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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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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
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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
P&P: UK 1st £8.25. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £12.96. EU Air £12.85. ROW Surface £12.96. ROW Air £24.22
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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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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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
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72
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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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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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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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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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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Pottery by J. H. Eppens-Van Veen (£14.50)Publisher: Merlin Press — 1964Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, slight loss at head of the spine, corners of the upper panel and a little faded.Description: This book gives a concise introduction to the history of the art, from the earliest use of clay, through the development of glazes, of porcelain and majolica, to the work of contemporary potters. The chemical processes involved in the firing of days and glazes are explained. Photos in colour as well as black-and-white illustrate a wide range of pottery, ancient, medieval and range of pottery, ancient, and modern.Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¼". 79 pages. Tags: antimoniate applying basic bats biscuit bowls china chuck clay cobalt coiling cooking copper cups decorating decoration developing earthenware equipment execute firing fritt glaze glazing grammar handles ideas jugs kilns knobs lids making manganese oxide plates porcelain pots premises preparation profession purpose resist saucers sgraffito slip spouts stack stoneware technique throwing thrown tin turned turning uses vases ware wax wedging
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The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints Volume II by Jacobus De Voragine (£14.50)Publisher: Princeton: Princeton University Press — 1995Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0691001545]Condition: Very Good. Description: Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [X] 400 pages. Tags: voragine legenda aurea essays journals letters prose church christian theology religion christianity history catholic saints translations english religious sainthood medieval 0691001545
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The Holyday Book by Francis Xavier Weiser (£14.50)Publisher: Staples — UndatedBinding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: B0000CJN36]Condition: Good+ - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, nicked and chipped at the edges and faded at the spine. Bruised at head of spine, several small dings to the top edges of the boards. Pages gently age-tanned.Description: Why do we wear our best clothes on Sunday? What was the Holy Ghost Hole in medieval churches? How did a Belgian nun originate the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament? Where did the Halloween mask and the jack-o'-lantern come from? This book is a lively yet reverent chronicle of the origin of many great religious customs.Notes: Illustrated by Robert Frankenberg. Size: 8" x 5¼". 213 pages. Tags: Francis Xavier Weiser religion church religious catholic protestant prayer jesus jehova
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The National Wealth: Who Gets What in Britain by Dominic Hobson (£14.50)Publisher: HarperCollins — 1999Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0002559137]Condition: Very Good. Edges of the text block lightly soiled and tanned otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “This is the most comprehensive, lucid and authoritative account of the state of the nation since Anthony Sampson’s classic Anatomy of Britain. Starting with a simple question — ‘who owns Britain?’ — Dominic Hobson has created a colossal tour de force: a book which not only ranges across every aspect of wealth and income in Britain today, but also explores the relationship between money, power and status from the Norman Conquest to New Labour. Huge in scope, masterly in presentation, The National Wealth reveals the social, economic and financial (rather than the political or bureaucratic) workings of Britain. It tells us who has the money, and how they get it; and, ultimately, who owns Britain today. The author describes the draining away of money and power from the great estates of the realm such as the Crown, the Aristocracy, the Church and Oxbridge; the aggrandisement of the State in the post-war socialist era, followed by the greatest transfer of ownership in Britain since the Dissolution of the Monasteries — the privatisation of the nationalised industries; the origins of the greatest personal fortunes and the psychology of the truly rich; the rise of the industrial Fat Cats and the new professional elites of the City and the Law. The book concludes with a probing analysis of the relationship between the PLC (the dominant form of social organisation in Britain today) and the great institutional investors who have become the most influential repositories of the national wealth. Throughout, the narrative concentrates on people as well as organisations: on people as voters, taxpayers, patients, students and parents as well as people at play and at work — MPs, civil servants, judges, dons, clergymen, farmers, lawyers, bankers, accountants, architects, doctors and dentists, teachers, army officers, managers, journalists, shopkeepers, publicans, sportsmen, charity-workers and pensioners. The National Wealth is a magnificent summation of Britain at the turn of the century, a panoramic and trenchantly expressed overview of the division of the spoils, and a searching examination of the gap between rhetoric and reality in public and private affairs.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 1350 pages. Tags: accountants analyses aristocracy assets bankers boardroom bodies book's breakdown britain brokers cats central charity companies consequences contents controllers corporate corporations dentists earlier economics economy estate examines fat finance forms funds groups heritage includes institutions insurance investment judges kingdom lawyers local medieval monarchy monetary municipal owners ownership parks pension plus policy post-war privatizations professionals public quick real richest schools scrutinises sporting teachers today's united universities valuations vaults wealth
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The Oak King, the Holly King and The Unicorn: The Myths and Symbolism of the Unicorn Tapestries by John Williamson (£14.50)Publisher: Cambridge, Philadelphia, San Francisco, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Singapore & Sydney: Harper & Row — 1986Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0060960329]Condition: Very Good. Description: Number 6032 in the series. Contains: Colour plates [7]; Black & white plates; Black & white drawings;Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). In the Perennial Library series. [XII] 260 pages. Tags: williamson perennial library hunt unicorn tapestries tapestry gothic france cloisters museum metropolitan art york n.y unicorns mythology christian symbolism medieval 500-1500 motives french history 0060960329 9780060960322 746.3944
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The World's Great Guns by Frederick Wilkinson (£14.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 060039364X]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ with a ½" closed tear to the head of the spine. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Text bright and tight.Description: The author traces the story of firearms from the first crude weapons of the medieval battlefield down to the formidable armoury of the twentieth-century soldier. 3rd Edition. Illustrated with colour photographs.Notes: Size: 12" x 8¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: musket wheel-lock brown bess long rifles duelling pistols samuel golt winchester enfield rifle automatic pistols maxim machine-gun history firearms warfare luger walther p.38 jungle carbine martini-henry rifle lee-enfield carbine smle snider conversion halls carbine william cody model 1894 winchester rifle schutzen .22 sharps carbine maynard tape primer lock spencer breech-loading rifle posit magazine tubes triplett and scott george morse frederick prince colt army model 1860 manhattan pistol company deane adams revolvers adams self-cocking revolver barrels shotguns army sniper dreyse needle guns rifled barrels parker-hale birmingham small arms factory india pattern musket blunderbuss christoph dressler matchlock
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Arthur's Britain: The Land and the Legend by Derek Brewer (£14.00)Publisher: The Pevensey Press — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0907115268]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “In British folktale, legend and literature, King Arthur, the saviour hero of the land, lives on. He takes his origin from a possible heroic warrior of the Celtic races who was the dominant leader of the resistance movement against the invading English. But in the Middle Ages the English themselves came to adopt him as their representative king, and the stories of his exploits, of his knights — Lancelot, Gawain, Kay and the rest — and of his beautiful Queen Guinevere and her fatal love affair with Lancelot all took their settings from Britain.

