With time on our hands during the Coronavirus lockdown, we are reviewing the prices of some of our older stock and adjusting prices of books to ensure that they are the most attractive offering in the marketplace, as it is a reality of the antiquarian market for books that less expensive and mid-level material the trend has been inexorably downward, to the chagrin of booksellers and to the benefit of collectors.  Consequently, we have slashed prices anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent of these books we have had listed for five years or more.  So we hope that anyone visiting the site might find something that might have become overpriced but now legitimately qualifies as a bargain.

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Album of 37 Oil Paintings and Watercolors of Primarily England [D.L. & A.C. Miller.  June-July 1920]
1 Album of 37 Oil Paintings and Watercolors of Primarily England [D.L. & A.C. Miller. June-July 1920]
1920 Full Leather Very Good 
By various hands. The album bears the date of 1920 but the artwork presumably would probably have been collected over time, either before or after that date, or a bit of both. The name of Miller is on the front cover, but that is probably the name of the owner and compiler of the album and does not explain much beyond that. The quality is various, as is the style, with the unifying element that they are all relating to lovely scenery of the countryside, the small town, the seaside in the South of England, Yorkshire, perhaps elsewhere in England, and at least one or two from the Continent (France, Holland). Shipwrecks, an aqueduct, craggy coastline are among the more interesting subjects. The album is 19 by 26, oblong, with the postcard-sized watercolors mounted onto heavy card stock leaves. Generally the places depicted are not in and of themselves famous, but almost all are the quintessence of the English landscape. Some scattered light foxing in the margins 
Price: 800.00 USD
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2 Child's Sketchbook Depicting Mostly the Isle of Wight, Some Welsh Scenery, and Human Studies
Half Morocco. Marbled paper pastedown on boards. Very Good 
Wonderful juvenile pencil sketches and watercolors with a strong Folk Art appeal to them overall. N.d., circa 1840. (Paper watermark of 1815, but possible portrait of young Victoria, and fashions on human subjects suggest the later date.) Oblong 4to. 25 by 31.5 cm. With 43 pages containing artwork, most of which, but not all, can be regarded as finished. Most of the artwork is rendered directly onto the pages of the album, with six of the pieces instead mounted onto the page. Nine of the pages are of watercolors, and two others, have some color pencil added to the basic pencil drawing. The Isle of Wight most definitely dominates the album, with sixteen of the views drawn -- all pencil drawings -- of various locations on the Isle of Wight, including Needles, Ryde pier, Blackgang Chine, the Sand-Rock Spring Cottage, the undercliff, a freshwater cavern, etc. These views and panoramas are rendered with a folk art-ish charm. The young artist had at best only a tentative understanding of perspective, and the human figures are quite sketchy. At the same time the artist was deft in the drawing of flora and foliage -- they even look as if they might have been done by an accomplished post-Impressionist -- and both buildings and landscape come off as very real. The compositions all have an appealling balance, we might also add. We would note that Osborne, one of the favored Royal Residences, is located on the Isle of Wight, and it is our belief that the portrait of Victoria is related to this propinquity. Perhaps more accomplished, yet also coming across as naive, are a few of the watercolors. We would regard a watercolor of a shepherd resting against a tree with his dog by his side as the most satisfying. The painting reminds us of a famous portrait of Goethe! Another fully realized watercolor shows a young man with a fishing net making his way to the sea. Among the watercolors are several portraits as well, including one of a young woman, a second one of a mother with two small children situated in a park-like setting, and a third one, of two handsome children. Two of the unfinished watercolors we believe might have been portraits of Victoria, especially the one with the young woman wearing a crown. Back to drawings, there are two cartoonish drawings of a girl's schoolroom, with thought bubbles adding touches of humor. Finally, there are two mounted drawings that are done with great precision -- these are not at all naive. We would speculate these were done by the same artist at an older age. As not uncommon for such albums and sketchbooks, the artwork starts at both ends, and generally, the orientation of the page is the opposite depending on which end. Condition: leather at joints and corners heavily rubbed. Scuffs and scratches throughout binding. Some light foxing, mostly from tissue guards, now removed. A few pages excised probably. One page with cut-out. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Companion to the Almanac, or Yearbook of General Information (16 volumes)
3 Companion to the Almanac, or Yearbook of General Information (16 volumes)
London Charles Knight First Quarter Calf Near Fine 
