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1 75th anniversary 1864 - 1939 The Watch World, Elgin National Watch Co.
Elgin ?, USA Pub Elgin National Watch Co 1939 First Edition Paperback Decorative 23 x 30.5cm.approx 
116 pages including covers, Binding good/fair, minor dirt, spine starting to split, edge rubbing & edge folding. Contents are mostly Very Good, Clean & tight. To inside cover is the Horological bookplate of Francis Wadsworth (poss. J. H. Francis Wadsworth of the Antiquarian Horological Society), no inscriptions. A few corner tip creases. Centre page loose. A very good source of The history of the company including lots of photographic illustrations, some info/photos on the founders & present directors in 1939, the social life of the company and adverts to rear half. Printed on glossy paper. Not priced & no publishing details, so looks like privately printed and given to good customers & staff. Also not for sale to the general public. 
Price: 50.00 GBP
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2 Almanach De La Province De Limbourg Pour L'annee 1821
Maestricht Chez L. Th. Nypels 1820 First Edition A Hard Back 10.5 x 17.5cm.approx 
180 pages. French text. Binding basic boards , loss of colour /rubbed . spine has some loss, ..contents fair .many blank pages ( for notes etc) some blank pages with numbers , a couple with notes ( see scan of what looks like value of silver/gold coins that were traded around Europe at the time) , corner tips folded . ..LIMBOURG Following the defeat of Napoleon in 1814, the area of the former duchy was united within the United Kingdom of the Netherlands (what is now Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) and Meuse-Inférieure and Ourte respectively formed the new Province of Limburg and Province of Liège. This Province of Limburg covered an area much larger than and somewhat different from the former duchy with Limburg's namesake town of Limbourg located in Liège.( To 1830 ) now Limbourg is divided between Belgium, Netherlands & Germany. 
Price: 120.00 GBP
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3 An act for Sheriffs to appoint deputies, who are to receive and transmit the Acts, orders and directions of the Parliament and Councel of State; and the respective sheirffs to make return thereof, as they shall be enjoyned by the Parliament or Councel 165
London Printed by Edward Husband and John Field, Printers to the Parliament of England 1650 First Edition 18 x 28cm Approx 
3 page Act, no binding, condition Fair, quiet clean & good printing. Has large tear to centre of pages, after the act "11 Julii, 1650. Ordered by the Parliament, That this Act be forth- with printed and Published " pages numbers 925, 928 & 929 + blank [i.e. page 927 miss-numbered as 925 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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4 An Act to confer further powers on the London and South Western Railway company to provide for a lease to the company undertaking of the North Cornwall Railway Company
Houses of Parliament 1913 First Edition Paperback 22.5 x 34.5cm Approx 
47 + iii pages, condition mostly very good, minor foxing/dirt to 1st 3 & last 3 pages, folded down middle & a couple of corner tip folds. A Government Act as issued without binding/covers Includes power to close roads to be diverted, power to divert roads and pathways, underpinning of houses near widening, power to dredge river Thames, compulsory purchase, power to enter property to survey and value etc. etc. Due to large size will be sent in a strong tube. 
Price: 18.00 GBP
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5 Ball families around the World
Family Heritage International 1990 Limited Edition/numbered Mint 21 x 27.5cm. Approx 
Over 300 pages. Condition mint. Copyright 1989, printed to order in 1990, book numbered 111, has "printed exclusively" for & signed by publisher but neither have been done, just the date, 15th February 1990. pages only numbered to page 87 then about 232 un-numbered pages, including what must be over 20,000 names & addresses around the world. The section for Family questionnaire & Pedigree chart have not be written in. Does not have the country printed, looks American, but has a mint envelope, printed address for Halbert's Inc. Family Heritage, c/o an address in Berkshire, England. 
