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14868. Adept Services: Churches' Resource Handbook 1990.

Belfast: Adept Services, 1990. 98 pp. 21 x 15 cm. Introduction by Paul Scott. Useful essays on eradicating damp, recovering from fire-damage, etc, etc. Lists just about everything a church might need from windows to steeplejacks, and suppliers from Ireland, North and South. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition. 10.00


13928. Allied Irish Banks: Root and Branch Allied Irish Banks Yesterday Today and Tomorrow.

Dublin: Allied Irish Banks, 1979. 28.5 by 27 cms. 115 pp. illustrated, hardback, green gold blocked boards, no d.w. (as issued?)in good condition. A well illustrated history of this Irish bank. 15.00


13947. Arthur Guinness, Son & Co., Ltd.: Guide to St. James's Gate Brewery.

Dublin: Arthur Guinness, Son & Co., Ltd., 1928. 106 + i pp. 23 x 18 cm. Sections include: Introduction, History, the Brewery in 1928, Statistics, Stout, Social service, Brewing, Visitors' route, and Pictorial section. The pictorial section is 48 photogravure plates, in addition to the 7 plates that have already appeared in the book. The final page is printed in colour with the label that was applied to bottles of Guinness's Extra Stout. The guide seems to have been issued in paper covers, and this copy has been professionally re-cased and the original covers relaid on the front and back boards.The result is a good, strong, book, in excellent condition. 35.00


11684. Auchinleck, William (Junior): Tables of Interest calculated at Five and Six per cent....to which is added a short treatise on Book Keeping, principally intended for the use of Retail Traders

Belfast: Printed by Joseph Smyth & David Lyons no. 71 High Street 1805. 21.5 by 13.5 cms. 183 pp. the rear of the title page has the printed entry, " In order to prevent spurious editions of this work, every genuine copy will be signed by", followed by the signature Will. Auchinleck J. "Belfast 1805" entered also written across this page. The few pages of book keeping examples show sample goods like rum, whiskey, tea, powder sugar raisins, figs, alum, ginger etc with prices, like, 12 lb ginger at 1s per lb. It is a useful brief glimpse into types of goods and current prices in the town. In its original calf boards these are quite worn and rubbed, no spine title, owner's name on ffep, an old inkstain affects a bit of the top foreedge and has left a marginal spread on a few pages with a larger spread on two pages covering a little text, internally tight and clean otherwise. Listed in Anderson's Catalogue of early Belfast printed books, p. 40. An interesting survival. 150.00


3338. Barty-King, Hugh: Her Majesty's Stationary Office The Story of the first 200 years 1786-1986.

London: HMSO 1986. xii+ 160pp. illustrated. d.w. v.g. 15.00


6635. Barty-King, Hugh: Making Provision A Centenary History of the Provision Trade.

London: Quiller Press 1986. xiv+170 pp. illustrated, endpaper maps, very good in dustwrapper. The book is an excellent history of the British provision trade particularly in London. It was published to mark the centenary of the United Kingdom Provision Trade Federation 1887-1987 15.00


3674. Bellman, Sir Harold: Bricks and Mortals, A Study of the Building Society Movement and the Story of the Abbey National Society 1849-1949.

London: Hutchinson 1949. ix+228 pp. illustrated, paper covers. v.g. 15.00


5824. Blake, George: Lloyds Register of Shipping 1760-1960.

London: Lloyd's Register n.d. c.1960. 194 pp. with 7 plates, illustrated by David Knight. Very good in a slightly chipped glassine dustwrapper. 16.50


18587. Braga, J.M., compiler: Hong Kong Business Symposium A Compilation of Authoritative Views on the Administration., Commerce, and Resources of Britain's Far Eastern Outpost.

