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London Faber & Faber 1983 An excellent copy of the First Edition of this authorative work in unclipped £35 dustwrapper. Pictorial endpapers, 262 pps,10 colour plates,1 map, 49 black & white illustrations. Includes a chapter on porcelain marks. In the Faber Monographs on Pottery and Porcelain series (Book ref. 5011)
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Sheffield. William Keeling 1893 First Edition Original sepia Aquatint by the Sheffield painter William Keeling for the Limited Edition of Sidney Addy's "Hall of Waltheof " or the early condition and settlement of Hallamshire. 157 numbered copies. "Such copies being the first and best impressions of the plates" The text relating to theillustration and Wincobank Camp is also available (Book ref. 4839)
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SHEFFIELD Thomas Rodgers 11 Fruit Market. 1845 A lovely copy of the First Edition together with a long holograph letter dated August 1844 to his two daughters which begins. " When sun and moon are clouded and not a star appears - when chart & every other guide fails, there is a light in the human countenance which will never deceive us..." The letter posted in Liverpool goes on to describe an incident in Southport involving his friend John Fowler the civil engineer and ends with a request that they contact the Mechanics Institute immediately - of which Fowler was the Hon Secretary to say that he cannot be present. Rogers was born in Greasborough and a shoemaker by trade. He became a Methodist preacher and then seceded on doctrinal grounds. He was aquainted with the Elliott family and was persuaded by John Holland [poet and editor of The Iris] to move to Sheffield. The book is dedicated to George Calvert Holland the physician poet and autodidact from Pitsmoor, who "became a Męcenas to a Shoemaker" 8vo.viii.192pps yellow coated endpapers rebacked original blind stamped cloth in exceptional condition. (Book ref. 4805)
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SHEFFIELD Leader & Sons,Printers "Independent " Office 1876. First Edition A lovely unblemished copy of this scarce local printing by the principle of Rotherham College and brother- in-law of Samuel Plimsoll." The following rough notes of travel were written,many of them hastily and all of them under difficulties, mostly in steamboats and hotels, with no other purpose than to interest personal friends and readers of the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent." (where it first appeared in installments ) Traveling with a young friend, their first stop is Cairo then on to Jerusalem,The Pyramids, Ceylon, Bombay, Madras, Hong Kong,China, Japan and America. Original blind stamped publishers cloth 8vo. [iv] 208pps. Neat signature to titlepage dated August 1876. Yellow coated endpapers.NB.Faulding contributed the chapter on "Non Conformity" for John Guest's 1879 History of Rotherham. (Book ref. 4799)
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Sheffield. Rotherham 20th May 1847 Stamped & franked, Autograph Letter Signed, from Mr M,M,Middleton requesting payment to Mr Wilson of the Castle Rent, my Turnpike Interests and various rents due for houses in Sheffield. [Balm Green is mentioned ] He goes on in lighter vein about the weather and the difficulty of procuring potaoes. The letter is addressed to Mr White, Morthern near Rotherham and bears a printed seal "Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved " Very good condition and legible throughout. (Book ref. 4782)
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ROTHERHAM Printed & Sold for the author,by M. Crooes,Albion Office,Westgate 1823 A rare 32 page pamphlet by the Greasborough born poet commemorating the lives of men [and women] killed in the Greasbro' pits of Great Whimsey, Bassingthorpe Spring, Old Land-sale, etc. "The writers chief motive is to be useful to the colliers; he is inclined however to hope that his Tract may be in some degree,of use in other respects. Colliers are a description of men to whom the nation in general is deeply indebted; and if among them can be found names deserving to be recorded, for what most of all exalts human nature. Piety to God and true benevolence to the whole race of man, it can be no crime to save such men from unmerited oblivion" Not in the British Library COPAC recording only the Brotherton Lib copy. In very poor state with the last few leaves showing rat damage but not significantly affecting text and complete & readable throughout. W.A.F. (Book ref. 4747)
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LONDON. W.Wilfred.Head 1874. Folding pedigree 18"x12" tracing the Clarell family from the year 1100 to 1559 with the Coat of Arms and Crest. Extracted from the" Pedigrees of the county families of Yorkshire" compiled by Joseph Foster and authenticated by the members of each family. (Book ref. 4659)
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LONDON. W.Wilfred.Head 1874. Folding pedigree 19"x12" tracing the Fitz Otes/ Oates family from thethe time of William the Conqueror to James Poole Oates in 1863 with the Coat of Arms and Crest. Extracted from the" Pedigrees of the county families of Yorkshire" compiled by Joseph Foster and authenticated by the members of each family. (Book ref. 4660)
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London Bell & Daldy 1862 First Edition A sound working copy of the First Edition of this standard history of the large parish on the the edge of Sheffield. 8vo.xvi. 558pps Engraved Frontispiece. Numerous pedigrees and 24 wood engraved illustrations by Orlando Jewitt plus a Lithograph of Whitley Hall and mounted to the front pastedown an original 1912 photograph of the Hospital Parade. Certainly not for the collector but a clean sound copy of the first edition for the local historian. (Book ref. 4359)
