Gregson, Matthew: Portfolio of Fragments relative to the History and Antiquities, Topography and Genealogies of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster. [...] Third Edition, with Additions and Improvements [...] London: George Routledge and sons 1869. Folio, pp. [iv] xii 426 [ii] + frontispiece and 23 plates (4 folding). With illustrations (mostly heraldic, some in colour) throughout text, title page in red and black with gilt. Soiling (mostly light), some pages frayed at edges with repairs to margins and gutters of 7 leaves, a few plates tanned. Bound in modern half dark brown calf with red buckram boards, gilt ruling and red morocco label with gilt to spine. Small stamps of Bradford Public Library to title and one or two pages; "withdrawn" stamp and sellotape mark to verso of title, bookseller's embossment to half-title corner. Probably a large paper copy (pages 24.5 x 37.5 cm; list of subscribers to the large paper issue bound at front) of the third edition of this collection of genealogical and topographical information for Lancashire. Although the text is substantially that of the second edition, this is the first to include indexes – one for the text and one for the large number coats of arms illustrated therein – and introduces continuous pagination and a general table of contents (as the earlier editions had been published in parts). Ref: 23117show full image..
Grinnell-Milne, Duncan: The Killing William Rufus. An Investigation in the New Forest. Newton Abbott: David & Charles, 1968. First edition. 8vo., pp.174, [i] + frontispiece. Clean and bright within. Red cloth, gilt title to spine. Edges a little foxed but very good overall. Dust-jacket price-clipped and worn around the edges, still good. 'The author of this book has taken a new approach to medieval history. He has made a searching examination of the scene of the killing [of William Rufus], the small Stricknage Wood in the New Forest; this area has in fact "stood in almost changeless immobility since that sunlit evening long ago" [...]'. Ref: 51864
[Guide Book] (Green, Rupert:) A Brief History of Worcester; or, "Worcester Guide" Improved: [...] Fifth edition, with considerable Additions and Improvements. Worcester: Printed by J. Tymbs: 1806. 12mo., pp. [viii] 128 + folding frontispiece & 3 plates. Light browning and soiling, some spotting, edges untrimmed. Modern quarter leather with marbled boards, cloth spine label with gilt. Pencilled note to upper pastedown: "Bot. at Christie's sale of John Arlott's aquatint library, 29.10.87", ownership inscription of E. Houston dated 1814 to title, and ink gift note to initial blank dated 1890: "To Dr Gott, Dean of Worcester. From an old parishman at Bramley, 'in memory of many kindnesses received' and with the best wishes of one who will not forget the great good done to the whole parish when Dr Gott was vicar. (?)O'Riley, Bramley, Leeds." Possibly from the library of John Arlott, the author, cricket commentator, and collector of travel & natural history books. John Gott (1830-1906), 3rd Bishop of Truro, served as perpetual curate of Bramley and vicar of Leeds, becoming dean of Worcester in 1885 and Bishop of Truro in 1891, in which position he presided over the completion of Truro Cathedral. Ref: 23493show full image..
[Guide Book] Dodsworth, William; (Green, Rupert); et al: The Southampton Guide [...]; A Guide to the Cathedral Church at Salisbury [...]; The History and Antiquities of Glastonbury [...]; A Brief History of Worcester [...]: Southampton: T. Skelton; Salisbury: printed for the Author by B.C. Collins; London: J. Nichols; Birm [c.1805]; 1800; 1805; 1802. 4 works bound together. 8vo., pp.[ii], ii, 5-114; [vi], 78; vi, 7-48; [vi], 123, [i] + 3 copper engraved plates including folding frontispiece. Glastonbury and Worcester volumes bound with half-title pages, a few occasional illustrations and embellishments in the text. Sporadic light toning, mostly affecting the Worcester volume. Contemporary half tan calf, black gilt title label to spine, grey marbled paper-covered boards, edges sprinkled brown. Neatly rebacked with original (chipped) spine retained, rubbed, corners fraying, a little foxing to endpapers, but still a good and sound copy. To the front paste-down, armorial bookplate of Nathanael Ellison. To the ffep, two engravings of churches pasted in, both signed 'Matthews, Sculpt.'. Ownership inscription, 'Wynne, (Univ.?) College' to Worcester half-title. The second guide in this collection dates from an interesting time in the history of Salisbury Cathedral. Bishop Shute Barrington (1734–1826) employed the architect James Wyatt (1746–1813) to remodel the cathedral, resulting in its closure from 1789-92. Wyatt demolished the remains of the bell tower; drained and levelled the churchyard; removed the Perpendicular screen, two medieval chantry chapels and two porches; rearranged the medieval tombs and whitewashed or removed medieval wall paintings. Wyatt's remodelling was carried out in the name of creating a simpler interior, and the results were applauded by many of his contemporaries. However his disregard for the historical integrity of the Cathedral appalled the antiquary John Carter (1748–1817) and subsequent generations of historians. This guide offers a 'particular account of the great improvements made [...] under the direction of James Wyatt' and cites Wyatt's pre-works survey in Chapter III. ESTC T61869 (Salisbury) Ref: 51456
