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Grundon, Imogen: The Rash Adventurer. A Life of John Pendlebury. London: Libri, 2007. First edition. 8vo., pp. xv, 383 + 16 of photographs. Black cloth, green-lettered, fine. Dust-jacket, creased at top edge with two small closed tears, otherwise very good. With a Foreword by Patrick Leigh Fermor.   Ref: 53031 
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[Guide Book] The Winchester Guide; or, a Description of the Antiquities and Curiosities of that Ancient City [...] Illustrated with Copper Plates. Winton: printed for and sold by T. Blagden, 1796. 'A New Edition'. 12mo., pp. [ii], 115, [i] + 3 plates including frontispiece. Very occasional spots of foxing but generally clean internally. Recently rebound in quarter tan morocco with terracotta and blue marbled paper-covered boards, endpapers replaced. Corners very lightly rubbed, a very good copy in a neat modern binding. Signature of S. Vernon to head of title-page. Thomas Blagden is listed in the 1792-98 Universal British Directory as a Winchester bookseller and postmaster. ESTC T63420   Ref: 51455 
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[Guide Book] Dodsworth, William; (Green, Rupert); et al: The Southampton Guide [...]; A Guide to the Cathedral Church at Salisbury [...]; The History and Antiquities of Glastonbury [...]; A Brief History of Worcester [...]: Southampton: T. Skelton; Salisbury: printed for the Author by B.C. Collins; London: J. Nichols; Birm [c.1805]; 1800; 1805; 1802. 4 works bound together. 8vo., pp.[ii], ii, 5-114; [vi], 78; vi, 7-48; [vi], 123, [i] + 3 copper engraved plates including folding frontispiece. Glastonbury and Worcester volumes bound with half-title pages, a few occasional illustrations and embellishments in the text. Sporadic light toning, mostly affecting the Worcester volume. Contemporary half tan calf, black gilt title label to spine, grey marbled paper-covered boards, edges sprinkled brown. Neatly rebacked with original (chipped) spine retained, rubbed, corners fraying, a little foxing to endpapers, but still a good and sound copy. To the front paste-down, armorial bookplate of Nathanael Ellison. To the ffep, two engravings of churches pasted in, both signed 'Matthews, Sculpt.'. Ownership inscription, 'Wynne, (Univ.?) College' to Worcester half-title. The second guide in this collection dates from an interesting time in the history of Salisbury Cathedral. Bishop Shute Barrington (17341826) employed the architect James Wyatt (17461813) to remodel the cathedral, resulting in its closure from 1789-92. Wyatt demolished the remains of the bell tower; drained and levelled the churchyard; removed the Perpendicular screen, two medieval chantry chapels and two porches; rearranged the medieval tombs and whitewashed or removed medieval wall paintings. Wyatt's remodelling was carried out in the name of creating a simpler interior, and the results were applauded by many of his contemporaries. However his disregard for the historical integrity of the Cathedral appalled the antiquary John Carter (17481817) and subsequent generations of historians. This guide offers a 'particular account of the great improvements made [...] under the direction of James Wyatt' and cites Wyatt's pre-works survey in Chapter III. ESTC T61869 (Salisbury)   Ref: 51456 
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Habicht, Christian: Pausanias' Guide to Ancient Greece. Berkeley, Los Angeles, & London: University of California Press, 1985. First edition. 8vo., pp. xvi, 208. Brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, edges dusted, almost fine. Dust-jacket, spine sunned with a little toning to front cover, a little shelf wear, very good.   Ref: 52126 
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[Hale, Matthew:] A Letter from Sr. Matthew Hale, Kt. Sometime Lord Chief Justice of England To one of his Sons After his Recovery from the Small-Pox. London: Printed by J. Playford, for W. Shrowsbery at the Sign of the Bible in Duke-Lane, 1684. 8vo., pp. [ii], 37, [i]. Some faint smudgy marks to title-page, light foxing to final leaf. Contemporary Cambridge-style panelled calf, neatly rebacked, a little blind tooling to spine. A few slight scrapes and chips, corners a bit worn with the upper fore-edge corner of the rear board beginning to fray, endpapers toned and a little fragile at edges, still very good. At head of title-page, the inscription of the bibliophile Brent Gration-Maxfield (1916-1983), whose collection was sold by Sotheby's in London across several auctions in the early 1980's. Large armorial bookplate of 'The Hon. George Baillie Esq., one of the Lords of the Treasury' dated 1724, and signed 'A. Johnston sculp.'. Baillie (16641738) was a Scottish landowner and politician who was appointed to the Treasury board that had been formed upon the resignation of Robert Walpole in 1717. He was ousted in 1725 (though with a healthy pension equal to his salary). His wife was Lady Grisell Baillie (16651746), daughter of Patrick Hume and one of the heroic subjects of Henry Grey Graham's A Group of Scottish Women (1908). 