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Whitaker, [John]: The Genuine History of the Britons Asserted in a Full and Candid Refutation of Mr Macpherson's Introduction to the History of Great Britain and Ireland. Sold by Dodsley, Pall-Mall; Payne, Mews-gate, et al, 1772. First edition. 8vo., pp. [iv], 308. A1 is the title-page, A2 the half-title. Some sporadic foxing. 19th-century half brown calf, gilt title to spine, marbled paper-covered boards, drab endpapers, edges lightly sprinkled grey. Rubbed, some little chips to joints and edges, corners slightly worn, still a good copy. MS shelfmark to front paste-down. '29 November 1903' added in pencil beneath 'The End' to p.304. Printed by William Bowyer and John Nichols (their records show 251 copies printed). The Genuine History of the Britons was Whitaker's response to 'the Ossian controversy': a refutation of James Macpherson's History of Great Britain and Ireland (1761). ' This work confirmed Whitaker's reputation as a controversial and provocative polemicist and his penchant for merciless ad hominem attacks on those from whose opinions he differed. From November 1773 to February 1774 he held the morning preachership at Berkeley Chapel, London, but left it following a dispute, concerning which he published a typically intemperate State of the Case, leading to the threat of a libel suit. While in London he made the acquaintance of Dr Johnson and Edward Gibbon, with whom he continued to correspond after he left London. Gibbon allowed him to read the first volume of Decline and Fall in manuscript, which Whitaker greeted with great enthusiasm. Gibbon had, however, withheld the chapter on Christianity, which Whitaker later read with high indignation.' (ODNB) ESTC T100007   Ref: 51396 
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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 
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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 
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Williams, Alfred: Folk Songs of the Upper Thames, With an Essay on Folk-Song Activity in the Upper Thames Neighbourhood. London: Duckworth & Co., 1923. First edition. 8vo., pp.306. A little light foxing to first and last few pages. Pale green cloth, gilt title to spine and upper board. Spine slightly rubbed with some creasing to endcaps, edges lightly foxed, light patches of toning to endpapers but still very good. Small Foyles label to front paste-down. An autodidact, former railway worker and soldier Williams' work is primarily concerned with his home county of Wiltshire. He states his purpose in the introduction to Folk Songs of the Upper Thames: 'Let it at once be understood that my intention never was merely to gather folk-songs for the purpose of adding to the more or less undigested mass of materials in the collections already existing. That is not my business. What I wanted to do was, as nearly as I could, to complete the work I have undertaken in my prose volumes and to leave a permanent record of the language and activities of the district in which I find myself.' (p.9).   Ref: 49839 
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