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Flashman and the Angel of the Lord - From The Flashman Papers 1858-59 - SIGNED - George MacDonald Fraser

1994 - Harvill, London - First Edition
The tenth extract from the Flashman Papers, relating the bizarre concatenation of events that lead Colonel Sir Harry Flashman, K.C.B., V.C., to join John Brown’s uprising at Harper’s Ferry whilst at the same time working for the U.S. government as an agent provocateur. A turn of events set in motion by a flirtatious hussy in a Calcutta hotel. 
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The Candlemass Road - with - The Reavers SIGNED - George MacDonald Fraser

1993 - Harvill, London - First Editions
George MacDonald Fraser wrote The Candlemass Road after completing his research and writing The Steel Bonnets, his non-fiction account of the Anglo-Scottish border Reivers. In this work, firmly based on historical fact, Young Lady Margaret Dacre was brought up in the genteel fashion at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. When her father is murdered, she inherits his lands in the English West March and is plunged into a world where violence and raiding are commonplace. Fraser’s characters are, as always, richly developed through vivid descriptions and witty dialogues. His novel is true to the spirit of the Anglo-Scottish frontier feud.

‘Power, lust and survival in the lawless border country... vivid... perfectly paced.’ –
Independent on Sunday.

Fifteen years later G.M.F. decides to expand on his original
Candlemass plot to produce a book he refers to as ‘Nonsense’ and one that ‘might be described as an Octogenarians rebuke to a generation that seems to have forgotten fun and become obsessed with misery, Disaster, illness, operations....’ (here ensues a long list). ‘The Reavers is simply G.M.F. taking off on what a learned judge would call a frolic of his own.’ This leads to a 16th-century tale of swordplay and gleefully anachronistic wordplay along the Scottish borderlands. A tortuous and torturous tale of four heroes: Gilderoy, dashing Scottish highwayman; Archie Noble, gallant Englishman and proud double-nought operative, licensed to slay; and a beauteous pair of ladies, the noble Lady Godiva Dacre and her randy companion, Kylie. Together the four must stop a Spanish plot to kidnap and replace James VI of Scotland with an impostor who will then gain the English throne on the death of Queen Elizabeth. They must overcome wizards, witches, warlocks and sundry other hazards while Archie and Gilderoy vie for Godiva's fickle affections.

This was G.F.M.’s last novel, a massive wink to the world, with his tongue so firmly in cheek, it is a surprise he could actually sign this copy without collapsing in a fit of laughter.
 
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Architectura Navalis - bound with - Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua - Josephum Furttenbach, Georg Andreas Böckler [Boeckler]

1629 - Johan Saurn, Ulm - First Editions
A stunning, clean and complete copy of Joseph Furttenbach’s famous treaty on shipbuilding, Architectura Navalis with double-page engraved title, title in red and black, twenty stunning double-page engraved plates showing boat design, and various types of boats many engaged in action with other boats and monsters of the sea. Furttenbach was a highly influential German architect, who attempted to cover all fields of architecture in his writings. Böckler corresponded with Furttenbach and his works on architecture were intended to contribute to the rebuilding of Germany after the devastation of the Thirty Years War, his Architectura Civilis, Nova & Antiqua presents a comparative treatment of the Orders [Architectural Styles] and is illustrated with forty engraved plates, woodcut printer’s device and red and black text to title page, woodcut head pieces, and initials.  
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The Camp and the Cutter; or, a Cruise to the Crimea - Edwin Galt

1856 - Thomas Hodgson, London - First Edition
A well written and personal account of ‘yet another anxious to visit the sites and “sights” of the Crimea, as the conflict neared its end’. He left London in October 1855 to Malta where he joined his cutter “Sparrow Hawk”, which he was, however obliged to leave for repairs in Constantinople, sailing with the admiralty to Balaklava, where he endured the severity of a Crimean winter, whilst visiting various recent scenes of battle including ‘the “blood-stained ruins” of Sevastopol’. His description of ‘Chritsmas-Dayin the Crimea’ is fascinating whilst all the time the Russian Guns kept up their incessant booming. 
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1932 - Rich & Cowan Ltd., London - First and Limited Edition of 1000
A large elegantly bound and majestic work, finely printed by The Mayflower Press on untrimmed handmade paper, with sixteen colour plates from paintings and 107 half-tones from paintings and photographs, including some yacht interiors.

With sections on Cowes week, yachting customs, ceremonies and traditions, and the construction and rigs of the earlier yachts. The Cowes week section includes the newly-rigged 122 ft. sloop R.Y.S. 'Britannia' and the great J-Class yachts. Appended with a detailed list of the early Royal yachts, brief logs of voyages, and a bibliography.
 
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On Wandering Wheels: The Tour of the Happy Hearse through the Eastern States of America - Jan & Cora Gordon

1928 - Dodd. Mead & Company, New York - First Edition
A wonderful account of a trip from Maine to Georgia in an old car, complete with break downs, auto camping in the 1920s, and local colour - an attempt to enlighten Europeans as to the charms and romantic side of America seldom seen or written about, according to the Authors.

Black and white woodblock illustrations by Jan Gordon and maps showing the route used as endpapers.
 
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Memoirs of a Highland Lady - Elizabeth Grant, Lady Strachey (editor)

1898 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘No other spot ever replaced it, no other scenery ever surpassed it, no other young happiness ever seemed to approach within a comprehensible distance of our childhood at Rothimurchus.’

An elegantly bound volume of one of the most famous ladies memoirs, and continuously in print since 1898. Acutely observant accounts of her own life, as well as the rapidly changing Highland scene and society, and above all of the great Rothiemurchus estate. Written between 1945 and 1854 and originally intended simply for her family.

Edited by the author’s niece, Lady Strachey.
 
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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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