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The Folklore of Orkney and Shetland
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The Folklore of Orkney and Shetland

By Ernest W Marwick

London: B T Batsford, 1975 A very good copy of the 1st edition inscribed by the author to his friend John Davie Manson Robertson, whose bookplate is on the front pastedown. In dust wrapper which is faded, slightly marked and edge nibbled but is complete and not price clipped. The wrapper is in a removable protective wrap. Contents with numerous illustrations and full page maps of Orkney and Shetland. The green cloth binding is in near fine clean condition with slight wear/bumping to corners. Contents very bright and clean - with the very occasional small ink line at the side of a sentence and a little scholarly annotation. Contains a wealth of research - and a pleasure to read.

$66.91

The Secret History [uncorrected proof]
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The Secret History [uncorrected proof]

By Donna Tartt

London: Viking, 1992 Uncorrected advance proof copy in paperback of the english edition of Donna Tartt's debut novel, with enclosed letter dated 11 June 1992 from Viking's Publishing Director, recommending the book. The dustwrapper is in very good condition with slight wear at edges, and a small split at the top of the spine. It is in a removable protective wrap. The soft cover binding is in very good to near fine condition with some light vertical lines to spine where the book has been held open and some cocking to the front. Contents in near fine clean condition with some light spotting to top page edges.

$301.10

A General History of Quadrupeds with the figures engraved on wood by T Bewick
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A General History of Quadrupeds with the figures engraved on wood by T Bewick

By Thomas Bewick

Newcastle upon Tyne: S Hodgson, R Beilby, & T Bewick, 1790 A fair copy of the 1st edition of Bewick's History of Quadrupeds in contemporary half leather binding with numerous engravings by Bewick. Classed as 'fair' principally because the binding is very worn - the front board is detaching and the back board joint is weak. The spine is delaminating. There is a red leather title label to spine and some tape protection to board edges. There is an armorial bookplate 'Howell' to the front pastedown. Contents: title page with vignette, advertisement, index, text pp 1-452, Addenda to p456, finis. It is generally clean internally but with the odd spot or mark. There is a persistent brown spot which appears on the title page and lasts to p8; a brown splot at p276 and light staining in the bottom margin of pp398-420. There is some staining to the rear endpaper. There is a paper repair in the margin of p27 and a small paper tear to the top margin of p401.

$240.88

An Introduction to the Study of Conchology, describing the Orders, Genera and Species of Shells; their most prominent characteristics, and usual mode of classification. With Observations on the Nature and Properties of the Animals; and Directions for Collecting, Preserving, and Cleaning Shells
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An Introduction to the Study of Conchology, describing the Orders, Genera and Species of Shells; their most prominent characteristics, and usual mode of classification. With Observations on the Nature and Properties of the Animals; and Directions for Collecting, Preserving, and Cleaning Shells

By Charles Wodarch

London : Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, and J Mawe, 1820 A fair copy of the 1st edition in newer cloth binding, with 3 (of 4) hand coloured plates and lacking the final text pages covering Teredo and Sabella, the explanation of the plates(pp117-123), the index, and erratum. Wodarch wrote his introduction to remedy the lack of an accessible and up to date guide for classifying shells and understanding their context. He hoped that this book would enable students to apply the Linnean system to their collections. This copy is in a newer cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding is clean and sound with light wear to corners. Contents: half title; title page; preface; contents; Introduction; text 116pp; and 3 hand-coloured plates accompanied by text description. Contents generally clean with browning at the page edges. The pages are uneven in size and occasionally poorly opened.

$66.91

The Conchologist's Companion; comprising the instincts and constructions of Testaceous Animals; with a general sketch of those extraordinary productions which connect the vegetable and animal kingdoms.
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The Conchologist's Companion; comprising the instincts and constructions of Testaceous Animals; with a general sketch of those extraordinary productions which connect the vegetable and animal kingdoms.

By Mary Roberts

London: G.and W.B. Whittaker, 1824 A fair to good copy of the 1st edition in the original publisher's cloth binding with black and white frontispiece by E Burney. The title page attributes the work as follows: 'By the Author of "Select Female Biography;" "Wonders of the Vegetable Kingdom;" &c.&c.' - reflecting a time when many women authors were unable to put their names to their works. The author, Mary Roberts, wrote a number of books, particularly on natural history, aiming to simplify aspects of the natural world for young people and new students. This copy retains the original black cloth binding rebacked with new cloth spine and, possibly, the original title label. The endpapers have been retained with repair. There are 2 ownership signatures to the fep. Contents with black and white engraved frontispiece; title page; preface; bibliography; errata; contents; and text pp 1-251. The binding is worn at the corners and edges. Contents generally clean with the odd spot/mark. There is some offsetting from the frontispiece. The page corners at pp 75-87 have been turned at some point and now show a faint crease. The top corner tips have been lost from pp 89,91,138,139 and 215. There is small loss from the gutter at p119 and a very small edge tear in the margin at p249. There is no text loss. The final page - 251 has had a paper repair - presumably when the book was rebacked.

