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S. R. Badmin and the English Landscape by Chris Beetles (£61.00)Publisher: London: Collins — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0004120205]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Signed by the author on the half-title page beneath his name — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Chronology Tables; Laid in publishers compliment slip and exhibition invitation.

From the cover: “S. R. BADMIN AND THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE is a celebration and appreciation of one of Britain’s foremost watercolour painters. The work of Stanley Roy Badmin is uniquely familiar and dear to the post-war generation. No other artist has had such consistent popular exposure: for forty years his beautifully detailed and romantic landscapes have graced nature books and travel guides, Puffin Picture Books, the covers of Radio Times and Reader’s Digest, and innumerable greetings cards and calendars.

S. R. BADMIN AND THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE is an authoritative and long-overdue survey of Badmin’s life and art. The text is lavishly accompanied by a selection of his book illustrations as well as a wealth of his sketches taken from over sixty years of careful work and loving observation of nature.

The text is followed by a catalogue raisonne of Badmin’s etchings, many of them reproduced here for the first time, together with full-colour reproductions of forty-four of Badmin’s best watercolours. The detailed captions to the plates are based on the artist’s own memories, giving a privileged insight into the technique and inspiration for each work. A list of exhibits and book illustrations and a full chronology complete this account of England’s most popular watercolourist.

Badmin teaches us to look again at nature, and share his pleasure in the landscape around us. His countryside is our countryside.”
Notes: Size: 7¾" x 10¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 157 pages. Tags: beetles 0004120205 badmin stanley roy landscape painters england painting 20th century watercolorists watercolor english watercolour paintings critical topography
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S. R. Badmin and the English Landscape by Chris Beetles (£61.00)Publisher: London: Collins — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0004120205]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Signed by the author on the half-title page beneath his name — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Chronology Tables;

From the cover: “S. R. Badmin And The English Landscape is a celebration and appreciation of one of Britain’s foremost watercolour painters. The work of Stanley Roy Badmin is uniquely familiar and dear to the post-war generation. No other artist has had such consistent popular exposure: for forty years his beautifully detailed and romantic landscapes have graced nature books and travel guides, Puffin Picture Books, the covers of Radio Times and Reader’s Digest, and innumerable greetings cards and calendars.

S. R. Badmin And The English Landscape is an authoritative and long-overdue survey of Badmin’s life and art. The text is lavishly accompanied by a selection of his book illustrations as well as a wealth of his sketches taken from over sixty years of careful work and loving observation of nature.

The text is followed by a catalogue raisonne of Badmin’s etchings, many of them reproduced here for the first time, together with full-colour reproductions of forty-four of Badmin’s best watercolours. The detailed captions to the plates are based on the artist’s own memories, giving a privileged insight into the technique and inspiration for each work. A list of exhibits and book illustrations and a full chronology complete this account of England’s most popular watercolourist.

Badmin teaches us to look again at nature, and share his pleasure in the landscape around us. His countryside is our countryside.”
Notes: Size: 7¾" x 10¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 157 pages. Tags: beetles 0004120205 badmin stanley roy landscape painters england painting 20th century watercolorists watercolor english watercolour paintings critical topography
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The Enchanted World of Jessie M. King by Colin White (£37.00)Publisher: Edinburgh: Canongate — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 086241363X]Condition: Very Good. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Colour plates; Black & white drawings;

From the cover: “JESSIE M. KING was an illustrator of dreams. She created a world in which both fantasy and reality blended together to delight and arrest the mind. She drew slender knights and princesses, fairies and nymphs. She dressed them in gowns of the finest linen and armour of burnished silver in fashions borrowed from the Middle Ages that had inspired the pre-Raphaelites, from the Far East that had inspired the Aesthetic movement and from the lands of Mists and Fairies that had inspired the Celtic revival.

Her book bindings and illustrations were in high demand from publishers in Britain and on the Continent. Her fabric and jewellery designs were commissioned by Liberty’s and widely exhibited. Her experiments with the batik process brought brilliant new concepts of colour to her many outstanding landscapes and to the large number of ceramic works she decorated.

Lavishly illustrated throughout with the most comprehensive list of bibliographic information yet collected, The Enchanted World of Jessie M. King is the first major book to have been published on the life and work of one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century.”
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8½". [XII] 164 pages. Tags: white 086241363x king jessie marion illustrators scotland britain scottish visual arts biographies book illustration british isles 20th century 9780862413637
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Landscape Archaeology: An Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques on Post-Roman Landscapes by Michael Aston & James Bond (£33.00)Publisher: David & Charles — 1974Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 071536670X]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with pulling to the foot of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Our historical landscape is under threat, and this book offers practical advice for the novice or students wishing to further their field studies in order that they may record and understand the countryside before large parts of it are gone forever. The fieldwork techniques described can be employed by individuals or groups working on areas and topics of their own choice, and the book is designed to stimulate and guide senior school, extramural, college and undergraduate studies of post-Roman landscapes in England and Wales.

The evidence of man’s past activity is so extensive that there is no region where such work will be wasted, and often areas which at first sight appear archaeologically and historically barren turn out to be of the greatest importance when examined in detail; fieldwork carried out ahead of motorway construction schemes, for example, has proved profitable.

Topics covered include a brief history of field archaeology, an explanation of simple field working techniques, how to recognise and record the shape and development of towns and villages, how to recognise medieval elements in the rural landscape arid, finally, the application of these techniques to the route of a motorway. Illustrated with over fifty line drawings and nineteen photographs..”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 6". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 217 pages. Tags: antiquities archaeological archaeology areas assessment britain ca400- cities city england excavations field great handbooks history landscape layout manuals methodology planning settlements sites surveying surveys towns urban wales
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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American Sublime: Landscape Painting in the United States 1820-1880 by Andrew Wilton & Tim Barringer (£24.00)Publisher: London: Tate Publishing — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1854373870]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine. Description: Published to accompany an exhibition at Tate Britain, London, 21st February – 19th May 2002, and the touring to Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, 17th June – 25th August 2002 and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 22nd September – 17th November 2002. Includes work by Asher Brown Durand, Thomas Cole, Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Martin Johnson Heade, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Frederic Edwin Church, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9¾". 284 pages. Tags: asher brown, fitz hugh, john frederick, martin johnson, sanford robinson, frederic edwin, landscape painting, american 19th century, art exhibitions, british exhibitions, landscapes seascapes, books written andrew wilton tim barringer, 1854373870
P&P: UK 1st £7.50. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £11.66. EU Air £11.60. ROW Surface £11.66. ROW Air £21.72