12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Continuous run of Knight's Companion to the Almanac from 1828 to 1858, with one index volume as well covering up to 1843. Chock-a-block with interesting information on virtually all aspects of economic, business and social affairs in Britain during reign of William IV up until the mid-Victorian era. While rich in statistical and demographic information, these volumes are much, much more, with articles that describe and analyze with rigor the issues and developments of the day. Many plates and illustrations of significant architectural and engineering projects scattered throughout. Thus this can serve as both an invaluable primary source reference for the period as well as an entertaining resource for the more casual student of English history. All volumes have been professionally recased and bound with handsome light brown calf spines, preserving Victorian marbled boards and calf spine tips. All volumes are tight and clean inside. Modern marbled endpapers. Other than wear to old calf corners, this would be a fine set. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Deck of 35 hand-colored cards depicting English monarchs from William the Conqueror to William IV
4 Deck of 35 hand-colored cards depicting English monarchs from William the Conqueror to William IV
London (?) Box Very Good 
N.d., circa 1830s prior to 1837 when William IV passed away. N.p. Each card is 62 by 56 mm. The cards each contain six lines of text. Above the portrait the dynasty to which the monarch belonged is given. Below the portrait is the monarch's nme, and then his birth and death years, when his/her reign began and how many years he/she reigned, except for the card pertaining to William IV, who was still alive, and his card states, "Long Life and Happiness to Him, and prosperity to his people". The cards were surely meant as an educational tool for children. The cards come in a marbled paper covered box, probably the original issued by the publisher. The box bears a date of 1834, relating to an almanac, which was probably issued by the same publisher, but regardless is general corroboration as to the dating and the origin of the deck. The box has one edge which is torn to bottom but the box is still functionable. Moderate soiling on the cards. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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English Scenery.  One Hundred and Twenty Chromo Views
5 English Scenery. One Hundred and Twenty Chromo Views
London, Edinburgh and New York T. Nelson and Sons 1891 Near Fine 
8vo, 8 by 6 inches, 20 by 15 cm. Two chromolithographic postcard-sized images per plate, with fine views of the most memorable buildings, landmarks, natural wonders and views of England. Moderate foxing of preliminaries, otherwise generally clean, with all tissue guards intact. Re-cased with very attractive archtypal Victorian styled decorated morocco spine. Marbled boards. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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6 Fores' Correct Representation of The State Procession on the Occasion of the August Ceremony of her Majesty's Coronation, June 28th, 1838.
London Messrs. Fores (Fores' Sporting & Fine Print Repository and Frame Manufactory) 1838 First Blindstamped, Gilt-Stamped Cloth. Cloth Slip Good 
A fabulous 60 foot long hand-colored leporello, or concertina, capturing the pomp and pageantry of the procession marking the coronation of Queen Victoria. In the age before photos, this souvenir impressively reproduced the entirety of the affair, or something very close to it, and it unquestionably served as a template for later such occasions. The leporello is 1720 by 11 cm, or over 700 inches long. It unfolds by opening from the center, with half to the left, half to the right. Condition: The outer panels on both sides are heavily soiled and foxed, as is the centerpiece, which lies on the inside of the spine. Otherwise, the panels are generally clean and bright, with occasional light soiling and light age toning apparent along edges. The panels attached to the endpapers are re-mounted somewhat farther from the center than optimal, slightly obscuring the edges of the printed text in both the front and rear. The cloth binding is heavily soiled, and also rebacked, with the original cloth spine re-mounted. Brass clasp intact. Slipcase is more modern and remains solid, if plain in its general appearance. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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7 Happy Times Photo Album
England Decorated Cloth Very Good 
Circa 1890s, with earlier photos included. (One photo dated 1882). 8vo. 21 by 15 cm. 24 card leaves, each with four slots, two per page, to house photos. Only 20 photos included (two are identical and loose), with most slots empty. Art Nouveau style design on cover. Photos are of quaint English farmhouse, farm yard (chickens), country lane, a park fountain, a coastal bluff, a butterfly hunter, a baby in a pram, a clipper ship, penguins at a zoo and an elephant ride, and a young woman in a black dress. Light wear. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Historical Records of the Life Guards: Containing an Account of the Formation of the Corps in the Year 1660, and of Its Subsequent Services to 1835
8 Historical Records of the Life Guards: Containing an Account of the Formation of the Corps in the Year 1660, and of Its Subsequent Services to 1835
London William Clowes and Sons 1835, 1837 First Very Good 
8vo. xi, ix, [1], 291 pp. With six charming hand-colored plates depicting Life Guards on horseback. Edgewear to cloth and soiling of boards. Morocco, which is more modern, is clean and attractive. Foxing in preliminaries; otherwise, only occasional soiling of leaves and overall quite clean. All plates are richly colored and handsome. 
