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Red Anger – Geoffrey Household’s Personal Copy - Geoffrey Household

1975 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
Geoffrey Household’s personal copy, with his initials and ‘My Copy’ written in ink to the front.

Red Anger – Accused of treason, a former British security operative and his ally must run for their lives across a vast and wild English landscape.

‘Household is back in form again in a modern
Rogue Male, hedgehopping across the English countryside with the KGB and the CIA not far behind... The game is on and Household brightens it with resilience, flair and finesse.’ – Kirkus Reviews. 
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Doom's Caravan - Inscribed - Geoffrey Household

1971 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
First edition of this collection of seventeen short stories, inscribed by Geoffrey Household:

For Dee & Maurice with love Geoffrey 30.iv.71

‘The Middle East. 1941. Captain Oliver Enwin, interpreter for British Intelligence, has gone missing and it is up to one of his fellow officers, the story's narrator, to track him down. In the course of his investigations of a colonel's widow and her daughter, Valerie, living a lonely life in a high valley in Lebanon, he comes across the trail of the missing officer.

But the narrator's life is also threatened, and he must forge a pact with the man he has been sent to find, as well as making both women his allies. But who can be trusted in such uncertain times? And will the two men alone be able to suppress a German-inspired Arab revolt that threatens all their lives?’ – Orion

 
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Princess Badoura. A Tale from the Arabian Nights - Laurence Housman, Edmund Dulac (illustrator)

1913 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Trade Edition
Intricately and enchantingly bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full crimson morocco, combined with decorative red and gold hand silk-screened Chiyogami endpapers.

Illustrated with ten full-page tipped-in colour plates by Edmund Dulac, each one a delicately worked, beautiful, otherworldly arabesque of old Persia.
 
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Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales - Grace James, Warwick Goble (illustrator)

1912 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Octavo Edition
A finely bound copy of this lovely collection of 38 tales and legends, many of them sourced from the Ko-ji-ki, or Record of Ancient Matters, which contains the mythology of Japan, and beautifully illustrated with 16 colour plates by Warwick Goble.

Stories in the collection include ‘
Flower of the Peony’, ‘Green Willow’, ‘Tamamo’, ‘The Fox Maiden’, ‘The Flute’, ‘The Moon Maiden’, and ‘The Wind in the Pine Tree’. 
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Culinary Jottings: A Treatise in Thirty Chapters on Reformed Cookery for Anglo-Indian Exiles - Colonel Kenney-Herbert “Wyvern”

1885 - Higginbotham & Co., Madras - Fifth Edition
A scarce example of this popular cook book by ‘Wyvern’, expanded and revised from the first edition (’Culinary Jottings for Madras)published seven years earlier. All early editions are scarce because being a working cook book it is prone to all the usual issues that modern cookbooks are also in danger of, combined with the original cheap paper and glues used for its production in Madras.

With numerous chapters including two on ‘
Our Curries’ and ‘Curries and Mulligatunny’, as well as ‘Camp Cookery’, ending with a fascinating essay about the British kitchens of India.

Recipes include helpful hints and advice, for example ‘
Potted Prawnsought to be oftener seen at Madras than they are’ and suggestion son where to purchase the best potted meats, anecdotes (see ‘Mulligatunny’), a complete chapter titled ‘Notes on Curing of Meat’.

Published by legendary Indian book sellers Higginbotham’s, this work and other titles by ‘Wyvern’ ‘swept Higginbotham’s from being just a book establishment into becoming a part of India’s print and publishing history’ [
Bangalore Mirror] 
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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám - Omar Khayyám, Richard Le Gallienne

1925 - Dodd, New York - A New Edition with Fifty added Quatrains
Awake ! my soul, and haste betimes to drink,
This sun that rises all too soon shall sink,–
Come,come, O vintner, ope thy drowsy door !
We die of thirst upon the fountains brink.

A fine John Grabau binding of the Persian poem of life, by the renowned 11th century philosopher, poet, mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyám, paraphrased by Richard Le Gallienne.
 
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1870 - Deighton, Cambridge - First Edition
A near fine copy in original publishers blue and illustrated gilt covers of what is believed to be the earliest rowing history book (Meehan & Nisonger). Complete with five engraved maps of the racing courses, three of which are folding.

An account is given of each race, together with the names and weights of oarsmen, followed by a short biographical notices. During the later years, extracts relative to the period of training are given from the club log-books. The last ten pages of the chronicle are devoted to the Oxford and Harvard four-oared race of 1869. MacMichael (12st. 4lb) rowed in the 1868 and 1869 Cambridge boat (both won by Oxford, by six and three lengths respectively), Downing College had to wait until 1962 for their next rowing blue.

Includes an article by F. C. Skey from
The Lancet (1869) on muscular action in rowing and another by Professor Humphrey from the British Medical Journal (1867) on the effects of boat racing on health.

Provenance: Contemporary inscription of Edward A. Field dated 23rd April 1870, Norwich based lawyer, and cox whilst at Christ’s College, Cambridge (1863-1864). Later signature of C. Geoffrey Mortlock.
 
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The Artistry of Mixing Drinks by Frank Meier of The Ritz Bar, Paris - Frank Meier

1936 - Printed by Bishop & Sons, Paris - First Edition, one of 700 copies on Cream Vellum paper
One of the most elegant cocktail books of the art-deco era, in unique leather and tartan binding with matching bespoke slipcase.

Text and decorations in black and red, illustrated throughout with enchanting art-deco vignettes. Containing nearly 500 drink recipes, including over 40 marked FM
originated by the Author.

Beginning with
Ode to The Ritz Bar (5), Foreword (7-8), Introduction (9-12), How to Enjoy Cocktails at Home (13-16), Various Specialities and Their Origin (17-19).

And on to the main section: -
Cocktails (21-44), Mixed Drinks (After Dinner Drinks, Collins, Coolers, Crustas, Cups, Daisies, Egg Nog, Fixes, Fizzes, Flips, Highballs, Hot Drinks, Juleps, Lemonades, Miscellaneous Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Puffs, Punches, Rickeys, Sangarees, Scaffas, Shrubs, Slings, Smashes, Sours, Toddies, and Zooms, 45-94).

This main section is followed by the supporting essentials:-
Sandwiches (95-102), Wines (103-122), Useful Formulas (including Poisons and their Antidotes, Differences in Time (compared to noon in Paris obviously), Help in Case of Accidents, and Pick-Me-Ups, 123-144), Horse Racing (145-149), advertisements (many beautifully illustrated, 151-175), and the Index with blank pages for ‘Additions’. 
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