London: Victor Gollancz, 1947. First Edition. Cloth. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall B0007JJE88 Ex-Library Important book in labour and social history. (Book ref. 039343) £12.50
Tea for the British. The Social and Economic History of a Famous Trade. ISBN 0701119217.
London. Chatto and Windus. 1st, (first), edition. 1973. Hardback. 8vo. 320 pages. 24 plates, some with dual illustrations, and 11 line illustrations. Publishers dark green faux leather, gilt to spine. Not pre-owned. Signs of light dusting to top edge and top corners of boards with slight bumps, after time in store. The unclipped D.w. has a faded spine and some light ruffle along top edge. Book in near FINE condition in VG+ D.w. We specialise in Company, Industrial, and Business Histories. . . **. Business Est. 1970. (Book ref. 9229) £35.00
An Act for better regulating the manner of carrying slaves, in British vessels, from the coast of Africa.
[Colophon] London: Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan..., 1799. FIRST PRINTING. Folio, pp. 637-652, drop-head title, disbound. (Book ref. 13484) £55.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('John Goss') from the organist and composer Sir John Goss to 'Tho[ma]s. Curwen' of the Curwen Press, with stamped receipt for printing 'Two Chants', and the bestowal of a copyright.
3 April 1876; 8 Goldsmid Road, Brighton. 12mo, 2 pp. On bifolium, with the letter on the recto of the first leaf, and the receipt, written lengthwise and upwards on the recto of the second. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The letter (signed 'John Goss') states that he has received Curwen's letter, and is sending 'the three Double Chants agreeably to your wish. | On page three I refer to our transaction.' The receipt (signed 'John Goss (Knt.)' and twice-initialed 'J G') carries a purple Inland Revenue penny stamp. It states that Goss has received four guineas 'in payment for Two Chants, Nos. one & two on the accompaang. Music-paper'. Initialed postscript reads: 'I beg to mention that the third Chant (one only) written beneath them, is one the free Copyright of which I request him to accept in token of my esteem.' It may be that Thomas was a son of the founder of the Curwen Press John Curwen, or that Goss mistook the printer's name. (Book ref. 10813) £125.00
Autograph Letter Signed "Rd. Clayton", baronet, of Adlington, to "Messrs. Lackington & Allen & Co., booksellers, near Finsbury Square, London" about his need for a book, and related publication of a book about greyhounds.
Adlington, 24 March 1813 [Lackington died 1815]. Autograph Letter Signed, 3pp., 4to, fold marks, some staining, spike-hole, text mainly legible and complete; "I am in immediate want of | Arriani Tactica. Blancardi | 8[v]o. Amst[erdam]. 1683. and I shall be much obliged to youif you will get it me & send it down by the Manchester Coach ((not by mail [underlined]) for me soon ... directed for me at Adlington near Chorley - to be left at the E;ephant in Adlington - You will be particular in the edition of 1683 [underlined] (which is neither a scarce nor a dear book but quite common) as I want a Passage out of it for a little work which I have in Hand - I shall be in Town ... & I shall then consult you on the Printing of it .- There is a copy of this edition of Arrian [?] No. 687 in Mackinlays Catalogue (No. 87 Strand) published after his death & very likely you will get it off Turner who succeeded him. It is marked 12- [12 shillings] If the other books I ordered are finished ... may come down together by the Waggon & in that case you will direct them as formerly for me at Adlington | to the Care of Mr [?] | Cabinet Maker | Market Street Lane Manchester. I ordered a set of Dryden (wanting the last vol.) which has been laying at [?] some years to be sent to you, & it may stay till you see me." The white space has figures presumably made at the Temple of Muses and applicable to Clayton's purchases. Note: This Richard Clayton appears to have published a "Treatise on Greyhounds" (1816, COPAC records, London : Printed by A.J. Valpy for Messrs. Lackington, 1816). (Book ref. 10788) £225.00
[Printed pamphlet.] Coffee. History. Growth and Cultivation. Preparation. Effect on the System. Medical Opinions. Influence on Society.
