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Marguerite Kirmse's Dogs - Marguerite Kirmse

1930 - The Derrydale Press, New York - First Edition
A fine copy of one of the greatest illustrated dog books of all time, limited to 750 copies, with a signed original etched frontispiece of a Scottish Terrier puppy, entitled “Hello There!” which was prepared especially for this edition.

75 full page collotype plates after Kirmse's etchings of dogs, many images of her famous Scotties, other breeds include West Highland White, Irish Terrier, Greyhound, Wire Hair Fox Terrier, English Setter, Pointer, Schnauzer, Collie, Pekingese, Great Dane, Chow Chow.

This book is the first collection of Kirmse's work. ‘The subjects include over twenty different breeds of dogs, which were selected not only to show the rise of a young and unknown artist to heights of success which she never imagined, but also to provide an interesting and enjoyable record of the canine world’.
 
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The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - Being a Description of their Sentiments and Folk Lore, Superstitions, Symbolism, Mysticism, Use in Medicine, Protection, Prevention, Religion, and Divination, Crystal Gazing, Birth-Stones, Lucky Stones and Talismans. - George Frederick Kunz

1913 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & London - First Edition
A sumptuously bound definitive study of the history and folklore of gems. Profusely illustrated with six colour plates, 57 doubletone plates and 24 line cuts in text.

Kunz was the legendary gem scholar, gemologist, and gem buyer for Tiffany & Co at the turn of the century, named vice president of Tiffany & Co. at the age of 23. This is the definitive study of the magical abilities and strange characteristics of precious stones. Wide range of sources — Greek, Latin documents, medieval lapidaries, Eddas, Egyptian writings, Oriental gem books, the Bible — reveal magic, occult, medicinal and religious uses of dozens of gems. Kunzite, a pink gemstone found in Afghanistan is named after him.
 
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Memoirs of Mrs. Fitzherbert - Charles Langdale

1856 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
Extra-illustrated with an additional 37 plates, combined with the original 38 plates of which 10 are colour.

Maria Fitzherbert (1756–1837) was already twice widowed when the young Prince of Wales began his pursuit of her in 1784. Initially refusing his offer of marriage, she eventually accepted it and the couple were wed in secret the following year. Though legitimate in her eyes, the union was invalid under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, and controversial because of her Catholicism. A posthumous attack on her faith and morals, penned by Lord Holland in his Memoirs of the Whig Party, provoked her close friend Charles Langdale (1787–1868) into publishing this defence in 1856. A champion of Catholic emancipation, Langdale was one of the first Catholics elected to Parliament. These memoirs are based on Maria Fitzherbert's own recollections, recounted to Langdale's brother, Lord Stourton. They reveal the values and beliefs of an exceptional woman who occupied a unique and precarious position within British high society.
 
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Listen! The Wind - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1939 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A lovely copy – in its striking original dust jacket and scarce glassine wrapper – of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s beautifully written account of her and her husband’s 1933 flight in their single-engine Lockheed ‘Sirius’ from Africa to South America, as they survey 30,000 miles of coastal aviation routes across the Atlantic Ocean.

With a foreword, and map drawings by Charles Lindbergh.
 
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Narrative of a Journey from Calcutta by Way of Egypt - Mrs. Charles Lushington

1829 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘‘Every evening in the desert, the Lushingtons and their party, which included Lord Elphinstone, late Governor of Bombay, would settle down to a light supper of ‘roast turkey, ham, fowls, mutton in various shapes, curry, rice and potatoes, damson tart and a pudding; madeira, claret, sherry, port and... beer; ... almonds and raisins, watermelons, pumplenose (grapefruit)... and a plum cake’. There were thrilling ‘mummy-openings’ to attend in Thebes, balls in Cairo, and soirées in Naples and Paris. In fact the experience, said Mrs Lushington, was decidedly not to be missed.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Judging from the frontispiece illustration, it seems the camels may have also benefited from the leftovers of the Lushington’s ‘light suppers’.

A handsomely bound copy of Sarah Lushington’s entertaining and informative account of her journey from Calcutta to Europe, with notes on route, itinerary, and the necessities of travel for ladies intending to brave the ‘Overland Route’ from India to England.

With chapters detailing many of Mrs Lushington’s experiences in Bombay, Luxor, Cairo, the Nile, Syracuse, Naples, and Rome, among others, and featuring an engraved frontispiece of ‘The Tukhte Rowan in the Desert’.
 
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Peg Woffington - Charles Reade

1899 - George Allen, London - First Edition with the Thomson illustrations
An attractively bound copy of popular Victorian author Charles Reade’s episodic novel of the life of Irish actress Peg Woffington, this edition the first featuring the charming illustrations by Hugh Thomson.

Margaret ‘Peg’ Woffington (c1737-1757) took leading roles in Dublin and London, and was renowned for both her comic turns as well as being celebrated for her portrayals in many of Shakespeare’s plays. She was also known for her bitter rivalries with other actresses – she reportedly stabbed Mrs Bellamy during a performance – in addition to her numerous love affairs. Thus, her life provided excellent material for a novel.

Hugh Thomson’s illustrations evoke a ‘smiling awareness of the unheroic aspect of everyday life; his relish for the counterbalancing bravery of period costumes, coaches and horses, and elegant furniture; and his brisk style give his work irresistible charm.’

Features black and white frontispiece, numerous vignette engravings throughout, and an introduction by Austin Dobson.
 
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Circa 1920 - Nisbet & Co. Ltd, London - Number 648 of a limited 675 numbered copies.
A superb large quarto of Dulac's illustrated book masterpiece. One of a limited edition, commissioned by famed Parisian jeweller, Léonard Rosenthal.

‘Each one of these plates is a work of art, and the matter of the book itself is an engrossing history of pearls, their culture, their treatment, their myths and legends, and the narratives of famous stones. The book combines romance and instruction.’ -
The New York Times (4 December, 1921)

Dulac uses techniques borrowed from Persian manuscripts, such as overwashing the watercolours with silver and gold. Those approaches produced stunning results, contributing to the gem-like quality of the ten exquisite tipped-in plates with captioned tissue guards.
 
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A New System of Domestic Cookery - Mrs. Maria Eliza Ketilby Rundell

1808 - John Murray, London - A New Edition, Corrected
A finely bound edition with brightly marbled boards, illustrated with engraved frontispiece and eight (of nine) carving diagrams

Mrs Rundell holds her claim to fame by becoming the most popular gastronomic writer of the nineteenth century, as the collection was reprinted over sixty times and sold more that 50’000 copies in the UK and US. Divided thirteen categories including ‘
Meats’ ’Soups’ and ’Sweet Dishes’ (a format which cookbooks today still employ), Domestic Cookery was described by historian Karen Hess as '…effectively replacing all eighteenth-century cookbooks as being rather old-fashioned, almost more in language than in content'. 
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