Haskins, Charles: (Wordsworth, C., trans.:) The Charter of Henry III (1227), with a translation [...] New Sarum in the Middle Ages and the History of St Edmund's College, Salisbury [...] Salisbury: The Salisbury Times, issued under the auspices of the Mayor and Corporation of Salisbury, 1927. Unbound (folded into quires but not sewn). 8vo., pp.[xvi], 62, [iv] + 12 plates. Additional title-page to front, 'In Commemoration of the Seventh Centenary of the Granting of King Henry III's Charter [...]'. Occasional small annotations in pen and pencil. A little toned towards front and rear, mark left by a clip to outermost pages, edges uncut. Still good. Ref: 51854
Hawes, Robert: Loder, Robert; The History of Framlingham, in the County of Suffolk; Including Brief Notices of the Masters and Fellows of Pembroke-Hall, in Cambridge, from the Foundation of the College to the Present Time. Woodbridge: printed by and for R. Loder, 1798. 4to., pp. xii, 453, (iii) + portrait frontispiece and ten further engraved plates. Final advertisement leaf and list of subscribers. A little cockled towards the front, plates somewhat foxed. Contemporary half tan calf, gilt spine, marbled boards, edges sprinkled red. Very much rubbed with some surface loss to spine, label lost, upper joint beginning to split at head, edges worn. Ownership inscription of H.S. Merritt (?) to front paste-down. One of only 250 copies printed. Robert Hawes (1664/5–1731) was a lawyer, topographer and Steward of the Manors of Framlingham and Saxted. Hawes' original History, of which he made four hand-written copies, contained 'hand-coloured arms and pasted-in portrait prints of monarchs and others associated with the lordship fill[ing] the margins. Most usefully, he drew head-on elevations of all the churches and the more important houses, and a few monuments, all tolerably accurate and having a peculiar charm.' On his death he left his personal copy to John Revett (1691–1756) of Brandeston Hall, his friend and collaborator in collecting materials. 'Always looking for promising material, Robert Loder (1749–1811), the Woodbridge bookseller and printer, borrowed the Hawes–Revett copy and prepared the Framlingham and Saxstead sections for publication in 1798. Loder added much additional material from Ord and Ashby, an extensive list of local flora by George Crabbe, the poet-parson of Great Glemham, and ten engravings after drawings by Isaac Johnson.' (ODNB) ESTC T36377 Ref: 46379
Hearne, Thomas: Antiquities of Great-Britain, Illustrated in Views of Monasteries, Castles and Churches, Now Existing. Engraved from Drawings made by Thomas Hearne London: T. Hearne and W.Byrne, 1786. Volume I only, as issued (volume II did not appear until 1806). First edition. Landscape folio (300x445mm), 56 printed leaves + 52 plates of copper engravings, including frontispiece. With list of subscribers and numerical index. The final leaf, with a continuation of the Stonehenge text to recto and the text describing the Malmesbury Abbey frontispiece to verso, has been reversed and misbound near the front of the book (immediately after the index), presumably an error due to its reference to the frontispiece. Frontispiece slightly creased, occasional toning to plate versos plus occasional transfer of toning from image to adjacent leaf, a bit of smudgy marginal fingersoiling. Slightly later sheep-backed paste-paper binding, gilt title and library code to spine, purple paste-paper with vertical stripes, edges uncut. Spine very worn with headcap lost and joints splitting, paper faded and chipped, board edges very worn. A very good text block in a very tired binding. Library stamps, 'K. Akademie D.Bild Kunste' (now the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), to title-page and occasionally throughout. A second, duplication stamp, 'Dublettenaustauch 1919', to title-page. A few small codes to front paste-down. Thomas Hearne (1744-1817), a watercolourist and draughtsman, was initially apprenticed to a pastry chef before his artistic talent was noticed and he soon switched his indenture to an engraver. 'In 1777 Hearne and the engraver William Byrne began a project of recording the historic monuments of Great Britain, entitled The Antiquities of Great Britain, which was published in a series of engravings between 1778 and 1806, and subsequently in two volumes. The work was highly influential in promoting the idea that the history and architecture of Britain were as worthy of study as those of Greece and Rome' (ODNB). ESTC T140692; Upcott xxxiii; Anderson 4 Ref: 48999
Hearne, Thomas: (Bliss, Philip, ed.:) Reliquiae Hearnianae: The Remains [...] Being Extracts from his MS. Diaries, Collected with a Few Notes [...] Oxford: printed for the Editor, by James Wright, Printer to the University, 1857. First edition, 2 vols., 8vo., pp. viii, 432; [iv], 433-985, [i] + portrait frontispiece to first volume. A little dampstaining at gutter to first few leaves of vol.I, otherwise internally bright. Contemporary tan half calf, red gilt morocco labels to spines, raised bands, marbled paper boards. Spines rubbed with a little loss to vol.I head-cap, joints and edges worn, corners worn with some just beginning to fray, still a good copy. A limited edition of 150 small and 50 large paper copies was produced, of which this is the smaller version. Ref: 51401
Hodgkin, R.H.: A History of the Anglo-Saxons. London: Oxford University Press 1952. Third edition. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. xxxi, 382; xii, 383-796, each with frontispiece + 87 plates and 9 maps, 8 fold-out. Blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Ref: 23411