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1 Byng, John, Viscount Torrington. Edited by Donald Adamson. RIDES ROUND BRITAIN.
London Folio Society 1996 Hard Cover Very Good Anne Hayward. 
505 pp, 8vo (8" H). Bound in quarter orange-brown buckram, Ann Muir marbled paper boards; dark brown endpapers. Plain dark brown slipcase. Frontispiece and 25 half-page and smaller b&w engravings by Anne Hayward, 9 maps by Denys Baker. A countryman at heart, Byng travelled throughout Britain on horseback whenever his position at the Stamp Office would allow him to escape from London. As a chronicler of the eighteenth-century, "Byng travels with an observant though never a roving eye. At times it is the eye of the modern photo-journalist, as when he records a meeting with Humphrey Repton, visits Sarah Siddons in her dressing-room at Birmingham, or glimpses Warren Hastings changing horses on his way to Daylesford. At other times his eye is more like that of the self-taught but well-trained artist, as when he admires the flickering tapers of Yordas Cave or the Kentish hop-pickers working in all haste among the twinkling lights of the hopfields. At Cromford in Derbyshire the bustle and brilliance of Arkwright's great cotton 'manufactory' even blind him to what he basically regards as the horrors of creeping industrialism: 'The cotton mills,' he observes, 'seven storeys high and fill'd with inhabitants, remind me of a first-rate man of war and, when they are lighted up on a dark night, look most luminously beautiful.' As is now widely acknowledged, (Byng) is one of the greatest British travellers of the eighteenth or indeed of any century. Not only has he produced an excellent travel guide (as, in a way, he intended to do); his work is also a major contribution to the social history of England and Wales - and especially Welsh social history. (This book) is, finally, a masterpiece of social observation, written with as fine an eye for detail as Jane Austen's and (like Pepys diary) superb in its delineation of its author's own character." Some light rubbing to paper on boards. Slipcase has minor rubbing and one very small edge bump. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
2 Duffy, Michael, ed. (Larry D. Gragg, J.D. Alsop, Edward Sargent, David Eastwood, John H. Harland, Michael Whitby, Lawrence Phillips, C.D. Lee, Canon Peter Raban, A.G.E. Jones, J.E. de Courcy Ireland.) THE MARINER'S MIRROR. THE JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY FOR NAUTICAL RESEARCH. VOL. 77 NO. 2. MAY 1991.
Society for Nautical Research, Portsmouth, 1991. 
Paging runs 101 - 212, 9 9/16" H, soft cover. B&w illustrations. Contents include: Shipmasters in Early Barbados; British Intelligence for the North Atlantic Theatre of the War of Spanish Succession; The Planning and Early Buildings of the West In dia Docks; The Design of Winches Used at Sea in the 1800s; In Defence of Home Waters: Doctrine and Training in the Canadian Navy During the 1930s; Lord Torrington's Trial; A 'Prussian' Privateer in 1759; Interpreters in the Royal Navy; Ski n B o a t s , e tc. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor rubbing and soiling, minor wrinkle at top edge of front cover and first page, book slightly cocked. Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
3 Kilbourn, William. INTIMATE GRANDEUR: ONE HUNDRED YEARS AT MASSEY HALL.
Toronto Stoddart 1993 0773727426 / 9780773727427 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
161 pp, small 4to (10 1/4" H). B&w photographs, reproductions, colour plates. "(S)pins marvellous tales of boxing matches, typing contests, peace rallies, military musters, beauty pageants, Shakespeare in Yiddish, labour and political conventions, religious conventicles, temperance meetings, and rock and roll extravaganzas. For the past 100 years Massey Hall has witnessed a dazzling human cavalcade: Winston Churchill, Betrand Russell, Anna Pavlova, Jack Dempsey, Glenn Gould, Dr. Spock, George Gershwin, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Isadora Duncan, Stompin' Tom Connors, Rudyard Kipling, Sergei Rachmaninov, Thomas Mann, Charlie Parker, Tom Longboat, Igor Stravinsky, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Will Rogers, the Dalai Lama, and the Barenaked Ladies. All have trodden the boards of the Old Lady of Shuter Street, which has served as a kind of magic lantern displaying the tastes and passions of Canadians in the 20th century. Chronicles the personalities behind the building of the Hall and the formation of the world-renowned Mendelssohn Choir and Toronto Symphony. We meet Hart Almerrin Massey, the family patriarch who bankrolled the Hall and dedicated it to the memory of Charles Albert, one of his sons. And we encounter the genius of Dr. Augustus Vogt, the founder of the Mendelssohn, and witness the mastery and merriment of the Toronto Symphony's Sir Ernest MacMillan, a man Roberston Davies has said 'set new standards of taste, purged the repertoire, and demanded a new quality of attention'. In the end, though, it is Massey Hall that emerges as the chief character in Kilbourn's lyrical evocation of time and place." Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top of spine. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 


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