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A SUMMARY OF THE WAR RECORD OF THE NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE INSURANCE CO.LTD. AND ITS ALLIED COMPANIES 1939-1945, -------
1 ------- A SUMMARY OF THE WAR RECORD OF THE NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE INSURANCE CO.LTD. AND ITS ALLIED COMPANIES 1939-1945
LONDON PRIVATE 1st Edition Soft Back VG Book 205X130mm Approx. 
Stapled card wraps, 48pp, Colour sketch plan and one other b/w line illustration of Newland Park Chalfont St Giles Bucks, the war time headquarters of the Insurance company. Account of the affect of the hostilities on the Insurance company and it's staff during WWII. The booklet includes details of the precautions taken, damage sustained, casualties including roll of honour and decorations and medals awarded to staff. VG (Booklet- a little general shelf wear and soiling but no notable defects and no previous owner name). Please see our image of the actual item offered for sale. 
Price: 3.00 GBP
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SOUVENIR OF EAST GRINSTEAD (LETHEBY & CHHRISTOPHER LIMITED), -----------
2 ----------- SOUVENIR OF EAST GRINSTEAD (LETHEBY & CHHRISTOPHER LIMITED)
EAST GRINSTEAD FARNCOMBE AND CO 1910 Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Book 
Moir silk effect cloth covered boards with gilt tiles to front board, 150x115mm approx. 40pp, Frontis b/w photo + 22 other b/w photo. illustrations. Short history and topographical guide of local area and places to visit privately published and presented to guests of the Grosvenor Restaurant by the proprietors Letheby & Christopher Ltd. The booklet is undated but the company was incorporated in 1900 and the booklet mentions that it has provided the catering at Chester Racecourse for the preceding 9 years and the photographs contain images of only horse drawn carts and clothing styles of the Edwardian era which leads us to attribute the publication date of 1910. An interesting item not only for the collector of books on East Grinstead and Sussex but also for the catering company that sought promotion by its publication. VG (Book - spine a little faded with minor shelf wear/soiling and ink page no. notes to rear paste down. No other notable defects). Please see our images of the actual book offered for sale. 
Price: 35.00 GBP
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THE THACKERAY SOCIETY  Louis Littman and It's Early Years, -----...........
3 -----........... THE THACKERAY SOCIETY Louis Littman and It's Early Years
Stroud Alan Sutton 1991 0862999812 / 9780862999810 1st Edition Hard Back Fine Fine Book 255x175mm approx 
illustrated 8 Full-page Colour illustrations of The Reform Club of the Thackeray Society.Reform Club, Pall Mall, London.[ Clubs/ societies/ Company histories] Speeches & Speakers.120pp[ book Fine, no inscsp] Dust Jacket near Fine. PLS See our image 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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4 ----...........--------- SILK How and Where it is Produced Revised 8th Printing
Macclesfield H T GADDUM & Co Silk Merchants 1968 Soft cover Good Book 205X130mm Approx 
Paperback , Good , Revised 8th printing , 64pps , illustrated graph , chart , 3 Maps , diag., frontis plate - reeling raw silk in 1830 [ Chambon croisure ] , Silk Merchants HT Gaddum & co [ Company History ] over 71 years ago this little book 1st saw light of day - the outcome of a lecture of the Textile Institute , foreword , index , 6 chpts [ sericulture & raw silk reeling / producing countries / waste & by-products / figures / facts etc A small book of interest [ Internally VG - clean throughout , no inscsp/annotations ] externally - card has worn thin making trianguals lined closed tear to rear inner flap edge , 2 pale stain/marks to front , 10mm closed line tear to spine edge 7 5mm green cover loss top/tail spine so overall Good 
Price: 2.00 GBP
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RED FUNNEL and BEFORE, ADAMS , R B
5 ADAMS , R B RED FUNNEL and BEFORE
Southampton Kingfisher Railway Products 1986 0946184216 / 9780946184217 1st Edition Hard Copy VG + VG Book 260x200mm Approx. 
