ABSTRACTS OF INQUISITIONES POST MORTEM RELATING TO THE CITY OF LONDON RETURNED INTO THE COURT OF CHANCERY, PART I: 1 HENRY VII TO 3 ELIZABETH, 1485-1561, ed. G. S. Fry, British Record Society, Vol. 15, 1896; numerous abstracts in chronological arrangement; vii+259 pp.; 8vo; orig. gilt dec. plum cloth, a firm copy. 10 pounds


SHORT SPINS ROUND LONDON (NORTH OF THE THAMES), Arthur C. Armstrong & Harry R.G. Inglis, publ. Gall & Inglis, 1907; for cyclists; with 146 maps and plans; 152 pp.; 160 x 90 mm.; original blue pictorial cloth, a firm copy. 12 pounds


[Manuscript] A quit-claim document, 1777, by which the creditors of Michael Sheward, of Uxbridge, bricklayer, agree to accept ten shillings in the pound as full settlement of his debts. After the text come 37 red wax seals, most with the name of a creditor and an amount alongside. On the reverse side is a list of 20 creditors with the signatures of two witnesses, followed by a further 12 creditors each accompanied by the signatures of two witnesses. Persons mentioned include William Crouch, Joseph Gurney, Mathew Lens, Joseph Busbey, Busbey & West, Henry South, George Wainwright, John Copland, William Best, Robert Grainge, Benjamin Yates, William Jones, Joseph Grainge, Thomas Harding, William Burton Raines, Henry Birch, Christopher Busbey, Matthew Grover, John Medlam, Henry Powell, Sarah Powell, Christopher Hill, John Plomer, George Lovell, Thomas Weatherly, Henry Biggs, Thomas Woodbridge, Richard Turner, Edward Bowlar, Samuel Bayes, William Spurling, Thomas Webb, James Body, Owen Jones, Thomas Hull, George Woodward, Samuel Clarke, Bayes & Warwick. Written on a single sheet of vellum, spotted, reverse side dust-marked, two holes with small loss of text, otherwise in generally sound condition, bearing one blue revenue stamp25 pounds


SOME ACCOUNT OF THE PARISH OF SAINT CLEMENT DANES (WESTMINSTER) PAST AND PRESENT, John Diprose, Vol. 2 only (of 2), 1876. Although this is only Vol. 2, it is quite freestanding, having appeared 8 years after the first volume, and it may be viewed as a second series of historical facts rather than a second volume. It is much the less common of the two. With maps and plates (some folding); list of subscribers; index; xxv+386pp; 8vo; original gilt dec. blue cloth, a bright, firm copy, spine a little dulled. 25 pounds

A very detailed account in which the affection of the author for the good old parish of St. Clement Danes serves him admirably.


TOPOGRAPHICAL AND STATISTICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX, G.A. Cooke, n.d. [circa 1810]; to which is prefixed a copious travelling guide, forming a complete county itinerary; engraved county map, hand-coloured (a little spotted); 156pp.; 12mo; contemporary half-calf gilt, marbled sides, a firm, clean copy, a little rubbed.

25 pounds


[Manuscript] An indenture, 1786, between Benjamin Brown, perfumer, and Benjamin Christian, of Lower Grosvenor Street, gentleman: mortgage of a leasehold messuage, etc., on the west side of Bond Street. Reference is made to an earlier indenture of 1782.  Other persons mentioned include John Pinhorn, druggist and tea dealer, John Merry, stationer, James Sharp, ironmonger, Thomas Witherby, stationer, Thomas Gorst, cooper, Charles Wilkins, oilman, George Iveson Tapps, John Robinson, John Atkins, William Murray, Samuel Reeve. Written on 3 sheets of vellum, bearing red wax seal of Benjamin Christian and 3 blue revenue stamps, in good condition, some dust marking to exterior. 15 pounds


LONDON INHABITANTS WITHIN THE WALLS 1695, London Record Society, 1966; a very useful index of thousands of names, many with occupations; indexes of places, and trades and occupations; 2 illus.; xliii+337pp; 8vo; contents slightly warped, orig. blue cloth gilt, a firm, clean copy. 22 pounds

This excellent source for genealogists owes its existence to a 1694 Act to provide revenue for carrying on the war against France, by levying taxes on burials, births and marriages and annual dues upon bachelors over 25 years of age, and upon childless widows.


[Manuscript] Apprenticeship indenture, 1835. William Petrie, aged 14, one of the poor boys of the parish of St. Mary Abbotts Kensington, son of Sophia Petrie, residing at No. 43 Grosvenor Square, is put apprentice for the term of 7 years to John Linton, of Macklesfield Street, Soho Square, tailor. Manuscript on a standard printed form. The apprentice has to promise to behave well towards his master. Bearing three red wax seals.  One witness. The reverse side is endorsed with two receipts. Written on a single sheet of parchment, in good condition. 30 pounds


ROYAL BLUE BOOK COURT AND PARLIAMENTARY GUIDE, January edition, 1912, Kelly Directories Ltd.; including street directory and alphabetical directory; folding map of West London; advertisements (some illus.); iv+1652+12pp; small 8vo; orig. gilt dec. blue cloth, spine a little worn and darkened, lower hinge cracked. 40 pounds


[Manuscript] An indenture, 1855, between William Few, builder, Charles Pugh, of Rood Lane, and Charles Rickards: lease of No. 3 Camden Park Road. A coloured plan shows the property in relation to adjacent property and roads. Written on two sheets of vellum, bearing two red seals and two blue revenue stamps, in good condition. 7 pounds


WEBSTER: ROYAL RED BOOK: INCORPORATING BOYLE COURT GUIDE AND FASHIONABLE REGISTER FOR JANUARY 1937, publ. A. Webster & Co.; including street guide, alphabetical list, theatre and entertainments guide (with theatre plans); xxxii+780pp; small 8vo; orig. gilt dec. red cloth, a very good copy. 18 pounds


AN HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF CARPENTERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON, E.B. Jupp, 1848; illus. with 4 copper plates and 21 wood cuts; appendices; index and notes; xix+338pp; 8vo; brief library marks, orig. brown cloth gilt, slightly frayed at extremities of backstrip, otherwise a good, firm copy. 15 pounds


TALLIS'S ILLUSTRATED LONDON, W. Gaspey, 2 volumes, John Tallis & Co., 1851; In Commemoration of
The Great Exhibition of all Nations in 1851. Forming a Complete Guide to The British Metropolis and its Environs; illustrated with upwards of 200 steel engravings from original drawings and daguerrotypes, with historical and  descriptive letterpress; vii+320, vii+304pp; small 8vo;
contemporary half-calf, rubbed, a good set. 70 pounds



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