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  1. Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management.

    Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management. 1923

    £175

    First published in 1861, this is what was described as the “New Edition” of Beeton’s classic household manual; “For more than half a century Mrs. Beeton has been the guide, philosopher and friend of countless happy homes … Eight years after the first appearance of …Read more

  2. Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

    Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. [c.1912]

    £150

    First published in 1861, this is described as the “New Edition” which was first brought out in 1907. The “new edition” includes copious illustrations and 74 chapters, where the 1861 edition had a mere 44. The updates include expanding the chapter on “Colonial and …Read more

  3. Mike.
    New Arrival

    Mike. 1909

    £2,750

    First edition, first impression. “Each of Wodehouse’s school stories is a superior example of the genre, and still readable; but in his last public-school novel, Mike (1909), something extraordinary happened: Wodehouse, as a writer, moved into a higher and dazzling sphere. In its narrative energy, …Read more

  4. Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F. B.
    New Arrival

    Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F. B. 1863

    £1,650

    Rare first edition of a detailed “guide for skippers”, published in Vegesack, the northern district of Bremen, on the Weser river and at the mouth of the river Lesum. Compiled by “F. B.”, who remains otherwise unidentified, the work was assembled from information gathered …Read more

  5. Wine and the Wine Lands of the World.
    New Arrival

    Wine and the Wine Lands of the World. 1926

    £95

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  6. Morphy’s Games of Chess.

    Morphy’s Games of Chess. 1939

    £500

    Revised edition of this examination of the chess prodigy’s best games. Sergeant’s book, based on Johann Jacob Lowenthal’s 1860 work, was originally published in the UK in 1915. An incredibly fast player, Paul Morphy (1837–1884) had a brilliant career but soon became disillusioned with the …Read more

  7. Recherché Side Dishes.

    Recherché Side Dishes. 1899

    £100

    Third edition. The author, inspecting and consulting Chef de Cuisine at the National Training School of Cookery London, suggests that “something new in the way of a side dish is at all times a welcome acquisition”. The book contains around 600 recipes. Read more

  8. Cakes & Confections À La Mode.

    Cakes & Confections À La Mode. 1910

    £65

    Eighth impression of this long-running series; the first edition was published 1889. Succinct recipes in alphabetical order demonstrate what was in fashion when it came to serving something sweet in 1910. Read more

  9. Puddings & Sweets.

    Puddings & Sweets. [1892?]

    £75

    A wide variety of recipes- sufficient to try a different one every day for a year. Read more

  10. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora. 1842

    £950

    Ninth edition, first published in 1836 with just 12 plates, this appears to be the edition with the largest number of plates. All of these early, self-published editions are uncommon, Copac offering just 5 locations for editoons between 1839 – “sixth thousand” – and 1842. …Read more

  11. Racing Car Review.

    Racing Car Review. 1949-58

    £750

    First editions, first impressions: an excellent unbroken run of volumes. Motor Sport was superbly illustrated with photographs of the cars, their engines and coverage of races. This was an important era in grand prix racing and the advent of Formula One, with the first world …Read more

  12. British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    British Fresh-Water Fishes. [1879]

    £1,500

    First edition of this “classic and beautifully illustrated” work (Everard and Knight, Britain’s Game Fishes, online), “even more lavishly illustrated [than Houghton’s previous titles]. Full-page coloured plates of each species were included, as well as a landscape scene in black and white of a freshwater …Read more

  13. The Grapes of Ralph.

    The Grapes of Ralph. 1992

    £75

    First edition, impression. Read more

  14. African Game Trails.

    African Game Trails. 1910

    £475

    First edition, trade issue, of “one of the most famous of all big-game hunting epics, this, with its larger than life sportsmen … almost continually in print until the 1930s … Roosevelt’s total bag was enormous even by the liberal standards of that era” (Czech). Read more

  15. Les Dîners de Gala.

    Les Dîners de Gala. 1973

    £600

    First edition, first impression, of Dali’s classic cookery book of 136 recipes from Lasserre, La Tour d’Argent, Maxim’s and Le Buffet de la Gare de Lyon (Le Train Bleu). Read more

  16. Serve It Forth.

    Serve It Forth. 1937

    £875

    First edition, first printing. The first book by pre-eminent American food writer M. F. K. Fisher. Rather than a book of recipes it is a literary appreciation of food history and culture. Read more

