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Odal Rights and Feudal Wrongs: A Memorial for Orkney
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Odal Rights and Feudal Wrongs: A Memorial for Orkney

By David Balfour

Edinburgh, 1860 A good copy of the extremely scarce 1st edition of Col David Balfour's work on the history of Orkney, inscribed by the author on an initial blank. Col Balfour was born on Shapinsay and inherited the family estate there in 1846, commissioning the building of Balfour Castle. He was one of the key movers in the reorganisation of land use in the mid 1800's - replacing the narrow field strips by larger square fields better-suited for profitable farming. The central thesis of 'Odal Rights' is that Orkney, with its Scandinavian links, had the capacity to be a major trading centre, but that Scottish rule brought over-taxation and dependency. This copy is in the original cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding has mottling to the sides of both boards and has light fraying and pulling at the spine ends. Corners with light wear. The contents with title page, text, appendices and glossary of unusual words, are complete and clean with 2 initial and final blanks. The inscription to the second initial blank reads 'with the author's kindest regards'. The stitching is visible in a couple of places but the book is sound.

$282.08

Sean Dana; Le Oisian, Orran, Ulann, &c. Ancient Poems of Ossian, Orran, Ullin &c. collected in the Western Highlands and Isles; Being the Originals of the Translations some time ago Published in the Gaelic Antiquities
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Sean Dana; Le Oisian, Orran, Ulann, &c. Ancient Poems of Ossian, Orran, Ullin &c. collected in the Western Highlands and Isles; Being the Originals of the Translations some time ago Published in the Gaelic Antiquities

By John Smith

Edinburgh: Charles Elliot, 1787 A fair copy in contemporary half leather binding. The binding has wear and scuffing and has lost its title label. The spine has the remains of gilt lines and blind stamped designs. The leather is fragile at the spine ends with fraying and loss. There is wear to joints. The marbled boards are scuffed with some paper loss at the edges. Corners worn. Contents: initial blank; title with signature of Allan Duncan Stewart; dedication with further signature; advert 2pp; index 1p; text pp 1-348. There is a stain at the top page edge from the fep to the advert, and a lot of brown spotting in the margins from p 282-290 and 346-8. Otherwise text is clear and clean with occasional marks and spots.

$307.73

Richard III and his Rivals: Magnates and their Motives in the Wars of the Roses

By Michael Hicks

London : The Hambledon Press, 1991 A near fine copy of the 1st edition in near fine wrap. Wrap with light fade to spine and in removable protective cover. Binding with slight pulling to spine ends. Book with slight marking in the gutter at the front endpaper and slight marking to top and bottom page edge.

$51.29

An Economical History of the Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland
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An Economical History of the Hebrides and Highlands of Scotland

By John Walker

London and Edinburgh: Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme; Guthrie and Anderson, 1812 A fair set of the 2nd edition of John Walker's scarce work in 2 volumes. In contemporary half leather bindings which are scuffed and worn. The spines have surface loss and wear at spine ends and joints with cracking. The marbled boards have scuffing and the corners are worn. Vol I: initial blank; title; dedication; contents pp i-iii; text pp 1-389. There is a yellowed area in the top outer corner, also visible at the foredge, which is present from the fep through to p 87. It is darker at the title than later on where it is barely noticeable. There are a couple of small marks at p 182 with a small hole and some leaves are lightly mottled. Text remains clear throughout. Original page marker present. Vol II: initial blank; title; text pp 1-416; finis. The odd light mark but otherwise contents very good.

$512.88

Observations on the Nature and Extent of the Cod Fishery, carried on off the coasts of Zetland and the Orkney Islands
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Observations on the Nature and Extent of the Cod Fishery, carried on off the coasts of Zetland and the Orkney Islands

By A Edmonston

Edinburgh: William Laing; and Baldwin, Craddock, and Joy, 1820 A very good copy recently rebound in full morocco leather with title label to spine and gilt titles and date to front board. The binding is in near fine condition with minimal wear. New endpapers and initial and final blanks have been added and there is the bookplate of John Davie Manson Robertson, a noted Orcadian book collector, to the front pastedown endpaper. A previous cover has been bound in with the signature of Francis G Grant to the top. Contents: title; dedication; text pp 5-38. Advert for the forthcoming edition of 'The History of the Zetland Islands' at the rear. The title is browned but the text is only lightly toned and is in very good clean condition with just the occasional light mark.