['Birmingham, 1894.'] Birmingham, Leicester, and Leamington: The Midland Educational Company, Ltd. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd. [Birmingham: Paul Hicks and Co., Printers, 132 1/2, Broad Street.] 12mo, 14 + [i] pp. Stitched. Fair, on aged paper with slight spotting to cover; and with a central vertical fold. In a preface dated 'Birmingham, 1894', the author indicates that the preface is intended for the general public, rather than 'the Botanist and Trader'. Sections on 'Early History', 'Roasting', 'The Growth and Cultivation', 'Preparing for Table', 'The effect of Coffee drinking' and 'Medical Opinions' ('On November 2nd 1894, Dr. Oliver Pemberton, the Coroner for Birmingham, gave publicity to the statement that, in his opinion, Coffee was by far the finest stimulant anyone could take in the morning'). Ends by urging the reader to 'purchase good Coffee from a reliable dealer, and not to ask for ground Coffee or for Berries, at a lower price than 1/8 per lb., or Coffee mixed with Chicory, at less than 1/4 per lb.' He considers these prices 'quite inadequate to cover the cost of production'. Four copies on COPAC: at Oxford, Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland and British Library. (Book ref. 10960) £56.00
Autograph Note, Third Person, "Lord Dynevor", politician to "Mr Andrews", bookseller, about books on arctic exploration.
Dynevor Castle, 20 Oct. 1833. One page, 8vo, sunned and grubby, two small chips, small closed tear, spike-hole (loss of two letters), text legible and complete bar two lost letters. A large cross in the white space means perhaps that the bookseller has dealt with the enquiry. "Lord Dynevor begs Mr Andrews will send him the first Voyage of Discovery by Captain Parry in Quarto, (he has got the second - but has lost the first) & whenever any account comes out of Captain Ross's present Expedition to send him a Copy directed to Dynevor Castle, Lan[?] S Wales, by the Paul Pry Gloucester Coach-| Half Bound in Linnen." (Book ref. 10789) £95.00
Mimeographed paper by G.D.H. Cole and Arthur Henderson titled 'Memorandum on the causes of and remedies for Labour unrest, presented by the Trade Union Representatives on the Joint Committee appointed at the National Industrial Conference [...]'.
'[...] at the National Industrial Conference held at the Central Hall, London on February 27th, 1919.' Mimeographed typescript. Folio, 19 pp, each on a separate leaf. In worn green 'Ministry of Munitions of War. Branch Memorandum' folder. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with slight damage to some corners from rusty paperclip. Signed in type 'ARTHUR HENDERSON, CHAIRMAN. | G.D.H. COLE, SECRETARY'. Headed in manuscript 'Memorandum by Mr. Henderson & Mr Cole.' A scarce, historic document in the history of British politics, addressing what its authors claim to be 'the most wide-spread and deep-seated unrest that has ever been known in this country'. The memorandum proper covers the first fourteen pages (paginated 1-14); these are followed by three appendices (A to C, paginated 1-5). The first eight pages of the memorandum analyse 'The Causes of Unrest', under twelve headings including 'Lack of Policy', 'Profiteering', 'Government Policy in relation to Industry', 'Unemployment' and 'Hours of Labour'. The following six pages deal with the 'Remedies for Unrest', point by point over the twelve parts of the previous section. The last page carries the 'Conclusions'. The appendices include 'a list of a few firms in various industries, showing the dividends on deferred and ordinary stock. These afford a rough measure of prosperity [...]'. Excessively scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC. A revised version, with truncated appendix, was published in 1920 in Arthur Gleason's 'What the Workers Want. A Study of British Labour'. The item is mentioned by Dame Margaret Cole in her biography of her husband, but not included in her list of his works. (Book ref. 10794) £580.00
[Printed handbill.] Books Printed for and Sold by Cornelius Crownfield at the University-press in Cambridge.
Cambridge. [Circa 1716.] 12mo, 2 pp. On disbound leaf. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Drop-head title. First page with, and second page without, catchword. Ten learned works are listed, beginning with the ill-fated 'Suidae Lexicon, Graece & Latine' ('3 Vol. Folio, 1710'). The earliest dates from 1706 and the latest from 1716. According to the Victoria County History, it was under Richard Bentley that 'Crownfield ('a Dutchman . . . and a very ingenious man') was appointed Inspector of the Press and a body of Curators (afterwards called the Syndics of the Press), consisting of the heads of colleges, the professors, and other masters of arts, was appointed to control the Press on behalf of the University. Elaborate rules were made for the conduct of business, and year by year Crownfield presented to the Curators a statement of work, of expenses incurred, and of cash received.' Not listed in COPAC, but CUL have a copy issued as a final advertisement leaf in ESTC N26270 - Richard Bentley's 'Remarks upon a late Discourse of free-thinking' (London: Morphew and Crownfield, 1717). (Book ref. 10792) £380.00
Order book of a nineteenth-century Birmingham silversmith and engraver, containing 269 rubbings of engravings on silver, mostly of birds, with pencil designs and engravings.
