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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
STEP (E). STOKOE (W.J), illus.: Animal Life of the British Isles. A Guide to the Mammals, Reptiles and Batrachians of Wayside and Woodland. With 111 plates from Photographs, 48 in Colour. [Wayside and Woodland. Eighth Impression]. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Warne, [1942] Sm. 8vo., Eighth Impression thus, with a coloured frontispiece, 47 coloured plates, 63 plates in monochrome and illustrations of skeletons in the text, and photographic endpapers toned in sepia; original series binding of green leatherette, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in gilt and black, radial corners, green sprinkled edges, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at backstrip and with one short closed tear. First published in 1921, with a revised version with classified index following in 1939. Of the entire W&W series, Step's 'Animal Life' is possibly the volume with the greatest variety of d/w. This copy features the coloured plate of the Badger mounted on front panel. A lovely copy of the W&W eighth impression, and very uncommon in this condition. See Marren, pp.154-156. (Book ref. 19185) £40.00
SAXE (M. de). D'AUVERGNE (E. B).: The Prodigious Marshal. Being the Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Maurice de Saxe, Marshal of France, Son of the King of Poland, Conqueror of the English, Pretender to the Dukedom of Kurland, and Universal Lover. IN FULL MOROCCO
Selwyn & Blount, 1928 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and 11 plates; handsomely bound in red full morocco, back gilt with raised bands, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. (Book ref. 19169) £246.00
KNOX FAMILY. JOHN KNOX. ROGERS (C).: Genealogical Memoirs of John Knox and of the Knox Family
Grampian Club, 1879 8vo., First Edition, with an engraved portrait frontispiece (original tissue guard present), page edges very lightly browning; original blue cloth, upper board framed in blind and blocked in gilt, gilt back, bevelled boards, uncut, black endpapers, one gathering a little loose, backstrip lightly chafed (without material loss) at head and tail, corners rubbed (but not bruised) else a very good, clean copy. Rare. Thomson, p.96. (Book ref. 19171) £248.00
KIRKE (A). [ROBINSON (J.A), intro.]: North Curry. A Short History of the Church and Parish. [Introductory Note by J. Armitage Robinson. First and Sole Edition]
Privately Printed, Sherborne, 1932 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait and 7 plates [of 8] and an illustration in the text; blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, a very good, bright, clean copy. The missing plate is 'The Church, South View'. Extremely scarce. (Book ref. 19174) £70.00
PRINTING. FLEET STREET. PRINTER'S DEVIL.: Catalogue of the Collection of Items at the Printer's Devil, Fetter Lane London EC4, illustrating the History of Printing. With Essays and a Glossary of Terms
Whitbread & Co., n.d. [c.1960] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, illustrated title, 16plates on 14 and numerous facsimiles (a number full-page) in the text, presentation inscription on front free endpaper; original pictorial wrappers, a very good, bright, clean copy. Catalogue of the collection of printing specimens and artefacts at the famous Fleet Street pub. Lists 140 items together with essays on The Printed Page by A. Lloyd-Taylor and The Printed Illustration by John Lewis. (Book ref. 19149) £10.00
PRESCOTT (W.H). KIRK (J.F), ed.: History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic. New and Revised Edition, with the Author's latest Corrections and Additions. Edited by John Foster Kirk. THOMAS FALCON'S COPY WITH HIS FINE GAELIC BOOKPLATE
Swan Sonnenschein & Co., n.d. [c.1882] 8vo., with a double-page facsimile, 2 full-page maps, and a full-page pedigree in the text, some light and occasional foxing to preliminaries, half-title and title [only], fore-edges very lightly spotted; attractively bound in late nineteenth century half calf, marbled boards ruled in blind, gilt top, very neatly rebacked in calf to style, marbled endpapers heightened with gilt, a very good, bright, clean copy. This copy was formerly in the library of Thomas Falcon RBA. It bears his dated signature on front free endpaper and his fine printed Gaelic bookplate on front paste-down. The bookplate displays his initials, the date 1898, his place of residence at Studland and the Gaelic motto 'Is fhearr caitheamh na meirgeadh', usually translated as 'Better to wear than to rust'. Thomas Adolphus Falcon (1872-1944) was an eminent landscape painter and silversmith of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Born at Pudsey in Yorkshire, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Trinity College Cambridge. He was elected Member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1902 and exhibited over 130 works with them. He was also an exhibitor at the Royal Academy, the Royal Cambrian Academy, the Royal Society of Artists at Birmingham, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, Manchester City Art Gallery, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. His published works include Dartmoor Illustrated (1900) and Pictorial Dartmoor (1902); he also provided the photographs for the 1902 edition of Crossing's 'Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor'. A long-term resident of the West Country, he lived first at Braunton in Devon and later at Studland on Dorset's Isle of Purbeck (viz. bookplate). His son Norman became a noted geologist. (Book ref. 19138) £224.00
OBSERVER'S BOOKS. EVANS (G). SWAIN (H.D), illus. BROWN (P.E), intro.: The Observer's Book of British Birds' Eggs. Compiled by G. Evans. Describing more than One Hundred and Eighty Eggs. With Illustrations by H.D. Swain. With a Foreword by P.E. Brown
