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Robin McInnes. "Fifty Years along the Undercliff"

2005. Cross Publishing. A factual account of life within this fascinating part of the Isle of Wight coastline, since the early 1950's. Beautifully bound with many photographs and prints. In very good condition. £35.

Helge Kokeritz. "The Place-Names of the Isle of Wight."

1940. Uppsala. The definitive work on the Island place names. Complete with the two maps at the rear. Over three hundred pages in limp paper covers. Tightly bound in very good condition. £55.

Ian Sherfield. "East Cowes Castle. The Seat of John Nash Esq."

1994. Cannon Press. A pictorial history of East Cowes Castle, beautifully illustrated with prints, photographs and plans. A very good copy in a similar dust-jacket. £18.

Paul Hyland. "Wight Biography of an Island."
1997. Dovecote Press. One of the most acclaimed books on the Isle of Wight to be published. Hard back copy in clean, uncreased condition without inscription to the inside and a similar dustjacket in very good condition.. £8.
CWR Winter. "Manor Houses of the Isle of Wight."

1984. Dovecote Press. The author lists the 126 Manor Houses in the Island and has added a further 15 medieval manors. He has written a full and interesting account of 26 of them. The book is well illustrated. Green cloth covers and a dust jacket in very good condition. £45. A soft-back copy is also available at £20.

Michael H Goodall. "The Wight Aircraft."

1973. Gentry Books. The history of the Aviation Department of J Samuel White & Co. Ltd. 1913-1919. The department was only in production during the period that spanned the First World War years. As builders of successful seaplanes, how could they fail to succeed? Hardback book with blue cloth covers and dustwrapper both in very good condition. £30.

Marion Brinton. "Farmhouses and Cottages of the Isle of Wight."
1987. IWCC Cultural Services Department. A description of the domestic rural architecture of the Island based on a comprehensive survey of buildings which predate 1840. Well illustrated in card covers, in good condition. £10.
H.V. Basford. "The Vectis Report."

1980. Isle of Wight County Council. A survey of Isle of Wight archaeology. Maps figures and pencil drawings by Frank Basford. Chapters include, Background to the Isle of Wight, Archaeology of the Island, Special surveys, Land Management and a Gazetteer of sites. Card covers in a large format, 172 pages in very good condition. £12.

Avril Pedley. "A Georgian Marriage."

2007. Dovecote Press. The family papers of Sir Nash and Lady Grose 1761-1814. Nash Grose inherited the Priory of St. Helens and Mary Dennett was the daughter of an Island farmer. They married in 1779 and this is their life together in letters until Lady Grose's death in 1794. Red cloth covers with gilt titles in a decorated dustwrapper in very good condition. £15.

George Brannon. "Brannon's Graphic Delineations."

1841-1856. G & A Brannon. Wootton Common. Thirty steel engravings with a description of each. Sympathetically rebound in green cloth with an original pastedown to the front cover. In a tight very good condition. £125.

George Brannon. "Brannon's Picture of the Isle of Wight, or, Strangers Handbook."

1841-1858. George Brannon Wootton. Twenty-one steel engravings are within the five chapters covering the Isle of Wight. Tightly bound in the original boards with minimal wear. An exceptionally very good copy. £125.

A. Heaton Cooper. "Isle of Wight Water Colours."

1916. A & C Black. Twenty water colours of Isle of Wight scenes bound in brown boards with a water colour pastedown of the Needles rocks to the front cover. In very good condition. £15

S.F.Hockey. "Quarr Abbey and it's Lands 1132-1631."

1970. Leicester University Press. Founded in 1132 and its lands were disposed of in 1631. This is the first historical work devoted specifically to the medieval history of the Isle of Wight to be published since the eighteenth century. Brown cloth covers with a decorated wrapper. No inscriptions, all in very good condition. £15.

Robin McInnes. "Isle of Wight Illustrated."

1989. Crossprint. Newport. With contributions by Andy Butler. Beautifully illustrated and with a really interesting appendix at the rear containing additional information about Isle of Wight pictures, books and prints not easily found elsewhere. Card covers in a very good clean and unmarked condition. £30.

Thomas Barber. "Barber's Picturesque Illustrations of the Isle of Wight."

1831. Simpkin and Marshall. First edition. There is a fold-out map to the rear in very good condition. All the plates are present and tissue guarded. The title page is heavily foxed, there is lighter foxing throughout. Brown cloth covers with gilt titles. £45.

Ethel Hargrove. "Wanderings in the Isle of Wight."

