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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
John Miles, [1938] 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece, title in red and black, with 76 photographic plates on 56, and very numerous illustrations, sketches and cartoons in the text, endpapers lightly spotted, small neat signature on front free endpaper; original marbled boards, buckram back gilt, gilt top, covers lightly chafed at edges and corners, a very good, clean copy. The author's first prose work is an entertaining survey (architectural, historical and social) of the Oxford he knew and adored as an undergraduate. All but five of the fine photographic plates are by Moholy-Nagy; the illustrations and cartoons are by Bradley and Lancaster; most of the engravings are taken from Ingram's 'Memorials of Oxford' (1837). A fine period piece printed for Miles at the Chiswick Press. Cordeaux & Merry, 433; Peterson A6a; Stapleton, I.54. (Book ref. 25883)
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Hodder & Stoughton, 1911 Folio, First Edition, with mounted coloured frontispiece (original captioned guard present), and 25 fine coloured plates mounted in gilt frames (all original captioned guards present), free endpapers lightly browned; original pale blue boards, ivory buckram back lettered in gilt, gilt top, covers mildly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean, firm copy. Cordeaux & Merry 6957. (Book ref. 25711)
Bemrose, 1903 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece, 22 plates and numerous line illustrations in the text, half-title and title spotted, some light marginal spotting throughout; original ivory buckram, sides with double frame border in gilt enclosing lettering in red and black and series medallion in gilt, backstrip lettered in red and black and ruled in gilt, bevelled edges, gilt top, uncut, patterned endpapers, backstrip lightly browned else a very good, firm, clean copy. With personal bookplate on front paste-down. Published in Bemrose's invaluable 'Memorials of' series, collating twenty-one extended historical accounts. Cordeaux & Merry 203. (Book ref. 25539)
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Methuen, 1934 8vo., Second Edition, with coloured frontispiece, 11coloured plates, 8 monochrome plates and front endpaper map; blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter with publisher's chipped price-label on backstrip. Revised and updated version of the original edition of 1925. VERY SCARCE IN THE DUSTWRAPPER. Cordeaux & Merry 424. (Book ref. 25525)
The Governing Body of Christ Church, [Oxford], 1973 8vo., Second Edition, with 22 plates on 18 and a double-page plan; original printed wrappers, a very good, clean copy. Revised and enlarged edition of the first edition of 1950. Cordeaux & Merry, 6966 (recording the first edition). (Book ref. 25103)
Leo Cooper, [1971] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous illustrations in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean in lightly dust-soiled dustwrapper. Published in Cooper's concise Famous Regiments series, edited by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks. Sutcliffe, p.312. (Book ref. 25099)
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Oxford University Press, 1952 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece and plates, small neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; green cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped, lightly age-browned dustwrapper. Cordeaux & Merry 7857. (Book ref. 24504)
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1904 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece, a plate and 5 facsimiles in the text, free endpapers browned; original series binding of decorative cloth gilt, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, a very good, bright copy. Sold from an institution with its cancelled bookplates on front paste-down. Oxford Historical Society, vol. XLV. Cordeaux & Merry 5035. (Book ref. 8752)
Oxford, 1979 8vo., with a frontispiece and very numerous illustrations in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. (Book ref. 18076)
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Clarendon Press, Oxford, [1968] 5 vols., 8vo., with 5 frontispieces, 22 plates and a large folding map; black cloth, gilt backs, a near fine set in dustwrappers. Woodforde's account includes Oxford and the Somerset Curacies 1758-1776 and thereafter his residence in the Norfolk village of Weston Longeville. The set comprises Vol. I: 1758-1781; Vol. II: 1782-87; Vol. III: 1788-92; Vol. IV: 1793-1796; Vol. V: 1797-1802. Beresford's definitive edition was first published in five volumes between 1924 and 1931. This is the first complete re-issue. COMPLETE SETS ARE SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. Cordeaux & Merry 158; Darroch & Taylor 3369; Pargellis & Medley 671. (Book ref. 23062)