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Oskar Kokoschka 1886-1980 by Richard Calvocoressi & Katharina Schulz (£24.00)Publisher: New York: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation — 1986Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0892070595]Condition: Very Good. Single reading crease to the spine which is lightly knocked at the head, wraps a little age-toned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “This volume has been published to accompany the centenary exhibition of Oskar Kokoschka’s work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, first seen in somewhat different form at the Tate Gallery, London, and the Kunsthaus Zurich. The great individualist of twentieths-century art, Kokoschka in his painting combines elements of Expressionism, Symbolism and the Baroque, resulting in portraits and landscapes characterized by heightened colour, emotional intensity and a strong sense of vitality and movement. Kokoschka is best remembered for his incisive portraits of the Viennese intelligentsia and bourgeoisie painted during the last years of the Habsburg empire, but also for a series of breathtaking views of European cities done mainly in the twenties and thirties. The catalogue has been written by Richard Calvocoressi of the Tate Gallery. With 184 full page colour plates, it is a complete record of the most comprehensive Kokoschka exhibition ever presented in the United States.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 9¾". 246 pages. Tags: kokoschka oskar criticism interpretation artists painting portraits 20th century austria austro-hungarian empire english paintings catalogues exhibition 0892070595
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Steam: An Evocative Tribute to the Last Days of Steam Trains by Colin Garratt (£21.00)Publisher: London: Bounty Books — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9780753713990]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but the last leaf slightly mis-trimmed at the bottom corner. Description: Contains: Colour photographs;

From the cover: “This book is the finest visual tribute to the steam locomotive ever published. Colin Garratt’s text and photography reflects his unique odyssey to document, in pictures and words, the Last Steam Locomotives of the World. With hundreds of matchless photographs, this book vividly portrays real working steam eking out its final moments amid the great landscapes of the world.

No preserved or tourist revival trains appear within these pages for they lie outside the scope of Colin Garratt’s work. The vast majority of locomotives depicted in this book will be, or more likely have been, broken up. This book covers all continents and includes subjects from all the main schools of locomotive design, vividly depicted in every conceivable mood and environment.

The steam locomotive is a sensuous and beautiful creation. It is the one truly living machine and Colin Garratt’s unparalleled photography captures every nuance of its personality. In the course of his expeditions, he has visited some of the remotest places on earth and some of the adventures described in words in this volume are truly breathtaking. He continues to scour the ends of the earth in search of imperilled survivors.”
Notes: Size: 11½" x 11½". Matching Pictorial boards. 288 pages. Tags: garratt railroads steam locomotives britain history 20th century british rail trains railways industrial dockland main line pennyvennie scotland mine wales wreck tithorea greece coalfields goldfields south africa sumatra 9780753713990
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Paul Heathcote's Rhubarb and Black Pudding by Matthew Fort (£19.00)Publisher: Fourth Estate — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1857025008]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Paul Heathcote is a phenomenon even among the elite band of Britain’s master chefs. Not only has he resolutely stayed put in his native Lancashire to become one of the few Michelin-starred English chefs north of Watford, but he has also achieved this while pioneering his own special brand of haute cuisine, which is quite distinctively British, if not English — even Lancastrian.

Deconstructing and elevating traditional dishes like black pudding, roast duckling with mead, pig’s trotters stuffed with ham hock, apple crumble soufflé and deep-fried Stilton fritters, Heathcote has created the sort of cuisine du terroir so characteristic of the great French chefs but hitherto virtually unknown amongst their British counterparts.

In Rhubarb & Black Pudding, Paul Heathcote and award-winning food writer Matthew Fort have gathered together the best of Heathcote’s recipes. Arranged by seasons, they include dishes as varied as Pressed Ham Terrine; Fillet of Red Bream Marinated in Whisky and Dill; Roast Rack of Spring Lamb with Hot-pot Potatoes, Braised Lentils, Roast Shallots and Rosemary Juice; Compote of Caramelized Rhubarb with Elderflower Cream; and Creamed Rice Pudding Scented with Hazelnut. Matthew’s colourful introductions to each section also vividly convey the changing seasonal landscape and the creative processes as they unfold in the kitchen.

With stunning colour photography of the food, clear black-and-white reportage of the kitchens and evocative landscapes of the Ribble Valley through the changing seasons, Rhubarb & Black Pudding provides a unique picture of a great chef at work.”
Notes: Illustrated by Tim Morris & Peter Williams (Photos.). Size: 10¼" x 8". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: 1857025008 9781857025002 heathcote paul successful chefs michelin stars lancastrian restaurant english food cooking egon ronay chef lancashire style restaurateurs britain biography photography england
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The Archaeology of Northumberland National Park by Edited by Paul Frodsham (£19.00)Publisher: Council for British Archaeology — 2004Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1902771389]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Colour Photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “This attractively illustrated volume provides an accessible overview of a whole decade of fascinating archaeological discoveries within Northumberland National Park, ranging from the Mesolithic right through to recent times. The Northumberland National Park contains some of the finest archaeological landscapes in England, ranging from the grandeur of Hadrian’s Wall in the south to the extraordinary but little known prehistoric landscapes of the Cheviot Hills in the north. The chapters of this volume reflect the variety and quality of these landscapes as well as a broad picture of the ever-evolving landscape and its past inhabitants. The comprehensive introduction in Part I offers a complete chronological overview of the Park’s history and archaeology in its broadest context, whilst the case studies in Part II contain original new research by acknowledged experts.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7¼". [XVIII] 382 pages. Tags: excavations archaeology england northumberland national park antiquities history region antiquties edited paul frodsham 1902771389
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Journey to the Jade Sea by John D. Hillaby (£18.00)Publisher: London: Constable — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with the spine slightly more heavily faded. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pencilling to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Laid in is a note, from Hillaby, to Anthony Rossiter (Artist, this book from his estate), alongside a cutting, signed by Hillaby. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; From the cover: “What does it feel like to cut loose from city life and lead a train of camels across one of the most formidable deserts in the world? This is what John Hillaby chose to do by going to the deserts east of Lake Rudolph — the Jade Sea on the borders of Kenya and Ethiopia. The lava beds surrounding this extraordinary lake are often too hot to touch. The sands blow at gale force and the soda lake, a bright green jewel amid a setting of volcanoes, is the home of unusually large crocodiles and the relics of a primitive tribe, the Elmolo, who live under the shadow of Kulal, the mountain of winds. The landscapes of the Northern Frontier District have been described as the nearest thing to hell on earth.

During a foot safari of eleven hundred miles the author says he regrets little except his initial incompetence. It was the first time he had been into the bush without a European on hand. He knew nothing of guns and gear and, as for the camels, ‘those gangling, good-natured beasts’, he had seen them previously only through the bars of a zoo. Chased by rhino, stung by scorpions, and lashed by sandstorms, the caravan nevertheless got through. Thirst, sun blindness and landslides in the hills merely became things to be contended with. Above all, the author enjoyed himself. He says life suddenly became simplified. I believe I was happier than I have ever been before.