Price: 375.00 USD
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R. H. Murphy Cookery Book
9 R. H. Murphy Cookery Book
Full Leather Very Good 
A manuscript cookbook probably from a grand country house in Edwardian England. N.d., circa 1910. [9], 84 pp. With well over 300 recipes! Mulligtawn soup, palestine soup, becamel of chicken, Ketcherei with Finnan Haddock, lobster a la Neuberg, a breakfast cold chicken cream in aspic, Neapolitan eggs, hashed mutton, beef galantine, sardine fritters, devils on horseback, angels on horseback, Welsh rabbit, Mrs. Dunsmuir's Prize cake, Sally Lunn, Jessica's eggless cake, a faroli souffle, chocolate drops -- this is a small sampling of the dishes whose names jumped off the page to this reader, whether because they are unknown and exotic, or they seemed somehow quintessential to a country house occasion. A good number of the recipes bear the first or last name of a person, and this probably indicates the original source of the recipe. It can also be deduced from the comprehensiveness and length of the book that Murphy was a professional cook in a grand house. No ordinary housewife, nor a servant in a less august setting, is likely to have had her recipes collected in such a project. It is likely that at least part of the purpose of this book was to impart technique as well as much beloved dishes to other staff members and/or successors. After the nine page table of contents, listing all the recipes, there are three pages of miscellaneous remarks on cooking followed by sections on soups, fish, breakfast dishes, joints and meats, sweets and puddings, iced sweets, sweets and puddings and desserts again, savouries, vegetables, sauces, liquids, juices and jams and cakes and breads. Missing, although referred to in the index, is a section on knitting. Desserts, or sweets, are the vast majority of recipes. Most of the sheets are carbon, with a few the original, and most sheets have a few corrections of typos done by hand. Light soiling and wear to the typed leaves. A few are now loose in the binding. 
Price: 1850.00 USD
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Robins's Panoramic Representation of the Queen's Royal Progress Through the City of London, on the 9th November, 1837, Displaying every portion of the Royal and Civic Procession on that splendid and memorable occasion, as well as the Whole Line of Streets from Temple Bar to Guildhall, With their numerous Decorations, the Booths of the City Companies, Christ's Hospital, &c. The While extending to Nearly Ten Feet in Length.
10 Robins's Panoramic Representation of the Queen's Royal Progress Through the City of London, on the 9th November, 1837, Displaying every portion of the Royal and Civic Procession on that splendid and memorable occasion, as well as the Whole Line of Streets from Temple Bar to Guildhall, With their numerous Decorations, the Booths of the City Companies, Christ's Hospital, &c. The While extending to Nearly Ten Feet in Length.
London Robins 1838 First edition Cloth, and housed in a Custom Quarter Morocco Box Very Good 
A stunning leporello of early Victorian pageantry, colored by hand, measuring 10 feet by 3.5 inches when extended, and the imagery is particularly bright and fresh, especially when compared to other leporellos depicting Victorian parades or processions from this period. Scarce, with only four institutional copies located on OCLC. Abbey Life 534. When closed, the oblong item measures 6.25 by 4 inches, and in its box it sits neatly, and elegantly, on a shelf. Occasional light foxing or soiling to the pictorial but overall remarkably clean. The folds are reinforced with fabric. The folds are not entirely even, causing some minor waviness to the paper when the boards are shut. The joints of the cloth boards somewhat crudely restored. Minor blistering to the cloth. The leporello snugly fits inside the attractive box. Minor rubbing and wear to the marbled paper of the box. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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Smoking and Smokers; Also, Snuff and Snuff-Takers.  With Numerous Wood Cuts
11 Smoking and Smokers; Also, Snuff and Snuff-Takers. With Numerous Wood Cuts
London Joseph Baker 1851 First Blindstamped decorated cloth Very Good 
Essentially two books, closely related in topic and tone, in one. 90 and 90 pp. 8to, 8 by 4.5 inches, 20 by 12 cm. With numerous often droll woodcut illustrations of smokers in their various attitudes and conceits. The work(s) treat seemingly all aspects of their subject, including history, statistical data regarding, and then countless other looser associative matters of which the very act of smoking invites, for smoking, and now the mostly bygone practice of taking snuff, so much more to their acolytes than the simple consumption of the stuff. Thus there are chapters on reveries concerning tobacco, of the pipe as a means of public instruction, on maxims regarding, on tobacco and the classics, and on and on. Without question these droll studies were written largely for the delectation of smokers and snuff-takers! The ranginess and sly wit of the author, together with his sometimes ardent arguments in favor of the products, make this one of those rare cultural and literary artefacts that can entertain the modern reader as the author intended yet also with the ironic detachment of our hindsight. Green blindstamped boards decorated with gilt. Rubbing along gutters. A light dampstain affects the margins of many pages yet more or less blends in with the moderate age toning of the leaves. Some starting of the rear hinge. 
