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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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The Chicago Record Cook Book - Anonymous

1896 - The Chicago Record, Chicago - First Edition, first printing
'This is a cook book by the people and for the people.

So begins the preface of the Chicago Record Cook Book. Comprised of 1,100 recipes from homemakers, which has a single bill of fare for every day of the year.
 
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Round the Coast - Anonymous

1895 - George Newnes Limited, London - First Edition
‘We love our haunts by the sea; the poorest among us regards his favourite resort pretty much as the rich man does his country seat – as a place of relaxation from the hurly-burly of life, and yet a home withal.’

A handsome and large (35.5 x 27.5 cm) folio album of photographs of sea side places around the coast of England and Ireland, including Dover, Brighton, Guernsey, Plymouth, and Scarborough, among many others, profusely illustrated throughout with 284 photographs, descriptive passages accompanying each one.
 
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A Voyage Round the World, In the Years MDCCXL, I, II, III, IV. - George Anson, Richard Walter

1748 - Printed for the Author, London - First Edition
A finely bound ‘Royal Paper’ copy of the this beautifully illustrated work which ‘has long occupied a distinguished position as a masterpiece of descriptive travel’ (Hill), and ‘a model of what such literature should be’ (Cox).

Containing forty two copper-engraved maps, charts, views, and coastal profiles, all but one folding, including views of Brazilian harbours and cities, Acapulco, Tenian, Port St. Julian, Magellan’s Straits, the Bay of Manila, Saipan, Lama, Lantau, Chinese Junks, and others, and large folding maps of South America, the Philippines, and the Pacific Ocean, as well as the twelve page subscriber list, and the two page instructions to the binder.

England, at war with Spain in 1739, equipped eight ships under the command of George Anson to harass the Spaniards on the western coast of South America, for the purpose of cutting off Spanish supplies of wealth from the Pacific area. Seven ships were lost and out of 900 men, 600 perished. As usual scurvy took an appalling toll.

The Spanish fleet sent out to oppose the British ran into storms; provisions ran out and many ships were wrecked. Thus the primary object of the expedition was not attained, however Anson continued taking prizes off the Pacific coast during 1741-42, and in June 1743, near the Philippines he captured the Spanish galleon
Nostra Seigniora de Cabadonga and its treasure of £400,000 sterling, which allowed Anson and the surviving members of his crew to reach England much the richer. 
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Memoirs of the Life of the Late John Mytton, Esq. - Charles James Apperley, (pseudonym ‘Nimrod’)

1915 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - New Issue
‘With what extraordinary characters of ancient and modern times would John Mytton stand comparison? ... His popularity... the dashing personal character, and extreme and unaffected good humour of the late squire of Halston, together with his fox-hounds, his race-horses, his ale, his wine, and many other things besides, rendered him extremely popular in Shropshire...’

A handsome edition – bound by Riviere – of this chronicle of the life of the fearless and famously foolhardy sportsman, ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton, who drank four to six bottles of port a day, and died of delirium tremens in the King’s Bench prison, aged 38.

Wonderfully illustrated by Harry Alken and T.J. Rawlins with 18 full page colour plates.
 
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Le Paysan de Paris (The Peasant of Paris) - Louis Aragon, Henri Cartier-Bresson

1994 - The Limited editions Club, New York - Number 89 of 300 copies.
‘I was seeking… a new kind of novel that would break all the traditional rules governing the writing of fiction… a novel that the critics would be obliged to approach empty-handed’ – Louis Aragon

A beautiful copy of this superbly produced limited edition of Louis Aragon’s outstanding Surrealist novel – in which he compares a poet’s love for his city to a peasant’s love for his land – signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the limitation page.

Stunningly illustrated with seven original lithographs and a photogravure by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The lithographs were pulled by Bruce Porter at his Trestle Editions studio in New York. The photogravure was printed by Jon Goodman on French-made Arjo Wiggins stock.

Translated from the French by Samuel Watson Taylor.
 
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The Chinese Drama - From the Earliest Times until To-Day - Lewis Charles Arlington, H. A. Giles, Mei Lan-fang

1930 - Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai - First edition, number 152 of 750 copies signed by the author
‘A Panoramic Study of the Art in China, tracing its Origin and describing its Actors (in both Male and Female roles): their Costumes and Make-up, Superstitions and Stage Slang: the accompanying Music and Musical Instruments: concluding with Synopses of Thirty Chinese Plays.’

A rare and signed copy of this authoritative work, retaining the beautiful pictorial boards and end-papers, illustrated with 115 full page colour plates ‘reproduced through the medium of stone lithography’, as well as black and white engravings. Signed by Arlington to the front blank endpaper.
 
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1935 - Henri Vetch, Peking - First Edition
A nice copy signed by Arlington in 1939.

‘A painstakingly constructed portrait of one of the world's great cities in the 1930s. Until the Communist revolution of 1949, the standard guidebook to the architecture of the Chinese capital was
In Search of Old Peking by two long-time foreign residents, L.C. Arlington, an American naval officer who became a civil servant, and William Lewisohn, an English diplomat who ended up a journalist. The work still retains its charm, as the modern facsimile reprint of it shows, but it ceased to be a repository of practical information once Mao Zedong turned his attention to the city’. (Fetherling)

Profusely illustrated with frontispiece of the Emperor Yung Lo and 24 other images, together with 30 maps and plans many of which are folding; these include a plan on the front end-paper of the 19 tours in the city and suburbs of Peking which are described in the book; a map on the rear end-paper of the Peking Plain; and a large folding plan of Peking in three colours contained in a pocket on the inside of rear board. 
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