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Peaks, Passes, and Glaciers. A Series of Excursions by Members of the Alpine Club - John Ball, President of the Alpine Club

1860 - Longman, London - Fifth Edition
Finely bound edition of this important set of climbing essays, edited by the Alpine Club's first president, John Ball. Known as the Traveller’s Knapsack edition, due to it’s smaller size, illustrated with seven folding colour maps.

Ball collected firsthand accounts by members of the Alpine Club of excursions into various regions of the Alps. Ball noted with satisfaction that members of the Alpine Club had left the beaten track in the Alps to complete first ascents of the Monte Rosa, the Dom, the Grand Combin, the Alleleinhorn, and the Wetterhorn.

The Golden Age of Alpinism.
 
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A Description of the Azores - Captain Boid

1835 - Edward Churton, London - First Edition
A rare first edition illustrated with four lithographic plates and a folding map. Captain Edward Boid served in Donna Maria’s naval armament, as Secretary to Admiral Sartorius, his account of the Azores is still considered one of the first and most important traveller’s accounts of this group of lush Islands located in the mid-Atlantic roughly 950 miles from the Portuguese coast and 2,000 miles from Nova Scotia.

Among the areas covered in the early chapters are agriculture, zoology, trade and commerce, government, customs, and religion. The second half of the work provides individual chapters on the separate Islands.

Included is a reprinted review by the Spectator Magazine (originally published 6th December 1934).
 
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The Commentaries of Caesar, Translated into English. To which is prefixed a Discourse Concerning the Roman Art of War - Caius Julius Caesar, William Duncan

1753 - J. &, London - First Edition
The magnificent folio edition of Cæsar's Commentaries, translated and with preliminary matter by William Duncan, with a superb array of 86 copper-engraved plates including six maps, most double-page.

These include the scarce fold-out "Bull" plate (
The Ursus or Buffalo) and The Battle with Elephants. Together with numerous finely engraved battle plans, depictions of the various peoples conquered by Cæsar (Picts, Druids, Gauls, Germans, etc.), maps of the regions occupied, etc.

This is thought by many as the finest edition of Caesar's commentaries in English.
 
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Death in the Making - Robert Capa, Gerda Taro

1938 - Covici Friede, New York - First Edition
'If the photo isn't good enough, it's because you're not close enough.' – Robert Capa

A stunning copy of Robert Capa’s first published monograph – a landmark of 20
th century war photography – in the rare dust jacket depicting a Loyalist soldier falling to his death, gun in hand, after being shot – a now iconic image of the Spanish Civil War Featuring 145 photographs by Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, captions by Robert Capa, translated and with a preface by Jay Allen, and arranged by André Kertesz. Housed in a custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

From 1936 onwards, Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge
 
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Unexplored Spain - Abel Chapman, Walter J. Buck

1910 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
An excellent copy of this influential work on Spain and its wildlife, with chapters on the historic hunting ground of Coto Doñana, Andalusia’s big game, wildfowl and wild geese, the Spanish bull fight, flamingoes, wild camels, the highlands of Asturias, Valencia, and sketches of Spanish bird life, together with an account of the Spanish ibex, which Chapman would go on to save from extinction.

Profusely illustrated throughout with 209 full page black and white plates and in text illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Crawhall, and Abel Chapman, and from photographs.

This copy was gifted by Heatley Noble, renowned ornithologist, author, and one of the half dozen best shots at Grouse and driven Pheasant in the kingdom during the early 1900’s.
 
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1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
An elegantly bound first edition of this influential and important work on Spain and its wildlife, based on over 20 years experience. Amongst the larger animals Chapman gives an account of the Spanish ibex, which he would go on to save from extinction.

Double page colour map of Spain to front, profusely illustrated throughout with 51 full page plates and over 100 in-text illustrations in black and white by Joseph Crawhall, E. Crawhall, and Abel Chapman, and from photographs.

This copy was formerly from the library of a contemporary of Abel Chapman, John Coulson Tregarthen (1854-1933), renowned British field naturalist, author, and mathematician. With his signature and annotation to half title.
 
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Looking Back. An Autobiographical Excursion - Norman Douglas

1933 - Chatto and Windus, London - Numbered limited edition of 535 (500 for sale),
Number 53 of 535 signed and numbered by Norman Douglas [1868-1952]. A fine set, in dust jackets and custom slipcase.

A wonderfully composed memoir, revolving around British writer Douglas’ collection of visiting cards built up over 50 years and saved in a large Japanese
brûle-parfum. From down and out in Paris, to up and about in Capri, the highs and lows of an erudite man who seems intent in getting the most out of an extraordinary life. 
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Flying Colours. Including A Ship Of The Line - C. S. Forester

1938 - Michael Joseph Ltd. in conjunction with The Book Society Ltd., London - First Edition
One finely bound volume containing two classic Hornblower novels, in which Captain Horatio Hornblower commands his first ship of the line, HMS Sutherland. A Ship Of The Line and Flying Colours, are the second and third books in the Horatio Hornblower series. This is the first publication of Flying Colours which was released shortly afterwards as a stand alone title, making this the true first edition.

A Ship of the Line - May 1810, seventeen years deep into the Napoleonic Wars. Captain Horatio Hornblower is newly in command of his first ship of the line, the seventy-four-gun HMS Sutherland, which he deems ‘the ugliest and least desirable two-decker in the Navy List’. Moreover, she is 250 men short of a full crew, so Hornblower must enlist and train ‘poachers, bigamists, sheepstealers’, and other landlubbers. By the time the Sutherland reaches the blockaded Catalonian coast of Spain, the crew is capable of staging five astonishing solo raids against the French. But the grisly prospect of defeat and capture looms for both captain and crew as the Sutherland single-handedly takes on four French ships.

Flying Colours - Forced to surrender the Sutherland after a long and bloody battle, Captain Horatio Hornblower now bides his time as a prisoner in a French fortress. Within days he and his first lieutenant, Bush, who was crippled in the last fight, are to be taken to Paris to be tried on trumped-up charges of violating the laws of war, and most probably executed as part of Napoleon's attempt to rally the war-weary empire behind him. Even if Hornblower escapes this fate and somehow finds his way back to England, he will face court-martial for his surrender of a British ship. As fears for his life and his reputation compete in his mind with worries about his pregnant wife and his possibly widowed lover, the indomitable captain impatiently awaits the chance to make his next move. 
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