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Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

1932 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
‘O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world that hath such creatures in't!’


A modern highlight, and landmark of 20th century fiction. Huxley’s bitterly satiric account of an inhumane society controlled by technology, in which art and religion have been abolished and human beings reproduce by artificial fertilisation.

‘brilliantly plausible fantasy... a Utopia which is never dull, of which the horror is always credible as one’s sympathies grow more involved with the fate of the young primitive from the Indian Reservation who challenges the machine.’ – Cyril Connolly,
Modern Movement. 
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Three years travels from Moscow over-land to China - E. Y. Ides

1706 - W. Freeman, London - First edition in English
Superb copy of this profusely illustrated and important work in contemporary full calf binding.

Ides headed an embassy to Peking, which set out from Moscow in 1692 and returned in 1695. ‘He composed his journal for the information and satisfaction of Czar Peter the Great who was well pleased with the results and rewarded the author with the post of Privy Councillor. The Russian embassy had less trouble with the enormous self esteem of the Chinese than many earlier and later embassies. Under the emperor then ruling, Kang hsi, ministers were courteously received and enabled to transact their business as at any other court. The expedition added considerable geographical knowledge to the little that was known about Manchuria and China’ [Cox].

First published in Dutch in 1704, to which Nicolas Witsen, the translator, added 30 newly engraved plates (seven of which are double page folding plates, and one larger folding plate ‘
The Ambassador’s entry thro’ the famous wall’), in addition to the engraved title page, and the large and important map ‘Russorum Imperatori’ by Petro Alexewitz, considered ‘the best of all foreign maps which were based on the Russian original sources and which have exercised a great influence on the development of Russian cartography’ (Imago Mundi III 87). 
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Sergeant Bigglesworth C.I.D. - Captain W.E. Johns

1946 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
Chocks away Biggles!

A superb example of the first post-war Biggles story. With magnificent colour frontispiece and title page, together with eight tinted full page illustrations by Leslie Stead.

Air Commodore Raymond approaches Biggles, Algy, Ginger and Bertie with an interesting proposition. Now that the Second World War had ended, he could use good pilots in a new force he is forming as Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard. This force would be used to combat flying crooks.

They set out to track down a spate of jewel robberies are occurring in mid-flight, costing the country millions. The Germans are still up to their tricks, and clues lead to El Zufra and the Sanseviera Jungle in Abyssinia.
 
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Biggles' Combined Operations - Captain W.E. Johns

1959 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
In this adventure with some Interpol colleagues Biggles, of the Special Air Police, cleans up a dope racket threatening the United States.

‘Biggles, our air hero.’ -
The Daily Telegraph.

A smashing copy, with six colour illustrations by Leslie Stead.
 
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Biggles in the Orient - Captain W.E. Johns

1944 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A fine copy, in bright dust jacket, of a scarce Biggles title. With colour frontispiece and twelve black and white illustrations by ‘Stead’.

'
You're our last hope, Bigglesworth,' said the Air Commodore, with something like despair in his voice.’

The war supply route between Calcutta and China is a vital one but something is attacking the planes that fly it. Again and again pilots set off, only to disappear somewhere along the line, never to be seen again. When Biggles and his team are called in to investigate, flying the route is close to a suicide mission . . .
 
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Comrades in Arms - Captain W.E. Johns

1947 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
First edition of this collection of six short stories, with colour frontispiece and tile page, plus six double page tinted illustrations by Leslie Stead.

Three of the stories are Gimlet, Worrals and Biggles stories respectively, they are unique to this collection and are not to be found in any other W. E. Johns' books published.

In the Biggles adventure,
Thunder over Germany, the usual suspects follow up on a lead from a schoolboy to destroy a secret German fuel depot in the Black Forest. In a hair-raising daytime attack the team fly over Germany and the schoolboy, acting as navigator, leads them straight to the secret depot. 
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Biggles and the Plot that Failed - Captain W.E. Johns

1965 - Brockhampton Press, Leicester - First Edition
A fine copy and thus scarce.

Biggles and the team are stuck in the Sahara trying to track down the missing son of a friend of Raymond.

The son, Alex Mander, has joined a partner, Sekunder, seeking treasure in a lost tomb. When the tomb is found Alex is deserted by his partner and left to die. Biggles and co find him just in time, and just before his partner returns with a drill to open the tomb.

In his haste to open the tomb the partner is stung by a scorpion. Biggles takes him back to civilisation, not before helping Alex open the tomb and determine there is nothing in it!
 
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The Renowned History of the Seven Famous Champions of Christendom. Embellished with Cuts. - Richard Johnson

1770 - Printed for H. Turpin, London
Early little work, with twelve chapters, giving a brief history of each Champion, and their joint battles against the Pagans and Moors, ending with their triumphant return to England.

Illustrated with six woodcuts. In contemporary 18th century binding of ‘Dutch Gilt’ or ‘Brocade’ paper wrappers with floral pattern on embossed, gilt, overlaid with colour by hand or stencil.

The seven champions of Christendom were; St. George for England, St .Dennis for France, St. Andrew for Scotland, St. Anthony for Italy, St. James for Spain, St. Patrick for Ireland and St. David for Wales.
 
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