1913. Andrew Melrose Ltd., Thirty two photographs of Isle of Wight scenes of a hundred years ago when Miss Hargrove wandered throughout the Island. Red cloth covers with black titles. The spine is somewhat faded else in a tightly bound book in very good condition. £45.

G.E. Mitton. "The Isle of Wight."

nd. c1910. A & C Black. The best of the Beautiful Britain series, this one has eight beautifully coloured plates within the text. Decorated cloth covers in very good condition. £15.

Sarah Burdett & Margaret Prior. "East Cowes. A town of shops, castles, industry and invention."

192011. Dovecote Press. Subscriber edition, numbered 359 and signed by both of the authors. Contains a wealth of information about East Cowes. Beautifully illustrated with a dustjacket. Both are in very good condition. £15.

Michael Partridge. "The Royal Naval College Osborne. A History 1903-1921."

1999. Sutton Publishing. The Royal Naval College at Osborne was in operation from 1903 until 1921. Boys went there aged about 12 years and moved on to Dartmouth College to complete their training about two or three years later. The author examines the college organisation and structure, the selection process and the reasons for its closure in 1921. Illustrated with photographs. Both the book and dust-jacket are in very good condition. £15.

Robin McInnes. "The Garden Isle."

1990. Cross sprint. A circular tour of the Island in the tradition of the Victorian guidebooks. The book is in large format with watercolour drawings, oil paintings and engravings of Island scenery. Signed by the author. The book and the dust-jacket are both in very good condition. £15.

Alan Parker. "Isle of Wight Local History. A guide to sources."
1979. IW Teachers Centre Newport Isle of Wight. This book contains details of the wealth of information available about the Isle of Wight. Whilst dated, it is still hugely relevant today. Very useful. Spiral binding with card covers. Large format in very good condition. £15.
Colin Pope, Lorna Shaw and David Allen. "Isle of Wight Flora."
2003. The Dovecote Press. An account of the current and historic distribution of flowering plants, mosses and lichens etc throughout the Island. Lots of illustrations and photographs. An Isle of Wight flora lovers delight. A book in very good condition with a similar dust-wrapper. £25.
David Swinstead. "The Bembridge Redwings."

1997. Cross Publishing. This copy is numbered 313 of the 500 published. Beautifully illustrated by Cavendish Morton. This book is about the history of the 100 year old Bembridge Redwings a class of sailing boat, designed and raced off Bembridge. .With their graceful hulls and distinctive sails, they are a popular sight locally. Book and jacket are in vgc. £25.

Dom. S.F. Hockey (Ed.) "The Cartulary of Carisbrooke Priory."
1988. Isle of Wight County Records Office. Early medieval history of the Isle of Wight in great detail in this valuable volume of charters. The book and the dust-wrapper are both in very good condition. £15.
Percy G Stone. "Legends and Lays of the Isle of Wight."
1912. Constable and Company. Dialect verses of the Isle of Wight. A record of the fast disappearing dialect. Includes the famous 'how they ran the first fox. 'Blue boards, worn but with a tight binding. Rough cut. £40.
J Samuel White & Co. Ltd. "White's of Cowes Shipbuilders."
Nd c1950. J Samuel White & Co. Ltd. The history of the famous shipbuilding firm and it's shipyard founded in the Seventeenth century through to the 1950's is recorded here. Beautifully illustrated in silver and white boards. This book was never sold but was used as a presentation copy for clients and guests. This copy is in very good condition. £55.
Colin Fairweather & Alan Stroud. "The Isle of Wight Revisited."
2005. Oakwood Press. A superb collection of photographs enhanced from the original glass plate negatives. Each page is full plate size with a similar small vignette at the rear of the book with a description of the plate, Black cloth binding with a decorated dust jacket. The book and jacket are both in very good condition. £18.
Graham Tracey. "East Cowes Sailing Club."
2012. East Cowes Sailing Club. This is the history of Cowes yachting and yachts. A hundred years of East Cowes Sailing Club 1912-2012. Chapters include prominent members, members yachts, recollections etc. Card covers in a clean uncreased very good condition. £10.
Fred Mew. "Back of the Wight."
1974. County Press. Yarns of wrecks and smuggling in the true tradition of the 'Back of the Island' This edition is a hardback copy with dust wrapper in very good condition at £6. There is a vg card covered copy also available at £4.
David J. Tomalin. "Roman Wight. A Guide Catalogue."
1987. Isle of Wight County Council. The book covers sites, finds and excavations. Both Newport and Brading Roman villas are included. There are lots of catalogue topics with the finds. Card covers clean and uncreased. In very good condition. £10.
Mates Illustrated Guides. "Isle of Wight Illustrated."

