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Maskee - A Shanghai Sketchbook by Schiff - Signed - Friedrich Schiff

1938 CircaShanghai - Number A191 of an unspecified Limited Edition
Fabulously Shanghai Art-Deco 15 foot long accordion folio in original silk covers, folding out to show 21 illustrated panels each hand-coloured by Schiff. Each panel depicting a view of 1930’s expatriate life in Shanghai through the unique eyes of Schiff. More a folio of art-deco artwork than a book, although many of the panels include amusing comments and rhymes for example:

Miss Shanghai
Me No Worry– Me No Care!
Me Go Marry Millionaire!
If He Die – Me No Cry!
Me Go Marry Other Guy!!

Signed to the first panel by Friedrich Schiff (1908-68), an Austrian Jewish artist who moved to Shanghai in 1930 after an invite to visit from a cousin and lived there for 17 years. He had worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Vienna and continued this line of work in Shanghai, soon becoming famous for his amusing caricatures of the city's inhabitants. Prolific, Schiff’s cartoons appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East, and collaborations with Ellen Thorbecke (
Peking Studies; People in China; Hong Kong; and Shanghai). 
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1913 - Smith, London - First Edition
‘A worthy memorial of one of the great achievements of our time.’ – Winston Churchill

Scott's final, fateful and fatal journey in quest of the South Pole. An exceptionally fine set and uncommon thus, with Volume I containing the diaries of Scott, including the letters written to Wilson's mother, Bowers' mother, a string of notables including his former commander Sir George Egerton, his own mother and his wife, together with his ‘Message to the Public’.

It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more – R. Scott – For God's sake look after our people

Both volumes are illustrated with numerous plates from photographs by H. G. Ponting, plates from sketches and water colours by Edward A. Wilson, some colour; photogravure frontispiece portraits of Scott & Wilson, and two large folding maps.

Without these diaries, which were found on Scott’s body, we would never have known Oates’ immortal line ‘
I am just going outside and may be some time’. 
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South - The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917 - Ernest Shackleton

1919 - William Heinemann, London - First Edition, First Impression.
A legendary account of leadership. It was on this expedition that the marooned Shackleton made his famous voyage in a 22-foot boat with five companions through 800 miles of some of the stormiest seas in the world, finally reaching South Georgia and a Norwegian whaling station [Spence].

With 86 full page plates, and large folding map to the rear, many classic photographs existing only due to the stubbornness of Hurley, Shackleton’s photographer, in refusing to leave the plates behind to conserve energy and food.

An exceptional copy of a book that is notorious for its poor quality of paper and binding. Suitably housed in a custom clamshell case of half navy blue morocco leather over matching cloth, lined with felt, spine lettered in silver.
 
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Through the Dark Continent - Henry M. Stanley

1879 - Harper & Brothers, New York - Second American Printing
A superb set in particularly bright and sharp pictorial boards, and without restoration, somewhat scarce in this condition. Illustrated throughout, with 150 full-page and in-text wood engravings. Two large folding maps in pockets at rear of each volume Eastern Half of Equatorial Africa and Western Half of Equatorial Africa; together with folding maps of Stanley and Livingstone falls, a double page map of Lakuga Creek, and five full page maps, all highlighted in colour.

‘In August 1874, Stanley left London for Zanzibar. There he engaged over 300 porters, who were each to carry 60 pounds of goods, arms, and supplies, making it the largest African expedition ever seen.... ‘

By July 1875 he had lost 181 men but gained further support and his ‘armada’ was now 685 men and women strong. In Zanzibar on November 1877 at the end of Stanley’s legendary exploration of the great lakes of Equatorial Africa there were 114 survivors. Stanley returned to England and published ‘
Through the Dark Continent’, ‘finally dispelling Livingstone's notion that the Lualaba was the source of the Nile and vindicated Speke's claim that the lake seen on his expedition with Burton was indeed one of the sources’. – R. J. Howgego, Continental Exploration. 
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

1971 - Random House, New York - First Edition
We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.

‘..a scorching epochal sensation. There are only two adjectives writers care about any more…. “brilliant” and “outrageous” … and Hunter Thompson has a free hold on both of them.’ - Tom Wolfe.

Visually stimulated by Ralph Steadman’s equally savage illustrations.
 
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1902 - Freemantle & Company & J. B. Lippincott Company, London & Philadelphia - The Winchester Edition
A superb example of the beautifully presented two volume Winchester Edition, containing thirty full page etchings by D. Y. Cameron and William Strang, and forty two in-text engravings, and a folding facsimile of Izaak Walton’s Last Will and Testament.

The most enduring distinction of the
Complete Angler is the one cast off by its subtitle The Contemplative Man's Recreation with its graceful evocations of a life free from hurly-burly in the company of friends intent on physical and moral sustenance. The range of perspectives that Walton brings to bear on his rural descriptions embrace literature, poetry, music and anecdote. 
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1912Carlisle - First Edition
Pre-dating Bear Bryant and Bobby Bowden, Glenn Scobey ‘Pop’ Warner had the most wins of any coach in major college football history (319–106–32). Warner was the innovator behind the single-wing formation, a precursor to the modern spread and shotgun formations.

The plan of teaching football by mail was suggested to me several years ago by the fact that there seemed to be no means available by which a student of the game could obtain instruction except by putting himself under the supervision of professional coaches upon the field of play . . . The course has not been prepared for the general public but is strictly a text book for players and for those whose business or pleasure it may be to instruct players and teams.‘ – From the preface.

A bright and clean copy of this early work, profusely illustrated with photographic figures and drawn diagrams of equipment, technique, and strategy. There is a frontispiece photograph of the author.
 
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British Sports and Sportsmen: Cricket and Football. Compiled and Edited by ‘The Sportsman’ - P. F. Warner [editor]

1917 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - Royal edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this is number 105.
This massive and magnificently bound limited edition folio (39 x 29 cm) covers Cricket (1-212), Association Football (213-244, 315-344), Rugby (245-301), and the final double century of pages with profiles of ‘Prominent Players and their Performances’ (345-573). Huzzah!

Beginning, of course, with a frontispiece of W. G. Grace, and profusely illustrated with fourteen full page photogravure plates and 321 black and white images. With contributions by major sportsmen and players of the era, and edited by Sir Pelham Francis Warner, known affectionately as the
Grand Old Man of English Cricket.

Examples of the chapters on Cricket include ‘
Tours at Home and Abroad’, ‘Batsmen: By A Bowler’, ‘Bowlers: By A Batsman’, and ‘Public Schools Cricket’. Chapters on Rugby and Football include ‘The Rise of Rugby Football’, ‘Rugby Football at Universities’,‘The Evolution of Association Football’, and ‘Form at Football’. 
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