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Clock This. My Life as an Inventor., BAYLIS, TREVOR:
21 BAYLIS, TREVOR: Clock This. My Life as an Inventor.
Headline. 1999 1st edition. 
Size 6.25 x 9.5 inches. In dark blue cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Light brown endpapers. 272pp. With b/w and colour photographs. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. Autobiography of the inventor of the clockwork radio. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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Supplement to the Photographic Pedigree of the Descendants of Isaac and Rachel Wilson, 1740., BENSON, R. Seymour;
22 BENSON, R. Seymour; Supplement to the Photographic Pedigree of the Descendants of Isaac and Rachel Wilson, 1740.
Middlesbrough. William Appleyard & Sons. 1920 1st edition. 
Hardback 8.5 x 6 inches. In dark green cloth with gilt lettered leather label to spine. Beveled edge boards. Floral endpapers. Red speckled edges. In very good condition. Minor mark to rear, some rubbing to corners and edges. Inside pages and endpapers very clean and tight throughout. 214pp. With many B&W photo portraits. With fold out family tree at rear. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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Descendants of Isaac and Rachel Wilson. Photographic Pedigree. In Four Volumes. With Boxed Supplements. Revised by M. E. & J. S. Benson in 1949. In slipcase., BENSON, R. Seymour; M. E. & J. S. ;
23 BENSON, R. Seymour; M. E. & J. S. ; Descendants of Isaac and Rachel Wilson. Photographic Pedigree. In Four Volumes. With Boxed Supplements. Revised by M. E. & J. S. Benson in 1949. In slipcase.
Middlesbrough. Private. Wm Appleyard & Sons. 1949 1st thus. 
4 vols. Hardbacks, folio style-binding with brass screws. Approx 9 x 7.5 inches. In maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spines. Round leading corners. Maroon endpapers. Maroon cloth covered hard slipcase. In very good conditions with very good slipcase. Some minor rubbing to corners and edges. Some small marks to cloth. Inside pages and endpapers very clean and tight throughout. Supplement box has hole to top and split corner. 4 vols. With Boxed Supplements. With many B&W photo portraits. With fold out family tree at rear. 
Price: 175.00 GBP
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Summoned by Bells., BETJEMAN, JOHN:
24 BETJEMAN, JOHN: Summoned by Bells.
John Murray. London. 1960 1st edition. 
Size 6.5 x 9.25 inches. In glossy green cloth covers with blind-stamped design of bells, gilt lettering on spine. Pictorial endpapers with "Bells" motif. With illustrated dustjacket. 111pp. Num.b/w chapter head vignette illustrations. In near fine condition with near fine dustwrapper (dw; spine slightly darkened and rubbed at top end. Slight handling and other small marks. Not price clipped). Relevant clippings loose in front. Else a very clean and tight copy. Autobiographical poems by the popular poet, of his childhood and youth. 
Price: 18.00 GBP
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The Reckoning. How The Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of The Promised Land., BISHOP, Patrick;
25 BISHOP, Patrick; The Reckoning. How The Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of The Promised Land.
William Collins / HarperCollins 2014 1st edition 
Size 6 x 9.5 inches. In grey cloth with gilt to spine and illustrated dustwrapper. In very good near fine condition, with very good dustwrapper. Dustwrapper has small chip to rear bottom corner and cloth has small mark at same spot. Else a clean & tight, otherwise unmarked copy. 299pp. With maps and b&w photographic illustrations. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Alice on the Line., BLACKWELL, DORIS / LOCKWOOD, DOUGLAS:
26 BLACKWELL, DORIS / LOCKWOOD, DOUGLAS: Alice on the Line.
Angus & Robertson. London. 1965 1st Edition 
Tall 8vo. In brown cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Brown endpapers. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; in removable plastic cover. Slightly rubbed along edges with small tears. Not price clipped). Small marks to back endpapers. Mild foxing to edges. Else a clean and tight copy. 204pp. With b/w photographs. Doris Blackwell’s father was officer-in-charge of Alice Springs telegraph station from 1899 to 1908. A personal story of life at The Alice at the turn of the 19th /20th century. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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R.D.B.’s Diary 1887-1914., BLUMENFELD, R.D.:
27 BLUMENFELD, R.D.: R.D.B.’s Diary 1887-1914.
London. Wiliam Heinemann Ltd. 1930 new imp. 
