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WILSON, John M. (ed.) The Rural Cyclopedia
Edinburgh : 1847-49First edition of this agricultural encyclopaedia, which seeks to communicate 'a thorough knowledge of farming, a general knowledge of gardening, and a very considerable knowledge of the natural sciences, and of general country affairs' (Prospectus, Volume I). Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148943
BARRY, Sir Edward. Observations historical, critical, and medical, on the Wines of the Ancients.
London : 1775First and only edition of "the earliest major work in English on the wines of the ancients, and the first book in English that discusses modern wines" (Gabler).
"The body of the text concerns Barry's translation of passages from ancient wine writers, and, as such, brought to light their views, which had been previously unavailable in English...... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 146788
CUALA PRESS: HARMSWORTH, Cecil. A Little Fishing Book.
Dublin : 1930First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank to a fellow Liberal politician: "Hubert Carr-Gomm, with kindest regards, from Cecil Harmsworth July 1931", accompanied by an autograph letter signed from the author to Carr-Gomm, dated 10 July 1931. He writes, "My dear Hubert, While I think of it, here is... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146003
MONCRIF, Francois-Augustin Paradis de. Moncrif's Cats.
London : 1961First edition thus; number 8 of 100 copies specially bound by E. W. Hiscox. Moncrif (1687-1770) was a French writer, courtier, and academician now best known for his Histoire des Chats, first published in 1727. In letter form, Moncrif discusses the role of cats throughout history and his work can be read both as a satire of pedantic academic writing... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144025
SHAW, Charles G. Nightlife.
New York : 1931First edition, first printing of this wonderful period piece, written by Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974), at the time a freelancer for Vanity Fair and the New Yorker but also a founder member of American Abstract Artists. The French illustrator, Raymond Bret-Koch, was Staff Artist on Vanity Fair.
The chapter titles give an evocative flavour of... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 143462
DAVID, Elizabeth. A Book of Mediterranean Food.
London : 1950First edition, first impression, signed by David on the half-title, scarce thus. This is the first book by Elizabeth David (1913-1992), written while post-war rationing was still in force, and published to wide acclaim.
David taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s and began writing a food column... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147585
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Even More For Your Garden.
London : 1958First edition, first impression. Sackville-West collected her "highly successful gardening columns" (ODNB) in a series of four books, this one being the final volume; all but one essay found here (pp. 56-57) was originally published in the Observer. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146408
JAMES, F. L. The Unknown Horn of Africa:
London : 1888First edition of this important monograph, a truly superior copy of a book often found in calamitous condition. "The coloured plates of birds in the more scarce first issue are especially handsome" (Czech). While not in the red pictorial cloth, all other signs are that this is a first issue; the colouring of the plates is particularly skilful.
Frank... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 60741
DAVID, Elizabeth. French Country Cooking.
London : 1951First edition, first impression, an unusually nice copy of the author's landmark second book, written while post-war rationing was still in force, with an attractive souvenir of one of her circuits gastronomiques: it includes, loosely inserted, David's own Michelin map of Lyon, annotated "1965 ED" on the front cover.
Elizabeth David (1913-1992)... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 146903
DAVIES, Frederick & Seymour. Drinks of All Kinds, Hot and Cold for All Seasons.
London : [c.1929]First Pitman edition of Davies's guide covering a variety of recipes, including cocktails, warm drinks and temperance drinks, in notably bright condition. The collection was first published in 1895 by John Hogg,and reissued in 1912. This Pitman edition expands the recipes for a contemporary audience, including new temperance drinks. This edition is... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141913
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.
San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968First edition, sole impression, a scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets.
Copies were issued for free with the injunction that they be planted: "The time is right to mix sentences, sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation and the rain with verbs, and for worms to pass... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 148029
VANDERBILT, Harold S. Enterprise.
New York : 1931First and only edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the first blank "To Amory Coolidge, With the compliments of Harold S. Vanderbilt".
The recipient, Amory Coolidge (1895-1952), from Coolidge Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex County, Massachusetts, was the son of Clara Gardner Amory (1872-1957) and Thomas Jefferson Coolidge... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 148057
MOORE, June & Doris Langley. The Pleasure of Your Company.
[London] : 1933First edition, first impression, of this charming guide to receiving and entertaining guests, both at home and outdoors, as well as what to do when spending time in your own company. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 148085
MORECK, Curt. Fuhrer durch das "lasterhafte" Berlin.
Leipzig : First edition, first printing, of this rather uncommon guide to the notorious nightlife of Weimar Berlin. Moreck and his writings were proscribed by the Nazis from 1933. His works from immediately before this period are, as such understandably hard to find.
