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Circa 1903 - Bigelow, New York - Edition de Luxe, Number 289 of a Limited 1000 sets
‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.'

An elegantly bound six volume set, comprising
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, The Watsons, Northanger Abbey, and Lady Susan. Beautifully illustrated with six colour frontispiece and thirty two black and white plates by the brothers Charles and Henry Brock, who both worked from the same studio in Cambridge, and have come to be widely regarded as the best illustrators of Jane Austen's novels.

Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.’ 
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The Origin of Civilisation and the Primitive Condition of Man - Mental and Social Conditions of Savages - Right Hon. Lord. Avebury

1912 - Longmans, London - Seventh Edition and Last Edition
A fine copy of this influential and significant work was first published in 1870, this is a comprehensively reworked and augmented edition and the last one to be written by The Right Honourable John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury [1834-1913]. Lubbock was a banker working with his family’s company, but also made significant contributions in archaeology, ethnography, and several branches of biology. He helped establish archaeology as a scientific discipline, and was influential in nineteenth-century debates concerning evolutionary theory.

Illustrated with 6 photographic plates, numerous sketches and drawings, together with tables and detailed index.
 
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Captain Swing - A Tale of the 1830 Riots - Harold Avery

1907 - Thomas Nelson & Sons, London - First Edition
An adventure story for boys. Illustrated with 6 colour plates by P. Hicklin. In bright boards with picture of the rioters on the front.

The true story of the ‘Captain Swing Riots’ was far more serious, and caused by the introduction of the mechanical threshing machine into Kent & Sussex at a time of rural poverty, and little work. Typically a farmer would receive an anonymous note, often signed by "Captain Swing", telling him that unless he destroyed his threshing machine then his barns, haystacks and house would be burned down, probably while he and his family were asleep.
 
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Days and Nights of Shikar - Mrs. W. W. Baillie

1921 - John Lane, London and New York - First Edition
‘Mrs Baillie seems to have been an incurable big-game hunter. She was married to a clergyman stationed in the Deccan; from there (rarely accompanied by the gentle padre) she made expeditions as far afield as Chamba in the Himalaya and Dharwar towards the south, in search of trophies to bring home to England.

‘This book is less bloodthirsty, than many; the worst moments in it are no concerned with the poor animals’ appointment with death, but with the author's own, which she managed to postpone twice at the very last minute.

‘The first time was on a night shoot from Bilaspur, near Simla. She had placed a goat’s carcass as a decoy under the hammock; unfortunately, just as an obliging tiger was approaching, the hammock string snapped and bowled Mrs Baillie into the mess below. Meanwhile the tiger fled away.

‘A closer shave involved a black bear, who caught our heroine as she fell from a rock, first chewing her leg and then making off with her head–for which it luckily mistook her sola topi, The leg healed after five weeks in hospital, and nothing daunted, Mrs Baillie lived to shoot another day.’ – Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

1984 - Macmillan, London - First Edition
A fine copy of the author's important first novel. A twisted story of incidents in the lives of Scottish islanders and one child in particular, highly controversial at the time of it's release:-

‘Brilliant’ -
The New York Times.
‘Rubbish’ -
The Times.
‘Macabre, bizarre, and impossible to put down’ -
The Financial Times.
‘A work of unparalleled depravity’ -
The Irish Times.
‘One of the top 100 novels of the century’ - The Independent.

So there you have it, to be read with caution.
 
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Feersum Endjinn – SIGNED - Iain M. Banks

1994 - Orbit, London - First Edition
A fine copy of Banks’ science-fiction saga, signed by him on the title page.

As the Encroachment looms not far from the towering walls of Serehfa Fastness, King Asijine goes to war with the Engineers, his chief scientist, Gadfium, receives a mysterious message she has been waiting for from the Plain of Sliding Stones, and Bascule the Teller, in search of an ant, enters the chaos of the crypt...
 
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The Book of Were-Wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition - Sabine Baring-Gould

1865 - Smith, London - First Edition
Nearly as rare as it’s subjects, a superb first edition of the foundation work on shape-shifting, were-wolves, and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s descriptions of Count Dracula’s wolfish appearance. In original bright pictorial gilt cloth, were-wolf to the front and the dark frontispiece of The Were-Wolves and their prey. Suitably housed in a blood red morocco leather clamshell case, lined with felt, and lettered in gilt.

‘The Book of Were-Wolves takes a rationalistic approach to the subject, the first ten chapters of this book constitute an essential work on the subject; however, starting with Chapter XI, the narrative takes a strange turn into sensationalistic 'true crime' case-studies of cannibals, grave desecrators, and blood fetishists, which have a tenuous connection with lycanthropy. This includes an extended treatment of the case of Giles de Rais, the notorious associate of Joan of Arc, who was convicted and executed for necrosadistic crimes.’

The author, eclectic British scholar, vicar, archaeologist, historian, Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) inspired
My Fair Lady, and wrote the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers. 
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C. 1930 - Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., London - First Hudson illustrated edition
“Do you believe in Fairies?”

A finely bound large and magically illustrated edition of Peter Pan.

Gwynedd M. Hudson brings both the characters and the text to life, with twenty one full page colour illustrations and numerous additional illustrations and decorations throughout.
 
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