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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 Diurnal of Remarkable Occurrents that have Passed Within the Country of Scotland Since the Death of King James the Fourth Till the Year MDLXXV by [ANON]
    [ANON]
    A Diurnal of Remarkable Occurrents that have Passed Within the Country of Scotland Since the Death of King James the Fourth Till the Year MDLXXV From a Manuscript of the Sixteenth Century, in the Possession of Sir John Maxwell of Pollock, Baronet

    Edition: First Edition

    Edinburgh: The Bannatyne Club, 1833. Library style half leather with buckram boards. Owner's bookplate for Andrew Smith of Whitchester viii, 350 pp.

    Condition: A nice copy of this work. The leather spine is clean and tidy. The brown boards are a little rubbed and marked, but still sound. Internally clean and tidy with very slightly darkened heavy paper.

    Book ID: 1613
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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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  • An address from the free electors of the pro---nce of Ul---er, to Anthony Malone, Esq the Right Honourable Thomas Carter, &c. and Bellngham Boye esqrs. by [ROBINSON, Christopher]
    [ROBINSON, Christopher]
    An address from the free electors of the pro---nce of Ul---er, to Anthony Malone, Esq the Right Honourable Thomas Carter, &c. and Bellngham Boye esqrs. Wherein their dislocations, the distribution of pensions and places, Corruption in P -- t and at Elections, influenc'd Sh -- ffs, Invasions on the Liberties of the People, Power of High Priests, &c. are duly considered. With a General Review of Two Hundred and Sixty Six I -- r -- h Places, Offices, and Employments, their Uses and Applications in a Cor -- pt Go -- nt. A Dissertation on the Emperor Caligula's Horse, whom he made his Prime Minister, &c. And Mr. Wentworth's speech in Queen Elizabeth's reign, London, printed at the sign of the Irish ram, butting corruption with his patriot horns, 1754.

    London: At the Sign of the Irish Ram: 1754. "To which is added, A clear and reasonable answer to that disingenuous pamphlet call'd, Considerations on the late Bill, for Payment of the Remainder of the National Debt." 8vo (20 by 12.5cm), 32 pages. Bound in modern plain paper wraps. Anonymous but identified via copac. The printer is described as "Printed at the Sign of the Irish Ram, butting corruption with his Patriot horns." Copac suggest that this may actually be a Dublin printing. Several of the Copac holdings lack the second part (reasonable answer).

    Book ID: 1825
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  • An autograph letter, signed, to Lt. Col. MARLAY 14th Regiment & Sir James Willoughby GORDON K.C.B. Quartermaster Royal Artillery. by GOLD, Charles. Lt Col. Royal Artillery. [1768-1842].
    GOLD, Charles. Lt Col. Royal Artillery. [1768-1842].
    An autograph letter, signed, to Lt. Col. MARLAY 14th Regiment & Sir James Willoughby GORDON K.C.B. Quartermaster Royal Artillery.

    Edition: First Edition

    Cambray / Cambray: 1816. A single folio leaf, Once folded so that it becomes its own envelope. On the verso (Outside) is written Lt. Col. Gold R. A. 21st August 1816 / Landaulet. The letter (In Lt Col. Gold's own hand) itself is regarding safe passage of a landaulet (small carriage) through Calais and to another part of the occupying army. The letter, written from Wellington's headquarters at Cambrai (Cambray), states that the directions regarding the passage of the carriage were received from Lt Gen. Sir George Murray (Chief of Staff to the occupying army). Gold was an officer of the Royal Artillery who served with distinction at various battles, including Waterloo. He was the officer commanding the Royal Artillery…

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    Cambray / Cambray: 1816. A single folio leaf, Once folded so that it becomes its own envelope. On the verso (Outside) is written Lt. Col. Gold R. A. 21st August 1816 / Landaulet. The letter (In Lt Col. Gold's own hand) itself is regarding safe passage of a landaulet (small carriage) through Calais and to another part of the occupying army. The letter, written from Wellington's headquarters at Cambrai (Cambray), states that the directions regarding the passage of the carriage were received from Lt Gen. Sir George Murray (Chief of Staff to the occupying army). Gold was an officer of the Royal Artillery who served with distinction at various battles, including Waterloo. He was the officer commanding the Royal Artillery at headquarters during the occupation after Waterloo, and on some occasions was in command of all of the RA in France. The letter is one of three - one copy went to Lt Col Marlay (this would seem to be his copy), a second to Gen. Sir J.W. Gordon (Quartermaster of the RA). The carriage belonged to Major Holcroft R.A., commanding Holcroft's foot battery in the 3rd Battalion.