This then is the account of the highly eventful and always amusing journey of a middle-aged white man who both learnt the language and learnt how to live in the manner of his African friends.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt on Black Title Plate titling to the Spine. [VII] 234 pages. Tags: hillaby kenya travel lake rudolf turkana journeys walking ethiopia writing holiday guides united kingdom britain essays travelogues observations africa
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Chinese Brush Painting: A Complete Course in Traditional and Modern Techniques by Jane Evans (£17.50)Publisher: London: Collins — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0004125193]Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly. Some light spotting to the verso of the upper wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings; Colour Drawings; Diagrams; Contains advice and help on choosing and using Chinese painting materials, as well as stage-by-stage painting demonstrations and a chapter on all the different elements of a landscape painting.Notes: Size: 11" x 8". 144 pages. Tags: ink painting chinese technique brushwork landscape paintings landscapes techniques watercolours art materials china crafts hobbies brush manuals asia
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North Country by Edmund Vale (£17.50)Publisher: London: B. T. Batsford — 1937Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier sunning to the spine which is frayed at the head. Boards faded. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' gift inscription to the half-title page. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour frontispiece; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Blue boards with Dark Blue titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Face of Britain series. [VIII] 120 pages. Tags: industries england, landscapes england, description travel, northern travel, england, first edition books, books written edmund vale, books the face britain series
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Norway by ANON (£16.50)Publisher: Scandinavian Film Group — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 8291508755]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges with a ½" closed tear to the head of the upper panel.Description: From the cover: “This is the most complete gift and souvenir book about Norway ever published. It is full of beautiful photographs of landscapes and people, culture and adventure. The book also contains detailed articles on a variety of themes, including traditional Norwegian cuisine, stave churches, painter Edvard Munch, Viking culture, composer Edvad Grieg, trolls and fairy-tales, national costumes, the natural environment and travel and holiday destinations. The texts supplement the picture of a country with a unique culture, magnificent scenery and centuries-old traditions. The book is accompanied by a digitally recorded CD of Edvard Grieg’s sixteen best known and best loved compositions.”Notes: Size: 11¾" x 9¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 138 pages. Tags: the oslo fjord the vigeland park edvard munch telemark norwegian fjords bergen edvard grieg the vikings stave churches troll park mountains skiing arctic nights svalbard norwegian food stavanger fredrikstad drammen skien sandnes glomma kroner lindesnes svalbard archipelago jan mayen norwegian sovereign territory peter island bouvet island coastal climate norway’s most popular tourist attractions okstind glacier tvillingtinde constitutional monarchy norwegian farmers fishing henrik ibsen roald amundsen sonja henie thor heyerdahl knut hamsun nobel prize
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A Picture of Britain by David Dimbleby (£14.50)Publisher: Tate Publishing — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854375660]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Published to accompany the exhibition held at Tate Britain, 16 June-4 September 2005. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Plates; Maps;

From the cover: “Accompanying a major new BBC1 series presented by David Dimbleby and an important exhibition at Tate Britain, A Picture of Britain is a celebration of the British landscape and the art that it has inspired, from Constable to Lowry, from Turner to Nash. Written by David Dimbleby and leading experts on British art, it is beautifully illustrated with landscape photography and great works of art.

From the slopes of Snowdonia to the industrial Black Country, the grandeur of the Scottish Highlands to the meadows of Suffolk, the British landscape has inspired artists and writers for generations. But the authors show how it is only in the last three hundred years, stirred up by art and poetry, that large numbers of people have come to admire and visit the wilder and more rugged vistas. In paintings, photographs and words, this remarkable book captures our rich cultural heritage, creating for the reader A Picture of Britain.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 9". Pictorial boards. 224 pages. Tags: landscape great britain landscapes exhibitions painting british art photography civilization dimbleby david brown blayney humphreys richard riding christine tate london exhibition catalogues views 18th 19th 20th centuries 21st 1700-2004 1854375660 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Illustrated Bede by John Marsden (£14.00)Publisher: MacMillan — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 033347595X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank with a small sticker covering the price on the flap. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Chronological Tables; Colour Photographs; Maps; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “I, Bede, have composed this ecclesiastical history of Britain, and of the English people … using what information I could acquire from ancient documents, from the tradition of my elders, and from my own knowledge.

Thus Bede, writing from his monastery on the Tyne in the early eighth century ad, describes his extraordinary masterwork. The first English history to be written by an Englishman and the incomparable chronicle of Northumbria’s golden age, it has been read for more than twelve hundred and fifty years.

The Illustrated Bede offers specially commissioned new translations from Bede’s historical writings — his Life of Cuthbert and Lives of the Abbots of Wearmouth & Jarrow as well as the great Ecclesiastical History — telling of the land and the people of ‘an island in the Ocean’, of the warlords who forged the Saxon kingdoms, and the abbots and abbesses, hermits and holy men who dominate the dawn of English Christianity

- Aidan of Lindisfarne, Etheldreda of Ely, John of Beverley, Wilfrid of Hexham, the poet Caedmon, and Cuthbert, the hermit bishop who remains the great saint of the north country.

Bede’s writings are splendidly illustrated with full-colour photographs of the wealth of masonry and manuscript surviving from his time and of landscapes that he himself would have recognised.

This new translation, written and researched in Jarrow and County Durham, captures the distinctive flavour of Bede’s Latin, while the location photography evokes all the atmosphere of the historic sites and holy places associated with Bede’s life and writings — from Northumberland’s coastline and countryside to Columba’s isle of lona and the martyr’s shrine at St Albans.”

The detailed and illuminating introductions draw on modern historical and archaeological research to seek out the man himself in his time

  • Teacher, poet, musician, scientist and historian
  • The scholar monk who travelled no further than York and Lindisfarne yet won renown as the most learned man in Europe
  • One of the north country’s greatest sons, still remembered with an affection that has endured for over twelve centuries as the Venerable Bede of Jarrow…
Notes: Illustrated by Geoff Green (Photos.). Size: 11½" x 9¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 189 pages. Tags: bede the venerable saint 673-735 monasticism and religious orders england history middle ages 600-1500 authors latin medieval modern biography english old 450-1100 christian saints anglo-saxons intellectual life civilization anglo-saxon northumbria kingdom church historiography 1066-1485 sources 449-1066 primitive early 30-600 great britain 1066 british irish bce christianity hagiography united john marsden geoff green photos 033347595x gregoryfirst editions firsts first printings 1st
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The Hudson River School: American Landscape Artists by Bert D. Yaeger (£13.50)Publisher: New York: Todtri — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1880908492]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the join of the upper panel and onto the spine, slightly damp-marked at the foot of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Colour photographs;Notes: Size: 13" x 9½". Matching Pictorial boards. 80 pages. Tags: artistic movement, romanticism, new yorks hudson river, first native american school landscape painting, landscapes painting american, 19th century art, united states, books written bert yaeger, books written bert yaeger, 1880908492
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Ode to the Countryside: Poems to Celebrate the British Countryside by Samuel Carr (£13.00)Publisher: National Trust Books — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1905400950]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: Same Year]Notes: Foreword or introduction by Jo Bell. Size: 7¾" x 5¾". Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: carr bell 1905400950 english poetry collection seasons anthologies landscapes shakespeare coleridge betjeman country life england
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An Introduction to Drawing Flowers: Form, Technique, Colour, Light, Composition by Margaret Stevens (£12.00)Publisher: Edison: Chartwell Books — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0785801596]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the very margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour drawings; Diagrams; Glossary;

From the cover: “Flowers have been drawn and painted for centuries, from early Egyptian tomb paintings to the ornate botanical art of the 18th and 19th centuries. For today’s artist they are a challenging and rewarding subject and their delicate colours and forms are well suited to the drawing media.

