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  1. Gardener's Pocket Manual.
    BROWN, Waldo F. Gardener's Pocket Manual.

    Springfield, OH : [1878]

    First and only edition of this manual of this manual of vegetable culture by the author of the popular The Farm and Stock Encyclopaedia, in which he championed crop rotation and soil regeneration. Learn More

    Stock Code: 115414

  2. Horæ Divanianæ.
    WILLIAMS, Elijah. Horæ Divanianæ.

    London : 1852

    First edition of this compilation of chess games played at the Divan in the late 1840s and 50s. It is an uncommon edition both commercially and institutionally: Library Hub locates twelve copies in institutions worldwide, almost entirely in the US, with only the British Library copy in the UK; WorldCat adds another copy at the Bodleian.

    Elijah... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139856

  3. Moorish Recipes.
    BUTE, John Crichton-Stuart, 4th marquess of. Moorish Recipes.

    Edinburgh : 1954

    First edition, limited to 185 copies, this numbered 21 on the limitation slip mounted on the front pastedown, no copies of this limited edition traced institutionally. Perhaps the earliest English cookbook devoted solely to Arab cuisine, with detailed instructions for some 80 dishes.

    "The first purpose of this book is to provide, for those Europeans... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139749

  4. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
    ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.

    London : 1787

    First reduced edition of Domenico Angelo's renowned guide to swordsmanship, which was first published as a sumptuous folio in 1763, undoubtedly one of the most important such works ever issued in English. The editing and compression were undertaken by Domenico's son Henry "under the auspices of his father", who had recently retired to Eton where he... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139926

  5. An elementary Course of Gymnastic Exercises; intended to develope and improve the physical Powers of Man.
    CLIAS, Peter Henry. An elementary Course of Gymnastic Exercises; intended to develope and improve the physical Powers of Man.

    London : 1823

    First edition in English of Clias's treatise on gymnastic exercises, dedicated to the Commander in Chief of the British Army, and with a printed recommendation from the Directors of the Orphan School at Berne, where Clias had taught for five years. Originally published in 1816 in German under the title of Anfangsgruende der Gymnastik oder Turnkunst.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135601

  6. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
    MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.

    New York : 1928

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 195 of 260 copies signed by the author. Additionally inscribed by the author above the limitation, "To Donald Ryan, A promising young Golfer, I wish him well, 20 May 1931". This work is "one of the real masterpieces of golf literature" (Murdoch 475). MacDonald was an influential champion of golf in the United... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129563

  7. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,
    DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,

    Madrid : 1751

    First edition in Spanish of the first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise on agriculture, which had been published in France in 1750 as Traité de la Culture des Terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129087

  8. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.
    BLITH, Walter. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.

    London : 1649

    One of two 1649 editions, of unestablished priority. Walter Blith (1605-1654) has been called by Robert Trow-Smith "the greatest of the mid-seventeenth century writers" in the field of agriculture (English Husbandry, 1951). In this work, Blith advocates draining and making water meadows, inclosure, the use of manures, and plantations. "In spite of the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129024

  9. Falconry in the British Isles.
    SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick. Falconry in the British Isles.

    London : 1855; revised in 1872

    Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137081

  10. With Bold Knife and Fork.
    FISHER, M. F. K. With Bold Knife and Fork.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "For Tania and James Stern, from M. F. K. Fisher, with love, St. Helena 1969". James Stern (1904-1993) was a British writer noted for his short stories, and for his wide circle of literary acquaintances. Malcolm Cowley remarked to him: "My God, you've known everybody, his wife, his boyfriend, and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139410

  11. Famous Golf Links.
    HUTCHINSON, Horace G. (ed.) Famous Golf Links.

    London : 1891

    First edition, first impression. Hutchinson (1859-1932) was a golfer and writer who was, from 1890 onwards, "a prolific writer on golf both in books and newspapers" (ODNB), contributing to both the Badminton Library and Country Life magazine. Included here are St Andrews, Carnoustie, Troon, Sandwich, and a chapter on golf in Canada. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138663