Warne, [1954] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with numerous chromolithographed and plain outline illustrations in the text, neat signature on front free endpaper; original terracotta cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in the d/w, the latter lightly age-soiled, lightly frayed and creased at extremities, and with minor loss at head and tail of backstrip. Observer 18. Swain's chromolithographed illustrations remain a high spot of the series. 'The first edition was short-lived and was revised in the same year with tinted illustrations for pale or unmarked eggs in place of the original crude outlines' (Marren & Carter). Scarce, particularly in the d/w. Marren & Carter, p.157. (Book ref. 19150) £40.00
GILL (R.C) and F. MATTINGLEY.: Christ Church, East Sheen. A Centenary History
[Privately Printed, 1963] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and 10 plates; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. Scarce (Book ref. 19163) £8.00
Devonshire Regiment. [11th Regiment of Foot]. Atkinson (C.T), Capt.: The Devonshire Regiment 1914-1918
Eland Brothers, Exeter, 1926 8vo., First Edition, with numerous plates, maps and plans, some very light spotting; regimental blue cloth, upper board blocked with crest and lettered all in gilt, gilt back, backstrip mildly faded (but all lettering entirely legible), case very slightly shaken else a very good, clean copy of a very scarce work. The standard history of the regiment's service in WWI. Enser, p.64; Sutcliffe, p.80; White, p.63. (Book ref. 19137) £165.00
VICTORIA CROSS. VC. WWII. SMYTH (J), Sir, Brig.: Sandhurst. The History of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst 1741-1961. With a Foreword by Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, [1961] 8vo., First Edition, with 23 plates on 12; red cloth, gilt back, red top, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter moderately browned at backstrip. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. One of the eight appendices lists the 37 Woolwich and 90 Sandhurst cadets who were subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross. The author was awarded his VC whist serving with 15th Ludhiana Sikhs in France during WWI. The citation reads 'On 18 May 1915 near Richebourg L'Aouve, France, with a volunteer bombing party of 10 men, Lieutenant Smyth conveyed a supply of 96 bombs to within 20 yards of the enemy's position over exceptionally dangerous ground, after the attempts of two other parties had failed. Lieutenant Smyth succeeded in taking the bombs to the desired position with the help of two of his men (the other eight having been killed or wounded). To achieve this purpose he had to swim a stream, being exposed the whole time to howitzer, shrapnel, machine-gun and rifle fire'. The author was Founder-Chairman of the VC and GC Association from 1956 to 1971 and Life President from 1971 until his death in 1983. A particularly desirable association copy. Mulholland & Jordan S59. (Book ref. 19107) £220.00
SURREY RIFLES: 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles). War Record of the 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 1914-1919
[H B Skinner, 1927] vo., First Edition; original dark green cloth, upper board blocked with regimental crest in silver and red, boards lightly age-marked, backstrip faded and lightly pulled at head else a very good, bright, clean copy. Extremely scarce. Sutcliffe, p.464; White, p.205. (Book ref. 19131) £158.00
SELLAR (W.C) and R.J. YEATMAN.: 1066 and all that. A Memorable History of England, comprising all the Parts you can remember, including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 genuine Dates. FIRST EDITION IN PENGUIN
Penguin Books in association with Methuen, [Harmondsworth, 1960] Sm. 8vo., First Edition thus, page edges browning slightly as usual; original orange printed wrappers, covers very lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. Penguin 1424. (Book ref. 19113) £7.00
OBSERVER'S BOOKS. STOKOE (W.J). WELLS (A.L), rev. JACKSON (A.B), intro.: The Observer's Book of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes. With an Introduction by A. Bruce Jackson. Revised and extended by A. Laurence Wells
Warne. n.d. [c.1956] Sm. 8vo., with 50 coloured plates and 54 plates in monochrome; original series original series binding of green cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter moderately age-soiled and with several archival repairs on inner surface. Observer 7. Code 519.756. (Book ref. 19114) £8.00
OBSERVER'S BOOKS. BENSON (S.V).: The Observer's Book of Birds. Describing Two Hundred and Thirty-Six Species with 200 Illustrations 100 of which are in full colour. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Frances Countess of Warwick
Warne. n.d. [c.1960] Sm. 8vo., with 200 coloured and monochrome plates, front free endpaper browned; original series binding of terracotta cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in black, backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter moderately age-marked and lightly frayed (without material loss) at head and tail of backstrip. Observer 1. Code 864.960 with 'Fieldfare' d/w. 'The excellent illustrations and concise format of one bird per page made this book an enduring classic' (Marren & Carter). Marren & Carter, p.147. (Book ref. 19110) £220.00
GLASTONBURY.: A Guide to Glastonbury and its Abbey. A short History of the Abbey Ruins and other notable Buildings: together with Ground Plan
'Gazette' Office, Glastonbury, n.d. [c.1950] GLASTONBURY. A Guide to Glastonbury and its Abbey. A short History of the Abbey Ruins and other notable Buildings: together with Ground PlanSm. 8vo., with 4 plates, and illustrations and a full-page plan in the text; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, yapped edges, covers very lightly age-browned else a very good, bright, clean copy. (Book ref. 19119) £8.00
CROWDER (T).: Bardney Abbey. Its History, Charters, Excavations, etc.
