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Days and Nights of Shikar - Mrs. W. W. Baillie

1921 - John Lane, London and New York - First Edition
‘Mrs Baillie seems to have been an incurable big-game hunter. She was married to a clergyman stationed in the Deccan; from there (rarely accompanied by the gentle padre) she made expeditions as far afield as Chamba in the Himalaya and Dharwar towards the south, in search of trophies to bring home to England.

‘This book is less bloodthirsty, than many; the worst moments in it are no concerned with the poor animals’ appointment with death, but with the author's own, which she managed to postpone twice at the very last minute.

‘The first time was on a night shoot from Bilaspur, near Simla. She had placed a goat’s carcass as a decoy under the hammock; unfortunately, just as an obliging tiger was approaching, the hammock string snapped and bowled Mrs Baillie into the mess below. Meanwhile the tiger fled away.

‘A closer shave involved a black bear, who caught our heroine as she fell from a rock, first chewing her leg and then making off with her head–for which it luckily mistook her sola topi, The leg healed after five weeks in hospital, and nothing daunted, Mrs Baillie lived to shoot another day.’ – Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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The Yangtze Valley and Beyond - Mrs J. F. (Isabella L. Bird) Bishop

1900 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First American Edition (First English Edition 1889)
A lovely set of the two volume American first edition, describing the remarkable journey through China in 1896-1897 by that intrepid lady traveller Isabella Bird, first female member of the Royal Geographical Society and doyenne of all women travel writers. A a far handsomer edition than the single volume published a year earlier in the London, with 116 illustrations and a folding colour map.

‘Many of the areas she explored and carefully described were almost unknown to European visitors and had not been mentioned in any earlier English publications. Based on journal letters and the diary written during her journey, and it is generously illustrated with photographs and Chinese drawings. Bishop's work was warmly received in England and praised especially for the information included on agriculture and industry. The Geographical Journal heralded the work as 'undoubtedly one of the most important contributions to English literature on that country'. It remains a key source for late nineteenth-century British perceptions of China.’ -–
Cambridge University Press. 
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A Summer Amongst the Bocages and the Vines - Louisa Stuart Costello

1840 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
‘Normandy is allowed to be one of the most beautiful and moist cultivated parts of France; a fact which no one can feel any inclination to dispute, who, leaving the clean and lively port of Southampton, takes his passage in summer weather to Havre, and lands at that bustling town, amidst the screaming of innumerable parrots and the noise and clamour of French commissionaires.

Costello’s charming narrative of her ‘continental summer tour’ in France, featuring four full-page lithographs, including frontispieces, and numerous in text wood engravings. Beginning in Havre, Costello’s journey takes her through Normandy, Brittany, Nantes, the Loire, Paris and Rouen.

‘Well informed, easy to read, and cheerfully inviting, her books did the early days of tourism a great service by recommending simple itineraries with plenty of historical and topographical interest. It wasn’t long before Mr. Cook’s clients were bustling all over France and beyond, armed with Miss Costello’s good advice’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
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A Thousand Miles Up The Nile - Amelia B. Edwards

1891 - George Routledge and Sons, London - Second Edition, later printing
‘She arrived in Egypt almost by accident, to get out of the European rain on a long holiday, and discovered what was to become her life’s love.’ – Jane Robinson in Wayward Women.

A bright copy of this quintessential Victorian travel book, by the pioneering Egyptologist, describing Edwards’ life-changing visit to Egypt.

Illustrated with seventeen full page plates, title vignette, and more than fifty additional in-text illustrations from wood engravings by G. Pearson, all based upon the author’s original travel sketches, as well as a photolithographic facsimile of a ‘Hieratic Inscription’ at Abou Simbel.
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The Trouble I’ve Seen - Martha Gellhorn, H. G. Wells (preface)

1936 - Putnam, London - First Edition
‘The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice.’

An attractive copy of Martha Gellhorn’s first work of fiction, with a preface by H. G. Wells. This brilliant collection reveals four tender, yet unflinching, portraits of men and women whose lives are devastated through poverty, forced migration, and war. Enraged by the inequality and ruin she witnessed throughout her career as a foreign correspondent, Gellhorn fought to bring these issues into the spotlight, and her work in both fiction and journalism was met with critical acclaim. Although it has been over eighty years since ‘
The Trouble I’ve Seen’ was first published, the messages and themes within it remain as prevalent today as they were in the 1930’s.  
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I Married Adventure - Osa Johnson

1940 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia - First Edition
‘”We're going round the world, Osa!” – Heady stuff for a dainty little Kansas girl, who had married at sixteen a handsome film photographer just back from the exotic South Seas. Osa Johnson would have been quite happy to keep home and settle down – she had never been further than thirty miles from the house she was born – but Martin Johnson and their whirlwind romance so bowled her over that all she could answer was “Well -– all right, dear”.'  – Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

A lovely copy in the fantastic Zebra print boards. The real life travel exploits of husband and wife adventurers Martin and Osa Johnson, this is a lively memoir relaying their journeys from Borneo, to Kenya and the Congo.

A best seller when it first appeared in 1940, its wonderful observations of nature and heart-stopping narrative are accompanied by scores of striking photographs of the Johnsons’ exotic destinations.
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The English Governess at the Siamese Court - Anna Harriette Leonowens

1870 - Fields, Boston - First Edition
With sixteen black and white engraved illustrations from photographs presented to the author by the new King of Siam, who owed his education to ‘that tiresome, naughty and meddlesome, Mem Leonowens . . . a good and true lady’.

Leonowens’ remarkable memoirs were the basis for Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 hit musical
The King and I, starring Gertrude Lawrence as Leonowens and Yul Brynner as the King.

In 1862, Leonowens accepted an offer made by the Siamese consul in Singapore, Tan Kim Ching, to teach the wives and children of Mongkut, king of Siam. The king wished to give his 39 wives and concubines and 82 children a modern Western education on scientific secular lines, which earlier missionaries' wives had not provided. Leonowens sent her daughter Avis to school in England, and took her son Louis with her to Bangkok. She served at court until 1867, a period of nearly six years, first as a teacher and later as language secretary for the king. Although her position carried great respect and even a degree of political influence, she did not find the terms and conditions of her employment to her satisfaction, and came to be regarded by the king himself as a 'difficult woman and more difficult than generality'. In 1868, Leonowens was on leave for her health in England and had been negotiating a return to the court on better terms when Mongkut fell ill and died. The king mentioned Leonowens and her son in his will, though they did not receive the legacy. The new monarch, fifteen-year-old Chulalongkorn, who succeeded his father, wrote Leonowens a warm letter of thanks for her services. He did not invite her to resume her post but they corresponded amicably for many years.
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