations is a photographic panorama of the Front at Arras, taken by Crawford. After the War he found employment with the Ordnance Survey, and this and his experience in the RFC led him to promote the use of aerial photography in archaeology, using photos taken by the RAF to determine the extent of Stonehenge Avenue, which he excavated in 1923. He was also the founder and editor of Antiquity an archaeological journal.
This signed copy was the property of the Welsh archaeologist Colin A. Gresham, who has added a few comments in pencil in the margins of the book. Loosely enclosed are the flyer and order form for this book, filled in by C.A. Gresham and stamped paid, a flyer for Antiquity, and a postcard to Mr Gresham showing Michelangelo’s Moses, but posted in Salisbury in 1958.
Octavo, 22cm tall (8.5 inches), 316 pages.



Emily Post


In Society, In Business, In Politics
And At Home
Illustrated with Private Photographs
And Facsimiles of Social Forms

Publisher: Funk and Wagnalls Company, New York, January 1923, fifth printing. (First published July 1922). Bound in blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board. Binding rubbed and bumped. Endpapers slightly toned, with a clipping pasted to the front endpaper, explaining the derivation of the word ‘etiquette’. Some light scattered foxing to the title page, very occasional small light marks within, but mainly clean and bright. Very good condition.
This is an unexpectedly lovely book, which sets out all the requirements for functioning well in 1920s society; follow the rules laid out by Mrs Post, and treat everyone kindly, no matter how horrid they might be. Sound advice.
An in depth insight into 1920s American society, illustrated with monochrome photographs of ideal homes, maids at work, etc.
Thick octavo, 23.5 cm (9.25 inches) tall, xix, 627 pages.


Hull’s Jahr

A New Manual of Homoeopathic Practice

Edited with annotations and additions by
Frederick G. Snelling

Publisher: William Radde, New York, 1867, fifth American edition. Bound in half brown leather over marbled boards, marbled endpapers. The binding is bumped and scuffed, with cracked but repaired hinges. Internally there is an ownership inscription dated July 10 1871 on the title page, and there is scattered foxing throughout. One leaf has an old repair with a tiny loss of text. Still a very readable and useful copy.
21cm tall (8.25 inches), 804 pages.



Charles St. John

Short Sketches Of The Wild Sports and Natural History Of The Highlands
From The Journals Of Charles St. John Esq.

Publisher: John Murray, 1846, first edition. Bound in half leather over marbled boards. The front hinge is cracked, but held by its cords, and has now been stabilized by a Japanese tissue repair to the inside of the hinge. The back hinge has a short crack at the top of the spine, but is otherwise fine. The marbled paper is a little rubbed and there is a small amount of leather lost at the top of the spine. The spine title labels are absent. Internally the book is clean and bright and tightly bound.
This book provides a very interesting look at the Scottish Highlands in the mid 19th century from the point of view of one man and his gun. He presents a great many detailed observations of the natural world, and though his main purpose is hunting the animals in it, he describes them with great admiration. He also has quite a fondness and admiration for the Scottish poacher.
Small octavo, 17.5cm (almost 7 inches) tall, vi, 281 pages.


Peter Beckford

Thoughts Upon Hunting
In a Series of Familiar Letters to a Friend

Printed by E. Easton for P. Elmsley et al, Sarum (Salisbury), 1784, third edition. Bound in original full leather with titles in gilt on a red spine label. Both hinges are cracked, and repaired, small losses to the head and foot of the spine, bumping to board corners, otherwise very good binding. Internally, some light scattered foxing at the beginning and end of the book, one stamp (Bellfield Library) to the title page, and one other stamp further into the book, occasional corner creases, but otherwise clean and bright and tightly bound. An allegorical frontispiece and two further plates as called for, bound in at the end of the book, the second of these having been pasted to the board (see photos).
Overall a very nice early edition of this influential book.
20cm, 8 inches, tall, 16.5 cm, 6.5 inches , wide, 10 pages of prelims, un-numbered, 360 pages.



E.C. Gaskell

The Life of Charlotte Brontë

Publisher: Smith, Elder & Co., 1857, second edition (published in the same year as the first edition, only two months later). Two volumes, bound in half green leather with titles and decorations in gilt on the spines, marbled paper-covered boards, top edges green. Very good condition, with a little rubbing to the leather, lightly bumped board corners, and some scattered foxing and occasional isolated marks to the text block. Mainly clean, and tightly bound.
This biography of Charlotte Brontë remains a very important one, since Mrs Gaskell, a successful novelist in her own right, was a friend of Charlotte’s, and had access to many primary sources as well as Charlotte herself.
There are three plates as called for, a frontispiece in each volume and in volume one, a facsimile of a page from one of Charlotte’s juvenile works. The latter is somewhat darkened around the edges.
Octavo, 19.7 cm tall, 7.5 inches, Volume One, viii, 352 pages, Volume Two, viii, 327 pages.


Jeanne Champion

La Hurlevent

Publisher: Presses de la Renaissance, 1987, first edition, signed by the author. Paperback, bound in pictorial wraps. In very good condition, with just a little edge wear to the stiff wraps. A couple of erased pencil inscriptions on the flyleaf, signed and inscribed by the author on the half-title. Clean and bright and tight in binding.
This is a semi-dramatised biography of Emily Brontë by the Prix Goncourt winning author of Suzanne Valadon. Text in French.
Large format, 22.5cm tall, 461 pages.


Laura C. Holloway

An Hour with Charlotte Brontë
Or Flowers From a Yorkshire Moor

Publisher: Funk and Wagnalls, New York, 1883. Bound in brown pictorial wraps, this is part of Funk and Wagnall’s Standard Library series. The book is in very good condition, with some losses to the spine strip and to the edges of the wraps. Some light marks to the wraps, internally a few turned corners but mainly clean and bright and tightly bound.
This book contains a biographical essay and review of the writings of Charlotte Brontë, followed by some of her letters, selections from her writing, and poems.
18.5cm tall (7.25 inches), 156 pages, of which the last 12 are publisher’s advertisements.



Eoin O’Brien

The Beckett Country

Publisher: Black Cat Press in association with Faber and Faber, 1986, first edition in dust jacket. Bound in brick red cloth with the titles in gilt on the spine and stamped in blind on the top board. Near fine condition in a very good dust jacket. The book is clean and bright throughout. The dust jacket has on closed tear, visible in the photos, now repaired.
A very interesting book for the Beckett enthusiast, with a wealth of detail about the writer’s life and the land in which he lived. Illustrated throughout with monochrome photographs, many of them period, and some of which are of Samuel Beckett himself in former years.
Large format, 26cm tall by 27 cm wide (10.25 inches by 10.7 inches), xxvi+ 2pp, 402pp.



Samuel Pepys

The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Publisher: Robert Rivière and Sons. Undated but c.1900. Two volumes bound in half orange leather over orange cloth boards, with titles and decorations in gilt on the spines.
This is a very nice set of Pepys’s Diary, with rubbing, bumping and some losses to the leather, a very occasional light foxing spot, but mainly clean and bright and tightly bound. Printed on thin paper, thus getting around 700 pages to the volume without making them wrist-breakers. Illustrated with two portrait frontispieces in photogravure.
Octavos, 18cm, 7 inches, tall, Volume One, viii, index of dates 1 page, 666 pages; Volume Two, index of dates 1 page, 719 pages, including a general index.



Charles Darwin

The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin

Including an Autobiographical Chapter
Edited by His Son Francis Darwin.

Publisher: John Murray, 1887, second edition. Three volumes bound in the publisher’s green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine. Dark blue endpapers, untrimmed edges.
This is a very good set of this highly informative work. Darwin corresponded with many of the best scientific minds of his time, and the letters are arranged by topic in these volumes. There are personal letters, but much of the correspondence concerns Darwin’s scientific work, and ranges through a wide diversity of topics, including, of course, evolution.
The books are in very good condition, with some small marks to the cloth, bumping to the board corners, and a very slight fading of the spines. There are very occasional isolated foxing spots to the text blocks, and scattered light foxing to the first and last few pages of each volume, and some light foxing of the closed page edges. Each volume has the baronial bookplate of Francis Henry, Lord St. Helier. Each volume has a tissue guarded engraved frontispiece, three portraits of Darwin at different stages of his life. Volumes I and II have another plate each, as called for. The pages of volumes I and III are only partly opened, while those of volume II are all opened. Francis Henry must have found this volume of the most interest. He was a QC and Judge Advocate General, appointed by William Gladstone.
Octavos, 22.6 cm, almost 9 inches, tall. Vol. I., ix, errata slip tipped in, 395 pages, Vol. II, 393 pages, Vol. III, iv, 418 pages.



