Social History

ANON: Handwritten diary, Odell, Bedfordshire.

Item No. 15558

Item No. 15558

Odell, Bedfordshire, 1836. Handwritten diary in a "Richards's Universal Daily Remembrancer " for 1836. First half unused, diary commences July. The unidentified diarist residing in the village of Odell, Bedforshire. He records journeys, expenses, servants wages, "Old Savage" tends the strawberries & other various agricultural matters etc. 4to (10 x 8 inches), original half-calf. Lacking spine, stitching broken.


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ANON: A Few Rules for the Manners of Servants in Good Families.

Item No 15259

London: Ladies' Sanitary Association,1892. 12mo ( 4 x 2 3/4 inches), 23-pages. Original green wrappers, wire stitched as issued. Excellent.


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BOWER, ALEXANDER: The History of the University of Edinburgh from 1756 to 1829; chiefly compiled from Original Papers and Records never before published.

Item No. 14887

Edinburgh: for Waugh and Innes, 1830. This is actually the 3rd volume of the history although not so stated on the title; the first two volumes having been published in 1817. 8vo (8 x 5 1/4 inches), 384-pages. Original cloth backed boards with printed paper label. Binding rubbed & dusty, label browned and a little chipped, two bookplates on front pastedown. Lacking all before title (i.e. front free endpaper and half-title).

Numerous contemporary corrections and alterations throughout in ink; perhaps by the author? This volume has an appendix containing an account of different institutions connected with the university; the Anatomical Museum, Lying-in Hospital, etc. Rare.


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COMPANY OF STATIONERS: The Ladies' Diary: or, Woman's Almanack for the Year of Our Lord 1806 ... . Designed for the Use and Diversion of the Fair Sex.

Item No. 13926

London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1806. Engraved upper wrapper in red and black. 8vo (7 x 4 3/4 inches), 48-pages, original wrappers stitched within contemporary plain wrappers lettered in ink. Small piece torn from one fore-margin affecting a few words, corners and foremargins bumped and creased, some browning and dust-marking.


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DONNELLAN, JOHN: A Defence and Substance of the Trial of John Donnellan : Esq; who was convicted for the murder of Sir Theodosius Boughton, Bart. at the assizes held at Warwick, on Friday the 30th of March 1781, Before The Hon. Francis Buller, Esq; One of his Majesty's Justices of the Court of King's-Bench. Founded on the Case solemnly attested by the Sufferer after his Conviction, and published at the Request of his Solicitors, Messrs. Inge and Webb.

Item No. 15672

London : printed for John Bell, at the British Library, Strand, 1781. First edition. Folio (14 x 9 1/4 inches), pages: 72:12, old full calf; upper cover detached, lacks front free endpaper; binding extremely rubbed and chipped; internally good.

With an engraved portrait of Donnellan and view of Lowford Hall pasted to front pastedown and contemporary notes on rear blank stating that: "Mr. Marshall ... who was born near Lowford Hall informed me that Mrs. Donnellan had two children by Captain Donnellan, the eldest of whom, a boy, was not informed of his father's fate, till he was seventy two years old, and when made acquainted with it, such was the effect it took upon him that he committed suicide" and other notes regarding Mrs. Donnellan's subsequent marriages including to Napoleon's surgeon.

Whilst the Account of the Trial is in itself rare, this Defence is rarer still.


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EDGEWORTH, MARIA & R.L: Essays on Practical Education. The Third Edition in Two Volumes.

Item No. 7908

London: for J. Johnson, 1811. Two volumes. 8vo, pp. xv:(1):491:(1, advertisement) & (1):501:(1, advertisement), contemporary full marbled tan calf; lower joint of one volume cracked, lower board partly detached, other joints cracked but firm, spines rubbed, one lettering piece chipped, some foxing and browning.


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EVANS-WENTZ, W.Y: The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries.

Item No. 16665

London: Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1911. First edition. Frontispiece. 8vo (9 x 6 inches), pages xxviii:525. Original green cloth blocked in gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut. Head & tail of spine bumped and with very short splits, corners rubbed through, some foxing to endpapers and prelims. Edges of text block foxed. Near contemporary signature on front free endpaper. Inscribed "Orotava Library 1920" on front pastedown. Overall a very nice copy indeed, the binding bright and hinges firm.


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FROUDE, JAMES ANTHONY: History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Item No. 16919

London: Longmans, 1870. 12 volumes 8vo (7 x 4 3/4 inches), contemporary half tan calf, marbled boards, spines gilt in compartments with crimson and black lettering pieces, all edges marbled. Some rubbing to extremities, the joints firm and headbands intact. A well, strongly bound, and attractive set. Contemporary signature "E. C. Daglish" on front free endpapers.

