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Category: Antiques & Collecting
Tobacco and the Collector by Amoret & Christopher Scott
London: Max Parrish, 1966
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Brown boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by: Cecile Curtis
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings;
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Category: Fiction Author: G
The Comedians by Graham Greene
London: The Bodley Head, 1966
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green boards with Gilt titling to Spine
From the cover: Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt Papa Doc and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American and Jones the confidence man these are the comedians of Graham Greenes title. Hiding behind their actors masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself
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Category: Childrens
Switzerland by John Finnemore
London: Adam & Charles Black, 1908
Hardback. Blue (with laid on colour plate) boards with Black & Gilt titling to Spine & Upper Board
Illustrated by: A. D. McCormick & J. Hardwicke Lewis
Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates [11]; Colour frontispiece [Tissue-guarded];
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Category: Architecture
The Other Taj Mahal.:What Happened to the Sydney Opera House by John Yeomans
London: Longmans, 1973
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Blue boards with Gilt titling to Spine
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Category: Fiction Author: S
The Quest by Wilbur Smith
London: Macmillan, 2007
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: The Quest continues the story of the Warlock, Taita, wise in the lore of the ancient Gods and a master of magic and the supernatural. Egypt is struck by a series of terrible plagues that cripple the Kingdom, and then the ultimate disaster follows. The Nile fails. The waters that nourish and sustain the land dry up. Something catastrophic is taking place in the distant and totally unexplored depths of Africa from where the mighty river springs.

In desperation Pharaoh sends for Taita, the only man who might be able to win through to the source of the Nile and discover the cause of all their woes. None of them can have any idea of what a terrible enemy lies in ambush for The Warlock in those mysterious lands at the end of their world.
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Category: Music
Sounds Magnificent: The Story of the Symphony by Herbert Chappell
London: British Broadcasting Corporation, 1984
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Diagrams; Laid in is a letter from the author, signed, Richard Lyttelton of EMI regarding a meeting to discuss EMI involvement in the classical music recording business. Richard Lyttelton made his career in EMI, which he joined as a management trainee in 1968. After five years in his own businesses, he rejoined EMI full time in 1974 and retired as President of EMI Classics and Jazz in 2006.
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Category: Music
The Spiritual Lives of Great Composers by Patrick Kavanaugh
Nashville: Sparrow Press, 1992
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine & Upper Board
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Category: Music
Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business by Fredric Dannen
New York: Times Books, 1990
Hardback with Dust Jacket over boards with titling to
4th impression. Illustrated by way of: Portraits;
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Category: Biography
Maxwell: The Final Verdict by Tom Bower
London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1995
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Charts;

From the cover: Robert Maxwell was one of the most flamboyant, complex and seemingly the richest self-made men in post-war Britain. The tentacles of his power stretched from newspapers to football, from the boardrooms of his many companies into the hearts of governments across the world.

The last year of Maxwells life was a hectic struggle for pleasure, power and survival. Within that period all his strengths and weaknesses were exemplified and exaggerated: outwardly his worldwide empire was at the height of its glory, but the walls of secrecy which concealed his gigantic frauds were about to crash down upon him.

Maxwell: The Final Verdict is a story of greed and corruption on a truly mammoth scale. Revealing, for the first time, Maxwells countdown towards disaster, it draws on a unique resource of inside knowledge such as could only have been assembled by the leading investigative journalist of his generation.

In this new examination, Bower uncovers startling information about the business and social life of a man who indulged in exceptional hedonism, who controlled one of the worlds largest corporations and who sought to influence world affairs. Answering all the questions surrounding Maxwells death, including intimate accounts of his personality and lifestyle from his closest associates from world politicians to girlfriends and with full details of the trial of Kevin and Ian Maxwell, Maxwell: The Final Verdict is the most explosive expose of the year.
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Category: Travel Scotland
Highlands, Highways and Heroes: Or Wanderings in the Westlands by D. C. [David Cunningham] Cuthbertson
Edinburgh: Robert Grant & Son, 1931
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green boards with Gilt titling to Spine & Upper Board
Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Photographs [31]; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
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Category: Local History
A Portfolio of Old Poole by John Hillier
Poole: Poole Historical Trust, 1987
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Purple boards with Gilt titling to Spine
2nd printing. [First Published: 1983] Illustrated by way of: Vignette to the title page; Black & White Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Plans;
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Category: Horology
Beaminster Clocks and Their Makers by David R. Beney
Beaminster: Good Hope Antiques, 1996
Paperback
Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Black & White Photographs;
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Category: Childrens
The Borrowers Aloft by Mary Norton
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1961
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Turquoise boards with Red titling to Spine
Illustrated by: Diana Stanley
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Category: Social History
Violet Jacob: Diaries and Letters from India 1895-1900 by Carol Anderson
Edinburgh: Canongate, 1990
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Glossary; Colour Plates [8]; Maps [1];
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Category: Social History
The English Year: A Month-by-month Guide to the Nation’s Customs and Festivals, from May Day to Mischief Night by Steve Roud
London: Penguin Books, 2006
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Ribbon Markers [1]; Colour Photographs; Maps; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: Throughout the centuries life in England has been marked by annual festivals and rituals, whether to welcome the arrival of Spring after a cold, dark winter or to bring the harvest home, to commemorate special people or events or to continue a long-standing local tradition.

