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SIR JOHN PRATT 1st MARQUESS CAMDEN [1750-1840]. Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, 'Camden' to Sir William, 30 May 1807, Arlington Street, 1p 'I rejoice very much in your success &am very much obliged to Lord Hawkesbury for having so Kindly remembrance my application' removed from album, 1807. [ Ref: RGW19855] £45


CANNY, N. (Ed.): The Origins of Empire British Overseas Enterprise to the Close of the Seventeenth Century. Maps, tables, index; xx+533pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Oxford History of the British Empire, 1998. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW17870] £15


EDWARD CARDWELL, 1st VISCOUNT CARDWELL F.R.S. [1813-1886] Politician AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed, to Mr Robinson, 2 Mitre Court Buildings, Temple, 1 February 1840, 8vo, 3pp has received a letter from Mr Isilden inviting him to be candidate for Clitheroe, and proposing a visit n.d. 19th century. [ Ref: RGW19859] £40
*In 1842 he was elected M.P.for Clitheroe

CARPENTER, EDWARD: Towards Industrial Freedom. 224pp; some spotting. orig. green cloth gilt, a few minor edge knocks, 1st edit., George Allen &Unwin, 1917. Very good copy. William Moorcroft's copy with his bookplate. [ Ref: RGW14922] £30
*Carpenter's 'mystic socialist' community at Millthorpe near Sheffield was not far from Stoke-on-Trent. William Moorcroft (1872-1945), Potter, was born in Burslem. Having studied at the South Kensington School of Art, he returned to the Potteries and worked as a designer for James McIntyre &Co. In 1913 he left to set up his own pottery, which continues to this day. Contains William Moorcroft's distinctive sepia printed bookplate, the design of which is inspired by illuminated initials from medieval manuscripts.

RICHARD CECIL [1748-1810] Church of England clergyman. Three Autograph Letters Signed, to Samuel Mumford of Chobham, 4to, dealing with accommodation and land in Chobham. 1. from Little James St, Bedford Row 27 Dec 1801. 3pp, concerning a Mr Chappel's house in Chobham, not wanting his need for accommodation to influence how he deals with it. 2. n.p. 11 March 1806. 3pp has agreed for Mr Chappell's three fields and proposes building in the 5 Acre field, asking about cropping, harvesting and laying fallow 3. n.p. 18 March 1806 3pp asking him to get an agreement concerning Mr Chappell signed and he will defray expenses. Sold with 2pp of another letter, leaf with signature missing. some splits on folds, small piece missing from first letter, 1801-6. [ Ref: RGW19414] £175
*In his youth Richard Cecil, talented in the arts, was an atheist, but underwent a conversion and became an evangelical Christian, a friend of William Wilberforce and John Newton of the Clapham Sect. He was an inspirational and original preacher at a number of churches but his chief work was at St John's Chapel, Bedford Row, in the parish of St Andrew, Holborn, to which he was appointed in March 1780 by Sir Eardley Wilmot, acting for the trustees of Rugby School, the patrons. In 1783 he was one of the founders of the Eclectic Society, from which body the Church Missionary Society emerged. In 1801, Cecil, who was plagued with bad health was offered the livings of Chobham and Bisley by John Thornton of Clapham. When he took these livings three farmers were nominated to fix the tithes it is likely Samuel Mumford a prominent landowner was one of these. Mumford appears to have acted as an agent for Cecil in his Chobham affairs. The house referred to in these letters was not completed until after Cecil's death. Cecil reveals his high moral values by not wishing to undertake any course of action which might be construed as causing any harm to the other parties concerned.

CHAMBERS. McGOVERN, U. (Ed.): Chambers Biographical Dictionary. xii+1650pp. orig. cloth, 7th edit., Chambers Harrap, 2007. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14511] £10


PRINCE CHARLES [b. 1948] &PRINCESS DIANA [1961-1997]. CHRISTMAS CARD, SIGNED "Charles" and "Diana". White card, with coats of arms in gilt on front cover, inside mounted colour photograph of Charles, Diana and young Princes William and Harry seating on stone carved seat. 6in x 8in, 1990. Contained in original registered envelope sent from Buckingham Palace on 18 December. Very good condition. [ Ref: RGW13151] £475
*Provenance. The recipient of this card was a tenant of the Duchy of Cornwall.

