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1912 - John Lane, London - New Edition
A finely bound, delightful compilation of illustrated poems and verses from beloved children’s author, Robert Louis Stevenson, recalling the joys of his childhood, from sailing boats down a river, to flying through the air on a swing and being tucked into bed for a night of sweet dreams. With stunning art-nouveau illustrations and decorations throughout by Charles Robinson. 
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1925 - The Rangoon Times Press, Burma - First Edition
An extremely rare and wonderfully illustrated collection of forty-five ‘Rhymes’ and songs, a clever and cheeky presentation of expatriate life in early 20th century Burma, by Rodway Swinhoe (1863-1927), a Rangoon based Barrister.

Ranging from ‘
The Song of the Upper Burma Club’ (relating the unfortunate removal of the ‘Club’ from the King’s Palace in which it was founded) to ‘On the Roads of Mandalay’ (dedicated to the opening of the Mandalay Tramway System in 1904), ‘The Kuchparwanay House’ to ‘The Making of Rangoon’.

Creatively Illustrated throughout by Burma’s most prominent cartoonist of the time, Martin Jones’ with assistance from Winifred Edge. In the publisher’s original illustrated cloth covers.
 
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The Ship That Sailed to Mars. A Fantasy - William Timlin

1923 - George G. Harrap &, London - First Edition
‘I will go to Mars; sailing by way of the Moon, and the more friendly planets.’

Beware, for there is magic within this large tome. A beautiful first edition of William Timlin’s wonderful, lavishly illustrated tale of fantasy and adventure,
The Ship That Sailed to Mars, featuring 48 stunning mounted colour plates accompanying 48 mounted leaves of equally gorgeous calligraphic text also by Timlin. In the publisher’s stunningly gilt decorated vellum and paper binding.

Begun as a project to distract his young son, architect William M. Timlin’s masterpiece tells the story of a courageous Old Man, who despite dissuasion from scientists and astronomers, sets about designing himself a ship to sail to Mars. With the help of the Elf King’s favourite metalworker, and a lot of fairies, he eventually completes building his vessel, launching his marvellous machine into the skies, and encountering all manner of creatures – enchanting and otherwise – on his magical journey to Mars.

An exceptional example of one of an estimated 550 copies of the first edition [see note].
 
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The Way to Health, Long Life and Happiness - T. Tryon

1697 - -, London - Third Edition
‘Communicated to the World for General Good’ - the third edition ‘To which is added a Discourse of the Philosophers Stone, or Universal Medicine, Discovering the Cheats and Abuses of those Chymical Pretenders"

My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chid for my singularity. I made myself acquainted with Tryon's manner of preparing some of his dishes, such as boiling potatoes or rice, making hasty pudding, and a few others, and then proposed to my brother, that if he would give me, weekly, half the money he paid for my board, I would board myself. He instantly agreed to it, and I presently found that I could save half what he paid me. This was an additional fund for buying books.’ - Benjamin Franklin.

A rare and influential work on health and diet, i.a. promoting vegetarianism with regard to animal welfare and as a healthy lifestyle.
 
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The Haunted Monastery. A Chinese Detective Story - Robert H. Van Gulik

1963 - Heinemann, London - First English Edition (First published by Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, 1961)
A superior first edition of the seventh book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically eighth tale, being set in China 677 AD.

With eight illustrations and one plan from woodblock prints by Van Gulik in Chinese style, and endpapers illustrated with a
Sketch Map of the Monastery.

‘Judge Dee and his entourage, seeking refuge from a mountain storm, become trapped in a Taoist monastery, where the Abbott Jade mysteriously dies after delivering an ecstatic sermon. The monks call it a supernatural experience, but the judge calls it murder’
 
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The Monkey and the Tiger. Two Chinese Detective Stories - Robert H. Van Gulik

1965 - Heinemann, London - First Edition
A superior first edition of the eleventh book in the Judge Dee series, containing two stories The Morning of the Monkey and The Night of the Tiger chronologically seventh and twenty second tale, being set in China 666 and 676 AD respectively.

With eight illustrations and a
Sketchmap of the Flooded Area from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated with The Chinese Zodiac, in Chinese style by Van Gulik.

With review slip laid in from the publisher.
 
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Price HK$ 1,800



Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman

1891- 2 - David McKay, Philadelphia - First &lsquo
A fine first edition of the author's final arrangement of his magnum opus, done shortly before his death in March of 1892 on which he notes ‘As there are now several editions of L. of G., different texts and dates, I wish to say that I prefer and recommend this present one, complete, for future printing, if there should be any’.

The so-called ‘Deathbed Edition’, over 400 poems, including ‘
Sands At Seventy’, ‘1st Annex; Good Bye My Fancy’; ‘2nd Annex; A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads’, and ‘Portrait from Life’.

With steel engraved portrait of a 35 year old Whitman opposite page 29.
 
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A Voyage Up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure, One of the Squadron Under the Command of Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson - Rev. Cooper Willyams

1802 - Printed by T. Bensley for J. White, London - First Edition
A full margined copy, scarce in the original paper boards. With engraved dedication page and coat of arms of Vice Admiral Earl of St. Vincent, commander of the British Mediterranean Fleet, folding aquatint chart of the Mediterranean, and forty-one beautiful aquatint plates after drawings by Willyams.

Willyams, both Chaplain and artist, with Nelson’s fleet, provides what is considered one of the most authentic accounts of the Battle of the Nile (1798) and the naval campaign that had raged across the Mediterranean during the previous three months, as a large French convoy sailed from Toulon to Alexandria carrying an expeditionary force under General Napoleon Bonaparte. A pivotal battle that destroyed the best of the French navy, which was weakened for the rest of the Napoleonic Wars.

Includes visits to Sicily, Naples, Leghorn, Florence, Bologna, Padua and Venice, in 1798-99.
 
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