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Our Man in Havana - An Entertainment - Graham Greene

1958 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Edition
‘An espionage thriller, a penetrating character study, and a political satire that still resonates today. Conceived as one of Graham Greene’s entertainments, it tells of MI6’s man in Havana, Wormold, a former vacuum-cleaner salesman turned reluctant secret agent out of economic necessity.

To keep his job, he files bogus reports based on Lamb’s
Tales from Shakespeare and dreams up military installations from vacuum-cleaner designs. Then his stories start coming disturbingly true.’ - Penguin Classics Review. 
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Ten Thousand Miles Through India & Burma: An Account of the Oxford University Authentics’ Cricket Tour with Mr. K. J. Key in the year of the Coronation Durbar - Cecil Headlam

1903 - J. M. Dent & Co., London - First Edition
A colonial account of an amateur Oxford cricket tour through India, planned to coincide with the 1903 Coronation Durbar, illustrated with 23 black and white photographic plates, mostly of the touring team.

The Authentics played through Bombay, Secunderabad, Bangalore, Madras, Trichinopoly (Tiruchirappalli), Calcutta, Delhi (during which they attended the 1903 Coronation Durbar), Peshawar, Rawal Pindi, Lahore, Aligarh, Agra, Jhansi, , Allahabad, Mozufferpore, Lucknow, Cawnpore. They played nineteen matches, won twelve, lost two, and drew five.

The team broke up at Cawnpore, after which a chapter is provided by R. A. Williams, who, with Simpson-Hayward, went off shooting in Kashmir, whilst the author travelled to Burma providing the last chapter ‘
Life on the Irrawaddy’. 
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A Moveable Feast - Sketches of the Author's Life in Paris in the Twenties - Ernest Hemingway

1964 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First American edition [A-3.64[H] on the copyright page. Price of $4.95 on jacket]
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.’ – Hemingway to a friend, 1950.

A bright copy of Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomised.

Illustrated with eight black and white photographs.
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The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido - Captain the Hon. Henry Keppel

1847 - Chapman and Hall, London - Third Edition
Keppel and Brooke, a friendship that united two of the most accomplished, unorthodox, and tactically brilliant mariners to command, or in Brooke’s case ‘commandeer’ the British navy around the ‘pirate’ infested waters of Borneo in the mid 19th century.

A finely bound two volumes set, profusely illustrated with eight tinted lithographic plates, two monochrome lithographic plates, five folding engraved maps and plans, and a folding table of ‘
Suggestions for Accelerating the Communication between Great Britain and China’. Published a year after the first but with a large additional appendix, many revisions, and an ‘additional chapter, comprising recent intelligence, by Walter K. Kelly’. The third edition also added the tinted lithographic plate of ‘Mr. Brook’s First Residence at Sarawak’ (volume I, opposite page 41, which replaced the plate ‘Jungle Near Santobong’ found in the first two editions).

The first volume concerns itself with Brooke's exploits in Sarawak from 1838-42, prior to his meeting with Keppel. Brooke attempted to open Borneo for foreign trade and tried to pacify the tribes. As a reward for success in the latter endeavour, he was given his title in 1841. Volume two recounts the military exploits of Brooke, Keppel, and Sir Edward Belcher, who occasionally came to Keppel's aid; gives a geographical overview of Borneo; and includes accounts of the Dyaks, the aboriginal Bornean tribes.
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The English Governess at the Siamese Court - Anna Harriette Leonowens

1870 - Fields, Boston - First Edition
With sixteen black and white engraved illustrations from photographs presented to the author by the new King of Siam, who owed his education to ‘that tiresome, naughty and meddlesome, Mem Leonowens . . . a good and true lady’.

Leonowens’ remarkable memoirs were the basis for Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 hit musical
The King and I, starring Gertrude Lawrence as Leonowens and Yul Brynner as the King.

In 1862, Leonowens accepted an offer made by the Siamese consul in Singapore, Tan Kim Ching, to teach the wives and children of Mongkut, king of Siam. The king wished to give his 39 wives and concubines and 82 children a modern Western education on scientific secular lines, which earlier missionaries' wives had not provided. Leonowens sent her daughter Avis to school in England, and took her son Louis with her to Bangkok. She served at court until 1867, a period of nearly six years, first as a teacher and later as language secretary for the king. Although her position carried great respect and even a degree of political influence, she did not find the terms and conditions of her employment to her satisfaction, and came to be regarded by the king himself as a 'difficult woman and more difficult than generality'. In 1868, Leonowens was on leave for her health in England and had been negotiating a return to the court on better terms when Mongkut fell ill and died. The king mentioned Leonowens and her son in his will, though they did not receive the legacy. The new monarch, fifteen-year-old Chulalongkorn, who succeeded his father, wrote Leonowens a warm letter of thanks for her services. He did not invite her to resume her post but they corresponded amicably for many years.
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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories - Norman Maclean

1976 - The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London - First Edition
‘In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing’

A freshly landed first edition of Maclean’s beautiful first book and the first work of fiction to be published by the University of Chicago Press, where he had been a professor for many years. Maclean had told versions of these stories, over the years, to a number of people who encouraged him, finally, to write them down at the age of eighty.

We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen. 
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Fear is the Key - Alistair MacLean

1961 - Collins, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of this fast paced novel of ruthless revenge set in the steel jungle of an deep sea oil rig in the Mexican Gulf.

On the Caribbean sea bed below it, lies a sunken DC-3 with a cargo, there for the taking, of over ten million dollars in in gold ingots, emeralds and uncut diamonds.
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Celebrities of the Shanghai Turf - Juel Madsen, Edmund Toeg

1923 - Juel Madsen, Shanghai - Only Edition
A rare piece of Shanghai horse racing history, in remarkably clean condition.

Containing 54 full page captioned illustrations of prominent members of the Shanghai community, by Danish artists Juel Madsen, and Edmund Toeg, with an introduction by A. W. "Bertie" Burkill, Steward of the Shanghai Race Club.

The illustrations consist of 33 individual portraits of members of the Shanghai Race Club, Shanghai Paper Hunt Club, and International Recreation Club, beginning with G. H. Stitt, then Chairman of the Shanghai Racing Club (and Shanghai manager of the Hong Kong bank, interesting trivia – the right hand lion below the HSBC building in Hong Kong is nicknamed Stitt); 5 group sketches of Shanghai Race Club and Paper Hunt Club; 2 group sketches of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps (those featured are named below each sketch); 2 horses; all by Juel Madsen and 12 caricature sketches by Edmund Toeg.

Possibly the last publication and showing some of the last sketches by the Danish artist and war correspondent Juel Madsen who was killed in September 1923 in the Great Kantō Japanese earthquake.
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