Nowhere are these stories more vividly perpetuated than on the face of the British landscape. From Loch Lomond to St Michael’s Mount, from Wookey Hole to the Brecon Beacons, striking natural features throughout England, Scotland and Wales have tales of Arthur and his knights attached to them; and so do man-made monuments, from prehistoric stone circles and burial chambers to medieval fortified castles and inaccessible hermits’ cells.

In all their variety of shape and mood the major Arthurian sites of Britain are illustrated here, in colour throughout, by Ernest Frankl (well known as the photographer of the Pevensey Press souvenir guidebooks), who evokes their quintessential character. In his commentary, the distinguished medieval scholar Derek Brewer first traces the growth of Arthurian stories in literature, and then takes a refreshingly direct look at the tales surrounding each site — without minimising the power of the legends, and of the locations that have fostered them, to stir the imagination.

Usefully divided into four main regions to serve as a guide for planning holidays and as a gazetteer whilst travelling, this handsome book will be welcomed as a unique compilation by all lovers of Britain’s heritage.”
Notes: Illustrated by Ernest Frankl (Photos.). Size: 11" x 8½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: arthur king homes and haunts great britain studies celtic antiquities celts arthurian legend romances history criticism guid description travel 1066 topography pictorial works derek brewer ernest frankl photos 0907115268 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Illuminated Manuscripts by Janice Anderson (£14.00)Publisher: Todtri — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1577171551]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the dust wrapper a little rubbed otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Illuminated manuscripts are usually strikingly beautiful, numbering amongst the most glorious works of art created during the Middle Ages. The finest were intended as religious texts and were lovingly and reverently produced by scholar monks and nuns in monasteries and convents all over Europe.

These manuscripts — or codices as they are more correctly called — were all written by hand. It was a slow, painstaking business which began with the preparation of the papyrus or animal skin, followed by the inscription of the text, the decoration or embellishment and, finally, the gathering and binding together of the material into book form.

No-one really knows when the art of illuminating manuscripts began. But, as with so many other innovations, the ancient Egyptians were of influence and left many beautiful and skilfully crafted drawings and scrolls, including The Book of the Dead, customarily interred with a person who had died. The Romans too were believed to have produced their own manuscripts, as early as the fifth century AD.

But the true flowering of the illuminated manuscript as an art form did not really begin until the start of the Middle Ages. Most of the work, however, was not new writing. Rather it was the copying of Biblical texts. In fact there was so much religion involved that it has been said that without the codex to spread the word, Christianity would probably never have become more than a minor Middle Eastern sect.”
Notes: Size: 12½" x 9". Pictorial boards. 128 pages. Tags: illumination books and manuscripts history art instruction medieval design book techniques calligraphy antiques collectables manusc janice anderson 1577171551 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Roman Britain and Early England 55 B.C.-A.D. 871 by Peter Hunter Blair (£14.00)Publisher: Thomas Nelson & Sons — 1963Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Newspaper clipping folded and pasted in against the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “Roman Britain was part of a vast, powerful empire; Anglo-Saxon England was politically its own master. The difference is reflected in the written sources. For Roman Britain they are small in bulk, recording matters that primarily concerned not Britain but the empire — its rulers, its military governors and its soldiers. For Anglo-Saxon England, no longer subject to any outside governmental control, they are larger in quantity and more richly varied. Because of this difference in quantity as well as quality, Mr Hunter Blair has turned to other sources of evidence and shown that a rounded narrative of both the Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon periods is possible.

Excavation and aerial photography have won a great deal of new evidence during the last thirty years, and it is chiefly within an archaeological context that the earlier part of this volume rests. Despite the paucity of eye-witness account, the author has presented a comprehensive, fascinating study not only of the military vicissitudes of the Roman occupation but also of provincial government, town and country life, communications and religious beliefs. The picture is reconstructed very largely from inscriptions — a centurion’s tombstone, altars dedicated to Neptune and Ocean by members of a legion anxious to placate the deities of river floods and tides… these are the contemporary, authoritative evidence upon which this absorbing narrative is based.

The later chapters emphasise the interdependence of archaeological and literary evidence in a survey of tie nature of Anglo-Saxon society. The splendid treasure unearthed at Sutton Hoo in 1939 illuminates that great monument of the Anglo-Saxon age, the poem Beowulf, as does the recently excavated site of a royal palace at Old Yeavering. Place-names, too, tell us something about old pagan practices and throw light upon innumerable aspects of life in Anglo-Saxon England.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 292 pages. Tags: great britain history 1066 romans civilization medieval ancient britons anglo-saxons roman period early english anglo-saxon england 449-1066 peter hunter blair first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Development of the Theatre: A Study of the Theatrical Art from the Beginnings to the Present Day by Allardyce Nicoll (£14.00)Publisher: George G. Harrap & Co. — 1948Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Boards and spine faded. Hinge weak at the first blank. Description: 3rd (revised) edition. [First Published: 1927] Notes: Size: 10½" x 8". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 318 pages. Tags: 024558613x actor and catalog century chinese comedy comic commedia criticism deluarte drama dress eighteenth elizabethan england english epidauros fhe from growth history italy medieval modern ofcomedy oftragedy old origins phlyax plan renasgence stage statuette the theater theatre theatres
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