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  • 1916 - Portraits and Lives by WHITE, Lawrence William. & QUINN, James.
    WHITE, Lawrence William. & QUINN, James.
    1916 - Portraits and Lives

    Dublin: Royal Irish Academy: 2015. First edition in original black and white illustrated boards, covered in a cream and black illustrated dust wrapper. 23.5 cm x 19 cm 42 biographies of men and women who played important roles in the Easter Rising of 1916. The biographies are from the Irish Dictionary of Irish Biography. The profiles describe 31 men and women who were Republican revolutionaries, 3 nationalist leaders who opposed the Easter Rising, as well as 6 men who were part of the regime opposed by the Easter Rising. There are also profiles of two historians of the Rising who were eyewitnesses. An introduction offers an overview of 20th century Irish political history, while an after word looks at the…

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    Dublin: Royal Irish Academy: 2015. First edition in original black and white illustrated boards, covered in a cream and black illustrated dust wrapper. 23.5 cm x 19 cm 42 biographies of men and women who played important roles in the Easter Rising of 1916. The biographies are from the Irish Dictionary of Irish Biography. The profiles describe 31 men and women who were Republican revolutionaries, 3 nationalist leaders who opposed the Easter Rising, as well as 6 men who were part of the regime opposed by the Easter Rising. There are also profiles of two historians of the Rising who were eyewitnesses. An introduction offers an overview of 20th century Irish political history, while an after word looks at the post-Rising lives of some of those profiled. The book is illustrated with full-page, b&w scraperboard engravings, some in two-page spreads. All 42 of the illustrations are by artist David Rooney. xvi, 1-367 pp

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    Condition: Both book and wrapper are in immaculate copy. A lovely example

    Book ID: 1844
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  • A Bibliography of James Joyce 1882-1941 by SLOCUM, John J. and CAHOON, Herbert
    SLOCUM, John J. and CAHOON, Herbert
    A Bibliography of James Joyce 1882-1941 Soho Bibliographies V.

    London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1953. First edition. Hardback, in burgundy cloth. Gilt stamped title to spine. Ex-library copy with some library stamps etc. 195 pages. 220 x 155 mm (8¾ x 6 inches).

    Condition: Some fading to spine, and light rubbing to cloth. Overall a good copy.

    Book ID: 2878
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  • A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Jonathan Swift, D.D. by TEERINK, Dr H.
    TEERINK, Dr H.
    A Bibliography of the Writings in Prose and Verse of Jonathan Swift, D.D.

    Edition: First Edition

    The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff: 1937. First Edition limited to 315 numbered and signed copies. This is copy #280. Signed by Teerink. Cloth, small gilt cover device, top edge yellow, large 8vo, xi, 434 pp. 1574 entries. From a contemporary review: The bibliography is divided into six sections. In the first section the various collected editions of Swift's works are analysed in great detail. Sections 2 and 3 include bibliographies of A Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's Travels. Both these are useful, as they summarize information which otherwise can only be found in very specialized works. The fourth section is called Separate Works and, from the student's point of view, it is by far the most important. In this section…

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    The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff: 1937. First Edition limited to 315 numbered and signed copies. This is copy #280. Signed by Teerink. Cloth, small gilt cover device, top edge yellow, large 8vo, xi, 434 pp. 1574 entries. From a contemporary review: The bibliography is divided into six sections. In the first section the various collected editions of Swift's works are analysed in great detail. Sections 2 and 3 include bibliographies of A Tale of a Tub and Gulliver's Travels. Both these are useful, as they summarize information which otherwise can only be found in very specialized works. The fourth section is called Separate Works and, from the student's point of view, it is by far the most important. In this section there is a large number of definitely false attributions, while there are others which are very doubtful. The fifth and sixth sections are devoted respectively to Doubtful Works and Biography and Criticism.

