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CUNARD LINE. WOOLLEY (P.W) and T. MOORE.: The Cunard Line. A Pictorial History 1840-1990. Foreword by Capt. R.A. Woodall
Ship Pictorial Publications, [Coltishall], 1990 Sm. oblong 4to., First Edition, with numerous coloured and monochrome photographs, facsimiles and maps in the text; original photographic wrappers, a near fine copy. (Book ref. 18467) £10.00
MOORE (J.S): The Goods and Chattels of our Forefathers. Frampton Cotterell and District Probate Inventories 1539-1804
Phillimore, [Chichester, 1976] 8vo., First Edition; cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w. (Book ref. 18339) £24.00
MOORE (N): The History of St. Bartholomew's Hospital
C. Arthur Pearson, 1918 2 vols., roy. 4to., First Edition, with frontispieces in photogravure (original tissue guards present) and 41 fine plates and facsimiles, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; original red buckram gilt, gilt backs, gilt tops, covers mildly lightly age-soiled a very good, clean set. The standard reference; the author was honorary consulting surgeon to the institution. Scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 17969) £156.00
Moore (J): Brensham Village...With a Frontispiece by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis
Collins, 1946 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, neat signature on front paste-down; cloth, gilt back, a very good, copy in the dustwrapper, the latter frayed at edges. The second volume of the author's well-known Brensham trilogy, following 'Portrait of Elmbury' and preceding 'The Blue Field' (Book ref. 17749) £12.00
MOORE (G.E).: Principia Ethica
University Press, Cambridge, 1903 Roy., 8vo., First Edition; original brown cloth, gilt back, uncut, covers lightly age-marked else a very good, bright, clean copy. The author's principal work and a landmark in English philosophy. The leading proponent of ethical realism, Moore led the attack on the established idealism of nineteenth-century thought, in which cause he was joined later by Russell and others. Very scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 17572) £480.00
FOLIO SOCIETY. NESBIT (E). MOORE (I), illus.: The Railway Children. Introduced by Helen Cresswell. Illustrated by Inga Moore. [Third Impression thus]
Folio Society, [2003] 8vo., Third Impression thus, with illustrated title-spread, 7 coloured plates and numerous monochrome illustrations in the text; inscription on front paste-down; pictorial cloth, a near fine copy in publisher's green board slip-case. First published in 1999. This edition follows the text of the first book edition of 1906, with minor emendations. (Book ref. 17152) £8.00
DEVITT & MOORE. COURSE (A.G), Capt.: Painted Ports. The Story of the Ships of Devitt & Moore
Hollis & Carter, 1961 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 23 plates on 12 and tables in the text, small neat signature on front paste-down; original green cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Includes full particulars of vessels, register of captains, and list of vessels and captains. (Book ref. 16855) £18.00
Moore (A), Sir. Nance (R.M), illus.: Last Days of Mast and Sail. An Essay in Nautical Comparative Anatomy. Illustrated by R Morton Nance and with Two Drawings by an Arab
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1925 Sm. 4to., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, a coloured plate and 222 line illustrations in the text, free endpapers lightly spotted; original pictorial blue cloth, upper board blocked in gilt, gilt back, a very good, crisp, clean copy. Scarce in this condition (Book ref. 16806) £80.00
Moore (J). Browne (B), illus.: The Cotswolds. With Illustrations by Barrington Browne
Chapman & Hall, [1937] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 15 fine plates; gray cloth, backstrip lettered in green, a very good, bright, clean copy in price-clipped d/w, the latter lightly chipped at edges. This wonderful early Moore is very scarce, especially in the d/w. (Book ref. 16220) £68.00
MOORE (R.W), Maj.: A History of the Parish Church of Leeds, from the earliest known Period down to the present Time. Also, an Account of the old Pillar' or 'Cross' found in the Walls of the late Edifice
Richard Jackson, Leeds, 1877 8vo., First Edition, with a lithographed frontispiece, 10 lithographed plates, 2 full-page engraved plans and 2 illustrations in the text; original patterned green cloth, upper board elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt, bevelled boards, red edges, yellow endpapers, sewing weak between C7-D (but binding entirely sound), a remarkably bright, clean copy. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 16112) £34.00
Byron [G.G.N], Lord. Moore (T), ed: The Works of Lord Byron: with his Letters and Journals, and his Life by Thomas Moore [in Seventeen Volumes]. [Complete extended set as issued]. FIRST ISSUE IN PUBLISHER'S BINDING
