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Illustrated Ditties of the Olden Time - Anon

Circa 1850 - Henry G. Bohn, York Street
Prettily presented Victorian collection of twenty nine popular nursery rhymes and poems, each one illustrated and decorated by G. Inglis and lithographed onto gilt edged thick card, together with a decorated lithographic title page.

Poems include
Little Bo-Peep; Humpty Dumpty; Sing A Song of Sixpence; Hush-A-By Baby; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; and Three Blind Mice.

Prone to loss of the card sheets due to the perishable gutta percha used to glue them in, this is a lovely bright clean and complete example with all 30 sheets of card, and original pale yellow coated endpapers and blue cloth decorated in bright gilt.
 
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Personal Experiences During the Siege of Hong Kong December 8th-25th, 1941. Internment by the Japanese January 5th-June 29th, 1942. Trip Home and Exchange Civilian Prisoners Laurenco Marques, P.E.A. June 30th-August 26th, 1942 - George Baxter

1949 - East Asian Residents Association, Sydney - First Edition
A scarce booklet by journalist and U.S. civilian George Baxter, who arrived in Hong Kong in 1936 to work in the Hong Kong Bureau, United Press Associations’.

Baxter describes the Japanese siege and capture of Hong Kong (pages 1-19), his five month internment (pages 20-41)and then being shipped by the Japanese via Saigon, Singapore and Sumatra, before crossing the Indian Ocean to the port of Maputo in Mozambique (formerly Laurenco Marques), where a prisoner exchange took place and he was transferred to a U.S. vessel for the final leg to New York.
 
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Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar - Richard Brautigan

1969 - A Seymore Lawrence Book. Delacorte Press, New York - First Edition Thus
A collection of Brautigan’s first three works to be published, and there is no better place to start than ‘Trout Fishing in America’ which sent him into confused stardom, apparently representing the counter-culture of the time, whilst being contemptuous of hippies. Ferlinghetti said ‘He was much more in tune with the trout in America than the people’.

TFiA is followed by his ‘Poetry’ with
The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, a collection of ninety-eight poems, and finishing off with In Watermelon Sugar, a parable for survival in the 20th century, the story of a successful commune called iDEATH whose inhabitants survive in passive unity while a group of rebels live violently and end up dying in a mass suicide.

Despite our efforts above, it is not possible to really describe these three works. They are Brautigan, go with the flow... and the trout.

All of us have a place in history. Mine is in clouds

In 1984 at the age of 49 Brautigan died of a self-inflicted gunshot-wound.
 
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RESERVED - Lord Jim. A Tale - Joseph Conrad

1900 - William Blackwood and Sons, London - First Edition, First Issue
‘Considered to be one of the most important novels in all of English literature, Lord Jim tackles those dark questions that haunt the human spirit, questions we dare not admit to ourselves, let alone to others. It explores the nature of courage, the enduring impact of mistakes made in an instant, the indifference of the universe, the complexities of speaking one's truth, and the impossibility of ever truly knowing oneself or another.’ – Terri Beth Miller.

‘Dearest Jack... The end of L.J. has been pulled off with a steady drag of 21 hours. I sent wife and child out of the house and sat down at 9am with a desperate resolve to be done with it. Ten-minute meals. A great hush. Cigarette ends growing into a mound similar to a cairn over a dead hero. Moon rose over the barn, looked in at the window and climbed out of sight. Dawn broke, brightened. I put the lamp out and went on, with the morning breeze blowing the sheets of Mss. all over the room. Sun rose, I wrote the last word...’ – Conrad to John Galsworthy, 20 July 1900.
 
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Old Buddha - with - Kowtow - Princess Der Ling

1928 - Dodd, New York - First Editions
Two first editions of Princess Der Ling’s fascinating semi-autobiographical accounts. Old Buddha - as first lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi, and Kowtow describing her childhood amongst the Chinese aristocracy.

‘Princess’ Der Ling - daughter of a Manchu aristocrat, granddaughter of a Boston merchant, educated like a boy in the Confucian classics, a baptised Catholic blessed by the hand of Pope Leo XIII, a woman who donned chic Western fashions in China and her ceremonial court robes in the United States, and wife of an American soldier of fortune... Der Ling was a fascinating human battleground of warring identities, a victim of the hallucinogenic effects of too much publicity, much of it prompted by Der Ling herself, and a figure whose life provides a glimpse into one woman’s experience of living not just between two cultures—that of China and the West—but among many worlds: social, religious, moral, political. -
Grant Hayter-Menzies author of Imperial Masquerade, the Legend of Princess Der Ling. 
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Son of Heaven - Princess Der Ling

1935 - D. Appleton-Century Company, New York - First Edition
The story of the colourful, dramatic, and tragic life of Kwang Hsu, taken from his parents at the age of four to be placed as Emperor on a puppet throne, handsome, attractive, diligent as he grew into a realisation of his potential power, loving no one save the concubine Pearl, dying at the age of 37 at the hand of his aunt, the relentless Empress Dowager Cixi, a day before her own death. Princess Der Ling herself had served as first lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi.

‘Princess’ Der Ling - daughter of a Manchu aristocrat, granddaughter of a Boston merchant, educated like a boy in the Confucian classics, a baptised Catholic blessed by the hand of Pope Leo XIII, a woman who donned chic Western fashions in China and her ceremonial court robes in the United States, and wife of an American soldier of fortune... Der Ling was a fascinating human battleground of warring identities, a victim of the hallucinogenic effects of too much publicity, much of it prompted by Der Ling herself, and a figure whose life provides a glimpse into one woman’s experience of living not just between two cultures—that of China and the West—but among many worlds: social, religious, moral, political. -
Grant Hayter-Menzies author of Imperial Masquerade, the Legend of Princess Der Ling. 
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The Pipe Book - Alfred Dunhill

1924 - A. & C. Black, London - First Edition
‘You do not need to be a smoker of pipes, or of tobacco in any form, to enjoy this book. If you like to be entertained and instructed by unique information, you will find it a fascinating volume.’ – New York Times.

A finely bound and uncommon first edition of this remarkable reference work, profusely illustrated throughout with 28 full page plates (four in colour) and 230 illustrations in the text of the vast variety of pipes available up to that time.

In 1907, in London, Alfred Dunhill, a young man in his early 30s, opened his first tobacconist's shop. It was an instant success, custom blending individual tobaccos as well as carrying smokers' accoutrements. Dunhill began to develop a collection of pipes from around the world, which was then catalogued. From this emerged, in 1924, The Pipe Book, which has rarely been out of print since that date.  
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The Diary of His Excellency Ching-Shan - J. J. L. Duyvendak, Sir Edmund Backhouse

1924 - E. J. Brill, Leiden - First Edition
A rare, uncut and unopened first edition of the first full translation of the amazing Ching-Shan diaries, Sir Edmund Backhouse’s forged papers, which have baffled, amused and infuriated scholars and historians for over a century. Duyvendak was the first academic to attempt this, following a meeting with Lionel Giles in the British Museum, where he was shown and later allowed to photocopy the full ‘diary’ documents, of which only excerpts had previously been published in Backhouse and Bland’s best-seller ‘China Under The Empress Dowager’ published in 1910.

The papers in the British Library had been placed their by J. O. P. Bland, who also gave his permission for Duyvendak to copy and translate them.
 
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