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Japan and China - History, Arts and Literature - F. Brinkley

1910 - J. B. Millet Company, Boston and Tokyo
A complete twelve volume set of this popular illustrated series, which offers a comprehensive overview of Japan and China. Covering a wide range of topics including their history, government, art, religion, trade, commerce, international relations and institutions, together with detailed appendices and indices.

Illustrated with twelve colour frontispieces, large folding colour map of Asia, fifty photographic plates (26 tinted, 34 monochrome) each with tissue guard, and sixteen pages of silver and ceramic marks.

Bound in the original publisher’s decorated cream vellum paper spines over brown paper covered boards, and titles pages decorated in colour.
 
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The Life of Benvenuto Cellini written by Himself. - Benvenuto Cellini, John Addington Symonds, Royal Cortissoz

1906 - Brentano's, New York - First Brentano Edition
A fine, unopened and elegantly bound two volume set of the most important autobiography from Renaissance Italy and one of the most spirited and colourful from any time or place. Illustrated ‘with reproductions of forty original portraits and views’.

‘Benvenuto Cellini was both a beloved artist in sixteenth-century Florence and a passionate and temperamental man of action who was capable of brawling, theft, and murder. He counted popes, cardinals, kings, and dukes among his patrons and was the adoring friend of - as he described them - the “divine” Michelangelo and the “marvellous” Titian, but was as well known for his violent feuds. At age twenty-seven he helped defend the Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, and his account of his imprisonment there (under a mad castellan who thought he was a bat), his escape, recapture, and confinement in “a cell of tarantulas and venomous worms” is an adventure equal to any other in fact or fiction. But it is only one in a long life lived on a grand scale.’

‘Cellini’s autobiography is not merely the record of an extraordinary life but also a dramatic and evocative account of daily life in Renaissance Italy, from its lowest taverns to its highest royal courts’
– James Fenton 
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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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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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The Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol; The Chimes; The Cricket on the Hearth; The Battle of Life; The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain. - Charles Dickens

1844 to 1848 - Chapman & Hall [or] Bradbury & Evans, London - Mixed first and early editions
A beautifully bound five volume set of Dickens’ Christmas Stories, fine copies housed in a custom made slipcase. With illustrated title pages, full plate and in-text illustrations throughout.

‘After the success attained with A Christmas Carol in 1843 Dickens continued the series throughout the 1840s, maintaining what he called "the Carol philosophy" to "strike a sledgehammer blow" for the poor, uneducated, and repressed. In typical Dickens fashion he drove his message home with a mixture of humor and good cheer’. - David Purdue.
 
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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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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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