Hong Kong: South China Morning Post, 1957. 589 pp. 28.5 x 22 cms. Illustrated. Pictorial matt card covers. Endpaper maps. Minor shelfwear, otherwise in very good condition. A splendid survey of all aspects of Hong Kong at this time. The book is heavy and overseas shipping will require extra postage. 45.00


3588. Broken Hill Proprietry Company Ltd.: Seventy-Five Years of B.H.P. Development in Industry.

Australia: Broken Hill, 1960. 28.5 by 21.5 cms. 192pp. illustrated. A company history and survey of The Broken Hill Proprietry Company Ltd. founded in 1885. Mining Coal, Steel, Iron ore, shipbuilding, Australia's largest company. 20.00


7794. Brooks, Collin: The First Hundred Million.

London: Woolwich Equitable Building Society 1954. 24.5 by 18 cms. 56 pp. illustrated, spine a little darkened otherwise very good. 15.00


8547. Cooke's Explosives Limited: Industrial Explosives A brief outline of the History of Explosives in general, with particular reference to their manufacture in the factories of Cooke's Explosives Limited, and The Miners Safety Explosive Co. at Penrhyndeudraeth North Wales.

London: Cooke's Explosives Limited, n.d. c.1922/24. 25.5 by 19 cms. 53 pp. illustrated, bottom corner bumped otherwise very good. The book is very well illustrated and deals with all aspects of explosives manufacture here. Gun Cotton was made here from 1872. Cookes Explosives took over the site in 1922, though their offices and distribution depot was in Co. Durham. They had their own ship, the, "Florence Cooke". They were later taken over by Nobel and in 1958 by ICI. The Miners Safety Explosives Co. was started in 1888 by Sir George Elliot Bart. Son of a miner he was one of the great self-made men, and his portrait forms the frontispiece of the book. Though he died in 1893 he is referred to as "the late George Elliot," suggesting that older material may have been incorporated in the text. The people photographed were all probably local which adds to its interest. A scarce item. Copac only lists one copy at Imperial College. 85.00


10042. Crick, W. F. and Wadsworth, J. E: A Hundred Years of Joint Stock Banking.

London: Hodder & Stoughton first edition 1936. 464 pp. illustrated, folding chart of the Midland Bank's absorptions and affiliations. Hardback, boards showing some discolouration through dampstaining, internally tight clean, a good copy. Includes a chapter on both Scotland and Northern Ireland. 10.00


12248. Cummings, D.C.: History of the United Society of Boiler Makers and Iron and Steel Ship Builders Society from August 1834 to August 1904.

Newcastle-on-Tyne R. Robinson & Co Ltd 1905. With a brief sketch of the life and work of its leading officials; Comparisons between Boilermaking, Shipbuilding and Bridgebuilding in the early days of its history and of modern times; and, Interesting Arbitration Awards and Agreements. 25 by 19 cms. 217pp. illustrated, dark green bevelled boards, with a large gilt vignette of boilers, trains, ships, and a river bridge, with gilt title. Rear endpaper removed otherwise in very good condition. An excellent comprehensive history. 23.00


14947. Curle, J. H.: The Gold Mines of the World containing Concise and Practical Advive for Investors...

London: Waterlow and Sons, 1899. ...Gathered from a personal inspection of the mines of the Transvaal, India, West Australia, Queensland, New Zealand, British Columbia and Rhodesia. The author had visited 228 gold mines. iii+317 pp. 25 x 19 cm. Thirty-four full-page plans and photographs. Some of the plans are coloured and the photographs are extremely sharp. The frontispiece - of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia - opens out to 25 x 75 cm. Gold-blocked red boards. "Robert Workman & Co, 8 Corporation Street, Belfast" neatly written on ffep and title page (stocks and shares brokers). A small area of fading to the rear board, otherwise good. Uncommon. 150.00


18259. Davidson, James: Our Daily Bread A Look at Ulster Bakeries.

Newtownards: Colourpoint Books, 2004. 80 pp. 20.5 x 24 cm. 107 illustrations. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition. 10.00


17640. Dunphy, Maia, Ciaran Morrison, Mick O'Hara, Rita Kirwan, & Nicola Weldon, compilers.: The Man inside the Jacket.

Tanderagee: Tayto Ltd., 2009. 114 pp. 20.5 x 15 cm. The story of the potato-crisp factory in Tanderagee, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour. Pictorial boards, no dw. In very good condition, almost as new. 10.00


12083. Froy, W. N. & Sons Ltd.: No 72 Supplemental List Special Selection of Fittings.

London: W. N.Froy & Sons Ltd. Revised Edition March 1927. Brunswick Works Hammersmith. 18.5 by 12 cms. 194 pp. illustrated, soft covers, in very good condition. "An abridged selection of the latest designs in fireplaces, sanitary wear, ironmongery etc suitable for houses and bungalows". Includes cooker, grates, fire surrounds baths, basins, door furniture, toilets etc etc.... Great 1920's style. 95.00


