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Rowland, John Puzzle in Pyrotechnics: An Inspector Shelley Novel
London: Herbert Jenkins Ltd. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Undated. Circa 1940s. First Edition, 'first printing'. No dj. Orange cloth. Spine slightly sun-faded, but all lettering still bold. GOOD (Book ref. 0217) £6.00
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Bebie Jules Manual of Explosives Military Pyrotechnics and Chemical Warfare Agents. Composition. Properties. Uses
New York: Macmillan, 1943. 1st. Cloth. Very Good/No Dustjacket. 8vo 'The chief aim of this book is to be of service to scientific & technical workers in the field of explosives and war chemicals & to students who are beginning to specialize in these subjects. 171 pages including a bibliography & patents list. Binding is grey cloth, 8 3/4" tall, with titles on the front & spine. (Book ref. 017785) £100.00
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FARMER (R.C).: The Manufacture and Uses of Explosives. With Notes on their Characteristics and Testing
Sir Isaac Pitman, 1921 Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with a chart as frontispiece, and diagrams and tables in the text; original pictorial terracotta cloth blocked and lettered in black, a very good, bright, clean copy. Sold from an institution with its neat stamp on endpapers, half-title and title. With trade advertisement as front free endpaper, and 8pp publisher's catalogue at rear. Very scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 18610) £85.00
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KENTISH ( Thomas ) The Pyrotechnist's Treasury ; or, complete art of making fireworks.
Chatto & Windus,, 1878 FIRST EDITION, with 16 plates, pages xii, 200, 40 (adverts dated July 1878), 8vo, original blue cloth, decorated in silver : very light foxing on first and last few leaves, the upper one and a half inches of the outer joints worn but the inner joints intact without any weakness, light evidence of bookplate having been removed from the front endpaper, in spite of these minor points this is still a very good to nice copy of a book rarely found in fine condition. An early issue (we know of no copy with adverts of an earlier date) of this pyrotechnic classic. Kentish, claiming thirty-five years experience, provides full details of equipment and methods of construction for a range of fireworks. "Despite having first been printed over 100 years ago this remains one of the greatest classic how-to-do pyrotechnic books that has ever been written. Much of its detailed description and practical advice is as relevant today as it was in the latter part of the 19th century. The reviewer of the reprint, American Pyrotechnist Fireworks News, September 1976, said 'One could well believe that he is reading a recently-published new book on fireworks, except that none printed in the intervening 71 years are so concise, detailed and painstakingly illustrated.'" - Philip, A Bibliography of Firework Books, K010.1. 1878 (Book ref. 12018) £2250.00
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Jacques Dresse, Artificier, à Cornesse-Pepinster [fireworks; firework displays; pyrotechnics]: 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
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J. H. Sharpe [C. T. Brock & Co.; Crystal Palace Firework Co. Ltd.; fireworks; pyrotechnics; Durban and Praetoria, South Africa]: 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
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Rowland, John Puzzle in Pyrotechnics
London: Herbert Jenkins, [1947]. First Edition. Orange hardback cloth cover. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Boards rubbed with fading to spine. Slight lean to spine. 196pp :: 190mm x 120mm (7" x 5") (Book ref. bbr316b) £22.00
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Whitman, Alfred: Fireworks of the Past
London:Strand Maagazine extracted article from the magazine, 7pp., very good condition in paper wrappers. (Book ref. 1999) £12.00
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Coleman, Peter: A Beginner's Guide To Special Effects
Cambridge:Entertainment Technology Press, 2005 Basic guide to flashes and bangs etc! Fine condition. (Book ref. 6416) £10.00
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COOKERY. [RUNDELL, Maria Eliza. attrib.] The New Family Receipt Book, containing one thousand receipts in various branches of Domestic Economy. A New Edition, considerably improved.
John Murray,. 1824. 12mo., pp.xliv,517; some light spotting and occasional annotation - the 'Cheap and easy Method of Brewing (469)' 'Proved to be very bad'! - but generally well preserved in contemporary half calf, marbled sides; rebacked retaining old backstrip, modern label. Includes agriculture, wine-making and many handy household hints including firework and ink manufacture, medicine, brewing & cosmetics, amongst more conventional cookery. Unconvincingly ascribed to Mrs Rundell by Oxford who records a first edition of 800 recipes in 1810. Bitting 582. (Book ref. 15481) £110.00
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1950's 180pp with photo frontispiece, photographs and illustrations throughout. SUMMER SALE = ALL PRICES NOW WITH 30% REDUCTION OFF THE LISTED PRICE (Book ref. 40626) £28.00
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1979 480pp folio, many photo plates and illustrations throughout, cloth gilt in illustrated D/J. SUMMER SALE = ALL PRICES NOW WITH 30% REDUCTION OFF THE LISTED PRICE (Book ref. 26289) £60.00
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BINNING (Capt. Thomas) A Light to the Art of Gunnery. Wherein is laid down the True Weight of Power both for Proof and Action, of all sorts of Great Ordnance. Also the true Ball, and allowance for Wind. With the most necessary Conclusions for the Practice of Gunnery, either in Sea or Land-Service. Likewise the Ingredients, and making of most necessary Fire-Works: As also many Compositions for the Gunner’s Practice, both at Sea and Land.