Whether you want to portray a dramatic floral display or concentrate on a single flower head, An Introduction to Drawing Flowers provides a thorough grounding in the skills you will need. The initial chapters concentrate on the importance of observing and understanding the shapes and structures of plants and how they are affected by perspective. Further chapters cover composition and using a sketchbook, and explore suitable media such as pastel, ink, pencil and mixed media. The text is accompanied by finished drawings and step-by-step demonstrations.

An Introduction to Drawing Flowers is an invaluable book, full of practical advice on how to improve your technique. It clearly explains the principles behind drawing flowers and also suggests ways in which artists can expand and develop their skills.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Green boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Tags: drawing technique botanical illustration art flowers plant anatomy watercolour painting floras plants drawings techniques materials crafts hobbies nature still landscapes seascapes animals 0785801596
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Catalogue of Eighteenth Century and Modern Drawings and Printings by Sotheby & Co. (£12.00)Publisher: Sotheby & Co. — 1958Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers which are a little faded and spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned, but the plates remain bright, and somewhat dog-eared toward the rear. A reference copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [9]; Catalogue Of Eighteenth Century And Modern Drawings And Paintings Including Four Important Watercolours By J. M. W. Turner, R. A. ; Views In Amsterdam And Antwerp By Thomas Rowlandson; Two Landscapes In Cumberland By Francis Towne; The Good And Evil Angels By William Blake And Other Examples By Alexander, Lens, Lewis And Thornhill Also The Leigh Family By George Romney.Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6". 40 pages. Tags: landscapes joseph wright derby sporting pictures ferneley sartorius and wolstenholme three paintings cornelius krieghoff works brunery crome nasmyth shayer wilson sotheby
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Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands by Christina Hardyment (£12.00)Publisher: London: The British Museum — 2012Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780712358750]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Colour photographs;Notes: Jacket designed by John Overeem. Size: 9½" x 8¾". 192 pages. Tags: english literature history and criticism exhibitions, landscapes literature exhibitions, english literature history and criticism, great britain literature exhibitions, literary criticism european English, landscapes literature, books hardyment, cover art john overeem
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A Little History of British Gardening by Jenny Uglow (£11.50)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0701169281]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “This lively ‘potted’ history of gardening in Britain takes us on a garden tour from the thorn hedges around prehistoric settlements to the rage for decking and ornamental grasses today. It tracks down the ordinary folk who worked the earth weeding women, the florists and nursery gardeners - as well as aristocrats and grand designers and famous plant-hunters. Coloured by Jenny Uglow’s own love for plants, and brought to life in the many vivid illustrations, it deals not only with flowery meads, grottoes and vistas, landscapes and ha-has, parks and allotments, but tells you, for example, how the Tudors made their curious knots; how housewives used herbs to stop freckles; how the suburbs dug for victory in World War II.”Notes: Size: 8½" x 6¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 342 pages. Tags: gardening great britain history historic evocative gardens british has horticulture landscapes science
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A Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett (£11.50)Publisher: Crown Publishers — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0517701766]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ with a tiny nick to the foot of the upper panel. faint lean. Top edges of text block lightly spotted. Text bright and tight.Description: From the cover: “Ken Follett’s thrilling new novel recaptures a forgotten moment in America’s history. It begins in the infernal coal mines of the Jamisson family, in the Scottish highlands, where twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh spends most of his waking hours. Bound to his employer for life, and threatened always by firedamp, the explosive gas that may ignite at any moment and bury him, Mack bums with the desire to escape.”Notes: Jacket designed by Robert Santora. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red / Cream boards with Blue titling to the Spine. 407 pages. Tags: coal mines scottish highlands wilful young aristocratic woman hunger for freedom conflict harsh rulers eighteenth-century britain capital crime convicts accused riots american colonies slaves london defy the british monarchy loveless marriage proud man tantalizing dream liberty colourful streets london landscapes the new world heroes villains lovers rebels hypocrites hell-raisers epic love liberty and the pursuit happiness.
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Frondes Agrestes by John Ruskin (£11.50)Publisher: George Allen — 1899Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners, frayed slightly at the head of the spine. Leans slightly. Previous owners inscription to first blank. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: 24th Impression. All edges gilt. Readings in ‘modern painters’ — chosen at her pleasure, by the author’s friend, the younger lady of the Thwaite, Coniston.Notes: Size: 7" x 4¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 184 pages. Tags: principles art power imagination plants flowers education moralities painters art artists landscapes portraits oil painting
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Germany by Luisa Tschabushnig (£11.50)Publisher: Tiger — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781855012929]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Germany has assumed a significant political and economic role on the world stage and has asserted itself as one of the great industrial powers. However, this modern and industrial nation also contains monuments which bear witness to a rich historical and cultural past and which increase the charm of the landscape. The town of Dinkelsbuhl with its 14th-century houses, towers and ramparts, or Rothenburg ob der Tauber with its splendid Gothic cathedral, are two examples of the many city-museums to be found in Germany. The Rhine valley contains an extraordinary series of romantic, idyllic and historical landscapes and, although it is not far from the country’s modern metropolises, it often gives the impression of being an area in which time has stood still.”Notes: Size: 11¼" x 9¼". Pictorial boards. 128 pages. Tags: germany german historical heritage german civilization cathedrals abbeys cities kirchner gropius germans thuringians bavarians saxons slavs saxon frank swabian emperors feudal framework westphalia german states bavaria prussia frederick leipzig congress vienna german confederation bismarck chancellor german economic politics rhine st. castor st. florin liebfrauenkirche romanesque architecture german towns trier
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In Search of Myths and Heroes by Michael Wood (£11.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563521872]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper pulled at the foot of the upper panel with a short closed tear. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “In this entrancing new book, historian Michael Wood journeys to some of the remotest places on earth in search of four of our most powerful myths: Shangri-La, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba and King Arthur. His adventures take him from the fantastic landscapes of Tibet and the mountains of Georgia to the coasts of Ethiopia and Yemen. Michael asks why these famous legends still captivate us as he goes in search not just of the historical past and literal truth but also the mythic past.