$53.53

Eynhallow: The Holy Island of the Orkneys
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Eynhallow: The Holy Island of the Orkneys

By John Mooney

Kirkwall: W R Mackintosh, 1923 A fair copy in the original blue cloth binding with folding and single page maps of the island and numerous photographs. The book originated in a series of articles written by Mooney for The Orcadian, which generated enough interest for expansion into a book. The cloth cover is worn and slightly grubby but sound. There is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown. Contents: title page, preface, folding map, text with single page map 115pp, photographs -including plans of the monastery pp 120-152, appendices to p164. Internally there is the odd spot or mark, particularly in the top margins. There is a blind stamp of T and J Manson, Lerwick to the top corner of p27.

$33.46

A Glossary of the Shetland Dialect [with] Supplement to the Glossary..
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A Glossary of the Shetland Dialect [with] Supplement to the Glossary..

By James Stout Angus

Paisley: Alexander Gardner, 1914 A good to very good copy of the scarce 1st edition in the original red cloth binding with gilt titles to spine and blind stamped lining to boards. Consists of the original work with title page dated 1914 with an additional supplement - title page dated 1917. The binding is rubbed at the edges and corners with a little pulling to the spine. Contents: half title; title; preface; text with errata slip 170 pp; half title; title to supplement; text 19 pp. In very good clean condition.

$66.91

Orcades Seu Rerum: Orcadensium Historiae Libri tres, Quorum primus, Praeter insularum ficum numerumque, Comitum, Procerum, incolarumq; origines, familias, gesta & vicissitudines.....
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Orcades Seu Rerum: Orcadensium Historiae Libri tres, Quorum primus, Praeter insularum ficum numerumque, Comitum, Procerum, incolarumq; origines, familias, gesta & vicissitudines.....

By Thermodo Torffaeo [Thormodus Torfaeus]

Havniae: Literis Justini Hog, Universit, 1697 A very good copy of the 1st edition in recent full calf binding. Thormodus Torfaeus (1636-1719) was educated at the University in Copenhagen, and became Royal Antiquary of Iceland and Royal Historian of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway. This was his second work, published in 1697, and concerns the activity of the Vikings in Orkney - particularly the material of the Orkneyinga Saga. The binding is in near fine condition and has raised bands and gilt titles to spine. The endpapers are recent and marbled, with an old bookplate of J A Maconochie to the front pastedown, and a newer bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson (a noted Orcadian) to the fep. 2 new blanks have been added front and rear. Contents: original blank with latin note to top; rubricated title page with printer's device (small paper repair to verso); note of authority; dedication 5pp; Praefatio ad Lectorum 7pp; verses 2pp; Libri I pp 1-155 (some ink notes - generally dates in margins, some ink marks p 55, and ink blot bottom margin p 117); blank; Libri II pp 157-190; Exemple Contract Matrimon pp 191-205; Libri III pp 207-228; index 10pp; old blank. Text with decorative headpieces, tailpieces and initial capitals for each section. Contents with light toning and occasional mottling, but in good condition.

$5352.80

Blood and Sand [uncorrected proof]
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Blood and Sand [uncorrected proof]

By Rosemary Sutcliff

London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton, 1987 A near fine copy of the publisher's uncorrected proof issued before publication due November 1987. In the original wrapper which is in near fine clean condition with just a little scuffing to the rear. In blue proof softback binding in near fine clean condition. Contents near fine and do not appear read.

$26.76

The Costume of the Netherlands, Displayed in Thirty Coloured Engravings After Drawings from Nature by Miss Semple; with Descriptions in English and French

By Miss Semple

London: Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 1817 A very good copy in later full morocco binding with 30 hand coloured plates and accompanying text by Miss Semple. Dated from the publisher's note at the base of each plate - there is no date on the title page. The text provides a commentary to the plates and gives a sense of her journey around the Netherlands and how the plates came to be drawn. The full red morocco binding is probably late 20th century and mimics the design of the original publisher's cloth binding with a leather and gilt title label to the front board. The endpapers were replaced at the same time and have a tape reinforcement at the joints, which looks contemporary with the rebinding. The binding is in very good clean condition with some bumping to the top corners. Contents: half title with small ink signature to top; decorative title page with hand coloured vignette; and alternating text pages and full page plates. The text is in English and French. The half title has lost its top corner tip and has some small ink marks at the bottom. Plates and text and generally very clean and in very good condition. There is toning to page edges and the occasional light mark. The final plate is beginning to detach from the binding at the top and has some light nibbling to the edges.

