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c1880 2 vol Comic ALMANACK George CRUIKSHANK Illus
c1880 2 vol Comic ALMANACK George CRUIKSHANK Illus

Price: £390.00

A smart set of this richly illustrated humorous almanac, with diverse content spanning 18 years. 'With many Hundred Illustrations by George Cruikshank and other artists'. Featuring a frontispiece to Volume I, a fold out frontispiece...

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c1880 2 Vols in 1 Comic History of England A'Beckett Leech Illus Colour Plates
c1880 2 Vols in 1 Comic History of England A'Beckett Leech Illus Colour Plates

Price: £115.00

A nicley illustrated edition of Gilbert Beckett's humorous 'Comic History of England', illustrated by John Leech. Complete with two volumes in one. 'The Comic History of England' is a humorous...

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c1880 6vols The Family History of England James Taylor Illustrated Folding Maps
c1880 6vols The Family History of England James Taylor Illustrated Folding Maps

Price: £290.00

A pleasing and complete six volume set of this fascinating work; providing a comprehensive history of England and its sovereigns from 54.BC to 1873. Containing details of the major historical...

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c1880 Illustrated Our Own Country Descriptive Historical Pictorial Special Ed
c1880 Illustrated Our Own Country Descriptive Historical Pictorial Special Ed

Price: £22.99

A highly illustrated history of Our Own Country. Descriptive, Historical, Pictorial Volume V - VI, published 1879-83 with numerous illustrations integrated with the text and twelve engraved plates to volume five, thirteen to...

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c1880 Our Own Country Descriptive Historical Pictorial Illustrated Special Ed
c1880 Our Own Country Descriptive Historical Pictorial Illustrated Special Ed

Price: £24.99

A highly illustrated history of Our Own Country. Descriptive, Historical, Pictorial Volume I - II, with numerous illustrations integrated with the text and engraved plates. Special edition. The first two volumes of a six...

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c1882 Hampton Court George Lambert Illustrated Signed by Author Very Scarce
c1882 Hampton Court George Lambert Illustrated Signed by Author Very Scarce

Price: £79.99

A very scarce copy of this paper on Hampton Court Palace by George Lambert. "With remarks about some of the Royal and exalted personages connected therewith." With a neat authorial dedication and signature to upper margin of front...

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c1885 3 Vols History of FREEMASONRY Robert Freke GOULD
c1885 3 Vols History of FREEMASONRY Robert Freke GOULD

Price: £1,205.00

An early edition of Robert Freke Gould's famous The History of Freemasonry. A lovely leather bound copy (the original publishers deluxe binding - most were cloth) An excellent copy in great

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c1885 Proceedings in Parliament by Various scarce
c1885 Proceedings in Parliament by Various scarce

Price: £49.99

A scarce selection of minutes recorded in the House of Commons regarding a variety of issues and bills that were discussed on that particular day. Containing very detailed account of who was present and what exactly was said...

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c1886 2 Vol Age We Live In BRITISH HISTORY James Taylor
c1886 2 Vol Age We Live In BRITISH HISTORY James Taylor

Price: £119.99

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c1890 The Adventures of Mr Verdant Green by Cuthbert Bede Illustrated
c1890 The Adventures of Mr Verdant Green by Cuthbert Bede Illustrated

Price: £28.00

A scarce copy of The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green by Cuthbert Bede.With Numerous Illustrations.Designed and drawn on wood by the author.On hundred and thirty-sixth thousand.

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c1891 2vol William Sydney England and the English in the Eighteenth Century
c1891 2vol William Sydney England and the English in the Eighteenth Century

Price: £39.99

A second edition two volume set of William Connor Sydney's 'England and the English in the Eighteenth Century'. Sydney's survey of English life in the eighteenth-century covers a broad range of duties, including, but not limited...

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c1899 8vol The Age We Live In Nineteenth Century History James Taylor
c1899 8vol The Age We Live In Nineteenth Century History James Taylor

Price: £250.00

James Taylor's history of Great Britain in the nineteenth century. A new and enlarged edition, supplied to subscribers only. Illustrated throughout with thirty-five coloured plates, including coloured maps (no collation available)....