'Hale (16091676) left a place in national memory as the type of the virtuous lawyer and the incorruptible judge. [...] Hale has continuously enjoyed the reverence of lawyers as the greatest Stuart jurist after Coke, and treatments of his place in legal history have virtually always been tinged with piety. In non-professional eyes Hale's reputation has been less consistent. Down to the early nineteenth century, his short religious tracts were recommended as edifying reading, no doubt because the point about these works was not their content but their authorship. Since then, the fact that such a man was also an exemplary protestant Christian has lost apologetic usefulness. During the twentieth century the best-known episode in Hale's career was undoubtedly his role in trying witches. This has usually been treated, given Hale's learning and his character, as a striking indication of the blindness of his age, although a more recent tradition has traced the aberration to his own misogyny. In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, the clerical expert on witchcraft is called Hale.' (ODNB) ESTC R228016; Wing H247A   Ref: 52383 
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[Hale, Matthew:] Burnett, Gilbert: The Life and Death of Sir Matthew Hale, Kt. Sometime Lord Chief; Justice of His Majesties Court of Kings Bench. London: printed for William Shrowsbery, at the Bible in Duke-Lane, 1682. 8vo., pp. [xx], 218, including portrait frontispiece (carefully laid down). Wing states that this edition is found in two variants: this copy has 'he' as the catchword on p.3, rather than 'while'. Woodcut initials. Single MS note to p.15 supplying a correction from the errata. Small lacuna to fore-edge margin of b2, not affecting text. Occasional light smudges. Very neatly executed recent period-style binding, brown calf, raised bands and gilt title to spine, blind-tooled Cambridge boards, endpapers renewed. Corners very slightly rubbed, a little toning to endpapers, very good indeed. Small oval inkstamp to frontispiece. Ownership inscription of Henry Currer to title-page, in an old hand. 'Hale (16091676) left a place in national memory as the type of the virtuous lawyer and the incorruptible judge. This image was cemented by Gilbert Burnet's hagiography, The Life and Death of Sir Matthew Hale (1682), a book that soon achieved a classic status. The date of this work's composition at a period of royalist reaction made Burnet relatively reticent about his hero's brand of politics. The balance was somewhat redressed by Baxter's remarks in his Additional Notes on the Life and Death of Sir Matthew Hale (1682), which stressed Hale's sympathy for the dissenters, and by the account of their friendship in the posthumous Reliquiae Baxterianae (1696).' (ODNB) ESTC R215370; Wing B5828   Ref: 52382 
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Hall, Marcia B.: Renovation and Counter-Reformation: Vasari and Duke Cosimo in Sta Maria Novella and Sta Croce 1565-1577. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979. First edition. 4to. (284 x 224 mm), pp. xxvi, 200 + plates (113). 6 architectural figures to text. Black cloth, red label to spine, gilt-lettering. Dust-jacket, price-clipped and with small 'Dillons' price sticker to front flap. A fine copy: just a hint of dusting to edges otherwise as new. In the series Oxford-Warburg Studies.   Ref: 53080 
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Halliday, Dorothy (pseud.) [Dunnett, Dorothy] : Dolly and the Cookie Bird. London: Cassell, 1970. First edition. 8vo., pp.[iv], 197, [i]. Clean and bright within. Brown cloth, gilt title to spine. Slightly cocked, faint whitish stain to rear board, a little dusty, good. Bookplate of Karen and Michael Keble-White to front pastedown. Dorothy Halliday is in fact Scottish historical novelist Dorothy Dunnett (1923-2001) writing a series of mystery novels (known as the Johnson Johnson series) under her maiden name. Dolly and the Cookie Bird was later retitled Ibiza Surprise, and was the second Johnson Johnson novel to be published.   Ref: 49507 
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Harper, Colin: dazzling stranger: bert jansch and the british folk and blues revival. London: Bloomsbury, 2000. First edition. 8vo., pp. viii, 372, [iv]. Pages slightly browning towards edges (due to poor paper quality), but clean. Black cloth, gilt-lettered to spine, fine. Dust-jacket, creased at edges, a little shelf-worn, but still very good.   Ref: 53057 
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Harvey, Barbara: Westminster Abbey and its Estates in the Middle Ages. Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1977. First edition. 8vo., pp. xii, 499. Black cloth. Slight bump to upper board at bottom of joint, a hint of shelf-wear, otherwise fine. Dust-jacket, price-clipped, sun-faded to spine, a couple of chips, one with slight loss at top of upper joint, otherwise very good.   Ref: 53008 
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