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A Practical Treatise on Brewing, Based on Chemical and Economical Principles; with Formulæ for Public Brewers, and Instructions for Private Families. - William Black

1844 - Longman, London - Third Edition, ‘Much Enlarged and Improved’
A near fine, and unopened copy, of this important and popular treatise, first published in 1835

Folding plate ‘
Delineation of the New Improved Saccharometer’ to the rear.

The
Spectator in it’s review notes that this is ‘A new edition of a book we formerly noticed as a useful and original-minded treatise. The additional matter has been revised by Professor Graham, of the London University.’

Perhaps the most well known historical Scottish brewing firm was that of William Black & Company of Aberdeen believed to have been established in 1803, and his ‘Devanha Brewery’ used the former Paper Mills by the Wellington Suspension Bridge in Aberdeen. Black’s Devanha Porter - a dark beer resembling stout - became famous throughout the UK, the Brewery being conveniently close to the railway halt at the Cattle Bank. The firm itself was laterally acquired in 1819 to become the Gilcomston Brewery and again by the Devanha Brewery Company Limited, registered as a limited liability company in 1910. Brewing finally ceased in 1930 after the firm was acquired by Thomas Usher & Son Ltd. of Edinburgh. William Black & Co. also ran the Devanha Distillery, built about a mile upstream from the Brewery in 1825. [Durden Park Beer Circle / The Doric Columns].
 
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Commentaries on the Laws of England. - William Blackstone, Esq. Solicitor General to Her Majesty

1770 - The Clarendon Press, Oxford - Fourth Edition
It Is Better That Ten Persons Escape, Than That One Innocent Suffer.

‘Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history. Until the ‘Commentaries’, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone's great achievement was to popularise the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation.’
Printing and the Mind of Man.

An attractive four volume quarto set [28 x 23 cm] in contemporary full calf binding. With two engraved tables, being the
Table of Consanguinity [Vol. II p.203] and the folding Table of Descents [Vol. II p.240]. 
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The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan

1915 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
Penned in the early months of the first world war, while Buchan was writing for the War Propaganda Bureau and as a correspondent for The Times in France. Described as ‘the perfect thriller’, The Thirty-Nine Steps introduced the world to spy-catcher Richard Hannay, who was based on a friend of Buchan’s from his days serving in South Africa - Edmund Ironside.

The Thirty-Nine Steps clearly struck deep chords with the reading public of a Europe riven by war, because it sold twenty-five thousand copies in less time than it takes to fill a pipe whilst on the run across the Scottish highlands pursued by dastardly agents of a foreign power. Richard Hannay was, quite simply, everything that Britons should be and a personification at the time of everything they very much needed to be.

The neat card signed by John Buchan is an added bonus included with this nice example of the first edition with little of the usual toning caused by the cheap paper stock. Housed in custom clamshell case, navy morocco leather over matching cloth, spine lettered in gilt, felt lined.
 
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Carrington’s Cases - J. Storer Clouston

1920 - William Blackwood and Sons, London - First Edition
‘I don’t believe there is any business in the world in which a man gets more puzzlers as to what is his duty, than in mine.’ said Carrington. ‘In the kind of private work I do, I’m constantly up against the nastiest snags, but one generally has to toughen one’s hide and go ahead anyway.’

Presented with a charmingly illustrated front cover, this Queen's Quorum thriller features the adventures of the wonderful F.T. Carrington, the monocled young private detective ‘with a round, ingenuous, very agreeable face... a little neatly trimmed moustache’ – the inquiry agent, as he preferred to call himself. He tackles crimes and mysteries such as misplaced spouses, haunted houses, and medical misnomers, all done with Clouston’s trademark talent for absorbing plot, balanced with his deft hand for humour.

‘One of the most sought-after collections of detective short stories’ – Eric Quayle,
Detective Fiction. 
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Youth : A Narrative, and Two Other Stories - Signed - Joseph Conrad

1902 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition, First Impression, First State (with earliest ads dated 10/02)
‘The reaches opened before us and closed behind, as if the forest had stepped leisurely across the water to bar the way for our return. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.

A signed first edition of Conrad's acclaimed short story collection, including his masterpiece '
The Heart of Darkness', which with its generation of visual scene upon visual scene each charged with more intense emotive impact, and a final cumulative effect of human imbecility, evil and horror, is now regarded as one of the greatest short stories ever written.

‘I couldn't help asking him once what he meant by coming here at all. “To make money, of course. What do you think?” he said scornfully.


The Horror! The Horror! 
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A History of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club St. Andrews from 1754-1900 - Harry Sterling Crawfod Everard

1907 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition with gilt lettering to front board.
The first written history of St. Andrews Golf Club and, as Murdoch states, ‘a monumental effort of original research and one that is most readable, even today.’ The illustrations include some of the first in colour of golf.

A near fine and partially unopened, thus rare copy of what is regarded as the cornerstone of any serious collection of golf books, illustrated with 32 plates from photographs and paintings, together with 9 colour plates. In the finest binding variant showing gilt lettering on the front (not the cheaper black lettering).

This copy with the armourial bookplate of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Gilmour, 2nd Baronet DSO PC, whose father opened Lundin Golf Club’s new clubhouse in 1896.
 
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1877 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - Thirteenth Edition
A smartly bound collection of humorous ballads, appropriately illustrated throughout by Alfred Henry Forster [1804-72] aka Alfred Crowquill. 
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The Englishman in China during the Victorian Era - Alexander Michie

1900 - William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London - First Edition
A clean bright original and thus scarce set of this important and detailed work covering the second half of the nineteenth century. With interesting provenance, from the library of Villiers Alwyne Caesar Hawkins, who was with the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank in Hong Kong (1882-1907), became director of the Imperial Bank of Persia (1908-193), and was also appointed a director of Hongkong Bank in 1911.

Sir Rutherford Alcock was a British army surgeon and later an accomplished Far Eastern diplomat, Alexander Michie was a successful Scottish trader, firstly with Lindsay & Co., and later as an agent for Jardine Matheson, he edited newspapers, authored several books, and also acted as Chairman of the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.

Profusely illustrated with thirty full page black and white plates, three black and white maps, a large colour folding map at the rear of volume II, and a number of vignettes throughout the text.
 
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