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The Open Society and its Enemies. Volume I - The Spell of Plato; Volume II - The High Tide of Prophecy: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath - Karl R. Popper

1945 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition
A fine set, produced on the same poor ‘Economy Standard’ paper as used for George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ of the same year. In the bright and scarce delicate dust jackets.

‘A work of first-class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern.’ – Bertrand Russell.

‘One of the most important books of the twentieth century, Karl Popper's
The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. An immediate sensation when it was first published in two volumes in 1945, Popper's monumental achievement has attained legendary status on both the Left and Right and is credited with inspiring anticommunist dissidents during the Cold War. Arguing that the spirit of free, critical inquiry that governs scientific investigation should also apply to politics, Popper traces the roots of an opposite, authoritarian tendency to a tradition represented by Plato, Marx, and Hegel.’ – Princeton University Press.

Sir Karl R. Popper (1902-94) was an Austrian-British philosopher, widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers of science. He taught at Canterbury University, New Zealand as a lecturer in philosophy during the war years, it was here he wrote
The Open Society and its Enemies, and upon its publication he moved to the London School of Economics and later became Professor of Logic and Scientific Method at the University of London. 
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Ellery Queen's Challenge to the Reader - Inscribed - Ellery Queen, H. C. Bailey

1938 - Frederick A. Stokes Company, New York - First Edition
The ‘Challenge’ - In each of these 25 short stories the name of the detective is changed; the reader must recognise the great detectives by their methods, mannerisms, and other “internal” evidence. The correct names of the detectives are revealed at the end of each story.

One of the rare fifty de luxe signed gift editions, with rather fabulous association, being the one presented to ‘H. C. Bailey’, British Golden Age author, whose detective ‘Reggie Fortune’ features in one of the stories contained within, of course we will not tell you which one...

This signature of ‘Ellery Queen’, the creation of authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, is most likely to be Dannay’s.

Containing the first book appearances of Dashiell Hammett’s
A Man Called Spade, about detective Sam Spade, and T. S. Stribling’s Bullets, about detective Professor Poggioli.  
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Maskee - A Shanghai Sketchbook by Schiff - Signed - Friedrich Schiff

1938 CircaShanghai - Number A191 of an unspecified Limited Edition
Fabulously Shanghai Art-Deco 15 foot long accordion folio in original silk covers, folding out to show 21 illustrated panels each hand-coloured by Schiff. Each panel depicting a view of 1930’s expatriate life in Shanghai through the unique eyes of Schiff. More a folio of art-deco artwork than a book, although many of the panels include amusing comments and rhymes for example:

Miss Shanghai
Me No Worry– Me No Care!
Me Go Marry Millionaire!
If He Die – Me No Cry!
Me Go Marry Other Guy!!

Signed to the first panel by Friedrich Schiff (1908-68), an Austrian Jewish artist who moved to Shanghai in 1930 after an invite to visit from a cousin and lived there for 17 years. He had worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Vienna and continued this line of work in Shanghai, soon becoming famous for his amusing caricatures of the city's inhabitants. Prolific, Schiff’s cartoons appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East, and collaborations with Ellen Thorbecke (
Peking Studies; People in China; Hong Kong; and Shanghai). 
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The Tragedie of Othello, The Moore of Venice - William Shakespeare, Mary Grabhorn (illustrator)

1956 - The Grabhorn Press, San Francisco - One of 185 Limited Copies
‘It is the Cause, it is the Cause (my Soule)
Let me not name it to you, you chaste Starres,
It is the Cause. Yet Ile not shed her blood,
Nor scarre that white skin of hers, then Snow,
And smooth as Monumentall Alabaster:
Yet she must dye, else shee’l betray more men’

A fine copy of this large (27 x 39 cm) and handsome private press folio, printed on fine English handmade paper, and featuring six colour drawings by Mary Grabhorn reproduced from a combination of zinc, wood, and linoleum blocks. The sixth title in the Grabhorn Press series of Shakespeare’s plays. The text for this edition reprinted from the First Folio of 1623, in red black and larger gilt lettering using Franciscan type designed for the press by Frederic W. Goudy.