EDWARD HYDE, 1st Earl of Clarendon: The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, Begun in the Year 1641. With the precedent Passages, and Actions that contributed thereunto, and the happy End and Conclusion thereof by the King's blessed Restoration and Return upon the 29th May in the Year 1660. 3 vols. Half-titles, 2 engraved portraits after Lely by M. Burghers, (one with slight damage and laid down), engraved head and tail-pieces and initials by Michael Burghers [1647/8-1727], index; xxviii+557, xiv+281, xxii+604+xxiipp; a little staining to a few leaves in each vol., causing small holes in title of vol. II, no portrait in vol. I. folio 18th century half calf, spine with raised bands, red and green leather spine labels, wear on extremities, joints of vol. I &III split, vol. III lacking a spine label, Vols. II &III First Edition, Oxford at the Theater, 1707, 1703-4. Early 19th century bookplate of a baron's coronet surmounting S, library shelf mark '122' in blue crayon. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with set of ten engravings entitled 'Ten Historical Prints representing the Marriage, Wars, Suffering &Death of the Royal Martyr King Charles the 1st. Printed &Sold at ye White Horse without Newgate London' n.d. [c.1730]. The ten double page engravings are tipped in at the appropriate place in the text, some trimmed a little at foot, some are folded up at the foot. [ Ref: RGW17949] £650
*A good set of Clarendon containing a rare set of prints. The only set of 'Ten Historical Prints representing the Marriage, Wars, Suffering &Death of the Royal Martyr King Charles the 1st' we have found is at the University of Gottingen. There is no set in the catalogue of the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings or on Copac. The imprint 'ye White Horse without Newgate' would suggest they were published by Henry Overton [1675/6-1751]. The only clue to the engraver is on plate 3 'The Revolt of the Fleet' which is signed 'S.N. sc. 1728'. These initials probably stand for Sutton Nicholls [fl. 1680-1740] an engraver who worked for Henry Overton for many years. The titles of the engravings are: 'The Marriage of the King, Hull summoned by the King 3 April 1642, Revolt of the Fleet, The King's Declaration to his Gentry &Army in September 1642, The Battle of Naisby, The King seized by Joyce at Holmby House June 4th 1647, King's Escape from Hampton Court 11 Nov 1647, The Tryal of the King, KIng Charles taking leave of his Children 29th Jan 1649, and, The Death of the King the 30th January 1648'. It would appear these prints are for the most part copies of a set published by Bowles advertised in 'The Daily Journal' of March 20th 1728 'There are now Printing by Subscription / And will be delivered by 1st May next; Ten Curious Prints of the most remarkable Transactions of the Reign of King Charles 1st engraved by some of the best Masters in France and England. The Price to Subscribers is Half a Guinea down, and one Guinea more on Delivery of the Prints. The Subscribers may depend upon having the first Impression, and the best Paper. Subscriptions are taken in at Tho. Bowles's in St Paul's Church-Yard; John Bowles at Mercers Hall, Cheapside; Andrew Johnstone, St Martin's Lane; and John Clark, Gray's-Inn, Engraver.' Bowles suggested they would be suitable to use to illustarte a set of Clarendon. T. Clayton in 'The English Print 1688-1802', 1997 says by 1735 Overton had published a 2s set of smaller copies. The height of this Overton set is about 380mm and that of the Bowles set about 417mm according to the British Museum. Overton, who was excluded from the original undertaking, in an advertisement in 'Craftsman' 1 February 1735 states they would be suitable to bind with a set of Rapin, which would accord with the size of our set.

COAL. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. An Act for the Better Regulation of the Coal Trade. 12pp. folio, disbound, 1730. ESTC N50837 Only 2 copies in UK and USA [ Ref: RGW16825] £18


COAL IN LONDON. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. An Act to prevent Frauds and Abuses in the Admeasurement of Coals, sold by Wharf Measure, within the City of London, and the Liberties thereof; and between Tower Dock and Limehouse Hole in the County of Middlesex. 13pp. folio, disbound, 1767. [ Ref: RGW11666] £10


COLUMBUS. KEEN, BENJAMIN (Trans.) The Life of Admiral Christopher Columbus by his Son Ferdinand. Illus.; 271pp. orig. quarter tan leather, imitation wood boards, spine gilt, First Folio Society Edition, 1960. Very good copy in slipcase (some splits) [ Ref: RGW14535] £8


CONSTANT, B.: The Despot &the Slave. An Autobiography in Fact and Fiction. (Trans. D. Hofstadter) 6 Colour illus. by EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK; viii+140pp; impressed stamp on endpaper. orig. red cloth with inset portrait on front cover, First Folio Society edition, 1988. Very good copy in orig. slipcase (two small marks). [ Ref: RGW14406] £8


COOKRIDGE, E.H.: Orient Express The Life and Times of the World's Most Famous Train. Illus., map, index; 288pp. orig. cloth, Allen Lane, 1979. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14546] £5


CORBET-MILWARD, R.: Admiral Sir William Tennant 1890-1963. A Portrait. Black and white illus.; 44pp. Paperback, 1st edit., West Mercia Printing, 1990. Very Good copy. [ Ref: RGW15099] £5


COSGRAVE, P.: Churchill at War Vol. I Alone 1939-40 Index; 379pp. orig. cloth, PBS Book Club, 1974. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14547] £5


COWARD, N.: The Noel Coward Diaries. (Edited by G. Payn and S. Morley) Index; 698pp. orig. cloth, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14383] £10


COWLING. WOOD, A. (Ed.): Cowling A Moorland Parish Written by Cowling Local History Society. Illus., plans; viiii+156pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Cowling Local History Society, 1980. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW16519] £25


CREE, E.H.: Naval Surgeon The Cree Journals. The Voyages of Dr Edward H. Cree, Royal Navy. as Related in His Private Journals, 1837-1856. (Ed. M. Levien). Colour illus. from watercolours and drawings by Dr Cree; 276pp. 4to orig. boards, New York, E.P. Dutton, 1982. Fine copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW17867] £10


CROWDEN, J.: From Ladysmith to Archangel The Language of War. Volume One The Boer War 1899-1902. Numerous photographic illus.; 400pp. Paperback, 1st edit., Flagon Press, 2013. Fine copy. [ Ref: RGW18043] £18
*Re-assessment of the Boer War examined through poetry and original sources. Much of the material including for example the Longueville Diaries has not been published before.

