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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - James Boswell

1900 - Macmillan and Co., London
‘To write the Life of him who excelled all mankind in writing the lives of others, and who, whether we consider his extraordinary endowments, or his various works, has been equalled by few in any age, is an arduous, and may be reckoned in me a presumptuous task.’ - James Boswell.

A three-volume set, finely bound by Riviére. James Boswell’s epic biography of the extraordinary life and times of Samuel Johnson, was an immediate best seller when it was first published in 1791, and later acknowledged as ‘the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature’.

‘Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigourous mind’ - Samuel Johnson. 
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Let It Come Down - Paul Bowles

1952 - Random House, New York - First American Edition, First Printing
In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier ‘outpost of unrestrained freedom, morass of ruthless greed and opportunism’, in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism. [Preface]

In a bright example of the dust jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer, and with rather pretty letterpress Random House card from Paul Bowles editor, printed ‘
Compliments of David McDowell’, laid in. 
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Peking Und Umgebung - Boy-Ed

1907 - Verlag der Brigade-Zeitung, Tientsin
Canvassed backed colour map of Peking, 71 x 80 cm. Text in German and Chinese.

With original title, additional booksellers stamp and contemporary owner’s name to front covers

This map was also used for the photographic work of the same name published in 1906 by the printing office of the German occupation forces. According to Wittockiana very little is known about the author Boy-ed, who was first lieutenant and headed the German detachment of howitzers in Peking during the Boxer rebellion.
 
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A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd

1981 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Edition
‘This is a wildly funny novel, rich in witty prose and raucous incidents . . . without qualification, a delight’ – The Washington Post

A bright and near fine first edition of Boyd’s debut novel, the satirical story of British Diplomat Morgan Leafy, an unfortunate prisoner of the flesh, whose indulgence in women, fondness for drink, as well as his loathing for the small African republic of Kinjanja where he is stationed, prove to be imposing obstacles on his road to success. But his life becomes problematic when his plans to rig the country’s elections go awry, and he finds himself being blackmailed by a local politician...

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Award for 1981.
 
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Rivers and streams of England - A.G. Bradley, Sutton-Palmer

1909 - A. & C. Black, London - First Edition
A lovely account of England’s waterways by historian and author A.G. Bradley, with descriptions of the Wye, the Severn, the rivers of Devon, and the Yorkshire Dales among others, and featuring 75 colour plates illustrated by Sutton Palmer, and with a fold-out map to the rear. 
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The Eyes of Max Carrados - Ernest Bramah

1923 - Grant Richards Ltd., London - First Edition
Nine short stories featuring Max Carrados, a protagonist unique among literary sleuths, as he lacks one seemingly vital component of detection: sight. However, this certainly doesn’t hinder our hero in the slightest, as he continues to solve crimes and bring criminal masterminds to justice, seeing through other means entirely.

While a seemingly outlandish concept at the time, Bramah is both considerate and involved when depicting his detective’s blindness, thoroughly researching and utilising the lives of extraordinary blind individuals such as Nicholas Saunderson, professor of Mathematics in Cambridge university, John Fielding, Magistrate of Bow Street (who was rumoured to have the ability to identify over 3000 thieves solely by their voice) and Helen Keller, several of whom are referenced in the novel.
 
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Green for Danger - Christianna Brand

1945 - John Lane The Bodley Head, London - First U.K. edition
‘In view of my failure - correction, comparative failure - I feel that I have no alternative but to offer you, sir, my resignation, in the sincere hope that you will not accept it.’

As a series of murders are committed in Heron’s Park military hospital, attentions turn to a young a British anaesthetist, though no-one has succeeded in catching him before he strikes... Featuring the wisecracking, chain-smoking, irreverent Inspector Cockrill, Brand sets the novel in the tempestuous final days World War II, as several characters put themselves under the knife in an attempt to thwart the killer’s plans.

The novel was featured as one of the Crime Writers Association’s top 100 novels of all time, and became the basis for the 1944 British Thriller film of the same name, directed by Sidney Gilliat and starring Alistair Sim, Trevor Howard, and Sally Gray.
 
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The Hawkline Monster, A Gothic Western - with - Willard and His Bowling Trophies, A Perverse Mystery - Richard Brautigan

1974 1975 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Editions
Two of Brautigan’s Gothic thrillers, containing, as always, an amazing tapestry of characters, bursts of poetic brilliance, and the sadness that at the age of 49 Brautigan silenced by self-inflicted gunshot-wound.

All of us have a place in history. Mine is in clouds

‘There is a real plot and a thread of continuity that runs through chunky, one-page chapters containing passages that run the gamut of style from Edgar Allan Poe to Zane Grey, from Ian Fleming to George V. This is certainly Brautigan’s most simultaneously unified and eclectic work.’ -
Playboy on The Hawkline Monster. 
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