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Islington Past - A Visual History of Islington

Historical Publications, London
1st printing. 4to in burgundy faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 140pp, index etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy in an AS NEW price-clipped Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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The Spectator - Volume the First to Volume the Eighth (8 Vols Complete)

Payne, Rivington, Davis, Longman, Dodsley ..... Macqueen, & Newbury, London
All 8 volumes bound in contemporary full tree calf, gilt edging to all covers, marbled end-papers, each with engraved frontispiece and index at rear.
All volumes with thin sliver of wear to spine ends and very mildly worn cover corner tips, most gilt printed black spine labels lost but remaining blind embossed spine lettering is clear. Aside from this all volumes are in fine condition, pages still very clean and tight, binding very firm. A nice set
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The History Boys (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st printing. 8vo in black boards, white lettering to spine, 109pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (flat crease to rear inner flap, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Joseph Anton - A Memoir (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
1st Printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in purple boards, silver lettering to spine, 636pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An almost AS NEW unread copy (slight tanning to top edge of page block) in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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The Laying on of Hands (SIGNED COPY)

Profile Books, London
1st printing thus. Small 8vo. in stiff card covers, 110pp. First publication in book form (originally appeared in the London Review of Books in 2001), this copy is signed by Alan Bennett on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy
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The History of Chivalry and Armor - with Descriptions of the Feudal System the Practices of Knighthood the Tournament and Trials by Single Combat (armour)

Portland House, New York
Large landscape 4to. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 114pp text plus 60 single sided full page plates (some double leaf foldouts)
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (small red remainder dot on bottom edge of page block) in a near FINE complete Dust Jacket (slightly rubbed at flap fold corner tips, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Eothen - Or Traces From Travel Brought Home From the East

Sampson Low, Marston, London
Thick 4to in brown cloth, black lettering to spine and front cover, 306pp on thick paper, title-page and head pieces in b/w plus 12 full page colour plates each with tissue guard (collated complete). Presentation bookplate on front paste-down end-paper dated 1937
A well preserved VERY GOOD+ clean and tight copy (page-block edges tanned, very slight soil to spine)
Hardcover
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The New Painting (1977 2nd Revised and Updated Edition)

Westview Press, Boulder
Thick, very heavy 4to in black cloth, white lettering to spine, 73pp text plus 195pp plates in colour and b/w on glossy art paper
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (page-block edges very slightly tanned) in a slightly tanned and lightly edge-nicked VERY GOOD complete Dust Jacket (looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Lisbon - War in the Shadows of the City of Light 1939 - 1945 (SIGNED COPY)

Publicaffairs, New York
Large 8vo in grey paper covered boards, gilt lettering to spine, 306pp, plates, bibliography, index etc. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page
An AS NEW copy in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Outlandish Knight - the Byzantine Life of Steven Runciman

Allen Lane, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in red faux cloth, yellow lettering to spine. 767pp, plates, bibliography, index etc
NEW unread copy but for a small slight bump to bottom edge of spine in an AS NEW complete Dust Jacket
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Notting Hill in Bygone Days

Anne Bingley, London
8vo in illustrated stiff glossy card covers, 280pp, plates, index etc. 1st published in 1924 this edition has an added commentary and some further material by local historian Ashley Barker
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (covers very slightly sunned, page-block edges faintly tanned)
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Tony Benn - Free At Last - Diaries 1990 - 2001 (SIGNED COPY)

Hutchinson, London
1st printing. Thick, heavy 8vo. in black faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 738pp, plates, index Inscribed and signed by Tony Benn on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (thin sliver of very slight creasing to spine ends, pages slightly tanned) in an almost AS NEW complete Dust Jacket (edges very faintly creased - looks new in its removable transparent protector)
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The Poor Mouth (An Beal Bocht) - A bad story about the hard life - Edited by Myles na Gopaleen

Hart-davis Macgibbon, London
1st printing thus. Large 8vo in marbled brown paper covered boards, gilt lettering and decoration to spine, illustrated end-papers, 128pp on stiff paper illustrations in text. The first English translation to be published
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (small ink name, dated 1974 on blank verso of front fly-leaf, page-block edges slightly tanned) in a slightly tanned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket. A nice copy
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The Fields Beneath - the History of One London Village (SIGNED COPY)

Phoenix Press, London
Large 8vo Paperback. 255pp, plates, index. Tindall's classic work of social history based on London's Kentish Town, this copy is inscribed and signed by her (as Gillian) on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy ( pages only slightly tanned)
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An African Elegy (SIGNED COPY)

Jonathan Cape, London
8vo in stiff glossy card covers, 84pp. Inscribed and signed by author on the title-page
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (hint of tanning to leaves). An excellent copy
Signed copy1st editionSoftcover
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Salt Water (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
8vo in colour printed stiff card covers, 112pp. This copy signed by the author on the on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves, minute flat crease to bottom corner tip of front cover)
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Rural India - Land Power Society Under British Rule (Collected Papers on South Asia No. 6)