In the first of these journeys, Michael investigates the legend of the hidden valley of Shangri-La -a place where the ancient wisdom of humanity is preserved for future ages — immortalized in James Milton’s novel and Frank Copra’s Hollywood movie.

The Greek legend of Jason’s search for the Golden Fleece is the ultimate quest, older even than Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey — but was there really an expedition beyond the limits of the known world back in the mists of prehistory, before the Trojan War?

Travelling from Jerusalem to the Horn of Africa, Michael uncovers the legends of the Queen of Sheba, King Solomon and the Ark of the Covenant, stories found in the Jewish and Christian Bible, the Ethiopian Book of Kings and the Muslim Koran.

Finally, Michael travels through the Celtic countries of the British Isles in search of the tales of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the Holy Grail. Where do these stories come from? And why are we still fascinated by the once and future king?

Illustrated with a wonderful series of specially commissioned photographs by the Himalayan photographer and mountaineer Steve Razzetti, In Search of Myths and Heroes is at once a book of great journeys, a historical adventure and an exploration of some of humanity’s most enduring myths.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Pene Parker. Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 270 pages. Tags: wood michael 1948- travel geographical myths legends folklore and history 0563521872 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Spirit of England by Simon Mcbride (£11.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781854711557]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. First in this edition [1989]. From the cover: “The ‘spirit’ of England can be found on wild, desolate moorland and in leafy forest glades; it is seen in the miles of breath-taking coastline and the verdant river valleys. Bustling market towns, timeless fishing coves, lonely upland farmsteads — the spirit of England haunts them all. Simon McBride is a photographer with an acknowledged gift for harnessing the ethereal qualities of the English landscape. The Spirit of England comprises his selection of favourite representations of the diversity and splendour of this country. His personal thoughts and impressions, and a worthy introduction by Winston Graham, complement the wealth of photographs which evoke the true character of England. This beautiful book will appeal to all those who, like Simon McBride, are inspired by the myriad of images which comprise the English landscape.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Winston Graham. Size: 9" x 10¼". Pictorial boards. 128 pages. Tags: and blackberries bodmin chilterns church churchyard cornwall country dales dawn description dramatic england fells fens fields granite hail lakes lancashire landscapes mcbride misty moor mountains photographer photography pictorial sky snowflakes storm travel trees views waterfalls weald west works
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Walking in the National Parks by Alan Mattingly (£11.50)Publisher: David & Charles — 1982Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 071538144X]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Top edge of DJ gently ruffled, faded at tge spine. Text bright and tight.Description: The ten national parks of England and Wales, with their great variety of landscapes and types of terrain, offer an immense wealth of walking opportunities. This book, pub ion, aims both to provide sound practical advice and to convey the unique character of each park. Advice on transport, weather conditions and maps is invaluable, and a very full bibliography includes guidance on the publications available locally for each park. Everyone including serious hikers and visitors to the parks wanting to know where to explore will find this book to be a passport to the pleasures provided by some of our finest scenery.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". 192 pages. Tags: Dartmoor Exmoor Peak District Yorkshire Dales North York Moors Northumberland Lake District Brecon Beacons Pembrokeshire Coast Snowdonia national Parks
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A Little History Of British Gardening by Jenny Uglow (£10.50)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0701169281]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Did the Romans have rakes? Did the monks get muddy? Did the potato seem really weird when it arrived on our shores? This potted history of gardening in Britain takes us on a tour from the thorn hedges around prehistoric settlements to the rage for decking and ornamental grasses today. It tracks down the ordinary folk who worked the earth — the apprentice boys and weeding women, the florists and nursery gardeners — as well as the aristocrats, grand designers and famous plant-hunters.”Notes: Size: 8½" x 6¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 342 pages. Tags: gardening great britain history historic evocative gardens british has horticulture landscapes science jenny uglow 0701169281 first editions firsts printings 1st
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A Visit to Don Otavio: A Traveller's Tale from Mexico by Sybille Bedford (£10.50)Publisher: The Folio Society — 1990Binding: Hardback in Slip Case Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Slip Case. Slip case lightly marked on one side otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: First in this edition. [First: 1953] Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs & drawings. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This tale begins at Grand Central Station with an impulsive decision, continues with a horrendous train journey, and then reveals the landscapes and people of Mexico with such a light touch that even the dullest patch of history becomes mesmerizing — although the author is frank about the horrors of travel, the highlight is the author’s idyllic stay with Don Otavio, a bankrupt squire still inhabiting his lakeside house with 17 servants to wait on him.”
Notes: Illustrated by Val Biro. Foreword or introduction by Bruce Chatwin. Size: 10" x 6¼". Salmon boards with Gilt on Black Title Plate titling to the Spine. 273 pages. Tags: bedford val biro bruce chatwin sybille journeys mexico history fiction travel writing classic essays travelogues mexican station scene hutton cuernavaca market tania lake chapala tepoztlan valley taxco oaxaca
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Britain's History from the Air by Jane Struthers (£10.50)Publisher: London: Ebury Press — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091771749]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Jacket illustration: Dover Castle. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Here is Britain as never seen before, a bird’s-eye view of the historic buildings and landscapes which represent our heritage. The castles, palaces, cathedrals and rural landscapes, both legendary and actual, have been captured on film by Jason Hawkes, a photographer of exceptional talent who has recorded each place in stunning compositions. The photographs are captioned by Jane Struthers, supplying fascinating details on the significance of the places in British history.

The lives of kings and queens from ancient times to the present are bound up with the places significant in their lives. In Britain’s History from the Air many of these are portrayed. The royal castles and palaces — Windsor, Caernarfon, Buckingham Palace, Balmoral — are depicted in all their architectural grandeur and dignity. The great cathedrals and churches — St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, Canterbury and the rest — are included, in addition to stately homes, fortifications, public buildings, towns, battlefields and other landscapes, all of which have played their part in Britain’s history.

With 100 full-colour photographs and many additional historic and documentary illustrations, Britain’s History from the Air offers a visual feast and an absorbing and original view of our island story.”
Notes: Illustrated by Jason Hawkes (Photos.). Size: 10¾" x 11¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 144 pages. Tags: struthers hawkes 0091771749 9780091771744 britain windsor castle balmoral buckingham stately homes public buildings towns rural landscapes palace churches cathedrals westminster abbey royal history aerial photographs
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Dirt Music by Tim Winton (£10.50)Publisher: Picador — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0330490249]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: A Later Printing.

From the cover: “Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn’t love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Her days have fallen into domestic tedium and social isolation. Her nights are a blur of vodka and pointless loitering in cyberspace. Leached of all confidence, Georgie has lost her way; she barely recognizes herself.

One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she looks up from the computer screen to see a shadow lurking on the beach below, and a dangerous new element enters her life. Luther Fox, the local poacher. Jinx. Outcast.