$153.86

An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents: in two parts. I. The First exhibits a general View of Serpents, in their various Aspects.....II. The Second gives a View of most Serpents that are known...
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An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents: in two parts. I. The First exhibits a general View of Serpents, in their various Aspects.....II. The Second gives a View of most Serpents that are known...

By Charles Owen

London: Printed for the author and sold by John Gray, 1742 A fair copy of the 1st edition in later half calf binding with 7 plates. A fascinating read today, being an account of a mixture of mythical and real animals - including descriptions of dragons. The binding is in good to very good condition with gilt titles and gilt ruled lines to spine and lightly marbled boards. There is some light scuffing and wear. There is an armorial bookplate to the front pastedown with the motto 'durum sed fortissimum' and the name 'Stones' to the top. The endpapers are also newer but the paper has been chosen to match the rest of the volume. Contents: title; dedication pp iii-v; to the reader pp vi-vii; directions to binder and errata 1p; list of subscribers ix-xxiii; text pt I pp 1-50; Pt II pp 51-166 with 7 plates; Part III pp 167-240; index 12 pp. With decorative head and tailpieces. Overall the text is very clean. The title has been relaid onto matching paper and has loss at all margins; the first page of the dedication has old repair to the bottom corner; and there is similar old repair in the gutter of plate VI. There are new small edge tear repairs to margins of pp 71,73, 85 and plate VII. There is a small area of loss to the bottom edge of p69 and a tiny hole in p 85. There is staining to some areas eg circa pp 135-9 (on text); 143-185 - side edges; bottom corner margin pp 215-20. The final index leaf is toned and fragile with a couple of small brown pencil marks. The plates have some toning and occasional marking. Please enquire if you would like to see further images.

$1057.82

An Account of the Present State of the Hebrides and Western Coasts of Scotland: in which An attempt is made to explain the circumstances that have hitherto repressed the industry of the Natives..
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An Account of the Present State of the Hebrides and Western Coasts of Scotland: in which An attempt is made to explain the circumstances that have hitherto repressed the industry of the Natives..

By James Anderson

London and Edinburgh: G G J and J Robinson; and C Elliot, 1785 A good copy in contemporary rebacked half leather binding with marbled boards. Contents complete with folding map. The binding has gilt ruled lines to the spine and title label. There is the remains of a small old label at the top of the spine. Both the leather surface and the marbled paper surface on the boards are scuffed. Corners worn with some leather loss. Internally there is some scuffing to the front pastedown endpaper where it looks like a bookplate has been removed. The front endpaper is split at the joint, but it looks like this was left as such when the book was rebacked. Contents: initial blank; folding map; title; contents and errata 2pp; introduction pp i-clxv; text pp 1-452 including appendices with folding table and single page town plan; finis. The folding map as archival tape repair at the attachment; there is some offsetting from the town plan to the opposing page; and remains of old pencil marking to the rear pastedown endpaper. Otherwise contents generally clean with the odd spot or mark.

$320.55

The Coronation of Richard III the Extant Documents
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The Coronation of Richard III the Extant Documents

By Anne F Sutton & P W Hammond [editors]

Gloucester: Alan Sutton Publishing Limited, 1983 A near fine to fine copy of the 1st edition in fine wrap. The wrap is in removable protective cover. Binding with slight wear at the corners. Contents in fine clean condition.

$192.33

Histoire Naturelle et Morale des Iles Antilles de l'Amerique. Enrichie de plusieurs belles figures des Raretez les considerables qui y font d'ecrites. Avec un Vocabulaire Caraibe
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Histoire Naturelle et Morale des Iles Antilles de l'Amerique. Enrichie de plusieurs belles figures des Raretez les considerables qui y font d'ecrites. Avec un Vocabulaire Caraibe

