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LLOYD'S MEDALS, 1836-1989.  A HISTORY OF MEDALS AWARDED BY THE CORPORATION OF LLOYD'S.  (AWARDS FOR COURAGE AND EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES.), Gawler, Jim.
101 Gawler, Jim. LLOYD'S MEDALS, 1836-1989. A HISTORY OF MEDALS AWARDED BY THE CORPORATION OF LLOYD'S. (AWARDS FOR COURAGE AND EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES.)
Toronto Hart 1989 0969373201 / 9780969373209 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good - 
180 pp, 4to (11 11/16" H). B&w photographs, reproductions. Contents: Introduction; Lloyd's Medal for Saving Life (at Sea); Lloyd's Medal for Meritorious Services; Lloyd's Medals for Services to Lloyd's; Lloyd's War Medal for Bravery at Sea; Bars, Designers; Alphabetical Index of Medal recipients. "(A) complete history of the medals awarded by the Corporation of Lloyd's since inception (providing) details of a cross-section of awards. The index gives a full list of recipients, and covers the period of awards up to the end of December, 1989." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, heaby bump at bottom of rear hinge area. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
SCENES OF MEDIEVAL LIFE.  3 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE.  1. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY.  2. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE.  3. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE., Gies, Joseph and Gies, Frances.  Preface by Judith Herrin.
102 Gies, Joseph and Gies, Frances. Preface by Judith Herrin. SCENES OF MEDIEVAL LIFE. 3 VOLUME SET IN SLIPCASE. 1. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY. 2. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE. 3. LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE.
London Folio Society 2002 Hard Cover Very Good+ 
244 pp, 252 pp, 232 pp - 3 volumes, 9" H, bound in blocked printed parchment (colour illustrations on front boards), gilt lettering on spines. Volumes 1 & 3 have map endpapers, all three volumes have colour and b&w plates. Red slipcase with gilt titling on one side. Volume 1 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue; Troyes: 1250; A Burgher's Home; A Medieval Housewife; Childbirth and Children; Weddings and Funerals; Small Business; Big Business; The Doctor; The Church; The Cathedral; Schools and Scholars; Books and Authors; The New Theatre; Disasters; Town Govern-ment; The Champagne Fair; After 1250; Genealogy of the Counts of Champagne; Notes; Bibliography; Index. Volume 2 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue: Elton; The Village Emerges; The English Village: Elton; The Lord; The Villagers: Who They Were; The Villagers: How They Lived; Marriage and the Family; The Village at Work; The Parish; Village Justice; The Passing of the Medi-eval Village; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Volume 3 contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Prologue: Chepstow Castle; The Castle Comes to England; The Lord of the Castle; The Castle as a House; The Lady; The Household; A Day in the Castle; Hunting as a Way of Life; The Villagers; The Making of a Knight; The Castle at War; The Castle Year; The Decline of the Castle; Great Medieval Castles: A Geographical Guide; Glossary of Castle Terms; Glossary of Feudal Terms; Bibliography; Index. A few very tiny dents on some board edges, volume 2 has a tiny foxing mark on bottom of text block and very small faint foxing mark on fore-edge of each board. Slipcase has minor rubbing, and two very small soiling marks on one side panel. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
