Vintage and Second Hand Books about Surrey

These books are all vintage or second hand – please note the condition, they could be showing signs of wear and tear.

The Buildings of England – Surrey – Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner

1987 edition of Nairn and Pevsner’s 1951 publication.

This book has been donated by Museum supporter. It is a little scruffy around the edges – and has been stored for a long time – so has a little bit of an ‘old book’ smell.

The book is priced at £10.00.

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Surrey Painted by Sutton Palmer. Described by A. R. Hope Moncrieff

Donated by a Museum supporter. 

Harold Sutton Palmer was born in Plymouth in 1854. He trained for two years at the South Kensington Schools, where he won a gold medal. The illustrations in this book speak for themselves the writer feels it no easy undertaking strike bass chords in prose that may worthily accompany these high notes of Surrey’s fame. But did his best towards pointing out its charm of varied formation and surface, displayed upon the course of excursions made in several directions, to bring in all the chief features. Authoring as well as the artist, both at least long journeys in this choice county that gives to many an adopted son, the work has been Labour of love. The moral enforced at once by and pencil is that few great cities are so lucky London in having at its back-doors a playground, pleasure-ground, and garden-ground of manifold interest and beauty.

The book was published in 1915, it has lost its dust jacket, and a couple of the pages have come loose. It has also been stored for a long time – and has a ‘musty’ smell.

The book is priced at £7.50.

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The Little Book of Surrey by Rupert Matthews

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“The Little Book of Surrey is a funny, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of the sort of frivolous, fantastic or simply strange information which no-one will want to be without. The county’s most unusual crimes and punishments, eccentric inhabitants, famous sons and daughters, royal connections and literally hundreds of wacky facts about Surrey’s landscape, towns and villages (plus some authentically bizarre bits of historic trivia), come together to make it essential reading for visitors and locals alike.”

Published in 2010.

144 pages with black and white drawings.

The book has an inscription on the inside page.

Priced at £3.00.

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Surrey – A Photographic Record (1850-1920) by John Janaway (Signed by the author)

Donated by a Museum supporter, and signed by the author.

“The Nineteeth Century was a period of great social and economic change, and for Surrey, more than for most counties. The coming of the railway allowed tens of thousands of people the chance of a home in a rural setting that was also within daily reach of London.

John Janaway has collected photographs from many sources to create this record of Surrey as it was from the golden years of the Victorian era up to the end of the First World War. His book recaptures vividly the flavour of the period and will give much pleasure and value to Surrey’s present generations. 

Published in 1984. and reprinted in 1995. 95 pages with black and white postcards and photographs.

The book is faded on the spine and edges of the front and back cover. It has been stored for a long time – and is a little musty. There is an address sticker on the front cover.

Priced at £4.00.

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Surrey by John Drewett

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1996. 120 pages with black and white and colour photographs.

A Shire guide to Surrey’s historic towns and villages and countryside.

The book is in good condition, although the back cover has come away from the spine.

The book is priced at £2.00.

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Surrey Weather Book by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

First published in 1990 and reprinted in 1996. 120 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

Pieces from the Surrey Mirror reporters on the weather over 100 years.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00.

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Surrey in the Sixties by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1994. 144 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

This book is packed with more than 150 photographs of life in Surrey in the “swinging” sixties. Flick through the pages and find stories and photos of Kingston, Richmond, Dorking, Leatherhead and Guildford during that memorable decade. There’s trolleybuses, bubble cars, bouffant hair styles and even a picture of the Rolling Stones playing one of their first gigs at Richmond before they were famous. One picture shows George Harrison’s wedding at Epsom in 1966.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00.

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Surrey in the Seventies by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1995. 164 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

Photographs and memories of the 1970’s

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00.

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Surrey in the Hurricane by Mark Davison and Ian Currie

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1988. 120 pages with black and white, and colour photographs.

Photographs and memories of the Great Storm of October 16th 1987.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty. The front cover has also got a bit of a curve to it.

Priced at £2.00.

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In the Wake of the Hurricane by Bob Ogley

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Published in 1988.  Reprinted in 1995. 136 pages with black and white, and colour photographs.

Photographs and memories of the days after the Great Storm of October 16th 1987.

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty. The front cover is a little marked.

Priced at £2.00.

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Surrey at War 1939-1945 by Bob Ogley

Donated by a Museum supporter.

First published in 1995. 200 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book records the momentous events of six years of war in the county of Surrey as seen through the eyes of those who served in the forces, the services, the voluntary occupations, and the civilian population. 

The book has been stored for a long time – and is a little bit musty.

Priced at £2.00.

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A History of Surrey by Peter Brandon

Donated by a Museum supporter.

