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Ian Hamilton's March - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1900 - Longmans, London - First Edition
An attractively bound first edition of Churchill’s continued adventures during the Boer War. Illustrated with portrait, nine maps and plans, and large folding colour map to the rear.

Churchill, having resigned his commission in the British Army, was nonetheless drawn to the Second Boer War, and arranged to be sent to Africa as a correspondent for The Morning Post. This book charts Lieutenant-General Ian Standish Monteith Hamilton's campaign progress from Bloemfontein to Pretoria, during which time he fought numerous sizeable conflicts with Boer forces.
 
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1956 - Folio Society, London - First Edition Illustrated by Lamb
Elegantly bound and finely illustrated edition of what is considered to be one of the first murder mystery titles ever written, with twelve full page lithographs by influential artist and illustrator Lynton Lamb.

‘The best men are not consistent in good—why should the worst men be consistent in evil?’

Hailed by Margaret Oliphant as
‘a new beginning in fiction’. The Woman in White is a dazzling display of literary prowess, causing a flurry of excitement upon its publication. By the time the novel had finished its first print run, Collins was earning a yearly income of over £10,000 pounds. It features a cast of unforgettable characters, including the plain, but brilliant ‘spinster’ Marian Halcome, and the nefarious Count Fosco, whose schemes and plots have earned him a place among the ranks of the best fictional villains.

The book has since been adapted into countless radio-shows, screenplays, television series, and movies, and is listed by The Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writer’s Association,
The Telegraph, Julian Symons, and Haycraft Queen as one of the best Crime/Mystery Novels. 
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The Man With Nine Lives - Signed - James Corbett

1938 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in First Issue Dust Jacket
A near fine signed first edition, of one of Corbett’s detective novels, featuring Victor Redmayne. Rare signed and with the eye-catching dust jacket.

In the heart of London a man was shot at from his motorcar. The fact that the victim was not killed was of small importance to Victor Redmayne who witnessed the affair. Murder had been attempted; and as a result of his own investigations, he was involved in a highly thrilling adventure.’ (from the dust jacket) 
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Travels in Arabia Deserta - Charles M. Doughty

1888 - At The University Press, Cambridge - First Edition
A superb and thus scarce two volume first edition of what Howgego describes as ‘one of the great classics of travel literature’, an ‘unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia.’ (Oxford DNB). Profusely illustrated throughout with plates (many folding), sketches, maps and diagrams, together with large and magnificent folding colour ‘Sketch Map of Itinerarium of part of North Western Arabia and Negd’ in pocket at rear of volume 1. Housed in a bespoke matching green morocco and cloth clamshell case by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine lettered in gilt, enclosing two separate green cloth chemise.

‘I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said.’ - T. E. Lawrence
 
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Diamonds are Forever - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1956 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, First Impression
James Bond surveyed the glittering diamonds that lay scattered across the red leather surface of M’s desk and wondered what it was all about.

The fourth James Bond adventure; 007’s second assignment in the USA sees him reunited with CIA ally Felix Leiter, and pits him against the Spangled Mob who specialise in diamond smuggling and horse race fixing. (Somewhat loose) Basis for the 1971 blockbuster movie starring Sean Connery in his penultimate outing as 007, and Jill St.John as the unforgettable Tiffany Case.

Smartly housed in custom made clamshell case, black half morocco, gilt titles.
 
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1958 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, First impression, second state with dancing ‘Honeychile’ silhouette to front board, in first edition, first impression dust jacket.
Dr No, a sinister recluse with mechanical pincers for hands and a sadistic fascination with pain, holds James Bond firmly in his steely grasp. Bond and Honey Rider, his beautiful and vulnerable girl Friday, have been captured trespassing on Dr No’s secluded Caribbean island. Intent on protecting his clandestine operations from the British secret service, Dr No sees an opportunity to dispose of an enemy and further his diabolical research.

The film that introduced the world to Sean Connery. Many of the now familiar elements appeared in this first entry of the series: M, Moneypenny, Felix Leiter, Q Major Boothroyd, SPECTRE, the Walther PPK, a Casino and a Vodka Martini! .

Smartly housed in custom made clamshell case, black half morocco, gilt titles.
 
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La Guerre de Chine - G. C. de Fortavion

1862 - Pont-à-Mousson, Paris - First Edition
Oblong folio album of 16 lithographic plates, each accompanied by explanatory text leaf, on boards with hand-coloured lithographed view to upper cover, and lithographed view of Tianjin to lower cover. Housed in modern folding brown cloth case, spine lettered in gilt.

‘The attractive plates show details of fleets, battles and encampments, during General Montauban's campaign in China with the allied army in 1860. The views include Canton, the procession of the Chinese plenipotentiaries at the camp in Tien-Tsin, the Summer Palace, the taking of Pekin and the triumphant entry of the allied armies in Peking’ (Wittockiana,
Western Travellers in China). 
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The Jacob Street Mystery – Inscribed - R. Austin Freeman

1942 - Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
First edition of Freeman’s last book, in which he has inscribed ‘W. P. Watt. With warmest greetings from his old friend, R Austin Freeman 24th June 1942.'

A Dr. Thorndyke mystery, scarce inscribed, more so with a dust jacket in such nice condition, the book itself is fine.

‘A peaceful, pleasant afternoon in the woodland scene of Linton Green is disturbed when a brutal murder takes place. But thanks to an unseen witness, the killer may be caught, and the witness turns out to be a blessing in disguise. This is the story of Thomas Pedley, a gifted artist who paints what he sees from memory’
 
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