103 Gilbert, Adrian; Wilson, Alan; Blackett, Baram. THE HOLY KINGDOM. THE QUEST FOR THE REAL KING ARTHUR.
London Bantam 1998 0593040627 / 9780593040621 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
379 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w maps, family trees, colour photographs. "(T)he authors, using ancient historical records, show that Britain was never fully conquered by the Romans but retained its culture, its royal families intermarrying with the Caesars. With the coming of Joseph of Arimathea in AD 37, its kings became converts to Christianity and the island the secret home of many of Jesus's followers. Out of these crosswinds blowing from Rome and Judea emerged the Holy Kingdom that was eventually to give birth to Constantine the Great and turn the whole Roman Empire to Christianity. Two British kings, both named Arthur - one, Arthur I of Warwickshire, the fourth-century son of the emperor Magnus Maximus, the other his sixth-century descendant and a king of Glamorgan - stand out like beacons in a darkening world. Their careers rolled into one and elaborated upon by the medieval poets, they became the single King Arthur of myth and legend. As a result of research going back over forty years, the authors are able to reveal the location of the graves of both Arthurs, the burial place of the 'true cross of Christ' and many other mysteries. This astounding book, corrects the falsified notions of history perpetuated by earlier scholars to reveal a deeper and more exciting vision. It uncovers a secret historical current that links our own times with the mysteries of Arthur and the Holy Grail. In doing so, it challenges many orthodox beliefs perpetuated by a Church which long ago lost touch with its roots." Light browning to edges of text block - migrates very lightly into page margins, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny tear at top of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minoe edge wear, tiny tear at top of spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE HARPUR TRUST 1552-1973., Godber, Joyce.
104 Godber, Joyce. THE HARPUR TRUST 1552-1973.
Harpur Trust, Bedford, 1973, first edition. 
191 pp, small 4to (10" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0950291706 Map endpapers. B&w plates. "On 27 February 1574 died Sir William Harpur - a Bedford boy who went to London, became Lord Mayor, and endowed his old school. On 4 August 1873 Qu een Victoria approved a revision of the scheme under which the Harpur Trust operates. This book traces in lively detail the educational battles of the past up to those of today. It shows how the Trust till 1897 supplied practically all Be d f o r d ' s e ducation. It describes how government intervention obliged the Trust to concentrate on four main schools, which have since become know all over the world. The subject matter goes beyond Bedford and Bedfordshire. The book oulines th e ba si s fo r t he Trust's work, the development of farmland in the village of Holborn to becoming part of the heart of London. This endowment has made the Trust one of the most important educational foundations in the country. Comparisons wi th ot her sc ho ols i nd ica te the rich complexity of England's educational system. The influx of service and professional families brought to Bedford boys and girls who later served country and Commonwealth, and an appendix gives some indicatio n o f t heir ran ge of s erv ice ." Additional appendices: Officers of the Trust; Headmasters and Headmistresses; Memorials to Harpur; The exchange of 1654. Light edge wear, slight bump at bottom corner of front board, light wrinkling at bottom of spi ne, tiny speck on bott om o f te xtb lock. Dust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling, very light soiling and rubbing, tiny closed puncture on both flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
105 Godwin, George. VANCOUVER: A LIFE, 1757-1798.
London Philip Allan 1930 First Edition Hard Cover Good 
308 pp, 9 1/8" H. Pale lilac/gray cloth with dark blue lettering/banding on spine. B&w reproductions, charts - all present, including large folded map in pocket at rear. Contents: Preface; Early Days; With Cook to Hawaii; With Rodney and Gardner; The Nootka Affair; Start of the Great Voyages; Otahiti; The Fabled Coast; Quadra and Vancouver; The Spanish Settlements; The Lawgiver; Northward Again; The Southern Track; King George Men; Alaska; Homeward Bound; Work and Worry; The Last Year; Appendix; Bibliography; Index. Tiny scuffs to fore-edge of pages 277 to 298, rear map has one tiny tear archivally taped and one or two wrinkles, very light browning to edges of text block, a few tiny foxing marks and faint small stains on boards, light fading to spine color. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
