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RESERVED - Oriental and Western Siberia - Thomas Witlam Atkinson

1858 - Hurst and Blackett, London - First Edition
Atkinson, the talented architect, turned artist and explorer, journeyed through Central Asia after obtaining a special passport from Czar Nicholas I. This is his account together with illustrations from his water colours, with twenty colour and tinted lithographed plates including a hand coloured frontispiece, thirty two wood engravings throughout the text, and large folding map to the rear.

‘Inspired by Alexander von Humboldt's accounts of Siberia, Atkinson then moved to St. Petersburg There, in 1846, he abandoned architecture as a profession for the pursuits of an explorer and topographical artist. Between March and November 1847 he travelled to the Urals, the Kirgiz steppes, and Altai Mountains Between 1848 and 1853 he travelled extensively in the Russian orient, gathering much geographical and geological information. During this time he produced over 500 water-colours of the landscapes and peoples, some of them 5 or 6 feet square After his return to Britain, an exhibition of Atkinson's Siberian and Chinese Tartar scenes was held in 1856 at Colnaghi's Gallery, London. Some of these were lithographed and published in his narratives of his travels.’ [ODNB]
 
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The Book of Were-Wolves: Being an Account of a Terrible Superstition - Sabine Baring-Gould

1865 - Smith, London - First Edition
Nearly as rare as it’s subjects, a superb first edition of the foundation work on shape-shifting, were-wolves, and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s descriptions of Count Dracula’s wolfish appearance. In original bright pictorial gilt cloth, were-wolf to the front and the dark frontispiece of The Were-Wolves and their prey. Suitably housed in a blood red morocco leather clamshell case, lined with felt, and lettered in gilt.

‘The Book of Were-Wolves takes a rationalistic approach to the subject, the first ten chapters of this book constitute an essential work on the subject; however, starting with Chapter XI, the narrative takes a strange turn into sensationalistic 'true crime' case-studies of cannibals, grave desecrators, and blood fetishists, which have a tenuous connection with lycanthropy. This includes an extended treatment of the case of Giles de Rais, the notorious associate of Joan of Arc, who was convicted and executed for necrosadistic crimes.’

The author, eclectic British scholar, vicar, archaeologist, historian, Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) inspired
My Fair Lady, and wrote the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers. 
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1928 - Maurice de Becque, Paris
The romantic account of Sonnica of Saguntum, and the eight month siege of her city by Hannibal which took place between 219 BC and 218 BC between the Carthaginians and the Saguntines. Text in French, illustrated with 60 colour etchings by Maurice Becque, and two monochrome portraits opening and closing the text. A limited edition of 270 of which this is number 176. Originally in wraps this copy has been placed in a smartly bound in half morocco and patterned end-papers. 
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Rivers and streams of England - A.G. Bradley, Sutton-Palmer

1909 - A. & C. Black, London - First Edition
A lovely account of England’s waterways by historian and author A.G. Bradley, with descriptions of the Wye, the Severn, the rivers of Devon, and the Yorkshire Dales among others, and featuring 75 colour plates illustrated by Sutton Palmer, and with a fold-out map to the rear. 
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Duffers on the Deep - Inscribed - Winifred Brown

1939 - Peter Davies, London - First Edition
Inscribed by Winifred Brown to Commander Harry Vandervell RNVR CBE, wishing him ‘Fair Winds, and Good Passages’.

‘Win Brown was a fearless lady aviator of the old school, winning the King’s Cup round England air race in 1930 and, in search of adventure, canoed the length of the Amazon. In 1935 she gave up flying and invested her resources in Perula, a 45ft fishing boat which someone had converted badly into a sort of yacht. After transforming Perula into a fine motor sailer, she signed on a gentleman friend by the name of Ron Adams, and squared away for the Norwegian Arctic. Neither had any significant seafaring experience’ - Tom Cunliffe,
In the Wake of Heroes: Sailing's greatest stories.

This is the classic account of that ‘cruise’ to Norway and Spitsbergen.

Included are two additional letters from Brown to Commander Vendervell, one excusing haste ‘
but everybody here is rushing out to the submarine that has gone down just outside’.

Oh, and Winifred Brown also played Hockey and Ice Hockey for England, and kayaked through the Upper Amazon.
 
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Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - Facsimile (From Photogravure Blocks) of the Kilmarnock edition 1786 - Robert Burns

1909 - D Brown & Co. [Printer], Kilmarnock - Facsimile of the 1786 edition
A fine, unopened copy. This is the 1909 facsimile of the rare and celebrated "Kilmarnock Burns" of 1786, printed from photogravure blocks under the supervision of D. McNaught, Esq. J.P., editor of The Burns Chronicle, the proofs being revised from an uncut copy in his possession.

In 1786 at the age of 27, although he had never published anything before, Burns (1759-96) decided to publish a volume of his poems. 612 copies were printed for him by John Wilson of Kilmarnock. They sold out within a month. There are estimated to be less than 70 complete ‘Kilmarnock’ copies in existence today. For this reason D. McNaught used his own uncut copy to produce this facsimile in 1909.

Burns, encouraged by this success, and by a letter from an Edinburgh minister, Dr. Blacklock, moved to Edinburgh instead of emigrating to Jamaica. He became a celebrity and in 1787 a new edition of 1500 copies, to be sold by subscription, was agreed upon with an additional 17 poems and five new songs. There was far greater demand than estimated, so the book was reset, and approximately 3,250 copies printed.
 
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Zigzag Journeys in Europe - Hezekiah Butterworth

1879 - Estes and Lauriat, Boston - First Edition
This is a scarce copy of the true first edition of the first in the series, in it’s bright and wonderful lithographed illustrated boards. This copy includes a two page letter, signed, from the author.

An American teacher takes a class of boys on a vacation tour to England and France, and interests them in those places that illustrate the different periods of English and French history. It is his purpose to give them in this manner a picturesque view of present scenes and past events, and to leave on their minds an outline of history for careful reading to fill.

It is rare for this title to be found in such a bright and clean condition. A large volume with woodcut illustrations. Title page states 1880, but copyright is 1879 and the gift inscription also states December 1879.
 
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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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