W.K. Morton, Horncastle, 1925 8vo., First Edition, with a full-page chart of masons' marks; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, wrappers very lightly age-soiled else a very good, bright, clean copy. Scarce (Book ref. 19115) £12.00
SOUTH (R).: The Moths of the British Isles. First Series [with] Second Series. [Wayside & Woodland Series]. THE FIRST EDITIONS COMPLETE
Warne, [1907-08] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with coloured frontispieces, 316 coloured and monochrome plates, many photographs in the text and pictorial endpapers; original series binding of coarse-grain blue leatherette, upper boards framed in black and blocked and lettered in gilt and black, backstrips blocked in black and lettered in gilt, radial corners, blue sprinkled edges, backstrip gilt mildly faded (but entirely legible), backstrip of second volume faded to brown, outer edges of boards very lightly age-marked else a an unusually bright, firm, clean set. The set comprises: Vol. I: Families Sphingidae to Noctuidae; Vol. II: Families Noctuidae to Hepialidae. Nice set of first editions of one of the most successful of all W&W titles. ''South' remained the standard work on British moths until 1984 - an extraordinary reign of nearly eighty years' (Marren). See Marren, pp.146-148. (Book ref. 19093) £65.00
ROBINSON (T.H) and W.O.E. OESTERLEY.: A History of Israel. COMPLETE SET IN THE d/w
Clarendon Press, Oxford, [1955-57] 2 vols., 8vo., on laid paper, with 19 maps (a number full-page) in the text and 3 folding maps, endpapers moderately browned; original blue cloth, gilt backs, a very good, bright, clean set in the-d/w (one wrapper price-clipped), the wrappers browned at backstrips. First published in 1932. The set comprises Vol. I: From the Exodus to the Fall of Jerusalem, 586 BC; Vol. II: from the Fall of Jersualem, 586 BC to the Bar-Kokhba Revolt AD 135. (Book ref. 19099) £40.00
PIPER (A.C).: A History of the Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Richmond, Surrey. [Foreword by Canon G.H.M. Gray]
[Privately Printed, 1947] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 11 plates and a full-page plan in the text; original pale blue cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, backstrip moderately faded (but all lettering entirely legible), a very good, clean copy. With the trade ticket of R W Simpson of Richmond on rear paste-down. Uncommon. (Book ref. 19087) £18.00
LUCIAN. HICKES (F), trans. WHIBLEY (C), intro. BEARDSLEY (A), J.B. CLARK and W. STRANG, illus.: Lucian's True History. Translated by Francis Hickes. Illustrated by William Strang, J.B. Clark and Aubrey Beardsley. With an Introduction by Charles Whibley. 500 COPIES WERE PRINTED
A H Bullen, 1902 4to., First Edition, on laid paper, with 16 plates, endpapers mildly browned, neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original pale blue laid paper boards, ivory buckram back, uncut, backstrip wanting printed paper label, covers moderately age-soiled and browned at edges, corners worn else a good, clean, tight copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 500 NUMBERED COPIES (THIS COPY OUT-OF-SERIES). Beardsley contributes two drawings - 'A Snare of Vintage' and 'Dreams' in addition to seven each by Clarke and Strang. The Greek text was originally published in 1894. (Book ref. 19098) £58.00