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Medieval Welsh Poems by Joseph P. Clancy (£152.00)Publisher: Dublin: Four Courts Press — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1851827838]Condition: Very Good — in Near Fine Dustwrapper. Faint spotting to the top edge of the text block, again to the front pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight. A genuinely nice copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Glossary;

From the cover: “This anthology of Welsh poems from c. 575 to c. 1525 offers the general reader the most substantial collection of medieval Welsh verse yet rendered into English, in translations that will support the claim that this poetry is one of the finest literary achievements of the Middle Ages.

Drawing on Professor Clancy’s acclaimed Medieval Welsh Lyrics (1965) and The Earliest Welsh Poetry (1970) this comprehensive anthology presents over 150 poems, eloquently translated, that render poetry as poetry. A lucid introduction, ample notes and a glossary provide the background needed for a full appreciation of the poems.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 396 pages. Tags: clancy welsh poetry translations english wales literature language middle ages lore songs 1851827838 9781851827831 1550
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Cathedrals and Abbey Churches of England by Cecil [Charles Windsor] Aldin (£106.00)Publisher: London: Eyre & Spottiswoode — 1924Binding: Hardback Signed by the Author.Condition: Good+. Upper board faded at bottom edge, lower board a little rubbed. Spotting to the preliminaries with occasional lighter spotting throughout, overall text and plates bright and clean. A nice, presentable, copy.Description: A limited printing of 375 copies of which this is number 77. Illustrated by way of: Tissue-guarded Colour Plates Pasted On [16]; Black & White Drawings; Publishing date unstated, dated from references.Notes: Illustrated by Cecil Aldin. Size: 11½" x 9¼". Vellum Spine with White Paper Covered boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [VIII] 111 pages. Tags: aldin cecil westminster durham cathedral lincoln peterborough chichester cathedrals england abbeys architecture medieval renaissance
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The British Edda: The Great Epic Poem of the Ancient Britons On the Exploits of King Thor, Arthur Or Adam and His Knights in Establishing Civilization, Reforming Eden and Capturing the Holy Grail About 3380-3350 B.C. by L. A. [Laurence Austine] Waddell (£98.00)Publisher: Chapman & Hall — 1930Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a hole to the centre of the spine, fraying at the corners and spine ends and overall loose to the book. Spine mottled, heavily. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty.Description: Reconstructed for first time from the medieval MSS. by Babylonian, Hittite, Egyptian, Trojan and Gothic keys, and done literally into English. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [80]; Black & White Drawings; Maps;Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [LXXXII] 331 pages. Tags: waddell eddas edda smundar arthur king mythology indo-european sumerians britons arthurian romances national epic ancient babylonian hittite egyptian trojan gothic keys
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A Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names by James A. Jobling (£53.00)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0198546343]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “This dictionary gives the derivation and meaning of all valid scientific bird names. Each part of the name is defined separately so that Passer domesticus, for example, will not be found as such, but both Passer and domesticus are explained in their respective alphabetical places. The usefulness of the dictionary will thus not be affected by future taxonomic revisions of generic or species names. About 8500 names are defined, including a selection of historical synonyms.

Many unusual details emerge from the author’s meticulous work in tracking down obscure meanings. A short but informative introduction explains the history and purposes of scientific nomenclature and the basic features of Latin in this context. It also discusses the ways in which birds have been named for their appearance, for a person or place, or some aspect of their habitat, behaviour, food, or voice, or with reference to their native-language name. This book should prove a valuable reference source for everyone whose work or interests bring them into contact with birds.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Anne Hopkinson. Illustrated by Richard Fowling. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXIV] 272 pages. Tags: jobling richard fowling anne hopkinson 0198546343 9780198546344 birds nomenclature dictionaries latin medieval modern technical names words aves scientific axo origin classification zoological
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide by Philipe De montebello (£49.00)Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Small mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white & colour photographs. Descriptive Texts Written By the Curatorial Staff of the Museum. From the introduction: “The Metropolitan museum is a living encyclopaedia of world art. Every culture from every part of the world — from Florence to Thebes to Papua New Guinea — from the earliest times to the present and in every medium is represented, frequently at the highest levels of quality and invention. The Metropolitan’s 1.4 million square feet houses what is in fact a collection of collections; several of its departments could and would be major independent museums almost anywhere else. But here musical instruments adjoin arms and armour, and forty thousand Egyptian objects are displayed on the floor directly above a collection of forty-five thousand costumes.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 5¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 448 pages. Tags: 708.147’1 american wing ancient near eastern art arms and armor asian art costume institute egyptian art european paintings european sculpture and decorative arts greek and roman art islamic art robert lehman collection the jack and belle linsky collection medieval art musical instruments art the pacific islands Africa and the americas prints and photographs twentieth century art metropolitan museum works art monet vermeer painter saul steinberg
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Southern Italy and Sicily and The Rulers of the South by Francis Marion Crawford (£44.00)Publisher: New York: The Macmillan Company — 1910Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with a little fading to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Description: 3rd revised and single-volume edition. [First Published: 1900 in two volumes] Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Black & white plates; Black & white drawings; Fold-out maps [1]; Frontispiece;Notes: Illustrated by Henry Brokman. Size: 8" x 5¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XVX] 411 pages. Tags: goths italy, arabs italy, normans italy, greeks italy, southern kings rulers, sicily rulers, medieval sicily history, books written francis marion crawford, books illustrated henry brokman
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Wife To The Bastard by Hilda Lewis (£43.00)Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a small snag to the tail of the spine. Price Clipped. Leans vaguely. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Biro. Size: 8½" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. Tags: first editions firsts printings 1st britain history normandy france queens fiction william conqueror medieval viking ancestors queen wielded power ruled ruthless bitterness unloved old age husband wife historical novel
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Drevnerusskie goroda [Old Russian Towns] by V. Kostochkin (£40.00)Publisher: Iskusstvo — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Slip Case. Slip case now rather battered at the corners, somewhat discoloured and soiled. Gently faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Main text is in Russian (Cyrillic), with English & Russian captions to the plates.Notes: Size: 12" x 10". Embossed Illustrated White boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 0 pages. Tags: architecture federation medieval renaissance russia soviet union
P&P: UK 1st £10.50. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £16.86. EU Air £16.60. ROW Surface £16.86. ROW Air £31.72

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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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The Cistercians in the Early Middle Ages: Written to Commemorate the Nine Hundredth Anniversary of Foundation of the Order At Citeaux in 1098 Under the Patronage of Blessed Vincent Kadlubek, Bishop of Krakow (1208-18), Monk of Jedrzejow (1218-1223) by David H. [Henry] Williams (£32.00)Publisher: Leominster: Gracewing — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0852443501]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Bruised at the tail of the spine with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Maps;

From the cover: “The Cistercians in the Early Middle Ages seeks to portray the growth, conventual, cultural, spiritual and economic life, of a religious Order which was second to none in medieval Europe. Published to mark the nono-centenary of the foundation of the order at Citeaux in France in 1098, this volume concerns itself with the first 250 years of Cistercian history, sometimes called the ‘Golden Age’ of the Order, brought to a close by the Black Death.

