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Biggles in the Orient - Captain W.E. Johns

1944 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
A fine copy, in bright dust jacket, of a scarce Biggles title. With colour frontispiece and twelve black and white illustrations by ‘Stead’.

'
You're our last hope, Bigglesworth,' said the Air Commodore, with something like despair in his voice.’

The war supply route between Calcutta and China is a vital one but something is attacking the planes that fly it. Again and again pilots set off, only to disappear somewhere along the line, never to be seen again. When Biggles and his team are called in to investigate, flying the route is close to a suicide mission . . .
 
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Biggles Delivers the Goods - Captain W.E. Johns

1946 - Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London - First Edition
The only Biggles story covering our hero’s exploits in Malaya in World War II. With colour frontispiece, illustrated title page, four tinted and five black and white illustrations by Leslie Stead, and a pale blue map showing the Bay of Bengal and Gulf of Siam used for front endpapers.

Late in the Second World War Biggles and his team are in Malaya, operating a secret commando under the nose of the Japanese occupiers. Algy is captured after his plane goes down over the Indian Ocean but Biggles will not abandon him. A night raid is called for...
 
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1901 - Macmillan and Co., London - First English Edition (preceded by the American edition by 16 days)
He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam-Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher – the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore museum. Who hold Zam-Zammah, that 'fire-breathing dragon', hold the Punjab; for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the conqueror's loot.

A bright copy of Kipling’s legendary Indian spy novel, set amongst the background of the Great Game, and one of the author’s most enduring thrillers. Considered to be Kipling’s greatest work, and the finest novel about the India of the British Empire.

Though he was burned black as any native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his mother-tongue in a clipped uncertain sing-song; though he consorted on terms of perfect equality with the small boys of the bazar; Kim was white – a poor white of the very poorest.’

Illustrated with 10 plates from photographs of bas-reliefs by Rudyard's father, John Lockwood Kipling. The basis for the classic 1950 movie starring Errol Flynn and Dean Stockwell. This is the book for boys.
 
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The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life, by Food, Clothes, Air, Exercise, Wine, Sleep, &c. - William Kitchiner

1822 - Hurst, London - Third Edition, Enlarged
A scarce and fascinating little work in the original boards, and wide margins, untrimmed.

Following a ‘Cure for Tooth-Ach’ is the section entitled ‘
The Pleasure of Making a Will’, presumably many ‘Tooth-Achs’ were terminal in 1822.

Words of wisdom include:-

The Siesta is not only advisable, but indispensable.’
‘No man should habitually take Wine as Food until he is past 30 years of age’.
‘Take as much exercise as you can in the open air’.
‘Nothing is so restorative to the nerves, as sound and uninterrupted Sleep; which is the chief source of both Bodily and Mental Strength’.
‘The clearness of the Complexion is considered the best criterion of a Man’s being in good condition’.
 
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Barflies and Cocktails. Over 300 Cocktail Receipts by Harry and Wynn with slight contributions by Arthur Moss - Harry McElhone, Wynn Holcomb, Arthur Moss

1927 - Lecram Press, Paris - First Edition
A superb copy of this rare and wonderful roaring twenties masterpiece, penned by bartender Harry McElhone of the iconic Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, or Harry’s Bar as it was more commonly referred to by its regular clientele such as Hemingway, Dempsey, Hayworth, and Bogart. George Gershwin composed An American in Paris on the bar’s piano, and for the modern day ’mixologist’ Harry’s bar is considered by many to be the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, French 75, Side Car and Monkey Gland. It would be safe to say that Harry fuelled many of the partnerships, publishing deals, artistic feuds, and bohemian legends of the 1920’s.

‘Harry’s New York Bar, where the mahogany counter and back-bar were shipped over from a pre-Prohibition saloon, was the first to serve chilled American cocktails. A rallying point for thirsty exiles, it was hard to find a free seat at ‘5 Rue Daunou’ (printed on the window as ‘SANK ROO DOE NOO’)’ - Simon Khachadourian,
The Cocktail Shaker.

Marvellously illustrated throughout with black and white photographs of Harry’s Bar, customers, and the zany and humorous cartoon-style drawings by Wynn Holcomb, together with numerous vintage advertisements for liquor, including Gordon’s gin, Bollinger champagne, Haig’s whisky, and Guinness stout.

‘….
Barflies and Cocktails is one of the greatest of its kind…..a handy little bundle of pre-prohibition American (cocktail) favorites and current European sensations’ – David Wondrich, cocktail aficionado and drinks correspondent for Esquire. 
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The Royal Navy - with - The Royal Navy; 1872-80 - W. F. Mitchell

1875 - Griffin & Co., Portsmouth - Third Edition, Revised and Corrected (First Published 1872)
A beautifully presented two volume set of ‘The Royal Navy’ containing 49 large colour chromolithographic plates (complete as published) from original drawings and water colours by William Frederick Mitchell, each accompanied by a description and statistical information, both volumes contain an introduction by Francis Elgar.

Originally owned by Lieutenant-Colonel Granville William Richard Somerset, son of the second Baron Raglan, and a Naval Cadet (1875) gaining the rank of Lieutenant, with his inscription ‘Granville W Somerset, Royal Navy, July ‘82’ to the front of each volume, together with the later bookplates of Lord and Lady Raglan, from their personal library at Cefntilla Court, Llanderry, Wales.
 
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Around the United States by Bicycle - Claude C. Murphey

1906 - Raynor & Taylor, Detroit - First Edition
An near fine and extremely rare copy of this wonderful book, profusely illustrated with drawings by Eustace Paul Ziegler, and by photograph plates from photographs taken by Clarence M. Darling.

The story of how a pair of young men, Clarence M. Darling and Claude C. Murphy, bicycled across the United States on a wager. The terms were that the entire journey was to be completed in 1 year and 6 months time, and without a penny to their name, any funds used had to be raised from the sale of an aluminum card-receiver or ash-tray, they were not allowed to beg, work, borrow, nor steal.
 
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1897 - A. D. Innes & Co. ‘The Isthmian Library’, London - First Edition
A scarce first edition of this comprehensive work, obviously, published during the early years of the fashionable cycling boom, and illustrated throughout with full page photographic plates and charmingly witty vignettes.

Chapters include -
Of Cycles and Cycling; The Cycle in Society by Mrs. F. Harcourt Williamson; The Choice of a Machine; How to Keep a Machine in Good Order; Humours of Cycling by Gilbert Floyd; Pneumatic Tyres and the Methods of Repairing Them; How to Ride; Touring and the Tourist’s Outfit; Rides Round London by C.P. Sisley; Racing and Training; Clubs, Cycling Institutions and Literature Devoted to the Sport; Tandems, Multicycles, Machines of Peculiar Design and Motor Cycles; and How to Build a Bicycle.

‘A how-to book, in which the author described Wells’
The wheels of chance as “ludicrously accurate.” - Jamieson, Bicycle Travel and Touring Resources. 
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