The Book of Fires
Harvill Press 1st, Fine/Fine, Gold title on black cloth. Adventures of a country girl in 1750's London. 379 Pp, 24x16 cm. (Book ref. 2878) £10.00
Secret Seven Fireworks
Leicester: Brockhampton Press, 1959. First edition. VG HB, in good dj with repairs to ends of spine and old tape-mark at top of spine, price 7/6 not clipped. 120pp with b/w & 2-colour illus by Burgess Sharrocks. Clean, bright & tight with no inscriptions. (Book ref. 65248) £28.00
REPORTof HER MAJESTY'S INSPECTORS of EXPLOSIVES for the Year ended 31st December 1968 being their NINETY-THIRD Annual REPORT.
London: HMSO, 1969. 0-10-230669-9 iv pp + 47pp. 8vo. Paper wrappers. Rebound in card covers. British Parliamentary paper. HC 306. Ordered to be printed 1st July 1969. Neat library mark. A very clean copy. (Book ref. 156466) £8.00
SECRET SEVEN FIREWORKS.
Brockhampton Press, 1963. 3rd impression. Hardback in dustwrapper. Illustrated by Burgess Sharrocks. Frontispiece. Contents: some occasional light spotting to pages, with more pronounces spotting to page edge extremities. A few biro circled dates and old price on half-title and fep. Otherwise main body of text good and clean. Dustwrapper: a few small closed nicks/chips to edges/corners. Top and base of spine a little creased/rubbed. Small faint tick marks next to titles on rear cover. Otherwise very good and bright. A tight copy. 120 pp. (Book ref. 19409) £5.75
SECRET SEVEN FIREWORKS.
Brockhampton Press,1965. 4th impression. Blue cloth (no dustwrapper). Illustrated by Burgess Sharrocks. Contents: some occasional light colouring in. Owner's name inscribed fep & half-title page, otherwise good. Boards: rubbed, with slight surface marks. Spine taped & browned. Suitable as a reading copy. Tight binding. (Book ref. 6983) £4.50
Fireworks, Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition
Hardcover Chemical Publishing Co Inc.,U.S. 2nd Edition 1992 334 0820603392 All items in stock -posted First Class on day of order (if received before 4.00pm) - expect next day delivery in UK, or within 3-6 working days for all non-UK destinations Ni Very Good (Book ref. 533537) £50.00
Artificial Fireworks, .... With All the Ingredients, Compositions, Preparations, Machines, Moulds, and Manner to Make Them, Refining Salt-Petre, and to Extract it From Damaged Gun-Powder &c.. Also, Mr. Muller's Fireworks, For Sea and Land Service
London: J. Millan, 1776. The Second Edition Corrected. Green hardback cloth cover. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Fold-out plate 4 missing (in a sequence of 7.) Internal repairs made to tear on page 125/126, and to fold out plate number 3. Corner of plate 7 missing (impinging slightly.) Other illustrations listed on the contents page not bound-in. Rebound with new eps. Previous owner inscription. 193p + Plates +3pp catalogue :: Six fold out copper plates :: 210mm x 130mm (8" x 5") :: Scarce edition (Book ref. r9902) £500.00
Coloured lithographic dioramic print, captioned 'No. 17. Morgan's Improved Protean Scenery. Virginia Water. [...] upon holding it before the light, you will be presented with a splendid display of Fire-works, in honor of Her Majesty's Coronation.'