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    Condition: The letter is clean and clear. There is some chipping and edge-wear to the letter, but not affecting text. On the fold of the letter, there is a split / closed tear. The letter has been tipped onto a backing card. This is still attached. Very presentable though.

    Book ID: 1684
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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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  • Considerations sur la Revolution de Juillet 1830 by [URQUHART, David] An Englishman
    [URQUHART, David] An Englishman
    Considerations sur la Revolution de Juillet 1830 Par un Anglais spectateur impartial des evenemens de cette epoque. Avec un Discours Preliminaire et des notes par un Pair Angleterre.

    Edition: First Edition

    Londres: Chez Keating et Brown: 1832. Original green paper covers. Sewn. Uncut. Anonymous but attributed to David Urquhart. Copac cites holdings at BL, Cambridge, National Library of Scotland and Exeter. The July Revolution saw the overthrow of King Charles X, the Bourbon monarch, and the ascent of Louis Philippe, Duke of Orleans. vi, 28, [ii] pp.

    Condition: The paper covers are clean and tidy, without significant damage. A touch of darkening only. Internally clean and tidy throughout with no significant marks

    Book ID: 1328
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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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  • History of the Adventures and Sufferings of Moses Smith during five years of his life; by SMITH, Moses
    SMITH, Moses
    History of the Adventures and Sufferings of Moses Smith during five years of his life; From the Beginning of the year 1806, when he was Betrayed into the Miranda Expedition, until June 1811 when he was Nonsuited in an Action at Law which lasted three years and a half. To which is added a Biographical Sketch of Gen. Miranda

    Albany: Packard & Van Benthuysen for the author, 1814. 2nd edition. iv, 13-146, [6]. pp. 2 engraved plates. Contemporary calf. "one of the few contemporary narratives relating to the Miranda expedition." Moses Smith was a native of Huntington (born 1785). First edition was published in Brooklyn in 1812. 175 by 115mm (7 by 4½ inches). General Francesco Miranda enjoyed a successful military career before he decided to revolutionize South America. The crusade was a disaster. Smith and tow comrades escaped from prison in Carthagena and were rescued at sea.

    Condition: Pages 19/20 have damage to the outside margin, with loss of text. Foxed and a little darkened. Owner's name to the first blank and rear end paper. Slight rubbing / splitting to the top edge of the spine.

    Book ID: 2234
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  • Limited to 500 copies
    Le procès de condamnation de Jeanne d'Arc by MARCHAND, Jean
    MARCHAND, Jean
    Le procès de condamnation de Jeanne d'Arc Reproduction en Fac-similé du manuscrit authentique, sur vélin, No. 1119 de la bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale.

    Paris: Plon, 1955. First Edition Thus. A fascinating facsimile of the details of the trial of condemnation of Joan of Arc. Produced on heavy paper designed to imitate the original vellum. Pages are reproduced full size, and include page numbers, marginal notations and even remnants of wax seals! The facsimile is bound in vellum paper over card, with the title in red to the front and spine. Accompanied by an 18 page booklet (Arches paper) containing an introduction by Marchand. The limitation states that only 500 copies of this facsimile were produced. Both the facsimile and the booklet are held in a portfolio with a red cloth spine and paper-covered boards. The whole in a matching slipcase, red cloth…

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    Paris: Plon, 1955. First Edition Thus. A fascinating facsimile of the details of the trial of condemnation of Joan of Arc. Produced on heavy paper designed to imitate the original vellum. Pages are reproduced full size, and include page numbers, marginal notations and even remnants of wax seals! The facsimile is bound in vellum paper over card, with the title in red to the front and spine. Accompanied by an 18 page booklet (Arches paper) containing an introduction by Marchand. The limitation states that only 500 copies of this facsimile were produced. Both the facsimile and the booklet are held in a portfolio with a red cloth spine and paper-covered boards. The whole in a matching slipcase, red cloth spine and paper boards. The facsimile is obviously in its original Latin; the accompanying booklet is in modern French. Marchand was an important librarian at France's Bibliothèque de l'Assemblée Nationale.

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    Condition: The facsimile, booklet and portfolio are all in a fine condition. The slipcase is in a very good condition, with just general wear / bumping to the edges.

    Book ID: 2527
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  • Lives Of The Later Caesars by MAGIE, David
    MAGIE, David
    Lives Of The Later Caesars

    London: Folio Society, 2005. Full grey leather hardback. Top edges of pages silver. In original slipcase. Full of beautiful wood-engravings (including frontis) by Sue Scullard. xxxvii + 583 pp. 260 x 175 mm (10¼ x 7 inches). Superb volume of the early, more respectable sections of the Augustan History. These biographies, from Nerva to Numerian, are supposedly based on the writings of Marius Maximus but authorship is unknown and some insist they are the work of a 4th century forger. They remain, however, a key source for information on the emperors from Hadrian to Caracalla.