No less than well over six hundred monasteries of ‘white monks’ spread throughout Europe, and into the Near East, and not only endeavoured to maintain an austere life of simplicity, accompanying the daily round of worship and prayer, but also played a significant role in bringing woodland and wasteland into cultivation. Sheep-farming was one of their noted activities, but they also participated successfully in industry and trade. In all this the monks were assisted by a large number of lay-brothers (known as the converse), who often outnumbered the monks by more than two to one, and who in practice undertook much of the manual labour.

The Cistercians left their mark in Europe in other ways, not least in some splendid architectural masterpieces, and in their contribution to annals and chronicles which tell of the political history, as well as of climatic and tectonic phenomena of their day. This volume endeavours to illustrate, with original maps and plans, much of the white monks’ activity, nor does it neglect the hundreds of Cistercian-affiliated nunneries which sought to emulate the male communities of the Order.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 479 pages. Tags: monastic community cultural activity cistercians history cistercian order monasticism religious orders church christianity monasteries abbey buildings churches property granges pastoralism nunneries
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Medieval Sculpture by Roberto Salvini (£31.00)Publisher: London: Michael Joseph — 1969Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0718105788]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge dye has run slightly on the first blank and pastedown. Slight and light spotting to the start and finish. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Jacket illustration: Gothic Pieta from Seeon, Bavaria c. 1420-30. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Plates;

From the cover: “The history of medieval sculpture in Western Europe is often described as a gradual rediscovery of technical skill and naturalism. In this volume, the author approaches his subject from a different angle, tracing the development of sculpture against a background of changing political, social and religious structures and in relation to the growth of written and spoken languages. He demonstrates that a new kind of sculpture, a humble, popular style which developed from Roman provincial sculpture, appeared and existed side by side with courtly styles which preserved or rediscovered much of the dignity of Late Classical art.

As feudalism declined, this dichotomy between the popular and courtly disappeared. The first literary Romance languages took root and regional Romanesque styles developed, identified with religious architecture and sculptors like Gislebertus, Wiligelmo and Antelami.

In the Gothic age, national idioms developed in the figurative arts as France, England and Germany became unified monarchical states. In Italy a national consciousness, on a cultural level, evolved; with it are associated the sculptors of the Pisano family and the cathedrals they decorated in Pisa and Siena.

As the Renaissance flowered in Italy and southern France, the Late Gothic style continued in the north, especially in Germany, where the work of Riemen-schneider and Veil Stoss is outstanding in this period.

This volume, spanning over 1,000 years from the fifth to the fifteenth century, contains a remarkable selection of illustrations which follow closely the historical development and represent the finest examples of Medieval art.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Peter & Linda Murray. Size: 9¾" x 8¼". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. In the History of Western Sculpture series. 368 pages. Tags: 0718105788 history western sculpture medieval brunelleschi donatello middle ages romanesque gothic naturalism naturalism constantinian reliefs barbaric jewellery illumination metalwork ornamentation roman byzantine art
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The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons by Joan Dayan (£29.00)Publisher: Princeton University Press — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0691070911]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: From the cover: “Abused dogs, prisoners tortured in Guantanamo and supermax facilities, or slaves killed by the state — all are deprived of personhood through legal acts. Such deprivations have recurred throughout history, and the law sustains these terrors and banishments even as it upholds the civil order. Examining such troubling cases, The Law Is a White Dog tackles key societal questions: How does the law construct our identities? How do its rules and sanctions make or unmake persons? And how do the supposedly rational claims of the law define marginal entities, both natural and supernatural, including ghosts, dogs, slaves, terrorist suspects, and felons? Reading the language, allusions, and symbols of legal discourse, and bridging distinctions between the human and nonhuman, Colin Dayan looks at how the law disfigures individuals and animals, and how slavery, punishment, and torture create unforeseen effects in our daily lives.

Moving seamlessly across genres and disciplines, Dayan considers legal practices and spiritual beliefs from medieval England, the North American colonies, and the Caribbean that have survived in our legal discourse, and she explores the civil deaths of felons and slaves through lawful repression. Tracing the legacy of slavery in the United States in the structures of the contemporary American prison system and in the administrative detention of ghostly supermax facilities, she also demonstrates how contemporary jurisprudence regarding cruel and unusual punishment prepared the way for abuses in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.

Using conventional historical and legal sources to answer unconventional questions, The Law Is a White Dog illuminates stark truths about civil society’s ability to marginalize, exclude, and dehumanize.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gloss Black titling to the Spine. [XVII] 343 pages. Tags: law social aspects united states torture civil rights persons slavery and legislation
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The Most Beautiful Villages of France by Dominique Reperant (£28.50)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0500541620]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. Description: Jacket illustration: Front: A view from the castle of the medieval streets of Turenne. Back: The village of Penne, built beneath a rock, is one of the most breathtaking sights in the gorge of Aveyron. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Plans;

From the cover: “Here is a visual celebration of France’s most beautiful and perfectly preserved medieval villages. Spectacular colour photographs capture their regional ambience and special character, while detailed texts explain the foundation of each village and the growth of the community.

The demands of defence and trade intertwine, from the walled bastides of the Southwest with their great market squares, to the hill-top refuges of the Mediterranean, precariously perched and turned towards the sun. Each village is a harmonious marriage of architecture and landscape: the ancient timber buildings of Saint-Veran are surrounded by alpine forests; the startlingly rosy village of Collanges-la-Rouge is named after the local red sandstone of which it is made. Here too are Mont-Saint-Michel, Vezelay and Conques, where settlements cluster around majestic monuments from the Middle Ages.

Complementing the selection of villages is a list of nearby hotels and restaurants. An extended list of protected villages will prove a useful guide for travellers to France and for all those with an interest in the preservation of architectural heritage.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 10¼". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 232 pages. Tags: villages france history architecture medieval historic sites conservation restoration civilization travel photography europe
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Maimonides by Abraham Joshua Heschel (£28.00)Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux — 1982Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Top edges of text block spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: He was the preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher and one of the greatest Torah scholars of the Middle Ages. He worked as a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Spain, Morocco and Egypt. With the contemporary Muslim sage Averroes, he promoted and developed the philosophical tradition of Aristotle. As a result, Maimonides and Averroes would gain a prominent and controversial influence in the West, where Aristotelian thought had been lost for centuries. Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas were notable Western readers of Maimonides. (Source: Wikipedia I’m sorry to say…)Notes: Size: 8½" x 5¾". Black & Orange boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 273 pages. Tags: Moses Maimonides rabbis Egypt biography philosophers jewish palestine israel educational reform fostat messianic yearning epistle yemen sutta aristotle arabesques abraham joshua heschelhe erich reiss lotte jacobi aaron ben meshullam lunel abassites abu’l-ma’ali abu yakub yussuf albertus magnus al-malik-al-muzaffar almohades almoravites amakic antiochus epiphanes asceticism astrology astronomy babylonian exile baghdad iraq ben-asher
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SPQR by Paul Hyde Bonner (£28.00)Publisher: Derek Verschoyle — 1953Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with rubbing at the spine ends and corners. Knocked at the bottom corner of the lower board. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Tanning to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “It was the brand of ancient Rome and it stood for Senatus Popiihisqiie Romanus. The letters proclaimed that whatever was thus labelled was Rome’s property; today they still appear on objects owned by the city. And today Rome still puts this mark on its captives, as Lovat Fraser, First Secretary of the American Embassy, discovers.

