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Hutchinson, London, 1986, first edition. 
300 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0091555906 B&w plates. "For more than 250 years Mayfair has been the best address in London - rivalled now by Belgravia but still a glamorous and desirable place in which to live and work. I n this century it has had a glittering image as the playground of high society, and Mayfair is still shorthand for a moneyed way of life, though these days the money comes mainly from expense accounts and Middle East oil wells. And the des i r a b l e p roperties in the glossy ads in 'Country Life' and 'Tatler' are more likely to be offices than private homes. From its raffish Restoration origins this has been an area which boasted an extraordinary mixture of residents, from member s of C ha rl es II ' s court to Clive of India, Beau Brummell, Mrs Fitzherbert (who secretly married the Prince Regent in the drawing-room of a house in Park Street), through eminent Victorians like Disraeli and Florence Nightingale to plutocrats l ike Ba rne y B arn a to an d J.P. Morgan, and leaders of pre-war society like the Mountbattens and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Until the late nineteenth century it was also a village of all the talents, a cross-section of society where aristocrats and art isan s li ved back t o b ack a nd their neighbours included politicans, playwrights, poets and craftsmen. Finally, in this fascinating social history, Carol Kennedy looks hard at post-war Mayfair; at what happens on the real-life Monopol y bo ard w hen t he le ases fall in ." Slig ht darkening to top of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 27.50 USD
London George Allen & Unwin 1980 0047890061 / 9780047890062 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
186 pp, 10" H. B&w photographs, drawings/diagrams. "(A) complete handbook on the techniques of musical box conservation. It is written by a world authority on automatic musical instruments who has had more than a quarter of a century's practical workshop experience and will serve as a clear and comprehensive introduction for the novice and an invaluable reference book for the experienced or expert restorer. Step by step the author (goes) through all the stages of repair and restoration from simple processes such as cleaning and adjustment to involved, complex and delicate tasks such as replacing broken teeth in musical combs and repinning cylinders. (He) also advises, where relevant, on the use of modern materials and preparations which may on occasion be necessary in this type of work. A section of repairing musical box cases offers advice on all aspects of restoration, from curing woodworm to the right way to remove the veneer from a veneered panel. The book concludes with a useful glossary of musical box components, including their English, French and German equivalents." Very minor toning to edges of text block, small bookstore label on front pastedown, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 45.00 USD

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