7785. Fulford, Roger: Glyn's 1753-1953 Six Generations in Lombard Street.

London:Macmillan & Co. 1953. xvi+267 pp. illustrated, very good in a price-clipped dustwrapper showing some edge chipping. The story of this London banking house, influential in financing early railway development, and in the early development of Canada. 35.00


1957. Gillies, Charles: Lizars 150 Years of Service and Progress 1839-1980.

Glasgow: Lizars 1980. 16 pp. 21.5 x 15 cm. Gold-blocked front board. A famous Scottish optical firm. Biographical details and photographs of John Lizars, Matthew Ballantine, Arthur Ballantine, Robert Stanley Ballantine, Matthew Dumfries Ballantine, Peter S Ballantine and RP Burnet, and photographs of the Lizars shop fronts in Glasgow (2), Edinburgh, Paisley, Strathaven, Gourock, Motherwell, Aberdeen, Greenock, and Belfast. 20.00


4881. Green, Edwin: The Making of a Modern Banking Group A History of The Midland Bank Since 1900.

London: St. Georges Press for Midland Bank Ltd 1979. xii+116pp, illustrated, very good in a dustwrapper. Green was the archivist for the bank. 15.00


6900. Guinness: Guinness Dublin.

Dublin: Guinness, 1939. 64 pp. 18 x 12.5 cm. 35 illustrations. History, processes, statistics and technical terms. Coloured Guinness bottle label of the period mounted at end. Some foxing. 10.00


6926. Guinness, Jonathan: Requiem for a Family Business.

London: Macmillan, 1997. viii + 390pp. 24 x 15.5 cm. Illustrated. Gold-blocked black boards, in good dw. 12.50


3671. Haldane, A.R.B: One Hundred & Fifty Years of Trustee Savings Banks.

Trustee Savings Banks Association 1960. 55 pp. v.g. 10.00


12312. Haulage Company: Haulage Company Ledger.

North of England, 1914-1921. 126 pp. 22.5 x 15 cm. Half leather. An account ledger, covering the period from 1910 to 1921. The firm is not identified but was supplying goods like timber, fireclay, coke, coal and carting services to mining companies and some local authorities, in the north of England. There are entries for the following: Millom & Askam account, April June 1914 to carting, timber fireclay; Lord Leconfield account timber; Cumberland C.C; Waring and Sons; carting; Wythermoor Colliery Co. 1910; Whitehaven Hematite Ironworks Cleaton Moor; Egremont U.D.C. carting account June July 1914; Townhead Mining Co. timber and coal 1910; W.Waring account Huddersfield carting June July 1914; Winder Gill mining account timber coal; Jacktrees Mining Co. timber coal; Salter Mining Co; St Helens Colliery Co; Workington Iron and Steel; Wethermoor Colliery fireclay; Carnforth Iron and Steel; Miles Gibson Bleach green coke account; Jackson Timber merchants Whitehaven; Poselthwaite Mines; Lamplugh Iron Ore Co; Norton Mining Co . Dalton, Laing's carting account Jan 1921, and others. Local research would probably be able to track down the origins of the ledger. It gives their own timber account, horses account, horse keep, and wages account for part of 1914. An interesting item for a historian of mining in the north of England. 95.00


6825. Hennessy, Elizabeth: Coffeee House to Cyber Market 200 Years of the London Stock Exchange.

London: Ebury Press 2001. 26 by 20 cms. 208 pp. illustrated. Very good in dustwrapper. 12.00


5863. Herbert, William: The History of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of London.

New York: Augustus M. Kelly 1968. In two vols. Vol 1. xi+498, pp. Vol 2. xi+683 pp. With embellishments, showing armorial bearings, view of halls before the Great Fire, and other curious subjects. First published as two volumes, in 1834, 1836. Principally compiled from their grants and records with an historical essay and accounts of each company, its origin, constitution, government, dress, customs, halls and trust estates and charities including notices & illustrations of metropolitan trade and commerce... with attested copies and translations of the companies charters. This modern reprint of the original work was published as part of, "The Reprints of Economic Classics". One very small needle-hole in front board spine join on vol II otherwise it is in very good condition. 32.00


