[(Triphook, Robert, ed.:)] Miscellanea Antiqua Anglicana; or, a select collection of Curious Tracts, illustrative of the history, literature, manners, and biography, of the English nation. London: Printed by T. Bensley and son, 1816. 4to., pp. [vi], 35, [i], xvi, [iv], 110, xv, [i], 76, iv, [ii], 12, [iv], 20, [xvi], 30, [ii], 46, 50, [ii] + engraved frontispiece. Some foxing and browning. Original paper boards, printed spine label, rubbed and a bit worn, hinges neatly reinforced. Eight 16th and 17th-century tracts and manuscripts, some printed for the first time; each is individually paginated and the dates vary - some 1815 but the final part 1821. The spine label specifies that only 250 copies were printed, and it was intended to begin a series but no further volumes were published. Ref: 37041show full image..
Tucker, Norman (transcribed): The Councell Booke of Ruthin, 1642-1695. Denbighshire Historical Society, n.d (1930). 8vo., pp. 76 + frontispiece. Green cloth, upper board very slightly bowed. Green dust-jacket sunned to spine and price-clipped. Very good. Ffep signed 'To Will with best wishes, Norman'. Also, pencilled ownership inscription of P.A. Slack near head edge. Contains parts I-III, originally published as separate pamphlets. Ref: 51989
Upcott, William: (Simmons, Jack, intro.:) A Bibliographical Account of the Principal Works Relating to English Topography. Wakefield: EP Publishing, 1978. Facsimile edition. 4to., pp. x, (1576, eight reproduced pages per leaf). Black cloth, gilt title to spin. Top edge a little dusty, otherwise fine. Originally published in 1818 in an edition of only 250 copies. Ref: 51145
[Uttoxeter] Redfern, Francis: History and Antiquities of the Town and Neighbourhood of Uttoxeter, with Notices of Adjoining Places. [...] Second Edition. Hanley: Allbut & Daniel 1886. 8vo., pp. [xii] -465 [iii] + 4 full-page engravings not included in pagination. Pages age-toned, a few spots, one or two leaves showing slight chipping at edges. Original brown cloth, black-stamped border to upper board, gilt to spine, joints and head- and tail-caps neatly renewed, corners worn, a few blemishes and scuffs. Ownership inscription of H. Foulkes, "Hardwick", Uttoxeter, to upper pastedown. Although Gross dismisses this work as "of little value for municipal history" (due to the narrow remit of his bibliography), it contains much material of interest to the antiquary and more broad-minded local historian. Gross 2916. Ref: 23321show full image..
Vergil, Polydore: (Thysius, Antonius, ed.:) Historiae Anglicae libri XXVII. accessit praeter alia nonnulla series regum Angliae a` primis initiis usque ad hanc aetatem; ex nova editione Antonii Thysii, J.C.. Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden]: sumptibus Joannis Maire, 1651. 8vo., pp. [x], 9-782, 88, [iv], 783-878. This copy has the 88-page section on Henry VIII and the 4-page index bound in between pages 782 and 783 (i.e. after the section on Henry VII) rather that at the front as is sometimes found. Woodcut printer's device to title-page, woodcut initials and decorations, occasional MS 'x's to margins. Generally very clean but with tiny scorch hole to A5, marginal closed tears to leaves 2P1 and 5*2 (not affecting text), grey smudges at 6*4 fore-edge with a little marginal loss and a repaired tear. Slightly later tan calf, spine gilt, red morocco title label, blind tooled borders and board edges, edges lightly sprinkled red and blue. Both free endpapers are binder's waste: the front a printed English religious text, the rear a piece of MS, handwritten on both sides in sepia ink. Joints a little creased, upper corners worn, a few faint stains but very good indeed. Vergil (c.1470-1555) began his Historiae Anglicae c.1505 and completed the first version in 1512-13. It was 1534 before the work was published and Vergil continued to revise it until his death in 1555. Therefore four different versions can be said to exist: the manuscript version written in 1512–13, covering events up to 1513 (MS); the first published edition (Basle, 1534), covering events up to 1509 (A); the second edition (Basle, 1546), covering events