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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
HAWKINS (G.S).: Stonehenge Decoded. In collaboration with John B. White
Doubleday, New York NY, 1965 8vo., First Edition, with 23 plates, numerous illustrations, diagrams and maps in the text, and endpaper plans; original blue cloth, brown cloth back lettered in black, blue endpapers, uncut, a very good, clean copy price-clipped d/w, the latter frayed and creased at edges. Pioneering study by the then Professor of Astronomy at Boston. This copy was formerly in the library of George Boas, sometime Professor of Philosophy at John Hopkins, and bears his signature on front free endpaper. (Book ref. 18222) £8.00
PLATT (J.R.I), Brig.: The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Prince of Wales's Own) 1907-1967. WITH THE REGIMENT'S PRESENTATION SLIP
Garnstone Press, [1972] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 53 monochromes plates on 32 and 7 maps (2 double-page) in the text; regimental green cloth, crest blocked in gilt on upper board, gilt back, yellow endpapers, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. With the regiment's presentation slip loosely inserted. The frontispiece shows the battle honours in colour. The Royal Wiltshire is Britain's oldest yeomanry regiment. Scarce in this condition. Sutcliffe, p.240. (Book ref. 17993) £48.00
PITT (P.W), Lt.-Col.: Royal Wilts. [The History of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, 1920-1945]. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR
Burrup Mathieson & Co., 1946 4to., First Edition, on laid paper, with 58 plates on 25, 9 coloured maps (2 folding), numerous illustrations and maps (many full-page and some coloured in outline) in the text and front and rear endpaper maps coloured in outline; original cloth gilt, badge blocked in gilt on upper board, covers lightly age-marked else a very good, clean copy. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON TITLE. The standard account of the regiment's service in WWII. Includes list of pre-war camps, numerous personnel lists, honours & awards, and ROH. SIGNED COPIES ARE EXTREMELY SCARCE. Sutcliffe, p.240; White, p.174. (Book ref. 17979) £196.00
PITT (P.W), Lt.-Col.: Royal Wilts. [The History of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, 1920-1945]
Burrup Mathieson & Co., 1946 4to., First Edition, on laid paper, with 58 plates on 25, 9 coloured maps (2 folding), numerous illustrations and maps (many full-page and some coloured in outline) in the text and front and rear endpaper maps coloured in outline; original cloth gilt, badge blocked in gilt on upper board, roan back framed, blocked and lettered in gilt, joints rubbed as usual, hinges tender (but binding entirely sound), a very good, clean copy. The deluxe binding of the standard account of the regiment's service in WWII. Includes list of pre-war camps, numerous personnel lists, honours & awards, and ROH. Scarce. Sutcliffe, p.240; White, p.174. (Book ref. 17978) £144.00
GRAHAM (H).: The Annals of the Yeomanry Cavalry of Wiltshire. Vol. II [only]. Being a Complete History of the Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment from 1893 to 1908. BRIGHT, FRESH COPY
Geo Simpson, Devizes, 1908 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 4 plates (3 portraits) and 3 plates of sketch maps; regimental blue cloth, upper board blocked in gilt and white and lettered in black, gilt back, black endpapers, a very good, bright, fresh, clean copy. The first volume (1886) concerns the period 1794 to 1886. Two thirds of this volume covers the service in the Boer War of 1st, 2nd and 63rd companies of Imperial Yeomanry. All were sponsored by the Royal Wilts, through the 63rd was raised in South Africa. Scarce in this condition. Sutcliffe, p.240; White p, 174. (Book ref. 17994) £68.00
CRAMPTON (P).: Stonehenge of the Kings. A People Appear
John Baker, [1967] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 28 plates, numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text, and front endpaper map; green cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w. (Book ref. 17923) £10.00
PEVSNER (N).: The Buildings of England. Wiltshire. With Notes on the Prehistoric and Roman Antiquities by Derek Simpson
Penguin, [1963] 8vo., First Edition, with a double-page map as frontispiece, 103 plates on 64 and numerous illustrations and a plan in the text; original series binding of tan cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly chafed (without material loss) at head and tail of backstrip. The Buildings of England, BE26. One of the scarcest titles in the series, and even more so in this condition. Cherry 26, HB2, HJ2. (Book ref. 17603) £65.00
BLACKFORD (J.H).: The Manor and Village of Cherhill. A Wiltshire Village from Early Times to the Present Day. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
[Privately Printed, 1941] 8vo., First Edition, with plate facing half-title, portrait frontispiece, and numerous plates and illustrations in the text; free endpapers lightly dust-soiled; original pale blue cloth, upper board blocked in gilt and lettered in blind, gilt back, covers lightly dust-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONTISPIECE. The first dedicated history of the village and a model of its kind. Green 778. (Book ref. 16780) £74.00
Smart (T.W.W): A Chronicle of Cranborne and the Cranborne Chase. [Facsimile reissue]. 500 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Dovecote Press, [Wimborne, 1983] 8vo., Second Edition; cloth, a near fine copy in the d/w. EDITION LIMITED TO 500 COPIES. High-quality facsimile reissue of the original edition of 1841. Not recorded by Anderson (Book ref. 15393) £65.00
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
KELLY (E.R), ed.: County Topographies. Wiltshire. With Map engraved expressly for the Work. Edited by E.R. Kelly