Larger format H/b+jacket VG+/VG, RB Adams of the Southampton World Ship Soc. & Memb. of the Clyde River Steamer Club, the Coastal Cruising Assoc, Paddle Steamer Preservation Soc.[ Company history / Passenger ships / car ferries / tugs & Tenders/ high speed craft/ Medina Crossing / coal barges etc] 8 appendices.+ ship index.Profusely illustrated b/w photographic plates.[book - tight binding, no inscsp] Dust Jacket not price clipped,uneven fade areas + tiny corner crease. PLS See our image 
Price: 7.95 GBP
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HISTORY OF THE BRIGHTON POLICE 1838-1967, BAINES, GERALD W , Police Inspector
6 BAINES, GERALD W , Police Inspector HISTORY OF THE BRIGHTON POLICE 1838-1967
BRIGHTON BRIGHTON BOROUGH POLICE WATCH COMMITTEE 1967 1st Edition Hard Back Very Good No Jacket Book 
Midnight Blue rexine cloth boards with silver titles, 220x145mm approx. 48pp. 29 b/w photo. illust- includes one of Police Fire brigade 1902. Short history of the Brighton force compiled by a then serving Inspector and published to mark the then imminent amalgamation of the five Sussex forces whereupon Brighton County Borough Police ceased to exist. It is possible it was issued to members of the Borough Police Watch Committee and serving members of the force only and did not go on general sale as it seems to be a relatively scarce item. At the time of listing we can find no other copies available to purchase or held by prominent UK libraries. Printed by The Southern Publishing Company Ltd "Argus House" North Street Brighton. Undated (1968) VG (A little light shelf wear to extremities of boards, previous owner name- PS62 to front free end paper. Some signatures a little strained but binding generally sound). Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. 
Price: 75.00 GBP
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ON THE RUN A History of Croydon Fire Brigade, BAKER , Eddie , Fireman
7 BAKER , Eddie , Fireman ON THE RUN A History of Croydon Fire Brigade
Huddersfield Jeremy Mills Publishing 2004 0954648404 / 9780954648404 1st Edition Paper Back Fine Book 235x170 mm Approx 
As new, FINE P/b, no inscsp.Company History of the Croydon Fire Brigade by fire fighter Eddie Baker - born & bred in croydon - a lifetime in the Fire services - began Auxiliary Fire Service 1960 - followed in his father's footsteps.Profusely illustrated B/w. PLS See our image 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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RECORDS 1909-1922 OF THE RAMSGATE COUNTY SCHOOL FOR BOYS NOW KNOWN AS CHATHAM HOUSE SCHOOL, BARNARD,H.C. & TAYLOR F.N.
8 BARNARD,H.C. & TAYLOR F.N. RECORDS 1909-1922 OF THE RAMSGATE COUNTY SCHOOL FOR BOYS NOW KNOWN AS CHATHAM HOUSE SCHOOL
RAMSGATE CHATHAM HOUSE 1923 1st Edition Hard Back VG- VG- Book 190x130mm Approx 
SCARCE title , Hard Cover , Dust jacket , 1st edition , illustrated , paper covered boards with green line illustration of the school entrance and title to front and spine repeated on dust jacket.204pp. Frontis + 7 other mono photo. plates as listed. Many lists and registers as suggested by the title including School Register, Prefects, Roll of Honour, Old Ruymian Club. The book also contains a short history, the origins of it's foundation etc. of interest not only to old boys but local historians. VG-/VG- (book- no previous owner name or inscription. Moderate to heavy foxing to endpapers and all edges of pages the face of the pages largely unaffected. The foxing also extends to the extremities of the boards. The dust jacket has moderate shelf soiling and some staining to the white rear panel - possibly leaching of colour from a red cloth book. Numerous closed tears and some loss- Max tear 20mm approx. to top front panel near spine fold. Max area of loss- 7x22mm approx to bottom rear panel. Now in a prorietary protective wrapper). 
