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Catalogue of works of science, religion, travel, the arts, etc. in Folio Society editions

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74700
Burchfield, Robert
The English Language - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2007.
Reprint. Octavo; hardcover; 230pp. Minor wear. Fine in a like slipcase. Here, Robert Burchfield, editor of the four-volume Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary, offers a brief survey on the development of English. He expertly stresses the flexibility of the English language, tracing its ever-changing face from the 5th century AD to the present day. Burchfield describes the resilience of the language - from the days of runes to the origins of printing, through social, religious, political and industrial change in the Eighteenth Century, through the rise of the British Empire and the development of world English, right up to the enormous changes in the English language that have taken place in the Twentieth-Century. In a stirring Afterword, John Simpson looks at what the historical details of the English language tell us about the world of its speakers, and how ideas about what constitutes the English language have changed over the past decades. Wonderfully informative and a delight to read, "The English Language" is an essential guide for anyone interested in the early days of our language and how it has transformed over the years into its modern form.
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$30
69788
Byng, John, Viscount Torrington (Donald Adamson, ed.; Anne Hayward, illus.)
Rides Round Britain - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1996.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with marbled boards and gilt spine-titling on brown labels; 505pp., top edge dyed dark brown, with maps, an engraved monochrome frontispiece and many decorations likewise. Mild wear; spotting to the text block edges; spine sunned. Near fine in a like slipcase. "An absolute delight. This book sits firmly in my Top Ten All Time Favourites list and probably occupies a spot in the top 5 - a fluid little list. The Folio Society edition is quite beautiful and Byng's late 18th c. diaries of his travels are greatly enhanced by Anne Hayward's engravings. Full of wonderful (and often amusingly cranky) detail ranging over the price of feed for his horse, the weather as he rode or walked, precisely what he ate at each stop, and of course his opinion on the merit of whatever vista or grand structure he was viewing. Completely fascinating and detailed look at the people who inhabited his world and what daily life was like for many of them. I've re-read this book several times and will no doubt do so again. This edition includes maps of each leg of his travels which is a great bonus, particularly for readers who are not UK residents." - online review
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$30
40778
Byron, Robert (Introduction by Geoffrey Moorhouse)
The Road to Oxiana - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2000.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, gilt decorated boards with gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 329pp., with a monochrome frontispiece, maps and 16 plates likewise. Minor wear; spine lightly rubbed. Very good to near fine in a like slipcase.
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$35
209059
Catlin, George (Introduction by Peter Matthiessen; C J Shepherd, ed.)
Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians - Folio Society edition Written during Eight Years' Travel amongst the Wildest Tribes of Indians in North America
The Folio Society, London, 2009.
First printing: quarto; hardcover, full decorated cloth with endpaper maps; 470pp., with a colour frontispiece, maps and many illustrations likewise. Minor wear. Fine in a slightly rubbed slipcase. From 1831 to 1837, George Catlin travelled extensively among the native peoples of North America-from the Muskogee and Miccosukee Creeks of the Southeast to the Lakota, Mandan, and Pawnee of the West, and from the Winnebagos and Menominees of the North to the Comanches of eastern Texas. Studying their habits, customs, and modes of life, he made copious notes and numerous sketches of ceremonies, buffalo hunts, symbols, and totems. Catlin's unprecedented fieldwork culminated in more than five hundred oil paintings and his now-legendary journals, which, as Peter Matthiessen writes, 'taken together...constitute the first, last, and only 'complete' record of the Plains Indians ever made at the height of their splendid culture, so soon destroyed by traders' liquor and disease, rapine and bayonets.'
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$70
201835
Cobbett, William (Introduction by Richard Ingrams; Joe McLaren, illus.; Ian Dyck, ed.)
Rural Rides - Folio Society edition In the Counties of Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Somersetshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Hertfordshire: with Economical and Political Obervations relative to matters applicable to, and illustrated by, the State of those Counties respectively.
The Folio Society, London, 2010.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt-decorated upper board, gilt spine titles on black labels and endpaper maps; 502pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and 20 plates likewise. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$35
86853
Constable, John (Joseph Darracott, ed.)
