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Broad-Sword and Single-Stick - With chapters on Quarter-Staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillelah, Walking-Stick, Umbrella, and other Weapons of Self-Defence - The All-England Series - R. G. Allanson-Winn, C. Phillipps-Wolley

1890 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition
This rare and oft quoted work on Victorian martial arts, was written by two acknowledged experts in the field, both members of of the Inns of Court School at Arms, one of the major combat sports clubs in London during the late 1800’s.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, with examples of various weapons and equipment, diagrams indicating positions of attack and defence, and delightful, vintage sports-related advertisements.

If quite unacquainted with fencing, broad-sword, stick-play or bayonet-exercise, never be tempted into a bout with the quarter-staff.’ - C. Phillipps-Wolley. 
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California from 1769 to 1909: An Illustrated History Issued in Commemoration of the Portola Festival - Benjamin Shannon Allen (editor)

1910 - Privately Printed - Benjamin Shannon Allen - editor., San Francisco
Elegantly produced tribute to the Golden State, in two large format volumes, the first volume consisting of historical sketches, the second of biographies of leading Californians. Each page is separated by a glassine guard, with vignette sketch of a miner in the margins throughout.

Profusely illustrated from photographs. Includes 11½x16" colour silk American flag with 48 stars (approximately 100 years old), folded and laid in.
 
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Flat-Racing Explained - A Practical Treatise on Racing, Designed to meet the Requirements of Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Jockeys, and the General Public - Analyst [pseud. Francis Higgins]

1899 - Edmund Seale, London - First Edition
First edition of this early treatise on the science of Horse Racing. Contains much information on the selection of the horse and all aspects of flat racing. A practical treatise on racing designed to meet the requirements of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and the general public. 
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1911 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - Edition de Luxe, limited to Seven Hundred and Fifty copies signed by the Artist, and numbered, of which this is No. 686
A near fine example of the large [32 x 27.5 cm], sumptuous, vellum-bound, Limited Edition de Luxe, signed and exquisitely illustrated by Edmund Dulac with twenty eight tipped-in colour plates,

Dulac’s mixture of humour, menace, grace and depth of colour blend wonderfully with these seven classic fairy tales by Hans Andersen: -
The Snow Queen; The Nightingale; The Real Princess (Princess and the Pea); The Garden of Paradise; The Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Clothes; The Wind’s Tale. 
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The Maker of Fairy Tales - and - Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen. Fritz Kredel (illustrator)

1942 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - Limited edition of 1500 copies, of which this is no. 294, signed by Jean Hersholt and Fritz Kredel
A sumptuous two volume collection, containing twenty nine of Andersen’s beloved fairy tales, including such favourites as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, and The Emperor’s New Clothes, together with Denmark's Ugly Duckling - the story of Hans Christian Andersen; The Thirteen Stories by Andersen, and correspondence offering a fascinating insight into his life, thoughts and career. Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Rivière, and illustrated by Fritz Kredel with hand-coloured drawings and sketches. 
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SOLD - Lessons in Flower Painting - James Andrews

1835 - Charles Tilt, London - First Edition, First Printing
In submitting these "Lessons in Flower painting" to the public, I beg to remark, that it has been my object to render them as plain and practical as possible. There are few accomplishments more graceful, more innocent in their tendency, and more pleasing, than the art of painting Flowers after nature.

Rare step by step instructional for painting flowers by the renowned Victorian botanical artist James Andrews, with 24 lithographic plates, 12 of which are exquisitely hand-coloured

The book begins with black and white outlined sketches of foliage followed by the same plate hand coloured with recommended colour palettes, this is repeated and then the artist is then shown a plate of black and white flower sketches, followed by the same plate now exquisitely hand coloured together with recommended colour palette, the remaining plates differ in that they focus on individual flowering plants and gatherings of various flowers, again on a black and white outline paired by hand-coloured plate without the colour palettes shown.

The individual plants are - Wild Hyacinth, Fuschia, Convolvulus (Morning Glory), Canterbury Bell, Geranium, Auricula, and Moss Rose.
 
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Modern Confectionary; Containing Receipts for Drying and Candying, Confits, Cakes, Preserves, Liqueurs, Ices, Jellies, Creams, Sponges, Pastes, Potted Meats, Pickles, Wines, Etc. Etc. Etc. By the Author of “Modern Cookery” - Anon

1833 - Printed by and for Henry Mozley and Sons, Derby - Second Edition (first published in 1826)
Extremely rare little book.

Chapters are:
Drying and Candying; Lozenges and Confits, Cakes, Biscuits, etc.; Puddings; Preserves; Sirups, Liqueurs, and Waters; Ices; Jellies; Creams, Custards, etc.; Sponges; Patties, Pastes, etc.; Potted Meats; Pickles, Catsups, etc.; Observations on British Wine. 
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RESERVED - The Wanderer: or, Surprizing Escape. - Anon.

1752Glasgow - First Glasgow Edition (first published London 1747)
One of a number of novellas published not long after the Rebellion of 1745, purporting to describe the adventures of the Young Pretender. The anonymous author professes himself an anti-Jacobite, but his account of the prince's terrifying flight after the Battle of Culloden is essentially sympathetic. The text includes an attack on John Burton's Ascanius (1746), as a vilification of the Young Chevalier. 
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