    Condition: Book and slipcase both in fine condition.

    Book ID: 2145
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  • Miscellanea Pictica: Containing The History of the Picts. by MAULE, Henry
    MAULE, Henry
    Miscellanea Pictica: Containing The History of the Picts. Sir Robert Sibbald's Account of the Picts From the History of Fife and Kinross and a Description of Pictish Antiquities Remaining in Scotland & Northern Islands.

    Edinburgh: D. Webster, 1818. In recent green buckram with gilt title to spine. Advertisement after title page is a message from D. Webster (the printer) starts "The first of these Tracts, generally known by the title of Maule's History of the Picts, is printed from the edition of Robert Freebairn, Edinburgh, 1706..." 116 pages. 225 x 130 mm (8¾ x 5 inches). This tract has also been ascribed to Sir James Balfour.

    Condition: Book and contents in a very good condition. Two neat ex libris to front pastedown. One is from the author J. L. Weir, and the other more modern is an attractive stamped version.

    Book ID: 2586
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  • Original Letters, written during the Reigns of Henry VI. Edward IV. and Richard III. By various persons of Rank of Consequence; by FENN, John.
    FENN, John.
    Original Letters, written during the Reigns of Henry VI. Edward IV. and Richard III. By various persons of Rank of Consequence; Containing Many Curious Anecdotes, relative to that turbulent and bloody, but hitherto dark, Period of our History; and Elucidating, not only Public Matters of State, but likewise the Private Manners of the Age: Digested in Chronological Order; with Notes, Historical and Explanatory; and Authenticated by Engravings of Autographs, Fac Similes, Paper-Marks, and Seals. In two volumes. The Second Editions with Additions and Corrections.

    Edition: Reprint

    London: G. G. J. and J. Robinson: 1787. Two volumes. Second Edition. Rebound in Burgundy library buckram. Includes 16 plates and a hand coloured frontis. to each volume. An additional coloured plate (the Badges of Lancaster) to Vol. 1. two hand coloured frontis plates, two engraved title pages, additional coloured plate, folding pedigree, 16 engraved plates. lxxxvii, (i), 301, (i). Additional engraved title, hand-coloured frontispiece, coloured plate, folding pedigree; (ii), 363, (i). Additional engraved title, handcoloured frontispiece, 16 engraved plates. Pp.

    Condition: The library buckram is clean and bright without damage. Inside, there are the usual library marks, as this was from a reference library they are not particularly intrusive. There is a little marking and light foxing to some pages, consistent with age. The folding pedigree has been neatly repaired some time ago, with a closed tear (not affecting text). Some nicking to the edges of the pages, with a few small neatly repaired tears. Overall a decent copy. There is a hand written page about the Paston Letters tipped in to the recto of the engraved title. (this would seem to be a transcript from "Notes and queries"

    Book ID: 1233
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  • Poliniae Testamentum by ALMEDINGEN, E. M.
    ALMEDINGEN, E. M.
    Poliniae Testamentum A poem

    Edition: First Edition

    London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1942. First edition in dust wrapper. Limited to 500 copies - this being copy 406. signed by the author with a gift inscription to the front end paper. A poem of Poland's history from the earliest known beginnings to the time of writing (The second world war). Published at perhaps the darkest point of the war, the author tries to hold on to the belief that good will triumph. 94 pp.

    Condition: The dust wrapper (now protected in clear removable acetate) has a small chip to the bottom edge of the spine, and a slight nicking elsewhere - otherwise clean and tidy. A touch of darkening to the white rear panel. The book itself is clean and tidy inside and out.

    Book ID: 1446
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  • Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain. by LODGE, Edmund.
    LODGE, Edmund.
    Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain. Oliver Cromwell - portrait and biography abstracted from Lodge.

    London: Henry G. Bohn, 1850. An engraved portrait of Oliver Cromwell. Engraved by Walker, taken from the collection of Earl Spencer at Althorp. There is also an 18 page biography of Cromwell by Lodge - taken from his Portraits of Illustrious Personages - volume V. portrait & 75-92 pp

    Condition: Although disbound, both the portrait and the biography are clean and tidy. There is a touch of darkening to the pages only. Now held in a protective cellophane packet. The biography largely has uncut pages. Overall a nice little piece.

    Book ID: 1381
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