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Bentley: The Vintage Years - Signed - Michael Hay

1986 - Dalton Watson, London - First Edition, Deluxe Limited Edition
‘I am confident that Bentley: The Vintage Years will find a space on every Bentley enthusiast’s shelf and be held as an example by others, endeavouring to write a definitive work on any motoring subject’ – Gibbs Pancheri.

Magnificently Bentley! The special limited edition, number 68 of 200, signed by author Michael Hays, bound in custom green morocco leather, lettered and edged in gilt, housed in bespoke slipcase.

A most comprehensive survey of the Vintage Bentley from 1919 to 1931, with over 500 photographs of coach built Bentleys, as well as a full account of Bentley’s racing history into the early 1930’s.
 
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Abrégé Historique des Principaux Traits de la Vie de Confucius, Célèbre Philosophe Chinois. Gravées par Helman, d'apres des dessins originaux de la Chine envoyés à Paris par M. Amiot missionaire a Pekin - Isidore Stanislas Henri Helman (engraver), Pierre-Charles Levesque (translator), Jean-Denis Attiret (illustrator)

1786 - chez l'Auteur and M. Ponce, Paris - First Edition
A clean example of this quarto (page size 24.5x17.5cm), containing twenty four engraved illustrated plates, an engraved title page and twenty eight engraved plates of descriptive text in French taken from a larger work on Confucius (Pensées morales de Confucius 1782) by Pierre-Charles Levesque (who is referred to by Helman as Mr.l’Eveque).

‘Engraved by Helman [1743-1806] and drawn by Jean-Denis Attiret [1702-68], official painter to the workshop at Peking, copied from a set of Chinese miniatures which were sent by the Jesuit missionary Jean-Joseph-Pierre Amiot [1718-93] in Peking to Berlin, who was Louis XIV’s Minister of Art and the one in charge of France’s relations with China. The engravings illustrate the life and deeds of Confucius.’
 
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A Week in Wall Street. By One Who Knows - Frederick Jackson

1841 - Published for the Booksellers, New York - First Edition
Rare and desirable first edition of one of the earliest works on Wall Street written as New York emerged from the Panic of 1837, in the publisher’s original pink boards, without restoration or rebinding.

Jackson describes the Wall Street of his day, with advice and satirical wit directed not only at the brokers and bankers who ran the street, but at the ‘flunkys’ or sheep who are forever being shorn (Jackson being one of them). Among the chapters that add importance to this treatise is the one describing what a panic is, how it starts, and what its consequences are.

The author sums up the two main species in the market ‘
a Bear means a man who has no shares in the Stocks–one stripped–in an em-bar-assed condition . . . a Bull means a man who has more shares than he can keep, and has gored his neighbor to procure them.’ [The Devil’s Financial Dictionary, Zweig] 
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1940 - New Directions, Norfolk - First American Edition, and First Edition with Etting’s illustrations
Translated by Edwin Muir, preface by Klaus Mann, Afterword by Max Brod. Illustrated with sixteen line drawings by the painter, sculptor and filmmaker Emlen Etting.

An exceptional copy of Kafka’s third major work, which he referred to as ‘
The Missing Person’. With the pink paper label still pink (usually toned), in the delicate pink dust jacket also illustrated by Etting.

From the dust jacket: ‘Like so many Europeans, Kafka dreamed of America, of the land of freedom and skyscrapers and opportunity.
Amerika is his dream, a strange blend of fantasy and realism.’

‘Kafka broke off his work on this novel with unexpected suddenness, and it remained unfinished. From what he told his friend and biographer Max Brod, who published it three years after Kafka’s death, the incomplete chapter ‘
The Nature Theatre of Oklahoma’ (a chapter the beginning of which particularly delighted Kafka, so that he used to read it aloud with great effect) was intended to be the concluding chapter of the work and was supposed to end on a note of reconciliation. In enigmatic language, Kafka used to hint smilingly that within this "almost limitless" theatre his young hero was going to find again a profession, a stand-by, his freedom, even his old home and his parents, as if by some celestial witchery’. 
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All the Mowgli Stories [The Jungle Book] - Rudyard Kipling, Stuart Tresilian (illustrator)

1933 - MacMillan and Co. Limited, London - First Edition of this Collection and First to be Illustrated by Tresillian
A large finely bound and profusely illustrated collection of Kipling’s best known tales revolving around the adventures of the abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. These stories where initially published as part of the short story collections in ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘The Second Jungle Book’ and ‘Many Inventions’.

The first edition to be illustrated by Stuart Tresilian for which he is most remembered, with eight full page colour plates and numerous black and white sketches throughout the text. Many of Tresilian’s characters were based on drawings from London Zoo.

This collection of Mowgli stories was the basis for the magnificent 1967 animated musical film ‘
The Jungle Book’, the last to be produced by Walt Disney himself. 
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1927 - Methuen & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition in First State Dust Jacket
“So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh, There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh, “If it wasn’t for you”, and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two Can stick together,” Says Pooh, says he.
“That’s how it is,” says Pooh
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An exceptional copy in the original dust jacket, of A.A. Milne’s beloved book of verse, featuring Christopher Robin and the delightful Pooh.
 
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Winnie-the-Pooh - with - The House at Pooh Corner - A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)

1926 1929 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Editions
‘On Wednesday, when the sky is blue, And I have nothing else to do, I sometimes wonder if it's true That who is what and what is who.’

Two handsomely bound first editions of the two Winnie-the-Pooh story books, Housed in a custom made felt-lined slipcase.

Winnie was the name of the Canadian Black Bear at London Zoo, befriended by Christopher Robin, and originally the Mascot of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. The Pooh is believed to have come from the name of a royal swan in the park and the two combined by Christopher Robin himself.

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Pooh looked at his two paws. He knew that one of them was the right, and he knew that when you had decided which one of them was the right, then the other one was the left, but he never could remember how to begin.' 
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The Violent Bear It Away - Flannery O'Connor

1960 - Farrar, New York - First Edition
First edition of O’Connor’s second (and final) novel, widely considered a landmark in American literature, the story of a young man’s struggle to live with the burden of being a prophet, a dark and absorbing example of Flannery O'Connor's Southern Gothic sensibility and bracing satirical voice. 
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