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Captain Scott's Message to England -

1913 - St. Catherine's Press, London - First Edition
A nice copy of this memorial to Scott, containing ‘Scott’s Last Message’ quoting from the last pages of Scott’s diary, obituaries and tipped-in photographs of Scott, Oates and Bowers,; a photograph of a ‘Group of Officers on board the “Discovery”’ ; the patriotic poem ‘England’s Debt’, followed by ‘A Brief Record of the Dead

Normally found in poor condition.
 
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Fifty Years of Schwinn-Built Bicycles -

1945 - Arnold, Chicago - First Edition
Published to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Schwinn bicycles, 1895-1945, this profusely illustrated book features numerous photographs, drawings, and vintage advertisements in colour, sepia, and black and white, as well as a tribute to Schwinn company founder, Ignaz Schwinn.

This copy also features a typed letter from Frank V. Schwinn, dated March 7th 1949, to the book’s previous owner, Mr. J.R. Davies, thanking him for his letter on behalf of his father, Frank W. Schwinn.
 
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Typical Photographs of Burma – Burmese Life and Scenes -

Circa 1920 - Rowe & Co. Ltd., Rangoon
A nice tourist album produced for the luxury department store Rowe & Co., containing 111 photographs, each numbered and indexed. The majority of photographs have been accredited to Felice Beato, considered one of the first war photographers and well known for his work in Burma where he had his own studio.

Rowe & Co. whose beautiful building can be seen in the second photograph, was one of the British colonial emporia or department stores in Rangoon (as was Whiteaway, Laidlaw in Calcutta, Spencer's in Madras, Cargill's in Colombo and Lane, Crawford was in Hong Kong ). Established in 1866 as a drapers and general merchants by Mr RV Rowe, the Company published a 300-page illustrated catalogue four times annually, exhibiting wares from its various departments; of course, ladies' and gentlemen's outfitters, drapery, millinery, crockery & glassware, trunks, cutlery, watches & clocks, saddlery amongst others.
 
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Ladies’ Directory. Red Book for Shanghai for the year 1885 -

1885 - Printed and Published at the “North-China Herald” Office, Shanghai - Only Edition
If one was not included in the Ladies’ Directory or little Red Book for Shanghai, then one was not of social importance.

A beautifully restored example of this rare and exquisite little directory. This one the property of Mrs. Ernest T. Holwill (
How-kung-kuan) of “West Villa” Bubbling Well Road, Shanghai (see page 39), with her hand written ‘visiting notes’, both ‘visited’ and ‘received’.

With 65 pages listing 516 society ladies, with their surname in Chinese characters, a transliteration, and address in English, followed by 48 pages for one’s ‘Visiting Notes’.

In addition are useful sections including ‘
Colloquial Phrases’ covering directions, places one would usually visit, and roads; Fixed and Moveable Festivals; The New Lectionary; Postage Rates and Regulations; Market Prices (with items in English and Chinese characters); followed by pages of relevant advertisements. 
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Bal du Moulin Rouge, Paris -

c. 1960s - Moulin Rouge, Paris
‘Le Moulin Rouge présente sa Super Revue...’

A fabulous vintage program, in French, from eponymous Paris cabaret, The Moulin Rouge, noting performances from French crooner Guy Severyns, world famous juggler Rudy Horn, and ‘Les Doriss Dancers’, the dance troupe founded by German choreographer Doris Haug in 1957.

Wonderfully illustrated with numerous pages of black and white photographs of the various performers and of the dancers in their elaborate and often provocative costumes.

Founded during
la belle époque in fashionable Montmarte,The Moulin Rouge was the birthplace of the modern can-can and a popular entertainment destination for artists of fin de siécle Paris. 
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A Book of Designs of Deep Sea Racing Craft -

1933 - Ernest J. Day & Company, London - First Edition
A fine copy of this large and beautifully presented work, containing the twenty nine of the best racing yacht designs selected from more than sixty submitted for an international competition organised by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for racing yachts in the 55 class (over 16.5 metres) and the 35 class (over 10 metres). With an Introduction by Malden Heckstall-Smith.

The designs are presented here over 116 full page illustrations, and the designers include the who’s who of international yacht designers such as J. Read, David Boyd, Alfred Pyszka, Laurent Giles & Partners, Charles A. Nicholson, H. W. de Voogt, Harry Jacobs, Olin Stephens, Jarl Lindblom, and John M. Tate.
 
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The New Family Receipt-Book -

1814 - John Murray, London - A New Edition, Corrected.
A beautifully bound, compact collection of recipes, household advice, and medical tips, this volume includes ingenious articles such as: ‘Easy Method of Curing the Sea-Scurvy’, ’To Increase the Force of Gun-Powder’ and ‘Method of Rendering Assistance to Persons in Danger of Drowing' to name but a few. Helpfully organised into categories such as ’Agriculture', ‘Distilling’ and ‘Pleasing Experiments’

According to Arnold Oxford (
English Cookery Books) this compilation was published to accompany Maria Rundell’s highly successful New System of Domestic Cookery’. Although Oxford states that this was written by Mrs Rundell, it is more likely that the compiler was David Pugh who worked on a number of ‘Family-Receipt’ books for several publishers under the pseudonym of David Hughson. 
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The Woman in the Dunes - Kobo Abé

1964 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition in English
Are you shoveling to survive, or surviving to shovel?

Japan’s Kafka. Abé’s most celebrated novel. A brilliant, claustrophobic, mysteriously existential tale, remarkable for its hypnotic descriptions of the sand that dominates the book.

Published in 1962, to spontaneous acclaim, translated into 20 languages and adapted for a Cannes festival award-winning film directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara and scored by Toru, Abé wrote the screenplay.

Translated from the Japanese by E. Dale Saunders. With drawings by Machi Abé.
 
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