By Charles de Rochefort

Roterdam: Arnould Leers, 1658 A fair to good copy of the scarce 1st edition in largely contemporary full leather binding with portrait of Jaques Amprovx, 11 full page plates and 33 engravings in the text. The engraved title and 2 leaves of the table of chapters are provided in facsimile. Attributed to Charles de Rochefort, the Pastor of the French Protestant Church in Rotterdam - although there has been considerable dispute over the authorship. The vocabulary is by Father Raymond Breton. This copy has been rebacked and restitched, retaining the original contemporary boards with corners rebuilt. A new matching spine with raised bands and title label has been added. The original pastedown endpapers have been retained with a large armorial bookplate to the front pastedown and some old ink notes to the rear pastedown. New free endpapers have been added. Contents: engraved title (facsimile); title with printer's device and old ink scrawl to verso; portrait of Messire Jaques Amprovx; epistre 4pp; preface 6pp; avertissement 2 pp; text book I pp 1-262 with 33 engravings in the text and 11 full page engravings; half title book II; text pp 265-514; Vocabulaire Caribe pp 515-527 fin. Table of Chapters 12 pp of which the final 2 leaves have been largely torn out. The remnants have been included and 2 facsimile leaves added. The contents are clean with varying degrees of toning to pages. Page edges, particularly in the epistre are fragile. There is a pale semi-circular stain at the bottom margin in the gutter which commences at p 209 and continues through the work. There are small very occasional circular burn spots of which one has produced a hole at p 363. There has been occasional worming - initially in the gutter circa p 37 (one small track) - this has been repaired from p 49-119 and then disappears; and one small track in the top corner tip from p 393-419 - again repaired to p 410 to preserve the integrity of the corner. A small piece of text has transfered to the illustration in the text on p 197, 2 words are affected on p 196. There are old ink notes in the side margins at pp 266, 464 and 484. Book size: 22.5 cm x 18 cm.

$1410.42

Orkney and the Last Great War. Being excerpts from the correspondence of Admiral Alexander Graeme of Graemeshall 1788-1815
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Orkney and the Last Great War. Being excerpts from the correspondence of Admiral Alexander Graeme of Graemeshall 1788-1815

By Patrick Sutherland Graeme

Kirkwall: William Peace & Son, 1915 Scarce 1st edition copy in original quarter cloth and card binding. Compiled from the Admiral's correspondence retained at Graemshall together with copies of the letters that his Factor, David Petrie filed (his original letters were destroyed). Published at the start of World War I - to be of 'special interest to those desiring information upon the naval and military activities of Orkney and Orcadians during the last great war'. The binding is clean and sound with some very light marking to the back board. The contents are in very good clean condition with some light browning at the endpapers. Some pages are unopened. The bottom corner of p53 has a crease where it was turned over.

$153.86

A Voyage to St. Kilda, The remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland: giving An Account of the very remarkable Inhabitants of that Place, their Beauty and singular Chastity ....
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A Voyage to St. Kilda, The remotest of all the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland: giving An Account of the very remarkable Inhabitants of that Place, their Beauty and singular Chastity ....

By Martin Martin

London: Printed for Dan. Browne, and Lockyer Davis, 1753 A good copy of the 4th edition of Martin Martin's account of his visit to St Kilda in 1697 (first published in 1698). Martin Martin lived on Skye and was a gaelic speaker. He decided to visit and study the western isles of Scotland to record both the land and its culture and natural history. Although Martin's account was mocked by some, particularly because he was considered too believing of local tales, it was much read and reprinted. This copy is in a probably later 1800's half leather binding with marbled boards. The spine has blind stamped decoration and gilt compartments with leather title label to spine. It sound and clean with some rubbing at joints, edges and corners and a little scuffing. There is the armorial bookplate of Edward Herbert, Earl of Powis to the front pastedown, and some marking to the endpapers suggesting that a cover was stuck down over the book at some point. Contents: initial blank; folding plate of 2 birds and a map; title; preface 2pp; text pp 5-79; finis. Page 78 is numbered 70, and 79 is numbered 63. Text is continuous. Text with decorative head and tail pieces and initial capitals. Contents are clean and in very good condition. There is a small burn hole at p 9 and the final leaf is browned with some spotting.

$769.32

A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland, Pightland-Firth & Caithness. Wherein After a short Journal of the Author's Voyage thither, These Northern Places are first more Generally Described; ...
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A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland, Pightland-Firth & Caithness. Wherein After a short Journal of the Author's Voyage thither, These Northern Places are first more Generally Described; ...

By John Brand

Edinburgh: William Brown, 1883 A good copy of the limited facsimile edition of John Brand's work which was first published in 1701. Limited to 157 copies, of which 148 were for sale. This is copy 1. The plain cloth binding is sound, but with marking and there is wear to spine and cloth fraying to corners. It has the original title label. The contents are in very good clean condition. The contents are a replica of the 1701 work, with the addition of a small advert for Haco's Expedition on an initial blank, and a 2 page introduction from the publisher. The text has been printed on hand-made paper and page edges are untrimmed. 4 pages have some light brown toning. Preliminaries pp 1-18; text 1-240 with appendix 241-147.

