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A BATSFORD CENTURY: THE RECORD OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING, 1843-1943., Bolitho, Hector, Editor.  Harry Batsford, Charles Fry, Hector Bolitho.
1 Bolitho, Hector, Editor. Harry Batsford, Charles Fry, Hector Bolitho. A BATSFORD CENTURY: THE RECORD OF A HUNDRED YEARS OF PUBLISHING AND BOOKSELLING, 1843-1943.
London B.T. Batsford 1944 Second Impression with Corrections. Hard Cover Very Good- Good- 
148 pp, 9 1/4" H, medium blue cloth with gilt lettering on spine and front board, top edge gilt. B&w plates, reproductions, drawings, 2 colour plates (including frontispiece). A history of the family business begun by Bradley Thomas Batsford in 1843 up to the time of the Second World War, looking at the management, staff, premises, publications and authors. Batsford's main focus has always been architecture, from the huge folios of its early days to the accessible series that have introduced the British people (and others) to the beauties of the churches, country houses, cottages, etc. of their country. Contents: Foreword; B.T. Batsford: his Family, Early Life and Apprenticeship; Early Days of the Business; First Publications; A Victorian Bookseller-Publisher; New Premises and a New Arrival; Bradley and Herbert Batsford: Publishing Developments; Harry Batsford; A Tribute to Herbert Batsford; The Great War; Portrait of a Charwoman; Another New Arrival; Post-war Ups and Downs; The Move to Mayfair; A Publishing "New Deal"; Publishers' Journeys; William Hanneford-Smith: a Tribute; William Hanneford-Smith: an Account of his Work; Charles Fry; Brian Cook; Work at Home and Abroad; A Wartime Evacuation; The War in North Audley Street; Publishing from the Malvern Hills; Some Predecessors in a Tradition; Graduation in a Tradition; Some Friends of Batsfords; Thoughts on a Century; Acknowledgment; Index. Lean to spine, gift inscription in ink from 1953 written on front free endpaper, small bump at top of spine, slight browning to edges of boards. Dust jacket has several small edge tears (some with creases) and small to tiny edge chips, light to moderate browning on spine, flap-folds and edges, very light rubbing/soiling on rear panel; protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
DWARVES: A KINGDOM AND ADVENTURE.  ROLE AIDS.  (A COMPLETE KINGDOM AND ADVENTURE SUITABLE FOR ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS.), Karczag, Paul.
2 Karczag, Paul. DWARVES: A KINGDOM AND ADVENTURE. ROLE AIDS. (A COMPLETE KINGDOM AND ADVENTURE SUITABLE FOR ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS.)
Chicago Mayfair Games 1982 Soft Cover Very Good Gerald O'Malley, Ellie Mooney & James Clouse. 
96 pp, 11" H. B&w drawings, maps, plans. "Dwarves. The Stoutest Warriors in the Age of Legend. Herin is recorded their History, Gods, Culture, Artifacts, Wars, Magics, Mines, Traps and Enemies. Including Guides to the Ancient Cities of Ostohar and Anor, the village of Fin, and the residents therein. Featuring: DWARVEN RITE, a heroic sized adventure for 4 - 8 Dwarven characters of 5th to 10th level of experience." Interior - small soft bump at top corner of pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - small bump at top corner of front cover, minor edge wear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
MAYFAIR:  A SOCIAL HISTORY., Kennedy, Carol.
3 Kennedy, Carol. MAYFAIR: A SOCIAL HISTORY.
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
 
