Allen, Thomas: The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent. London: Cowie & Stange, 1827. First edition. 4 vols. 8vo., pp. [x], 468, [xviii] (final leaf blank) + 6 plates; [viii], 589, [i] + 4 plates; [x], 788 + 17 plates; [x], 574 + 11 plates. Numerous further wood engravings to text. Title-pages a bit toned, sporadic foxing mostly affecting the plates and their adjacent pages. Contemporary marbled paper-covered boards recently neatly rebacked, spines gilt with red labels, endpapers renewed. Rubbed, board edges worn, corners frayed, but still a very good, sound set. This copy bound without the often-lacking second plate of St Paul’s Cathedral that should be found opposite p.275, vol.III. Instead, two extra plates not called for (showing St Martins Outwich and St Giles Parish) are bound into vol.I opposite p.25 and p.73 respectively. Ref: 50827
Anlezark, Daniel: Water and Fire: the Myth of the Flood in Anglo-Saxon England. Manchester University Press, 2006. 8vo., pp. x, 398. Purple cloth, gilt title to spine, near fine. Dust-jacket very slightly shelf worn, near fine. In the Manchester Medieval Literature series (series editors J.J. Anderson and Gail Ashton). Ref: 51556
[Antiquary, The] Walford, Edward, (ed.:) The Antiquary Vols. I-X. A magazine devoted to the study of the past. London: Elliot Stock, 1880-4. 10 vols. bound as 5. 4to., pp. iv, 289-292, 288, [ii], 275-278, 274 (i.e. indexes bound at front); 294, 286; 284, [iv], 284; 284 276; 292, 284. Numerous illustrations in the text. Vol. IX foxed at front, occasional further light foxing, a few unobtrusive pencil notes to margins. Later half (vellum, flesh-side out?) with marbled paper boards and endpapers, tan morocco gilt labels to spines, t.e.g., others uncut. A little rubbed, with some loss of colour to boards, (vellum) slightly soiled, some scrapes to spine labels, inner hinges beginning to wear but holding firm. Armorial bookplate of Edward Swinfen Harris to each front paste-down, and his pencilled ownership inscription to some title-pages. Edward Swinfen Harris (1841-1924) was surveyor for Buckinghamshire in the late 19th century; a well-known local architect, his work was influenced by the aesthetic movement. Ref: 47037
Badham, Sally; Norris, Malcolm: Early Incised Slabs and Brasses from the London Marblers. The Society of Antiquaries of London, 1999. First edition. 8vo., pp.viii, 182 + figures & plates. Red cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. As new. Ref: 50522
Baines, Edward: (Whatton, W.R.; Harland, John; Herford, Brooke, eds.:) The History of the County Palatine and Duchy of Lancaster. London: George Routledge and Sons; Manchester: L.C. Gent, 1868; 1870. 2 vols., folio (vol.II slightly larger), pp. xvi, 690, [ii]; xii, 729, [i] + folding colour map bound in at front of first volume. Each volume with two red letterpress-printed slips bound in at the front: to vol.I a notice concerning the second volume and an advertisement; to vol.II two advertisements). Vol.I also with final advertisement leaf dated April 1868 at rear. Illustrations, diagrams and tables in the text. A few occasional spots and light smudges. Green cloth, gilt titles to spines, armorial gilt stamp to each upper board. Vol.I rubbed, some loss to endpapers at hinges exposing the structure of the binding; vol.II very nicely rebound in the same shade of green cloth with the original gilt centrepiece retained, endpapers replaced. Seemingly a made-up set, but a very good one. To the front paste-down of the first volume, recent bookplate of Theodore G. Peyton Johnson. To the title-page of the second volume, signature of R. Bolton. ‘A new, revised and improved edition’. An expansion of the author's History, Directory and Gazetteer of Lancaster (2 vols., 1824-25). Ref: 51720
(Barnwell Abbey) (The History of Barnwell Abbey, near Cambridge, with the Origin of Sturbright Fair, taken from Ancient Manuscripts; to which is added a List of the Mayors of Cambridge, from the year 1488 to 1806, &tc &tc.) (Cambridge: printed by Mary Watson:) Not before 1863. 4to., near-contemporary manuscript copy, mostly in the same neat hand and with three hand-drawn illustrations. Edges darkened a little, occasional ink smudges and light spots of foxing. Recent half burgundy morocco with matching cloth-covered boards, green gilt title label to spine. Occasional scuffs but still very good. Address details embossed to ffep of Cayton Hall, South Stainley suggesting that the book may once have belonged to Nigel and Mary Hudleston. The Hudlestons assembled a uniquely important collection of Yorkshire folk songs, which is now archived at National Centre for English Cultural Tradition at Sheffield University. The text of the original printed work was taken largely from ‘The History and Antiquities of Barnwell Abbey’, found in volume V of John Nichols' Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica. Here it has been painstakingly copied by hand, the list of Mayors of Cambridge has been updated and several leaves of futher miscellanous notes have been added at the rear.
