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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 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 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 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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  • Americans against Liberty or an Essay on the Nature and Principles of True Freedom, by [Ambrose Serle]
    [Ambrose Serle]
    Americans against Liberty or an Essay on the Nature and Principles of True Freedom, shewing that the designs and conduct of the Americans tend only to tyranny and slavery. The THIRD EDITION with additions.

    London: James Mathews, 1776. First published in 1775. This third edition was printed in the year of the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, when 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. Ambrose Serle was the private secretary of the British General William Howe (Lord Howe).

    This important pamphlet was published anonymously, and defended the British Empire as a rightful and just government, arguing against the rebellious American colonists on religious grounds. Serle directed this work against the secessionists and defends the colonial power as the only legitimate government.

    Bound in paper covered hardback boards (once along with another pamphlet?) The outer has now been damaged, and so…

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    London: James Mathews, 1776. First published in 1775. This third edition was printed in the year of the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, when 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. Ambrose Serle was the private secretary of the British General William Howe (Lord Howe).

    This important pamphlet was published anonymously, and defended the British Empire as a rightful and just government, arguing against the rebellious American colonists on religious grounds. Serle directed this work against the secessionists and defends the colonial power as the only legitimate government.

    Bound in paper covered hardback boards (once along with another pamphlet?) The outer has now been damaged, and so the back board is almost disbound. Title page age toned. Tape edge where bound in to hardback. 48 pages. 185 x 115 mm (7¼ x 4½ inches). In this same year, William Tryon gave Serle control of the political section of the New-York Gazette, which he held from September 1776 to July 1777.

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    Book ID: 2969
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  • An account of the conduct of the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, by MARLBOROUGH, Dowager Duchess of
    MARLBOROUGH, Dowager Duchess of
    An account of the conduct of the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, from her first coming to court, to the year 1710. In a letter from herself to my Lord

    London: James Bettenham, for George Hawkins, 1742. First edition. Hardback in full brown calf with raised band and gilt titles and raised bands to spine. Sarah Churchill Dowager Duchess of Marlborough was a close friend of Anne the first Queen of the newly formed sovereign state of Great Britain. Boards in very good condition, with just some light rubbing to spine. Inside the pages are lightly age toned, and some minor soiling / finger marking to the title page. Overall in very good shape. 213 x 137 mm (8½ x 5½ inches).

    Book ID: 3017
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  • An Historical Account of the Conspiracies by the Earls of Gowrie and Robert Logan of Restalrig, against King James VI. by CROMERTY, George, Earl of
    CROMERTY, George, Earl of
    An Historical Account of the Conspiracies by the Earls of Gowrie and Robert Logan of Restalrig, against King James VI. of Glorious Memory. Containing the Facts, Proofs and Judgements, in these Causes. To which is added, A Vindication of Robert III. King of Scotland and all his Descendants, from the Imputation of Bastardy.

    Edinburgh: James Watson, 1713. Original leather binding. Raised panels to spine. Small title label to the spine. Label to the inside board for "Fintry House Library" and another for J.R.P. Forrest. 2 parts, first edition, half-title, title printed in red and black, The Gowrie Conspiracy refers to one of the mysteries of Scottish history. In August 1600 the King and a large retinue came to Gowrie`s home in Perth, saying that he had been invited there by the Earl's brother, Alexander. A scuffle took place in which the two brothers were killed. Three scenarios have been put forward to explain the events: 1. that Gowrie and his brother, Alexander Ruthven, concocted a plot to murder or more probably to…

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    Edinburgh: James Watson, 1713. Original leather binding. Raised panels to spine. Small title label to the spine. Label to the inside board for "Fintry House Library" and another for J.R.P. Forrest. 2 parts, first edition, half-title, title printed in red and black, The Gowrie Conspiracy refers to one of the mysteries of Scottish history. In August 1600 the King and a large retinue came to Gowrie`s home in Perth, saying that he had been invited there by the Earl's brother, Alexander. A scuffle took place in which the two brothers were killed. Three scenarios have been put forward to explain the events: 1. that Gowrie and his brother, Alexander Ruthven, concocted a plot to murder or more probably to kidnap King James and that they lured him to Gowrie House for this purpose;
    2. that James paid a surprise visit to Gowrie House with the intention, which he carried out, of killing the two Ruthvens; 3. that the tragedy was the outcome of an unpremeditated brawl following high words between the King and Gowrie, or his brother. xiv, [ii], 1-127, [i], 1-80 pp.