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6 Binglingsi Shiku / Stone-Carvings at Bingling Temple (Photographic plates with a little text, ALL in Chinese)
Beijing, China 1982 Hard Back 19 x 27cm Approx 
Title page, + 10 pages text front + 10 at rear + 104 photographic illustrations Black/White & Colour. Custom Hardback binding with plain endpapers, i.e. A specially bound paperback with original covers in a black hardback binding with gilt embossed title to spine "Stone-Carvings at Bingling Temple" in mint condition. Contents almost mint condition, no inscriptions, just small printed label to inside rear of the UK importer/book shop. Apart from English text to spine, & inside book a printed date of 1982, and a small printed basic description of title in English stating original £7.50 price to top of Title page, otherwise ALL text is Chinese. This is a guide book to the Temple, mostly of its sculptures , some painted walls & architecture. Contains 2 folding maps at front. 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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7 Cooking or Practical and Economical Training For Those Who are Servants Wives or Mothers (The Finchley Manuals of Industry No 1)
Aldersgate Street . London Joseph Masters (for Schools of the Holy Trinity, at Finchley) 1857 Hard Back Good Privately Printed 8.5 x 15cm. Approx 
half title + x + 150 pages + 6 pages publishers list.. Binding embossed in fair condition, some wear, some splitting to front cover, but holding. Contents fair/good, some handling and lacks front end-page. Inside cover is "prunes" written in ink 4 times with some staining. Includes the Management of the Kitchen, Plain Cooking, Breadmaking, Baking, Brewing, Pickling, etc. It was Prepared for the use of the National and Industrial Schools of the Holy Trinity at Finchley. The schools at Finchley, for which this manual was originally prepared, was to educate the children of tradesmen and farmers as well as of poor persons (at this time Finchley was a village some way out of London, now is within London. Eighth Edition. 
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8 Fotografische Kring "Iris" XI E Internationaal Fhotosalon Januari 1938
Antwerpen, Belgium Printed by Van Uffelen & Delagarde for Fotografische Kring "Iris" XI E Internationaal Fhotosalon 1938 First Edition Original Paper Covers Good 14.5 x 21.5cm Approx 
Paperback binding Fair with some wear & staining. Contents mostly good & clean, stained title page. No inscriptions etc. , no page number, has 36 pages + 4 pages of adverts + 6 single sided pages of photographic Illustrations including one by V. Pokorny Arnold from the U.S.A. Contents just holding to binding, (can easy be re-glued if need be) . Very rare as at time of listing could not find another copy on quick net check. Printed by Van Uffelen & Delagarde for Fotografische Kring "Iris" XI E Internationaal Fhotosalon 1938 
Price: 30.00 GBP
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9 FUN XII Twelfth volume new series of Fun, July 7th - Dec 31st 1870
London Published (for the Proprietor) by T.Moffatt printed by Judd & Co. Published (for the Proprietor) at Fleet Street. 1870 1st Edition in This Form Decorative Cloth Hard Back 21.5 x 28.5cm Apporx 
263 Pages + 2 page index,. Original decorative red binding, good with some edge / spine fading. small dent to middle top . Contents Very good, tight & clean with no inscriptions, a few pages with a small single fox mark/dot. A small corner loss to one fold-out page. This is a humorous magazine containing a wide range of amusing cartoons and stories aimed at young adults & the young at heart adults. Full page illustrations printed to one side, rear blank are 2 pages, & ( 6 ) double size pull-out illustrations printed to one side, rear blank are 4 pages. to front states London; Published (for the Proprietor) by T.Moffatt, 80 Fleet Street E.C. & at rear at base of Index is... London : by Judd & Co. Printers, St. Andrew's Hill, Doctors' Commons. spine states " vol. XIX old series" & "vol XII new series" 
