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The Maker of Fairy Tales - with - Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen, Fritz Kredel (illustrator)

1942 - The Limited Editions Club, New York - First Kredel Edition, Limited to 1500 copies, of which this is no. 294, signed by Jean Hersholt and Fritz Kredel
A sumptuous two volume collection, containing twenty nine of Andersen’s beloved fairy tales, including such favourites as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, and The Emperor’s New Clothes, together with Denmark's Ugly Duckling - the story of Hans Christian Andersen.

The
Thirteen Stories by Andersen, and correspondence offering a fascinating insight into his life, thoughts and career.

Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere, and illustrated by Fritz Kredel with hand-coloured drawings and sketches.
 
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Price HK$ 19,000



The Complete Novels - Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey and Persuasion - Jane Austen, J. C. Squire (introduction)

1928 - William Heinemann Ltd, London - First Single Volume Edition
A lovely presentation of the first single volume to contain all of Austen’s novels, finely bound by the great bindery of Bayntun-Rivière of Bath.

With a long introduction by Sir John Collings Squire [1884-1958].
 
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Price HK$ 10,000



The Curiosities of Ale & Beer: An Entertaining History - John Bickerdyke, John Greville Fennell, J. M. Dixon

1889 - Field &, London - First Edition
A history of ale and beer brewing from 2000 BC to the 1880's. Ballads and songs on beer, porter and stouts, served at large feasts at inns and taverns. Early anecdotes and poems, with sections on the medicinal uses of ale and hops. Illustrated with over 50 ‘quaint woodcuts’ and woodcut initials taken mostly from rare old titles.

Since the dawn of our history Barley-wine has been the “naturall drinke” for an “Englysshe man,” and has had no unimportant influence on English life and manners. It is, therefore, somewhat curious that up to the present, among the thousands of books published annually, no comprehensive work on the antiquities of ale and beer has found place.’

A finely bound first edition of BIckerdyke’s ‘evocative 19th century masterpiece’ [
Craft Beer & Brewing], a project begun by his friend, fellow angling author and lover of ale, John Greville Fennell, who due to failing health asked Cook to continue and finish the work. 
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The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke: With a Memoir - Rupert Brooke, Edward Marsh

1918 - Sidgwick &, London - First Edition
‘Out of the nothingness of sleep,
The slow dreams of Eternity,
There was a thunder on the deep:
I came, because you called to me.’ –
The Call.

A comprehensive collection of Brooke’s poems, finely bound by Bayntun Riviere of Bath, and housed in matching fleece-lined morocco clamshell case.

Illustrated with two black and white plates from photographic portraits of Rupert Brooke. In addition this is the first edition of Edward Marsh’s ‘
Memoir’ and an introduction to that memoir by Rupert Brooke’s father, published later as a separate volume.

‘If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.’ –
The Soldier. 
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1914 - Henry Young &, Liverpool - Number 405 of 500 copies, signed by the publishers
Two finely bound volumes printed on thick paper, illustrated with thirty-one plates. Included is an ‘Essay on Robert Burns’ by Sir Walter Raleigh, a ‘Memoir of Lockhart’, the ‘Author’s Preface’ and notes and appendices by William Scott Douglas.

‘Lockhart's ‘
Life of Burns’, his first sustained attempt in biography, was for a century and more the standard account of the poet and his work. If Lockhart is sometimes limited, he is generally sensible he was born just before Burns died, and had access to men who had seen and known the poet his critical approach is often close to that of the literary world to which Burns, for a time, turned a hopeful eye and his succinct sketches of Burns's milieu and of the men in it, are excellent.’ ‘One of the few judicious and eminently readable biographies of Burns.’ - Professor James Kinsley, introduction to the 2006 edition. 
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Popular Romances of the West of England; or, The Drolls, Traditions, and Superstitions of Old Cornwall - Robert Hunt (editor)

1865 - John Camden Hotten, London - First Edition
Two finely bound volumes of these magnificent collections of Cornish fairy tales, superstitions and traditions, 117 in the first series and 220 in the second series, to be read by firelight on a cold winter evening, or actually even in the height of summer...

What makes this set unique are the additional engraved plates that have been stunningly bound in by Bayntun of Bath, originally containing two engravings by Cruikshank, this set adds another 108 relevant older engravings (18 of which are hand-coloured) and two maps (one of which is hand-coloured).
 
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Five Children And It - E. Nesbit

1902 - T. Fisher Unwin, London - First Edition
A fine first edition of this magical tale bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, illustrated by H. R. Millar with forty-six black and white plates – Cyril, Athena, Robert, Jane, and baby brother, Lamb, are exploring the land around the house their parents have rented for the summer when they find the sandpit. They decide to dig a hole straight through to Australia. Their plan is interrupted when Athena discovers a magical creature hiding in the sand. It is a Psammead, and it can grant wishes.

The children stood around the hole looking at the creature they had found. It was worth looking at. Its eyes were on long horns like a snail's eyes, and it could move them in and out like telescopes; it had ears like a bat's ears, and its tubby body was shaped like a spider's and covered with thick soft fur; its legs and arms were furry too, and it had hands and feet like a monkey's.’

Psammead:
I am a Sand Fairy!
Jane: A Sand Fairy? I thought fairies had little ballet dresses and wings and wands.
Psammead: What on earth have you been reading?
Jane: I'll call you Sandy.
Psammead: Why?
Jane: Because we found you in the sand.
Psammead: You're so funny. Have your parents tried boiling you? 
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Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character - Inscribed - Edward B. Ramsay

1871 - Edmonston and Douglas, Edinburgh - Twentieth Edition
A fine inscribed edition, magnificently bound by Bayntun-Rivière of Bath.

First published in 1857, and extended throughout Ramsay’s life, it consists of his personal recollections, anecdotes and opinions. In addition to the entertaining preface, chapters cover
Scottish Religious Feelings, Old Scottish Conviviality, The Old Scottish Domestic Servant, Humour Proceeding from Scottish Expressions Including Scottish Proverbs, and Scottish Stories of Wit and Humour.

An important association copy, inscribed by Ramsay to Doctor Robert Carruthers of Inverness, with Ramsay’s hand written note going on to say that this ‘
is the 20th edition and I suppose to be my last - the concluding part from page 316, on the subject of a “closer union amongst Christians is entirely new in the Edition’. Dr. Carruthers is also thanked by Ramsay in the introduction (see page X). This work actually went through a further two editions before Ramsay’s death in 1872 
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