Clarendon Press, Oxford, [1968] 5 vols., 8vo., with 5 frontispieces, 22 plates and a large folding map; black cloth, gilt backs, a bright, clean set in dustwrappers, the latter moderately sunned at fronts and backstrips. Woodforde's account includes Oxford and the Somerset Curacies 1758-1776 and thereafter his residence in the Norfolk village of Weston Longeville. The set comprises Vol. I: 1758-1781; Vol. II: 1782-87; Vol. III: 1788-92; Vol. IV: 1793-1796; Vol. V: 1797-1802. Beresford's definitive edition was first published in five volumes between 1924 and 1931. This is the first complete re-issue. Complete sets as scarce, especially in this condition. Cordeaux & Merry 158; Darroch & Taylor 3369; Pargellis & Medley 671. (Book ref. 21946)
Bell, 1932 8vo., First Edition, with 58 plates (a number double-page), and front and ear endpaper maps; original green cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy. (Book ref. 24071)
Bell, 1932 8vo., First Edition, with 58 plates (a number double-page), and front and ear endpaper maps; original green cloth, backstrip lettered in black, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly chipped at headband. With a personal pictorial bookplate on front free endpaper verso. Scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 16236)
Banbury Historical Society, Banbury, [1982] 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece map, 33 plates on 16, numerous illustrations and maps (a number full-page) in the text, and decorative endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Banbury Historical Society, no. 19. (Book ref. 7139)
C Cox, 1847[-49] 2 vols. in 1., 12mo., First Edition, with 29 wood-engraved illustrations (many full-page) in the text, title lightly frayed at fore-edge, some very light and occasional age-spotting to text; original pebble-grain cloth, boards elaborately blocked in blind, yellow endpapers, uncut, very neatly rebacked with old backstrip laid down, original gilt lettering part present, a very good, bright, firm copy. The only edition of this delightful excursionary account. The same author also produced equally elusive surveys of the Adur, Arun, Avon, Dove, Duddon, Lea, Mole and Wheddon. Scarce, especially in this condition. Anderson, p.39. (Book ref. 12132)
Constable, 1903 Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece in photogravure and title in red and black, some very minor spotting; original green cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in gilt, gilt top, uncut, a very good, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT PASTE-DOWN. Cordeaux & Merry 6067. (Book ref. 14648)
A&C Black, [1922] 8vo., First Edition thus, with a coloured frontispiece, 31 fine coloured plates and a full-page map in the text, endpapers and fore-edges lightly foxed, some light spotting (mainly marginal) as often to text; original decorative cloth blocked in blind, gilt back, backstrip a little dulled else a very good, bright, firm copy. This classic fusion of Thomas's prose and Fulleylove's paintings was first published with 60 plates in 1903. This considerably more affordable edition was itself reprinted several times with steadily diminishing numbers of illustrations. Cordeau & Merry 378 (recording the first and this edition); Eckert p.189 (first edition); Inman 571. (Book ref. 4378)
A&C Black, [1922] 8vo., First Edition thus, with a coloured frontispiece, 31 fine coloured plates and a full-page map in the text, some light occasional foxing to text margins, fore-edges lightly foxed, neat contemporary signature on blank preliminary; original decorative cloth blocked in blind, gilt back, an unusually fresh, bright copy. This classic fusion of Thomas's prose and Fulleylove's paintings was first published with 60 plates in 1903. This considerably more affordable edition was itself reprinted several times with steadily diminishing numbers of illustrations. Cordeau & Merry 378 (recording the first and this edition); Eckert p.189 (first edition); Inman 571. (Book ref. 4380)
County Associations, [1951] 8vo., First Edition, with illustrations and 4 full-page maps in the text; original printed wrappers, a very good, clean copy. Remarkably well-preserved copy, with the usual trade advsertisements. (Book ref. 5461)
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Bushmain, Aylesbury, [1989] 4to., First Edition, with numerous photographs in the text; plum cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON HALF-TITLE. Well-written and illustrated account of the author's childhood and adolescence in Oxfordshire and Scotland during the 20s and 30s. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 21666)