"Curt Moreck" was one of the many pseudonyms of prolific writer, translator and editor... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147978
SLOCUM, Joshua. Sailing Alone Around the World.
New York : 1900First edition, first printing, of this superb narrative of the first single-handed circumnavigation of the globe, in uncommonly attractive condition.
Slocum departed North America at Sambro Island Lighthouse near Halifax, Nova Scotia on 3 July 1895 aboard his gaff-rigged sloop the Spray. He returned more than three years later, on 27 June 1898,... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 147913
CRADDOCK, Harry (comp.) The Savoy Cocktail Book.
London, : 1930First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy of the scarce signed limited issue, copy number 3 (of an unspecified number) signed by Harry Craddock on the limitation page and additionally inscribed "To my dear wife". For his wife's delectation, Craddock has also added by hand, to the blank notes pages at the rear, a recipe for "Champagne... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 78819
BAINES, Thomas. The Gold Regions of South Eastern Africa.
London : 1877First edition. Baines (1820-1875) was one of the pioneers of European exploration in the lands forming modern Zimbabwe, where he led an expedition in the 1860s to secure concessions for a gold-mining company from King Lobengula. Although the company in question failed to take advantage of the terms Baines extracted, this posthumously-edited account... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 119268
DAVID, Elizabeth. French Provincial Cooking.
London : 1960First edition, first impression of the author's most influential work. David (1913-1992) taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s, and began writing a food column for Harper's Bazaar in 1949. Her first book was published to wide acclaim the following year, and she is now recognized for her profound influence... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 138099
WHITE, Florence. A Fire in the Kitchen. The Autobiography of a Cook.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, in a remarkable example of the scarce jacket. A Fire in the Kitchen is the autobiography of the founder of the English Folk Cookery Association. White (1863-1940) founded the Association in 1928 and in 1932 published Good Things in England, her manifesto for the merit of traditional English cooking.
Her work coincided... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 113651
TROLLOPE, Anthony. British Sports and Pastimes.
London : 1868First edition, collecting Trollope's writings on sports, all originally published in St. Paul's Magazine from December 1867 to August 1868, here presented with a preface by Trollope specially written for this edition.
This copy is in the usual green cloth binding; Sadleir notes a rare violet-blue binding variant, possibly a freak, although as... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144392
CAXTON, William. The Game of Chesse.
[London : 1855]First edition of Vincent Figgins's facsimile edition of the 1482 Westminster Caxton edition, in the attractive original calf binding.
Caxton's Game of Chess was first printed in 1474, and reprinted with the woodcuts added (as here) in 1482. Following the facsimile are Figgins's remarks on Caxton's typographical productions, lists relating to... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145731
THOMAS, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant's Companion,
New York : 1862First edition of the first ever guide to mixed drinks, this copy in a later state with the "How-To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion" title page and 2.50 price to the front board.
Showcasing "the first legitimate American culinary art the first uniquely American cultural product to catch the world's imagination" (Wondrich, p. 11), Thomas's... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 135775
SUTHERLAND, James. The Adventures of an Elephant Hunter.
London : 1912"One of the classics of African big game hunting" (Czech). First edition, first impression, with an apposite provenance: ownership inscription to front pastedown of Thomas Pinchard Kempson (1855-1941), who is mentioned in Rowland Ward's Records of Big Game (1910) and in the Kenya Gazette for 1912 as being based in Nairobi and one of several individuals... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 143131
MOHAMMED ALI TEWFIK, HRH Prince. Breeding of Pure Bred Arab Horses.
Cairo : 1935-36 and 1948First editions. Superbly provenanced pairing of these rare and important monographs: the first work presented by the author, Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, to Brigadier Sir Eugene Gorman at the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Race Meeting at Gaza in 1940, in turn presented by him to his son Pierre in 1944; with Sir Eugene's lengthy explanatory inscription... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141617
SPORTS. The Kings Maiesties declaration to his subiects, concerning lawfull sports to bee vsed.
London : 1633First edition thus, Charles I's re-issue of his father King James I's proclamation of 1618 of the sports and games that were allowed on Sundays. Allowing new activities, the proclamation antagonized the Puritans (who desired a total ban on all sports on the Sabbath) and was burned by the common hangman in 1643. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146944
DAVID, Elizabeth. French Provincial Cooking.
London : 1960First edition, first impression, of the author's most influential work. David (1913-1992) taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s, and began writing a food column for Harper's Bazaar in 1949. Her first book was published to wide acclaim the following year, and she is now recognized for her profound influence... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 146509
PATTERSON, J. H., Lieut.-Col. The Man-Eaters of Tsavo and other East African adventures.
