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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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Peg Woffington - Charles Reade

1899 - George Allen, London - First Edition with the Thomson illustrations
An attractively bound copy of popular Victorian author Charles Reade’s episodic novel of the life of Irish actress Peg Woffington, this edition the first featuring the charming illustrations by Hugh Thomson.

Margaret ‘Peg’ Woffington (c1737-1757) took leading roles in Dublin and London, and was renowned for both her comic turns as well as being celebrated for her portrayals in many of Shakespeare’s plays. She was also known for her bitter rivalries with other actresses – she reportedly stabbed Mrs Bellamy during a performance – in addition to her numerous love affairs. Thus, her life provided excellent material for a novel.

Hugh Thomson’s illustrations evoke a ‘smiling awareness of the unheroic aspect of everyday life; his relish for the counterbalancing bravery of period costumes, coaches and horses, and elegant furniture; and his brisk style give his work irresistible charm.’

Features black and white frontispiece, numerous vignette engravings throughout, and an introduction by Austin Dobson.
 
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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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The Stones of Venice - The Foundations, The sea-stories; The Fall. With illustrations drawn by the author. - John Ruskin [1819-1900]

1851 - Smith, London - First Editions
‘Among the many strange things that have befallen Venice, she had the good fortune to become the object of passion to a man of splendid genius’ - Henry James on John Ruskin.

Ruskin’s classic treatise on Venetian art and architecture. Complete in three volumes. Profusely illustrated with 53 plates including seven in colour, and in text drawings throughout

The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian Britain and beyond. The chapter "The Nature of Gothic" (from volume 2) was admired by William Morris, who published it separately in an edition which is in itself an example of Gothic revival. It inspired Marcel Proust; the narrator of the Recherche visits Venice with his mother in a state of enthusiasm for Ruskin
 
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The Seven Lamps of Architecture - John Ruskin [1819-1900]

1849 - Smith, London - First Edition
Ruskin’s classic and highly influential work, ‘immensely ambitious in scope. The seven ‘lamps’ – memory, obedience, sacrifice, truth, power, beauty and life – are in fact individual essays which add up to a comprehensive theory of architecture. The background to the theory, and the spirit which pervades it, is Romanticism, the cultural movement which swept all before it at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. The Lamp of Memory deals with architectural tradition and the way that architecture can express a culture and a period.’  
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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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