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Arguments In Favour of the practicability of relieving the able-bodied poor by finding employment for them; and of the beneficial consequences of such employment both to the morals of the poor & the national wealth. Addressed to the Committee on the Poor Laws. By Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges Maidstone [MP & literary editor]., BRYDGES, Sir Samuel Egerton.
1 BRYDGES, Sir Samuel Egerton. Arguments In Favour of the practicability of relieving the able-bodied poor by finding employment for them; and of the beneficial consequences of such employment both to the morals of the poor & the national wealth. Addressed to the Committee on the Poor Laws. By Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges Maidstone [MP & literary editor].
[The Pamphleteer Vol 11 No 21, 1817]. Disbound from The Pamphleteer, c.30pp, clean & crisp. 
Still a topical pamphlet. Brydges is best known for his editorial work on early literature. But as MP for Maidstone he was actively involved both with the Copyright Bill and with the poor laws. First issued separately Bensley for Longmans 1817. 
Price: 40.00 GBP
 
 
2 CAFFYNS Ltd. Caffyns Ltd : Motorists [sic] Maps of England & Wales.
No publisher, no date [c. 1930]. Limp cloth covers with illustrative design in black. Narrow 8vo, pp16 text + 36pp coloured road maps, an excellent copy. 
Rare : no copy listed in COPAC, which otherwise lists only one other Caffyn publication. Caffyns was the major Motor Car Engineers for the whole of Sussex. The text here details their eight branches - at Eastbourne, Bexhill, Brighton, Haywards Heath, Heathfiled, Hove, Lewes and Worthing - with superb illustrations of all their state-of-the-art period premises and numerous gleaming period automobiles. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
 
 
How Markets Fail : the logic of economic calamities., CASSIDY, John.
3 CASSIDY, John. How Markets Fail : the logic of economic calamities.
Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2009. First English Edition, red cloth boards lettered black, in striking illustrated dustwrappers. Large 8vo (c.24 x 16 cms), c.pp398, a fine copy with the vulnerable mainly white unclipped dustwrappers also in fine condition. 
An excellent and easily read explanatory narrative of the financial crash that began in 2007, together with an exposure of its cultural and historical roots from Adam Smith to Alan Greenspan. The author, John Cassidy, is an award-winning writer for The New Yorker and the Sunday Times. First published in the same year in the USA by Farrar, Starus & Giroux. 
Price: 24.00 GBP
 
 
4 GREAT YARMOUTH. The Visitor's Guide To The Town and Neighbourhood of Great Yarmouth.
Great Yarmouth, Cooper 1853. First Edition, original blue cloth gilt. Small 8vo [binding c.18 x 11 cms], c.pp108, neat booklabel on endpaper, very slight wear, but a very good copy of a fragile little book. With a folding map + 6 plates. 
Scarce. No copies located in any British library. 
Price: 110.00 GBP
 
 
5 GROUNDS, Roger. Ferns
Pelham Books 1974. First Edition, green buckram gilt, with slightly worn illustrated dustwrappers. Small 4to [binding c.22.5 x 18 cms], pp264, small attractive modern booklabel on front pastedown [mainly hidden behind dustwrapper flap], a very good copy. Includes 61 illustrations in the text : and with 16pp colour plates showing 22 subjects. 
'The first definitive book to appear on this subject since the height of the Victorian fern craze. It is devoted not only to the ferns of the British Isles and other varieties, but also to the ferns of the other temperate regions of the world, including the North American continent and Australasia, and their varieties'. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
 
 
6 HARDY, Edward. How To Repel Invasion. The Rural Police of England an auxiliary to Rifle Corps, in Two Letters to Arthur Kinglake Esq., Justice of the Peace for Somerset, by Edward Hardy, R.N., Inspecting Commander, Coast Guard, Bristol Channel. Second Edition.
London, Robert Hardwicke [1859]. Second Edition, c.pp20, very good in modern wrappers. 
A rare pamphlet in the controversial National Defence scare. Hardy had been a naval officer involved in British assistance to Garibaldi : at this time he was an Inspecting Commander of the Bristol Channel coast guard. *** The British Library is the only library to hold a copy of the 1st Edition, which was issued in the same year. Copies of this 2nd Edition are held only by the BL, the Bodleian in Oxford, and Cambridge University Library. The NUC records only one copy held in the USA, again only the 2nd Edition as here. 
Price: 110.00 GBP
 