England's Constable - Folio Society edition The Life and Letters of John Constable
The Folio Society, London, 1985.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling on a black label and illustration pasted on front board, decorative endpapers; 143pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; very good to near fine in illustrated slipcase with scraping to corners and lower edge. This is a relatively small book, but profusely illustrated with the works of Constable. It traces his life from childhood to his final days, and the art that reflected his attitudes during those periods. Constable (1776-1837) was classified among the English Romantic school, and, today is admired for his landscapes - mostly from the surrounding areas of Dedham Vale, his home in Suffolk. He found, early on, that he could not make a living from his landscape paintings, so resorted to portrait painting, which provided him an income such that he could still paint his outdoor scenes. Throughout his life, he was more admired in France than in his native England, selling most of his paintings there. His two most famous paintings were: "The Hay Wain" (1821), and "Dedham Vale" (1802). He was finally elected to The Royal Academy at the age of 52. During his lifetime, he was friends with Benjamin West, and Charles Leslie, along with the other artists who were members of the Academy. The extracts of letters presented in this book were selected to better understand specific paintings and Constable's feelings and thoughts at the time.
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$25
201904
Daniell, Samuel, & William Thomas (Introduction by Katherine Prior, ed.; Reginald Piggott, illus.)
An Illustrated Journey Round the World - Folio Society edition
Folio Society, London, 2007.
First printing. Oblong quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with decorated upper board, gilt spine and upper board titles on labels and endpaper maps; 329pp., with a colour frontispiece, maps and many monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear; top corner of upper board bumped. Otherwise near fine in bumped illustrated slipcase. An account of the art and travels of Samuel Daniell and his nephew William Thomas in India and southeast Asia from 1785-1837. Printed on Lessebo paper by Lego Spa, Vicenza, Italy, and bound by them in three quarter buckram with a front board covered in printed and blocked vegetable parchment.
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$50
201841
Daniell, William (Introdution C.J. Shepherd, ed.; Preface by Robert MacFarlane; Reginald Piggott, illus.)
A Voyage Round the Coast of Great Britain - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2008.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full cloth, with gilt-decorated upper board, and gilt spine titles on a black label; 294pp., with maps, a colour frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like illustrated slipcase. In 1813 Daniell decided to undertake what was to be his greatest artistic work, "A Voyage Round Great Britain". His plan was to journey around the whole coast and record views of places of interest. An integral part of the venture was to provide a running commentary, which described the scenery and the conditions of the people. Daniell had already had excursions in England, Wales and Scotland and so he had a good idea where to go and what he might find by way of subjects for paintings. The original intention was to make a coastal trip by sea, but it became clear early on in the venture that this was not practical, and most of the journey around the coast had to be made by road. The journey was completed in six separate trips, over the period 1813 to 1823. In the summer of 1813, Daniell and his companion, Richard Ayton, who was to write the accompanying text, covered the coast from Land's End to Holyhead. The following year in August they went from Holyhead to Kirkcudbright. Richard Ayton did not accompany Daniell on the rest of the journey, leaving Daniell to sketch the scenery and also write the text. Daniell's approach was to make pencil sketches of views that looked interesting, annotating them with details of colour and texture. The sketches included people and scenery. The transfer of the picture from paper to copper in the form of an aquatint plate required great artistic skill and dexterity. The process is very delicate. This was done on his return to London, as was the printing and colouring of the prints. Daniell must have had a very good visual memory of the places he had visited, as up to five years elapsed between the production of the sketches and the prints being completed.
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$50
201848
Defoe, Daniel (P.N. Furbank, W.R. Owens & A.J. Coulson, eds.; Neil Gower, illus.)
A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain - Folio Society edition Divided into Circuits or Journeys Giving A Particular and Diverting Account of Whatever is Curious and Worth Observation ... With Useful Observations upon the Whole; Particularly Fitted for the Reading of Such as Desire to Travel over the ISLAND
The Folio Society, London, 2006.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full cloth, with gilt-decorated upper board and gilt spine titles; 524pp., with a colour frontispiece and many colour and monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase. Based on the emended abridged text released by the Yale University Press in 1991.
