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The three ‘Kai Lung’ collections - The Wallet of Kai Lung - Kai Lung's Golden Hours - and - Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat - Ernest Bramah

1923 - Doran, New York - First American Editions (Wallet is the second edition, but first in the Nadejen dust jacket).
There are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice upon a dark night.

Three volumes presenting the first three collections of stories featuring the inimitable protagonist Kai Lung, in which he must pit his wits against his arch nemesis Ming-Shu, escape the clutches of greedy bandits, and attempt to beguile them with seemingly unrelated parables with the help of his love Hwa-Mei, eventually becoming known as
‘an itinerant teller of tall tales set in a China that never was’.

All presented in their wonderful dust jackets illustrated by Theodore Nadejen.
Kai Lung's Golden Hours, also contains an enthusiastic introduction by Hilaire Belloc.

A seminal influence in the genre of speculative fiction, Bramah’s works have been compared with those of Jerome K. Jerome, and PG Wodehouse. His work went on to inspire writers such as Dorothy L Sayers, Jorge Luis Borges, and George Orwell, among many others.

‘It is a mark of insincerity of purpose to spend one's time in looking for the sacred Emperor in the low-class tea-shops’. 
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Kai Lung Unrolls His Mat - Ernest Bramah

1928 - The Richards Press Ltd., London - First Edition, in first issue dust jacket
‘The more you can consume, the less will be this self-conscious person’s shame at the insipidity of what he puts before you; the longer you can tolerate his worn-out roof, the greater will be the confidence with which he can henceforth continue to dwell beneath it...’

The third collection of stories in Brahmah’s ‘
Kai Lung’ series: a brilliant literary fusion of myths, legends, and cosmology from the Golden age of Han, tied together with Bramah’s keen eye for combining historic fiction and comedy. Kai Lung, our hapless yet loveable protagonist, must once again defeat his enemies and win back his kidnapped wife; Hwa-Mei, by weaving together seemingly unconnected parables and tales until an overarching narrative is skilfully revealed.

A seminal influence in the genre of speculative fiction, Bramah’s works have been compared with those of Jerome K. Jerome, and PG Wodehouse. His work went on to inspire writers such as Dorothy L Sayers, Jorge Luis Borges, and George Orwell, among many others.
 
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1891 - Chapman and Hall, London
'In Little Dorrit, Dickens attacked English institutions with a ferocity that has never since been approached' – George Orwell.

A handsomely bound nineteenth century edition of Dickens’ masterly evocation of the state and psychology of imprisonment, illustrated by J. Mahoney, who had worked as a delivery boy in the darker streets of London, and with a reputation for drunkenness and disorderly behaviour was considered the ideal choice for those novels in which the darker side of London life is Dickens’ primary concern. Considered one of the supreme works of Dickens's maturity.

‘Arthur Clennam, returning to England after many years abroad, takes a kindly interest in Amy Dorrit, his mother's seamstress, who was born and raised in the Marshalsea where her father has long been imprisoned for debt. As Arthur soon discovers, the dark shadow of the prison stretches far beyond its walls to affect the lives of many, from the kindly Mr Pancks, the reluctant rent-collector of Bleeding Heart Yard, to the bureaucratic Barnacles in the Circumlocution Office and Merdle, an unscrupulous financier.’
 
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Whisky Galore - Compton MacKenzie

1947 - Chatto and Windus, London - First Edition
Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast

It's 1943, and the war has brought rationing to the Hebridean Islands of Great and Little Todday. When food is in short supply, it is bad enough, but when the whisky runs out, it looks like the end of the world. Morale is at rock bottom. George Campbell needs a wee dram to give him the courage to stand up to his mother and marry Catriona. The priest, the doctor, and, of course, the landlord at the inn are all having a very thin time of it. There's no conversation, no jollity, no fun, until a ship-wreck off the coast brings a piece of extraordinary good fortune.

‘The genre of Scotch whisky fiction is not an expansive one, and would barely make a credible Mastermind specialist subject, but one title stands out above all others in terms of its profile with both aficionados and the general public. That title is Whisky Galore’ – Gavin D. Smith,
Famous Whisky Drinkers, (ScotchWhisky.com).

‘Compton Mackenzie's timeless text is a triumph. Inspired by the real events of 1941, when a cargo ship ran aground in the channel between Eriskay and South Uist, Whisky Galore is the gentle, comical story of how the booty on board became appropriated by a group of Scottish islanders. ‘ -
100 Best Scottish Books of All Time, The List.  
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1996 - Secker & Warburg, London
An elegantly bound fourteen volume set of Orwell’s books, letters and essays, Michael Sheldon’s biography, and notes, introductions and detailed indices from Peter Davison, Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus.

Comprising:-
Volumes I-IX – The nine books –
Down and Out in Paris and London, Burmese Days, A Clergyman's Daughter, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The Road to Wigan Pier, Homage to Catalonia, Coming Up for Air, Animal Farm, and Nineteen-eighty Four,

Volumes X-XIII – The four volumes of the collected essays, letters and journalism, selected and edited by Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus –
An Age Like This 1920-1940, My Country Right or Left 1940-1943, As I Please 1943-1945, and In front of Your Nose 1945-1950.

Volume XIV – Michael Sheldon’s
Orwell, The Authorised Biography.

Peter Davison, has ‘
an unchallenged and unrivalled knowledge of the writings of George Orwell’,‘The nine volumes of corrected texts are models of bibliography and textual research’ - Daniel J. Leab, The Grolier Club. 
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The Open Society and its Enemies. Volume I - The Spell of Plato; Volume II - The High Tide of Prophecy: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath - Karl R. Popper

1945 - George Routledge & Sons, London - First Edition
A fine set, produced on the same poor ‘Economy Standard’ paper as used for George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ of the same year. In the bright and scarce delicate dust jackets.

‘A work of first-class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern.’ – Bertrand Russell.

‘One of the most important books of the twentieth century, Karl Popper's
The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. An immediate sensation when it was first published in two volumes in 1945, Popper's monumental achievement has attained legendary status on both the Left and Right and is credited with inspiring anticommunist dissidents during the Cold War. Arguing that the spirit of free, critical inquiry that governs scientific investigation should also apply to politics, Popper traces the roots of an opposite, authoritarian tendency to a tradition represented by Plato, Marx, and Hegel.’ – Princeton University Press.

Sir Karl R. Popper (1902-94) was an Austrian-British philosopher, widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest philosophers of science. He taught at Canterbury University, New Zealand as a lecturer in philosophy during the war years, it was here he wrote
The Open Society and its Enemies, and upon its publication he moved to the London School of Economics and later became Professor of Logic and Scientific Method at the University of London. 
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