Fine books and prints
Our current in-store stock consists of about 25,000 titles which range from modern first editions to finely-bound antiquarian and rare books. Our particular interests and strengths include: Canadian history; Ontario and local histories; British and North American history; antiquities; topography; travel and exploration; military; natural history; illustrated and plate books. We also presently have a large selection of art, religion, and theology. Our literary strengths include Canada, Britain and the classics. Many of our books are autographed. We also have a special interest in children’s illustrated works. Beyond this, we carry a broad range of general interest and hard-to-find titles.
We carry a wide selection of antique prints which include copper and steel plate engravings, etchings, hand-coloured and chromolithographs, as well as modern limited edition, signed prints, many by local artists. Some of our antique prints are matted and framed on site. These are sold only in the shop.
Please see below for a selective on-line inventory. We continue to encourage customers to visit and browse our well-organised shelves if in the area. Meantime, wants lists and telephone or e-mail enquiries are welcome.
FAUNA & FLORA
CLUTE, Willard Nelson. Our Ferns in Their Haunts: A Guide to all the Native Species. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, (1901).
8vo., xii, 332 pp. including key to genera, checklist, glossary, index of common and scientific names. Colour frontis., illustration, colour and black and white plates, text drawings. Illustrated by William Walworth Stilson. Moderate olive green vertical rib cloth lettered in black.
Previous owner’s signature to front free endpaper, otherwise a near fine copy.
No edition stated.
COX, E. H. M. Plant – Hunting in China: A History of Botanical Exploration in China and the Tibetan Marches. London: Collins, 1945.
8vo., 230 pp. including index. Colour frontis., illustration, double-sided photo., plates, 3 full-page maps. Red cloth lettered in gilt to spine. Original unclipped red dust jacket printed in red and white.
A fine copy. Dust jacket with 2 closed tears to front panel, minor corner and end wear with sun-fade to spine.
Ditmars, Raymond L. and William Bridges. Snake – Hunters’ Holiday: Tropical Adventures in Search of Bats and the Bushmaster. New York: D Appleton-Century Company, 1935.
8vo., ix, (1), 309 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., portrait plus photo., plates. Reddish-brown cloth with gilt coiled snake on black square to upper board, lettered in gilt.
Rub to head and tail of spine. Very light fox spots to top leaf edges. Neat previous owner’s signature to front free endpaper, repeated on title-page. Otherwise near fine.
An account of a trip to Trinidad and British Guiana in search of specimens for the New York Zoological Park.
1st edition. Scarce.
FAIRCHILD, David. Exploring For Plants. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1931.
Demy 8vo., xx, (2), 591 pp. including index. Frontis., plus photographs throughout text, many full-page. Green textured cloth lettered in gilt. Lacks dust jacket.
Brown spots to upper board and bottom leaf edges. Some wear and tears to head and tail of spine. Spine darkened. Endpapers age-toned with foxing. Mild fox to last few leaves and occasionally through text. Previous owner’s bookplate to front paste-down.
“From notes of the Allison Vincent Armour Expeditions for the United States Department of Agriculture, 1925, 1926, and 1927.” SIGNED, INSCRIBED and DATED by David Fairchild, “The Kampong”, Coconut Grove, Florida. May 26th, 1954. Fairchild (1869 – 1954) was an American botanist and plant explorer. He was responsible for the introduction of more than 200,000 exotic plants and varieties of established crops into the United States.
1st edition, 2nd printing. A rare signed copy by the renowned botanist and plant hunter.
FAIRCHILD, David. The World Was My Garden: Travels of a Plant Explorer. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939.
Demy 8vo., xiv, (2), 494 pp. including index. Frontis., plus double-sided photo., plates. Dark bluish-green buckram lettered in silver. Original price-clipped pictorial dust jacket.
Mild toning to endpapers otherwise near fine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear and mild creases. Stripes of sun-fade to upper panel, surface scratches to lower.
1st edition, later printing.
HEDRICK, U. P. Cyclopedia of Hardy Fruits. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1938.
Royal 8vo., viii, (2), 402 pp. including index. Colour frontis., plus 3 colour and 10 black and white plates. Double-column illustrated text. Moderate bluish-green cloth printed in black on upper board, gilt-lettered spine. Light brown dust jacket printed in moderate brown.
Minor edge rub to boards. Light scattered foxing to endpapers and frontis., and very lightly to a few plates, mainly to margins and fore and bottom edges. Price in felt marker to corner of front free endpaper. Small sticker: “The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.”, to centre of front free endpaper. Otherwise, book is clean and sound. Stains, marks, creases and chips to dust jacket. Still very good.
2nd edition, enlarged. Scarce in original dust jacket.
KLAUBER, Laurence M. Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1956.
2 volumes. Vol. 1: xxix, 709 pp.; Vol. 2: xvii, (709) – 1476 pp. including comprehensive index. Colour frontis., to each volume, black and white photographs, maps, and illustrations throughout. Folding tables. Grey cloth lettered in green to upper boards, gilt spines.
Fox spots to top edges, milder to fore-edges. Previous owner’s signature to each volume. Otherwise fine.
Regarded as the classic treatise on the subject.
MILES, Alfred H. (ed.) Natural History: With Anecdotes Illustrating the Nature, Habits, Manners and Customs of Animals, Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, Insects, Etc., Etc., Etc., New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, (1895).
8vo., xii, 385 pp. including index. With 20
chromolithographic plates. Olive green vertical rib cloth with grey rhinoceros head in black circle stamped to upper board. Ruled in black, lettered in gilt and black. Top edge gilt.
Light rub and creases to head and tail and outer corners of cloth. A few light surface spots to lower board. One plate slightly pulled with the fore-edge a little ragged. Lower hinge split but binding still tight. Leaves lightly toned. Previous owner’s gift inscription to front free endpaper dated December, 1901. Master Harold Ball, the original owner, seems to have enjoyed sketching inked cartoons some of which he has executed, with some skill, on the two back end papers. Old photo., and “No 65” to pastedown. Still a lovely copy of a book designed for younger, as well as general, readers in the pursuit of understanding nature and, secondarily, “in suggesting social and moral parallels”. Brilliantly coloured plates.
GEOLOGY & MINING
DE LA BECHE, Sir Henry T. The Geological Observer. London: Longman, Brown, Green, And Longmans, 1853.
8vo., xxviii, 740 pp. including index. Text diagrams and illustrations. ¾ fine-grained black cloth lettered in gilt. Marbled paper-covered boards. Fine red-speckled edges.
Wear spots to tail of spine, minor rub to joints. Some surface wear and scratches to marbled boards. Early owner signatures in ink to half-title. Clean and tight. A very nice copy.
