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LANCASHIRE. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. An Act for repairing, and maintaining the Roads from Bury through Haslingden to Blackburn and Whalley, and other Roads communicating therewith, in the County Palatine of Lancaster, and for making a new Piece of Road also to communicate therewith. 14pp. folio, disbound, 1831. [ Ref: RGW16985] £10


LAVER, JAMES: The Age of Illusion. Manners and Morals 1750-1848. Numerous illus., index; x+197pp. orig. cloth, History Book Club, 1972. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14630] £5


LAWRENCE, WILLIAM: Lectures on Comparative Anatomy, Physiology, Zoology, and The Natural History of Man. 12 engraved plates, some folding, spotting to most plates; ix+396pp; a some leaves spotted. 8vo contemp. half red morocco, spine gilt, extremities worn, bound by J. Rowtham, London, Seventh Edition, John Taylor, 1838. [ Ref: RGW17367] £50
*The label of J. Rowbotham of 70 Castle Street East, Oxford Street describes himself as a 'Patent Bookbinder'. He used India rubber to glue the pages to the spine, and this is the method he employed here and would explain the loosening of some of the plates. This is a very early example of the so-called gutta percha binding, which was invented by William Hancock in 1836. This book would appear to a bespoke binding rather than one commissioned by the publisher. For another Rowbotham binding see Maggs Bros Catalogue 1098 (1989) item 536 from the E.P. Wormersley collection, where it is noted that Bernard Middleton dates the first use of a Caoutchouc binding to 1839. Sir William Lawrence, 1st baronet [1783-1867] became the surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital. The original publication of these lectures proved controversial.

LEE, C.: Sunset of the Raj - Fall of Singapore 1942. Illus., maps, index; xxxii+292pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit. 1994. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW16086] £15
*A detailed account of the Japanese invasion of the Malay States.

LEO, ALAN: Casting the Horoscope. Plates, tables; xxvi+361pp. Large 8vo orig. green cloth gilt, a little damp-staining on covers, 7th edit., Modern Astrology Office, 1933. [ Ref: RGW12754] £10


LESLIE, JOHN: An Experimental Inquiry into the Nature and Propagation of Heat. 9 engraved plates, including 5 folding, errata leaf, with manuscript additions in ink; xvi+562pp; title marked, some spotting to a few leaves. 8vo orig. boards, worn, spine now covered in leather, uncut First Edition, Printed for J. Mawman and Sold Also by Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh, 1804. Ownership signature of 'A. Roy Cupar Fife' on title [ Ref: RGW17018] £320
*Sir John Leslie [1766Ð1832],l mathematician and natural philosopher, received the Rumford medal from the Royal Society in 1805 for this work on radiant heat. He later became professor of mathematics and then of natural philosophy at Edinburgh University, but not without controversy as churchmen objected to his atheistic views. The book is dedicated to Thomas Wedgwood [1771-1805] whom Leslie had met at Edinburgh University. Leslie later became Thomas Wedgwood's tutor at Eturia and Wedgwood bestowed on him an annuity of £150, which provided him with the leisure to perform the research for this work. Presumably A. Roy was one of Leslie's neighbours or acquaintances in Fife.

LOCKHART, R.H. BRUCE: Memoirs of a British Agent. Introduction by Robin Bruce Lockhart. Photographic illus., index; xviii+280pp. orig. cloth-backed pictorial boards, Folio Society Edition, 2003. Fine copy in slipcase. [ Ref: RGW14627] £10
*Excellent autobiography describing Lockhart's time in Russia during the revolution.

LONDON. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. An Act for making Provision for the Rector of St Mary le Strand in the County of Middlesex. 8pp. folio, disbound, browned, 1726. [ Ref: RGW11668] £8


LOVAT, LADY ALICE: Life of the Venerable Louise de Marillac (Mademoiselle Le Gras) Foundress of the Company of Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul. Illus., index; xxxii+467pp. orig. cloth, 2nd impression, 1919. Very good copy. [ Ref: RGW12806] £8


LOYN, H.R. (Ed.): The Middle Ages A Concise Encyclopedia. 250 illus., maps; 352pp. orig. cloth, Thames &Hudson, 1989. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW17347] £10