  12. Modern Confectionery.
    POPP, Charles William. Modern Confectionery.

    Glasgow : 1909

    First edition of this self-published guide "containing over Three Hundred up-to-date Formulas, all of which have been used with success in American and Great Britain. The Author was engaged for over 30 years as Confectionery Expert in some of the largest Confectionery Factories in the United States, and the whole of the Formulas given in this book are... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137198

  13. A Treatise on the Art of Baking,
    WHITE, John. A Treatise on the Art of Baking,

    Edinburgh : 1828

    First edition of this comprehensive and wide-ranging study of baking, tying in the history of agriculture, the growing and milling of wheat, the baking of bread, biscuits and pastries, and the current state of baking in Britain. The work is now uncommon, with 8 copies listed by Library Hub in British institutions.

    Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129237

  14. A Treatise on the Art of Bread-Making.
    EDLIN, Abraham. A Treatise on the Art of Bread-Making.

    London : 1805

    First edition of this comprehensive study of bread-making, covering the cultivation of wheat, the corn trade, the preparation of the bread, substitutes for wheat, and the legislation surrounding the bread trade. The author declares in the preface his hope that "I anticipate the period when we shall see the art of bread-making, instead of forming a confused... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129236

  15. Observations on the Statute of the Thirty-first George II. ch. 29. concerning the Assize of Bread;
    HESLOP, Luke. Observations on the Statute of the Thirty-first George II. ch. 29. concerning the Assize of Bread;

    London : 1799

    First edition. The Revolutionary Wars had led to a sharp increase in the price of bread. The statute mentioned in the title had limited the price of bread, with the bakers remaining under the limit, but there was still great complaint among the poor that the price was too high. The present treatise considers the statute, its justness, and its potential... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129230

  16. Account of the Experiments tried by the Board of Agriculture in the Composition of Various Sorts of Bread.
    BREAD. Account of the Experiments tried by the Board of Agriculture in the Composition of Various Sorts of Bread.

    London : 1795

    First edition of the full report of the Board of Agriculture, preceded by two shorter reports earlier the same year. The Revolutionary Wars led to a sharp rise in the price of wheat and bread. In response, the Board of Agriculture conducted a study of substitutes for wheat in bread making, with rye, rice, barley, buck-wheat, maize, oats, peas, beans... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129229

  17. Four-Handed Chess.
    VERNEY, George Hope. Four-Handed Chess.

    London : [1881]

    First edition of the first English book solely dedicated to the rules of four-player chess. Variants of four-player chess can be traced to the 17th century. Verney's book fixed most of the rules that are now generally followed, other than that he recommended all the Queens be placed on white squares. The publication helped to increase the game's popularity,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136382

  18. All-in Fighting.
    FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart All-in Fighting.

    London : 1942

    First edition. Genuinely uncommon - just 6 locations on Library Hub, BL, IWM, NLS, TCD, NLW, Oxford, WorldCat adds the Australian War Memorial, Danish Royal Library, NLNZ, LoC, CIA, and University of Tulsa - and particularly so in the jacket. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134212

  19. The Heart of Africa.
    SCHWEINFURTH, Georg. The Heart of Africa.

    London : 1873

    First edition, published in German at Leipzig the following year, as Im Herzen von Afrika. Schweinfurth's important narrative of his expedition to the western tributaries of the Upper Nile is "a most valuable accumulation of geographical and ethnographic data for regions never before visited by Europeans", including extensive notes on the flora and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 126037

  20. The "Walking-Stick" Method of Self-Defence.
    LANG, Herbert Gordon. The "Walking-Stick" Method of Self-Defence.

    London : [1926]

    First edition of this idiosyncratic stick-fighting handbook combining the "canne" method of Swiss master Pierre Vigny (referred to by Lang as "Vigui") with the "bois" method widespread in the West Indies. The author, a police superintendent in Kathiawar, was born in Grenada in 1887, and possibly came into contact with canne in London, where Vigny taught... Learn More

    Stock Code: 117850

  21. Kyudo kogi [Lectures in Archery].
    HONDA, Toshizane. Kyudo kogi [Lectures in Archery].

    Tokyo : [1923]

    First edition of this exceedingly uncommon work on Kyudo, or Japanese archery, WorldCat records the National Diet Library only, which also holds the sole copy of a revised edition of 1929. Interest in Kyudo increased after 1896, when a group of masters gathered together to find ways to preserve these ancient traditional practices, founding the Dainihon... Learn More

    Stock Code: 107825

  22. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
    FRANCIS, Joseph. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.