Contained in 'White & Pike's Diary, 1880' [White and Pike, Moor Street Printing Works, Birmingham]. The volume ('White & Pike's Diary 1880') is a folio, in green cloth gilt. Recently rebacked and renovated, with one leaf of advertisements under archival paper. A few leaves have had the slips laid down on them cut away or removed. Pages 1-20 and 77-93 carry advertisements, mostly for the Birmingham metal and jewellery trades. The 269 slips of rubbings, together with 37 slips with pencil drawings of designs and engravings, are mostly laid down on the rectos of twenty-five leaves of the diary proper. One loose leaf carries rubbings of designs around monogram initials. Initial rubbings in purple wax; the majority in charcoal. By far the greater part of the rubbings are of birds - in flight, at rest, in floral surroundings. Many of the rubbings feature patterned borders and surrounds. The slips were clearly assembled for business purposes: an illustrated leaf from the catalogue of the jewellers Fattorini & Sons has been laid down, with 'Keep this' at the foot of one page. The order book contains entries relating to business with the Birmingham metal and jewellery trade: customers include the tool makers Cashmore & Morton, and the clock and watch makers Grimmett & Co and Phillips & Pearce. Sample entries: '[20 May 1880] Mr Abbott | Silver 16[s] 10[d] for back plate' and 'Phillips & Pearce | Silver for Brooch stamping [£]17 0[d] 0[d] | Earrings to clip [£]5 14[s]. A clue to the provenance of the item may be Loosely inserted is a photocopy (8vo, 4 pp) of a patent for the 'production of decorative plaques or panels for various purposes', registered in 1930 by Tiptaft Limited of Birmingham and Ethel Maud Morgan of Smethwick. The firm of 'J. W. Tiptaft & Son Ltd' was founded in 1882 by James Walter Tiptaft, who went into partnership with his son Norman in 1909. The firm was sold to Blanckensee in the late 1930s. (Book ref. 10802) £650.00
Scrapbook containing two hundred engravings and photographs of mainly Victorian and Edwardian traction engines, road rollers and locomotives, with one blueprint.
The scrapbook undated (collection assembled in 1920s?). The scrapbook is landscape 8vo (28 x 18.5 cm), and contains 28 leaves of brown paper tied together with ribbon, on which, together with the inside of the back cover, the images (dating from between 1860 and 1928) are laid down. The scrapbook lacks the front cover, and its leaves are worn, but the images are in good overall condition, with occasional wear and creasing. Ranging in size from 14.5 x 11 cm ('Fowler 8/c Traction About 1875. Jointed Horn Plates.') to 7.5 x 5.5 cm ('S/c Traction (About 1875-80)'. An impressive collection, formed by an engineer or serious enthusiast, with most of the photographs (which form the majority of the images) apparently having been made from engineering journals and catalogues, while others are clearly original photographs of engines in situ. Also present are a number of original engravings taken from the same sources. Almost all items captioned. For example, on the first page: 'CPD. Road Roller. Armstrong-Whitworth Ltd. Scotswood, Newcastle-on-Tyne' and 'John Allen & Sons Ltd. Cowley, Oxford'. Other examples include '1895 S/c Spring Mounted Road Loco. John Fowler & co. Leeds Ltd.' and 'Aveling & Porter 1871. DNP "Steam Sapper" drawing ARMSTRONG Breech Loadg Siege gun 95 cwts.' The blueprint (22.5 x 15 cm) is for an '8 H. P. Traction Engine | Barrows & Stewart. Engineers. LANBURY. Oxon. 1879.' (Book ref. 10956) £325.00
[Printed pamphlet by 'The Directors of the well known Strand Electric and Engineering Company Limited'] A Completely New Glossary of Technical Theatrical Terms [...] With an Appendix of the Colours used for Lighting the Plays [...]