Size 5.75 x 8.75 inches. In dark blue cloth covers with gilt to spine and with facsimile signature to front. 248pp. With portrait frontis and other illustrations. In very good condition. Spine slightly darkened and bumped at ends. Small marks to boards. Mild foxing to edges. Neat inscriptions to front endpaper, one dated 1931. Occasional pencil marks in margins. Else a clean and tight copy. The author was an American-born journalist, writer and newspaper editor who is chiefly notable for having been in charge of the Daily Express from 1902 to 1932. Here he records meetings with eminent people, trivial and significant events and ends with the declaration of war in August 1914. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Countess of Warwick. A Biography., BLUNDEN, MARGARET:
28 BLUNDEN, MARGARET: The Countess of Warwick. A Biography.
Cassell. London. 1967 2nd edition. 
Size 5.75 x 8.5 inches. In maroon cloth covers with silver to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Pink endpapers. 356pp. With b/w photographs. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Slightly rubbed and creased along top edge. Price clipped). Neat inscription to early blank page, dated 1969. Mild foxing to edges. Else a clean and tight copy. Biography of a woman born to titles and wealth in Victorian England. A complex personality, she was concerned with equality for classes and sexes and also with self publicity and was involved in at least one great scandal. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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My Kingdom of Books. An Autobiography. With Lucia Stuart. Signed copy., BOOTH, RICHARD:
29 BOOTH, RICHARD: My Kingdom of Books. An Autobiography. With Lucia Stuart. Signed copy.
Y Lolfa Cyf. Wales. 1999 1st edition. 
Size 6.0 x 8.5 inches. In green cloth covers with gilt to spine and front. With illustrated dustwrapper. Red endpapers. 318pp. With b/w photographs. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. The author was largely responsible for turning Hay-on-Wye into the Book Town it is today. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending An account of his studies and numerous Works. In Chronological Order. A Series of his epistolary Correspondence and conversations with many eminent Persons. And Various Original Pieces of his Composition, never before published. The whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain, for near half a century during which he flourished., BOSWELL, JAMES;
30 BOSWELL, JAMES; The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending An account of his studies and numerous Works. In Chronological Order. A Series of his epistolary Correspondence and conversations with many eminent Persons. And Various Original Pieces of his Composition, never before published. The whole exhibiting a view of literature and literary men in Great Britain, for near half a century during which he flourished.
London, Printed for T. Cadell, Rivington, Longman, &c.. &c... 1822 (Ninth Edition, Revised & Augmented). 
4 vols.; Hardback, modern half binding with green cloth to spines and grey paper boards. Leather spine labels lettered in gilt. Plain endpapers. In very good conditions. In modern covers. Some minor rubbing and darkening to edges of paper on boards. Endpapers darkened, small label marks to corners. Some mild/moderate foxing throughout; heavy foxing to first page and facsimiles in vol.1. Else nice tight binding. Very good copies. With engraved frontis portrait and 2 engraved facsimiles of handwriting. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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Lucrezia Borgia. Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy., BRADFORD, SARAH:
31 BRADFORD, SARAH: Lucrezia Borgia. Life, Love and Death in Renaissance Italy.
Viking. 2004 1st edition. 
Size 6.25 x 9.5 inches. In green cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Facsimile documents to endpapers. 421pp. With b/w photographs and illustrations. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. Biography of a young woman used as a political pawn by her powerful father and brother, and surviving Renaissance Italy. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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William Morris and his world. With 130 illustrations., BRADLEY, IAN:
32 BRADLEY, IAN: William Morris and his world. With 130 illustrations.
Thames and Hudson. 1978 1st edition. 
Size 7.5 x 9.25 inches. In green cloth covers with gilt to spine and front. With illustrated dustwrapper. 127pp. With b/w photographs and illustrations. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Price clipped). Mild foxing to edges. Else a clean and tight copy. The author describes Morris’s life, thought and achievement in relation to the times in which he lived. Included is information on Morris’s complicated private life, business affairs and friendships. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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My Dog Durbar. SIGNED., BROOKE, Geoffrey;
33 BROOKE, Geoffrey; My Dog Durbar. SIGNED.
Allen Figgis & Co. Dublin. 1960 1st 
Approx 5x 8 ins. In Glossy pictorial hard covers wit horiginal pictorial dustwrapper. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper. (Dw rubbed along top and bottom edges.) Inside very clean and tight. Authors inscription to fornt endpaper. 59pp. With B&W photo illustrations. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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Confessions of Con. Cregan: The Irish Gil Blas. With Illustrations on Wood and Steel. Two Volumes in One., BROWN, Hablot K.;
34 BROWN, Hablot K.; Confessions of Con. Cregan: The Irish Gil Blas. With Illustrations on Wood and Steel. Two Volumes in One.