He has been warned about the Roman virus. “Never get deeply involved in a Roman love affair or really entangled in the life of a Roman”, said a wise colleague; “for once you do that, you will cease to serve your country and will serve only them”. As the story opens, wise counsel has prevailed for a long time. But Fraser is young, healthy and unmarried. Suddenly his control breaks completely. Within a few days the startled diplomat finds himself involved with not one but two Roman women (one is American-born, it is true, but she has become Roman to the core). Dazzled by the brilliance of Roman society, the splendour of the palaces, and, above all, by the charms of the beautiful Duchess of Lanza, Fraser throws caution to the winds. In the weeks that follow he is swept along by an intricate chain of events which includes the unmasking of a Communist agent and a murder. For a while he believes that his career is in jeopardy; but the spell breaks just in time, and this witty and sophisticated novel ends on a cheerful note.

Paul Hyde Bonner writes of Rome and its surrounding Campagna with great descriptive skill, and his readers will find long before they reach the end that they too have fallen under the spell of the Eternal City.”
Notes: Size: 8" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 274 pages. Tags: historical chronicles narration chronicle narrative storyline medieval earlier ancient account history england fiction stories middle period bygone legend annals times olden fable story tale saga ages days yore myth past one day old
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The Eating of the Gods: An Interpretation of Greek Tragedy by Jan Kott (£27.50)Publisher: Evanston: Northwestern University Press — 1987Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0810107457]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). [XVIII] 334 pages. Tags: kott 0810107457 boleslaw taborski edward czerwinski 9780810107458 greek drama tragedy history criticism plays playwrights literary classical medieval ancient poetry
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England by Olive Cook; Angus Wilson; (£26.50)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 1971Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0500240779]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ snagged at the head of the spine. Pages very gently age-tanned. A nice copy.Description: 138 photogravuew plates, 8 colour plates and a map. Contents: Map of England; Introduction; Before the Norman Conquest; Medieval And Tudor; Renaissance And Georgian; Victorian And Modern; Index;Notes: Illustrated by Edwin Smith (Photos.). Foreword or introduction by Angus Wilson. Size: 12¼" x 9¾". 224 pages. Tags: tudor renaissance georgian victorian norman conquest
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Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples, 8000 BC-1500 AD by Barry Cunliffe (£24.00)Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Press — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 019969110X]Condition: Very Good. Slight ding to the head of the upper wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Contains: Colour photographs; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “In this highly illustrated book Barry Cunliffe focuses on the western rim of Europe — the Atlantic façade — an area stretching from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Isles of Shetland. We are shown how original and inventive the communities were, and how they maintained their own distinctive identities often over long spans of time. Covering the period from the Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, c. 8000 BC, to the voyages of discovery c. AD 1500, he uses this last half millennium more as a well-studied test case to help the reader better understand what went before.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7½". [VII] 600 pages. Tags: cunliffe 019969110x civilization ancient medieval atlantic coast europe history antiquities european bce anthropology western continental prehistory ocean ethnology archaeology maritime social science human geography 9780199691104 500 1000 1500
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The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia by ANON (£23.50)Publisher: Kingfisher — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1856135128]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Top edges of text block slightly tanned. Text bright and tight. A very nice copy overall.Description: The Kingfisher History Encyclopaedia is full of information about the people, places and events that have shaped our history. 2000+ full-colour illustrations.Notes: Size: 11" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. 492 pages. Tags: ancient world classical world early middle ages middle ages renaissance trade empire revolution independence agricultural revolution industry early revolution seven years war french revolution medieval explorers china the han dynasty aryan india ottoman empire thirty years war british india unification and colonization opium wars british empire boxer rebellion the world war world war russian revolution fascism great depression spanish civil war shoguns samurai crusade roman empire early american settlers decline rome monasticism tang china bulgars slavs anglo-saxon britain magyars bohemians habsburgs spanish armada songhai empire safavid persia phoenicians ancient egypt megalithic europe myceneans greek dark age
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Barbarian Warriors: Saxons, Vikings and Normans by Dan & Susanna Shadrake (£23.00)Publisher: London: Brassey's — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1857532139]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour plates; Black & white drawings; Cutaways;

From the cover: “This is an essential book for everyone with an interest in the warriors of Britain’s Dark Ages. It is the definitive guide to the arms and armour of all the invading barbarian armies, from Saxons and Celts to Vikings and Normans. It covers the period from the disintegration of Roman rule in Britain in the 5th century — the legendary era of King Arthur — through the raids of Saxons, Celts, and Vikings until the final conquest of Britain by the Normans in the 11th century.

Frequently portrayed as an era of brutality and chaos, this book reveals the reality behind the legendary warriors of the period. What did King Arthur’s warriors really look like? Who were the mysterious pirate raiders from Ireland who ravaged Wales and Scotland? It also uncovers the considerable art of war in this period, the high level of craftsmanship achieved in the manufacture of all forms of arms and armour, from mail and scale defences to beautifully embellished helmets and swords. It shows how the achievements of the Roman war machine survived throughout the Dark Ages until the time of the Normans.