The list of Mayors found in this volume continues past the 1806 publication date to 1821 in the same hand, and from there in a different hand to 1841 (though space has been left for the list to continue up to 1846). The following five pages contain notes on the text, dated up to 1835. These seem to be in the same hand as the main text, although perhaps not always quite as carefully inscribed.
Three pages in a different hand follow, the first of which is titled ‘The Defence of G.J. Holyoake in his Trial at Gloucester’. This refers to Gerorge Jacob Holyoake (1817-1906), freethinker and co-operator who was, in 1842, the last person in England to be tried for blasphemy at a public lecture. The text here appears to be the beginning of an address to the court, the handwriting becoming increasingly illegible as it continues down the page.
The following page bears the title ‘Verses Written by Francis Price on the Revolt of Islam Canton 1863’, which seemingly refers to the Dungan Revolt which began 1862 in western China.
On the next and final page the writer (of these last few pages, rather than the bulk of the text) provides some information about his identity. He is Francis Augustus John Price, born in Cowbridge, South Wales on 9th July 1844. He names his mother, though the writing here is unfortuately illegible, and gives her date of birth as December 24th 1819. His father was Charles Price, born in Worcester on August 20th 1819. He then writes a little of his siblings and grandmother, the handwriting once again becoming increasingly illegible as it continues down the page. Ref: 51414
Barwick, Peter: The Life of the Reverend Dr. John Barwick, D.D. London: Printed by J. Bettenham. 1724. Large paper copy. 8vo., pp. [xxiv], 552, [xl] + 2 engr. portrait frontispieces. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, spine gilt in compartments, orange morocco label,extremities rubbed, spine darkened, joints split but boards still attached, endcaps worn. "James Affleck" book label on front pastedown, contemporary ink inscr. on f.f.e.p. "Eliz. Dolben" and above "Jam:s. Affleck [undeciphered] e dono"; also, mid-20th C. provenance note by Peter B. G. Binnall on verso of marbled flyleaf. The first English edition of this biography and indication of support for the Anglican church and the king, originally written in Latin by the subject's brother. John Barwick (1612-1664) and his brother Peter were both staunch royalists, rewarded with significant posts following the Restoration - Peter as medical advisor to the king and John as dean of St Paul's. ESTC T73568. Ref: 36006
Bateson, Mary (ed.): Records of the Borough of Leicester Being a Series of Extracts from the Archives of the Corporation of Leicester, 1103-1327 [and] 1327-1509. London: C. J. Clay and Sons, 1899. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. lxviii, 448; lxxxii, 523. Blue cloth gilt, fabric tearing along upper joint of vol 2 but binding sound, some edgewear and ends of spine chipped slightly. Bookseller’s tickets, bookplate, library plate and press cuttings pasted onto beginnings. The first two volumes, covering the Medieval period. Ref: 35015
Bayly, James: Four Churches in the Deanery of Buckrose, Restored or Built by the Late George Edmund Street, R.A. for Sir Tatton Sykes, Bart. London, printed by James Akerman, . Folio (380 x 280mm), pp. [viii], 15 + 21 plates (including illustrations and plans), further illustrations in the text. Slight smudges to preface margins, interleaved tissue paper discoloured. Red cloth, gilt. Spine sunned and worn, somewhat grubby, faded area to upper board and some small scrapes to lower board. Ref: 42588