LYNCH-ROBINSON, C. &A.: Intelligible Heraldry. The Application of a Medieval System of Record and Identification to Modern Needs. 15 plates, some colour, illus. in text, indexd; 205pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., 1948. Very good copy. [ Ref: RGW3648] £5


MACAULAY, ROSE: The World My Wilderness. 254pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Collins, 1950. In frayed d.w. [ Ref: RGW18642] £5


MACKINDER, SIR HALFORD: The World War and After A Concise Narrative and some Tentative Ideas. 88 maps and illus.; xvi+86pp. orig. red cloth, spine faded, covers marked, 1st edit., George Philip &Son, 1924. [ Ref: RGW19960] £20


MARINATOS, S.: Crete and Mycenae. (Trans. J. Boardman). 55 colour and 236 black and white plates, photographs by MAX HIRMER, maps, other illus. and plans; 188pp text. Large folio orig. cloth, t.e.g., Thames &Hudson, 1960. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW17724] £15


MARTIN, R.B.: Gerard Manley Hopkins. A Very Private Life. 17 plates of illus., bibliography, index; xvi+448pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., HarperCollins, 1991. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14277] £12


MASON, AMELIA GERE: Memories of a Friend. 12 plates; x+168pp. Large 8vo orig. parchment-backed boards, worn, frayed at head and foot of spine, t.e.g., rest uncut, 1st edit., Chicago, L.C. Woodworth, 1918. [ Ref: RGW18646] £15
*Memoir of Emily Eames MacVeagh.

MAUGHAM, SOMERSET: Short Stories Selected and Introduced by Sue Bradbury. Drawings by CHRISTOPHER BROWN; xx+340pp; impressed stamp on endpaper. orig. blue cloth gilt, First Folio Society edition, 1988. Very good copy in orig. slipcase (two small marks). [ Ref: RGW14407] £8


MILITIA . ACT OF PARLIAMENT. An Act to defray the Charge of the pay, Cloathing, and contigent Expences of the Disembodied Militia in Great Britain, and of the Miners of Cornwall and Devon . . . 11pp. folio, disbound, 1815. [ Ref: RGW18054] £10


LAURA MINGHETTI nee Acton [1829-1915] Wife of Italian Prime Minister Marco Minghetti. AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION AND SIGNATURE, on headed paper, Venice, two line quotation from Dante, 2 Nov 1911. Sheet 4in x 6in [ Ref: RGW15589] £20
*After her second marriage in 1864, she was hostess of a political salon attended by the leading figures of the Risorgimento.

MITCHELL, R.J.: The Laurels and the Tiara Pope Pius II 1458-1464. Numerous illus., index; 319pp, ink smudge on title. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Harvill Press, 1962. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW12798] £5


MITFORD, N.: Frederick the Great. Illus., some colour, index; 304pp. orig. cloth, 1st edit., Hamish Hamilton, 1970. Very good copy in clipped d.w. [ Ref: RGW15070] £8


LORD ROBERT MONTAGU [1825-1902] Statesman and Controversialist. AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed, to Mr Patterson, Editor of the Press, 4pp, [Jan 1861] enclosing article [not present], asking for hints for newspaper writing, " If I knew the style which is suitable to take with the stupid British public, I would try. . ." [ Ref: RGW11665] £12


MORGAN, WILLIAM: The Principles and Doctrine of Assurances, Annuities on Lives, and Contingent Reversions, Stated and Explained. Tables; xvi+326pp; new endpapers. 8vo contemp. half calf armorial gilt, arms of Signet Library, Edinburgh in centre of covers, rebacked, wear on corners, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1821. [ Ref: RGW18596] £125
*William Morgan [1750-1833] was Actuary to the Society for Equitable Assurances. He used probability equations to determine the Society's exposure to risk and hence the value of their assets. This work is a revision of his 'Doctrine of Annuities and Assurances on Lives and Survivorships Stated and Explained' published in 1779. 'Morgan ranks high among the pioneers of scientific life assurance in England' Oxford DNB.

THE MORNING CHRONICLE AND LONDON ADVERTISER. The Morning Chronicle. No. 2502 28 May 1777. Price Threepence. 4pp. Large bifolium (18 x 11.5in), fraying and browning on fore-edge, affecting text, 1777. [ Ref: RGW18780] £10
*Interesting advertisements for plays, books and auctions including Mr Jeans' collection of native fossils.

