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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
MEE (A).: The King's England. Cambridgeshire. The Country of the Fens. FIRST EDITION IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Hodder & Stoughton, [1939] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous sepia-toned plates, many line illustrations (a number full-page) in the text and endpaper maps, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpaper; originals series binding of red cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, fore-edges lightly mottled else a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly spotted at fold-ins. One of the original twenty-six volumes in this famous series. The first edition is uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 19160) £20.00
PALMER (W.M). LEAF (C.S) and T.C. LETHBRIDGE.: Further Excavations at the Bran Ditch
Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 1932 8vo., with 2 plates, small neat signature on upper wrapper; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, yapped edges, a near fine copy. Offprinted from Cambridge Antiquarian Society's Communications Vol. XXXII. (Book ref. 18661) £10.00
BOND (H): A History of the Trinity Hall Boat Club. With a Preface by Mr. Justice Maugham. BRIGHT, CLEAN COPY
Heffer, Cambridge, 1930 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece and 15 plates, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original black cloth, backstrip with printed paper label, uncut, a near fine copy. Very scarce, especially in this condition (Book ref. 18262) £60.00
DARBY (H.C).: The Draining of the Fens. FIRST EDITION IN THE d/w
University Press, Cambridge, 1940 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 30 plates and 34 maps and diagrams in the text; original blue cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w, the latter lightly frayed and creased at edges. The definitive history. EXTREMELY SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THE d/w (Book ref. 18145) £220.00
RCHM. Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the City of Cambridge. Part I [with] Part II [Second Edition]. COMPLETE SET
HMSO, [1988] 2 vols., roy. 8vo., Second Edition, with numerous photographs in the text and 4 large folding plans loosely inserted; original pictorial wrappers, a very good, bright, clean set. Much-needed reissues of the original edition of 1959. (Book ref. 17967) £54.00
BOWYER (M.J.F).: Air Raid! The Enemy Air Offensive against East Anglia 1939-45
Patrick Stephens, Wellingborough, [1986] 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs and maps in the text; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. A comprehensive and detailed account with a wealth of valuable photographs. Enser, p.29. (Book ref. 17030) £18.00
Ennion (E.A.R): Cambridgeshire Huntingdonshire and the Isle of Ely
Hale, [1951] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 48 plates and a large folding map, neat signature on front free endpaper; decorative cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter with minor loss (not affecting lettering) at extremities. Published in Hale's seminal 'County Books' series (Book ref. 16413) £23.00
WHITE (D.J.B).: An Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Blakeney Point, Norfolk. The National Trust
[Privately Printed, 1969] 8vo., First Edition; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Includes a bibliography and full-page map. The front wrapper illustration is after Bewick. Loosely inserted in a copy of 'Birds of Wicken Fen' (Cambridgeshire) published as Guides to Wicken Fen No. 4 (1967). (Book ref. 16206) £7.00
Clark (J.W), ed: The Observances in Use at the Augustinian Priory of S. Giles and S. Andrew at Barnwell, Cambridgeshire. Edited with a Translation and Glossary by John Willis Clark. 300 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Macmillan & Bowes, Cambridge, 1897 8vo., First Edition, with a double-page plan; original cloth, gilt back, slightly chipped at headband else a very good, tight copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 300 COPIES FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Sold from a religious institution with its bookplates on front paste-down and half-title. Edited from the eighth book of "Liber memorandorum ecclesie de Bernewelle", a MS volume in the British Museum (Ms. Harl. 3601) usually referred to as "The Barnwell Cartulary" or "The Barnwell Register", the original of which was composed in 1295-96. The "Observances" are preceded by the "Rule of St. Augustine" edited from Ms. Harl. 2939, and by the "Second Rule" (Augustini Opera omnia, Paris, 1836 I) The plan is by W.H. St. John Hope. Bartholomew, p.19. (Book ref. 16173) £166.00
OLDFIELD (R.W).: The Arms of the University & Colleges of Cambridge. With twenty full-page Reproductions in colour from Drawings by W.G. Blackall and A. Cousins
