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M Richardson Rare Books

Good to see that book fairs are back in full swing, well, almost! You'll be able to search most of the books we have in stock on our Abebooks storefront where, for the month of April 2022 there is 30% off all of our stock. We are constantly adding new stock online also so do also contact us if you don't find what you want there. For example we have a number of scarce, signed Booker Prize winners which are not currently listed. Copy this link: If there are any of these that you'd like to see photos of or ask for more information on then please do get in touch. M. Richardson Rare Books was formerly known as Mr. Books Bookshop and located on Tonbridge High Street in Kent, England for over 12 years up until July 2017. The shop is still there under new owners so, due to the sale of the bricks and mortar side of the business, it made sense to change our name to reflect this change of direction. (And we had to because the new owner liked the name so much it went with the business sale!) We now trade mainly online and at PBFA fairs up and down the country from our new base nestling in the foothills of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds. We also exhibit at Bloomsbury Book Fairs in London a few times a year, and occasionally have a small selection of fine books for sale at select antique centres, such as Hemswell, in Lincolnshire. Whilst we don't specialize in anything in particular we do lean towards certain subjects such as collectable modern fiction and children's books, and also have many fishing books and topographical books & ephemera. But really we just sell rare and fine books on many subjects. The stock is being constantly replenished so it's always worth visiting us at one of the fairs. We travel far and wide to purchase quality collections so please feel free to call us.

The Life of the Celebrated Sir Francis Drake The First English Circumnavigator


58 page folio sized book in brown, paper covered boards with a title block stuck in the centre; price of 10s and 6d is pencilled on the bottom edge of the title label, now very faint. There looks to be an older, printed price scratched out above the new one. The boards are edge worn and cracked at the hinges. This book belonged to AWF Fuller, having been acquired from a collection purchased from his descendants, as such it is inscribed by him on the front paste down page "AWF Fuller 14 Sept. 1960" with what looks like the price of 22 /- encircled in pencil. There are some extensive further notes in light pencil, it's safe to assume by the style that these were Fuller's notes, which appear to explain that the Fuller family traces back to Francis Drake through John Trayton Fuller of Ashdown and later Sir Thomas Trayton Fuller-Elliot-Drake. This seems to be a matter of family historical record, judging by the copious notes. On the front end paper there is a gift inscription "To Miss Mary Ann Thompson with Sir F's and Lady Drake's affe (affectionate) Regards Ardent wishes for her Health & Happiness, June 1829" Then underneath is another inscription from the editor of the book, also in black ink, which reads: "To his Relations and friends the Editor presents this volume as a small token of his affection & Regards...." there are further words of affection to the recipients which are difficult to decipher. As is the signature of the "Editor" which are just the initials "W.D." Helpfully AWF Fullers notes make an attempt to interpret. Fuller states in light pencil by the side of the signature: "If a Drake this must be Sir Francis Henry Drake or Lady Anne Francis Drake, his wife?" The question mark, and the fact that neither of these would appear to be WD indicate his lack of confidence on this one perhaps. There is furthermore a helpful index card laid in with Fuller's notes interpreting the inscriptions and more. The title page states "Reprinted from The Biographia Britannica" underneath this Fuller has written, again in light pencil ""2nd Edit." by way of being a helpful note. Generally, the pages of the book are sound except in some places foxing has occurred. The frontispiece of an engraving of Drake is loosening from the top. In all though this is quite a unique, and certainly very interesting piece.