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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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Norgate, Kate: The Minority of Henry the Third. London: Macmillan and Co. Ltd, 1912. 8vo., pp. x, 307 + errata slip tipped in. Brown cloth, binding a little loose, a little fading to gilt lettering, small white stain to upper board, head, tail and corners slightly bumped, some rubbing to joints and edges. Pages rough cut and uneven, small closed tear to first page of text, toning to edges and endpapers. Good +. Owner inscription of Jeanne Fradin (?) (1941) to f.f.e.p. Bookplate of Jeanne M.B. Stones to front pastedown.   Ref: 40847 
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North, Thomas: A Chronicle of the Church of S. Martin in Leicester During the Reigns of Henry VIII Edward VI. Mary, and Elizabeth with Some Account of its Minor Altars and Ancient Guilds. (With) The Accounts of the Churchwardens of S. Martin's, Leicester. 1489-1844. London: Bell and Daldy, Leicester: Crossley and Clarke; Leicester: Samuel Clarke, 1866; 1884. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. xv, 253; ix, 241. Very slightly browned to edges, with some spotting, not affecting text or illustrations. Some staining to rear paste-down to vol. 1. Bound uniformly in brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, blind stamp decorations to both volumes. A little bumped and worn to extremities to both volumes, but binding sound. Vol 1. author inscription and ALS tipped in to front paste-down. Ownership signatures one of P.A. Slack to f.f.e.p.s. Bookplate of the antiquary John Edwin Cussans to f.f.e.p.. Leicester Cathedral (St Martins) now contains a monument to Thomas North.   Ref: 38644 
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Orridge, B. B.: Some Account of the Citizens of London and Their Rulers From 1060 to 1867. London: William Tegg, 1867. 8vo., pp. xxviii, 262, occasional light spotting. Publisher's maroon cloth gilt, ends of spine worn. Armorial bookplate of Ronald Ryall to front pastedown; Liverpool Library's stamp to title page.   Ref: 30360 
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[Owen, H. and Blakeway, J.B.:] The History of Shrewsbury, Parts V and VI London: printed for Harding, Mavor and Lepard, 1823; 1824. Folio, pp. 325-444; 445-556, 10 + 5 plates. Small repair to p.325. Half green cloth with marbled paper boards, original paper wrappers with publisher's advertisements to rear retained inside binding. Spine faded, board edges and corners worn, edges uncut and a little discolored, some unopened. Very good indeed. Ownership inscription of P.A.Slack, April 1976 and the initials B.R.H to f.f.e.p.. A History of Shrewsbury was published in parts, of which these are the separately-issued parts V and VI. It was later published in book form in two volumes in 1825. These parts correspond to the end of Vol.I and the beginning of Vol.II.   Ref: 45751 
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Palmer, Barbara D.: The Early Art of the West Riding of Yorkshire. A Subject List of Extant and Lost Art Including Items Relevant to Early Drama. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 1990. 8vo., pp. xxii, 363, [i] + 22 double-sided plates. Red cloth, black title to spine, near fine. Early Drama, Art and Music Reference Series, 6.   Ref: 51392 
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Paris, Matthew: (Watts, William, ed.:) Historia Major. Juxta Exemplar Londinense 1640. verbatim recusa [...] Huic Editione accesserunt, duorum Offarum Merciorum Regum; & viginti trium Abbatum S. Albani Vitae: una cum Libro Additamentorum. Londini [London], Impensis A. Mearne, T. Dring, B. Tooke, T. Sawbridge, & G. Wells 1684. Folio, pp. [xxxiv], 424, 451-859, 856-861, [i], [xcvi], [xii], 961-1048, 1041-1175, [xxxvii] + portrait frontispiece. With all usual errors in pagination. The section titled 'Adversaria sive Variantes Lectiones' and the Indices are bound after the main part of the text, instead of at the beginning as in the ESTC copy. Title in red and black with woodcut device, some woodcut initials. A few tiny smudges and wax spots, small blue ink mark to lower margin of frontis, short closed tear to lower margin pp.695-6. Contemporary dark brown mottled calf, sturdily rebacked, raised bands, gilt title label, edges sprinkled red. Very scuffed, edges worn but corners repaired, a very good, sound copy overall. Reprint of the first complete edition of Matthew Paris' works. Watts added to Archbishop Parker's edition of the 'Historia Major' (1571) Matthew's unpublished minor works (real and suppositious), besides his own notes on variant readings and parallel sources (Roger Wendover, William Rishanger, and others). He produced overall an impressive piece of early modern English historical scholarship, complete with glossary and index. Matthew Paris (d. 1259), a historian and the official chronicler at St. Alban's monastery, was a favourite of King Henry III, and a sharp reporter on contemporary political life. Watts (1590-1649) was also chaplain to Prince Rupert of the Rhine, the Civil War commander. Wing P 359; ESTC R25517   Ref: 51274 
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[Paston letters] (Fenn, John, ed.:) (Frere, Serjeant:) Original Letters, written during the Reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III, by various Persons of Rank or Consequence [...] with Notes, Historical and Explanatory; and Authenticated by Engravings of Autographs, Fac Similes, Paper-Marks and Seals. London, printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1787, 1789, 1823. 5 vols. Vols. I-II second editions with additions and corrections, vols. III-V first editions. 4to., pp. lxxxvii, [i], 301, [i]; [iv], 363, [i]; [iv], xvi, xxxvi, 451, [i]; [vi], xxxii, 478, [ii]; lxxvi, 472 + all plates as called for, including some hand-coloured and 1 folding pedigree chart (repaired). Vol. I and III title-pages reinforced at fore-edge, vol. II plates quite foxed, a little occasional offsetting. Contemporary tan calf, skillfully rebacked in slightly lighter calf with blind tooling, gilt and red and black morocco labels to spines, corners repaired, endpapers sympathetically replaced. Armorial bookplate of the Earls of Dartrey (family name Dawson) relaid to each front paste-down. Bookplate of Adrian Bullock, Sheringham, Norfolk dated 1987 to each front and rear pastedown. Recent note transcribing Paston family gravestone inscriptions loosely inserted. John Fenn's edition of the Paston Letters was the first printing of an invaluable collection shedding light on the life of an aristocratic family (the Pastons, later Earls of Yarmouth) in the fifteenth century. The editor obtained the documents from the executors of a chemist in Diss, Norfolk, and later presented the originals for vols. I to II to George III, receiving a knighthood soon after. His edition was nevertheless suspected for years to be forgery, until the material (including what he had given to the King) resurfaced in various country houses in the later nineteenth century. The fifth volume was sent to the press posthumously by Serjeant Frere, Fenn's nephew (Ency. Brit., 11th edn.) Lowndes 788: "Two editions of Vols. 1 & 2 were printed in 1787, but there is no perceptible difference between them."   Ref: 46282  show full image..
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Payne, F. Anne: King Alfred & Boethius. An Analysis of the Old English Version of the Consolation of Philosophy. The University of Wisconsin Press, 1968. First edition. 8vo., pp. viii, 151. Grey cloth, slight rubbing to edges of boards. Dusting to top-edge, very good. Dustwrapper, dusty with rubbing, creasing and small tears to extremities, good. Ownership inscription of V.M. Bonnell to front pastedown.   Ref: 45911 
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