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The Man With the Golden Arm - Nelson Algren

1949 - Doubleday & Company, New York - First Edition
There’s people in hell who want ice water…’

Algren’s shockingly brilliant novel of the disinherited,
The Man With the Golden Arm tells the sordid tale of Frankie Machine, the ‘golden arm’ dealer of a back street Chicago gambling den, whose heroin addiction and failing marriage drive him to the depths of despair.

The character of Frankie Machine was memorably brought to life on the silver screen by Frank Sinatra, in Otto Preminger’s 1955 film adaption of the novel, which co-starred Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker.
 
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Hornblower and the Atropos - C. S. Forester

1953 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition
In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters and boldly challenging a Spanish frigate several times her size.

‘I recommend Forester to every literate I know’ - Ernest Hemingway.
 
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The Modern Conjurer and Drawing Room Entertainer - Charles Lang Neil

1903 - C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., London - First English Edition, first state, with ‘Neil’ spelled incorrectly on spine as ‘Niel’
‘It is the quickness of hand that deceives the eye...’

‘This is a thorough manual for the conjurer’s art.’
– The Spectator

An excellent and uncommon copy of this important book on magic, and one of the earliest to use photographs to convey body language and hand movements for various sleights and tricks, with more than 500 photographic illustrations throughout. With explanations of illusions by leading magicians of the period, including John Nevil Maskelyne, Félician Trewey, Thomas Nelson Downs, Mademoiselle Patrice, and Paul Valadon, among others. First published in New York in 1902, but this, the first English edition has the added advantage of a detailed bibliography of conjuring books.

Considered to have one of the two best descriptions of the pass, the other was by S.W.E. Erdnase in ‘
The Expert at the Card Table’.

Features an introduction by English magician Charles Bertram, and chapters on card, coin, and parlour tricks, plate spinning, chapeaugraphy, paper folding, and shadowgraphy, together with an extensive bibliography of books on conjuring and a list of prices for the necessary ‘apparatus and requisites’ to perform the described tricks.
 
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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories - Norman Maclean

1976 - The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London - First Edition
‘In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing’

A freshly landed first edition of Maclean’s beautiful first book and the first work of fiction to be published by the University of Chicago Press, where he had been a professor for many years. Maclean had told versions of these stories, over the years, to a number of people who encouraged him, finally, to write them down at the age of eighty.

We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen. 
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The English Lakes (In the neighbourhood of Keswick and Penrith) - Nelson

1868 - T. Nelson & Sons, London - First Edition
12 Chromolithograph plates of the area. Original blue cloth, lettered and blocked in gilt with a colour-printed and varnished paper title in the centre panel.

Nelson's began colour printing in 1857 and `over the next two years greatly improved their use of just five inks to create extremely convincing full-colour chromolithographs.' Gascoigne discusses their `Series of views', attractive collections of souvenir prints for tourists, at some length and notes that they were frequently updated to reflect changes. He also states that Nelson launched their series of `Pictorial guide-books' in 1869 bound in paper covers.
 
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The Poetry of Sport - Hedley Peek (editor)

1896 - Longmans, London and Bombay - First Edition
‘Haste, ranger, to the Athol mountains blue! Unleash the hounds, and let the bugles sing! The thousand traces in the morning dew, the bounding deer,the black-cock on the wing, bespeak the rout of Scotland’s gallant king...from cairn of Bruar to the dark Glen-Morre, the forest’s in a howl, and all is wild uproar!’

A handsomely bound edition, with a distinctly Glaswegian accent, being bound in Glasgow and owned by the renowned medical Professor David Fyfe Anderson.

Containing a chapter on classical allusions to sport by Andrew Lang, and a lively preface to the Badminton Library by A.E.T Watson. Accompanied with illustrations by artists A. Thorburn, Lucien Davis, and C.E Brock, among others, this is a lovely compilation of poetry on the subject of sport for young men in the late eighteen-hundreds, primarily depicting activities such as fishing, hunting, and shooting.
 
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Doctor Syn. A Tale of the Romney Marsh. - Russell Thorndyke

1915 - Thomas Nelson and Sons, London - First Edition
Meet Doctor Syn: Vicar, Smuggler and Pirate - the ‘Scarecrow’!

A sparkling treasure of a copy, first edition of the first book in the Doctor Syn series.

Posing as a respectable vicar in Dymchurch at the turn of the 18th century, Dr. Syn, a brilliant Oxford scholar, is actually the retired pirate Captain Clegg. Clegg, believed hanged in Rye, is no longer being sought by the authorities. However, country life proves too tame for Syn, however, and his attention turns to smuggling. He takes on a secret identity, ‘The Scarecrow’, and leads his loyal gang of ‘Marsh Men’ on a series of adventures that rival those of Robin Hood, D'Artagnian and his companions, or El Zorro in their daring and their success.

Thorndyke, pseudonym for Thorndike, Syn for ...
 
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