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The U.K.B.G. Guide To Drinks - Anon

1955 October - United Kingdom Bartender's Guild, London - Second Edition (Revised), 5000 copies
Second and revised edition of this professional bar tenders guide, published as a run of 5,000 copies in October 1955 following the first edition of 5,000 copies published in June 1953. In the rather scarce and delicate silver lettered dust jacket, which one can assume usually became the victim of a professional bar tending environment.

Produced by the United Kingdom Bar Tender’s Guild (founded in 1933 and still mixing today), an extensive collection of cocktail recipes and lore containing a list of prize winning cocktail recipes from 1934 to 1954, illustrated throughout with full page black and white sketches and advertisements. Includes ‘
Details of the Winning Recipes in Cocktail Competitions Organised by the United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild’.

According to Gaz Regan's ‘
Joy of Mixology’, this edition of the U.K.B.G. (and Oscar Haimo's Digest published in the same year) is the first appearance of the Negroni under its own name (as the drink had been published before with the same ingredients but under different names). 
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The Works of Jane Austen. Being: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park - Jane Austen, Charles Brock and Hugh Thomson (illustrators)

1895 to 1897 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Thomson or Brock Illustrated Editions
‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.'

An elegantly bound five volume set of Austen's novels, each being the first edition to be illustrated by Hugh Thomson with the exception of ‘
Pride and Prejudice’ which is the first edition to be fully illustrated by Charles Brock. Profusely illustrated throughout, and with an introduction by Austin Dobson in each volume.

Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.’ 
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Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management - Mrs. Isabella Beeton

1907 - Ward, London - New Edition, Revised, Enlarged, Brought up to Date, and Fully Illustrated’.
This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A finely bound copy of the largest edition. In 1906 the size of this already substantial volume doubled, to contain 3,945 recipes, 368 pages of culinary advice and household directions, all profusely illustrated with thirty full page colour plates, and hundreds of full page black and white illustrations, in-text diagrams, drawings, and tables.

Mrs Beeton’s incomparable
Book of Household Management was one of the earliest cookery books to use coloured illustrations. A truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time. 
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Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

1939 - Simon and Schuster, New York - First Edition, First Printing
In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines... the smallest one was Madeline.

First edition, first printing, of Bemelmans' classic children’s tale. A far nicer copy than usually encountered, with bright pictorial boards, and complete dust jacket without price-clipping or toning to the white lettering.
 
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Explorations of the Highlands of the Brazil - Captain Richard F. Burton

1869 - Tinsley Brothers, London - First Edition, First Issue
An exceptionally clean two volume set in the original publisher’s gilt decorated cloth, mostly uncut and unopened, and without library stamps or labels. Both volumes with engraved frontispiece plates, additional engraved title pages and a large folding map of Brazil.

Appointed British consul in Santos in 1865, Burton sailed to Rio de Janeiro. Together with his wife he spent three months touring the Minas Gerais and it’s gold mining district, which is described in volume I. Isabel then returned to Rio with a sprained ankle at which point Burton, true to character, made a 2,000 kilometre descent of the Rio São Francisco by raft, the fantastic and detailed description of which can be found in volume II.

Burton continued his travels in South America whilst Lady Burton sailed back to England, commissioned with with seeing this work ‘
through the press’. In the short and revealing preface she expresses her personal feelings regarding her husband’s views on religion and polygamy, requesting that the ‘fair or gentle reader’ bear in mind that her husband was writing ‘from a high moral pedestal’. 
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1939 - The Nonesuch Press, London - First Nonesuch Edition
An elegantly bound edition, containing: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Through the Looking-Glass; Sylvie and Bruno; The Hunting of the Snark; Early Verses; Puzzles from Wonderland; Prologues to Plays; Phantasmagoria; College Rhymes and Notes by an Oxford Chiel; Acrostics, Inscriptions and Other Verse; Three Sunsets and Other Poems; Stories and A Miscellany.

With an introduction by Alexander Woollcott, and Tenniel's original in-text illustrations to the Alice books.

“Whilst
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were intended for children “fresh from God’s hand”, it is equally enthralling and delightfully magical for adults as they follow Alice on her vibrant adventures escorted by her famous companions. Who can possibly not have been carried away into the fantastically crazy world of the Mad Hatter? Or never have heard of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? Who cannot have been struck by Carroll’s love for sophisticated play with words?.” - Stephanie Chan. 
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The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories - Agatha Christie

1939 - Dodd, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition of this collection of nine stories which was published exclusively in the United States. The stories feature, with one exception, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple or Parker Pyne. Included is the dust jacket, which although lacking the spine still has the lovely illustrated front panel.

‘There's a body in a trunk; a dead girl's reflection is caught in a mirror; and one corpse is back from the grave, while another is envisioned in the recurring nightmare of a terrified eccentric. What's behind such ghastly misdeeds? Try money, revenge, passion, and pleasure. With multiple motives, multiple victims, and multiple suspects, it's going to take a multitude of talent to solve these clever crimes.’
 
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Youth : A Narrative, and Two Other Stories - 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.

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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