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1 Album of Taste and Fashion and Book of Commercial & General Information Golden Guide to London
London George Hennelle 1877 Decorated Blindstamped Cloth Very Good 
Folio-sized, 40 by 31 cm. 73 leaves are numbered (not pages), followed by an almost equal number not accordingly numbered. This is the antithesis of a pocket tourist guide, and not just in size. While the part that is not overtly paid-for advertisements is full of useful information, the size and heft of the book meant that it was more likely to be a courtesy reference one might have found at hotels or on ships, or perhaps as a souvenir for the visitor. The reference part has all the expected useful information -- hotels, restaurants, transportation info, sights, museums, neighborhood descriptions, and many text illustrations -- but it is the often splashy ads that probably stood out then, and stand out now. These form the greater part of devoted to "Fine Arts", "Shipping Intelligence", "Champagne and Cognac", and "Plans of London Theatres". In the first of these, there are numerous full page ads for photography studios, often with a specimen of their work. The champagne section is full of mounted color printed labels. The last section has pictorial diagrams of many theatres still standing today. There are plenty of other flamboyant ads in the first part of the book for almost anything conceivable, from clothes to pool tables to lawn mowers, sometimes with mounted chromolithographic illustrations. Wear to the red decorative cloth. Repair to the front joint. Clean within. 
Price: 1600.00 USD
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Hotel Metropole Northumberland Avenue London A Souvenir
2 Hotel Metropole Northumberland Avenue London A Souvenir
London Chiswick Press 1889 First Edition Presumed Wraps Very Good 
An excursion to a bygone pampered stay in London. 8vo. 84 pp. The deluxe Hotel Metropole opened in 1885. Located between Trafalgar Square and Westminster Palace (Parliament), it was requisitioned by the British government during both World Wars, and the buidling was converted permanently to government offices after the Second World War. The government sold the building back into private hands in 2007, and after a restoration, it has re-opened as a five star Hotel Corinthia. The "souvenir" brochure has a wide mix of information about both the hotel and the surrounding city, and it was intended both as a repository of practical information for the guest and tourist while staying at the hotel as well as a keepsake after the guest bid his farewell. Thus there is the kind of information that today we will find contained in a binder sitting atop a guest room desk, with a general description of the hotel's appointments and services, an overview of the sights of London, a list of recommended retailers and service providers, and then 38 pages of advertisements, which should be interesting to many of us even today for various reasons. One of the most interesting "morsel" in the whole brochure are the pages relating to dining. Presented are the menus for three meals each day, along with comments there and elsewhere about timing, which are quite different from custom today, and then there are quite a few food and drink related ads. Of the many curious ads, one example is for "English and American Painless Dentistry". Another to be singled out is for Aspinall's Neigeline, a skin product, with a testimonial -- one which would seem pale in our jaded times -- from Adelina Patti, who was then about as big a celebrity as one could be. The wraps have wear, with some loss of the paper on the spine. A faint dampstain on the front, and a shadow of a card on the back, with light soiling besides. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Home of the Motor Cab.  The General Motor Cab Company Ltd. 1909
3 The Home of the Motor Cab. The General Motor Cab Company Ltd. 1909
London 1909 Hardcover. Cloth Good 
Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC First Search. Oblong 4to. 24 by 29 cm. 56, [2] pp. Fourteen of the pages are bright color plates generally depicting the smart set riding in beautiful vehicles, but also an illustration of the company's expansive headquarters and garage located in Kennington, a neighborhood in South London next to Vauxhall. The text presents both matter-of-fact info about the company's taxi services -- charges, policies, etc. -- but also some lighter breezer fare on such topics as a trip to the Channel or Coventry. Red cloth cover heavily soiled. Endpapers, title and final leaf grubby. Otherwise, lower band of leaves with hint of waviness that might come from a passing exposure to moisture, and perhaps a touch of soiling here and there. A few other finger smudges, minor closed tears and light wear besides. Notwithstanding these issues, a very handsome sales promotion for a cab company that was not just selling itself but also the notion of the horseless carriage as a luxury alternative to the horse drawn vehicle not yet fully vanquished in metropolitan use. 
Price: 575.00 USD
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4 Andrew W. Tuer Old London Street Cries and the Cries of To-Day with Heaps of Quaint Cuts INcluding hand-coloured Frontispiece
London Field & Tuer 1885 First Edition Paper pastedown on boards, with ribbon tie Very Good 
An uncommon fully hand-colored copy of the classic on London street life of yesteryear. 12mo. (13 by 10 cm, 5 by 4 inches.) 137, [7] pp. Pebbled marbled paper pastedown with soiling and rubbing on spine. Paper finely torn by joints, now repaired. A few fox marks on title label pastedown. Generally clean and tight within. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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5 Besant, Walter [Fore-edge Painting] South London A New Edition with an Etching by Francis S. Walker, R.E. and 119 Illustrations
London Chatto & Windus 1901 Full Morocco Very Good 
Fore-edge painting of Monkey Island, by Windsor, and Tample Island, Henley-on-Thames. (One image above the other.) 8vo. 22 by 15 cm. xii, 331 pp. Gilt decoration of a tower on front board. Some rubbing to the leather. Light occasional foxing within. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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The Amusements of Old London (Two Volumes) With Twleve Illustrations from Contemporary Sources, All Coloured by Hand, Boulton, William B.
