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1937 - The Derrydale Press, New York - First Edition - One of 950 copies
A magnificent, large and heavily illustrated work, authored by some of the most important international skiers of the time. In the scarce dust jacket, the book itself unopened and pages uncut.

With 275 illustrations by Jacques Charmoz, Carl von Diebitsch, W. Russell Flint, Edwin Henel, Max Martens, A. Sheldon Pennoyer, Toni Schoenecker, Dwight Shepler, Frederick B. Taylor, and etchings by Wayne Davis, including nine colour plates, 70 halftone plates from photographs, and seven plates from etchings and drawings.
 
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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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My Early Life - together with - Thoughts and Adventures - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1930 1932 - Thornton Butterworth Limited, London - First Editions
Two finely bound volumes in custom made slipcase.

These two first editions represent Churchill's only autobiographical books, ‘
My Early Life’ is unquestionably among Churchill's most popular and most translated works. Written with a light-hearted touch it set a high standard for the beginning of the literary outpouring of the 'wilderness years’.

In
Thoughts and Adventures Churchill begins by asking what it would be like to live your life over again and ends by describing his love affair with painting. In between, he touches on subjects as diverse as spies, cartoons, submarines, elections, flying, and the future. 
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The War Speeches of Winston Churchill - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, Charles Eade (editor)

1951 - Cassell and Company Ltd, London - First Collected Editions
A fine three volume set of the definitive edition of the War Speeches, compiled by Churchill's literary assistant Charles Eade, (1903-1964), editor of the Daily Sketch and the Sunday Dispatch, and editor of Churchill's wartime speeches, speaking notes and the collected volume 'Churchill by His Contemporaries'.

Includes occasional facsimile manuscripts, typescripts and documents. Eade's Papers, diaries and biographical material on Sir Winston were gifted to the Churchill Archives Centre in 1998, and are owned by Churchill College, Cambridge.
 
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1948 to 1961 - Cassell and Company Ltd., London - First Editions
With no later editions printed, and wrapped in delicate black dust jackets, prone to damage, this is a scarce complete set of the five volume first editions, without price-clipping and in exceptionally clean dust jackets, including Stemming The Tide in the first state dust jacket. Housed in a custom made slipcase.

After leading Britain to victory against the forces of Hitler, Churchill continued his involvement in public life-holding the positions of Prime Minister and Minister of Defence from 1951 until 1955. During this time, and after his departure from political life, Churchill retained a marked amount of influence on the global stage.

Although he remained in power after the war, this time was bittersweet for Churchill-who was acutely aware of the decline of the British Empire's global power. Churchill's speeches during that time give a poignant account of his state of mind and observations in the twilight of his career.
 
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The Works of Joseph Conrad - Joseph Conrad

1924 - Doubleday, Garden City
This finely bound set of Conrad's complete works runs to 26 volumes comprising: Lord Jim, Youth (which includes Heart of Darkness), The Secret Agent, Typhoon, Almayer’s Folly, The Arrow of Gold, The Nigger of the “Narcissus”, Victory, Nostromo, The Rover, Under Western Eyes, ‘Twixt Land and Sea, A Set of Six, A Personal Record, The Rescue, Within the Tides, Tales of Unrest, Suspense, An Outcast of The Islands, Tales of Hearsay, The Shadow Line, The Mirror of The Sea, The Inheritors, Chance, Notes on Life and Letters, and Romance. 
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Motoritis or Other Interpretations of the Motor Act - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1906 - Simpkin, London - First Edition
A superb rare and large (38 x 27.5 cm) folio. ‘Motoritis’ contains twelve colour plates of humorous ‘Other Interpretations’ of the newly passed 1904 Motor Car Act. Section 1 of the Act introduced the crime of reckless driving, which Crombie aptly illustrates in the third plate.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with additional colour plate advertisement for them, and bottle labels to the verso of each of Crombie’s illustrations.
 
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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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