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Explorations of the Highlands of the Brazil - Captain Richard F. Burton

1869 - Tinsley Brothers, London - First Edition, First Issue
An exceptionally clean two volume set in the original publisher’s gilt decorated cloth, mostly uncut and unopened, and without library stamps or labels. Both volumes with engraved frontispiece plates, additional engraved title pages and a large folding map of Brazil.

Appointed British consul in Santos in 1865, Burton sailed to Rio de Janeiro. Together with his wife he spent three months touring the Minas Gerais and it’s gold mining district, which is described in volume I. Isabel then returned to Rio with a sprained ankle at which point Burton, true to character, made a 2,000 kilometre descent of the Rio São Francisco by raft, the fantastic and detailed description of which can be found in volume II.

Burton continued his travels in South America whilst Lady Burton sailed back to England, commissioned with with seeing this work ‘
through the press’. In the short and revealing preface she expresses her personal feelings regarding her husband’s views on religion and polygamy, requesting that the ‘fair or gentle reader’ bear in mind that her husband was writing ‘from a high moral pedestal’. 
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The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn - Colin Dexter

1977 - Macmillan London Limited, London - First Edition
A fine copy of the third Inspector Morse novel in near fine and thus scarce dust jacket with little of the usual yellowing and rubbing to which it is prone.

‘Colin Dexter’s position as Assistant Secretary to the Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations obviously providing the background knowledge for this story, although how popular he would have been after its publication is only to be guessed...

Once again you have the marvellous cocktail that makes up one of the truly top rate Inspector Morse stories, good local ale, local Oxford characters, professors and academics, dead ends, Wagner, a hesitant need to satisfy his more baser instincts, crosswords, the stalwart Sgt. Lewis, cups of tea, and poetry, and as can be (hopefully) deduced from the title, a deaf man going by the name of Nicholas Quinn.’
 
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The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1912 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - First Edition
‘So tomorrow we disappear into the unknown. This account I am transmitting down the river by canoe, and it may be our last word to those who are interested in our fate.’

From the brilliant mind of Arthur Conan Doyle comes a a classic tale of adventure and exploration. The first in the
Challenger novel series, join heroes Edward Malon and Professor Challenger as they travel to a Lost World in the Amazon forest where dinosaurs, Pterodactyls, Cave Men, and other prehistoric creatures are found to be co-existing, cut off from the rest of the world.

Illustrated with eight lithographic plates, including a photographic frontispiece of members of the expedition, featuring Doyle wearing a fake beard as Professor Challenger.
 
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The Wild Palms - William Faulkner

1939 - Chatto & Windus, London - First English Edition [same year as the First American Edition]
A combination of two interwoven stories, ‘The Wild Palms’ and ‘Old Man’. Later published as ‘If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem’.

‘In New Orleans in 1937, a man and a woman embark on a headlong flight into the wilderness of illicit passion, fleeing her husband and the temptations of respectability. In Mississippi ten years earlier, a convict sets forth across a flooded river, risking his own chance at freedom to rescue a pregnant woman. From these separate stories Faulkner composes a symphony of deliverance and damnation, survival and self-sacrifice, a novel in which elemental danger is juxtaposed wiht fatal injuries of the spirit.’ [from a later edition]
 
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The Golden Treasury - Francis Turner Palgrave

1904 - Macmillan & Co., London - Revised and Enlarged Edition
A fine and superb little Zaehnsdorf binding of Francis Turner Palgrave’s popular anthology of English poetry, originally published in 1861 and still in print today.

In his 1861 dedication to his lifelong friend Alfred Tennyson, Palgrave says the aim of his collection was to teach ‘those indifferent to the Poets to love them, and those who love them to love them more’. More than 150 years later, Palgrave’s compilation has indeed proved itself a treasury, featuring the enduring works of much admired poets such as Dryden, Burns, Keats, Milton, Rosetti, Tennyson, and Shakespeare, among many others.
 
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In the Teeth of Evidence - Dorothy L. Sayers

1939 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
A fine copy in the rare and delicate Gollancz dust jacket proclaiming ‘A New Sayers At Last!

A collection of seventeen short mysteries, including two cases for Lord Peter Wimsey and five adventures for Montague Egg, the eccentric wine salesman whose powers of deduction could give His Lordship a run for his money.

It also includes ‘the delightful ‘
The Inspiration of Mr.Budd’. 
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The Chest of Cigars - From the Wagstaff Papers in the New Monthly Magazine of July, 1845 - William Makepeace Thackeray

Christmas 1918 - Privately Printed, San Francisco - One of 250 copies
One of 250 copies privately printed by John Henry Nash of San Francisco, for Thomas Nast Fairbanks.

With an introduction by Thomas’ father Charles Mason Fairbanks (1855-1920).

Containing a short story by Thackeray related to Mr Wagstaff by General Sir Goliah Gahagan H.E.I.C.S.
 
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Laughing Gas - P. G. Wodehouse

1936 - Herbert Jenkins, London - First Edition, in second issue dust jacket
A near fine copy of this first edition pre-war Wodehouse, in the scarce dust jacket designed by Abbey.

When Reggie becomes the third Earl of Havershot, his first enterprise is nearly his last.

His cousin Egremont, a dedicated souse and black sheep, has escaped to Hollywood and is enthusiastically getting ready to damage the family name still further. Hot on his tail, Reggie is about to talk sense into him, but an agonizing toothache drives Reggie to the dentist instead. Something very strange happens when he finds himself face to swollen face with child star Joey Cooley. Under the influence of laughing gas, a cosmic transfer takes place, leaving Reggie's mind in Joey's body and vice versa. And the world looks very different through Joey's eyes.
 
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