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$50
204747
Erasmus of Rotterdam (Introduction by Betty Radice, trans. & ed.)
Praise of Folly - Folio Society edition "Moriae Encomium"
The Folio Society, London, 1974.
First printing: octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles and upper board titles; 116pp., with a colour portrait frontispiece and 8 plates likewise. Minor wear; spine lightly sunned. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$28
90988
Finlay, Victoria
Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2009.
First printing. Royal octavo hardcover; pictorial boards with black silver gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 424pp., colour illustrations. Fine in a like slipcase. " With wry humour, Finlay maintains her sense of wonder while she pursues outlandish tales 'about the people who made the things that made the art'. What starts as a romantic rainbow chase spurred by a childhood memory of Gothic blue stained glass at Chartres leads her to uncover 'more corruption, poisonings, wars and politics than even the Medicis could have appreciated'.The invention of secret potions for lasting colour, and the traders and users of their arcane ingredients, captivate Finlay. She doesn't hesitate to draw on lore from art history and her own conjecture about a painter's supply problems to ask all the right questions. She seeks sacred ochre caches in the Outback, and wonders why Aboriginals used to carry lumps of the stuff thousands of miles for body painting rituals. She treks to subterranean veins of lapis lazuli in Taliban territory to find the source of Virgin Mary blue, and figures out why there was no need to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte when killer green wallpaper did the trick. She buttonholes Mexican grandmothers who dye skirts purple with the tears of sea snails, and pores over forgers' prison diaries to find out why experts authenticated their mock-medieval masterpieces. Those splodges on old palettes turn out to be anything but mundane: they contain real blood, squashed bugs, purple Phoenician seashells, even ground-up Egyptian mummies. For ultramarine, semi-precious lapis lazuli gets powdered into whipped egg yolk like some celestial mayonnaise. Madder is a little bush with a pink root used to produce the warm tomato red in Turkish carpets. Dutch growers refined it, and made fortunes despite calling the highest grade "krap". Intrigued by tubes of pricey rose-madder paint, still manufactured in Harrow by the firm Winsor & Newton, Finlay tours the factory but is barred from entering one top-secret room. Still, she rhapsodises about a photograph of the madder root: 'It was orange and blue and red, like kingfishers' wings... a celebration of every colour imaginable.' Finlay pities the cuttlefish that had to be sufficiently scared to yield the exact tone of sepia prized by artists. Don't be put off by the twee subtitle: these travels through the paintbox are vivid indeed. Even drab (technically the tone between olive and puce) seems less so when Finlay examines it." - Jan McGirk
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$45
84950
Fortey, Richard
The Earth - Folio Society edition An Intimate History
The Folio Society, London, 2011.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, illustrated papered boards with gilt spine titling; 416pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear only. Fine in a like slipcase. Beginning with Mt. Vesuvius, whose eruption in Roman times helped spark the science of geology, and ending in a lab in the West of England where mathematical models and lab experiments replace direct observation, Richard Fortey tells us what the present says about ancient geologic processes. He shows how plate tectonics came to rule the geophysical landscape and how the evidence is written in the hills and in the stones. And in the process, he takes us on a wonderful journey around the globe to visit some of the most fascinating and intriguing spots on the planet.
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$45
14819
Fothergill, John (Introduction by Craig Brown; Peter Bailey, illus.)
An Innkeeper's Diary - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2000.
First printing. Royal octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with decorated boards and spine titles on a yellow label; 278pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Minor wear. Fine in like slip-case.
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$30
93870
Hogwood, Christopher
Music at Court - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1977.
First printing. Quarto; hardcover, quarter bound in cloth with decorative papered boards, gilt spine titling and illustrated endpapers; 127pp., with many colour and monochrome plates and illustrations. Minor wear; slightly frayed board corners; spotting to upper text block edge. Glassine wrap. No slipcase. Very good. Christopher Hogwood gives a musical grand tour showing the strained relationship between courts and composers. How English monarchs supported classical music and musicians.
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$23
204397
Holford-Strevens, Leofranc
A Short History of Time - Folio Society edition
Folio Society, London, 2007.
