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The Practice of Forestry Concerning Also the Financial Aspect of Afforestation by Percival Trentham Maw (£24.00)Publisher: Walter & Walter — 1909Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with some light fading to the margins of the boards. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the half-title page. Pages lightly age-tanned with scattered foxing throughout.Description: Notes: Size: 9" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIX] 503 pages. Tags: agents and botany broad-leaved clearances coppice dunes even-aged felled fencing forest forestry forests high horticulture land landowners lotting marketing- marking mature measurement operations partial planting preliminary pruning sand shifting systems tending the timber trees underplanting with woodlands young
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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The Lost Villages of Britain by Richard Muir (£11.50)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0718120361]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1984] Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white, and maps. From the cover: “Few people could stand amongst the relics of a lost village and not be moved by a sense of history, melancholy and curiosity. Once regarded as rarities, it is now realised that lost villages are a characteristic feature of the British countryside.

In this beautifully illustrated book, Richard Muir describes first the deserted prehistoric and Dark Age hamlets and farmsteads, then-the medieval village and its communal lifestyle. He follows this with chapters covering the different forms of medieval desertion: the horrors of the Black Death, the land clearances by the rich sheep barons and later by the Highland chiefs, and the villages removed by greedy landowners in search of stately homes and parks. Finally, Richard Muir describes the villages lost to the march of industrial progress, like the abandoned mining villages of north-east England.

The searcher should not expect to find romantic, ivy-hung ruins at the typical lost village site for while dwellings crumbled and the church decayed, turf often spread like scar tissue to seal a deserted site. At thousands of different locations, the clues which could tell the tale of the prehistoric or medieval peasant, Highland crofter or Irish feudal villager lie entombed.

Apart from being an absorbing study of the lost village sites of Britain, Dr Muir’s new book introduces the reader to an enormously important and beleaguered facet of the British landscape. Using contemporary sources, his own research and photographs, he brings many of these sites alive again. No one can fail to be absorbed by this fascinating book yet be concerned about our future inheritance..”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 285 pages. Tags: 0718120361 0750950390 9780750950398 age archaeology britain bronze castle caxton church circle cistercian cities clopton dartmoor depopulation deserted europe extinct granges great history hut isbn kingdom lilford long-houses lost medieval monastic muir new norfolk period prehistoric region richard ruins saxon science settlement social united village villages wimpole
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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Upland Britain by Roy Millward; Adrian Robinson; (£9.50)Publisher: David & Charles — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715378236]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a knock at the bottom corner of the upper board with commensurate creasing to the dust wrapper at the same. Price Clipped. Remnants of a sticker to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “The wild, dramatic landscapes of Britain’s upland areas have traditionally provided inspiration for artists and writers and a sense of freedom and escape for frustrated city-dwellers. Here, even today, one may walk for hours without seeing more than one or two people, close to the elements and to the tangible evidence of the past.

What is it that gives upland, northern and western Britain its distinctive character, setting it apart so clearly from the lowland south and east? This wide-ranging study — profusely illustrated with informative maps and the authors’ own impressive photographs — analyses the various contributory factors of geology, climate, communications and early cultural links. The history of settlement patterns and land use is investigated in detail from the evidence which remains on the ground, in the field systems of Dartmoor or the hill-forts of North Wales; the authors are especially interested in man’s interaction with his environment, right from the earliest clearances by which our prehistoric ancestors contributed to the growth of the sterile blanket bog on our moors.

This is a strangely ambivalent story, for those very difficulties of terrain and climate which defeated settlers at so many points in history are the same which have preserved the upland country and its history for our enjoyment and instruction today. Now modern technology has solved many of the problems, and we are faced with the choice of bringing new life to the countryside, by the balanced provision of transport and services, or allowing it to be gradually destroyed by unplanned and unchecked commercial ventures.

Whether you are a geographer, a keen walker or simply an occasional visitor, this fascinating book is bound to enhance your appreciation of Britain’s hill country and to leave you concerned for its future.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 239 pages. Tags: ages ancient and britain climate column cultural description england environment exploiting features from geographical geological great high highland history hostile influence land landscapes man middle mountains prehistoric prehistory regions remoteness rock roman scotland stages stone taming the times travel uplands use ways weather western
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72
The Highland Clearances by John Prebble (£6.50)Publisher: Penguin — 1988Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0140028374]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Description: From the cover: “In the terrible aftermath of the moorland battle of Culloden, the Highlanders suffered at the hands of their own clan chiefs. Following his magnificent reconstruction of Culloden, John Prebble recounts how the Highlanders were deserted and then betrayed into famine and poverty. While their chiefs grew rich on meat and wool, the people died of cholera and starvation or, evicted from the glens to make way for sheep, were forced to emigrate to foreign lands.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 336 pages. Tags: land tenure scotland highlands history 19th century sheep 18th economic conditions estates clearances 1770-1860 world nature natural resources british irish management social cultural books regional john prebble 0140028374
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72
Stories of the Clans by Rennie McOwan (£6.00)Publisher: Lang Syne — 1985Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0946264260]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers.Description: Illustrated with line drawings. First in this, paperback, edition.Notes: Size: 8" x 5¾". 105 pages. Tags: 19th ancient and celtic century clans clearances custom feudal highland history ideas land laws mottoes names old rule scotland sept tartans territories
P&P: UK 1st £2.38. UK 2nd £2.20. EU Surface £2.56. EU Air £2.86. ROW Surface £2.56. ROW Air £4.30
The Changing Face of Britain by Edward Hyams (£4.00)Publisher: Paladin — 1977Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0586082581]Condition: Good. A reasonable reading copy only. Leans. Pages deeply tanned by age. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. First in this edition. Barely an acre of ‘natural’ country is left in the British Isles. Each thing that has lived, grown, worked, been built, extinguished or mined, has contributed to the landscape of Britain today.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 256 pages. Tags: hunters farmers romans roads towns villas saxon clearances deforestation building homes gardens scars lines wrinkles townscape farmscape advent the car electricity man-made land shepherds farmers road rail canal-makers builders landscapers foresters quarried mined tunnelled agricultural industrial social political development
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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