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A Good Man in Africa - William Boyd

1981 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Edition
‘This is a wildly funny novel, rich in witty prose and raucous incidents . . . without qualification, a delight’ – The Washington Post

A bright and near fine first edition of Boyd’s debut novel, the satirical story of British Diplomat Morgan Leafy, an unfortunate prisoner of the flesh, whose indulgence in women, fondness for drink, as well as his loathing for the small African republic of Kinjanja where he is stationed, prove to be imposing obstacles on his road to success. But his life becomes problematic when his plans to rig the country’s elections go awry, and he finds himself being blackmailed by a local politician...

Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Somerset Maugham Award for 1981.
 
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Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Facsimile (From Photogravure Blocks) of the Kilmarnock edition 1786 - Robert Burns

1909 - D Brown & Co. [Printer], Kilmarnock - Facsimile of the 1786 edition
A fine, unopened copy. This is the 1909 facsimile of the rare and celebrated "Kilmarnock Burns" of 1786, printed from photogravure blocks under the supervision of D. McNaught, Esq. J.P., editor of The Burns Chronicle, the proofs being revised from an uncut copy in his possession.

In 1786 at the age of 27, although he had never published anything before, Burns (1759-96) decided to publish a volume of his poems. 612 copies were printed for him by John Wilson of Kilmarnock. They sold out within a month. There are estimated to be less than 70 complete ‘Kilmarnock’ copies in existence today. For this reason D. McNaught used his own uncut copy to produce this facsimile in 1909.

Burns, encouraged by this success, and by a letter from an Edinburgh minister, Dr. Blacklock, moved to Edinburgh instead of emigrating to Jamaica. He became a celebrity and in 1787 a new edition of 1500 copies, to be sold by subscription, was agreed upon with an additional 17 poems and five new songs. There was far greater demand than estimated, so the book was reset, and approximately 3,250 copies printed.
 
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The Worst Journey in the World. Antarctic 1910-1913 - Apsley Cherry-Garrard

1922 - Constable and Company Limited, London Bombay Sydney - First Edition
‘Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised. It is the only form of adventure in which you put on your clothes at Michaelmas and keep them on until Christmas, and, save for a layer of the natural grease of the body, find them as clean as though they were new. It is more lonely than London, more secluded than any monastery, and the post comes but once a year. As men will compare the hardships of France, Palestine, or Mesopotamia, so it would be interesting to contrast the rival claims of the Antarctic as a medium of discomfort. A member of Campbell's party tells me that the trenches at Ypres were a comparative picnic. But until somebody can evolve a standard of endurance I am unable to see how it can be done. Take it all in all, I do not believe anybody on earth has a worse time than an Emperor penguin’ - A.C-G.

A nice set of the scarce first edition, first issue half white linen over pale blue-grey paper-covered boards. Illustrated with five maps (three folding), six coloured plates, 13 folding panoramas (eleven of which were not included in later editions), and 56 photographs and sketches, ‘by the late Doctor Edward A. Wilson and other members of the expedition’. Smartly housed in a custom made cloth slipcase.

The Worst Journey in the World is to travel writing what War and Peace is to the novel... a masterpiece.’ – The New York Review of Books. 
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My Early Life: A Roving Commission - INSCRIBED by Winston Churchill. - together with - Thoughts and Adventures : Amid These Storms. - Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

1930 1932 - Thornton Butterworth, London - First Editions
'My Early Life' Inscribed by / Winston S. Churchill / December 1938.

These 2 volumes represent Churchill's only autobiographical books, and are illustrated with photographic frontispieces and several cartoons.
 
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The Works of Joseph Conrad. - Joseph Conrad

1923 - J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London - The Uniform Edition
Joseph Conrad is the novelist of man in extreme situations. This set of his complete works runs to 22 volumes and includes: Almayer's Folly, Typhoon, Nostromo, Lord Jim, An Outcast of the Islands, The Secret Agent, Chance, Victory, The Rescue, The Inheritors, Romance, The Shadow Line, etc. 
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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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Motoritis or Other Interpretations of the Motor Act - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1906 - Simpkin, London - First Edition
A superb large (38 x 27.5 cm) folio. ‘Motoritis’ contains twelve colour plates of humorous ‘Other Interpretations’ of the newly passed 1904 Motor Car Act. Section 1 of the Act introduced the crime of reckless driving, which Crombie aptly illustrates in the third plate.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with additional colour plate advertisement for them, and bottle labels to the verso of each of Crombie’s illustrations.
 
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