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1911 - Sidgwick & Jackson, London - Number 17 of 35 copies
‘A remarkable book. . . . We know of no book which gives in so few words as this so satisfying, so complete, and so graceful a picture of Edinburgh. If you want to understand the heart of Edinburgh, you can read it here better than in a hundred guide books.’ – The Spectator

A lovely copy of this large, illustrated work on Edinburgh, with text by Bone based on his impressions and opinions of the city during a visit in 1910, and beautifully accompanied by Fletcher’s seventy-five drawings, including 16 tipped-in collotype plates and a lovely frontispiece etching depicting Edinburgh from Salisbury Craig. This copy also features an additional hand-signed etching by Fletcher, the same as frontispiece, bound in at the front.
 
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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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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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A Visit to the Philippine Islands - Sir John Bowring

1859 - Smith, London - First Edition
A near fine and thus scarce copy of Bowring’s important and comprehensive work on the Philippines. Illustrated with eight full page tinted wood-engraved plates, four maps (one full page, three in text), four engravings in the text, and two double sided leaves of musical score for ‘Comintang de la Conquista (The Indian Song of The Philippines)’ to the rear.

Sir John Bowring [1792-1872], the fourth Governor of Hong Kong, explored the Philippine islands in 1858 with the aspiration of developing British trade relations with the Philippines. Escorted and attended by high-ranking Spanish officials, British envoys and native guides, Bowring visited cities and towns all over the islands, from its plains to its highlands, and conscientiously observed the social and economic situation of the country.

After a year, Bowring produced
A Visit to the Philippine Islands, a credible and detailed reference on the condition of the Philippines under Spanish rule. Containing his recollections and assessments of Philippine life, Bowring's memoir makes up one of the significant primary sources on Philippine history in the 19th century. [Vee Press] 
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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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The Naked Island, with drawings made in Changi Prison Camp - Russell Braddon, Ronald Searle (illustrator)

1951 - Werner Laurie, London - First Edition
There were twenty-two steps altogether from the courtyard of the gaol up to the cells. I had got into the habit of counting those steps. Made them seem shorter, or easier. Anyway I had got into the habit of counting. And at the fourteenth I stopped, done. Because I could go no further, I lowered myself on to the step above me and took stock of my surroundings.

First edition in the delicate dust jacket, of Russell Braddon’s powerful chronicle of his four years as a Japanese prisoner of war after the brief, but disastrous, Malayan campaign of 1942, dramatically enhanced by the illustrations of his P.O.W. friend Ronald Searle. One of the first books to really go into the P.O.W. experience,
The Naked Island had sold over 1 million copies by the mid-seventies, and is still considered one of the finest books of its kind. 
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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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