This enthralling, beautifully illustrated book will guide you, month by month, day by day, through all the festivities of English life from national celebrations such as New Years Eve, to more regional customs such as duck-racing in Oxfordshire or the building of the Whitby Penny Hedge explaining how they originated, what they mean and when they occur. It explores everything, from why we send cards on Valentines Day or make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, to more curious and outlandish practices such as cheese-rolling in Gloucestershire, the Padstow hobby horse procession, one villages annual Plague Sunday, Easter Monday bottle kicking in Hallaton and strange Bonfire Night parades in Lewes, plus more recent events such as Chinese New Year and the Netting Hill Carnival.

Youll discover the origins of wassailing at Christmas, when dog days are and why they are dangerous, how dancing round a maypole is not a pagan ritual, and why wife-selling at fairs and markets was not unusual in the past, as well as exploring activities such as goose-riding, the Mad Maldon Mud Race and the burning of Bartle.

A fascinating guide to the richness of our heritage and the singular, often eccentric nature of life in England, The English Year offers a unique chronological view of our ever-evolving

social customs and attitudes.
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Category: History
Histories of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged by Edited by Peter Furtado
London: Thames & Hudson, 2012
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Blind-stamped Green boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Jacket illustration: Gerard van Schagen, World Map, 1689, copper engraving.

From the cover: Global histories tend to be written from the narrow viewpoint of a single author and a single perspective, with the inevitable bias that that entails. But how do writers and citizens in the different countries of the world view their own past? What key events and influences shaped those perspectives? And how accurate are the views of foreign commentators? Histories of Nations is the first book to tell national stories from the inside.

Twenty-eight leading writers and scholars from twenty-eight countries give thoughtful, engaging and often passionate accounts of their own nations history. The countries have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state: large and small; mature democracies and religious autocracies; states that have existed for thousands of years and those born as recently as the twentieth century. Together they make up two-thirds of the worlds population. In the United States, for example, the myth of the nations historylessness remains strong; but in China history is seen to play a crucial role in legitimizing three thousand years of imperial authority. History wars over the content of school textbooks rage in countries as diverse as Australia, Russia and Japan. Some countries, such as Iran or Egypt, are blessed or cursed with a glorious ancient history that the present can never equal; others, such as Germany, must find ways of approaching-and reconciling the pain of the recent past.

In order to understand the cultural and political differences that enliven and endanger our world, we need to appreciate these fundamental national stories. Timelines listing key events and a wide range of carefully researched illustrations support the diverse and wide-ranging narratives. Original, thought-provoking and authoritative, this is a crucial primer for the modern age.
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Category: Poetry
Touching Beauty’s Hand: An Illustrated Anthology of Verse and Prose by Gwendy Caroe
Salisbury: Michael Russell, 1985
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Blue boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates [1]; Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings;
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Category: Mathematics
Why Beauty Is Truth: The History of Symmetry by Ian Stewart
New York: Basic Books, 2007
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Dark Blue Spine Strip on Turquoise boards with Silver titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Diagrams;

From the cover: At the heart of relativity theory, quantum mechanics, string theory, and much of modern cosmology lies one concept: symmetry.

In Why Beauty Is Truth, world-famous mathematician Ian Stewart narrates the history of the emergence of this remarkable area of study. Stewart introduces us to such characters as the Renaissance Italian genius, rogue, scholar, and gambler Girolamo Cardano, who stole the modern method of solving cubic equations and published it in the first important book on algebra, and the young revolutionary Evariste Galois, who refashioned the whole of mathematics and founded the field of group theory only to die in a pointless duel over a woman before his work was published.

Stewart also explores the strange numerology of real mathematics, in which particular numbers have unique and unpredictable properties related to symmetry. He shows how Wilhelm Killing discovered Lie groups with 14, 52, 78, 133, and 248 dimensions-groups whose very existence is a profound puzzle.

Finally, Stewart describes the world beyond superstrings: the octonionic symmetries that may explain the very existence of the universe.
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Category: Local History
Wiltshire Village by Heather Tanner
London: Robert Garton, 1978
Hardback with Dust Jacket over boards with titling to
Illustrated by: Robin Tanner
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
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Category: Witchcraft
Witchcraft by Charles Williams
Wellingborough: The Aquarian Press, 1980
Paperback
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Category: Home & Garden Soft Furnishings
Natural Fabrics: Simple and Stylish Soft Furnishings by Ian Mankin & Gina Moore
London: Ebury Press, 1997
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by: Nadia Mackenzie (Photos.)
Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Diagrams;

From the cover: A step-by-step guide to transforming your home, using materials that are inexpensive, durable, and which will add a touch of simple style. Step-by-step instructions take the reader through various projects from curtains, blinds and drapes to cushions, pillowcases and quilt covers.
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Category: Social History
Night Side of London by Robert Machray
Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1984
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Orange boards with Gilt titling to Spine & Upper Board
Illustrated by: Tom Browne
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Black & White Drawings;
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Category: Military Air Force
The Paladins: A Social History of the RAF Up to the Outbreak of World War II by John James
London: MacDonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1990
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Brown boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;
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Category: Biography
A Solitary Woman: A Life of Violet Trefusis by Henrietta Sharpe
London: Constable, 1981
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Grey boards with Gilt titling to Spine
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Category: Art Individual Artists
Carl Faberge: Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia by A. [Abraham] Kenneth Snowman
London: Debrett’s Peerage Limited, 1980
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green (with blind-stamped device) boards with Gilt titling to Spine
2nd (revised) printing. [First Published: 1979] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables [1]; Colour Photographs;
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Category: Transport Rail
London’s Railways: Then and Now by Edwin Course
London: B. T. Batsford Ltd., 1987
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs [118]; Maps [5];
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Category: Transport Rail
London to Brighton: 150 Years of Britain’s Premier Holiday Line by Michael H. C. Baker
Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens, 1989
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Brown boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
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