5806. Hilton, J.P: Britain's First Municipal Savings Bank The Romance of a Great Achievement.

London: The Blackfriars Press, 1927. xvii+228 pp. illustrated. The story of Birmingham's Municipal Bank. 15.00


12739. Historical Publishing Company: Industries of the North One Hundred Years Ago.

Belfast; The Friar's Bush Press, 1986. iv + iii + 33 to 194 + 1 to 32 pp. 28 x 21 cm. "a reprint of The Industries of Ireland, part 1. Belfast and the North...", with original pagination. Also included are illustrated extracts from The Pictorial World, 1888-1889. Introduction by Dr W.H. Crawford. Pictorial glazed card covers. The Index of Businesses (pages 193-4) makes this a very useful reference book, and it should be noted that "North" in this context takes in Ulster and Connaught, so that Galway and Athlone, for example, are included. Pictorial glazed card covers, in vg condition. 50.00


17968. Historical Publishing Company: The Industries of Ireland Part 1 Belfast and Towns of the North The Provinces of Ulster and Connaught, Business Men and Mercantile Intersts Historical, Statistical, Biographical.

London: Historical Publishing Company, 1891. (2) + 33 to 194 pp. 28 x 21.5 cm. 100 illustrations. Gold-blocked dark-green boards. The spine has been professionally relaid. New endpapers. There is a small light leaf-type stain affecting the rear of the title page and the facing preface page, otherwise the contents are in tight, clean, unmarked condition. The pagination reflects the fact that the introduction was lifted from another publication and redone here without altering the pagination. A lthough the book shows a little shelfwear it is in very good condition. It was reprinted around 1986 but original copies of this, and the corresponding Dublin volume, have always been very scarce and difficult to find. The illustrations of industrial and commercial buildings are particularly useful. 165.00


1531. Howarth, Stephen.: A Century in Oil, The Shell Transport and Trading Company 1897-1997

London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1997 Large format 27 by 20 cm. 397pp.extensively illustrated, hardback with dustwrapper v.g. A major study of an important international company 20.00


12535. Hughes, Fielden: Into the Future The Continuing Story of the Temperance Permanent Building Society.

London: Temperance Permanent Building Society n.d. (1972). 99 pp. illustrated, stiff blue card covers, in very good condition. 18.00


18070. Jamison & Green Ltd.: Catalogue Tools For All Trades 1951.

Belfast: Jamison & Green Ltd, 1951. (6) + 89 pp. 25 x 19 cm. Copiously illustrated. Matt card covers. Minor wear from use - mostly corner folding on the extremity of the bottom corner of some pages. The company has been closed for some time and material from it is relatively scarce. 23.00


7314. Jarrold and Sons Limited: Copemans of Norwich 1789-1946.

Norwich: Jarrold and Sons Limited 1946. 25 by 19 cms. 47 pp. illustrated, no dustwrapper, boards a little dusty otherwise good. The history of a famous Norwich Grocery firm. 15.00


16194. Jefferson, Herbert: Viscount Pirrie of Belfast.

Belfast: Wm. Mullan & Son (Publishers) Ltd., c1948. xii + 336 pp. 24.5 x 15.5 cm. Viscount Pirrie of Belfast, Shipbuilder, 1847 - 1924. Introduction by Sir Archibald Hurd. Twenty-one plates, and folding genealogy. Bibliography. Exhaustive index. Gold-blocked dark-blue boards. In a sunned, rather worn, dustwrapper. Minor foreedge spotting otherwise the book is in good condition. Fairly scarce. 80.00


12002. John Holt & Co ( Liverpool Ltd ): Merchant Adventure.

Liverpool: John Holt & Co. n.d. c. 1948. 80 pp. illustrated, folding map, hardback, a little edge rubbing otherwise very good. Holt traded with West Africa and there are good photographs covering all aspects of their business. 20.00


18261. John, A H, editor: The Walker Family Iron Founders and Lead Manufacturers 18741-1893.

London: Council for the Preservation of Business Archives, 1951. vii + 76 pp. 24.5 x 15.5 cm. Minutes relating to Messrs Samuel Walker & Co., Rotherham, Iron Founders and Steel Refiners 1741-1829, and Messrs Walker, Parker & Co. Lead Manufacturers 1788-1893. Frontispiece plate. Folding map. Matt cream boards, printed black, with blue binding strip. Minor wear to the front board, otherwise in very good condition. Addendum and errata slip loosely inserted. 24.00