106 Gordon, E.O. Appendices by Rev. John Griffith. PREHISTORIC LONDON: ITS MOUNDS AND CIRCLES.
London Covenant Publishing 1946 Fourth Edition (Revised) Hard Cover Very Good+ Fair 
159 pp, 8 11/16" H. B&w illustrations. Chapter headings: I. On the Religion, Race, Language and Literature of Pre-Christian Britain; II. On the Open-air Sanctuaries of Comparative Antiquity and Places of National Assembly of Pre-Christian Times in Britain; III. Schliemann and Sayce's Researches Afford Evidence of Kinship Between Trojans and Britons; Brutus, the Trojan Prince, Founder of the British Dynasty; His Landing at Totnes Commemorated from Time Immemorial on the Accession of a Sovereign; British Laws Traced by Legal Authority to Trojan Source; Troy Towns or Mazes in London, Winchester and Elsewhere; British Kings Buried at the Bryn Gwyn, Billingsgate and Ludgate; Lleuver Mawr Builds a Church on the Druidic Circle at Westminster and Preserves the Use of the Druidic Sanctuary; Origin of Broad Arrow; The Continuity of Druidic Worship of the Most High to be Traced in the National Gorsedds or Eisteddfods of Wales, Solemnized Within a Circle of Twelve Stones by Members of the Oldest Educational Order in the "Oldest Living Language in Europe". Spine is slightly twisted, crease down top half of spine, light edge wear, light rubbing on spine, some very faint tiny foxing marks on edges of text block, previous owner's small ident label on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has been clipped on front flap, several small and large chips, several old tape repairs to edge tears, light browning on spine, light edge wear/rubbing. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE STORY OF OUR RAILWAYS., Gordon, W.J.
107 Gordon, W.J. THE STORY OF OUR RAILWAYS.
London The Religious Tract Society New Monumental Edition. Hard Cover Good- 
159 pp (17) pp of publisher's advertising, 7 1/2" H. No date. Red cloth with black lettering/banding on spine, black lettering/decoration on front board. 22 b&w illustrations including frontispiece (collated). Contents: The Railway in Its Infancy; The Railroad as It is; The London and North-Western; The Midland; The Great Western; The North-Eastern and Great Northern; The Great Eastern; The Lancashire and Yorkshire; The London and South-Western; Other English Lines; The Scottish Lines; Conclusion. Bookplate on front pastedown, some separation between several page gatherings - pages still firmly held in binding, small areas of light soiling on a few pages, small crease at top corner of approx. pages 24 to 54 - small piece missing at top corner of page leaf 23/24, small ghost sticker mark on front board, light edge wear - more at top/bottom of spine with wrinkling, light fading/darkening to spine color, light soiling/rubbing to boards. Book is protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
THE SPHERE.  ROYAL MARRIAGE NUMBER.  NOVEMBER 29, 1947.  VOL. CXCI NO. 2495., Gore, John; Graves, Charles, et al.
108 Gore, John; Graves, Charles, et al. THE SPHERE. ROYAL MARRIAGE NUMBER. NOVEMBER 29, 1947. VOL. CXCI NO. 2495.
London The Sphere 1947 Stapled in Wraps Good 
Paging runs 257 - 292, 13 3/8" H, magazine format. Profusely illustrated with b&w, sepiatone and colour photographs. The wedding of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) to Prince Philip. Interior - very light wrinkling in gutters of pages, minor wrinkling to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear - mainly on spine, very light soft wrinkles on covers, small closed tear at bottom of spine, small crease at bottom of front hinge, rubbing and a few tiny edge tears on rear cover, minor rubbing on front cover. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MR. TIBBETS'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL.  SLIGHTLY FOXED EDITIONS NO. 15.  (TIBBIT'S), Graham, Ysenda Maxtone.  Preface by A.N. Wilson.  Afterword By Julian Fellowes.
109 Graham, Ysenda Maxtone. Preface by A.N. Wilson. Afterword By Julian Fellowes. MR. TIBBETS'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL. SLIGHTLY FOXED EDITIONS NO. 15. (TIBBIT'S)
London Slightly Foxed 2011 190656227X / 9781906562274 First, Limited Edition. Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket - (as issued) Kath Walker. 
199 pp, 7" H. No. 1792 in a limited edition of 2000. B&w drawings. Medium blue cloth with gilt lettering & decoration on spine, blindstamped logo on front board. Integral ribbon bookmark. The story of a Catholic prep school, opened in London in 1934. Includes anecdotes from "Old Boys" about their unconventional schooldays, including the horrors of school food ("lumpy custard; fish pie 'with bones'; liver 'with tubes'; water mash 'with eyes'; and a particularly nasty blancmange, whose thick unyielding skin was lightly topped with a layer of dust'). It describes an eccentric staff - "Many smoked and drank to a heroic extent, while corporal punishment was meted out with, it must be said, rather shocking regularity." "But the boys had fun, too. In general, they liked the emphasis on sport and all revelled in the Ascension Day outing to Box Hill where they were encouraged to do battle with water pistols (the teachers wore plastic macs). They were taught boxing and ballroom dancing; they had singing lessons - they learned English, French, Latin and maths, but not, for many years, science, for Mr Tibbits held that 'gentleman do not study science'." Quotes from an article by Sue Gaisford. Minor wrinkle at top of spine, very slight fading to top 1/4" of front board, several tiny spots of color loss at fore-edge and top edge of boards - also at bottom of rear hinge, one tiny corner bump. 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
PALACE EXTRAORDINARY:  THE STORY OF ST JAMES'S., Graves, Charles.
