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Circa 1903 - Bigelow, New York - Edition de Luxe, Number 289 of a Limited 1000 sets
‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.'

An elegantly bound six volume set, comprising
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, The Watsons, Northanger Abbey, and Lady Susan. Beautifully illustrated with six colour frontispiece and thirty two black and white plates by the brothers Charles and Henry Brock, who both worked from the same studio in Cambridge, and have come to be widely regarded as the best illustrators of Jane Austen's novels.

Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.’ 
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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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A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie

1953 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
‘A tear rose in Miss Marple’s eyes. Succeeding pity, there came anger- anger against a heartless killer. And then, displacing both these emotions, there came a surge of triumph - the triumph some specialist might feel who has successfully reconstructed an extinct animal from a fragment of jawbone and a couple of teeth.’

Yet another case opens up for our distinguished sleuth, when a murder spree befalls a wealthy but troubled family, and the death of an innocent maid Miss Marple knew as a child compels her to investigate. A cracking murder-mystery with everything from poisoned teacups to sinister nursery rhymes- that will keep you up well past a sensible hour.
 
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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
 
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A Thousand Miles Up The Nile - Amelia B. Edwards

1891 - George Routledge and Sons, London - Second Edition, later printing
‘She arrived in Egypt almost by accident, to get out of the European rain on a long holiday, and discovered what was to become her life’s love.’ – Jane Robinson in Wayward Women.

A bright copy of this quintessential Victorian travel book, by the pioneering Egyptologist, describing Edwards’ life-changing visit to Egypt.

Illustrated with seventeen full page plates, title vignette, and more than fifty additional in-text illustrations from wood engravings by G. Pearson, all based upon the author’s original travel sketches, as well as a photolithographic facsimile of a ‘Hieratic Inscription’ at Abou Simbel.
 
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The Lacquer Lady - Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse

1930 - The MacMillan Company, New York - First Edition
‘Fanny, white, draggled, and almost speechless, arrived to find a Mission House already frantic with alarm. No reliable news had escaped the Palace, but everyone in the kalā town knew that murder and perhaps wholesale massacre was abroad’

A lovely copy in an uncommonly bright dust jacket, the novel was inspired by the author’s trip to Burma, and based on the true story of King Thibaw’s downfall in 1870. Seen through the eyes of naive, yet destructive, Fanny Patterson, we witness the decay of an empire, as the king brings a crucial ultimatum to the British army, resulting in the occupation of Mandalay a fortnight later, with devastating consequences for all of Burma.
 
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I Married Adventure - Osa Johnson

1940 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia - First Edition
‘”We're going round the world, Osa!” – Heady stuff for a dainty little Kansas girl, who had married at sixteen a handsome film photographer just back from the exotic South Seas. Osa Johnson would have been quite happy to keep home and settle down – she had never been further than thirty miles from the house she was born – but Martin Johnson and their whirlwind romance so bowled her over that all she could answer was “Well -– all right, dear”.'  – Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

A lovely copy in the fantastic Zebra print boards. The real life travel exploits of husband and wife adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson, this is a lively memoir relaying their journeys from Borneo, to Kenya and the Congo.

A best seller when it first appeared in 1940, its wonderful observations of nature and heart-stopping narrative are accompanied by scores of striking photographs of the Johnsons’ exotic destinations.
 
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Price HK$ 2,500



 
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