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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
ICELY (H.E.M).: Blockley through Twelve Centuries. Annals of a Cotswold Parish. [Fourth Edition]
Erskine Press for Blockley Antiquarian Society, [Harleston, 1996] 8vo., Fourth Edition, with a double-page map as frontispiece, a coloured plate, 64 monochrome plates on 40 and a double-page pedigree; original pictorial wrappers, a near fine copy. First published in 1974. A revised edition appeared in 1984 which was itself reissued in a limited edition in 1988. This edition is updated to 1996. (Book ref. 17887) £24.00
SOMERS (F): Halesowen Churchwardens' Accounts (1487-1582). Edited for the Worcestershire Historical Society by Frank Somers. Transcribed by E.H. Sargeant. Part III. [This part only]
Worcestershire Historical Society, 1955 4to., First Edition; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. (Book ref. 17002) £44.00
FINBERG (H.P.R).: The Early Charters of the West Midlands. [Second Edition]
Leicester University Press, Leicester, 1972 8vo., Second Edition, some light offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w. First published in 1971 in the series 'Studies in Early English History', this conspectus of all known pre-Conquest documents relating to land in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire covers over 400 charters. Scarce. (Book ref. 14939) £30.00
MAY (G).: A Descriptive History of the Town of Evesham, from the Foundation of its Saxon Monastery; with Notices respecting the ancient Deanery of its Vale [Second and Best Edition]. AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY?
George May, Evesham, 1845 8vo., Second and Best Edition, with an engraved frontispiece (mildly spotted and stained in blank margins; original tissue guard present), 5 engraved plates and an engraved plan (all original tissue guards present) and 35 illustrations in the text; strongly rebound in twentieth century cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. With a neat contemporary inscription (possibly in the author's hand) 'To the Editor of the Worcestershire Guardian' on title. This is the finest history of the town, and a substantially revised and expanded version of the author's original version of 1834. In the rebinding two decorations, a pattern from an oak panel in the monastery (back cover) and the bell tower, spires and chapter arch (front cover) have necessarily been lost. Scarce. Anderson, p.306. (Book ref. 11583) £84.00
Gale (R): The Worcestershire Regiment (The 29th and 36th Regiments of Foot). [Introduction by Lt.-Gen. Sir Brian Horrocks]
Leo Cooper, [1970] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous illustrations in the text; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in the d/w. Published in Cooper's concise 'Famous Regiments' series, edited by Lt.-General Sir Brian Horrocks (Book ref. 11450) £22.00
DUIGNAN (W.H).: Worcestershire Place Names. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
Henry Frowde, 1905 8vo., First Edition; original green cloth, sides with triple frame border in black, gilt back, gilt top, bevelled boards, a very good, bright, clean copy. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. (Book ref. 11411) £44.00
Pevsner (N): The Buildings of England. Worcestershire
Penguin, [1968] 8vo., First Edition, with a double-page map as frontispiece, 103 plates on 64 and numerous illustrations and a plan in the text; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. The Buildings of England, BE35. Cherry 35, HB2, HJ3.Cherry 35, HB2, HJ3. (Book ref. 10120) £30.00
Moore (P.C): A Short Guide to the Abbey Church of Pershore
British Publishing Company, Gloucester, [c. 1962] 8vo., First Edition, with several photographs and full-page plans in the text; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. With trade advertisements (Book ref. 8996) £6.00
FRY (E.A), ed.: A Calendar of Wills and Administrations in the Consistory Court of the Bishop of Worcester. [A run of six volumes]. Edited by Edward Alexander Fry
