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Across the River and into the Trees - Ernest Hemingway

1950 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
In the fall of 1948, Ernest Hemingway made his first extended visit to Italy in thirty years. His re-acquaintance with Venice, a city he loved, provided the inspiration for Across the River and into the Trees, the story of Richard Cantwell, a war-ravaged American colonel stationed in Italy at the close of the Second World War, and his love for a young Italian countess. [Scribner’s]

Hemingway's last full-length novel published in his lifetime.

In the distinctive dust jacket designed by Hans Tisdall. The first English edition was published on September 4, 1950, preceding the American edition by three days.
 
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Chipstead of the Lone Hand - Sydney Horler

1929 - Henry Holt and Company, New York - First American Edition
The second Bunny Chipstead novel.

‘Amateur gentleman hero, Bunny Chipstead once again comes to the aid of Sir Robert Heddingly, chief of the British Secret Service. Chipstead owns a flat in Paris, an apartment in New York, and a pied-à-terre in St. James, London; he is accustomed to travelling first class, promotes tea drinking to one of the finer arts, smokes a pipe (an infallible marker of virile masculinity and decency), and serves unofficially for both the British and U.S. Intelligence Services (”
for the sheer thrill of the game” as the story puts it). In this adventure, Bunny is once again up against the master criminal “The Disguiser,” who has kidnapped Heddingly from a sanatorium.’ – Alan Burton, British Spy Fiction. 
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Against The Wind. An Autobiography – Geoffrey Household’s Personal Copy - Geoffrey Household

1958 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
Geoffrey Household’s personal copy of his autobiography, with his own book plate and signature.

Household (1900-88) is a contender for one of the most eclectic career paths of all time. After studying English literature at Oxford, he joined the Bank of Romania as an assistant confidential secretary, though he quickly abandoned this to travel to Spain, becoming the chief marketing manager for the United Fruit Company, dealing specifically with bananas. He then wrote several children’s plays for Columbia Broadcasting System, worked as a traveling salesman in South America and the Middle East, and then, served as a member of the British intelligence service during the Second World War, before settling down to write novels following the allied victory.
 
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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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