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The New Family Receipt-Book -

1814 - John Murray, London - A New Edition, Corrected.
A beautifully bound, compact collection of recipes, household advice, and medical tips, this volume includes ingenious articles such as: ‘Easy Method of Curing the Sea-Scurvy’, ’To Increase the Force of Gun-Powder’ and ‘Method of Rendering Assistance to Persons in Danger of Drowing' to name but a few. Helpfully organised into categories such as ’Agriculture', ‘Distilling’ and ‘Pleasing Experiments’

According to Arnold Oxford (
English Cookery Books) this compilation was published to accompany Maria Rundell’s highly successful New System of Domestic Cookery’. Although Oxford states that this was written by Mrs Rundell, it is more likely that the compiler was David Pugh who worked on a number of ‘Family-Receipt’ books for several publishers under the pseudonym of David Hughson. 
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An Historical, Physiological and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts, and other Magical Practices - Jonh (John) Beaumont, Gent.

1705 - Printed for D. Browne, London - First Edition
With engraved frontispiece by Michael Van der Gucht of ‘An Evil Genius’, ‘Two Good Genii’, and ‘Jews going out in the Moonshine to know their Fortune’.

John Beaumont, a British surgeon and geologist, ‘was a man of considerable reading, of excessive credulity, and a firm believer in supernatural agency. His principal and certainly most curious performance,
An Historical, Physiological, and Theological Treatise of Spirits, Apparitions, Witchcrafts is written in an amusing, gossiping style, and abounds with grotesque tales and illustrations from little-known authors. His personal experience of spirits, good and bad, was long and varied (pages 91-4, 393-7); but he innocently contrives to lessen the effect of his narration by adding that in their frequent visitations “all would disswade me from drinking too freely”’ - Dictionary of National Bibliography. 
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Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates - Lady Anne Blunt, Wilfred Scawen Blunt

1879 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘Fortunately we are too old travellers to be easily impressed by tales of lions and robbers, even supported, as they were in this instance, by the authority of special correspondents of The Times.’

A beautifully bound two volume set of Lady Blunt’s intrepid excursion to the Euphrates, Nejd and the Nafud desert. Based primarily on her journals and letters, and edited by her husband, this is a testament to the beauty and culture found in the heart of Central Arabia, accompanied with thirteen illustrations which include maps, equestrian diagrams, traditional Beduin ballads, and the author’s own sketches.

‘To find out how the bedouin lived, Lady Anne lived like one herself: she became a temporary nomad, riding the two thousand miles from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf for the most part in Arab dress, and without guides or the usual caravan. This was quite an innovation, and prompted Blunt to dub his wife ‘the first bona-fide tourist who has taken the Euphrates road'. - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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Let It Come Down - Paul Bowles

1952 - Random House, New York - First American Edition, First Printing
In Let It Come Down, Paul Bowles plots the doomed trajectory of Nelson Dyar, a New York bank teller who comes to Tangier ‘outpost of unrestrained freedom, morass of ruthless greed and opportunism’, in search of a different life and ends up giving in to his darkest impulses. Rich in descriptions of the corruption and decadence of the International Zone in the last days before Moroccan independence, Bowles's second novel is an alternately comic and horrific account of a descent into nihilism. [Preface]

In a bright example of the dust jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer, and with rather pretty letterpress Random House card from Paul Bowles editor, printed ‘
Compliments of David McDowell’, laid in. 
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A Visit to the Philippine Islands - Sir John Bowring

1859 - Smith, London - First Edition
A near fine and thus scarce copy of Bowring’s important and comprehensive work on the Philippines. Illustrated with eight full page tinted wood-engraved plates, four maps (one full page, three in text), four engravings in the text, and two double sided leaves of musical score for ‘Comintang de la Conquista (The Indian Song of The Philippines)’ to the rear.

Sir John Bowring [1792-1872], the fourth Governor of Hong Kong, explored the Philippine islands in 1858 with the aspiration of developing British trade relations with the Philippines. Escorted and attended by high-ranking Spanish officials, British envoys and native guides, Bowring visited cities and towns all over the islands, from its plains to its highlands, and conscientiously observed the social and economic situation of the country.

After a year, Bowring produced
A Visit to the Philippine Islands, a credible and detailed reference on the condition of the Philippines under Spanish rule. Containing his recollections and assessments of Philippine life, Bowring's memoir makes up one of the significant primary sources on Philippine history in the 19th century. [Vee Press] 
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The Malayan Trilogy - Anthony Burgess

1956 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Editions
‘East? They wouldn’t know the bloody East if they saw it. Not if you was to hand it to them on a plate would they know it was the East. That’s where the East is, there.’

A bright, handsome set of Anthony Burgess’ Malayan Trilogy, set in post-war Malaya during the upheaval of independence, and based on Burgess’ own experiences as an officer in the Colonial Service. Sweetly satirising the twilight days of colonialism, the novels follow Victor Crabbe, a well-meaning but ineffectual Englishman, as he ventures through the tropics, attempting to teach the Malays what the West can do for them.
 
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High Sierra - W. R. Burnett

1940 - Alfred A Knopf, New York. London - First Edition in First State Dust Jacket
‘In the darkness, in a vivid flash, he saw old Barmy’s thin wise face. Dead and buried now, poor guy! What was it he’d said about being buried? Yeah. Barmy said when they planted him he’d be wearing ‘the turning globe’ for an overcoat. Now, who’d think of a thing like that but him? It made you see the little earth lost in space, turning slowly through the night.’

‘In
High Sierra, Burnett, one of the most influential of the ‘Hard-Boiled’ crime writers, changed the typical characterisation of the gangster story from the aggressive, ambitious figure characterisation of the 1930’s to the ageing Roy Earle, a gangster well past his prime. A sense of fatalism pervades the story, and Burnett and John Huston scripted a film version for Warner Bros, which was released in 1941 with Humphrey Bogart as Earle.’ – Encyclopedia of Film Noir.

Housed in custom cloth slipcase.
 
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Breakfast at Tiffany’s: A Short Novel and Three Stories - Truman Capote

1958 - Random House, New York - First Edition
‘Divorce him? Of course I never divorced him. I was only fourteen, for God’s sake. It couldn’t have been legal.’
Holly tapped an empty martini glass. ‘Two more, my darling Mr. Bell.


A stunning first edition of this iconic title by one of America’s most beloved authors who remains one of the most significant voices in US literary history, and his novels are consistently ranked among the greatest works of the 20th century.
 
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