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Blinds & Shutters - Signed by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and others. - Michael Cooper

1990 - Genesis Publications, Guildford - Limited Edition, Number 1741 of 5000 copies
‘The most stupendous rock and roll picture book ever assembled' – USA Today

A fine example of this unique and stunningly presented documentary of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, featuring the images of its star photographer Michael Cooper interspersed with written contributions from those deeply entrenched. There are forewords by both Mick Jagger and by Keith Richards, and an introduction by Terry Southern (close friend of Michael Cooper, part of the 60’s ‘Jet Set’ salon that included The Beatles, the Stones), cult author and screenwriter (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider, Barbarella...).

This lavish production was conceived by Bill Wyman, who signed each copy, this copy is also signed by contributors Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Richard’s long-term partner Anita Pallenberg, Sandy Lieberson (film producer and the 1960’s US agent for the Rolling Stones), Christopher Gibbs (the influential figure in 1960’s men's fashion, credited with inventing ‘Swinging London’, first man to wear flares, close friend of the Stones, antiques dealer and has been called the "King of Chelsea"), Peter Blake (Artist, graphic work and cover design for
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), Terry Doran (close friend of Brian Epstein and The Beatles, and first head of Apple Music publishing), Michael Cooper’s son Adam Cooper, and Artists Allen Jones and Colin Self.

Michael Cooper (1941-73) was considered to be the best photographer in London at the time, who captured some of the most iconic photographs of The Rolling Stones as well as other leading musicians including The Beatles, Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull. Cooper was one of the few people who had both a professional and personal relationship with the Beatles and the Stones at the same time. He was the photographer who worked with Peter Blake on the 1967
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover and later worked on the cover photograph for the Rolling Stones 1967 LP Their Satanic Majesties Request. Cooper was deeply rooted in the art and music scene in London at the time so his involvement with drugs was almost inevitable, he committed suicide in 1973, and in his suicide note to his son Adam Cooper are the lines -

Don't believe the court when they say that I killed myself when the balance of my mind was disturbed. I just live in a disturbed world, and, as the old poem says, "I hear the sound of a different drum."... I come from what your generation will call the 'Half and Halves'. A generation that made a few changes, but had to experience too many other kinds of changes they had no control over, so some of us were bound to fall by the wayside. I'm one of those.’ 
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Old Waldorf Bar Days - Albert Stevens Crockett

1931 - Aventine Press, New York - First Edition
‘If you knew your Fifth Avenue and your caviar…
you would know that when I speak of the greatest and most famous exponent of the American School of Drinking,
I can mean no other place than, the old Waldorf Bar.’

A scarce fine first edition of Crockett’s colourful history of the Waldorf Bar and accompanying drink manual. One of the most quoted sources of cocktail recipes. Illustrated throughout by Leighton Budd.

Crockett’s lively anecdotal history, including the antics of Buffalo Bill Cody and Bat Masterson, among others who were regulars at the bar, is accompanied by his manual of cocktails, which he ‘arranged alphabetically, and in two classes. The cocktails have been set down in one list and the others, which might be classed as ‘beverages,’ have been termed ‘Fancy Potations and Otherwise’.
 
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Travels in Arabia Deserta - Charles M Doughty

1923 - Jonathan Cape and The Medici Society, London - Third Edition, First in this Format.
A near fine unopened, uncut set of this ‘unrivalled encyclopaedia of knowledge about all aspects of nineteenth-century and earlier Arabia.’ (Oxford DNB). Profusely illustrated throughout with plates (many folding), sketches and diagrams, together with large folding colour map ‘A Sketch Map of Itinerarium of part of North Western Arabia and Negd’ in pocket at rear of volume 1.

‘I have talked the book over with many travellers, and we are agreed that here you have all the desert, its hills and plains, the lava fields, the villages, the tents, the men and animals. They are told of the life, with words and phrases fitted to them so perfectly that one cannot dissociate them in memory. It is the true Arabia, the land with its smells and dirt, as well as its nobility and freedom. There is no sentiment, nothing merely picturesque, that most common failing of oriental travel-books. Doughty's completeness is devastating. There is nothing we would take away, little we could add. He took all Arabia for his province, and has left to his successors only the poor part of specialists. We may write books on parts of the desert or some of the history of it; but there can never be another picture of the whole, in our time, because here it is all said.’ - T. E. Lawrence
 
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - with - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1892 - George Newnes Ltd., London - First Edition, First Issues (preceded by the Strand Magazine publication)
A smart bright pair, first editions in their earliest issues of the classic Sherlock Holmes short stories, up to the Reichenbach Falls episode of The Final Problem. Illustrated throughout from wood engravings by Sidney Paget. Adventures contains twelve stories including A Scandal in Bohemia and The Speckled Band, Memoirs contains eleven stories including The Final Problem, and “Silver Blaze”.

Suitably housed in a custom clamshell case of half dark blue morocco leather over matching cloth, lined with felt, titles in gilt.
 
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Thunderball - Ian Lancaster Fleming

1961 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
Thunderball’ is one of the most pivotal works of the series. It was in ‘Thunderball’ that Fleming first introduces the world to the ultimate Bond villain - Ernest Stavro Blofeld. Though Bond and Blofeld never actually meet here, it is in this book that Bond first battles the schemes of SPECTRE, Blofeld's criminal organisation.

Smartly housed in custom made clamshell case, black half morocco, gilt titles.
 
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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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Flashman at the Charge - From The Flashman Papers 1854-1855 - George MacDonald Fraser

1973 - Barrie & Jenkins, London - First Edition
The fourth packet of Flashman papers, regaling us with further episodes in the life of Harry Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's School days who was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830's.

This instalment is set during the Battle of Balaclava. Quite amazingly, our dashing, and reluctant leader is at the head of the light brigade.....

As with his previous adventures, Flashman at the Charge is rich in those qualities which one him honour and fame in his own time and have endeared him to hosts of loyal admirer since - cowardice, treachery, lechery and an unfailing instinct for survival, coupled with his own caustic humour and unsparing honesty as a historian.
 
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Association Football & The Men Who Made It - Alfred Gibson, William Pickford

1906 - The Caxton Publishing Company, London - First Edition
A lovely clean set of what is becoming a scarce first edition of this significant and unrivalled work, detailing the history of the game, the clubs and early players. Magnificently illustrated throughout, with sepia and monochrome photographs of players, teams and matches.

‘The holy grail for any serious collector of football literature, this work is unrivalled in affording the contemporary reader a detailed understanding of the teams, players and administrators who dominated the game in the nineteenth century. Set across four volumes, the figures profiled inside are almost universally forgotten to modern football fans and yet the calibre of the writing within makes them come alive. Even though the game they played was markedly different to that of the current day, the vitality and energy of the era is clear.’ - Ademir to Zizinho,
The 20 Greatest Football Books.

‘The authors, Alfred Gibson who worked for
The Football Star, and William Pickford who worked for the Athletic News, were two football insiders who celebrated the game which others had labelled a mania but they recognised as one of the wonders of modern times. The book was dedicated ‘to all who loved the game’ and was intended as ‘a monument for the men who have made it’. It was a celebration of all football, the recreational as well as the spectacular, amateurs and professionals, those who looked on and those who played’. - Oxford DNB. 
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