1901. W. Mate & Son Ltd. Republished in 2010 by Wight Books. Whilst a guide book to the Island, the many contemporary photographs and advertisements at the front and rear of the guide are a delight. Illustrated are many Island businesses, hotels and shops, many of which are now gone, but well remembered. Decorated card covers in very good condition. £15.

Brian Greening. "If Things Didn't Change, They Stayed The Same."
2010. Crossprint. Lots of photographs of the Isle of Wight taken from the Carisbrooke Castle Museum collection. The book has been compiled on behalf of the Trustees. Broadly, the period covered is from 1850 to 1920. Card covers in a clean, uncreased very good condition. £8.
Roy D. King and Kenneth W. Elliott. "Albany birth of a prison - end of an era."
1977. Routledge & Kegan Paul. Opened in 1967 as a medium security prison, it was described as the friendliest and most relaxed of the HMP's. Six years later it had been transformed into ' the jail of fear.' The implications and the experiences of both staff and inmates is reviewed here. Book and jacket in very good condition. £10.
Southern Vectis Omnibus Company Ltd. "Fleet History PK10."
  1973. PSV Circle and Omnibus Society. Illustrated with photographs and starting in 1933 with masses of data (seventy pages) from the 1921 Dodson and Campbell days at Somerton through to 1973 when this work was published. Large format card covers. Clean with a little creasing to the covers without inscriptions. £20.  
Brian Hinton. "Message to Love."
1995. Castle Communications. The Isle of Wight Festivals. 1968-1969-1970. Pop festivals of the late sixties were new and exciting. They weren't awfully well run and this was part of the magic. They are fondly remembered today and can never be repeated, try as we may. The author has captured the atmosphere brilliantly. Card covers in very good condition. £15.
Brian Hinton. "Discovering Island Writers."
2001. Island Books. The author has been exploring the literary tradition of the Isle of Wight. From Tennyson to Philip Norman. Illustrated with over fifty photographs, the book provides a colourful and informative glimpse into the lives of these Island writers. Card wraps with 150 pages in very good condition. £10.
Maldwin Drummond and Robin McInnes. "The Book of the Solent."
2001. Cross Publishing. Including the Isle of Wight Voyage. This beautifully illustrated book has been compiled with the additional assistance of a number of experts in their own rights. Coastal protection along the islands shoreline, is vital and the authors have brought to the fore the need to preserve our heritage. A lovely book in very good condition. £45.
Keir Foss. "The Book of Porchfield & Locks Green."
2006. Halsgrove. A fascinating insight into the lives of the families living in the two parishes of Porchfield and Locks Green. Well photographed. Orange cloth boards with a similar decorated dustwrapper. In very good condition. £15.
A.D. Mills. " The Place-Names of the Isle of Wight."
1996. Paul Watkins. The alphabetical list of Wight place-names are all those found in the OS 1:50000 Landranger series map. Card covers, clean uncreased in very good condition. £6.
Andrew Britton. "Once Upon A Line. (Volumes 1-4 1983-1994.)
1983-1994. Oxford Publishing Company. These four volumes are packed with stories, anecdotes and reminiscences of and about railway personnel from all the different Isle of Wight railways. The dust-jackets and books are in very good condition. £40 for the set.
Ron & Pat Winter. "Village Churches of the Isle of Wight."
1987. Forget-me-Not Books. The book features the architecture, the builders and the worshippers of a selection of Isle of Wight village churches.. Card covers in very good condition. £8.
John Faulkner. "The Fishbourne Ferry."
2004. Colourpoint. A mere forty years have elapsed between the miniscule 'Fishbourne' departing from the service and the huge St. Clare arriving. The fleet capacity grew from 48 to 754 vehicles. Of course with everything in between. Card covers in very good condition. £12.
Vicky Basford. "Historic Parks and Gardens of the Isle of Wight."
1989. Isle of Wight County Council. The author describes the valuable heritage of the historic parks and gardens within the Isle of Wight, including the lesser known gardens and those only open for a day or so a year. Illustrated with colour plates and illustrations in text. Card covers in very good condition. £8.

Brian Greening. "One Hundred years Before The Mast."