London : 1907 & 1909First editions, first impressions, of these handsomely produced and celebrated African big game narratives. Czech calls Man-Eaters "one of the most famous of all African hunting titles, which describes the slaughter of railroad workers building the Uganda Railway by a pair of man-eating lions"; its extraordinary story has inspired no less than three... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 144319
TICE, Clara. ABC Dogs.
London : 1940First edition, first printing, in the scarce jacket. This charming book features a different breed of dog for each letter of the alphabet.
Clara Tice (1888-1973) was a notorious New York bohemian artist who began exhibiting her art from 1910. "Tice was apparently so highly regarded and so instantly recognizable as one of those 'queer artists'... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 123418
THÉVENOT, Melchisedec. L'Art de Nager, demontre par figures,
Paris : 1696First edition of the first French book on swimming and one of the earliest books on the subject in an era when most Europeans, even sailors, could not swim. The book was widely read during the 18th century, including by Benjamin Franklin, an avid swimmer in his youth.
The book is illustrated with 35 engraved plates by Charles Moette of people... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 146986
HARTLEY, Dorothy. Food in England.
London : 1954First edition, first impression. Food in England, "a treasury of information on the gathering, storing, and cooking of food from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries" is widely regarded as the definitive history of English food and cooking techniques (ODNB).
Dorothy Hartley (1893-1985) travelled the country writing a weekly column on English... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 146496
CUMMING, Roualeyn Gordon. Five Years of a Hunter's Life in the Far Interior of South Africa.
London : 1850"One of the classics of African big game hunting and exploration a necessary title in the big game library" (Czech). First edition of a book that enjoyed a huge vogue, going through numerous editions during the 19th century in its abridged form and under the more eye-catching title, The Lion Hunter of South Africa.
The extravagantly named Roualeyn... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143111
HUTCHINSON, Horace G. Hints on the Game of Golf.
Edinburgh & London : 1886First edition of one of the classic early guides to the game, the first golf instructional book offered for general sale (its few predecessors instead being printed for private distribution), and the first book by Hutchinson.
"Hutchinson possessed a deft touch in his instructional writing, making the difficult and complex 'Scottish game' comprehensible... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 146339
FERREE, Barr. American Estates and Gardens.
New York : 1904First edition. A comprehensive study in photographs of the great estates toward the end of the Gilded Age. Barr Ferree was the leading architectural historian of his era. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 127662
DUPONT DE NEMOURS, Pierre Samuel. Examen et parallèle des différens projects de droits sur les boissons, par M. Dupont, député de Nemours à l'Assemblée Nationale.
Paris : 1790First edition. A supporter of constitutional monarchy, Dupont represented Nemours in the National Assembly. The present work is his report on the taxation of drink. A scarce item, with WorldCat listing copies in ten institutions: one in the UK, five in the US, three in France, and one in Switzerland. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 127703
BOURDAIN, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential.
New York and London : 2000First edition, first impression and uncommon thus, particularly in anything like collectable condition, presumably the consequence of a short initial print-run, followed by readings, loanings and re-readings. A modern culinary classic: "There are extraordinary passages here, written with clarity and a clear-eyed wit to put the professional food writing... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145247
HUME, Norman Anthony, as "Judge Jr." Here's How Again!
New York : 1929First edition, first printing, of Judge Jr's second Prohibition-era cocktail book, following Here's How! (1927), both conveniently made to fit into the smallest of pockets and thus rarely found with the dust jacket and in such good condition. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145736
PONIATOWSKI, André, Prince (ed.) Revue Franco-Américaine.
Paris & New York : 1895First edition, first volume, one of the 45 copies on Japon Imperial paper which were sent to the world leaders of the time, including both the French and the American presidents, the Pope, and Queen Victoria, as listed on the colophon.
This elite magazine aimed to be the "intellectual hyphen between the old and the new continents" (avant-propos)... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 138956
LEYEL, Hilda Winifred Ivy, Mrs. C.F. Picnics for Motorists.
London : 1936First edition, extremely uncommon in the attractive Alex Jardine jacket. One of Leyel's cleverly targeted series of themed books on cooking and presentation, issued under the banner "The Lure of Cookery" - "most serviceable and attractive little books" Daily Telegraph - part of a 1930s renaissance of interest in English food.
"There are many... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 134171
BOXING. Bye-laws made under the Rules and Regulations of the Singapore Boxing Association.
Singapore : A scarce manual for members of the Singapore Boxing Association, this example dates from the 1940s, pages 13-19 containing examples of contract forms dated "194" in print, the final digit to be added by hand. The Singapore Amateur Boxing Association, as it is today called, was founded in 1930, and is the national controlling body for the sport of amateur... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 121967
CRICKET. The Manual of Cricket.