First printing. Octavo hardcover; blue decorated boards with gilt spine titling and dark blue endpapers; 137pp., monochrome illustrations and diagrams. Near fine in dark blue slipcase.
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$20
201842
Hoskins, W.G. (Introduction by Keith Thomas)
The Making of the English Landscape - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2005.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full cloth, with decorated upper board and gilt spine titles; 280pp., with maps, a monochrome frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Very minor wear; spine sunned. Near fine in a slightly scuffed slipcase. "One has to indulge in something of a thought experiment when reading Hoskins's book today. It was published in 1955 and it was an absolute trailblazer, a revolution. There had been a centuries-long tradition of topographical writing in English literature, but with the publication of The Making of the English Landscape a new discipline was born - landscape history. The familiar English countryside, in whatever regional variation, became a form of historical palimpsest - its evolving history there to be decoded and discerned for those who could look at it through the innovative lens that Hoskins provided. It was as if the landscape was all of a sudden an archaeological dig - hills and dales, woods and copses, fields and rivers, villages and roads ceased to be simple features of a view. Instead the whole history of English humankind and husbandry was on display, from the Holocene age to the latest horrors of agribusiness. And the book in which that history was written was the very land itself. Landscape history - or landscape archaeology, or historical ecology had become a new area of study but Hoskins's book, it can be fairly said, was its inaugurating monument. Not only was it revelatory, it was also written in a prose style that displayed the virtues of vigorous and evocative English. There's nothing vague or woolly about his descriptions - the precise verities of our language and its range and colour inform these pages, whether he is describing the workings of a medieval watermill or trying to paint a broader picture of the landscape as it was discovered by various changing populations. Through careful observation and notation each apparently mundane facet of the landscape could reveal its complex history - the sudden corner in a lane, the abundance of hazel or the absence of elder, the width of a ditch, the height of a bank were all clues to the never-ending story of the land." - William Boyd
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$40
8184
Hudson, Roger (ed.)
The Grand Tour, 1592-1796 - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1993.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and illustrated boards; 270pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. A little unevenness to illustration on front board;. otherwise very minor wear only. Near fine in a slightly marked slipcase. Excerpts from authors including Joseph Addison, William Beckford, James Boswell, Edward Gibbon, Thomas Gray, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, Horace Walpole, amongst others.
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$30
33041
ibn Ishaq ibn Yasar ibn Khiyar, Muhammad (Michael Edwards, ed.)
The Life of Muhammad - Folio Society edition Apostle of Allah
The Folio Society, London, 1964.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with upper board decoration, red spine titles on a gilt label and endpaper maps; 177pp., top edges dyed red. Minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase. Muhammad ibn Ishaq ibn Yasar ibn Khiyar (died 767, or 761) was an Arab Muslim historian and hagiographer. He collected oral traditions that formed the basis of this important biography of the Islamic prophet.
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$30
80712
Kelly, Michael (ed. Herbert van Than & intro. J C Trewin)
Solo Recital: The Reminiscences of Michael Kelly - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1972.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in marbled boards with red cloth spine and gilt spine titling, tan endpapers; 372pp., top edges dyed dark brown, with an engraved portrait frontispiece and 11pp. of plates likewise. Light wear to spine heel and a few random spots on text block edges. Otherwise very good to near fine in moderately worn slipcase with scraping and wear to edges and spotting. Michael Kelly (1762-1826) was an Irish singer (tenor), composer and theatrical manager who made an international career of importance in musical history. One of the leading figures in British musical theatre around the turn of the nineteenth century, and a close associate of Richard Sheridan's, he had been a friend of Mozart and Paisiello, and created roles in operas of both. With his friend Nancy Storace, he was one of the first singers in that age from Britain and Ireland to make a front-rank reputation in Italy and Austria. In Italy he was also known as O'Kelly or even Signor Ochelli. Although the primary source for his life is his 'Reminiscences', it has been said "Any statement of Kelly's is immediately suspect."