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    Condition: There is a little rubbing to the edges of the boards, but mainly in good sound condition. Darkening to the rear cover from smoke damage. A little smoke damage to the end papers also. Overall a good clean copy.

    Book ID: 1877
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  • An illustrated theatre programme for this Edwardian musical comedy
    A Chinese Honeymoon by DANCE, George
    DANCE, George
    A Chinese Honeymoon

    Nottingham: Stafford & Netherfield, 1904. An attractive Edwardian Theatre programme.
    The play was written by George Dance, and had music by Howard Talbot.
    A "teaser piece" the programme has 12 panels showing humorous scenes from the play. The final (13th) panel tells the reader, that they must come to the theatre if they wish to know how the play ends.
    The play appeared at the Theatre Royal, in Bath, UK. From October 3rd 1904 for 6 days. There is a variation of this, where the Theatre Royal dates are over-printed to the sheet. This copy does not have these.
    There is a crease to the whole where the programme has been folded in half. A…

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    Nottingham: Stafford & Netherfield, 1904. An attractive Edwardian Theatre programme.
    The play was written by George Dance, and had music by Howard Talbot.
    A "teaser piece" the programme has 12 panels showing humorous scenes from the play. The final (13th) panel tells the reader, that they must come to the theatre if they wish to know how the play ends.
    The play appeared at the Theatre Royal, in Bath, UK. From October 3rd 1904 for 6 days. There is a variation of this, where the Theatre Royal dates are over-printed to the sheet. This copy does not have these.
    There is a crease to the whole where the programme has been folded in half. A little bumping to the edges otherwise. Slight darkening. But overall in excellent condition.
    1 sheet folded into 2 leaves / 4 pages. Folded 24.5 cm x 19 cm

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    Book ID: 2745
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  • A Collection of Amusing Rounds and Catches, for the Use of Schools, Families and Choral Societies by the editor of "Young Singer's Book of Songs"
    the editor of "Young Singer's Book of Songs"
    A Collection of Amusing Rounds and Catches, for the Use of Schools, Families and Choral Societies Selected from the Original Sources by the Editor of "The Young Singer's Book of Songs"

    Edition: Reprint

    London: Longman and Co: 1870. Blue paper covers. Decorative border and titles in black. Adverts to rear cover. 45 songs, with the music and words. Oblong 8vo. This is the stated Fourth Edition of this work. 24 pp,

    Condition: The pale blue covers are sound but have some foxing spots to them. The front and rear cover have become detached at some point, and are held on to each other with tape (non-archival). Inside, there is some foxing to the inside covers. Otherwise clean if slightly darkened to the edges. The music and songs are all in good condition and fully legible.

    Book ID: 1338
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  • A Collection of Amusing Rounds and Catches, for the Use of Schools, Families and Choral Societies by the editor of "Young Singer's Book of Songs"
    the editor of "Young Singer's Book of Songs"
    A Collection of Amusing Rounds and Catches, for the Use of Schools, Families and Choral Societies Selected from the Original Sources by the Editor of "The Young Singer's Book of Songs"

    London: Longman and Co: 1869. Disbound. (Originally Blue paper covers - the front cover has now gone). Adverts to the rear blue cover 45 songs, with the music and words. Oblong 8vo. This is the stated Fourth Edition of this work. 24 pp,

    Condition: The rear pale blue cover has some foxing spots to it. The front and rear cover have become detached at some point, and only the rear has survived. Otherwise clean if slightly darkened to the edges. The music and songs are all in good condition and fully legible.

