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Grape Culture, Wines, and Wine-Making - Agoston Haraszthy

1862 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition
The rare first edition of this essential work by the ‘father’ of California viticulture, a Hungarian nobleman who pioneered the finer vintages of California and was described as ‘a vade-mecum for success: brilliant, energetic, imaginative, personable and with a nose for money’. Clean and bright copy in the original cloth binding, with woodcut frontispiece of the author's home (Buena Vista Ranche, Sonoma County, California), and numerous woodcut illustrations throughout.

The object of Haraszthy’s trip through ‘
parts of France, the Netherlands, Holland, Rhenish, Prussia, Bavaria, Nassau, Baden, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and England’, was to examine the different varieties of grapes and the methods of making wine in the wine growing countries of Europe. It was sanctioned by Californian Governor J.G. Downey.

‘Aside from its historical value as a reference on 19th century European methods of viticulture and wine making, Haraszthy’s descriptions of the wines he drank, the towns he visited, the countryside through which he travelled and anecdotes of the people he met make for entertaining reading.’ - Gabler,
Wine into Words.

Putting all this in perspective, the California Gold Rush had just taken place, and as Haraszthy points out whilst traveling through Europe – ‘
The Emperor Napoleon is at this moment in the bathing-place of Biarritz, about twenty minutes drive from here’. 
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The Voyages of Lemuel Gulliver to Lilliput and Brobdingnag [Gulliver's Travels] - Jonathan Swift, Edward Bawden (illustrator)

1948 - The Folio Society, London - First Bawden Illustrated Edition
A handsomely bound Gulliver's Travels, the first edition to contain illustrations by Edward Bawden. 
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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
A clean wide-margined first edition of ‘the first eye-witness report on Tibet and Bhutan to be published in English.’

It also contains 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].

In addition, 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. 
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A Century of Humour - P. G. Wodehouse (editor)

1935 circa - Hutchinson and Co., London - First Edition
A finely bound and huge anthology of comic writing in English spanning the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, edited and introduced by P. G. Wodehouse. 
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