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Lampson, Miles (Lord Killearn); (Evans, Trefor, ed.:) The Killearn Diaries, 1934-1946. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1972. First edition. 8vo., pp.xvi, 400. Black cloth, gilt title to spine. End-caps a little creased, top edge dusted. Dust-jacket spine sunned, edges a little creased but still very good. Gift inscription, to Tommy and Elizabeth with love from Jacquie, Feb. 1973, 35 Montpelier Sq. SW7. This is likely the wife (Jacqueline) or the daughter (Jacquetta Elliot) of Lord Killearn. Lord Killearn (1880-1964) was High Commissioner and Ambassador to Egypt 1936-46.   Ref: 47028 
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Leclercq, Jules: Un Séjour dans L'Ile de Java. Le Pays, Les Habitants, Le Système Colonial. Paris: Librarie Plon, 1898. 8vo., pp. vii, [i], 294, [ii] + plates (maps and photographs). Slightly toned. Green cloth, gilt title to spine, edges sprinkled brown. Spine a little darkened, very good. Pencilled ownership inscription of Spencer Ervin to f.f.e.p..   Ref: 49797 
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Leitao, Ruben Andresen: Vol. I: Documentos dos Arquivos de Windsor; Vol. II: Novos Documentos dos Arquivos de Windsor. Coimbra, 1955; 1958. 2 vols. 255 x 193mm, pp. lvi, 395 + plates; lxxii, 371 + plates. Cloth, gilt-lettered, spine of vol. I slightly cocked, shelf wear, some corners a little bumped but still very good. Author- signed limited editions, vol. I number 380/1250, vol. II number 998/1000.   Ref: 50807 
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Lowe, E.J.: A Natural History of British Grasses. [...] With Coloured Illustrations. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1868. 8vo., pp. vi, 245, [i] + plates. Very slightly toned, some transfer from plates to their tissue guards. Green cloth, gilt title to spine, boards blind stamped. Cocked, worn, cloth splitting at joints, headcaps frayed, hinges splitting, endpapers dusty. Internally good but in a tired binding. To ffep, ownership inscriptions of: R. T. Rivington; C.C. Standridge (from C.W.S., July 1869).   Ref: 52091 
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Mandeville, Bernard, (Kaye, F.B. ed.:) The Fable of the Bees, or Private Vices, Publick Benefits. Volumes I & II. Oxford University Press with Sandpiper Books, 2001. New edition. Two vols., 8vo.. Black cloth, orange and white dust-jackets. Still in publisher's shrink-wrap, fine. An Oxford University Press Academic Monograph Reprint. This edition presents an authoritative text, together with an introduction, commentary notes, and scholarly apparatus.   Ref: 51625 
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Mandeville, John: The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt.. Which treateth of the Way to Hierusalem; and of Marvayles of Inde, with other Ilands and Countryes. Now publish'd entire from an Original MS. in the Cotton Library. London: printed for Woodman and Lyon in Russel-Street Covent-Garden, and C. Davis, in Hatton-Garden, 1727. 8vo., pp. xvi, 384, [xvi]. Contents bound at rear with Index, rather than as usual after the Editor's Preface. Title-page in red and black, woodcut head- & tail-pieces and initials. Occasional foxing, a few ink spots and smudges, first and final leaves a little dusty. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, recently rebacked with older red morocco gilt spine label retained, board edges and corners repaired, endpapers replaced with armorial bookplate slightly visible beneath front paste-down. A little rubbed but a very good, soundly repaired copy. Ownership inscription of Wm. Leaker of Liverpool at head of Editor's Preface (A2). First appearing in France c.1357 as Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville Chevalier, the name of this work's true author remains unknown. It tells the story of the narrator's supposed world travels and was enormously popular: there were further French versions, as well as translations into German, English, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Irish, Danish, and Czech. 