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Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management - Mrs. Isabella Beeton

1920 Circa - Ward Lock & Co., London and Melbourne
A lovely copy, scarce in it’s original red spine and beige boards, a truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time, the enormous and iconic ‘New Edition’ doubled the size of this already substantial volume.

This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

And so it should with 1,997 pages containing household and culinary advice, 3,945 recipes, iced with 85 pages on
Meals their Importance and Arrangements. This is followed by over 200 pages on other important matters of Household Management. Chapter headings include - Domestic Servants and their Duties; Household Recipes (from Shoe Polish to dry-cleaning ostrich feathers); The Doctor,; The Nurse; The Nursery; Homeopathic Medicine; and Legal Memoranda. All topped off with an Analytical Index.

Profusely illustrated with over 190 pages of plates including 29 colour lithographic plates, 143 full page black and white plates, and 22 pages of colour advertisements.

Twenty-nine colour plate
 
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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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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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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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