110 Graves, Charles. PALACE EXTRAORDINARY: THE STORY OF ST JAMES'S.
Cassell, London, 1963, first edition. 
245 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "St James's Palace is one of London's most famous landmarks, its Tudor clock-tower familiar to residents and visitors in its dramatic position at the far end of St James's Street. T here is, however, no other building in London of comparable age about which so little is known, since the public is rarely allowed beyond the well-known facade. Ironically enough, the site on which Henry VIII had the palace built for Anne B o l e y n w a s once occupied by a nunnery, but the odour of sanctity seems soon to have dispersed and its history revolves around ladies of a lighter kind. Here lived Prince Henry, the brilliant elder son of James I who, had he survived to inh e ri t th e th ro n e, w ould probably have altered completely the course of history. But on his death his brother Charles took the fatal path which led finally to imprisonment in the Guard Room at St James's, from where he walked across the park to th e sca ff old . In 16 97 the palace was officially designated the Court of St James's and from then until the accession of Victoria was the sovereign's official residence. Here died George III, the record of whose last mad years makes poigna nt read in g in th is p os t-F reud ian age. But was it on him alone that the curse of madness lay? What was behind the ghastly murder of Sellis, the Duke of Cumberland's servant, found dead in bed with his head nearly severed from his body? Th e r iddle of his deat h has ne ver been solv ed but it seems likely that the royal Duke was himself implicated. Although the main flood of history has been diverted to other channels and the palace now lives mostly in the past, there are yet lin ks w ith th e tw entie th ce ntury: if the pala ce gh ost - for there is, of course, a ghost - looks over the shoulder of an official in the Lord Chamberlain's office when plays are being scrutinized before performance, the bawdy situations in t hem w ill har dly c ause h er to raise a n eye brow. Life at St James's was always like that." Samll store label on front pastedown, a few tiny foxing marks on top of textblock. Dust jacket has areas of light edge wear/wrinkling, very light ru bbing, tiny pu ncture on spi ne. V ery Good /Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
111 Gray, Edward. MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL. SUTTON'S PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF TRANSPORT SERIES.
Stroud, Gloucestershire Sutton 1997 0750914599 / 9780750914598 Soft Cover Very Good+ 
126 pp, 9 9/16" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "The building of the Manchester Ship Canal was hailed as the greatest engineering achievement of Victorian times. The dissatisfaction of Manchester merchants with high railway rates and excessive port dues charged on imports and exports passing through Liverpool led to a movement to excavate a waterway as wide and as deep as the Suez Canal, so that ocean-going steamships would be able to load and discharge in the heartland of the south-east Lancashire industrial area. The opening of the canal in 1894 dramatically reduced transport costs for industrialists and transformed an inland city into a major port. This history of its construction and operation is divided into themes. A selection of over 200 photographs covers the whole 36-mile length of the canal, from the Mersey Estuary, through Ellesmere Port and Runcorn, to the terminal docks in Salford. Included are sections on the construction period 1887-94, the early operating practices, major shipping companies, tug-boats, canal railways, special features, and the centenary. The vast majority of illustrations are previously unpublished photographs, many from official sources, charting the progress and development of the canal since its inception. The final chapter bring the story up to date with current plans as the canal moves into its second century of operation. This book will be of interest to local historians, industrial archaeologists, waterway enthusiasts, and ship-lovers everywhere." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light waviness to book, minor rubbing. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
112 Green, John Richard. Edited and with an Introduction by Roger Hudson. A SHORT HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE.