Vita Sackville-West

In Your Garden
In Your Garden Again

Publisher: Michael Joseph, 1952 and 1953. In Your Garden is a first edition, third impression, and In Your Garden Again is a first edition, first impression. Bound in light brown cloth and green cloth, both in their original dust jackets. Some tiny light marks to the cloth, and In Your Garden has a little bumping at the head of the spine. Both books have a little tanning to the endpapers, but are otherwise clean and bright and tight in their bindings. The dust jackets have their original prices, slightly darkened spine areas and a little bumping to the heads of the spines and the tips of the corner folds. They are now protected in archival sleeves.
Both books are illustrated with monochrome photographs. They contain collections of gardening articles written for the Guardian newspaper, witty and informative, they remain great reads for any enthusiastic gardener, armchair or otherwise.
Octavos, 21 cm, 8.25 inches, tall, In Your Garden, 237 pages; In Your Garden Again, 178 pages, plus one page publisher’s advertisement.



Carl Heinrich von Bogatzky

A Golden Treasury

For The Children of God,
Whose Treasure is in Heaven:
Consisting of Devotional and Practical Observations on Select Passages of Scripture for Every Day in the Year

Publisher: The Religious Tract Society, undated but c.1870. Bound in full dark brown leather, heavily ornamented in gilt on both boards, five raised bands on the spine with titles in gilt and gilt decorations in compartments. All edges gilt.
This devotional book is very beautiful in its fine gilded binding. The spine leather is faded and rubbed, but the gilt on the spine, boards and edges remains bright. There is one presentation inscription dated 1873 on the first blank page, apart from which the pages are clean and bright and tightly bound. Loosely included are two associated pieces used as bookmarks, an Italian religious card showing the Ascension of the Virgin Mary, and a floral note card with a handwritten thank you note dated 1961.
Octavo, 15.8cm, 6.25 inches, tall, xvi, 366 pages.



Charles Darwin

A Naturalist’s Voyage

Journal of Researches Into The
Natural History and Geology
Of The Countries Visited During the Voyage of
H.M.S. ‘Beagle’ Round the World
Under the Command of Capt. Fitz Roy, R.N.

Publisher: John Murray, 1890, New edition with portrait. Bound in green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and gilt vignette of a gaucho hunting a rhea with bolas on the top board. Uncut edges
This is a very nice copy of this important book, Darwin’s journal of the voyage that would lead him to formulate the Darwinian theory of evolution.
The book is in very good condition, with light bumps tot he corners and spine, scattered foxing to the title page and frontispiece, a very occasional light mark elsewhere, but mainly clean. On the front endpaper is the bookplate of Albert Pam, a botanical explorer, with an illustration of the epiphytic plant Pamianthe Peruviana, a member of the amaryllis family, evidently discovered for science by him.
The book is illustrated with some engravings within the text.
Octavo, 19.5 cm tall (8 inches), viii, contents, 500 pages.



A. Thorburn

British Birds

Written and Illustrated by A. Thorburn

Publisher: Longmans, Green and Co., 1915, 1916. Four volumes, quarto. Volumes I and II, 1915 first editions, volumes III and IV, 1916 first editions. Bound in red cloth with titles in gilt on the spines, top edges gilt.
There four volumes are filled with 80 magnificent tissue guarded plates, most showing several birds.
The books are in very good condition, with some marks to the bindings and bumping to the head and foot of the spines. Volume one has been supplied with a new back board and spine with the original titles laid down, and new rear endpapers. This was due to destruction of the original by damp. The last seven text pages in this volume have some staining due to this, the worst being the last two pages, where there is also a small area of lost text. This last page has been consolidated with Japanese tissue paper. The last plate in this volume also has some pink staining. Photos are available on request. Other than this one instance, the plates are all in lovely order. The books have ownership inscriptions from 1916 on their front endpapers, and there is sporadic foxing of the text pages. They are still a very beautiful set with fine bright illustrations of great beauty.
Quarto, 33 cm, 13 inches, tall. 20 plates in each volume, all present. Volume I, viii, 143 pages plus plates; Volume II, vi, 71 pages plus plates; Volume III, vi, 87 pages plus plates; Volume IV, vii, 107 pages plus plates.


C. Stower, Printer.

The Printer’s Grammar;

Or Introduction to the Art of Printing:
Containing A Concise History of the Art,
With The Improvements in the Practice of Printing, For The Last Fifty Years

Printed by the Editor, for B. Crosby and Co., 1808, first edition. Rebound in quarter dark brown leather with marbled paper-covered boards and new endpapers.
This book is a marvellous resource for the printer, copiously illustrated throughout with a huge number of fonts, decorations, engravings of printing machinery etc. There are seven plates, two folding, as called for, and 32 pages of Specimens of Printing Types bound in after Technical Terms at the end of the book, but there are also many, many more pages of illustrations throughout the book.
The book is in very good condition, rebound as described, with a tightly bound text block. There is some very occasional light scattered foxing, and offsetting from some of the engravings, and one owner name on the title page, but the book is mainly clean and bright.
Octavo, 21.5 cm, 8.5 inches, tall, xviii, 532 pages (pages numbered 1-530 plus an additional two pages numbered 506* and 507*), 32 pages Specimens of Printing Types, 15 pages index, 1 page Directions to the Binder, complete.


John Russell

Instructions for the Drill and the Method of Performing the Eighteen Manoeuvres
as Ordered For His Majesty’s Forces.

Publisher: T. Egerton, Military Library Whitehall, 1799, first edition, first printing. Rebound in half dark blue cloth over marbled paper-covered boards, uncut edges. Engraved title page.
This book describes in great detail the drill that turns a body of men into a disciplined and well-trained fighting force. It is illustrated with 33 plates as called for, which are numbered 1 to 31, plus two unnumbered plates, one of these folding.
The book is in very good condition, with a fresh binding and endpapers. There are some very occasional light marks to the text block, an old price on the title page in pencil, and some small pencil marks against the list of plates from an earlier collation. Otherwise the book is clean and bright.
A scarce first edition of this very interesting Napoleonic War era military book.
Octavo, 20cm, 8 inches, tall, engraved title page, xxvi, 2 pages list of plates, 207 pages, 1 page errata, plus 33 plates.



John and Charles Bell

The Anatomy of the Human Body

Vol II

Containing the Anatomy of the Heart and Arteries
By John Bell
Vol. III
Containing the Nervous System
Part I
The Anatomy of the Brain, and Description of the Course of the Nerves.
Part II
The Anatomy of the Eye and Ear; of the Nose and Organ of Smelling; of the Mouth and Organ of Taste; of the Skin and Sense of Touch

Publisher: Vol. II, Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, 1808, third edition, corrected; Vol. III, T.N. Longman and O. Rees, 1803, first edition. Both volumes bound with brown cloth spines, worn leather corners over marbled paper-covered boards.
Two volumes of these beautifully illustrated anatomy texts. Volume II contains 13 full-page engraved plates, plus engravings within the text, and Volume III contains 10 plates, one of which is folding, plus engravings within the text.
The books are in very good condition. They have been rebacked in brown cloth. The boards are slightly bowed. Both books have some foxing, mainly to the beginning and end of the text, some foxing to the plates, and offsetting from some of the engravings. There are a couple of instances of marginalia in pencil. The books are otherwise clean and bright.
Octavos, 24cm (9.5 inches) tall. Vol. II, xxxi, 496 pages; Vol.III, xii, 495 pages.


