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The Antiquities of Scotland - Francis Grose

1797 - Hooper & Wigstead, London - First Hooper & Wigstead edition
Two magnificently illustrated volumes, of this comprehensive work, with 190 full page engraved plates, large engraved folding Index Map to the Antiquities of Scotland. Shewing the Situation of Every Building Described in this Work, two engraved title pages, and one in text Plan of Druidical Stone.

Grose (1731-91), English antiquary draughtsman and lexicographer, initiated the eighteenth-century's most extensive series of published illustrations of ancient monuments.

In 1788 he began the first of several tours of Scotland in order to produce
The Antiquities of Scotland. It was on the second of these tours, in summer 1789, that he met and immediately formed a friendship with the poet Robert Burns. Burns met him while he was staying with Robert Riddell at the Friar's Carse, collecting material for his Scottish work. Burns suggested to him that he should include Alloway Kirk in his Scottish Antiquities, and Grose agreed on condition that Burns provided a witch tale to go with his drawing. In June 1790, Burns sent Grose a prose tale with a variant in a letter to Grose, following it up with a rhymed version, "Tam o' Shanter" (see Volume II, page 31). 
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A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons - Francis Grose

1785 - Printed for S. Hooper, London - First Edition
A handsome first edition, large quarto (28x23cm) in contemporary tree calf binding, illustrated with 48 full page plates, and the 49th plate reduced in size on page 118 (as issued).

Francis Grose (1731-91), was an English antiquary draughtsman and lexicographer, who, in addition to his ‘
Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons’ initiated the eighteenth-century's most extensive series of published illustrations of ancient monuments, including the eight volume ‘Antiquities of England and Wales’. 
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The Royal Yacht Squadron (1815-1900) - with - Further memorials of the Royal Yacht Squadron (1901-1938) - Montague Guest, William B. Boulton, J. B. Atkins

1902 1939 - John Murray. Geoffrey Bles., London - First Editions
These two volumes represent the history of one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world, The Royal Yacht Squadron, whose current patron is Queen Elizabeth II and club admiral is Prince Philip. The club’s ensign is the White Ensign of the Royal Navy, and it flies above Cowes Castle, their magnificent clubhouse on the Isle of Wight.

Two large octavo volumes, extremely well illustrated, and containing a large amount of biographical material, as well as personal reminiscences and recollections of the great races and yachts of this era.

Included are a number of related letters and press cuttings from the former owner Dr. Michael Gilkes.
 
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Robertson of Irvine - Poet-Preacher - Arthur Guthrie

1890 - Ardrossan, London - Second Edition
A finely bound copy, illustrated with engraved frontispiece portrait and calotype plate of Trinity Church, Irvine from a photograph.

‘William Irvine (1863-1947) was a Presbyterian evangelist. Born in Kilsyth (North Lanarkshire), the third of eleven children of a miner, Irvine was educated at Kilsyth Academy. He worked as a miner but gave up employment to spend two years at John Anderson's Bible Training College in Glasgow (1893-5).

In 1897, while travelling in Ireland, Irvine founded the mysterious two-by-two itinerant ministry. This evangelical organisation, also known as the 'tramp mission' or 'the church without a name', attracted crowds to open-air missions held across the country. Workers were sent to America and Irvine himself travelled regularly around the globe in the early years of the 20th Century.

Irvine was convinced that the Book of Revelations should be taken literally and that the world was about to come to an end. In 1914, this brought about a schism in the church and Irvine left, along with a few hundred loyal supporters. They became known as the Message People, the Witnesses, or Irvinites. Irvine went on to declare himself a prophet and continued to urge his followers to prepare for the end of the world.

Having suffered from throat cancer, Irvine died in Jerusalem. The church he founded continues today, with up to 500,000 members world-wide.’ - bio provided by
The Gazetteer for Scotland, supported by School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society. 
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New Worlds to Conquer - Richard Halliburton

1929 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First Edition
‘Somewhere a lizard stirred the leaves ... Furtively I looked about me, realizing that in the darkness the boa-constrictors would be abroad creeping forth from the ancient tombs and slinking down the leafy avenues...’

New Worlds to Conquer
was Halliburton's  third book and contains a knapsack full of that adventurer's gold – dreams brought to reality by the alchemy of his courage and daring. The book details how Halliburton set off for Latin America in search of adventure, and find it he did. He dived to the bottom of the Mayan Well of Death, from which hundreds of skeletons had been dredged, then swam fifty miles down the length of the Panama Canal. Not content, he climbed to the crest of Mexico's lofty Mount Popocatepetl, twice, and roamed over the infamous Devil’s Island. Yet his most amazing adventure occurred when he had himself marooned on the same island which had once held Robinson Crusoe captive. 
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The Glorious Adventure - Richard Halliburton

1927 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First Edition, Second State.
‘I thought of Ulysses and his stirring drama, and then looked at my own life, imprisoned by apartment walls, surrounded by self-satisfied people who were caught in the ruts of convention and responsibility. All that seemed drab. I had tasted the drug of romantic travel, and I could not rest from it’.

Halliburton wrote these words before setting off for the blue Mediterranean, where he roamed searching for adventure and romance, both of which he was happy to report were still in abundant supply.
 
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The Monuments of Egypt; or, Egypt a witness for the Bible, - with - Notes of a Voyage up the Nile by an American. - Francis L. Hawks (editor), John L. Stephens

1850 - Geo P. Putnam, New York - First Edition
Striking copy of this comprehensive description of Egypt intwo parts, the first compiled from various well known works, and illustrated throughout with colour and tinted lithographs, and black and white in-text sketches and drawings. Uncommon in original publisher’s gilt illustrated cloth, without restoration or rebinding.

The second part titled ‘
Journal of a Voyage up the Nile, made between November, 1848, and April, 1849’ is an entertaining travelogue commonly attributed to John Lloyd Stephens, the renowned American archaeologist, famed for his exploration of the Maya runs in Central America, and an acquaintance Hawks met in London. 
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A Book of Designs of Deep Sea Racing Craft - Malden Heckstall-Smith

1933 - Ernest J. Day & Company, London - First Edition
A fine copy of this large and beautifully presented work, containing the twenty nine of the best racing yacht designs selected from more than sixty submitted for an international competition organised by the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club for racing yachts in the 55 class (over 16.5 metres) and the 35 class (over 10 metres). With an Introduction by Malden Heckstall-Smith.

The designs are presented here over 116 full page illustrations, and the designers include the who’s who of international yacht designers such as J. Read, David Boyd, Alfred Pyszka, Laurent Giles & Partners, Charles A. Nicholson, H. W. de Voogt, Harry Jacobs, Olin Stephens, Jarl Lindblom, and John M. Tate.
 
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