Printed for the British Record Society in conjunction with the Worcestershire Historical Society, 1899-[1911] 6 vols., roy. 4to., First Edition; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, uncut, backstrips frayed and a few wrappers loose (but all bindings entirely sound), a very good, clean run. The run comprises Wills and Administrations registered Part I: 1451-1642 (1899); Wills and Administrations registered Part II: 1493-1560 (1901); Wills and Administrations preserved Vol. II Part I: 1601-1614 (1907); Wills and Administrations preserved Vol. II Part II: 1614-1625 (1907); Wills and Administrations preserved Vol. II Part III: 1628-1647 (1910); Wills and Administrations preserved Vol. II Part IV (1911). All volumes in this important series are scarce. (Book ref. 8807) £380.00
Hopkins (G): Greete, Whitton and Hope Bagot, and Tenbury Wells. The Farmers, the People, the Camp and the Neighbourhood over fifty Years
[D. Brown, Cowbridge, 1983] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs in the text; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a fine copy. (Book ref. 8763) £6.00
BENTLEY (J). HOPKINS (G).: Joseph Bentley's History of Worcestershire written in 1840 and viewed in recent Times by Gordon Hopkins. Including a Section on Dudley and its Mines and Canals
D. Brown, Cowbridge, [1985] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous photographs (a number full-page) and a double-page map in the text; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a fine copy. (Book ref. 8762) £6.00
Nott (J): Some of the Antiquities of 'Moche Malverne' [Great Malvern] including a History of its ancient Church and Monastery, Engravings of the Seals of the Convent, and the Publication of Grants and Documents, and much other Matter never before printed
Malvern, 1885 8vo., with a frontispiece and 10 plates, some offsetting onto tissue guard of frontiepiece only; original pictorial cloth, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 933) £30.00
Birdwood, Lieut.-Col. Lord.: The Worcestershire Regiment 1922-1950. [With a Foreword by Lieut.-General Sir R.N. Gale, Colonel of the Regiment]
Gale & Polden, Aldershot, 1952 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, 11 plates on 4, 6 full-page maps in the text and 2 folding maps coloured in outline; regimental cloth with badge blocked in gilt on upper board, gilt back, a fine copy in price-clipped dustwrapper. Records the immediate pre-war and wartime service of all twelve battalions, together with an account of Norton Barracks. Includes colonels, battalion commanders, honours, awards and ROH. Sutcliffe, p.183; White, p.83. (Book ref. 8518) £40.00
Archer (F): The Secrets of Bredon Hill. A Country Chronicle of the Year 1900
Hodder & Stoughton, [1971] 8vo., First Edition, with 18 plates on 16; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w. (Book ref. 4191) £10.00
Archer (F): Muddy Boots and Sunday Suits. Memories of a Country Childhood
Hodder & Stoughton, [1973] 8vo., First Edition, with 27 plates on 16 and endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in unclipped d/w. Edwardian village life in Worcestershire's Vale of Evesham (Book ref. 4185) £10.00
Archer (F): Hawthorn Hedge Country
Hodder & Stoughton, [1970] 8vo., First Edition, with 18 plates on 16 and pictorial endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped d/w. Village life in Vale of Evesham from the chronicler of rural Worcestershire (Book ref. 4194) £10.00
Archer (F): Golden Sheaves, Black Horses
Hodder & Stoughton, [1974] 8vo., First Edition, with 26 plates on 16; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w. Late-Victorian village life in Worcestershire's Vale of Evesham (Book ref. 4187) £10.00
Archer (F): By Hook and by Crook
Hodder & Stoughton, [1978] 8vo., First Edition, Second Impression, with illustrations in the text; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Victorian village life in Worcestershire's Vale of Evesham (Book ref. 4190) £6.00
Archer (F): A Lad of Evesham Vale
Hodder & Stoughton, [1972] 8vo., First Edition, with 24 plates on 16; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. Edwardian village life in Worcestershire's Vale of Evesham (Book ref. 4193) £10.00
Archer (F): A Lad of Evesham Vale
Hodder & Stoughton, [1972] 8vo., First Edition, with 24 plates on 16; cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w, the latter very lightly browned at extremities. Edwardian village life in Worcestershire's Vale of Evesham (Book ref. 4192) £9.00