John Murray, 1832-33 17 vols., sm. 8vo., First Edition, First Issue, with 17 engraved frontispieces, engraved and printed titles in each volume, and a folding facsimile; frontispieces, guards and engraved titles foxed, all text remarkably crisp and clean; original dark-green moiré cloth, gilt backs, uncut, patterned endpapers, most corners lightly bruised, some bindings a little shaken, cases of some volumes cracked and open at front hinges (but all text block bindings entirely sound), generally a very nice, wholly unrestored and notably clean set in publisher's original binding. The frontispieces and title-vignettes are by Finden after various artists. This edition was originally intended as fourteen volumes, as stated on the printed titles of the first twelve volumes. 'When this Edition was first announced...the printer calculated that the whole might be comprised in fourteen volumes. While, however, the Notices of Lord Byron's Life were for the second time passing through the press, it was suggested to the Publisher, that the time had come when the Public had a right to look for such notes and illustrations to Lord Byron's text, as are usually appended to the pages of a deceased author of established and permanent popularity. These additions will extend the Work to seventeen volumes; the last of which will [and does] include a very copious and careful Index to the whole collection.' (Advertisement, vol. XIII). (Book ref. 14903) £240.00
Moore (G): Building for Victory. The Warship Building Programmes of the Royal Navy, 1939-1945
World Ship Society, Gravesend, [2003] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and numerous photographs and illustrations in the text; original photographic wrappers, a fine copy. Comprehensive and detailed account of a fast-developing and necessarily flexible programme. Already very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 14728) £70.00
Moore (J): The White Sparrow
Collins, 1954 8vo., First Edition, neat signature on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w. The d/w was designed and illustrated by Lynton Lamb (Book ref. 13952) £16.00
MUSIC. BACH. BEETHOVEN. ELGAR. MOORE. SCHUBERT. SCHUMANN. STRAUSS. WAGNER.: [Sale Catalogue of] Important Musical Manuscripts, Autograph Letters of Composers and Musicians, Printed Music and Books on Music and Musical Instruments. 23 November 1977. Sale Code 'Movement'
Sotheby's, 1977 4to., First Edition, with 3 plates, and several facsimiles in the text; original printed wrappers, a near fine copy. With the printed list of estimates loosely inserted. The sale comprises 300 lots. (Book ref. 13516) £12.00
Moore (J): The Fleet Air Arm. A Short Account of its History and Achievements
Chapman & Hall, [1943] 8vo., First Edition, with 10 plates on 8 and 3 maps in the text, some very light spotting (mainly marginal); cloth, a very good, clean copy. With the publisher's errata slip correcting the caption to plate III. Law 0783. (Book ref. 13290) £8.00
MOORE (D).: Seraphine-Di goes to School. IN UNCLIPPED d/w
The Children's Companion Office, [1927] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece and 4 full-page monochrome illustrations in the text, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper with damage to leaf from part-erasure; original pictorial red cloth elaborately blocked in black, a remarkably bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w. Moore's popular school tale is now very scarce, and the more so in the d/w. (Book ref. 12650) £38.00
THOMAS (E). MOORE (J).: The Life and Letters of Edward Thomas. ESTHER MEYNELLS' COPY
Heinemann, [1939] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and 3 plates, some light marginal spotting to frontispiece recto, title and a few leaves, fore-edges lightly spotted; cloth, gilt back, a very good, tight copy. ESTHER MEYNELL'S COPY WITH HER SIGNATURE ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. Scarce (Book ref. 11683) £80.00
CRICKET. [MOORE (G), founder of the Buccaneers)]. WAVELL, Field-Marshal Earl.: TWO ORIGINAL LETTERS SIGNED BY FIELD MARSHAL LORD WAVELL
1947[-1949] Two Letters (one A.L.s.; one T.L.s.) signed by Field-Marshal Earl Wavell2 sheets, 8vo., .both letters in near fine state. Both letters are written from Wavell to Geoffrey Moore, founder of the Buccaneers Cricket Club, and demonstrate the soldier's keen and continuing interest in the sport. It is noteworthy that Wavell was particularly proud of his membership of the MCC at Lords. The first letter is an A.L.s dated 29 November 1947 and written on the stationery of London's prestigious Athenaeum Club. The letter confirms that Wavell will propose the toast at the Buccaneers' annual dinner (held at Lords). The second letter is a T.L.s. dated 23 December 1949 and written on printed stationery from Wavell's residence at 23 Kingston House South in London's Kensington. This time the letter declines Moore's invitation to attend the annual dinner, but carries Wavell's best wishes to the club for the coming year during which he hopes to see them in action. Both letters are signed simply 'Wavell' in the writer's usual manner. Field-Marshal Earl Wavell (1883-1950) was one of the twentieth century's most distinguished soldiers. Following considerable success against the Italians in North Africa, his career reached its peak with his appointment as Supreme Allied