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Laughing Torso - Nina Hamnett

1932 - Constable & Co Ltd, London - First Edition
‘A lady was the last thing I wanted to be’

The witty, irresistible memoirs of the self-effacing artist and ‘Queen of Bohemia’, Nina Hamnett – her always enchanting and occasionally deadpan account of Bohemian life in Paris and a bestseller upon its first appearance in 1932 in both Britain and America.

A model as well as a painter, Hamnett shamelessly name-drops the innumerable artists and celebrities she encounters at Montmarte’s popular cafés and night spots – including Modigliani, Lytton Strachey, Erik Satie, André Gide, Walter Epstein, Nancy Cunard, and Jean Cocteau, among dozens of others – and with whom she engages in fancy dress parties, all night drinking, and naked dancing. She even sang nursery rhymes with James Joyce, who she described as ‘the most respectable and old fashioned man I have ever met’.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout with 23 black and white photographs and sketches and paintings by the author, including the infamous ‘torso’ as frontispiece.
 
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The Lacquer Lady - Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse

1930 - The MacMillan Company, New York - First Edition
‘Fanny, white, draggled, and almost speechless, arrived to find a Mission House already frantic with alarm. No reliable news had escaped the Palace, but everyone in the kalā town knew that murder and perhaps wholesale massacre was abroad’

A lovely copy in an uncommonly bright dust jacket, the novel was inspired by the author’s trip to Burma, and based on the true story of King Thibaw’s downfall in 1870. Seen through the eyes of naive, yet destructive, Fanny Patterson, we witness the decay of an empire, as the king brings a crucial ultimatum to the British army, resulting in the occupation of Mandalay a fortnight later, with devastating consequences for all of Burma.
 
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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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