De La Bache (1796 – 1855) was the first Director-General of the Geological Survey of the United Kingdom and a pioneer in early geological survey methods.
1st published 1851. 2nd edition revised.
GEIKE, Sir Archibald. Memoir of Sir Andrew Crombie Ramsay. London: Macmillan And Co., 1895.
8vo., x, (2), 397 pp. including index. Frontis., portrait with tissue guard plus 12 photo., portrait plates. Deep red cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Dark greyish-green coated endpapers. Fore-edges and bottom edges uncut.
Minor rub to joints and extremities of boards. Slightly cocked. Previous owner’s signature. Otherwise in very good-plus condition.
Ramsay (1814 – 1891) Scottish-born member of the British Geological Survey from 1841 to 1881. He succeeded Sir Roderick Murchison as director general.
GEIKE, James. The Great Ice Age and its Relation to the Antiquity of Man. New York: D. Appleton And Company, 1882.
12mo., xxv, (1), 545 including index, (4) pp. publisher’s advertisements. Plate illustrations, charts and maps, many folding, including map of Scotland in back pocket, text illustrations and diagrams. Moderate brown cloth over bevel-edged boards with icebergs stamped in gilt to upper board and spine. Lettered in gilt, decorated in black. Pale orange floral-patterned endpapers.
Some rub and wear to spine ends and outer corners of cloth, minor rub to upper joint. Back hinge split and partially repaired. Binding still tight. Brown stain to bottom outer corner which has spread very minimally to the outer corner margins of occasional leaves. Leaf edges a bit dulled. Previous owner’s signature and small bookplate to front endpapers. Still a very good , sound copy with plates, folding maps and charts in near fine condition.
James Geike (1839 – 1915) Scottish Geologist. Served on the Geological Survey from 1862 to 1882 and, subsequently, as professor of geology and mineralogy at the University of Edinburgh. His focus on the origin of surface features through glacial action led to the publication of this, his chief work, in 1874.
HORE, Reginald E. (comp. & ed.) Canadian Mining Manual 1928: Canadian Mining and Metallurgical Ways and Means. Gardenvale, Quebec: Industrial and Educational Publishing Co. Limited, (1928).
4to., 564 pp. including Index to Advertisers. Double-column text with photo., illustrations, graphs, tables, diagrams, maps. Full-page and plate illustrations and advertisements, some coloured. Deep red pebbled cloth with title stamped on upper board and spine.
Minor edge rub to boards. Minor scratches to lower board. Previous owner’s signature in pencil. Near fine condition.
Contains articles on a wide variety of mining and metallurgical processes and practices across Canada, mining laws, prospecting, companies and more. Numerous colour and illustrated contemporary advertisements. A rare publication.
HUTCHINSON, Horace G. Life of Sir John Lubbock Lord Avebury. London: Macmillan And Co., 1914.
2 volumes. Demy 8vo., Vol. 1: xiv, 388, (2) pp. works by Lord Avebury. Vol. 2: x, 334 including general index, (2) pp works. Frontis., portrait plus one plate with tissue guards in each volume. Folding pedigree chart in Vol. 1. Uniformly bound in dark blue cloth. Spines ruled and lettered in gilt.
Both volumes with very minor spotting to leaf edges. Endpapers toned and spotted. Fox spots to prelims., frontis. of Vol. 1 and to interior plate of Vol. 2. Otherwise a very nice, sound set.
Sir John Lubbock (1834 – 1913), although a banker by trade, made significant contributions to the fields of archaeology, ethnography and evolutionary biology. Best known for his pioneering studies into the life histories of insects.
LUBBOCK, Sir John. The Scenery of Switzerland and the Causes to Which it is Due. Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1897.
2 volumes in 1. Small 8vo., (6 ¼ inches, 15.8 cm.), 279, (3); 280 pp. including index. Text illustrations, diagrams, sectional views and maps. ¾ dark olive brown pebbled calf, marbled paper-covered boards. All edges speckled. Pale green leaf-patterned endpapers. Green ribbon-marker.
Mild rub and wear to head of spine, board edges and outer corners. Upper corner exposed. Otherwise a clean, tight, attractive copy. Near fine.
The author spent the summer of 1861 with Huxley and Tyndall in Switzerland.
Originally published in London in 1896. This, a much scarcer edition of the following year.
HUNTING & FISHING
“ B. B.” (Denys WATKINS – PITCHFORD) (comp.) The Shooting Man’s Bedside Book. London: Eyre And Spottiswoode, (1948).
16mo., xv, 479, (5) pp. “Game Records”. Wood-cut text illustrations by the author. Dark reddish-brown limp leather. Upper board ruled in gilt with gilt hiking boots and walking stick. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge stained red.
Some rub and scuffs to leather, creases to boards. Previous owner’s signature. Internally clean and tight.
Contributions gathered from the writings of Patrick Chalmers, W. H. Hudson, Richard Jefferies, T. H. White and many others. A classic compilation in scarce publisher’s de-luxe binding.
CUTHBERT, Bradley. The Foxhound of the Twentieth Century: The Breeding and Work of the Kennels of England. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1914.
Royal 8vo., xix, (1), 308 pp. including index. Colour frontis., illustration with 2 captioned tissue guards, plus 15 colour plates with tissue guards, black and white plates and text illustrations. Title-page printed in red and black with publisher’s device. ¾ pebbled very deep red coated cloth, textured to resemble morocco, raised bands and 6 compartments to spine, 2 stamped in gilt lettering. Red cloth over boards. Moderate yellowish-green endpapers.
Minor rub to joints and corners otherwise a near fine copy.
FREDERICK, Sir Charles et al. Fox – Hunting. London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1930
8vo., 368 pp. including index. Colour frontis., illustration, plus 3 colour-illustrated plates and 61 photo., and illustrated plates in black and white. Text diagrams, maps and plans. Light brown buckram stamped and lettered in gilt. Pale brown dust jacket with colour-illustrated paste-down to front panel, black and white photo., paste-down to spine. Jacket printed in red.
Narrow band of fading to head of spine and corner of tail. Previous owner’s details in pencil to front free endpaper. Upper hinge split at endpapers but binding still tight. Dust jacket creased, chipped with significant loss to extremities. Bottom 1/3rd of back panel missing. Spine dulled to darker brown with printing illegible. Overall well-preserved in uncommon original dust jacket.
1st trade edition. The Lonsdale Library Vol. VII.
GATHORNE – HARDY, Hon. A. E. Autumns in Argyleshire with Rod and Gun. London: Longmans, Green And Co., 1900.