Commander, South West Pacific, ABDA (American, British, Dutch and Australian) Command in 1942 and subsequently as an outstanding Viceroy and Governor General of India from 1943-1947. He was recognised also as a scholar, compiling the well-known anthology of poetry 'Other Mens's Flowers' (1944). The bulk of Wavell's papers are now housed in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College, London. Founded in 1930, The Buccaneers is one of the oldest and most famous 'wandering' clubs in English cricket (a 'wandering' club has no fixed home ground but plays consistently as an 'away' team relying on the hospitality of the 'home' clubs against which it competes). The Club's history has been written twice, by Clifford Bax in 1956 and more recently by Howard Spencer. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY WAVELL ARE EXTREMELY SCARCE. (Book ref. 9854) £1260.00
CRICKET. [MOORE (G), founder of the Buccaneers)]. TEDDER (A.W), Marshal of the RAF Lord.: THREE ORIGINAL LETTERS SIGNED BY MARSHAL OF THE RAF LORD TEDDER
1951[-1957] 3 sheets, 8vo., .all three letters in near fine state. All three letters are written from Tedder to Geoffrey Moore, founder of the Buccaneers Cricket Club, and demonstrate the airman's keen and continuing interest in the sport. Tedder was President of Surrey County Cricket Club from 1953 to 1958. All three letters are written on printed stationery from Tedder's residence at 26 Cadogan Gardens in the heart of London's Chelsea. All are signed simply 'Tedder' in the writer's usual manner. The first letter is a T.L.s dated 12 December 1951. It confirms Tedder's intention to attend the Buccaneers' annual dinner (held at Lords). The second letter is an A.L.s. dated 1 December 1954. This letter regretfully declines a similar invitation 'I've already got a date I can't budge!' The third letter is a T.L.s dated 4 January 1957. Once again, this letter regretfully delines the invitation. Marshal of the RAF Arthur William Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder (1890-1967) was one of Britain's most distinguished air commanders. Educated at Whitgift School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, he transferred from the Dorsetshire Regiment to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, serving in France from 1915- to 1917 and in Egypt from 1918 to 1919. He was then commissioned in to the (new) Royal Air Force where was appointed Director of Training from 1934 to 1936, after which he became Commander RAF Far Eastern Forces. During WWII he was head of RAF Middle East Command, controlling Allied air operations in the Mediterranean and North Africa, including the evacuation of Crete and the defeat of Rommel; his air power was a vital component of Montgomery's victory at El Alamein. Having been promoted to Air Marshal, Tedder then took part in the early planning for D-Day, and was subsequently appointed Deputy Supreme Commander Allied Forces Europe (the most senior such British position) immediately beneath General Eisenhower, on whose behalf he signed at the German Surrender in 1945. In 1947 he delivered the Lees Knowles lecture, afterwards published as 'Air Power in War'. Following his retirement he served as Chancellor of Cambridge University and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the BBC. Founded in 1930, The Buccaneers is one of the oldest and most famous 'wandering' clubs in English cricket (a 'wandering' club has no fixed home ground but plays consistently as an 'away' team relying on the hospitality of the 'home' clubs against which it competes). The Club's history has been written twice, by Clifford Bax in 1956 and more recently by Howard Spencer. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS SIGNED BY TEDDER ARE EXTREMELY SCARCE. (Book ref. 9855) £1840.00
MOORE [J]: Zelucco [sic], the Sicilian Hypocrite; to which is introduced, the real Character of Laura, the grateful German. From the Works of Dr. Moore. SCARCE [PIRATE?] VARIANT
John Arliss, 87 Bartholomew Close, n.d. [c.1804] 12mo., First Edition thus, with an engraved title-vignette, some light age-soiling; later boards, calf back lettered in gilt, a very good, firm copy. With 1p. publisher's advertisement at end. Scarce variant of the popular novel and moral tale by John Moore, physician, writer and biographer of Smollett, his friend and patient. The hero is a Sicilian, brought up without restraint, who begins by squeezing a pet sparrow to death and who, after a selfish career, dies of a wound received in a duel. 'Tracing the windings of vice and delineating the disgusting features of villainy are unpleasant tasks, and some people cannot bear to contemplate such a picture. It is fair, therefore, to warn readers of this turn of mind not to pursue the story of Zeluco' (DNB). The work was first published in 1786; CBEL gives at least seven editions by 1800. This variant, with the alternative spelling of the title, appears to be scarce; we have been unable to trace any institutional copy (including BL, Bodleian, CUL, NLC, NLS, Trinity Dublin and others). It may well be an unrecorded pirate. See CBEL II, p.549; DNB. (Book ref. 9507) £126.00