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Little Women; or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Parts I and II - Louisa M. Alcott

1920 - Little, Boston
Elegantly bound edition of this enduring American children’s coming of age story, with black and white frontispiece illustration.

‘Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.’ [Penguin]
 
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Little Men - Louisa M. Alcott

1871 - Roberts Brothers, Boston - First Edition
An elegantly bound sequel to Alcott’s milestone American children’s book ‘Little Women’, ‘Little Men’ follows an adult Jo and her husband, Professor Fredreich Bhaer, as they run their Plumfield Estate School in (predictably) unconventional ways.

The trademark quick wit, good humour and strong will of Alcott’s beloved heroine carries the spirit of its prequel, and helps both her tutees and her sister Meg’s children negotiate the challenges of growing up, all the while delivering gentle morals to its readers. Illustrated with black and white frontispiece.
 
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Tobacco in Song & Story - John Bain Jr.

1896 - H. M. Caldwell Co, New York - First Edition
Irresistible collection of tobaccanalian anecdotes, songs, essays, and poems, bound in publisher’s suede and housed in the original ‘cigar-box’ case, together with thick silk ‘Perfectos’ book mark.

Illustrated throughout, and rare in such fine condition, even more so in the original and delicate case.
 
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Sick Heart River - John Buchan

1941 - Hodder Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of Buchan’s last book, published posthumously.

The review in the April 1941 edition of Punch sums it up nicely:-

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If thou hast a woe, tell it not to the weakling, tell it to thy saddle-bow, and ride singing forth." John Buchan took this Proverb of Alfred as text for his book Sick Heart River (Hodder and Stoughton, 8/3) which is as good a sermon to lift the downhearted as has ever been given in the form of a novel. When Sir Edward Leithen, a former British Attorney-General, received his notice of death from a specialist, "his memory sprawled over places he had seen" and he decided to go to Quebec to make his soul and to "die standing". One journey led to another in quest of a famous French-Canadian who, in a mood of mental sickness, had suddenly left his wife and important office in New York; and was "wanted" by American people because of his genius over international affairs. The tale that follows of two white men, their half-breed guides and some "Hare Indians", their fight with and against Nature in a lonely place is soul-stirring in more than one way and makes as brave a book as the late Governor-General of Canada ever gave us.’

The fictional Sick Heart River is in the real region of the Nahanni River in Canada's Northwest Territories. It is in some of the most rugged terrain in Canada. The area was only just being mapped when Buchan, as Governor-General Lord Tweedsmuir, passed nearby during his voyage down the Mackenzie River in the summer of 1937. Having heard much about the mysterious South Nahanni, Buchan was fascinated by it and wanted to go there, but did not make it before he died in February, 1940. [Galbraith, 2001]
 
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The House of the Four Winds - John Buchan

1935 - Hodder Stoughton, London - First English Edition
A fine first edition. ‘The House of the Four Winds is set in Central Europe in the 1930s. Scottish grocer Dickson McCunn features in his most exciting role. Gorbals Die-hards, Jaikie and his pals are now dabbling in politics. On his trek across Europe, Jaikie is warned to avoid Evallonia. It is in danger of being overthrown by the cruel Mastrovin. However Jaikie cannot resist taking a look and ends up being kidnapped twice. He is not the only one needing to be rescued - Evallonia's fate hangs in the balance until Dickson McCunn appears on the scene.’

‘Aurunculeia is surely the nicest elephant in fiction outside Kipling. Escapes are as hairbreadth, escapades as hair-raising as ever.’ –
Punch, July 1935.  
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1911 - William Heinemann, London - First English Edition, and First Edition illustrated by Robinson
Mistress Mary, the orphaned expatriate, without ‘Ayah’, arrives at the dark, draughty, gloomy and cold Misselthwaite Manor.

A magical portrayal of reawakened spirits, elegantly bound by Bayntun RIvière, with illustrations by Charles Robinson, including eight coloured plates with captioned tissue guards.
 
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The Poetical Works of Robert Burns - formerly owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. - Robert Burns

1839 - William Pickering, London - Aldine Edition
Three finely bound volumes first owned by the Bishop of London, Charles Blomfield (1786-1857), and later by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Featuring Robert Burns’ best-known poetry and songs, including the epic tale of
Tam O’Shanter. Volume I also contains a memoir of Burns by Sir Harris Nicolas, and to the rear of the final volume is a Glossary, Index of Poems, and Index of First Lines. 
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1934 - Kelly & Walsh, Shanghai - First Edition
Describing the visit of Mr.Pim to Peking, where he meets with his colleague Mr Wu, and together they tour the wonderful city that is 1930’s Peking. As a gift to someone who is moving to China or has recently visited this is hard to beat. Things may have changed slightly though.

A large format book (38 x 27cm) beautifully illustrated throughout by Friedrich Schiff with a mixture of black and white or colour sketches, photographs taken by Catleen with her Roliflex camera, with colour applied and a full page hand sketched colour map.

This copy with the front panel of the original dust jacket loosely enclosed.
 
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