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Ian Hunter, lead singer for Mott the Hoople:
Diary of a Rock'n'Roll Star: Ian Hunter, lead singer for Mott the Hoople.

London: Panther Books Ltd / Granada Publishing, 1974. Paperback. The original Panther first edition. 159pp, plus 8pp of photos. Binding intact, pages toned, unmarked and clean. The black pictorial covers have taken a little wear: bright, slightly creased, scuffed at the joints, and with small creases at the tips where the corners have been knocked. Short splits to the top and bottom of the upper joint have been neatly made good. A really good read, and a copy which has survived well. Extremely scarce.

Price: £180.00


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M.K. Gandhi:
Non-violence in Peace and War.

Ahmedabad: Navajivan Publishing House, 1942. 608pp. Contents clean and in very good order, with negligible foxing to a few pages. Corrigenda slip laid in. Neat 1943 ownership name to front free endpaper. Faint mottling to endpapers. In the original binding of grey boards with cloth spine, titled in navy. Spine clean and firm, small marks and scuffs to boards, small knock to lower corners, silverfish surface nibbling to a few mm at leading edge of upper board. Includes Gandhi's radical advice to Britain, to let Hitler and Mussolini occupy the land and take whatever they want, thereby obtaining a moral victory, rather than turning ourselves into an equally effective fighting machine to beat them with arms, which he would regard as their victory. A very nice copy.

Price: £1,800.00


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edited by James Thrall Soby: texts by Andre Breton, Paul Elouard, Rrose Selavy [Marcel Duchamp], Tristan Tzara; preface by Man Ray and a portrait by Picasso:
Man Ray: Photographs 1920-1934 Paris; Photographies 1920-1934 Paris.

Hartford Connecticut: James Thrall Soby: Random House, NY & Cahiers d'Art, Paris: n.d. [1934]. [vi], 104 [+8], [ii]. Very good copy with head of binder damaged. Plates and text clean and unmarked, corners good; small tears to binder holes at spine ends. Residue of small pencilled price to corner of title page. Faint greying of some white page areas from offsetting. 31x24.5cms, in the original white plastic comb binding. The Man Ray colour photograph front cover is clean and complete, with minimal (c.1mm) scuffs to the edges, a crease across the upper corner, tiny creases adjacent to the spine, a few short rubbed striations to the top edge, and one or two lesser imperfections. The white rear cover has a few minor marks, a 5mm closed tear to the leading edge, and a small loss of laminate to the bottom corner. The top two circlets of the binder have gone, and the third is present but detached. Text in French and English throughout (German and English in the case of Duchamp). The 'Deuxieme Edition' / 'Second Edition' printed on the title pages of unsold (first edition) copies was the publisher's ruse in the hope of boosting sales. Man Ray's introduction is set at the beginning of the book, and the four contributors' texts, introducing the groupings of the photographs, are titled: The visages of woman; Men before the mirror; When things dream; and Rayographs 1921-1928. A legendary production - and a very satisfactory copy.

Price: £2,750.00


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Robert Louis Stevenson: illustrated by Edmund Dulac:
Treasure Island.

London: Ernest Benn, 1927. 256pp, with the 12 colour plates and illustrations in the text. Contents immaculate, as new. Slight toning to endpapers. In the original fawn cloth, upper board bordered in gilt, spine with black lettering-piece. Extremely bright and fresh, corners sharp, spine ends puckered, three 2mm foxing spots to closed fore-edge of final pages. In the protected unclipped pictorial dust jacket, printed on cream coated stock: this is slightly toned and handled relative to the book, and there have been a few small internal professional tissue repairs, chiefly to the head of the spine, making good small chips and an adjacent closed tear at the heads of the joints, and another to the top edge of the plain back panel. Dulac's design to the front panel is complete and clean, the spine and back panel are slightly soiled, with light scuffing to the joints. An exceptionally fine copy, with the rare dust jacket.

Price: £1,400.00


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Chapters contributed by Hugh Casson, Brenda Colvin, and Jacques Groag, illustrated by Barbara Jones and Neville Conder, and with a foreword by W.R. Matthews, Dean of St Paul's:
Bombed Churches as War Memorials.

London: Architectural Press, 1945. 48pp, illustrated throughout, with photographs, plans and drawings, some in colour. Title page has some minor foxing and bears the 1945 ownership name of Rosamund Strode, later Benjamin Britten's musical assistant. Contents otherwise clean. Quarto, firm and square, in thin card pictorial covers: bright, with slight toning, the slightly scuffed plain spine titled neatly in brown ink by Miss Strode. Very nice association copy of a scarce title.

Price: £90.00


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Henry Varley:
The Combined Lecture to Men and Curse of Manhood; delivered to three thousand men in Exeter Hall, London (in 1887). Containing invaluable information for young men, and all those who are married.

London: Alfred Holness; and John Kensit [1901]. 96pp. Passionate advocacy of retention of seed. Text clean and in good order. Title page has considerable soiling and an eroded corner. 19.5x12.5cms, in a new binding of grey paper-covered boards, ruled to the front, on which is laid a good quality copy of the stained title page.

Price: £80.00


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'Poor Richard':
Poor Richard's Farmers' & Commercial Pocket Book for 1845.

London: W. Strange, 1844. 32pp, illustrated with a guarded scenic frontis 'The Village' and numerous woodcuts, with much rustic fun in the lively headpieces for each month. With something of the character of an almanack, packed with informative text and advice: various tables, sundry articles, a section listing hundreds of Fairs and Markets in England and Wales, and another with Agricultural and Domestic Recipes. Also advertisements for various nostrums, including Poor Richard's Stomach Pills, capitalising on the name of Franklin's Poor Richard publications of the 18th Century. Discovered with only soiled blank leaves forming front and back: these have been bound in, and bear an early ownership name. Some staining to frontis: pages good. 16x10cms, all edges gilt. Conserved in a new binding of marbled boards with brown cloth spine and paper label. Extremely uncommon.