Undated . 'London. Published by Wm: Morgan, 25, Bartlett's Buidgs. Holborn Hill, December 1st. 1838.' The portion of the caption, missing in the description above, reads '[...] Virginia Water. This Print at first represents this enchanting lake by day, and upon holding it before the light, you will be presented [...]'. Dimensions of print roughly 16.5 x 22.5 cm. On original grey paper windowpane mount (24.5 x 35.5 cm). Engraved label (4.5 x 18.5 cm) beneath the print. Good, bright impression, but with damage affecting an area roughly 2.5 x 2 cm in bottom right-hand corner. On lightly aged and spotted mount. A brightly-coloured royal barge is rowing across Virginia Water to a pagoda surrounded by weeping willows. The scene is transformed to night when the print is held up to the light, with bright fireworks exploding in a moonlit sky, and ladies, gentlemen and carriages in the foreground on the banks of the lake. An attractive and unusual item. (Book ref. 7476) £200.00
Large printed 'Prix-Courant' advertisement, in French, for a dealer in fireworks, headed 'Fabrique de Feux d'Artifices | Cornesse-Pepinster [Belgium] | M. Dresse, artificier de la ville de Liége. | Jacques Dresse, Succcesseur.'
[Belgium. Circa 1910.] 4to, 2 pp. Bifolium, with first page on verso of second leaf, and second on recto of first. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged semi-opaque paper. The 'Prix et Programme de quelques Feux d'Artifices' follow a short introduction by Dresse. Prices range from 'Feux de 100 francs' to 'Feux de 500 francs', the latter including 'Moulin de Don Quichotte' and 'Chutes de Niagara, en feux au magnésium, 6 forts jets donnant une clarté ébloussante avec une pluie blanche merveilleuse.' Final sections headed 'Articles divers' and 'Conditions et Observations Generales'. According to a Belgian commission into war crimes committed in the First World War, Dresse's house was set fire to by 'une centaine de soldats allemands' on 12 August 1914. (Book ref. 9682) £95.00
Signed Manuscript entitled "J. H. Sharpe's Fifty years as Traveller for C. T. Brock & Coy. Crystal Palace Firework Coy. Lt. at Home & Overseas. From Memory only. 1889 to 1939', with typed transcripts; and copies of correspondence from South Africa.
Manuscript memoirs, post 1939. Correspondence (from Durban and Pretoria, South Africa), 1910. Manuscript on one side each of twenty-two numbered ruled foolscap leaves, with unnumbered title leaf. Attached by ribbon. Good, on lightly discoloured paper, slightly dogeared and with last leaf detached and worn at extremities. Text clear and entire. The author has gone to some pains, making corrections in red pencil. After a five years' apprenticeship to a draper, and a further two at Whiteley's department store in West London, Sharpe 'resolved to have an outdoor life and cleared off to America', where he drifted from New Orleans to San Antonio and the Rio Grande. In Los Angeles he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and Wells Fargo. Returning to England he advertised as a commercial traveller and was answered by Brock & Co, then of West Norwood. 'Here I must add I had scarcely ever let off a firework.' His 'first big job' was 'at Worksop, illuminating the underground passages of Welbeck Abbey for His Grace the Duke of Portland.' A succession of important displays followed: 'the Wedding of His Late Majesty King George', the 'Southport Exhibition', 'the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal', and 'the Glasgow Exhibition of 1901' - 'we also had a big time in Dublin's visit of Her Majesty Queen Victoria'. It was then decided by the firm that Sharpe 'was to open a business in Manchester'. He then describes at length how on the death of Queen Victoria he was 'sent to India per order for the Delhi Durban', staying for eleven months ('When I left home I weighed eleven stone 6 pounds, and returned home weighing nine stone.'). Of his interview with the Viceroy, Lord Curzon, he writes: 'His Excellency said to me 'I have seen your fireworks at the Crystal Palace' and jokingly said if he gave me an order for £200 he supposed it would be all right. I immediately replied, 'Your Excellency, it has cost one nearly that amount to get here'.' A telegram from the Governor General of Burma, received during a game of billiards in Calcutta, results in a trip to Rangoon. ('I found the plague doctor was a big US nigger and I refused to let him examine me, which he reported.') Sharpe then describes how, five weeks after returning to England in 1903, he was sent to South Africa. ('Going up country, I remember troopers at times boarding the train, calling out for permits. If you could not produce the permit they would throw you off the train. At one station a trooper asked me for my permit, and on looking at it sang out, 'Blimey! Here's a man from Sutton.'