The Cook and Housewife’s Manual

Margaret Dods

A Practical System of Modern Domestic Cookery and Family Management;
Containing a Compendium of French Cookery, and of Fashionable Confectionary, Preparations for Invalids, a Selection of Cheap Dishes, and Numerous Useful Miscellaneous Receipts in the Various Branches of Domestic Economy.
To Which is Added
A Comprehensive Treatise on Domestic Brewing.
By Mistress Margaret Dods

Publisher: Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, and Simpkin, Marshall & Co., London. 1842, seventh edition. Rebound in 20th century quarter dark blue leather with five raised bands and gilt titles and decorations to the spine, dark blue cloth boards, marbled paper endpapers.
This is one of those magnificently comprehensive 19th century manuals which tell the reader all they need to know about running a household and feeding everyone, with instructions on how to provide a full banquet to how to scour a carpet. The long section on French cookery is extended for this edition. There are several woodcuts within the text, illustrating the art of carving meats fish and poultry.
The book is in very good condition, with its attractive later binding very fresh. The first few pages have a water stain along the lower edges, and there are occasional marks throughout the book, testifying to its usefulness.
Octavo, 19.5cm tall (7.75 inches), 491 pages, plus one page of reviews of ‘former editions of this work’.


Chuji Hirayama

Japanese Rural Dwellings

Publisher: Shokokusha, 1965. Large volume bound in the publisher’s red cloth with titles in English on the spine in white and black, and Japanese characters stamped in blind on the top board. Covered in its original plastic protective jacket, and in its original card box, with a paper title label.
This is a beautiful book of photographs of Japanese rural dwellings, exteriors, interiors and details, mainly in monochrome. The text is in English, with a preface by the author and photographer, and an essay on ‘The Rural Dwellings of the Central Mountains of Honshu’ by Noboru Kawazoe.
The book is in very good plus condition, its only fault being a very slight age-toning to the edges of the pages. Otherwise the book is clean, bright and tight in its binding.
An uncommon title.
Folio sized, 32 cm tall (12.75 inches) 198 pages.



Tommy Holmes

The Hawaiian Canoe

Publisher: Editions Limited, Hawaii, 1981. Hardback with decorative paper-covered boards matching the dust jacket.
This is the most comprehensive book about the Hawaiian canoe, covering the history, materials, making, and use of this iconic vessel. Fully illustrated in both colour and monochrome with historical and modern photographs and illustrations, and plans and drawings. There is a particularly nice sequence of photos of the building of a canoe.
The book is in near fine condition in a very good dust jacket. The book has very tiny bumps to the head and foot of the spine and board corners, and the dust jacket has a just slightly sun-lightened spine area. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Square format, 28.5cm by 28.5cm (11.25 inches square), vii, 191 pages.



James Cochrane

Arcana of the Arts
The Modern Receipt Book

Being a Collection of Nearly
Eight Hundred Valuable Receipts
Arranged under their respective heads
Domestic Economy, Bleaching and Scouring, Dyeing, Tanning
Cements Varnishes, Lackers [sic]
Rural Economy, Management of Bees, Gardening, Brewing,
Distilling, Perfumery, Making Wines,
The Metallic Arts, (Including Gilding, Silvering and Plating,)
Drawing and Painting &c., &c.
The Whole Carefully Selected from the latest and best Authorities,
And Enriched By
Many Original and Valuable Communications,
Confirmed by actual Experiment or Personal Observation.
James Cochrane

Publisher: A.K. Newman and Co., 1824 first edition, bound in the publisher’s printed paper-covered boards. Titles in black on the top board and publisher’s advertisements on the bottom board. Uncut page edges.
This is a most fascinating book, a fount of information on how to do almost anything that might be necessary in the early 19th century, or indeed in a modern self-sufficient lifestyle, even down to making various kinds of cement or glue. There is much gardening advice, including sowing hemp around cabbages to keep off caterpillars which probably works very well, but may be unadvisable today. The painting section includes instructions on preparing colours, painting on ivory and velvet, and colours for painting various different subjects. There are a large number of recipes for wines and spirits, a long section on beekeeping, and on rural economy, growing crops, feeding livestock, etc. The recipes for dyes are particularly interesting.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is cracked along the hinge, since the spine is only paper-covered this is to be expected. However, the strings are still holding the boards on as they should, and the hinges have been internally reinforced with a discreet slip of Japanese paper, to hold them more firmly. Unusually, the paper backstrip is still mostly present, with some loss (about 2cm) to the head of the spine. The title and price (4s Bound) are still present. There are some handling marks to the binding, but it is in remarkably good condition. There are some very occasional marks to the text block, and two short closed tears, but the book is mainly clean and bright.
The book is illustrated with an engraved frontispiece and title page, and one engraving within the text. The pagination of the book begins with signature B, at page 13, being preceded by a two-page preface, but the book is complete. Perhaps a longer preface was planned but discarded after the body of the book had been typeset?
Octavo, 18cm, 7 inches tall, pagination: frontispiece, engraved title, blank, title page, blank, two pages preface, pages 13 to 295, complete.



Tunis et ses Environs 
Texte et Dessins D'Apres Nature
Charles Lallemand 
Cent Cinquante Aquarelles Tirées en Couleurs 

Publisher: Maison Quantin, Paris, 1890.  This is a magnificent volume bound in full maroon leather with five raised bands to the spine, and gilt decorations on the spine and boards.  All edges are gilt and there are marbled endpapers.  The book measures 12 ¼ by 9 ¾ inches, (30.5 by 24 cm).  
The text contains 150 reproductions of beautiful watercolours by the author, with jewel-like colours.  Except for very occasional light marks, and some very light scattered foxing on the preliminary pages, the book is clean and bright, and in very good condition.  
The spine has lightened a little, there are a couple of small scuffs and pressure marks on the back board and some light wear to the bottom edges of the boards.  The front endpaper has split at the hinge, but the boards are still firmly attached.  There are bookplates on the front and rear pastedown endpapers , but no inscriptions.

This is a very fine large volume giving a vivid picture, both textually and visually, of late nineteenth century Tunis.    245 pages.
4to, 9 ¾”- 12 1/2 “ tall 





Harry Piers

Master Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Nova Scotia
Supplement and Drawings by Donald Mackay

Publisher: The Antiquarian Club, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1948, 1st edition. Publisher’s dark blue cloth with titles and vignette on the top board. In the original dust jacket.
This is a very interesting book, describing the working lives of ‘old fashioned’ silver and goldsmiths of Nova Scotia, with many monochrome illustrations, and a table of their marks.
The book is in very good condition, with a few pencilled annotations in the margins, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding, and signed in a gift inscription by Donald Mackay, who produced the supplement and drawings. Harry Piers himself died before the book was finished, and the book was prepared for publication by Una Thomson and A. Matilda Strachan.
The dust jacket is in fair to good condition, being worn and torn with small losses, and now contained in a protective sleeve.
Octavo, 24 cm tall (9.5 inches), 161 pages.



Sir E.A. Wallis Budge

The Teaching of Amen-Em-Apt, Son of Kanekht

The Egyptian Hieroglyphic Text and an English Translation, with Translations of the Moral and Religious Teachings of Egyptian Kings and Officials, Illustrating the Development of Religious Philosophy in Egypt During a Period of About Two Thousand Years

Publisher: Martin Hopkinson and Company Limited, 1924, first edition. Bound in red cloth with titles in gilt on the spine.

This is a fascinating book, illustrated with 8 monochrome plates, 13 detailed illustrations within the text, and a full hieroglyphic transcript of the hieratic text in the British Museum (Papyrus No. 10474).

The book is in very good condition. On the top board there is a patch indicative of label removal, and the rear pastedown endpaper show surface signs of label removal. There are no library marks in the text block. There is scattered light foxing of the first and last few pages, and to the closed page edges. Occasionally the mull shows through between signatures, but the book is tightly bound. Apart from a very occasional light isolated mark, the book is mainly clean and bright.

Octavo, 22cm tall, xv, 260 pages.


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G.B. Sowerby

A Conchological Manual
Illustrated by Upwards of Five Hundred Figures

Publisher: Mr. G.B. Sowerby, 1839, first edition. Bound in contemporary brown moire patterned cloth with a paper title label to the spine. All edges speckled red.

Hand-coloured frontispiece, with 23 engraved plates (not coloured) bound in at the end of the book, with two folding tables, Lamarck’s Conchological System, and The Conchological System of De Blainville, all as called for.