8vo., xi, (1), 228 pp. including index. Frontis., photogravure with tissue guard plus 7 tissue-guarded photogravure plates by Archibald Thorburn. Pictorial dark red buckram in gilt. Leaf edges untrimmed.
Loss to headband. Moderate rub, wear and bumps to tail and outer corners of boards. Light scattered foxing to leaf edges, margins of leaves and tissue guards. Plates, and most leaves, are clean and bright. Binding tight. Previous owner’s bookplate to front paste-down.
HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Green Hills of Africa. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1935.
8vo., 295 pp. Head and tail-piece illustrations and decorations by Edward Shenton. Green cloth stamped in gilt and gilt-on-black. Publsher’s device on copyright page. In original dust jacket, price-clipped, 2nd state.
Page edges and leaves uniformly age-toned. Cloth bright without the usual fade to spine. Dust jacket with minor creases and rub especially to outer corners and fore-edge of upper panel.
Tales of a month on safari in East Africa in 1933.
1st edition, later printing; same year as first.
KREIDER, Claude M. The Bamboo Rod and How to Build It. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1951.
16mo., ix, (1), 140 pp. Illustrations in text. Dark blue buckram lettered in green and white. Original unclipped pictorial dust jacket.
Toning and light foxing to endpapers. Dust jacket with small losses to head and tail and outer corners, minor creases, some surface spots to back panel and flap. Internally, a few light pencil annotations. Book is otherwise near fine.
A detailed classic on the subject.
1st edition, 1st printing.
MACKIE, P. Jeffrey. The Keeper’s Book: A Guide to the Duties of a Gamekeeper. London: T. N. Foulis, 1910.
8vo., xvii, (1), 467 including index, (1), xvii illustrated advertisements, (3) pp. advertisements. Frontis., photo., of the author with tissue guard, mounted on thick moderate brown stock, plus 8 mounted photos., with tissue guards on thick stock, one photo., plate, 3 text plans. Grey reddish-orange buckram with paste-down photo., to upper board, lettered in gilt. Top-edge gilt with pinkish tinge, others uncut. Green ribbon marker.
A few marks and stains to cloth. Spine uniformly faded. Bumps to spine ends and, lightly, to outer corners of boards. Endpapers age-toned. Otherwise clean and tight.
1st published 1904. 8th printing enlarged and re-written.
MAXWELL, Sir Herbert. British Fresh-Water Fishes. London: Hutchinson & Co., 1904.
Royal 8vo., vii, (1), 316 including index, (4) pp. publisher’s advertisements. Text illustrations plus 12 iridescent colour plates. Title-page printed in red and black. Very dark green fine vertical rib cloth illustrated and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut.
Minor rub and bumps to spine ends and board extremities. Endpapers age-toned. Scattered marginal foxing and edge fox spots. Still an almost near fine copy.
PATTILLO, T. R. Moose-Hunting Salmon-Fishing and Other Sketches of Sport: Being the Record of Personal Experiences of Hunting Wild Game in Canada. Toronto: Wm. Briggs, 1902.
8vo., viii, 299 pp. Frontis., photos., of the author. Red fine rib cloth. Spine lettered in gilt.
Minor rippling and stains to cloth. Mild wear and bumps to outer corners of boards and spine ends. Endpapers age-toned, with some tape residue. A few spots in text. Generally clean and tight.
1st Canadian edition printed from U.K. sheets of the same year.
SOUTHARD, Charles Zibeon. The Evolution of Trout and Trout Fishing in America. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1928.
4to., xxxii, 254 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., portrait of author, 9 colour-illustrated plates, 2 maps. Red cloth printed in black.
Minor fade to spine and top edge of upper board. Joints split and re-glued. Corners and edges of boards bumped with minor wear. Scuffs and marks to page edges. Minor toning to endpapers. Internally generally clean and tight.
A detailed and beautifully illustrated work aimed at both the novice and the experienced angler.
St. JOHN, Charles. Wild Sports and Natural History of the Highlands. London: Gurney and Jackson, 1927.
Demy 8vo., xxix, (1), 472 pp. including index. Colour frontis., plus 49 illustrated plates, 28 in total in colour, from pictures by G. Denholm Armour and Edwin Alexander. Dark greyish-green cloth. Spine lettered in gilt, all edges uncut.
Tight, clean, near fine copy.
St. John (1809 – 1856). English naturalist and sportsman.
“Short Sketches of the Wild Sports . . .” was 1st published by John Murray in 1893. 1st of this edition.
(SURTEES, Robert Smith). Handley Cross or Mr. Jorrock’s Hunt. By the author of “Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour” Etc. Etc. London: George G. Harrap & Co., (1930).
8vo., 667 pp. Colour frontis., illustration plus 16 colour illustrated plates, text illustrations and title-page vignette, from drawings by John Leech. With an introduction by Siegfried Sassoon. Strong red buckram over bevel-edged boards. Spine lettered in gilt and gilt-on-black. Top edge gilt.
Spine uniformly faded. Previous owner’s bookplate and signature. Otherwise a near fine copy.
Originally published in an un-illustrated edition in 1843 and re-issued in monthly parts with Leeche’s illustrations between 1852 and 1854.
VACHELL, Horace Annesley. Sport and Life on the Pacific Slope. London: Eveleigh Nash, 1908.
8vo., xii, 340 pp. including appendix, “Hints to Sportsmen”. Frontis., portrait, plus 8 photo., plates. Moderate olive green cloth with gun, rods and bird in gilt to upper board, lettered in gilt. All edges uncut.
Minor bumps to ends and outer corners. Mild surface scratch and stain to lower board. Pocket removed from front paste-down and small stamp removed from title-page with some wear through the paper above and slightly into the publisher’s details. Mild toning to free endpapers. Otherwise a generally sound, tight, clean copy.
An Englishman’s view of life and people in the North American west, principally California, with much on hunting and fishing in the late nineteenth century.
WALSINGHAM, Lord and Sir Ralph Payne – Gallwey. Shooting: Field and Covert. (together with) Shooting: Moor and Marsh. London: Longmans, Green, And Co., 1887.
2 volumes. 8vo., Vol. 1: (2), xv, (1), 357 including index, (1), (2) pp. publisher’s list. Vol. 2: (2) publisher’s list, (2), xiii, (1), 348 pp. including index. Frontis., engraved illustration with tissue guard to each volume, title-page vignettes, numerous plate and text illustrations throughout by A.J. Stuart-Wortley, Harper Pennington, C. Whymper, J.G. Millais and G.E. Lodge. Uniformly bound in ¾ dark blue morocco ruled and lettered in gilt. Deep orange cloth-covered boards with coat-of-arms in gilt to upper boards. Top edge gilt. Coated black endpapers.
