Saunterer’s Satchel & West Riding Almanac 1878

I have found (on’t ‘tinternet) 1875 and 1879 for sale (£24 – £35) but no 1878.

This is a working class dialect almanac produced (written?) by James Burnley of Bradford. Though I had not come across this publication, or James Burnley, there is a lot about him out there, this is just a sample;

Increasingly, literary historians are finding forgotten writers from the Victorian era who appear to represent very contemporary concerns. The massive biographies of the great nineteenth century novelists and social critics repeatedly bring to light other, secondary figures on the literary scene who have a profound interest to us now.

Surely, one of these has to be the social critic, journalist and poet, James Burnley. In an age when new enquiries into our sense of region and belonging are being made at an accelerating rate, we should look into his life and achievement. In an anthology published in 1891, he was celebrated as ‘The Saunterer’, and in Bradford history, that is his famous nom de plume. He was a friend of Dickens, contributing to All the Year Round; a local historian; a journalist with a vibrant style and a poet of the entrepreneur. His most successful book was The Romance of Modern Industry, (1889), in which he talks of ‘wealth in rubbish’ and ‘men who have risen’.

Burnley was born in Shipley, near Leeds, in 1842 and began his long publishing career in 1869 with a volume of poems, Idonia. But his talents also extended to the composition of plays, pantomimes, sketches and serious poetry. He became well-known in the West Riding when he began to write as the Saunterer for the Bradford Observer, covering such topics as folklore, eccentrics, scandals, superstitions and of course, literary and cultural matters. He also wrote for the Leeds Mercury and after a series of books celebrating the ‘romance’ of Britain’s industrial achievements, wrote a History of Wool and Wool-Combing.

66 pages, last 12 adverts this copy has magic tape repair to spine is complete and tidy. I am asking £15 for this piece of West Riding History.

The adverts themselves give an example of life (well) before the NHS, how more graphic can an advert get “DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD DIE”

Eclectic Acquisitions

The thing about being a second hand book dealer is you can only acquire what you find (at a price that allows a margin of profit to help pay the electric bill). Today’s batch demonstrates this, I did decide not to buy the “Folio’s” on offer as they were not perfect and the price was what I would sell them for.

Above Us the Waves – Warren & Benson – a much reprinted and republished title and I do have paperback copies (from the 60’s) but this, though jacketless, is a vg first edition hard back. £4.00

Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice – Life in a Yorkshir Village Shop – Wheeler – About Huddersfield way, it does mention Deighton £4.00

The Worlds Best SF Short Stories No.1 – ed. Wollheim Fine UK first Hardback in fine dj – £7.50.

Mi Barber – On Stony Ground. A Romantic Novel Set in Summer Wine Country in the early 1800’s £3.00

Victorian and Edwardian Yorkshire from old Photographs £3.00

..and some Dalesman books.

 

Spen Valley & Dewsbury (two books)

Dewsbury as it Was and Spen Valley a landscape of hamlets, written by Christopher Scargill and Richard Lee (I worked with Richard at Metro in the early eighties before it was sold off for a bargain price).

Both books are 12 X 8 (inches that is) and both are very well illustrated.Dewsbury as it was 011The pages are not numbered but there are 66 illustrations. Given how big Dewsbury is this should be the more common book but isn’t. published 1985

In this one the illustrations aren’t numbered but the pages are (48) but just as well illustrated. published 1986

There are no inscriptions or stamps both look new and are available for £7.00 each.

Dalesman

Dalesman is a British monthly regional magazine, based in Skipton, and serving the English county of Yorkshire. Its first edition was published in March 1939, under the original title of The Yorkshire Dalesman: A Monthly Magazine of Dales’ Life and Industry. Although originally only serving the Yorkshire Dales, the magazine was soon expanded to cover the whole county of Yorkshire, with a particular focus on the countryside and over the years it has become a northern institution.It remains the biggest selling regional consumer magazine in the UK and Yorkshire’s best selling magazine.

Dalesman 1939 04 April #2 (2)

I have 981 Dalesman titles in stock including the first one from 1939. I am a bit sparse on the last couple of years but only have about 5 or 6 dates missing in between. They are the ideal birthday or anniversary gift for Yorkshire Folk.

I do have other Dalesman publications other than the magazines so if you are looking for any particular date or other publication please ask me. I am not cheap but my prices are realistic.

Many of the covers make excellent cards and are great for framing.

Movie Makers & Picture Palaces (in Yorkshire)

Bradford Libraries first edition, 1996. An interesting and definitive history of the film industry in West Yorkshire, regarded as ‘The Cradle of the Industry’ by many in the profession. Includes history of film making and film making pioneers, film equipment used, important films made, and the development of cinema in the region. Soft covers, p.324, illustrated with b&w photographs. Very good condition. £9.00

Yorkshire & nearly Yorkshire

Just a few of the titles available for £2.50, granted Snowdonia is not near Yorkshire but you can get there in a couple of hours, traffic permitting that is.

“Dalesman” Mini Books

I don’t restrict myself to the “Dalesman” magazine, I look out for all their publications even when they stray out of God’s Own County (GOC).

 

Exploring: The Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Coast (three Books)

Lakeland A to Z

Matlock

Peak District Walks

Roman Derbyshire

Shepherds Crooks and Walking Sticks

Walking in; Airedale : Bronte Country : North Yorkshire Moors : Lower Wharfedale : Upper Wharfedale

Yorkshire Mysteries and Oddities

All are available along with many other Dalesman publications, though if you intend visiting my shop and you are interested let me know as they are all at home as I intend getting round to reading them, especially the “walking” books. As the bumper sticker should say “Bibliophiles just read about it”.

 

 

100 YORKSHIRE Sketches

 

Published by the Yorkshire Conservative Newspaper in the 50’s these 5″ X 5″ books are a perfect gift for any “Yorkshire” folk, or even for those not so lucky.

£2.50 each

Yorkshire Guides and Stuff (mostly churches)(only because it’s somewhere cheap to take the kids when it rains)

 

Scarborough. 36 pages 1955 illustrated story of Parish Church

Newby Hall 32 page well illustrated guide book. Undated but priced originally at 2/6

Borrowdale 24 page illustrated booklet by Shelagh Sutton published in 1961 by Borrowdale Woman’s Institute (with their clothes on I presume)

Kilburn 28 pages, undated about 1960, written by the vicar.

Whitby Abbey by Peter Hood 68 page well illustrated published in1927

Bridlington – 56 pages illustrated guide to Priory Church undated.

Shibden Hall – Halifax 24 page 1953 illustrated guide.

Whitby old parish Church 24 page illustrated guide revised 1950

Guide Book

P & P will be £1.00 to UK

£1.00

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