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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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One’s Company. A Journey to China - Peter Fleming

1934 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A finely bound first edition of this detailed and entertaining account of the journey from London, through Russia to Nanking, China by one of the finest between the wars travel writers. Illustrated with 16 black and white photographs taken by Fleming and a folding map.

‘Fleming seems an almost ideal product of the Thirties. As a special correspondent for the
Times of London his account of a journey through Russia and China has all the hallmarks of that period: elegance, world-weariness, and casual curiosity. But it is superbly written and endlessly funny. You feel a bit tainted by his heartlessness, of course, but the feeling soon disappears under a deluge of laughter, and later, by horror.’ - The Independent. 
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The Face of War - Inscribed - Martha Gellhorn Coward

1959 - Rupert Hart-Davis, London - First Edition
First edition and first collection of the great Martha Gellhorn’s war articles.

Inscribed to war correspondent and author ‘
Alan Williams, this museum piece Martha Gellhorn London, April 1997

Like Gellhorn, Williams worked as a correspondent for the ‘
Dail Express’ in many of the world’s ‘hot spots’, including Algeria, Vietnam and North Ireland, gaining a reputation for hell-raising and hard-living in dangerous settings. Later becoming ‘the master of adult entertainment and the first real challenger to Ian Fleming, although the possible influence of his godfather Noël Coward may have caused Williams to stray from a similar work ethic.

The articles are grouped into: The War in Spain; The War in Finland; The War in China; and The Second World War.
 
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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.

Come my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset . . . till I die . . .
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
 
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The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire 1793-1812 - Captain A. T. Mahan

1892 - Sampson Low, London - First English Edition (published the same year as the First American Edition)
An exceptional two volume set by one of the most important naval strategists of the nineteenth century, illustrated with five full page maps, one large folding map of the ‘North Atlantic Ocean’, and seven full pages of battle plans.

‘Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) was an American naval officer, in 1885 he was appointed Lecturer in Naval History and Tactics at the US Naval War College, and became President of the institution between 1886–1889. These two volumes, contain Mahan's detailed analysis of British and French naval strategy during the French Revolution. Mahan recounts chronologically the major naval battles and campaigns between Britain and France and their allies, analysing the different naval strategies used and discussing Britain's successful naval tactics.’ (CUP).
 
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1946 - E. P. Dutton & Co., New York - First Edition in English, Second Printing (one month after the first).
A fine copy in bright dust jacket, scarce as such.

Curzio Malaparte was a disaffected supporter of Mussolini with a taste for danger and high living. Sent by an Italian paper during World War II to cover the fighting on the Eastern Front, Malaparte secretly wrote this terrifying report from the abyss, which became an international best-seller when it was published after the war. Telling of the siege of Leningrad, of glittering dinner parties with Nazi leaders, and of trains disgorging bodies in war-devastated Romania, Malaparte paints a picture of humanity at its most depraved. Kaputt is an insider's dispatch from the world of the enemy that is as hypnotically fascinating as it is disturbing.’ (description from the
New York Review Books Classics) 
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The Private Life of Catherine the Great of Russia - Princess Lucien Murat, Garnett Saffery (translator)

1928 - Louis Carrier & Co, New York - Limited Collectors’ Edition, Number 214 of 500 copies.
A limited edition of this biography by Princess Lucien Murat, and part of the ‘Love Lives of the Great’ series, elegantly bound by Rivière & Son, in contemporary full calf, and printed on Utopian laid paper.

Illustrated with engraved colour frontispiece portrait of Catherine the Great.

Bound for Anna Eugenia Clark and then gifted to her daughter, Huguette Marcelle Clark (1906-2011). Huguette inherited the vast wealth built up by her father William A. Clark, she became well known again late in life as a recluse, living in a hospital for more than 20 years while her mansions remained empty. She was an accomplished artist and musician, having studied under famous portrait painter Tadeusz Styka, and her paintings were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington in 1925.
 
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