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$25
87836
Lovill, Justin (ed.) (Introduction by John Mortimer)
Notable Historical Trials - Folio Society edition - 4 slipcased volumes "Socrates to the Gunpowder Plot"; "Galileo to Admiral Byng"; "Boston Massacre to Queen Caroline"; and "Burke & Hare to Oscar Wilde"
The Folio Society, London, 1999.
First printing. Four volumes: royal octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with marbled boards, gilt spine titles on royal blue labels and decorated endpapers; 2,087pp. [521pp., + 498pp., + 514pp.,+ 554pp.], with four colour frontispieces and 104pp. of colour and monochrome plates. Minor wear. Fine in a mildly rubbed gilt-decorated slipcase.
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$160
97808
Martin, Gregory (introduction & ed.)
Canaletto - Folio Society edition Paintings, Drawings and Etchings
The Folio Society, London, 1967.
First printing. Landscape octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards, with gilt spine titles and an upper board title stamped in blind; unpaginated (14pp.), with a monochrome engraved frontispiece and 62 colour and monochrome plates. Mild wear; slightly rolled and boards fanned; text block top edge slightly dusted. Lacks dustwrapper. Very good. A brief overview of the life and work of the Italian painter Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto [1697 - 1768 ] who is best known for his stunning townscapes of Venice. Illustrated with 31 colour plates, being reproductions of oil paintings, and 31 black-and-white reproductions of etchings and sketches.
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$20
90978
More, Thomas (Introduction by Peter Ackroyd; George M. Logan and Robert M. Adams, trans.; Adam Simpson, illus.)
On the Best State of a Commonwealth and on the New Island of Utopia - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2011.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, quarter bound in cloth with illustrated papered boards and gilt spine titling; 159pp., with colour illustrations. Minor wear. Fine in a like slipcase. "Utopia" - "Libellus vere aureus, nec minus salutaris quam festivus, de optimo rei publicae statu deque nova insula Utopia" - is a work of fiction and political philosophy by Thomas More (1478-1535) published in 1516 in Latin. The book is a frame narrative primarily depicting a fictional island society and its religious, social and political customs.
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$28
14820
Morton, H.V. (Introduction by Simon Jenkins; Peter Bailey, illus.)
In Search of England - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2003.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, full-cloth with decorated boards, spine titles on a white label and endpaper maps; 305pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Very minor wear. Near fine in a like slipcase.
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$30
209050
Park, Mungo (Introduction by John Keay)
Travels in the Interior of Africa - Folio Society edition
Folio Society, London, 1991.
Reprint: octavo hardcover, with gilt spine titling, tipped-on upper board illustration and endpaper maps; 203pp., top edges dyed dark blue, with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and 15pp. of plates likewise. Minor wear; some rubbing to boards and mildly faded spine panel. Very good in a like slipcase. "Mungo Park's Travels is a classic of English exploration literature - a contemporary bestseller whose influence lingered throughout the next century, and into the 20th, inspiring a remarkable variety of writers, from Wordsworth and Melville, to Conrad and Hemingway. A solitary, quiet, young Scot with itchy feet, Park had ventured alone into the African interior in search of the Niger river at the age of 24. He was equipped with a horse, an umbrella, a change of clothes, a compass, a pistol - and a hat. When he emerged 18 months later, he was in rags, but carrying a fistful of notes and his hat. He was greeted as one who had risen from the dead, and soon after his remarkable escape he began to commit the story of his adventures to paper. Park was not just a hero-explorer of 'the Dark Continent', he was also fiercely engaged in the contemporary debate about slavery and its longed-for abolition. This makes him modern; and so does his prose, which is not only a thrilling tale of adventure and survival, but also (in his confrontations with the practice of the slave trade) an eye-witness's argument against a humanitarian catastrophe. In his solitude, he was often the victim of violent theft, was once left for dead, and is almost always finding himself in some kind of jeopardy. Park usually travelled with native guides, or on his own, with not much idea of where he was going, apart from what he could pick up from local people. Inter alia, he was captured by Moors, but escaped. He had to bang on village gates to avoid being eaten by lions. He was chronically unwell, often with malaria, but also from the side-effects of malnutrition (he nearly starved to death during a famine).Throughout his Travels, Park the quiet man reports an extraordinary, heart-stopping tale with equanimity and good humour. Well received in his own time, and consistently rediscovered by subsequent generations, Park's Travels has never quite achieved the broader recognition as a classic that it deserves. The explorer's own life was similarly overtaken by oblivion. On a second mission to the Niger, he and his party are reported to have met their deaths in the depths of their quest for its source. Park was just 34." - Robert McCrum
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$30
8135
Plato (Introduction by Peter George, trans.; Michael Ayrton, illus.)