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GRANT, WILLIAM & MURISON, DAVID D. (Editors): The Compact Scottish National Dictionary, containing all the Scottish words known to be in use or to have been in use since c. 1700 arranged partly on regional lines and partly on historical principles.

Item No. 16954

Aberdeen University Press, 1986. Softback. 2 volumes folio (12 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches), 1186-pages. Original grey glazed wrappers printed in red. A little dust marking to top edge of textblock; overall excellent.


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HARDY, W. J: The Handwriting of the Kings & Queens of England. With Photogravures and Facsimiles of Signatures and Historical Documents.

Item No. 16941

London: The Religious Tract Society, 1893. First edition. Plates with tissue guards. Small folio (12 x 8 inches), 176-pages. Original blue cloth blocked in gilt, all edges gilt. Several small punctures to the surface of the upper cover; foxing to prelims. and occasionally elsewhere.


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HARTLEY, C. GASQUOINE: The Position of Woman in Primitive Society. A Study of the Matriarchy.

London: Eveleigh Nash, 1914. First edition. 8vo, pp.275, original beige cloth, no dustwrapper; binding spine browned and with a couple of small darker stains, headbands and corners bumped, generally lightly soiled and with "d8" pencilled on front cover; internally, page edges and endpapers browned, lower edge of text block with ragged edges in places (perhaps due to uneven trimming and subsequently "opened" carelessly), inner joints cracked in one or two places but stitching firm.


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HAYCOCK, LORNA: John Anstie of Devizes 1743-1830. An Eighteenth-Century Wiltshire Clothier.

Stroud: Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society in association with Alan Sutton Publishing, 1991. First edition. Black & white photographic illustrations. 8vo, pp.xii:116, softcover; ink name and white address sticker to inside front cover; newspaper cutting pasted to inside back cover; generally very good.


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HIGGINBOTHAM LTD. (Printer & publisher): Higginbotham's Household Expense Book for 1914. An Approved form of Keeping Household Accounts. Nineteenth Edition.

Item No. 17051

Item No. 17051

Item No. 17051

Madras: Higginbotham Ltd. 1914. Printed columns and side-headings throughout.

One section headed "Marketing for the Month", he 38 printed side headings including Duck, Pigeon, Beef, Mutton, Tongue, Liver, Fish, Prawns, various Vegetable, Coconut, Eggs, Dog Meat, Ghee, etc. etc. With numerous manuscript entries for goods purchased.

Another section is "Shop Bills" this pre-printed with the names of 18 establishments and other expenses, e.g. Club, Hotel, the Friend-in-Need Workshop etc.

Another section is the "Cash Account - Received & Paid". This with approx 350 entries over 7-pages, entries for expenses including Japanese Toys, Calcutta Sweep, Mending two plates, Bullock Cart, etc.

Another section is the "Baker, Milk, & Butter Account"; another is devoted to Servants wages for the period 1913-1914, showing the wages paid for the Butler, under Maty, Dressing Boy, Ayah, etc. other staff shown include,Cook's Maty, Dhoby, Cowherd, Dog Boy, Tennis Marker, Day & Night Punkahs, Sweeper, etc. (10-pages on manuscript entries), also pre-printed lists for items of laundry including Chemises, Combinations, Petticoats, Drawers etc. with some items added in manuscript e.g. Polo Breeches & White Mess Jackets. This section divided into 4 sections, i.e. Ladies, Gentlemen, Children, & Household Laundry.

Item No. 17051

Item No. 17051

Tall narrow folio (13 x 5 3/4 inches), 219-pages. Original tan cloth lettered in black. 4-page section detached but present and undamaged; overall very good. With Postage Rates, Telegraph Notes, Public Holidays, Railway Time Tables, Household Hints, etc. at front and rear.

A fascinating insight into domestic life in India just prior to WWI. Uncommon.


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HIRST, ELIZA JANE: A manuscript account of Surnames and from whence they are derived.

Item No. 16647

Item No. 16647

Not published. An extraordinary work, the surnames collected and arranged by the compiler over a period of 34-years, she finishing it in 1905. She resided at Lywood House, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex. Manuscript on 348-pages 4to (9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches), contemporary half roan, marbled boards.

Surnames relating to The Body (i.e. Handsomebody, Littlebody, Lightbody, Freebody, Truebody, Leebody, Peabody....etc.etc.) Also surnames relating to Dress Materials, Crops, Farming, Garden, Trees, Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs, Birds, Animals, Water, Rivers, Sea, Betting & Gambling, Music, House, Fire, etc. etc. Also curious Christian names e.g. Not-wanted James, & One Too Many . A curious work.


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HYDE, JAMES WILSON: The Royal Mail, its Curiosities and Romance.