  17. Over the Black Coffee.

    Over the Black Coffee. 1902

    £425

    First edition, first printing, a scarce book in the rare dust jacket; an appealing compilation of coffee-related anecdotes and encomia. Read more

  18. An Artist’s Game Bag.

    An Artist’s Game Bag. 1936

    £5,950

    First and limited edition, de luxe issue: number 14 of 25 copies; with a fine original watercolour signed by Lynn Bogue Hunt, showing a pair of mallard on a riverbank. Hunt (1877-1960) was one of America’s most admired and popular sporting artists. “The …Read more

  19. My African Journey.

    My African Journey. 1908

    £1,250

    First edition, first impression. My African Journey was the first book to derive purely from Churchill’s journalism, as distinct from his work as a war correspondent. Before embarking he signed an extremely lucrative contract for the publication of a series of articles in The Strand, …Read more

  20. Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection

    Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection 1727–8

    £1,250

    First collected edition, revised and corrected. The first three volumes are a new edition of the periodical published in 1692–1703, and were also issued under in 1727 by Woodman and Lyon under the title A Collection for the Improvement of Husbandry and Trade. The fourth …Read more

  21. Report from the Committee upon the Distilleries in Scotland. Reported by the Right Honourable Sylvester Douglas, 11 June 1798.

    Report from the Committee upon the Distilleries in Scotland. Reported by the Right Honourable Sylvester Douglas, 11 June 1798. 1803

    £2,500

    First collected edition of these fifteen parliamentary reports, including Sylvester Douglas’s indispensable two-part survey of the Scottish whisky industry, and three further reports, together illustrating the culmination of parliament’s continued attempts to regulate the Scottish distilleries over the course of the eighteenth century following the …Read more

  22. Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.

    Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening. 1816

    £22,500

    First edition of Repton’s last treatise on landscape gardening, written together with his son. Fragments is illustrated in the familiar Repton manner, with overslips used to show the changed landscape before and after Repton’s improvements. He was by now famous, mentioned for example in Jane …Read more

  23. French Country Cooking.

    French Country Cooking. 1987

    £500

    Signed limited edition, second impression (the same year as the first). Number 10 of 50 copies, signed by the author on the title page. The author’s landmark second book, first published in 1951, was written while rationing was still in force. David (1913–1992) taught herself …Read more

  24. The Golf Courses of the British Isles.

    The Golf Courses of the British Isles. 1910

    £1,750

    First edition, first impression; an essential part of any golfing library, written by one of the great writers on the sport. Donovan & Murdoch note that the gold courses of Ireland was “eliminated” from the second edition (1925). Read more

  25. The New American Gardener;

    The New American Gardener; 1828

    £750

    First edition, a handsomely bound copy. “After a brief introduction in which issues of gardening and garden design are discussed, Fessenden provides an alphabetical listing, mainly of fruits and vegetables, in the form of an expanded dictionary. A chronological index contains information about the work …Read more

  26. The Noble Grapes and the Great Wines of France.

    The Noble Grapes and the Great Wines of France. [1957]

    £500

    First edition, second printing. A handsomely bound copy. Read more

  27. Old English Drinking Glasses:

    Old English Drinking Glasses: 1926

    £500

    First edition, first impression, of this uncommon and important monograph. A handsomely bound copy. Read more

  28. The Woodland Companion:

    The Woodland Companion: 1802

    £375

    First edition of John Aikin’s copiously illustrated pocket guide to thirty-five of the best-known British trees, most of them native species. “But as words alone would be inadequate to enable anyone not an adept in botanical science to ascertain the several species, [the writer] has …Read more

  29. Royal Yachts.

    Royal Yachts. 1932

    £950

    First edition, limited edition. Number 241 of 1,000 copies of this full and documented account of British royal yachts and their owners from the earliest times to 1932. It includes lists of Royal yachts from the Restoration to 1932, with data on design, building, armament, …Read more

  30. Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea. 1859; 1852; 1858

    £575

    Early editions of Norie’s pilots covering the West Mediterranean through to the Black Sea. John William Norrie (1772–1843) was a chart maker and hydrographer who published a large number of sailing directions, the majority of which were written by himself. His shop on Leadenhall Street …Read more