Drawing on the very latest discoveries and research, the authors create a vivid picture of Dark Ages warfare which will surprise many enthusiasts. Dan and Susanna Shadrake’s authoritative text is illustrated by 150 colour and black and white photographs, and world-renowned military artist Richard Hook has created four colour plates for the book.”
Notes: Illustrated by Richard Hook. Size: 12" x 8½". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. In the Brassey's History of Uniforms series. 144 pages. Tags: military weapons europe history, northmen warfare, saxons warfare, uniforms insignia weapons equipment, united kingdom, history military, technology engineering military science, armored troops uniforms history armor, medieval great britain military art science, books written dan shadrake, books illustrated richard hook
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Village Diary by Miss Read (£23.00)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: B0000CJT6X]Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ a little faded with light edgewear notable to head and tail. Slightly sprung. Foredges spotted. Top edges of text block dusty. Text bright and tight. Previous owners inscription to ffep.Description: Second Impression. From the flap: “As I have been given a large and magnificent diary for Christmas — seven by ten and nearly two inches thick — I intend to fill it in as long as my ardour lasts. Further than that I will not go. There are quite enough jobs that a schoolmistress just must do… Luckily for her readers, Miss Read's ardour lasts all year, encompassing every aspect of Fairacre life. Whether embroiled unwillingly in her friend Amy's marital hiccups, discussing the changing world with Miss Clare or the modern problems of good local education and rural impoverishment with the schools inspector and the doctor, she remains balanced, humorous and wise — and never forgets either her most important charge, the mixed bag of children in her school, or the joys of the changing seasons.”Notes: Size: 8" x 5½". 255 pages. Tags: chronicles much-loved characters historical colourful intrigues chronicle narrative storyline narration classics medieval downland england stories 823.914 dweller country village earlier ancient account history fiction quirky nature astute annals legend bygone period middle olden times rural heart fable story daily
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From Domesday Book to Magna Carta - Oxford History of England Vol. III by A. L. Poole (£22.50)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0198217072]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ spine sunned.Description: The book comprises the history of the century and a quarter which elapsed between the compilation of Domesday Book and the issue of Magna Carta, the two greatest documents of English medieval history. The volume opens with chapters in which the position of the monarchy and social and economic background of the period in its feudal, rural and urban aspects are discussed.The book ends with a description of the events leading up to the Magna Carta and its sequel, civil war, in which the reign of King John was brought to a close.Tags: English, history, events
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Collins Encyclopedia of Music by Sir Jack Westrup & F. Ll. Harrison (£22.00)Publisher: Chancellor Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0907486495]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight snag to the dust wrapper at the head of the spine. Gently faded at the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Revised by Conrad Wilson. Revised, and reset, edition. [First Edition: Collins, 1959] From the cover: “This is a comprehensive, up-to-date, and authoritative survey of the whole field of Western music from its beginnings in Greece to the present day. The record-buyer, concert-goer, student, and professional musician will find here, in one compact volume, the best and most practical collection of musical information relevant to his needs. The Encyclopaedia is an authoritative work, firmly founded on the impeccable scholarship of its original authors, Sir Jack Westrup and Frank Harrison, supplemented by the more recent research of the revising team. The result does justice to both traditional and contemporary forms and values in a way that reflects the best critical consensus of the present day. In particular, the coverage of early and medieval music and of contemporary and recent music has been much expanded. Over 6000 articles cover the full range of musical interest — composers, works, instruments, scholars, and critics. Though crammed with information and facts the articles never degenerate into mere catalogues, but remain pointed and entertaining. The essay-length articles on major composers — a notable feature of the book — demonstrate these virtues most convincingly. Augmenting the text are over a thousand music examples and scores of photographs and prints. The profusion of music examples alone distinguishes the book from other general music reference works and highlights the full, practical, and detailed nature of the information provided.”Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Fawn boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 608 pages. Tags: harrison 0907486495 philharmonic orchestral orchestras criticism orchestra symphony history aspects century britain funding london social music arts 20th
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Domesday Book: A Complete Translation by Ann Williams & G. H. Martin (£22.00)Publisher: London: Penguin Books — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0140515356]Condition: Very Good. Slight inward bow to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. A Later Printing.Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [X] 1436 pages. Tags: land tenure england history law legislation medieval domesday book sources real property britain norman period 11th century british estate social cultural business economics
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On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: Selections from the History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (£22.00)Publisher: Indianapolis & Cambridge: Hacket Publishing Company — 1993Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0872201694]Condition: Very Good. Upper board slightly sprung otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Maps;Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Fawn boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXXV] 172 pages. Tags: thucydides woodruff power history peloponnesian war political social greece historiography wars literary classical medieval bce ancient greek 9780872201699
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Salisbury Cathedral: Perspectives on the Architectural History by Thomas Cocke & Peter Kidson (£22.00)Publisher: London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0113000405]Condition: Very Good. Light crease to the top corner of the upper wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Contains: Black & white photographs; List of abbreviations; Colour frontispiece; Maps in folder [1]; Plans;

From the cover: “The cathedral of Salisbury is justly famous and for many it is the perfect English cathedral. Set in the broad expanse of the famous Close by the River Avon and built almost completely to one design of unparalleled coherence and elegance, the questions surrounding its precise history and the purposes behind its design are of paramount importance.

This beautifully illustrated book presents new interpretations of the foundation, design and building history of Salisbury Cathedral. Two self-contained essays by Dr Thomas Cocke and Professor Peter Kidson outline the history of the building and provide fascinating new perspectives on basic questions of its design, from the problems surrounding the move from Old Sarum to the system of proportion that underlies the appearance of the finished building. New plans and photographs bring to life these penetrating studies of one of our best-loved buildings.

Salisbury Cathedral — Perspectives on the Architectural History is the first of three volumes to consider aspects of the Cathedral. The next will concentrate on the monuments, fittings and stained glass.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". [X] 104 pages. Tags: architecture history salisbury cathedral cathedrals england gothic wiltshire medieval churches monastic sites design construction church historic buildings structures antiquities 0113000405 9780113000401
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The Gothic Enterprise: A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral by Robert A Scott (£22.00)Publisher: Berkeley, Los Angeles & London: University of California Press — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0520231775]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' gift inscription to the first blank. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “The great Gothic cathedrals of Europe are among the most astonishing achievements of Western culture. Evoking feelings of awe and humility, they make us want to understand what inspired the people who had the audacity to build them. This engrossing book surveys an era that has fired the historical imagination for centuries. In it Robert A. Scott explores why medieval people built Gothic cathedrals, how they built them, what conception of the divine lay behind their creation, and how religious and secular leaders used cathedrals for social and political purposes. As a traveler’s companion or a rich source of knowledge for the armchair enthusiast, The Gothic Enterprise helps us understand how ordinary people managed such tremendous feats of physical and creative energy at a time when technology was rudimentary, famine and disease were rampant, the climate was often harsh, and communal life was unstable and incessantly violent.

While most books about Gothic cathedrals focus on a particular building or on the cathedrals of a specific region, The Gothic Enterprise considers the idea of the cathedral as a humanly created space. Scott discusses why an impoverished people would commit so many social and personal resources to building something so physically stupendous and what this says about their ideas of the sacred, especially the vital role they ascribed to the divine as a protector against the dangers of everyday life.