So begins an unlikely alliance. Set in the wild landscape of Western Australia, this is a novel about the odds of breaking with the past, a love story about people stifled by grief or regret, whose dreams are lost, whose hopes have dried up. It’s a journey across landscapes within and without, about the music that sometimes arises from the dust.

In prose as haunting and beautiful as its setting, Dirt Music confirms Tim Winton’s status as one of the finest novelists of his generation.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. Nominated for the 2002 Booker Prize prize. 465 pages. Tags: life western australia one greatest novelists middle-aged women fiction alienation social psychology middle aged fishers poachers tim winton 0330490249
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Great British Journeys by Nicholas Crane (£10.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0297844563]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with resultant slight wear to the dust wrapper and a small nick to the tail of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Who discovered Britain? We are familiar with the image of adventurers setting out to discover distant lands, but who explored our own islands? In Great British Journeys, Nicholas Crane follows in the footsteps of eight early travellers as they cross the length and breadth of Britain, revealing the country as it has never been seen before.

From Gerald of Wales’ twelfth-century recruitment drive for the Crusades, to H. V. Morton’s adventures of 1927 in his bull-nosed Morris, each of the eight had their own mission and faced their own challenges. John Leland, Henry VIII’s famous chronicler, was sent mad by his attempt to record the landscape in writing; Celia Fiennes rode out in 1698 aiming to be the first person to visit all the counties of England, when Britain was in the grips of a ‘Little Ice Age’. Pennant explored the wilds of Scotland on foot and by boat, caught in a vicious storm in Loch Maree, while Gilpin viewed England from the relative safety of the River Wye.

All left narratives behind for others — Daniel Defoe’s A Tour Thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-1726) provides a detailed account of trade on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, while Cobbett’s Rural Rides gives first-hand evidence on the plight of the poor of the countryside.

Their passion is evident in these tales, and so provides the inspiration behind Nicholas Crane’s latest adventure as he traces their routes across Britain, discovering wetlands and mountain ranges, beaches and cliffs and marvelling at how much has changed between their landscapes and ours, and vet how much remains the same.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 286 pages. Tags: crane nicholas travel great britain travelers history description and british isles essays travelogues europe writing united kingdom 10486 holiday 0297844563
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Portraits of the Past: The British Landscape Through the Ages by Richard Muir (£10.50)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718131819]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is faded at the spine and the top halves of both panels. Lower panel has slight ripples in patches to the laminate. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 185 pages. Tags: 0718131819 20th and archaeology britain british century country countryside cultural dwellings ecology europe explores great history human irish kingdom landscape landscapes life looked muir natural past period region richard settlements social united what
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The Countryside Encyclopaedia by Richard Muir (£10.50)Publisher: Macmillan — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333436210]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank which also carries a small scuff. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “Walk down any village high street, old trackway or country footpath and you will encounter a wealth of rural history. Every wood, settlement, bridge, cottage or road has its own story. The Countryside Encyclopaedia provides a key to understanding the evolution of the rural scene and all its components.

There have been many fine books about the British countryside, including several written by Richard Muir. This new work incorporates the latest information from archaeology, local history and landscape history, and is arranged alphabetically, allowing instant access to information about barns, deer parks, ponds, warrens and hundreds of other facets of the countryside. Not only does it help you identify, for example, a quoit or a pele tower, but, having done so, it also provides an authoritative essay on each subject explaining its origins and function. Because the range of topics covered is so varied, and the material so endlessly diverting, this is a perfect book for browsers, as well as anyone seeking specific information on one particular subject. The text is illustrated by over a hundred of Richard Muir’s own photographs, many of them in colour, contributing to a book that is beautiful as well as scholarly.

The Countryside Encyclopaedia will delight anybody remotely interested in Britain’s outdoor heritage.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sir Derek Barber. Size: 10" x 7¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: natural history great britain dictionaries landscapes country life description and travel countryside richard muir sir derek barber first editions firsts printings 1st
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The English Landscape: Past, Present and Future by Edited By S. R. J. [Stanley Reginald John] Woodell (£10.50)Publisher: Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0192116215]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is sunned at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Vignettes; Graphs; Black & White Drawings; Meteorological Charts; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “This book traces the development of the English landscape from earliest times to the present day and beyond. A group of distinguished scientists and historians give their views on all aspects of the shaping of our natural environment: from the great geological upheavals that occurred millions of years ago to the effects of towns and industry; from ancient woodland, hedges, and flowers to the threat posed by modern agriculture and forestry, and, finally, to our hopes for the future.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 240 pages. Tags: woodell 0192116215 natural history britain landscapes england biology sciences applied ecology language arts disciplines linguistics medical landscape scenery topography land environment
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The English Landscape: Past, Present And Future by Edited By S. R. J. [Stanley Reginald John] Woodell (£10.50)Publisher: Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0192116215]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Book plate to the pastedown.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Vignettes; Graphs; Black & White Drawings; Meteorological Charts; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “This book traces the development of the English landscape from earliest times to the present day and beyond. A group of distinguished scientists and historians give their views on all aspects of the shaping of our natural environment: from the great geological upheavals that occurred millions of years ago to the effects of towns and industry; from ancient woodland, hedges, and flowers to the threat posed by modern agriculture and forestry, and, finally, to our hopes for the future.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 240 pages. Tags: natural history britain landscapes england biology sciences applied ecology language arts disciplines linguistics medical landscape scenery topography land environment
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The Making of the English Landscape by W. G. Hoskins (£10.50)Publisher: London: The Folio Society — 2005Binding: Hardback in Slip Case Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Slip Case. Description: Contains: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;Notes: Foreword or introduction by Keith Thomas. Size: 10¼" x 7½". Pictorial boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIX] 280 pages. Tags: historical geography landscapes britain pre-roman landscape anglo-saxon estate boundaries marsh fen moor rural england parliamentary enclosure industrial water-power mills steam-power slums roads canals railways market-town
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The Model Railway Manual: A Step-by-step Guide to Building a Layout by C. J. [Cyril John] Freezer (£10.50)Publisher: Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Limited — 2002Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 1852605014]Condition: Very Good. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Appendices [2];

From the cover: “This book shows how to build a complete model railway from scratch, starting with the design and construction of a baseboard. It then covers how to plan and construct the layout, including the laying of track, adding the scenery and buildings, as well as the installation of the electrical wiring. The process is taken right through to adding the finishing touches to enhance the realism of the scene being modelled. Today, a comprehensive range of locomotives, coaches and wagons are available that can be used straight from the box, enabling the modeller to concentrate on producing an individualistic operating layout on which they can be run.

