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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
Allen & Unwin, 1963-[1974] 2 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, with two frontispieces (one in colour), 289 plates on 148, and 22 maps (10 double-page) in the text; original cloth (first volume maroon, second volume scarlet), gilt backs, red tops, a very good, clean set in dustwrapper. The set comprises vol. I: The Nineteenth Century; vol. II: The Twentieth Century to 1970. Scarce standard reference. Ottley, 754 and 8603 respectively. (Book ref. 25857)
University Press, Cambridge, 1924 4to., First and Sole Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece; cloth, blocked in gilt and blind, gilt back, uncut, covers very lightly age-marked else a very good, bright, clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 550 COPIES . Perkins & Parry, p.105 (Book ref. 25832)
Chapman & Hall, 1902 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, title-vignette, and very numerous illustrations by the author in the text, free endpapers mildly spotted; original pictorial blue cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in darker blue, uncut, covers lightly age-faded else a very good, clean copy. Above average copy of one of the scarcest of Harper's 'road' books. A well-known and much sought after cycling classic, the work describes a wide variety of rides within a radius of some thirty miles of London. (Book ref. 25649)
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Faber, [2011] 8vo., First Edition, with plates; grey boards, backstrip lettered in black, burgundy endpapers, a near fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. (Book ref. 24495)
Northumberland Press, Gateshead on Tyne, 1940 8vo., with 4 plates on 2, and 8 illustrations, maps and plans (3 full-page) in the text; printed wrappers, sewed as issued, uncut, a fine copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO I D MARGARY WITH THE FORMER'S INITIALLED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT WRAPPER. Reprinted from 'Archaeologia Aeliana', 4th Series, vol. xvii. Ivan Donald Margary (1896-1976) was the twentieth century's leading authority on Roman roads in Britain, devising a structured numbering system to ease identification. Among his many studies are 'Roman Ways of the Weald' (1948) and the definitive 'Roman Roads in Britain (2 vols., 1955-57). Bonser 2760. (Book ref. 10148)
Northumberland Press, Gateshead on Tyne, 1939 8vo., with 2 plates on1 and 2 full-page plans in the text; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, a near fine copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO I D MARGARY WITH THE FORMER'S INITIALLED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT WRAPPER. Reprinted from 'Archaeologia Aeliana', 4th Series, vol. xvi. Ivan Donald Margary (1896-1976) was the twentieth century's leading authority on Roman roads in Britain, devising a structured numbering system to ease identification. Among his many studies are 'Roman Ways of the Weald' (1948) and the definitive 'Roman Roads in Britain (2 vols., 1955-57). Bonser 2724. (Book ref. 10280)
Northumberland Press, Gateshead on Tyne, 1941 8vo., with 4 plates on 2 and 3 full-page plans in the text; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, a near fine copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO I D MARGARY WITH THE FORMER'S INITIALLED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT WRAPPER. Reprinted from 'Archaeologia Aeliana', 4th Series, vol. xix. A presentation copy from the author to I.D. Margary, with the former' initialled holograph inscription on front wrapper. Reprinted from 'Archaeologia Aeliana', 4th Series, vol. xvii. Ivan Donald Margary (1896-1976) was the twentieth century's leading authority on Roman roads in Britain, devising a structured numbering system to ease identification. Among his many studies are 'Roman Ways of the Weald' (1948) and the definitive 'Roman Roads in Britain (2 vols., 1955-57). Bonser 2721. (Book ref. 10141)
William Pile, Sutton, [1928] 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece, 10 plates and 3 maps (two large and folding), endpapers lightly spotted; original cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 7006)
1930 8vo., on laid paper, with a frontispiece, 53 plates and an illustration and a sketch-map in the text; original cloth, blocked in gilt and blind, gilt back, a fine copy. Written for the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club by the author of 'The Old Straight Track' (1925). A REVIEW COPY. (Book ref. 675)
Bracken Books, [1985] Sm. folio, with a frontispiece and very numerous illustrations (many full-page) in the text; original brown cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Lovely copy of the facsimile re-issue of this coaching classic, first published by Macmillan in 1888. Spielmann & Jerrold 4 (recording the original edition). (Book ref. 15827)
George Newnes, [1955] 8vo., First Edition, with 32 plates and endpaper maps coloured in outline; maroon cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Delightful period piece from the earlier days of motor tourism. (Book ref. 19366)
[Norfolk Archaeology, 1901] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 2 large maps coloured in outline on japon (one double-page, one folding); red wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, backstrip in black passe-partout, a near fine copy. Extracted from Norfolk Archaeology, 14, pp.135-152 (1901). Extremely scarce. Bonser 2378; Darroch & Taylor 1694. (Book ref. 15289)
Phoenix House, 1965 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped, mildly worn dustwrapper (Book ref. 17157)
Hutchinson, [1956] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 89 plates on 28 and illustrations and facsimiles in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper. A standard reference, and uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 12957)
Hutchinson, [1956] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 89 plates on 28 and illustrations and facsimiles in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter very lightly rubbed at edges. A standard reference, and uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 13008)
Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, [Dorchester, 1943] 4to., with a full-page map in the text; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, covers faintly age-soiled else a near fine copy. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, Vol. 65, pp.53-59. Very scarce. Bonser 2552. (Book ref. 14067)
Longmans, 1958 8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates and illustrations in the text; cloth, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Scarce, especially in the dustwrapper. (Book ref. 10507)
John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1903 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, title-vignette and very numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text, small neat signature on front free endpaper; original pictorial diced green limp cloth gilt, upper board blocked and lettered in gilt, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, joints lightly rubbed else a remarkably bright, clean copy. With 4pp publisher's catalogue at end. 'The Country Handbooks. Vol. I'. Includes a wealth of information and advice on wayfaring, food, cooking, signage, furniture, implements and other aspects of self-sufficiency on the road. EXTREMELY SCARCE. (Book ref. 16760)
[c.1736] 2 leaves, sm. 8vo., from Bowen's 'Britannia Depicta', conjoined to form an overall sheet of 23.5cms x 18.5cms (9.25ins x 7.25ins), and containing a charming engraved strip-map of the road from Dartmouth (Devonshire) to Minehead (Somersetshire) in six sections with associated descriptive letter-press, THE WHOLE FINELY COLOURED BY HAND, and eminently suitable for framing and display. Emanuel Bowen's 'Britannia Depicta or Ogilby Improv'd' first appeared in 1720 with Ogilby's strip-maps reduced to half the original scale. The work was immensely popular and was reissued many time as late as 1759. The road passes from Dartmouth through Newton Bushel, Exeter, Silverton, Tiverton, Bampton, Berry and Embercum to Minehead. (Book ref. 3355)
Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, 1808 8vo., Fourteenth Edition, with a large folding map (closely cropped but without loss) mounted on cloth, some mild wear and age-staining to map, title, and a few fore-margins; attractively and strongly bound in twentieth century half calf, marbled boards, original tooled calf backstrip laid down, a very good, tight, clean copy. Fordham, p.28. (Book ref. 7260)