  31. Omar Repentant.

    Omar Repentant. 1908

    £750

    First edition, first printing, number 89 of 100 copies on Japan Vellum signed by Le Gallienne, and with an additional quatrain not appearing in the trade edition. Le Gallienne had published a translation of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat in 1897, but Omar Repentant is his own …Read more

  32. The Haddon Hall Library, edited by the Marquess of Granby and Mr. George A. B. Dewar [series title].

    The Haddon Hall Library, edited by the Marquess of Granby and Mr. George A. B. Dewar [series title]. 1899–1903

    £4,500

    Deluxe editions, each one of 150 copies printed on handmade paper, comprising the complete set of the Haddon Hall Library series. The present set comprises: DEWAR, George A. B. Wild Life in Hampshire Highlands (1899), number 76 of 150 copies; GREY, Sir Edward. Fly Fishing …Read more

  33. Deipnosophiston biblia pentekaideka [Greek letters]. Dipnosophistarum, hoc est argutè sciteque convivio differentum. Libri XV.

    Deipnosophiston biblia pentekaideka [Greek letters]. Dipnosophistarum, hoc est argutè sciteque convivio differentum. Libri XV. 1535

    £2,750

    Second edition of the Greek text, edited by Jakob Bedrott, preceded only by the Aldine edition of 1514, of what is probably the earliest known text on cookery. A fictionalized symposium of thinkers gathering to discuss the ideal banquet, the Deipnosophistae (“dinner-table philosophers”) is a …Read more

  34. Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.

    Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India. 1822

    £850

    First edition; a second appeared in 1827. Daniel Johnson (1766/7-1835), surgeon and author, “was appointed assistant surgeon in the Bengal medical service on 22 January 1789. He conducted experiments on snakebite, and later communicated his findings to his fellow Bengal surgeon James Johnson. He was …Read more

  35. This Sporting Life.

    This Sporting Life. 1960

    £750

    Presentation copy of the second impression, the same year as the first, inscribed “For Jim, from David Storey, 1960” on the front free endpaper, and latterly in the library of Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), though not …Read more

  36. More Tales of the Stumps.

    More Tales of the Stumps. 1902

    £250

    First edition, first impression, in a variant binding not recorded by Haskell or Riall. Read more

  37. The Natural History of Selborne.

    The Natural History of Selborne. 1900

    £1,875

    First edition illustrated by Edmund New, in a splendid onlay binding incorporating a variety of attractive natural history motifs. First published in 1789, and one of the great English books of the 18th century, Selborne was “the first book which raised natural history into the …Read more

  38. Forest Life and Sport in India.

    Forest Life and Sport in India. 1910

    £175

    First edition, first impression. “An inspector general of forests in India, the author recounts his early service in Oudh, with numerous hunts after tigers, panthers, sambur, and spotted deer. Transferred to the North West Provinces in 1880, he had more tigers and had experiences with …Read more

  39. Traitez Nouveaux & curieux du Café, du Thé et du Chocolate.

    Traitez Nouveaux & curieux du Café, du Thé et du Chocolate. 1685

    £2,500

    First edition, same year as a Paris edition in Latin, expanded from the same author’s Usage du caphé, du thé, et du chocolate of 1671. “The work of Dufour upon coffee, tea, and chocolate is a classic. It is the standard work of reference for …Read more

  40. Zodiac Cocktails.

    Zodiac Cocktails. 1940

    £750

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page “to G. Y., My Best Wishes, Stanley MacNiel”. An attractively presented and wackily conceived collection of cocktails based around the signs of the Zodiac. Rare, with only four copies recorded by OCLC in libraries …Read more

  41. How to Cook a Wolf.

    How to Cook a Wolf. 1942

    £500

    First edition, first printing. This practical and humorous book, published at the height of food shortages during the Second World War, offered housewives advice on how to achieve a nutritious diet with limited ingredients, as well as other useful advice, such as eating in a …Read more

  42. The Fruit Grower’s Guide.

    The Fruit Grower’s Guide. [1892]

    £675

    First editions, first impressions. With a contemporary leaflet from the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries laid in. Read more

  43. The Cook’s Oracle;

    The Cook’s Oracle; 1829

    £250

    Later London edition, uncommon in the original boards, of the most famous of Kitchiner’s cookery books, “an acknowledged source of inspiration for Mrs Beeton, and mined by the writers of other household guides” (ODNB). First published in London in 1817, The Cook’s Oracle “was written …Read more

