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Fine and Rare Books in the Heart of Britain's West Country
BENSUSAN (S.L). RICKARBY (J), illus.: My Woodland Friends. Illustrated by Joan Rickarby. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Blandford Press, [1947] 8vo., First Edition, with illustrations (a number full-page) in the text and pictorial endpapers; green cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in gilt, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly sunned at backstrip and with very light age-spotting on (predominantly white) areas. Here the chronicler of the Marshes turns his attention to the Essex woodlands. Scarce in this condition. (Book ref. 19183) £24.00
PARKER (E). McLAREN (W), illus.: Surrey Gardens. Illustrated by William McLaren
Batsford, 1954 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece and numerous illustrations (a number full-page) in the text, free endpapers very lightly spotted; green cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly chafed (without material loss) at head and tail of backstrip. (Book ref. 19157) £12.00
MEE (A). COUNCER (C.R), ed. KERSTING (A.F), illus.: The King's England. Kent. [Second Edition], Fully revised and edited by C.R. Councer. Illustrated with new Photographs by A.F. Kersting
Hodder & Stoughton, [1969] 8vo., Second Edition, with numerous plates; original series binding of blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in price-clipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at edges. Bennett, p.212 (recording the original edition of 1936) (Book ref. 19154) £8.00
DOYLE (A.C), Sir. [PAGET (S), illus.]: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Illustrated [by Sidney Paget]. Vol. II. IN FULL MOROCCO
Harper& Brothers, New York NY. n.d. [c.1910] 8vo., with a frontispiece(original tissue guard present) and 7 plates by Paget; handsomely bound in red full morocco, back gilt with raised bands, uncut, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Contains the twelve immortal tales that make up the first Holmes collection: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Engineer's Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet and The Copper Beeches. This collection is complete in itself. A lovely copy of an early US printing. (Book ref. 19142) £235.00
BELLOC (H), BARING (M), CHSTERTON (G.K) et al. NASH (J), illus.: One Hundred and One Ballades. With Illustrations by John Nash
Cobden-Sanderson, [1931] 8vo., First Edition, with numerous full-page illustrations in the text, endpapers moderately browned; original yellow cloth, gilt back, a good, clean copy. Contributors include Winifred Agar, Sidney Allnut, Maurice Baring, Hilaire Belloc, E.C. Bentley, Cecil Chesterton, G.K. Chesterton, Geoffrey Howard, Diggory King, H.S. Mackintosh, Theodore Maynard, J.B. Morton, J.S. Phillimore, T. Michael Pope, C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, J.C. Squire, R. Weatherhead, Louis Wharton (Book ref. 19143) £24.00
WILLYAMS (H.V).: Down West. Extracts from the Log-Book of a Single-Hander. Illustrated from Photographs and Sketches by the Author
Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson, [1902] 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece, 17 plates and 4 folding maps; free endpapers mildly browned; original green pictorial cloth, upper board blocked in gilt and lettered in white, backstrip lettered in gilt, backstrip faded (but lettering just legible), case a little shaken else a very good, bright, clean copy. With 2pp of trade advertisements at rear. Describes several voyages round Devon and Cornwall in 'Kingfisher' (April and June 1891), 'Olivette' (1893-96) and 'Waterwitch' (1898-99). The charming descriptions are augmented by the author's fine and evocative sketches. A delightful period piece. Very scarce. (Book ref. 19104) £40.00
PIPER (J): Romney Marsh. Illustrated and described by John Piper [King Penguin 55]
Penguin, [Harmondsworth, 1950] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 16 fine coloured plates and 16 tinted illustrations in the text; original patterned boards, a near fine copy. Penguin Books, [Harmondsworth, 1950] (Book ref. 19085) £40.00
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
David (E): French Provincial Cooking. Illustrated by Juliet Renny. [First CBC Edition]
Michael Joseph for the Cookery Book Club, [1966] 8vo., with a title-vignette and illustrations in the text; pictorial green cloth, upper board blocked in red, gilt back, red top, a very good copy in unclipped but worn, chafed and soiled d/w. David's classic compilation was first published by Joseph in 1960. The second (heavily revised) edition appeared from the same publisher in 1965; the present version (preserving all of Renny's delightful illustrations) is technically the first CBC impression of this augmented account. (Book ref. 19101) £34.00
WARREN (C.H). WATKINS-PITCHFORD (D), ['B.B'], illus.: England is a Village. Illustrated by Denys Watkins Pitchford. [Third Impression]. NEAR FINE COPY IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1944 8vo., Third Impression, with a frontispiece and numerous fine illustrations (several full-page) in the text; original blue cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very faintly age-soiled at backstrip. (Book ref. 19074) £20.00