The Trial and Execution of Socrates - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society Ltd., London, 1972.
First printing: royal octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in gilt decorated vellum with cloth boards with gilt spine titles; 197pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and 7plates likewise. Mild wear; covers lightly rubbed. Very good in a like slipcase.
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$28
41810
Polo, Marco (Introduction by Ronald Latham, trans.)
The Travels of Marco Polo - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1994.
Reprint: royal octavo; hardcover, quarter bound in full cloth boards with gilt rules and spine titling and endpaper maps; 310pp, top edges dyed red, with a colour frontispiece and 11 plates likewise. Minor wear; spine mildly faded. Very good to near fine in a like slipcase. Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kublai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West, he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.
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$30
14823
Rossetti, William Michael
The Pre-Raphaelites & Their World - Folio Society edition A Personal View. (From Some Reminiscences and other writings of William Michael Rossetti)
The Folio Society, London, 1995.
First printing. Hardcover, quarto, 234pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Illustrated cloth boards; fine in slightly worn slip-case. "Genuine feeling and candour mark the tone of William Michael's autobiographical documents, as he rejects the temptations of more colourful autobiographers. Here is a rich eyewitness testimony of appealing, varied texture, blending memoirs, biography and autobiography, poetry and reviews, letters, opinion and detailed art criticism."
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$35
203694
Ruskin, John (Introduction by Jan Morris, ed.)
The Stones of Venice - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 2002.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and gilt spine and upper board decorations; 350pp., top edges dyed brown, with a colour frontispiece, 13 plates likewise and 16 monochrome plates. Minor wear. Slipcase mildly rubbed. Near fine.
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$60
64027
Sellar, Walter Carruthers & Robert Julian Yeatman (John Reynolds, illus.)
1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England - Folio Society edition Comprising all the parts you can remember including 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates
The Folio Society, London, 1990.
Reprint. Octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards; 116pp., with decorated text block edges and many monochrome illustrations. Imitation brown paper boards with matching brown slipcase. Fine in slipcase with light scrape to rear panel. "Canute began by being a Bad King on the advice of his Courtiers, who informed him (owing to a misunderstanding of the Rule Britannia) that the King of England was entitled to sit on the sea without getting wet..." This humorous 'history' is a book that has itself become part of the UK's history. The authors made the claim that "All the History you can remember is in the Book," and, for most Brits, they were probably right. But it is their own unique interpretation of events that has made the book a classic: an uproarious satire on textbook history and a population's confused recollections of it.
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$20
97832
Smiles, Samuel (Introduction by Eric de Mare)
The Lives of George and Robert Stephenson - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1975.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, full cloth, with gilt spine titles and rules, an upper board decoration, and illustrated endpapers; 305pp., with a colour frontispiece, 7 plates likewise, and many monochrome woodcut illustrations. Very minor wear. Slipcase lightly rubbed. Near fine. George Stephenson did not invent the steam engine; that was due to Newcomen and later to James Watt. He did not invent the steam locomotive; that was due to a number of people including Cugnot, Trevithick and others. He did not invent the Railway; railways or tramways had been in use for two hundred years before Stephenson. The reason why Stephenson was known as "the father of the steam locomotive" was that he took a primitive, unreliable and wholly uneconomic device and, turning it into an efficient machine not very different to those which ran until fifty or so years ago, married it with the iron rail and alone, against considerable opposition, began, via the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and then the London and Birmingham Railway, the development of steam railways in England and the world. George Stephenson began life in 1781 in the worst and poorest of all circumstances, he did not learn to read until he was twenty years old, but he, together with his son Robert, became the foremost engineers in the railway world. If, in the middle years of the Nineteenth Century you wanted to build a railway, then, if you wanted it big bold and imaginative, you might go to Mr. Brunel; if you wanted it to pay, however, you would go to the Stephensons.