'Altogether over 250 manuscripts survive in twenty-two versions. In England alone there were four Latin and four English translations and a rhymed version.' (ODNB) 'Sir John Mandeville' claims to be an English knight, born in St Albans, who departed on his travels in 1322. However, there is no historical evidence for his adventures, and it appears that at least 90% of the narrative of the Voyages can be traced back to preexisting written sources. So who was the real author? Examination of the original French text is revealing. M.C. Seymour posits 'that the author had no knowledge of St Albans but was a fluent French-speaker; that he composed his work c.1357 in a large, almost certainly ecclesiastical, library; that he was an ecclesiastic, with a cleric's knowledge of the Bible, and probably a member of a regular order; that he was a fluent reader of Latin but lacked any knowledge of Greek or Arabic; that he was an informed and intelligent reader of books describing the Holy Land and other foreign parts; that he had mastered the theories of Sacrobosco and his commentators, possibly at the University of Paris, on the rotundity of the world and was aware of the possibility of circumnavigation; that he had never travelled to the lands he describes; that he was aware of current French accounts of foreign lands and was in a position to launch his own work into the mainstream of the Parisian book-trade.' (ODNB) This anaylsis presents Jean le Long (d.1388) as a likely candidate. As librarian of the Benedictine abbey church of St Bertin at St Omer (in France but then under English rule and on the main route between Calais and Paris) he would have had access to genuine travellers and pilgrims visiting the Mediterranean and the Near East who would have used the route and stayed at the abbey. '[The abbey's] library contained all the works used by Mandeville in the compilation of the Voyages, including the comparatively scarce French translation of the Directorium ad faciendum passagium transmarinum made by the hospitaller Jean de Vignay (c.1340).' (ODNB) ESTC T100821   Ref: 51726 
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Mayr, Georgius: Institutiones Linguae Hebraicae in sex partes distributae. Lugduni [Lyon]: Sumptibus Antonii Iullieron. 1649. 8vo., pp. [viii] 463 [i]. Printed in Hebrew and Roman characters. Some browning and spotting. Contemporary calf, spine in six compartments with raised bands, rebacked preserving original gilt-decorated compartments and red morocco label, now somewhat darkened, boards flaked but since polished, corners renewed. Old ownership inscription to title of 'J. Thompson'(?). The major work of the Jesuit linguist Georg Mayr, a successful grammar of the Hebrew language for use by Christian hebraists. It followed the popular grammar of the same title by Robert Bellarmine (1578 et seq.), Mayr's teacher, and Mayr explains that Jesuit duties had prevented Bellarmine from achieving what he might have. Clearly there was a demand for new and improved Hebrew grammars, since Mayr's work, first published in 1616, was reprinted in 1622 and again in this edition of 1649.   Ref: 28113  show full image..
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Morris, Beverley R[obinson].: British Game Birds and Wildfowl. Illustrated with 60 Coloured Plates. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1855. First edition. Large 4to., pp. iv, 252 + 60 coloured plates. Title-page a little stuck to frontispiece at gutter causing slight separation between it and the next leaf, slight separation between 'Harlequin duck' plate and the next leaf (p.247), 'Tufted duck' plate opposite p.243 loosening, occasional foxing mostly to front and rear. Contemporary half red polished sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and green morocco label, brown marbled boards, green endpapers. Joints, endcaps and corners worn, small split at tail of upper joint, rubbed. Still a very good copy overall. Bookplate of James Amphlett of Llandyssil dated 1868, numbered 12. 60 hand-coloured plates as called for. Engraved and printed by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), one of the most highly esteemed English nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.   Ref: 51745 
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Morris, John (ed.:) The Troubles of Our Catholic Forefathers. Related by Themselves. Westmead: Gregg International Publishers Ltd., 1970. 3 vols. 8vo., pp. xii, 434; xi, 512; xv, 480. Red cloth, gilt. Spines very slightly rubbed, very good. 1970 reprint of the 1872-7 Burns and Oates edition.   Ref: 52041 
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Newton, C.T.: Travels and Discoveries in the Levant. Hidesheim, Georg Olms, 1989. Facsimile reprint of 1865 edition. 2 vols in one. 8vo., pp. xiv, [ii], 360; xiv, [ii], 275 + 2 frontispiece maps and numerous b/w illustrations. Green cloth with brown label to spine, gilt lettering. Very faint foxing to endpapers and edges, top edge a little dusty, very good. First published in London by Day & Son.   Ref: 46720 
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