This comprehensive step-by-step guide takes the reader through all the necessary stages, pointing out potential pitfalls on the way. Whether you wish to depict the current railway scene with diesel and electric traction, or recreate the great days of steam in miniature, the stage-by-stage illustrations will guide you through the exercise.”
Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8½". Pictorial boards. 192 pages. Tags: railroads models design construction model railways making handbooks manuals layout planning baseboard laying track electrification roads rivers trees constructing buildings painting backcloths pointwork tunnels retaining walls adding details modelling landscapes maintenance 1852605014 9781852605018
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The Northumbrian Uplands by Geoffrey N. Wright (£10.50)Publisher: David & Charles — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715390422]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, more heavily at the head of the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps; Gazeteer;

From the cover: “The clear air and wide lonely horizons of the Northumbrian Uplands, still remarkably un-ravaged by the tourist industry, exert their own unique and enduring magic on their visitors. Here is some of the finest walking country in England, extending from high Pennines above Allendale and the South Tyne to the long line of the Cheviot Hills, where the curlew calls and the cloudberry grows among the mosshags; about a third of the Pennine Way’s 270 miles threads a winding course through these Northumbrian hills and valleys.

In this book Geoffrey Wright, himself long ensnared by the area’s elemental landscapes and wealth of history, covers both the Northumberland National Park and that part of the recently designated North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lying within England’s most northerly county. After surveying the making of its landscape, he looks at the human forces which have played such a powerful part in its dramatic history — particularly the Roman domination, highlighted by Hadrian’s Wall, and three centuries of Border unrest during the Middle Ages. Other chapters examine the eighteenth and nineteenth century industrial impact; Northumberland’s characteristic architecture and the development of its attractive market towns; and the natural history of the area. A comprehensive gazetteer and useful suggestions for walks and drives are also included.

This eloquent and richly informative guide, illustrated with the author’s own evocative photographs, is an ideal companion both for visitors to ‘the land of far horizons’ and for armchair travellers.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 200 pages. Tags: northumberland national park england guid description and travel guide-books guide-ooks parks europe great britain holiday guides geoffrey wright 0715390422 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Spirit of England by Simon McBride (£10.50)Publisher: Webb & Bower — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0863502881]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Slight, small, marks to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned at the margins.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “The ‘spirit’ of England can be found on wild, desolate moorland and in leafy forest glades; it is seen in the miles of breath-taking coastline and the verdant river valleys. Bustling market towns, timeless fishing coves, lonely upland farmsteads — the spirit of England haunts them all. Simon McBride is a photographer with an acknowledged gift for harnessing the ethereal qualities of the English landscape. The Spirit of England comprises his selection of favourite representations of the diversity and splendour of this country. His personal thoughts and impressions, and a worthy introduction by Winston Graham, complement the wealth of photographs which evoke the true character of England. This beautiful book will appeal to all those who, like Simon McBride, are inspired by the myriad of images which comprise the English landscape.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Winston Graham. Size: 9" x 10½". Grey boards with Black titling to the Spine. 127 pages. Tags: and blackberries bodmin chilterns church churchyard cornwall country dales dawn description dramatic england fells fens fields granite hail lakes lancashire landscapes mcbride misty moor mountains photographer photography pictorial sky snowflakes storm travel trees views waterfalls weald west works
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Wessex: A Literary Pilgrimage by Peter Tolhurst (£10.50)Publisher: Black Dog — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0952883910]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Short closed tear to the head of the upper panel.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.

From the cover: “For the last two centuries writers have been engaged in a passionate affair with the English countryside. In Wessex the scenic possibilities of scale, atmosphere and the historic sense, have been so celebrated that we often appreciate it through the eyes of those who have gone before and seen more clearly. Travelling in search of the sense of place at the heart of Wessex literature, Peter Tolhurst has unearthed an inspired tradition in this highly original literary companion.

This extraordinary legacy owes much to the genius of Thomas Hardy and the great Dorset writer still casts a long shadow. From the Vale of Blackmore to Egdon’s waste and from the chalk hills to the meadows of the Frome, the landscapes that inspired his novels are explored here with fresh insight. His native soil has also nurtured the diverse genius of the Powys brothers; the remarkable Wessex novels of John Cowper, Llewelyn’s elemental prose, the allegorical world of T F Powys and the literary colony that grew up around him at East Chaldon.

Tolhurst goes on to explore the tradition of nature writing that sprang up on the Wiltshire downs at the turn of the century. The poetry of Edward Thomas and Charles Sorley, the travel books of Alfred Williams and W H Hudson were all inspired by Richard Jefferies, while Salisbury Plain began to shape the literary genius of E M Forster. Provincial life in Marlborough and the cloistered world of Salisbury have, in more recent years, inspired major novels by William Golding.

The literature of Wessex has been enriched by a succession of distinguished visitors — Henry James at Stonehenge, Virginia Woolf in Wilton, Rupert Brooke at Lulworth and Jane Austen who, together with John Fowles, has transformed Lyme Regis into an enduring literary shrine. From the Undercliff eastwards to the windswept margins of Chesil Beach, the gull-haunted cliffs beloved by Llewelyn Powys and Mary Butts’ Isle of Purbeck, the incomparable Dorset coast has acquired its own legacy of love and loss.

This beautifully illustrated celebration of Wessex will appeal to all those who love both landscape and literature. Many will want to revisit the region’s more familiar landmarks, while others will be inspired to discover for themselves some of its best kept literary secrets.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Ronald Blythe. Size: 10¼" x 8". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 264 pages. Tags: literary landmarks england wessex english literature history and criticism journeys authors homes haunts biography intellectual life guid 0952883910 peter tolhurst ronald blythe first editions firsts printings 1st
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Woodland Walks by Gerald Wilkinson (£10.50)Publisher: Guild — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs and maps. From the flap: “In this comprehensive guide to the woodlands of England, Scotland and Wales, Gerald Wilkinson has explored over 400 walks through areas of outstanding interest and natural beauty accessible to the public. With full-colour Ordnance Survey maps of all the main areas, and many detail maps showing individual walks and pathways, he takes us through the uniquely varied woodland landscapes of Britain.”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: little-known development description countryside information pollarding guidebooks exploring highlands woodlands creatures southwest coppicing dramatic walkers' forestry dartmoor northern pennines district scottish midlands scotland woodland pathways economic pollards insects history ecology valleys coppice walking forests scenery flowers parking england britain habitat natural country travel inland epping forest trails guides border access native wooded hidden social about great trees birds peaks small welsh woods west type dean lake many pine wild and new
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A Little History of British Gardening by Jenny Uglow (£9.50)Publisher: Pimlico — 2005Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0712664947]Condition: Very Good. Slight lean otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Did the Romans have rakes? Did the monks get muddy? Did the potato seem really weird when it arrived on our shores? This potted history of gardening in Britain takes us on a tour from the thorn hedges around prehistoric settlements to the rage for decking and ornamental grasses today. It tracks down the ordinary folk who worked the earth — the apprentice boys and weeding women, the florists and nursery gardeners — as well as the aristocrats, grand designers and famous plant-hunters.”Notes: Size: 8¼" x 6½". 342 pages. Tags: gardening great britain history historic evocative gardens british has horticulture landscapes science
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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (£9.50)Publisher: Doubleday — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0385408161]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper.Description: A later impression.