D'OMBRAIN, Rev. H. HONYWOOD: Rosarian's Year-Book for 1895. Mounted photograph or Edward Morley, 18pp adverts.; vi+66pp. orig. printed boards, slight chipping at foot of spine, front board detached, 1st edit., Bemrose &Sons, 1895. Clean copy. [ Ref: RGW16083] £20
*A rare rose annual Henry D'Ombrain, [1818-1905] Anglican clergyman and gardener published 'Roses for Amateurs' in 1887. He wrote many articles on horticultural subjects.

DALTON, SIR CORNELIUS NEALE: The Life of Thomas Pitt. 8 plates and facsimiles, index; xiv+611pp; some embossed stamps. orig. cloth, spine gilt, slight wear on extremities, 1st edit., Cambridge University Press, 1915. Clean copy from Leeds Public Library. [ Ref: RGW19514] £85
*Thomas Pitt [1653-1726] was the grand-father of Lord Chatham. He made a fortune in India where he was a Governor of Fort St George. He bought a huge diamond for £20,400 which he sent back to London and eventually after cutting it was sold for £125,00, to Philippe II, Duke of Orl┼Żans, becoming part of the French crown jewels and being known as 'Le Regent'.

DAVID, S.: Prince of Pleasure The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency. Illus., index; 484pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Little, Brown &Co, 1998. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW17897] £10


DAVIES, ELWYN (Ed.): A Gazetteer of Welsh Place-Names. xxxviii+120pp. orig. cloth, 3rd edit., reprint, Cardiff, University of Wales, 1975. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW16516] £8


DE LA BEDOYERE, G.: The Golden Age of Roman Britain. 27 colour plates, other text illus., maps; 194pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Stroud, Tempus, 1999. Very good copy in price clipped d.w. [ Ref: RGW14650] £10


DEARDEN, HAROLD: Medicine and Duty. The First World War Diary of Dr Harold Dearden. Illus., and plans, folding map; 128pp. orig. pictorial wrappers, New edit., 2014. [ Ref: RGW18934] £15
*Dearden published an edition in 1928, but now with the use of his diaries the names, places and other information omitted in the original version has been added. He served first at the British Red Cross Hospital at Wimereux on the French coast and then was Medical Officer to the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. It provides a graphic first-hand account of a doctor working long hours to deal with the casualities brought from the battlefield.

DEMARGNE, P.: Aegean Art The Origins of Greek Art. (Trans. S. Gilbert &J. Emmons). 125 colour and 371 black and white plates, maps, other illus. and plans; 447pp. Large folio orig. cloth, t.e.g., Thames &Hudson, 1967. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW17696] £15


DICKINSON, B.H.C.: Sabine Baring-Gould. Parson, Squirson, Writer and Folklorist, 1834-1924. Illus., index; 191pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., David &Charles, 1970. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14972] £10


DOBLE, G.H.: Lives of the Welsh Saints. edited by D. Simon Evans. Index; viii+248pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Cardiff, University of Wales, 1971. Scarce. [ Ref: RGW16446] £25


DOWDEN, EDWARD: The French Revolution and English Literature. x+285pp. contemp. maroon calf gilt prize binding, worn on extremities, spine label missing, joints split at head of spine, New edit. Crosby, Lockwood &Son, 1897. Prize label King Henry VIII Coventry. [ Ref: RGW13778] £10


DOWDEN, J.: The Workmanship of the Prayer Book in its Literary and Liturgical Aspects. Appendices, index; xxv+270pp. orig. cloth, 2nd edit., 1904. Very good copy from a college library. [ Ref: RGW14979] £5


DOYLE, G.R.: Twenty-Five Years of Films Reminiscences and Reflections of a Critic. Foreword by Alexander Korda. Photographic illus.; xxi+270pp. orig. cloth, Mitre Press, 1936. [ Ref: RGW18881] £10
*Well-illustrated record of early cinema.

DRUMMOND, M.: Salt-Water Palaces. Illus.; 140pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Debrett, 1979. Very good copy in slightly worn d.w. [ Ref: RGW14552] £5
*A lavishly illustrated work on the luxurious yachts of the Victorian and Edwardian era.

DYER, C.: Everyday Life in Medieval England. Illus., tables, index; xvi+336pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Hambledon Press, 1994. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW19515] £10

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