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A Summer Amongst the Bocages and the Vines - Louisa Stuart Costello

1840 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
‘Normandy is allowed to be one of the most beautiful and moist cultivated parts of France; a fact which no one can feel any inclination to dispute, who, leaving the clean and lively port of Southampton, takes his passage in summer weather to Havre, and lands at that bustling town, amidst the screaming of innumerable parrots and the noise and clamour of French commissionaires.

Costello’s charming narrative of her ‘continental summer tour’ in France, featuring four full-page lithographs, including frontispieces, and numerous in text wood engravings. Beginning in Havre, Costello’s journey takes her through Normandy, Brittany, Nantes, the Loire, Paris and Rouen.

‘Well informed, easy to read, and cheerfully inviting, her books did the early days of tourism a great service by recommending simple itineraries with plenty of historical and topographical interest. It wasn’t long before Mr. Cook’s clients were bustling all over France and beyond, armed with Miss Costello’s good advice’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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My Journey to Lhasa - Alexandra David-Neel

1927 - Harper & Brothers, New York and London - First Edition published simultaneously with the London Edition
A bright first edition in the scarce dust jacket, by the explorer, shamaness, and full-blown eccentric, Alexandra David-Neel, one of the most extraordinary pioneers of her generation. Illustrated throughout with photographs.

Mrs. David-Neel went to Lhasa simply because she was not allowed to, and because it was her spiritual home... this was the Frenchwoman’s justification for stealing through the winter plains and mountains of Tibet towards the sacred capital Lhasa in 1923.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Her expedition to the sacred city forced her over the mountains and through the harshest winter storms the Tibetan climate had to offer, before eventually managing to enter the city disguised as a male beggar. Accompanied throughout by her trusted sidekick, and eventually adopted son, Yongden, David-Neel covers every topic from spiritualism, geography, politics, to ‘how-to-guides’ on tasks such as temperature manipulation and levitation. An inspiration to many, and one of the most fascinating female travel writers of all time, David-Neel’s work is a testament to the power of determination and endurance.
 
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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
 
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Memoirs of a Highland Lady - Elizabeth Grant, Lady Strachey (editor)

1898 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘No other spot ever replaced it, no other scenery ever surpassed it, no other young happiness ever seemed to approach within a comprehensible distance of our childhood at Rothimurchus.’

An elegantly bound volume of one of the most famous ladies memoirs, and continuously in print since 1898. Acutely observant accounts of her own life, as well as the rapidly changing Highland scene and society, and above all of the great Rothiemurchus estate. Written between 1945 and 1854 and originally intended simply for her family.

Edited by the author’s niece, Lady Strachey.
 
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Woman With Violin - An Autobiography - Ida Haendel

1970 - Victor Gollancz, London - First Edition
A scarce copy of famed violinist Ida Haendel’s autobiography – one of the twentieth century’s most enduring idols of the concert platform, Haendel recounts the difficulties of being a child prodigy, her experiences travelling and performing in Europe, and her training with esteemed violinist and pedagogue Carl Flesch. 
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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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I Married Adventure - Osa Johnson

1940 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia - First Edition
‘”We're going round the world, Osa!” – Heady stuff for a dainty little Kansas girl, who had married at sixteen a handsome film photographer just back from the exotic South Seas. Osa Johnson would have been quite happy to keep home and settle down – she had never been further than thirty miles from the house she was born – but Martin Johnson and their whirlwind romance so bowled her over that all she could answer was “Well -– all right, dear”.'  – Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

A lovely copy in the fantastic Zebra print boards, and in a rare dust jacket. The classic real life travel exploits of husband and wife adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson, this is a lively memoir relaying their journeys from Borneo, to Kenya and the Congo.

A best seller when it first appeared in 1940, its wonderful observations of nature and heart-stopping narrative are accompanied by scores of striking photographs of the Johnsons’ exotic destinations, all housed in fantastic zebra print covers.
 
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