4367. Johnston, Paul: Consolidated Gold Fields A Centenary Portrait.

London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson 1987. 27 by 20 cms, 256pp, illustrated, d.w. in very good condition. 23.00


3992. Keswick, Maggie. editor: The Thistle and the Jade A Celebration of 150 years of Jardine, Matheson & Co.

London: Octopus Books 1988. Quarto. 272 pp. illustrated in colour and black and white, dustwrapper, almost as new. A very handsome book about this International Trading house. 45.00


17197. Knox, William J., editor: Decades of the Ulster Bank 1836-1964.

Belfast: Published by authority of the Board of Directors, Ulster Bank Limited,1965. xiii + 273 pp. 23.5 x 16 cm. Frontispiece, and seven illustrations. Original gold-blocked buckram boards, in a glassine dustwrapper as issued. In very good condition. 25.00


17967. Lion Foundry Co. Ltd Kirkintilloch near Glasgow.: Lion Castings.

Kirkintilloch: Lion Foundry Co. Ltd., c1900? 30 x 41 cm. A folder containing 24 single sheets of various dimensions illustrating castings made by this Foundry. These include: 11 sheets, 37.5 x 28 cm. of Rain Water Heads, around 16 illustrations per sheet, 4 sheets of similar size of Continuous Gratings, 12-15 to a sheet, 1 similar sized sheet each for Hopper Outlets for Gutters and Gutter Grates, Curbs for Trench Covers, Cast and Wrought Iron Gutter Brackets, Leak -Proof Outlets for Asphalte, and Straight Stairs. There are two sheets 29 x 23 cm. for Cast Iron Stair Steps, and two similar sized for Spiral Stairs. All are in very good condition, but the folder itself is dusty, stained and a bit shelf worn. Clearly you could order up single sheets illustrating the products you were interested in. No prices are shown nor is there any dating material. This Architectural and Sanitary Ironfounders was a major operation from 1880 until its closure in1984. 100.00


17125. Lyons, FSL: Bicentenary Essays Bank of Ireland 1783-1983.

Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1983. 222p. 30.5 x 22.5 cm. A history of the oldest bank in Ireland with headquarters in Dublin. Contributing authors are T.K. Whitaker, Oliver MacDonagh, Ronan Fanning, Edward McParland, Dermot McAleese, James Meenan and F.S.L. Lyons. 91 illustrations, in colour and b&w. Bibliography. Index. Silver-blocked simulated morocco boards, in the original milar wrapper. As new. 30.00


4776. MacGregor, David R: The Tea Clippers.

London: Perceval Marshall & Co. 1952. xx+272pp, illustrated with photographs and drawings and 7 fold out plans of ships. An account of the China Tea Trade and of some of the British Sailing Ships engaged in it from 1849 to 1869. The appendices list details of ships and voyages for each tea season from 1848 to 1875/76. Very good in an edge chipped dustwrapper with minor loss. an important and comprehensive study. 23.00


14164. Marshall, Arthur: A Short Account of Explosives.

London: J. & A. Churchill 1917. 25 by 19 cms. 96 pp. 29 illustrations. Hardback, spine professionally relaid. There is annotation on the rear endpapers and some chemical formulae written in ink on the rear of the title and dedication pages, not too unsightly but part of the history of the book. From the library of Allan Seaton a local Belfast poet and a pharmaceutical chemist. Boards a bit rubbed, tight internally, no other annotation. 55.00


4891. Mason, Frances Norton: John Norton and Sons Merchants of London and Virginia.

Newton Abbot: David & Charles 1968. xl+573 pp. very good in a dustwrapper. Being the papers from their Counting house for the years 1750-1795. First published in 1937 it contains a complete record of colonial trade between a a London merchant family and the colony of Virginia. A glimpse of trade conditions against the background of the Revolution. 15.00


16930. McCabe, Brian.: From Linenhall to Loopbridge, The Story of McCaw Stevenson & Orr Ltd Printers 1876-1990.

Belfast: McCaw Stevenson & Orr Ltd, 1990. 158pp. 26.5 x 22 cm. An important history of this famous Belfast printing firm. Profusely illustrated, drawing from the company's photographic archive. Laminated pictorial boards. In good condition, in slipcase. 30.00