Scott’s narrative offers a wealth of fascinating details concerning daily life during medieval times. The author describes the difficulties master-builders faced in scheduling construction that wouldn’t be completed during their own lifetimes, how they managed without adequate numeric systems or paper on which to make detailed drawings, and how climate, natural disasters, wars, variations in the hours of daylight throughout the year, and the celebration of holy days affected the pace”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 5¾". Fawn Spine Strip on Gold boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 292 pages. Tags: cathedrals history, history medieval period, gothic architecture, construction cathedrals, religious buildings, architecture history, history europe medieval, religion christianity, first edition books, books written robert scott
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Sorceress Or Witch?: The Image of Gender in Medieval Iceland and Northern Europe by Katherine Morris (£21.00)Publisher: Lanham, New York & London: University Press of America — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0819182575]Condition: Very Good. Faint lean. Title page lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “Sorceress or Witch? is principally a literary study highlighting the thematic content of Icelandic literature as it compares with the legal, literary, and historical Germanic sources of early medieval Europe. The text discusses the characteristics of female witches: the seeress, the sorceress, witches and animals, the lascivious witch, and the cannibal woman. It is a kind of case study on how the change in the medieval religious Weltanschauung (from pagan to Christian) affected the role of women and magic.”
Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). [XIII] 214 pages. Tags: norse literature history criticism women middle ages iceland civilization medieval witches witchcraft satanism demonology cultural gender literary european 9780819182562
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William Morris by Himself: Designs and Writings by Edited by Gillian Naylor (£21.00)Publisher: Boston, New York, London: Little, Brown & Company — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0316855073]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this edition. [First: MacDonald & Co, 1988] Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates;

From the cover: “Through his own work and in his own words, the book traces the fascinating progress of William Morris, pre-Raphaelite poet and architectural student into designer, writer and pioneer socialist. His youthful enthusiasm for the Middle Ages and Gothic architecture fired him with the conviction that he must dedicate his life to Art .

Later letters written to friends explain how in the industrialised nineteenth century Morris become preoccupied with the loss of traditional skills and pride in work and during the last ten years of his life he became increasingly involved in political agitation, and his stories, poems and lectures all reflect his commitment to the socialist cause and his ideals for art and society.

Other extracts from his letters and poems reveal more intimate aspects of Morris’s life and personality, reflecting the despair and isolation he felt over the breakdown of his marriage and his reliance on the friends who helped him through his personal crisis. William Morris by Himself is a tribute to an exceptional man, whose work and reputation have survived for more than a century.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 9¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 328 pages. Tags: morris william criticism interpretation 19th century united kingdom decorative arts medievalism england history sources middle ages art medieval influence artists britain british correspondence post-medieval english visual design photographs photography crafts styles monographs
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The Cistercian Abbeys of Britain: Far from the Concourse of Men by Edited by David Robinson, with Contributions By Janet Burton, Nicola Coldstream, Glyn Coppack, Richard Fawcett & David Robinson (£20.50)Publisher: London: B. T. Batsford with English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 071348392X]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which has a small nick to the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps; Plans; Gazetteer;Notes: Size: 10¼" x 8½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: britain monasteries cistercian order architecture abbeys history wales norman gothic cistercians medieval scotland england religious buildings british irish roman catholicism catholic church christian communities monasticism religion christianity europe
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The Art of Paper Crafts by Cheryl Owen (£19.50)Publisher: Ted Smart — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1856130312]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Small stain to top edge of text block near spine, text unaffected.Description: Paper is a wonderfully versatile material from which you can make a wide range of pracdcal and decoradve designs, from pictures and fi-ames to puppets and mobiles, boxes and bags to gift wraps and greedng cards. Packed with full colour throughout, this imaginative book features over 250 excidng designs to create with paper, with step-by-step photographs and detailed instrucdons showing you how to make each one. 168pp. Index. Tags: engine-sizing constituents deckle-edges paper-making philadelphia elizabethan papermaking rittenhouse hot-pressed hodgkinsons baskerville liquidizer germantown adrianople stretching carragheen advantages foudrinier watermarks variations laminating half-stuff tub-sizing stevenage frederick thickness digesting colouring lino-cuts newsprint envelopes recycling additions dickinson materials parchment adhesives hand-made hollander spreaders invention marbling dartford machines industry couching spielman gelatine couchers congreve pergamum
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London's Mansions: The Palatial Houses of the Nobility by David Pearce (£19.00)Publisher: London: B. T. Batsford — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0713446528]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Glossary; Frontispiece;

From the cover: “A mansion is more than just a large house — it is designed for ceremony, self-consciously formal. David Pearce has written a complete history of the palatial town house in London — the first full account since 1908, a date when these houses and the way of life they were built to accommodate were still apparently secure. Although the country houses belonging to the same great families are well documented, the architectural history of London’s mansions remains relatively unknown.

The construction of the great houses is followed westwards across London, from the medieval buildings in the City, through developments along the Strand, and the Savoy Palace (home of John of Gaunt), to seventeenth-century Piccadilly, eighteenth-century Mayfair and nineteenth-century Park Lane. Although a few of these mansions survive, many were demolished earlier this century. The text is enriched by 166 photographs, engravings and plans, many showing vanished houses, sometimes recorded by the camera in their latter days.

In their heyday these opulent interiors (which include some of Robert Adam’s most brilliant work) were home to the effective rulers of a sizeable portion of the globe. David Pearce has supplemented thoroughly documented research by conversations with those who can personally recollect this departed way of life.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: mansions england london history, london domestic history, palaces england, nobility great britain history, history london, architecture london, buildings history, first edition books, books written david pearce, 0713446528
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Royal Heritage: The Story of Britain's Royal Builders and Collectors by J. H. Plumb (£18.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563170824]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with light creasing to the foot of the lower panel. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Public display and public benefaction have seen to it that Royal patronage is rarely an entirely private matter. But even those who have seen the paintings, drawings, and furniture and other works of art shown in exhibitions in the Queen’s Gallery, or visited the Palaces and residences open to the public, may be surprised at the range of the collection.

Royal building — from the Tower of London, through the great medieval chapels, churches, and castles, the Banqueting house at Whitehall and on to the hospitals at Greenwich and Chelsea and the pavilion at Brighton — are a central theme in the history of British architecture. The royal collection itself is of an unparalleled magnificence and variety. This book shows how the collection reflects the taste and interests of successive royal builders and collectors. The illustrations cover paintings and drawings, buildings and furniture, porcelain and glass, jewels and stamps, books and scientific instruments.

