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The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, and Lord High Chancellor of England - Sir Francis Bacon, Thomas Birch (editor)

1765 - A. Millar [vol.III: A. Millar and J. and R. Tonson], London - Collected Edition
A scarce complete five quarto volume set of Bacon’s works, volumes I-III in English with Mallet’s ‘Life of Francis Bacon’ and volume III containing Birch’s second enlarged edition of ‘Letters, Characters, Speeches....’, volumes III-IV in Latin.

'One of the major political figures of his time, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) served in the court of Elizabeth I and ultimately became Lord Chancellor under James I in 1617. A scholar, wit, lawyer and statesman, he wrote widely on politics, philosophy and science - declaring early in his career that 'I
have taken all knowledge as my province'.’

Bacon’s argument that the sciences should move away from divine philosophy and embrace empirical observation would forever change the way philosophers and natural scientists interpret their world.

In contemporary bindings, volumes I-IV with engraved frontispieces, all volumes with title pages lettered in red and black and with engraved vignettes. Two folding letterpress charts of ‘
The General Distribution of Human Knowledge’ (Volume I p42, and its Latin counterpart in Volume IV, p54). 
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1928 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition, Second Issue
Finely bound copy of Boyd’s epic novel of the American Revolution, finely bound, and highlighted by N. C. Wyeth’s iconic illustrations, black and white pen drawings, colour title page and fourteen full-page colour plates.

One of
Life magazine’s 100 most outstanding books for 1924-1944. 
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The Life of Benvenuto Cellini written by Himself. - Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds, Royal Cortissoz

1906 - Brentano's, New York - First Brentano Edition
An elegantly bound two volume set of the most important autobiography from Renaissance Italy and one of the most spirited and colourful from any time or place. Illustrated ‘with reproductions of forty original portraits and views’.

‘Benvenuto Cellini was both a beloved artist in sixteenth-century Florence and a passionate and temperamental man of action who was capable of brawling, theft, and murder. He counted popes, cardinals, kings, and dukes among his patrons and was the adoring friend of - as he described them - the “divine” Michelangelo and the “marvellous” Titian, but was as well known for his violent feuds. At age twenty-seven he helped defend the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, and his account of his imprisonment there (under a mad castellan who thought he was a bat), his escape, recapture, and confinement in “a cell of tarantulas and venomous worms” is an adventure equal to any other in fact or fiction. But it is only one in a long life lived on a grand scale.’

‘Cellini’s autobiography is not merely the record of an extraordinary life but also a dramatic and evocative account of daily life in Renaissance Italy, from its lowest taverns to its highest royal courts’
– James Fenton 
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Saint on Guard - Leslie Charteris

1944 - Garden City: Published for the Crime Club by Doubleday, New York - First Edition
A fine copy of the true first edition, preceding the UK edition.

Starring Simon Templar alias The Saint in two World War II-themed adventures, ‘
The Black Market’ and ‘The Sizzling Saboteur’.

Both stories were adapted for the television series starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar and leading to his later role as James Bond.
 
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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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Death Comes As The End - Agatha Christie

1945 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
Set in ancient Egypt, 2000 BC, a priest’s daughter investigating a suspicious death uncovers an asp’s nest of jealousy, betrayal, and serial murder.

A bright copy of this groundbreaking novel, in which Christie anticipates the modern popularity of historical detective stories by setting her murder plot in ancient Egypt.

The book was fully researched, with each chapter scrutinised by leading Egyptologist Professor Stephen Glanville, who was a colleague of the author's husband, British Museum archaeologist Max Mallowan. Christie accompanied the pair on many excavations and travelled extensively throughout Egypt and the Holy Land. She had a great knowledge of the area and was a junior member of the archaeology team.
 
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Sparkling Cyanide - Agatha Christie

1945 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
First edition in the striking pictorial dust jacket with a green skull grinning through a glass of cyanide-laced champagne.

A year ago, seven people sat down to dinner. One of them, Rosemary Barton, never got up.... 
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Destination Unknown - Agatha Christie

1954 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
A Secret Service thriller from the Queen of Crime.

When a number of leading scientists disappear without a trace, concern grows within the intelligence agency. When the only possible lead dies in a plane crash, a British spy must persuade a potential suicide that if she must die, it may as well be in the service of her country.
 
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