18032. McCreary, Alf: Business as Usual The Story of a Belfast Retailer.

Antrim: W.G. Baird, 2002. vii + 72 pp. 27.5 x 20.5 cm. 117 illustrations, in b&w and colour. Gold-blocked green boards, In very good condition, in a very good dustwrapper. Almost as new. The story of Cochrane's Menswear, Belfast, founded by Robert L. Cochrane in 1926, and later carried on by his son, John. The shop rode out economic storms, and survived The Troubles, the years of violence which traumatised and disfigured the city, yet remained one of the most respected family firms in Belfast. 15.00


15051. McCreary, Alf: Coca-Cola A Passion for Success. From Belfast to Belarus and from Athens to Atlanta.

Antrim: Greystone Books, 2000. ix+200 pp. 27.5 x 20 cm. The story of the growth of Coca-Cola Bottlers (Ulster) Ltd., Lambeg, County Antrim. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. Hardback in a very good dustwrapper. Inscription on ffep, o/w in very good condition. 20.00


9293. McLellan, R.S.: Anchor Line 1856-1956.

Glasgow: Anchor Line Limited, 1956. 184 pp. illustrated, hardback, no dustwrapper, boards a little faded, owners bookplate to front pastedown, otherwise very good. A history of this Glasgow shipping company with illustrations of their ships. 16.00


14084. Melhuish Sons & Co.: Catalogue.

London: Melhuish Sons & Co. 1899. 28 by 22 cms. pp. 341-572. illustrated, hardback, light mustard coloured cloth boards. The boards are dusty and discoloured, spine faded. This is a scarce item. The Company made machines and tools, from a very extensive catalogue. 125.00


6733. Nicolle, George: The Woodworking Trades A Select Bibliography.

Plymouth: Twybill Press 1993. x+149 pp. very good in dustwrapperA first guide to the literature of the woodworking trades, written as a select and descriptive bibliography of some 200 books arranged under trades and other groupings in twenty one sections. 18.00


9236. Northern Bank Company Limited: Instructions To Officials.

Belfast Bell & Logan Limited 1928. 167 pp. half leather, black boards, marbled endpapers, bearing the stamp of the Shankill Road branch of the Bank. The book is extensively, and contemporaneously annotated, and has many paste ins of changes and new regulations, along with a some loose inserts. A very interesting insight into the Bank's business and regulations over the course of a year in 1928. In very good condition and scarce. 55.00


11939. O'Brien Thomas & Co.: Catalogue No. 37 Section 4 Ranges.

London: O'Brien Thomas & Co. October 1903. pp. iv+199-265. 28 x 23 cm. Illustrated, hardback, in very good condition. The front board has the inscription "All quotations in this catalogue are Carriage paid to Dublin no extra charge for packing." We assume therefore that this catalogue came from a Dubln retailer. illustrations of Cooking Ranges, Clan Signum Double Oven Kitcheners, Oven and Boiler and Oven and Sham Kitcheners, Zeus Double Oven Kitcheners, Hotel or Restaurant Kitchen Ranges, Clan Ross Double Oven Kitcheners, Coronet Kitcheners, Central Cooking Ranges, Diadem Self Setting Range, Larbet and Icis Portable Cooking Ranges, and many others. Errata sheet tipped in to ffep. Minor edgewear to boards. This is a splendid late Victorian/Edwardian catalogue of expensive cooking ranges from a top manufacturer. 165.00


8420. Ormes, Ian: From Rags to Roms: A History of Spicers 1796-1996.

Cambridge: Granta Editions 1997. 26 by 19.5 cms. xi+116 pp. illustrated. Very good in a very good dustwrapper. Spicers, the papermaking firm and its merchanting operation. 12.00


8856. Peel, Robert: An Elementary Text Book of Coal Mining.

London: Blackie & Son 8th edition 1901. A class book for elementary students preparing for the science and art examination in "principles of mining" and for colliery manager's examinations. 16.5 by 11.5 cms. vi+300+8 pp. coloured map, illustrated, brown boards, spine restored, new endpapers, title page a bit fingered, some old stains to front board otherwise good 15.00


17644. Peruzzi, S. L.: Storia del Commercio e Dei Banchieri di Firenze in tutto il Mondo Consciuto dal 1250 al 1345 compilata su documenti in gran parte inediti dal Comm. S. L. Peruzzi.