    No place : 1887

    First edition. Uncommon, WorldCat records just 4 copies - US Coast Guard Academy, Smithsonian, NYPL, and Texas Tech. Francis's name was extremely well-known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but his fame waned with the frequency of maritime disasters. He devoted his life to the invention of maritime life-saving devices, his most famous... Learn More

    Stock Code: 68595

  23. 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks - Ancient & Modern.
    COCKTAILS - DE FLEURY, R. 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks - Ancient & Modern.

    London : 1934 & 1937

    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. The author's note in his follow up volume 1800 and all that reads... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134199

  24. Reduced facsimile of the Souvenir Album of the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.
    CHAMPAGNE; Moët & Chandon. Reduced facsimile of the Souvenir Album of the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

    London : 1909

    First edition, deluxe issue, of this fascinating facsimile souvenir intended for presentation to the house of Moët & Chandon during the Franco-British Exhibition of Science, Arts and Industries, 1908, a lavish celebration of the Entente Cordiale signed in 1904. The original Souvenir Album was similarly bound in red, white and blue morocco, "in two... Learn More

    Stock Code: 120115

  25. Early English Furniture & Woodwork.
    CESCINSKY, Herbert, & Ernest R. Gribble. Early English Furniture & Woodwork.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression. From the library of one of the great cricketers of the Golden Age, Ranjitsinhji (1872-1933), with his finely-engraved armorial bookplate and ownership inscription to the first blanks, "Maharaja Jamsaheb of Nawanagar, April 1923, Staines". At the outbreak of war in 1914, Ranji "put the resources of his state at the empire's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137593

  26. The Enchanted Golf Clubs.
    MARSHALL, Robert. The Enchanted Golf Clubs.

    New York : 1920

    First US edition, and the first edition thus illustrated, of a novel first published in the UK as The Haunted Major in 1902. Learn More

    Stock Code: 106123

  27. The Anatomy of Tobacco:
    MACHEN, Arthur, as Leolinus Siluriensis. The Anatomy of Tobacco:

    [London] : 1884

    First edition of Machen's first book, "an imitation of Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), addressing the pleasure of smoking" (Denisoff), after which his publisher hired him as a sub-editor, and later cataloguer.

    Machen had published a poem, Eleusinia, in 1881 when he moved to London and was "trying unsuccessfully to enter journalism.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135987

  28. The Life of Tom Morris.
    TULLOCH, W. W. The Life of Tom Morris.

    London : [1907]

    First edition, first impression. This work was dedicated to Old Tom Morris (1821-1908), "the epitome of the canny Scottish golfer" and "golf's greatest icon", on the event of his 87th birthday (ODNB). Learn More

    Stock Code: 135691

  29. The World on Wheels.
    DUNCAN, Herbert Osbaldeston. The World on Wheels.

    Paris : no date [1926]

    First edition, first printing of Duncan's memoirs. This copy is signed by the author and numbered 144 on the half-title.

    Herbert Osbaldeston Duncan (18621945) was an English racing bicyclist, the founder of several cycling and motoring magazines, and pioneer of the British automobile industry. Credited with having introduced the chain-driven... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135554

  30. Representative American Yachts.
    PEABODY, Henry Greenwood. Representative American Yachts.

    Boston : 1891 & 1893

    First editions, extremely uncommon. WorldCat lists just six copies of the first, all in the United States, two copies of the 1893 supplement and a few copies of subsequent portmanteau editions. A superb collection of images of some the great yachts of a Golden Age of American boat-building. Missouri-born and Dartmouth College-educated, Peabody initially... Learn More

