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Kennett, White: Parochial Antiquities Attempted in the History of Ambrosden, Burcester, and Other Adjacent Parts in the Counties of Oxford and Bucks. Oxford: Printed at the Theater 1695. First edition. 4to., pp. [xvi] 703 [cxlvi] + 9 plates (8 folding). Spotted and intermittently browned, small burnholes to 2 leaves causing loss of at most 2 letters, a spot of marginal worming at end (once just touching a letter), a few pencil and early ink marginal notes (some shaved). Later calf, boards bordered in gilt line and blind rolls (with gilt cornerpieces), sometime rebacked with gilt-ruled and stamped spine, red and green morocco labels with gilt, hinges relined with strong paper, scratched, rubbed around the edges, corners & sides worn, leather peeling a bit on upper board. The first edition of "the first substantial parish history", which, "tracing the land tenures in north Oxfordshire before and after the Norman conquest, [...] showed that a new structure of landholding was imposed by William I" (ODNB). "The volume contains nine plates of churches and seats, by Michael Burghers, distinguished by a certain kind of character, like that of the Flemish school of painters, which is exceedingly amusing and attractive" (Cens. Lit., 2nd edn., Art. CCCXXIII). Upcott III 1070.   Ref: 23540  show full image..
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Kilburne, Richard: A Topographie or Survey of the County of Kent. With Some Chronological, Historicall, and Other Matters Touching the Same: and the Several Parishes and Places therein. London: Thomas Mabb for Henry Atkinson [...], 1659. Small 4to. (177 x 135mm), pp. [viii], 422, [xii] + portrait frontispiece. Numerous errors in pagination as usual, list of Contents incorrectly bound before the dedication rather than after. Woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces. Occasional light smudges and spots of foxing, a little toning along head of title-page, a smudge of red pigment to tail edge of final leaf perhaps indicating the original edge colour. Late 19th- or early 20th-century brown polished sheep neatly rebacked with original spine retained, gilt title and blind tooling to spine, blind-tooled borders to boards, edges marbled, grey endpapers. A little rubbed but a very good copy overall. Recent armorial bookplate of Robert Edmund Lloyd-Roberts to front paste-down. Two MS pencil notes to the ffep verso, the first concerning the placement of the list of Contents, the second recording that this book was 'acquired at the sale at Godmersham Park, the home of Mrs Robert Tritton. 8th June 1983.' Built in 1732 by Thomas May (later Knight), Godmersham Park was inherited by Edward Austen (brother of Jane Austen) in 1794. He was a cousin of the Knight family, who had adopted him in the early 1780s; when his adoptive mother died in 1812 he changed his name to Knight. Jane was a regular visitor to Godmersham Park and is said to have used the house as a model for Mansfield Park. The house passed through several more hands before being bought in 1935 by Robert Tritton and his wife Elsie, whose death in 1983 prompted the Christie's auction mentioned above. In his 'Epistle Dedicatory', Kilburne writes of his intention to present 'the Kent of his own day', and to depict 'the county as it was before the Civil War'. Hasted, in his 1797 History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent, dismisses Kilburne's work as being 'little more than a Directory'. However, 'Kent was not well served by early topographers, and Kilburne's small survey was extensively quoted on sixteen occasions by Robert Furley and, over the years in Archaeologia Cantiana, as a first source of reference, and not without some praise. The Topographie devoted disproportionate attention to Hawkhurst: 10 pages out of 422, or, in the words of one writer, 'as much space to it as to twenty other average parishes' (Archaeologia Cantiana, 5, 1863, 59). Kilburne justified this, however: "In respect I finde not any description of this Parish it having been the place of my habitation for above twenty eight years last past (God's Providence having also there lent me an inheritance), I thought fit to enlarge my selfe upon this place. (Kilburne, 126)"'. (ODNB)   Ref: 50494 