 
7 HENREY, Blanche. British Botanical & Horticultural Literature before 1800. Comprising a history & bibliography of botanical & horticultural books printed in England, Scotland & Ireland from the earliest times until 1800.
Oxford University Press 1975. First Edition, 3 Vols, small folios [bindings c.28 x 19 cms], original grey cloth lettered in gilt, neat modern booklabel on front pastedowns. Total c.1235pp, and with 32 colour plates and 162 other illustrations. Gilt cloth just slightly marked, else a very good set. 
Superb prize-winning historical and bibliographical work. 
Price: 85.00 GBP
 
 
8 HIBBERD, Shirley. The Amateur's Flower Garden. A handy guide to the formation and management of the flower garden and the cultivation of garden flowers. New Edition : revised by T. W. Sanders.
London, Collingridge 1897. Green cloth lettered in gilt and illustrated in yellow and blue. Thick 8vo [binding c.18.5 x 12 cms], pp.viii, 348 + [8] advts, some light scattered foxing, binding bit dulled, a good stout copy. With folding coloured frontispiece and many other illustrations in the text, some full-page. 

Price: 15.00 GBP
 
 
9 HOOKER, William Jackson. The British Flora : comprising the phaenogamous or flowering plants, and the ferns. The Second Edition, with additions and corrections.
London, Longman, Rees &c 1831. 2nd Edition, attractive modern calf spine with blue morocco label, over contemporary marbled paper boards and calf-tipped corners. Tall 12mo [binding c. 20.5 x 12 cms], pp.xii, 479, front paste-down with small and very attractive modern woodcut booklabel of a seated classical female figure playing a lute [very much in the style of Vivien Gribble]. Corners and edges of boards a little rubbed or scuffed, blank lower corners of 2 leaves of index nipped away, else a very good copy. 
This copy with an elegant inscription in Latin on a blank prelim presenting the book as a prize to Alexander Simpson from James Davidson for his studies in Natural History at Marischal College, Aberdeen, dated April 1839. *** Sir William Jackson Hooker 1785 - 1865 was one of the outstanding botanists of the period. He was born and educated in Norwich, and became Professor of Botany at Glasgow University and the first Director of Kew Gardens in London. *** 'The present volume may be said to terminate with the Ferns. A future one ... will contain the rest of the Orders of the Class Cryptogamia; and will be published in such a form that it may eithe be considered the secon volume of the British Flora, or the fifth of Sir J. E. Smith's English Flora' [Introduction]. 
Price: 110.00 GBP
 
 
Ecole De Cavalerie : contenant la connoissance, l'instruction et la conservation du cheval. Par M. de la Gueriniere, Ecuyer du Roi., HORSEMANSHIP : La Gueriniere.
10 HORSEMANSHIP : La Gueriniere. Ecole De Cavalerie : contenant la connoissance, l'instruction et la conservation du cheval. Par M. de la Gueriniere, Ecuyer du Roi.
Paris, par La Compagnie 1769. 2 Vols [19.5 x 12 cms], mid 19thC[?] hard-grain calf/morocco gilt in very elegant Regency style, a.e.g. With portrait + 3 large folding plates [linen-backed] + 30 other plates, total c.pp638. Endpaper with simple 18thC armorial bookplate of Sir Henry Hunloke of Wingerworth, Derbyshire, and a small calligraphic modern booklabel. Text & engravings exceptionally clean & crisp, a very fine copy in a handsome Regency-style binding. 
Last French Edition of the classic French work on horsemanship. First published in 1731 in two small-format 16mo vols : in 1736 the first 8vo Edition was issued : and in its 1733 Folio Edition it is considered one of the most beautiful French books on the horse. It was later translated into many different languages and for long remained highly influential throughout Europe. See Brunet. See Mennessier : Bib Hippique. 
Price: 900.00 GBP
 
 
11 HULME, F. Edward. Familiar Wild Flowers : Series 1 - 7 : with coloured plates.
London, Cassell & Co 1902. Complete in 7 Vols, publisher's simple green bobbled cloth, spines ruled in blind and lettered in gilt. 8vos [bindings c.19.5 x 13 cms], couple of boards a trifle patchy, Vol 1 more so. Internally very bright and attractive. Each volume with 40 colour plates and 80 text illustrations [total c.280 colour plates and 560 illustrations]. 
Hulme's major work, issued in parts from 1878 to 1909. Each flower is illustrated with a full-page colour plate : its form and varieties are described, as are its habitat and medicinal uses. Hulme attended what is now the Royal College of Art, and subsequently taught drawing at Marlborough College and at King's College, London. In 1869 he was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society. 
Price: 80.00 GBP
 