    Stock Code: 112236

  31. 1800-And All That.
    COCKTAILS - DE FLEURY, R. 1800-And All That.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To John W. Carr. With all good wishes. R de Fleury. 1944", on the title page. This is a follow-up to De Fleury's successful 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. Rare: Library Hub only lists four copies in the UK (BL, Scotland, Wales, and Oxford), and a further eight... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135550

  32. Boxiana; or, Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism;
    EGAN, Pierce. Boxiana; or, Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism;

    London : 1812-24

    First editions of the original four volumes as issued by Sherwood, Neely and Jones; Egan added further volumes in 1828 and 1829 but the publishers sought an injunction against him and he was required to bring them out as part of a "New Series". The plate volume was issued around 1840 and comprises "62 plates, these being made up by 57 plates from the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136135

  33. Die Olympischen Spiele 1936
    OLYMPIC GAMES - RICHTER, Walter. Die Olympischen Spiele 1936

    Altona-Bahrenfeld [Hamburg] : 1936

    First editions, "601. - 700. Tausend", complete with all photoprints mounted in place, a remarkably well preserved set of this handsome production. "In the medals table the Germans won, followed by the Americans and Hungarians. National Socialist leaders interpreted this success as a sign of Aryan superiority. However, the star of the games was the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 133689

  34. 1800-And All That.
    COCKTAILS - DE FLEURY, R. 1800-And All That.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. A follow up to Fleury's successful 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar.

    Learn More

    Stock Code: 110994

  35. French Country Cooking.
    DAVID, Elizabeth. French Country Cooking.

    London : 1987

    Signed limited edition, number 150 of 450 copies signed by the author on the title page. This, the author's landmark second book, was written while rationing was still in force and was first published in 1951. Elizabeth David (1913-1992) taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s, and in 1949 began writing... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134779

  36. African Game Trails.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.

    New York : 1910

    First trade edition, first printing. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The huge party, including over 250 porters and guides, was partly underwritten by Scribner's who gave Roosevelt a 50,000 commission for a series of 12 articles on the safari which form... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134769

  37. Boxer.
    HOWALT, Nicolai. Boxer.

    Copenhagen : 2003

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134568

  38. The Road to Wimbledon.
    MARBLE, Alice. The Road to Wimbledon.

    New York & London : 1946

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Uncommon signed, this is the first memoir by Alice Marble (1913-1990), ranked World No. 1 from 1936 to 1940. She became Wimbledon champion in 1939, winning not only the women's singles, but also the doubles and mixed doubles titles. Billie Jean King recalled: "Alice Marble... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134406

  39. The Professional.
    HEINZ, W. C. The Professional.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Ruth & Alan Hilditch our good friends who have heard me talk a lot of this. Bill Heinz Xmas 1957". Alan Hilditch (1900-1971), a certified public accountant, was a graduate of Yale and "a member of the St. Elmo Society, the Yale Club and the Innis... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134056

  40. Yachts by Herreshoff.
    HAFFENREFFER, R. F. Yachts by Herreshoff.

    Bristol, Rhode Island : [1935]

    From a limited edition, this copy number 3766 presented to William A. Andrews, a high-end promotional publication from Herreshoff, in its last years of fame and success. This was possibly produced in synergy with Paterson's publishers for his set America and the Defenders of the America's Cup published in 1934, and from which the eight colour plates... Learn More

    Stock Code: 133684

  41. The Young Sportman's [sic] Instructor
    MARKHAM, Gervase. The Young Sportman's [sic] Instructor

    [London] : [1705?]

    First edition thus, a compendium consisting of extracts from the section on angling in The Pleasures of Princes, from Hungers Prevention (on "low-belling" and other methods of bird-catching), Country Contentments (on hunting, coursing, dogs) and Markhams Method (poultry, etc.) The publisher was George Conyers, one of the most prominent chapbook publishers... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131890

  42. Kampf in Schnee und Eis.
    RIEFENSTAHL, Leni. Kampf in Schnee und Eis.

    Leipzig : 1933

    First edition, first impression, with the scarce dust jacket, and inscribed by Riefenstahl on the frontispiece recto, "Herrn Architekten Becker, herrlich gedwimet, Leni Riefenstahl, Mais 1934". This is Riefenstahl's first book, in which she gives an account of her involvement with director Arnold Fanck's pioneering mountaineering films such as Der Heilige... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132779

  43. A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.
    WARD, Rowland. A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.