  44. Cookery and Pastry.

    Cookery and Pastry. 1787

    £650

    Uncommon edition of a popular cookery book first published in Edinburgh in 1773 and reputedly including the first printed recipe for haggis. Maciver ran a cookery school for ladies in Edinburgh together with her colleague Mrs Frazer, and is believed to have died in the …Read more

  45. By the Man Himself.

    By the Man Himself. 1960

    £250

    First edition, first printing. Firmly signed on the first blank. Remarkable life of the Manassa Mauler, one of the genuine icons of the jazz-age icon, whose career began as a teenager scrapping for change in lumber camps. Read more

  46. Boxing.

    Boxing. 1889

    £450

    First edition. This copy inscribed on the half-title: “With the Author’s Compts. to the Committee of the Oxford & Camb. Club, Jan. 10th 1890”, and with their bookplate to the front pastedown, and occasional embossed stamps to the text. Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, fifth Baron …Read more

  47. Jenks: A Passion for Motor Sport.

    Jenks: A Passion for Motor Sport. 1997

    £125

    First edition, this a copy of the special BRDC edition, signed on the front free endpaper by the president, Lord Hesketh. Selection from Jenks’s more than 40 years of contributions to Motor Sport. “His own competition exploits – on both two and four wheels – …Read more

  48. 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks – Ancient & Modern.

    1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks – Ancient & Modern. 1934 / 1937

    £2,750

    First editions, first impressions, both of de Fleury’s scarce but classic cocktail recipe books presented together with the very scarce dust jackets over the publisher’s full leather bindings. At the time de Fleury’s 1700 Cocktails was the most comprehensive to be included in one book. …Read more

  1. Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management.
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    BEETON, Isabella. BEETON, Isabella.

    Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management.

    £175

  2. Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.
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    BEETON, Isabella. BEETON, Isabella.

    Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management.

    £150

  3. New Arrival
  4. New Arrival
    Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F. B.
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    (SHIPPING.) B., F. (SHIPPING.) B., F.

    Lose Blätter, enthaltend Fingerzeige für Schifffahrttreibende, gesammelt von F. B.

    £1,650

  5. New Arrival
    Wine and the Wine Lands of the World.
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    BUTLER, Frank Hedges. BUTLER, Frank Hedges.

    Wine and the Wine Lands of the World.

    £95

  6. Recherché Side Dishes.
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    SENN, Charles Herman. SENN, Charles Herman.

    Recherché Side Dishes.

    £100

  7. Cakes & Confections À La Mode.
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    DE SALIS, Harriet A. DE SALIS, Harriet...

    Cakes & Confections À La Mode.

    £65

  8. Puddings & Sweets.
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    JONES, Lucy. JONES, Lucy.

    Puddings & Sweets.

    £75

  9. The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.
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    TYAS, Robert. TYAS, Robert.

    The Sentiment of Flowers; or Language of Flora.

    £950

  10. British Fresh-Water Fishes.
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    HOUGHTON, William. HOUGHTON, William.

    British Fresh-Water Fishes.

    £1,500

  11. The Grapes of Ralph.
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    STEADMAN, Ralph. STEADMAN, Ralph.

    The Grapes of Ralph.

    £75

  12. African Game Trails.
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    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. ROOSEVELT, Theodore.

    African Game Trails.

    £475

  13. Les Dîners de Gala.
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    DALI, Salvador. DALI, Salvador.

    Les Dîners de Gala.

    £600

  14. Serve It Forth.
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    FISHER, M. F. K. FISHER, M. F....

    Serve It Forth.

    £875

  15. Over the Black Coffee.
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    GRAY, Arthur. GRAY, Arthur.

    Over the Black Coffee.

    £425

  16. An Artist’s Game Bag.
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    HUNT, Lynn Bogue. HUNT, Lynn Bogue.

    An Artist’s Game Bag.

    £5,950

  17. My African Journey.
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    CHURCHILL, Winston S. CHURCHILL, Winston S.

    My African Journey.

    £1,250

  18. Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection
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    HOUGHTON, John (ed.) HOUGHTON, John (ed.)

    Husbandry and Trade Improv’d: being a collection

    £1,250

  19. Report from the Committee upon the Distilleries in Scotland. Reported by the Right Honourable Sylvester Douglas, 11 June 1798.
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    (WHISKY.) (WHISKY.)