This is a very good copy of an uncommon book. The cloth has some bubbling, a few marks, and the spine label is browned. One owner name on ffep. The title page has offsetting from the frontispiece, and scattered foxing. There is some light scattered foxing to preliminary pages, but the body of the text block has only a rare incidence of foxing, being mainly clean. The plates have occasional light spots, but are also mainly clean. The binding is tight.

Octavo, 22.5 cm tall, v, 130 pages, plates and tables, errata, 4 pages publisher’s advertisements.


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 Graily Hewitt

Lettering For Students and Craftsmen

With Four Hundred and Three Illustrations 

Publisher: Seeley, Service & Co. Ltd., 1930, first edition.  This is the limited edition, number 147 of 370 numbered copies, signed by the author.  The book is a quarto, bound in cream buckram with gilt titles on the spine.  Top edges gilt, other edges uncut, silk bookmark ribbon.

This volume is from the estate of Lord Wardington, who was a book and map collector, and his bookplate is on the back endpaper.  On the front endpaper is the bookplate of S.R. Wycherley (Sydney Renoden Wycherley), who was an inventor.

The book is in very good condition, with the buckram a little marked. (There was a fire at the home of Lord Wardington, and his whole library had to be rescued.)  There is some light foxing to the endpapers, and a couple of light spots on the title page, but the book is otherwise clean and bright, and the binding tight and firm.  It is fully illustrated, both in full-page plates and within the text.  A most beautiful volume.

Quarto, 26.5 cm tall, 336 pages. 


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Edward Carpenter

Love’s Coming-Of-Age

A Series of Papers On
The Relations of the Sexes

Publisher: Manchester, Labour Press, 1896, first edition.  Bound in dark pink pebbled cloth with titles in gilt on the top board and spine.  Uncut edges.  The book is in very good condition, with signs of label removal on the front free endpaper and both endpapers reinforced at the spine.  There is also a circular shadow mark at the base of the spine where a small label has been removed.  There is an ownership inscription on the verso of the front free endpaper and a small handwritten library number on the verso of the title page.  Here and there through the book are occasional pencilled notes.  These are infrequent and the book is mainly clean.  On one of the final blank pages is written in pencil a poem, ‘…Enough…’ by Whittier, and a verse by F.W. Faber.  The text block is a little uneven, but tightly bound.
This is a rare first edition of this very interesting book on sex and relations between the sexes.  In the era of increasing sexual emancipation and the ‘New Woman’, Carpenter comes down on the side of the women and their freedom, and he discusses the way men and marriage must change to accommodate women as free human beings.
There is also an interesting few pages on Star and Sex Worships.

Octavo, 20cm tall, 168 pages plus 1 page publisher’s advertisement. 


R.T. Haines Halsey

Pictures of Early New York
On Dark Blue Staffordshire Pottery
Together with Pictures of Boston and New England
Philadelphia, the South and West

Publisher: Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, 1899, limited edition, one of 268 copies on hand-made paper. Bound in light brown cloth with gilt titles on the spine, gilt edging and vignette of blue plate on the top board. Edges untrimmed.

This is a very beautiful book, illustrated with gorgeous colour photogravures of the pottery, mainly in blue and white, but some illustrations of red and brown ware, and two plates of coloured wares. Many illustrations are full-page plates, others are within the text, and wherever they occur, tissue guards are bound in. This is an extraordinary and surprising look at American history through the medium of Staffordshire pottery.

The book is in very good condition, with some marks to the cloth and lightly bumped corners. One tissue guard is missing, a few have creases and one has a short closed tear. There are occasional isolated light marks to pages, and two pages have a patch of slight darkening in the upper inside corner due to a small bookmark, not affecting any text or image. Otherwise the book is clean and bright, and is tightly bound.

Quarto, 29 cm tall, xxvi, 329


A Lady (Mrs. Rundell.)

A New System of Domestic Cookery;
Formed Upon Principles of Economy And Adapted to the Use of Private Families.

Publisher: T. Allman, undated, circa 1850.Bound in full speckled calf with titles in gilt on leather spine label.

This is a nice, uncommon small format edition of Mrs. Rundell’s cookery book, 13 cm (5 inches) tall. The book has an engraved frontispiece, engraved title page with vignette of a kitchen still life, and 11 further woodcut plates.

The book is in very good condition. It has been skillfully rebacked some time ago, possibly a 19th century repair. The title page, frontispiece and engraved title page are browned, the plates have some light marks and tanning to various degrees, and plate XI is darkened and bumped around the edges. The text block has some marks throughout, but is mainly clean. On the verso of the frontispiece is an inscription ‘ Emma Clapp Her … Elizabeth Mead Barley Born may 6th 1855 in the morning early’. On the verso of the engraved title page is a pencilled recipe for plum pudding, and the original rear free endpaper has been preserved with the ingredients for pickle written in pencil on it. On the blank verso of the last text page instructions on how to pickle cabbage or onions has been pencilled.

xl, 419, plus 4 page publisher’s


Baker, Sir Samuel W.

The Nile Tributaries of Abyssinia and the Sword Hunters of the Hamran Arabs

 Macmillan & Co., 1868, second edition.  Rebound in maroon cloth with gilt titles and new endpapers. 8vo, very good condition, occasional light marks only.  24 plates all present, 2 coloured maps, one folding, also present.  This is the account of fourteen months' exploration of the Nile tributaries, on which Baker was accompanied by his wife. 
8vo, 7 ¾ -9 ¾ inches tall 


E.A.J. Honigmann

Shakespeare: the 'lost years' 

Publisher: Manchester University Press, 1985, first edition.  We do not usually deal in paperbacks, but this is a famous book on a mysterious part of Shakespeare's life, which has not appeared in hard covers and is extremely rare as a first edition.  The book deals with the years of Shakespeare's life between 1564 and 1592, and suggests that Shakespeare worked for a while in the household of a wealthy Roman Catholic landowner in Lancashire. 

The book is in near fine condition, clean and bright.  It formerly belonged to Reginald Alton, lecturer in English at Pembroke College, Oxford.  The book contains a letter from a lecturer at Somerville College Oxford, identified only as Katherine, forwarding the book to him and asking for his opinion on its theses.  


Louisa Stuart Costello 

Jacques Cœur, The French Argonaut
And His Times

 Publisher: Richard Bentley, 1847, first edition.  Bound in full tan leather with gilt titles and decorations to spine.  Marbled endpapers, all edges marbled.  Frontispiece portrait engraving , and engraved chapter heading vignettes.
This is a very attractive book about the life and times of Jacques Coeur, merchant, master of the French mint for Charles VII, rumoured to be an alchemist.  He was one of the richest men of his times, but was eventually ruined by a wrongful accusation and conviction of murder by poisoning, and a number of other charges.
The book is in very good condition with some rubbing to the spine, and surface damage to the spine label, and a small chip out of the leather on the fore-edge of the back board.  There is a little light foxing to the prelims and a prize bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper.  The book is otherwise clean and bright, and tight in its binding.  Octavo, 23cm (9 inches) tall, 433 pages. 

Its Outward and Visible Signs.
A Description of the Jewels, Clothing, & Furniture For All Degrees.

Publisher: Spencer’s Masonic Depot, undated, c.1880.  Revised edition.
This book is bound in blue cloth with blind-stamped decorations and title in gilt on top board and spine.  It is a catalogue of regalia and furniture for Masonic ceremonies, illustrated with 13 plates in colour and one folding plate, plus many other large engraved illustrations, including a diagram of the Black Room and the Red Room with the placement of all the items necessary for the rituals.  There is a Catalogue of Standard Works on Freemasonry.  The book contains detailed descriptions of the many forms of regalia and furniture, and all is priced.
Inscribed on the front free endpaper ‘With the Author’s Compliments.
The book is in very good condition, with some light wear to the cloth, slightly bumped corners, and occasional very light scattered foxing to the pages, mainly clean and bright.
Also included are two Odes, ‘On the Installation of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales as Most Worshipful Grand Master and the Albert Hall, 1875’ and “To The Rose-Croix of H.D.R.M.” by Bro. Walter Spencer, 30°.

The book is 7.5 inches (19cm) tall, and has 106 pages, plus the 12 page catalogue of Standard Works on Freemasonry.

This is a rare and most interesting book.