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    Condition: The leather boards are quite rubbed to the edges. Spine has chipping to the edges and top and bottom. Internally clean and tidy throughout. Blank front end paper is 3/4 detached (but holding just). Very slight darkening only. Overall a nice copy.

    Book ID: 1605
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  • An Inaugural Lecture on the Utility of Anglo-Saxon Literature. by INGRAM, Rev. James
    INGRAM, Rev. James
    An Inaugural Lecture on the Utility of Anglo-Saxon Literature. To which is added the Geography of Europe by King Alfred, including his Account of the Discovery of the North Cape in the Ninth Century.

    Oxford University Press, 1807. First edition. Original stiff card boards. Ex-library copy with label to front paste down and a couple of discrete library stamps. viii, 1-112 pp. With engraved map of two voyages to the Baltic. Some copies include an additional folding map, but Copac states that this is dated 1808 and suggests that this was in subsequent editions. 290 by 230mm (11½ by 9 inches). Copac ref. 19331769
    "The geography of Europe; extracted from King Alfred's Anglo-Saxon version of Orosius" (p. [57]-90). "Notes on the first chapter of the first book of Ælfred's Anglo-Saxon version of Orosius. By Mr. J. R. Forster" (p. [91]-112)

    Condition: The boards are a little darkened. Rubbing and chipping to the spine with a little loss. Binding holding well. Internally clean and tidy, Slight darkening to title page edges. No marks other than library stamps. Overall a very good example.

    Book ID: 2206
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  • Ancient Britain and the Invasions of Julius Caesar by HOLMES, T. Rice
    HOLMES, T. Rice
    Ancient Britain and the Invasions of Julius Caesar

    Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1907. First Edition. The author's story of early Britain and its inhabitants, Julius Cæsar's two invasions, and their results. Hardback in red cloth, with gilt titles to spine. Contains 44 b/w illustrations and three folding maps. Previous owner's ex libris to front pastedown. Some foxing to prelims, light bumping / rubbing to boards, and spineis slightly sun faded. xi, 764 pages. 230 x 155 mm (9 x 6 inches). Hardback in red cloth, with gilt titles to spine. Contains 44 b/w illustrations and three folding maps. Previous owner's ex libris to front pastedown. Some foxing to prelims, light bumping / rubbing to boards, and spineis slightly sun faded.

    Book ID: 3219
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  • Signed dedication to Bill Fine
    Buffalo Bill and the Wild West by SELL, Henry Blackman, Victor WEYBRIGHT
    SELL, Henry Blackman, Victor WEYBRIGHT
    Buffalo Bill and the Wild West SIGNED

    New York: Oxford University Press, 1955. First Edition. Signed dedication from Sell on the half-title page to Bill Fine (former president and general manager of WCVB-TV Channel 5 in the USA): Dear Bill Fine - never underestimate the Cody-Billings bloodlines - Henry Blackman Sell, Cody, Wyoming 1965. Linen boards in yellow illustrated dust jacket; Illustrated throughout. 278 pages. 260 x 200 mm (10¼ x 7¾ inches). Sell was an ancestor of "Buffalo Bill", real name William Frederick Cody (1846 – 1917), a frontiersman who has been portrayed in many ways over the years.

    Bill Fine (until 2020) worked for WCVB Channel 5, Hearst Television's flagship station, and in 1965 Sell was editor for Hearst's Harper's Bazaar, so they would have been colleagues.

    Condition: The book has some discoloration, and the dust jacket is sun faded, with number of shallow chips to the edges. The contents are in a good clean condition, but the first few pages has evidence of a paperclip having been attached at some point.

    Book ID: 2761
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  • C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey. by CAESAR, C. Julius. - BLADEN, Martin (Trans.)
    CAESAR, C. Julius. - BLADEN, Martin (Trans.)
    C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey.

