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The Strange Laws of Old England
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The Strange Laws of Old England

By Cawthorne, Nigel

London: Piatkus, 2005. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 266 pages. Illustrations in the text. Did you know that the law requiring a London taxi driver to carry a bale of hay on top of his cab to feed the horse was in force until 1976? Or that Oliver Cromwell passed laws ordering the demolition of theatres, the imprisonment of actors and the fining of the audience? Or that you are not allowed to feed or shoe horses on the road? However you can herd cattle along the streets, provided you do not 'wantonly and unlawfully pelt, drive or hunt any such cattle'. Nigel Cawthorne takes the reader on an entertaining tour of the wilder shores of the British legal system. and unearths an extraordinary collection of the most bizarre and arcane laws that have been enacted over the centuries. C3C. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.78

Tales of Witches and Sorcery
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Tales of Witches and Sorcery

By Radford, Ken

London: Chancellor Press, 1993. A near Fine unmarked copy with age darkening to page edges in pictorial laminated boards. A fascinating collection of tales from around the world which has been compiled from the records of state and county archives as well as the memories of those who recall characters and incidents related by their forebears. Illustrated with over 50 woodcuts and drawings. 206. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.86

Great Disasters  -  Catastrophes of the Twentieth Century
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Great Disasters - Catastrophes of the Twentieth Century

By Canning, John (edited by)

London: Ivy Leaf, 1991. A Fine unmarked copy with pictorial laminated boards as dustjacket with Fine complete dustjacket. This vividly illustrated book gives the full story of many of the monumental disasters of the 20th century, those of accidents and those of natural calamities such as volcanic eruptions, includes the sinking of the Titanic, the R101 and Hindenburg disasters, San Francisco earthquake. 20B. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.

$7.69

Giants of Gaia
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Giants of Gaia

By Mann, Nicholas R. And Sutton, Marcia

Albuquerque, New Mexico: Brotherhood of Life Inc, 1995. First Edition, First Printing. A Very Good+ unmarked copy. Written by a pair of Earth Energy experts who show us the fascinating world of giants, allowing them once again to emerge as the divide between the visible and invisible is dropped. Who are the Giants? Why do legends of every culture say giants once lived upon the earth? What are the Giants saying to us today? How can we hear them? Illustrated with over 50 photographs, map overlays and line drawings. **** NOT EX LIB **** A1A. First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.78

The Darwin Awards II
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The Darwin Awards II

By Northcutt, Wendy

London: Orion, 2001. First UK edition. A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. In the spirit of Charles Darwin the book brings together a fresh collection of magnificent misadventures, honouring those who continue to improve our gene pool by removing themselves from it in a sublimely idiotic fashion. True stories of how dumb humans have met their maker. A1C. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.86

Tales of Old Berkshire
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Tales of Old Berkshire

By Millson, Cecilia

Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books, 1994. A Fine unmarked copy. Down through the centuries Berkshire has produced many famous people whose stories have passed into folklore and are now dulled by time. The author, an authority on the county, presents such stories as how could a Lambourn man travel to London by land, sea and air as early as 1607? What peril awaited a Reverend after his gas filled balloon had been launched to observe a meteor shower in 1899 and 21 other curious tales. Illustrations by Don Osmond. C3C. First Edition. Soft Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Osmond, Don. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$5.49

Tales from North Yorkshire
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Tales from North Yorkshire

By Markham, Leonard

Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books, 1993. A Fine unmarked copy. North Yorkshire has a great tradition of stories from a bygone age and a fascinating folklore and the author has compiled 25 curious tales including what is the story behind the first aeroplane flight 50 years before the Wright brothers? How did a hanged man rise again from the grave? Who are the 12 knights who slumber beneath Richmond Castle waiting to be brought back to life? Great Yorkshire characters such as Old Mother Shipton, a man who taught his pig to race, Agatha Christie, Lewis Carroll and Mary Stuart. Illustrations by Don Osmond. 205. First Edition. Soft Cover. Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Osmond, Don. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$5.49

Circular Evidence  -   A Detailed Investigation of the Flattened Swirled Crops Phenomenon
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Circular Evidence - A Detailed Investigation of the Flattened Swirled Crops Phenomenon

By Delgado, Pat & Andrews, Colin

London: Bloomsbury, 1989. A near Fine uninscribed copy with a small bump to one corner tip and with dustjacket which is price clipped. Fascinating case studies by the authors of whom Delgado brought to the attention of the press in 1981 the existence of circles in fields at Cheesefoot Head,Hampshire. A fascinating and detailed investigation with theories, profusely illustrated by photographs. *** NOT EX LIB *** 11. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.59

Martian Genesis  -  The Extraterrestrial Origins Of The Human Race
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Martian Genesis - The Extraterrestrial Origins Of The Human Race

By Brennan, Herbie

London: Piatkus, 1998. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 216 pages. A controversial look at the evolution of mankind using discoveries made by spacecraft. The author links these to hi-tech artefacts millennia old, ancient civilisations,biblical descriptions and mythology. He concludes that our world may have been seeded by creatures from Mars 100 million years ago. 11 photographic illustrations. **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 14. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

The Last Secrets Of The Earth
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The Last Secrets Of The Earth

By Busson, Bernard & Leroy, Gerard

London: Werner Laurie, 1956. Black title on red boards. Slightly faded spine with a few light marks to back but clean with no wear. Internally there are tape marks left from the removal of a dustjacket or cover to endpapers else clean, tight and unmarked. Overall a Good + copy. Translated by Kenneth Hare. The work by two French journalists comprises - Visitors from the Skies, Is the Sea Unknown, The Earth's Fire, River of the Night, The Inhuman Antarctic, The Snowman Our Cousin and Adam and the Coelacanth. 25 illustrations and 2 maps. 25. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$6.59

Banvard's Folly  -  Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity,Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck
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Banvard's Folly - Thirteen Tales of Renowned Obscurity,Famous Anonymity and Rotten Luck

By Collins, Paul

London: Picador, 2001. A near Fine copy with near Fine dustjacket. John Banvard was a famous and prolific Victorian painter who became a millionaire, yet 35 years later he was buried in a pauper's grave in a frontier town in the Dakota territory. His most famous works destroyed and with no mention of him in reference books his name has been obliterated from history. This was the result of various calamities that befell him in his life. His story and 12 other equally fascinating ones make up this odd, funny and factual account proving that real life is stranger than fiction. B2B. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$8.78

Patent Nonsense -   A Catalogue of Inventions That Failed To Change the World
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Patent Nonsense - A Catalogue of Inventions That Failed To Change the World

By Anderson, Clive and Brown, Ian

London: Michael Joseph, 1994. A VG+ copy with VG+ dustjacket which is complete. A selection of amusing inventions from the United States, British and French Patent Offices including bizarre ones such as 'Ice Block as Substitute for Vehicle Wheels', 'Method for Preserving the Dead' which involved hermetically sealing in molten glass, 'Edible Phonograph' (chocolate records would you believe), 'War Protecting Suit' and many other off the wall ones. An hilarious book. 4. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$7.69

Nostradamus  -  Countdown to Apocalypse
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Nostradamus - Countdown to Apocalypse

By Fontbrune, Jean-Charles De

London: Hutchinson, 1983. A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket of Nostradamus and the heavens, price clipped. xl + 453 pagesTranslated by Alexis Lykiard with a preface by Liz Greene and translator's note. Of all the famous 16th century men Michel de Nostredame, known as Nostradamus, has provoked the most controversy. His predictions and their many interpretations have never been out of print, as was observed by Andre Gide. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.9 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING **** 21. First Edition. Cloth. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$13.18