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1830 - John Murray, London - First Edition
Sir Walter Scott’s series of ten letters regarding the origins and practices of witchcraft and demonology, including fortune-telling, mystical cures by charms, priests as wizards or conjurers, and other rituals. Accompanied by the separately published, rather dark but appropriate twelve engraved plates by Cruikshank. In a contemporary binding and with the engraved frontispiece illustration of the House of Major Weir by J. Skene

This collection ‘addressed to Lockhart, his biographer and son-in-law, is ‘notable for both its scope (examining social, cultural, medical and psychological factors in peoples' paranormal experiences) and its clear, rational standpoint. Scott explores the influence of Christianity on evolving views of what is classified as 'witchcraft' or 'evil', and he explains the many (often innocuous) meanings of the word 'witch'. Written with palpable enthusiasm and from a strikingly modern perspective, this volume explores a range of topics including fairies, elves and fortune-telling as well as inquisitions and witch trials.’ -
Oxford University Press. 
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Zos-Kia - Gavin W. Semple

1995 - Fulgar BCM , London - First Edition
‘....we find him of the company of Blake and Fuseli and their circle; but far superior to any of them in the mastery of representational craft.’

A fine, bright copy of Gavin W. Semple’s
Zos-Kia, an essay exploring the life and methodology of famed occultist, artist and writer, Austin Osman Spare, illustrated throughout with 8 full page colour plates, 2 black and white photographs and numerous full page and in-text drawings, together with a woodblock print on rust coloured paper laid in.

As one of the most fascinating figures of the surrealist movement in 1920’s Europe, Spare captured the public imagination with his etchings, drawings and paintings, and became the youngest entrant to the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1904. Gavin Semple’s
Zos Kia is unrivalled in its critical examination of Spare’s influences and methodology, and contains previously unpublished excerpts from Spare’s last grimoire ‘The Logomachy of Zos’ 
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The Sonnets of Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

1928 - Robt. Riviere & Son Ltd., London - First Edition
‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade...

Privately printed for Rivière using hand made paper and beautifully bound by Bayntun-Rivière, this stunning volume contains all 154 sonnets, dealing with universally compelling themes such as beauty, love, the passing of time, and mortality.
 
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The Gardens of China - Osvald W. Sirén

1949 - The Ronald Press Company, New York - First Edition
‘Gardens of China - how delightful a subject for those who have rambled and lived in those fantastic pleasure grounds, and how strange and exotic for those who have never visited the Flowery Middle Kingdom!’

A large and comprehensive work which is both descriptive and analytic, with a chapter on ‘
Gardens in Literature and Painting’ and translations from the ‘Yüan Yeh’, the Ming dynasty treatise on gardening.

Beautifully and profusely illustrated with eleven colour plates of paintings, and 208 gravure photographic plates, the volume is additionally accompanied by drawings, sketches and plans throughout the text. The photographs of gardens were taken in Suchow and Peking by Osvald Sirén in 1922, 1929 and 1935 and include private gardens, parks at sea palaces, the Yüan Ming-yuan and the New Summer Palace.
 
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An Authentic Account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China - Sir George Staunton, Earl of Macartney, Sir Erasmus Gower

1797 - Printed by W. Bulmer and Co. for G, London - First Edition
A clean and exquisitely bound set of this cornerstone of Chine related travel literature, together with the magnificent Elephant Folio Atlas showing forty-four engraved maps and plates (mainly after Alexander), of which two are folding and six are double-page.

‘An account of the first British embassy to China, under Lord Macartney. Great Britain was anxious to establish formal diplomatic relations with China and thus open the way for unimpeded trade relations, but centuries of Chinese reserve and self-sufficiency presented a formidable obstacle to the embassy, and the Chinese emperor effectually resisted Lord Macartney’s arguments and gifts. The visit of the British embassy nonetheless resulted in this remarkable account of Chinese manners and customs at the close of the eighteenth century’ -
The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages. 
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Poems - Underwoods (Book I in English, Book II in Scots). Ballads. Songs of Travel. A Child’s Garden of Verses. - Robert Louis Stevenson

1913 - Chatto & Windus in association with Longman’s Green & Co. , London
‘Under the wide and starry sky, dig the grave and let me lie, glad did I live and gladly die, and laid me down with a will. This be the verse you gave for me, here he lies where he longed to be; home is the sailor, home from the sea, and the hunter home from the hill.’ - Requiem.

A fine presentation of Stevenson’s poetry in a stunning Rivière & Son tree-calf binding, and printed on handmade paper at the Florence Press.

Containing the collections:
Underwood, Ballads, Songs of Travel, and A Child’s Garden of Verses. Largely fuelled by the reclusive and bedridden nature of his childhood, due to a myriad of diseases, Stevenson sought to create an alternate reality for himself, and an escape through his poetry, which we can see especially in ‘The Vagabond - Give me to the life I love’. and The Land Of Counterpane.’  
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1955 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Anyone who fears that the whole human race has been turned out on the same assembly line had better make the acquaintance of Eloise. She is the raw material of genius.’ – New York Herald Tribune Book Review.

‘I am Eloise. I am six. I live at the Plaza hotel.’

With those immortal words, we are introduced to the irreverent and hilarious young occupant of the Plaza, the quirky and ever-lovable Eloise, (rumoured to have been modeled on Kay Thompson’s young goddaughter, Liza Minnelli)...

Accompanied by her English Nanny, loyal pug, and pet turtle, Eloise enjoys spending her days riding the elevator, adding her crayon art to the walls, and avoiding homework at all costs. Selling over 150’000 copies within the first two years of its publication, Knight’s protagonist went on to become one of the most influential and iconic characters of children’s literature, brought to life by Hilary Knight’s brilliant illustrations, combining child-like wonder with warmth and comedy.
 
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1957 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition
‘Oh my Lord we are going to Paris France, to get roses in our cheeks!’

The second book in the famous children's series with lovely illustrations by Hilary Knight. Starring the magnificently precocious Eloise, who can become dangerously influential to a daughter's life. A wonderful way of learning about Paris.

Pas de quoi d'accord and zut! 
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