Harold Cummins and Charles Midlo

Finger Prints, Palms and Soles
An Introduction To Dermatoglyphics

Publisher: The Blakiston Company, 1943. Publisher’s blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board.
This is a very thorough text on the subject of finger, hand and foot prints. The history of the field is covered, followed by an examination of methods of taking prints, and distinguishing between individuals, as well as comparing simian prints to those of humans, and the biology of the subject.
The book is in very good condition, with the spine gilt dulled, but otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Octavo, 23.5 cm tall (9.25 inches), xi, 309 pages.



The Playgoer and Society Illustrated
August 1912 – September 1913

This volume of issues of ‘The Playgoer’ is bound in half-leather with blue cloth-covered boards.  Each of the monthly issues is bound in complete with its colour cover.  Each issue is given over to one play, describing the story of the play and illustrating the action with numerous still photographs of the production.  Each issue reproduces the colour image on the cover again on a single glossy page within the magazine.

The magazines give a very vivid and lively view of stage productions in the West End of the time.  Particularly interesting issues are concerned with the production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’, a pantomime complete with harlequinade (of which there is a coloured photo) and a production of Pinero’s ‘The Schoolmistress’, which includes Dion Boucicault in the cast.  Also included are news and photographs of a charity matinee given by Harry Lauder, and a play with Gerald Du Maurier in the cast. 

The issues also contain articles and reviews of other plays, theatre abroad, and fashion.  There are, of course, many period advertisements.

The volume is in very good condition.  It has a small amount of damp damage to the lower edges of the boards, which only affects the very first and last few pages in a minor way.  There is an owner inscription on the back of the front free endpaper.  Otherwise the pages are clean and bright and the binding is tight. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in theatrical history, costume, sets, etc. with its wealth of photographs of actual productions. 

4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall  


E. K. Chambers

The Elizabethan Stage 

Publisher: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1923, four volumes, large octavo, first edition.  Four frontispieces with tissues guards, and ten illustrations within the text, five full-page.  Bound in original burgundy buckram gilt titles and decorations, with light sunning of the spines, and minor rubbing.  The text blocks are tightly bound and, but for a very few tiny light marks, are clean and bright.
A very good copy of this comprehensive work. Contents include: The Court. The Control of the Stage. The Companies including the Boy Companies, The Adult Companies and the International Companies. The Play Houses. Staging at Court, Staging in the Theatres: Sixteenth Century, Staging in the Theatres: Seventeenth Century.
These volumes formerly belonged to Reginald Alton, lecturer in English at Pembroke College, Oxford. 



Charles Dickens

All The Year Round
A Weekly Journal
Containing "The Uncommercial Traveller"

Publisher: Chapman and Hall, two volumes, Volume IX and Volume X, February 28th to August 22nd 1863 and August 29th 1863 to February 6th 1864, first editions bound in half green leather over marbled boards with titles in gilt on leather spine labels.
These volumes of All the Year Round contain the first printings of the second series of The Uncommercial Traveller. The first series of 16 articles was published in the journal in 1860. This second series has 12 articles, which were published between May and October 1863. Five years later Dickens was to publish eight more pieces. They were later collected in book form in 1861.
Seeing these pieces in their original settings gives them greater context. The journals contain writing by many others whom Dickens saw fit to publish, and quite a lot of interesting factual articles, providing a historical setting. Throughout the books there occur advertisements for readings by Charles Dickens, including locations, content of the readings and ticket prices.
The volumes are in very good condition. Both have repaired title pages, showing some creases and repaired tears. Being journals, there are some pages showing light age-toning. There is an occasional instance of scattered foxing, and a very few small tears, but the pages are mainly clean and in very good condition. The bindings show some scuffing and edge wear, and the spine of Volume X is scuffed with some small losses to the title labels.
Large octavos, 24 cm (9.5 inches) tall. Volume IX, iv, 620 pages, Volume X, iv, 572 pages, plus Extra Christmas Number ‘Mrs Lirriper’s Lodgings’ 48 pages.



Les Européens
Photographies Par
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Publisher: Editions Verve, Paris, 1955, first edition. Folio sized book bound in decorated paper-covered boards with no dust jacket as issued. The board design is by Joan Miró.
A very nice copy of this beautiful book. The board corners are bumped and the head of the spine is pulled, causing short tears in the hinges. The back hinge is also cracked just through the surface layer. The binding is still tight and firm. Inside, there is a light touch of foxing on the first few preliminary pages. Otherwise the book is clean and bright, with 114 monochrome photographs by Bresson from 1950-55. Some very fine photography indeed.
37.5 cm tall (14.75 inches). Introduction in French and 114 photographs, complete.



Dante Alighieri

Die Goettliche Komoedie
(The Divine Comedy)

Uebersetzt von Karl Witte
Mit Einer Einleitung von Max Von Boehn

Publisher: Askanischer Verlag, Berlin, 1921, first edition thus. Bound in full vellum with six raised bands on the spine. Titles in black and yellow on the spine and elaborate decorations in black on both the boards. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut. This is a limited edition, and this copy is number 49 of 250.
This is a very beautiful volume. The introduction, which concerns portraits of Dante and illustrations for the Divine Comedy, is illustrated with a great many tipped in plates and others within the text, and includes illustrations by Dore and Flaxman, among many others. The text of the Divine Comedy is in German, and is typeset in a beautiful clear font, with decorated initials. It is also illustrated with numerous wonderful full-page woodcuts, and also smaller woodcuts within the text. This book holds many pleasures even for those who do not read German.
The book is in very good condition, with some darkening to the vellum as is usual, and the top board is slightly bowed. There is a very little light scattered foxing to the first and last few pages, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Quart sized, 26.5 cm, 10.5 inches, tall, 574 pages (2.4kg in weight).


Sir Frank Colyer

Old Instruments Used For Extracting Teeth

Publisher: Staples Press, 1952, first edition. Bound in publisher’s dark blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and publisher’s shield on the top board, in original dust jacket.
This is a fully illustrated (terrifyingly so) book, with 283 illustrations, a comprehensive reference work on this subject.
The book is in very good condition. The endpapers have light scattered foxing and a presentation inscription. The text block is printed on glossy paper and is clean and bright. The dust jacket has some foxing and three short closed tears. The jacket has its original price of 42 shillings, and it is now supplied with a protective sleeve.
Octavo, 22 cm (8.75 inches) tall, 245 pages.



Edward Twisleton

The Tongue Not Essential to Speech
With Illustrations of the Power of Speech in
The African Confessors

Publisher: John Murray, 1873, first edition. Bound in publisher’s brown cloth over beveled boards, titles in gilt on the spine.
An odd book about many cases of people who have spoken even though their tongues have been removed or mutilated. Some parts of this book are not for the queasy. The book veers from the medical to the religious, cases being presented with all available medical detail, and some referring to reported religious miracles. The general tone of the book seems to suggest that to speak without a tongue is not so miraculous after all.
The book is in very good condition. Both endpapers are split at the hinge, but the binding remains sound. The text block is slightly uneven and from page 203 onwards there is a marginal damp stain, which does not encroach onto the text. Two pages have repaired closed tears. Otherwise the book is clean.
Octavo, 19cm, 7 inches, tall, iv, 232 pages, plus a 4 page publisher’s catalogue dated June 1873.


Herbert Cescinsky

The Old World House

Publisher: A. & C. Black, 1924, first edition. Two volumes bound with red leather spines over red cloth-covered boards. Tope edges gilt. The spines have five raised bands and gilt titles and decorations. Marbled endpapers. Printed on heavy, glossy paper, each volume have a photogravure frontispiece.
These books are concerned with the furnishing styles of the English country house, and are fully illustrated with monochrome photographs throughout. Loosely included are two old photographs of pieces of furniture, and an article from ‘The Connoisseur’ about snuff boxes.
The books are in very good condition, with slightly bumped corners, and occasional light marks, but mainly clean and bright.
Small quarto, 25.5cm tall (10 inches), Volume One, xii, 307 pages, Volume Two, iii, 371 pages.



Rev. J. L. Sisson

The Elements of Anglo-Saxon Grammar:
To Which Are Added
A Praxis and Vocabulary

Printed by Benjamin Dewhirst, Leeds, and sold by Longman et al, 1819, first edition. Bound in the original pink paper-covered boards, with untrimmed page edges. 12mo.
The book is in good plus condition, lacking most of the backstrip, but being still firmly bound in its boards. The boards are a little age-toned and scuffed. There is one owner name on the front free endpaper, and occasional isolated spot here and there throughout, but mainly clean.
A very nice, and quite rare book.
12mo, 19cm, 7.5 inches, tall, 84 pages.