Item No. 15449

London: Simpkin, Marshall, 1889. Third edition. Plates & illustrations. 8vo (7 1/2 x 5 inches), 306-pages. Original red cloth pictorially blocked in black; binding rubbed and bumped, upper inner joint cracked, frontispiece detached.


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JACOB, GILES: The Accomplish'd Conveyancer. Containing Great Variety of Precedents of Special Grants, Assignments, Mortages and all Sorts of Securities .... Special Gifts, Grants, .... etc. The Second Edition, corrected; with Additions. Volume 2 only (of 3).

Item No. 11689

London: In the Savoy: Printed by Henry Lintot, Law-Printer to the King's most Excellent Majesty, for Dan. Browne, at the Black Swan without Temple-Bar; and John Shuckburgh at the Sun, next the Inner-Temple-Gate, Fleet-Street, 1750. 8vo (8 x 5 1/4 inches), pages 611:(10), contemporary full polished tan calf; contemporary signature on first leaf, lacking lettering piece. An attractive crisp copy.


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LANCASTER, JOSEPH: Improvements in Education as it respects the Industrious Classes of the Community; containing, among other Important Particulars, an Account of the Institution for the Education of One Thousand Poor Children, of Borough-Road, Southwark ......

Item No. 7925

London: Printed and Sold by J. Lancaster, Free School, Borough Road; Darton and Harvey, Gracechurch Street, and Hatchard, Piccadilly, 1806. Fourth edition. 8vo, pp.xvi:211, contemporary full tan calf, heaband chipped, lacking lettering piece, a little rubbed. Title-page partly detached, two leaves of prelims. detached and a little dust-marked/browned on margins, occasional foxing. Upper inner joint cracked but very firm.

With the engraved armorial bookplate of Sir Robert Johnson Eden Bart (1774 - 1844).


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LOVER, SAMUEL: Schloss's English Bijou Almanac for 1840 Poetically Illustrated by S. Lover Esq.

Item No. 13842

London: Albert Schloss [Fancy Stationer to Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Kent] [1839]. Engraved throughout. Six engraved portraits. Miniature book (13/16 x 9/16 inches), lacking outer covering of boards and backstrip, all four green endpapers present; fore-edge splayed else good.

Louis W. Bondy writes (in "Miniature Books, Their History. Sheppard Press 1981) of these tiny Schloss almanacs: "They are true miracles of engraving, illustration ...... Each of them has six charming plates, almost all of them portraits of famous writers, musicians, painters or stage performer s.....The size of all these almanacs is minute ....the quality of the engraving is of the highest order and is due to the great skill of Benjamin Rees Davies ......"


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MASTERS, JOSEPH (Publisher): Household Work; or The Duties of Female Servants, practically and economically illustrated, through the respective grades of Maid of All Work, House and Parlour Maid, and Laundry Maid. With many Valuable Recipes. Finchley Manuals of Industry No. III.

London: Joseph Masters n.d. circa 1860. Seventh edition. The many valuable recipes are "For facilitating Labour in Every Department". 12mo (6 x 3 1/2 inches), pages: x:110, original cloth; wear to backstrip, rubbed, lacking front free endpaper, upper inner joint cracked. Pencil annotations to contents leaves, one of which is detached. Stitching slack.


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Item No. 13866

London: J. & C. Brown, [1857]. First edition. Frontispiece, title vignette and illustrations. 8vo (7 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches), 318-pages. Contemporary full dark tan calf attractively blocked in blind, spine blocked in gilt within raised bands with lettering piece, all edges red. Contemporary Eton inscription on front fly. Endpapers and fly foxed else internally very good. Binding lightly rubbed and with a band of fading but very sound and attractive.

A social history of London with such chapter headings as "Old warehouses, ships, water-side characters and the old waterworks", "Old shops, old houses, and old inhabitants" & "Old itinerants, Sots' Hole, the sweep, our old church, the old hall", etc.


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MOLLINEAUX, C.E: Pauper & Poorhouse.

Libraries Committee, Swinton and Pendlebury Borough Council: 1966 Photocopy typescript. Illustrations & maps. 4to (10 X 8 1/2 inches), 46-pages. Red buckram with printed paper label. Very good. Worsley (Manchester) poorhouse/workhouse 1730-1930.


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OWEN, W: An authentic account published by the King’s authority, of all the fairs in England and Wales, as they have been settled to be held since the alteration of the stile. Noting .. the commodities which each of the said fairs is remarkable for furnishing.

Item No. 15153

London: Printed for W. Owen, at Homer’s Head, near Temple-Bar, Fleet-street; and R. Goadby, at Sherborne, in Dorsetshire , 1759. The second edition. 8vo (6 1/2 x 4 inches), 142-pages, contemporary half calf; very rubbed and chipped, marbling stripped from upper cover. Upper cover detached, last leaf detached and chipped on inner margin, various early ownership notes on front blanks and pastedown, some browning, one leaf torn without loss.

