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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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Le Cuisinier Etranger - with - Le Patissier Imperial - A. T. Raimbault [pseud. Charles-Yves Cousin d’Avalon]

1813 - Chez Delacour, Paris - Early Edition, Nouvelle Édition Considérablement augmentée.
‘J’ai visité les Cuisines de tout le globe, et j’ai ecrit ces Recettes.’

Rare. Two short works in one.
 
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SOLD - The Kingdom of the Pearl - Léonard Rosenthal. Edmund Dulac (illustrator)

Circa 1920 - Nisbet & Co. Ltd, London - Number 648 of a limited 675 numbered copies.
A superb large quarto of Dulac's illustrated book masterpiece. One of a limited edition, commissioned by famed Parisian jeweller, Léonard Rosenthal.

‘Each one of these plates is a work of art, and the matter of the book itself is an engrossing history of pearls, their culture, their treatment, their myths and legends, and the narratives of famous stones. The book combines romance and instruction.’ -
The New York Times (4 December, 1921)

Dulac uses techniques borrowed from Persian manuscripts, such as overwashing the watercolours with silver and gold. Those approaches produced stunning results, contributing to the gem-like quality of the ten exquisite tipped-in plates with captioned tissue guards.
 
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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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The Odd Couple - Neil Simon

1966 - Random House, New York - First edition, first printing
Neil’s successful Broadway play, which premiered in 1965. The plot concerns two mismatched roommates: the neat, uptight Felix Ungar and the slovenly, easygoing Oscar Madison. Walter Matthau starred as Oscar Madison, and went on to play the same part in the film adaptation in 1968 together with Jack Lemmon as Felix.

Simon adapted the play in 1985 to feature a pair of female roommates (Florence Ungar and Olive Madison) in
The Female Odd Couple. In 2002 he wrote an updated version Oscar and Felix: A New Look at the Odd Couple, which was performed on Broadway with Matthew Broderick playing Felix.

In addition to the film and theatre,
The Odd Couple has been the basis of a number of successful sitcoms, notably the ABC sitcoms The Odd Couple (1970-75) and The New Odd Couple (1982-3). A new series of The Odd Couple is scheduled to begin on CBS in September 2014 starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. 
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The Compleat Housewife - E. Smith

1734 - Printed for J. Pemberton, at the Golden Buck - Sixth Edition (First Published in 1727)
A wonderful early edition of Eliza Smith’s best-selling compendium of recipes, home remedies, and medicinal guidance, and featuring six engraved folding plates showing table settings. A great success in London, where it is was originally published in 1727, it later had the distinction of being the first cookery book printed in America, when it was printed and published in Williamsburg, Virginia, by William Parks in 1742.

Created as a household guide for the 18th century urban housewife, Smith’s extensive experience as a cook in various aristocratic houses, in addition to her chiding of the male culinary writers of the period, whom she claimed concealed their best recipes from the public, made her a popular figure amongst her contemporary female audience.
 
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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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