 
12 IRELAND : Sir Robert Kane. The Industrial Resources Of Ireland.
Dublin UP for Hodges & Smith 1844. First Edition, gilt cloth neatly rebacked retaining original backstrip. C.pp430, text slightly darkened and just a bit spotted, an excellent stout copy. With the tipped-in errata slip between p.xii and p.1. 
Important book on 'the development of industries in Ireland . and the various sources of fuel, water-power, mines, agriculture & manufactures' [DNB]. Goldsmith 33577. 
Price: 90.00 GBP
 
 
13 Lonsdale, John Smith, photographer. [Volume of Victorian Family Photographs c.1860s].
London, Lonsdale [c.1860s]. Handsome morocco volume c. 15 x 12 cms containing family photographs. Comprises 23 photo portraits inserted front and back into 12 thick card leaves each printed with gilt arched frames, and bound in dark green morocco handsomely decorated in gilt and blind, the card leaves with all edges gilt, the binding with double brass clasps. In excellent condition. 
A series of single-figure studio portraits by John Smith Lonsdale, who advertises himself here as : Artist & Photographer, 100 Fleet Street, London E.C. *** Lonsdale was born in Scotland in 1829, and seems to have worked only briefly as a photographer : from 1863 - 1864 in his Fleet Street studio, and from 1864 - 1869 at 54 Chancery Lane. He also had a brief career as a portrait painter 1866 - 1867. Lonsdale died at St Pancras in London in 1897. *** Photographs by Lonsdale appear to be scarce : the Victoria & Albert Museum locates only one, an 1860s portrait of Alice Marriott, the celebrated actress-manager of Sadlers Wells best-known for her role as Hamlet. 
Price: 110.00 GBP
 
 
14 MICHELL, Nicholas of Cornwall. Ruins Of Many Lands [Petra : Egypt : the Americas : Indian rock temples : Verona Amphitheatre &c &c]. A Descriptive Poem [with extensive notes in prose].
London, William Tegg & Co 1849. First Edition, contemporary half calf elegantly gilt, black morocco label. Portrait of Michell & c.pp290, bound without half-title[?], binding a little scuffed or darkened, else a very good copy. The 5 plates of ruins at Petra, Thebes, Pompeii, Verona, and Baalbec are quite browned at the edges : the book is otherwise internally clean and crisp. 
The scarce First Edition of a long poetical work comprising 'Descriptions of nearly all the existing remains of ancient peoples & kingdoms in the old & new world' [DNB] : arranged in three sections as Ruins of the Dark Era, the Classical Era, and Miscellaneous Ages respectively : and with very extensive prose notes. *** Michell 1807 - 1880 was a Cornish writer encouraged by Thomas Campbell & other literati. This is his first successful book : by 1875 it had run through six editions. *** Copies of this First Edition are held only at the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, and at the Bodleian L:ibrary and Cambridge University Library. The NUC Catalogue locates 1 copy only in American libraries. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
 
 
15 RUSKIN, John. The Stones Of Venice : Introductory Chapters and Local Indices (printed separately) for the use of travellers while staying in Venice and Verona. Vol 1 the 3rd Edition (revised) 1884. Vol 2 the 2nd Edition 1885.
Orpington, Kent, George Allen 1884 & 1885. 2 Volumes, publisher's original dark green roan gilt. 8vos [bindings c.18 x 12 cms], c.pp310 + 368, with all edges of the text block gilt. Name stamp of William Peers of Bury on blank corner of title-page and on endpaper, and small attractive modern woodcut booklabel on front paste-down. Vol 1 backstrip bit rubbed and joints splitting, Vol 2 in very good condition, both vols very clean and fresh internally. 
Pocket Edition - edited down by Ruskin himself - of the original very extensive text of The Stones Of Venice. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
 