Printed by J.D. [John Darby] for W. Fisher and R. Mount. 1689. 4to, [xii],[1]-172pp., without the portrait and additional engraved title but with the printed title, early ink signature of ‘Reuben Burrow’ to head of title-page, nine engraved plates (of which 4 are folding), one frayed to blank margin (not effecting image), some light browning and staining, marbled endpapers, later calf, five raised bands. First published in 1676 with further seventeenth-century editions in 1677 & 1689, all editions being rare. Captain Thomas Binning was born in 1620, and in his teenage years he served as a gunner on sea and land. He was present when the Spanish ships came to the Downs in 1639, and was a master gunner in Edinburgh Castle when it was besieged by Cromwell in 1650. Wing, B2934E; Philip, Firework Books, p.21; ESTC locates just 4 copies of this edition (MH; BMp; Lmm; NN). (Book ref. 26704) £795.00
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RUGGIERI (M. E-F-D) Catalogue des Livres Rares et Precieux Composant la Bibliotheque de... Sacres des rois et des Emprereurs, Entrees Triomphales, Mariages, Tournois, Loutes, Carrousels, Fetes Populaires et feux d’Artifice.
(Reprint of the 1873 Edition) 1998. 413pp., orig. cloth. The collection of almost 1,500 books assembled during the late 18th century by the Ruggieri brothers of Bologna, who were among the most proficient and expert practitioners in the field of pyrotechnics in their time. Their collection of the published accounts of the elaborate and innovative displays of fireworks was one of the finest ever brought together. The entries comprise full collations and details of plates together with some periodic additional annotation. (Book ref. 26699) £52.00
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MCGRAW-HILL EDUCATION 1980 ISBN: 0070036535, Condition: 3, Comment: Published by McGraw-Hill Education in 1980. Hardcover. Number of pages: 190. Ex. Library copy - usual stamps and marks. Condition: Good. Used book but in Good Condition for sensible price. #8346574 (N09-5) (Book ref. 8346574) £35.71
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War Office Textbook of Small Arms 1929
London: H.M.S.O., 1929. First Edition. Hardback 7.5" x 11" tall approx. Pp viii, 427, with tipped-in Corrigenda slip, plus profuse illustrations in b/w photo and line, chiefly on Plates, some folding. Slightly edge-rubbed and marked, otherwise very good, in the original blind-ruled red cloth-covered boards. (Book ref. 000951) £95.00
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Timbs, John Curiosities of Science - THREE VOLUMES
London: Kent And Co. & George Neighbour and Sons. Hard Cover. Three volumes, bound as one, comprising. CURIOSITIES OF SCIENCE, PAST AND PRESENT. A BOOK FOR OLD AND YOUNG. 1ST EDITION 1859.----CURIOSITIES OF SCIENCE, SECOND SERIES. THIRD THOUSAND, 1860 ---- CURIOSITIES OF SCIENCE, THIRD SERIES, FIFTH EDITION, TENTH THOUSAND 1860. 110mm x 166mm tall approx. Pp viii, 248, viii, 248 & [viii], 248 with a frontispiece plate and title-leaf vignette for each of the three volumes. A slightly rubbed but sound set, in contemporary gilt-ruled, maroon cloth-covered boards/gilt spine title. (Book ref. 000503) £95.00
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Doubleday, New York. 1984. 1st. 2869pp. Over 100 ills, 17 in colour. A history and celebration of the spectacle of fireworks, with a comprehensive glossary. Gilt dec pale green cl. Near fine in clipped dw. (Book ref. 1874) £22.50
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Middle East. Greece. Cyprus. Turkey. Pyrotechnics: [Sale Catalogue of] Printed Books and Maps comprising Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, the Middle East and other Subjects. 30 June - 1 July 1992
Sotheby's, 1992 4to., with numerous facsimiles in the text; original pictorial wrappers, a fine copy. The sale comprised 1,529 lots, of which 870 were devoted to books and maps on the Middle East. Other items included militaria, pyrotechnics and the property of the Rt. Hon. The Viscount Esher. With full index (Book ref. 5103) £12.00
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ROWLAND, John.: Puzzle in Pyrotechnics. An Inspector Shelley Novel.
London: Herbert Jenkins Ltd., nd. (c. 1950's?) 1st ed. Fiction. "In his latest adventure Inspector Shelley takes on an unusual case against a background which must be unique - a firework factory." Pp. 196. Orange cloth, illustrated d/w price-clipped and with small tears. G+/G-. (Book ref. 25849) £10.00
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