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$32
48347
Stevenson, Robert Louis (introduction by James Michie)
The Amateur Emigrant and the Silverado Squatters - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1991.
First printing. Hardcover, octavo, illustrated red boards with gilt spine titling, blue and red endpapers and top text block edge dyed red, xv + 231pp., monochrome frontispiece and illustrations. Minimal wear; fine in like black slipcase. Stevenson's journey to late nineteenth-century America was an immersion course in the privation and misery of emigrant steam and rail travel. It was a chastening corrective to Stevenson's romantic view of the New World. 'For many years,' Stevenson explains in The Amateur Emigrant, 'American was to me a sort of promised land.' America had, moreover, the added appeal of release from constraint and convention: 'The war of life was still conducted in the open and on free barbaric terms'. The emigrants he observed, however, were hardly brave seekers of the golden land of democracy and equality; they were largely life's failures. 'The more I saw of my fellow passengers,' writes Stevenson, the subdued enthusiast, 'The less I was tempted to the lyric note.' Stevenson's near-steerage accommodations on ship and the cramped, airless, and miserable circumstances of the emigrant train, affect not only his personal views but his writing: his experiences result in a sharpened prose style. The decidedly grim penultimate chapter of The Amateur Emigrant - Despised Races examines racial hatred toward both the Native American, 'lover whose own hereditary continent we had been steaming all these days' and the Chinese, confined to their own rail car on the train and, like the Native Americans, frequently maligned by fellow passengers. This dismal tone ultimately yields to something more upbeat as the train moves into California. Stevenson insists on the hopeful prospect of the dawn to strike his final note. 'The day was breaking . . . everything was waiting, breathless, for the sun. . . . and suddenly . . . the city of San Francisco, and the bay of gold and corn, were lit from end to end with summer daylight.' The Amateur Emigrant shows Stevenson as a travel writer who focuses on more than the natural landscape and personal reflections, although he does that. He also writes of the common people he meets, and in doing so he engages in a good deal of social criticism. As an 'American' text, The Amateur Emigrant captures a forward-looking optimism, an appreciative regard for the spirit of democracy, and the responsibility to speak critically of late nineteenth-century American society. (This summary by Wendy Katz has been extracted and slightly revised).
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85394
Tannahill, Reay
The Fine Art of Food - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1968.
First printing. Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titling; 128pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; front board slightly fanned and text block edges spotted. Very good. No slipcase. In very little space (115 pages) Tannahill manages to convey a broad picture of the history of both procuring and preparing food, common foodstuffs, dining customs and social history related to eating in the Western world (plus several chapters on India and China) from prehistoric times though the age of exploration and colonization. She uses a conversational tone through out the book, along with plenty of anecdotes and examples to illustrate her points. She includes extensive notes on sources, and even a few early recipes (although modern cooks would be confused by the lack of exact measurement) and menus. Recommended for readers who love food history.
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$23
97827
Tannahill, Reay
Regency England - Folio Society edition The Great Age of the Colour Print
The Folio Society, London, 1964.
First printing. Landscape octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with patterned silk boards, with gilt spine titles; unpaginated (112pp.), with a colour frontispiece and many colour plates. Mild wear; some marks to the silk; some tears to the cloth of the lower board. No dustwrapper. Very good. Filled with lovely colour prints on many different walks of Regency-era life, with explanations and greater details for each print on the opposite page.
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$18
69382
Tristan, Flora (Charles de Salis, trans.)
Peregrinations of a Pariah - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1986.
First printing. royal octavo; hardcover with decorated boards and gilt spine title on a black label; 291pp., some monochrome plates. Mild wear; previous owner's inscription on verso of frontispiece; somewhat dusted along the top edge of the text block; slightly marked on the boards. Very good to fine in slightly worn slipcase. The great socialist writer and activist, and one of the founders of modern feminism. Her father died in 1807, before her fifth birthday, causing the situation of Tristan and her mother to change drastically from the high standards of living to which they were accustomed. In 1833 she travelled to his hometown to claim her paternal inheritance, which was in possession of an uncle. She remained in the country until mid-1834. Though she never secured the inheritance that brought her there, Tristan wrote a travel diary about her experiences during its tumultuous post-independence period.