.') At Cape Town there was some friction with a rival American firm ('a representative of J.P[ains]. New York came to me asking where I was firing, and he had selected a site for his display in the Grounds. I told him he could go to the devil. [...] He then said what was he to do with the fireworks. I told him as far as I was concerned he could sink them.'). His 'next job', in Norfolk, Virginia, 'was the only job from which I returned to England without an order'. In 1908 Sharpe 'was again on the move in connection with the Tercentenary of Quebec', and in 1910 he returned to South Africa. He spent the Great War at the firm's factory in England ('indoor life did not suit me'). 'The next thing of interest was the R.I.F. at the Crystal Palace', followed by the peace celebrations, the jubilee of George V and cornonation of George VI. 'Then came the present War, and because of my age, which was seventy-seven last June, and being of no use in this line, I had to retire after fifty years service.' Accompanied by two typed transcripts, one of which, marked 'corrected draft', gives the provenance from a sale at Bloomsbury Book Auctions in London in December 1993. Together with typed copies of two letters, clearly intended to be distributed as endorsements: five copies of the first, from William Cooley, Borough of Durban, Town Clerk's Office, 4 June 1910 ('Your display of Daylight Fireworks was alos in every way a great success, and afforded immense amusement to thousands of children here'.); six copies of the second, from Percy C. Collins, Secretary, Union Day Celebrations Committee, Mayor's Parlour, Pretoria, 1 June 1910 ('The whole programme was admirably arranged and carried out, much to the satisfaction of the many thousand spectators.'). (Book ref. 5991) £150.00
Two states of handbill poem titled 'The Trial of John Fox or Fox John, or The Horrors of Cr-m-rne.', libelling Baum and attacking Cremorne Gardens, with handbill circular by the author of the poem, to 'Dear Friends and Neighbours', justifying it.
Both states of the poem undated, but circa 1876. Letter dated 'CHELSEA, | November 2nd, 1876.' Cremorne was a popular Victorian pleasure gardens, situated between the Thames and the King's Road. By the 1870s it was considered by Gorrall and the other local inhabitants a place of public nuisance and immorality. Although Baum won his libel action against Gorrall for the publication of this poem, the notice the case attracted is said to have precipitated Cremorne's end. Both states of the poem are signed in type 'A. B., Chelsea.' Poem (first state): 12mo, 3 pp. Originally a bifolium, but with the leaves now separated. Text clear and complete. On aged and worn paper. Begins 'Judge - Before this Court you're summon'd to appear, | Indictments many - a bad case I fear. | Now swear the Prisoner - say, Is Fox your name?' According to the report of Gorrall's arraignment in The Times, 28 October 1876, the poem accuses 'Fox' (i.e. Baum) of 'keeping the place open for the ruin of servant girls. It charged him with inducing clerks and cashiers to rob their employers. It alleged that he induced husbands to attend his gardens and neglect their wives, who became widows, for their husbands committed suicide. It alleged that three sons had been ruined, and the persons who attended there had danced "Satan's hornpipe." ' Poem (second state): 12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. Text clear and complete. On aged, worn and dusty paper. Presumably produced by Gorrall between his arraignment and trial. The text of the first three pages appears identical to the same in the first state; the fourth page, blank in the first state, now carries a further fourteen lines of verse, addressed to the reader by 'Writer', and beginning 'No Personal injury, malice or strife | Is iintended by this, but the comforts of life.' Letter: 12mo, 1 p. On recto of first leaf of bifolium. Thirty-seven lines. The author of the poem states that he has 'lived in this locality thirty-seven years, and have been Pastor of a Church nearly twenty-five', and that he believes that 'all who have known me will bear me witness that I have never sought the personal injury of any one; and most certainly I did not so in writing that tract'. He states that he 'signed it in his usual way - A.B., Chelsea, which signature all who know me understand'. Warwick Wroth, in his 'Cremorne and the later London Gardens' (1907), claims that the initials stand for Alfred Brandon. He also claims that the jury awarded Baum a farthing damages, with each side to pay their own costs. The Times, 14 December 1876, states that Gorrall was sentenced to 'one calendar month's imprisonment without hard labour'. (Book ref. 9193) £250.00
An Act to Prevent the Throwing or Firing of Squibbs, Serpents, and other Fire-works.
