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Langtoft, Peter; (Hearne, Thomas, ed.): Peter Langtoft's Chronicle, (as illustrated and improv'd by Robert of Brunne) from the Death of Cadwalader to the end of K. Edward the First's Reign. Transcrib'd, and now first publish'd, from a MS. in the Inner-Temple Library [...] Oxford: printed at the Theatre, 1725. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. ccxxxii, 230; [ii], 235-722, [ii]. List of subscribers to vol.I, vol.II with its own title-page and a single-leaf advertisement to rear. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and a few initials. A little sporadic foxing and light toning but generally clean. Recently rebound in mustard half calf, raised bands, spines blind tooled and highlighted in green with a little gilt, orange spine labels with gilt titles, dark brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled brown and red, endpapers renewed, very good. Uniformly bound with our stock number 51815, Antiquarii Warwicensis Historia Regum Angliae (1745). Peter Langtoft (d. in or after 1305) was a chronicler, and Augustinian canon of Bridlington Priory. 'With twenty-one medieval manuscripts still surviving, his work seems to have been the most widely diffused Anglo-Norman chronicle after the Brut d'Engleterre and Wace's Brut. His chronicle consists in fact of three books, all of them in verse: an abridgement and adaptation of Wace's Brut, 3010 lines long; a history of Saxon and Norman kings until the death of Henry III, 4200 lines long; and a history of Edward I, with whom he was contemporary. This third book, which is the most informative, consists of 2022 lines in its first redaction and 2591 lines in its second.' (ODNB) ESTC T154205   Ref: 51817 
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Lapidge, Michael (ed.): Anglo Saxon England 31. Cambridge University Press, 2002. First edition. 8vo, pp. ix, 368. Cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, small remainder mark to edge, otherwise as new.   Ref: 49045 
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Lapidge, Michael, et al. (ed.): Anglo Saxon England 33. Cambridge University Press, 2004. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 393. Cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, edges lightly dusted, small remainder mark to edge.   Ref: 49024 
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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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