    Book ID: 1339
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  • A collection of four deeds and legal documents connected with the Paddington Estate, London by PADDINGTON ESTATE
    PADDINGTON ESTATE
    A collection of four deeds and legal documents connected with the Paddington Estate, London

    1903. Four documents concerned with the Paddington Estate in West London. The monks of Westminster had land in Paddington from the 11th Century. After the Reformation, these rested with the Bishop of London. From the late 19th Century, these were gradually sold of through holding companies, the last being sold in the 1980's. These documents comprise: July 1903 - A counterpart licence for 14 Cleveland Square with permissions to renovations and changes to the property. 4 pages. April 1913 - A counterpart licence to add a garage for private motor cars to 7 Chilworth Mews. 3 pages and a large drawn handcoloured architectural plan of the front of the building and ground floor (on glassine). July 1926 - A licence…

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    1903. Four documents concerned with the Paddington Estate in West London. The monks of Westminster had land in Paddington from the 11th Century. After the Reformation, these rested with the Bishop of London. From the late 19th Century, these were gradually sold of through holding companies, the last being sold in the 1980's. These documents comprise: July 1903 - A counterpart licence for 14 Cleveland Square with permissions to renovations and changes to the property. 4 pages. April 1913 - A counterpart licence to add a garage for private motor cars to 7 Chilworth Mews. 3 pages and a large drawn handcoloured architectural plan of the front of the building and ground floor (on glassine). July 1926 - A licence and deed of covenant to turn 40 Cleveland Square into 3 maisonettes. 12 pages. plus a large folding architectural plan of the proposed changes, with seals and tagged seal. February 1929 - A lease from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to A. H. Heath for a lease on 110 Westbourne Terrace, Paddington. 6 pages and glassine coloured plan of property. A nice bundle of London related legal documents.

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    Book ID: 3011
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  • Signed and limited
    A Dictionary of The Battle of Britain by SIMPSON, Geoff
    SIMPSON, Geoff
    A Dictionary of The Battle of Britain

    Wellington: Halsgrove, 2009. First Edition copy of this very limited signed book (exact limitation is unknown). With the signatures of the author and ten surviving pilots who flew in The Battle of Britain. This book was originally created to raise funds for 'The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust'. Hardback.
    160 pp. 310 x 220mm (12¼ x 8¾ inches).

    'The Few' were 2,353 young men from Great Britain and 574 from overseas (pilots and other aircrew) who were officially recognised as having taken part in The Battle of Britain. 544 lost their lives during the battle.

    Condition: In a very good unclipped dust jacket; internally in an as new condition.

    Book ID: 2293
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  • A Dissertation on the Antiquity and Use of Seals in England. by [LEWIS, Reverend John]
    [LEWIS, Reverend John]
    A Dissertation on the Antiquity and Use of Seals in England. Collected by **** 1736.

    London: William Mount and Thomas Page, 1740. Scarce first edition. In hard back neat burgundy coloured library cloth. Ex-library copy. With one full-page engraved plate showing seals, plus other engravings in text. Lovely deep impressions. [2],31,[1]pp. 255 x 195 mm (10 x 7¾ inches).

    Condition: Has expected library stamps, new endpapers. Tipped-in handwritten note to back of plate reads: This Tract is written by John Lewis author of the History of the Abbey of Faversham etc. Another small insert tipped-in to title page states: Purchased out of a donation of £250 given by George William Palmer Esq. to the Reading Free Public Library. One or two pages have been reinforced towards the spine edge. Light foxing, but overall in very good shape.

    Book ID: 2929
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  • A finely drawn and hand-coloured original caricature - 'The Electors after the Close of the Poll, May 13th 1807' by Anon.
    Anon.
    A finely drawn and hand-coloured original caricature - 'The Electors after the Close of the Poll, May 13th 1807'

    1807. At the foot is written 'we three, fools be.' The character on the left seems to have a jester's hat on.
    On May 13th, 1807, William Wilberforce, Lord Milton, the Hon. Henry Lascelles (afterwards Earl of Harewood), and Mr. Walter Fawkes were nominated as parliamentary candidates in the Castle-Yard at York. This was the first contested election in the seat for 66 years. The struggle was also memorable on account of the vast expense that Lascelles incurred.
    William Wilberforce, whose party almost entirely lacked organization, was head of the poll. There were concerns that Wilberforce allied himself with a candidate whose wealth was based on the slave trade, and he was forced to write to the electors to…

