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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
Drabble (P): County Books. Staffordshire
Hale, [1948] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 48 plates and a large folding map; original series binding of green cloth, upper board blocked in gilt, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Published in Hale's seminal 'County Books' series (Book ref. 19083) £24.00
Randall (J.L): A History of the Meynell Hounds and Country, 1780-1901
Sampson Low Marston & Co., 1901 2 vols., roy. 8vo., First Edition, with frontispiece and plates in photogravure (some original tissue guards present) and maps, some light and occasional spotting; original red cloth, gilt backs, gilt tops, covers mildly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean set. Very scarce (Book ref. 17213) £220.00
Sleigh (J): A History of the Ancient Parish of Leek in Staffordshire, including Horton, Cheddleton and Ipstones
Bemrose, 1883 Folio, Second Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, coloured and monochrome plates, numerous illustrations in the text and several pedigrees (a number folding); original grey cloth, gilt back, covers mildly age-marked else a very good, clean copy. With the list of subscribers. Very scarce. (Book ref. 16928) £295.00
LADELL (A.R), Rev.: The Parish Church of Abbots Bromley
Wilding, Shrewsbury, n.d. [c.1968] 8vo., First Edition, with 2 full-page illustrations in the text; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 14043) £6.00
OAKDEN (J.A).: The Place-Names of Staffordshire. Part 1. Cuttlestone Hundred. [This volume only]
English Place-Name Society, 1984 8vo., First Edition; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. English Place-Name Society, vol. LV. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 13446) £36.00
Hiscock (E): Gone are the Days. [A History of Little Aston & Surrounding Area]. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Major Communications with Storm Publishing, [Sutton Coldfield, 1986] Roy. 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece and very numerous coloured and monochrome illustrations, maps and pedigrees in the text; cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter rubbed at extremities. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE (Book ref. 13265) £42.00
Clayton (H): Cathedral City. A Look at Victorian Lichfield. [Revised Edition]
Privately Printed, [Lichfield, 1981] 8vo., Second and Best Edition, with numerous photographs and maps; cloth, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w. Revised version of the original edition of 1977 (Book ref. 12187) £12.00
[Arnhem. South Staffordshire Regiment]. Junier (A) and B. Smulders: By Land, Sea and Air. An Illustrated History of the 2nd Battalion The South Staffordshire Reegiment 1940-1945. From Official Records and Personal Accounts of Members of the Battalion. With Jaap Korsloot
[Sigmond Publishing, Renkum, 2003] Roy. 4to., First Edition, with very numerous photographs and maps (a number full-page) in the text; cloth, a fine copy in unclipped d/w. Latest of this publisher's detailed unit histories for Operation MARKET: Although due attention is paid to the battalion's role in Operation HUSKY, well over half the work is devoted to Arnhem. Meticulously researched over many years, it includes a number of previously unpublished photographs (some very recently discovered) which help to portray events in close detail. Includes full battalion roll, detailed ROH and several other statistical appendices. A considerable achievement and a valuable addition to the growing recent literature of Arnhem. (Book ref. 10406) £36.00
MILLER (M.H).: Olde Leeke: Historical, Biographical, Anecdotal, and Archaeological. Reprinted from the 'Leek Times'
'Leek Times', Leek, 1891 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present), title in red and black, and 39 illustrations ( several full-page) in the text, neat signature on front paste-down, free endpapers browned, title very lightly spotted; original cloth gilt, gilt back, bevelled boards, joints lightly rubbed else a very good, clean copy. With the list of subscribers bound in at end. The work collects a large number of articles and other notices previously printed in the 'Leek Times' newspaper. A second series appeared in 1900, but each work in complete in itself. Scarce. (Book ref. 10093) £80.00
Pevsner (N): The Buildings of England. Staffordshire
Penguin, [1974] 8vo., First Edition, with a double-page map as frontispiece, 104 plates on 64 and numerous illustrations in the text; cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w. Forty-sixth and final volume of the renowned series, dedicated by Pevsner to his late wife and [Sir] Allen Lane, and containing a moving essay by Pevsner on the completion of the unique survey.Buildings of England, BE46.Cherry 46; HB4, HJ3. (Book ref. 8660) £35.00
Staffordshire. Victoria County History: The Victoria History of the County of Stafford. Edited by M.W. Greenslade and J.G. Jenkins. Volume II [only] with Index to volumes I and II
1967 Sm. folio, First Edition, title in red and black, with a frontispiece, 32 plates on 11, 2 illustrations (one full-page) and 19 maps and plans (9 full-page) in the text; decorative cloth gilt, gilt back, uncut, a very good, clean copy. Sold from an institution with ts cancelled bookplate on front paste-down, small neat stamp on verso of title only, and neat paper accession label on backstrip (Book ref. 820) £70.00
Glew (E.L): History of the Borough and Foreign of Wallsall, in the County of Stafford...
Walsall, 1856 8vo., a remarkably fresh, clean copy in the original blind-blocked cloth, gilt back. This scarce work, the first specific history of thw town, remains the most detailed of the period. Simms, Bibliotheca Staffordiensis, p.190. AN ATTRACTIVE COPY OF THE FIRST SEPARATELY PUBLISHED HISTORY (Book ref. 817) £125.00
Drabble (P): County Books. Staffordshire
Hale, [1948] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 48 plates and a large folding map; decorative cloth gilt, gilt back. covers just a little faded else a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper, the latter somewhat age-marked, chipped at head of backstrip and frayed at extremities. Published in Hale's seminal 'County Books' series (Book ref. 3374) £17.50
Brooke (R): Visits to Fields of Battle in England of the Fifteenth Century; to which are added some miscellaneous Tracts and Papers upon Archaeological Subjects
John Russell Smith, 1857 Roy., 8vo., First Edition, with an engraved frontispiece, title in red and black, and 3 engraved plates (all with original tissue guards) depicting plans of battles, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper, frontispiece and title lightly spotted; original publisher's diced cloth, uncut, neatly rebacked in calf gilt, an unusually good, clean copy. With the 'Additions and Corerections' slip bound in. The battle-plans depict Shrewsbury, Stoke and Towton . Scarce in this condition (Book ref. 1816) £95.00