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Lieutenant Hornblower - C. S. Forester

1952 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannonshot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.

‘I find Hornblower admirable, vastly entertaining’ - Sir Winston Churchill.

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’ - Ernest Hemingway.
 
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Hornblower and the Atropos - C. S. Forester

1953 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size.

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’ - Ernest Hemingway.
 
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Hornblower and the Hotspur - C. S. Forester

1962 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission … Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest – war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty’s navy with its britches round its ankles. Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. 
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Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies - May Gibbs

Circa 1920 - Angus & Robertson Ltd, Sydney - First Edition, Early Printing (First printed 1917).
A scarce early printing of the third of five booklets in May Gibb’s famous Gum Nut series, which laid the way for her series of ten longer books relating the adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (and their friends and relations) over the next quarter of a century.

Charmingly illustrated with a colour plate tipped onto the front covers, a colour frontispiece, pictorial title page, and eleven full page sepia-tinted plates. One plate with later water colouring, and one with partial colouring.
 
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SOLD - The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)

1931 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Edition with Shepard’s illustrations (38th)
‘And you really live by The River? What a jolly life!’

‘By it and with it and on it and in it,’ said the Rat... ‘It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing.


A finely bound example of the first edition to contain the classic and charming illustrations Ernest Shepard, with his wonderful two page map bound in at the rear.

Toad sat straight down in the middle of the dusty road, his legs stretched out before him, and stared fixedly in the direction of the disappearing motor-car. He breathed short, his face wore a placid, satisfied expression, and at intervals he faintly murmured “Poop-poop!”’

The Wind in the Willows can be read in many different ways; as a wry commentary on the class system of Edwardian England, as a warning of the threat of social change and the destruction of rural values, as an oblique manifesto of Grahame’s own views on politics, religion, and social reform.

In the above scene from chapter two, Mr Toad, after nearly being killed by a passing motorist, falls in love with the idea of speed, “
Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped - always somebody else’s horizon! O Bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!” The motor car here is a force of chaotic, destructive energy that sunders the arcadian world of the river bank, and Mr. Toad, transfixed as he sits in the middle of the road watching the machine recede into the distance, stands for the point at which the human spirit is seduced by the folly of its own desires. The motor car changed their lives, and ours for ever.’ – Gerard Woodward, The Little Black Book.


Shepard on meeting Grahame to discuss the illustrations to 'The Wind in the Willows' :-

"Not sure about his new illustrator of his book, he listened patiently while I told him what I hoped to do. Then he said 'I love these little people, be kind to them'. Just that; but sitting forward in his chair, resting upon the arms, his fine handsome head turned aside, looking like some ancient Viking, warming, he told me of the river nearby, of the meadows where mole broke ground that spring morning, of the banks where Rat had his house, of the pool where Otter hid, and of Wild Wood way up on the hill above the river. ...He would like, he said, to go with me to show me the river bank that he knew so well, ‘...but now I cannot walk so far and you must find your way alone'."

Grahame passed away before the publication of this new edition with what have become the illustrations that are most loved and associated with '
The Wind in the Willows' . 
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Almanack for 1924 - Kate Greenaway

1923 - Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd, London - First Edition
Yellow cloth-backed colour pictorial glazed boards, page edges dark blue. Twenty four panels with colour illustrations by Greenaway, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. 
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Almanack for 1885 - Kate Greenaway

1884 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition

 
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Almanack for 1886 - Kate Greenaway

1885 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition
A near fine, pretty little Almanack, twenty four pages with colour illustrations by Greenaway, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans. The fourth of Greenaway’s popular little illustrative children’s Almanacks, which started with the 1883 edition and was published annually from 1883 through 1897 with one exception in 1896

In the scarce deluxe of faux pigskin, gilt decorated and lettered pebbled white boards, bordered in blue lines, yellow-orange endpapers, all edges gilt. There was also a standard edition of glazed pictorial boards.
 
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