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Listen! The Wind - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1939 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A lovely copy – in its striking original dust jacket – of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s beautifully written account of her and her husband’s 1933 flight in their single-engine Lockheed ‘Sirius’ from Africa to South America, as they survey 30,000 miles of coastal aviation routes across the Atlantic Ocean.

With a foreword, and map drawings by Charles Lindbergh.

Listen! The Wind was awarded the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1938.

The title comes from a line in British poet Humbert Wolfe’s poem ‘Autumn Resignation’ –
‘Listen! the wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves.’

When Anne Morrow married courageous, solo adventurer and aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1929, her life was destined never to be the same. Her flying education began soon after her wedding, and in 1930, thanks to the expert guidance of her husband, and her own ingenuity, Anne became the first woman to earn an American glider pilot’s license. Along with her skills as an aeronaut, she also became an accomplished navigator and radio operator.

In 1934, Anne became the first woman to be awarded the National Geographical Society’s Hubbard Gold Medal, presented with this accolade as recognition for her exploration, research, and discovery. Anne continued to fly as Charles’ co-pilot, travelling with him across Africa and South America, as well as on polar air routes from North America to Asia, and Europe. She was also his navigator on a trip across the US, flying from California to New York in just under 15 hours. At the time of the flight, Anne was seven months pregnant.

Along with her remarkable aerial adventures, Anne also went on to be a best-selling author, writing several travel memoirs and articles, as well as
‘Gift from the Sea’, a seminal work of inspirational, feminist literature.

References: Pace, ‘Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Champion of Flight and Women’s Concerns’
The New York Times 2001. Lindbergh Foundation, web. Gherman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Between the Sea and the Stars 2008. 
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The Chronicles of Scotland. Published from Several Old Manuscripts - Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie, John Graham Dalyell (editor)

1814 - Printed by George Ramsay for Archibald Constable and Company, Edinburgh
An early and rare publication of Lindsay’s Historie and Chronicles of Scotland, the first history of Scotland to be composed in Scots rather than Latin, and first published in 1728. This edition was compiled by Dalyell from four different manuscripts, and even Dalyell says that ‘perhaps it is not inconsistent to admit, that [Lindsay] may have availed himself of the materials collected by his predecessors.’

The
Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen gives Lindsay some credit, by stating that ‘the earnest and honest simplicity of the good old chronicler, however, is exceedingly amusing.’ But, they go on to say that ‘as to the Chronicles themselves, it is not perhaps very easy to determine in what language they should be spoken of. They present a strange compound of endless and aimless garrulity, simplicity, credulity, and graphic delineation; the latter, however, evidently the effect not of art or design, but of a total want of them. He describes events with all the circumstantiality of an eyewitness, and with all the prolixity of one who is determined to leave nothing untold, however trifling it may be. But his credulity, in particular, seems to have been boundless, and is remarkable even for the credulous age in which he lived. He appears to have believed, without question, every thing which was told him; and, believing it, has carefully recorded it.’ 
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Voodoo Fire in Haiti - Richard A. Loederer

1935 - Jarrolds Publishers London Limited, London - First Edition in English
‘The drums took on a different rhythm, rattling out a sharp staccato message, accompanied by the heavy pounding of the bass. Faster and faster flew the feet of the dancers as they whirled round the fire. Their smooth muscles writhed and cramped as under the blows of an invisible whip.’

From his steamer voyage from Jazz Age New York to Cap Haitien to his punishing trek through the island's interior jungle to a rapt, yet fearful, attendance at an authentic voodoo ceremony, Loederer captures the sights, sounds, and sensations of this mysterious Caribbean republic.

A selection of the magnificent chapter headings tell all... Congo Bean Stew; Massacre River; Jungle Magic; Tropical Fever; Polychromata; Black Magic; Voodoo Fire.

Illustrated by fifty one of the author's own art deco-style woodcuts, and his wonderful piratical map of Haiti used for the endpapers, which only add to the exotic appeal.
 
