[Manuscript]  A bond, 1777, for payment of £800 and performance of covenants in mortgage: John Levett, of Willoughby Waterless, clerk, to Richard Beale, of Leicester, gentleman.  Manuscript on a printed form.  Red wax seal of John Levett, and signatures of him and two witnesses.  Written on paper, folio, in very good condition. 6 pounds


THE HISTORY OF MARKET HARBOROUGH, John Harwood Hill, printed for subscribers, Leicester: Ward and Sons 1875; “ … with that portion of the Hundred of Gartree, Leicestershire, containing the parishes of Baggrave, Billesdon, Bosworth, Bradley Priory, Bringhurst, Burrow, Burton Overy, Evington, Fleckney, Frisby, Galby, Glenn, Goadby, Great Easton, Harborough, Horninghold, Holt, Hothorpe, Houghton, Kilby, Knossington, Laughton, Lubbenham, Leesthorpe, Mardefield, Medbourne, Newbold Saucey, Norton, Noseley, Newton Harcourt, Ouston, Pickwell, Rolleston, Saddington, Scraptoft, Stockerston, Stoughton, Stretton, Theddingworth, Thurby, and Wistow; with an account of the Lords of the Manors and their Pedigrees; and a List of the Patrons and Rectors of Each Living; a Description of the Churches, Monuments, &c.”; list of subscribers; numerous pedigrees; frequent illustrations, including full page plates; xvi+339pp, plus index; folio; original pictorial boards, worn, edges and corners heavily bumped, spine defective. 45 pounds

A scarce book which would amply repay the cost of rebacking, as it offers so much detailed local information to the genealogist and local historian.    


LEICESTERSHIRE MARRIAGE LICENCES, H. Hartopp, British Record Society, Vol. 38 [1910], reprinted by Kraus, 1968;  “Being abstracts of the bonds and allegations for marriage licences preserved in the Leicester Archdeaconry Registry, 1570-1729”; alphabetical arrangement; index of matches (females); iv+542pp; 8vo; orig. card covers, a good, firm copy (loosely contained in an original 1910 case in gilt dec. plum cloth). 20 pounds      


BRITONS TO ARMS!  THE STORY OF THE BRITISH VOLUNTEER SOLDIER AND THE VOLUNTEER TRADITION IN LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND, G.A. Stepler, 1992; 55 illus., appendices, references, bibliography, index, xiv+185pp; 8vo; orig. pictorial cloth, dust-jacket, virtually as new. 5 pounds


THE SURNAMES OF LEICESTERSHIRE AND RUTLAND, David Postles, Leopard's Head Press, 1998; frequent tables and text figures; xviii+369pp; orig. gilt dec. green cloth, dust-jacket, almost as new. 10 pounds





CALENDARS OF LINCOLN WILLS, VOL. 1: 1320-1600, British Record Society, Vol. 28, 1902; alphabetical arrangement; xvi+349pp; 8vo; orig. gilt dec. plum cloth, a good copy, spine sunned. 35 pounds

“This book belonged to Rudyard Kipling.  H.L.L. Denny”.  So reads an inscription on the front free endpaper, alleged to have been written and signed by Henry L.L. Denny, Bt., Rector of Burwash, Sussex, according to a later handwritten note.


[Manuscript]  An indenture, 1777, between Rev. John Levett, of Willoughby Waterless, Leicestershire, and Barbara, his wife, and Richard Beale, of Leicester: mortgage for £800 at 4% of property at Brampton, which includes a cottage and croft, two closes called the Mercers Close and North Carrs, and several pieces of arable lands “within the Lordship fields and Liberties of Brampton”, together with outhouses, barns, orchards, etc..  A few recent occupiers are named.  Reference is made to the will of Mary Mawson, late of St. James’s, Westminster.   Persons mentioned include William Tallant, Mary Levett, Thomas Cole, Thomas Gamble, Thomas Prinsep.  Written on a single sheet of vellum, spotted, otherwise  in good condition, bearing three red wax seals and one blue revenue stamp. 10 pounds


DIRECTORY OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN, J.W. Ruddock & Sons, Lincoln, 1928; “Containing street, alphabetical, and classified trades lists and map of the city, as well as the villages within a radius of ten miles”; folding map detached and loosely inserted; vi+407pp; 8vo; orig. red cloth gilt, darkened, rubbed, an inkspot on upper cover. 25 pounds


DIRECTORY OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN, J.W. Ruddock & Sons, Lincoln, 1932; “Containing street, alphabetical, and classified trades lists and map of the city, as well as the villages within a radius of ten miles”; folding city map; vi+399pp; 8vo; orig. red cloth gilt, darkened, a good copy, top edge a little soiled. 25 pounds



ed. C.W. Foster, Lincoln Record Society, Horncastle, 1921; in alphabetical sequence, with index of places; xi+410pp; 8vo; orig. boards, a firm, clean copy, spine darkened and slightly chipped at head, very brief internal library marks. 20 pounds


THE ROYAL CHARTERS OF GRANTHAM 1463-1688, ed. G.H. Martin, Leicester Univ. Press, 1963; appendices; index; 252pp; 8vo; orig. gilt dec. crimson cloth, dust-jacket, a firm, clean copy. 5 pounds













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