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Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management - Mrs. Isabella Beeton

1920 Circa - Ward Lock & Co., London and Melbourne
A lovely copy, scarce in it’s original red spine and beige boards, a truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time, the enormous and iconic ‘New Edition’ doubled the size of this already substantial volume.

This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

And so it should with 1,997 pages containing household and culinary advice, 3,945 recipes, iced with 85 pages on
Meals their Importance and Arrangements. This is followed by over 200 pages on other important matters of Household Management. Chapter headings include - Domestic Servants and their Duties; Household Recipes (from Shoe Polish to dry-cleaning ostrich feathers); The Doctor,; The Nurse; The Nursery; Homeopathic Medicine; and Legal Memoranda. All topped off with an Analytical Index.

Profusely illustrated with over 190 pages of plates including 29 colour lithographic plates, 143 full page black and white plates, and 22 pages of colour advertisements.

Twenty-nine colour plate
 
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The Life & Works of Charlotte Brontë & her Sisters. - Anne, Charlotte & Emily Brontë, Mrs. Gaskell

1910 - Smith, London - The Hawthorn Edition
In seven finely bound volumes by Bayntun-Rivière. Together with the works of the Brontë sisters are introductions by Mrs. Humphrey Ward and Clement K. Shorter, as well as copious additional notes, introductions and prefaces by others. With portraits and illustrations.

Charlotte Brontë -
Jane Eyre, Emma, Shirley, Stories from Angria, The Professor, Villette, Poems, Memoir of Emily Jane Brontë, and Memoir of Anne Brontë.
Emily Brontë -
Wuthering Heights, and Poems.
Anne Brontë -
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Agnes Grey, and Poems.
Mrs. Gaskell -
The Life and Works of Charlotte Brontë and her Sisters.  
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The Cartier Collection: Jewelry - François Chaille, Eric Nussbaum

2004 - Editions Flammarion, Paris - First Edition
A fine copy of this large, stunning, lavishly produced and profusely illustrated volume featuring more than 600 objects and drawings from Cartier’s jewellery archives, and including many foldout photographs. The accompanying text chronicles the history of this esteemed jewellery designer from its founding in 1847, through to the late twentieth century, and presents many highlights from the Cartier collection, from modern, Art Deco pieces inspired by the decorative styles of ancient Egypt, China, and Persia, to Cartier’s iconic ‘bestiary’ creations such as panther inspired pieces that would adorn Wallis Simpson, and various other designs that graced celebrities, from Barbara Hutton to Daisy Fellowes.

Text by François Chaille, based upon notes and writings by Eric Nussbaum.
 
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Ladies in the Rough - Glenna Collett, James M. Neville

1928 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Signed ‘Glenna Collett / Pinehurst / March 1929.’ when she was in Pinehurst, North Carolina, to win her fifth Women's North & South Amateur Championship in eight years. She won again the following year for the sixth & final time.

Full of lively anecdotes and opinions, numerous photographs on 27 plates. With a Foreword by Bobby Jones.

‘Glenna Collett Vare [1903-1989] was known as the female Bobby Jones, as much for her composure and sportsmanship as for her astonishing achievements. She won six U.S., two Canadian, and one French Women's Amateur Championships. In her day there was no professional women's tour. She was certainly the dominant American female golfer of the first half of the 20th century.’ -
World Golf Hall of Fame.  
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1891 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Hugh Thomson Illustrated Edition
A finely bound edition, with a preface by Anne Thackeray Ritchie, and illustrated with over 100 sketches by Hugh Thomson.

First published in 1851 as a serial in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens. ‘A series of linked sketches of life among the ladies of a quiet country village in the 1830s. The greatest charm of Cranford, which has kept it unfailingly popular, is its amused but loving portrait of the old-fashioned customs and 'elegant economy' of a delicately observed group of middle-aged figures in a landscape’ –
Oxford Companion to English Literature. 
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Memoirs of a Highland Lady - Elizabeth Grant, Lady Strachey (editor)

1898 - John Murray, London - First Edition
‘No other spot ever replaced it, no other scenery ever surpassed it, no other young happiness ever seemed to approach within a comprehensible distance of our childhood at Rothimurchus.’

An elegantly bound volume of one of the most famous ladies memoirs, and continuously in print since 1898. Acutely observant accounts of her own life, as well as the rapidly changing Highland scene and society, and above all of the great Rothiemurchus estate. Written between 1945 and 1854 and originally intended simply for her family.

Edited by the author’s niece, Lady Strachey.
 
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Woman With Violin - An Autobiography - Ida Haendel

1970 - Victor Gollancz, London - First Edition
A scarce copy of famed violinist Ida Haendel’s autobiography – one of the twentieth century’s most enduring idols of the concert platform, Haendel recounts the difficulties of being a child prodigy, her experiences travelling and performing in Europe, and her training with esteemed violinist and pedagogue Carl Flesch. 
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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.
 
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