Price: 475.00 USD
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The Book of the Ranks and Dignities of British Society.  Lately Attributed in the Press to Charles Lamb.  With an Introductory Note by Clement Shorter With Eight coloured plates and sixteen in monochrome
12 The Book of the Ranks and Dignities of British Society. Lately Attributed in the Press to Charles Lamb. With an Introductory Note by Clement Shorter With Eight coloured plates and sixteen in monochrome
New York Charles Scribners Sons. Printed at the University Press, Cambridge, England by W. Lewis 1924 Hardcover. Paper pastedown Very Good Minus 
1920s reprint of 1809 title on English heirarchy and aristocratic privileges and ritual published originally by Tabart & Co. 8vo. 17.5 by 11 cm. 136 pp. Wear on spine, with tears to paper pastedown and small chip of spine label. Some moderate loss to paper pastedown on board, and moderate soiling. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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13 The Form and Order of the Service That Is to be Performed and the Ceremonies That are to be Observed in the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Abbey Church of St. Peter Westminster on Tuesday the Second Day of June 1953 [together with] two copies of the booklet issued by command of the Queen for "The Order of Divine Service" occurring the preceding Sunday; the booklet issued the previous year for the "Special Forms of Service in Commemoration of His Late Majesty King George VI", and two copies of a Silver Jubilee service booklet
Oxford and London University Press and Geoffrey Cumberlege 1953 First Edition Full Morocco, Gilt Decoration. Box. Fine 
Principal item: 4to. 27.5 by 19 cm. 48 pp. Printed in black and red type on a high grade paper. With its gilt decoration on the Royal Blue leather, this was clearly a deluxe edition of the far more widely distributed cloth version. This copy is essentially pristine, with the slightest bend to the boards, as would have occurred naturally, its lovely condition a result of the protection provided by the original box. This box has a small "ER" pastedown decoration. One of its short sides is lost, and the box overall has considerable wear along its edges. The accompanying booklets are all very good or better, making for a lovely potpourri of royal momentos. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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The Right Divine of Kings to Govern Wrong!  Dedicated to the Holy Alliance.
14 The Right Divine of Kings to Govern Wrong! Dedicated to the Holy Alliance.
London William Hone 1821 Third edition NA Very Good 
8vo. 18 by 10.5 cm. 60 pp. Light to moderate soiling on first and last page. Diagonal flattened crease on last page. No binding. A few pages overcut, or cut slightly sloppily. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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[Faux Book]  Commemorate the Silver Jubilee 1910 1935
15 [Faux Book] Commemorate the Silver Jubilee 1910 1935
1935 Near Fine 
A miniature faux book with a silver decoratively tooled front centered by a relief portrait of George V, whose Silver Anniversary this souvenir was honoring. The spine and back are of a translucent blue bakelite (the material we believe this to be). The front oval cameo profile centerpiece actually shows two profiles of the king, the one in the forefront and more prominent as he looked in 1935, the more ghostly second partial profile we believe showing him as he looked, more or less, at the beginning of his reigh. Surrounding these portraits is a band of writing, stating, "Commemorate the Silver Jubilee 1910 1935". Above the oval is a crown, and the corners have tooled floral decoration. Within the faux book, which one opens by tugging at a side clasp, is a leporello with seven tiny black and white photos, four of the king in various dress, three of Queen Mary. The faux book measures 33 by 27 mm. Quite an unusual, and lovely, souvenir. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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[Photo Album] Souvenir 5th November 1920 The Willows Windsor
16 [Photo Album] Souvenir 5th November 1920 The Willows Windsor
Windsor, UK 1920 Half Morocco Very Good 
