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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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1934 - Kelly & Walsh, Shanghai - First Edition
Describing the visit of Mr.Pim to Peking, where he meets with his colleague Mr Wu, and together they tour the wonderful city that is 1930’s Peking. As a gift to someone who is moving to China or has recently visited this is hard to beat. Things may have changed slightly though.

A large format book (38 x 27cm) beautifully illustrated throughout by Friedrich Schiff with a mixture of black and white or colour sketches, photographs with colour applied and a full page hand sketched colour map.
 
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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.

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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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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1956 1958 - Cassell and Company Ltd, London - First Editions
‘The flash and dash of Churchill's zest will render these four volumes readable, humane, exhilarating, memorable and exemplary, few historians, moreover, have been gifted with a style of equal subtlety and vigour, a style at once classical and romantic, precise and imaginative, tolerant yet gently ironical, deeply sensitive to the tragedy of human failure and scornful only of those who are faithless to the virtue within them. These four volumes leave us with enhanced admiration for human character, and an added compassion for human fallibility. They are the legacy of a man of superhuman energy, great intellectual powers and utmost simplicity of soul.’ - Harold Nicolson, New York Times Book Review, 1958.

A finely bound four volume set published shortly after Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This is the author's last great work, only available some twenty years after he wrote the first draft, which then lay dormant whilst he attended to National and Parliamentary matters.
 
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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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The Cigar: By the Author of "Three Courses and a Dessert" - William Clarke

Circa 1835 - Sherwood, Paternoster Row - First Edition
We have endeavoured to make the Cigar like a true Havannah planted in the mouth of a skilful practitioner, retain its fire and fragrance to the last. The Cigar is of a masculine gender; it has been written by men to be read by men.’

Not a book about Cigars, but a small and extremely rare antique medley of humorous sketches by an underemployed Barrister, to accompany you cigar. With titles such as An Oyster Supper, The Opera Hat, Witchcraft Waggeries, Lady Viola’s Nipple, The Beef-Steak Cub, Smoking and Snuff Taking, Batchelor’s Antipathies, Social Bores and The Court of Love. With a number of in-text illustrations.

‘Bedecked with the gaudy tints of jollity and light-heartedness; but who will say that it contains not innumerable lessons which are well worth gathering and treasuring up as jewels of the memory, wherewith to illumine the dim and dangerous onward path of life? Our homily is quaint and joyous seeming, but the marrow of wisdom lurks within its core.’ 
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The Secret Agent. A Simple Tale - Joseph Conrad

1925 - John Grant, London - Later Edition with Conrad’s Introduction
A finely bound edition, with Conrad’s later 15 page introductory note in which Conrad states ‘I confess that it makes a grisly skeleton. But I will submit that telling Winnie Verloc’s story to its anarchistic end of utter desolation, madness an despair, and telling it as I have told it here, I have not intended to commit a gratuitous outrage on the feelings of mankind’

One of the first examples of a double agent ever produced on paper, and the first book to examine terrorism as a plot device, Conrad’s novel follows Adolf Verloc: a spy with an allegiance to an unnamed country, and his brother-in-law Stevie as they track down a conglomerate of anarchists, terrorists, and spies, risking the loss of everything they hold dear. Based on the true events of the Greenwich Bombing of 1894, Conrad’s Stevie follows a similar trajectory to that of French anarchist, Martial Bourdin.

I am afraid that if you want to go down into history you'll have to do something for it.’

Immensely popular at the time of its release,
The Secret Agent enjoyed a surge in sales in the fortnight following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and has remained an eerily relevant cautionary tale regarding espionage and international conflict. It has been adapted for radio, television, and film, forming the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's 1936 film, 'Sabotage', and in 1996 (as 'The Secret Agent') directed by Christopher Hampton and staring Patricia Arquette, Gerard Depardieu and Christian Bale. It has been listed among the Mystery Writers of America’s top 100 novels, and is a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone title.  
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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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