London Folio Society 1993 Second Printing Hard Cover Near Fine 
878 pp, 10" H. Bound in full green buckram, blocked in gold with a design by Malcolm Harvey Young. B&w reproductions, maps, genealogical tables. "(F)irst published in 1874 by Macmillan & Company Ltd. This edition follows the text of the first edition, with minor emendations." Chapter headings: The English Kingdoms, 607-1013; England Under Foreign Kings, 1013-1204; The Great Charter, 1204-1265; The Three Edwards, 1265-1360; The Hundred Years' War, 1336-1431; The New Monarchy, 1422-1540; The Reformation; Puritan England; The Revolution; Modern England; Epilogue, 1815-1873. Slipcase has very light rubbing on bottom surface. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
A JOURNAL OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN VICTORIA FROM 1837 TO 1852.  COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES., Greville, Charles C.F.  Edited by Henry Reeve.
113 Greville, Charles C.F. Edited by Henry Reeve. A JOURNAL OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN VICTORIA FROM 1837 TO 1852. COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES.
New York D. Appleton 1885 Hard Cover Very Good- No Jacket 
576 pp, 598 pp, 8vo (8" H), olive green cloth with gold lettering and banding on spines, gold crest on front boards. These two volumes form the second part of 'The Greville Memoirs' which began with the reigns of George IV and William IV, but are complete in themselves, being numbered Vol. I and Vol. II. "(T)he present publication embraces a period of fourteen years, extending from the accession of Her Majesty Queen Victoria in 1837 to the coup d'etat of Napoleon III in 1851. The occurrences which took place after the close of 1851, the subsequent establishment of the Imperial power in France, the formation of the Cabinet of Lord Aberdeen, followed in 1853 by the Crimean War, mark an important epoch in the history of this country and Europe. I have therefore thought that this date is the appropriate conclusion of this portion of the work. Mr. Greville continued his Journal for nine years more, until the close of 1860, though in his later years he was less conversant with public affairs than he had been in the more active period of his life." From the Preface. Vol. I has a small bump to bottom corner of approx. first 50 pages, small finger print on verso of front free endpaper, small bump to bottom corner of rear board, small light stain at top fore-edge of textblock - scattered tiny faint foxing marks on lower fore-edge, small line scuff on front board. Vol. II has tiny crease/tear at bottom of two pages. Both volumes have light browning to edges of textblock, light to moderate edge wear. slight bump at some corners, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE ROOF OF ENGLAND., Griffin, A.H.  Photographs by G.V. Berry.
114 Griffin, A.H. Photographs by G.V. Berry. THE ROOF OF ENGLAND.
Robert Hale, London, (1968), Ist edition. 
192 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. Many b&w photos. "In his fourth Lakeland book, A.H. Griffin, who lives in the district and has been climbing and walking the hills all his life, provides personal portraits of fifty of the most interesting o f these fascinating mountains and fells from Scafell to High Street, from Gable to little Catbells." Inscription on front pastedown, top front corner of book bumped with soft creases to top corner of all pages. Dust jacket is price-clip p e d , h a s s m all chips/closed tears to edges (one tear with crease), edge wrinkling, crease down each flap. Jacket colors are bright. Good sound reading copy. 
Price: 18.00 USD
 
 
PIONEER INNS & TAVERNS.  VOLUME V. THE ORIGINS OF TAVERN NAMES AND SIGNS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND AMERICA., Guillet, Edwin C.
115 Guillet, Edwin C. PIONEER INNS & TAVERNS. VOLUME V. THE ORIGINS OF TAVERN NAMES AND SIGNS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND AMERICA.
Self-published, Toronto, 1962. Limited to 600 copies - this copy not numbered. 
94 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover (green cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. 148 B&w photographs, reproductions. Contents: Tavern Names and Signs; Taverns in Literature; Names of Canadian and American Taverns. Includes reproductions of Ontario Hotel Covers. Very light edge wear. VG+ 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
ENGLAND-BY-THE-SEA: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO.  (ENGLAND BY THE SEA.), Gundrey, Elizabeth.  Foreword by Michael Montague.
