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"Hello, Momma" - SIGNED - George Jessel

1946 - The World Publishing Company, Cleveland and New York - First Edition
The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.

Georgie Jessel’s world-famous phone conversations with his Momma, plus other hilarious essays, jokes and skits. Illustrated throughout with Carl Roses sketches and cartoons, and completed with an irreverent ‘forewarned’ (foreword) by Eddie Cantor.
 
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From Here to Eternity - SIGNED - James Jones

1951 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First edition, first printing
‘Make no mistake about it, From Here to Eternity is a major contribution to our literature, written with contempt for the forces that waste human life, and out of compassion for men who find love and honor and courage in the lower depths, where they are less apparent but sometimes more enduring.’ - New York Times.

Loosely based on Jones' experiences in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division's 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served, Company E (’The Boxing Company’). Adapted into the Academy Award-winning film with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra and Ernest Borgnine.
 
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The Grammar of Ornament - Owen Jones

1910 - Quaritch, London - Folio Edition
‘Form without colour is like a body without a soul.’ – Owen Jones

The seminal work of architect and ornamental designer Owen Jones, ‘one of the most influential design theorists of the nineteenth century. He helped pioneer modern color theory, and his theories on flat patterning and ornament still resonate with contemporary designers today’ [Victoria & Albert Museum], lavishly illustrated with 112 stunning colour plates

First published in 1856,
The Grammar of Ornament gathers together fine examples of decoration, and examines the underlying principles of ornament and polychromy. The work is Jones’ longest lasting legacy, hugely influential in design schools in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and still in print today, being an important source book for contemporary designers.

The first nineteen chapters present examples of ornament from numerous sources, diverse both historically and geographically. Most notable are those featuring designs from the Middle East – Turkish, Arabian, Moresque, Greek, Persian – but there are also chapters on Chinese, Roman, Hindoo, Indian, Medieval, Celtic, Elizabethan and Italian design. Chapter 20 examines ‘Leaves and Flowers from Nature’.
 
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Topographie de Tous les Vignobles Connus - André Jullien, Charles Édouard Jullien

1866 - Mme Ve. Bouchard-Huzard, Paris - Cinquième Édition, Revue, Corrigée et Augmentée [Fifth Edition, Revised, Corrected and Enlarged]
A finely bound edition of Jullien’s important and encyclopaedic work, half of which is on foreign wines, and considered by Andé Simon as one ‘of the highest interest because most of the information it contains is absolutely original’.

Set in two parts, the second, covering the rest of the world, deals, amongst others, with the vineyards of Portugal, Africa, the Rhine and Moselle, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, America, Africa, Chile, Syria, Hungary, and China.
 
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The Way to a Man's Heart. “The Settlement Cook Book” - Mrs. Simon Kander. Mrs. Henry Schoenfeld

1903 - Under the Auspices of “The Settlement”, Milwaukee - Second Edition
One of the most influential and successful American cook books of the twentieth century. ‘The first classic collection of immigrant recipes’.

Extremely rare in any of the first three editions, it is believed that only one complete copy exists of the first 1,000 copies published in 1901, which was followed by this enlarged 1903 edition of 1,500 copies. It can be reasonably assumed that they were purchased to be used in the kitchen, making it extraordinary that any of the first two printings in their delicate white-coated art nouveau illustrated covers exist at all (the only complete surviving original example of the 1901 edition is housed in the Milwaukee Public Library, Lizzie Black Kander’s own copy (incomplete) with notes and amendments for the second edition resides in the Milwaukee Co. Historical Society Research Library). A third and further enlarged edition was published in 1907.

The Settlement Cook Book began its life as a fundraiser for the Jewish Settlement House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, however the recipes were not kosher and included lobster and shellfish. There are also many dishes of German origin, reflecting the German Jewish community in Milwaukee. The chapter on Kuchen includes those called Coffee or Sugar, Tarts, Good, Bundt, Apple, Poppy Seed, Berliner Pfann, Cheese and Blueberry as well as Filled Walnut Kipfel and Schnecken. Among the Jewish dishes were Matzos Pancakes, Matzos Balls, Filled Fish, Kugel, Matzos Pudding. Many of the recipes present an amalgam of German, Eastern European and Jewish cooking.

By 1991 over two million copies of
The Settlement Cook Book had been sold, in more than 40 editions. 
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Tobacco Leaf: Its Culture and Cure, Marketing and Manufacture - Joseph Buckner Killebrew [1831-1906], Herbert Myrick

1900 - Orange Judd Company, New York - First Edition
Comprehensive and important work on the tobacco leaf. 
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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 New London Family Cook - Duncan MacDonald

1808 - Albion Press: Printed for James Cundee, London - Second Edition (first published in 1800)
The author is identified as ‘head cook at the Bedford Tavern and Hotel, Covent-Garden, the cook to the Bedford Tavern in Covent Garden’ the haunt of John Thorpe and General Tilney in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.

Illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, and nine full page engraved plates showing cuts of meat, table settings, carving and trussing. all with the imprint of James Cundee and dated from Jan 1. 1808 through June 25, 1808.
 
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