Sir John Morris-Jones

Y Cymmrodor.
The Magazine of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion Volume XXVIII.

Publisher: Society of Cymmrodorion, 1918. Hardback bound in later blue cloth with titles on the spine in gilt.
This book is a detailed study of the poetry of Taliesin and the manuscripts of this poetry, and the volume contains the complete work (parts 1 and 2). The book is illustrated with a frontispiece and one other photographic plate, and also some illustrations within the text, of manuscript samples.
The binding is in very good condition with a slightly lightened spine. Inside, The frontispiece and title page are foxed. There are occasional light marks to the pages, and some few instances of pencil annotations. Otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
The book was formerly the property of Colin Gresham, an archaeologist, historian and writer, and loosely included is a postcard to him from the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion advertising a talk on Nationalism in Wales.
This volume is quite rare.
Octavo, 22cm tall, 290 pages.


Fletcher Moss

The Sixth Book of
Pilgrimages to Old Homes

Published by the Author from his Home, The Old Parsonage, Didsbury, May 1913. First edition. Bound in red cloth over bevelled boards, with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and a gilt vignette of a crusader on the top board. Top edges gilt, other edges uncut.
This is a beautifully produced book printed on heavyweight glossy paper and profusely illustrated with monochrome photographic images. This volume covers the following trips or ‘pilgrimages.
The Wirral, ‘Twixt Mersey and Dee, Shotwick, Ince, Puddington, Hoylake, Heswall, the court of Justice bought by Liverpool Lawyers
Bramal Hall, Cheshire – Twenty-Two Generations of Davenports
Oxford to Windsor, The Bodleian, Dorchester, Christ’s Hospital Abingdon, God’s House, Ewelme, Jesus Hospital, Bray
Hyde Hall, the Long-Descended Hydes.
Derwent Hall, Derbyshire
Bygone Manchester, the Old Reference Library, The Old Corn Exchange, The Spread Eagle Hotle, The Seven Stars Inn, The enormous rise in the value of land.
Dunfermline, The Birthplace of two famous men, King Charles the First and Andrew Carnegie - some account of the latter.
Canterbury, The Chaucer Cult, Early Mass at the Cathedral, the Perambulation of the Cathedral, St Martins, ST Augustine’s, St. John’s Hospital, Harbledown, Fordwich - its very old town hall, Penshurst - the home of the Sidneys, Ightham Mote, Cobham - its famous brasses, Almshouses and Leather Bottle Inn, The toast the the Immortal Memory
Hexham Abbey Church
Carden Hall Cheshire - Burnt 1912
Yates Peel – Afamily learned in the law.
The Painting of a Portrait – The Artist, the Victim, and the Candid Friend
The index is to all six books of Pilgrimages.
The book is in very good condition, with a sunned spine, and a little bumping to the cloth. Internally clean and bright and tight in its binding. Also included is a large card with a monochrome photograph of the library at the Author’s house on one side and on the verso an invitation to readers to attend an at home with the author at the Old Parsonage on Wednesday 9th June 1909 from 4 to 8 pm.
Large octavo, 26.5 cm tall, xiv, 353 pages plus 3 pages of ‘Contents of Preceding Books’.


Antoine Thiout

Traité de L’Horlogerie
Mécanique et Pratique.

Suivi des lettres de Massoteau De Saint Vincent et Julien Le Roy et de la réponse d’Antoine Thiout

Publisher: Editions du Palais Royale, 1972, first printing of this facsimile edition of the 1741 first edition, 2 volumes in one. Bound in blue cloth with titles in gilt on the spine.
This is a beautiful facsimile edition, complete with 91 folding plates.
The book is in very good condition, with some mottling to the cloth, light marks to the spine, and the very lightest of age-toning to the pages, just along the edges and the folds of the plates. Two pages in the prelims to Volume I have light spots. Otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
The text is in French.
Small quarto, 25 cm (10 inches) tall, Title page, facsimile title page, 24 pages prelims, Volume I, pages 1-175, Volume II, pages 176-400, 19 pages corrections and letters, 50 plates for Volume I, 41 plates for Volume II, complete.


Brander Matthews

Americanisms and Briticisms
With other Essays on other Isms

Publisher: Harper and Brothers, New York, 1892, first edition. Bound in publisher’s green cloth with titles and decorations in gilt on the spine and top board. Tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of the author.
Brander Matthews was a writer and Professor of Dramatic Literature, a contemporary and friend of Mark Twain. This book contains some very interesting essays, the first two about the differences between English as spoken and written by the British versus that spoken and written by the Americans. The other essays mainly concentrate on American literature and writers, with some digressions. A very interesting little book.
The book is in very good condition, with a little bumping at the head and foot of the spine and slight age-toning to the pages.
15cm, 6 inches, tall, 190 pages, plus 4 pages of publisher’s advertisements.


John Ray

A Collection of English Words
Not Generally Used, With Their Significations and Original:
In Two Alphabetical Catalogues:

The One of Such as are Proper to the Northern, the Other to the Southern Counties.
With an Account of the Preparing and Refining Such
Metals and Minerals
As are Gotten in England
By John Ray, Fellow of the Royal Society
To which is appended
Thoresby’s Letter to Ray, 1703

Re-arranged and Edited With Introduction, Notes and Index
By The Rev. Walter W. Skeat, M.A.

Published for the English Dialect Society by Trubner & Co., 1874. Bound in later olive green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine, top edges gilt, other edges uncut.
The larger part of this volume consists of a reprint of John Ray’s work of 1691, which contains an account of metal refining and working in England, and also salt making, followed by the two catalogues of uncommon English words. The volume begins with the Report of the English Dialect Society for the year 1874 and January 1875, detailing work in progress, publications, and a list of members.
This is a very interesting and uncommon volume, in very good condition, with some scattered foxing to the first four leaves and the endpapers, an occasional isolated spot elsewhere, but otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding
Octavo, 23cm tall, (9inches), pages: 1-20, title page, xxix (introduction), 122 pages.



An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in

Volume III: West
The Cantref of Lleyn
Together with the General Survey of the County

Publisher: The Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire, 1964. Green cloth hardback with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, with gilt corn and shield vignette on top board.
This book is a detailed archaeological survey illustrated with maps and plans, some folding, and 68 monochrome photographic plates, many with more than one image.
The book is in very good plus condition, clean and bright and tight in its binding, in a bright dust jacket, which has a small mark on the spine, but is otherwise clean. The book comes in its original box, which has a hole worn in it, but has protected the book perfectly.
Quarto sized, 28cm, 11 inches, tall, cxcii, 68 photographic plates.



Brigadier-General J.E. Edmonds

History of the Great War
Based on Official Documents
By Direction of the Historical Section of the
Committee of Imperial Defence
Military Operations
France and Belgium, 1914
Mons, the Retreat to the Seine, the Marne and the Aisne
August-October 1914

Publisher: Macmillan & Co. Ltd, 1922, first edition. Text Volume and map case. Bound in publisher’s red cloth with titles in gilt on the spines.
The text volume is illustrated with 8 full-page coloured sketch maps illustrating the disposition of troops, etc. The map case contains a title page and contents leaflet, together with one plate and 34 folding maps, complete.
The volumes are in very good condition, with sunned spines and some bumps to the binding and map case. The text volume has lightly browned endpapers and an obituary of Brigadier-General Sir James Edward Edmonds from the Glasgow Herald 8th August 1956, pasted to the endpaper. There is a little bumping to the top edges of the text block. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.
The maps title page has light scattered foxing, and the ribbon for extracting the maps from the box is torn. Map 6 lacks its linen number tag, but otherwise the maps are clean and bright, in pristine condition.
Octavo, 23 cm tall. Text volume has xxvi prelims and 543 pages, plus 4 pages of publisher’s advertisements.



Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and others.

