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Chatto & Windus, London 1884. Red patterned cloth cover, creased and age stained. Spine faded & worn at edges. Back cover cracked but intact. Black endpapers. That said, the 242 text pages are fairly bright, unmarked and perfectly readable. Includes 32 pages of adverts. 'The Mayfair Library edition.  'Original plays by W S Gilbert' is the first series containing 6 plays including 'The Wicked World'. Certainly acceptable and a great survivor, full of character of the era.

£7.00
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Frederick Warne & Co, London circa 1906. Part red leather hardcover binding with decorated edges and gold page trim, 5 raised bands to spine. 'The Albion Edition' in very good order, strong spine and 628 clear pages. Ink inscription inside cover. Portrait frontispiece tissue guarded. Some wear at spine and cover edges but strong, intact and a great survivor.

£15.00
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Atlantic, London. Hardcover First Edition 2008. Blue Boards with gilt print to spine. Not new but near fine condition, appears unread. Pictorial dustjacket, unclipped and near fine. 'The Roaring Twenties' were a year of epoch and change and Lucy Moore reveals an intimate portrait of the Jazz age - Al Capone to Charlie Chaplin are all to be found in this beautiful and exciting book.

£17.00
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The Poetry Bookshop, London. Brown boards hardback, fifth edition 1913. A fair amount of age toning and foxing througout but certainly readable with strong, intact spine. Discoloured endpapers and original rough cut, dusty page edges. Includes acclaimed poets, Walter De La Mare, D H Lawrence, John Masefield and many more. Full of character, a great survivor and well priced to reflect imperfections.

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George Kearsley, London, 1808. Three quarter brown leather hardboards with black leather title to spine, worn and chipped at upper spine block. Patterned cover with decorative trimming. Bookseller label pasted inside. Age toned, spine  tight and pages firmly bound. Owner's name in ink dated 1881. A rare and beautiful book which has survived remarkably well. 'The Plays of William Shakspeare' - note spelling - is Volume 13 of 14. 2 plays featured 'King Lear' & 'Romeo and Juliet'.

£65.00
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BBC, London, 1980 first printing. Hardcover, grey boards with gilt print to spine. Used but near fine, appears unread. Pictorial dustjacket very good condition. Dame Margot Fonteyn gives her own fascinating account of the magic of dance through five centuries. From Isadora Duncan to Rudolf Nureyev - you will find them all here in this beautiful edition. A magical journey.

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Whittaker & Co, London. 1861 red cloth hardback with insignia & gold band trim to cover, faded and worn at book edges. Spine faded/worn at edges. Note spelling 'Shakspere', this is a selection designed for youthful readers which excludes 'everything which may be deemed objectionable by the most fastidious persons'. Age toned/foxing to dusty edge pages, otherwise a certainly acceptable, if most unusual edition. Includes no less than 37 main texts of famous plays such as Twelfth Night & Romeo and Juliet.

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Batsford, London. 1985 First printing hardcover. Review copy direct from Publisher. Red boards gilt print near fine. Pictorial dustjacket VG and unclipped.A fine study of the architecture and decoration of British buildings in 11th & 12th centuries. An astonishingly prolific period of 'Norman' architecture is beautifully illustrated in this fine edition.

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Parragon, London, 2003. Pictorial Hardcover. Near fine condition, appears unread. Pictorial Dustjacket near fine and unclipped. 375 pages, bright, clean and perfect. Many stories have been chronicled of the 'fab four' since 'Beatlemania' begun in November 1963. This glorious book captures the impact the Beatles made on the world, then and to the present day. Beautiful b/w plates, provided by the Daily Mail. An absolutely classic addition to any bookshelf.

£12.00
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Macmillan and Co, London. 1893 red cloth hardback with 'Sherborne School' inlaid insignia to front cover. Owner's name sticker pasted inside cover. Marbled endpapers and gold colour page edges. Foxing and age toning to some pages but strongly bound with five raised bands to spine. 807, clear, readable pages inc index. Very well preserved and full of character.

£10.00
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Sutton, Gloucester. Hardcover 1989 first printing. Black boards gilt print near fine. Pictorial dustjacket VG and unclipped. This book traces the history of underground photography from the first pictures taken of the Catacombs beneath Paris to Tin mines and worldwide underground locations. Beautifully illustrated with 160 engravings, line drawings and photographs. A major source of research for photographers. A beautiful edition.

£12.00
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Bluechrome Publishing. 2007. Pictorial softcover. Brand new direct from Publisher. Meet the drunken Mexicans, the gorgeous girls, the desperate drug-dealer, and the snoring dog as Roger Harvey describes his first reading-tour coast-to-coast across America with an open spirit, a searching eye, and a ruthless candour - and realises he is also on a journey of poignant self-discovery. A delightful and true story.

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Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, London, tenth impression. 1937. Black hardcover with inlaid gilt signature to cover. Slight wear at spine tips with original uneven page edges. Portrait frontispiece of author, and tissue guarded to title page. Privately owned, and very well preserved. Some age toning but unmarked and a lovely copy.

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Hodder & Stoughton, London. Pictorial hardcover, undated circa 1920. Grey boards, black letters, trimmed gold gilt. Cover a little worn and creased at edges. Colour paste-on label of Bronte with pink, silk ribbon at neck. Colour frontispiece, Jane Eyre meets Mr Rochester at the style. Slight foxing at endpapers. Strong spine, absolutely lovely colour plates within, and a good example of this rare edition. 

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A beautiful set of poems inspired by the countryside and sea. Author Suzanne McDonough takes you on a journey to discover a secret Kingdom in Northumberland. Includes added pages for readers to include their own inspirational words. Signed by the author

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Walter Scott, London, 1885. Brown half leather decorated boards with inlaid gilt plate to cover with the word 'Shakespeare'. Inner binding showing at front endpapers but spine intact and fairly strong. Cover worn and a little creased at spine and book edges. Rear pages show binding but all intact. 278 pages age toned but very readable. A lovely little survivor full of character of the era, this is rare to find and measures 5.5 inches high x 4 inches wide.

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Hoechst, Germany, 1985. Hardcover, grey cloth boards with gilt print. First printing and near fine condition; appears unread. Blue labelled, clean dustjacket.  From the Farb Werke archives are displayed the many and classic multi-coloured labels the firm produced. Text in English, German and French. A very rare and beautiful treasure from the trove.

£10.00
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Hardcover, Walter Jerrold, Published by Blackie & Son Ltd. Undated but name and date of previous owner on front page says ‘Elizabeth Williams, 1919’ so older than that! Front cover  and edges have visible wear and a little damage on bottom right corner and creased. Back cover has a few marks. Strong spine with title.  All pages (63) intact and clean with lovely colour photographs.  Charts the life and times of Shakespeare and Stratford Upon Avon. Price reflects average condition.

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