Leather is well worn and well rubbed at head and tail of spine and outer corners. Spines faded with surface rub and scratches. Cloth also has significant surface rub. Still, the gilt is bright and both volumes are clean and tight. Previous owner’s signature in ink. Vol. 2 has an interesting note added in ink to the portrait which appears on p.13; also a tiny tear, repaired, to the fore-edge of one leaf.
2nd edition. The Badminton Library series. Scarce in de-luxe binding. 2 volumes.
CURRAN, James W. Wolves Don’t Bite. Sault Ste. Marie: The Sault Daily Star, 1940.
8vo., xiv, (2), 255, (1) pp. publisher’s advertisement. Frontis., and text sketches by Jimmy Frise. Red fine textured cloth lettered in black. Light green dust jacket lettered in black and red.
Book is near fine but for previous owner’s signature on front free endpaper and very light toning to leaves. Jacket with a few edge chips, more pronounced at spine ends. Spine darkened.
Many of these humorous tales originally appeared in the local newspaper.
1st edition. Very scarce.
HAULTAIN, Arnold. Two Country Walks in Canada. Toronto: George N. Morang & Co., 1903.
8vo., vii, (1), 93 pp. Photo., frontis., with tissue guard plus 5 photographic plates. Half moderate yellow green buckram, dark grey paper-covered boards. Pale blue paper labels to upper board and spine, lettered in black with red borders and decorations. Deckled fore-edges.
Minor corner wear to boards. Very light toning to outer margins of prelims., and verso of frontis., Offset toning to title-page margins from tissue guard. A very attractive book. AUTOGRAPHED “With the compliments of the Author. July 1904”.
1st edition. Scarce inscribed copy.
SCIENCE & MEDICINE
ABBOTT, Maude E. (ed.) Sir William Osler Memorial Number: Appreciations and Reminiscences. Montreal, Canada: Privately Issued at 863 University St., 1926.
Demy 8vo., (6), xxxviii, 633 including bibliography, list of subscribers and addenda, (1) pp. Frontis., photogravure portrait with captioned tissue guard, photo., and illustrated plates, 1 folding, text figures. Dark blue cloth lettered in gilt.
Light bumps and mild wear to spine ends and outer corners of boards. Previous owner’s details to front free endpaper. Otherwise a near fine copy.
Bulletin No. IX of the International Association of Medical Museums and Journal of Technical Methods. Contains important contributions to understanding the life and work of Osler (1849 – 1919), pre-eminent Canadian physician, a founding professor of Johns Hopkins Hospital and pioneer in many medical practises and methods. He has been described as the “father of modern medicine”.
1st edition, 1st printing. No. 1464 of 1500 copies.
BLAND-SUTTON, Sir John. The Story of a Surgeon. London: Methuen & Co., (1930).
Demy 8vo., xii, 204 pp. Frontis., photo., portrait of the author with Rudyard Kipling, plus 26 photo., and illustrated plates. Single-page preamble written by Rudyard Kipling. Dark blue cloth, spine ruled and lettered in gilt.
Minor rub to spine ends, joints and outer corners of boards. Minor toning to a few leaves. Speckled spots to back endpapers. Otherwise a very nice copy.
Bland-Sutton (1855 – 1936) studied at the Middlesex Hospital where he became a lecturer and, later, surgeon. He witnessed the “transformation of surgery by discoveries in anaesthesia, bacteriology and antisepsis”. He served as President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 1923 to 1925 and as vice-President of the Zoological Society of London. These memoirs centre around his experiences at the Middlesex Hospital and with the Zoological Society.
1st edition. This appears to have been the author’s personal copy with his armorial book-plate, SIGNED, on the front paste-down, an INSCRIPTION by him dated March 10, 1933 on the half-title page, and occasional marginal corrections to the text in his hand. Unique thus.
CUSHING, Harvey M.D. Consecratio Medici and Other Papers. Boston: Little, Brown, And Company, 1928.
8vo., (8), 276 pp. Dark blue fine vertical rib cloth with blind-stamped oval device to upper board, lettered in gilt to board and spine. Fore-edges uncut.
Very minor rub to extremities. Slight uniform toning to pages and edges. Otherwise fine.
Contains 14 articles by the renowned surgeon which include: “With the British Medical Corps in France” (1916). and “William Osler, the Man” (1920).
1st edition, 2nd printing, December. 1st published November.
CUSHING, Harvey. The Life of Sir William Osler. Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1925.
2 volumes. Demy 8vo., Vol. 1: xiii, (3), 685, (3) pp. Vol. 2: x, (2), 728 pp. including index. Frontis., photogravure portrait plates with tissue guards to each volume. Illustrated and photo., plates throughout. Dark blue cloth with blind-ruled borders to upper and lower boards, spines ruled and lettered in gilt.
Minor rub and wear to spine ends and board extremities. Light scratches to lower board of volume one. Previous owner’s inscription to front paste-down of each volume. Small ink splatters to bottom leaf edges of each volume, more pronounced on volume two. Otherwise a tight, clean, near fine set.
This is Cushing’s classic biography of Osler (1849 – 1919), renowned Canadian physician and author. Winner of the 1926 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
1st edition, 1st printing.
CUSHING, Harvey, M.D. Meningiomas: Their Classification, Regional Behaviour, Life History, and Surgical End Results. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1938.
(10 3/8 inches, 26 cm. tall). Xiv, 785 including bibliography and index, (3) pp. Gloss-coated paper. Two-colour frontis., illustration. Photographs, illustrations and diagrams throughout text. Dark blue cloth with publisher’s device stamped in blind to bottom outer corner of lower board. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt.
Very light rub to boards. A curious binding error has resulted in pp. 581 – 596 being bound in twice. This has not affected the binding or the sequence, which is complete, but a few small blemish spots appear on the repeated leaves at roughly the same position on the page. Otherwise, a near fine copy.
This work is the culmination of approximately 25 years of neurosurgical research and is regarded as the author’s greatest clinical monograph.
1st edition. Rare.
KEYNES, Geoffrey. The Life of William Harvey. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1966.
Demy 8vo., xviii, 483 including index, (1) pp. Colour frontis., illustration plus illustrated plates throughout. Title-page printed in black with publisher’ device in red. Errata slip tipped-in. Blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Original light brown dust jacket printed and decorated in dark blue and red.
A few unobtrusive library stamps to bottom margins of a few pages and one plate. No other library markings. Both book and dust jacket are near fine.