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c1902 A Souvenir Jubilee Celebration Greenfield Congregational Church Bradford
c1902 A Souvenir Jubilee Celebration Greenfield Congregational Church Bradford

Price: £60.00

A very scarce commemorative work regarding the jubilee of the Greenfield Congregational Church, Bradford. A nicely preserved piece of local history from West Yorkshire. With the bookplate...

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c1917 ETON Prose Verse Anthology Arthur C. AINGER Illus
c1917 ETON Prose Verse Anthology Arthur C. AINGER Illus

Price: £59.99

An interesting and beautifully presented anthology of prose and verse about Eton College. Featuring 30 hand tipped coloured plates with captioned guards, reproduced from paintings by Arthur Garratt and Eton portraits, including...

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c1925 Story of British SPORTING PRINTS Frank SILTZER
c1925 Story of British SPORTING PRINTS Frank SILTZER

Price: £59.99

An illustrated history and catalogue of Sporting Prints from Britian with some biographies of famous Sporting painters. Bound in cloth with gilt lettering and pictorial decoration. With Twenty plates, collated complete. Little...

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c1938 W Henry Brown Co-Operation in a University Town Cambridge First Ed
c1938  W Henry Brown Co-Operation in a University Town Cambridge First Ed

Price: £130.00

The first edition of this historical look at Cambridge and the University. This is the first work to be illustrated by Ronald Searle. Ronald Searle was a British artist and satirical cartoon...

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Discoveries and Inventions of the Nineteenth Century
Discoveries and Inventions of the Nineteenth Century

Price: £68.00

A nicely rebound copy of Robert Routledge's celebrations of the mass of inventions in Victorian England, illustrated throughout, including with a colour plate. Rebound in a calf binding, with...

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English Seamen In The Sixteenth Century Lectures Delivered At Oxford Easter Terms
English Seamen In The Sixteenth Century Lectures Delivered At Oxford Easter Terms

Price: £90.00

A lovely example of this work of English history by James Anthony Froude, handsomely bound in a W. Lewis full calf binding. A selection of lectures delivered at Oxford University delivered...

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Lord Macaulay's Essays and Lays of Ancient Rome
Lord Macaulay's Essays and Lays of Ancient Rome

Price: £47.00

A beautiful leather bound copy of works by the eminent nineteenth century author Thomas Babington Macaulay; in a full polished calf signed 'Relfe Brothers' school binding. This copy contains...

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Modern Athens: Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century
Modern Athens: Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century

Price: £280.00

A fascinating historical and topographical examination of Edinburgh in the nineteenth century. Copiously illustrated throughout with eighty seven plates from original drawings by Thomas H Shepherd....

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Normandy to the Baltic MONTGOMERY World War II MAPS d/j
Normandy to the Baltic MONTGOMERY World War II MAPS d/j

Price: £145.00

Red hardback bindng with gilt titles to spine and front cover.  Colour dustjacket illustrated with war symbols entitled The Personal Account of the Conquest of Germany.  Inside each cover this book has a sleeve which...

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Tales of Grandfather
Tales of Grandfather

Price: £140.00

A lovely example of this work of Scottish history by the incredibly influential author Sir Walter Scott. This particular copy is in excellent

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The Book Of The Court
The Book Of The Court

Price: £145.00

The first edition of this very scarce historical work relating to the ceremony of the nobility and gentry. Very scarce. The first edition of the work. With a frontispiece engraving of Queen...

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The History of England During The Thirty Years' Peace: 1816-1846
The History of England During The Thirty Years' Peace: 1816-1846

Price: £495.00

An excellent two volume set of works by Harriet Martineau, bound in a beautiful full calf binding. In two volumes. First edition. A lovely example of this work of English history spanning...

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The History of England From The Accession of James The Second
The History of England From The Accession of James The Second

Price: £900.00

An excellent five volume set of the famous work by Thomas Babington Macaulay's 'The History of England', uniformly bound in a attractive full calf binding. Complete in five volumes. Covering...

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The Royal Kalendar
The Royal Kalendar

Price: £640.00

A handsomely rebound work, containing The Royal Kalendar and Rider's British Merlin for the year 1791, both important works of original source material relating to British history and genealogy. ...

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