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The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont - Robert Barr

Circa 1905 - George Bell & Sons, London and Bombay - First Colonial Edition
The rare first collection of Eugène Valmont mysteries, the most successful literary French detective of his era, and the first in a long line of humorous detectives. Created not by a French writer but by a Scotsman who had grown up in Canada and returned to the UK to forge a literary career, founding The Idler magazine together with Jerome K. Jerome in 1892.

Although Robert Barr’s
Eugène Valmont has Sherlock Holmes-like qualities, he is ‘a much more tongue-in-cheek creation’. ‘The title of the book seems ironic. We see very few of his triumphs. The very first story explains why he has had to leave France to avoid becoming a laughing stock and, in the rest of the tales, he fails far more often than he succeeds. Yet none of these setbacks ever daunts him or dents his supreme self-confidence. ‘I have had my failures of course,’ he acknowledges but he remains a happy egotist. Whether dealing with a gang of anarchists in ‘The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower’ or flirting with the supernatural in ‘The Ghost with the Club-Foot’, his sense of style and his almost Poirot-like conceit never desert him.’ (Nick Rennison, from the preface to the Gaslight Crime edition).

It appears this ‘First Colonial Edition’ was published by George Bell in 1905, the year before the ‘First Edition’ of Hurst & Blackett. The adverts included are dated July 1905 and September 1905. Although it contains the same short stories, the titles and chapter headings match those of the 1906 American edition, and those of the original stories printed in
Windsor Magazine and Pearson’s Magazine in 1904-5. 
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Price HK$ 4,500



The three ‘Kai Lung’ collections - The Wallet of Kai Lung - Kai Lung's Golden Hours - and - Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat - Ernest Bramah

1923 - Doran, New York - First American Editions (Wallet is the second edition, but first in the Nadejen dust jacket).
There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice upon a dark night.

Three volumes presenting the first three collections of stories featuring the inimitable protagonist Kai Lung, in which he must pit his wits against his arch nemesis Ming-Shu, escape the clutches of greedy bandits, and attempt to beguile them with seemingly unrelated parables with the help of his love Hwa-Mei, eventually becoming known as
‘an itinerant teller of tall tales set in a China that never was’.

All presented in their wonderful dust jackets illustrated by Theodore Nadejen.
Kai Lung's Golden Hours, also contains an enthusiastic introduction by Hilaire Belloc.

A seminal influence in the genre of speculative fiction, Bramah’s works have been compared with those of Jerome K. Jerome, and PG Wodehouse. His work went on to inspire writers such as Dorothy L Sayers, Jorge Luis Borges, and George Orwell, among many others.

‘It is a mark of insincerity of purpose to spend one's time in looking for the sacred Emperor in the low-class tea-shops’. 
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Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat - Ernest Bramah

1928 - The Richards Press Ltd., London - First Edition, in first issue dust jacket
‘The more you can consume, the less will be this self-conscious person’s shame at the insipidity of what he puts before you; the longer you can tolerate his worn-out roof, the greater will be the confidence with which he can henceforth continue to dwell beneath it...’

The third collection of stories in Brahmah’s ‘
Kai Lung’ series: a brilliant literary fusion of myths, legends, and cosmology from the Golden age of Han, tied together with Bramah’s keen eye for combining historic fiction and comedy. Kai Lung, our hapless yet loveable protagonist, must once again defeat his enemies and win back his kidnapped wife; Hwa-Mei, by weaving together seemingly unconnected parables and tales until an overarching narrative is skilfully revealed.

A seminal influence in the genre of speculative fiction, Bramah’s works have been compared with those of Jerome K. Jerome, and PG Wodehouse. His work went on to inspire writers such as Dorothy L Sayers, Jorge Luis Borges, and George Orwell, among many others.
 
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The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow - Jerome K. Jerome

1887 - Field & Tuer, London - First Edition, very early issue
Jerome K. Jerome’s second book, which ‘was an instant success, and sold extremely well for many years’ [JKJ Society]. Scarce early issue of 1887, first printed in 1886.

Perfect for a gentleman’s leisurely read, preferably pipe in hand, it is dedicated to ‘
My oldest and strongest Pipe’. With chapters such as ‘On Being Hard Up’, ‘On Being Idle’, ‘On Eating and Drinking’, and on ‘On Being in the Blues’. 
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Price HK$ 1,800