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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
OLIVER (J): Railways round the World. Compiled by Jocelyn Oliver
Oxford University Press, Oxford, [1937] Roy. 8vo., First Edition, with photographic title and numerous photographs (the majority full-page); original pictorial boards, covers lightly age-soiled else a very good, clean copy. Ottley 3037. (Book ref. 19152) £12.00
BUCKNALL (R).: Our Railway History. Part One [with] Part Two [with] Part Three. NEAR FINE SET IN THE ORIGINAL WARTIME PARTS
[Privately Printed, 1944] 3 vols., sm. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates and continuous pagination; original photographic wrappers, covers very lightly age-soiled on (predominantly white) areas else a near fine set. Due to wartime restrictions, this important survey was first issued in three separate parts, continuously paginated to facilitate binding in a single volume (the titles to Parts Two and Three carry instructions to this effect). The wrappers are lettered in red, green and blue respectively. The coverage is as follows: Part One: London & North Western, Great Western, Midland, North Eastern, Great Northern; Part Two: Great Eastern, Lancashire & Yorkshire, Great Central, London & South Western, London Brighton & South Coast, South Eastern & Chatham; Part Three: North British, Caledonian, Glasgow & South Western, Highland, Great North of Scotland. The first appearance in book form was the second edition of 1945. A very attractive set and scarce in this condition. Ottley, 5601. (Book ref. 18921) £40.00
[RAILWAYS]. SKETCHLEY (A), pseud. [ROSE (G)].: Mrs. Brown at Margate. SCARCE RAILWAY BOOK WITH WH SMITH BOOKSTALL STAMP
George Routledge, [1874] Sm. 8vo., First Edition[?], wanting lower half of title, some light dust-soiling; original pictorial boards, front cover faded and worn (with small loss at lower corner) but with pictorial image wholly legible, lower board in yellow printed with advertisements in black, backstrip lettered in black (worn with partial loss) else a good, sound copy of very scarce and fragile title. WITH FRONT AND REAR ADVERTISEMENT ENDPAPERS, AND THE STATION BOOKSTALL STAMP OF W H SMITH ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. George Rose's 'Mrs Brown' series, all written in Cockney under his pseudonym of Arthur Sketchley, were popular favourites at railways bookstalls during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Although worn, this scarce and unassuming copy has all the assets - front and rear advertisements, series catalogue, WHS stamp and front board image highlighting the frivolity of seaside Margate as it approached its zenith as one of the Cockneys' favourite watering-holes. A WONDERFULLY EVOCATIVE COPY FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF RAILWAY LEISURE. IN THIS CONDITION, A RARE SURVIVAL. (Book ref. 18938) £80.00
SAWFORD (E).: Steam Locomotives 1-39999 Western and Southern
Alan Sutton, [Stroud, 1996] 4to., First Edition, with numerous photographs in the text; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Already elusive in this condition (Book ref. 18858) £24.00
NOCK (O.S).: British Locomotives of the 20th Century. NEAR FINE SET IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Guild Publishing, [1985-1988] 3 vols., 4to., with very numerous photographs, illustrations and diagrams throughout, and pictorial endpapers; black cloth, upper boards and backstrip lettered in gilt, a near fine set in unclipped d/w. The set comprises Vol. 1: 1900-1930; Vol. 2: 1930-1960; Vol.3: 1960 - the Present Day. A lovely set. (Book ref. 18859) £40.00
EARL (L.A), Driver.: Speeding North with the 'Royal Scot'. A Day in the Life of a Locomotive Man (in collaboration with H.N. Greenleaf)
Oxford University Press, [1939] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, 27 plates on 14 and 16pp of diagrammatic route guide, neat contemporary signature on front paste-down, some light and occasional spotting; original pictorial red cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in black, red top, neatly recased, a very good, firm copy. Recalling the heady days of LMS immediately before WWII, Laurie Earl's minute-by-minute account of a day on the footplate on the London-Carlisle run has long been recognised as a railway classic. Ottley 4196, 6835. (Book ref. 18501) £86.00
RUSH (R.W).: The Furness Railway 1843-1923
Oakwood Press, [Lingfield, 1973] 8vo., First Edition, with plates and maps; original photographic wrappers, a very good, clean copy. Oakwood Library 35. Ottley, 11707. (Book ref. 18429) £12.00
RICHARDS (J) and J.M. MACKENZIE.: The Railway Station. A Social History. [Second Impression with Corrections]
Oxford University Press, Oxford, [1986] 8vo., Second Impression, with plates; blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. This corrected edition was published in the same year as the first edition. (Book ref. 18482) £12.00
MAGGS (C) and P. PAYE.: The Sidmouth, Seaton & Lyme Regis Branches.