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97824
Vasari, Giorgio (Introduction by George Bull, trans.; Peter Murray, ed.)
Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society, London, 1971.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, in full cloth, with gilt spine and upper board titles and decorations; 158pp., top edges dyed teal, with a monochrome portrait frontispiece and 31 plates likewise. Minor wear. Slipcase, with morocco head and heel, lightly sunned. Near fine. Michelangelo (1475-1564) was a sculptor, painter and architect widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance period - and arguably of all time. His work demonstrated a blend of psychological insight, physical realism and intensity never before seen. His contemporaries recognized his extraordinary talent, and Michelangelo received commissions from some of the most wealthy and powerful men of his day, including popes and others affiliated with the Catholic Church. His resulting work, most notably his Pieta and David sculptures and Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings, has been carefully tended and preserved, ensuring that future generations would be able to view and appreciate Michelangelo's genius. Vasari's biography of the artist is the essential source for all information regarding the famous Florentine.
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71467
Vermes, Geza (ed. & trans.)
The Dead Sea Scrolls - Folio Society edition A selection of original manuscripts
The Folio Society, London, 2000.
First printing. Octavo; hardcover, with decorated boards; 335pp., with coloured photographic frontispiece, a map, and 16pp. of full-colour and monochrome photographic plates. Fine in a rubbed slipcase. This selection of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been chosen from the complete translation by Geza Vermes into English. The purpose of this edition is to bring the Scrolls closer to the non-academic reader: annotations and references are at a minimum and the text is deliberately clear of the mechanisms of study that have haunted previous releases. The texts chosen focus upon those which highlight and underscore the notions of community and the social conditions under which they were written; in this way, they are made a spotlight on the roots of the Jewish faith and its people as well as being a fascinating examination of the original sources of the Bible.
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92446
White, Gilbert (Introduction by Keith Thomas)
The Natural History of Selborne - Folio Society edition
The Folio Society Ltd., London, 2009.
First printing. Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in decorated papered boards with gilt spine titles and decorations and a brown ribbon; 379pp., with a map, a coloured engraved frontispiece, and 69 plates likewise. Moderate wear. Near fine in a gilt-titled slipcase. Any book that delighted both Virginia Woolf and Charles Darwin is a must-read, and Gilbert White's The Natural History of Selborne is that book. But this classic of nature writing - the first in this genre ever published - has been beloved by millions for more than two centuries, being republished more than 300 times since it first sat on a bookshelf. This book is a compilation of letters that naturalist and ornithologist Gilbert White presumably wrote and posted to his contemporaries; naturalist and antiquarian, Thomas Pennant, and Daines Barrington, an English barrister and Fellow of the Royal Society. But it's obvious that at least some of these 'letters' (i.e. Letter 1 to Thomas Pennant, Esquire) were actually written specifically for this book, to provide a context and framework around which the entire collection revolves. The writing itself and the thoughtfulness that it stimulates has inspired admiration in uncounted numbers of readers throughout the centuries. A Quarterly reviewer, speaking of White, describes him as 'a man the power of whose writings has immortalised an obscure village and a tortoise, for who has not heard of Timothy - as long as the English language lives.' The life history of Timothy may be read in White's letters, and in the amusing letter to Miss Hecky Mulso, afterwards Mrs. Chapone (31 August, 1784), written by him in the name of Timothy. The tortoise was an American, born in 1734 in the province of Virginia, who remembered the death of his great-great-grandfather in the 160th year of his age. Thomas Bell disputes the American origin and believes the animal to have belonged to a north African species, naming it testudo marginata; but Bennet held that it was distinct and he described and named it T. Whitei, after the man who had immortalised it. White's was an uneventful life as we usually understand the phrase; but it was also a full and busy one, the results of which have greatly benefited his fellow men. He was born and died at Selborne; and that delightful neighbourhood was the centre of his world.
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