Firenze: Coi Tippi di M. Cellini E C., 1868. 539 + 119 + (3) pp. 23 x 15 cm. Eleven full-page plates, of which one is folding, and eight are coloured, and with their tissue guards. This single volume contains both the original work and the appendix which was also published in 1868, here printed with its own half-title and title pages. Half-leather and marbled boards, six panelled spine with gold lining, and original gold-blocked dark-red title label. There is some edge-rubbing and light scuffing/ shelfwear to the boards, but overall in very good condition. The front pastedown has the bookplate of D.D.A. Simpson, late Professor of Archaeology, Queen's University, Belfast. The coloured plates are particularly attractive. Language Italian. 195.00


8393. Price, Seymour J.: From Queen to Queen The Centenary Story of the Temperance Permanent Building Society 1854-1954.

London: Franey & Co. 1954. xiii+134 pp. illustrated, no dustwrapper, apart from slight fingering to title page in very good condition. 10.00


13938. Pugh, Peter: A Clear and Simple Vision.

Cambridge: Cambridge Business Publishing, 1991. x + 193 pp. 25.5 x 17.5 cm. The history of United Biscuits and its consituent companies. Generously illustrated in colour and b&w. Index. Gold-blocked brown boards, in un-clipped dw. Name discreetly written on ffep, o/w in near mint condition. 10.00


7030. Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Limited: Ransome's list of Present Prices of Wearing Parts for their ridging, "Steel-Chill" & "Bar-Point" Ploughs. Parts for Ridging Ploughs.

Ipswich: Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies Limited, Autumn 1923. 24.5 by 15.5 cms. 8 pp. illustrated, rusted staples now gone. Slightly dusty, minor wear, otherwise good. 15.00


6368. Reid, Helen: Bristol & Co The Story of Bristol's long running Businesses 1710 to the present day.

Bristol: Redcliffe Press Ltd, 1987. First edition. 123 pp. 24 x 17.5 cm. A story of survivors, more than 130 local firms which have been in existence in Bristol for more than 100 years. Fifty amazing illustrations, including advertisements. Bibliography. List of firms. Pictorial glazed card covers. In very good condition. 15.00


11624. Ruffini, Enrico: Moto G. D. L'Aqila a Due Tempi.

Milano: Giorgio Nada Editore 1990. 131 pp. illustrated, hardback, in a near mint dustwrapper, in very good condition, almost as new. Many historic photographs from the 1920's, lovely coloured contemporary illustrations of the motor cycles, make this a superb history of the company and its product. Text entirely in Italian of course. 25.00


4892. Scott, J.M: Extel 100 The Centenary History of the Exchange Telegraph Company.

London: Ernest Benn Limited 1972. xi+239, illustrated, a very small foredge stain otherwise very good in dustwrapper. The story of a famous British News Agency, fascinating insights into the social history of the past 100 years. 10.00


17902. Scott, William Maddin, editor: A Hundred Years A-Milling, Commemmorating An Ulster Mill Centenary.

Omagh: published for W. & C. Scott, Ltd., by Dundalgan Press, 1956. Second edition. xxi + 317 pp. 22 x 14.5 cm. An amazing compilation of material by Sir Dudley McCorkell, Margaret Scott, WF Marshall, Father McCrea, Lydia M. Foster, Harry P Swan, Mat Mulcaghey, etc., etc. Foreward by the Governor of Northern Ireland, and a section on oatmeal cookery. 59 illustrations, and lots of charming and whimsical headpieces and tailpieces. 5 folding maps. Gold-blocked red boards. No dustwrapper. Spine sunfaded, o/w in very good condition. Four-page loose insert written by the author, and signed by him, reprinting an article 'On Doing a Book'. The first edition was published in 1951: a pioneering local history of an Irish business, W. & C. Scotts' Excelsior Mills, Omagh. 45.00


