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Tilman H.W. Mischief Goes South
Hollis & Carter, 1968 First Edition 190pp, Fine in VG+ dw Account of the disastrous voyage around Cape Horn and the voyage the author undertook in Mischief round Africa in 1957/8. (Book ref. 46669) £48.00
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Johnston, J Laughton Victorians 60º North, The Story of the Edmondstons and Saxbys of Shetland
Lerwick: Shetland Times, 2007 First edition. Pictorial laminated boards 25x20 cm, many col and bw ills, family trees, bibliography, index Pagination: xiv, 358. This is the amazing saga of five Edmondston brothers of Shetland and their families, from the late 18th when they were born to the early 20th century, told through their personal correspondence, their many publications, including pamphlets, scientific and literary papers, histories, poetry and novels. Their stories are woven through the events of their time, beginning with the marriage of their parents and the inheritance of the Buness Estate on the most northerly inhabited island in the British Isles and ending with its near loss some 100 years later. It is a story of generosity and avarice, ambition and hubris, of success and failure, sobriety and intemperance, lairds and tenants, of love and tragedy. The main characters are supported by a large cast and a rich and varied backdrop that includes the tenants of the Unst estate, the Truck System and the far haaf fishing; the principal worthies of Shetland; plant discoveries and the voyage of the Herald to Galapagos; an array of the great naturalists of the 19th century, including Charles Darwin and the Scottish Audubon, William MacGillivray; the forty-niners on their trek to California; the defenders of Charleston in the American Civil War; Lady Franklin; Joseph Bell, the model for Sherlock Holmes; a nephew of Napoleon and many others.. Book: Fine, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3169) £36.00
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Donaldson, Gordon Isles of Home, Seventy Years of Shetland
Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1994 First edition. Green cloth, gilt, map endpapers, col and bw ills Pagination: xii, 212. Gordon Donaldson, one of Scotland's foremost 20th century historians, was a Shetlander by ancestry, and he writes here of the Shetland he came to know from visits made over a period of more than seventy years.<P>Gordon Donaldson was professor of Scottish history at the University of Edinburgh from 1963 until 1979 and published over thirty books. He was the general editor of the four-volume Edinburgh History of Scotland and himself wrote Volume III, Scotland: James V to James VII.<P>Those of his books which deal with Shetland's history are Shetland Life under Earl Patrick (1958) and Northwards by Sea (1978). He also edited the texts of the two court books of Shetland which survive from the early 17th century.<P>This book is an extensive revision of his Isles of Home: Sixty Years of Shetland (1983) and is lavishly illustrated with many additional photographs. It shows how he maintained his interest in Shetland until his death in March 1993 and expands on his love of ships which he was able to develop up to the time of his last visit in 1992. Contents: Arrivals; Pleasures by land: Traivelling on hill and shore; Pleasures afloat: The Eela and the Banks; My best thirty pounds' worth; The crofting way of life; Kirk, school and community; The Steamers and The Mail; There's no place like it. Book: hint of bumping to head/tail, VG+, Jacket: unclipped. Spine sl sunned, light bumping to some extremities, VG (Book ref. 3168) £14.00
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Fenton, Alexander (ed); Cheape, Hugh (ed); Marshall, Rosalind K (ed) Review of Scottish Culture 3
Edinburgh: John Donald, 1987 First edition. Paperback, 24x19 cm, numerous bw ills Pagination: xi, 139. Contents: Margaret Fairweather Michie 1906-1985, A Memoir; The twin pregnancy of Mary Stewart; Mary's marginalia; The plenishings of Hamilton Palace in the seventeenth century; Domestic architecture in medieval Shetland; Agriculture in Aberdeenshire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: continuity and change; Eighteenth-century Scottish smuggling: the evidence from Montrose and Dumfries; A Highland pharmacy 1882-1972; The world of a nineteenth-century artist in Scotland (Sir Joseph Noel Paton); The lexicography of Scots, the current position; Three letters from Iceland; Notes of a trip to the Orkney Islands June 1863; Scottish herring markets in the Baltic and Russia; Sketching country furniture; Flowers of Scotland; A primitive bridge in Birsay, Orkney; Threshing with flails in West Jutland about 1924. Book: corners a little bumped, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3073) £11.00
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Brown, Callum G Religion and Society in Scotland Since 1707
