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5,000 Acres of Old Ashton.

By BOWMAN, Winifred M:

Ashton-under-Lyne, J. Andrew, c.1950, first edition,8vo,pp.312, addenda slip, with eleven illustrations. Original cloth, a very nice, clean copy of the original edition. Presentation inscription from the author and with a thank you note from her included.


A History of Droylsden.

By SPEAKE, Robert and WITTY, F. R:

Stockport, Cloister Press,1953, first edition, 8vo, pp.268, illustrated. Original binding in leather rather than the usual cloth, with the Droylsden coat of arms stamped in gold on the front cover. Presumably a special edition for presentation. Spine spotted and faded, some page edges foxed, but good, sound condition.


Memories of Hurstwood, Burnley, Lancashire. With Tales and Traditions of the Neighbourhood.


Burnley,Lupton,1889, pp.166, with 4 plates, illustrations in the text and folding table of the proprietors of "seates in the Chappell of Burneley". Original cloth just a trifle rubbed to the extremities, but a good,sound, tight copy with the contents in excellent condition. Previous owner's bookplate inside and a presentation inscription from the author.


Saddleworth Buildings; a Guide to the Vernacular Architecture of the Parish of Saddleworth in the Pennines.

By SMITH, W. John:

Saddleworth,1987, first and only edition, large format, pp.169, profusely illustrated. Tiny sliver of rubbingat top of spine, else very good, clean condition in the original card covers.. Foreword by R.W. Brunskill. An important and increasingly scarce work by the leading authority on the subject. Bought from the author and with a letter to him from Saddleworth Historical Society.


Inscribed and Dated Stones and Sundials in and adjoining the Ancient Parish of Rochdale.

By HEAPE, Richard:

Privately printed at the Cambridge University Press,1926, small 4to, pp.x, (2),358, photo frontis of the entrance to Healey Hall. Original buckram, Hand-made paper, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. It is believed that only 100 copies were printed. Inside the front cover is Richard Heape's bookplate and on the endpaper is an inscription from Harold Heape. Loosely inserted is a pamphlet by Richard Heape on " Some Examples of Dated Buildings within the Ancient Parish of Rochdale" 1922.


Manchester Banks and Bankers: Historical, Biographical, and Anecdotal.


Manchester, Palmer & Howe,1877, first edition, 8vo, pp.viii,332, plus errata and adverts. Original cloth, spine faded as usual and a little frayed at head and tail, but a sound, clean copy. Bookplate inside and inscription on half title. Describes the origin and development of every bank of importance established in Manchester since 1770.


Rochdale Retrospect.

By TAYLOR, Rebe P:

Rochdale,1956, pp. (8), 203, (5), illustrated. Published to mark the centenary of the incorporation of the borough, this is the best modern history of Rochdale. Original blue cloth, very light signs of use, but a good, sound copy.


History of the Forest of Rossendale.


Rawtenstall,Riley,1893, second edition,small 4to, pp.xx,369, with 9 illustrations. Original cloth, lower corner of back cover with slight damp damage, a couple of other marks, but tight and sound. Some light foxing, but contents very good. Includes a list of subscribers. Much revised and enlarged from the first edition.


A History of the Ribble Navigation from Preston to the Sea.

By BARRON, James:

Preston Corporation, 1938, 4to, pp. xv, 503, profusely illustrated. A superb copy in a fine dust jacket. Virtually as new. A substantial and impressive publication covering the history of the navigation, technical, economic and financial, from early times up to 1937. May require extra postage or to be sent by courier, especially abroad.


A Short History of the Township of Rivington in the County of Lancaster.

By IRVINE, Wm. Fergusson:

Edinburgh, Ballantyne Press, 1904, 4to, pp. xv, 2ii, folding map and numerous illustrations. With some account of the church and grammar school.Original buckram with leather title label. Printed presentation inscription from W.H. Lever (later Lord Leverhulme). Leather label a little rubbed, small brown stain affecting the top outer corners through most of the book, but nowhere near the text. Otherwise a good, sound copy.


The Country and Church of the Cheeryble Brothers.

By ELLIOT, Rev. W. Hume:

Selkirk, George Lewis, 1893,, 406, with 11 full-page illustrations and numerous illustrations in the text. Original cloth, corners and spine ends just a bit rubbed, but a sound copy. Neat name and address inside. The Grant Brothers of Ramsbottom were imortalised as the Cheeryble Brothers in Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens


Failsworth Folk and Failsworth Memories. Reminiscences Associated with Ben Brierley's Native Place.

By PERCIVAL, Percival:

G. Hargreaves, Manchester, 1901, pp. 44 with illustrations from old photographs. Very good condition in the original cloth. Scarce.


Songs of the Pennine Hills.

By WRIGLEY, Ammon:

Stalybridge, Whittaker,1938, first edition,pp.174,illustrated. Spine sun faded else a very good copy in the original silver cloth. With a list of subscribers.


Cuffs and Handcuffs, the Story of Rochdale Police 1252-1957.

By Waller, Stanley:

Rochdale, 1957, pp. (8), 141, 12 illustrations. Original cloth, very good condition.


The Great Civil War in Lancashire.

By BROXAP, Ernest:

Manchester University Press, 1910, pp. xv, 226, illustrated with maps and plans. Original black cloth with gilt lettering. Slight bumping to top of spine, some foxing mainly to the preliminary leaves, but a nice, bright copy of the handsome original edition.


The River Irwell.


Manchester, 1907, pp. 155, xii with 59 illustration. Original cloth, spine faded as usual, but an exceptionally fresh copy of a book frequently found with the binding in worn condition.


The History of Farington.

By TOWNSON, Rev. Christopher:

Preston, 1893, pp.54 plus adverts. Original cloth. Old, faint damp marking to covers only noticeable in a certain light, but a good, sound copy of a rare book. The first copy i have come across in nearly 50 years. Farington is just north of the town of Leyland.



By LUNN, John:

Leigh, circa 1959, pp. 360, illustrated. Very good condition in excellent dust jacket which is in a loose protective sleeve.


English Jacobite Ballads, Songs and Satires from the MSS. at Towneley Hall, Lancashire.

By GROSART, Alexander B., ( Editor ):

Privately Printed, 1877, small 4to, pp. xxviii, 200. Original cloth just very slightly discoloured in places, else very good, clean condition and largely unopened. Only 125 copies printed.


The Story of Failsworth,

By BALL, Dennis:

Failsworth U.D.C., 1973, pp. 110, 12 illustrations. Original card covers. Back cover a little dusty, but very good condition.


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