    Report from the Committee upon the Distilleries in Scotland. Reported by the Right Honourable Sylvester Douglas, 11 June 1798.

    £2,500

  20. Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.
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    REPTON, Humphry. REPTON, Humphry.

    Fragments on the theory and practice of Landscape Gardening.

    £22,500

  21. French Country Cooking.
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    DAVID, Elizabeth. DAVID, Elizabeth.

    French Country Cooking.

    £500

  22. The Golf Courses of the British Isles.
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    DARWIN, Bernard. DARWIN, Bernard.

    The Golf Courses of the British Isles.

    £1,750

  23. The New American Gardener;
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    FESSENDEN, Thomas G. FESSENDEN, Thomas G.

    The New American Gardener;

    £750

  24. The Noble Grapes and the Great Wines of France.
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    SIMON, André L. SIMON, André L.

    The Noble Grapes and the Great Wines of France.

    £500

  25. Old English Drinking Glasses:
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    FRANCIS, Grant R. FRANCIS, Grant R.

    Old English Drinking Glasses:

    £500

  26. The Woodland Companion:
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    [AIKIN, John.] [AIKIN, John.]

    The Woodland Companion:

    £375

  27. Royal Yachts.
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    GAVIN, C. M. GAVIN, C. M.

    Royal Yachts.

    £950

  28. Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.
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    [NORIE, John William, & J. S.... [NORIE, John William,...

    Sailing Directions for the Mediterranean Sea.

    £575

  29. The Haddon Hall Library, edited by the Marquess of Granby and Mr. George A. B. Dewar [series title].
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    (RACKHAM, Arthur.) (RACKHAM, Arthur.)

    The Haddon Hall Library, edited by the Marquess of Granby and Mr. George A. B. Dewar [series title].

    £4,500

  30. Deipnosophiston biblia pentekaideka [Greek letters]. Dipnosophistarum, hoc est argutè sciteque convivio differentum. Libri XV.
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    ATHENAEUS of Naucratis. ATHENAEUS of Naucratis.

    Deipnosophiston biblia pentekaideka [Greek letters]. Dipnosophistarum, hoc est argutè sciteque convivio differentum. Libri XV.

    £2,750

  31. Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.
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    JOHNSON, Daniel. JOHNSON, Daniel.

    Sketches of Field Sports as followed by the Natives of India.

    £850

  32. This Sporting Life.
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    STOREY, David. STOREY, David.

    This Sporting Life.

    £750

  33. The Natural History of Selborne.
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    WHITE, Gilbert. WHITE, Gilbert.

    The Natural History of Selborne.

    £1,875

  34. Forest Life and Sport in India.
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    WILMOT, Sainthill Eardley-. WILMOT, Sainthill Eardley-.

    Forest Life and Sport in India.

    £175

  35. Traitez Nouveaux & curieux du Café, du Thé et du Chocolate.
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    DUFOUR, Philippe Sylvestre. DUFOUR, Philippe Sylvestre.

    Traitez Nouveaux & curieux du Café, du Thé et du Chocolate.

    £2,500

  36. Zodiac Cocktails.
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    MACNIEL, Stanley. MACNIEL, Stanley.

    Zodiac Cocktails.

    £750

  37. How to Cook a Wolf.
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    FISHER, M. F. K. FISHER, M. F....

    How to Cook a Wolf.

    £500

  38. The Fruit Grower’s Guide.
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    WRIGHT, John. WRIGHT, John.

    The Fruit Grower’s Guide.

    £675

  39. The Cook’s Oracle;
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    KITCHINER, William. KITCHINER, William.

    The Cook’s Oracle;

    £250

  40. Cookery and Pastry.
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    MACIVER, Susanna. MACIVER, Susanna.

    Cookery and Pastry.

    £650

  41. By the Man Himself.
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    DEMPSEY, Jack. DEMPSEY, Jack.

    By the Man Himself.

    £250

  42. Jenks: A Passion for Motor Sport.
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    JENKINSON, Denis Sargent. JENKINSON, Denis Sargent.

    Jenks: A Passion for Motor Sport.

    £125

  43. 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks – Ancient & Modern.
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    (COCKTAILS.) FLEURY, R. de. (COCKTAILS.) FLEURY, R....

    1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks – Ancient & Modern.

    £2,750

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