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I Leap Before I Look - David Haig-Thomas

1936 - Putnam, London - First Edition
Haig-Thomas (1908-44), Cambridge blue (1930, 1931,1932), Olympic rower, traced the route of the Awash River with Wilfred Thesiger, arctic explorer, ornithologist, member of Special Commando Boating Group in WWII specialising in using canoes and kayaks for limpet attacks in arctic waters, and he could write.

A fine copy in the scarce dust jacket of what the
Spectator magazine in 1937 perfectly describes as an ‘account of the more exciting moments of [Haig-Thomas’] youth, mostly passed in the pursuit of thrills. He found them in raiding the printers at Eton for examination papers, tying umbrellas to the spires of King's College chapel, rowing in the University boat-race, poaching ibex in the Pyrenees and photographing wild geese on the Fens - his favourite occupation. Being in America for the Olympic games, he decided to visit friends in Canada, and having no money made the journey by "jumping" a freight train, and then kept himself by odd jobs on farms. All this is amusingly described. But it is his passion for the solitude of the marshes and the call of fighting geese that leavens the toughness of his outlook and distinguishes his book from the usual records of thrill-hunters’. 
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1993 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1511 of 3500 copies
A spectacular production, signed by George Harrison, documenting George Harrison’s legendary first live tour after 17 years, playing with friend and instigator Eric Clapton and his band, the tour ended with three nights at the Tokyo Dome in December 1991. With a foreword by Eric Clapton and text by George Harrison plus members of the touring band. Featuring nearly 500 previously unpublished colour photographs and a full itinerary of the tour, together with the double CD featuring original artwork and 19 live tracks, as well an 'Access All Areas' laminated lanyard, George & Eric guitar picks & 'After Show' pass.

Eric Clapton explains how George Harrison was persuaded to return to touring after a break of 17 years and the the first (and longest) chapter is written by George and details his thoughts and feelings on taking to the road after such a long absence and providing personal recollections of the tour and memories of times on the road with The Beatles. The final chapter by John Harris, (who engineered the Live in Japan CD) offers a fascinating account of working with George in the studio.

Songs include ‘
Taxman’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘My Sweet Lord’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, and a superb version of ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. 
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Tibetan Trek - with - Salween - Ronald Kaulback

1934 - Hodder & Stoughton, London - First Edition, Second State (paper jacket)
‘An explorer in the old-fashioned mould of buccaneering Englishmen who roamed the blank spaces of the map’ – The Times.

Two first editions of Kaulback’s acclaimed accounts of travel and adventure in Tibet.

‘Ronald Kaulback came down from Cambridge having skilfully avoided reading too many books, or attending too many lectures. He had no very clear idea of what he wanted to do in life, and so tagged on to an expedition led by F. Kingdom-Ward whose introduction to
Tibetan Trek is a wonderful introduction to Kaulback himself’.

Kaulback followed this with an eighteen months' expedition in south eastern Tibet searching for the source of the Salween, the black river of Tibet. With one other Englishman and three faithful (and quite enchanting) natives and a good stock of supplies, he collected specimens of insect life, distributed medical care to the very friendly residents and gives a record of their daily progress. Across 3,000 miles of unexplored territory, there were many oddities to be seen, minor discomforts rather than major calamities, to be endured, and plenty of good anecdotes, which he describes in
Salween.

Both works profusely illustrated with black and white photographs and numerous maps. Both in their rare bright illustrated dust jackets.
 
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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 Chater Collection - James Orange

1924 - Thornton Butterworth Limited, London - Limited Edition, number 300 of 750 copies
First edition, comprehensively documenting this unsurpassed collection of 430 China trade paintings and engravings, including the historical context relating to each work. Written and compiled by James Orange, curator of the collection prior to it’s tragic destruction and dispersal during the Japanese occupation (1941-5), the remaining 94 pieces are now housed in Hong Kong’s City Hall Museum and Art Gallery (formerly the Hong Kong Museum of Art).

Illustrated with eighteen colour plates, 242 monochrome images, three folding colour maps, six monochrome maps, and a photogravure portrait frontispiece of Sir C. P. Chater.

Sir Catchick Paul Chater amassed a large collection of historical pictures and engravings relating to China which he gifted to the people of Hong Kong. Its backbone was the collection of Wyndham Law of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service, and included oil paintings, water colours, sketches, prints and photographs, most of which are based on landscape scenes of the South China trading ports in the 18th and 19th centuries, and of British activities in China.
 
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1896 - Longmans, London - First Edition
A neatly presented first edition by ‘one of golf’s first true Renaissance men – two-time Open champion, golf equipment maker, golf writer and one of the world’s best golf course architects’ [World Golf Hall of Fame].

‘The first book to be written by a playing professional, and, thus, the forerunner of many books in which a champion would reveal the "secret" of his success. Park also includes important historical data on equipment, with an important chapter on course architecture.’ [Murdoch,
The Library of Golf.]

Profusely illustrated with full page plates and in-text, from photographs and wood engravings.

Bernard Darwin has this to say about Willie Park - ‘A remarkable man. Not for him the old hand-to-mouth, happy-go-lucky standards of his profession. He had a large, and successful club-making business with a London shop; he was a thoughtful golf architect, in an altogether different class to those who had pegged out greens and built rampart bunkers by rule of thumb. He had his own golf course at Huntercombe and though this was not, I fear, a pleasant speculation for him, he has left it in other hands as a pleasant monument to his skill. He was a notable and outstanding personality.’
 
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Her Majesty’s Navy including Its Deeds and Battles - Lieut. Chas Rathbone Low

1890 - 1893 - J. S. Virtue & Co., London - First Edition
A spectacular example of this splendid six volume set, illustrated with forty six full page colour plates, from pictures painted expressly for this work by W. Christian Symons and noted British naval and marine artist W. Fred Mitchell. In bright original navy blue cloth with gilt titles, red lettering, all edges gilt.

No Englishman could wish for a more inspiring theme than to record the deeds of the British Navy.’

Celebrating one thousand years of British naval history, beginning with King Alfred’s construction of a naval fleet, and their victory over the Danish fleet off the coast of Essex in the year 885, the final volume ending with the Navy’s support of the doomed ‘Nile Expedition’ to relieve Gordon at Khartoum in 1885. There is a supplementary chapter detailing the Navy’s assets in 1892, and a comparison with other foreign navies.
 
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Arabian Sands - Wilfred Thesiger

1959 - Longmans, London - First Edition
‘They don’t make Englishmen like Wilfred Thesiger anymore.’ – The New York Times, 2007.

Wilfred Thesiger's record of his extraordinary journeys through the parched "Empty Quarter" of Arabia, a brutally inhospitable wasteland and at a half million square miles, the largest sand desert in the world.

Educated at Eton and Oxford, a former officer of the SAS and Sudan Defence Force, Thesiger or Mubarak bin London (’
blessed one from London’) was repulsed by the softness and rigidity of Western life – ‘the machines, the calling cards, the meticulously aligned streets.’ In the spirit of T. E. Lawrence, he set out to explore the deserts of Arabia, traveling among peoples who had never seen a European and considered it their duty to kill Christian infidels.

A lovely, bright copy of this rightly declared classic of Arabian travel literature, which is listed as number 5 in National Geographic's 100 Greatest Adventure books. Illustrated with numerous 68 plates from photos, eight maps, and a large coloured folding map in rear pocket.
 
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