116 Gundrey, Elizabeth. Foreword by Michael Montague. ENGLAND-BY-THE-SEA: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO. (ENGLAND BY THE SEA.)
Severn Huse, London, 1982. 
160 pp, large 8vo (9 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0727820168 B&w and colour photographs, reproductions, maps. Contents: Roman forts: invaders and invaded; Castles of the Middle Ages; Tudor and Stuart defences; 19th-century fortificatio ns; Historic buildings: palatial and workaday; Historic ships: great and small; Emigrants and refugees; Smugglers through the centuries; Shipwrecks and marine archaeology; Coastal churches; Museums of maritime interest; Seaside resorts: tradi t i o n a l style; Piers for pleasure; Sailing, marinas and races; Boat-trips; Maritime ceremonies; Sand and shingle beaches to explore; Cliffs and rocks: the dramatic coast; Beachcombing among rocks and pools; Fossils for the finding; Coastal walk s wi th a v ie w ; The coast by bus; Islands accessible from the shore; Birds of beach and cliff; Fish from English waters; Lighthouses: beacons of the the night; Life-saving: coastguards and volunteers; Lifeboats and lifeboatmen; The Navy on view ; Com mer cia l p ort s at work; Fishermen today; A taste of England-by-the-sea; Index. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one tiny dint and one slight line indentation on rear board. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Line in de ntat ion acro ss r ear pa nel, light rubbing. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
NEWSPAPER LORDS IN BRITISH POLITICS., Hambro, C.J. (Carl Joachim).
117 Hambro, C.J. (Carl Joachim). NEWSPAPER LORDS IN BRITISH POLITICS.
Macdonald, London, 1958, first edition. 
63 pp, small 8vo (7 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "There is hardly a more remarkable period in modern British politics, or in the history of the press, than those years when the big newspaper lords determined the attitude of governments and even the most important decisions. Viscounts Northcliffe and Rothermere, Barons Riddell and Dalziel are dead. Baron Beaverbrook, who was a factor in major decisions in the first and second world wars, is still active, and s t i l l a power in Britain. This short book is a revealing account of this period and of the life and personality of Lord Beaverbrook, and gains point and interest from the fact that its author is a Parliamentarian widely known for his contributi on t o in t er n ational affairs." Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate edge wear, small chips and tears - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few edge creases, light browning on inside of spine and flap-folds. Ve ry Goo d/ Goo d- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THE UNRELIABLE LIFE OF HARRY THE VALET: THE GREAT VICTORIAN JEWEL THIEF., Hamilton, Duncan.
118 Hamilton, Duncan. THE UNRELIABLE LIFE OF HARRY THE VALET: THE GREAT VICTORIAN JEWEL THIEF.
London Century 2011 1846058139 / 9781846058134 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
311 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w illustrations. "October 17, 1898, en route to Paris's Gare du Nord station, the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland's jewels were stolen from her train carriage. More than forty pieces, worth nearly 2 million Pounds today, disappeared that night, and the perpetrator along with them. It would become one of the most widely reported heists of the late Victorian era, but what no one knew was that the man who committed this most daring and well-planned theft had already committed nine almost identical crimes. A man who wore bespoke suits and handmade shoes; who used a dozen pseudonyms to dust over his tracks; who belonged to three smart London clubs and lived in the luxury of West End hotels; whose staple diet was champagne and whisky; who was pursued by London's top detectives for five and a half years and - by their own admission - proved smarter than them. A man who fell so much in love with a woman that he would steal and lie for her, only to be betrayed by her." Book is slightly cocked. Dust jacket has some areas of very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ECCENTRIC BRITAIN: A GUIDE TO BRITAIN'S BIZARRE BUILDINGS, PECULIAR PLACES AND OFFBEAT EVENTS., Hannigan, Des.  Photography by Chris Coe.
119 Hannigan, Des. Photography by Chris Coe. ECCENTRIC BRITAIN: A GUIDE TO BRITAIN'S BIZARRE BUILDINGS, PECULIAR PLACES AND OFFBEAT EVENTS.
New Holland, London, 2004, first edition. 
