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Thoresby, Ralph; Whitaker, Thomas Dunham: Ducatus Leodiensis: or, the Topography of the Ancient and Populous Town and Parish of Leedes, and Parts Adjacent, in the West-Riding of the Country of York [...]; Loidis and Elmete: or, an Attempt to Illustrate the Districts Described in Those Words by Be Leeds: printed by B. Dewhirst, for Robinson, Son and Holdsworth; and John Hurst, Wakefield, 1816. Second edition. 2 vols., folio (445 x 280mm), pp. [iv], xvi, [i], xvii, [i], 267, [iii], 123, [i], 159, [i], 11, [i] + 10 plates + folding pedigrees of 16 families; pp. [iv], 404, 2, 80 + 58 plates on 54 leaves + 15 folding pedigrees. All plates and pedigrees as called for. Decorative initials and further engraved illustrations in the text. Occasional toning (mostly to plate-adjacent leaves), sporadic foxing. Contemporary half green morocco, spines ornately gilt with red and green labels, marbled paper-covered boards, marbled endpapers. Rubbed, joints, edges and corners worn, some scratches and light scrapes but still a very good, sturdy set. Thoresby (16581725) began work on his great project in the late 1690s, and the first edition of Ducatus Leodiensis was published in 1715. 'This was not the first topographical publication of importance about a provincial town but it was the first work of importance by a Yorkshire antiquary. Attached to the main body of the text was a catalogue of the Musaeum Thoresbyanum and the volume included a very fine map of the area. Ducatus was published by subscription and was dedicated to Peregrine Osborne, marquess of Carmarthen and heir apparent to the duke of Leeds, and to the mayor of Leeds and aldermen of Leeds. About 2000 copies were printed and sold for £3.' (ODNB)   Ref: 51438 
Wade-Evans, A.W.: The Emergence of England and Wales. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd, 1959. Second edition, 8vo., pp. viii, 160 + frontispiece. Brown cloth, a little rubbed to head and tail, corners slightly bumped. Top edge dusty. Dustwrapper considerably creased to edges, very small chips to head and tail. Very good only.   Ref: 40867 
White, Donald A.: Litus Saxonicum. The British Saxon Shore in Scholarship and History. University of Wisconsin, 1961. 8vo., pp. vi, 122. Blue cloth, white title to spine and upper board. Rubbed, a few marks, corners a little frayed but still a good copy overall. Leeds University Library bookplate and stamp to front paste-down, plus library stamp to title-page verso.   Ref: 51208 
William of Malmesbury: (Hardy, Thomas Duffus, ed.:) Gesta Regum Anglorum. Londini [London]: (English Historical Society), 1840. First edition. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. [ii], 388; xxvii, [i], 389-816. Text in Latin, printed marginalia and footnotes in English. Vol.1 pp.369-384 replaced with facsimiles, the adjacent pages somewhat soiled but text perfectly legible. Original brown paper-covered boards, skillfully rebacked in well-matched brown paper, black morocco gilt labels, edges uncut. Some stains and scratches to boards, labels a little rubbed, edges dusted. To each front paste-down, bookplate Ex Oblatorum S. Caroli Bibliotheca, apud Bayswater with the word 'humilitas' centrally placed, and a more recent bookplate of Eric Poole. Several library ink stamps to preliminaries of both volumes. The older bookplates refer to the library of the Oblates of St. Charles, of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Bayswater, London.   Ref: 47034