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A Treatise on Cyder-Making - Hugh Stafford, Anonymous

1753 - Printed for E. Cave, London - First Edition
Legendary and rare first edition of this anonymous work, all of which is generally but erroneously attributed to Hugh Stafford who contributed the sixteen page ‘Dissertation on Cyder and Cyder-Fruit’ at the beginning.

Covering the entire process from identifying and growing the best cider apples, collection, pressing, fermentation, racking, preserving and remedial action for a variety of issues ‘
which are incident to Cyder’. With fold-out engraving of cider press (opp. p.32), in-text wood-cut diagrams to pages 43 and 68 (‘One side of the framed Press...’.) and wood-cut decorations to pages v, 47, and 61.

As Cyder therefore is generally allowed to be an wholesome drink, and as it is the natural product of our own country, he will surely be thought to contribute something towards the good of the public, who gives infallible directions for making it universally agreeable by varrying it so as to suit every palate, and by improving the flavour and the quality, both of the rough and the smooth, divesting it of its tendency to produce cholics, and giving it the sparkle of Champaign, without an eager and windy fermentation, and rendering it more spirituous than a small wine tho' less inflaming’. [Preface]

An influential work, Benjamin Franklin, who was partial to a drop himself, ordered three copies to be reprinted as pamphlets and distributed amongst the New England farmers after failing with their vineyards. It was plagiarised into various publications including encyclopaedias, cookbooks and later reference works related to cider.
 
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The Gentleman's Stable Directory or Modern System of Farriery - William Taplin

1791 - G.G.J. and J.Robinsons and G.Kearsley, London - The Tenth Edition, Considerably Enlarged and Carefully Corrected.
Inscribed to Sir John Lade, Bart. Engraved frontispiece portrait. In 2 volumes. First published in 1788. The second volume contains "Experimental Remarks upon Breeding, Breaking, Shoeing, Stabling, Exercise, and Rowelling. To which are added, particular Instructions for the General Management of Hunters and Road Horses; with Concluding Observations upon the present State of the Turf". With the half-titles.  
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The Big Game of Central and Western China, being an Account of a Journey from Shanghai to London Overland Across the Gobi Desert - Harold Frank Wallace

1913 - John Murray, London - First Edition
With frontispiece, ten full-page and twelve half-page illustrations from drawings by the author, thirty-eight photographs, and two maps.

‘One of the best books on hunting in China, this work recounts the journay bey Wallace and George Fenwick-Owen from Shanghai to the Russian city of Omsk. Arriving when China was being convulsed by revolution, the pair entered the highlands near Sian-fu to hunt takin. Continuing into western Kanso, they stalked burhel, serow, roe deer, and wapati. As they enetered the forbidding landscape of the Gobi Desert, Mongolian and Pzrewalski’s gazelles were bagged. Wallace’s illustrations, particularly of takin, are exceptionally nice.’ – Czech,
Asian Big Game Hunting Books.  
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Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo - John Whitehead

1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this stunningly illustrated and unsurpassed large folio containing 32 lithographed plates, comprising 11 natural history plates, hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, and 21 tinted lithographed views and ethnographic subjects, and with map and an additional 21 woodcut illustrations in the text.

The detailed narrative of John Whitehead's (1860-1899) travels from October 1884 to August 1888 in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mt. Kina Balu. He brought back examples of many new animals, including no fewer than forty-five new species of birds. The author's primary interest was ornithology, but he also provides much information on head-hunting, religion and custom of the peoples of the region. Besides visiting North Borneo he spent several months in Java and Palawan, and made an expedition into the state of Malacca.
 
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