160 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1843307316 Profusely illustrated with colour photographs, maps. "The British have always held the franchise on eccentricity. Throughout this fascinating offshore and off-centre island - fr om Cornwall's spectacular Land's End to Scotland's lonely northern outpost of John o' Groats - the dramatic and magnificent story of Britain has always been punctuated by the quirky, the irreverent and the downright dotty. (This book) explor e s e v e r y quirky corner of the nation from the outrageous expose of Dorset's Cerne Abbas giant, outlined in chalk on a green hillside in all its rude glory, to chasing cheeses down helter-skelter hillsides in Cambridgeshire. Farther north thin gs m a y ge t co lder, but they're still crazy with it. There's the highest pub in England at Yorkshire's Tan Hill and a Lake District lighthouse that is miles from the sea. Wales and Scotland are not far behind either when it comes to mad-hatter y. Wh er e els e wou ld you find people eager to submerge themselves for fun in a freezing Welsh bog? And how about Scotland, with a pineapple-shaped house and the world's best worst poet? Organized by area with maps that show the location of ever y b izar re bu ildi ng , pe culiar place and offbeat event and illustrated throughout with superb specially commissioned photography, this book will entertain, enlighten and more than often raise the odd eyebrow." Light edge wear at top/bottom of s pinr and at cor ners, sm all b ump on fore-edge of both boards. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, and on flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
PULLARS OF PERTH., Harding, Albert W.
120 Harding, Albert W. PULLARS OF PERTH.
Perth and Kinross District Libraries, Perth, 1991. 
192 pp, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. B&w illus. "This story of the success and failure of a family engaged in the dyeing industry is the first to take an objective look at Pullars of Perth...by the mid 19th-century 'Pullars of Perth' had become a by-wo rd for fast and efficient service, especially in dry-cleaning, not only in London, but in Paris and Berlin! This was no economic miracle. The Pullars' success was due entirely to hard work, successful planning and clever advertising. A l w a y s r e a d y to introduce the latest types of machinery they had a reputation as good employers. Their success was reflected in their life-style and influence in Perth. Then, suddenly, things started to go sour. Challenged by a powerfu l Tr ad e Un io n a nd a n in creasingly militant female work-force, the Pullars, despite their long experience and compassion, could not cope. Strikes and riots led to a violent ending between the family and Perth." Dust jacket has minor wrinkl in g a t t op /bo tto m of fla p f ol ds. NF/VG+ 
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RHODESIA., Todd, Judith.
RHODESIA.
Todd, Judith.
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PICKING UP THE REINS.  AMERICA, BRITAIN AND THE POSTWAR WORLD., Moss, Norman.
PICKING UP THE REINS. AMERICA, BRITAIN AND THE POSTWAR WORLD.
Moss, Norman.
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BOOKS IN THE BLOOD:  MEMOIRS OF A FOURTH GENERATION BOOKSELLER., Rota, Anthony.
BOOKS IN THE BLOOD: MEMOIRS OF A FOURTH GENERATION BOOKSELLER.
Rota, Anthony.
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RHODESIA: CRISIS OF COLOR.  (COLOUR)., Bull, Theodore.  Introduction by Gwendolen M. Carter.
RHODESIA: CRISIS OF COLOR. (COLOUR).
Bull, Theodore. Introduction by Gwendolen M. Carter.
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ROUND THE WORLD., Butler, Frank Hedges.
ROUND THE WORLD.
Butler, Frank Hedges.
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THE BANNER OF BATTLE:  THE STORY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR., Palmer, Alan.
THE BANNER OF BATTLE: THE STORY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR.
Palmer, Alan.
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THE SECRET DIARY OF SARAH THOMAS, 1860-1865., Lewis, June, editor.  (Sarah Thomas.)
THE SECRET DIARY OF SARAH THOMAS, 1860-1865.
Lewis, June, editor. (Sarah Thomas.)
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MY SELVES., Lucas, Netley and Graham, Evelyn.  Foreword by Sir James Purves-Stewart.
MY SELVES.
Lucas, Netley and Graham, Evelyn. Foreword by Sir James Purves-Stewart.
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