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The Stork Club Bar Book - Lucius Beebe

1946 - Rinehart & Company, New York - First Edition
A famous oasis after the ravages of Prohibition, the Stork Club was the place for celebrities to see and be seen. A historical glimpse into the high life in New York City at this legendary spot, with recipes, humour, stories about the rich and famous who frequented this elegant club, and sly essays on such subjects as the mint julep and the zombie. To the rear is an alphabetical index and an index by ingredients.

Uncommon in such a nice dust jacket.

Legendary wit and bon vivant Lucius Morris Beebe (1902-1966) was born into a wealthy Boston mercantile and banking family and, flying in the face of a hopelessly proletarian 20th Century, he lived his life in the opulence and splendour of an earlier age. As an undergraduate at both Harvard and Yale, he was an outstanding student and a rake-hell of formidable accomplishment. It was his custom to appear for class Monday morning in full evening dress, wearing a monocle and carrying a gold-headed cane. He also had a roulette wheel and a fully equipped bar in his room. At the same time, he earned distinction as an undergraduate poet and won his Master’s degree with a thesis on the poetry of Edwin Arlington Robinson.
 
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1941-1946 - 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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The Second World War - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1948 to 1954 - Cassell and Co. Ltd., London - First Editions
‘I will leave judgements on this matter to history – but I will be one of the historians.’ - Winston Churchill.

Churchill’s complete six volume classic history on World War II -
The Gathering Storm, Their Finest Hour, The Grant Alliance, The Hinge of Fate, Closing the Ring and Triumph and Tragedy.

Not since Julius Caesar and his Gallic Wars has there been a case of a great leader in war also being an able writer.
 
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A History of the Shanghai Paper Hunt Club 1863-1930 - C. Noel Davis, Edmund Toeg (illustrator)

1930 - Kelly and Walsh Limited, Shanghai - First Edition
The first edition, in the scarce pictorial dust jacket, of this remarkable insight into one of the important social events in Shanghai, from the late 1800s through to the 1930s. Containing anecdotes, poems, songs, black and white photographs including a long fold-out panorama photograph by Ah Fong of the Meet of the Christmas hunt 1929, drawings and cartoons by Edmund Toeg (including a colour fold-out of the winners of the hunt challenge cup 1910-30). Complete with six large-scale folding maps of the riding and hunting country.

With a loosely laid in note on the paper of Shanghai based architects Spence, Robinson & Partners, to the recipient ‘
With love & Best wishes. This may help you to understand the mysteries & entertainments of our winter sport in which we find so much pleasure’ unfortunately it is hard to make out the signature of the sender.

Introduced by the British, frustrated by the lack of animals for a proper hunt, the paper hunt involved one horseman who would ride ahead of the others to act as the hunted prey, marking the trail with coloured paper. One of the main rules was that only Mongolian ponies were accepted as a valid ride.

The list of participants and winners is a veritable who’s-who of influential traders, bankers and diplomats. Founded in the 1860s in the midst of the Taiping Rebellion (1850-64), the Club thrived through revolutions, warlord control, communist insurgency and suppression, the Japanese occupation and civil war.
 
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The Hound of the Baskervilles. Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1902 - George Newnes, London - First Edition First Issue [misprint 'you' for 'your' on line 3 of page 13]
The legendary and terrifying mystery in which Holmes and Watson must investigate the menacing devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville ancestral home. To be read in a big leather armchair on a stormy night, whisky to hand.

Sherlock Holmes still remains the world’s best-known and best-loved fictional detective’ and The Hound of the Baskervilles one of the most desirable and classic works of detective fiction. A most superior copy, in the magnificently dark gothic covers by Alfred Garth Jones, and illustrated with 16 plates by Sidney Paget. Scarce in such condition. Housed in custom made, felt lined clamshell case of red half morocco leather, with spine lettered in gilt.
 
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Thunderball - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1961 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
Thunderball’ is one of the most pivotal works of the series, and the first of the ‘Blofeld’ trilogy. It was in ‘Thunderball’ that Fleming first introduces the world to the ultimate Bond villain - Ernest Stavro Blofeld. Though Bond and Blofeld never actually meet here, it is in this book that Bond first battles the schemes of SPECTRE, Blofeld's criminal organisation.

Filmed in 1965, starring Sean Connery as 007, Claudine Auger as Domino and Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo- SPECTRE's No.2. The later film ‘
Never Say Never Again’, with Connery again as 007, was loosely based on this story.

Smartly housed in custom made felt-lined clamshell case of black half morocco, with twin burgundy labels lettered in gilt.
 
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You Only Live Twice - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1964 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition, First Impression, First State
A wasted Bond is given a ‘mission impossible’ to the exotic orient, which in turn leads him to the maniacal westerner Dr. Shatterhand; a ‘collector of death’. ‘Shatterhand’ is the working title for the 25th James Bond film, currently in production.

Fabulously Fleming characters include Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Tiger Tanaka the head of the Japanese Secret Service, Kissy Suzuki, pearl diver and ex-movie star, and not to forget Irma Bunt, Stavro's henchwoman responsible for the death of Bond's wife Tracy Di Vicenzo.

The last title in what has become known as the ‘Blofeld’ trilogy and Fleming's last published novel before his death.

Appropriately housed in custom made felt-lined clamshell case of black half calf, with twin burgundy labels lettered in gilt.
 
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Association Football & The Men Who Made It - Alfred Gibson, William Pickford

1906 - The Caxton Publishing Company, London - First Edition
A lovely clean four volume set of this significant and unrivalled work, detailing the history of the game, the clubs and early players. Magnificently illustrated throughout, with sepia and monochrome photographs of players, teams and matches. Becoming scarce in first edition and decent condition.

‘The holy grail for any serious collector of football literature, this work is unrivalled in affording the contemporary reader a detailed understanding of the teams, players and administrators who dominated the game in the nineteenth century. Set across four volumes, the figures profiled inside are almost universally forgotten to modern football fans and yet the calibre of the writing within makes them come alive. Even though the game they played was markedly different to that of the current day, the vitality and energy of the era is clear.’ - Ademir to Zizinho,
The 20 Greatest Football Books.

‘The authors, Alfred Gibson who worked for
The Football Star, and William Pickford who worked for the Athletic News, were two football insiders who celebrated the game which others had labelled a mania but they recognised as one of the wonders of modern times. The book was dedicated ‘to all who loved the game’ and was intended as ‘a monument for the men who have made it’. It was a celebration of all football, the recreational as well as the spectacular, amateurs and professionals, those who looked on and those who played’. - Oxford DNB. 
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