“Surrey affords good examples of prosperous peasant life at the woodland margin in the Middle Ages and had some of the best developed industry before the Industrial Revolution. The landscape gardening which has made the county unrivalled in its still beautifully contrived scenery is a major contribution to the arts of Western Europe. “Dr. Brandon is meticulous in charting Surrey’s growth … detailed but not dull …” Surrey Advertiser”

Published in 1977 and reprinted in 1995. 128 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book is price clipped – but no other marks or inscriptions.

Priced at £3.00.

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Surrey of one hundred years ago – Aylwin Guilmant 

Surrey, one of England’s smallest countries, has for centuries embodied contrasts in style and appearance. In the North, where its boundary is the Thames, there is industrial and, more recently, suburban London, and further south, are the more rural area of the Downs and the Weald, which were the playground for Londoners for centuries.

This book looks at these dual areas as they were a century ago.

Published in 1997, 116 pages with black and white and colour photographs and accompanying text.

The book is priced at £3.00.

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Portrait of Surrey by Basil E. Cracknell

Surrey is one of the most beautiful countries in Britain – and one of the most threatened. With its wide open chalklands, its pine-dotted ridges, its vast area of heathland and common, and its many attractive villages and country towns, Surrey is indeed a lovely county. Yet in its very beauty lies its greatest danger. For lying, as it does, at the very doorstep of London, the country is invaded every fine weekend by an army of cars. Of course people need to escape from the drabness of suburbia, but all too often they destroy the very peace and quiet they come to enjoy. This cruel dilemma, although not confined to Surrey, is more acute there than anywhere else in Britain, and it forms a principal theme of this book.

Book is in good overall condition.

255 pages with black and white drawings and photographs. Published in 1970.

Priced at £2.00.

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The Surrey Village Book by Graham Collyer

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Contains a description of over 140 Surrey villages, recalling the history, people and events that have given each its particular flavour.

First published in 1984 and reprinted in 1998. 224 pages with black and white pencil drawings.

The book has been stored for a long while – and has a slight smell of ‘old book’.

Priced at £1.50

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The Surrey Pub Guide

 5th Edition of the CAMRA publication. No date but looks late 1980’s.

112 pages with lists of pubs.

Donated by a Museum supporter.

The book has been stored for a long time – and has an ‘old book’ smell to it.

Priced at £1.00.

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Literary Surrey by Jaqueline Banerjee

Donated by a Museum supporter.

Surrey is a lovely county in which to live—and write. Down the ages, writers of all kinds have sung its praises, and used it as a setting for everything from romantic entanglements to alien invasions. Jacqueline Banerjee is fascinated by the appearance of familiar scenes in their work, and by the whole impact of place on the literary imagination. She encourages us to look again (or perhaps for the first time) at these authors and the beautiful local places that inspired them, and to see them both with fresh eyes. Each chapter has helpful suggestions about how to do our own literary detective work, whether by “reading on,” or by exploring the Surrey countryside for ourselves.

This book is marked on the front, and has a mark on the back. It has been stored for a long while and has a slight ‘old book’ smell to it.

200 pages. Published in 2005.

Priced at £1.50. Buy it online here.

Tales of Old Surrey by Matthew Alexander

Matthew Alexander was the Curator of Guildford Museum.

Surrey has a long history and a fascinating folklore. These are some tales drawn from this rich treasury. There are scenes from Surrey’s ever changing social and industrial history. Some are Victorian romances which have become accepted as ‘legends’. Still others tell of the superstitions and traditions that were such an important part of the country people’s way of life.

Donated by a Dorking Museum supporter. The book has been stored for a long time, and has the smell of ‘old book’ about it. 

95 pages.

Published by Countryside Books in 1985.

The book is priced at £2.00. 

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Surrey Within Living Memory. Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes

Donated by a Museum supporter

Compiled by the Surrey Federation of Women’s Institutes from notes sent in by Institutes in the County. 

Published in 1992. 272 pages.

This book has been stored for a long while – and is a little musty.

Priced at £3.00.

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The South East from 1000 AD by Peter Brandon and Brian Short

Donated by a Museum supporter.

A volume dealing with the regional and local history of South East England, this covers the landcape and society of the modern counties of Surrey, Kent, East and West Sussex and Greater London, south of the Thames from late Anglo-Saxon times to the present. The authors have tried to show the diversity that can be found within the region as well as common characteristics which illustrate the local peculiarities of the area. The works in the series offer a synthesis of both historical and archaeological work in local areas. Each region is covered in two linked but independent volumes, the first covering the period up to AD 1000 and necessarily relying on archaeological data, and the second bringing the story up to modern times. It aims to portray life as it was experienced by the majority of people of South Britain or England as it was to become. The authors look at the major historical events which have an impact on the reagion – wars, plagues, technological changes and socio-cultural trends amongst them – but they also stress the underlying continuity of rural and urban life.

Published in 1990 and reprinted in 1995. 

444 pages with black and white drawings and photographs.

The book is in good condition.

Priced at £3.50.

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