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1997 First edition. Paperback, bibliography, index Pagination: x, 219. In this topical and thought-provoking book Callum Brown examines the key role of religion in the making of modern Scottish society since the Union of 1707. Tackling important contemporary themes in Scottish history such as the role of the Kirk in national identity, and the growth of secularisation and sectarianism the author offers original research and challenging interpretations.<P>The volume provides a coherent overview of the rise and fall of religion in recent Scottish social history, highlighting the development of Presbyterianism, Catholicism and Episcopalianism, as well as that of many minor churches and sects. Also included are detailed explorations of the Scottish church structure, religion in rural and urban society, the religions crisis of 1890-1930, and the impact upon religion of social change in the second half of the twentieth century.<P>This book is a completely revised and updated new edition of the author’s Social History of Religion in Scotland since 1730. It will be essential and provocative reading for students of Scottish history and for all those who wish to understand the predicament of churches today as attendances fall and secular recreation grows. Contents: Piety and progress (Discordant discourses; Religious change and secularisation); The church structure in Scotland 1707-1997 (The legacy of the early modern period; The Presbyterian churches; The non-Presbyterian churches; Pluralisation, ecumenism and religious change); Patterns of religious adherence (The measurement of religion; Denominational affiliation; Churchgoing and the origins of decline; Religious adherence and church connection); Religion in rural society 1707-1890 (The pre-industrial form of religion; The impact of economic and social change in the Lowlands; The Highlands, Hebrides and Northern Isles (Orkney and Shetland)); The challenge of the cities 1780-1890 (Civic administration and religion; Evangelicalism and the rise of the middle classes; Religion and the making of the Scottish working classes); The social question 1890-1939: the crisis of religious ideology (The decay of evangelicalism; The challenge of labour and the loss of social prophecy; Church and state; Popular religiosity); The haemorrhage of faith 1939-97: the crisis of church connection (Counting the ungodly?; Prosperity and social class; Culture, lifestyle and the decline of puritanism); Religion and identities since 1707 (Religion and Scottish identity: Protestantism and civil society; Religion and British identity; Sectarian identities; Piety and femininity). Book: upper edge of rear cover and last few leaves bumped, corners bumped, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3004) £9.00
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Brown, George Mackay Winter Tales
London: John Murray, 1995 First edition. Blue cloth, silver titling Pagination: viii, 247. Winter and its festivals, celebrated alike by Orkney’s Stone Age builders and their Christian successors as a time of light springing from darkness, predominate in this collection. Christmas was a time for telling stories round the hearth fire and the author and his island community are part of that living tradition. He values it and engages in it, a story-teller for all seasons.<P>In this collection Lieutenant William Blight comes to the little port of Hamnavoe, an Edinburgh gentleman rediscovers his roots in Shetland, Scandinavians are shipwrecked on the Orkney coast, and we follow Norse warriors to the Holy Land. Most characteristically, George Mackay Brown looks at the effect of new ways of thinking and working on the ancient patterns of Orkney life. truly, as Seamus Heaney has put it, he transforms everything by passing it ‘through the eye of the needle of Orkney’. Contents: The paraffin lamp; Lieutenant Bligh and two midshipmen; The laird’s son; The children’s feast; A crusader’s Christmas; The lost sheep; A boy’s calendar; The woodcarver; Three old men; Ikey; A nativity tale; Dancey; Shell story; The architect; St Christopher; The sons of Upland Farm; The road to Emmaus; The fight in the plough and ox. Book: hint of bumping to head of spine, Near-Fine, Jacket: unclipped, merest hint of bumping to extremities, Near-Fine (Book ref. 2923) £34.00
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Laing, Lloyd Orkney and Shetland: An Archaeological Guide
Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1974. 1st Edition. Hardcover. /Dust Jacket Included. First Edition. 8vo. Colour dj. 263 pp. B/w plates and detailed plans and illustrations throughout. Blank ffep removed. Light tape marks to rear endpaper. Overall clean and bright. VG / VG+ (Book ref. 07582) £8.00
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Nicholson, James R Shetland Fishermen - celebrating 50 years of the Shetland Fishermen's Association
Lerwick: The Shetland Times, 1999. Hardcover. Good. A detailed history, profusely illustrated, of the events, the boats and the fishermen, describing the many changes to the industry. Ex-lib, in hard, laminated illustrative library binding, clean and sound. (Book ref. BYB9486) £8.10
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Stout, Margaret B: ''The Shetland Cookery Book. Compiled for Home and School''.
T & J Manson (Lerwick) 1968. xv + 64pp. Decorative boards. Untidy handwritten inscription on front pastedown endpaper, otherwise VG. (Book ref. 5244) £9.00
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Clark, Alastair: ''Aly Bain. Fiddler on the Loose''.
Mainstream Publishing (Edinburgh) 1993. 160pp; illustrated. Black boards. Fine in dustwrapper. (Book ref. 5024) £12.00
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Chislett, Ralph: ''Northward Ho! - for Birds. From Wild Moorlands of England to Moorlands and Marshes of Scotland and Shetland, Oland and Lapland''.
Country Life Ltd (London) 1933. xvi + 188pp; 87 photographs. brown cloth. VG. (Book ref. 4779) £25.00
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Burgess, J J Haldane: ''The Treasures of Don Andres. A Shetland Romance of the Spanish Armada''.