London : [c.1894]First edition of this decidedly scarce and delightful guide to the game, put out by F. H. Ayres, one of the leading sports equipment and games manufacturers of the day.
The illustrations naturally feature kit, as well as batting strokes, two diagrams of fielding positions, and one of the best stance for catching the ball. Bowling is not illustrated... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 115870
BADMINTON LIBRARY - SHEARMAN, Montague. Athletics and Football.
London : 1887First edition, number 48 of 250 large-paper copies. Running to five editions, Shearman's book "stood the test of time for its comprehensiveness and for the quality of its writing" (ODNB). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 141851
ALI, Muhammad - ALI, Hana Yasmeen. The Soul of a Butterfly. Reflections on Life's Journey.
London : 1991First UK edition, first printing. Signed by Muhammad Ali and Hana Yasmeen Ali on the publisher's bookplate. Hana Ali is former heavyweight boxing champion of the world Muhammad Ali's daughter. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 145123
ALI, Muhammad - HAUSER, Thomas. Muhammad Ali. His Life and Times.
London : 1991First UK edition, first printing. Signed by Ali on his commemorative visit to London bookplate. Hauser was awarded the William Hill Sports Book of the Year for Muhammad Ali. His Life and Times. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 145122
TROLLOPE, Anthony. British Sports and Pastimes.
London : 1868First edition, collecting Trollope's writings on sports, all originally published in St Paul's Magazine from December 1867 to August 1868, here presented with a preface by Trollope specially written for this edition.
This copy is in the usual green cloth binding; Sadleir notes a rare violet-blue binding variant, possibly a freak, although as... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 144391
CRICKET. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1938.
London : 1938First edition of the 1938 volume of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. The Cricketers' Almanack, often called "the bible of cricket" was first published in 1864 (the statement of 75th edition on the book refers to its place in the series) and remains in print today. With the "cricket bat" bookmark, and fragments of original wraparound. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 144360
HOGAN, Lou Rand. The Gay Cookbook.
Los Angeles : 1965First edition, first printing, of the first gay cookbook, well represented institutionally - albeit almost entirely in the US, the exceptions being New Zealand and Monash, with no copies recorded in British and Irish libraries but remarkably scarce on the open market.
Stephen Vider, Assistant Professor of History at Cornell, writes, "Published... Learn More£775.00
Stock Code: 144661
BAIRD, Mrs W. J. The Twentieth Century Retractor, Chess Fantasies, and Letter Problems.
London : 1907First edition, first impression, of one of "the most elegant chess books ever to appear" (Hooper & Whyld 27). Edith Baird was a well-known figure in the chess world during the early twentieth century. She was a regular contributor to British Chess Magazine and the leading newspapers of the day, and established herself as a problem composer of the highest... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139853
KENNEY-HERBERT, Arthur Robert as Wyvern. Sweet Dishes.
Madras : 1884Second edition, first published 1881. Drawn from a series of articles by "Wyvern", doyen of Anglo-Indian cuisine, on entremets sucrés published in the Madras Times offering to extend the "native cook's" limited repertoire of "presentable sweets" with a practicable selection of "jellies, creams, pastry, soufflés, pancakes and fritters, puddings, ices,... Learn More£295.00
Stock Code: 143092
RUTTLEDGE, Hugh. Everest 1933.
London : 1934First edition, first impression, of Ruttledge's superbly illustrated account of the British 1933 attempt, led by him, to climb Mount Everest, nine years after the last expedition on which Mallory and Irvine had disappeared.
Ruttledge put together a highly talented group, but the attempt to establish Camp V on a rare fair day (20 May) was a crucial... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144831
RUTTLEDGE, Hugh. Everest 1933.
London : 1934 & 1937First editions, first impressions, of Ruttledge's accounts of the British 1933 attempt, led by him, to climb Mount Everest, together with his second attempt in 1936, which was better-spirited but defeated by an exceptionally early monsoon.
In 1933, nine years after the last expedition on which Mallory and Irvine had disappeared, Ruttledge put... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 144832
ACKERS, George Holland. Universal Yacht Signals.
London : 1847First edition. Ackers based his system on Marryat's signals so that it would be possible for "all Yachts to communicate with each other; as also by possessing Capt. Marryat's Book, being able to exchange Signals with vessels in the Merchant Service; but what is still more important, the saving of very much trouble to the Officers of the Navy: enabling... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142560
YACOUBI, Ahmed. Alchemist's Cookbook.
Tuscon : 1972First edition, first paperback printing, signed by the author on the title page and in beautiful condition. This collection of 125 recipes "based on the ancient science of Moroccan cuisine" is uncommonly found signed. It collects recipes such as "soup to cure jealousy" and "how to be gentle to your brains" alongside "rainy day greens" and "fancy goats... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 144397