Kelly & Co., 1875 8vo., with folding engraved map, small neat signature on front free endpaper, end papers lightly spotted; original red pebble-grain cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in gilt, backstrip lettered in gilt, red edges, backstrip midly faded else a very good, bright, firm copy. Very scarce, especially in this condition. This edition not recorded by Goddard. (Book ref. 15020) £48.00
STEVENS (F).: Stonehenge Today & Yesterday. With Plans and Illustrations by Heywood Sumner. [Revised Edition]
HMSO, 1929 Sm. 8vo., Revised Edition, with a frontispiece, numerous illustrations and plans (a number full-page) in the text and a large folding plan; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, a very good, clean copy. With front and rear trade advertisements, including White Star Line on rear wrapper (return ocean fare to USA 38 5s.). The author was curator of the Salisbury museum. (Book ref. 14181) £8.00
HULME (F.E).: The Town, College and Neighbourhood of Marlborough. MABEL KITCAT'S COPY WITH HER BOOKPLATE
Edward Stanford, 1881 8vo., First Edition, with an engraved frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 9 plates and 7 illustrations in the text, neat contemporary signature on half-title; original green cloth, sides elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt, black and blind, back gilt extra, yellow endpapers, hinges cracked (but binding entirely sound), a remarkably bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 13486) £60.00
ARNOLD-FORSTER (M).: Basset Down. An Old Country House. Foreword by Charles Morgan
Country Life, [1950] 4to., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 37 plates on 32 and 2 pedigrees (one folding), endpapers very faintly spotted; cloth gilt, gilt back, blue top, backstrip faded (but all lettering entirely legible) else a very good, clean copy. This classic account provides considerable detail of the Booth and Maskelyne families. (Book ref. 13445) £48.00
ORDNANCE SURVEY. SWINDON. CIRENCESTER.: Ordnance Survey Contoured Road Map of Swindon and Cirecester. Popular Edition. One Inch, Sheet 104. [Ellis Martin cover]
Ordnance Survey, [Southampton, 1933] Folding coloured map on cloth measuring 22 x 30 ins (approx. 56.0 x 76.0 cms) folding in 21 panels to 7.5 x 4.5 ins (approx. 19.0 x 11.5 cms); original pictorial card wrappers, an unusually bright, clean copy. The famous Popular Edition One Inch series was first published in 1919 with striking 'hiker' artwork by Ellis Martin. The present copy is the 1913 revision (roads and railways corrected to 1932); the covers are the dark red and black variant with location map. Browne, 11.2.a (Book ref. 12833) £12.00
ORDNANCE SURVEY. OXFORD. SWINDON.: Ordnance Survey Road Map of Oxford and Swindon. Sheet 28. Layers. alf Inch to One Mile. [Ellis Martin cover]
Ordnance Survey, [Southampton, 1935] Folding coloured map on paper measuring 22 x 30 ins (approx. 56.0 x 76.0 cms) folding in 21 panels to 7.5 x 4.25 ins (approx. 19.0 x 11.0 cms); original pictorial card wrappers, wrappers lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. The Half Inch series was first issued in 1919 with striking 'motorist' artwork by Ellis Martin. The present copy is the 1935 revision; the covers are the green and brown variant with green sheet name. Browne, 12.2.a (Book ref. 12573) £12.00
HALL (P), Rev.: Picturesque Memorials of Salisbury. A Series of Original Etchings and Vignettes illustrative of the most interesting Buildings and other Remains of Antiquity in that City and Neighbourhood. To which is prefixed a Brief History of Old and New Sarum
W B Brodie, Salisbury, 1834 4to., First and Sole Edition, with a copper-engraved frontispiece, woodcut title-vignette, 27 copper-engraved plates, and 29 woodcut illustrations in the text, front free endpaper frayed at bottom margin; contemporary half calf, marbled boards, backstrip lettered and ruled in gilt, very neatly rebacked with old backstrip laid down, an unusually bright, clean copy. Complete with list of subscribers. With the engraved armorial bookplate of James Whatman and nineteenth century binder's ticket of Hodgsons on front paste-down. This delightful work was originally issued in 10 parts. Bound copies are scarce, especially in this condition. Anderson, p.301; Goddard, p.203. (Book ref. 12378) £145.00
JEFFERIES (R). TOPLIS (G), ed.: Jefferies' Land. A History of Swindon and its Environs. Edited with Notes by Grace Toplis. 350 COPIES WERE PRINTED
Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., 1896 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 11 plates and a large folding map, free endpapers lightly browned; original navy blue ribbed cloth, gilt back, gilt top, bevelled boards, uncut, a remarkably bright, fresh copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 350 COPIES. The illustrations are reproduced from drawings by Agnes Taylor of Ilminster, mostly from photographs taken by Chas Andrew of Swindon. Goddard, p.238; Miller & Matthews, B29.1. (Book ref. 12355) £160.00
Marshall (W): The Rural Economy of Gloucestershire including Dairy: together with Dairy Management in North Wiltshire, and the Management of Orchards and Fruit Liquor in Herefordshire
G. Nichol, 1796 2 vols., 8vo., Second Edition, with a double-page map; attractively bound in nineteenth century half calf, gilt backs, uncut, covers mildly age-worn else a bright, clean copy. Anderson p.107 (recording the first edition of 1789); Austin, 1884; not in Upcott. (Book ref. 11644) £325.00
DUTTON (R).: Wessex. Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire with West Berkshire & East Somerset
Batsford, [1950] 8vo., First Edition, with a coloured frontispiece, 3 coloured plates, 119 fine monochrome plates on 64, numerous illustrations (a number full-page) and a map in the text, and front and rear endpaper maps in green; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped d/w. Published in Batsford's notable The Face of Britain series. Uncommon in this condition. (Book ref. 11604) £16.00