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Personal Experiences During the Siege of Hong Kong December 8th-25th, 1941. Internment by the Japanese January 5th-June 29th, 1942. Trip Home and Exchange Civilian Prisoners Laurenco Marques, P.E.A. June 30th-August 26th, 1942 - George Baxter

1949 - East Asian Residents Association, Sydney - First Edition
A scarce booklet by journalist and U.S. civilian George Baxter, who arrived in Hong Kong in 1936 to work in the Hong Kong Bureau, United Press Associations’.

Baxter describes the Japanese siege and capture of Hong Kong (pages 1-19), his five month internment (pages 20-41)and then being shipped by the Japanese via Saigon, Singapore and Sumatra, before crossing the Indian Ocean to the port of Maputo in Mozambique (formerly Laurenco Marques), where a prisoner exchange took place and he was transferred to a U.S. vessel for the final leg to New York.
 
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An Historical, Physiological and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts, and other Magical Practices - Jonh (John) Beaumont, Gent.

1705 - Printed for D. Browne, London - First Edition
With engraved frontispiece by Michael Van der Gucht of ‘An Evil Genius’, ‘Two Good Genii’, and ‘Jews going out in the Moonshine to know their Fortune’.

John Beaumont, a British surgeon and geologist, ‘was a man of considerable reading, of excessive credulity, and a firm believer in supernatural agency. His principal and certainly most curious performance,
An Historical, Physiological, and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts is written in an amusing, gossiping style, and abounds with grotesque tales and illustrations from little-known authors. His personal experience of spirits, good and bad, was long and varied (pages 91-4, 393-7); but he innocently contrives to lessen the effect of his narration by adding that in their frequent visitations “all would disswade me from drinking too freely”’ - Dictionary of National Bibliography. 
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Five Chip Hilton classics – Dugout Jinx, Fence Busters, Hardcourt Upset, No-Hitter, and Triple-Threat Trouble - Clair Bee

1952 - Grosset & Dunlap, New York - First Editions
Five first editions from the inspirational Chip HIlton sports story series, written by the successful college basketball coach and 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Clair Bee.

Dugout Jinx – During the last week of that hectic baseball season, it was Chip from his position on the dugout bench who was able to solve the baffling puzzle of what had happened to the team’s pitchers and its general morale.

Fence Busters – There is a lot of wonderful baseball in this Chip Hilton story, and a lot of good sportsmanship and clean manhood besides. These friends of Chip’s have what it takes to pull a demoralized and strife-torn team out of the dumps and get it back at busting fences again.

Hardcourt Upset – When Chip Hilton, sensational scoring sophomore, is benched by a knee injury, and the basketballchampions are beaten by Tech, their home-town rivals, things take a turn for the worse.

No-Hitter – After helping State University win the N.C.A.A. baseball championship through his superb pitching, Chip Hilton had looked forward to a pleasant summer at home in Valley Falls. But when State was selected to represent the United States i a college baseball series with two of Japan’s finest teams, Chip, like his teammates, was thrilled by the opportunity.

Triple-Threat Trouble – Chip Hilton, All-America quarterback and captain of State University’s team faces one of the most challenging situations he has ever encountered on the gridiron. 
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Mrs. Beeton’s Family Cookery - Mrs. Isabella Beeton

1923 - Ward, London and Melbourne - New Edition
This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

With over 800 pages of recipes, culinary advice, and household hints, Mrs Beeton’s incomparable The Book of Household Management was one of the earliest cookery books to use coloured illustrations. A truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time, it is Illustrated with 20 colour lithograph plates, and nearly 300 black and white engravings.
 
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The Adventures of Augie March - Saul Bellow

1953 - The Viking Press, New York - First edition, first issue.
‘I am an American, Chicago born – Chicago, that sombre city – and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted.’

Saul Bellow’s masterful novel – heralded as a classic of modern American literature – tells the story of the eponymous Augie March, a poor Chicago boy growing up during the Great Depression, whose numberless occupations and diverting encounters offer startling extremes of vivid realism and bravura philosophising.

The Adventures of Augie March is the Great American Novel. Search no further.’ – Martin Amis. 
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Madeline's Rescue - Ludwig Bemelmans

1953 - Viking, New York - First Edition
One day on a walk through Paris, Madeline slips and falls off a bridge right into the Seine. Everyone feared she would be dead, ‘But for a dog that kept its head,’ saving her from a ‘watery grave.’ And so the adventure begins….

Recipient of the 1954 Caldecott Medal, with illustrations by the author.
 
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The Corinthian Yachtsman, or Hints on Yachting - Tyrrel E. Biddle

1881 - C. Wilson, London - First Edition
‘A well written description of what yachting was like in a world that has vanished forever, a world where the pace was slower but where time and effort needed to manage and maintain boats used up a large proportion of one’s leaisure time.

Contents: Yachting as a national sport; Progress of naval architecture; Buying and building; Concluding a purchase; Yacht’s boats; Navigation; Preparing to start; Handling yachts; Extended cruising; Racing.’ - Toy,
Adventures Afloat.

A superior example of this lovely book, scarce in such nice condition. Illustrated 32 woodcut in-text drawings, illustrated title page and two full page schematics of yachts, to the rear is a fifteen page appendix of
Principal Terms Used in Yacht Sailing and twenty pages of wonderful yachting advertisements. 
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A Practical Treatise on Brewing, Based on Chemical and Economical Principles; with Formulæ for Public Brewers, and Instructions for Private Families. - William Black

1844 - Longman, London - Third Edition, ‘Much Enlarged and Improved’
A near fine, and unopened copy, of this important and popular treatise, first published in 1835

Folding plate ‘
Delineation of the New Improved Saccharometer’ to the rear.

The
Spectator in it’s review notes that this is ‘A new edition of a book we formerly noticed as a useful and original-minded treatise. The additional matter has been revised by Professor Graham, of the London University.’

Perhaps the most well known historical Scottish brewing firm was that of William Black & Company of Aberdeen believed to have been established in 1803, and his ‘Devanha Brewery’ used the former Paper Mills by the Wellington Suspension Bridge in Aberdeen. Black’s Devanha Porter - a dark beer resembling stout - became famous throughout the UK, the Brewery being conveniently close to the railway halt at the Cattle Bank. The firm itself was laterally acquired in 1819 to become the Gilcomston Brewery and again by the Devanha Brewery Company Limited, registered as a limited liability company in 1910. Brewing finally ceased in 1930 after the firm was acquired by Thomas Usher & Son Ltd. of Edinburgh. William Black & Co. also ran the Devanha Distillery, built about a mile upstream from the Brewery in 1825. [Durden Park Beer Circle / The Doric Columns].
 
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