    London : 1913

    First edition, first impression. Rowland Ward was the Michelangelo of Victorian taxidermy, that most Victorian of art-forms. An innovator who developed many techniques still used today, basing his work on painstaking observation he brought the techniques of naturalistic display to their high point. He was a friend of many of the greatest sportsmen of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132698

  44. The Cribbage Player's Text-book;
    WALKER, George. The Cribbage Player's Text-book;

    London : 1837

    First edition. Extremely uncommon, comprehensive guide to the rules and tactics of cribbage by professional chess player and writer George Walker (1803-1879). Essentially an adaptation, with additions, of the second edition of John Williams' Treatise on the Game of Cribbage, 1807 (first published 1791). As a chess player Walker was "bright without being... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130769

  45. The Publicans' Daily Companion;
    BOYLE, Patrick. The Publicans' Daily Companion;

    London : [1797?]

    First edition of this guide for publicans. A wide ranging handbook, Boyle's work covers duties and the storage of drink, offers recipes for various mixed drinks, gives a process called "The Doctor" to disguise the taste of drinks that have gone bad, narrates how to make wine from turnips, birch and cowslip, and warns young publicans of the rogues and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130661

  46. Moskva - Kara-Kum - Moskva [Moscow - Karakum - Moscow].
    UREKLYAN, Gabriel' Arkadyevich as El-Registan & Lazar Brontman. Moskva - Kara-Kum - Moskva [Moscow - Karakum - Moscow].

    Moscow : 1934

    First and only edition. Uncommon, WorldCat locates just 4 copies - BL, Princeton University, Indiana University and Yale University - and a single copy of a Yiddish edition at the Center for Jewish History. "The Kara Kum (or Black Sand) desert of central Turkmenistan became, briefly, a Soviet cultural obsession when, in July 1933, a team of 23 cars... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130555

  47. Analysis of the Game of Chess,
    PHILIDOR, François-André Danican; William Stopford Kenny, trans. Analysis of the Game of Chess,

    London : 1819

    First edition of Kenny's translation. François-André Danican Philidor (1726-1795) is generally regarded as the finest chess player of the 18th century. His guide to the game, first published in 1749 in French as l'Analyse du jeu des Échecs, underwent dozens of editions within a century and was translated into almost every major European language.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130389

  48. The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze.
    WORCESTER, George Raleigh Gray. The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze.

    Shanghai : 1947-48

    First edition, first impression, of this superbly detailed and extensively illustrated monograph. "Concerning the junks, my main source has, of course, been first-hand contact with the junkmen themselves. And here I should like to record that never during my long experience on the river have I met an unpleasant or inhospitable junkman" (Prefatory Note,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129644

  49. The Mineral Springs of Japan.
    ISHIZU, Risaku. The Mineral Springs of Japan.

    Tokyo : 1915

    First and only edition, outside America WorldCat shows only four locations in Japan and Taiwan, Library Hub lists no copies in the UK and Ireland. This comprehensive study of Japan's hot springs was "compiled as an exhibit in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, in order to make known to the world the general conditions of Japanese mineral... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129488

  50. Souvenir de Flore ou le Langage des Fleurs.
    FLOWERS. Souvenir de Flore ou le Langage des Fleurs.

    Paris : [c.1820]

    First edition of this attractive flower book, with 12 illustrations of bouquets, each with an imagined dialogue between the flowers. Incongruously, the latter section of the book is an account of the people and government of Turkey. No doubt produced as a ready-bound cheap gift book, the work is now a great rarity, with WorldCat listing only a single... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128878

  51. The Sporting Magazine.
    THE SPORTING MAGAZINE. The Sporting Magazine.

    London : 1793-1870 & 1892

    First editions of the first periodical devoted to general sportsmanship, The Sporting Magazine, issued from 1793 until 1870. This complete collection provides an invaluable resource, reflecting the changes in society and attitudes across the turn of the century, and placing them in relation to the pastimes and sports of British society. Each volume... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128768

  52. The Food of the People, being The History of Industrial Feeding.
    CURTIS-BENNETT, Noel. The Food of the People, being The History of Industrial Feeding.

