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  1. Park Place near Henley upon Thames. The Seat of the Earl of Malmesbury.
    The third of fourteen children born to Luke Havell, a drawing-master and printseller, who was one of the founders of the Havell family's reputation in the arts and publishing. William was discouraged from following in the family tradition receiving a classical education; "Nevertheless, the determined and adventurous spirit... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 98207

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  2. Life Guards.
    Edition of 50, unnumbered. Signed and dated in pencil lower right by Bawden. One of 40 prints published by the Royal College of Art and exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the Coronation Year exhibition in 1953. Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 98241

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  3. A View of London as it was in the year 1647.
    This wonderful, large panorama of a pre-fire London, taken from the south bank of the River Thames, looking north, closely resembles Wenceslas Hollar 's bird's eye view of the city. Title in both English and French; keys 1-34 and 1-20 along the base of the panorama. This is a most impressive an important plan, showing an... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 75617

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  4. Experiences of a Railway Guard.
    First edition of this series of sketches compiled during the author's service on the Caledonian Railway. Rare: five copies only traced in libraries worldwide, all but one in the United Kingdom, and one copy of a putative second edition. Some of the sketches first appeared in the Weekly News, published by D. C. Thomson of... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 112754

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  5. [Sammelband of travel narratives and digests.]
    An interesting sammelband of scarce travel narratives printed by the radical publisher and bookseller Sir Richard Phillips (1767-1840), including a rare collection of anonymous letters from William Parry's first arctic voyage, and the sole editions in English of Baron Hallberg's Reise durch Skandinavien (1818) and of Louis... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 112632

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  6. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
    Second edition, scarce with the jacket, of this popular book on the major coaching roads of England. "To Thomson fell the providing of the subject and action pictures, while Railton vignetted old buildings, etc., along the great coaching roads of which the author gossiped... There is no doubt that Coaching Days remains to... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 112134

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  7. Rider's British Merlin: For the Year of Our Lord God 1778.
    A handsome Georgian-era almanac volume, in a highly attractive contemporary binding. Cardanus Rider is now believed to have been the pseudonym of physician and astronomer Richard Saunders (1613-1675). He was a member of the circle of William Lilly, whose own Merlin was first published in 1644; Rider's British Merlin was... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 111954

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  8. London and its Environs Described.
    First edition. "The extent of Dodsley's personal involvement in the writing or editing of both the six-volume London and Its Environs Described (London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1761) and The General Contents of the British Museum Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 111883

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  9. England, Scotland  Ireland.
    First edition in English of this copiously illustrated survey by Paul Villars (1849 Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 111654

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  10. Lambeth Palace
    First edition of this beautifully illustrated history of the Archbishops of Canterbury's London residence. With three additional plates loosely inserted. Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 105202

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  11. The History of Scotland.
    Handsomely bound set of Tytler's history of Scotland, covering the years 12491603. Originally published in nine instalments between 1828 and 1843. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 107298

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  12. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    First edition, first impression of White's account of life on the west coast of Ireland, with the illustrator's inscription, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", to the front free endpaper, together with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 108471

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  13. An Economic History of Modern Britain.
    First edition of "the work on which [Clapham's] reputation was based Learn More
    £325

    Stock Code: 108295

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  14. The Chelsea Historical Pageant,
    First and only edition. A remarkable association copy: from the library of one of the "Makers of the Pageant", G. Ambrose Lee (also a member of the book's editorial sub-committee); with his red ownership Japanese "chop" at head of title, his official pass pasted to the front free endpaper, and with a presentation label signed... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 107263

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  15. The Visitors' Handbook to Rosslyn and Hawthornden.
    First and only edition of the first guide book to Rosslyn Chapel. A very appealing association copy: from the library of General James Alexander St Clair-Erskine, 3rd Earl of Rosslyn (1802-1866), inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Rosslyn. May 23 1866". Also loosely inserted are a newspaper clipping relating to the funeral... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 109238

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  16. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England.
    Large paper issue - Lowndes notes that only 50 such sets were printed - of this very appealing Oxford edition presented here in a choice Regency binding. First published between 1702 and 1707 (with the first octavo edition appearing in 1705-06) Clarendon's great History has "remained in the mind because of his literary achievementthe... Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 106106

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  17. Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads.
    First edition. Jennings, a photographer from Surrey, "was commissioned by the fledgling advertising department of the Great Eastern Railway Company to take pictures of the Norfolk Broads. The format he used was designed to fit the frames above the seats in the railway carriages, where they saw considerable exposure" (Goodrum,... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 110944

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  18. Tableaux de Londres.
    First and limited edition, number 309 of 500 copies. Scarce: Copac locates only four copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge (two copies), London Library), OCLC adds seven copies worldwide, and KVK two more (Lausanne-Dorigny, Link Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 105815

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  19. Penelope's Progress being such extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as relate to her Experiences in Scotland [and] Penelope's English Experiences.
    First illustrated editions, both copies inscribed and signed by Wiggin on the front free endpapers and Penelope's Progress with the title page additionally signed and dated 1901, and an autograph note singed tipped in. Penelope's Progress is inscribed quoting the first sentence of the book: "We have travelled together before,... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 110167

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  20. Our forbidden land.
    First edition, first impression of this photobook of 1980s Britain. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 104860

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