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A Handbook for Writers of English: Punctuation, Common Practice and Usage by John G. Taylor (£28.00)Publisher: How To — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1857037324]Condition: Good. Ex-military library with minimal marks, stamp to the reverse of the upper cover, small remnant strip from the lending plate and a small inscription to the reverse of the title page. Text complete, clean and tight but with just a hint of age-toning to the very margins. Remains in the protective, and removeable, library cover. A pleasant copy of a not-so-common book.Description: Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [XIV] 242 pages. Tags: arts disciplines editing english general grammar guides handbooks language punctuation reference rhetoric skills vocabulary writing written
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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Writer's Guide by Graham King (£24.00)Publisher: Times Books — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007101546]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy.Description: From the flap: “The Times Writer's Guide is the essential single-volume guide for all who aspire to improve their writing skills. Whether you want to write a novel, draft a report for the School Board, create a compelling CV, write a letter of protest to the Council that will be taken seriously, or enter the brave new world of emoticons and e-mail, this book is for you and indeed for all the family. Divided into eight easy-to-use sections, all the advice you need from grammar and punctuation to building your vocabulary.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Philip Howard. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 832 pages. Tags: one-topic-per-page generalisations administrative encyclopaedias administration specifications brainstorming supplementary illustrations instructions hierarchical shortlisting line-parsing need-to-know completeness expressions interesting signposting non-fiction punctuation definitions informative information efficiency techniques gazetteers glossaries persuasive indefinite journalism dictionary discussion sequential semi-colon readership appendices children's paragraphs typography surprising sentences numbering objective landscape principle structure libraries recursion databases professor summaries
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22

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Ideology and Linguistic Theory: Noam Chomsky and the Deep Structure Debates by Geoffrey J. Huck & John A. Goldsmith (£11.50)Publisher: London & New York: Routledge — 1997Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0415153131]Condition: Very Good. Description: A Later Printing. Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". In the Routledge History of Linguistic Thought series. [X] 186 pages. Tags: routledge history linguistic thought chomsky generative semanticists deep structure grammar semantics linguistics 20th century language philosophy syntax meaning disciplines punctuation languages
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 Principles and Practice of Commercial Correspondence by James Stephenson (£11.50)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1930Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding, some slight fraying to the same. Boards slightly bowed. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. School stamp to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Fold out pages amongst other tables and illustrations.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 308 pages. Tags: form and arrangement letter letters recommendation credit status inquiries circulars telegraphic communications offers quotations confirmation execution refusal order goods delivered reminders concerning payment brokers commission agents commercial traveller correspondence with local market exchange reports banking financial transactions bills dealings stocks shares transport insurance forwarding carrier marine the state trader postal authorities patent office revenue composition english indexing precis writing essay chief punctuation marks bill lading shipping lloyd’s policy railway consignment note
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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Cobwebs to Catch Flies: Illustrated Books For the Nursery and Schoolroom, 1700-1900 by Joyce Irene Whalley (£10.50)Publisher: London: Elek Books — 1974Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0236154648]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slight fraying to the top edge. Price Clipped. Top edge of the text block tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates;

From the cover: “Before education was universally available, it was thought proper for young children to be taught at home, in the nursery or schoolroom. From the early years of the 18th century, more and more picture books for this purpose were published on both sides of the Atlantic, often crossing the ocean to appear with little or no revision in an English or American edition. They were designed to teach a child, outside the school classroom, not only reading, writing and arithmetic but the correct interpretation of the scriptures, of history, the natural world and life in other lands.

