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ABSINTHE. Catalogue Général - Distillerie Pontissalienne - Fabrique d'Absinthe Supérierue.
Pontarlier, Doubs : c.1900Attractive brochure with full catalogue of products and prices from a leading manufacturer in "la capitale de l'absinthe" at the turn of the century. Superb chromo. endpapers by A. Waton of St. Etienne, who were specialists in labels and catalogues; Michael Twyman noting that their work "transforms everyday items into objects of beauty." (A History... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 141557
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
ACTON, Eliza. Modern Cookery, in all its Branches:
London : 1845First edition, with the advertisements dated January 1845. Modern Cookery established Eliza Acton as the first of the modern cookery writers. This first edition is notably uncommon with just six copies traced institutionally worldwide, four of which are held in the UK.
This copy has the appealing signs of use, with a number of recipes checked... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132125
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
ALI, Muhammad - KOONS, Jeff. GOAT - Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali.
Cologne : 2001First edition, Champ's edition. Limited to 1,000 copies signed by Muhammad Ali and Jeff Koons, with the four silver gelatin prints signed by Muhammad Ali and the photographer Howard L. Bingham. The book is part of a multiple sculpture titled Radial Champs by Jeff Koons, measuring 175 x 170 cm which also comprises two inflatables and a stool. Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 120276
ALLANSON-WYNN, Rowland George. Boxing.
London : 1889First 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 Headley (1855-1935), was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 113513
ALLEN, Ida Bailey. Gastronomique.
New York : 1958First edition, first impression, of Allen's "new and exciting adventure in the realm of connoisseur foods", including chapters on "The Eternal Egg in Contemporary Ways", "The Fascinating Flambé", and "Trends in Tarts and Pies". Referred to as "The original domestic goddess" by antique cookbook experts Patricia Edwards and Peter Peckham, Allen offers... Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 149044
ALLINGHAM, Philip. Cheapjack.
New York : 1934First 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£150.00
Stock Code: 126629
ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
London : 1787First 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£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139926
AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
Oxford : 1658First edition. Ralph Austen (c. 1612-1676) is a fascinating figure, a combination of self-taught gardener and religious radical, whose "approach to horticulture was innovative, experimental, and sceptical of the authority of theorists" (ODNB). Here he challenges Sir Francis Bacon over his theory of the descent of sap, opposing the findings of his friend... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129008
AUSTEN, Ralph. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees,
Oxford : 1665Third edition, first published in 1653. The third edition includes the text of Austen's observations on Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, which he had published in 1658. The life of the horticulturist Ralph Austen (1612-1676) was an odd mix of Anabaptist radicalism and gardening. "Austen contributed to three areas which, in the millenarian atmosphere... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129007
AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.
London & New York : 1930First edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.
Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140837
BADEN-POWELL, Robert. Pigsticking or Hoghunting.
London : 1889First edition of Baden-Powell's "authoritative handbook" (ODNB), presented here in a striking binding. "It is not difficult to see how polo and pig-sticking contributed to the martial training of young cavalry officers, but Baden-Powell repeatedly stressed the broader exercise and health benefits of sport and other recreational activities. He claimed,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 140441
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
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
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
BAKER, Charles H. The Gentleman's Companion.
New York : 1939First edition, first printing; limited to 1,250 copies, both volumes numbered 98. The first volume is warmly inscribed by the author, "With mine good wishes, always, Charles H. Baker". Charles H. Baker was a writer for Esquire magazine, based in Florida, and was known as the "Town & Country Gourmet". He was regarded by the Hemingway set as the pinnacle... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143724
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
BARTENDING. Jayne's Bartender's Guide.
Philadelphia : 1934First edition, first printing. Published soon after the repeal of Prohibition, recipes include the Charlie Chaplin Cocktail, the Pousse Cafe American and the Klondyke Cocktail. The final page of the book contains an afterward, warning that bartenders must uphold certain values to prevent the calamity of Prohibition ever happening again. A scarce work,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143685
BEEBE, Lucius. The Stork Club Bar Book.
New York & Toronto : 1946First edition, first printing, of "Luscious" Lucius Beebe's witty cocktail recipe book, celebrating a day in the life of Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club, a New York fixture from 1929 to 1965. Beebe is credited with coining the phrase "café society". Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143490
BEETON, Mrs Isabella. The Englishwoman's Cookery-Book.
London : 1863First edition of the first of Beeton's "cookery" books; the affordable spin-offs from her Book of Household Management (1861). Although the Book of Household Management is largely remembered as Beeton's legacy it was primarily these cheaper "part-issues, spin-offs, and extracts" which most influenced English cooking habits (Beetham, p. 395). This copy... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 133857
BENTLEY, Nicolas. "Farmer George".
[c.1960s]A lively caricature of King George III planting a tree, dubbed "Farmer George" for his passionate interest in agriculture.
The cartoons and illustrations of Nicolas Bentley (1907-1978) were part of the warp and weft of English popular culture in the 1950s and 60s. Never savage, though often waspishly accurate and exuding an urbane air of amusement... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 100796
BLITH, Walter. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.
London : 1649One 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£2,000.00
Stock Code: 129024
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
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
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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 130661
BRADLEY, John. A Narrative of Travel and Sport in Burmah, Siam, and the Malay Peninsula.
