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Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1935 - George G. Harrap and Co., London - First Rackham Edition
As for the murders, let us enter into some examinations for ourselves, before we make up an opinion respecting them. An inquiry will afford us amusement’ - Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin.

Presenting Poe’s three pioneering detective stories - ‘
The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’, and ‘The Purloined Letter’.

In these three short tales ‘Poe originated an astonishing number of conventions in detective fiction. The brilliant detective, the locked room mystery, and the bungling inept police are among the more obvious. The use of sleight of hand – placing all clues in sight while leading the reader to regard the from a point of view that will not reveal the truth–is another of Poe’s inventions. His construction of the detective story has become classic. The most salient feature of Poe’s detective tales is the introduction, as narrator, of an unnamed voice, the contrast with whose bland and obtuse normality dramatises the genius of the detective’ - Rosemary Herbert,
A Who’s Who in Crime & Mystery Writing.

In addition to Poe’s three detective stories, a further of twenty six tales are contained within this finely bound tome, including ‘
The Cask of Amontillado‘, ‘The Fall of The House of Usher‘, and ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. Powerfully illustrated by Arthur Rackham with twelve colour plates and seventeen black and white drawings.

But for many minutes the heart beat on with a muffled sound...
 
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The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table - Alfred W. Pollard, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1917 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition with Rackham’s illustrations
‘The story of King Arthur and his Knights is one of the greatest that men have ever made...’

An exemplary copy of this celebrated collection of Arthurian legends, wonderfully embellished with Arthur Rackham’s dramatic illustrations, with 16 full page colour plates, including frontispiece, each one with descriptive tissue guards, together with several other full page and in-text black and white illustrations throughout.

Abridged from Malory’s
Morte D’Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard.
 
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1931 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition in First State Dust Jacket
A bright copy in the scarce dust jacket – illustrated and designed by N.C. Wyeth – of Kenneth Robert’s historical account of the saga of the Arundel, and the intrepidity of the American privateers.

The setting is March 1812 to April 1815. Merchant captain Richard Nason is trading with the British, carrying supplies to the British Army in Spain, and is generally opposed to the war, when he is pressed aboard a British Royal Navy sloop. His attitude changes and (after escaping) he takes a privateer to sea in July 1812 after war is formally declared. Nason falls in love with the young wife of an older English landowner, Sir Arthur Ransome, first meeting her before the war, then again aboard a ship he captures.
After various adventures he is captured and imprisoned at Dartmoor along with his crew...
 
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Bill the Minder - William Heath Robinson

Circa 1915 - Constable & Co. Ltd., London - Reprint (first published 1912)
A lovely collection of stories by William Heath Robinson, profusely illustrated throughout, with four mounted colour plates and over one hundred black and white drawings, featuring a selection of the fabulous comic contraptions for which he is renowned.

The stories included are:
Bill the Minder, The King of Troy, The Ancient Mariner, The Triplets, Good Aunt Galladia, The Doctor, The Respectable Gentleman, The Sicilian Char-Woman, The Interval, The Real Soldier, The Wild Man, The Musician, The Lost Grocer, The Merchant's Wife, The Camp-Followers, and The Siege of Troy. 
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Some ‘Frightful’ War Pictures - W. Heath Robinson

1915 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition
A bright and large folio first edition of W. Heath Robinson’s World War I era anti-German cartoons, with 24 full pages half-tone illustrations, illustrated title page and endpapers, with his fabulous drawings of unlikely situations, machines, ever-more-unlikely secret weapons, and various comic contraptions, each with amusing titles such as ‘The Trench Presser or Bosch Bayoneter’, ‘Using Syphons of Laughing Gas to overcome the British before an Attack in Force ’, ‘A Swiss Shepherd watching a Battle on the Frontier’, ‘Stiffnecking Tommies by directing Draughts on the British Trenches’, and ‘A Morning Tub on the Imperial Campaigning Car’.

This collection of Robinson’s war illustrations had previously appeared in ‘
The Sketch’ and in ‘The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News’. His cartoons of bizarre and improbable machinery were so popular that Britain later adopted the term ‘Heath Robinson’ to refer to absurd inventions. 
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Hunlikely! - W. Heath Robinson

1916 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition
A bright first edition of W. Heath Robinson’s World War I era anti-German cartoons, his fabulous drawings of unlikely machines, ever-more-unlikely secret weapons, and various comic contraptions, each with amusing titles such as ‘Germans Training Wasps to Sting Highlanders’, ‘Unfortunate Mishap to a Zeppelin’, ‘The Armoured Bayonet-Curler’, and ‘British Soldiers Disguised as a Palm Grove’.

Many of Robinson’s war illustrations had previously appeared in magazines and advertisements. His cartoons of bizarre and improbable machinery were so popular that Britain later adopted the term ‘Heath Robinson’ to refer to absurd inventions.
 
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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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Maskee - A Shanghai Sketchbook by Schiff - Signed - Friedrich Schiff

1938 CircaShanghai - Number A191 of an unspecified Limited Edition
Fabulously Shanghai Art-Deco 15 foot long accordion folio in original silk covers, folding out to show 21 illustrated panels each hand-coloured by Schiff. Each panel depicting a view of 1930’s expatriate life in Shanghai through the unique eyes of Schiff. More a folio of art-deco artwork than a book, although many of the panels include amusing comments and rhymes for example:

Miss Shanghai
Me No Worry– Me No Care!
Me Go Marry Millionaire!
If He Die – Me No Cry!
Me Go Marry Other Guy!!

Signed to the first panel by Friedrich Schiff (1908-68), an Austrian Jewish artist who moved to Shanghai in 1930 after an invite to visit from a cousin and lived there for 17 years. He had worked as a newspaper cartoonist in Vienna and continued this line of work in Shanghai, soon becoming famous for his amusing caricatures of the city's inhabitants. Prolific, Schiff’s cartoons appeared in books, newspapers, magazines and advertisements throughout China and the Far East, and collaborations with Ellen Thorbecke (
Peking Studies; People in China; Hong Kong; and Shanghai). 
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Price HK$ 22,000



 
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