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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. PSALTER.: The Book of Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland: together with the Psalter. NEAR FINE COPY IN PUBLISHER'S CALF AND BRASS
G E Eyre & W. Spottiswoode, 1860 32mo., small neat contemporary inscriptions on front free endpaper and blank preliminary; original full calf, sides with brass frame enclosing multiple frame border in blind, back with five raised bands, second compartment lettered in gilt, , all edges gilt, chocolate endpapers, original and elaborate brass clasp, a near fine copy in wholly unrestored publisher's binding. A lovely, bright, crisp copy. (Book ref. 19179) £142.00
MOLLOY (J). HEATLEY (F) and H. DIXON, eds.: Belfast Scenery in Thirty Views 1832. Drawn by Joseph Molloy, Belfast and engraved by E.K. Proctor, London. With a modern Commentary by Fred Heatley and Hugh Dixon. [Facsimile reissue]. IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Linen Hall, [Belfast, 1983] Oblong 4to., First Edition thus, with 30 fine plates; green boards, gilt back, red endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w printed in green and black, the latter lightly browned at edges. High quality facsimile reissue of the plates the original edition of 1832, now practically unobtainable. Extremely scarce in its own right, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 19032) £45.00
WOODHAM-SMITH (C).: The Great Hunger. Ireland 1845-9
Hamish Hamilton, [1962] 8vo., First Edition, with plates; green cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly rubbed at extremities. (Book ref. 18922) £10.00
WESTROPP (M.S.D).: Irish Glass. An Account of Glass-Making in Ireland from the XVth Century to the Present Day. With Reproductions of 188 Typical Pieces of Irish Glass and 220 Patterns and Designs. NEAR FINE COPY
Herbert Jenkins, [1920] 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 39 fine plates, free endpapers very lightly browned; original leaf-green buckram, sides with blind frame border enclosing title in gilt, gilt back, bevelled boards, silk marker, a near fine copy. A beautiful copy of this scarce and important standard reference. (Book ref. 18599) £212.00
HEWITT (J), ed.: Eye-Witnesses to Ireland in Revolt. Edited by James Hewitt. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
Osprey, [Reading, 1974] 8vo., First Edition; with 26 plates on 16; green cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE EDITOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON TITLE. (Book ref. 18577) £20.00
WATSON (S.J).: Between the Flags. A History of Irish Steepechasing
Allen Figgis, Dublin, 1969 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs and illustrations in the text; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter with one or two closed tears. Sold from an institution with its stamps on endpapers and title verso. (Book ref. 17996) £48.00
TAYLOR (P).: Brits. The War against the IRA
Bloomsbury, [2001] 8vo., First Edition, with 47 plates on 16; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w. Third volume of Taylor's Northern Ireland trilogy, following 'Provos' and 'Loyalists'. (Book ref. 17959) £12.00
EDLIN (H.L).: Wayside and Woodland Trees. A Guide to the Trees of Britain and Ireland. [Third Edition]
Warne, [1964] 8vo., Third Edition, with coloured frontispiece, 23 coloured plates.155 plates in monochrome and very numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text; original series binding of green leatherette, upper board blocked and lettered in gilt and black, gilt back, green sprinkled edges, photographic endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very lightly chafed at extremities. Nice copy of a key edition of this series classic, first published in 1904. Step's original text was briefly revised (with 48 new plates) by Jackson in 1940. This third and final edition 'is effectively a new text with more species described, many plates replaced and an excellent illustrated key' (Marren). See Marren, pp.142-144. (Book ref. 17930) £30.00
WWII. BELFAST. MCGIMPSEY (C.D), intro.: A Camera Record. Bombs on Belfast. The Blitz 1941. Introduction by Christopher D. McGimpsey. [Second Edition]
