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cover of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP

THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP

by CHARLES DICKENS

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1980
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This is a pristine copy of the much-loved Charles Dickens novel, The Old Curiosity Shop, first published in 1840. It is the Leisure Circle Library (Penguin) edition, produced in West Germany. Burgundy boards with silver lettering and design on the cover and spine. 720 pages, including all of the original illustrations. It has never been opened. It is absolutely pristine. Lovely book.
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cover of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS

by JONATHAN SWIFT

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Published
1947
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Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, poet, cleric and Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. His most famous works are Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal and A Tale of a Tub. He is still regarded as the foremost prose satirist in the English language and his deadpan style caused the term 'Swiftian' to be embedded in… Read more
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cover of THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE: AN ART & A WAY OF LIFE

THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE: AN ART & A WAY OF LIFE

by Olive Cook

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Published
1974
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Near Fine
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First
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This is a first edition (1974) of The English Country House, An Art and a Way of Life by the English writer and artist Olive Cook. It is not a picture book, but a study of the country house as a work of art. It starts with the Medieval age and goes up to the great houses of the 19th century.… Read more
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cover of ANCIENT ENGLISH HOUSES 1240-1612

ANCIENT ENGLISH HOUSES 1240-1612

by CHRISTOPHER SYKES

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Published
1988
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Fine
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First
ISBN
9780701131760
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This is a first edition of Ancient English Houses 1240-1612, by the English author Christopher Simon Sykes. It is a richly illustrated chronicle of some of England's oldest and most beautiful houses, all privately owned and well-hidden. 37 houses are featured. 239 pages, with loads of photographs, lore and detail.It's on very high-quality paper so it's a bit… Read more
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cover of THE MERCHANT SCHOONERS

THE MERCHANT SCHOONERS

by Basil Greenhill

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Published
1988
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Very Good+
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First US
ISBN
9780870214271
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This is The Merchant Schooners, an excellent book written by the former director of Britain's National Maritime Museum Basil Greenhill (1920-2003). It was published in two volumes in 1951. In 1988, the Naval Institute Press published it in the US, condensed into one volume. It is the story of the small fore- and aft-rigged merchant sailing… Read more
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cover of THE HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND

THE HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND

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Published
1979
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Fine
Edition
Second reprint
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9780004111612
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This is the second reprint (1979) of The Highlands & Islands of Scotland, written by Allan Campbell McLean and first published in 1976. It is 14 chapters, each one on a different island, set of islands or region (see contents photo). McLean discusses the history, lore, environment--he was very familiar with these areas and… Read more
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cover of THE ANTIQUARY

THE ANTIQUARY

by SIR WALTER SCOTT

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Published
1940
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This an antique copy of The Antiquary, written by Sir Walter Scott in 1816. The title character is an amateur historian, archaeologist and collector of items of dubious antiquity. It was Scott's own favourite of his novels, and is one of his most critically well-regarded works. It is undated; I'm guessing it's from the 20s or 30s.… Read more
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cover of DIVA COOKING -- UNASHAMEDLY GLAMOROUS PARTY FOOD

DIVA COOKING -- UNASHAMEDLY GLAMOROUS PARTY FOOD

by Jennifer Joyce, Victoria Blashford-Snell

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Published
2002
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Fine
Edition
First North American
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9781552853719
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This is a copy of the first North American printing of Diva Cooking - Unashamedly Glamorous Party Food, first published in Britain in 2001. It was written by the caterers and cooking teachers Victoria Blashford-Snell and Jennifer Joyce. This is a high-quality book with stunningly beautiful photography. 8 1/2" x 11", 176 pages. Every page includes tips plus Dos,… Read more
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cover of FANNY BURNEY: SELECTED LETTERS & JOURNALS

FANNY BURNEY: SELECTED LETTERS & JOURNALS

by Joyce Hemlow

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Published
1986
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Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780198185284
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Frances Burney, known as Fanny Burney, was an English satirical novelist and playwright who is equally famous for her diaries. She was writing at a time when society felt it was inappropriate for women to be writers. Her first novel, Evelina, was published anonymously; it is still a well-read book. It was Burney (and Aphra… Read more
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cover of THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITAIN

THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITAIN

by Kenneth O. Morgan

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Published
1984
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First
ISBN
9780198226840
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This is an unread first edition of The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain, written by the Welsh historian Kenneth O Morgan, with contributions from 10 other historians. It begins with Roman Britain (55 BC) and goes up to 1983. It was published in 1984 and remains a best-seller. It is a big, heavy book. 7 3/4" x 10" x 1… Read more
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cover of SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

by MILES LINKLATER

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Published
1984
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Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780395566923
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This is a first edition of Scotland, a photographic study by the Scots photographer Douglas Corrance, and text by the Scottish journalist Magnus Linklater. It is 160 pages of gorgeous photographs, each one accompanied by a fascinating and/or informative piece of writing. Excellent book. This copy has not been read, or even opened. It is pristine. PLEASE… Read more
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cover of ENGLISH COTTAGES & FARMHOUSES

