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Cadet to Commodore - Albert B. Armitage

1925 - Cassell and Company, London - First Edition
‘This fine personal record shows us the spirit of the British Merchant Service in peace and war, and repeats the unchanging call of the sea. Late Commodore of the P. & 0. Co.'s fleet, Captain Armitage (1864-1943) was not too late, in his early days, to learn the hard discipline of sails, " to shoot the sun," and take a trick at the wheel. Going " into steam," he rose rapidly in rank and took part in two Polar expeditions, with Scott on the Discovery Expedition as second in command, and on the Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to meet up with Nansen.

Here are amusing experiences of passengers, royal or otherwise. We like the alluring advertisement of a small steamship company—" A Surgeon, a Stewardess and an Experienced Cow." The cow, -presumably, knew all about the crying needs of infants-in-arms.’ - from
The Spectator review of October 1925. 
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Wrestling - Walter Armstrong

1889 - George Bell and Sons, London - First Edition
A scarce fine copy of this little treatise on wrestling from The All-England Series.

In addition to the various English styles, there are chapters on Scottish, French German and Japanese wrestling.

With 26 illustrations from sketches and photographs.
 
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1930 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
‘America has two types of cowboy, the synthetic and the real.’

A fine copy of a scarce N.C. Wyeth title, Rollins’ adventurous portrait of the real cowboys of the American west, it features Wyeth’s colour cover insert, illustrated endpapers, and four full-page colour plates.
 
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RESERVED - Oriental and Western Siberia - Thomas Witlam Atkinson

1858 - Hurst and Blackett, London - First Edition
Atkinson, the talented architect, turned artist and explorer, journeyed through Central Asia after obtaining a special passport from Czar Nicholas I. This is his account together with illustrations from his water colours, with twenty colour and tinted lithographed plates including a hand coloured frontispiece, thirty two wood engravings throughout the text, and large folding map to the rear.

‘Inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's accounts of Siberia, Atkinson then moved to St. Petersburg There, in 1846, he abandoned architecture as a profession for the pursuits of an explorer and topographical artist. Between March and November 1847 he travelled to the Urals, the Kirgiz steppes, and Altai Mountains Between 1848 and 1853 he travelled extensively in the Russian orient, gathering much geographical and geological information. During this time he produced over 500 water-colours of the landscapes and peoples, some of them 5 or 6 feet square After his return to Britain, an exhibition of Atkinson's Siberian and Chinese Tartar scenes was held in 1856 at Colnaghi's Gallery, London. Some of these were lithographed and published in his narratives of his travels.’ [ODNB]
 
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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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1985 - Nottingham Court Press, London - The Godmersham Edition, one of 750 copies
'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.'

A finely bound copy of one of the most loved and admired English novels of all time, enhanced by John Ward’s wood engravings, that were used to produce this edition in aid of Godmersham Church, where Jane Austen herself would have worshipped when visiting her brother Edward at Godmersham Park House.

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

Austen’s unmistakably witty satire of a country squire marrying off his five spirited, daughters is a wonderful tale of humour and romance.

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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