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SHEFFIELD John Drake Broomspring Lane 1875 Rare 16pp pamphlet not in the British Library or COPAC * describing the authors terrible experiences as a child working in the coal pits of Derbyshire [Summercotes - nr. Alfreton] and Nottinghamshire. His blinding and subsequent life as an itinerant fidler at the fairs, wakes,and public houses of Sheffield, Wakefield, Huddersfield and numerous other places in Yorkshire. " Plunging deeper and deeper into sin" His marriage to a blind Sheffield woman and eventual salvation through the Don Road Weslyan Chapel in the town.*NB The Sheffield publisher went bankrupt within months of its publication. A good copy in original printed wrappers. (Book ref. 4685)
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LIVERPOOL The University Press and Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London 1931. Prepared for The Sheffield and District Joint Regional Planning Committe by Patrick Abercrombie,M.A.,Sydney Kelly, F.S.I. and T.H.Johnson,M.T.P.I. Together with A Mining Report by Messrs.Childe & Rowand and A.Smith Denton & Co. Quarto 212 pp and 34 plates [many coloured] + text figures. Rear pocket containing three 1- inch scale maps showing Zoning and Roads and Subsidence of the Coal Field. A good clean sound copy but with some minor repairs to the binding . A de-accesioned library copy - clean, sound and complete except for the Zoneing map is also available at 65. scans if required (Book ref. 4687)
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LONDON Hurst & Blackett, Limited 1913. First edition of this scarce novel of diamond mining in South Africa. Not for the fastidious collector but a clean sound copy in slightly grubby publishers cloth. Octavo 382pps No ownership marks (Book ref. 4613)
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London Ward & Downey 12 York Street, Covent Garden. 1888 A clean sound copy of the third edition in original publishers cloth with floral endpapers. 8vo.(i)vi. 351pps plus 16 page publishers catalogue dated April 1888. Not for the collector but an acceptable copy of a scarce title. (Book ref. 4389)
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London Hutchinson & Co 34 Paternoster Row 1898. First published in Dunedin in 1866 It was reprinted in London in two volumes in 1870. This is the seventeenth edition of 1898. It was his second and best known novel. The story concerns the lives of people living in the Melbourne slums during the gold rush. The characters discuss political issues of the day, such as whether or not the Governors of the Australian colonies should be elected by the people. 8vo.355pps.vi pp publishers catalogue original green decorated cloth, a clean & sound copy (Book ref. 4228)
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Paris 1768-1779 Fine folio copper engraving on thick paper with good margins overall size 18"X12" inches Engraved by Fessard for Morands 3 vol "L'art d'exploiter les mines de charbon de terre" A forerunner of Diderot's Encyclopedia and a rare and important monograph on mining. (Book ref. 4126)
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LONDON: W.H.Allen & Co., Ltd 13 Waterloo Place. [1892] Jutta,Impey, & Davis in South Africa A nice copy of the English First Edition in original publishers cloth 8vo.400 pps. plus 44 page publishers catalogue dated July 1892. Frontispiece + plates by Irving Montague. A seamy novel of boxing and diamonds set in the late 1890's in Kimberley & Johannesburg The author was a well known pugilist who did much to advance the science of athletics in South Africa, and some of his best-known fights are described here.He made and lost a fortune,eventually committing suicide in a fit of depression at Johannesburg.The descript -ions of many of the characters are of recognisable people including the mining company boss Barney Barnato " (Book ref. 4071)
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Oxford 1770 Anonymous 18thc.satirical cartoon, Copper engraved from the Oxford Magazine of 1771 in cream bevel edged mount 11"x9" ready for framing (Book ref. 3572)
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London, The Mining and Geographical Institute, [1897], First edition. A good clean decommisioned ex-library copy with defects limited to small blind stamps to the maps & plates and one large roundel to the rear board (scans on request) Large Octavo. 11"X8" [i, advert ], [xii], 92. [93-102, advertisements], tissue guarded frontispiece portrait. signed by the author in the plate), 25 halftone plates( from photos) 4 maps at rear,[ one is folding ]. Orig pictorial gilt cloth.Wickersham 4414. Ricks p. 207. Howes S749. Arctic Bibliography 16441: "Drawn from the author's observations during nearly four years' prospecting in the Klondike, and from reports of Canadian government officials. Information on routes, mining regulations and methods of mining occurrence of gold, advice on clothing, staking claims, Indians, game, agriculture, etc, with a narrative of the author's experiences." The interesting adverts are for equipment, mining, mining tools ( Including Sheffield's Hardy Patent Pick Company which precedes the title page) to gold fields elsewhere, with wood engraved illustrations. One of the earliest works of the Alaskan gold rush TOGETHER with a 1914 offprint of the Smithsonian Institute.by H.M Cadell. 8vo.24pps with 6 artpaper plates + maps & text figures in contemporary brocade wrappers. Scans on request. The two items... (Book ref. 3334)
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London. Simpkin,Marshall,Hamilton, Kent & Co. 1916. A Good Copy of the scarce First Edition of this Irish Working Class Biography sometimes compared to Tressell's "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist." A story of the son of poor Irish immigrants struggling with poverty in the South Wales Coalpits to become a socialist and writer. 8vo. xv, 308pps.Original publishers cloth (Book ref. 2924)
Newton Abbot David & Charles 1971 First Edition. Well illustrated introduction to the subject by the author of Dartmoor in the same series. Gazetteer and Bibliography.Good copy in dustwrapper and emphatically not ex library. (Book ref. 2113)
Truro.Bradford Barton,1968. A readable account of the fascinating story of Lead Mining which in Derbyshire extends back at least 1,800 years with its own laws dating back to 1288. 8vo 132pps illustrated. A very good copy in dustwrapper (Book ref. 1060)
London Bemrose 1888 (1970) R Ward & Sons Newcastle. Facsimile reprint Limited to 700 copies with a new introduction by Thomas Robertson (Book ref. 1062)