All the Year Round
A Weekly Journal
Conducted by
Charles Dickens
Volumes VII & VIII
March 1862 to September 1862
and September 1862 to February 1863

Publisher: Chapman and Hall, 1862-3. these two volumes are bound in half green leather over marbled boards, with titles in gilt over marbled boards.
The volumes contain the first printing of ‘No Name’ by Wilkie Collins (complete), and The Christmas Special Issue containing the story ‘Somebody’s Luggage’ by Charles Dickens. More than this, the volumes contain some very interesting articles a few of which I will detail.
There are articles about witchcraft stories, including the Pendle witches, several stories with an Irish subject, a long account of the progress of the laying of the undersea transatlantic telegraph cable, an article on Talismans and Amulets and a Fortean article on the phenomenon of mysterious showers of butterflies and feathers and the like. Perhaps most interesting of all are two long articles concerning the then just-begun American Civil War, one entitled ‘The Diary of a Confederate Boy’ found by a reporter with the Confederate troops among things abandoned by Confederate forces at a place called Manassas, where the first battle of the Civil War was fought, also known as the First Battle of Bull Run.
The second article is entitled Princely Travel in America and concerns a visit by Prince Napoleon (Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte, cousin of Napoleon III) to both the Union and the Confederate force in 1861, at a time when it seemed that France might intervene on the side of the Confederacy.
There are many more articles of interest in these pages.
The condition of the volumes is very good, with scuffing to the leather and marbled boards, corners bumped, occasional spots and marks to pages, which are mainly clean. There are a few short closed tears to pages, and one page in Volume VIII that shows signs of having been detached, with worn edges.
The books are 24 cm tall (9.5 inches). Volume VII; iv, 620 pages, Volume VIII, iv, 572 pages, plus 48 pages ‘Somebody’s Luggage”.




Charles Dickens

All the Year Round

A Weekly Journal
Conducted by
Charles Dickens
1861-1862, containing Tom Tiddler's Ground

Publisher: Chapman and Hall, Volume VI Form September 28th 1861 to March 8th 1862, first edition. Bound in half green leather over marbled boards with titles in gilt on maroon leather spine labels.
This volume contains the extra Christmas number for 1861, Tom Tiddler’s Ground. This novella is in seven chapters, the introduction and last two chapters by Dickens. The second chapter is by Charles Allston Collins (Wilkie Collins brother, and Dickens’ son-in-law), the third is by Amelia B Edwards, the fourth by Wilkie Collins and the fifth by John Berwick Harwood. Where Tom Tiddler’s Ground was published in later book form, only the three chapters by Dickens appear. Here the reader can find the piece in its original form and judge whether the later editing was justified.
The volume contains many other interesting articles, including two on slavery in America. One of these is an account of how a doctor, rather against his will and to his cost, aided a runaway slave to escape to the Free State of Pennsylvania, and the other is an account of a visit to a slave auction in New Orleans.
There are also articles about the Egyptian Railway, several murders, Lynch Law in the United States, American Cemeteries, Sutee, and many, many others.
This volume is in very good condition, with scuffs to the leather and marbled boards, corners bumped. There are a very few isolated spots to pages, but the book is mainly clean, and is tightly bound.
The book is 24 cm tall (9.5 inches), 572 pages, plus Tom Tiddler’s Ground 48 pages.


Widespan Roof Structures
Compiled by Michael Barnes and Michael Dickson

Publisher: Thomas Telford, 2000, first edition. Glossy pictorial boards without dust jacket as issued.
‘This authoritative and timely book presents current world thinking on the design and construction of large covered spaces…
‘Technologies explored include the advances within stressed membrane roofing, atria and glass structures, with a focus on international developments. The book also addresses the problems of construction associated with these ambitious and vast projects and the attendant environmental issues and concerns that are raised with such high profile schemes. …
‘The highest levels of excellence within the architectural and structural engineering design, documented here, highlight an interdisciplinary approach that points to a dissolution of the traditional distinctions between architecture and engineering. This book is an essential addition to the literature in the field of progressive construction design and will appeal broadly to architects, engineers, environmentalists, designers and constructors.’ (From the book cover)
Projects covered in detail include the Millennium Dome, Eden Project, Millennium Stadium Cardiff, the Sydney Olympic Stadium and the roof of the Great Court at the British Museum, all illustrated in colour. The book is illustrated throughout, mainly in colour but also in monochrome.
The book is in very good condition, with a little bumping to the lower edges of the boards and some minor surface scuffing to the boards. Otherwise the book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Quarto sized, 30cm, 12 inches, tall, 328 pages.



Dr. V. Grauvogl, of Nuremburg

Text Book of Homoeopathy
Translated by Geo. E. Shipman, M.D.
At the request of the author

Publishers: Chicago, C.S. Halsey. Western News Co.; New York, Boericke & Tafel; London, S. Compston, 1870, first edition, parts I and II bound as one. Bound in Publisher’s maroon pebbled cloth, rebacked with the original spine cloth laid down. The frontispiece is a genuine photograph of Dr. v. Grauvogl with a facsimile signature.
This is a most dense and comprehensive text book, describing the theory practice of homoeopathy derived from Hahnemann’s Organon and expanded through the experimentation and practice of Dr. v. Grauvogl. A very rare and sought-after textbook.
The book is in very good condition, with repaired spine as described, and with the inside hinges reinforced. There is a little foxing to the title page, and the final two pages and a very few instances of underlining. There is a bookplate on the front pastedown. The book is otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.
Large octavo, 24cm tall, 9.5 inches, 438 pages, including a list of subscribers from the United States (listed by state), Canada, Italy, England and Ireland.



Lieut. George Shuldham Peard,
20th Regiment

Narrative of a Campaign in the Crimea;
Including an Account of the
Battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkermann.

Publisher: Richard Bentley, 1855, first edition. Bound in publisher’s red cloth with blind-stamped decorations and titles in gilt on the spine. Brick red endpapers.
This is a first-hand account of the Crimean War taken rom the Journal kept by Peard from 18th July, 1854, to the 12th January 1855. the account includes the famous charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava, and a brief mention of Florence Nightingale. There is a great deal of incidental detail in this book, which brings the campaign to life and gives it the depth of reality that a purely historical account of the events often lacks.
This was one of the very first books published about the war by a military participant, and it is also very rare.
The book is in very good condition, with repairs to the head and foot of the spine, bumps and some marks to the cloth, and a circular area of bubbling to the cloth on the back board. The endpapers are split along the hinge, but the binding is tight and firm. There is a splendid Orientalist bookplate on the front pastedown endpaper, and on owner name dated 1855 written in pencil on the title page. Apart from an occasional tiny light mark, the pages are otherwise clean and bright.
Small octavo, 19cm tall (17.5 inches) viii, 248 pages.



G.E. Pearse

Eighteenth Century Architecture
in South Africa

Publisher: A.A. Balkema, Cape Town, 1968 third edtition (first published in 1933. Bound in publisher’s blue buckram with titles in gilt on the spine and the publisher’s monogram on the top board in gilt. In original orange dust jacket.
This is a beautiful volume, illustrated with many line drawings, plans and monochrome photographs within the text, and with 113 full page plates of photographs, elevations, detail plans, floor plans and other architectural drawings.
The book is a large quarto volume, 34 cm tall (13.5cm), in near fine condition, clean and bright and tight in its bonding, in a very good dust jacket which has slight fading along the spine, and some short closed tears and small chips along the edges. The dust jacket is now contained in a protective sleeve.
Pagination; Frontis, titles, xii, blank, map of the Cape Area, pages 1-49, 113 plates, complete.


Tickner Edwardes

An Idler In The Wilds

Publisher: John Murray, 1906, first edition. Publisher’s green cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and top board, and decorations in black, green, red and brown on the top board, top edges gilt.
This is a very attractive book about the English countryside in the very first few years of the twentieth century. The author in most interested in the birds, from the sedge warbler and swift tot he kittiwake, skylark, jay and peewit. He describes a countryside now lost to us, rich in birdsong and hardly disturbed at all by human noise. The book is illustrated with 48 monochrome photographic plates of birds, landscapes and some country village scenes. A very charming and relaxing book.
The book is in very good condition, with scattered foxing to the closed fore-edges, and a few occasional foxing spots within, but mainly clean and bright, with one owners inscription on the endpaper, from 1913.
Octavo, 20cm (8 inches) tall, viii, 109 pages.


