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Lawrence, Susan C.: Charitable Knowledge. Hospital Pupils and Practitioners in Eighteenth-Century London. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. First edition. 8vo., pp. xiv, 390. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, edges dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, shelf wear, very good. Cambridge History of Medicine.   Ref: 51935 
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Leland, John: (Hearne, Thomas, ed.:) The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary, in Nine Volumes. The Second Edition: Collated and Improved from the Original MS. With the Addition also of a General Index. Oxford: printed at the Theatre, 1745 (vol. I); 1744 (vols. II-IX). Second edition. 9 volumes, 8vo., pp. [xiv], xxv, [i], 146, [ii]; [iv], xvi, 139, [i]; x, 172, [ii]; xvi, 172; xxviii, 166; xviii, 146; xxvi, 143, [i]; xlviii, 104; 45, [i]; xliv, [ii], 134, 83, [i] + 3 plates (2 to vol.II and 1 folding to vol.VIII). Many further illustrations in the text, index to all volumes at rear of vol.VIII. A little occasional light foxing mostly limited to first and final leaves but generally very clean and bright within. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spines with raised bands, orange morocco title labels (one partially lost), plain gilt borders, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. A little rubbed, top edges slightly dusty, vols. 6, 8 & 9 upper joints just starting at tail but still an exceptionally handsome set. The second edition of the important 'itineraries' of the poet and antiquary John Leland (c.1503-1552), who made a number of trips around England and Wales under some kind of commission from the king to do research in libraries. Continuing his travels he made regular notes intending to produce a number of works, none of which appeared. Nonetheless, 'his undertaking was an extraordinarily ambitious one and marks the beginning of English topographical studies' (ODNB). Leland's notes found their way into the Bodleian and, recognising their importance, sub-librarian Thomas Hearne (1678-1735) arranged for their printing in 1710-12. Only 120 copies of the first edition were printed, meaning that it quickly became prohibitively expensive and very difficult to obtain. This second edition, still running to only 350 copies, followed after Hearne's death. ESTC T135478   Ref: 51571 
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Lipman, V.D.: (Habermann, A.M., ed.:) The Jews of Medieval Norwich. With an Appendix of Latin Documents from the Westminster Abbey Muniment Room; and the Hebrew Poems of Meir of Norwich. London: The Jewish Historical Society of England, 1967. First edition. 8vo., pp. ix, [i], 355, [iv], 45 + frontispiece and 1 further double-sided plate, + fold-out map. Other illustrations in the text. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. Top edge a little dusty, very good. Dust-jacket spine toned and slightly shelf-worn but still very good. 'In the Muniment Room of Westminster Abbey there have survived nearly two hundred documents, in Hebrew or Latin, on the social and economic life of the Jews in Norwich in the thirteenth century - far more than for any other medieval Anglo-Jewish community. These Norwich documents have never been analysed before and the author has used them and a mass of other contemporary material to produce a study in depth of this Jewish community'.   Ref: 51858 
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[Manchester.] The Court Leet Records of the Manor of Manchester, from the Year 1552 to the Year 1686, and from the Year 1731 to the Year 1846. Manchester: Henry Blacklock and Co. 1884-8. 7 vols. only (of 12), 8vo., pp. xxiv, 295, [i]; ix, [iii], 370; ix, [i], 382; ix, [i], 364; ix, [i], 288; ix, [i], 322; vii, [i], 292. A touch of minor spotting. Contemporary half vellum over marbled boards, spines with green labels, numbered in gilt, a bit rubbed. Volumes I - VII only, reaching the year 1756, of the twelve-volume compilation of Manchester Court Leet records.   Ref: 38455 
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McCormick, Donald: The Incredible Mr Kavanagh. London: Putnam, 1960. First edition. 8vo., pp. 205, [i] + plates. Internally bright. Sea-green cloth, gilt title to spine. A few light scratches, three small dents to edges of upper board, very good. The story of Arthur Kavanagh (1831-1889) who overcame severe disabilites to have a long and successful career in Parliament.   Ref: 51381 
