Biow, Douglas: On the Importance of Being an Individual in Renaissance Italy: Men, Their Professions, and Their Beards. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. First edition. Large 8vo., pp. xii, 311. Illustrations. Hardback: green cloth, gilt-lettered to spine. Dust-jacket. Unread, a hint only of shelf-wear: almost as new. Ref: 53623
Bishop, C.H.: Old Folkestone Pubs. Old inns, taverns and hotels of the ancient borough of Folkestone. West Mailing: Kent County Council, 1979. First edition. 4to, pp. 107, with photographic illustrations. Slight browning, the odd spot, a very good copy. Booklet, binder's tape to spine over pictorial wrappers, a little yellowed and spotted, but still good. Ref: 53509
Blom, Eric (ed.): Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Macmillan & Co., 1954 Fifth edition. 9 vols, without the Supplement volume published in 1961, I: pp. xliv, 1078; II: pp. , 996; III: , 864; IV: pp. , 881, ; V: pp. , 1048; VI; pp. , 1040; VII: pp. , 1016; VIII: pp. , 828; IX: pp. , 604, with photographic frontispieces, over 70 colour plates and wood-engraved text illustrations. Light age yellowing. Contemporary crushed crimson morocco, spine gilt-lettered. Book label of W.A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey, to front pastedowns (lone volume without, with traces of glue). From the outstanding private collection of the great bibliophile William A. Foyle, whose library sale at Christie's on July 11-13, 2000 fetched £12.6 million. Ref: 53558
Blomefield, Francis: [Parkin, Charles:] An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, containing a Description of the Towns, Villages, and Hamlets, with the Foundations of Monasteries, Churches, Chapels, Chantries, and other Religious Buildings [...] London: Printed for William Miller [...] by W. Bulmer [...] 1805[-10]. Second edition. 11 vols, 8vo, pp. , [viii-xvi], 548 [iv] + illustrated frontispiece, 4 folding tables, 5 plates (2 folding);  559  + 3 folding tables and 1 folding plate; [viii] 671 ; [viii] 580 + 7 plates, 1 folding map and 2 folding tables;  527 ;  [ii-vii]  521  + 5 plates and 1 folding table;  520  + 4 plates (2 folding) and 2 folding tables;  548 [iv] + 7 plates (4 folding) and 3 folding table;  527  + 4 plate (2 folding) and 1 folding map;  479  + 3 folding tables;  402 , 83   + 1 plate, with engraved headpieces and woodcut text illustrations. Edges uncut, a little dusty, slight yellowing, occasional light marginal foxing, I: half-title a little torn at gutter, II: small stain affecting two words to L4, III: lower outer blank corner of 3C4 and 3G2 torn, IV: plates slightly browned, couple of small tears along folds of 2 folding plates, 1 with small repair, V: 1 plate somewhat browned, VIII: small paper flaw to lower outer blank corner of N1, crude repair to upper outer corner of 2A2 just touching text, bifolium 2N2-3 loose at lower gutter, IX: last gathering loosening, X: small marginal tears, XI: bifolium b*2-3 loosening. Contemporary publisher's blue boards, later endpapers, publisher's paper label to spine, boards sympathetically cleaned, corners a little rubbed, I: joints partly split at head and foot but firm, II: upper hinge starting at head but firm, V: lower hinge starting at foot but firm, publisher's advertisements to front pastedown of vols I, VII: upper joint minimally split at foot, X: lower hinge loosening. Inscription to half-titles: 'Lucy Jane Davey Given by her Aunt Lydia Jan 7 1827'. Second edition of this illustrated topographical survey of Norfolk and its ancient families. The Rev. Francis Blomefield (1705-1752) initially issued the book in parts from a private press at his ecclesiastical living in Fersfield. The work was continued after his death by the Reverend Charles Parkin (1689-1765), and finished by a hack writer employed by the printer. A remarkably unsophisticated copy internally, rarely found in its original publisher's blue boards, with paper labels specifying 'Price Eighteenth Shillings, Boards' on each volume. It includes the plate 'A Map of Marsh land by Sir William Dugdale' (Vol. IX, p. 166) often lacking. Vols I and III feature on the front pastedown a publisher's advertisement, the first advertising the possibility to add the author's portrait to the copy (as here) for an extra 5 shillings, as well as the publication of vols II-IV, the second apologising for not including the plan of Norwich with the city seals, as promised (here present in vol. IV), due to 'the Engraver having disappointed him [the publisher]'. The last few pages of vol. XI include a list of subscribers and 'Directions to the binder' divided by volume, separating plates and pedigrees. Upcott 950 ff. Ref: 53547show full image..