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Worksop.Robert White.1870 First Edition A clean sound copy re-cased in original publishers cloth (Click on illustration) Small Folio (11¼"X8") 201 pps. half title & rubricated title page Frontispiece and 15 leaves of plates : ill (some coloured.), maps, plans.Woodcut head and tail pieces throughout. Addenda of the Flora of the area. Loosly inserted prospectus. photograph and 2 copper engraved views (c.1770) . (Book ref. 4350)
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Glasgow. Blackie 1975 First Edition. A good copy in dustwrapper (Click on illustration) 8vo 222pp with photos & drawings.The difficulties of the Earls Fitzwilliam of the Wentworth Estates in South Yorkshire when they went into industrial development in the late 18th century. A much cheaper copy without a dustwrapper is avalable @ £9 (Book ref. 4183)
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Sheffield.W. C. Leng & Co. Sheffield Telegraph 1905. An invaluable reference to the key figures of the period in local government, the church, politics, education ,military and the peerage,not only in Sheffield but Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Eckington, Penistone, Stocksbridge, Mexborough, Wath, Worksop etc. Each celebrity has a small oval halftone portrait and biography. [Unfortunatly 1905 was the only year issued] The " Deluxe" padded leather edition Marbled endpapers. 8vo.299 pages plus index [ It was also issued in red cloth which tends to wear better - a copy is available at the same price.Scans on request ] (Book ref. 4172)
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Worksop:Robert White. 1879. A Very Good copy of the First and only edition,in original publishers cloth with external repairs to the joints [but not re-cased] and generally very sound. Illustrated throughout with engravings,lithographs (One in colour) mounted Woodburytype photographs,folding pedigrees,geological tables & fragile manuscript facsimiles, all restored and complete. A contemporary review in The Antiquary states " The character of the work entitles it to a much wider circulation. Only 300 copies have been struck off, of which 50 are on large paper " and concludes. "As for the book itself it would not be fair to dismiss it from notice without adding that it is in every way a noble specimen of printing, and that the paper & binding correspond in excellence with the typography which we should imagine has never been equalled yet, and certainly never surpassed in any book printed far away from the metropolis. " Further details and scans on request (Book ref. 3832)
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Sheffield: John Fillingham, 1893 Excellent copy of the first edition in Original blind-stamped cloth gilt.Square 8vo.(i),68pps, with vignette to titlepage duplicated in gilt on the front board. Original yellow, coated end papers with attractive 1899 coloured bookplate. Advertisement at rear for the authors " Forthcoming Memoir of Robert Glassby " never published. (Book ref. 3623)
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London Simpkin Marshall & Robert White Worksop 1881. Biography. poems, and letters, of the author of "The Historic Notices " or "Guest's Rotherham " published when he was over 80 years old. 8vo.vi. 240 pps.Engraved vignette of Moorgate Grange to title page. Appendix of reports from the Rotherham Advertiser following the funeral July 1880. A sound but rather grubby copy of a scarce title. (Book ref. 2802)
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Pontefract. W.Mc.Govan Printer "Stalwart Office" 1906 First Edition A Collection of Sheffield Dialect verse on the town its characters and manufacturers. Titles include "In Praise of Shevvield, Coles Corner, John Smith: A Steelworkers' Hero, Working on nights: The nightside of Bright side and The File Cutters Lament. A Clean bright copy in printed card covers. (Book ref. 2774)
Sheffield.Northend.1937 Topics include: The 7thc. Sheffield mapmakers the Fairbanks Thundercliffe Grange [with Fairbank map of 1773] Waldershelf Manor & the Knights Hospitalers.Eckington Manor and the Hermitage of St John..Owlerton Manor & Hall. Tankersley Old Hall and Fanshaw Gate. Longshaw etc all drawn from catalogues land-charters & court-rolls 36 illustrations inc numerous Fairbank maps & plates. A fine copy. (Book ref. 2287)
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Sheffield Wharnecliffe Publishing 1996 Well illustrated articles on Dovecotes in the Rotherham Area, Wentworth. Templeborough Steelworks Roche Abbey Rotherham to Bawtry Railway Kimberworth Deer Park etc etc contributions by Melvyn Jones,John Goodchild,Tom Beastall, Tony Munford,Trevor Lodge Stephen Cooper et al As new (Book ref. 2087)
Rotherham 1997 Local Studies Bulletin No 9 Containing "Coal Miner hero Enoch Dalton of Maltby" Life in Brinsworth in the 1930's Broom in the 1870's + articles on Swallownets and Whiston. 76pages illustrated card covers (Book ref. 2091)
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London Sampson Lowe 1939. A good copy of the First Edition in its rarely seen dustwrapper. (Click on the illustration) An archaelogical study of the Sheffield District by the popular author of "Chantreyland" which propounds the problem of whether Wincobank is the mother of Sheffield in the way that Old Sarum is the mother of Salisbury,plus interesting chapters on Bradfield Canklow Creswell etc 9"x6" 307pps Frontispiece & 25 plates + 60 line drawings (Book ref. 2069)