$1672.75

The Other Wind [uncorrected proof copy]
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The Other Wind [uncorrected proof copy]

By Ursula le Guin

London: Orion, 2001 A near fine publisher's uncorrected proof copy of the 4th book of Earthsea. In softback. With maps of Earthsea front and rear. Binding and contents in bright clean condition.

$20.07

The Green Fairy Book
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The Green Fairy Book

By Andrew Lang [Editor]

London and New York: Longmans, Green & Co, 1895 A very good copy of the 4th impression of the Green Fairy Book in the original green decorative cloth binding with gilt designs and title. With the original endpapers and aeg. With full page and text illustrations by H J Ford. The binding is in very good clean condition with a very bright spine, front and back board. There is light pulling to the top and bottom of the spine and light corner wear. There is a small cloth scuff at the spine joint with the back board and a couple of small marks to the back board. The original black endpapers are present, with a couple of very slight marks to the rear endpapers. There is an ink inscription to the half title dated Xmas 1897. Contents are in very good clean condition with sporadic light foxing.

$133.82

A Letter, directed thus, for James Lyon in Kirkwall [with] A Short Account of the Divine Original of Episcopacy....being an Answer to a Letter from Mr James Sands in Birsay
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A Letter, directed thus, for James Lyon in Kirkwall [with] A Short Account of the Divine Original of Episcopacy....being an Answer to a Letter from Mr James Sands in Birsay

By James Sands, James Lyon

1710 An extremely rare original copy which records the religious argument between James Sands a minister of the church in Birsay, and James Lyon, a minister of the church in Kirkwall in 1710. James Sands wrote to James Lyon to argue with his doctrinal views and to ask him a series of questions. James Lyon's furious response is in book form, with dedication to the Earl of Strathmore, searing preface to the reader, and text numbering up to 147 pages. The full leather binding is recent and in near fine condition - with raised bands, gilt titles and date to spine, and some blind stamped lines to boards. New marbled endpapers, with bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown. The contents are sound and clean but very brown-toned (appropriate in a sense to the content!). Contents: 2 new initial and final blanks; title page to letter from James Sands; text pp 1-31; title page James Lyon; dedicatory letter 3pp; preface to reader 10pp; text pp 3-147 with mispagination but no loss of text - pp 50-52-53; pp 58-59-59.

$535.28

Florence Arnott; or, Is She Generous?
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Florence Arnott; or, Is She Generous?

London : Benjamin L Green, Juvenile and School Depository A fair copy in the original decorative card binding with elaborate design and titles to front and rear. Vol 3 in Green's Juvenile Library. Undated but with advertisement for Green's Illuminated Almanac for 1850 'now ready' at the rear - suggesting an 1849 date. The binding has wear but is reasonably clean and sound. There is a small indentation to the bottom boards. Contents with black and white frontispiece and vignette title, and with 5pp of publisher's ads at the rear. Contents clean but with some spotting and occasional brown marks. Green was a bookseller who specialised in cheap books and in supplying books to Sunday Schools.

$26.76

The Larvae of the British Lepidoptera and their Food Plants
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The Larvae of the British Lepidoptera and their Food Plants

By Owen S Wilson

London: L Reeve & Co.,, 1880 A very good copy of the 1st edition in the original cloth binding with 40 colour printed plates. The binding has the gilt Lovell Reeve design to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. It is slightly shaken (stitching visible internally at pp 65 and 192) with wear to edges and to corners. The original floral design endpapers are present - there is a small hole at the front endpaper joint and both free endpapers are slightly browned. Contents: half title; frontispiece; title page; description of the illustrations and introduction xxvii; text pp 1-323; index 324-344; times of appearance 345-357; additions and corrections 358; index 359-367. Contents in very good clean condition. All the plates are tissue-guarded. There is the very occasional mark, and light toning at the page edges.