11702. Shaw Hardware Company Limited Wolverhampton: Section 1 Locks and Builders' Hardware.

Wolverhampton: Shaw Hardware Company Limited,1930s. Copy No.1455 of this catalogue. 103 pp. 25 x 18.5 cm. Profusely illustrated. Matt blue boards and blue binding strip printed black. In very good condition. The Shaw Hardware Company's Belfast Agent was at 8 Skipper Street from at least 1914, but the premises were demolished by 1937 according to local street directories. Skipper Street largely vanished in the 1941 Blitz. This would seem to reinforce this being an interwar catalogue but one would need to check the Wolverhampton archives for precise years. Includes Rim, Gate, Dead, Brass Ship, and Mortice locks, night latches, rim latches, padlocks, brass and iron till and chest locks, cabinet locks, bag locks, rim keys and blanks, lock staples, eschutcheons, lock furniture, finger plates, sash fasteners and much much more. A nice item. 95.00


12551. Stephens, Herbert J. editor: The Oil Investors' Manual.

London: Published by The Financial World May 4th 1910. Facts and figures taken from official documents supplemented by the Editor's opinions upon each Company's shares as an Investment. 21 by 8 cms. 145 pp. green cloth spine, tan boards. In very good condition. Arranged alphabetically from, Anglo-American Oil Ltd. to Young's Paraffin Light and Mineral oil Co. Ltd, followed by an alphabetical list of Directors. Each Company is detailed by such items as Authorised Capital, Issued, Directors, Brokers, Commercial Agents, Secretary and Offices, Properties, Purchase Price, Share prices, Remarks. "This first edition has been produced at high pressure, in order to give investors the information they need when it may be of service to them, this Manual being the first oil Handbook published." Very scarce. A glimpse of the early days of the Oil industry, one hundred years on, with the prospect of peak Oil and an inexorable decline in a natural resource, around which we have reconstructed our civilisation. 125.00


14453. The Four Oaks Spraying Machine Co.: The Four Oaks Gold Medal Spraying and Lime-Washing Machines Booklet No. 35a

Four Oaks Spraying Machine Co. Sutton Coldfield Birmingham: n.d. c.1941. 18.5 by 12 cms. 40pp. illustrated. light card covers. Includes as inserts a letter on headed notepaper, dated 31.1.1942, which accompanied the catalogue, and a 4 page testimonials leaflet. In very good condition. A very scarce survival. 55.00


12316. The Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow.: The Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow.

Glasgow: William McLellan & Company, 1931. 212 pp. 23 x 15 cm. Illustrated, hardback, includes as an insert a 32 pp. booklet, Rules and Bye-Laws of the Incorporation of Bakers of Glasgow reprinted 1933, a letter of Aug. 1931 enclosing this presentation copy from James and R. Ralton Ness joint clerks. The bookplate of Col. John Vincent Forrest. Showing some fading to boards, some fore edge spotting otherwise good. A valuable trades history with useful genealogical material. 20.00


4354. Tweedale, Geoffrey: At the Sign of the Plough Allen & Hanbury's and the British Pharmaceutical Industry 1715-1990.

London: John Murray 1990. 26 by 20 cms, 264pp, illustrated, d.w. v.g. 20.00


4979. Tyrrell, WE: History of the Belfast Savings Bank.

Belfast: The Committee of Management of the Belfast Savings Bank, 1946. 127pp, 25 x 18.5 cm. Foreword by The Earl Granville, Governor of Northern Ireland. Lots of photographs of the great and the good associated with the Bank, of branches, and an early map of Belfast. Gold-blocked dark-blue boards. Very good. 18.00


15120. Warner, Guy: Shorts The Foreman Years.

Belfast: Ulster Avaiation Society, 2008. 22 by 28.5 cms. 80 pp. Covers the years 1967-83. Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w, from company archives. Pictorial glazed boards. No dw. In very good condition. 15.00


13155. William Crawford & Sons Ltd Biscuit Makers to the King: Crawford's Handbook for the Grocery and Kindred Trades.

Edinburgh: William Crawford and Sons 1922. 23 by 16.5 cm. 150 pp. dark green hard covers, in good condition. The handbook is in four sections, I & II Tables for checking invoices, III Profit on selling prices, IV Discount Tables, Weights and Measures and other useful information. 15.00


7217. Williams, Iola A.: The Firm of Cadbury 1831-1931

London: Constable and Co Ltd 1931. ix+295 pp. illustrated with 16 photographic plates, no dustwrapper. Spine faded and a little foredge spotting, otherwise very good. The story of the first 100 years of the Cadbury firm, manufacturers and philanthropists. 12.00

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