This is a portrait of one aspect of monarchy, a celebration of patronage and taste which, like the films it accompanies, will help make Britain’s Royal heritage better known to the public at large.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 8½". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 360 pages. Tags: elizabeth queen great britain art collections kings and rulers royal families 973-1976 private visual arts critical studies history plumb 0563170824 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Finding Out About The Normans by R. E. [Ronald Edward] Latham (£18.00)Publisher: Frederick Muller — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the top corner of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Prize plate to the first blank. Top edge of the text block tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Illustrated by Elizabeth Hammond. Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Exploring the Past series. 144 pages. Tags: achievements and ani attack book british builders canterbury capture casde castle cathedral century character cloisters court disguised domesday empire england firebrands gaiety house isles juvenile keep lands literature manor manuscripts medieval monastery monk montreale most nadonal norman normans oflife orchestra origins outline pilgrim ploughing richard rochester scythe seemly sketch successful the their threshing twelfth understanding whetting with
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The Archaeology of Exmoor by L. V. Grinsell (£18.00)Publisher: David & Charles — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715349538]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs and tables. Bideford Bay To Bridgwater. This is the first detailed archaeological study of the region. It covers the whole of Exmoor, extends into the country around it, and includes the Quantock and the Brendon Hills. The book is arranged in chronological sequence from the Old Stone Age to Medieval times, with chapters on such general topics as later history, communications and folklore. It is well illustrated with drawings and photo- graphs and gives a complete picture of the continuing life in the area through the centuries. Eight two-colour period distribution maps give the National Grid Reference for each site and find spot, and there are appendices on archaeological touring by car and on foot.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 242 pages. Tags: archaeological Stone Age Quantock Brendon Exmoor
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The Grey Shrines of England by Arthur Grant (£18.00)Publisher: W & R Chambers — UndatedBinding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good - in Poor DJ. DJ faded and lightly soiled, edgeworn and creased with several small nicks and slight loss yet still visually acceptable. Bookplate to pastedown. Edges of text block faded. Internally bright and clean. Tight.Description: THE Grey Shrines of England described in this volume of Essays include cathedrals, abbeys, and parish churches. Lincoln, rising grandly out of the Fens, the medieval expression in stone of the supreme power of Faith; Wells symbolising Eternity in the weird sculptures of her glorious West Front; Glastonbury, the martyred shrine of Avalon, still noble amid her ruins; and the humbler parish shrines, hallowed by the ministrations of saintly priests and prelates alike, these are some of the memories that I have herein sought to preserve. 324pp. Index. Size: 8vo Crown (7½" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Tags: cathedrals Fens Wells Glastonbury Avalon abbeys parish churches
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Adelard of Bath: The First English Scientist by Louise Cochrane (£17.00)Publisher: London: British Museum Press — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 071411748X]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a very small nick to the head of the lower panel. Price Clipped. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; List of abbreviations;

From the cover: “Mathematician, philosopher, prolific author, translator and astrologer, Adelard of Bath still found time to tutor the future Henry II, to assist at the Exchequer and to compose lively treatises on subjects ranging from the care of falcons to the uses of the astrolabe. Born in 1080 into a bishop’s extended familia, Adelard took full advantage of the exceptional opportunities such a background had to offer, studying at Tours and Laon and travelling to Syria and Greece. His translations from the Arabic of Euclid’s Elements and his role in the dissemination in the West of astronomic tables, hindu-arabic numerals and the concept of zero, made him a key contributor to the conceptual revolution which initiated modern scientific methods.

In this comprehensive study of Adelard’s work aimed at the general reader, Louise Cochrane discusses his numerous manuscripts and their influence on contemporary thought, as well as presenting new information about his life.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 125 pages. Tags: 071411748x adelard bath scientists england arabists science medieval history britain ancient middle ages 12th century mathematics astronomy 9780714117485
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Archaeology in Bath, 1976-1985 by Peter Davenport (£17.00)Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Committee for Archaeology — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0947816283]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Description: Number 28 in the series. Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps; Tables; Microfiche in folder [2]; Plans;

From the cover: “This monograph describes the excavations carried out in Bath between 1976 and 1985 outside the central area of the Roman baths and the temple precinct. It includes the excavations at Orange Grove, at the east end of the 12th century abbey and the post-medieval development of the area; also a full sequence of buildings and stratigraphy from Roman through Medieval to 17th century in Swallow Street, close to the presumed site of the Bishop’s Palace within the Monastic close; also a Roman building with mosaic floor and overlying burials in Abbey Street. Also includes accounts of several other smaller sites and discoveries in and around Bath, including an inlaid Viking sword. Supplementary technical reports are provided on microfiche.”
Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¼". In the University of Oxford Committee for Archaeology Monograph series. [XI] 166 [2] pages. Tags: university oxford committee archaeology monograph excavations england bath avon cities towns ancient medieval antiquities roman urban settlements somerset history rome britain social science 0947816283
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Contraband Cargoes: Seven Centuries of Smuggling by Neville Williams (£17.00)Publisher: London, New York & Toronto: Longmans, Green & Co. — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine which has a little loss at the ends. Boards faded at the spine ends. Leans slightly. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Signed by the author on the title page with a dedication to the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white plates [10];

From the cover: “Seven hundred years of smuggling in Britain are covered in this unusual book on a little-known facet of history.

From the nefarious dealings in wool in medieval days, through the cloth frauds of Tudor times and the wholesale running of tea and spirits in the eighteenth century to the tobacco smuggling in the nineteenth, the story is enlivened with many anecdotes derived from historic documents, memoirs, and other sources.

The book reveals the corruption that used to pervade the Customs Service when even the highest officials could be bribed to turn a blind eye on the activities of smugglers; it tells too of the time when, in parts of England, the population of whole areas assisted in the concealment of contraband goods, and armed bands escorted convoys of smuggled tea and spirits from the coast to London, terrorising the countryside and fighting pitched battles with preventive officers and troops; and it describes the extraordinarily ingenious ways in which contraband goods have been concealed.

To the detailed account of contraband in Britain are added two exciting chapters in which the author glances at the world problems of smuggling in recent times: the traffic in opium with China, the slave traffic (‘black’ and ‘white’), the running of arms and liquor to primitive peoples (and the fantastic happenings during the period of Prohibition in the U. S. A. ), the trade in obscene publications, and the two best-organized rackets in international smuggling today — drugs and diamonds.

Contraband Cargoes is the fruit of widespread research, and makes an enthralling contribution to British social history.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 301 pages. Tags: illicit trade, customs house, hawkhurst gang, smuggling cutter, revenue men, smuggling great britain history, great britain, first edition books, books written neville williams
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British Towns by Oliver Benn (£16.50)Publisher: London: Bouverie House — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0953277119]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Having explored every aspect of Britain’s capital in his recent Benn’s London, photographer Oliver Benn casts his original eye over some of the most attractive and popular towns of England, Scotland and Wales. As with his previous books, people, activities and the contemporary scene are seen alongside the architecture, interiors and brief history. The 260 stunning colour photographs are complemented by lively essays from local authors in each town.

The towns featured in this book are chosen for their pictorial evocation of urban lifestyle throughout the ages, and are grouped under five thematic headings. The Medieval and Renaissance towns of Cambridge, Oxford and Warwick with their striking panoramas and atmospheric interiors are like a time capsule of an earlier age, but very much alive today as seats of learning and cultural attractions. The Georgian and Regency towns of Edinburgh, Bath and Brighton seem to retain the gracious air of eighteenth century life. The Cathedral Cities of Salisbury, Exeter and Lincoln remind us of the importance of our Christian heritage in the development of our urban centres.