$187.35

A Booke of Christmas Carols, Illuminated from Ancient Manuscripts In the British Museum
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A Booke of Christmas Carols, Illuminated from Ancient Manuscripts In the British Museum

By Joseph Cundall [editor]

London: Henry G Bohn An extremely rare original copy of this early work arranged by Joseph Cundall, and elaborately illustrated by John Brandard. This was the first of Cundall's famous Gift Books. Undated but 1846. In the original highly decorative card binding by Remnant and Edmonds - with the front board with a raised design and flower picture at the centre. It has been rebacked at some point to provide a new plain spine and new endpapers, which have the bookplate of Charles Benson, a noted book collector, to the front pastedown. Contents with elaborate frontispiece; decorative title page, and 31 further pages of card thickness - all illuminated and lithographed by John Brandard. The colouring is very bright but there is spotting to margins throughout. The binding has general wear but is clean and sound and tight.

$334.55

The Ancient and Present State of Orkney, particularly the Capital Borough of Kirkwall. To which are added, the petty tyrants; or, grinders of the poor. The characteristic new year's gift, or Lawrie's Elections ....
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The Ancient and Present State of Orkney, particularly the Capital Borough of Kirkwall. To which are added, the petty tyrants; or, grinders of the poor. The characteristic new year's gift, or Lawrie's Elections ....

By George Eunson

Newcastle upon Tyne: Printed for the Author, 1788 A good copy of the scarce 1st edition. Written as a protest - the author's preface states 'the design of publishing....is rather to make more clearly known the hardships and unconstitutional government of this Burgh'. Eunson has an interesting history: some accounts state that he was a smuggler who turned 'gamekeeper' being made an Officer of Excise by an influential patron. His zeal made him enemies who then had him arrested and locked up. The book is said to be his revenge and he does not hold back - accusing the nobility of rigging elections in favour of their cronies; and that the legal profession were involved in smuggling. This copy is in a half leather binding with raised bands and title label to spine and marbled boards. It is in good clean condition with some wear to the front spine joint and general rubbing and wear to corners and edges. There is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian, to the front pastedown and a pencilled signature to the fep. Contents: blank; title page; dedication; general preface 4pp; and text to p127 - which includes some poetry (eg 'Petty Tyrants, or Grinders of the Poor'); finis. The title page has some paper repair; there are a couple of small repaired edge tears at pp 30 and 82; the corner tip of p99 is missing; there is small loss to the bottom of p109; and light worming notice from p102 with very slight loss of text.

$669.10

British Oribatidae Vols I & II
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British Oribatidae Vols I & II

By A D Michael

London: Ray Society, 1884 A very good copy of British Oribatidae in 2 volumes: a scarce work by A D Michael - a leading authority at the time, who was responsible for identifying and naming a number of species. With 62 plates of which 48 are partly coloured. In later (?mid 20th century) red cloth bindings with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. The bindings are in good to very good clean condition. The corners have some wear and bumping, and there is a small stain to the spine on Vol I, where the spine is also slightly pulled. Both volumes are sound and tight. Contents - Vol I: Ray Society title page; volume title page; preface, contents pp i-x; text 336 pp including index; 23 partly-coloured and 8 black and white plates. Vol II: Ray Society title page; Volume title page 1888; contents etc pp i-xi; text pp 337-657 including index; 25 partly coloured and 6 black and white plates. Both volumes have the decorative bookplate of T E Gibson, together with their signature to the front pastedown. Vol I has a small ink annotation at piii; the occasional spot; and an intermittent light crease at the top gutter. Vol II has a small darkened area in the gutter at p342 and a very occasional spot. Both volumes have light toning to page edges. A nice set.

$334.55

The Lottery and Murad the Unlucky. Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales
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The Lottery and Murad the Unlucky. Miss Edgeworth's Popular Tales

By Maria Edgeworth

Halifax: Milner and Sowerby, 1860 A nice early copy in the original decorative card covers with black and white frontispiece and vignette title page. The binding has a flower design and titles to the front and a list of Milner and Sowerby's Juvenile Books at the rear. Contents: advertisement for Popular Tales and Juvenile Stories; frontispiece with signature dated 1862 to verso; vignette title; plain title 1860; text; publisher's adverts 4pp. Binding is nice and clean and in good condition; contents in very good condition.

$26.76

Golden Lives: The Story of A Woman's Courage
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Golden Lives: The Story of A Woman's Courage

By Frederick Wicks

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1891 A good copy in the original decorative card binding. The binding has general wear, particularly to spine and corners. The spine is slightly cocked and there is some grubbiness. There are ownership initials and blind stamp to the fep. Contents are very clean with the occasional light spot. With 5pp publisher's ads at the rear.

$40.15

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