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Scar-Strangled Banger - Ralph Steadman

1988 - Salem House Publishers, Massachusetts - First American Edition
Scar Strangled Banger is one of two books (the other one being America) giving Steadman's view of America in retrospect-sharply satirizing all aspects of 1970’s and 1980’s life in American society, peppered with his sharp, powerful and incredible full-page and double-spread, colour and black & white drawings. 
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1912 - Chatto &, London
A finely bound presentation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s travel memoir of Napa Valley, California in the summer of 1880. Printed on thick paper, and bound for J & E Bumpus of Oxford Street, most likely by George Bayntun. With a wood-engraved frontispiece by Stevenson’s Californian son-in-law Joseph Dwight Strong (1859-99).

Stevenson, broke and unwell, had travelled to California from Scotland for his honeymoon with Fanny Vandegrift (and her son Lloyd Osbourne). They spent an unconventional two months squatting in an abandoned three-story bunkhouse at a derelict mining camp called "Silverado".

His encounters, described here, with the early pioneers of Napa’s vineyards are legendary -

In California is still in the experimental stage; and when you taste a vintage, grave economical questions are involved. The beginning of vine-planting is like the beginning of mining for the precious metals: the wine-grower also “prospects.” One corner of land after another is tried with one kind of grape after another. This is a failure; that is better; a third best. So, bit by bit, they grope about for their Clos Vougeot and Lafite. Those lodes and pockets of earth, more precious than the precious ores, that yield inimitable fragrance and soft fire; those virtuous Bonanzas, where the soil has sublimated under sun and stars to something finer, and the wine is bottled poetry: these still lie undiscovered; chaparral conceals, thicket embowers them; the miner chips the rock and wanders farther, and the grizzly muses undisturbed. But there they bide their hour, awaiting their Columbus; and nature nurses and prepares them. The smack of Californian earth shall linger on the palate of your grandson’. [pages 36-37] 
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The Honours of the Table - John Trusler, John Bewick (illustrator)

1791 - for the author, London - Second Edition
Of all the graceful accomplishments, and of every branch of polite education, it has long been admitted, that a gentleman and a lady never shew themselves to more advantage, than in acquitting themselves well in the honours of their table; that is to say, in serving their guests and treating their friends agreeable to their rank and situation in life.

A scarce copy of this wonderful little work, first published in 1788, in the original marbled paper boards and illustrated with twenty-seven woodcuts by John Bewick, including wood-engraved Trusler coat-of-arms. Bound with the complete 12 page ‘List of Books by the Rev. Dr, Trusler, At the Literary-Press, No. 62, Wardour Street, Soho. 1792’’.

Reverend Trusler was a prolific author whose eclectic output included everything from tips on gardening to commentaries on Hogarth engravings.
 
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La Vigne - Voyage Autour des Vins de France - Charles Albert Vicomte d'Arnoux Bertall

1878 - E. Plon et Cie., Paris - First Edition
A superb example of this richly illustrated wine book landmark, text in French, with numerous humorous anecdotes about winemakers, merchants, innkeepers... Housed in the publisher’s luxury full red morocco binding.

The author and illustrator ‘Bertall’ is the pseudonym of the designer, caricaturist and photographer Charles Albert Vicomte d'Arnoux (1820-1882), who provides 95 full page captioned illustrations and close to 400 in-text wood-engraved illustrations.

The a vast array of illustrations by ‘Bertall’ are combined with an interesting potpourri of French viniana. For example, wines are divided into three big categories: white wines, red wines and blue wines, matching the French national colours. The whites are generally luxury wines, from Chablis and Saumur to Champagne and Sauterne - wines of the rich. Red wines are for general use and for tasting, they make glad the heart and the mind, etc. Blue wines are the wines of the workers and of those who prefer not to work, wines warm in the gut but hard on the gullet, good for vitality in moderation, but bad when taken to excess [pages 23-24].
 
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A Vanished World - Signed - Roman Vishniac, Elie Wiesel

1983 - Farrar, New York - First Edition
One picture is worth a thousand words – or is it? In most cases, I would say: no, a poet’s word is worth at least a thousand pictures. But then I would have to admit that Roman Vishniac is a special case.

This astonishing man’s eyes seem to pierce our memory, to sift its shadows. We are afraid to follow him, but we do, even so. Who can resist the lure of the past?
’ – Elie Wiesel, from the foreword.

A fine first edition, signed with a large flourish to the front ‘
Roman / Edith Vishniac 1985’ Produced for the exhibition of the same name, in large format with 180 photographs, many of which had never been published before. 
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A History of Champagne - Henry Vizetelly

1882 - Vizetelly &, London - First Edition
First edition of the finest work ever presented on champagne. Tracing the history of Champagne and its wine over 1,800 years. Strikingly illustrated with 350 engravings, including numerous illustrations from ancient manuscripts and 200 original sketches made under the author's supervision. With folding coloured lithograph map showing the vineyards of Champagne. In the publishers elegant gilt pictorial binding.

The first part of the book is historical, champagne from its origins, its progress in the 14th century, the 17th, 18th, the conflict between Burgundy and Champagne, champagne in England. The second part describes the various vineyards, viticulture, manufacturing, large establishments of Reims, d'Epernay, Pierry, Ay, Mareuil, Avize and Rilly. Part three talks about the other sparkling wines of France: Saumur, Vouvray, Sauterne, Bourgogne, Jura, Rhone, concluding with
Facts and Notes Respecting Sparkling Wine. To the rear are advertisements from producers such as Moët et Chandon, Deutz & Geldermann, and Vizetelly's catalogue of other published works. 
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Gazette du Bon Ton. Arts Modes & Frivolites. 1912-1913 Tome I and II; 1914 - Tome I - Lucien Vogel (directeur)

1912-13 - Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, Paris - First Editions
A beautiful and rare set of the first 18 legendary illustrated luxury fashion magazines to be issued by ‘Gazette du Bon Ton’. Finely bound in contemporary vellum. Text in French.

Art Nouveau at its finest, featuring the best designers and artists of the day. Stunningly illustrated with 181 pochoir plates (14 of which are double page), 33 additional full page colour plates, and hundreds of colour vignettes, and sketches throughout.

Belts, Shawls, Hats, Swimming Costumes, Theatre, Shoes, Handbags, Travel Bags and Trunks, Bouquets, Motoring, Sport, Hunting, Gloves, Jewellery, Riding, Make-up, Riviera, Hairstyle, Nightgowns, Capes, Umbrellas... to name but a few of the essential topics challenging the lifestyles of the fashion elite.
 
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1910 - William Heinemann, London - Edition de luxes, each one limited to 1, 150 copies signed by Rackham
A magnificent set of Rackham's dramatic interpretation of Wagner's libretti, in the large deluxe vellum bindings, each one numbered and signed by Rackham.

Wagner’s ‘Trilogy, with a Prelude’, his libretti for
The Ring of Niblung cycle, stunningly illustrated by Arthur Rackham, featuring sixty-four beautiful tipped-in colour plates each with descriptive tissue guards, and twenty-three black and white drawings across two volumes.

Translated from the German into English by Margaret Armour.
 
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