MORTON, F.: A Nervous Splendor Vienna 1888-1889. Illus., index; x+340pp. orig. cloth, 1st UK edit., Weidenfeld &Nicolson, 1980.Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14647] £8


MOSS, W. STANLEY: Ill Met by Moonlight. (Intro by M.R.D. Foot, Prologue and Epilogue by Iain Moncreiffe, Afterword by Patrick Leigh Fermor) Photographic illus., maps; xviii+214pp. orig. pictorial cloth, Folio Society Edition, 2001. Very good copy. [ Ref: RGW14390] £8
*Story of the kidnapping of a German general from his headquarters in Crete by British Special Forces.

SIR JOHN ROBERT MOWBRAY (formerly Cornish) 1st Baronet [1815Ð1899] Politician. AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed, 2pp, with conjugate leaf, on headed notepaper, 53 Onslow Square, London. declining an invitation to dine with the Steward of the Sons of the Clergy. 10 May 1869. [ Ref: RGW15586] £18


MUDIE, R. &C.: Power Yachts. 313 illus. and figures, index; 286pp. 4to orig. cloth, 1st edit., Granada Publishing, 1977. Fine copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14582] £10


MULLER, H.: The Household Medical Adviser. 16 colour, and 16 black and white plates, and numerous illus. in text, colour anatomical models at end, some with moving parts, index; xvi+639pp. Large 8vo (245 x 180mm) Art Nouveau blue cloth decorative binding, front cover of ministering angel attending male patient, spine decorated in colours, Werner Co, n.d. [c.1900]. Very good copy. [ Ref: RGW12709] £25
*The last chapter on remedies includes treatments like massages, water and electric baths, gymnastics, hypnotism, and Rontgen Rays.

MURRAY, P. &L.: Dictionary of Art and Artists. 52 colour plates, 1198 black and white illus., bibliography; 464pp. folio orig. cloth, 1st edit., Thames &Hudson, 1965. Very good copy in slightly frayed d.w. [ Ref: RGW14755] £10


NAVAL STORES FROM AMERICA. ACT OF PARLIAMENT. An Act for Continuing an Act made in the Third and Fourth Years of the Reign of Her present Majesty, Intituled An Act for Encouraging the Importation of Naval Stores from Her Majesties Plantations in America; and for Encouraging the Importation of Naval Stores from that part of Great Britain called Scotland, to that part of Great Britain called England. 4pp. folio, disbound, now in plain wrappers, 1713. ESTC N53176 8 Copies in the USA and UK. [ Ref: RGW16824] £40


NEALE, J.E.: Elizabeth I. Illus., index; 418pp. Large 8vo orig. blue cloth gilt, First Folio Society, 2005. Very good copy in orig. slipcase, (small mark on spine) [ Ref: RGW14210] £15


NEW YEAR'S CARD by "GOOD ALL" Card, Verse by H. Coleridge, surrounded by flowers printed in colours and embossed silver border [c. 1870], 3.5in x 2in. Sold with envelope dated 1871 [ Ref: RGW12288] £10


CHARLES NEWDIGATE NEWDEGATE [1816Ð1887] Politician who opposed Free Trade. AUTOGRAPH LETTER Signed, to James Freeman, 3pp, Yarlington Street, Piccadilly, conerning a duty which 'ought to be reduced and extended to dealers in cattle or be abandoned'. one leaf pasted onto album card, 17 June 1869. [ Ref: RGW15618] £25
*On the same leaf are signatures of Sir G. Jenkinson[ 1817Ð1892], Sir Edward Baines [1800Ð1890] and an ALs of F. McGeachy.

NICHOLLS, F.F.: Honest Thieves The Violent Heyday of English Smuggling. Illus., maps, index; 226pp. orig. cloth, History Book Club, 1973. Very good copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14648] £8


NOON, C.: Parson Jack Russell. The Hunting Legend 1785-1883. Photographic illus.; 144pp; inscription on endpaper. folio orig. cloth, 1st edit. Tiverton, Halsgrove, 2000. Fine copy in d.w. [ Ref: RGW14107] £10

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