$448.77

An Introduction to the Old English History, Comprehended in Three Several Tracts: An Answer to Mr Petyt's Rights of the Commons Asserted; An Answer to a Book Intitled Argumentum Antinormanicum; The Exact History of the Succession of the Crown of England.
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An Introduction to the Old English History, Comprehended in Three Several Tracts: An Answer to Mr Petyt's Rights of the Commons Asserted; An Answer to a Book Intitled Argumentum Antinormanicum; The Exact History of the Succession of the Crown of England.

By Robert Brady

London : Tho Newcomb for Samuel Lowndes, 1684 A very good copy of the first and only edition of this rare and important work in new half calf binding. Robert Brady (1627-1700) was an academic and historical writer who rigorously researched original source material in an attempt to establish 'facts'. He was a Royalist and opposed to James Tyrell and William Petyt who took the Whig side. The book consists of three Tracts - each has its own title page - tracts 1 and 3 were previously published separately and this volume refers to them being 'very much inlarged' for this edition. The pagination is continuous through the Tracts. Also included is an Appendix 'containing several records, and a series of Great Councils and Parliaments before and after the Conquest, unto the end of the reign of Henry the third'; and a Glossary 'expounding many words used frequently in our antient records, laws and historians'. Some sections of the Appendix are in Latin. This copy has one of the 2 cancels noted by Cole and Contreras in their copy: it has 2 different versions of the Nn3 section. It does not have Qq4 in either version. The binding has raised bands and title label to the spine and marbled boards. New endpapers and initial and final blanks have been added. Page edges are reddened. Contents: title; epistle 6pp; title tract I 1683; advert 1p; intro 1p; text pp 1-162; title 1684; text 165-240 with numbers to pp 233-240 bracketed; title tract 2 1684; text pp235 - 326 with p 301/2 in 2 versions; title tract 3 1684; text pp 339 - 412; appendix pp 1-60; glossary pp 1-68; index (unpaginated) 15 pp with errata. There are some mispaginations with continuous text: pp 44-65-66 etc; 412-411-412; Glossary: 8-9-10-9-10. There is small loss to the side margin of p 89; a paper flaw hole which has been printed over so was present at printing at p 123; a repaired vertical tear to title of tract 3 and one further repaired tear; and a repaired hole (again present at printing) at p 10 of the Glossary. Contents in very good clean condition with the odd spot or mark. 2 armorial bookplates have been preserved from the rebinding and are loose in the book: ? jud Sharp, and T J LL Baker. A very nice copy.

$1218.09

The History of Berwick-upon-Tweed (1817)
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The History of Berwick-upon-Tweed (1817)

By Thomas Johnstone

Berwick-upon-Tweed: The Berwick History Society , 2004 A very good copy of the limited facsimile edition of Thomas Johnstone's History of Berwick. No 226 of 400 copies. In blue cloth binding with gilt crest to front board and titles to spine. The binding is in very good clean condition. Contents with folding map of Berwick, text 234 pp, appendix l pp. There are a couple of printing problems - p 99/100 has had a replacement p 99 pasted to the original; and the appendix has a replacement p xxvii - it seems unlikely that this is the only copy in this state. Contents clean.

$44.88

A Place by Itself. Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Eighteenth Century
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A Place by Itself. Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the Eighteenth Century

By David Brenchley

Berwick-Upon-Tweed: Berwick-Upon-Tweed Civic Society , 1997 A good to very good copy of an extremely scarce work that examines the history of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the 1700's. With inscription by the author with signature to the half title - noting that this was a 'first day sale!'. Cover clean with front corners lifting slightly. Contents in very good clean condition - again with the odd corner lift.

$76.93

Colonsay and Oronsay in the Isles of Argyll. Their history, flora, fauna and topography
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Colonsay and Oronsay in the Isles of Argyll. Their history, flora, fauna and topography

By John de Vere Loder

Edinburgh and London : Oliver and Boyd, 1935 A very good copy of the 1st edition. In original blue cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding is clean and sound with light bumping to bottom corners. Original blue endpapers. Contents: initial blank with signature July 1938, half title, title, dedication, song, preface, contents, illustration list, introductory description pp xxxi; half title History; text pp 1-190; half title appendices; text pp 193-448; authorities consulted 449-453; index 455-472. With 57 photographic plates, 1 folding section, 2 folding genealogical tables and 2 folding colour maps. Contents in very good clean condition.