Price: £95.00


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De La Motte Fouqué, adapted from the German by W.L. Courtney, and illustrated by Arthur Rackham:
Undine, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.

London: Heinemann, 1909. viii, 136pp, with the 15 guarded colour plates, decorations in line, and pictorial endpapers. Contents clean and unmarked. Endpapers slightly tanned, and half-title bears a 1918 gift inscription. Quarto, top edge blue, in the original binding of blue cloth decorated and titled in gilt: firm, a little dulled and soiled, joints rubbed, slight fraying to foot of spine. A good copy, provided with a transparent jacket.

Price: £175.00


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Editor: Major H.L. Ruston:
Parade Middle East Weekly: a collection of 39 issues from 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945.

Cairo: for Middle East Publications, by Al-Hilal, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945. Large format wartime periodicals for the troops (16.5x11ins / 42x28cms). 20pp each (special issues 32pp), with articles of general and entertainment interest as well as sidelines on the war, all richly illustrated in monochrome, with film star photo to the back and red banner to the front. Most copies here are from 1943-44 and almost all are in very good condition, clean and unmarked, with scuffs to the spines but little other wear. List of issues available.

Price: £150.00


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W.H. Russell, illustrated by Robert Dudley:
The Atlantic Telegraph.

London: Day & Son, [1866]. v, (i), 117, (i), [4]. With the twenty-four tinted plates, the pictorial title page, and the chart (listed as a plate) = all called for. Pictorial surfaces good, although with some soiling to borders; and perhaps half the plates have a narrow strip of wear and darkening to one or two edges - having at some time been detached and protruding. Text good, with occasional minor soiling. All edges gilt. Quarto, in the original binding of green cloth elaborately decorated in gilt, and with a dark core representing a cross-section of the cable. At some time rebacked, with green endpapers, and with the original spine laid down. A good firm copy.

Price: £560.00


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W. H. Medhurst: with engravings on wood by G. Baxter:
China: Its State and Prospects, with especial reference to the Spread of the Gospel : containing allusions to the antiquity, extent, population, civilization, literature and religion of the Chinese.

London: John Snow, 1838. xvi, 592pp. With a number of plates, including Baxter's frontis printed in oil colours, a foldout map of the Maritime Provinces of China, and in the appendix, a chronological table of Chinese history. Contents clean, though with edge stains to the title page and the slightly soiled frontis, and a small stain to the bottom margin continuing through the earlier part of the book. There is a small splash mark to the inner margins of pp238-239, and two corners have dog-ear creases. Map folds clean. De luxe binding: text block all edges gilt, bright, and with gorgeous red silk endpapers, the pastedowns framed by broad gilt-decorated turn-ins. Firm, in the original bottle-green morocco, decorated front and back with gilt curlicues, the spine with raised bands and decorated compartments, recently professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A beautiful copy. An early reader's pencilled appreciation on the last page has been left. [Contains more than one reference to the Chinese people's objections to westerners' hypocrisy in lecturing them on behaviour while conducting the opium trade.]

Price: £520.00


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The Evening-Office of the Church in Latin and English. Containing the Vespers, or Even-Song for all Sundays and Festivals of Obligation. The Third Edition Corrected, with the Addition of the Old Hymns, Litanies of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Stabat Mater, and Miserere Psalm.

London: Printed for Tho. Meighan, in Drury-Lane, 1725. Frontis, [ii] title, vi Rubricks, [iv] Festivals of Obligation, 394, [viii] Contents, [4] adverts. 1781 ownership (partially erased) to back of frontis, another early name to head of title page, and minor other written marks to pastedowns. Contents clean and unmarked, with minor soiling to title. 15x9cms, firm, in full contemporary calf with raised bands, gilt decoration rubbed, joints and ends professionally refurbished with Japanese tissue. A very nice copy.

Price: £240.00


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'A Person of Quality' [Sarah Scott:]
A Journey through Every Stage of Life, Described in a Variety of Interesting Scenes, Drawn from Real Characters. By a Person of Quality.

London: for A. Miller, 1754. viii, 274; iv, 264. Pages slightly toned, with soiling to a few openings of Vol II. Vol I early ownership name to head of title, and bottom edges of B1-B2 cropped, almost catching the text. Vol II, corner torn off bottom of C2 (catching the text but losing none), and short closed tear to final leaf. 12mo, 16 x 10 cms, edges tinted, in new fine bindings of dark brown full calf with five raised bands, ruled and titled gilt, with plum labels. A beautiful set.

Price: £2,750.00


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de Vignole, Jacques Barozzio:
Livre Nouveau ou Regles des Cinq Ordres d'Architecture. Nouvellement revu, corrige et augmente par Monsieur B.*** Architecte du Roy. Avec plusieurs morceaux de Michel-Ange, Vitruve, Mansard, et autres Celebres Architectes tant Anciens que Modernes.

Paris: ches Petit, 1767. Consisting of 106 plates (numbered 1-104, with two extra numberings), of which 9 are folding, and including the engraved title and Avis au Lecteur. Two pages slightly toned, small tide stain to a few corners, and two bottom corners repaired. Slight soiling and minor foxing to title and the last four plates, very little elsewhere. Plates otherwise very fresh and bright. 43 x 28 cms, in restored binding of contemporary tree calf, spine decorated in gilt and in blind, with five raised bands and a later black label. Beautiful copy.

Price: £1,450.00


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