    London : 1949

    First edition, deluxe limited issue, number 51 of 100 copies, presented to Eric Simonds by the directors of Peter Merchant Ltd, with their numbered presentation bookplate. A highly attractive copy of this study of the history of the feeding of employees in the workplace, from the middle ages to the factory canteen. Learn More

    Stock Code: 128771

  53. The Sixteenth Round.
    CARTER, Rubin. The Sixteenth Round.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing, of the author's autobiography, written during his 20-year wrongful imprisonment for murder. The story inspired both the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the 1999 film The Hurricane. Learn More

    Stock Code: 128516

  54. China, Mother of Gardens.
    WILSON, Ernest H. China, Mother of Gardens.

    Boston : 1929

    First edition, first printing, of this lavish account of China's botany and horticulture, and its impact on gardens in the West. "Born on the English Cotswolds in 1876, E. H. Wilson deserted college in 1899 to go plant hunting in China. From then until 1919 he made six trips to the Orient, covering in all more than twelve years, and won through his... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128434

  55. William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.
    OSWELL, William Cotton; OSWELL, W. Edward (ed.) William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.

    New York : 1900

    First US edition, same year as the UK. Cotton was educated at Rugby and Haileybury, the Company's seminary, before taking up a post as assistant collector at Arcot. Transferring to Madras he "won celebrity as an elephant-catcher" (ODNB). Ill health forced him to leave India for South Africa; "There he spent two years in hunting and became acquainted... Learn More

    Stock Code: 127570

  56. Cheapjack.
    ALLINGHAM, Philip. Cheapjack.

    New York : 1934

    First US edition, first printing, originally published in the UK the same year. The remarkable autobiography of an English aristocrat who joined the carnival, and an important historical source for circus life in the 1930s, rich in showmen slang and anecdotes. Learn More

    Stock Code: 126629

  57. Sport in Somaliland, Being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region.
    POTOCKI, Count Joseph. Sport in Somaliland, Being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region.

    London : 1900

    First edition in English, first published in Polish in 1897, the present edition limited to 200 copies signed by Ward, this copy designated "Presentation Copy No. 4" on the initial blank verso: "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books" (Czech). Józef Mikolaj Potocki (1862-1922) inherited extensive estates in his native Poland, which... Learn More

    Stock Code: 126123

  58. The Cat Manual.
    HIGGENS, Mrs. as "Dick Whittington". The Cat Manual.

    London : 1902

    First and only edition, uncommon Library Hub lists just 5 locations, BL, NLS, Cambridge, Oxford and TCD. Attractive and practical, this little manual was published some eight years before the founding of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy; "My object in writing this little book, has been to provide novices in the cat fancy with a useful handbook,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 125980

  59. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,
    RAY, John. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,

    London : 1670

    First edition. "It is now a fairly uncommon book, though this may be partly explained by one of its main purposes, that is, to be used by botanists in the field, so that many copies would probably have been used up and destroyed" (Keynes). John Ray (1627-1705), "the son of a blacksmith, became one of England's greatest naturalists. He was pre-eminently... Learn More

    Stock Code: 125417

  60. The Law as to Motor Vehicles:
    MOTORING; BLUE BOOK. The Law as to Motor Vehicles:

    London : 1903

    First and sole edition of this very scarce and significant Blue Book, not on Library Hub or WorldCat. "An important Blue Book has been issued by the Automobile Club upon the Law as to Motor Vehicles... and addresses this very acute problem... which when the question of further regulating motor cars is so much in evidence, should do an enormous amount... Learn More

    Stock Code: 125384

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