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20234. : The Irish Manufacturers' Journal, Trade Directory and Engineering Gazette: A Weekly Record of Finance, Insurance and General Trade.

Dublin: Saturday May 25th 1889. 30.5 x 23.5 cm. pp.506-524 (iv) illustrated, paper covers. Good advertising, two pages devoted to Robinson and Cleaver Belfast with their new building. This was the ninth year of publication. Rusted staple missing leaving a small hole , not affecting text, scribbled name in one page, otherwise good. 20.00


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


19073. Bottomley, P. M. editor: The Ulster Textile Industry A Catalogue of Records in P.R.O.N.I. relating principally to the Linen Industry in Ulster.

Belfast: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, 1978. 75 pp. 30 x 21 cm. Illustrated. PRONI has one of the largest collections of business records in the British Isles. The most extensive of these are on the Linen industry. Good, in illustrated card covers. 10.00


19127. Cansdale, Peter D.: A Story of Progress Spence Bryson & Co. Ltd. 1880-1971.

Northern Ireland: Spence Bryson, 1972. 35 pp. 30.5 x 21 cm. 3 illustrations. Pictorial boards. In very good condition. The firm was based in Portadown, Co. Armagh. 20.00


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. 18.00


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


20127. Earl, Bryn: Cornish Mining The Techniques of Metal Mining in the West of England, Past and Present.

Truro: D. Bradford Barton Ltd. 1968. 118 pp. 15 illustrations, 9 figures,map and 11 other line illustrations. In very good condition. Gold blocked grey boards, in a very good, price-clipped dustwrapper. In very good condition, a classic study. 8.00


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. 15.00


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


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. 12.00


20141. Hills, Richard L.: Papermaking in Britain 1488-1988. A Short History.

London: Athlone Press 1988. 25.5 x 19.5 cm. ix+249 pp. 59 illustrations, gold blocked red boards, in very good condition, in a very good dustwrapper. 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


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


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


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


20126. Lorigan, Catherine: Delabole The History of the Slate Quary and the Making of its Village Community.

Reading: Pengelly Press 2007. 24.5 x 18.5 cm. x+270pp. illustrated, softcovers, in very good condition. A very comprehensive, well illustrated study. 25.00


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


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. 25.00


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


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. 12.00


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


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


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


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


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


19271. The Chartered Insurance Institute: Catalogue of the Collection of British and Irish Fire Marks and Fire Plates in the Museum of The Chartered Insurance Institute

London: The Chartered Insurance Institute, 1962. Second impression. 70 pp. 21 x 15.5 cm. 6 illustrations. Printed matt card covers. In very good condition. 20.00


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


18880. Watson, J. Martin: A History of Gallaher.

Belfast: The author, 1989 18 pp. 30.5 x 22 cm. Card covers, in a black plastic spiral binding, in good condition. Index. This is the text of a talk given at various conferences by the author. It is thus a unique item. 10.00


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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