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[King, Richard John] Handbook to the Cathedrals of England [... and] Wales. London: John Murray, 1881; 1887; 1903 x 5. 7 volumes. 8vo., occasional light spots of foxing with a few leaves of the second volume of the Southern Division more heavily affected. Cream cloth, spines gilt stamped, boards blind stamped, edges uncut. Spines very slightly toned, endcaps a little worn and creased, top edges a little dusty. Slight shelf wear but a very good, attractive set overall. To front paste-down, tiny bookseller's label of Henry Walker, Leeds. Seven volumes complete as they stand, though an eighth volume on St Paul's was also issued. The Northern and Southern Divisions comprise two volumes each, plus further individual volumes on the Eastern and Western Divisions and Wales as follows: Eastern Division (1881, 'new edition'): Oxford - Peterborough - Norwich - Ely - Lincoln Handbook to the Cathedrals of Wales (1887, second edition): Llandaff - St David's - St Asaph - Bangor Southern Division (1903, third impression): Part 1. Winchester - Salisbury - Exeter - Wells; Part II. Canterbury - Rochester - Chichester - St Alban's Northern Division (1903, second impression): Part I. York - Ripon - Carlisle; Part II. Durham - Chester - Manchester Western Division (1903, fourth impression): Gloucester - Hereford - Worcester - Bristol - Lichfield 'Richard John King (18181879) was a large contributor to Murray's series of handbooks to the English counties. He prepared handbooks on Kent and Sussex (1858), on Surrey and Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (1858), and on Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire (1870). He also worked on Yorkshire (18668), Northamptonshire (18727), Warwickshire and Hertfordshire (18725), and the fifth and later editions of Devon and Cornwall. He was the leading writer in the same publisher's series of Handbooks to the Cathedrals of England (18619) and in the subsequent volume on the Cathedrals of Wales (1873). Sections of both the county and cathedral handbooks were also issued separately.' (ODNB)   Ref: 52092 
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Laborde, E. D.: Byrhtnoth and Maldon. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1936. First edition. 8vo., pp. viii, 166. Cloth, gilt-lettered, spine faded, edges dusted, very good. Ex Libris bookplate of G. E. Selby to front paste-down, ownership inscription of 'E. D. J. Dixon. 1977' to f f.f.e.p. verso, two newspaper articles about the book stuck to f.f.e.p.,   Ref: 49151 
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Langtoft, Peter; (Hearne, Thomas, ed.): Peter Langtoft's Chronicle, (as illustrated and improv'd by Robert of Brunne) from the Death of Cadwalader to the end of K. Edward the First's Reign. Transcrib'd, and now first publish'd, from a MS. in the Inner-Temple Library [...] Oxford: printed at the Theatre, 1725. 2 vols. 8vo., pp. ccxxxii, 230; [ii], 235-722, [ii]. List of subscribers to vol.I, vol.II with its own title-page and a single-leaf advertisement to rear. Woodcut head- and tail-pieces and a few initials. A little sporadic foxing and light toning but generally clean. Recently rebound in mustard half calf, raised bands, spines blind tooled and highlighted in green with a little gilt, orange spine labels with gilt titles, dark brown marbled boards, edges sprinkled brown and red, endpapers renewed, very good. Uniformly bound with our stock number 51815, Antiquarii Warwicensis Historia Regum Angliae (1745). Peter Langtoft (d. in or after 1305) was a chronicler, and Augustinian canon of Bridlington Priory. 'With twenty-one medieval manuscripts still surviving, his work seems to have been the most widely diffused Anglo-Norman chronicle after the Brut d'Engleterre and Wace's Brut. His chronicle consists in fact of three books, all of them in verse: an abridgement and adaptation of Wace's Brut, 3010 lines long; a history of Saxon and Norman kings until the death of Henry III, 4200 lines long; and a history of Edward I, with whom he was contemporary. This third book, which is the most informative, consists of 2022 lines in its first redaction and 2591 lines in its second.' (ODNB) ESTC T154205   Ref: 51817 