Daniel Rhodes

Tamba Pottery
The Timeless Art of a Japanese Village

Publisher: Kodansha International Limited, Tokyo, 1970, first edition. Publisher’s terracotta buckram with titles in silver on the spine and vignette of a pot in black on the top board. In original dust jacket.
This book is about the tradition of Tamba pottery at the Japanese village of Tachikui. The book is extensively illustrated, with 10 plates in full colour, and many more in monochrome. Not only are the beautiful pots illustrated, but also the process of making them and details of kiln construction. A wonderful book for anyone interested in Japanese pottery.
The book is in near fine condition, clean bright and tight in its binding, in a very good jacket, which has just a touch of darkening, and is now in a protective sleeve.
Large octavo, 26.5 cm tall (10.5 inches), 180 pages.




John Fincham

Nine Page Atlas of Drawings to Accompany
Directions for Laying off Ships on the Mould Loft Floor

Publisher: Whittaker & Co., c. 1840, second edition, enlarged.  This is the plate volume only, with 9 folding plates, published in small folio size to accompany the text volume, which was published in octavo size.
John Fincham was a Master Shipwright at Portsmouth, and also, I believe at Chatham.  He wrote a number of books on the subject, this one being very rare.
The plates are in good to very good condition, with some small losses to the fore-edges, not affecting the plates, and some scattered light foxing mostly to one plate, otherwise mainly clean.  One plate appears to be a later facsimile, printed on lighter paper than the others, and this plate has some carefully repaired closed tears.  The plates have been rebound (not recently) between cloth backed paper-covered boards, without a title page.
Small folio, 32 cm tall.



A. H. Layard

Inscriptions In the Cuneiform Character From Assyrian Monuments

Publisher: Longman & Co., sold in the British Museum, 1851, first edition. Folio size volume bound in half black cloth with green cloth boards.
This large book contains plates of transcriptions from Assyrian monuments at Nimrod, and from other pieces held by the British Museum, and its publication coincides with the decipherment of the writing system.
The plates are very clearly struck and also strangely beautiful (not to mention quite difficult to photograph). The book contains 98 plates. It is in very good condition, rebound with a paper title label on the top board. The top board shows a slight crease in the underlying board. The title page has losses along the edges, which have both old and recent repairs, and it has a number stamped on it. The final four plates have minor damp stains along the lower edge, which only very slightly impinge on the printed area of the plates. The final plate has the largest affected area, and is shown in the photos. The rest of the plates are clean and bright.
Folio, 54.5cm tall, 4 pages preliminaries, 98 plates complete. 3kg in weight.



Sir Malcolm Campbell

My Thirty Years of Speed
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co., undated, 1935, first edition.  Publisher’s red cloth with gilt titles on the spine.  Signed and inscribed by Malcolm Campbell: ‘To my good friend “C. Stuart Gerry” Wishing him many happy returns of the day, and a successful issue to our campaign. Malcolm Campbell, London, 25th October 1935’
The book is in good condition, with some light scattered foxing to the closed page edges and here and there throughout, and some marks to pages.  The book has been rebacked in matching red cloth, with the original spine cloth laid down on top.  Two of the plates hve some damage to their fore-edges.  The book is illustrated with 50 monochrome photographic illustrations, most plates with a single image, some with two.  The corners are bumped.  The book is mainly clean and is tight in its binding.  The signed inscription is clean and bright.
A fascinating account of the life of the man who broke the land speed record in the Blue Bird, among many other things, all at very high speed.
Octavo, 22cm tall, 270 pages, plus sixteen page publisher’s catalogue.


James Newlands

The Carpenter and Joiner’s Assistant:
Being a Comprehensive Treatise
On the Selection, Preparation, and strength of Materials, and the Mechanical Principles of Framing, With their Application in Carpentry, Joinery and Hand-Railing;
A Complete Treatise on Lines;
And an
Illustrated Glossary of Terms used in Architecture and Building.
Illustrated by
An Extensive Series of Plates and Many Hundred Engravings on Wood.

Publisher: Blackie and Son Limited, 1860, first edition. This is a large sized volume, 35 cm tall, bound in quarter black leather with purple cloth boards, all edges marbled. Titles and decorations in gilt on the spine.
There is an engraved title page, showing the Centring for the Ballochmyle Viaduct, Glasgow and South-Western Railway.
With prelims i-xiii, followed by 254 pages of text, numerous illustrations within the text, and with 114 single sided litho plates. The plates show roofs, ceilings, domes, wooden houses, bridges, groins, niches, staircases, joints trusses, steeples and more, and are very beautiful, even to the non-carpenter. Many of the bridges illustrated are railway bridges, and they and other examples are of actual built structures, e.g. the Skew Bridge over the River Don, North of Scotland Railway, and the Outer Gate of the Victoria Dock, Hull, among many others.
Plate XXX (30) has unfortunately lost two thirds of the plate. All the other plates are present and correct, though not always bound in in number order. The binding has some bumps to the leather, and the cloth is somewhat mottled, with a few small areas of loss to that of the top board. There is occasional light foxing to the plates, and occasional marks to text pages, but the book is mainly clean and bright, and it is tight in its binding.


Victor Schoelcher

Histoire Des Crimes Du 2 Décembre

Bruxelles, chez tous les Librairies, 1852, edition considérablement augmentée, second edition. The first edition was also published in 1852. Two volumes bound as one, original blue paper wraps bound in, brown leather with five raised bands and gilt titles on the spine, 12mo. Marbled endpapers, ribbon bookmark
After Napoleon III’s coup on the 2nd December 1851, Victor Schoelcher and Victor Hugo were both involved in a rebellion against the coup, which was quickly put down, as were so many others. Victor Hugo and Schoelcher were both forced to flee the country, and Schoelcher wrote this account of the coup from his exile in London.
The first edition was published in London and is octavo with 469 pages. This edition is 12mo with 399 pages in volume one, and 384 pages in volume two. The pocket size would have made it ideal for secret distribution in France.
The book is in very good condition, with light age-toning to the pages, and losses to the original wraps, which have been mounted onto a backing to preserve them. Text in French.
This edition is quite rare. An interesting piece of French history.


Geo. Foucher, Senior

Violin Varnish
and How to Make It .

Edited by Edgar Fenning

Publisher: G. Foucher & Sons, 1911, first edition. Bound in red cloth with titles in gilt on the top board.

This is a rare first edition of this well-known book, which covers almost all one needs to know about violin varnish.  Chapters include; Varnish, its uses and effects; Oils – Various Properties – Linseed oil – Siccative oils – Essential oils; Dry Suibstances forming the Basis of Varnish – Gums – Rosins – How they are Extracted – Degree of Hardness of Gums and Rosins – Sandarach – Mastic – Dammar – Copals – Anime – Benzoin – Shellac – Dragon’s Blood – Turpentine – Elemi, Amber and its composition; colouring MatterElementary notes on varnish making and varnishing; Examples of Varnish – Spirit – Oils, etc. Varnish for Bows.

There are recipes for varnish included.

Also loosely included is a small pamphlet, Directions for Using Harris’s Real Amber Oil Varnish, and the violins of E. Harris, violin maker of Gateshead .  Throughout the leaflet the name is printed as E.L. Harris, with the L crossed out in ink, as it seems this was a printer’s error.

The book is in very good condition with one spot on the top board, otherwise clean and bright and tight in its binding.

Small octavo, 19cm tall, title page, 3 pages prelims, 32 pages, 8 pages advertisements.


Arthur C. Clarke, B.Sc.

Interplanetary Flight
An Introduction to Astronautics

Publisher: Temple Press , Technical Trends, 1950, first edition, later impression.  Blue cloth hardback with titles in dark blue on spine.  Very good condition in a very good dust jacket.

This is Arthur C. Clarke’s seminal work on spaceflight with rocket designs, space station designs, and all the equations you need to get into space.  Clarke was a great forward thinker, and his projected moonbase would be with us now, if only others could see through his spectacles.

The book is clean and bright and tight in its binding.  It has many illustrations, plates and diagrams.  The dust jacket is a little faded around the spine area and has some minor bumping around the head and foot of the spine.  It will be provided with a protective sleeve.

Small octavo, 19cm tall, viii, 164 pages.