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The Honours of the Table - John Trusler, John Bewick (illustrator)

1791 - for the author, London - Second Edition
Of all the graceful accomplishments, and of every branch of polite education, it has long been admitted, that a gentleman and a lady never shew themselves to more advantage, than in acquitting themselves well in the honours of their table; that is to say, in serving their guests and treating their friends agreeable to their rank and situation in life.

A scarce copy of this wonderful little work, first published in 1788, in the original marbled paper boards and illustrated with twenty-seven woodcuts by John Bewick, including wood-engraved Trusler coat-of-arms. Bound with the complete 12 page ‘List of Books by the Rev. Dr, Trusler, At the Literary-Press, No. 62, Wardour Street, Soho. 1792’’.

Reverend Trusler was a prolific author whose eclectic output included everything from tips on gardening to commentaries on Hogarth engravings.
 
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The Chinese Lake Murders - Robert H. Van Gulik

1960 - Michael Joseph, London - First English Edition published simultaneously with the American Edition
The fifth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically sixth tale, being set in China 666 AD.

A courtesan performs a bewitching dance aboard a flower boat and minutes later is discovered drowned in the waters of a haunted lake... A bride dies on her wedding night and incredibly disappears from her sealed and guarded casket... And soon all the town of Han-yuan murmurs with the whisper of a dreaded, forbidden name - White Lotus. Judge Dee investigates the strange happenings at Han-yuan that begin with a guilty love and lead to a treasonous plot against the Mandate to Heaven.

With twelve illustrations and a plan of a flower boat from woodblock prints, and endpapers illustrated in orange with a
View of Han-yuan to the front and a flower boat to the rear, in Chinese style by Van Gulik. 
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The Haunted Monastery - Robert H. Van Gulik

1963 - Heinemann, London - First English Edition (First published by Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, 1961)
A fine copy 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 Red Pavilion - Robert H. Van Gulik

1964 - Heinemann, London - First English edition (First published by Art Printing Works, Kuala Lumpur, 1961)
The tenth book in the Judge Dee series, and chronologically fourteenth tale, being set in China 670 AD. Written in Kuala Lumpur whilst Van Gulik was stationed there as Dutch Ambassador to the federation of Malaya

With six illustrations from woodblock prints, and a
Sketch Map of Paradise Island, in Chinese style by Van Gulik. 
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A History of Champagne - Henry Vizetelly

1882 - Vizetelly & Co., London - First Edition
An absolutely superb example of this remarkable work that traces the history of champagne and it’s wine over 1,800 years. Strikingly illustrated with 350 engravings, including numerous illustrations from ancient manuscripts and 200 original sketches made under the author's supervision. With folding coloured lithograph map showing the vineyards of Champagne. In the publishers elegant gilt pictorial cloth binding.

The first part of the book is historical, champagne from its origins, its progress in the 14th century, the 17th, 18th, the conflict between Burgundy and Champagne, champagne in England. The second part describes the various vineyards, viticulture, manufacturing, large establishments of Reims, d'Epernay, Pierry, Ay, Mareuil, Avize and Rilly. Part three talks about the other sparkling wines of France: Saumur, Vouvray, Sauterne, Bourgogne, Jura, Rhone, concluding with
Facts and Notes Respecting Sparkling Wine. To the rear are advertisements from producers such as Moët et Chandon, Deutz & Geldermann, and Vizetelly's catalogue of other published works.  
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The Complete Angler or Contemplative Man's Recreation, Being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-ponds, Fish, and Fishing - Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton, Sir John Hawkins, J. E. Harting

1893 - Samuel Bagster and Sons, London - The Harting Edition. Tercentenary Edition. No. 300 of 350 copies.
‘Indeed, my good scholar, we may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries,
" Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did ";
and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling
.’

A finely bound two volume set of the Harting Edition. With 54 illustrations and additional vignettes, and embellishments after John Linnell, G. E. Lodge, Huysman, Alexander, Wale, Samuel, and Percy Thomas, engraved by Audinet, Hayter, and Greig.

‘Edited from a Naturalist point of view’ by J. E. Harting, librarian of the Linnaen Society of London. The date of the founding of the Bagster publishing house was April 19,1794, and this profusely illustrated edition, limited to 350 numbered copies, was partly intended to commemorate the event. Included is an abridgement of the Lives of the Authors by Sir John Hawkins

It breathes the very spirit of innocence, purity, and simplicity of the heart. There are many choice old verses interspersed in it; it would sweeten a man's temper at any time to read it’ - Charles Lamb in his letter to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 
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Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather - Signed - Gao Xingjian

2004 - Harper Collins Publishers Inc., New York - First Edition in English
Written between 1983 and 1990, these beautifully translated stories take as their themes the fragility of love and life, and the haunting power of memory.

First edition of this short story collection, signed by the Nobel Prize winning author. Translated from the Chinese by Mabel Lee.
 
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