As Peter Richards points out in his Introduction: “In essence, all towns are clusters of streets and houses that depend for their survival on commerce”. Ludlow, Richmond in Yorkshire and Saffron Walden are fine examples of traditional but flourishing Market Towns. Finally, the identity of our island has always been bound up with the sea, with its lure to adventure and economic significance. This aspect is revealed by the historic but still active Ports of Cardiff, Conwy and Dartmouth.

Benn’s photographs explore unfamiliar corners of towns we thought we knew and familiar places from unfamiliar angles: from above, from street-level and from the inside. The British town is shown as: “a magnificent diversity of buildings and townscapes”.”
Notes: Illustrated by Oliver Benn. Size: 10" x 10½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 175 pages. Tags: benn oliver 0953277119 cities towns britain architectural photography british isles depictions england views topography
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Building in England Down to 1540: A Documentary History by L. F. Salzman (£16.50)Publisher: Oxford: Clarendon Press — 1992Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0198171587]Condition: Very Good. Glassine dust wrapper a little worn and marked. Slight inward bow to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains: Black & white plates [22]; List of abbreviations; Appendices [4];Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 637 pages. Tags: building britain history architecture medieval england materials english techniques construction housing buildings architectural structure british industry middle ages 0198171587 9780198171584
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Larousse Gardening and Gardens by Anon. (£16.50)Publisher: Paul Hamlyn — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0600565459]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper and onto the margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly tanned at the very margins.Description: First in this edition. [First: France, 1988, Libraire Larousse] Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Authoritative, comprehensive and beautiful to look at, this unique encyclopaedia is the key to successful gardening. To create a garden which is both flourishing and inviting, you need technical know-how and a touch of inspiration. Larousse Gardening and Gardens provides both. The first chapter, ‘The History of the Garden’, provides an excellent starting point for the inspirational side of gardening — Islamic courtyards, medieval topiary hedges and Japanese bonsai trees all have their place in modern garden design. Chapter 2 discusses different types of garden including rockeries, water gardens and lawns. Pooling the expertise of a team of renowned horticulturalists, Larousse Gardening and Gardens also offers sound technical instruction. In Chapter 3 practical information is clearly expressed and helpfully illustrated with step-by-step drawings. This important chapter ranges in scope from a subject as broad as propagation to the specifics of clematis pruning and is a valuable action pack for the amateur gardener. An extensive A-Z of garden plants complements the previous chapter by providing detailed identification and cultivation information for individual plants. Each plant has a climatic zone rating ensuring successful plant propagation for gardeners throughout the world. Finally, biographical studies of early botanists and plant-hunters recall the very first steps in garden making and provide a fascinating concluding chapter. Complete with maps and tables for quick reference, attractive botanical drawings and spectacular colour photography, Larousse Gardening and Gardens is not only an all-round reference work but also essential reading for gardeners throughout the world.”Notes: Size: 10½" x 7¾". Cream boards with Green titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 624 pages. Tags: abelia acidity activator aculeatus advice aechmea aerating aeration afghan african alkalinity alpines alpinus amaryllis analysis anas anemones annuals antarctica aphelandra aphids apples aquilegias arkley arsenic artichokes aspidistra asters aubergines aubrietia aucuba azaleas bags balloon barbecues bark basil baskets beans beds beech beer beetroot begonias belmoriana bending benlate berberis bhc biennials billitt
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Royal Heritage: The Story of Britain's Royal Builders and Collectors by J. H. Plumb; Huw Wheldon; (£16.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight shelf wear at edges of dust wrapper and also slightly loose.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white.Notes: 360 pages. Tags: michelangelo studiesgreat winterhalter hanoverians collections sandringham collecting kensington buckingham Rembrandts royalgreat collectors studiesart eighteenth buildings treasures elizabeth furniture patronage families heritage building critical medieval victoria vermeers leonardo balmoral monarchy painting britain private raphael studies history holbein windsor palaces england british century stuarts hampton rulers master palace tudors french castle visual albert george rubens queen great kings isles vinci royal court house owned arts the art and
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Battle Castles: 500 Years of Knights and Siege Warfare by Dan Snow (£16.00)Publisher: HarperPress — 2012Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780007455584]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small, closed, nick to the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “Europe, a thousand years ago — the 1 Vikings are on the move; Christendom is militarised and looking eastwards. Amidst this simmering disquiet, a new weapon of war arises, one that will dominate the landscape and politics for hundreds of years to come: the castle.

In this action-packed and fully illustrated account, Dan Snow shows how medieval castles were not just the military ‘bones of a kingdom’, but also the heart and soul of political and cultural life. Battle Castles explores six of the world’s most important castles: Dover Castle, ‘the Key to England’, for centuries the first line of defence against the French; Edward I’s Conwy, his most formidable Welsh fortress; Chateau Gaillard, Richard I’s stronghold in Normandy; Gibralfaro, the last vanguard of Moorish rule in southern Spain; Malbork, headquarters of the Teutonic Knights in Poland; and, in Syria, Krak des Chevaliers, a feat of Crusader engineering. These castles were forged to withstand the fiercest of onslaughts and each bore witness to a pivotal field of conflict.

Battle Castles brings to life the epic sieges that these mighty fortifications endured, plunging the reader deep into the world of the Middle Ages. It explores how and why these castles were built, how daily life felt within them, how they were attacked, defended — and finally sacked. Join Dan Snow on the ramparts and in the tunnels, and experience the battle scenes that transformed empires into dust, and mortals into legends.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Light Blue titling to the Spine. 336 pages. Tags: snow 9780007455584 fortification history greatest fortresses battles chevaliers siege warfare medieval fortifications crusader teutonic knights dover castle battle normandy gaillard castles conquest reconquest spain gibralfaro
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Candace Bahouth's Medieval Needlepoint by Candace Bahouth (£16.00)Publisher: London: Conran Octopus — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1850295344]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “The beauty, richness and intricacy of medieval art has long been recognized and imitated in needlework by a variety of designers, from William Morris onwards. Candace Bahouth, one of today’s most influential and exciting needlepoint and textile artists, brings her talents to bear on recreating the magic of the medieval period, with a feast of examples from her own needlepoint repertoire, and over 20 new practical projects.

The Lady and the Unicorn, The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, and medieval books of hours and illuminated manuscripts are just some of the influences and inspirations behind Candace’s work. Mythical beasts, filigree patterns, jewel-coloured flowers, verdigris forests and rustic hunting scenes leap out from the designs and are captured for posterity in the rich colours of tapestry wools. Each of the designs is worked in tent stitch, and there are a variety of simple and more elaborate projects to suit every level, including cushions, tapestry-style waistcoats and small motifs. The projects are all illustrated with the finished picture of the made-up design, and a full-colour chart allows the reader to copy the colours and the pattern precisely.