Oakwood Press, [Lingfield], 1979 8vo., First Edition, with photographs and diagrams in the text; original photographic wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. Locomotion Papers No, 107. Ottley, 12235. (Book ref. 18435) £8.00
HARRIS (M).: British Main Line Services in the Age of Steam 1900-1968
Oxford Publishing, [Sparkford, 1996] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs in the text; black cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. (Book ref. 18469) £8.00
BISHOP (D) and W.J. K. DAVIS.: Railways and War since 1917
Blandford Press, [1974] 8vo., First Edition, with 113 coloured illustrations on 80 plates; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 18067) £30.00
GWR. GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY. BARMAN (C).: The Great Western Railway's Last Look Forward. Being a Reprint of 'Next Station'.
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, [1972] Sm. 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece and several full-page illustrations in the text; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the d/w. Updated reissue of the original edition of 1947. Ottley, 6152. (Book ref. 18006) £18.00
GADSDEN (E.J.S).: Metropolitan Steam
Roundhouse Books, [Northwood], 1963 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 56 plates on 30; cloth, backstrip lettered in silver, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w. Ottley, 930. (Book ref. 18005) £22.00
LOCKE (J). WEBSTER (N.W).: Joseph Locke: Railway Revolutionary
Allen & Unwin, [1970] 8vo., First Edition, with 16 plates and 3 illustrations in the text, small neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w. Ottley, 10220. (Book ref. 17753) £16.00
CHURTON (E).: The Rail Road Book of England: Historical, Topographical; descriptive of the Cities, Towns, Country Seats, and other Subjects of Interest. With a brief Sketch of the Lines in Scotland and Wales. Volume I. All Routes from London. [Facsimile Reissue]
Sidgwick & Jackson, [1973] 8vo., All Published, on laid paper, with a plate and folding map as frontispieces, and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text, small neat signature on front free endpaper; original cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w. High quality facsimile of the scarce original edition of 1851. Ottley 7919 (recording the original edition). (Book ref. 17752) £12.00
COCKMAN (G).: Steyning and the Steyning Line. Illustrated by William Oakey
[Privately Printed, Steyning, 1987] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous illustrations and facsimiles (a number full-page) in the text; original photographic wrappers, a fine copy. Scarce (Book ref. 17674) £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
CLAY (J.F) and J. CLIFFE.: The West Coast Pacifics
Ian Allan, [Shepperton, 1976] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates, and tables in the text; original black cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w. Ottley, 12300. (Book ref. 17493) £24.00
MAIS (S.P.B).: Walking at Week-Ends. Cover view and inside sketches by Gregory Brown. [Foreword by Sir Lawrence Chubb]
Southern Railway Company, [1935] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous sepia-toned photographs (many full-page) and illustrations in the text; patterned endpapers; original cloth, upper board lettered in black with coloured illustration mounted in blind frame, radial corners, backstrip lightly rubbed (but binding entirely sound), a good, clean copy. Nice copy of an uncommon promotional booklet from Southern Railway. Describes fourteen walks in Kent, Sussex and Hampshire (Book ref. 17126) £16.00
Simmons (J): The Railway in Town and Country 1830-1914
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, [1986] 8vo., First Edition, with maps and tables; cloth, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w. Detailed and scholarly account by the leading railway historian of his generation. Ottley 13043. (Book ref. 17025) £24.00