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Old Touraine. The Life and History of the Chateaux of The Loire. - Theodore Andrea Cook

1912 - Rivingtons, London - Sixth Edition [First Edition 1887]
‘But the finest work of art in the whole chateau is the portrait of Cosmo de Medicis when quite young, which hangs on the right hand of the door; it has unfortunately been retouched all round the face in 1827, but is not seriously damaged; the treatment of the armour and lace, the masterly touches in the growth of the hair round the temples, and the magnificent breadth of the style would almost suggest that, did dates allow of it, this picture was the work of Titian.’ - Cook writing on the Château de Cheverny.

A lovely two volume set of Cook’s authoritative work, entertaining, informing, and well illustrated.
 
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A Summer Amongst the Bocages and the Vines - Louisa Stuart Costello

1840 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
‘Normandy is allowed to be one of the most beautiful and moist cultivated parts of France; a fact which no one can feel any inclination to dispute, who, leaving the clean and lively port of Southampton, takes his passage in summer weather to Havre, and lands at that bustling town, amidst the screaming of innumerable parrots and the noise and clamour of French commissionaires.

Costello’s charming narrative of her ‘continental summer tour’ in France, featuring four full-page lithographs, including frontispieces, and numerous in text wood engravings. Beginning in Havre, Costello’s journey takes her through Normandy, Brittany, Nantes, the Loire, Paris and Rouen.

‘Well informed, easy to read, and cheerfully inviting, her books did the early days of tourism a great service by recommending simple itineraries with plenty of historical and topographical interest. It wasn’t long before Mr. Cook’s clients were bustling all over France and beyond, armed with Miss Costello’s good advice’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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Les Grand Crus Bordelais - Alfred Danflou

1867 - Librairie Goudin & Typ. Au. Lavertujon, Bordeaux - First Edition in this format (a smaller work was published in 1866 with only 19 photographs of the 1st and 2nd growths)
A rare and remarkable work on Bordeaux, in beautiful condition, two volumes bond in one, containing fifty-five early photographs of the great Châteaux of Bordeaux, with their history, vintages and other contributions, in French.

Of superb quality, the plates of the Châteaux include Lafite, Latour, Mouton, all accompanied by a history and contemporary description of the Châteaux and wine vintages. With a long and interesting commentary on the classifications of first and second Crû, strongly in favour of reclassifying to Premier Cru, Branne-Mouton (purchased and renamed Mouton-Rothschild in 1853 by Baron Rothschild but herein referred to by it’s former name), for which they would have to wait a further century until 1973, and referring to both the 1855 Exposition Universelle de Paris, and London’s Great Exhibition in 1851. There are additional chapters on ‘La Système Féodal Appliqué Aux Vins du Médoc’ and ‘Les Grand Vins de Saint-Émilion’.

A truly important and visually imposing work on Bordeaux and a vital part of any wine book or photographic collection.
 
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Oblique Strategies – SIGNED - Brian Eno, Peter Schmidt

1975Number 48 of 500 limited sets
‘Abandon normal instruments; Breathe more deeply; Consider different fading systems; Discard an axiom; (Organic) Machinery; Mute and continue...’

Just a few of the wonderfully creative and abstract instructions from Brian Eno’s dadaist mind game for music production, the original Oblique Strategies card deck, with ‘over one hundred worthwhile dilemmas’, created by Eno and his friend, artist Peter Schmidt.

A complete set of the scarce ‘Edition 1’, number 48 only 500, signed by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, and housed in the original black box. A further two editions each were printed before the death of Peter Schmidt (1978 and 1979).

Oblique Strategies is most frequently associated with bands Eno produced during his mid to late 70s creative high point, including Talking Heads and Berlin-trilogy era Bowie. 
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A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1889) - George Grove (editor)

1899 - The Macmillan & Co., London
An early edition of Grove's monumental biographical dictionary in four magnificent volumes. Remains by far the most comprehensive compilation of it’s kind. [OCEL] 
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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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China Diary – with folding five-colour lithograph ‘Red Square and the Forbidden City’, signed in pencil by David Hockney - David Hockney, Stephen Spender

1982 - Thames and Hudson Ltd., London - First Edition – Number 485 of 1000 limited signed copies
A fine copy of this limited edition, signed by both David Hockney and Stephen Spender, and featuring Hockney’s folding five-colour lithograph, ‘Red Square and the Forbidden City’, signed by the artist in pencil, as well as 158 watercolours, drawings and photographs, 84 in colour, throughout the book.

Hockney and Spender’s engaging account of their 2,400-mile, seven-city journey from Peking to Canton. The pair, accompanied by Hockney’s assistant Gregory Evans, describe their visits to such historic sites as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as their brief sojourns at Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel.
 
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The Way to a Man's Heart. “The Settlement Cook Book” - Mrs. Simon Kander. Mrs. Henry Schoenfeld

1903 - Under the Auspices of “The Settlement”, Milwaukee - Second Edition
One of the most influential and successful American cook books of the twentieth century. ‘The first classic collection of immigrant recipes’.

Extremely rare in any of the first three editions, it is believed that only one complete copy exists of the first 1,000 copies published in 1901, which was followed by this enlarged 1903 edition of 1,500 copies. It can be reasonably assumed that they were purchased to be used in the kitchen, making it extraordinary that any of the first two printings in their delicate white-coated art nouveau illustrated covers exist at all (the only complete surviving original example of the 1901 edition is housed in the Milwaukee Public Library, Lizzie Black Kander’s own copy (incomplete) with notes and amendments for the second edition resides in the Milwaukee Co. Historical Society Research Library). A third and further enlarged edition was published in 1907.

The Settlement Cook Book began its life as a fundraiser for the Jewish Settlement House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, however the recipes were not kosher and included lobster and shellfish. There are also many dishes of German origin, reflecting the German Jewish community in Milwaukee. The chapter on Kuchen includes those called Coffee or Sugar, Tarts, Good, Bundt, Apple, Poppy Seed, Berliner Pfann, Cheese and Blueberry as well as Filled Walnut Kipfel and Schnecken. Among the Jewish dishes were Matzos Pancakes, Matzos Balls, Filled Fish, Kugel, Matzos Pudding. Many of the recipes present an amalgam of German, Eastern European and Jewish cooking.

By 1991 over two million copies of
The Settlement Cook Book had been sold, in more than 40 editions. 
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