Price: 45.00 GBP
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DIE SCOTLAND YARD STORY  The Scotland Yard Story FACTUAL German Text, BARR , Robert
9 BARR , Robert DIE SCOTLAND YARD STORY The Scotland Yard Story FACTUAL German Text
Germany Bertelsmann Sachbuchverlag 1969 1st Edition Hard Back Fine Near Fine Book 220x145 mm Approx Signed by Author(s)
SIGNED Copy H/b+Jacket FINE/NearFINE.1st ed.239pp illustrated 9 B/w photographic plates. Dedicated & Signed by the Author Robert Barr on the title page " To my dear friend Percy Fearley without whose expert help & advise this book could not have been written " German Text, 17 chpts.Factual account.German Text [book - no other inscsp. tight binding] shiney b/w photo illus Dust Jacket not clipped, no notable defects, no tears or creases. PLS SEE our image. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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MAKING PROVISION  A CENTENARY HISTORY OF THE PROVISION TRADE, BARTY - KING , HUGH
10 BARTY - KING , HUGH MAKING PROVISION A CENTENARY HISTORY OF THE PROVISION TRADE
LONDON , FIRST EDITION QUILLER PRESS 1986 0907621724 / 9780907621720 First Edition Hard Back Fine Fine - Book 240 x 156mm Approx 
171 pages , blue boards gilt lettering , booka and colour illus.dustjacket as new , no inscsriptions , d/j not price clipped , illustrated mono plates , well researched and at times controversial history , based on original sources , to mark the centenary of The United Kingdom Provision Trade Federation in 1987 , H Barty-King author and full-time Industrial Historian [ educated Cambridge / Royal Corps WW2 ... ] 
Price: 5.95 GBP
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A CENTURY & A HALF OF THE HOUSE OF BERGER: BEING A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 150 YEARS OF TRADING OF LEWIS BERGER & SONS, LTD; MANUFACTURERS OF FINE DRY COLOURS, PAINTS AND VARNISHES, HOMERTON, LONDON, N.E., BERGER, THOMAS B.
11 BERGER, THOMAS B. A CENTURY & A HALF OF THE HOUSE OF BERGER: BEING A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 150 YEARS OF TRADING OF LEWIS BERGER & SONS, LTD; MANUFACTURERS OF FINE DRY COLOURS, PAINTS AND VARNISHES, HOMERTON, LONDON, N.E.
LONDON WATERLOW & SONS 1910 1st Edition Hard Back Good Book 230X170mm Approx 
Green Buckram with gilt titles to spine and gilt and red decs to front board.. 108pp. Portrait Frontis + all other illustrations and plates as expected. Short history of the Company founded by a German Chemist Louis Steigenberger who came to England in the middle of the 18th Century to make his fortune having perfeced the manufacture of Poussian Blue. He changed his name to Lewis Berger, married and established in Hackney London what was to become Berger Paints. Good - no dust jacket, shelf wear to extremities of buckram- mainly colour loss, corners of boards rounded, Ink instruction and date to fep "Please do not take away" No indictation of previous owner name . Book block a little tanned and with light foxing to end papers. Light finger print soiling to some pages but binding generally sound with no other notable faults). An absorbing company history with much of interest concerning Hackney and Homerton NE London. 
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SIR RICHARD WHITTINGTON LORD MAYOR OF LONDON, BESANT, WALTER & RICE, JAMES
12 BESANT, WALTER & RICE, JAMES SIR RICHARD WHITTINGTON LORD MAYOR OF LONDON
LONDON CHATTO & WINDUS 1894 Hard Back Good Book 220 x135mm Approx 
Brown Buckram with gilt titles to spine and gilt crest to front board. Dark Blue end papers, 222pp + 32pp publisher's catalogue for Feb 1894 to rear. Frontis plate with tissue guard New edition of a work substantially written by James Rice but incomplete at the time of his death and brought to press by Walter Besant, himself a respected writter and student of London's history. The story of Dick Whittington was largely rescued from legend, fleshed out and authenticated by the researches of Samuel Lysons who also proved the antiquity of the "Cat" story. The present work has much on the City of London and its' Charters, Companies and Guilds in the middle ages as well as numerous appendicies. The copy offered for sale also has articles simpathetically incorporated in the book by a previous owner including a picture of Whittington's house in Swithin's Passage , Moor-Lane a cutting from a periodical, obituary for Rev Prebendary Whittington Nov 1900 tipped in and other items loosely laid in. Good (Book- no jacket. Boards - a little faded and shelf worn but sound with general shelf soiling.Light foxing to prelims incl. tissue guard and title page. Paper of book block lightly tanned. Binding sound with no cracks to end papers. No previous owner name insc. nor annotations). Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. 
