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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.

The complexities of measuring the amount of a liquid when in a cask led to many advancements in practical mathematics including the use of the slide-rule. Obviously without accurate measurements an excise officer would have found life rather difficult having to rely on the distilleries creative measurements... 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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De Arte Bibendi, Arte Jocandi, Artis Amandi, Dansandi; Meretricum fides: aliaque faceta. - Vincentius (Vincent) Obsopoeus ( Heydnecker )

1648 - Typographia Rediviva, Leiden
Contemporarily bound example of this little Rake’s Vade Mecum, containing all a 17th century gentleman about town needed to know.

Beginning with Obsopoeus’ ‘Drinking without getting drunk’, and continuing with numerous important texts such as ‘Practising the Art of Love’, ‘The Art of Amusing Conversation’, ‘Faithful lovers of harlots’; ‘Elogy of a Drunkard’, ‘Rules of Dancing’, and an essay titled ‘Fornicators, gamblers and drunkards have the worst problems: Explained’.

‘This volume, rare and beautifully produced, from the presses of Abraham Commelin, whose mark is on the title page.’ -
Willems. 
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Le Jazz Hot - Hugues Panassié

1934 - Editions R.-A. Corrêa, Paris - First Edition
‘As a lover of Hot Music as well as a player, I take great pleasure in introducing a book on Hot Music which is written by that wonderful little critic on Hot Music, Mr Hugues Parnassié’ – Louis Armstrong, from his introduction

A bright copy of one of the earliest and most important works on jazz, written by the founder of the Hot Club de Paris, Hugues Parnassié, at the age of just twenty-two, and presented here with the rare orange wrap around band.

Wonderfully illustrated with colour frontispiece by Roger Chastel and 10 black and white photographs of prominent jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Colman Hawkins, and Duke Ellington. Text in French, with Armstrong’s introduction in French and English. Index features an impressive 58-page list of ‘disques hot’.
 
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Mammy Lou's Cook Book - SIGNED - Betty Benton Patterson

1931 - Robert M. McBride & Company, New York - First Edition
Mammy Lou's cook book had to be written, for Mammy Lou is a composite characterisation of all the negro mammies we have known, loved, and lost awhile.’

Signed by the author, 'Cordially - Betty Benton Patterson' on front endpaper. Patterson was a local Houston food writer, whose collection of recipes for meals from the 'old south', and based on her regular newspaper column, bestowed more recognition on African American cooks than any other cook book writer of the era.

Dedicated to Ida Deberry Wheeler. '
Mammy Lou is a composite characterization of all the Negro Mammies we have known, loved and lost a while.' Head notes to many chapters are in Mammy Lou's African-American dialogue. Ms. Patterson wrote the Tuesday food column in the Houston Chronicle 1930s. Creole cabbage with sausage, Mam Jude's bread dressing, crabmeat souffle, honey pecan pie, cherry pie Roanoke, etc. 
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Johnson Over Jordan - The Play. And All About It (An Essay) - J. B. Priestley

1939 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Edition
‘J.B. Priestley is one of our literary icons of the 20th Century. And it is time that we all became re-acquainted with his genius’ – Dame Judi Dench

A smartly bound copy of J.B. Priestley’s ‘adventure in theatre’,
Johnson Over Jordan – the story of ‘everyman’ Robert Johnson who attempts to make sense of a life half lived – was the play he considered his finest and most ambitious achievement. Also features an essay by Priestly on the writing of the play and its origins, and the critical reception of the stage production.

Illustrated with 8 full page black and white photographic plates of the original 1939 stage production, which starred Ralph Richardson and featured a musical score by Benjamin Britten.

With a black and white photographic portrait of the playwright tipped in to front endpaper and the front panel of the original dust jacket laid in.
 
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The New Family Receipt-Book - David Pugh, Maria Rundell

1814 - John Murray, London - A New Edition, Corrected.
A beautifully bound, compact collection of recipes, household advice, and medical tips, this volume includes ingenious articles such as: ‘Easy Method of Curing the Sea-Scurvy’, ’To Increase the Force of Gun-Powder’ and ‘Method of Rendering Assistance to Persons in Danger of Drowing' to name but a few. Helpfully organised into categories such as ’Agriculture', ‘Distilling’ and ‘Pleasing Experiments’

According to Arnold Oxford (
English Cookery Books) this compilation was published to accompany Maria Rundell’s highly successful New System of Domestic Cookery’. Although Oxford states that this was written by Mrs Rundell, it is more likely that the compiler was David Pugh who worked on a number of ‘Family-Receipt’ books for several publishers under the pseudonym of David Hughson. 
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