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Lapidge, Michael, et al. (ed.): Anglo Saxon England 33. Cambridge University Press, 2004. First edition. 8vo., pp. x, 393. Cloth, gilt-lettered and decorated, edges lightly dusted, small remainder mark to edge.   Ref: 49024 
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Lawrence, Susan C.: Charitable Knowledge. Hospital Pupils and Practitioners in Eighteenth-Century London. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. First edition. 8vo., pp. xiv, 390. Black cloth, gilt title to spine, edges dusted, very good. Dust-jacket, shelf wear, very good. Cambridge History of Medicine.   Ref: 51935 
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Leitao, Ruben Andresen: Vol. I: Documentos dos Arquivos de Windsor; Vol. II: Novos Documentos dos Arquivos de Windsor. Coimbra, 1955; 1958. 2 vols. 255 x 193mm, pp. lvi, 395 + plates; lxxii, 371 + plates. Cloth, gilt-lettered, spine of vol. I slightly cocked, shelf wear, some corners a little bumped but still very good. Author- signed limited editions, vol. I number 380/1250, vol. II number 998/1000.   Ref: 50807 
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Leland, John: (Hearne, Thomas, ed.:) The Itinerary of John Leland the Antiquary, in Nine Volumes. The Second Edition: Collated and Improved from the Original MS. With the Addition also of a General Index. Oxford: printed at the Theatre, 1745 (vol. I); 1744 (vols. II-IX). Second edition. 9 volumes, 8vo., pp. [xiv], xxv, [i], 146, [ii]; [iv], xvi, 139, [i]; x, 172, [ii]; xvi, 172; xxviii, 166; xviii, 146; xxvi, 143, [i]; xlviii, 104; 45, [i]; xliv, [ii], 134, 83, [i] + 3 plates (2 to vol.II and 1 folding to vol.VIII). Many further illustrations in the text, index to all volumes at rear of vol.VIII. A little occasional light foxing mostly limited to first and final leaves but generally very clean and bright within. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spines with raised bands, orange morocco title labels (one partially lost), plain gilt borders, edges sprinkled red, marbled endpapers. A little rubbed, top edges slightly dusty, vols. 6, 8 & 9 upper joints just starting at tail but still an exceptionally handsome set. The second edition of the important 'itineraries' of the poet and antiquary John Leland (c.1503-1552), who made a number of trips around England and Wales under some kind of commission from the king to do research in libraries. Continuing his travels he made regular notes intending to produce a number of works, none of which appeared. Nonetheless, 'his undertaking was an extraordinarily ambitious one and marks the beginning of English topographical studies' (ODNB). Leland's notes found their way into the Bodleian and, recognising their importance, sub-librarian Thomas Hearne (1678-1735) arranged for their printing in 1710-12. Only 120 copies of the first edition were printed, meaning that it quickly became prohibitively expensive and very difficult to obtain. This second edition, still running to only 350 copies, followed after Hearne's death. ESTC T135478   Ref: 51571 
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Lipman, V.D.: (Habermann, A.M., ed.:) The Jews of Medieval Norwich. With an Appendix of Latin Documents from the Westminster Abbey Muniment Room; and the Hebrew Poems of Meir of Norwich. London: The Jewish Historical Society of England, 1967. First edition. 8vo., pp. ix, [i], 355, [iv], 45 + frontispiece and 1 further double-sided plate, + fold-out map. Other illustrations in the text. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. Top edge a little dusty, very good. Dust-jacket spine toned and slightly shelf-worn but still very good. 'In the Muniment Room of Westminster Abbey there have survived nearly two hundred documents, in Hebrew or Latin, on the social and economic life of the Jews in Norwich in the thirteenth century - far more than for any other medieval Anglo-Jewish community. These Norwich documents have never been analysed before and the author has used them and a mass of other contemporary material to produce a study in depth of this Jewish community'.   Ref: 51858 
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