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An Authentic Copy of the Evidence Taken on the Investigation into

INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp viii, 80 with blank leaves between text leaves throughout. 3 large fold-out numbered plans bound-in to rear, as called for . Later quarter calf with gilt titles to spine and orange cloth boards. Spine scuffed & boards lightly soiled. Ex-library copy with plates and stamps of Wigan and District Mining and Technical College to endpapers and cancellation stamp to verso title page. Ownership inscriptions of John Yaylor and John Gerrard to title page and presentation inscription from the Author to following blank: "Presented to his old friend John Taylor by Thos Chris Maynard". Scattered light foxing and a little marginal annotation in pencil. 2-inch tear to Map 3 (margin only); all maps sympathetically reinforced to verso with unobtrusive paper tape. A Good copy. Detailed account of the Inquest following the disaster by the presiding Coroner Thomas Maynard, including the evidence as given by witnesses. The explosion on 20th December 1860 killed 22 men and boys - and the death toll would have been much higher had it not occurred during the evening after most of the workforce had left their shift. The conclusion reached at the inquest, held at the Colliery Hotel in Hetton-le-Hole, was that the blast was caused by the ignition of flammable gases from the boiler, and it was suggested that in order to prevent similar occurrences in future, all flues should be made with a continuous rise to prevent accumulation of gases. Rare. COPAC locates four copies only: Newcastle, Senate House, Cambridge and the National Library of Wales.Read more

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The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia KNIGHTLEY, Phillip and Colin SIMPSON

Octavo (222 x 150mm), pp. [10], 293, [1 (blank)]. 8 half-tone plates with illustrations printed recto-and-verso, 2 full-page maps in the text. Original black boards, spine lettered in metallic blue, illustrated endpapers, dustwrapper (retaining price). (Light spotting on top and fore-edges of block, dustwrapper slightly darkened on spine and creased at edges). A very good copy. Provenance: Peter Danby-Smith, February 1970 (pencil inscription on half-title). ¶¶¶First edition. An important biography, for which the authors were given access to Lawrence¿s private papers by his younger brother and literary executor A.W. Lawrence: '[t]he year 1969 saw the appearance in book form of an earlier version of the text which had appeared in serial form in the Sunday Times (1968) [. . .] [:] The Secret Lives of Lawrence of Arabia. The foreign rights were readily snapped up. This book appeared in more translations than all other Lawrence books except, perhaps, Lawrence's own Seven Pillars and Revolt. The book did not include quite all of the material contained in newspaper articles' (O'Brien p. 381). Subsequent biographers have questioned the value of the biography; for example, Jeremy Wilson felt that the authors' lack of experience led to inaccurate or uninformed statements and interpretations, which 'were presented with a tremendous veneer of research and authority' (T.E. Lawrence's Minorities; an Editor's Postscript (Fordingbridge: 2006), p. 5). Also included are parts 2-4 (of, apparently, 4) of the Sunday Times serialisation of the biography (O'Brien H0853, stating that it was serialised in seven parts; however, the fourth is described as the 'concluding' part). O'Brien E302.Read more

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Early Settlers of Lafayette Co., Mississippi: A Period Study of Lafayette

B07C4BLQJJ 1980 first edition P-Vine Press / Skipwith Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. (Oxford, Mississippi), 8 1/2 x 11 inches tall stapled paperbound in green printed covers with a black cloth spine, [3], iii, 146 pp. Very slight soiling, rubbing and edgewear to covers, with minor bumping to the lower tip of the front cover and resultant very slight creasing to the lower tips of the first few pages. Very slight soiling to fore page edges. Otherwise, a very good copy - clean, bright and unmarked - of this scarce local history and genealogical resource. ~U~ [1.5P] Based on an exhaustive study of records, a report on the people who settled Lafayette County, in northern Mississippi - where they settled, what communities they organized and their status as slaveholders. Landowners during this period are identified, together with some accounting of the size of their holdings, the nature of their agricultural activities and what they had of trade, industry and commerce. There is some coverage of schools, churches and the lifestyle of early settlers. Contents: Preface; Early Land Sales; County Organization; Early Towns and Communities; Slaveholders, Non-Slaveholders and Slaves; Land Ownership and Agricultural Production; Trade and Industry; Schools and Churches; General Discussion of Lafayette County; Appendix A - Persons Owning Land in Lafayette County in 1850, with Acreage Owned, Value of Land, etc.; Appendix B - Persons Owning Land in Lafayette County in 1860, with Acreage Owned, Value of Land, etc.; Bibliography; Index. Among the surnames receiving the most frequent mention: Anderson, Barringer, Beard, Bolton, Bowen, Bowles, Brooks, Brown, Browning, Buford, Burney, Butler, Carter, Carurthers, Chisolm, Conkey, Cook, Craig, Davidson, Davis, Dickins, Douglas, Erwin, Estill, Faddis, Fondran, Gillis, Goodwin, Gordon, Grayson, Greer, Grimes, Hale, Hanks, Hardin, Harding, Harkins, Harmon, Hays, Helms, Houston, Hudson, Humphries, Hunt, Isom, Jones, Kilgore, Lambert, Lane, Lee, Lewis, Love, Lowe, McFarland, Market, Martin, Meaders, Mitchell, Moon, Moore, Moss, Neelly, Nelson, Oliver, Peel, Pegues, Penn, Phipps, Price, Pulliam, Rayburn, Redwine, Richmond, Rogers, Russell, Shawm Sheegog, Shipp, Sims, Smith, Smithers, Sneed, Stockard, Tankersly, Taylor, Thompson, Trigg, Walker, Ward, Watt, Webb, Williams, Wilson, Young.Read more

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Thickbill Parrot Rex Brasher

This wonderful, hand-colored folio collotype is from Rex Brasher's "Birds and Trees of North America". The work was published in 1931 by Meriden Gravure Co. in the Chickadee Valley in Kent, Connecticut. This particular print comes from set #87 of the intended 500 of Brasher's publication which was given to a family member of Rex Brasher's. The original illustrations were done by Rex Brasher, and the text was written by Brasher's niece, Marie. --- "Birds & Trees of North America" were published after Brasher's paintings, which were originally done from 1895 to 1925. His paintings depicted 1200 species and subspecies of North American birds. Rex Brasher was a noted Connecticut wildlife artist. At age 10, his ambition was to draw all of the birds of North America. --- Brasher spent 44 years chronicling the birds of North America and perfecting his art before beginning publication. He depicted birds in various states of development and plumage. The tree species and bird habitat depictions were also considered an important contribution to the field of natural history and ornithology. --- Brasher became friends with the famous bird painter, Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Fuertes helped develoop Brasher's artistic range and technique. Brasher completed all the hand-coloring, using airbrush and stencil, of the birds. --- Brasher received an estimate of $500,000 to complete the color printing of this work, but it would not produce the accuracy he desired. He then made the decision to hand color all of the copies himself. He worked for 6 months and completed 100 copies of the first volume and realized to complete 500 copies in his lifetime would be near impossible. It is extremely rare to come across the Brasher prints from this 1931 publication. --- Brasher originally had 95 subscribers for the work, but when the Great Depression hit he lost many patrons. Eventually the wealthiest of the time period subscribed to the work including William Boeing and Paul Mellon. --- No other American ornithologist has come close to the achievement of Rex Brasher in bird illustration and detailing. --- This is a stock photo of the image. The work is in excellent condition overall. There may be a few minor imperfections to be expected with age. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.Read more

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