Preceding the title is the license leaf, on the recto of which is the printed note "N.B. All the Lists of Fairs are full of great Mistakes .... unless signed with the Hand Writing of Mr Owen", this above a facsimile of his signature. This leaf partially detached. Following the title Mr. Owen's address to the public. Rare.


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PRICE, C: Engraved Trade Card for C. Price's "Real Manufactory for all sorts of Choice Canes, Sticks, Whips, Mounting's, Umbrellas etc. Wholesale Retail & for Exportation. No. 221, Strand,

Item No. 16517

London: circa 1770. Where he has a great Assiortment of all sorts of the most Fashionable Goods in the above Lines. Where Merchants may be Served with the greatest Expedition & on the most Reasonable Terms". Engraved trade card measuring 3 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches; very soiled. Inscription on the reverse dated 20 March [17]71.


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RIDER, CARDANUS: Rider's British Merlin: for the Year of our Lord God 1770 [title continued below]. Bound with The Royal Kalendar; or Complete and Correct Annual Register for England ... America for the Year 1770.

Item No. 15165

London: by W. Woodfall for the Company of Stationers, 1769. [Rider title continued]: Being the second after Bissextile or Leap-Year. Adorn'd with many delightful Verities, fitting all Capacities in the Islands of Great Britain's Monarchy. With Notes of Husbandry, Fairs, Marts High Roads, and Tables for many necessary Uses. Compiled for his Country's Benefit. Woodcut within the text "the [astrological] Anatomy of a Man's Body". Partly printed in red & black. Unpaginated. The Royal Kalendar printed for J. Almon (& others) London [1770], 282-pages. 12m0 (5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches), contemporary full sheep; very rubbed, hinges cracked, spine very chipped. Stitching broken, several sections of text detached; overall however internally good.


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R.W. BRISTOW, Tailor and Robe Maker, 5 St. Aldate's Street, Oxford.: Engraved bill-head made out to W. W. Hennesy for the sum of £41.6.6.

Item No. 16534

The account bears two dates, April 1842 and April 1859 so it would appear that Mr. Hennesy was rather a slow payer. Numerous items are listed on the 2-sides 4to; with conjugate blank.


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TRIAL: The trial of John Donellan Esq. for the wilful murder of Sir Theodosius Edward Allesley Boughton, Bart. at the assize at Warwick, on Friday, March 30th. 1781. Before the Honorable Francis Buller, Taken in Short-Hand, By Joseph Gurney.

Item No. 15673

London : Sold by George Kearsley, No. 46, Fleet-Street, and Martha Gurney, No. 34 Bell-Yard, Temple-Bar, 1781. First edition. Folio (14 x 9 1/2 inches), 58-pages; disbound. Title page detached and dust-marked, first leaf torn without loss, tear to margin of last leaf. Later, 1860, inscription on title. Drawing of Mrs. Donellan's tomb and notes on her subsequent marriages below.


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TURBERVILLE, A.S. (Editor): Johnson's England. An Account of the Life & Manners of his Age.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967. Reprint. 2 volumes. Plates. 8vo (9 x 6 inches), pages: 405 & 404, original bloue cloth, excellent in slightly spotted price clipped dust jackets which have light browning to the backstrips, that to vol. 2 slightly frayed at headband. Heavy, extra postage will be requested.


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TUSSER, THOMAS: Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry ......... together with a Book of Huswifery. Being a Calendar of rural and domestic Economy ..... And exhibiting a Picture of the Agriculture, Customs, and Manners of England in the Sixteenth Century.

Item No. 16540

London: for Lackington, Allen, 1812. A New Edition by William Mavor.. 8vo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches), contemporary full diced tan calf, narrow gilt rules to sides, spine gilt on bands, crimson lettering piece. Upper joint cracked but held on cords. Old Tusser newspaper notice on verso of front free endpaper and 19th Century inscription on margin of title.


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VARIOUS: Crime & Criminality Tales of Eighteenth Century Southern England mainly Kent, Taken from the Kentish Gazette of the Time.

Item No. 15213

Herne Bay, Kent: Prospect Hill Press,1995. One of 12 Copies of trial edition. Illustrations. Folio (12 x 8 1/2 inches), 111-pages, original cloth-backed boards; some spotting & rubbing to the boards.


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WILDE, G. & DODSON, J. ( & A. G. Trent): A Treatise on Natal Astrology. To which is Appended "The Soul and the Stars" by A. G. Trent.

Item No. 15182

Halifax, Yorkshire: The Occult Book Company, 1894. First edition. Diagrams. 8vo (9 x 6 inches), pages 216:xxix, original blind-stamped black cloth lettered in gilt; inner joints split else good.


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