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Horse-Racing in England – A Synoptical Review - Robert Black

1893 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
‘Mr. Black knows his subject and brings plenty of sound common-sense to bear on it’ – The Spectator

A handsome copy of sports writer Robert Black’s informative reference, spanning two hundred years from the reign of Charles II to Queen Victoria, of the history and development of horse-racing. Black – considered an authority on the subject – with records of famous races and ‘some memorable matches’. 
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The Art of Illustration - Henry Blackburn

1894 - W. H. Allen & Co., London - First Edition
‘The object of this book is to explain the modern systems and Book and Newspaper Illustration, and especially the methods of drawing for what is commonly called ‘process’, on which so many artists are now engaged.’

Henry Blackburn’s informative and appealing commentary on 19th century illustration, featuring numerous examples of the various forms of reproductions of drawings with accompanying descriptions of the methods employed. Chapters discuss everything from diagrams, daily illustrated newspapers, line drawing and sketching, to illustrative process such as the gelatine and half-tone, as well as wood engravings, illustrations from photographs, and decorative pages.

Beautifully presented with ninety-five black and white illustrations, many of them full-page, and featuring the works of prominent illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott, Daniel Vierge, and Walter Crane, among many others.
 
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Commentaries on the Laws of England. - William Blackstone, Esq. Solicitor General to Her Majesty

1770 - The Clarendon Press, Oxford - Fourth Edition
It Is Better That Ten Persons Escape, Than That One Innocent Suffer.

‘Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history. Until the ‘Commentaries’, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone's great achievement was to popularise the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation.’
Printing and the Mind of Man.

An attractive four volume quarto set [28 x 23 cm] in contemporary full calf binding. With two engraved tables, being the
Table of Consanguinity [Vol. II p.203] and the folding Table of Descents [Vol. II p.240]. 
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Price HK$ 38,000



1928 - Maurice de Becque, Paris
The romantic account of Sonnica of Saguntum, and the eight month siege of her city by Hannibal which took place between 219 BC and 218 BC between the Carthaginians and the Saguntines. Text in French, illustrated with 60 colour etchings by Maurice Becque, and two monochrome portraits opening and closing the text. A limited edition of 270 of which this is number 176. Originally in wraps this copy has been placed in a smartly bound in half morocco and patterned end-papers. 
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The Ninth Configuration - William Peter Blatty

1978 - Harper & Row, New York - First Edition Thus
Signed and inscribed by the author of The Exorcist.

‘In a decaying Gothic mansion hidden in a forest near the coast of the Pacific Northwest are twenty-seven men confined for the treatment of inexplicable mental disturbances.....

This novel is a reworking of the author's previously published novel
Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane whose basic concept Blatty states ‘was surely the best I have ever created,’ however the work ‘was no more than notes for a novel’. ‘But the idea mattered to me so once again I have written a novel based on it. This time I know it is the best that I can do’. 
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Paddiana; or, Scraps and Sketches of Irish Life, Present and Past - Dr. A. Blenkinsop [R.F. Walond]

1847 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
A scarce set of two near fine volumes. Entertaining early anecdotes together with a history, and Introduction to Ireland and The Irish.

With titles such as
Head-Breaking; Mrs. Fogarty’s Tea Party; Cads, Fools and Beggars; Ronayne’s Ghost; The Green Traveller; The Last Pigtail; Priests: Catholic and Others; Dublin Carmen; and An Irish Stew.

In the original publisher’s gilt and green cloth, each with wood-engraved title-vignette.
 
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Julens Tolv Dage - Doreen and Lars Bo

1953 - O.C. Olsen & Co, Denmark
One of 850 copies privately printed for Doreen and Lars Bo to give to friends.

A fine copy, of this personal interpretation in Danish of the traditional carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, written and beautifully illustrated by renowned Danish artist and illustrator Lars Bo, with gilt illustrated blue paper wrappers, and inscribed from Doreen and Lars Bo to their friends the equally renowned illustrator Ronald Searle and his wife, the journalist and publisher Kaye Webb.
 
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A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond, Peggy Fortnum (illustrator)

1958 - Collins, London - First Edition
PLEASE LOOK AFTER THIS BEAR, THANK YOU.

A bright, brilliant first edition of the first appearance of Paddington Bear, uncommon in such lovely condition.

Michael Bond’s delightful tale of the polite, marmalade-sandwich eating, immigrant bear, with his hat, suitcase and duffle coat. Wonderfully illustrated throughout with Peggy Fortnum’s charming black and white drawings.

Housed in custom clamshell case of fine blue morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.
 
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Price HK$ 32,000



 
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