Dr. William Harvey (1578 – 1657), was professor of anatomy and surgery, London.
STILL, George Frederic, M.D. The History of Paediatrics: The Progress of the Study of Diseases of Children up to the Ends of the XVIIIth Century. London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1931.
Demy 8vo., (2), xviii, 526 pp. including appendices and index. Plate and full-page illustrations. Dark greyish-green cloth. Spine lettered in gilt.
Minor wrinkle to cloth on upper board. Minor surface scratches to lower board. Bottom outer corners bumped. Previous owner’s stamp to front free endpaper. Some leaves unopened. A clean, tight, near fine copy.
Author was professor of Diseases of Children, King’s College, London; Physician for Diseases of Children, King’s College Hospital.
1st edition. Very scarce.
TRAVERS, Morris W. A Life of Sir William Ramsay. London: Edward Arnold. (1956).
Royal 8vo., viii, 308 pp. including index. Frontis., portrait plus 9 photo., plates, text diagrams and facsimiles of chemical notes. Dark blue cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Original pale blue photo-illustrated dust jacket lettered in blue.
Book near fine. Dust jacket has chips and loss to head of spine and, less so, to edges and corners. Some soil to extremities and along spine of jacket folds. INSCRIBED, SIGNED and dated, 1956 by Travers on front free endpaper.
Ramsay (1852 – 1916), Scottish chemist, winner of the 1904 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of “the inert gaseous elements in air”. After isolating, and naming, argon, he worked with Morris William Travers (1872 – 1961), English chemist and pioneer in cryogenics, in the discovery of neon, krypton and xenon. Ramsay also isolated helium and made radon.
1st edition. With rare signature of the author.
WHITE, Andrew Dickson. A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, New York: D. Appleton And Company, 1910.
2 volumes. 8vo., Vol. 1: xxiii, (1), 415 pp. Vol. 2: xiii, 474 including index, (1), 4 pp. publisher’s list of scientific books. Dark blue cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Minor rub and wear to spine ends, joints and outer corners. Surface rub to spines. Newspaper clipping glued on to front free endpaper of volume one with offset toning to paste-down opposite. Marginal pen marks and comments, some quite acerbic, by previous owner; more pronounced in volume one. Generally clean and tight.
White (1832 – 1918) was an educator, co-founder of Cornell University, and its first president from 1867 to 1885. Originally published in 1896, this work, influential in its day, went through a number of reprints.
BRYANT, The Rev. A. T. Olden Times in Zululand and Natal: Containing Earlier Political History of the Eastern-Nguni Clans. London: Longmans, Green And Co., 1929.
Demy 8vo., (2), xxi, (1) map, 710 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., with tissue guard, photo., plates; 2 maps, 1 folding; charts, 2 folding. Dark greyish-blue cloth. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt.
Short splits and wear to head and tail of spine. Slight fade to spine. Top outer corners of boards bumped and worn Otherwise a generally tight, very good or better copy.
Deals with the earlier tribal history of the Bantu of this region. The author arrived in Natal from London in 1883 and, at the time of this publication, had spent 45 years “in the Native territories, in missionary, educational and literary work” there. A detailed and important work.
1st edition. Very scarce.
CARDINALL. A. W. In Ashanti and Beyond: The Record of a Resident Magistrate’s Many Years in Tropical Africa, His Arduous and Dangerous Treks Both in the Course of His Duty and in Pursuit of Big Game, with Descriptions of the People, their Manner of Living and the Wonderful Ways of Beasts and Insects. London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1927.
8vo., 288 pp. including index, (8) pp. illustrated publisher’s catalogue of travel books. Photo., frontis., plus 15 photo., plates. Folding map. Vivid yellow cloth with bust of native figure in black to upper board. Spine lettered in black.
Spine a bit dulled. Head, tail and corners bumped. Joints rubbed. Light marginal foxing to text, title page and leaf edges. A very good copy.
COUPLAND, R. East Africa and its Invaders: From the Earliest Times to the Death of Seyyid Said in 1856. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1938.
Demy 8vo., vi, (2), 584 pp. including index. 2 folding maps. Deep red cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Edges uncut.
Rub to joints and extremities of boards. Surface rub to lower board with top-edge a bit softened and minor bleeding onto back paste-down from top-edge and fore-edge of board, the possible result of previous moisture. Fox spots to endpapers, toning to half-title and leaf edges. Top outer corners of early leaves bent to p. 46. Still tight, bright and generally clean throughout.
Sir Reginald Coupland (1884 – 1952) was a prominent historian of the British Empire. Between 1920 and 1948 he held the Beit Professorship of Colonial History at the University of Oxford. A well-documented and very readable account of the earlier history of the region.
HARRISON, C. W. Francis. (ed.) Natal: An Illustrated Official Railway Guide and Handbook of General Information. London: Payne Jennings, 1903.
Demy 8vo., xii, 300 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., plus photo., illustrations throughout. 6 maps and plans, 5 in colour, 2 folding in text and a large folding “Bird’s Eye Map of War District Natal” in pocket at back. Natal Government Railways slip “with the General Managers Compliments” loosely inserted at front.
Light offsetting from frontis., to title-page. Minor toning to endpapers. Minor tape repairs to folds of bird’s eye map. Otherwise a fine copy.
REYNOLDS-BALL, E. A. Cairo of To-Day: A Practical Guide to Cairo and the Nile. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1902.
8vo., viii, 256 pp. including index, 18 pp.advertisements. Frontis., photo., plus 6 photo., and illustrated plates. 1 colour-folding plan, 2 colour-folding maps including 1 in back pocket. Dark olive green fine-rib cloth over flexible boards with outer corners rounded. Decorated in black, lettered in gilt. Pale yellow endpapers with advertising.
Bottom outer corner of upper board somewhat bent and creased. Hinges exposed but binding tight. Folding plan of Cairo heavily taped on verso with brown stains showing through, but still bright and fully readable. The folding pocket map has more recent professional repairs to folds. Overall a very presentable copy.
3rd edition, revised.
TREATT, Stella Court. Sudan Sand: Filming the Baggara Arabs. London: George G. Harrap & Company, (1930).
8vo., (4), 252 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., plus 31 double-sided photo., plates. Light brown cloth ruled and lettered in red to upper board and brown to spine.
Head and tail of spine lightly bumped. Spine slightly faded with a couple of small dark brown spots. Fore-edges, endpapers, half-title leaf foxed. Very light fox spots to fore-edge margins of a few leaves. Frontis., piece suffered some creasing and tears to margins when detached. Now professionally re-attached with some repairs to tears but edges a bit ragged. Still a nice, tight, generally clean copy.