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Melvil, James: (Scott, George, ed.:) The Memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-hill: Containing an impartial account of the most remarkable Affairs of State during the Sixteenth Century, not mentioned by other Historians; [...] Now published from the original Manuscript, by George Scott, Gent. London: printed by E.H. for Robert Boulter, 1683. Folio, pp. [xvi], 204, [xxviii]. A little worming almost all of which is marginal but which just occasionally touches the text, occasional faint marks. Contemporary very dark brown mottled calf rebacked in lighter calf, gilt spine with label, top corners repaired., edges sprinkled red. Rubbed, joints creased with split just starting to tail of upper, small hole to first compartment, some surface loss to boards. Three labels pasted to front paste-down: the first a large plain T; the second an ornate V surmounted by a crown; the third the armorial bookplate of Gilmour of Lundin and Montrave. Another armorial bookplate, of Sir Wlliam Gordon of Inver-Gordon, to title-page verso. ESTC notes 'at least' two states, this being the first listed in which p. 26 & 31 are numbered correctly and p. 65 & 128 are misnumbered 67 & 118 respectively. Melvil's (1535-1617) grandson George Scott based this work on Melvils' Memoirs of my own Life, a manuscript of which was discovered at Edinburgh Castle in 1660. Some historians doubt the authenticity of Scott's edition, citing errors in editing and the suppression of some of the English government's more sinister dealings prior to Mary's condemnation. ESTC R201   Ref: 51141 
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Molloy, Charles: De Jure Maritimo et Navali: or, a Treatise of Affairs Maritime, and of Commerce. In Three Books. The Eighth Edition, with Many Valuable Additions. London: printed for John Walthoe, 1744. 8vo., pp. [ii], xvii [i.e.xv], [iii], 505, xli + double-page frontispiece. Occasional foxing, some toning to frontispieces and towards edges. A little worming to first 4 leaves, becoming two small holes then dwindling to one until approx. halfway through. Contemporary brown calf with blind-tooled border. Spine very worn with endcaps lost, joints repaired, area of surface loss at top corner of upper board and other corners fraying, rubbed, inner hinge reinforced with cloth tape, endpapers (apart from ffep) renewed. Worn, but a good, sound copy. Molloy (1645/61690) an Irish lawyer and writer on law, 'wrote an extensive treatise on maritime law, De jure maritime et navali, or, A treatise of affaires maritime, and of commerce (1676), which also dealt with naval and military discipline and the prize jurisdiction of the Admiralty. It was a popular work because it catered for the needs of lawyers, and went through many editions. The tenth edition was published in 1778.' (ODNB) ESTC T96880   Ref: 50656 
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Morris, Rupert H: Chester in the Plantagenet and Tudor Reigns. Printed for the Author, n.d (1893?) 4to., pp. 583 + index. Illustration of Richard the Second frontispiece. 39 Illustrations throughout. A little spotting, not affecting text. Original red cloth, leather label, gold lettering to spine. Extremities bumped and frayed, a little soiled, label rubbed. Ownership inscriptions of Paul Slack and an Alan Bennett to f.f.e.p, and booksellers notes in pencil to paste down.   Ref: 37922  show full image..
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Nash, Treadway Russell: Collections for the History of Worcestershire; [bound with] Supplement. [London]: Printed by John Nichols. Sold by T. Payne and Son, J. Robson, B. White, Leigh and Sotheby, 1781-2; 1799. Folio, pp. [iv], xcii, 609, [i] + 56 plates; [iv], 484, clxviii, 32, [x] + 62 plates. Vol.II plate count includes 39 plates as called for, plus extra plates. Those listed by Upcott as follows: portrait frontispiece and engraved title; portrait of Johannes Hough facing p.clvi; pedigree of Percy facing p.318; pedigree of Foley facing p.464. An additional leaf facing p.222 with a portrait of Edwin Sandes and the same vignette as the title-page, and a plan of Worcester facing p.cvii not mentioned by Upcott. Volume II also contains 13 facsimile Domesday plates with red initials, 2 engraved dedications and a single-leaf supplement to the Talbot pedigree, which the author initially suggests should be bound in volume I. A Throgmorton pedigree is also mentioned but is not present. The pedigrees of Lowe (p.94) and Wilson (p.318) are each followed by a short supplement with additional information about those families. Some pedigrees are called for in the list of plates but are in fact printed leaves, i.e.: vol.I,Bromley of Holt is p.595; vol.II, Kyre is p.71. Some additional illustrations in the text. Frontispiece map a bit creased, with a repair to verso. A few short marginal tears, plus 2 larger closed tears, both to vol.I, as follows: 5P2, affecting text but with no