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Delumeau, Jean: (Nicholson, Eric, trans.:) Sin and Fear: the Emergence of a Western Guilt Culture, 13th-18th Centuries. New York: St, Martin's Press, 1990. 8vo., pp.x, 677, [i]. Green cloth, gilt title to spine. Top edge a little dusty but almost fine.   Ref: 51605 
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Meyrick, Samuel Rush: A Critical Enquiry into Antient Armour, as it Existed in Europe, but Particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II, with a Glossary of Military Terms of the Middle Ages. London: printed by G. Schulze, 13 Poland-Street, for Robert Jennings, No. 2 Poultry; sold by John Ga 1824. First edition. 3 vols., folio, pp. 20; [ii], lxxvii, [iii], 206; [iv], 297; [ii], 147, [cxxxiv] + 80 plates, 73 of which are hand coloured. Additional engraved title-page to each volume, some hand-coloured and gilded initials. Occasional light smudgy marks to margins, engraved title-pages foxed with a little transfer to adjacent leaves. Contemporary half dark green morocco with dark purple textured cloth boards, gilt titles to spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Endcaps tattered, spines rubbed, corners worn, occasional scrapes and scratches, but still a sound and very good set. South Shields Public Library inkstamps (some dated 1974) to title-pages and several other pages throughout each volume, also an inkstamp to each plate verso. Gilt stamp of the same library to tail of each spine. To front paste-down of vols. I and II: tiny contemporary bookbinder's label of Andrew Reid, Newcastle upon Tyne; small paper label with the letter C printed in red. 'C' label also to vol. III. Samuel Rush Meyrick (17831848) was an antiquary and historian specialising in arms and armour. He became a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1810 and published his first work, The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan, in the same year. He made regular contributions to Archaeologia, (the Society of Antiquaries' journal) from 1818 until 1830, most of which concerned his particular collecting and antiquarian interests. According to ODNB one of his articles, 'Description of the engravings on a German suit of armour made for King Henry VIII, in the Tower of London' (Archaeologia, 22, 1829) 'is probably the earliest detailed examination of a single armour to have been written'. Around the same time he assisted Thomas Dudley Fosbroke with his Encyclopaedia of Antiquities (18235) and contributed to various journals. 'It was during these years that Meyrick began to acquire the collection of arms and armour for which he became famous. His obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine describes it at this time as filling not only 'the garrets, the staircase and the back drawing room' but as even encroaching 'upon the bedrooms'. From the beginning it was conceived of as a scientific collection and it was regularly made available to students. In 1825 it was visited by the artists Eugène Delacroix and Richard Bonnington, who both drew items from the collection and made use of them in later works.' (ODNB) This first edition of A Critical Enquiry into Antient Armour, in three abundantly illustrated volumes, appeared in 1824 and is considered to be Meyrick's greatest work. In 1826 the authorities at the Tower of London consulted him on the arrangement of the national collection of arms and armour (of which he had been severely critical in his Enquiry). Two years later he was asked by George IV to arrange the collection at Windsor Castle. In recognition of his work he was knighted in February of 1832.   Ref: 52411 
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Morris, Beverley R[obinson].: British Game Birds and Wildfowl. Illustrated with 60 Coloured Plates. London: Groombridge and Sons, 1855. First edition. Large 4to., pp. iv, 252 + 60 coloured plates. Title-page a little stuck to frontispiece at gutter causing slight separation between it and the next leaf, slight separation between 'Harlequin duck' plate and the next leaf (p.247), 'Tufted duck' plate opposite p.243 loosening, occasional foxing mostly to front and rear. Contemporary half red polished sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and green morocco label, brown marbled boards, green endpapers. Joints, endcaps and corners worn, small split at tail of upper joint, rubbed. Still a very good copy overall. Bookplate of James Amphlett of Llandyssil dated 1868, numbered 12. 60 hand-coloured plates as called for. Engraved and printed by Benjamin Fawcett (1808-1893), one of the most highly esteemed English nineteenth century woodblock colour printers.   Ref: 51745 
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Wilson, Peter H.: Europe's Tragedy: the History of the Thirty Years War. London: Allen Lane, 2009. First edition. 8vo., pp.xxii, 996, [ii] + plates. Burgundy cloth, gilt title to spine. A few faint smudges to edges, very good indeed overall. Dust-jacket creased at edges but still very good.   Ref: 51637 
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