Easy-to-follow stitch instructions, helpful tips and making-up techniques are given at the back of the book, whilst a comprehensive yarn conversion chart ensures projects can be made in Appleton, Paterna, DMC or Anchor yarns.

Illustrated with Clay Perry’s atmospheric photographs, which show how well these designs transcend the centuries and complement today’s home, Candace Bahouth’s Medieval Needlepoint provides a truly imaginative collection of needlepoint projects for all levels.”
Notes: Illustrated by Clay Perry. Foreword or introduction by Lindsay Clarke. Size: 10½" x 9¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Tags: embroidery designs canvas patterns projects cushions chair covers tapestry-style waistcoats decoration ornament medieval art crafts hobbies needlework
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The Arthur Negus Guide to British Silver by Brand Inglis (£15.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0600331997]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges. Price Clipped. Top edges slightly dusty. A nice copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. Tells the history of British silversmiths from medieval times.Notes: Jacket designed by Michael Plome. Foreword or introduction by Arthur Negus. 160 pages. Tags: mazcpa-koledinsky silver-mounted churchwarden's flying-scroll breaking-wave out-of-period candlesnuffer candleshears candlesticks acid-etching silversmiths restorations box-cum-vins chinoiserie half-sphere vinaigrette thimblecase salt-cellar elizabethan chippendale breadalbane accessories lionsejant hanoverian bell-shape enrichment birmingham chesterman needlework silverwork decoration collection gadrooning de-chasing references goldsmiths thumbpiece collecting collectors silverware hall-marks brentford chocolate tigerware companies cruciform victorian guilloche sweetmeat engraving montaigne
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For Honour and Fame: Chivalry in England, 1066-1500 by Nigel Saul (£15.00)Publisher: London: The Bodley Head — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781847920522]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates;

From the cover: “The world of medieval chivalry is at once glamorous and violent, alluring yet alien. Our popular views of the period are largely inherited from the nineteenth-century romantics, for whom chivalry evoked images of knights in shining armour, competing for the attention of fair ladies — with pennons and streamers fluttering from castle battlements.

But what is the reality? Were the rituals and romance of chivalry designed to provide an escape from the brutal facts of almost continuous warfare? Or did they instead help regulate the conduct of war and moderate its violent excesses?

Nigel Saul charts the introduction of chivalry by the Normans, the rise of the knightly class as a social elite, the fusion of chivalry with kingship in the fourteenth century and the influence of chivalry on literature, religion and architecture. He shows us a world of kings and barons, castles and cathedrals — a world shaped by Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades, by Magna Carta and the rule of law, by battles like Bannockburn and Crecy, by the Black Death and by tournaments, round tables and the cult of Arthurianism.

Structured around the related themes of war, politics and knighthood, For Honour and Fame tells the story of England from the Norman Conquest to the aftermath of Henry VII’s triumph at Bosworth in the Wars of the Roses. Wide-ranging, vivid and authoritative, this is the first book to treat chivalry as part of the wider history of medieval England.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XIV] 416 pages. Tags: chivalry england history social sciences society knights knighthood nobility heraldry medieval britain period cultural british yorkist couched lance battle shrewsbury warhorse chaucer knight military class malory
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Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements in Historic Houses by Christina Hardyment (£14.50)Publisher: National Trust — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0707802822]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: First in this edition. [First: Penguin, 1992] Jacket illustration: Detail of the nineteenth-century bell-pull system in the Servants’ Passage at Erddig, Clwyd. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Plans;

From the cover: “No man need ever have an ill-provisioned house if there be but attached to it a dovecot, a warren and a fishpond, wrote Olivier de Serres in 1603.

In today’s world, with the supermarket down the street and a host of modern domestic appliances in the kitchen, it has never been easier to feed, bathe, and pamper ourselves — and never harder to imagine how our ancestors managed to run a household in the days before gas, electricity, central heating, and running water. How did they cook meals, bake bread, and launder clothes? And how did they keep their houses clean?

To answer these and other questions, Christina Hardyment conducted a fascinating quest into the history of housekeeping through the well-preserved properties of Britain’s National Trust, among them Petworth, Uppark, Shugborough, and Lanhydrock. To reconstruct the ingenious methods used by earlier generations to make a house a home and to keep themselves warm and well-fed, she squirmed through drains, poked around sculleries and cellars, and clambered into icehouses and up chimneys. The result of her explorations is an informative, amusing text that recounts not only the history of the kitchen, the bathroom, and the laundry, but also investigates bakehouses and breweries, dairies and dovecotes, the lamp room and the larder.

Accompanying Hardyment’s descriptions of what she found in great mansions, humble cottages, medieval castles and Victorian town-houses are archival documents and accounts and a wealth of color photographs, many taken especially for this book. Together, text and illustrations reveal the domestic world of days gone by in extraordinarily intimate, often touching, and even surprising detail.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 9". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: house furnishings britain history architecture domestic home dwellings material culture housekeeping domesticity historic houses equipment social life customs conditions country homes interiors household management servants
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Handbook to the University of Oxford by Anon. (£14.50)Publisher: Clarendon Press — 1947Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. Maps to the endpapers.Notes: Foreword or introduction by F. Homes Dudden. Size: 7½" x 5". 432 pages. Tags: added age almanack and archaeology arts bachelor benedictine bodleian buildings camera cathedral certificates chapel chapter christ church colleges constitution course degrees diplomas divinity early education eights examination from halifax hall handbooks history house humane humanities inner jacobite john’s libraries life magdalen manuals master medical medieval merton new oriel oxford preservation prizes quadrangle radcliffe research rhodes scholarships schools screens sheldonian short society stuart studies superior system the theatre trust tudor tutorial university wadham week women’s
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How Was It Done? by David Gould (£14.50)Publisher: Readers Digest — 1999Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0276421922]Condition: Very Good. Pages lightly age-tanned toward the margins.Description: From the cover: “The progress of civilisation, from the dawn of time to the present, is shown through epic stories of single-minded determination, ingenuity and toil. The achievements of ordinary people are charted alongside the discoveries of geniuses to create a vivid reference book for anyone who ever asked How Was It Done?”Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". Pictorial boards. 446 pages. Tags: polynesians vikings maia gama royal mail livingstone franklin’s search mummifying pharaohs celtic warrior burial medieval europe victorian etiquette pyramids stonehenge parthenon angkor wat great zimbabwe chartres cathedral inca taj mahal underwater tunnel panama canal sydney harbour brewing mesopotamla cattle drives escoffier shamans medicine men galen renaissance anatomists medical professionals battlefieid surgery roman senate domesday book bastille rasputin archimedean screw ptolemy alchemy copernican newton lavoisier babbage hanseatic league iron age smithy slave traders clipperships greek sparta hannibal mongolian aztec pizarro napoleon boer commandos alexandria gutenberg marconi roman mosaic stradivari beethoven statue liberty
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