Boag, John: The Imperial Lexicon of the English Language, exhibiting the pronunciation, etymology, and explanation of every word usually employed in Science, Literature, and Art. Edinburgh, London and Glasgow: A. Fullarton & Co., [c.1853] 2 vols., imperial 8vo, pp. 756, 742 + 79 plates. Plates 10, 34-35, 56-75 misbound, slight browning, spotted or finger-soiled in places. Half calf over cloth boards, rebacked with original spine onlaid, marbled endpapers. Boards rubbed, extremities worn. Manuscript booklabel of Richard B. Reed February 1864 to front pastedowns. Third edition - under a new, very important title - of this English dictionary first published in 1847 as 'A Popular and Complete English Dictionary'. The preface of this new edition, which had the adjective 'imperial' added to the title, celebrated the English language as one 'spoken in every latitude of the globe; it is displacing every older tongue found prevailing in those countries where it has taken root; in a few years it will be the native tongue of more people than the whole of Europe will contain'. O'Neill, Engl.-language dictionaries, B-156; Kennedy 6469. Ref: 53305show full image..
Boardman, John: Greek Gems and Finger Rings: Early Bronze Age to Late Classical. Thames & Hudson, 2001. Large 4to. (312 x 242 mm), pp. 409. Illustrations. Hardback: brown cloth. Dust-jacket. New, still in publisher's shrink-wrap. Ref: 53638
Boissier, Gaston: La Religion Romaine. D'Auguste aux Antonins. Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie., 1906. 2 vols. in 1. Small 8vo., pp. xiv, 403; 413. Cream cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, spine label, spine browned, boards grubby, slight shelf wear to edges, endcaps and corners, edges dusted, top edge gilted, foxing to free end-papers, still very good. Gilt-embossed stamp 'Schola Civitatis Londinensis' (City of London School) to upper board. Ref: 48781
Boothroyd, A. E.: Fascinating Walking Sticks. Bracknell, Berks.: Salix Books, 1970. First edition. 8vo., pp. 206. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine. Boards and contents clean, slight shelf-wear to edges, very good. Dust-jacket sun-faded to spine and portion of upper cover, a little worn and creased to edges otherwise very good. With photographs by Edward Morgan. "Over 280 different sticks illustrated including gun and swordsticks (and) foreword by Sir Gerald Nabarro, M.P." Ref: 53004
Borlase, William: Antiquities Historical and Monumental, of the County of Cornwall. [...] The second edition, revised, with several Additions... London: Printed by W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, 1769. Folio, pp. [xvi], 464 + 37 engraved plates (2 folding, most in small format, serving as head- or tailpieces). Slight toning, title and verso of last leaf a little dusty, traces of a horizontal fold (probably dating to when the book was in sheets), small repair to verso of pl. 7, upper edge a bit dusty, small tear to Y1-2 and Z1-2 affecting a couple of words, occasional slight spotting or light dampstaining. Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered label. The second, enlarged edition of William Borlase's (1696-1772) account of the antiquities of Cornwall (first published 1754), with an index containing a Cornish-English vocabulary list. It was 'the first chronological account of the antiquities of the county, and the first book to describe, illustrate, and classify a significant number of them' (ODNB). Book II (over 100 pp.) is entirely devoted to the Druids, their origin, rites, doctrines, idols, symbols, worship, 'superstitions', divination, charms and incantations. Book III (c.140pp.) includes a discussion of rock idols, speaking and healing stones. 'Characteristic of [Borlase] as a scholar was his conscientious exactness in describing and measuring antiquities - he also had a talent for drawing them' (A.L. Rowse, review of Pool's 'William Borlase' in the Spectator, 26 Sept. 1987). ESTC T139784; Upcott II, 82. Ref: 53546show full image..
Bornholdt, Claudia: Saintly Spouses: Chaste Marriage in Sacred and Secular Narrative from Medieval Germany (12th and 13th Centuries) Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2012. 8vo., pp. 239. Hardback: laminated boards. New: unopened in publisher's shrink-wrap. Ref: 53405