loss; Vernon pedigree facing p.549, long tear along one fold. To vol.II: the pedigrees of Sandes, Percy and Foley all worn along centre folds with small holes; leaf L loosening. Occasional wax spots, smudges and faint marginal dampstains. A few plates causing offset toning to facing page of text. Contemporary quarter calf, gilt titles to spines, marbled boards and endpapers, edges uncut. Very worn and deteriorated, spines very rubbed with loss to endcaps, boards edges fraying, joints cracked but cords holding firm. An internally very good copy with interesting additions, in an early but extremely tired binding. A single folded sheet is loosely inserted, showing a shield and titled 'Supplement to the Worcester Herald, Saturday December 31st 1859'. Ownership inscription of William Lilly, Wichbold Court, to front of each volume. The Lill[e]ys were gentlemen farmers at Wychbold in the parish of Dodderhill for seven generations. 'Charles Lyttelton's bequest to the Society of Antiquaries of the manuscripts of Thomas Habington and William Thomas aroused Nash's interest in Worcestershire's history. He offered £300 or £400 to open a subscription for their publication, but was persuaded by Richard Gough to undertake that task himself. He was elected FSA on 18 February 1773 and agreed to prepare the manuscripts for press, bring them up to date, and submit them for the society's approval for publication at his expense. He emphasized that he aimed only to publish Collections for a History of Worcestershire, but despite Gough's guidance even this was more troublesome and expensive than he had anticipated. He was demanding of his collaborators, who included John Brooke, Thomas Percy, and George Rose, keeper of the exchequer records, and was impatient at the slow progress and cost of printing by John Nichols. The Collections, published in two folio volumes in 1781 and 1782, was unusual in containing a facsimile of Domesday Book entries and many engravings, mostly by James Ross (17451821) of Worcester. The work's limitations drew lukewarm reviews, but its merits have since been increasingly appreciated. Nash suffered financial loss and even by 1799, when he published a long-promised supplement, at least 288 of the original 750 copies remained unsold. An Index was published by the Worcestershire Historical Society in 18945.' (ODNB) ESTC T87480 & N37422; Upcott 1330-7   Ref: 51789 
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Nicolson, William: The English Historical Library: Or, a Short View and Character of most of the Writers now Extant, either in Print or Manuscript; Which may be Serviceable to the Undertakers of a General History of this Kingdom; Part II. Giving a Catalogue of the most of our Ecclesiastical Historian London: printed for Abel Swall and T. Child; Abel Swall; Timothy Childe; T. Childe, 1696; 1697; 1699; 1702. First editions. 4 vols., 8vo., pp. [xxxiv], 232, [viii]; [iv], li, [i], 233, [vii]; [iv], xxvii, [i], 315, [v]; [ii], 4, xxxix, [i], 376. Final advertisement leaf to vol. I, all with the usual errors in pagination. Occasional light dampstaining and spotting, heavier to vol.II; vol.III toned from gathering Q onwards, with printing flaw to both sides of H7 resulting in a blank 8mm-wide vertical stripe; vol. IV, first 3 leaves loosened from centre to tail edge. Uniformly bound in contemporary brown blind-panelled calf, burgundy gilt morocco labels to spines, edges sprinkled red. Rubbed and dried with some surface loss, most joints beginning to crack at head and tail, vols. I and III endcaps fraying. Unsophisticated contemporary bindings, tired but sound and still good overall. Ownership inscription of Martin Bowes to each front paste-down. Nicolson (16551727) was Bishop of Carlisle and then Derry, and was an enthusiastic collector of manuscripts. '[H]is most important work was his English Historical Library, published in 16969, a comprehensive bibliography of printed and manuscript materials on English history, compiled with a patriotic as well as a scholarly purpose. The work was also infused with a vigorous wit, which made austere commentators suspicious, and there were inevitably errors, which exposed Nicolson to the criticism that he was hasty and sometimes slapdash in his scholarship. He then turned his attention northwards, and in 1702 produced a Scottish Historical Library (1702). Much later, when he was domiciled in Ireland, there followed an Irish Historical Library (1724), though this was seriously marred by his manifest ignorance of the Irish language. The three works were reprinted together in a compendium volume in 1736.' (ODNB) ESTC R9263, R470729, R16077, T56136; Wing N 1146, 1147, 1148 (1st 3 vols.); Lowndes 1691   Ref: 51710 
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