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The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book - Alice B. Toklas, Sir Francis Rose (illustrator)

1954 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
A rich mixture of cookery, anecdote and reminiscence, evoking Paris and meals prepared for and shared with famous friends of Alice Toklas and her partner Gertrude Stein. Chapters such as ‘Dishes for Artists’, ‘Murder in the Kitchen’, and ‘Food in the Bugey During the Occupation’ only provide a glimpse of what lies within one of the best selling cookbooks of all time.

One particular recipe which makes this edition more desirable than the American of the same year, is its inclusion of Brian Gysen’s recipe for Haschich Fudge...

A fine copy in the scarce original dust jacket designed by Sir Francis Rose whose elegant line drawings can be found throughout.
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The Crooked Samaritan - Inscribed - Paul Trent (Pseud. of Edward Platt)

1933 - Ward, London and Melbourne - First Edition
Inscribed to the half title ‘To Llew. S. Jones, from his friend The Author, December 1933’ and signed ‘Paul Trent’ to the title page.

A fine signed and inscribed first edition of this courtroom drama in a very good example of the rare dust jacket.

Featuring Roger Welby, Barrister and gentleman romantic, who comes to the aid of his persecuted father, a lawyer who had been tempted away from his profession by the riches of the city and a life of financial schemes which finally proved his undoing. The author, Edward Platt was himself a solicitor.
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An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet; containing A Narrative of a Journey through Bootan, and Part of Tibet. - Captain Samuel Turner, Lieutenant Samuel Davis, Robert Saunders

1800 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for G. and W. Nicol, London - First Edition
First edition, completely untrimmed in original publisher’s paper covered boards and spine, housed in later custom half navy blue morocco clamshell case, with spine lettered in gilt. Rare to find such works in this original state.

With fourteen copper-engraved plates including the drawings of Samuel Davis ‘a surveyor and draftsman for the Bengal Army, he accompanied the second British embassy, in 1783, to Druk Yul, the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. These elegant depictions attest to the only foreign artist “of distinction” to show Bhutan, and the first outsider to paint scenes from these mountains’ [Michael Aris
Views of Medieval Bhutan]. The geographical focus of this work is split between Bhutan (180 pages) and Tibet (246 pages), together with thirty pages of appendices.

In addition to Davis’ illustrations and the folding map of Bootan and Tibet by Turner (58 x 23.5 cm), is the marvellously Mona-Lisa’esque ‘
Yak of Tartary’, an engraved aquatint by De la Motte of the Bhutanese yak that Turner successfully shipped alive back to Hastings, where it was painted by George Stubbs, better known for his paintings of horses. 
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The Scarab Murder Case - A Philo Vance Story - S. S. Van Dine (pseud. Willard Huntington Wright)

1930 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First Edition
The body of Benjamin H. Kyle is found in his private museum, struck over the head with a statue of Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of vengeance, and lying in a pool of blood, his arms outstretched toward a life-size statue of Anubis, the god of the dead. The murder taxes Philo Vance’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Egyptian history and customs, which finally enable him to sort through suggestions of godly vengeance and reveal the misdirections perpetrated by the real murderer. Vance is ably assisted as always by Sergeant Heath and District Attorney Markham.

An outstanding example, in fine and completely original dust jacket with the scarce publisher’s purple wraparound band. Illustrated with a fold-out map of the museum on 20th Street (opposite page 26), a full page diagram of ‘
Doctor Bliss's Bedroom’, (p.231) and full page presentation of ‘The Hieroglyphic Letter’ (p.291), and two in-text drawings of the ‘Scarab of Intef V’ (p.36) and the granite sarcophagus (p.285). 
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Stroke of One - R. A. J. Walling

1931 - Wm. Morrow & Co., New York - First American Edition
A superb copy of Walling’s fifth novel, and the first to feature detective Bill Garstang. 
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Views In India, Chiefly Among The Himalaya Mountains - Lieut. George Francis White, Emma Roberts (editor)

1838 - Fisher, London & Paris - Second Edition
A superior copy of the first printing of the second edition, title page dated 1838, and the complete set of India related Illustrations with 29 full page engraved plates, and extra illustrated engraved title page, from water-colours by various artists including Turner after sketches by White, Grindlay, and others. Fisher’s later printings added a separate section on Java with eight plates from Indonesian sketches.

The work was originally published in 1836, but without the valuable input and editing of Emma Roberts (1794-1840) who worked as an editor and writer in India whilst staying with her sister, and later under commission form the
Asiatic Journal.

Lieutenant White (1808-98) was stationed in India with the 31st Regiment of Foot from 1825 to 1846, and saw action at Moodkee and Ferozeshah in the First Anglo-Sikh War, retiring as lieutenant-colonel on half-pay in 1854. Between 1829 and 1832 he travelled ‘
in that portion of the Himalayan regions lying between the rivers Sutlej and Kelee’ making sketches of sites along the Ganges and Jumna, at Sutlej, the Keeree pass, Hardwar, Mussoorie, Jamnotri, Gangotri, Simla, Nahaun, including an account of the ascent of Choor, there are also views in Rajputana, Bombay, the Deccan and Kathiawar. 
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