$269.26

Considerations on the Fisheries in the Scotch Islands: to which is prefixed A General Account elucidating the History, Soil, Productions, Curiousities, &c of the same, the Manners of the Inhabitants, &c
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Considerations on the Fisheries in the Scotch Islands: to which is prefixed A General Account elucidating the History, Soil, Productions, Curiousities, &c of the same, the Manners of the Inhabitants, &c

By James Fea

London : Printed for the Author at the Dove, 1787 A good copy of an extremely scarce work in contemporary half leather binding with folding map of Orkney and Shetland. The binding has been rebacked supplying a new spine with gilt titles and blind ruled compartments. The boards have the original leather and are marbled. The binding is in very good condition with general wear to edges and corners. The original endpapers look to be retained. Contents: initial blank, title, introduction pp vii; fold out map; text pp 1-101; half title - considerations on the fisheries; text pp 3-88 finis; list of subscribers 6pp; final blank. A piece has been cut from the top edge of the title and the first page of the introduction - which also has an inscription: Francis Taylor's book 1834. The title has also lost the corner tip. The map has loss to the left margin, but this does not affect the Orkney and Shetland Isles, and some edge tears to the bottom folds. It has been reinforced. There is a mispagination - 42-47, 48 etc - there is no loss of text. The contents are clean - there are occasional signs of old stitch holes in the gutter.

$448.77

The Isle of Foula. A series of articles on Britain's loneliest inhabited isles
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The Isle of Foula. A series of articles on Britain's loneliest inhabited isles

By Ian B Stoughton Holbourn, [edited with memoir by] M C Stoughton Holbourn

Lerwick: Johnson & Greig, 1938 A good copy of the 1st edition with photographic frontispiece and 13 f and urther photographic plates. In the original red cloth binding with gilt titles to spine. The binding has a cocked spine which is faded and pulled. The front board has gilt titles and is bright and clean. Back board with some lighter spotting, bumped corners and a light corner crease. Internally there is a signature to the front pastedown which has offset slightly to the free endpaper. Contents with half title, frontispiece, title, contents and foreward pp viii; text pp 1-256 with appendix and 13 plates. Contents in very good clean condition with the occasional light spot.

$102.58

The History of St Kilda. Containing A Description of this remarkable Island; The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; The Religious and Pagan Antiquities there found; With many other curious and interesting Particulars
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The History of St Kilda. Containing A Description of this remarkable Island; The Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; The Religious and Pagan Antiquities there found; With many other curious and interesting Particulars

By Kenneth Macaulay

London : T Becket and P A De Hondt, 1764 A very good copy in contemporary full leather binding with fold out map of St Kilda. An interesting account by the Rev Mr Kenneth Macaulay, who was Minister of Ardnamurchan and was sent to St Kilda as a missionary by the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge. The binding has gilt ruled lines to the board edges and has been rebacked providing a newer spine with title and gilt lined raised bands. The binding is in very good clean condition with wear to edges and corners (some loss to the rear bottom corner) and a little scuffing. Internally there is a decorative bookplate of Ralph Stewart-Wilson to the front pastedown. Contents: initial blank; half title; folding map; title; contents 3pp; introduction pp i-iv; text pp 5-278; and publisher's list at the rear. There is some creasing to the initial leaves where the map fold lies. The map has some marks to towards the bottom edge. Contents in very good clean condition with some occasional staining in the top margin and the odd mark. There is some light spotting to preliminary leaves

$730.85

Rambling Sketches in the Far North and Orcadian Musings
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Rambling Sketches in the Far North and Orcadian Musings

By R Menzies Fergusson

London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Kirkwall: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co. John Menzies & Co. Wm Peace & Son, 1883 A good to very good copy of the 1st edition in the original decorative cloth binding. The binding has gilt titles and black decoration to the front board and gilt titles to the spine. It is bright and clean. The spine is cocked and with some pulling and slight fraying at the top and bottom. There is slight mottling and a little bubbling to the cloth on the back board, and overall light wear to corners. Internally the original yellow endpapers are present - with some splitting starting at the bottom part of the rear joint. Contents with title; poem to Orkney; preface; contents 3 pp and text pp 1-177 including appendix. Contents in very good clean condition.

$160.28

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