One of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed tragedies – thanks to its enduring themes of racism, love, betrayal, and revenge – the tale of Moorish general Othello, his beloved wife, Desdemona, and his trusted but ultimately deceitful ensign, Iago.
 
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A Treatise on Cyder-Making - Hugh Stafford, Anonymous

1753 - Printed for E. Cave, London - First Edition
Legendary and rare first edition of this anonymous work, all of which is generally but erroneously attributed to Hugh Stafford who contributed the sixteen page ‘Dissertation on Cyder and Cyder-Fruit’ at the beginning.

Covering the entire process from identifying and growing the best cider apples, collection, pressing, fermentation, racking, preserving and remedial action for a variety of issues ‘
which are incident to Cyder’. With fold-out engraving of cider press (opp. p.32), in-text wood-cut diagrams to pages 43 and 68 (‘One side of the framed Press...’.) and wood-cut decorations to pages v, 47, and 61.

As Cyder therefore is generally allowed to be an wholesome drink, and as it is the natural product of our own country, he will surely be thought to contribute something towards the good of the public, who gives infallible directions for making it universally agreeable by varrying it so as to suit every palate, and by improving the flavour and the quality, both of the rough and the smooth, divesting it of its tendency to produce cholics, and giving it the sparkle of Champaign, without an eager and windy fermentation, and rendering it more spirituous than a small wine tho' less inflaming’. [Preface]

An influential work, Benjamin Franklin, who was partial to a drop himself, ordered three copies to be reprinted as pamphlets and distributed amongst the New England farmers after failing with their vineyards. It was plagiarised into various publications including encyclopaedias, cookbooks and later reference works related to cider.
 
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Through the Dark Continent - Henry M. Stanley

1879 - Harper & Brothers, New York - Second American Printing
A superb set in particularly bright and sharp pictorial boards, and without restoration, somewhat scarce in this condition. Illustrated throughout, with 150 full-page and in-text wood engravings. Two large folding maps in pockets at rear of each volume Eastern Half of Equatorial Africa and Western Half of Equatorial Africa; together with folding maps of Stanley and Livingstone falls, a double page map of Lakuga Creek, and five full page maps, all highlighted in colour.

‘In August 1874, Stanley left London for Zanzibar. There he engaged over 300 porters, who were each to carry 60 pounds of goods, arms, and supplies, making it the largest African expedition ever seen.... ‘

By July 1875 he had lost 181 men but gained further support and his ‘armada’ was now 685 men and women strong. In Zanzibar on November 1877 at the end of Stanley’s legendary exploration of the great lakes of Equatorial Africa there were 114 survivors. Stanley returned to England and published ‘
Through the Dark Continent’, ‘finally dispelling Livingstone's notion that the Lualaba was the source of the Nile and vindicated Speke's claim that the lake seen on his expedition with Burton was indeed one of the sources’. – R. J. Howgego, Continental Exploration. 
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Letters to Elizabeth: A Selection of Letters from John Steinbeck to Elizabeth Otis - John Steinbeck, Florian J. Shasky, Susan F. Riggs (editors)

1978 - The Book Club of California, San Francisco - One of 500 copies printed by the Plantin Press
Edited by Florian J. Shasky and Susan F. Riggs.

Illustrated with a facsimile letter.

Elizabeth Otis was Steinbeck's literary agent and friend for forty years. The introduction to the letters is by Carlton Sheffield, Steinbeck's lifelong friend and roommate at Stanford.
 
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This Sporting Life - David Storey

1960 - Longmans, London - First Edition
First edition of this classic, gritty, partly autobiographical tale of rugby in the working class North of England. The first novel by Storey, the son of a miner, a former professional Rugby League player, playwright and screenwriter.

The basis for the brilliant Oscar-nominated 1963 British film of the same name starring Richard Harris.
 
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