 
BRITISH ARCHITECTS AND CRAFTSMEN:  A SURVEY OF TASTE, DESIGN, AND STYLE DURING THREE CENTURIES, 1600 TO 1830., Sitwell, Sacheverell.
4 Sitwell, Sacheverell. BRITISH ARCHITECTS AND CRAFTSMEN: A SURVEY OF TASTE, DESIGN, AND STYLE DURING THREE CENTURIES, 1600 TO 1830.
London B.T. Batsford 1947 Third Edition with Revisions. Hard Cover Very Good- Good- 
196 pp, 8 7/8" H, red cloth with gild lettering/banding on spine, top edge red. Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, reproductions and some colour plates, including frontispiece. Contents: Preface; Acknowledgment; Introduction; Elizabethan and Jacobean Building; Inigo Jones; Sir Christopher Wren; The Craftsmen; Sir John Vanbrugh; Hawksmoor and the Baroque; Gibbs and the Rococo; Kent and the Palladians; Adam; Non-Adam; The Regency; Index. "(T)he British Architects and Craftsmen are related here to the general European background and tradition. Wren, Vanbrugh, Kent - to name three instances - take their places as figures in the European Renaissance. Then again, the inclusion of craftsmen - of clockmakers and silversmiths, of bookbinding and tapestries - is something never before attempted upon this comprehensive scale. (T)he reader may as well accompany Mr. Sitwell upon a tour of Georgian Dublin, to an old shop in Spitalfields, to the Assembly Room at Shrewsbury, to Hardwick Hall, to the City Churches, to an old almshouse, or to the village of Great Tew." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, one very small corner bump on front board, very light rubbing and a very small stain on each board, very light edge and corner wear. Dust jacket has heavy browning at top edge, small edge tears and chips - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, browning on spine and flap-folds, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BIG MONEY., Wodehouse, P.G. (Pelham Grenville Wodehouse .)
5 Wodehouse, P.G. (Pelham Grenville Wodehouse .) BIG MONEY.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1931 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Very Good- Fair Harry Beckhoff 
316 pp, small 8vo (7 3/4" H), orange cloth with black title/author blocks, orange lettering. Harry Beckhoff dust jacket and endpaper art. "The mangement of fiancees and the manipulation of high finances go roisterously hand in hand in this amorous and economic history of Biscuit, otherwise Lord Biskerton, son and heir of the sixth Earl of Hoddesdon. Biscuit had red hair, a preliminary scenario for a mustache, and a noble determination to escape the disgrace of work. Berry Conway who has less iron in his soul had succumbed to economic pressure and become the secretary to T. Paterson Frisby, a dyspeptic American who had twenty million and loved every cent of it. When Biscuit and Berry pooled ideas for the mutual betterment of their separate estates, and one idea had to do with Ann Moon, Frisby's beautiful niece and heir, they leaned heavily on Aunt Vera an old campaigner in the field of love. How Uncle Paterson was caught short and rushed to cover while Aunt Vera hedged the market with a double play and salted down two money-making engagements for the house of Hoddesdon is one of the most irresistible tales of the one and only P.G." Light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and at corners, small dog-ear crease on page 69/70, tiny dog-ear crease on page 301/302, small area of faint bleed-through of text print on page 301from page 302 - also on page 308 from page 307, very slight darkening to fore-edge and bottom of text block, slight variations in color on top of text block, snall foxing mark on free rear endpaper. Dust jacket has light to moderate browning & soiling, small chips and tears, old tape repairs on inside surface, tears on hinges, protected in mylar sleeve. 
Price: 250.00 USD
 
 
EGGS, BEANS AND CRUMPETS., Wodehouse, P.G. (Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.)
6 Wodehouse, P.G. (Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.) EGGS, BEANS AND CRUMPETS.
Toronto Longmans, Green 1940 First Canadian Edition. Hard Cover Good Good- Fenwick dust jacket art. 
284 pp, + (4 pp), small 8vo (7 3/8" H), orange cloth with black lettering on spine. "In the heart of London's clubland there stands a tall and grimly forbidding edifice known to taxi-drivers and the elegant young men who frequent its precincts as the Drones Club. Yet its somewhat austere exterior belies the atmosphere of cheerful optimism and bonhomie that prevails within. For here it is that young gallants of Mayfair forgather for the pre-luncheon bracer and to touch lightly on the topics of the day. But all is not idle chatter that passes at this hour of the morning snifter - life in its sterner aspects often comes under review and is discussed with a candour that loosens tongues and encourages confidences. Then it is that the Eggs and Beans cluster round, and, with bated breath, listen while a Crumpet holds the floor with a dramatic narrative of domestic disturbances in the life of Bingo Little or, perhaps, the heart-throb story of Freddie Fitch-Fitch at Droitgate Spa. To the members of the Drones such epics are history in the making; and to us, because our ribs ache from joyous laughter, they are no less significant." Contents: All's Well with Bingo; Bingo and the Peke Crisis; The Editor Regrets; Sonny Boy; Anselm Gets His Chance; Romance at Droitgate Spa; A Bit of Luck for Mabel; Buttercup Day; Ukridge and the Old Stepper. Moderate browning on free endpapers, tiny foxing marks on preliminary pages, foxing on top of text block - and a few on the other text block edges, small dog-ear crease on page 79/80, small to tiny bump at top corner of pages 39-80, large soft creases on page leaf 161/162, very light wear/fading at edges of boards, light fading/wrinkling at bottom edge of spine. Dust jacket has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling with a few tiny tears/chips, large taped tear across rear panel and rear flap, moderate foxing on inside surface and on flaps, light soiling, colors are still bright. 
Price: 150.00 USD
 


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