up to 1509 (B); and the third edition (Basle, 1555), covering events up to 1537 (C). The last book, Book XXVII was added to the third edition and gives an account of Henry VIII's reign to 1537. Vergil stated that most of his work on this last book was carried out contemporaneously, and indeed his visit to Italy of 1533–4 would go some way to explaining his cursory treatment of the whole period from 1530 to 1537. Book XXVII is found here with separate pagination due, according to Brunet, to Thysius and his printer beginning their work using a 1546 text before realising that later editions contained this additional book. Brunet V, 1137 Ref: 51708
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
Watson, Richard: Anecdotes of the Life of Richard Watson, Bishop of Landaff; written by himself... Revised in 1814. Published by his Son. Second edition. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies 1818. 2 vols., 8vo., pp. [ii], 440 + stipple engraved portrait frontispiece after Romney; [ii], 476. Title-pages foxed, light foxing elsewhere. Contemporary polished half dark blue calf with marbled boards, spines gilt in six compartments, lettered direct in gilt and numbered within a geometrical gilt frame, edges sprinkled red, boards a little scuffed, a touch of rubbing to spine ends. A focused but unproud memoir by the former Bishop of Landaff - his wife gets little mention but it 'frankly exposed his ambition, disappointment, and bitterness' (ODNB). The first edition had appeared the previous year. Ref: 36061show full image..
Weever, John: Ancient Funerall Monuments Within the United Monarchie of Great Britaine, Ireland, and the Islands Adjacent, with the dissolued monasteries therein contained: their founders, and what eminent persons haue beene in the same interred. As also the death and buriall of certain of the bloud royall; the nobilitie and gentrie of these kingdomes entombed in forrain London: Thomas Harper, 1631. First Edition. Folio, pp. [xx], 871, [i]. Bound without the 14 page index (commonly lacking). Includes portrait frontispiece and additional engraved title-page, further illustrations in the text, woodcut initials and decorations. Slight split between endpapers and frontispiece, frontis a bit grubby and lined to verso, engraved title neatly repaired at fore-edge, fore-edge margins a little tattered at edges front and rear, repaired closed tear to bottom margin pp.7-8, occasional very light worm trails to bottom margin, generally bright. 20th-century half reddish-brown polished sheep, gilt spine with red and green morocco labels, terracotta cloth-covered boards, edges sprinkled red, endpapers renewed. Joints and corners worn, patch of fading to upper board near joint, a few smudgy marks but a very good, sound copy. Two 20th-century bookplates: the historian John L. Nevinson, Exeter College Oxford to front paste-down; Claude Blair to ffep, with his ownership inscription above. Blair (1922-2010), a historian of European arms and armour, English churches and the decorative arts, was keeper of the Department of Metalwork at the V&A from 1972 to 1982. Additionally, to the frontispiece verso the name Duckworth is written in very large letters. Despite the title, only the dioceses of Canterbury, Rochester, London, and Norwich are covered here; no further volumes were produced as Weever died the year after publication. Two manuscript notebooks containing an early draft plus further unpublished material survive and are housed at the Society of Antiquaries (manuscripts 127 &128). Both the published volume and the notebooks contain many inscriptions which have since been lost, making them invaluable to modern historians. ESTC S118104 Ref: 50851
[West Suffolk County Council:] An Account of the Endowed Charities in West Suffolk Prepared for the County Council. Ipswich: S. & W. J. King, 1895. 8vo., pp. viii, 320. Half red calf over red cloth boards, gilt ruling, gilt lettering to flat spine, corners and spine rubbed in spots, peeling slightly in one place. Ownership inscription of G. H. Martin to front free endpaper. Ref: 25241
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