Wm. S. Orr and Co. Amen-Corner. London. n.d. ca1849 
Size approx 5 x 7.5 inches. Bound in green calf leather at spine and corners, with marbled paper wrapped boards, marbled endpapers and page edging. Gilt, red title label and raised banding to spine. In very good condition. Rubbing to edges and corners, leather on spine and corners rubbed and paper split at board edges. Some light foxing to front endpaper, repaired tear across title page, else inside pages clean and tight throughout. 336pp + 305pp. B&W engraved illustrations throughout. 
Price: 59.00 GBP
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Stands My House., BROWN, Hilton;
35 BROWN, Hilton; Stands My House.
Methuen & Co. London. 1949. 1st edition. 
Size approx 5 x 7.5 inches. In black cloth with printed lettering to spine. With original illustrated paper dustwrapper. In very good condition. Dustwrapper a little tanned with some minor foxing, corners chipped w/minor tears to ends of spine. Inside a couple of minor foxing spots to page edges else inside clean and tight throughout. 414pp. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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Christina Queen of Sweden. The restless life of a European Eccentric., BUCKLEY, VERONICA:
36 BUCKLEY, VERONICA: Christina Queen of Sweden. The restless life of a European Eccentric.
Fourth Estate. 2004 1st edition. 
Size 6.25 x 9.5 inches. In dark blue cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Illustrated endpapers. 494pp. With b/w illustrations. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; slightly creased along top edge. Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. Brought up as a boy, and effecively the ruler of Sweden from a very young age, Queen Christina, abdicated a couple of years after her coronation, left for a new life in Rome and converted to Catholicism. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Log of a Sea-Waif. Being recollections of the first four years of my sea life. With eight illustrations. Fifth impression., BULLEN, FRANK T.:
37 BULLEN, FRANK T.: The Log of a Sea-Waif. Being recollections of the first four years of my sea life. With eight illustrations. Fifth impression.
London. Smith Elder & Co. 1906 
Size 5.0 x 7.5 inches. In black cloth covers with gilt to spine and front. In very good condition. Spine slightly faded. mild foxing to edges. Neat inscription to front endpaper, dated 1908. Owner’s small address label to front endpaper. Else a clean and tight copy. 349pp. With 8 b/w plates. The author goes to sea, aged twelve. This is the story of his first four years. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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Living it Up. or They Still Love Me in Altoona!, BURNS, GEORGE:
38 BURNS, GEORGE: Living it Up. or They Still Love Me in Altoona!
W.H.Allen. London. 1977 1st UK edition. 
Size 5.5 x 8.75 inches. In dark blue cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. 251pp. With b/w photographs. In very good condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Not price clipped). Owner’s bookplate to front endpaper. Pages slightly browned throughout. Else a very clean and tight copy. The American comedian and actor looks back on his life at the age of eighty. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Josiah Wedgwood. A biography., BURTON, ANTHONY:
39 BURTON, ANTHONY: Josiah Wedgwood. A biography.
Andre Deutsch. 1976 1st edition. 
Size 6.25 x 9.5 inches. In maroon cloth covers with gilt to spine. With illustrated dustwrapper. Pale blue endpapers. 239pp. With b/w photographs and illustrations. In near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (dw; Not price clipped). A very clean and tight copy. Biography of Josiah Wedgwood. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Story of Topsy. Little Lonely of Central Asia., CABLE, MILDRED and FRENCH, FRANCESCA:
40 CABLE, MILDRED and FRENCH, FRANCESCA: The Story of Topsy. Little Lonely of Central Asia.
London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1937 1st reprint 
Hardback, 7.5 x 5 ins. Blue cloth with white lettering to spine and front, in original illustrated dustwrapper. Illustrated maps to endpapers. In very good near fine condition with very good dustwrapper (DW rubbing to edges, small damp mark to spine, some darkening to rear, small tear to top front corner nr spine. In protective sleeve. Not price clipped.) Some minor rubbing to corners. A couple of minor spots to edges of last few pages else a very clean and tight copy. 212pp. Illustrated with 32 b&w photo plates. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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