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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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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.

Paul Trent was the pseudonym of Edward Platt (1872-1946), English solicitor, goalkeeper (made his debut for Gloucester AFC as a goalkeeper in 1889), and prolific novelist who wrote over 80 books under the pseudonyms of Paul Trent and Wilmot Kaye.
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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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1873 - N. Trübner & Co., London - First Edition in English
The rare first full English translation of Clausewitz’s Vom Kriege, considered the most important single work ever written on the theory of warfare and of strategy. In the publisher’s blue cloth, one of only 685 copies.

A work that has influenced political, military and business leaders, from Wellington, Lenin, Mao, Marx, Engels and Trotsky to Eisenhower, Kissinger, Patton and Jack Welch.

Graham’s translation would remain the standard English version for over a century. It also includes as an appendix Clausewitz's ’
Instruction for the Crown Prince’, as well as an index. Without frontispiece. 
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When the Going Was Good - Evelyn Waugh

1946 - Duckworth, London - First Edition
A fine copy in superb dust jacket of Evelyn Waugh’s selective travel journal which includes one folding map of Guiana and a Henry lamb portrait frontispiece of Waugh aged 26, and clearly attempting to look like the experienced and worldly-wise author that he was to become, pipe-smoking, tweed clad, and about to spill his beer.

"The idea of picking and choosing among his journals of a roving life was a good one and has resulted in a readable and strangely nostalgic book." (from a contemporary review).
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Price HK$ 12,000

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