Price: 65.00 GBP
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10 Gold Coast. The GOVERNMENT's PROPOSALS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
Accra Government Printing Department 1953 First Edition 15.5 x 24.5cm.approx 
74 pages, original paper covers fair/detached,.. Contents Good & Clean with exception of "Chatham House Library" stamps to front pages only ... also will be sent 2 tatty Gold Coast Government printed letter/document ,one 1953 re enquiry to above and onother of 1955 re statement on commission on Native Courts..............Postage will be reduced to UK & EU £1,, all other inc US £2. 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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11 Handleiding voor het verrichten van Meteorologische Waarnemingen op Zee (Instructions for making Meteorological Observations at Sea). Koninklijk Nederlandsch Meteorologisch Instituut No. 118
's-Gravehage Algemeene Landsdrukkerij / Koninklijk Nederlandsch Meteorologisch Instituut 1937 First Edition Paperback Very Good 16 x 24cm Approx 
114 pages + chart/map rear + 4 pages of photographic ills. Paperback binding in good condition, discolouration to spine area, Contents Very good, clean & tight, just signature of owner to title page ( J. Willemstyn ) also but not attached the decorative Bookplate of J. Willemstyn below a man playing a grand piano on top of an aeroplane in the sky.. from a quick net check, seems very rare, only found it in a couple of Libraries/Institutions. Text entirely in Dutch. 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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12 Identity of the Religions Called Druidical and Hebrew
London John Nimmo 1829 
First Edition. 4 1/2" x 7 1/4" Approx. 125pages+8 at front+1 publishers ads rear. Original green/black mottled board binding, lacks spine, front detached, rear loose , but generally good with only minor rubbing at edges. Contents are good to very, very tight ,no owner inscriptions, only some additions/alterations mostly at bottom of page. NO Author is given , even on printed letter to The Literary and Philosophical Society of The University of London dated 7th Sept. 1829 that appears after title page. the British Lib. quote no author. The book states it is based from nature objects of their WORSHIP and from careful consideration of certain customs, formerly prevalent in EGYPT, CANAAN, CARTHAGE, BABYLON, PERSIA, ARABIA, "AMERICA", INDIA, GREECE, ITALY and among the Etruscans, Bonzes, Gymnosophists, Chaldeans, & c, This book mixes British Druids, Hebrews(jews)with some quotes/notes/text in Latin/Greek/Hebrew/Egyptian ect. a rare little book 
Price: 250.00 GBP
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13 Ilfracombe And its Surroundings. Eighty Views of Ilfracombe, Lynton, Lynmouth, Woolacombe, Etc.
Ilfracombe Ingram Clark printer & publisher ; for the Alexandra Boarding Establishment First Edition Original Paper Covers 24 x 30.5cm.Approx 
Undated c1906, 36 pages, Paperback covers fair, some wear, dirt, small hole/tear front. Contents mostly good, the odd tiny edge nick, or minor dirt. Contains 4 different views of H.M.S Montague on the rocks at Lundy, 1st just after she struck the rocks in May 1906 to last one in August when saving her was abandoned & her funnels etc. removed . 2 photographs of the horses/coaches full of people that were made famous from post cards. From a quick net check, I was unable to find another copy listed anywhere. Numerous Photographers used including Phillipse, Blyth & Percival, Murphy, Hipp & Ingram Clark. Etc. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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14 ILLUSTRATIONS. HISTORY AND GAZETTEER, OF THE COUNTY PALATINE OF LANCASTER. Distance Table + Population table.