'Commencing Novr. 1st. 1947, and thereafter so long as supplies shall last!'] 'Smudgeham & Fowlem, Steam Printers, The Cut, Waterloo.' [i.e. The Strand Electric & Engineering Co., Ltd., 24 Floral St, Covent Garden, London.] Irregular (12 x 23.5 cm), 32 pp. In fair condition, aged and lightly worn. In original wraps, with cover design, in a variety of types and point sizes, imitating an early nineteenth-century handbill, stating that 'all Profits for the Benefit of the Deserving Actors' Orphanage. | Free list entirely suspended | Fees payable in advance are 2s. per copy'. Full-page foreword followed by the thirty-page glossary in alphabetical order from 'act-drop' to 'workshop flex', and with final full-page appendix giving the 'names and reference numbers of the shades of colour media and lamp lacquer which are in common use in stage lighting'. The only copy on COPAC at the British Library (Book ref. 10955) £80.00
MORRIS'S BUSINESS DIRECTORY LONDON Suburban, Provincial and Foreign Trade Guide 1926. Sixty-Fourth Edition.
London: J.R. Stacey, 1926. x + 1503pp, 4to, original cloth, rubbed to edges, few marks to boards, inner hinges weak. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include LOCAL HISTORY - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) ---- (Book ref. UK16-3549) £125.00
SALISBURY'S LOCAL COINAGE (Seventeenth Century Trade Tokens). The coins of Amesbury area, Downton and Wilton are included.
Salisbury: 1966. Plates, 88pp, slightly rubbed dustwrapper. A study of the coinage that was in circulation in Salisbury and area during the Civil War. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include WILTSHIRE - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) ---- (Book ref. UK16-3009) £20.00
EARLY TRADE DIRECTORIES OF WILTSHIRE. Indexed by J.H. Chandler.
Wiltshire Records Branch Volume 47, Trowbridge: 1992. xiii + 215pp, original cloth, small label to front endpaper. Impression of 500 Copies. An invaluable work with comprehensive indices. It comprises the Wiltshire sections reprinted from the following directories:- Pigot's for 1822, 1830 and 1842; Holden's for 1805; Bailey's for 1783; Barfoot and Wilkes' for 1793-1798. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include WILTSHIRE - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) ---- (Book ref. UK16-3006) £35.00
THE ANCIENT TRADE GUILDS AND COMPANIES OF SALISBURY. With an Introduction by Rev. Canon Chr. Wordsworth, M.A.
Salisbury: Bennett Brothers. 1912. With Thirty-Two Illustrations. xxxvi + 423pp, original cloth, slightly rubbed to edges, few minor marks to cloth, signs where bookplate removed from front pastedown. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include WILTSHIRE - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) ---- (Book ref. UK16-2911) £95.00
MERCHANTS MEDICINE AND TRAFALGAR The History of the Harvey Family.
Loughton: The Alderton Press, 2007. Coloured and black and white plates, x + 235pp, dustwrapper, ex-lib. with labels to front endpapers, small stamp to title-page, otherwise a good copy. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) - --- (Book ref. UK16-2223) £14.00
A NEW HISTORY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE, Comprising the Topography, Antiquities, Curiosities, Produce, Trade, and Manufactures of that County.... with a Copy of Domesday for Gloucestershire....
Cirencester: Printed by Samuel Rudder, 1779. Lacks map and 15 of 16 plates, x + 855 + lxviiipp, folio, disbound, few short tears to title-page and dedication leaf, water staining to lower inner corner of first few leaves. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include GLOUCESTERSHIRE - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) ---- (Book ref. UK16-2061) £75.00
THE CASSITERIDES: An Inquiry into the Commercial Operations Of The Phoenicians In Western Europe. With particular reference to The British Tin Trade.
London: Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts, 1863. viii + 154pp, few small marks to the original cloth, short splits to outer hinges, ex- lib. with number to base of spine, label to front pastedown, and stamp and numbers to verso of title-page, small cellotape repair to title-page, small portion torn from top margin of 'Preface' leaf. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include CORNWALL - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) - --- (Book ref. UK16-937) £45.00
TABLES OF THE MOST USEFUL KIND, TO FACILITATE BUSINESS IN SEVERAL BRANCHES OF THE COPPER TRADE, Never before Printed, and which will apply to almost every individual concerned therein; from Original Calculations, made with the Greatest Circumspection.
First edition, Truro: Printed for the Author, by J. Tregoning at the Cornish Press. 1801. 263 + (1)pp, 4to, later qtr calf, spine slightly rubbed and faded, slight spotting to prelims. ---- Regular CATALOGUES issued, please e-mail for a FREE copy, they include CORNWALL - ( History - Topography - Genealogy - Natural History - Biography - Mining - Dialect - Language - etc. ) ---- (Book ref. UK16-801) £160.00