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Narrative of a Journey from Calcutta by Way of Egypt - Mrs. Charles Lushington

1829 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘‘Every evening in the desert, the Lushingtons and their party, which included Lord Elphinstone, late Governor of Bombay, would settle down to a light supper of ‘roast turkey, ham, fowls, mutton in various shapes, curry, rice and potatoes, damson tart and a pudding; madeira, claret, sherry, port and... beer; ... almonds and raisins, watermelons, pumplenose (grapefruit)... and a plum cake’. There were thrilling ‘mummy-openings’ to attend in Thebes, balls in Cairo, and soirées in Naples and Paris. In fact the experience, said Mrs Lushington, was decidedly not to be missed.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Judging from the frontispiece illustration, it seems the camels may have also benefited from the leftovers of the Lushington’s ‘light suppers’.

A handsomely bound copy of Sarah Lushington’s entertaining and informative account of her journey from Calcutta to Europe, with notes on route, itinerary, and the necessities of travel for ladies intending to brave the ‘Overland Route’ from India to England.

With chapters detailing many of Mrs Lushington’s experiences in Bombay, Luxor, Cairo, the Nile, Syracuse, Naples, and Rome, among others, and featuring an engraved frontispiece of ‘The Tukhte Rowan in the Desert’.
 
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The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire 1793-1812 - Captain A. T. Mahan

1892 - Sampson Low, London - First English Edition (published the same year as the First American Edition)
An exceptional two volume set by one of the most important naval strategists of the nineteenth century, illustrated with five full page maps, one large folding map of the ‘North Atlantic Ocean’, and seven full pages of battle plans.

‘Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) was an American naval officer, in 1885 he was appointed Lecturer in Naval History and Tactics at the US Naval War College, and became President of the institution between 1886–1889. These two volumes, contain Mahan's detailed analysis of British and French naval strategy during the French Revolution. Mahan recounts chronologically the major naval battles and campaigns between Britain and France and their allies, analysing the different naval strategies used and discussing Britain's successful naval tactics.’ (CUP).
 
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The Sand Pebbles - Richard McKenna

1963 - Victor Gollancz, London - First English Edition
Fine copy in nice bright unclipped and scarce dust jacket. The story of a US naval river boat based on the Yangtze river in 1925, the author served for ten years in the US Navy in the Far East, two of them on a Yangtze River gunboat.

The basis for the film starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna and Candice Bergen. Later republished by the U. S. Naval Institute as part of their ‘Classics of Naval Literature’ series.
 
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Across East African Glaciers - Dr. Hans Meyer, E. H. S. Caulder (translator)

1891 - George Philip &, London - First Edition in English
A superb example of the first edition, in the publisher’s original and first state illustrated cover highlighting the snow in white and additional colour to the tents and clearing, described by Neate as ‘a most handsome volume’. With mounted chromolithographed frontispiece, three folding colour maps, eight mounted photographic plates, and twelve photogravures.

‘Hans Meyer was a geologist and experienced climber who made four trips to the Kilimanjaro region in 1887-1889 culminating in his successful ascent – the first undisputed summit of Kibo, 19,340 feet, the highest of the mountain's three peaks – in 1889.

In an earlier attempt, Meyer and his companion Oscar Baumann had the misfortune to arrive in the midst of an Arab revolt against German traders on the East African coast. They were captured and held hostage until a substantial ransom was paid.

Meyer's ultimate success has been attributed to his recognition that the greatest obstacle to achieving the summit was the lack of food in the upper regions. He brought a sizeable and well organised party and established several camps on the mountain, allowing him to make multiple attempts at the summit without descending to the base.

His lively and highly readable account of the expedition is arguably the most important work on African mountaineering.’ -
Walkabout Books. 
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A Series of Picturesque Views of Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland with Descriptive and Historical Letterpress. - The Rev. F. O. Morris (editor)

Circa 1890 - William Mackenzie, London - First Edition
Six large quarto volumes in publishers ornately gilt decorated bindings. Illustrated with a total of 240 beautiful full page colour chromolithograph plates of country houses printed by Benjamin Fawcett from coloured wood blocks from drawings by Alexander Lydon, each accompanied by a description and history of the house and it’s owners. 
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