Liverpool William Wales 1824 First Edition 
This is for the Folder & the 2 of the rarest large tables ONLY,... Original Folder dated 1824/5 Fair leather spine cracked,tape to inside spine area...Contents 2 seperate folding Tables Very Good, Clean, NO tears, edge to one side of both minor trimmed, tiny corner folds..... "Table of Distances" includes all market towns of Lancashire + list/route of the mail coach (inc London-Liverpool, London- Edinburgh via York, London-Norwich etc.etc.) + coach routes + list/date of all Fairs in Lancashire 43cm x 53cm......... "Table ..Population returns of ENGLAND" from Bedford, Kent, Suffolk, & from Abbotts Bromley , Barrow, Garrigal, Laycock, Putney, Spondon, Troway, Winkley etc. etc. etc. all above 900 inhabitants taken from Cencus of 1821 size open 63cm x 47cm approx ( 25 inches x 18 1/2 inches approx ) both published by William Wales 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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15 International Health Exhibition Library (Royal Albert Hall). Catalogue Division I. Health. ..Division II Education ( The International Health Exhibition Library's own special corrected copy )
London William Clowes and Sons & International Health Exhibition London 1884 Unique First Edition Hard Back 14 x 22.cm Approx 
6 +153 pages + 1 page ads rear + original Paperback covers + approx 153 pages (see full description). Blue embossed hardback buckram binding good, with "Library Corrected" in ink front + circ lib. Ref. No… ,inside are the original paperback covers in very good condition , Contents very good, clean & tight with some "International Health Exhibition London 1884. Library and Reading Room" rubber stamps etc. including to title page, EXTRA bound between every printed page is a blank page (in some places two), some with extra books + details written in red ink, or books missed when printed i.e. the " library corrected" as written to front of book., also a couple of later Welcom Institute Library rubber stamps within. So a unique 1884 updated copy made especially for the Exhibition Library itself in 1884. From a quick net check No traces of the actual Exhibition have survived on the site. Today the Royal Horticultural Society garden grounds are the Imperial College of Science and Technology est. 1907. As far as I can see The Royal Albert Hall may have just held a massive library of books for delegates to view ( as this just lists Division I. Health. & ..Division II Education ). I am not exactly sure where the thirty-six lectures and fourteen conferences were held. The list of books is interesting as contained specialist books on health published in many countries /languages around the world apart from England/ English. 
Price: 150.00 GBP
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John Robert Augustus Oetzmann, Messrs  Oetzmann & Co manuscript Valuation & Map Hampstead Road
16 John Robert Augustus Oetzmann, Messrs Oetzmann & Co manuscript Valuation & Map Hampstead Road
London unpublished 1893 Unique Unpublished Original Paperback Very Good 20.5 x 30.5cm Approx 
4 single sided pages + coloured map. Paperback binding, good condition, some ageing. Contents very good, clean and tight minor folding to fold out map. All is hand written with hand made map, there is no printing at all. No inscriptions. This is an original (possibly only) 1893 hand written valuation of the “freehold and leasehold properties, also the fixtures and fittings, trade utensils” etc., etc. “belonging to the trusties of the late John Robert Augustus Oetzmann, trading as Messrs Oetzmann & Co.,” dated “September 1893” ( he died in 1886). Inside at the front is the fold-out map on tracing paper showing all the buildings & yards etc. within 67 – 79 Hampstead Road & 146-152 Drummond Street & 15 William Street. Seems to have been made for the sale of firm. The report mentions the brown is the leasehold, but over time all looks red, but from rear can see what is/was brown. Though it goes into detail about all the buildings etc. mentions cellars, basements, what used for etc.. It values of all the freehold premises as one amount and all leasehold as one, + a total rental value as another amount. The stock in trade, fittings, horses etc. as another amount. And signed by the surveyors/valuers below the total value, some pages of the handmade paper is watermarked “Whatman 1893”, it does not mention who the buyers were, but assume it was some or all of his sons, or the sale did not go through, as from a quick net check could not find any info of being taken over. From the net; John Robert Augustus Oetzmann born 1825 in Ipswich, opened the furniture shop in 1848 at 67 Hampstead Road, London, and grew & grew and was carried on by his sons after his death in 1886, and was one of the largest furniture/household shops in London, it seems to have closed just after WWII. So a unique manuscript item relating to history of the John Oetzmann / Messrs Oetzmann & Co. 
