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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.’

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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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The Scots Household in the Eighteenth Century - Marion Lochhead

1948 - The Moray Press, Edinburgh - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of Lochhead’s comprehensive work which reflected her interests in social and domestic history.

Chapters cover, among other areas, Food, Religion, Servants, Games, Children, Social Life, the Library, the Scotswoman Abroad, and the Scots Merchant.
 
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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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Night Without End - Alistair MacLean

1960 - Collins, London - First Edition
An airliner crashes in the Polar ice-cap. In temperatures 40 degrees below zero, six men and four women survive. But for the members of a remote research station who rescue them, there are some sinister questions to answer - the first one being, who shot the pilot before the crash?

A stunning copy.

Dust jacket without price to front flap, indicating a copy for export (those to remain in the UK were priced at
15s. net to lower corner of flap). 
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1946 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition in English, Second Printing (one month after the first).
A fine copy in bright dust jacket, scarce as such.

Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international best-seller when it was published after the war. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved. Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.’ (description from the
New York Review Books Classics) 
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The Indian Alps and How We Crossed Them - Nina Elizabeth Mazuchelli

1876 - Longmans, London - First Edition
A handsome volume of this enduring work on mountaineering, the enthusiastic and irrepressible narrative of Nina Elizabeth Mazuchelli who, together with her Army chaplain husband, Francis, and their friend ‘C’ (the District Officer) traversed the Nepal-Sikkim frontier along the Singalila Ridge – they almost reached the Tibetan border before a blizzard forced them to turn back.

Despite their retreat, Mrs Mazuchelli was the first English woman to travel so far into the eastern Himalayas.

Profusely illustrated with 10 full page chromolithographic plates and numerous in-text drawings and sketches by the author, together with a folding map of Sikkim, the travelling party’s route marked in colour.
 
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Secrets of the Great Whiskey Ring - and - Eighteen Months in the Penitentiary - Gen. John McDonald

1880 - W. S. Bryan, St. Louis - New , revised and enlarged edition (published the same year as the first edition)
Inscribed and dated by McDonald, the central figure in Great Whiskey Ring, one of America’s greatest fraud scandals.

Two works in one, expanded from the first edition of the same year, to include the second story ‘Eighteen Months in the Penitentiary’, and illustrated with numerous portraits and engravings.

The Whiskey Ring was a scandal, exposed in 1875, involving diversion of tax revenues in a conspiracy among government agents, politicians, whiskey distillers, and distributors. The fraud took place in cities across the country, but was centered in St. Louis. The St. Louis ring was headed by John McDonald, the Treasury Department’s supervisor of internal revenue for the St. Louis area and an old army buddy of President Grant. Some of the fraudulent money went into Republican campaign coffers, but most was pocketed by the ring members for personal use. In an obvious attempt to fend off administration inquiries, McDonald gave expensive gifts to Orville Babcock, Grant’s personal secretary and close friend. McDonald also later testified to giving the president lavish gifts, but the claim was not proven in court.
 
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