MISS READ. GOODALL (J.S), illus.: The White Robin. Illustrated by J.S. Goodall
Michael Joseph, [1979] 8vo., First Edition, with illustrations (a number full-page) in the text and pictorial endpapers; green cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. (Book ref. 19058) £25.00
BOUMPHREY (E). WATSON (A.H), illus.: The Hoojibahs. Illustrated by A.H. Watson
Oxford University Press, Oxford, [1929] 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a coloured frontispiece, 16 full-page line illustrations in the text and pictorial endpapers in brown and green, title lightly spotted; original pictorial grey cloth, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in blue and black, covers mildly age-faded, upper hinge cracked (but binding entirely sound), a good, sound copy. (Book ref. 19054) £30.00
KENT (M). MANSELL (E.C), illus.: The Children's Nature Series. Animals of the Farm. Illustrated by E.C. Mansell. UNCORRECTED PROOF COPY
Harrap, [1949] 8vo., Uncorrected Proof Copy, with numerous illustrations in the text; original pink wrappers printed in black, a remarkably bright, clean copy. Very scarce. (Book ref. 18999) £30.00
CHANNEL ISLANDS. WARD LOCK.: Ward & Lock's Illustrated Guide to, and Popular History of the Channel Islands. With Maps and numerous Illustrations. A RARE SURVIVAL
Ward Lock, [1881] Sm. 8vo., with a frontispiece map, very numerous woodcut illustrations in the text, 5 folding maps (one wanting part of legend) and a full-page map in the text; original green boards printed with advertisements in black, backstrip lettered in black, advertisements endpapers on blue stock, boards very lightly rubbed, corner lightly bruised (but all advertisements entirely legible) a remarkably well-preserved bright, clean copy. With advertisements leaves at front and following title, and with 74pp of trade advertisements (many illustrated) at rear. In addition, the maps are printed with advertisements on versos. With the nineteenth century tradre ticket of W H Rowe of Jersey on front paste-down. In this condition, a rare survival. (Book ref. 19017) £52.00
ANDERSON (R). SMITH (W), illus: Deeside. BRIGHT CLEAN COPY
A&C Black, 1911 8vo., First Edition, with 20 fine coloured plates and a map; original green pictorial cloth, upper board blocked in gilt and colours, gilt back, gilt top, a very good, clean copy. Inman 141. (Book ref. 19011) £68.00
ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS. RAC TANK MUSEUM.: An Illustrated Record of the British Armoured Fighting Vehicle. Armoured Cars 1900-1963. With a Supplement on Foreign Armoured Cars
RAC Tank Museum, Bovington, [1967] Sm. 4to., with text in red and black, and numerous photographs in the text; original photographic wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a good, clean copy. Reprint of the revised edition of 1964. (Book ref. 18968) £16.00
JEROME (J.K). HILL (L.R), illus: Three Men on the Bummel. Illustrated by L. Raven Hill. IN FULL MOROCCO
J W Arrowsmith, Bristol, 1900 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece (original tissue guard present) and illustrations in the text; handsomely bound in red full morocco, back gilt with raised bands, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Published in Arrowsmith's 3/6 Series as vol. XXXVI. (Book ref. 18944) £252.00
Eastwood (S), C. Gray and A. Green: When Dragons Flew. An Illustrated History of the 1st Battalion The Border Regiment 1939-1945. SECOND REVISED EDITION
The [Border Regiment] Regimental Museum in association with Silver Link Publishing, [Kettering, 2009] Roy. 4to., Second Revised Edition, with illustrated title, 4 full-page coloured maps and very numerous monochrome photographs in the text; cloth, gilt back, green endpapers, a fine copy in unclipped d/w. Revised and expanded edition of the splendid pictorial history based on a huge compilation of photographs from public and private records. First published in 1994, this is the book which began the 'new wave' of Arnhem unit photographic documentaries. As one would expect, about half the book is given over to the battalion's role in Operation MARKET. Includes battalion ROH, honours and awards, battalion roll for Arnhem, operation orders for MARKET and much other data. This edition includes more than 135 new photographs, minor corrections, additions to the Battalion ROH and detailed additions to the Battalion roll. Sutcliffe, p.293 (recording the first edition of 1994) (Book ref. 18945) £65.00
SAMPSON (A).: Gloucester Close. Written and illustrated by Aylwin Sampson
Portico Press, Wellington, [1976] Oblong 4to., First Edition, with illustrations throughout; original pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a very good, clean copy. (Book ref. 18929) £4.00
OBSERVER'S BOOKS. WOODFORDE (J). SPENCER (R), illus.: The Observer's Book of Furniture. Illustrated by Roy Spencer. Describing Furniture from Tudor to Victorian Times. FIRST EDITION IN UNCLIPPED d/w
Warne, [1964] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with 194 illustrations in the text and coloured endpapers; original tan cloth, upper board and backstrip lettered in black, a very good, bright clean copy in unclipped d/w, the latter lightly browned at backstrip. Observer 35. Printing code 1543.264. Nice copy in the d/w. Marren & Carter, p.164. (Book ref. 18889) £10.00