Price: 125.00 GBP
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17 Memoire pour Dame Barbara Janssen, Veuve Bladen Angloife; Contre les sieurs & demoiselle Broussard; Et contre le Directeur General des domaines du Roi. & Observations a joindre au memoire de la Dame V Bladen. Et pour servir de Replique a la Plaidoierie De
Louis Cellot 1781 First Edition Good 20 x 24.5cm Approx 
31 x 9 pages. Both bound together by original? Cord. Condition, good clear printing, minor ageing, a few pencil notes, some minor foxing, minor edge nicks, corner/edge folding. Please note I do not read French, seems to be a legal document regarding inheritance. Please see all scans that you can enlarge and read. Both printed by De l'Imprimerie De Louis Cellot, rue Dauphine, & Both Monsieur Seguir, advocat general,,, Me Target, advocat & D'Orgemont, procureur. From net: Dame Barbara Janssen Bladen First Lady of Maryland, 1742-1746/47, born 1705 - c1773. Father was Sir Theodore Janssen of Wimbledon, 1st Baronet (c. 1658 - 1748) was a French-born English financier and Member of Parliament who after a long and successful career in commerce was ruined and disgraced by his part in the South Sea Bubble. Husband was Sir Thomas Bladen (1698 - 1780) was a politician and colonial governor. He served as Governor of Maryland from 1742 to 1747. He travelled early to England, where he was educated and where in 1737 he married Barbara Janssen, the daughter of Sir Theodore Janssen, 1st Baronet, and Williamza, who was also the sister-in-law of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimoreand Proprietor of the Province. and aunt to Caroline Calvert Eden wife of Governor Sir Robert Eden, 1st Baronet, of Maryland In England, he was a Member of Parliament 1727 to 1741. In 1742, he returned to Maryland as provincial Governor, the first governor to be born in the Province. But became an unpopular Governor and was dismissed from office by October 1746 . He returned to England in 1746, and died in England in 1780.They had three daughters. She is credited with being the first person to make ice cream in the American colonies. From a quick net check was unable to find another copy anywhere, in fact either find any information on the net about this document. 
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18 Minutes of the Committee of Council on Education: Correspondence: 1848-49 presented to both houses of Parliament by command of Her majesty.
London Printed William Clowes for Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1849 First Edition Hard Back 14 x 22.cm Approx 
111 pages +vi front.. brown binding good minor staining, dents. Clear gilt title to spine, pages good, clean & tight with exception of tear to title page & some very minor paper ageing. No inscriptions, includes minutes & correspondence in connection to British & Foreign School Society, from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Wesleyan Schools, Free Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic Poor School Committee etc. 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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19 Mr. Hoppus's Measurer, Greatly Enlarged and Improved; Practical Measuring Made Easy to the Meanest Capacity ( Sixth Edition 1761 )
Printed by arrangement from the trusties of E. Wickford for mess. Hitch and Hawes, J. Riverton and J. Hinton, S. Crowder, T. Caslon, and J. Cootre. 1761 Hard Back Fair/good 9 x 20 x 3.5cm Thick. Aprox. 
Lxxvi (76) | + 204 pages, Binding fair/good rubbed copy, holding tight. Contents fair, endpapers with pencil & ink notes, owner name, another later owner name to top half title page, + other owner names another page, one dated 1803. some minor/light/small stains to a few pages, some corner tip folds, lacks pages 195-198, last page with tear. With various illustrations within text to front and lots of tables to rear. These (1760's) pocket books were in common use for 200 years before calculators were common. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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20 Punch's Pocket-Book for 1847 ( pages for accounts, every day (diary) & Almanack & lots more).
London Punch Office 1847 First Edition for This Date Leather wrap-round binding Good 9 x 12cm Approx John Leach, 
Black leather wrap-round binding. with a small document pocket at front. Binding complete and in good condition, just minor rubbing etc . Contents good, with some pencil & ink notes in diary, a/c's. Contains Hand-colour 3 page fold-out frontispiece, titled The Matrimonial Tattersall's, (Tattersall's is a horse action (also market) founded in 1766 by Richard Tatterall ) + hand-colour half title page " Punch's pocket book for 1847 + Title page + 192 pages + 6 Full page b/w illustrated pages (also various illustrations within text) . Part 1 contains a good selection of useful information for the year including the government, the Royal family, their household, Almanack, Commerce, Law, Taxes etc + ruled pages for owners cash accounts, diary for every day of the year. Missing diary page 113/114. has various pencil & ink inscriptions, mostly a/cs for 1855 &1856, a couple of recipes, also names of various members of owners family inc. J.F. Wallis, J.E Wallis, J. Wallis, J.B Wallis etc. Part II contains 6 full page illustrations & stories. All full page illustrations by John Leach, ( 1817 - 1864 ) was an artist and cartoonist including for Punch ( the leading political comic weekly of the time). . First Edition for This Date. 
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