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Bertrands

Bertrand's Toyshop in Bath; Luxury Retailing 1685-1765, by Vanessa Brett

This is a 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.


 

Beowulf

Beowulf

Gavin Bone, (Muirhead Bone) Beowulf in Modern Verse with an Essay and Pictures

The fine edition limited to just 75 copies of which this is number 63. In fine condition in quarter vellum with oatmeal cloth covered boards and a maroon title label to spine. An association copy sent to Kerrison Preston by the authors father Muirhead Bone with loosely laid in a coloured prospectus for the book, a handwritten note regarding the book signed by Muirhaed Bone relating to the book and a postcard from Muirhead Bone to Kerriston Preston apologising for the delay in delivery of this special edition, "the binder is taking longer over it..." also a signed "with compliments" a prospectusfor Beowulf from Muirhead Bone and a signed invitation to an exhibition at The Leicester Galleries of Landscapes by Stephen Bone. Altogether a very nice collection of related items. The ordinary edition was 15/- this special 42/-.

Sir Muirhead Bone (23 March 1876- 21 October 1953) was a Scottish etcher, drypoint and watercolour artist. The son of a printer, Bone was born in Glasgow and trained initially as an architect, later going on to study art at Glasgow School of Art. He began printmaking in 1898, and although his first known print was a lithograph, he is better known for his etchings and drypoints. His subject matter was principally related to landscapes, architecture (which often focussed on urban construction and demolition sites) and industry. His son Gavin Bone died in 1942 prior to publication of his book. Kerrison Preston, Blake and pre-Raphaelite collector, was the recipient of the book, note and postcard. It was in 2006 that Kerriston Preston' daughter died and discovered in her Oxford house were the two painted panels by the Renaissance artist, Fra Angelico along with other treasures from her father's collection. See also our item 029390.

Nearer, our God, to Thee
 

Christian G. Tennyson-Ekeberg,
Nearer, Our God, To Thee, A New Comprehensive Biography of the Titanic Bandmaster


violinA fine new copy of this sumptuous and well illustrated volume on Wallace Henry Hartley, bandmaster of the ill fated White Star liner Titanic. Includes details and illustrations of the recently discovered violin and Gladstone bag found with Hartley's body. 403pp. The comprehensive biography with many previously unpublished photographs and images relating to Hartley and also to the Titanic disaster. An edition limited to 2000 copies. Flat signed on the title page and dated upon publication by the author. Now in stock for delivery or collection.

 
Seven Pillars
   

T.E. Lawrence

We are stockists of T.E. Lawrence material and have elusive and original material as well as a range of standard titles. We are always seeking unusual titles or T.E. Lawrence related material.

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Meyrick  

Sir Samuel Rush Meyrick
A Critical Inquiry into Ancient Armour, as it existed in Europe, but particularly in England, from the Norman Conquest to the Reign of King Charles II, with a Glossary of Military Terms of the Middle Ages. 3 Folio volumes

A very good set of the three volumes of this important and sumptuous work on armour and weapons. Illustrated throughout with 80 engraved plates, including 71 hand-coloured and with 27 large illustrated and historiated chapter initials hand-coloured, heightened in gold. This set bound in contemporary maroon leather with marbled boards, gilt titles to spines. An attractive and sound set of this great pioneering work. This copy from the library of Dr. Peter Henry Irving Parsons (1926-2010) former Hon. Secretary of the Meyrick Society from 1991 to 2002.

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British General John Burgoyne 1790 Document Signed Autograph

BurgoyneA scarce draft note with signature British General John Burgoyne signs a draft note, dated 25 October 1790, with instructions to ''...pay to Mr. Henry Phillott on order one Hundred & fifty pounds value received...'' He signs, ''J. Burgoyne''. He is writing from Bath, the location of Phillott's Bear Inn and the note is addressed to Nathaniel Collyer, Esquire, of Leicester Square, London. General Burgoyne is best known to Americans for his surrender at Saratoga during the American Revolution. He died in London two years after the date of this document. The 8'' x 3.25'' draft bears a blindstamped one shilling revenue stamp. Small tears and minor paper loss to edge of document; a very good attractive document with a clear signature.

Burgoyne is best known for his role in the American War of Independence. During the Saratoga campaign he surrendered his army of 5,000 men to the American troops on October 17, 1777. Appointed to command a force designated to capture Albany and end the rebellion, Burgoyne advanced from Canada but soon found himself surrounded and outnumbered. He fought two battles at Saratoga, but was forced to open negotiations with Horatio Gates. Although he agreed to a convention, on 17 October 1777, which would allow his troops to return home, this was subsequently revoked and his men were made prisoners.

Burgoyne faced criticism when he returned to Britain, and never held another active command. Burgoyne was also an accomplished playwright known for his works such as The Maid of the Oaks and The Heiress, but his plays never reached the fame of his military career. He served as a member of the House of Commons of Parliament for a number of years, sitting for the seats of Midhurst and Preston. He is often referred to as Gentleman Johnny. American War of Independence related signature.

 

 
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