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Sometime in New York City - John Lennon, Bob Gruen (photographer)

1995 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited edition, Number 1720 of 3500 copies
‘Walk through the park and there are people holding hands and kissing. New York is beginning to look like Paris when I was younger, when I was twenty-four and people were holding hands and kissing under bridges. It's happening again. People are dreaming again’ – John Lennon

A fine copy of this superbly produced work, one of the limited copies signed by both Yoko Ono and Bob Gruen – the complete story of the romance of John Lennon and Yoko Ono told in their own words and set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City. Profusely illustrated throughout with intimate photographs – mostly in colour and previously unpublished – selected from the archives of photographer Bob Gruen.

‘One afternoon in June 1975, John Lennon got lost in the mammoth Westbeth artists’ complex in Manhattan, looking for Bob Gruen’s photo studio and apartment, after partying all weekend with Harry Nilsson.

“He was ringing doorbells,” Mr. Gruen recalled. “Four o’clock on a Sunday afternoon. Everyone in the building is an artist, so they were opening the door saying: ‘Oh, my God, John Lennon! Let me show you my painting. Let me read you my poem.’ ” When he finally found the apartment, Mr. Gruen said, he told him, “ ‘Man, you’ve got some weird neighbors.’ ”

“I always figured if he could find it in that condition,” Mr. Gruen added, “anyone could.” –
New York Times, 2011. 
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The Lady's Assistant for Regulating and Supplying her Table, Being a Complete System of Cookery - Charlotte Mason

1777 - J. Walter, London - Third Edition
‘Mrs Mason's lucidly composed English makes her delightful recipes as easy to follow today as they were in the eighteenth century, enabling the adventurous modern cook to re-create the extraordinary food of the Age of George III without a great deal of difficulty. Her fascinating bills of fare are invaluable to historians of food and dining for the insight they afford into the mores of Georgian table service.'

An important but much neglected eighteenth century cookery book. Unusually, the table settings show layouts for more ordinary households as well as affluent ones, and the recipes follow this pattern.

A particularly clean copy, scarce in the early editions (only five existing copies of the first and second edition are recorded).
 
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Ritz's Carlton Restaurant - On Board The SS. “Kaiserin Auguste Victoria” - Charles Mewes, Caesar Ritz, Auguste Escoffier

Circa 1906 - Printed by Hudson and Kearns Printers, London - First Edition
‘A short account of the further development of the greatest improvement which has ever been effected towards the comfort of ocean travellers’.

Elaborately produced record of the S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria's maiden voyage from Hamburg to America, especially notable for its onboard Ritz Carlton Restaurant.

‘The man responsible for the interior design was the French architect Charles Mewès, who introduced the à-la-carte restaurant on the high seas. staffed and run by Auguste Escoffier himself, with dedicated kitchens were staffed and run by Caesar Ritz, this was the first time that diners were offered an alternative to the first class dining saloon, but where the meals in the dining saloon were included in the ticket-price, passengers had to pay a special admittance fee when dining in the à-la-carte restaurant. Ironically, this fee could cost the same as a one-way ticket in third class.

A near fine and thus rare copy of this lovely work, which features twenty five tipped-in black and white photographs of the ship and it’s interiors, including the dining rooms, state room, and smoking room, as well as prominent sites in Hamburg and New York.
 
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1918 - Berkeley Unit Council of Defence Women's Committee, Press of the Courier - Third Edition
'Food will win the war.

A collection of recipes promoting food conservation, compiled by the Mobilized Women's Organisation of Berkeley, and including methods for 'Clam Chowder', 'Chicken Pie', 'Enchilada Eggs','Turnips a la Berkeley', and 'Angel Cake', among many others. The final 29 pages include advertisements, measurement and substitute guide, index, and blank pages for recipes.
 
