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Bad Boy of Music - George Antheil

1945 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition
A bright copy of the amusing, glittering, and occasionally bizarre autobiography of American modernist composer, George Antheil, the self-proclaimed ‘bad boy of music’.

Antheil’s witty account records his fabulous career – his sensational London debut in 1921, his year living the high life in Berlin, moving to the Left Bank, becoming Stravinsky’s protégé, marrying a Hungarian in Paris, and partying with the likes of Ezra Pound, Jean Cocteau, and Ernest Hemingway. His memoir also includes a lively chapter recalling his friendship with James Joyce, with whom he would collaborate on an operatic adaptation of the ‘Cyclops’ episode of
Ulysses; sadly, the opera remained unfinished, and today only a few pages of the original score remain. 
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Le Paysan de Paris (The Peasant of Paris) - Louis Aragon, Henri Cartier-Bresson

1994 - The Limited editions Club, New York - Number 89 of 300 copies.
‘I was seeking… a new kind of novel that would break all the traditional rules governing the writing of fiction… a novel that the critics would be obliged to approach empty-handed’ – Louis Aragon

A beautiful copy of this superbly produced limited edition of Louis Aragon’s outstanding Surrealist novel – in which he compares a poet’s love for his city to a peasant’s love for his land – signed by Henri Cartier-Bresson on the limitation page.

Stunningly illustrated with seven original lithographs and a photogravure by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The lithographs were pulled by Bruce Porter at his Trestle Editions studio in New York. The photogravure was printed by Jon Goodman on French-made Arjo Wiggins stock.

Translated from the French by Samuel Watson Taylor.
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Peintres de L’Empêchement - Samuel Beckett

1990 - Les Éditions De Minuit, Paris - First Edition, Number 29 of 99 number copies printed on Vélin Chiffon de Lana paper
‘Est peint ce qui empéche de peindre’

A fine, unopened copy of Beckett’s essay on art and modern painting, which discusses the relation between subject and object using the works of Dutch artists (and brothers) Bram and Geer van Velde as examples.

The essay was originally printed in
Derriére le Miroir in June 1948 and has not been translated into English. 
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Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management - Mrs. Isabella Beeton

1920 Circa - Ward Lock & Co., London and Melbourne
A lovely copy, scarce in it’s original red spine and beige boards, a truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time, the enormous and iconic ‘New Edition’ doubled the size of this already substantial volume.

This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

And so it should with 1,997 pages containing household and culinary advice, 3,945 recipes, iced with 85 pages on
Meals their Importance and Arrangements. This is followed by over 200 pages on other important matters of Household Management. Chapter headings include - Domestic Servants and their Duties; Household Recipes (from Shoe Polish to dry-cleaning ostrich feathers); The Doctor,; The Nurse; The Nursery; Homeopathic Medicine; and Legal Memoranda. All topped off with an Analytical Index.

Profusely illustrated with over 190 pages of plates including 29 colour lithographic plates, 143 full page black and white plates, and 22 pages of colour advertisements.

Twenty-nine colour plate
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Charlie Chan Carries On - Earl Derr Biggers

Circa 1931 - Grosset & Dunlap, New York - Photoplay edition
The fifth novel in the series, this photoplay edition was issued for the movie starring Warner Oland in 1931, however only a trailer is known to have survived. Marvelous dust jacket, and illustrated with photographic plates from the film.

So popular was Charlie Chan that a total of 44 ‘Charlie Chan’ movies were made from 1931 to 1949 (actually, there were three others from 1925 to 1929, each with a different actor who played Chan). Over the length of this series, six different actors, none of whom were really Chinese, starred as Charlie Chan.
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A Practical Treatise on Brewing, Based on Chemical and Economical Principles; with Formulæ for Public Brewers, and Instructions for Private Families. - William Black

1844 - Longman, London - Third Edition, ‘Much Enlarged and Improved’
A near fine, and unopened copy, of this important and popular treatise, first published in 1835

Folding plate ‘
Delineation of the New Improved Saccharometer’ to the rear.

Spectator in it’s review notes that this is ‘A new edition of a book we formerly noticed as a useful and original-minded treatise. The additional matter has been revised by Professor Graham, of the London University.’

Perhaps the most well known historical Scottish brewing firm was that of William Black & Company of Aberdeen believed to have been established in 1803, and his ‘Devanha Brewery’ used the former Paper Mills by the Wellington Suspension Bridge in Aberdeen. Black’s Devanha Porter - a dark beer resembling stout - became famous throughout the UK, the Brewery being conveniently close to the railway halt at the Cattle Bank. The firm itself was laterally acquired in 1819 to become the Gilcomston Brewery and again by the Devanha Brewery Company Limited, registered as a limited liability company in 1910. Brewing finally ceased in 1930 after the firm was acquired by Thomas Usher & Son Ltd. of Edinburgh. William Black & Co. also ran the Devanha Distillery, built about a mile upstream from the Brewery in 1825. [Durden Park Beer Circle / The Doric Columns].
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The Art of Illustration - Henry Blackburn

1894 - W. H. Allen & Co., London - First Edition
‘The object of this book is to explain the modern systems and Book and Newspaper Illustration, and especially the methods of drawing for what is commonly called ‘process’, on which so many artists are now engaged.’

Henry Blackburn’s informative and appealing commentary on 19th century illustration, featuring numerous examples of the various forms of reproductions of drawings with accompanying descriptions of the methods employed. Chapters discuss everything from diagrams, daily illustrated newspapers, line drawing and sketching, to illustrative process such as the gelatine and half-tone, as well as wood engravings, illustrations from photographs, and decorative pages.

Beautifully presented with ninety-five black and white illustrations, many of them full-page, and featuring the works of prominent illustrators such as Randolph Caldecott, Daniel Vierge, and Walter Crane, among many others.
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The Secret Paris of the 30’s - Brassaï (Gyula Halász)

1976 - Pantheon , New York - First American Edition
‘Brassaï is a living eye’ – Henry Miller

A fine copy of celebrated photographer Brassaï’s astonishing monograph of the forbidden Paris of the 1930s – its streets and bars, prostitutes, brothels, and thugs – each photograph endlessly inquisitive and beautifully composed, and drawing ‘every possible bit of poetry from the enveloping cloak of night’ – Luc Sante

Translated from the French by Richard Miller.
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