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    1807. At the foot is written 'we three, fools be.' The character on the left seems to have a jester's hat on.
    On May 13th, 1807, William Wilberforce, Lord Milton, the Hon. Henry Lascelles (afterwards Earl of Harewood), and Mr. Walter Fawkes were nominated as parliamentary candidates in the Castle-Yard at York. This was the first contested election in the seat for 66 years. The struggle was also memorable on account of the vast expense that Lascelles incurred.
    William Wilberforce, whose party almost entirely lacked organization, was head of the poll. There were concerns that Wilberforce allied himself with a candidate whose wealth was based on the slave trade, and he was forced to write to the electors to explain himself. Perhaps it is Lascelles and Wilberforce who are mocked as the electors here.
    The caricature has been drawn onto the reverse of a scarce caricature engraving, of "Mr Riley in Solomon". This is most probably Samuel William Ryley (1759-1837), actor, and author of The Itinerant, or Memoirs of an Actor, 1808. 208mm x 248mm. Wilberforce, William (1759–1833), politician, philanthropist, and slavery abolitionist. Following the abolition of the slave trade, the Tories called an election. for the first and only time in his career he faced a poll for Yorkshire. Confronting as he did the great wealth and influence of both the Fitzwilliam and the Harewood interests, it was a testimony to the personal esteem in which he was held, and to his effectiveness in representing the county over the previous quarter-century, that he was returned at the head of the poll. It was alleged, however, that Wilberforce had compromised his independence by a coalition with Henry Lascelles, the Tory candidate. Wilberforce denied the charge and defended himself in a published letter to the electors.
    He acknowledged that some of his supporters had indeed also solicited votes for Lascelles, but this was without his sanction, and it would have been improper for him to constrain their actions.
    Lascelles, Henry, second earl of Harewood (1767–1841), Politician. His family wealth came from the slave trade in Barbados. After being elected twice as MP for Yorkshire, he stood again in 1807 - Lascelles, who was opposed by clothiers threatened by the removal of protection for their trade, and subjected to polemic about his family's slavery interests, was beaten by Lord Milton.
    Ryley [formerly Romney], Samuel William (1759–1837), Actor and author.
    Educated in Kensington & Fulham, although apprenticed to the woollen trade in Yorkshire, he eloped with his master's daughter and the married at Gretna Green. He was a jobbing actor, who later won a little more fame with his autobiography. "Ryley's life exhibits, with painful clarity, the precarious existence of the supporting actor of his day—snatching, at one moment, at dreams of fame and, at the next, facing the reality of poor shelter and meagre rations" (ODNB). This caricature seems true to life, as he was described as being very thin.

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    Condition: Some marking to the edges. Lower lettering has at some time had a paper slip pasted over it, now detached but with some paste marks. A touch of marking / handling. Overall in very good condition.

    Book ID: 1772
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  • A History of English Councils and Convocations by HODY, Humphry.
    HODY, Humphry.
    A History of English Councils and Convocations And of the Clergy's sitting in Parliament. In which is also Comprehended the History of Parliaments, With an Account of our Ancient Laws.

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Rob. Clavell, 1701. 1st Edition, complete in three parts. Contemporary full leather binding with a recent leather spine / corners and labels. The binding is amateur binding. Law Library label to the inside front board. Humphrey Hody (1659 – 20 January 1707). Born in Somerset. Was chaplain to Stillingfleet, and later to John tillotson & Thomas Tenison (Archbishop's of Canterbury). He was an author of several works, including bible interpretation. He supported the ruling party again non-jurors. [xviii], 2, 1-431, [i], 1-294. pp

    Condition: Apart from the amateur binding (where the spine is not a great match to the boards), the book is in very nice condition. Paper cracked at hinge to the front board, but binding is holding well. Slight darkening to the pages, consistent with age.