A group of oversized photos that capture a somber yet celebratory occasion at a grand estate two years after the end of the First World War. Oblong, 27.5 by 38 cm. Twelve large original photographs of a grand country estate called "The Willows", taken when its owner was being honored for having turned it over to the British war effort. As depicted on Downton Abbey, many a palatial home served as a temporary hospital, a hospice, or some other use relating to the war effort. In this instance, the property owner was a man of Indian origin, Sir Dhunjobhoy Bomanji, who had made a fortune in textiles and shipping. From India's Parsee community. Bomanji was an ardent supporter of the British Empire -- He would soon afterward, in 1923, donate a statue of the World War One commander, Douglas Haig (the first Earl Haig), to the City of Edinburgh. Haig in fact is one of the guests at the luncheon party and among the distinguished guests shown in one of the photos. Other distinguished guests included Princess Alice, the Earl of Athlone, Lady Mary Chrichton, Lady Campbell, General Carteret-Carey and Captain Donald Simson. The other photos are of the house decked out with banners and bunting for the entertainment of 700 guests comprised of ex-servicemen, war widows and orphans, the band of the Life Guards, two photos of the dining room set up for but prior to the luncheon, the procession of 300 war orphans by the host and luncheon guests, among them a Hasidic child, the procession of disabled soldiers, the procession of non-crippled ex-servicement, Mr. Bomanji presenting a check of 5,000 pounds to Princess Alice, Earl Haig addressing the diabled soldiers and finally, a group photo of the host and his most distinguished guests -- those at the luncheon. Leather worn along joints in a few spots. Gilt lettering partly rubbed on front board. 
Price: 1500.00 USD
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17 [Prints] A pair of prints by T. Kay: Pension Hunter, 1793, and Demonstration or Cause & Effect,1817
T. Kay 1792 and 1817 Fine 
The two prints are matted and framed similarly and thus work well as a pair of T. Kay satirical prints. They each measure 17.5 by 11 cm, and framed, 27 by 22 cm. Both are contained in the British Museum collection, which described the Pension Hunter as thus: A man wearing clerical bands with spurred top-boots stands directed to the right on an open Bible. His right hand is thrust in his waistcoat, his left holds close to his eyes an open book, 'Essay on the management of Bees'. Bees fly thickly above his head. The Bible is inscribed 'Revelation XIII And the World Wondered after the Beast.' The British Museum of the later print is as follows: Portrait of a stout man, full-length standing in profile to left, gesturing with his right hand as he speaks, holding a scroll in his left, wearing a dark suit with frilled cravat, fob and tall black hat. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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18 "Londiniensis" The City Wonderful Being a Guide to London Social & Historic. The Hotel Cecil's Guide to London. Historical & Social Notes.
London The Hotel Cecil 1924 First Paperback Very Good 
4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 80 + xxxiv pp. Stiff wrappers. Wonderful piece of London ephemera, capturing the swirl of London during the Roaring Twenties and also evocative illustrations, some in full color, of period dress and smart-looking people, together with many period photos of now a lost London. Equally enjoyable and informative are the 34 pages of advertisements in the back. Minor crease to front stiff wrapper. Half-title loose. Otherwise very good or better of rare momento. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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19 "Sabretache" [C. Barrow]. Illustrations by Lionel Edwards Shires & Provinces, [together with] More Shires & Provinces (Two volumes)
London and New York Eyre and Spottiswoode Limited and Charles Scribner's Sons 1926 and 1928 First Edition (the first volume is the second impression, 1927) Decorated Cloth Very Good Plus 
Folio sized, measuring 14 by 10 inches, 35 by 26 cm. Each volume with sixteen color plates. "Sabretache" was a pseudonym adopted by the publicity-allergic C. Barrow, who served many years in the cavalry stationed in India and returning to England, was an ardent foxhunter. The two Shire volumes, which cover the history and lore of the most famous English hunts, constitute his best known works. Grimshaw 1288 and 1289. Both volumes are clean and tight internally, with the original clean cloth showing wear, with scuffs and the green rubbed out in spots. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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20 Ackermann, Rudolph History of the Free-School of Harrow
London R. Ackermann 1816 First Edition Cloth Very Good 
Folio-sized. 34 by 28 cm. 40 pp. FIve hand-colored plates. Clean within, other than offsetting. Spotting on cloth boards. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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