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The Deerslayer - or - The First Warpath - James Fenimore Cooper, N. C. Wyeth (illustrator)

1929 - Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York - First Edition, Second Issue illustrated by Wyeth
A finely bound first instalment of Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales, with illustrated colour title page and nine full page colour plates by N. C. Wyeth, one of America’s great illustrators.

The
Deerslayer is set during the years 1740-1745, describing Natty Bumppo’s youth. Inspired by romance, justice, and revenge Natty Bumppo together with his close friend Chingachgook, risks his life to free his friends love, and exact revenge for past atrocities. 
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1965 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - First Edition illustrated by Powers, Number 199 of 1, 500.
A finely bound limited edition signed by the illustrator. With an introduction by Robert E. Spiller and illustrated throughout from paintings by Richard M. Powers.

The third in the series of Cooper’s
Leatherstocking Tales. Cooper takes his main character, here called the Pathfinder (Natty Bumppo) and examines his role as an explorer for British Colonial forces in the forests and islands around the Great Lakes.

The story is a classic historical adventure romance and Bumppo falls in love, for the first and only time in the five novels, only to see his choice fall in love with another man - a younger man and good friend of Natty's. Probably the best of the five novels. [Whiting].
 
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Lieutenant Hornblower - C. S. Forester

1952 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannonshot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.

‘I find Hornblower admirable, vastly entertaining’ - Sir Winston Churchill.

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’ - Ernest Hemingway.
 
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Hornblower and the Atropos - C. S. Forester

1953 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size.

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’ - Ernest Hemingway.
 
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Hornblower and the Hotspur - C. S. Forester

1962 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
April 1803, and the Peace of Amiens is failing as Horatio Hornblower takes a three-master on a vital reconnaissance mission … Hornblower is ordered to take the Hotspur and head for Brest – war is coming and Napoleon will not catch His Majesty’s navy with its britches round its ankles. Hornblower must prove himself to be not only the most capable commander in the fleet, but also its most daring if he is to stop the French gaining the upper hand. 
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SOLD - The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator)

1931 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Edition with Shepard’s illustrations (38th)
‘And you really live by The River? What a jolly life!’

‘By it and with it and on it and in it,’ said the Rat... ‘It’s my world, and I don’t want any other. What it hasn’t got is not worth having, and what it doesn’t know is not worth knowing.


A finely bound example of the first edition to contain the classic and charming illustrations Ernest Shepard, with his wonderful two page map bound in at the rear.

Toad sat straight down in the middle of the dusty road, his legs stretched out before him, and stared fixedly in the direction of the disappearing motor-car. He breathed short, his face wore a placid, satisfied expression, and at intervals he faintly murmured “Poop-poop!”’

The Wind in the Willows can be read in many different ways; as a wry commentary on the class system of Edwardian England, as a warning of the threat of social change and the destruction of rural values, as an oblique manifesto of Grahame’s own views on politics, religion, and social reform.

In the above scene from chapter two, Mr Toad, after nearly being killed by a passing motorist, falls in love with the idea of speed, “
Villages skipped, towns and cities jumped - always somebody else’s horizon! O Bliss! O poop-poop! O my! O my!” The motor car here is a force of chaotic, destructive energy that sunders the arcadian world of the river bank, and Mr. Toad, transfixed as he sits in the middle of the road watching the machine recede into the distance, stands for the point at which the human spirit is seduced by the folly of its own desires. The motor car changed their lives, and ours for ever.’ – Gerard Woodward, The Little Black Book.


Shepard on meeting Grahame to discuss the illustrations to 'The Wind in the Willows' :-

"Not sure about his new illustrator of his book, he listened patiently while I told him what I hoped to do. Then he said 'I love these little people, be kind to them'. Just that; but sitting forward in his chair, resting upon the arms, his fine handsome head turned aside, looking like some ancient Viking, warming, he told me of the river nearby, of the meadows where mole broke ground that spring morning, of the banks where Rat had his house, of the pool where Otter hid, and of Wild Wood way up on the hill above the river. ...He would like, he said, to go with me to show me the river bank that he knew so well, ‘...but now I cannot walk so far and you must find your way alone'."

Grahame passed away before the publication of this new edition with what have become the illustrations that are most loved and associated with '
The Wind in the Willows' . 
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The Three Lieutenants, or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century - W. H. G. Kingston

1897 - Griffith Farran Browne & Co. Limited, London
Illustrations by Charles J. de Lacy. From the Boys’ Own Favourite Library series. The second novel in Kingstons series which began with ‘The Midshipmen’. A lovely copy in pictorial boardsand gilt edges.

Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time. By an extraordinary coincidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships alive when they are lieutenants. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, though retired, takes a great interest in their careers.
 
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Howard Pyle’s Book of Pirates - Howard Pyle

1930 - Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London - Early Edition
‘...Howard Pyle’s pictures do breathe an American Spirit. Beyond the technical excellence which has caused artists to treasure proofs of these pictures, beyond the unquestioned accuracy of costume and setting, is the spiritual, personal something that makes pictures live.’

A lovely large format edition of these highly readable, magnificently illustrated tales recount the rip-roaring adventures of swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main. Includes ‘The Ghost of Captain Brand, Tom Chist and the Treasure Box, Jack Ballister’s Fortunes, The Ruby of Kishmoor’ and other tales. Enhanced by the author’s own incomparable illustrations, including ten full-colour plates, four black and white full page plates, and line drawings throughout. This immensely popular work became a seminal reference for those interested in maritime studies due to the meticulous research Pyle undertook while writing and illustrating the title.
 
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