 
16 SCOTT, Sir Walter : and Reginald Heber. The Field Of Waterloo : a poem [BOUND WITH] Europe : lines on the present war by Reginald Heber [BOUND WITH] The Gentleman's Magazine January 1822 *and* Feb 1822. By Sylavanus Urban, gent.
Scott's Field Of Waterloo, Edinburgh, Constable &c 1815 : Heber's Europe, London, Hatchard 1809 : Gentleman's Magazine, London, John Nichols 1822. 3 Titles, all First Editions, in 1 Volume. First Edition Scott, pp54 but bound without half-title : First Edition Heber, ppviii + 32 but bound without half-title : First Edition Gentleman's Magazine, frontispiece + 3 plates + pp192. Bound together in contemporary half calf, spine elegantly gilt and titled Poems &c, slight wear or rubbing to extremeties of binding, a little dried along hinges and head of upper joint cracking along 1 inch at the top section, else a very good mellow copy. 
Scott was fascinated by Napoleon and later wrote a 7-volume biography of him. This famous poem resulted from Scott's trip to the site of Waterloo - in fact his very first trip abroad - a mere six weeks after the battle. The proceeds of the poem went to support the dependents of those who had been slaughtered there. 'Like many of his generation, he saw the Emperor's defeat by Wellington as the decisive moment of history. At Waterloo, Scott found the ground still torn with shot and shell and rutted with the wheels of the ordinance. He was able to buy two cuirasses for his armoury at Abbotsford. He was given a manuscript collection of French songs, picked up on the battlefield, and two of Napoleon's pistols taken from his carriage . He was conducted over the field by Scottish officers who had fought the action only weeks before. Hitherto Scott's soldiering had been confined to drill with the Edinburgh Volunteer Cavalry, and to his own descriptions of battles in Marmion and Waverley : here was the real thing' [Anderson : TLS 1993]. *** The poem Europe is an early work by Heber, a friend of Walter Scott and later Bishop of Calcutta. *** Neither title is listed in The Sandler Collection. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
 
 
17 SITWELL, Sacheverell. Southern Baroque Revisited.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1967. * Presentation Copy.* Roy.8vo, c.pp320, neat little endpaper booklabel, gilt cloth, excellent bright copy. Includes 96pp b&w plates showing c.142 subjects + 15 colour plates. 
Inscribed by Sacheverell Sitwell to Patrick Hadley thus : 'For Paddy with love and all good wishes from Sachie. 21 October 1967'. 
Price: 65.00 GBP
 
 
18 SMITH, William. The Uses and Abuses of Domestic Animals.
London, Jarrold & Sons [1887]. First Edition, original red cloth with a striking design in black and gilt. C.pp193, an excellent bright copy. With 11 full-page plates and 8 text illustrations. Also with numerous decorative head and tail-pieces, and decorative opening initials. 
Scarce children's book : only 3 copies located in Copac. * A relatively early example of Animal Rights in which Smith states 'man's duty towards all animals kept by him for his use, comfort or pleasure - not forgetting to show the many unnecessary sufferings that are caused to these poor dumb creatures by men and children, through want of thought for, and utter ignorance of, their nature, habits, and requirements.' With chapters on the avoidance of cruelty to many common domestic and farm animals : and also including separate chapters on the elephant and on the camel respectively. * The illustrations are probably by a variety of artists : at least two of the full page plates are by Harrison Weir 1824 - 1906, the highly successful natural history illustrator who was 'steadfast in his devotion to animal welfare' (Ingpen). Weir originated the first cat show, and was an expert breeder and judge of poultry. * The author is most probably William Smith, the Scottish architect of Balmoral Castle. 'Smith's only interests outwith architecture were music, children and animals' (DSA). 
Price: 75.00 GBP
 
 
19 SYMONDS, John Addington. Our Life In The Swiss Highlands.
Black 1892. 
Essays by Symonds and his daughter Margaret. Includes much on Davos : also A Four Days' Sleigh-Drive : Swiss Athletic Sports : and Tobogganing On A Glacier. 
Price: 55.00 GBP
 
 
20 THOMPSON, Robert. The Gardener's Assistant : Practical and Scientific. A guide to the formation and management of the kitchen, fruit and flower garden &c &c.
London, Blackie & Son [1859]. First Edition, contemporary half calf with green morocco label, over dark green pebble cloth boards. Small folio [binding c. 25.5 x 17 cms], pp.[iii] - xv, verso blank, 774, bound without half-title [?], spine faded and just chipped at extreme head, corners lightly scuffed. Contents very clean and crisp, an excellent solid copy. 
With 12 superb hand-coloured plates as issued : and with 268 woodcut illustrations in the text of plants, layouts, greenhouses, tools and other equipment. *** The hand-coloured plates [engraved by Thomas Dick and by J. W. Lowry] are by Augustus Innes Baker Withers 1792 - 1869, one of the outstanding illustrators of the day. She contributed to many famous works including Bateman's Orchidaceae of Mexico, and Maund's The Botanist. She was appointed Flower Painter in Ordinary to Queen Adelaide and later to Queen Victoria, and for many years exhibited at the Royal Academy. 'Her work is often raised for its accuracy, tight composition and rich use of colour' [Studio Botanika]. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
 
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