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Thoughts and Adventures - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1932 - Thornton Butterworth Limited, London - First Edition
A handsome copy in a striking recent leather binding. Churchill's second and final autobiographical book (following 'My Early Life').

Churchill begins by asking what it would be like to live your life over again and ends by describing his love affair with painting. In between, he touches on subjects as diverse as spies, cartoons, submarines, elections, flying, and the future.

Containing twenty three articles, including ‘My Spy Story’, ‘Mass Effects of Modern Life’ and ‘Moses’, originally dictated late at night in the 1920s in his study, all of which had been published in magazines and newspapers between 1921 and 1931. Illustrated with photographic frontispiece and several cartoons.
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The Second World War - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1948 to 1954 - Cassell and Co. Ltd., London - First Editions
‘I will leave judgements on this matter to history – but I will be one of the historians.’ - Winston Churchill.

Churchill’s complete six volume classic history on World War II -
The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The Grant Alliance, The Hinge of Fate, Closing the Ring and Triumph and Tragedy.

Not since Julius Caesar and his Gallic Wars has there been a case of a great leader in war also being an able writer.
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The Cigar: By the Author of "Three Courses and a Dessert" - William Clarke

Circa 1835 - Sherwood, Paternoster Row - First Edition
We have endeavoured to make the Cigar like a true Havannah planted in the mouth of a skilful practitioner, retain its fire and fragrance to the last. The Cigar is of a masculine gender; it has been written by men to be read by men.’

Not a book about Cigars, but a small and extremely rare antique medley of humorous sketches by an underemployed Barrister, to accompany you cigar. With titles such as An Oyster Supper, The Opera Hat, Witchcraft Waggeries, Lady Viola’s Nipple, The Beef-Steak Cub, Smoking and Snuff Taking, Batchelor’s Antipathies, Social Bores and The Court of Love. With a number of in-text illustrations.

‘Bedecked with the gaudy tints of jollity and light-heartedness; but who will say that it contains not innumerable lessons which are well worth gathering and treasuring up as jewels of the memory, wherewith to illumine the dim and dangerous onward path of life? Our homily is quaint and joyous seeming, but the marrow of wisdom lurks within its core.’ 
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The Great Within - Maurice Collis

1941 - Faber and Faber Limited, London - First Edition
Collice’s entertaining work on Chinese dynastic history from the end of the Ming dynasty. Divided into three parts, The Ruin of the Great Ming, The Great Ch’ing’s Opportunity, and, The Ruin of the Great Ch’ing.

A sharp copy In the wonderfully illustrated dust jacket which is scarce in this condition. Printed on laid paper and Illustrated throughout with plates and maps and with a large folding map to the rear.
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China in Sign and Symbol - with decorations by Kent Crane - Louise Crane

1926 - Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai - First Edition
‘All symbols are of universal use and date from earliest antiquity. Mrs. Louise Crane has taken in hand in this volume to describe some of the symbols she has observed in the social life of the Chinese... symbols are our agents.’

Gorgeously presented in a vivid art-deco dust jacket, this profusely illustrated work is a nicely put together study of the ornate shop signs and enigmatic symbols from 1926, explaining the customs and tradition they are based on. Illustrated by Kent Crane with 49 photographs and full colour plates, depicting different symbols and signs, all brightly coloured, some heightened in gold, and including two large folding coloured plates.

Organised to show how each group of symbols applies to life -
The Inner Man; The Outer Man; His Occupation; His Funds; His General Needs; His Health; and His Future State. 
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Rugby Football - William John Abbott Davies

1923 - Webster’s Publications Ltd., London - First Edition
A legendary work on the tactics and the spirit of rugby, in the rare dust jacket. Written by one of the great England fly-halves (who captained the England XV 1920-23). With chapters on the history of the game, the various positions and tactics and great international matches. Davies provides anecdotes and stories of his games with both England and the Royal Navy.

Illustrated with eight full page black and white photographs.

William John Abbott ‘Dave’ Davies OBE - Born in Pembroke in Wales in 1890, Davies led England to the Grand Slam in 1921 and 1923. He was England’s most capped fly half with 22 appearances without a loss, until Rob Andrew’s emergence towards the end of the 20th century, and he captained his country on 11 occasions. His career was interrupted by World War I when, as a naval officer, Davies served aboard HMS Iron Duke, then HMS Queen Elizabeth and was appointed OBE in 1919 in recognition of his naval duty. He was also a member of the pre-War Grand Slam winning sides of 1913 and 1914. An all-round sportsman Davies also was offered to play at Wimbledon, but declined the offer to focus on his rugby. [
Twickenham World Rugby Museum, Wall of Fame] 
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n.d. [1864-67] - Cassell Petter & Galpin, London - First Doré Illustrated Edition
Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.’

A beautifully large quarto of the first Gustave Doré illustrated edition, and what many consider to be the first true novel in Western literature, powerfully combined with Doré’s magnificent illustrations, consisting of 118 full page plates and numerous in-text engravings. In contemporary binding.

Inspired by his ever expanding library of books on chivalry, our hero Don Quixote, with his anointed squire Sancho Panza, sets off on his adventures, and the windmill-chasing antics of Don Quixote have continued to delight for over four centuries.
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1960 - Collins and Harvill Press, London - First Edition in English
‘Reading and rereading it has made me realise how many ways there are of being alive…’ – E. M. Forster.

Lampedusa’s masterful tale of the decline and fall of the house of Salina, a family of Sicilian aristocrats; the novel chronicles the life of world-weary Don Fabrizio, scion of an old feudal family and lover of astronomy, and recounts the fortunes of his nephew, Tancredi, as they struggle between mortality and decay during the Risorgimento.

In bright iconic dust jacket designed by Hans Tisdall, featuring his ‘strong calligraphic lettering and sharply drawn colour separations’.
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