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Zos-Kia - Gavin W. Semple

1995 - Fulgar BCM , London - First Edition
‘....we find him of the company of Blake and Fuseli and their circle; but far superior to any of them in the mastery of representational craft.’

A fine, bright copy of Gavin W. Semple’s
Zos-Kia, an essay exploring the life and methodology of famed occultist, artist and writer, Austin Osman Spare, illustrated throughout with 8 full page colour plates, 2 black and white photographs and numerous full page and in-text drawings, together with a woodblock print on rust coloured paper laid in.

As one of the most fascinating figures of the surrealist movement in 1920’s Europe, Spare captured the public imagination with his etchings, drawings and paintings, and became the youngest entrant to the Royal Academy summer exhibition in 1904. Gavin Semple’s
Zos Kia is unrivalled in its critical examination of Spare’s influences and methodology, and contains previously unpublished excerpts from Spare’s last grimoire ‘The Logomachy of Zos’ 
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Dainty Confections: 400 Splendid Recipes for Puddings, Bread, Cakes and Sweets - Mrs. A. K. “Alicia” Shelton

1918 - Thacker, Calcutta - First Edition
Rather scarce first edition of this wonderful mixture of British, Indian, and Anglo-Indian desert recipes, in publisher’s original binding showing the Memsahib in her pinny, stirring a pot - possibly Alicia’s Indian recipe for coconut pudding? (see page 27) or Turkish Delight (page 163)... 
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A Treatise on Cyder-Making - Hugh Stafford, Anonymous

1753 - Printed for E. Cave, London - First Edition
Legendary and rare first edition of this anonymous work, all of which is generally but erroneously attributed to Hugh Stafford who contributed the sixteen page ‘Dissertation on Cyder and Cyder-Fruit’ at the beginning.

Covering the entire process from identifying and growing the best cider apples, collection, pressing, fermentation, racking, preserving and remedial action for a variety of issues ‘
which are incident to Cyder’. With fold-out engraving of cider press (opp. p.32), in-text wood-cut diagrams to pages 43 and 68 (‘One side of the framed Press...’.) and wood-cut decorations to pages v, 47, and 61.

As Cyder therefore is generally allowed to be an wholesome drink, and as it is the natural product of our own country, he will surely be thought to contribute something towards the good of the public, who gives infallible directions for making it universally agreeable by varrying it so as to suit every palate, and by improving the flavour and the quality, both of the rough and the smooth, divesting it of its tendency to produce cholics, and giving it the sparkle of Champaign, without an eager and windy fermentation, and rendering it more spirituous than a small wine tho' less inflaming’. [Preface]

An influential work, Benjamin Franklin, who was partial to a drop himself, ordered three copies to be reprinted as pamphlets and distributed amongst the New England farmers after failing with their vineyards. It was plagiarised into various publications including encyclopaedias, cookbooks and later reference works related to cider.
 
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Scar-Strangled Banger - Ralph Steadman

1988 - Salem House Publishers, Massachusetts - First American Edition
Scar Strangled Banger is one of two books (the other one being America) giving Steadman's view of America in retrospect-sharply satirizing all aspects of 1970’s and 1980’s life in American society, peppered with his sharp, powerful and incredible full-page and double-spread, colour and black & white drawings. 
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1887 - Chatto and Windus, London - First Edition
A fine copy of this collection of Stevenson’s poems, containing the first publication of his whisky drenched poem 'The Scotsman's Return From Abroad' (p.118)

But maistly thee, the bluid o’ Scots,
Frae Maidenkirk to John o’ Grots,
The king o' drinks, as I conceive it,
Talisker, Isla, or Glenlivet !
 
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The Chest of Cigars - From the Wagstaff Papers in the New Monthly Magazine of July, 1845 - William Makepeace Thackeray

Christmas 1918 - Privately Printed, San Francisco - One of 250 copies
One of 250 copies privately printed by John Henry Nash of San Francisco, for Thomas Nast Fairbanks.

With an introduction by Thomas’ father Charles Mason Fairbanks (1855-1920).

Containing a Cigar related short story by Thackeray related to Mr Wagstaff by General Sir Goliah Gahagan H.E.I.C.S.
 
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How To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion - Jerry Thomas, Christian Schultz

1864 - Dick & Fitzgerald, New York - First Edition, Early Printing.
An extremely scarce example of the legendary and seminal first bartenders' guide to include cocktail recipes. By the great Professor Jerry Thomas, referred to as ‘The Best Bartender of the Past’ by Harry Craddock in the ‘Savoy Cocktail Book’ of 1930.

In addition to listings of recipes for Punches, Sours, Slings, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies, Flips, and a variety of other types of mixed drinks were ten recipes for drinks referred to as ‘
Cocktails’. A key ingredient which differentiated ‘cocktails’ from other drinks in this compendium was the use of bitters as an ingredient, although it is not used in many modern cocktail recipes.

Contains 236 recipes by Jerry Thomas and 463 recipes by Christian Schultz, with in text illustration. Publishers advertisements to front and rear and catalogue to rear. One page announcing the publication of ‘
The Bar-Tender's Guide And Bon Vivant’s Companion’ which was the new title used from 1864 onwards. 
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People in China. Thirty-two photographic studies from life - Ellen Thorbecke, Friedrich Schiff (illustrator)

1935 - George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., London - First Edition
A lovely copy, in the scarce original dust jacket. With an introduction by W. J. R. Thorbecke. Illustrated with one colour plate by F. H. Schiff and 32 mounted photographic plates by Ellen Thorbecke.

‘In the 1930's, Dutch photographer Ellen Thorbecke took a series of photos in China with the use of many experimental techniques. Her portraits covered a wide range of people, including an industrialist, a peddler, a student, a country woman, a soldier and so on. Accompanied with every portrait, there was a brief biography about the person. Like her photos, those "micro stories" composed a "macro view" of the Chinese society. While most Westerners were interested in “typical scenes” of China, Thorbecke went beyond producing stock photography by telling the story behind each photo and thus depicting the deeper layer of the Chinese society.’ [Dr. Chong-ho Yu]

Illustrated by Friederich Schiff, an Austrian artist, prolific cartoonist whose work appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East. They had previously collaborated in 1934 on
Peking Studies and on a similar guide book Shanghai in 1938. 
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