Thomas Mathewson (Lerwick) 1903. viii + 318pp. Green cloth. VG. (Book ref. 3132) £25.00
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Hansson, Per The Greatest Gamble
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1967. First GB Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Translated from the Norwegian by Maurice Michael, black boards, silver lettering to spine, 180 pages, no previous ownership marks, dustjacket worn at edges/corners. "An amateur in the world's most dangerous profession" is what the author calls Gunvald Tomstad, the young Norwegian who for many months played a double game with the Germans in the most dangerous and difficult circumstances. Gunvald Tomstad's experiences during the Second World War may seem so fantastic as to be almost incredible, but they are indeed true. (Book ref. 6964) £8.50
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Ruthin, Margaret Secret of the Shetlands
London: Dennis Dobson, 1963. Illustrated by Gwen Gibson. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 176 pages, 12 black and white drawings, slight spotting at edges, nice pictorial dustjacket, repaired tear at lower edge of spine, now in protective clear sleeve. Dobson fiction for young reader; set in Shetland. (Book ref. 4305) £5.00
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Spath, L. F: On Cretaceous Ammonoidea from Angola, collected by Professor J. W. Gregory;
Edinburgh Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. LIII, Part I, session 1921--1922, 1922. Also contains; Shackleton Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917, Geological Observations in the Weddell Sea Area, by Wordie, J. M.; Geological Observations in the South Shetlands, the Palmer Archipelago and Graham Land, Antarctica, by Ferguson, D.; A Contribution to the Petrography of the South Shetland Islands, the Palmer Archipelago and the Danco Land Coast, Graham Land, Antarctica, by Tyrrell, G. W.; On the Innes Wilson Collection of Rocks and Minerals fron the South Shetland Islands and Trinity Island, by Thomas, H. H.; Supplementary Note on the Geology of Benguella in relation to its Cephalopos and the History of the South Atlantic, by Gregory, J. W.; The Archaean and Torridonian Formations and the Later Intrusive Igneous Rocks of Iona, by Jehu, T. J., plus 6 others, SOFTBACK, with original printed card wrappers, pages: 275, many plates and text-figures, roy. 4to. 240mm x 311mm (9.5" x 12.25"), ex-academic library with stamp on front wrapper only, wrappers slightly soiled and worn with small losses on front fore-edge, top and bottom corners missing from lower wrapper, signature of H.H. Read on front wrapper, otherwise a fine copy. Very scarce. 1.4Kg (Book ref. 6378) £50.00
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Buckley, T. E. And Evans, A. H. A Vertebrate Fauna of The Shetland Islands
Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1899. 1st. Hard. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo Corners and head and foot of spine a little bumped, very light tanning to page edges, pps. 136 and 137 left with a browned stripe each from ribbon - not affecting text. Illustrated in black and white. An excellent copy of this scarce title. (Book ref. 39223) £400.00
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WANLESS Alexander: Rods On Fast Rivers : An Angling Survey
Herbert Jenkins 1937 small 8vo.,320 pps.,frontis.plate,green cloth,few pages small creases top corner,fore-edge sl.spotted,VG COPY in torn pictorial dust jacket some loss around top of spine,one repaired tear. (Book ref. 5246) £10.00
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FLETT J.F. and T.M.: Traditional Dancing in Scotland
Routledge and Kegan Paul, London 1964 tall 8vo., ix, 2 pp.maps, 313 pps., frontispiece plate, diagrams,ills.,music examples. With an appendix ' Dancing in Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia'. VG+ in VG- rubbed & chipped dust jacket, price clipped. (Book ref. 6022) £22.00
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Mitchell C. E. Up-Helly-Aa Tar-Barrels and Guizing Looking Back
Lerwick: T & J Manson, 1948. First Edition. Hardback. A very good copy in red cloth lettered in gilt in a very good, complete, dustwrapper which has one small closed edge tear. Small ownership inscription on front end-paper. A little edge foxing. Pp.xi,230. Colour frontispiece, 12 photographs and 14 pen and ink drawings. "Here for the first time is an authoritative, documented history of Lerwick's unique annual festival". (Book ref. 16906) £35.00
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THOMSON, Ian M. Birds From the Hide - Described and Photographed (Richard Fitter's copy)
London: A & C Black, 1933. Illustrated, pp xii, 108, cloth rubbed and slightly worn. (Covers the bittern, water rail, mantagu's harrier, bearded tit, short-eared owl, great crested grebe, skylark, lapwing, tufted duck, curlew, skuas, long-tailed titmouse, bullfinch and four species from the Shetlands). [From the library of the naturalist and conservationist Richard Fitter]. (Book ref. 006634) £4.00
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