ENGLISH COTTAGES & FARMHOUSES

by Olive Cook

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Published
1982
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Fine
Edition
First US
ISBN
9780500241141
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This is a first US edition of English Cottages and Farmhouses, written by the famed British country/topography writer Olive Cook. It was photographed by her husband, the British landscape and architecture photographer Edwin Smith. It examines the architectural styles of English country homes and farmhouses, describes their methods of construction, and discusses the place of the farmhouse in English… Read more
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cover of THE VILLAGE IN ENGLAND

THE VILLAGE IN ENGLAND

by Graham Nicholson, Jane Fawcett

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Published
1988
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Near Fine
Edition
First American
ISBN
9780847809561
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This is a first US edition of The Village in England, which was originally published (in the UK) as The Village in History. It is a serious social history which includes the effects of political changes and wars. There is a section on geographic areas and sections on barns, farms, churches and furniture. There's at least one photograph… Read more
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cover of MARMION

MARMION

by SIR WALTER SCOTT

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Published
1841
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Very Good+
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First
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Beginning in 1835, the Fleet Street (London) publisher Tilt and Bogue (Charles Tilt) began publishing Tilt's Miniature Classic Library. Altogether, 50 titles were published, all classics of English Literature. All of the books are the same: 2 3/4" wide and 4 1/4" high. The covers are embossed with gold, the spines are embossed with gold,… Read more
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cover of CROWN OF WILD OLIVE

CROWN OF WILD OLIVE

by JOHN RUSKIN

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Published
1912
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This is what I believe is a first Hurst edition of Crown of Wild Olive, a collection of three lectures by the English critic and philosopher John Ruskin (1819-1900).It is three of Ruskin's most famous lectures: Traffic (1864), which is about the conflict between taste and morality; Work (1865) which is about the conflict between those who produce and those… Read more
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cover of RUMPOLE

RUMPOLE

by JOHN MORTIMER

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Published
1994
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First
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This is a pristine copy of Rumpole, a collection of 10 stories chosen by their author, the British barrister John Mortimer (1923-2009). Most people are familiar with the hugely popular series Rumpole of the Bailey, which ran on the BBC from 1975 to 1980 and in which Rumpole was so brilliantly portrayed by Leo McKern. Horace Rumpole… Read more
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cover of THE PRINCE OF PLEASURE & HIS REGENCY (GEORVE IV)

THE PRINCE OF PLEASURE & HIS REGENCY (GEORVE IV)

by J.B. Priestley

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Published
1969
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Edition
First
ISBN
9780434603572
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This is a first edition of The Prince of Pleasure and His Regency 1811-20, a biography of Britain's Prince of Wales/Prince Regent/King George IV (1762-1830). It was written by the English novelist and playwright J.B. Priestly and published in 1969. Priestly does a terrific job of capturing the atmosphere of the Regency, one of the most romantic… Read more
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cover of NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

NICHOLAS NICKLEBY

by Charles Dickens

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Published
1982
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Near Fine
Edition
First, 1st Printing
ISBN
9780773720084
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This is a large-format copy of Charles Dickens' classic Nicholas Nickleby, first published in 1839. In 1980, The Royal Shakespeare Company staged a production of this book, the production was staged in London, Yorkshire and Portsmouth, and it was filmed for the BBC. In 1982, Toronto's Stoddart Publishing gathered the cast lists and still photos… Read more
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cover of THE SCOTTISH WORLD

THE SCOTTISH WORLD

by Various

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Published
1981
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Fine
Edition
First
ISBN
9780810916302
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This is a first edition copy of The Scottish World: History & Culture of Scotland, published in 1981. It is a big beautiful heavy book containing nearly 300 photographs. It is no ordinary coffee table book though--it is a serious discussion of Scotland's history and culture. See Table of Contents photo. It's 328 pages and 4 1/2… Read more
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cover of THE PRE-RAPHAELITES & THEIR WORLD

THE PRE-RAPHAELITES & THEIR WORLD

by WILLIAM MICHAEL ROSSETTI

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Published
1995
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Fine
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First
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This is an unread copy of The Pre-Raphaelites and Their World, published by The Folio Society in 1995. It has not been opened until now. It was written by the English critic William Michael Rossetti (1829-1919), a member of the famed Rossetti family, and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He writes about his… Read more
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