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Un art de France : Le Savoir-Boire - Claude Bonvin (pseud. Émile Vuillermoz)

1948 - La Tartane, Marseille et Paris - Number 178 of 450 copies printed on papier vélin blanc des papeteries du Marais
An interesting gastronomic dissertation on the great wines of France and their enjoyment, written in the form of a series of letters from an American in Paris, ‘Jim Swanson’, to his wife Dorothy Swanson in Louisville, Kentucky. With text in French.

Composed by Émile Vuillermoz (1883-1960), writing under the pseudonym Claude Bonvin. Vuillermoz was member of the ‘Club des Cent’ a tight night and highly respected club of distinguished gastronomes.
 
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The Malayan Trilogy - Anthony Burgess

1956 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Editions
‘East? They wouldn’t know the bloody East if they saw it. Not if you was to hand it to them on a plate would they know it was the East. That’s where the East is, there.’

A first edition set of Anthony Burgess’ Malayan Trilogy, set in post-war Malaya during the upheaval of independence, and based on Burgess’ own experiences as an officer in the Colonial Service. Sweetly satirising the twilight days of colonialism, the novels follow Victor Crabbe, a well-meaning but ineffectual Englishman, as he ventures through the tropics, attempting to teach the Malays what the West can do for them.
 
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The Salmon Rivers and Lochs of Scotland - William Leadbetter Calderwood

1909 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
A finely bound example of this early twentieth century classic and comprehensive work on salmon fishing, with detailed descriptions and personal views of each Salmon river and loch, supported with illustrations throughout including four colour plates, thirty-four photographic plates and eighteen full page maps with colour outline.

Calderwood was one of the first to note the danger of overfishing and the importance of Salmon conservation, and what did and did not affect the run of Salmon. He was also the first to show that Salmon could be aged by growth rings on their scales.
 
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1929 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition in fine and thus rare dust jacket.

David Nunes Carvalho (1848-1925) was one of the great detectives, but his medium was ink. He was a handwriting expert, and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle amusingly remarked that Carvalho’s powers exceeded those of Sherlock Holmes. He was influential in the Dreyfus Case and the Molyneux case, and he described all his famous cases step by step with his daughter Claire Carvalho.
 
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1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
An elegantly bound first edition of this influential and important work on Spain and its wildlife, based on over 20 years experience. Amongst the larger animals Chapman gives an account of the Spanish ibex, which he would go on to save from extinction.

Double page colour map of Spain to front, profusely illustrated throughout with 51 full page plates and over 100 in-text illustrations in black and white by Joseph Crawhall, E. Crawhall, and Abel Chapman, and from photographs.

This copy was formerly from the library of a contemporary of Abel Chapman, John Coulson Tregarthen (1854-1933), renowned British field naturalist, author, and mathematician. With his signature and annotation to half title.
 
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Crime Collection - Agatha Christie

1969-1972 - Paul Hamlyn, London - First Edition Thus
The works by the ‘Queen of Crime’ - 72 novels and short story collections hand-bound in twenty four scarlet-red morocco volumes (three titles per volume). An eye-catching and comprehensive set including all the elusive early titles, from The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to Hallowe'en Party and Passenger to Frankfurt.

The only major collection of Christie's novels to date, issued as a set for subscribers and endorsed by Agatha Christie. It includes all the published crime novels up to 1970, and features a foreword by the author in the first volume.

Christie’s works have stood the test of time. In 2013,
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association, and she is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the best-selling novelist of all time, her novels have sold an estimated two billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind Shakespeare's works and the Bible. They have been translated into over 100 languages, with and Then There Were None selling over 100 million copies (as at 2014), making it the world’s best selling mystery ever.

Reference: Haycraft,
Murder for Pleasure 129. 
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Lord Randolph Churchill - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1906 - Macmillan and Co. Limited, London - First Edition
A sharp and superior first edition, part of volume I and the entirety of volume II being uncut and unopened. Cloth spines showing little of the fading usually associated with this title.

Winston's filial two-part biography of his father is still a standard of its type, brilliantly illustrating the great days of Victorian politics and life in the upper strata of British Society.

Illustrated with 18 photographic plates, including frontispiece portraits of Lord Randolph Churchill.
 
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London to Ladysmith via Pretoria - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1900 - Longmans, London - First Edition
First edition of Churchill's first sensational account of his time with the 21st Lancers as a ‘press correspondent’, and his subsequent escape from a prisoner of war camp in Pretoria. In the original cloth and illustrated with a folding colour map, three further maps and four plans.

‘Ever in search of adventure, Churchill in 1899 attached himself to the 21st Lancers and followed the flag to South Africa. There, a rebellion against British authority had broken out among the Boer settlers of the Transvaal and Orange Free State, and a Boer Republic had been proclaimed.

Churchill secured an assignment as press correspondent to The Morning Post, but he had scarcely arrived before he was involved in a skirmish which found him "in durance vile": a prisoner of war in Pretoria, unable to talk himself out of prison by claiming to be a reporter, and nearly mad over the lack of action. Typically, he made a daring escape, travelling overland toward Lorenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa (now Maputo, Mozambique), hiding by day and moving by night. The true-life adventure story of his successful escapade dominates this book, one of the most gripping in the canon, making this one of his most popular works. -
Richard Langworth. 
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