    London: J Knapton and D, Midwinter, 1726. Full title: "C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey. To which is added, a Supplement to his Commentary of his Wars in Gaul; As also, Commentaries of the Alexandrian, African, and Spanish Wars. By Aulus Hirtius, or Oppius, &c. With the Author's Life. Adorn d with Sculptures from the Designs of the Famous Palladio."

    Fourth Edition Improv'd. Recent blind stamped soft brown morrocco with border embossed patterns. Gilt titles to the spine. Excellent condition. 11 plates (including frontis). Maps of France, Spain and the Roman Empire. One of the plates is only half present (the other half has been torn away). Another has a significant…

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    London: J Knapton and D, Midwinter, 1726. Full title: "C. Julius Caesar's Commentaries of His Wars in Gaul, and Civil War with Pompey. To which is added, a Supplement to his Commentary of his Wars in Gaul; As also, Commentaries of the Alexandrian, African, and Spanish Wars. By Aulus Hirtius, or Oppius, &c. With the Author's Life. Adorn d with Sculptures from the Designs of the Famous Palladio."

    Fourth Edition Improv'd. Recent blind stamped soft brown morrocco with border embossed patterns. Gilt titles to the spine. Excellent condition. 11 plates (including frontis). Maps of France, Spain and the Roman Empire. One of the plates is only half present (the other half has been torn away). Another has a significant part missing. A couple of chips to some other plates. Frontis portrait / engraved title, engraved by Mvd. To the recto of this is a contemporary owner's florid signature, now feint. The frontis is half detached, but still holding well. The text block is clean, with just a touch of darkening. Overall a decent copy.
    A-A8, a-a8, 1-432, [viii], (=B-FF4) pp. 20cm x 13cm.

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    Book ID: 2926
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  • Catalogue of Oxfordshire Seventeenth Century Tokens by MILNE, J. C.
    MILNE, J. C.
    Catalogue of Oxfordshire Seventeenth Century Tokens

    Oxford University Press / Ashmolean Museum, 1935. Scarce! First Edition. With 16 b/w plates. Bound in Reading Public Library's own embossed buckram hardback binding. With library plate to front pastedown. Pages are age toned, one or two have a small ink 'tick mark' to them - but overall in good shape. A great gift for the numismatist in your life! 48 pages. 210 x 140 mm (8¼ x 5½ inches).

    Book ID: 3221
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  • Celtic Researches, by DAVIES, Edward
    DAVIES, Edward
    Celtic Researches, on the Origin, Traditions & Language, of the Ancient Britons; with Some Introductory Sketches, on Primitive Society.

    London: Printed for the Author and Sold By J. Booth, 1804. First edition. Ex-reference library copy, now in hardback green binding, with gilt title to spine. Original inside, complete with two plates of runes and a chart of "primitive articulations". lxxiii (list of subscribers), 561 pp. Edward Davies (1756 – 1831) was a Welsh writer and clergyman. His fascination with the origins of Celtic languages and the meaning of Celtic mythology led him to become part of the 19th century reinvention of Druidic tradition.

    Condition: Boards are in a good condition. Internally there is some foxing to original. Library bookplate to front pastedown and some small stamps / markings from library to back end papers. Overall still in a good condition.

    Book ID: 2891
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  • de L'Irlande et des Irlandais griefs contre L'angleterre by O'CONNEL, Daniel
    O'CONNEL, Daniel
    de L'Irlande et des Irlandais griefs contre L'angleterre traduit de L'anglais par Ortaire Fournier.

    Edition: First Thus

    Paris: Chez J. Delahaye: 1845. Probably a French pirated edition (even his name was spelt incorrectly). Cloth with buckram spine and corners. A little battered, but holding well. Internally clean and tidy, but with moderate foxing to the pages. Location markings, but no indication that this was a library book. 406. pp

    Book ID: 1874
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  • A lovely copy of this work looking at the nobility of Utrecht.
    De Nobilitate. by MATTHAEI, Antonii. [Matthaeus, Antonius].
    MATTHAEI, Antonii. [Matthaeus, Antonius].
    De Nobilitate. de principibus, de ducibus, de comitibus, de baronibus, de militibus, equitibus, ministerialibus, armigeris, barscalcis, marscalcis, adelscalcis, de advocatis ecclesiae de comitatu Hollandiae et dioecesi Ultrajectina libri quatuor : in quibus passim diplomata et acta hactenus nondum visa.