Recounts the author’s adventures with her husband and brother on an expedition to film game in Southern Sudan.
DOUGHTY, Charles M. Travels in Arabia Deserta. London: Jonathan Cape, (July, 1926).
2 volumes in 1. 8vo., l, (2), 623, (1); (2), 690 pp. Frontis., portrait to volume 1, text and plate illustrations and plans, some folding. Large colour-folding map at back. Dark blue cloth. Spine lettered in gilt.
Upper joint split, repaired and tight but with webbing slightly exposed. Toning to endpapers and a few light flecks of foxing, mainly to page edges. Otherwise a tight, clean, fresh copy.
Thin paper edition. Two-volumes-in-one complete and unabridged with a new preface by the author and introduction by T. E. Lawrence, whose own published work was much influenced by Doughty’s meticulous descriptions of his travels. A classic of travel literature. 1st published in 1888. The single volume edition first published March, 1926, reprinted July.
(MONTAGUE, Lady Mary Wortley.) Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M. . .y W . . .y M . . .e: Written During her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa, to Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, &c. in Different Parts of Europe. Which Contain, Among Other Curious Relations, Accounts of the Policy and Manners of the Turks. Drawn from Sources That Have Been Inaccessible to Other Travellers. London: printed for M. Cooper, 1771.
12mo., v, (1), 281 pp. Full calf with raised bands and 6 compartments to spine, one lettered in gilt on red morocco label.
Significant loss to top outer corner of upper board with corner exposed. Early armorial bookplate to front paste-down. General wear and rub to leather, spine label and paste-downs. Still a very good copy.
Four volumes of letters with individual title-pages, plus verses written by the author and by Alexander Pope, plus a summary of the contents of each volume of letters, all complete in one volume.
BARTLETT, Captain Robert A. The Log of Bob Bartlett: The True Story of Forty Years of Seafaring and Exploration. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1928.
8vo., xii, 352 pp. Frontis., portrait with tissue guard plus 26 illustrated and photo., plates. Light blue cloth lettered in gilt, top-edge stained blue. In original pictorial dust jacket and rare thus.
Previous owner’s signature. Light rub to spine ends, joints and corners. Back hinge split and repaired with slight exposure of webbing. Binding still tight. Rare original dust jacket has significant loss to head of spine with smaller losses to corners and fore-edges. Closed edge tears, creases.
Autobiography of renowned American Arctic explorer whose many expeditions included 1908 – 09 with Peary, and the Canadian Arctic Expedition of 1913 – 18 under Stefansson on which he commanded the “Karluk”.
1st edition, 1st printing with “The Knickerbocker Press” publisher’s device on the copyright page.
BLAKE, E. VALE (ed.) Arctic Experiences: Containing Capt. George E. Tyson’s Wonderful Drift on the Ice Floe; A History of the Polaris Expedition, on the Cruise of the Tigress, and Rescue of the Polaris Survivors. To Which is Added a General Arctic Chronology. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874.
Demy 8vo., 486 including index, 6 pp. publisher’s catalogue. Frontis., engraving with tissue guard, text engravings, engraved plates with tissue guards, full page map. Green cloth over bevel-edged boards with gilt illustration to upper board. Spine lettered in gilt. Coated, moderate brown endpapers.
Some rub and wear to board extremities and joints. Outer corners bumped and slightly exposed. Slight loss to tail and wear to head of spine. Back hinge split at paste-down. Binding still tight. Minor marginal stains to bottoms and fore-edges of some leaves
A popular account of the United States government-sponsored Polaris Expedition; an early serious attempt to reach the North Pole.
COOK, Dr. Frederick A. My Attainment of the Pole: Being the Record of the Expedition that First Reached the Boreal Center 1907 – 1909. With the Final Summary of the Polar Controversy. New York: The Polar Publishing Co., 1911.
4to., xx, (2), 604 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., portrait with tissue guard. Photo., plates, text illustrations. Moderate brown cloth lettered in gilt with three heads in profile in centre of upper board, the whole in light green frame.
Minor wear to head and tail of spine. Vertical fold to length of spine. Some brown marginal stains to a few leaves. Otherwise a very good copy.
The author’s own account of his controversial claim.
DU CHAILLU, Paul B. The Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer and Winter Journeys Through Sweden, Norway, Lapland and Northern Finland. New York: Harper & Brothers, (1881).
Two volumes. Demy 8vo., Vol. 1: xvi, 441 pp.; Vol. 2: xvi,
474 pp. including index. Frontis., and plate illustrations to each volume, text illustrations and charts throughout. Colour folding map in back pocket of vol.1. Uniformly bound in dark blue cloth elaborately stamped in gilt and brown. Spines lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to head and tail of spines. Minor wear to outer corners. One small tape repair to folding map. Otherwise a bright, near fine copy.
1st U.S. edition.
NANSEN, Fridtjof. “Farthest North”: Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship ‘Fram’, 1893 – 96, and of a Fifteen Months’ Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen. With and Appendix by Otto Sverdup Captain of the ‘Fram’. London: Macmillan and Co., 1897.
Two volumes. 8vo., Vol. 1: (8), 351; Vol. 2: vii, (1), 471 including index, 8pp. publisher’s list. Folding map at back of volume 2, otherwise unillustrated. Dark blue vertical rib cloth, stamped in blind, lettered in gilt.
Some chips and light wear to head of spines. Previous owner’s signature dated 1899. Otherwise generally near fine and unread with many leaves unopened.
Macmillan’s Colonial Library edition. Published the same year as the first edition but in a smaller format and without plates. “For circulation only in India and the British Colonies”.
NORDENSKIOLD, A E. The Voyage of the Vega Round Asia and Europe: With a Historical Review of Previous Journeys Along the North Coast of the Old World. London: Macmillan and Co., 1881.
Two Volumes. 8vo., Vol. 1: xxv, (1), 524; Vol. 2: xvii, (3) errata, 482 including index, (1)pp. publisher’s list. Engraved frontis., portrait with tissue guard in each volume. 3 further engraved portrait plates with tissue guards. 11 folding maps, 4 in colour. Woodcut illustrations throughout text. Moderate olive green cloth with map in red and gold inside circular red bands at centre of upper boards. Boards framed in red and gilt. Gilt-lettered spines with red bands. Moderate brown coated endpapers.
A few small white stains to cloth of vol. 1. with more significant surface scratches and rub to lower board. Spine ends and corners of both volumes rubbed and slightly worn. Volume 1 also has some loss and fore-edge chips to front endpapers with the upper hinge cracked and repaired. Bindings are still tight and bright. A very good set.
1st edition in English. Translated by Alexander Leslie.