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The Arts of Beauty; or, Secrets of a Lady's Toilet. With Hints to Gentlemen on the Art of Fascinating - Madame Lola Montez, Countess of Landsfeld

1858 - Dick & Fitzgerald, New York - First Edition
‘If Lola Montez’s life was a film script it would be rejected for being too far fetched. With Franz Liszt, Alexandre Dumas and King Ludwig of Bavaria among her many lovers, and shootings, drownings, bigamy and adultery, you just couldn’t make it up.’ - The Irish Times.

The beautiful and fiery Montez had fictional affairs with Harry Flashman,and is reputed to be the inspiration for Irene Adler, in Conan Doyle’s ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, her infamous ‘Spider Dance’ involved the discovery and removal of numerous spiders amongst her petticoats whilst whirling around in the style of a Spanish gypsy, and the various fatal endings of many lovers was just as spider like.

And in this rare little tome she reveals all the secrets required to be, well, Lola Montez. The last chapter provides ‘
Fifty Rules in the Art of Fascinating’. A superb example, without the us of powders, paints, pomades, embellishment, beautification, or sophistication.

Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl... or more appropriately, Like the spider to a fly...

She is fatal to any man who dares to love her.’ - Alexandre Dumas. 
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A Treatise of Gauging: Or, the Modern Practical Gauger. Illustrated with necessary Examples - Thomas Moss

1779 - Printed for G. Robinson, London - The Third Edition, Greatly Enlarged and Improved by the Author
Illustrated with large folding plate to the rear, and numerous in-text diagrams and tables. All editions of this work are scarce.

A "gauger" was an officer whose business it was to ascertain the contents of casks, mainly to assist in the prevention of illicit shipments of alcohol. In so doing it was necessary to apply and in some cases adapt mathematical formulae which were considered extremely advanced at the time. Thomas Moss, an exciseman and gauger, was also a well known mathematician, publishing the ‘
Mathematical Magazine’ together with George Witchell (1738-85), and being referenced for his clear and concise early descriptions of a number of geometrical properties. 
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Health’s Improvement: or, Rules Comprising and Discovering The Mature, Method, and Manner of Preparing all sorts of Food Used in this Nation. - Thomas Muffett (Moffett), Christopher Bennet

1655 - Printed by Tho: Newcomb for Samuel Thornton, at the sign of the white Horse in Pauls Churchyard
Written by that ever Famous Thomas Muffett, Doctor in Physick: Corrected and Enlarged by Christopher Bennet, Doctor in Physick, and Fellow of the Colledg of Physitians in London.

Scarce first edition of this posthumous work, which André Simon said was “probably compiled about 1595. Some chapter headings will give an idea of the scope of this work, which is composed throughout in a gossipy and very readable style. ‘
What Diet is’. ‘How it is to be chosen’. ‘Of Meats’. ‘Of the flesh of tame beasts’. ‘Of the flesh of wild fowl’ . . .”

From the collection of noted bibliophile and perfectionist, Brent Gration-Maxfield, with his neat pencil annotation to the front.

See page 154, where Muffett describes the flying fish he was shown by his friend Sir Francis Drake.
 
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel of New York - John J. A. Murphy (illustrator)

1919 - The Irving Press, New York - First Edition
Rare art-deco work, magnificently designed and illustrated in wood blocks by the ‘Master of the Modern Wood Engraving’ John J.A. Murphy, the sixteen award-winning plates present the New York Ritz Carlton in all it’s glory, including the Crystal Ballroom, the Japanese Tea Garden, Dining Room and Grill Room, Palm Court, Smoking Rooms, and Roof Garden. With an additional loose letterpress announcement for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlantic City.

Born in Boston, Murphy began his art training at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and then the Art Students League in New York. He received the bulk of his printmaking training in London, where he he worked in Frank Brangwyn’s studio at Hammersmith, and was later acclaimed for his work. He came back to the US in 1919, after serving in the army. In 1921, his work was included in the exhibition of
Modern American Wood Engraving at the New York Public Library. In a review of the exhibition in the New York Times, Murphy’s work was singled out as “the strongest and most original”.  
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