    Edition: First Edition

    Amstelodami: Janssonio-Waesbergios & Felicem Lopez: 1686. Full vellum. No titles. Owner's bookplate to the front end paper. 4 lines of early annotation in ink to the verso. Title in red and black, with printer's device. A historical treatise on the nobility of the Diocese of Utrecht (Netherlands). Two plates depicting officials and militia of the city of Utrecht, with the banner and the coat of arms and many illustrations of seals. Illustrations: diepdruk / intaglio printing Matthaeus, Antonius, (1635-1710), The author, son of Antonius Matthaeus, was professor of law in both Leiden and Utrecht. [xxiv], 1-768, [Liv], 769-1151 pp. - A-***4, A-5D3, (a)-(g)4, 5E- 7F4 pp

    Condition: Very nice condition. The vellum is clean and tidy, with just a little darkening / marking to it. Internally in excellent condition. The pages are clean and tidy, with a good clean strike.

    Book ID: 1864
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  • De opmaat tot de Opstand: Zeeland en het centraal gezag (1566-1572) by ROOZE-STOUTHAMER, C.
    ROOZE-STOUTHAMER, C.
    De opmaat tot de Opstand: Zeeland en het centraal gezag (1566-1572)

    Hilversum: Verloren BV, 2009. Hardback first edition. Author signed dedication to the local history society in Tholen, to the title page. 266 pages. 245 x 165 mm (9¾ x 6½ inches).

    Condition: In fine condition. There is a small ink stamp by the local history society near the author dedication on the title page. Otherwise spotless copy.

    Book ID: 2666
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  • Dix Ans de la Vie D'une Fenne Pedant L'emigration by DE BROC, Le Vicomte
    DE BROC, Le Vicomte
    Dix Ans de la Vie D'une Fenne Pedant L'emigration

    Edition: First Edition

    Paris: E. Plon: 1893. Black cloth spine and marbled card boards. Frontis engraving of Marquise de Palaiseau. 8.vo. ix, [i], 1-344 pages. The tale of a Royalist family during the Revolution and empire.

    Book ID: 1970
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  • Essai Historique sur les anciens ordres de chevalerie, by WESTREENEN, W.H.J. van
    WESTREENEN, W.H.J. van
    Essai Historique sur les anciens ordres de chevalerie, institués les Pays-Bas

    La Haye (Den Haag): P. van Daalen Wetters, 1807. Scarce First Edition of the short history of the orders of chivalry in the Netherlands. On his death Westreenen left his house and collections to the State of the Netherlands, which was the basis for the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum, containing the second largest collection of incunabula (around 1,500) in the Netherlands. Paper bound. Text in French. 33 pages. 230 x 150 mm (9 x 6 inches).

    Book ID: 3063
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  • Hantvest of Charte Chronyck vande Landen van Oud-Batavien, Oud-Vriesland, Oud-Francenland by HOEVE, Matthiis
    HOEVE, Matthiis
    Hantvest of Charte Chronyck vande Landen van Oud-Batavien, Oud-Vriesland, Oud-Francenland

    Leyden [Leiden]: Maire. First edition. Two volumes in one. Separately published in 1636 and 1638. Full vellum binding. Firm and attractive, with just a touch of bowing to the boards. Internally clean and tidy throughout, with woodcut vignettes to the each of the two title pages. Three woodcut illustrations of military equipment to volume I. Four historiated initials to vol I. and 5 to volume II. Complete. Slight weakness to the rear hinge on the binding. End papers are of cheaper paper, and have a little edge wear. An early account of the Provinces of the Netherlands and Flanders. [viii] 190, [iv], 452pp. 325 x 210 mm (12¾ x 8¼ inches).

    Book ID: 3217
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