RUSSIA & ASIA
BUEL, J. W. A Nemesis of Misgovernment. Philadelphia, PA. : Historical Publishing Company, 1899.
Demy 8vo., 589 pp. Frontis., illustration with tissue guard. Illustrated throughout with full page and text photographs and engraved illustrations. Dark greenish-blue cloth lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Floral patterned endpapers. In original plain cardboard slip-case.
Slight bumps and rub to outer corners of boards otherwise a near fine copy.
The results of American author James Buel’s (1849 – 1920) travels through Russia and Siberia.
FLEMING, Peter. News From Tartary: A Journey from Peking to Kashmir. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1936.
8vo., 384 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., plus double-sided full-page photos., throughout. Light brown linen cloth-covered boards lettered in dark brown with short decorative bands in moderate brown. Top-edge stained brown.
Light fox spots and toning to board extremities, joints and spine. Fox and toning to endpapers, especially along hinges. Leaves lightly toned. Otherwise a tight, clean copy.
Describes travel-writer Peter Fleming’s seven month overland journey of about 3,500 miles.
1st U.S. edition, 1st printing.
PARES, Bernard. My Russian Memoirs. London: Jonathan Cape, (1931).
8vo., 623 pp. including index. Frontis., photo., portrait. Illustrated and photographic plates. Green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. In original light bluish-green dust jacket printed in black.
Very light fox spots to top-edge. Loss to head of dust jacket not affecting lettering. Small loss to outer corners and bottom edges of dust jacket.
Pares, a professor of Russian at the University of London, travelled extensively throughout the country from 1898 to 1914. During the Great War he worked in Russia on behalf of the British Government and, in 1919, travelled through Siberia during the ensuing Civil War. “At one time or another he travelled, mostly among the peasants, in forty different provinces of European Russia.”
1st edition. A very scarce book in rare original dust jacket.
STEINBECK, John. A Russian Journal. New York: The Viking Press, 1948.
Demy 8vo., 220 pp. Monochrome photographs throughout by Robert Capa. Three quarter bluish-green buckram over light greyish-yellow cloth spine. Lettered in dark blue. Top-edge stained moderate greyish-blue. In original price-clipped pictorial dust jacket.
Light fox to endpapers and page edges. Chips and closed tears to dust jacket. Both book and jacket in very good condition.
This work is the result of a world famous author and photographer travelling together through post-war Russia in an attempt to document the lives of its ordinary citizens. An important travelogue.
CHATWIN, Bruce. In Patagonia. London: Jonathan Cape, (1984).
8vo., 204 pp. Frontis., map, double-sided photo., plates. Black boards, spine lettered in gilt. In pale blue pictorial dust jacket printed in black. Map endpapers.
A couple of very small black spots to top edges. Dust jacket is price-clipped. Otherwise both book and jacket are in fine condition.
Author’s classic travel book and his first published work
Originally published in 1977 and reprinted the following year. This is the second reprint and the contents appear to be unchanged from the first printing. Thus, this is a 1st edition, 3rd printing and is, apparently, a very uncommon reprint. An opportunity to purchase an unusual printing of an adventure classic at a fraction of the cost of a 1st printing.
MASON, Michael H. Where Tempests Blow: Upon the Land of Magellan. London: Hodder and Stoughton, (1933).
4to., xiv, 181 pp. Photo., frontis., plus 26 photographic plates. Drawings in text. Maps in black and red on upper and lower pastedowns. Brilliant blue cloth stamped in gilt.
Minor wear, bumps to outer edges of boards. Small previous owner’s signature scratched out of top corner of front free endpaper. Otherwise in near fine condition.
The record of a private expedition along the “inhospitable and tempestuous coast of Chilean Patagonia” and through the Straits of Magellan.
UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND
BLAND, E. Annals of Southport and District: A Chronological History of North Meols, A.D. 1086 to 1886. Manchester: Abel Heywood & Son, n.d. (ca. 1887)
8vo., vii, (1) errata, 241pp. including index. Frontis., photo., portrait; illustrated and photo., plates. Dark green cloth gilt-stamped with coat-of-arms to upper board, lettered in gilt. Dark grey endpapers.
Some rub and wear to spine ends, joints and corners. Top 2 inches of upper joint split. Fox spots to endpapers, frontispiece and title page with occasional light foxing to a few leaves. In better than very good condition.
1st edition. Rare. This is the true 1st edition and the first work to detail this geographical region of Lancashire. A later version was published in 1903 with a different sub-title.
CAMPBELL John Lorne. (ed.) The Book of Barra: Being Accounts of the Island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides written by Various Authors at Various Times, Together with Unpublished Letters and Other Matter Relating to the Island. London: George Routledge & Sons, 1936.
8vo., xi, 326 pp. including index. Frontis., portrait and photo., plates taken by Margaret Fay Shaw and J.L. Campbell. One full-page map. Greyish-yellowish-brown cloth lettered in gilt on spine.
Previous owner’s ink signature to front and back free endpapers. Upper joint partly re-glued. Some rub and wear to corners and surface of cloth. Fox spots to page edges.
1st edition. Very scarce.
FARNHAM, George F. Charnwood Forest and its Historians and the Charnwood Manors. Leicester: Edgar Backus for the Leicestershire Archaeological Society, 1930.
Royal 8vo., xvii, 185 pp. Frontis., photograph plus numerous photo., plates. 5 folding maps, 3 folding church plans, errata slip. Brownish-grey cloth lettered in gilt. All edges uncut.
Bumps, small splits to head and tail of spine. 1¼ inch long worm hole near bottom outer corner of upper board not penetrating into the contents. Mild surface marks to cloth. Internally clean and fine.
No. 128 of a limited edition of 150 copies. SIGNED by Farnham. Scarce.
FERGUSSON, Professor Donald A. (ed.) The Hebridean Connection: Accounts and Stories of the Uist Sennachies. Halifax, N. S.: Donald A. Fergusson, (1984).
4to., xiii, 593 pp. Frontis., plus a few photos. Folding map and folding chart. Text in original Gaelic with English translations. Dark blue pictorial buckram lettered in gilt. Original photo-pictorial dust jacket.
Book about fine. Dust jacket with minor stain to top of upper edge, some rub and toning to edges and folds, otherwise near fine.
Scottish Gaelic culture preserved in centuries of oral tales collected and preserved in writing by Angus John MacDonald, 1900 – 1975.
1st edition. Very scarce.
FIRTH, Violet M. Avalon of the Heart. London: Frederick Muller, (June, 1934).