From the cover: “The longest continuous footpath in the world, the Appalachian Trail stretches along the East Coast of the United States, from Georgia to Maine, through some of the most arresting and celebrated landscapes in America — the Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts and the Great North Woods of Maine.

At the age of forty-four, in the company of his friend Stephen Katz (last seen in the bestselling Neither Here Nor There), Bill Bryson set off to hike through the vast tangled woods which have been frightening sensible people for three hundred years. Ahead lay almost 2,200 miles of remote mountain wilderness filled with bears, moose, bobcats, rattlesnakes, poisonous plants, disease-bearing ticks, the occasional chuckling murderer and — perhaps most alarming of all — people whose favourite pastime is discussing the relative merits of the external-frame backpack.

Facing savage weather, merciless insects, unreliable maps and a fickle companion whose profoundest wish was to go to a motel and watch The X-Files, Bryson gamely struggled through the wilderness to achieve a lifetime’s ambition — not to die outdoors.

Reared in the comic tradition of Twain, Thurber and Perelman, Bill Bryson used his many years in Britain to soak up a peculiarly English sense of irony. The result is a view of the world that is uniquely, hilariously, his own.”
Notes: Illustrated by David Cook. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Tags: longest continuous footpath journeys appalachian trail travel hiking natural history description region
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Cuba by Simon Calder; Emily Hatchwell; (£9.50)Publisher: Vacation Work — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1854581449]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap a little curled.Description: 3rd Edition, completely revised and updated. From the cover: “This is a guide for travellers visiting Cuba, giving information on beaches, bars, music, money, restaurants and railways. The book also includes details of the cheapest and best ways to reach Cuba, avoiding crooks and con-men, booking the best-value hotels, renting bicycles and finding free health-care. The book is aimed at both independent travellers and those on organized trips to Cuba.”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 350 pages. Tags: guardalavaca architecture capitalista hanabanilla photography caribbean's description landscapes guidebooks guantanamo transporte manzanillo cienfuegos jovellanos guillermo escambray caibarien australia mountains reporting reference caribbean peninsula socialism security remedios trinidad national spiritus maspoton nacional santiago varadero matanzas cardenas ingenios castro's camaguey historia granjita baracoa islands robbery holguin history siboney central society baconao largest culture
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Painting in Watercolours by Leslie et al. Worth (£9.50)Publisher: Search Press — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Notes: Size: 11" x 9". 128 pages. Tags: bird-of-paradise characteristics lifelikenesses lost-and-found underpaintings foreshortening four-quadrant monochromatic underpainting relationships underdrawings complementary wet-into-wet hummingbirds photographic manipulating drybrushing directional kingfishers temperature controlling photographs reflections translucent nonstaining still-lifes perspective three-color composition silhouettes underwashes backgrounds watercolour personality proportions woodpeckers simplifying overlapping projectors spattering variegated landscapes four-color fleshtones likenesses practicing waterfalls artificial categories collecting two-colour
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Shakespeare Country by Susan Hill (£9.50)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1987Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0718132432]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap a little curled otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the flap: “Shakespeare country, the area lying within a radius of some fifteen miles around Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of the loveliest and most popular parts of Great Britain — an area of rural charm, scenic beauty and immense historic interest. Novelist and literary critic Susan Hill has lived in the area for much of her adult life. In this book, she revisits the many places that have given her pleasure over twenty-five years, bringing to life the wealth of literary, historical, theatrical and romantic associations in which this region is steeped..”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 8". 191 pages. Tags: stratford-upon-avon welford-on-avon henley-in-arden clifton-taylor 804858 shakespeare 9780718127381 countryside farnborough description properties stoneleigh bretforton collection schoenbaum conference leamington postscript landscapes charlecote hathaway’s hathaway warmington birthplace kenilworth ilmington baddesley buildings leycester chipping pictures johnston lawrence packwood stunning hospital alcester wynyates betjeman national clinton cottage subedge arden theatre hidcote dassett warwick gardens campden evesham
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Time Detectives: How Archeologists Use Technology to Recapture the Past by Brian M. Fagan (£9.50)Publisher: Simon & Schuster — 1995Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0671712470]Condition: Near Fine. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps;

From the cover: “Today’s archaeologists are not treasure hunters but time detectives, utilizing advanced technology to vividly reconstruct the past from minute clues.

With the focus in archaeology shifting from the recovery of artifacts and antiquities to learning more about how our ancestors lived, archaeologists now work in different ways. Frequently they are part of multidisciplinary teams of scientists who, for example, can reconstruct ancient diets from examination of bone collagen remains or describe millennia-old landscapes from fossilized seeds and grains. These new techniques enable us not only to better understand our past, but to better preserve it — excavations today move less earth in two years than those a couple of generations ago moved in a month.

Time Detectives takes us around the world and through more than 15,000 years of human history as we visit the sites of some of the most breathtaking and significant finds of recent years. A fascinating journey into the world of archaeology today, Time Detectives shows us not only how the past can be recaptured, but how our knowledge and understanding of the past expands our vision of human experience today.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 288 pages. Tags: fagan 0671712470 archaeology technological innovations excavations history methodology antiquities archeologists remote sensing archaeological dating
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Tuscany, Umbria & the Marches by Dana Facaros; Michael Pauls; (£9.50)Publisher: The Globe Pequot Press — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 087106393X]Condition: Good. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Light reading creases to the spine.Description: 2nd edition. [First Edition: 1989] From the cover: “Essential reading for travellers on any budget. They combine comprehensive practical information and personal recommendation with history and culture. Intelligent, original, and fun, these books ensure that you get the most out of your stay. Follow the first charms of the Renaissance to the twilight of Medici decadence in Florence; have a picnic in an olive grove by a pink Umbrian hilltown, sail the Tuscan archipelago, or find where the Virgin Mary’s flying house landed, m Loreto; wander Chianti’s wine roads or Gubbio’s medieval lanes, or just stay put amid the most civilized landscapes in the world.”Notes: Illustrated by Pauline Pears. Size: 8¼" x 5¾". In the Cadogan Guides series. 508 pages. Tags: 9780871063939 montepulciano self-catering architecture valtiberinaj description ghibellines valdichiana guide-books 914.504929 guidebooks garfagnana montefalco volterrajz montalcino montecadni chianciano fannhouses poggibonsi argentario visitors' provinces vabierina southwest gimignano marittima northern florence railways casendno lunigiam versilia southern macerata province holidays cottages pistoia perugia asciano riviera tuscany chianti mugello country valdamo guelphs marches spoleto cadogan islands
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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
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