Curzon Press
8vo in green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 314pp
An extremely well preserved AS NEW unread copy (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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Exporting American Architecture 1870 - 2000

Routledge, London
4to in stiff card covers, 205pp, illustrations in text, bibliog, index etc
An extremely well preserved AS NEW copy
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London Lesbian & Gay Pride 1985 - Original Pride '85 Badge - 3rd Issue

London Lesbian & Gay Pride Organising Committee, London
Original 1.5 inch diameter lapel badge. This is one of the third tranche of Pride '85 badges, made in January or February 1985 on a hand-operated badge press and with the pink colouring done by hand. The design is a variant on the original badge design by John Williams, having rather better artwork than the previous versions, with the date of the march, 29th June, above the logo and 'I'll be there!' below it. Approximately 300 of this third type were made. This is the last of the hand-made badges, afterwards all Pride '85 badges were made by a commercial supplier and were of the same diameter, but thinner and noticeably flatter. Full provenance is available.
Almost AS NEW - in fine bright condition
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London Lesbian & Gay Pride 1985 - Original Pride '85 Badge - 2nd Issue

London Lesbian & Gay Pride Organising Committee, London
Original 1.5 inch diameter lapel badge. This is one of the second tranche Pride '85 badges, made in October 1984 on a hand-operated badge press and with the pink colouring done by hand. The design is a variant on the original badge design by John Williams, having a black triangle with pink border and lettering. Because it was a slow process only 200 of this second type were made. Full provenance is available.
Almost AS NEW - in fine bright condition
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London Lesbian & Gay Pride 1985 - Original Pride '85 Badge - 1st Issue

London Lesbian & Gay Pride Organising Committee, London
Original 1.5 inch diameter lapel badge. This is one of the very first Pride '85 badges (the design, by John Williams, was crudely done), made on a hand-operated badge press in September 1984 for fund raising events that same month. Because it was a slow process no more than 250 were made. Full provenance is available.
Almost AS NEW - in fine bright condition.
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The Endurance of Frankenstein - Essays on Mary Shelley's Novel

University of California Press
Large 8vo in colour printed stiff glossy card covers, 341pp, illustrations in text, bibliog, index
A well preserved near FINE very clean and tight copy (neat highlighting to two adjacent leaves only)
1st editionSoftcover
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Saw- Pit Wharton - the Political Career From 1640 to 1691 of Philip fourth Lord Wharton

Sydney University Press, Sydney
8vo in red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 300pp index etc
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight unread or barely read copy in a slightly tanned but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks very presentable in its removable transparent protector)
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The Voices of Morebath - Reformation and Rebellion in An English Village

Yale University Press, New Haven and London
Heavy 8vo. in green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 232pp, illustrations in text, index etc
NEW copy in NEW Dust Jacket
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Magna Britannia - Bedfordshire

Ep Publishing, Wakefield
4to in green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, xxvii + 189pp, plates (some folding), index etc
An extremely well preserved almost AS NEW copy (hint of tanning to leaves) in a slightly spine sunned but otherwise FINE price-clipped Dust Jacket (very faintly soiled along top edges, looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Invasion 1940

Rupert Hart Davis, London
8vo in black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 323pp, plates, bibliography, index
A well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy (elegant private bookplate on the front paste-down end-paper, pages very slightly tanned) in a faintly sunned and very slightly edge-rubbed but otherwise FINE complete Dust Jacket. An excellent copy
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The Uncommon Reader (SIGNED COPY)

Faber & Faber, London
1st Printing. Small 8vo in bright red faux cloth, gilt lettering to spine. 124pp. This copy signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
A well preserved AS NEW unread copy in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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The Baudin Expedition and the Tasmanian Aborigines 1802

Blubber Head Press, Hobart
Large, very heavy 4to in rust red cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 245pp on thick art paper, illustrated in colour and b/w, bibliog, index etc. Limited edition of 1,000 copies for sale this is marked as an 'out of series' sample copy
An extremely well preserved FINE very clean and tight copy still close to new (merest hint of tanning to leaves) in a slightly spine sunned and very slightly edge-nicked but otherwise about FINE complete Dust Jacket (looks fine in its removable transparent protector)
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Joseph Conrad - A Personal Remembrance

Duckworth, London
1st printing. 8vo in dark green cloth, gilt lettering to spine, 256pp, portrait frontispiece
VERY GOOD+, a well preserved and very clean and tight copy (page-block edges lightly foxed or tanned, very slight blooming or sunning to rear cover margins). A nice copy
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Grace and Mary (SIGNED COPY)

Sceptre, London
8vo in dark blue faux cloth, 249pp. This copy inscribed 'Good wishes / Wigton 2013' and signed by the author on the title-page (no other inscriptions)
AS NEW in an AS NEW Dust Jacket
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