A&C Black, 1931 8vo., First Edition, with 19 coloured plates and several monochrome illustrations in the text; boards, backstrip lettered in blue, a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 15894) £26.00
Ennion (E.A.R). Vesey-Fitzgerald (B), intro.: Adventurers Fen. With a Foreword by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald
Methuen, [1942] Sm. 4to., First Edition, with numerous illustrations in brown by the author in the text, and front and rear endpaper maps, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; original green cloth, upper board blocked in brown, backstrip lettered in brown, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly age-browned. Ennion's classic study of a Cambridge fen marks the final years of both the fen itself and the Fenland way of life. Very scarce in the d/w, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 15709) £36.00
Taylor (W): With the Cambridgeshires at Singapore
Trevor Allen Bevis, March, 1971 8vo., First Edition, with photographs, illustrations and a map in the text; original blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. Scarce. Enser, p.405; Sutcliffe, p.91 (Book ref. 14977) £36.00
'Whipplesnaith', pseud. [Symington, (N.H)]: The Night Climbers of Cambridge. [Third Edition]
Oleander Press, [Cambridge, 2007] 8vo., Third Edition, with numerous plates; cloth, a fine copy in the d/w. Much needed reissue of the second edition of 1937. (Book ref. 13562) £34.00
Conybeare (E), Rev: Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely. With Illustrations by Frederick L Griggs. [Second Edition]
Macmillan, [1923] 8vo., Second Edition, with a frontispiece, very numerous illustrations in the text (a number full-page) and 2 folding maps; cloth gilt, gilt back, gilt top, a near fine copy. (Book ref. 12369) £25.00
WHITE (R.J).: Cambridge Life
Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1960 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 16 plates on 14, 6 illustrations in the text and pictorial endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at backstrip. (Book ref. 11248) £14.00
MAITLAND (F.W). STOKES (H.P).: Township and Borough. Being the Ford Lectures delivered in the University of Oxford in the October Term of 1897. Together with an Appendix of Notes relating the History of the Town of Cambridge [bound with] STOKES (H.P). Outside the Barnwell Gate
University Press, Cambridge, 1898 and Cambridge Antiquarian Society, Cambridge 1915 2 works in 1 vol., 8vo., First Editions, with (in the second work) a large folding map on japon, neat signature on front free endpaper; original black buckram, gilt back, uncut, a very good, clean copy. Clark, p.157 (first work). (Book ref. 10246) £42.00
Venn (J): [Gonville and] Caius College
F E Robinson, 1901 Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, title in red and black, and 7 plates, neat signature on front free endpaper, endpapers lightly spotted; original decorative buckram gilt, gilt back, gilk top, uncut, covers slightly faded else a very good copy. Robinson's 'Cambridge College Histories'. Clark, p.107 (Book ref. 2438) £20.00
Teversham (T.F): A History of the Village of Sawston. Part II [only]. Written and compiled by T.F. Teversham. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY WITH LONG T.L.s
[Privately Printed for the Author by] Crampton & Sons, Sawston, 1947 8vo., First and Sole Edition, on laid paper, with 11 plates, an illustration and a full-page pedigree in the text, and a large folding map; original printed wrappers, yapped edges, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly faded at edges. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON HALF-TITLE. Loosely inserted is a two-page A.L.s. written from the author's home in Sawston, and covering a variety of topics, including drama at Cambridge, publication of the present work, and local village and social life. Contains corrigenda to parts I and II. One of the most detailed of all Cambridgeshire parish histories. Both parts are scarce in any condition. (Book ref. 8628) £74.00
Stokes (H.P), ed.: The Chaplains and the Chapel of the University of Cambridge (1256-1568)
Cambridge Antiquarian Society, Cambridge, 1906 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 4 plates and a plan in the text; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, uncut, wrappers a little worn, small loss at head and tail of backstrip else a good, clean sound copy. Cambridge Antiquarian Society. Octavo Publications. No. XLI. Very scarce. Not recorded by Clark. (Book ref. 523) £54.00
Steegman (J): Cambridge...Revised by Bryan Little [Fifth Edition]
Batsford, [1954] 8vo., with a coloured frontispiece, decorative title in red and black, 97 monochrome plates on 62 and endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in the dustwrapper, the latter a little browned. Published in Batsford's fine 'British Cities' series (Book ref. 1296) £18.00