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The Splendid Idle Forties. Stories of Old California - Gertrude Atherton, Harrison Fisher (illustrator)

1902 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First Edition
‘Perhaps the best known collection of stories of that romantic period of California history when the incoming Americans were first intermingling with the Californians of rancho and presidio...’ – The Zamorano 80: A Selection of Distinguished California Books Made by Members of the Zamorano Club.

A fine bright example, of this collection of short stories, illustrated with eight plates by Harrison Fisher.

‘The finest stories ever written about early California’ – Phil Townsend Hanna.

The stories are:
The Pearls of Loreto; The Ears of Twenty Americans; The Washtub Mail; The Conquest of Dona Jacoba; A Ramble with Eulogia; The Isle of Skulls; The Head of a Priest; La Perdida; Lukari's Story; Natalie Ivanhoff: A Memory of Fort Ross; The Vengeance of Padre Arroyo; The Bells of San Gabriel; and When the Devil was Well. 
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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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Price HK$ 24,000



La Vigne - Voyage Autour des Vins de France - L. Bertall [Charles Albert d'Arnoux]

1878 - E. Plon et Cie., Paris - First Edition
A superb example of this magnificently illustrated wine book landmark, with numerous humorous anecdotes about winemakers, merchants, innkeepers...

Black and white frontispiece, 94 full page captioned plates and close to 400 in-text wood-engraved illustrations.

The a vast array of illustrations by Bertall are combined with an interesting potpourri of French viniana. For example, wines are divided into three big categories: white wines, red wines and blue wines, matching the French national colours. The whites are generally luxury wines, from Chablis and Saumur to Champagne and Sauterne - wines of the rich. Red wines are for general use and for tasting, they make glad the heart and the mind, etc. Blue wines are the wines of the workers and of those who prefer not to work, wines warm in the gut but hard on the gullet, good for vitality in moderation, but bad when taken to excess [pages 23-24].
 
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The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond - G. K. Chesterton

1937 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A superb copy of G. K. Chesterton's final collection, eight detective stories, published after his death in 1936. The main characters in the book are Mr. Pond, his friend Captain Peter Gahagan, a romantic and impulsive Irishman, and a well-known government official, Sir Hubert Wotton.

…he was curiously like the pond in the garden. He was so quiet at all normal times, so neat in shape and so shiny, so to speak, in his ordinary reflections of earth and sky and the common daylight. And yet I knew there were some queer things in the pond in the garden. Once in a hundred times, on one or two days during the whole year, the pond would look oddly different; or there would come a flitting shadow or a flash in its flat serenity; and a fish or a frog or some more grotesque creature would show itself to the sky. And I knew there were monsters in Mr. Pond also: monsters in his mind which rose only for a moment to the surface and sank again. They took the form of monstrous remarks, in the middle of all his mild and rational remarks. Some people thought he had suddenly gone mad in the midst of his sanest conversation. But even they had to admit that he must have suddenly gone sane again. 
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Four Faultless Felons - G. K. Chesterton

1930 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
A fine copy in a rare fine example of the dust jacket designed by Arthur Hawkins.

Four stories bound together by a basic paradox. The stories are ‘
The Moderate Murderer’, ‘The Honest Quack’, ‘The Ecstatic Thief’, and ‘The Loyal Traitor’.

‘Dazzling reading from cover to cover.’ –
The New York Times. 
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Towards Zero - Agatha Christie

1944 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First English Edition
What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a tennis player?  To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head.

Superintendent Battle investigates...
 
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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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Live and Let Die - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1954 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, in First Issue Dust Jacket
Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big - master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition - he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to the Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realised that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men he has ever faced, and nobody, not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end.

A bright sharp fine copy of the second Bond novel, the scarce ‘First, First, First’ edition, the dust jacket without any restoration, appropriately housed in a custom made black morocco leather, felt-lined clamshell case, with gilt lettering to the spine.
 
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Price HK$ 260,000



 
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