8vo., v, (1), 110 pp. Vignette-illustrated title-page. Moderate blue cloth lettered in light bluish-green. White pictorial dust jacket in blue and grey; unclipped.
Previous owner’s signature with ink inscription. Dust jacket slightly dulled with loss to head of spine and some edge soil.
“This book tells the inner story of Glastonbury, the spiritual heart of England, from legendary history to the present day.”
1st edition,. Scarce.
GIBSON, William. Reminiscences of Dollar, Tillicoultry, and Other Districts Adjoining the Ochils, with Notes on Progress, Scientific Discovery, and Invention of New Spinning Machinery, During the Last Hundred Years. Edinburgh: Andrew Elliot, 1883.
8vo., xiii, (1), 239 pp. Frontis., with tissue guard plus 11 engraved plates, 1 wood-cut illustration, 1 plan. Dark reddish-brown cloth, decorated in black, lettered in gilt. Dark greyish- brown coated endpapers.
Rub and minor wear to cloth extremities. Upper hinge cracked at endpapers but binding still firm. Previous owner’s signature in pencil on front paste-down. Otherwise a very good copy.
2nd edition, with slight alteration and extensive additions.
(MACBRAYNE, David). Summer Tours in Scotland. Glasgow to the Highlands. The Royal Route with Time Tables and Lists of Fares, by David MacBrayne’s Royal Mail Steamers, “Columba”, “Iona”, &c. Glasgow: David MacBrayne, (1896).
8vo., 184, 32 “Time Table & Tourist Programme”, (1) pp. “Hints to Tourists”. 4 sectional colour maps, 1 double-page colour map at back, numerous text and plate photographs. Red cloth over bevel-edge boards elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt. All edges gilt.
Short split to top edge of upper board. Mild spots to boards. Bottom 1/3 of upper hinge split. Mild toning to end papers. Neat previous owner’s signature “Harbour Master Prince’s Pier. June, 1896”. Still a tight, bright and otherwise near fine copy.
Official Guide Book.
MACLEAN, Alistair. Hebridean Altars: Some Studies of the Spirit of an Island Race. Edinburgh: The Moray Press, (1937).
8vo., 157 pp. Deep yellow green cloth. Cream dust jacket printed in green; unclipped.
Book in fine condition. Dust jacket has mild age toning and a few small chips.
Translations from the original Gaelic of prayers and runes which the author collected throughout the Hebrides. Published posthumously.
1st edition. Scarce.
MASEFIELD, John. The Country Scene. London: Collins, (1937).
Fo.,98 pp. 42 poems by Masefield on single leaves with 42 colour illustrations by Edward Seago on facing leaves each mounted on heavy card stock and each with captioned tissue guard. Brown coarse burlap-covered boards over green cloth spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Light brown endpapers.
Edges of burlap, especially fore-edges, worn and exposed as usual. Faint dampstain to two plates. Otherwise near fine.
MONCRIEFF, A. R. Hope. Derbyshire. London: A & C Black, (1927).
8vo., vii, (1), 239 pp. including index. Colour frontis., illustration plus 31 colour illustrated plates from paintings by W. Biscombe Gardiner. Full page map. Moderate blue cloth stamped in blind and lettered in black on upper board and gilt to spine. With the visiting card of Admiral Sir Charles and Lady Coke containing a hand-written greeting to the recipient, laid in.
Minor bumps to head and tail of spine, light fox to page edges, half-title leaf, and, very lightly, to endpapers and margins of text. Back free endpaper creased. Otherwise in near fine condition.
OWEN, D. J. The Port of London: Yesterday and Today. London: Printed by Harrison & Sons for the Port of London Authority, 1927.
4to., viii, 106 pp. including appendices and index. Dark blue cloth with Arms and lettering in gilt. Colour plate of Head Office Building plus black and white plate illustrations, photographs and plans throughout. This copy with the stamp and signature of A. W. Pearse, Australian Representative of the Port of London Authority, 10 Bligh Street, Sydney.
Minor fox spots to endpapers and top-edge. Previous owner’s signature. Otherwise near fine.
ROGERS, W. H. Hamilton. West-Country Stories and Sketches Biographical and Historical. Exeter: Printed for the Author and sold by James G. Commin, 1895.
8vo., (8), 203 including index, (1) pp. Frontis., portrait plus numerous text and plate illustrations and photographs. Double-column text. Medium greenish-blue cloth over bevel-edged boards, spine lettered in gilt. Top-edge gilt, others uncut.
Some marks to cloth. Rub to spine ends and outer corners. Small split to bottom of upper joint, repaired. Endpapers and first and last leaves age toned. A few leaves are a little brittle with edge chips. Previous owners’ signatures to front free endpaper and top corner of title-page.
Limited edition of 300 copies, this unnumbered.
SCARFF, W. Leicestershire and Rutland at the Opening of the Twentieth Century. (and) W. T. PIKE (ed.) Contemporary Biographies. Brighton: W. T. Pike & Co., 1902.
4to., 202 pp. each printed within a pale blue green frame. Text photographs throughout. Very dark red pebbled morocco over bevel-edged boards. Elaborate gilt decorations to upper board, repeated in blind on lower. Gilt dentelles. Upper board and spine lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers.
Spine rebacked. Rub to board extremities and spine. Minor wear to extremities. Previous owner’s armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Minor fox spots to endpapers. Internally clean, tight, fine copy.
1st edition. Pike’s New Century Series No. 7. Rare.
SPEIGHT, Harry. Nidderdale and the Garden of the Nidd: A Yorkshire Rhineland. Being a Complete Account, Historical, Scientific, and Descriptive of the Beautiful Valley of the Nidd. London: Elliot Stock, 1894.
8vo., 514 including addenda, subscription list and index, (3) pp., publisher’s notices. Frontis., folding map with tissue guard, second folding map in text, folding genealogical chart, 2 folding illustrated plates, plus numerous plate and text illustrations and photographs. All plates with tissue guards. NB: with the signature of Doreen Dent, dated 1899, one of the original subscribing families.
Rub and wear to head and tail of spine. Minor rub to joints. Otherwise clean and tight A very good plus copy.
WOODWARD, B. B. A History and Description of Winchester. Winchester: J. Wells, n.d. (c. 1860)
4to., 317 pp. Frontis., plus 16 steel engraved plates with tissue guards. Dark greyish-green pebbled cloth illustrated and lettered in gilt on upper board and decorated in black and gilt. Spine lettered in gilt. Grey yellowish-brown coated endpapers.
Some wear and loss to head and tail of spine and outer corners of cloth. Hinges split at end papers and repaired. Small chips to fore-edge of front free endpaper. Generally very good.
1st edition. Very scarce.