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Consult Me -

1868 - William Nicholson and Sons, Halifax - First Edition
A nice example of this fabulous compendium of all things, the title being so long that we have used the condensed version printed on the covers. Few illustrations amongst text.

All listed in alphabetical order, the majority being recipes and medicinal remedies.
 
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Little Women or Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Part First and Part Second - Louisa May Alcott

1870 - Roberts Brothers, Boston - Early Printing
Two matching little volumes of Alcott’s classic work, scarce in original cloth, each one illustrated with four full page wood engraved plates. An early printing of the ‘Part First’, and first edition of ‘Part Second’. Published separately in consecutive years (1868, 1869), the first part of ‘Little Women’ “did not sell at first. ‘Part Second’ was therefore also issued in a small edition, but it went like wildfire, and pulled ‘Part First’ along with it’ [Grolier 74].

‘Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England. The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of traveling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.’ [
Penguin] 
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1923 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First American Edition
A humorous Irish mystery of buried treasure. A fine copy in delicate dust jacket. 
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Murphy’s War - Max Catto

1969 - Heinemann, London - First Edition
Basis for the movie starring Peter O’Toole and Siân Phillips. Set on the coast of equatorial Africa towards the end of WWII, Murphy is an Australian knockabout sailor from the Royal Navy, and the quarry is a U-boat that he pursues up a vile river from his base... 
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1941 to 1946 - Cassell and Company, London - First Editions
Seven first edition volumes, finely bound into six, of the monumental orations from Britain's war leader, compiled by Randolph S. Churchill and Charles Eade. Illustrated with half tone plates mostly from photographs.

'
Into Battle' contains the most memorable Churchill speeches of the war, from 'Blood Toil Tears and Sweat' to his heroic homecoming at Harrow School; 'Unrelenting Struggle' covers the period from Nov.'40 through Pearl Harbour and the 'some chicken, some neck' speech in Ottawa, Dec.'41; 'End of the Beginning' chronicles the turning point of the war, following victories at Alamein and Stalingrad and the North Africa landings; 'Onwards' features speeches delivered prior to the invasion of Europe on 6 June '44; 'Liberation' continues the 'hopeful' nature of the 1944 speeches, whilst 'Victory' provides us with the final, triumphant war speeches. Six 'secret' speeches concludes the series. 
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Present Indicative - Noël Coward

1937 - Doubleday, Garden City - First Edition
First edition of the first of Noël Coward’s autobiographies, sumptuously bound by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey’s of London, which he would have approved wholeheartedly.

Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs - ‘I was photographed naked on a cushion very early in life, an insane, toothless smile slitting my face and pleats of fat overlapping me like an ill-fitting overcoat. Later, at the age of two, I was photographed again. This time in a lace dress, leaning against a garden roller and laughing hysterically. If these photographs can be found they will adorn this book.’

‘Thus begins the life story of one of the most celebrated characters in British theatrical history. Displaying an early dedication to the theatre,
Present Indicative hints at the success that would come to Coward as actor, playwright, novelist and performer. Each line is punctuated with his trademark effervescent wit, making this book a comic tour de force in it's own right.’ [Methuen] 
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The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

1892 - John Murray, London - Sixth Edition, with Additions and Corrections (43rd thousand)
‘It is now fully recognized that the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species brought about a revolution in man’s attitude toward life and his own place in the universe. This work is rightly regarded as one of the most important books ever published, and a knowledge of it should be part of the intellectual equipment of every educated person. The book remains surprisingly modern in its assertions and is also remarkably accessible to the layman, much more so than recent treatises necessarily encumbered with technical language and professional jargon’. - Harvard University Press.

A near fine example of the sixth and last significant edition to which Darwin made his final and extensive revisions, this was also the first edition in which he used the word evolution which had commonly been associated with embryological development (though all editions concluded with the word evolved), Darwin also added a new chapter -
Miscellaneous Objections, to address George Jackson Mivart’s detailed arguments against natural selection.

In
Origin of Species Darwin ‘not only drew an entirely new picture of the workings of organic nature; he revolutionized our methods of thinking and our outlook on the natural order of things. The recognition that constant change is the order of the universe had been finally established and a vast step forward in the uniformity of nature had been taken.’ – Printing and the Mind of Man. 
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Travels in Arabia Deserta. With an Introduction by T. E. Lawrence - with - The Life of Charles M. Doughty - Charles M. Doughty, T. E. Lawrence, D. G. Hogarth

1943 - Jonathan Cape, London - New and definitive edition, Second Printing
A fine set in original dust jackets, ‘one of the great classics of travel literature’, an ‘unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia.’ (Howgego/Oxford DNB). First printed in 1888, this edition with Lawrence’s introduction was unique in that it was published in a matching format to Lawrence’s ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’. Illustrated with nine plates, fold-out map to the back of each volume, additional illustrations and diagrams throughout the text. Together with the first edition of Hogarth’s biography of Doughty published by the Oxford University Press in 1928.

‘I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said.’ - T. E. Lawrence.
 
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