    Book ID: 1407
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  • A History of Vagrants and Vagrancy, by RIBTON-TURNER, C.J.
    RIBTON-TURNER, C.J.
    A History of Vagrants and Vagrancy, Beggars and Begging

    London: Chapman and Hall, 1887. First edition, with 19 b/w illustrations and a table showing the number of vagrants apprehended, convicted and discharged from 1831-85. Including an index of statutes, an index of beggars and a general index. In publisher's deep mauve boards with gilt titles to spine and gilt depiction of stocks to upper board. xxi, 720 pp.
    230 x 160 mm (9 x 6¼ inches). A highly comprehensive treatment of the subject, beginning in 368 in Britain, and including chapters such as 'the Secret Jargon of the Vagrant and Mendicant', as well as reports on other countries in Europe.

    Condition: Sun fading to spine. New end papers and solid binding. A previous owner name neat to title and small stamps internally, otherwise crisp and clean. A good copy.

    Book ID: 2162
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  • A Key to the Skulls of North American Mammals by GLASS, Bryan P.
    GLASS, Bryan P.
    A Key to the Skulls of North American Mammals

    Stillwater: Oklahoma State University, 1965. Signed dedication by Bryan P. Glass to the front in ink. Illustrated pale green paperback covers, with green cloth spine. Front cover is age toned to the very edges. Copyright 1951, but this is stated as the seventh printing from 1965. Illustrated with over 100 b/w fascinating anatomical drawings. Clean inside. 53 pages. 280 x 215 mm (11 x 8½ inches).

    Book ID: 3049
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  • A Natural History of British Moths - 4 volumes by MORRIS, The Reverend F. O.
    MORRIS, The Reverend F. O.
    A Natural History of British Moths - 4 volumes

    London: John C. Nimmo, 1891. Four Volumes. Third Edition. Complete with 132 plates.Containing nearly two thousand specimens all coloured by hand. Original dark green decorated buckram. Slight fading / rubbing to the gilt. Handling to top and base of spine. Bump / crease to the front of vol III (not as bad as it sounds!). Internally clean and tidy with slight foxing to the end papers. A Very nice copy.
    xvi, 253., iv, 180., iv, 233., iv, 5-322. pp.
    260 by 160mm (10¼ by 6¼ inches).

    Book ID: 2171
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  • A Sermon on the anniversary of the Great Fire of London by HESKETH, Henry
    HESKETH, Henry
    A Sermon on the anniversary of the Great Fire of London

    London: Robert Sollers, 1682. The title of the tract is: A Sermon preached before the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London at Bow Church, September the 2d 1682. Being the day of their Publick Humiliation for the late dreadful Fire.

    The fire started on 2nd September 1666. After the event King Charles ordered that there should be a day of fasting and public humiliation on the anniversary each day. This sermon was given on the 16th anniversary.

    Recent faux leather binding with gilt title. very good condition. The sermon itself is in very good, clean condition, with just a touch of darkening. 28 pages. 200 x 150 mm (7¾ x 6 inches).

    Book ID: 3034
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  • A Treatise on Diamonds and Pearls, by JEFFRIES, David
    JEFFRIES, David
    A Treatise on Diamonds and Pearls, In Which Their Importance Is Considered: And Plain Rules Are Exhibited for Ascertaining the Value of Both; And the True Method of Manufacturing Diamonds.

    London: W. L. Molyneux, 1871. Fourth edition (first 1750) in blue cloth hardback. Gilt decoration to front board and gilt title to spine. Boards bumped, and faded to spine edge. Spine has a horizontal split in the centre of the cloth. Ex Libris to front pastedown. Old newspaper clipping to the front free endpaper. This has transferred toning to the title page. Otherwise very clean and tidy inside. Pagination: xxiii, 96, 30 (tables). 180 x 110 mm (7 x 4¼ inches).

    Famous handbook for jewellers and antique dealers, or those with gemology collections.