London: Printed by Charles Bill, and th Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, deceas’d; ..., 1697. Extract: 4 disbound leaves (28.8 x 18.8 cm), royal warrant leaf plus 59-64 pp. Very good. The main part of the text printed in black letter. (Book ref. 19147) £30.00
Heath Robinson advertising.
London : Bellew Publishing 1st ed 1992. The author has tracked down and for the first time catalogued all the available information on Heath Robinson's commercial art - much of which represents his finest work in any field. Nearly 200 examples of the best illustrations,including ones for the Asbestos cement building products! Heath Robinson almost single-handedly revolutionised commercial illustration working on 130 campaigns for over 80 companies. 192pp including catalogue 24cm x 16cm VG to Fine in VG pictorial d/w. (Book ref. 1284) £18.00
Rivers and Fireworks including`
. Hardback. Evening Light on the Moselle as described by Ausonius & The Demon by Michael Lermontov with an introduction by Igor Vinogradoff. 71pp 1980. Translator's presentation copy. VG in VG DW (Book ref. HALL388741) £25.00
RIVERS AND FIREWORKS
London, The Bodley Head 1980 FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. Sm 8vo, pp71, bound in blue cloth gilt, D/W. V. Good copy in V. Good D/W. (SHELF Poetry etc. Box 1) ISBN: 370303342 (200g) (Book ref. 18362) £14.00
"THE GREAT ART OF ARTILLERY: FIREWORKS FOR USE IN WAR AND PEACE"
"S. R. Publishers, 450pp, 1971" "Hardback, light foxing to edge of pages, corners of boards dented otherwise very good in creased dustjacket. Uncommon. : Facsimile reprint of the English 1729 edition. Casimir Simienowicz' was Lt-Gen of the Ordnance to the King of Poland. Illustrated. " (Book ref. 30251) £75.00
"THE GREAT ART OF ARTILLERY: FIREWORKS FOR USE IN WAR AND PEACE"
"S. R. Publishers, 450pp, 1971" "Hardback, light foxing to edge of pages, indentation to first few pages otherwise very good in creased dustjacket. : Facsimile reprint of the English 1729 edition. Casimir Simienowicz' was Lt-Gen of the Ordnance to the King of Poland. Illustrated. " (Book ref. 29371) £75.00
Fireworks Of The Past
London: Strand Magazine 1880s extracted article, very good condition, 8pp. illus. (Book ref. 12917) £8.00
Fireworks : A History and Celebration (ISBN: 0385154143 / 0-385-15414-3
Doubleday, 1984. Small 4to. Gilt decorated cloth. Librray cancel to rerar of title else fine. 1st Edition. 286pp, illustrated with over a hundred colour and b/w photographs. * the history of fireworks, its aficionados, and profiles of those families who dominate the fireworks field (Book ref. 114014) £20.00
Endless Amusement ; a Collection of Nearly 400 Entertaining Experiments in Various Branches of Science; Including Acoustics, Arithmetic, Chemistry, Electricity, Hydraulics, Hydrostatics, Magnetism, Mechanics, Optics , Etc.
Ludgate Hill, London: Thomas Boys, 1826. Fourth. Half-Leather. Fair+/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall Fourth Edition. Actually, no date, but prize inscr. to "Mast Stedman, Reward of Merit, Troy Town Academy, Midsummer, 1826."so at least that date possibly earlier. HB. Half-bound marbled boards, with what was probably originally red leather backstripe, but is now a chestnut brown; gilt lettered and banded (title in a black panel). Boards, corners and edges worn, corners rubbed & bumped. F&b.eps have slight foxing as do a few pages throughout. 216 pages + ix of Contents' list, with slight foxing and the odd small stain. Book fairly tight & contents clean. (Book ref. 002202) £400.00