London : 1876First edition. Extremely uncommon. "An interesting work combining travel, observation and big game hunting. Near the Sittang River in Burma, the author hunted numerous tigers, including an episode of tiger shooting related by his companion Captain Lacy. Near the River Thungyen, an elephant was bagged, with additional notes on hunting leopard, deer,... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 71504
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
BREAD. Account of the Experiments tried by the Board of Agriculture in the Composition of Various Sorts of Bread.
London : 1795First 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£500.00
Stock Code: 129229
BRITISH SPORTS AND SPORTSMEN; THRUSTON, E. H. (ed.) Commerce and Industry.
London : Limited edition; number 68 of 1,000 copies. A very handsome copy indeed: "Commerce and Industry are to-day, and in all probability for more than a generation to come will be, the principal phases of human activity. To arrive at a full understanding of the magnitude and power of these factors is the best protection for those who do not desire to become... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 86982
BROWN, Waldo F. Gardener's Pocket Manual.
Springfield, OH : 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£725.00
Stock Code: 115414
BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
[Westminster : c.1900]First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.
Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143005
BURTON, Richard F. Four autograph Indian recipes:
[c.1850]A brief but fascinating list of Indian recipes attesting to Burton's absorption of the culture of the subcontinent. Burton's father was a colonel in the Indian Army and in 1842 finally "acquiesced to his son's requests and purchased a commission for him in the Bombay army. Burton arrived in India on 28 October 1842 and was posted to the 18th regiment... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 127294
BUTE, John Crichton-Stuart, 4th marquess of. Moorish Recipes.
Edinburgh : 1954First 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£1,850.00
Stock Code: 139749
BUTLER, Herbert J. Motor Bodywork; the Design and Construction of Private, Commercial and Passenger Types.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, of the most comprehensive contemporary book on the subject, with a preface by Sir Herbert Austin. The 30 chapters cover open bodies, racing and sporting bodies, cape hoods, closed bodies, bodies with folding heads, shooting and luggage breaks and protected phaetons, seat fittings, windscreens, private bodywork, materials,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 122003
CAIRD, John. The Complete Confectioner and Family Cook.
Edinburgh : 1809First edition. Includes many recipes for still popular Scottish sweets, oat cakes, bannocks, shortbread, barley sugar, apple dumplings, apple fritters. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 110294
CARD GAME: "Physogs". The New and Novel Card Game - "Physogs" - Character from the Face.
London : [c.1939]A very appealing and uncommon identikit game from the late 1930s, produced by the short-lived firm of Waddy Productions; it is the fore-runner of the widely used photo-fit crime detection system of the 1970s and 80s.
"Shortly after the publication of sociologist Jacques Penry's book How to Read Character from the Face: a Complete Explanation... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 111770
CARTER, Robert. A Summer Cruise on the Coast of New England.
Boston : 1864First edition. A very difficult book to find in anything approaching collectable condition, Bruns describing it as rare. Toy is somewhat perfunctory; "A cruise in 1858 in a chartered 17-ton sloop. The boat, with a crew of two, cost 7.50 a day." But this is a well-written and highly appealing account, DAB refers to it as a "breezy book," and one of the... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 110618
CARTER, Rubin. The Sixteenth Round.
New York : 1974First 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£350.00
Stock Code: 128516
CASEY, Juanita. Azerbaijan!
Godshill, Hampshire : 2008First and only edition, number 50 of 50 copies only, signed by the author on the limitation page.
Casey (1925-2012) was a writer, artist, and horse breeder "who lived the archetypal bohemian life... Casey's best known novel, The Horse of Selene (Dolmen, 1971), exploring the freedom of spirit which characterised the late 1960s, brought her a... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 144271
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
CESCINSKY, Herbert, & Ernest R. Gribble. Early English Furniture & Woodwork.
London : 1922First 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£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137593
CHAMPAGNE; Moët & Chandon. Reduced facsimile of the Souvenir Album of the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.
London : 1909First 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£500.00
Stock Code: 120115
CHASE, C. Thurston. The Prairie Fruit Culturist:
Chicago : 1859A rare, thoroughly regional Midwestern guide to tree and bush fruits, including chapters on grapes, acknowledging a debt to Nicholas Longworth, and three pages on wine production, noting "In a country where wine is plenty and cheap, drunkenness is seldom known. A vinland is marked by sobriety and cheerfulness". Chase (1819-1870) went on to become Florida's... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 115408
CHRYSLER, Walter P., & Boyden Sparkes. Life of an American Workman.
New York : 1937First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler family to distribute... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 122166
CLIAS, Peter Henry. An elementary Course of Gymnastic Exercises; intended to develope and improve the physical Powers of Man.
London : 1823First 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£900.00
Stock Code: 135601
COACHING - TRISTRAM, W. Outram. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
London : 1893Second edition of this popular book on the major coaching roads of England, originally published in 1888. "The illustrations were so popular that a series of Staffordshire pottery, 'Coaching Days Ware', was produced with Thomson scenes" (ODNB).
Stock Code: 124894
COACHING - TRISTRAM, W. Outram. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
London : 1893Second edition, scarce with the jacket, of this popular book on the major coaching roads of England. "To Thomson fell the providing of the subject and action pictures, while Railton vignetted old buildings, etc., along the great coaching roads of which the author gossiped... There is no doubt that Coaching Days remains to this day one of the most popular... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 112134
COCKTAILS - DE FLEURY, R. 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks - Ancient & Modern.
London : 1934 & 1937First 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£2,750.00
Stock Code: 134199