Most texts were written with a high moral and didactic purpose, but to us the books, adorned with charming illustrations to match the verses and instructions underneath, provide a fascinating glimpse of the changing fashions and attitudes of society and the part children were expected to play in it. The pictures ranged from simple anonymous wood cuts and engravings, often hand-coloured, to signed work by such outstanding book illustrators as Thomas Bewick, George Cruikshank and, later, Walter Crane and Kate Greenaway. Over 150 of these illustrations are reproduced, . Often with extracts from the books themselves, in this showcase of educational children’s literature, here arranged according to subject — the alphabet, grammar, geography and so on. Many of the titles alone make enchanting reading: Marmaduke Multiples Merry Method of Making Minor Mathematicians; Punctuation Personified by Mr Stops; and the original Cobwebs to Catch Flies by Lady Fenn. Others, like Alice in Wonderland and Struwwelpeter, take their place as internationally recognized classics. An extensive bibliography and indexes of publishers and titles complete this revealing study, which is a treasure trove for the social and educational historian and a delightful recreation of a past world of childhood.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 163 pages. Tags: whalley 0236154648 children literature illustrations themes motives books reading history 18th century illustrated illustration 19th critical book
P&P: UK 1st £5.25. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £7.76. EU Air £7.85. ROW Surface £7.76. ROW Air £14.22
An English Handbook by W.G. Bebbington (£9.50)Publisher: Schofield & Sims — 1962Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Heavily faded at the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Notes: Size: 7½" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [X] 428 pages. Tags: and composition comprehension craft direct english essay figures grammar handbooks idiom indirect language letter-writing manuals paragraph paraphrase parts poetry punctuation short speech jargon story syntax the verse
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
Creative Writing in English I by Gordon Taylor (£9.50)Publisher: Ginn & Company — 1964Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Boards and spine somewhat dulled and soiled. Top edges of text block tanned. Text bright and tight.Description: Reprint [1960].Notes: Illustrated by John Ward. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Cream boards with Grey titling to the Spine. 231 pages. Tags: one-topic-per-page generalisations specifications encyclopaedias administrative administration illustrations brainstorming interjections supplementary intransitive instructions hierarchical shortlisting line-parsing need-to-know completeness prepositions participles composition signposting interesting non-fiction punctuation definitions informative information expressions indefinite surprising adjectives typography paragraphs children's transitive appendices readership semi-colon dictionary journalism persuasive glossaries gazetteers techniques efficiency sequential discussion adjectival numbering objective landscape
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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The Complete Plain Words by Sir Ernest Gowers (£5.50)Publisher: Penguin — 1977Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0140205543]Condition: Very Good. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “Ernest Gowers wrote The Complete Plain Words as a result of an invitation from the Treasury, which was concerned about the prevailing standards of official English. Apart from two chapters on grammar and punctuation, this excellent guide is wholly concerned with ‘the choice and arrangement of words in such a way as to get an idea as exactly as possible out of one mind into another’. It is not only for civil servants that clarity of expression is important. It is equally vital in dictating a business letter, preparing a minute, writing an advertisement, or reporting a crime. Without a trace of pomposity or pudder, The Complete Plain Words gently administers the medicine we all require. Reconstructed from the material in two earlier booklets, this reference work can rank with such authoritative books as The King’s English and A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 332 pages. Tags: abstract aim all-important apostrophe authoritative avoiding capitals causes certainty choice choosing clarity cliches colon commas comments confused converse convey correctness dash decay diction digression discipline draft drafter duty efforts elegance examples expression failure familiar fourth fowler's fundamental grammar handling headline hyphen idiom importance incorrect introductory inverted jargon legal lure marks mean? meanings metaphors minimum nature official others overworked padding paragraphs parentheses parts phrases points precepts precise preserve punctuation pure question quiller-couch's remedies resistance safeguards semi-colon sentences showy speech spelling stops superfluous syntax texts troubles types using vain verbosity words writing
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
The Complete Plain Words by Sir Ernest Gowers (£5.50)Publisher: Penguin — 1978Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0140205543]Condition: Good. Pages gently age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “Ernest Gowers wrote The Complete Plain Words as a result of an invitation from the Treasury, which was concerned about the prevailing standards of official English. Apart from two chapters on grammar and punctuation, this excellent guide is wholly concerned with ‘the choice and arrangement of words in such a way as to get an idea as exactly as possible out of one mind into another’. It is not only for civil servants that clarity of expression is important. It is equally vital in dictating a business letter, preparing a minute, writing an advertisement, or reporting a crime. Without a trace of pomposity or pudder, The Complete Plain Words gently administers the medicine we all require. Reconstructed from the material in two earlier booklets, this reference work can rank with such authoritative books as The King’s English and A Dictionary of Modern English Usage.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 272 pages. Tags: quiller-couch's authoritative all-important introductory parentheses superfluous correctness fundamental punctuation resistance discipline expression importance apostrophe safeguards semi-colon especially digression overworked paragraphs certainty incorrect metaphors verbosity sentences important avoiding meanings fowler's question handling precepts familiar troubles headline abstract comments language yourself choosing elements spelling examples converse inverted preserve confused capitals elegance remedies official
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
Communication by Nicki Stanton (£4.00)Publisher: MacMillan — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0333519647]Condition: Good. An adequate reading copy only. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). In the MacMillan Professional Masters series. 413 pages. Tags: metacommunication decision-making non-statistical non-continuous communication effectiveness communicating fact-finding commmication interviewing subject-verb prepositions conjunctions paralanguage information interviewed effectively punctuation oonnrcation presenting increasing essentials vocabulary non-verbal weaknesses objectives continuous interviews television signposts interview agreement dictating gathering affecting numbering listening projector telephone postcards sentences improving kinesics scanning skimming overhead language speaking division line-end problems
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

 
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