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Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar - Richard Brautigan

1969 - A Seymore Lawrence Book. Delacorte Press, New York - First Edition Thus
A collection of Brautigan’s first three works to be published, and there is no better place to start than ‘Trout Fishing in America’ which sent him into confused stardom, apparently representing the counter-culture of the time, whilst being contemptuous of hippies. Ferlinghetti said ‘He was much more in tune with the trout in America than the people’.

TFiA is followed by his ‘Poetry’ with
The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, a collection of ninety-eight poems, and finishing off with In Watermelon Sugar, a parable for survival in the 20th century, the story of a successful commune called iDEATH whose inhabitants survive in passive unity while a group of rebels live violently and end up dying in a mass suicide.

Despite our efforts above, it is not possible to really describe these three works. They are Brautigan, go with the flow... and the trout.

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

In 1984 at the age of 49 Brautigan died of a self-inflicted gunshot-wound.
 
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1927 - Kelly & Walsh Limited, Shanghai - First Edition
Covering traditions, festivals and myths, with reference to the pull-out chart of the Chinese Moon year, illustrated with thirty eight black and white images and two colour plates, mostly from photographs of people and places in and around Peking. 
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Notes on Yachts (First Series) - Edwin Brett

1869 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition
A superb example of this rare instructional, dealing with the design of yachts, with an short overview of yacht sailing. Illustrated with frontispiece from a drawing by John Brett, engraved by J. D. Cooper.

Despite the notification of this being the
first Series in the title, there were no further series published. 
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1873 - Basil Montagu Pickering, London - First Edition
The first collection of poems by Robert Seymour Bridges (1844-1930), poet, prosodist, anthologist, and typographer, who was considered among the most influential literary figures of the early twentieth century.

Scarce, according to McKay’s
Bibliography, (1933) Bridges said that ’most of this edition was, in fact, destroyed, and very few copies are believed to exist’.

It ‘contains perhaps his greatest short poem, the “
Elegy on a Lady Whom Grief for the Death of Her Betrothed Killed,” a poem comparable only to Dryden’s “Ode to the Memory of Mrs. Ann Killigrew.”... In grace and technical perfection there is nothing to exceed a few poems in the 1873 volume. Bridges ranks with Chaucer, Herrick, and Milton as a metrist, and this command over the formal aspect of poetry was complete from the first.’ - Albert Guerard, Jr. 
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Japan and China - History, Arts and Literature - F. Brinkley

1910 - J. B. Millet Company, Boston and Tokyo
A complete twelve volume set of this popular illustrated series, which offers a comprehensive overview of Japan and China. Covering a wide range of topics including their history, government, art, religion, trade, commerce, international relations and institutions, together with detailed appendices and indices.

Illustrated with twelve colour frontispieces, large folding colour map of Asia, fifty photographic plates (26 tinted, 34 monochrome) each with tissue guard, and sixteen pages of silver and ceramic marks.

Bound in the original publisher’s decorated cream vellum paper spines over brown paper covered boards, and titles pages decorated in colour.
 
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1896 - Longmans, London and Bombay - Number 193 of 250 Large Paper Deluxe Edition
A handsome copy of this large and comprehensive limited edition, an informative history and guide to the game of billiards, with contributions by A.H. Boyd, Sydenham Dixon, W.J. Ford, Dudley D. Pontifex, Russell D. Walker, and Reginald Rimington-Wilson.

Illustrated with eleven full page black and white plates by artist Lucien Davies, and numerous drawings and diagrams throughout the text.
 
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Manifold Pressures - Motoring Misadventures of Major Upsett - Russell Brockbank

1958 - Temple Press Limited, London - First Edition
With original drawing by Brockbank to the front end-papers, and the dedication ‘John......Brock....Hi’ with an arrow pointing towards a sketch of Major Upsett. A fantastic and unique example of British cartoon work, in it’s original dust-jacket bright and fresh.

“Brock’s reputation was established as one of the finest illustrators – I refuse to call him a cartoonist – in the motoring world. When Brockbank drew a Blower Bentley, you knew it was a Blower Bentley. And when he drew a Bugatti, you knew if it was a Type 35, 51 or 57." - Dean Batchelor.
 
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The Life & Works of Charlotte Brontë & her Sisters. - Anne, Charlotte & Emily Brontë, Mrs. Gaskell

1910 - Smith, London - The Hawthorn Edition
In seven finely bound volumes by Bayntun-Rivière. Together with the works of the Brontë sisters are introductions by Mrs. Humphrey Ward and Clement K. Shorter, as well as copious additional notes, introductions and prefaces by others. With portraits and illustrations.

Charlotte Brontë -
Jane Eyre, Emma, Shirley, Stories from Angria, The Professor, Villette, Poems, Memoir of Emily Jane Brontë, and Memoir of Anne Brontë.
Emily Brontë -
Wuthering Heights, and Poems.
Anne Brontë -
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Agnes Grey, and Poems.
Mrs. Gaskell -
The Life and Works of Charlotte Brontë and her Sisters.  
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