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A Practical Treatise on Brewing, Based on Chemical and Economical Principles; with Formulæ for Public Brewers, and Instructions for Private Families. - William Black

1844 - Longman, London - Third Edition, ‘Much Enlarged and Improved’
A near fine, and unopened copy, of this important and popular treatise, first published in 1835

Folding plate ‘
Delineation of the New Improved Saccharometer’ to the rear.

The
Spectator in it’s review notes that this is ‘A new edition of a book we formerly noticed as a useful and original-minded treatise. The additional matter has been revised by Professor Graham, of the London University.’

Perhaps the most well known historical Scottish brewing firm was that of William Black & Company of Aberdeen believed to have been established in 1803, and his ‘Devanha Brewery’ used the former Paper Mills by the Wellington Suspension Bridge in Aberdeen. Black’s Devanha Porter - a dark beer resembling stout - became famous throughout the UK, the Brewery being conveniently close to the railway halt at the Cattle Bank. The firm itself was laterally acquired in 1819 to become the Gilcomston Brewery and again by the Devanha Brewery Company Limited, registered as a limited liability company in 1910. Brewing finally ceased in 1930 after the firm was acquired by Thomas Usher & Son Ltd. of Edinburgh. William Black & Co. also ran the Devanha Distillery, built about a mile upstream from the Brewery in 1825. [Durden Park Beer Circle / The Doric Columns].
 
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Commentaries on the Laws of England. - William Blackstone, Esq. Solicitor General to Her Majesty

1770 - The Clarendon Press, Oxford - Fourth Edition
It Is Better That Ten Persons Escape, Than That One Innocent Suffer.

‘Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history. Until the ‘Commentaries’, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone's great achievement was to popularise the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation.’
Printing and the Mind of Man.

An attractive four volume quarto set [28 x 23 cm] in contemporary full calf binding. With two engraved tables, being the
Table of Consanguinity [Vol. II p.203] and the folding Table of Descents [Vol. II p.240]. 
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1877 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - Thirteenth Edition
A smartly bound collection of humorous ballads, appropriately illustrated throughout by Alfred Henry Forster [1804-72] aka Alfred Crowquill. 
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The Englishman in China during the Victorian Era - Alexander Michie

1900 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
A clean bright original and thus scarce set of this important and detailed work covering the second half of the nineteenth century. With interesting provenance, from the library of Villiers Alwyne Caesar Hawkins, who was with the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong (1882-1907), became director of the Imperial Bank of Persia (1908-193), and was also appointed a director of Hongkong Bank in 1911.

Sir Rutherford Alcock was a British army surgeon and later an accomplished Far Eastern diplomat, Alexander Michie was a successful Scottish trader, firstly with Lindsay & Co., and later as an agent for Jardine Matheson, he edited newspapers, authored several books, and also acted as Chairman of the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.

Profusely illustrated with thirty full page black and white plates, three black and white maps, a large colour folding map at the rear of volume II, and a number of vignettes throughout the text.
 
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Narrative of The Earl of Elgin's Mission to China and Japan in the Years 1857, ‘58, ‘59. - Laurence Oliphant

1859 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
An excellent set of this important two volume work, scarce in the original publisher’s cloth.

A major eyewitness account of the Second Opium War. Profusely illustrated throughout with twenty superb full page colour lithographic plates, five folding maps, and numerous wood engravings in the text.

Oliphant was secretary to Lord Elgin during his mission to China, and throughout his travels paid close attention to Chinese daily life, the military situation, and its global political ramifications.
 
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The Course of Time: A Poem, in Ten Books - Robert Pollok

1833 - William Blackwood, Edinburgh - Twelfth Edition
‘Sweet tears! the awful language, eloquent
Of infinite affection, far too big
For words’

A beautifully bound copy of Scottish poet Robert Pollok’s much admired epic poem, first published to great acclaim in 1827. Often compared to Milton’s
Paradise Lost, the poem explores grand themes, such as biblical ideas of the apocalypse to Scottish Romantic philosophy. Pollok’s work was an immediate success, and subsequently twenty-five editions were printed over the course of fifty years, with more than 60,000 copies sold. 
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The Jubilee Book of Cricket - SIGNED - Prince K. S. Ranjitsinhji

1897 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - Number 98 of a limited edition of 350
An uncommon signed limited edition of one of the classic books on Cricket, by one of the greatest batsmen of all time, published to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

The first half is instructional, the second half concerned with school, university, and county cricket. Chapters on training, fielding, bowling, batting, captaincy, umpiring, public school and Cambridge University cricket by W. J. Ford, Oxford University Cricket by Thomas Case, and individual histories of the county cricket clubs. Ranjitsinhji was greatly helped by C. B. Fry, W. J. Ford, Thomas Case, and others.

Illustrated with frontispiece and 115 tissue- guarded photographic plates of famous pre-1914 players from the “Golden Age” of cricket including W. G. Grace, Ranjitsinhji himself, C.T.B. Turner, W. Marlow, L.C.H. Palairet, Lord Hawke, etc., including 22 photogravures. Almost all photographs are by Hawkins of Brighton, the best of the Golden Age photographers.
 
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1880 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
I think you do me much honour by preserving my scribbles’ writes the colourful and eccentric Sharpe in the tipped in letter that accompanies his finely bound Ballad Book, re-edited by David Laing, with additions from Sharpe's manuscripts, and which he first printed only 30 copies in 1823, although according to Henderson, the majority of the added ballads in 1880 were of more or less questionable authenticity (ODNB). The final portion of the book prints Sir Walter Scott’s commentary on the original poems, and is taken from correspondence between Scott and his friend Sharpe.

Scarce. Illustrated with a colour frontispiece portrait, woodblock engraving plate and headpiece (as used for the original 1823 edition).

A speculative note regarding the letter - As stated in the editor’s introduction (ix) ‘
Mr Sharpe’s own annotated copy’ was carefully followed to produce this work, a copy that was ‘in the possession of Sir James Gibson-Craig’. Gibson-Craig had one of the finest collection of Scottish works ever assembled, and other correspondence from Sharpe to Gibson-Craig did begin with ‘Signor Mio’, leading us to speculate that this letter accompanied the original and rare 1823 printing of which only 30 were produced, and which in this case was later given by Sharpe to Gibson-Craig. 
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