Circa 1843 - Fisher, London - First Edition
Finely bound set of this monumental work, in near fine condition and with less than the usually encountered foxing to which the plates of this work are prone.

Four volumes bound in two, profusely illustrated with 124 engraved plates, and four additional engraved titles ‘
China Illustrated’. Containing striking views of China, from the opium dens to the grand palaces, the coastal fishing villages to the Great Wall, with depictions of torture, tradespeople, etc. expertly engraved from 119 drawings by Allom, twenty-two of which are from sketches by other artists, and five from Chinese artists.

The work begins with Gutzlaff’s 72-page ‘
Life of Kang-He. Emperor of China’, following which the illustrations are enhanced by the detailed narrative of George Newenham Wright. 
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Oblique Strategies – SIGNED - Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt

1975First Edition, Number 48 of 500 limited sets
‘Abandon normal instruments; Breathe more deeply; Consider different fading systems; Discard an axiom; (Organic) Machinery; Mute and continue...’

Just a few of the wonderfully creative and abstract instructions from Brian Eno’s dadaist mind game for music production, the original Oblique Strategies card deck, with ‘over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas’, created by Eno and his friend, artist Peter Schmidt.

A complete set of the scarce ‘Edition 1’, number 48 only 500, signed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, and housed in the original black box. A further two editions each were printed before the death of Peter Schmidt (1978 and 1979).

Oblique Strategies is most frequently associated with bands Eno produced during his mid to late 70s creative high point, including Talking Heads and Berlin-trilogy era Bowie. 
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The Glorious Adventure - Richard Halliburton

1927 - The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis - First Edition, Second State.
‘I thought of Ulysses and his stirring drama, and then looked at my own life, imprisoned by apartment walls, surrounded by self-satisfied people who were caught in the ruts of convention and responsibility. All that seemed drab. I had tasted the drug of romantic travel, and I could not rest from it’.

Halliburton wrote these words before setting off for the blue Mediterranean, where he roamed searching for adventure and romance, both of which he was happy to report were still in abundant supply.

Come my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset . . . till I die . . .
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
 
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Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám - Omar Khayyám, Richard Le Gallienne

1925 - Dodd, New York - A New Edition with Fifty added Quatrains
Awake ! my soul, and haste betimes to drink,
This sun that rises all too soon shall sink,–
Come,come, O vintner, ope thy drowsy door !
We die of thirst upon the fountains brink.

A fine John Grabau binding of the Persian poem of life, by the renowned 11th century philosopher, poet, mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyám, paraphrased by Richard Le Gallienne.
 
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The Golden Treasury - Francis Turner Palgrave

1904 - Macmillan & Co., London - Revised and Enlarged Edition
A fine and superb little Zaehnsdorf binding of Francis Turner Palgrave’s popular anthology of English poetry, originally published in 1861 and still in print today.

In his 1861 dedication to his lifelong friend Alfred Tennyson, Palgrave says the aim of his collection was to teach ‘those indifferent to the Poets to love them, and those who love them to love them more’. More than 150 years later, Palgrave’s compilation has indeed proved itself a treasury, featuring the enduring works of much admired poets such as Dryden, Burns, Keats, Milton, Rosetti, Tennyson, and Shakespeare, among many others.
 
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Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks: A Collection of Recipes for "Cups" and Other Compounded Drinks, and of General Information on Beverages of All Kinds - William Terrington

1870 - George Routledge and Sons, London and New York - First Edition, Second Impression
A pretty copy of this legendary work, the earliest British publication to document cocktail recipes along with classic British and European mixed drinks.

‘Terrington's original intention was “
to produce a guide for the preparation of cups ...” but the subject grew and its scope was expanded to all beverages in common use. The first 44 pages are devoted to the wines of Europe, with a few pages on the colonies (Australia and South Africa) and to America, whose “choicest production” is Catawba, “eulogized by Longfellow ...” Next [pages 45-155], he describes spirits, liqueurs, beers and ales, as well as tea, coffee and cocoa, with recipes for their use in various drinks. Part II is devoted to cups and punches, but there are also some recipes for cocktails.

In the preface, the reader had been advised that he would find, as he might expect in a work purporting to touch on every kind of beverage, some account of American drinks – “
those Transatlantic ‘notions’ – many of which, owing to their racy character, are properly styled ‘Sensations’ by our Yankee cousin ... ... all may claim to be regarded as both wholesome and exhilarating.” There are enough concoctions presented in this book to shorten any number of lives.’ – with thanks to Eberhard Buehler, Viniana. 
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