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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.
 
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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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1999 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1233 of 1750 copies
A fine example of this Genesis ‘Hall of Fame’ title – now fully subscribed – which brings together photographer Michael Putland’s archive documents of the 1970s and chronicles in remarkable detail the decade many consider to be the most interesting in The Rolling Stones’ history. Signed by Putland on the limitation page and featuring a foreword by Stones’ guitarist Mick Taylor.

Putland was invited by the Stones’ to be the band’s official tour photographer just prior to their 1972 world tour, a position Putland happily accepted. His physical closeness to the Stones – he was often only feet away from them on stage – resulted in a wealth of memorable images, all brilliantly compiled in this exquisitely produced volume.

This incredible anthology of images, rarely published and never exhibited, includes shots of Mick Taylor in the line up, the
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll video shoot, the arrival of Ronnie Wood, the first pictures of Keith after his Toronto drug bust, backstage at the Palladium, and the fantastic 100 Club gig. It also captures the band alongside other legendary musicians, including Paul McCartney, Billy Preston (Apple Records), Bob Marley, Peter Tosh (The Wailers), Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Eric Clapton, Ian McLagan (Small Faces) and Van Morrison. 
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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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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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A New System of Domestic Cookery - Mrs. Maria Eliza Ketilby Rundell

1808 - John Murray, London - A New Edition, Corrected
A finely bound edition with brightly marbled boards, illustrated with engraved frontispiece and eight (of nine) carving diagrams

Mrs Rundell holds her claim to fame by becoming the most popular gastronomic writer of the nineteenth century, as the collection was reprinted over sixty times and sold more that 50’000 copies in the UK and US. Divided thirteen categories including ‘
Meats’ ’Soups’ and ’Sweet Dishes’ (a format which cookbooks today still employ), Domestic Cookery was described by historian Karen Hess as '…effectively replacing all eighteenth-century cookbooks as being rather old-fashioned, almost more in language than in content'. 
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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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