2001. Crossprint. The story of Chillerton, Gatcombe and Whitecroft from 1855 until 1955. One hundred years of the lives of people in those places and the events before the mast. Fascinating read. card covers in vgc. Scarce now. £15. There are several other titles by this author available. Please enquire.
Jeff Brett. "Jeff's Great Souvenir Mystery Tour."
2010. Jeff Brett. This is a photographic mystery tour of Shanklin, Lake and Sandown. Packed full of photographs. Card covers all in very good condition. £8.
S.F. Hockey. "Insula Vecta."
1982. Phillimore. The Isle of Wight's medieval history is of particular interest. Almost every aspect of life in the Isle of Wight before Elizabeth 1st has been covered. Book and dust-wrapper in very good condition. £12.
E.F. Laidlaw. "The Story of the Royal National Hospital Ventnor."
1990. Published by the Author. The hospital was founded in 1868, the inspiration of Arthur Hill Hassall and for 80 years was a major factor in the life of the Island. Illustrated with photographs. Hardback in vgc is £10. The paperback is in vgc at £8.
Adrian Searle. "Isle of Wight at War. 1939-1945."
1989. Dovecote Press. The first book to document the history of the Isle of Wight in text and photographs during World War 2. Well illustrated with photographs. Book and dust wrapper in very good condition. £20.
George Brannon. "Views of the Isle of Wight."
1824. George Brannon. Republished in 1972 by EP Publishing. Seventy three pages with twenty six full size engraved plates by George Brannon. A faithful facsimile of the original in maroon cloth covers with a decorated dustjacket. VGC £15.
Rosetta Brading. "East Cowes and Whippingham, West Cowes and Northwood."
1990, 1993 and 1994. Published by the author. Includes all three volumes, East Cowes and Whippingham 1303-1914 and 1915-1939 and West Cowes & Northwood 1750-1914. Card covers. All three copies in very good condition. £12.
Robin McInnes. "A Picturesque Tour of the Isle of Wight."
1993. Cross Publishing. This is a subscribers limited edition numbered 568 of 750 and signed by the author. The book is an exciting look at the work of Charles Tomkins, beautifully shown and described here. A very good copy. £20.

Patricia Sibley. "Isle of Wight Villages."

1983. Robert Hale. The story of every village in the Island is told as only an islander could tell it. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and packed full with information about those villages. Red cloth covers with silver titles and a decorated dustwrapper. In very good condition. £6.
HRH Duchess of York & Benita Stoney. "Victoria and Albert - Life at Osborne House."
  1991. Weidenfeld and Nicholson. Royal family life from the early years of their marriage to Prince Albert's untimely death in their house, a monument to their life together. Both the book and the dust-jacket are in very good condition. £20
C.W.R. Winter. "The Ancient Town of Yarmouth."
1981. Isle of Wight County Press. Yarmouth is a town that holds itself in a special place in history as a unique port in the Isle of Wight. Illustrated with photographs. Book and dust-wrapper both in very good condition. £15.
Ward Lock & Co. (Pubs.) "The Isle of Wight."
1927-1928.Twentyfirst edition, with over one hundred illustrations, a map of the island and street plans of Island towns. These annual guides were published from the 1870's through to 1981. They were revised and updated every year and form a very important record of the changing face of the Isle of Wight over a 100 year period. This copy is in very good condition. £12. Other copies from the other years available. Please enquire.
John Russell. "The (Hi)Story of Ryde Golf Club."
2001. John Russell. The story starts in 1895 at Westridge and the name change to Ryde Golf Club in the same year, through to 2000 and the modern day club we know at Binstead. Card covers in very good condition. £10.
Raymond L Wheeler. "From River to Sea."
1993. Cross Publishing. The history of the company from 1830 to the published day. The story of consuta and all that followed. From the start on the Thames at Goring with riverboats to the move to the Isle of Wight and what followed. Book and jacket in very good condition. Scarce, £35..
A.E.Tagg and R.L. Wheeler. "From Sea to Air."
1989. Cross Publishing. The story of the maritime heritage of Sam Saunders. The book traces the history of the East Cowes firm of Saunders Roe from the late 1920's when the company was formed. This copy and it's jacket are in very good condition. £15.
Gay Baldwin. "Ghosts of Knighton Gorges."
2010. Gay Baldwin. Mysterious Knighton Gorges casts an enduring spell. The manor house is long gone now but here are some accounts of people who have witnessed strange goings-on at the site. Intriguing reading. Card covers in vgc. £7.

Sarah Burdett. "The Book of Whippingham."

2006. Halsgrove. Whippingham was Queen Victoria's Island village. The village became the centre of the royal estate at Osborne, supporting both Osborne House and neighbouring Barton Manor. The book helps to shed some light on the rich history of Whippingham and life in the village. Book and dust-jacket both in very good condition. £15.


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