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HEAL, Sir Ambrose, 1872-1959 : THE LONDON GOLDSMITHS 1200-1800 : A RECORD OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE CRAFTSMEN, THEIR SHOP SIGNS AND TRADE CARDS.

HEAL, Sir Ambrose, 1872-1959 : THE LONDON GOLDSMITHS 1200-1800 : A RECORD OF THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF THE CRAFTSMEN, THEIR SHOP SIGNS AND TRADE CARDS.

London : Cambridge University Press, 1935. First edition. Heal’s monumental study – with sections on goldsmiths, bankers and pawnbrokers; eminent London goldsmiths; Samuel Pepys and his goldsmiths; a list of known trade-cards; marks, shop-signs and emblems; and a directory of goldsmiths, jewellers, bankers and pawnbrokers.
Foolscap folio (34cm). (xii),(280)pp. Eighty plates. Original buckram gilt; top edge gilt; slight bruise to edge of upper cover, but a very good copy of a handsome production.

£200

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LE FEUVRE, P.E. : THE BOOK OF THE CHRONICLES OF J. K. : OR THE BATTLE OF THE TAPES.

LE FEUVRE, P.E. : THE BOOK OF THE CHRONICLES OF J. K. : OR THE BATTLE OF THE TAPES.

London : George Gregory & Co., [1894]. First edition. Spoof biblical account of the 1894 Stock Exchange battle with the “outside brokers” which led to the Exchange Telegraph Company being compelled to withdraw their price tape facilities from eighty-seven of these non-members. The Stock Exchange Committee awakes from its slumbers to find it is no longer the reign of Queen Anne. “Then said Softly unto himself, Surely, my brethren, the Brokers and Jobbers are mugs of the first water”. Interesting in being issued by George Gregory of Tokenhouse Buildings, Lothbury, known as the king of the outside brokers and notorious for his prolific advertising – a practice not permitted to actual members of the Exchange.
Long crown 4to (192 x 251mm). (22)pp. Illustrations throughout. Original pictorial ribbon-tied wrappers; a little fingered, slightly split, mildly worn and lightly frayed, but a reasonable copy of a scarce and ephemeral survival. Just a single copy (British Library) located in the world’s major libraries.

£100

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HOPKINS, R. Thurston (Robert Thurston), 1884-1958 : FAMOUS BANK FORGERIES, ROBBERIES AND SWINDLES.

HOPKINS, R. Thurston (Robert Thurston), 1884-1958 : FAMOUS BANK FORGERIES, ROBBERIES AND SWINDLES.

London : Stanley Paul & Co., (1936). First edition. A fascinating study in the history of iniquity – the Uncrowned King of Crime; the Windell Fraud; Murder in the Fog; the £50,000 Bank-Note; the Josephine O’Dare Gang; the Kennaway Brothers, and many another tale. Back before 1936 the banks were apparently more likely to be victims than perpetrators.
Demy 8vo (215 x 132mm). 288pp. Plates. Portraits. Bound in a pleasant recent half green morocco, banded and gilt; some spotting, mainly of edges, but otherwise a very good copy.

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