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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
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A Thousand Miles Up The Nile - Amelia B. Edwards

1891 - George Routledge and Sons, London - Second Edition, later printing
‘She arrived in Egypt almost by accident, to get out of the European rain on a long holiday, and discovered what was to become her life’s love.’ – Jane Robinson in Wayward Women.

A bright copy of this quintessential Victorian travel book, by the pioneering Egyptologist, describing Edwards’ life-changing visit to Egypt.

Illustrated with seventeen full page plates, title vignette, and more than fifty additional in-text illustrations from wood engravings by G. Pearson, all based upon the author’s original travel sketches, as well as a photolithographic facsimile of a ‘Hieratic Inscription’ at Abou Simbel.
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Some Secrets of Successful Rowing. Including: A System of Training for a Boat Club and an exposure of the Errors of "Orthodoxy." - Steve Fairbairn

1930 - Sporting Handbooks Limited, London - First Edition
‘The object of this book is to get more oarsmen to think for themselves… look into the principles… and to settle for himself what is right.’

A rare and near fine first edition of one of Steve Fairbairn's classic titles on rowing techniques and training.
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Players and Slayers. With some Remarks and Reminiscences of Bernard Fanning.) - Inscribed and Annotated - Leo Fanning

1910 - Gordon & Gotch, Wellington - First Edition
A rare copy of this idiosyncratic collection of articles on New Zealand rugby, inscribed and annotated by the author.

Leo Fanning has not only inscribed this copy to the artist Maurice Poulton ‘
with good wishes 27 Aug 58’ but he also adds hand-written comments to ‘A Barmaid’s Monologue’ (page 135) to which he writes ‘a “fake” interview. Those were the days of young barmaids.’ and also his article ‘A Handy Man’s Lament’ (page 140) to which he adds by hand ‘Another “fake” - The “local colour” for this splurge was got from a tramp across the South Island with Sid Jenkinson on February, 1899’’.

Bernard Fanning, who supplies the additional ‘
remarks and reminiscences’, was a Canterbury Lock, and All Black (1903 22-3 vs Australia, in Sydney). 
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You Only Live Twice - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1964 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, First Impression, First State
Fabulously Fleming characters include Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Tiger Tanaka the head of the Japanese Secret Service, Kissy Suzuki, pearl diver and ex-movie star, and not to forget Irma Bunt, Stavro's henchwoman responsible for the death of Bond's wife Tracy Di Vicenzo.

The last title in what has become known as the ‘Blofeld’ trilogy and Fleming's last published novel before his death.

Appropriately housed in a custom made black morocco leather, felt lined, clamshell case, with gilt lettering to the spine.
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Investigation Into the Causes of the Gold Panic. Report of the Majority of the Committee on Banking and Currency. March 1, 1870 - James A. Garfield

1870 - Government Printing Office, Washington - First Edition
House of Representatives, 41st Congress, second session, Report No. 31.

‘…on the 23rd of September the market had risen to 162; the Treasury decided to sell four millions of gold; and within fifteen minutes the price fell from 160 to 133. A conspiracy was alleged with government officials, including even President Grant, directly or indirectly engaged.’

Black Friday, September 24, 1869 was caused by two speculators’ efforts, Jay Gould and James Fisk, to corner the gold market on the New York Gold Exchange, with the alleged encouragement and the accused involvement of President Ulysses S. Grant.

This is the important and rare report and transcripts of the subsequent dramatic Congressional investigation, which was chaired by James A. Garfield. The investigation was alleged on the one hand to have been limited because Virginia Corbin and First Lady Julia Grant were not permitted to testify. Garfield's biographer, Alan Peskin, however, maintains the investigation was quite thorough. Garfield was chairman of the Committee on Banking and Currency at the time (later the twentieth U.S. President, but assassinated only four months into his term).

The investigation was set up to examine the following topics:
First. The Gold Exchange and the Gold Exchange Bank; their history, the character of their ordinary operations, and their relations to the gold panic of September. Second. The alleged conspiracy of September, to raise the price of gold; the persons engaged in it, and the instrumentalities made use of. Third. Whether any officers of the national government were directly or indirectly engaged in the alleged conspiracy.  
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The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy - Hannah Glasse

1763 - A. Millar, London - Eighth Edition
A finely bound early edition of this classic 18th century cookbook, which ‘revolutionised the way the British cook’.

‘She's the first domestic goddess, the queen of the dinner party and the most important cookery writer to know about. No, not Isabella Beeton; not Delia Smith nor Nigella Lawson, but an earlier incarnation of a kitchen trouble-shooter, Hannah Glasse’ - Rose Prince,
The Independent (2006).

The Art of Cookery has a River Cafe Cookbook quality - in fact her excessive use of butter, which can have a lovely clear flavour, can be likened to the liberal dribbling of olive oil in Rogers' and Gray's recipes. The power of the book, though, is the clarity of the writing. She's authoritative but she is also intimate, treating you as an equal’ – Bee Wilson (food journalist and author). 
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The Quiet American - Graham Greene

1955 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
Greene’s famous work of fiction on Vietnam, a rich portrait of Saigon during the 1950's. Controversial, and considered anti-American at the time. The basis of two films. Becoming scarce in such nice condition. 
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