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NEVER MORE THAN 100 YARDS the History of a City Jewellers SEARLE & COMPANY 1893 - 1993, BRIDGES , Reginald
13 BRIDGES , Reginald NEVER MORE THAN 100 YARDS the History of a City Jewellers SEARLE & COMPANY 1893 - 1993
Rochford The Rochford Press in Assoc. Robert Odcombe Assocs. 1993 1st Edition Paper Back VG Book 240x190mm Approx 
Larger slimmer format P/b produced by the Rochford Press in association with Robert Odcombe Associates. Text Proprieter RJ Bridges, Intro; ackns.prologue, setting, postscript. 60pp. illustrated b/w plates. Savoy Family name pre-dated the firm & formed the roots - Silversmiths Messrs Edward Barnards, one of the original suppliers, still serves the company [whose ancedents date back to begining 17th c.] [ Jewellry Fims- arts/crafts] clean tightlt stapled olive covers to book+ silver titles to front., No incssp, internally fine]some light markings to covers. PLS See our image. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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PULLMAN CRAFTSMEN , Life in the Pullman Car Company's Preston Park Works Brighton 1947 - 1963, CARTER , DON , KENT, JOE, HART, GEOFF
14 CARTER , DON , KENT, JOE, HART, GEOFF PULLMAN CRAFTSMEN , Life in the Pullman Car Company's Preston Park Works Brighton 1947 - 1963
Brighton Queenspark Book 27 1992 0904733505 / 9780904733501 1st Edition Paper Back Near Fine Book 260x190mm Approx 
Laminated Paperback larger slimmer format, well illustrated b/w plates , Undated circa 1990 , 74pps , Front & Rear cover shows large b/w photograph of the workers at The Pullman Car Company's Preston Park Works in Brighton, Sussex.- for the Locomotives/Railway.Frontis - Worker constructing the cornice of the K-Type standard wooden body cars..1947 - 1963 A View from the Shop Floor. Intro; brief history, contributors, Afterword, select bibli; gloss; 12 chpts [the Body shop / the Gantry / Famous names/ 1948 Strike/ female workers/ tilted trains / workshop committees etc [ no notable defects , no inscsp , tight bindings ] 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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THE BULMER BRICK & TILE CO LTD, CHRISTOPHER, TONY
15 CHRISTOPHER, TONY THE BULMER BRICK & TILE CO LTD
COLCHESTER COLCHESTER AND ESSEX MUSEUM 1973 4th Edition Soft cover Fine Book AUTHOR 
Sewn card wraps,210x145mm approx. 8pp. Wood engravings by the author, Short history of brickmaking in and around Sible Hedingham Essex printed in a limited edition of 500 copies. Fine (Booklet- a very clean copy. No previous owner name or insc. No notable sign of use). Please see our image of the actual item offered for sale. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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KENRICKS in HARDWARE  A Familty Business 1791 - 1966, CHURCH , R A
16 CHURCH , R A KENRICKS in HARDWARE A Familty Business 1791 - 1966
New York AUGUSTUS M KELLEY Publlishers 1969 0678055246 / 9780678055243 1st Edition Hard Back Fine VG Book 215x150mm Approx. 