6 Boulton, William B. The Amusements of Old London (Two Volumes) With Twleve Illustrations from Contemporary Sources, All Coloured by Hand
London John C. Nimmo 1901 First Edition Full Calf Near Fine 
8vo. 23 by 17 cm. Covers such now obscure activities as bear baiting and cattle baiting as well as the the perpetual diversion of gambling. Long nostalgic histories of Vauxhall and visits to the more disreputable and more forgotten Hockley, where cruder, raffish blood sports were the thing. Highly entertaining work, with the color plates after Alken, Rowlandson and others. A lovely full calf Riviere binding, with elaborate gilt ornamentation on the spine, five raised bands, gilt dentelles and turn ins, marbled endpapers. Occasional stain spots, and a few chips from the cutting of the leaves. Overall a beautiful, unique copy. 
Price: 750.00 USD
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7 Burton, Richard Historical Remarks on the Ancient and Present State of the Cities of London and Westminster with an Account of the Most Considerable Occurences, Revolutions and Transaction, as to the Wars, Fires, Plagues, &c. which Have Happened in and About These Cities for Above Nine Hundred Years Past, till the Year 1681 A New Edition, With Additional Wood-Cut Portraits, and a Copious Index
Westminster (London) Machell Stace 1810 Full Calf Very Good 
178, [2] pp. With 22 vignettes. Rebacked, with original boards. Boards have chipping, rubbing and dryness. Corners of boards are now worn and rounded, with text block touching the outer edge of the rear corners.Generally clean inside. Crack to hinge by title page. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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Literary and Historical Memorials of London (Four Volumes, Extra-Illustrated), Jesse, J. Heneage
8 Jesse, J. Heneage Literary and Historical Memorials of London (Four Volumes, Extra-Illustrated)
London Richard Bentley 1847-1850 First edition Full Morocco Near Fine 
Extra-Illustrated, with a total of 285 plates, 85 of which are hand-colored, one, tinted, and bound handsomely in full red morocco, with armorial decoration on the boards, by Bayntun. 8vo. 22 by 14.5 cm. Almost all the hand-colored plates are of views and buildings, with a costume plate among them in each volume, while the black and white plates are generally portraits, with some views among these as well. In addition, there are five folding maps contained in the first two volumes. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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9 Mayhew, Augustus; Illustrations by H. K. Browne (Phiz) Paved with Gold or The Romance and Reality of the London Streets. An Unfashionable Novel.
London Chapman & Hall 1858 Blindstamped Cloth; Slipcase Near Fine Fine Jacket 
A crusading novelistic counterpart to Henry Mayhew's (the author's brother) "London Labour and London Poor"! 8vo. viii, 408, 32 pp. With 26 illustrated plates of London lowlife with all its zest and anguish. Dust jacket with red leather (skiver) labels that are quite handsome. Slipcase sturdy and attractive. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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A New and Compleat History and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, the Borough of Southwark, and Parts adjacent;  From the Earliest Accounts, to the Beginning of the Year 1770.  . . ., Society of Gentlemen;  revised, corrected and improved by Henry Chamberlain.
10 Society of Gentlemen; revised, corrected and improved by Henry Chamberlain. A New and Compleat History and Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, the Borough of Southwark, and Parts adjacent; From the Earliest Accounts, to the Beginning of the Year 1770. . . .
London J. Cooke 1769 First Edition Thus Half Calf, Marbled Boards Very Good Plus 
1769 or 1770. Folio, 36 by 24 cm. 682, [10] pp. 67 copper engravings, including frontis and three maps, two of which are folding. With four page list of subscribers, appendix and index. Also engraved headpiece, first page of text. Page 225 has smattering of ink stains, and one margin tear, and facing 224 with single small ink stain -- nothing, though, is unreadable. Small hole affecting three leaves (pp. 235 to 240), with a letter to three letters affected per page. A few other small stains in the book, but generally the leaves are clean, even remarkably so. Plate facing 596 with margin chip and small closed tear. Pagination of page 410 rendered as "401". Joints repaired. Spine calf cracked and somewhat chipped. Nonetheless, contemporary binding remains handsome, and this is overall a very lovely, and complete, copy of this magisterial work on London. 
Price: 975.00 USD
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