Pretani Press, [Belfast, 1988] Sm. 4to., Second Edition, Second Impression, with numerous photographs in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. This valuable photo-documentary, based on photographs taken for and published by the 'Belfast Telegraph' newspaper, was first issued in 1941. This much-needed facsimile reprint was first published in 1984. (Book ref. 17592) £20.00
[LMR]. MR. [LONDON &] MIDLAND RAILWAY. [BRINE (T), ed.]: The Official Guide to the Midland Railway. The Direct Route between the South, the West, and the North of England, Scotland and Ireland, with Connections to and from America and Continental Europe. Seventeenth Edition. SPLENDID COPY
Cassell & Co., 1912 8vo., Seventeenth Edition, with 2 large folding maps coloured or coloured in outline, 36 mounted route maps and city and town plans on blue stock, (26 folding and 10 full-page), and very numerous photographs, maps and plans (many full-page) in the text; original pictorial red cloth blocked and lettered in black, backstrip blocked and lettered in black, upper hinge cracked (but binding entirely sound), covers very lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. With front and rear advertisement endpapers, 26pp of trade advertisements at front and 48pp of trade advertisements at rear. Many of the advertisements are illustrated. Cassell & Co began their series of official guides for the major railway companies in the 1880s. These wonderful and well-illustrated guides, edited by Tom Brine, provide comprehensive and extensive details of all aspects of the railway including structure, commercial ownership, routes, timings, commerce, tourism, geography, topography and many others. The guides ran into several editions until just after the Great War, but the Edwardian editions present the most extensive coverage combining as they do the heyday of the route network and the viability of a publication of such detail and lavish production values. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition. Astonishingly, apparently not in Ottley. (Book ref. 17604) £196.00
SOMERVILLE (E. OE) and M. ROSS.: The Big House of Inver. [Zodiac Press edition]. IN THE d/w
Zodiac Press, 1973 8vo., First Edition thus; patterned purple cloth printed in white, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter lightly browned at backstrip and extremities. Somerville & Ross' account of the Anglo-Irish family of Prendeville was first published in 1925. This attractive edition is scarce in the d/w, with striking artwork by John Sutcliffe. (Book ref. 17486) £24.00
NESBITT FAMILY. NESBITT (R).: History of the Nesbitt Family. Sometime resident in the Townland of Corglass, Parish of Ematris, County Monaghan, Ireland
M'Caw Stevenson & Orr, Belfast, 1930 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, illustrations and facsimiles and pedigrees in the text, and 2 folding pedigrees (one pedigree wanting one panel); original green cloth, gilt back, a remarkably well-preserved, bright, clean copy. Extremely scarce. Not in Thomson. (Book ref. 17288) £260.00
RIOCHT NA MIDHE. CO. MEATH.: Records of Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. Vol. IV. No. 5 1971
MAHS, [Dublin], 1971 8vo., First Edition, with photographs and illustrations in the text; original pictorial wrappers printed in green, a very good, bright, clean copy. Papers includes John Boyle O'Reilly and the Catalpa Ballad (Waters); Notices of the Baronies of Kells (Mulvaney); Bishop Dopping's Visitation Book 1682-1685 (Ellison); Meath Diocesan School (Quane); Souterrain at Scurlockstown (Prendergast); Rebellion of 1798 in Meath (Loingsigh); Monument to Sir Thomas Cusack at Meath (Hickey). Loosely inserted is a wire-stitched offprint of another paper by Hickey: Description of the Marward Stone at Skryne and a Discussion on John Cusack who sculptured [sic] it. Scarce. (Book ref. 16967) £20.00
Stevenson (J): Two Centuries of Life in Down 1600-1800
McCaw, Stevenson & Orr, Belfast, 1920 8vo., First Edition, with 17 plates, 13 maps (one folding and 7 double page) and illustrations in the text; original brown cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a remarkably bright, clean copy. Extremely scarce. (Book ref. 16812) £110.00
