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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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More Scraps - with - Watteau Revisited - Ronald Searle

2008 - Inky Parrot Press, Oxford - Number 65 of 246 Limited Copies
A fine, limited edition two volume set, in original cloth slipcase, of Ronald Searle’s wonderful sketches, and signed by him on the limitation page of More Scraps.

More Scraps collects together a delightful selection of Searle’s previously unpublished sketches and drawings, with a foreword by Ippei Ito and an afterword by Ben Shahn and Groucho Marx. Presented with Watteau Revisited, a series of previously unpublished sketches that Searle created in 1974, when was working on a medallion design for the French Mint. The drawings were later exhibited in 1977, as part of the exhibition ‘Péleringe a Watteau’ at the Hotel de la Monnaie. 
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1908 - William Heinemann, London - First Rackham Trade Edition
How now spirit! whither wander you?

An exquisitely bound, magical combination of Shakespeare and Rackham. Enchantingly illustrated with 40 tipped-in color plates, black & white vignettes and decorations.
 
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