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The Hatha-Yoga Pradipika of Swatmaram Swami. Published with the original text and its commentary - Svatmaram, Shrinivas Iyangar (translator)

1893 - Tookaram Tatya for the Theosophical Publication Fund, Bombay - First Edition in English
The first English translation, published with the original Sanskrit text and its commentary.

The Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā (or Light on Hatha Yoga) is a classic fifteenth-century Sanskrit manual on hatha yoga, written by Svāmi Svātmārāma, who connects the teaching's lineage to Matsyendranath of the Nathas. It is among the most influential surviving texts on hatha yoga, and is one of three classic texts on hatha yoga, alongside the Gheranda Samhita and the Shiva Samhita.
 
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Glibson - George Tichenor

1933 - Farrar & Rinehart, New York - First Edition
Meet Mr. Glibson, a boomtime banker, who’s glided through depression and still lives high, wide and handsome......

This is the story of how he became the great Blabit of banking. The most withering portrayal of financial boobery in high places, savage, ruthless, funny, wise and courageous.


A kaleidoscopic view of many lives in the business turmoil leading up to and away from the crash of 1929. As Public Relations Counsel, later, banker, Glibson is successful because he stands for nothing and though he is unscrupulous and ambitious he is understandable and even likeable. The story is good reporting, good dialogue, sometimes honest and sometimes theatrical. Occasionally reminiscent of Dos Passos. A book for men, and may get a challenging sort of press. -
An early review. 
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The Crooked Samaritan - Inscribed - Paul Trent (Pseud. of Edward Platt)

1933 - Ward, London and Melbourne - First Edition
Inscribed to the half title ‘To Llew. S. Jones, from his friend The Author, December 1933’ and signed ‘Paul Trent’ to the title page.

A fine signed and inscribed first edition of this courtroom drama in a very good example of the rare dust jacket.

Featuring Roger Welby, Barrister and gentleman romantic, who comes to the aid of his persecuted father, a lawyer who had been tempted away from his profession by the riches of the city and a life of financial schemes which finally proved his undoing. The author, Edward Platt was himself a solicitor.

Paul Trent was the pseudonym of Edward Platt (1872-1946), English solicitor, goalkeeper (made his debut for Gloucester AFC as a goalkeeper in 1889), and prolific novelist who wrote over 80 books under the pseudonyms of Paul Trent and Wilmot Kaye.
 
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The Child's Own Book for 1838 - Various Authors

1838 - Richard Davis, London
Illustrated with wood engravings, including frontispiece. A potpourri of informational and inspirational writings, with much on missionaries in far off lands, "The profits to be devoted to Sunday School Objects."
 
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1873 - N. Trübner & Co., London - First Edition in English
The rare first full English translation of Clausewitz’s Vom Kriege, considered the most important single work ever written on the theory of warfare and of strategy. In the publisher’s blue cloth, one of only 685 copies.

A work that has influenced political, military and business leaders, from Wellington, Lenin, Mao, Marx, Engels and Trotsky to Eisenhower, Kissinger, Patton and Jack Welch.

Graham’s translation would remain the standard English version for over a century. It also includes as an appendix Clausewitz's ’
Instruction for the Crown Prince’, as well as an index. Without frontispiece. 
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The Golden Ripple - Alec Waugh

1933 - Farrar & Rinehart, New York - First Edition
A fascinating story of the widening circles of effects from a seemingly casual decision. This is ‘golden ripple’, the rumour of oil where no oil was; in a larger sense, the promise of prosperity in the half-year preceding the Fall of 1929, including a great description of New York gone haywire in the early shock of the depression. The ‘golden ripple’ affects a got-rich-quick financier in New York, a New Orleans scion of an old family and a conservative family in England.

Extremely scarce in it’s original dust jacket.

 
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Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo - John Whitehead

1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this stunningly illustrated and unsurpassed large folio containing 32 lithographed plates, comprising 11 natural history plates, hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, and 21 tinted lithographed views and ethnographic subjects, and with map and an additional 21 woodcut illustrations in the text.

The detailed narrative of John Whitehead's (1860-1899) travels from October 1884 to August 1888 in Borneo, Java, Palawan and Balabac Islands, especially of his three efforts (the last one successful) to ascend Mt. Kina Balu. He brought back examples of many new animals, including no fewer than forty-five new species of birds. The author's primary interest was ornithology, but he also provides much information on head-hunting, religion and custom of the peoples of the region. Besides visiting North Borneo he spent several months in Java and Palawan, and made an expedition into the state of Malacca.
 
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The Heetopades of Veeshnoo-Sarma, in a Series of Connected Fables, interspersed with Moral, Prudential, and Political Maxims; Translated from an Ancient Manuscript in the Sanskreet Language. With Explanatory Notes - Charles Wilkins, Vishnu Sharma, Narayana

1787 - R. Cruttwell, Bath - First Edition
First edition of the first English translation of the Hitopadesa, (Heetopades), ‘an Indian text in the Sanskrit language consisting of fables with both animal and human characters. It incorporates maxims, worldly wisdom and advice on political affairs in simple, elegant language. Little is known about its origin. The surviving text is believed to be from the 12th-century, and although early Orientalists such as WIlkins attributed it to Vishnu Sharma, it was probably composed by Narayana between 800 to 950 BC. The oldest manuscript found in Nepal has been dated to the 14th century, and its content and style has been traced to the ancient Sanskrit treatises called the Panchatantra from much earlier.’

While working for the East India Company in Bengal, Charles Wilkins (1749-1836) became one of first Europeans to master the Sanskrit language. He proceeded to set up a printing press in Calcutta to publish works in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, whilst working on translations of the Gita, which was followed by the Heetopades.

‘At once an anthology of folk wisdom and an original and satirical work in its own right, the Hitopadesa has been deeply admired and widely read for more than a thousand years for its humorous and profound reflections on human lives, loves, follies and philosophies’.
 
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