ROBINSON (T).: Stones of Aran. Pilgrimage. FIRST PAPERBACK EDITION IN SOLANDER CASE
Lilliput Press in association with Wolfhound Press, [Gigginstown], 1986 8vo., First Paperback Edition, with maps in the text, page-edges lightly tanning; original pictorial wrappers, front wrapper very lightly age-creased, a very good, clean copy bow preserved in custom-made board solander case. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 16667) £176.00
ROBINSON (T).: Stones of Aran. Pilgrimage. FIRST APPEARANCE IN PAPERBACK
Lilliput Press in association with Wolfhound Press, [Gigginstown], 1986 8vo., First Paperback Edition, with maps in the text, page-edges lightly tanning; original pictorial wrappers, front wrapper very lightly age-creased but no creases to backstrip, a very good, clean copy. Extremely scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 16666) £90.00
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. PSALTER.: The Book of Common-Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland. Together with the Psalter or Psalms of David. LADY SOPHIA TOWER'S COPY
Published for John Reeves; sold by G and W Nicol of Pall Mall, and Scatcherd & Letterman of Ave-Maria-Lane, 1809 16mo., some light and unobtrusive age-browning; most attractively bound in black full grained calf, sides with triple Oxford frame in gilt, back with five flat bands tooled and ruled in gilt, second compartment lettered in gilt, all other compartments tooled in gilt with an arabesque, all edges gilt, doublures ruled in gilt, chocolate endpapers, covers very lightly age-scuffed else a remarkably bright, clean copy. Reeves was a Patentee of the Office of King's Printer. The Psalter is separately titled; both Prayers and Psalter are unpaginated. The text is occasionally cropped close at top but always without loss. THIS COPY WAS FORMERLY IN THE LIBRARY OF LADY SOPHIA TOWER (NEE CUST/BROWNLOW) AND BEARS HER HOLOGRAPH MAIDEN SIGNATURE ON BLANK PRELIMINARY RECTO, AND THE FINE MID-NINETEENTH CENTURY ENGRAVED ARMORIAL BOOKPLATE OF CHRISTOPHER & LADY SOPHIA TOWER ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Lady Tower was born Sophia Cust/Brownlow on 14 April 1811, the daughter of John Cust, 1st Earl Brownlow and Sophia Hume. She married Christopher Theron Tower on 10 February 1836. Lady Tower died on 21 December 1882 at the age of 71. A CHARMING EXAMPLE OF NNETEENTH CENTURY PERSONAL COMMON PRAYER WITH BOTH MAIDEN AND MARRIED OWNERSHIP MARKS. A LOVELY COPY WITH DISTINGUISHED PROVENANCE AND WHOLLY UNRESTORED PERIOD BINDING (Book ref. 16384) £285.00
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER. PSALTER.: The Book of Common-Prayer and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, according to the Use of the United Church of England and Ireland: together with the Psalter or Psalms of David
University Press, Oxford, 1842 8vo., with title and text in red and black throughout, three contemporary inscription on blank front preliminary, some mild and inoffensive spotting and dust-soiling; contemporary full pebble-grain roan, sides with triple frame border in blind, back with five bands ruled in blind, second compartment lettered in gilt, gilt edges, yellow endpapers, corners lightly bruised, lightly rubbed at joints, backstrip chafed with minor loss at head- and tail-bands else a very good, firm copy. With the mid-nineteenth century trade ticket of Day of Melton on front free endpaper verso. Nice copy of an elegant mid-nineteenth century edition with large, clear type and broad margins. Griffiths 1842/7. (Book ref. 15332) £80.00
EYRE FAMILY. GANTZ (I).: Signpost to Eyrecourt. Portrait of the Eyre Family Triumphant in the Cause of Liberty. Derbyshire, Wiltshire, Galway c.1415-1856
Kingsmead, [Bath, 1975] 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, 12 plates on 8 and endpaper pedigrees; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w. Scarce (Book ref. 15103) £18.00
WILLCOCKS (R.M).: The Postal History of Great Britain and Ireland. A Summarized Catalogue to 1840. Additional Illustrations and Cover Design by Michael J. Southall
[Privately Printed, 1972] 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous illustrations in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w. (Book ref. 14751) £12.00