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Cats and Landladies' Husbands; T E Lawrence in Bridlington

Lawrence, T.E. (Knowles, Richard) Denby Dale: The Fleece Press, 1995. This volume tells the story of T.E. Lawrence in Bridlington. Introduced by Richard Knowles, FSA, with a note by Phil Clabburn. Designed and printed by Simon Lawrence at his Fleece Press, Denby Dale. This is the edition limited to just 50 copies signed by both Richard Knowles and the printer/owner of the Fleece Press Simon Lawrence. Tall octavo, blue quarter leather with pale grey paper covered boards blind stamped TES. In a pale grey slipcase with blue edging as issued. 47 pages, composed in 11 pt. Caslon, and printed letterpress in two colours on Zerkall paper. Illustrated with 14 tipped-in photographs. In this special edition there is an original photographic print taken from the restored glass negative of TE in uniform taken in Flamborough by Ian Deheer. The whole edition was limited to 400 copies, this is one of the 50 specials, few were signed. A printing of an anonymous account, with Introduction, detailing the latter part of Lawrence's RAF career and life, when he was posted as an aircraftman to Bridlington from November 1934 to February 1935. This is an exceptionally elegant edition of a useful account of this part of TEs life and contains excellent photographs, tipped in as frontispiece, the one printed from the original glass plate negative of TE in uniform at Ian Deheer's garden (this edition also has an original photographic print of this), Flamborough and two versions (one previously unpublished) of the photograph of TE leaving Bridlington on his pushbike. A matching volume to the scarce the Fleece Press' "Sayings and Doings of T E Lawrence". An interesting account of Lawrence of Arabia's time in Yorkshire. A hard to find edition.. Signed by Printer and RK. First Edition. Quarter Leather. Fine/Slipcase. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
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The Odyssey of Homer

Shaw, T.E (Lawrence, T.E. London: Bruce Rogers, Wilfred Merton & Emery Walker, 1932. A rare opportunity to see a fine copy of this glorious edition of T.E. Lawrence's translation of the Odyssey. Bound in full black leather that is in a fine unmarked condition and contained in a very good original black card slipcase. The volume printed on grey paper, watermarked with a Greek galley and printed with aromatic ink that still holds the spicy aroma. The title page and each chapter heading has a roundel of gold leaf printed with a Greek vase design, the printing of these took seven separate impressions and is a wonderful feature of the book. In Joseph Blumenthal's "Bruce Rogers. A Life in Letters," Blumenthal describes this volume; "I believe the Bruce Rogers Odyssey is indisputably amongst the most beautiful books ever produced. It is difficult to describe a work of genius. In the Odyssey without tricks or accessory decoration, with a classic austerity akin to the timeless proportions of the Parthenon, with only type and paper and ink, with consummate skill, Rogers created a masterpiece". Here indeed is a fine copy of this master work, without doubt one of the most handsome volumes in the Lawrence cannon. As an added bonus the Lawrence translation is still most readable, so the volume offered combines printing excellence with a practical and readable text. Limited to 530 copies. A nice copy of this fine landmark volume.. First Edition. Hardback. Fine. Folio - over 12" - 15" Tall. Limited Edition.
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Cruck Building: A Survey, Rewley House Studies in the Historic Environment, 11

Alcock, Nat, Barnwell P. S.and Cherry, Martin Donnington: Shaun Tyas, 2019. A Fine new copy. 416 pp. Crucks are principal timbers spanning from the ground to the roof apex (in the case of ‘full’ crucks), a significant component of vernacular architecture in Britain. More than 4,000 such buildings survive today, including cottages, farmhouses, manor houses, barns great and small, and even a few churches, with dates ranging from 1262 to 1742. This book has evolved from a conference held at Rewley House, Oxford, in 2017, which reviewed our knowledge of cruck construction, last surveyed in 1981. The book covers the whole of Britain though there are references to crucks in Ireland and mainland Europe. There are fifteen essays by leading architectural historians of the vernacular, the editors contributing to more than one paper, some providing conceptual overviews of construction methods, definitions, trees and documentation. The contributors are Nat Alcock, Daniel Miles, Mark Gardiner, Bob Meeson, Nick Hill (on the East Midlands), Martin Roberts (on Northern England and Yorkshire), Peter Messenger (on Cumbria), Duncan James (on the Welsh March or West Midlands), John R. L. Thorp (on Devon), Richard Suggett (on Wales), Piers Dixon (on Scotland), Martin Cherry, Peter Thompson, and P. S. Barnwell. This wonderful book is heavily illustrated with over 400 photographs, fantastic technical diagrams, all to scale, and revelatory distribution maps. . First. Hardback. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.
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Bertrand's Toyshop in Bath; Luxury Retailing 1685-1765

Brett, Vanessa Wetherby: Oblong Creative Ltd, 2014. This is a fine new copy of this splendid and well produced volume. In dust-wrapper, 364pp illustrated throughout in colour. "Toys " were expensive luxuries such as gold snuffboxes, buckles, watches, canes, and porcelain. Toyshops also sold children’s playthings, theatre tickets, elixirs and scientific instruments and much more. Paul Bertrand was born in America of Huguenot parents. He worked in London as a goldsmith until his second marriage linked him to the family of England’s most successful toyshop owners, and took him to Bath. With over 230 illustrations and 364 pages, this hardback book takes a fresh approach to the history of retailing and of Bath. Through the topography and society of Bath and London in the early eighteenth century, and through Bertrand’s newly-discovered bank account, it reveals how shopkeepers, craftsmen and merchants rubbed shoulders with actors and lawyers, courtiers and soldiers. Bertrand’s customers included royalty, the ‘middling sort’, country dwellers and townsfolk. The book is about commerce, about people, about the objects that were part of their daily lives, and the development of a fashionable resort. Whereas many books on retailing, and books on Bath, focus on the last decades of the eighteenth century due to the availability of material, this book is about the first half of the century. The newly discovered bank account of this luxury shopkeeper is an important addition to the handful of known business archives relating to retailers of the period. It reveals the names of nearly 900 people of all social levels and over 100 trades and occupations. Paul Bertrand was at the centre of Bath life, not only because of his toyshop but also through the assembly rooms and carrier’s business of his partners. Illustrations include portraits, landscapes, maps, the paperwork on which banking and businesses depended, and the stock of a toyshop. The book will appeal to all those with an interest in the eighteenth century and the central role of trade and luxury goods. . First Edition. Hardback. Fine/Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.