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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
A remarkable insight into one of the important social events in Shanghai, from the late 1800s through to the 1930s. 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.

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.
 
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The China Coast – Signed - Ivon A. Donnelly

1931 - Tientsin Press, Tientsin - First Edition
Boldly signed by Donnelly on the front free endpaper.

A wonderful account of voyages on China’s coast and waterways, Profusely illustrated throughout with Donnelly’s charming line sketches, six wonderful full page colour plates from water colours, and nine maps. With a poem by Joan Power at the end of each section.

Chapters on the Gulf of Pechili, Taku Bar, the Yellow Sea, the Yangtze estuary, the Chusan archipelago, and the South China Sea.
 
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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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Fastest on Earth - Captain George E.T. Eyston

1939 - John Miles, London - First Edition
A complete history of Land Speed Records, by the man who attempted to break them ‘because I enjoy doing it’. ‘And as for the risks, I maintain that within reason I can do what I like - and run the risks I choose - with my own neck.’ - In 1939 the risks were considerably more than today. Exciting stuff written in Eyston’s typically understated style, that of a gentleman driver of the era.

First edition, in the scarce dust jacket showing the fantastic painting of Eyston’s record breaking ‘
Thunderbolt’ by Bryan de Grineau, and illustrated with 75 photographs.

In 1935, Captain Eyston was one of the first British racers to travel to the Bonneville salt flats of Utah, with his 24 & 48 hour record-setting car ‘Speed of the Wind’. Between 1937 and 1939 he set three new land speed records taking over from Malcolm Campbell's Bluebird.
 
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The Man with the Golden Gun - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1965 - Jonathan Cape, London - First edition, First Impression, First Issue, Second State without the embossed gun on front board.
The last of Fleming’s novels, involving the world’s most deadly assassin, the Cuban Paco ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga - the Man with the Golden Gun. Appropriately housed in a custom made half morocco clamshell case, titled in gilt.

A brainwashed James Bond tried, and failed, to kill his boss, M. It's time for him to prove he can be trusted again.

Bond finds his man in the sweltering heat of Jamaica. His plan is to infiltrate Scaramanga's gang of criminals to get close to the man himself. But if he fails, Bond will be the next target for the golden gun.

Published posthumously. For the record there were only 940 copies produced in the ‘trial binding’ with the golden gun embossed to the front board, the final binding did not include the gun due to the high cost of the material.
 
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