Thicker format H/b+jacket FINE/VG. 1st ed.340pp.RA Church. in 6 part - Early partnerships 1786 -1882 [Archibold Kenrick's Buckle - caste - iron hollow ware] ] / Apogee & Climacteric 1883 - 1914 [ entrepeneurs] / Decline 1914-39 war] / Vicisstudes in Fortune 1939-66 [ war boom] / Labour relations 1866-1966 [welfare - strikes] / Themes changes ..] Listed B/w plates , listed Tables & Figures.as expected.[Company History] no inscsp. to book black cloth+ gilt titles.[ Dust Jacketnot clipped, very minor col rub/loss edgwear plus 20mm closed tear-line top rear - now in clear protective proprietary cover.NB Overses orders will incur extra postage as unfortunate heavy volume. PLS See our image 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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A TIME TO FLY, COBHAM, SIR ALAN J.
17 COBHAM, SIR ALAN J. A TIME TO FLY
LONDON SHEPHEARD-WALWYN 1978 0856830372 / 9780856830372 1st Edition Full-Leather VG+ Book 240 x 165mm Approx 
1st edition , Maroon Full Calf Leather Hard Cover with five raised bands to spine and olive green title blocks with gilt tooling and lettering. Marbled end papers. 214pp. illustrated 25 b/w photos as expected. Memoirs of pioneer aviator and aviation engineer Sir Alan Cobham who founded Berkshire Aviation Company which operated pleasure flights from aerodromes in the South East of England introducing many to the pleasures of flying in the 1920's and 30's. He also made a significant contribution to the British war effort through research and development of flight refuelling. With an introduction by Christopher Derrick this is a specially bound copy with a presentation plate affixed to front blank "Presented to Admiral Sir Lindsay Bryson on the occasion of his visit to Alan Cobham Engineering Ltd, Blandford Forum Monday 8th November 1982 by Michael Cobham & John Farnhill" VG+ (book- no other previous owner name or insc. Pages a little tanned. No other notable faults). 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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A STORY OF CHRISTIE'S, COLSON, PERCY
18 COLSON, PERCY A STORY OF CHRISTIE'S
LONDON SAMPSON LOW 1950 1st Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket Book 
Black cloth boards with gilt titles to spine, 220x145mm approx, xiv + 192pp b/w photo frontis + 32 other plates as called for. History of the famous London auction house with anecdotes on some of the sales, patrons, clients and customers which have passed through its' doors. Good (Book- Moderate shelf wear and soiling, impressed address of a previous owner to front free end paper and a few ink marginalia notes in ink. A sound reading copy). Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. 
Price: 4.00 GBP
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The Kent and East Sussex Railway Stock Book, Crombleholme , Roger
19 Crombleholme , Roger The Kent and East Sussex Railway Stock Book
LONDON Union Publications 1965 1st Edition Paper Back VG Book 220x140mm Approx 
Uncommon stapled P/b compiled by R Crombleholme Chairman Southern Locomotive Preservation Co.Ltd.,16pp illustrated 11 b/w photographs.[ booklett paper creamed over time, 2s 6d,No inscsps or annotation., clean staples, tight binding.] PLS See our image 
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The Engine That Could: Seventy-Five Years of Values-Driven Change at Cummins Engine Company, Cruikshank, Jeffrey L.;Sicilia, David B.
20 Cruikshank, Jeffrey L.;Sicilia, David B. The Engine That Could: Seventy-Five Years of Values-Driven Change at Cummins Engine Company
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Harvard Business School Press 1997 0875846130 / 9780875846132 1st Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good Book 
Blue cloth boards with gilt titles to spine and Cummins lego blind embossed to front board, 260x185mm approx.589pp, 32pp of b/w photos. History of the American Diesel engine manufacturer from it's humble beginnings in a tiny Indiana machine shop commissioned by the company of the authors to celebrate its' first 75 years. VG/VG (Book- Colour fade to extremities of boards and a little light shelf soiling. No previous owner name or insc. or other notable faults. Dust Jacket- non price clipped cover $45.00. A little rubbed to extremities.minor light crease to base. No other notable defects). Please see our image of the actual book offered for sale. 
Price: 25.00 GBP
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