    Book ID: 2960
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  • A View of the Art of Colonization with Present Reference to the British Empire in Letters Between a Statesman and a Colonist by WAKEFIELD, Edward Gibbon
    WAKEFIELD, Edward Gibbon
    A View of the Art of Colonization with Present Reference to the British Empire in Letters Between a Statesman and a Colonist

    London: John W. Parker, 1849. A very nice rebound copy of this work. First edition. Bound in half brown leather with marbled boards. Clean and tidy with very slight rubbing only. The text block is clean, if fractionally darkened. Errata slip present. 230 by 150mm (9 by 6 inches). xxiv, 1-514, 6 (ads). pp. A classic work in the theory of colonization. Wakefield proposes among other things the creation of a colony in New Zealand to be administered by the Church of England, thus disarming missionary opposition. In fact, the first emigrant ships left for the Canterbury settlement in 1850, and Wakefield himself left for New Zealand in 1853, eventually settling in Wellington.

    Book ID: 2448
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  • ABC de Sportsman by PINEL, Honore.
    PINEL, Honore.
    ABC de Sportsman Robes et Marques / Conformations, Tares, Vices, Redhibitoires / Les Races.

    Paris: Libraire Decrocq, 1869. Original red and black decorated boards with gilt titles. New spine and titles. New end papers. Three parts in one. Unpaginated. Three volumes bound together. Seventy-two coloured lithograph plates - each part with twenty-four plates. Separate title page for each part. Each page is an A-Z, with text in French and a full page chromo-lithograph illustration. The author states that the alphabetic form which he has adopted has a twofold aim: 1. To facilitate the child's study of the horse, because the dictionary form is more favourable for those whose attention span is quickly tired, or those who can only study at intervals. 2. To offer to the amateur an explanatory lexicon of the usual…

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    Paris: Libraire Decrocq, 1869. Original red and black decorated boards with gilt titles. New spine and titles. New end papers. Three parts in one. Unpaginated. Three volumes bound together. Seventy-two coloured lithograph plates - each part with twenty-four plates. Separate title page for each part. Each page is an A-Z, with text in French and a full page chromo-lithograph illustration. The author states that the alphabetic form which he has adopted has a twofold aim: 1. To facilitate the child's study of the horse, because the dictionary form is more favourable for those whose attention span is quickly tired, or those who can only study at intervals. 2. To offer to the amateur an explanatory lexicon of the usual words used by the horseman. Three parts in one volume, each in the form of an ABC. The first devoted to 'Dresses and brands', the second to 'conformations, flaws, and injuries', and the the third on 'The races'. 250 by 180mm (9¾ by 7 inches). The boards and spine are in excellent condition. Internally generally clean and tidy, with a little darkening. Former owner's signatures and a little spotting to the first title page. Overall a very attractive copy.

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    Book ID: 2191
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  • Acts of Defiance by ASHLEY, Jack
    ASHLEY, Jack
    Acts of Defiance

    London: Reindhardt Books in Association with Viking, 1992. 1st edition. Black cloth with pictorial dust wrapper. Now in clear protective wrap. Xiii, 370 pp. 240 x 150 mm (9½ x 6 inches).

    Condition: Slight handling to the wrapper. Fractional fading to the spine edge. Overall an excellent example.

    Book ID: 2328
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  • Alastair Campbell by OBORNE, Peter
    OBORNE, Peter
    Alastair Campbell New Labour and the Rise of the Media Class

    Edition: First Edition

    London: Aurum Press Ltd, 1999. Pictorial dust wrapper, over red boards. First edition, signed dedication by author to a political correspondent. Several b/w photos. 240 by 160mm (9½ by 6¼ inches).x, 230 pp.

    Condition: Very good. Both the book and the wrapper are in a very good condition. It has signs of previous use but overall is in tight condition. Although hidden, there is a small damp stain to the inside of the wrapper and corner of front board.

    Book ID: 2028
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