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The Romance of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table - Alfred W. Pollard, Arthur Rackham (illustrator)

1917 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition with Rackham’s illustrations
‘The story of King Arthur and his Knights is one of the greatest that men have ever made...’

An exemplary copy of this celebrated collection of Arthurian legends, wonderfully embellished with Arthur Rackham’s dramatic illustrations, with 16 full page colour plates, including frontispiece, each one with descriptive tissue guards, together with several other full page and in-text black and white illustrations throughout.

Abridged from Malory’s
Morte D’Arthur by Alfred W. Pollard.
 
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The History of the World. In Five Bookes - Sir Walter Raleigh, John Shirley

1621 - Printed by William Iaggard for Walter Burre, London - Third Edition
Third folio in a 17th century full calf binding, illustrated with the memorable engraved allegorical frontispiece, engraved portrait of Raleigh, six double page engraved maps, two double page engraved battle plans, two in-text schematics, twenty-six pages of chronological tables.

‘Among the noblest of literary enterprises. Throughout it breathes a serious moral purpose. It illustrates the sureness with which ruin overtakes "great conquerors and other troublers of the world" who neglect law, whether human or divine, and it appropriately closes with an apostrophe to death of rarely paralleled sublimity.’

‘Too Saucy in Censuring Princes’ - King James on confiscating all unsold copies and suppressing further sales, several months after publication.

Written whilst imprisoned in the Tower of London from 1603 to 1616 and intended to outline historical events from creation to modern times, drawing on the Bible, Greek mythology, and other sources. Raleigh dedicated it to the young Prince Henry, his patron and supporter who was trying to secure his release from prison. The prince's death in 1612 discouraged Raleigh, and the book ends abruptly with the second Macedonian War instead of continuing through two more volumes as originally intended. Raleigh was released from the Tower in 1616 to lead one final expedition to South America, but his men attacked a Spanish outpost and he was executed upon his return in 1618.

‘The History of the World was intended to outline historical events from creation to modern times, drawing on the Bible, Greek mythology, and other sources. ‘Apart from numerous abridgements, it ran through ten folio editions between 1614 and 1687… Its author was listened to, not so much because he was a scholar (which he certainly was by contemporary standards of scholarship), as because he embodied all the glories of the reign of Elizabeth I, which at the time of publication had already begun to be transfigured into a golden age’ -
Printing and the Mind of Man.  
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Her Majesty’s Navy including Its Deeds and Battles - Lieut. Chas Rathbone Low FRGS

1890-93 - J. S. Virtue & Co., London - First Editions
A spectacular example of this splendid six large quarto volume set, illustrated with forty six full page colour plates, from pictures painted expressly for this work by W. Christian Symons and noted British naval and marine artist W. Fred Mitchell. In bright original navy blue cloth with gilt titles, red lettering, all edges gilt.

No Englishman could wish for a more inspiring theme than to record the deeds of the British Navy.’

Celebrating one thousand years of British naval history, beginning with King Alfred’s construction of a naval fleet, and their victory over the Danish fleet off the coast of Essex in the year 885, the final volume ending with the Navy’s support of the doomed ‘Nile Expedition’ to relieve Gordon at Khartoum in 1885. There is a supplementary chapter detailing the Navy’s assets in 1892, and a comparison with other foreign navies.
 
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The Oarsman’s and Angler’s Map of the River Thames - E. G. Ravenstein F.R.G.S.

Circa 1873-1877 - James Reynolds, London
A super copy, of this rare and early map of the Thames, which folds out to over eight feet in length (2.64m, 104”), canvassed backed and housed in the original publisher’s green cloth covers, blind embossed and titled in gilt.

Beginning at Cirencester and Kemble, then passing through Cricklade, Kelmscott, Oxford, Reading, Henley, Maidenhead, ending at London Bridge, including details of locks, the charge to use them, bridges, towns and villages.

With single page introductory notes pasted to front pastedown.
 
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The Oarsman’s and Angler’s Map of the River Thames From Its Source to London Bridge. - E. G. Ravenstein F.R.G.S.

1909 - Edward Stanford, London - New Edition
A bright and near fine copy of this early map of the Thames, folding out to over eight feet in length (2.67m, 105”), cloth backed and housed in the original publisher’s green cloth covers titled in gilt.

Beginning at Cirencester and Kemble, then passing through Cricklade, Kelmscott, Oxford, Reading, Henley, Maidenhead, ending at London Bridge, including details of locks, the charge to use them, bridges, towns and villages.

On opening the covers you will find a sixteen page pamphlet laying out the charges, lock tolls, bye-laws, and a list of electric charging stations on the Thames.
 
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Her Majesty's Army [with] Her Majesty's Indian and Colonial Forces. - Walter Richards

Circa 1890 - J. S. Virtue & Co., London
Magnificently illustrated six volume history and description of the British Empire’s military might at the end of the nineteenth century, including the two volume supplement for the British Indian and Colonial Forces (Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Malta).

With the regimental bookplates of the library of Princess Louise’s Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, a regiment that played no small part in British Military history, including Sir Colin Campbell’s infamous ‘Thin Red Line’ of Sutherland Highlanders facing the might of the Russian Cavalry charge at Balaklava, and the relief of Lucknow and recapture of Cawnpore during the Indian Mutiny.

Containing 47 colour chromolithographic plates consisting of 44 full page plates and three extra illustrated title pages, mainly from pictures painted for this work by Captain H. Bunnett.
 
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Some ‘Frightful’ War Pictures - W. Heath Robinson

1915 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition
A bright and large folio first edition of W. Heath Robinson’s World War I era anti-German cartoons, with 24 full pages half-tone illustrations, illustrated title page and endpapers, with his fabulous drawings of unlikely situations, machines, ever-more-unlikely secret weapons, and various comic contraptions, each with amusing titles such as ‘The Trench Presser or Bosch Bayoneter’, ‘Using Syphons of Laughing Gas to overcome the British before an Attack in Force ’, ‘A Swiss Shepherd watching a Battle on the Frontier’, ‘Stiffnecking Tommies by directing Draughts on the British Trenches’, and ‘A Morning Tub on the Imperial Campaigning Car’.

This collection of Robinson’s war illustrations had previously appeared in ‘
The Sketch’ and in ‘The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News’. His cartoons of bizarre and improbable machinery were so popular that Britain later adopted the term ‘Heath Robinson’ to refer to absurd inventions. 
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Hunlikely! - W. Heath Robinson

1916 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition
A bright first edition of W. Heath Robinson’s World War I era anti-German cartoons, his fabulous drawings of unlikely machines, ever-more-unlikely secret weapons, and various comic contraptions, each with amusing titles such as ‘Germans Training Wasps to Sting Highlanders’, ‘Unfortunate Mishap to a Zeppelin’, ‘The Armoured Bayonet-Curler’, and ‘British Soldiers Disguised as a Palm Grove’.

Many of Robinson’s war illustrations had previously appeared in magazines and advertisements. His cartoons of bizarre and improbable machinery were so popular that Britain later adopted the term ‘Heath Robinson’ to refer to absurd inventions.
 
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Price HK$ 1,800



 
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