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Happy England - Helen Allingham

1903 - Adam and Charles Black, London - First Edition
Beautifully bound first edition biography of the artist and illustrator Helen Allingham [1846-1926], incorporating colour plates from her paintings invoking the idyllic pastoral beauty of the English countryside.

The eighty colour plates from water colours by Allingham are each accompanied by descriptive tissue guards, as is the frontispiece photograph of Allingham.
 
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The Book Of Household Management - Isabella Beeton

1888 - Ward, London - Entirely New Edition, Revised and Corrected. 435th thousand.
This book has more wisdom to the square inch than any work of man’ - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A finely bound early edition of this truly important English work, and one of the most successful cookbooks of all time. Containing over 1,300 pages of recipes, culinary advice, and household hints - a total of 3,384 entries including 2,703 recipes.

Profusely illustrated with 12 full page colour chromolithographic plates, 10 full page wood engravings and numerous black and white illustrations throughout the text.

Mrs Beeton’s incomparable
Book of Household Management was one of the earliest cookery books to use coloured illustrations. 
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Great Batsmen. Their Methods at a Glance. Illustrated by 600 action-photographs. - George W. Beldam, Charles B. Fry

1905 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition
Smartly rebound first edition of this important and large work on Cricket with photographs by George Beldam (1868-1937), English first class cricketer and the pioneer of action photography in sport. With commentary by the great sportsman Charles Burgess Fry (1872-1956) who represented England in both Cricket and Football, played rugby for the Barbarians, and even held the world long-jump record in 1893... 
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The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. - James Boswell

1904 - Henry Frowde, London - Oxford Edition
‘To write the Life of him who excelled all mankind in writing the lives of others, and who, whether we consider his extraordinary endowments, or his various works, has been equalled by few in any age, is an arduous, and may be reckoned in me a presumptuous task.’ - James Boswell.

A two-volume set, finely bound in contemporary quarter vellum. James Boswell’s epic biography of the extraordinary life and times of Samuel Johnson, was an immediate best seller when it was first published in 1791, and later acknowledged as ‘the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature’.

‘Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigourous mind’ - Samuel Johnson. 
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The English Game of Cricket - Charles Box

1877 - &ldquo, London - First Edition
A rare example of the first comprehensive history of the game in splendid original green and gilt cloth.

Covering the history of the game, individual chapters on the major counties of the period, two chapters on ‘
Intercolonial Matches’ (Canada, United States, Australia), and to the rear are a collection of cricket ‘Songs and poems’ and a ‘Glossary of Words and Phrases’.

To the front is a piece of a hand-written letter ‘with best respects of the author Charles Box, Sept 18 1883’, with the rare signature of Box, suggesting that this was from a letter from Box to Walter Cairn Maitland (the first owner of the book.
 
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Post Office - Charles Bukowski

1990 - Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa - Twenty-third printing
The third instalment if Bukowski’s autobiography, following on from ‘Factotum’, he now spends a decade in the post office to support a life of beer, one-night stands and racetracks...

With a wonderful provenance, being inscribed by long time Bukowski girlfriend, sculptor, playwright, and poet Linda King, on the title page, along with a drawing of a horse head: "
One of Your Old Nags! Linda King." Laid in is a black and white portrait postcard of Bukowski, also inscribed by King: "Mr. & Mrs. Bukowski / Good by -Linda King".

Their relationship is detailed mostly in Bukowski’s fourth autobiography ‘
Women’, including the legendary break-up in 1975, when one night an intoxicated King (Lydia Vance in the book) threw Bukowski's typewriter and books onto the street, angry at his infidelities. She also taught him to perform oral sex... to quote Henry Chinaski ‘When I was drunk and Lydia was insane we were nearly an equal match’.

Still, I kept thinking about Lydia. The good parts of our relationship felt like a rat walking around and gnawing at the inside of my stomach.’ 
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Towards Zero - Agatha Christie

1944 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First English Edition
What is the connection between a failed suicide attempt, a wrongful accusation of theft against a schoolgirl, and the romantic life of a tennis player?  To the casual observer, apparently nothing. But when a house party gathers at Gull's Point, the seaside home of an elderly widow, earlier events come to a dramatic head.

Superintendent Battle investigates...
 
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The Three Voyages of Captain James Cook Round the World. - Captain James Cook

1821 - Longman, London
A handsomely bound seven volume set of all of Cook’s three voyages. Illustrated with twenty five striking aquatint plates, including frontispieces in each volume, large folding map, and a table.

‘The famous accounts of Captain Cook’s three voyages form the basis for any collection of Pacific books. In three great voyages Cook did more to clarify the geographical knowledge of the southern hemisphere than all his predecessors had done together. He was really the first scientific navigator and his voyages made great contributions to many fields of knowledge’. [Hill]

On his first voyage, 25 August 1768 to 12 July 1771, Cook circumnavigated New Zealand and for the first time explored the east coast of Australia, of which he took possession for Great Britain; he also sailed through the straits separating New Guinea and Australia. On the second, and historically most important, voyage (13 July 1772 to 30 July 1775) he began by cruising as far south as possible around the edge of the antarctic ice. He again visited New Zealand and, cruising through the Pacific, discovered, or explored again, many of the islands, in particular New Caledonia, Palmerston and Norfolk Islands, Easter Island, the Marquesas, New Hebrides, Tonga, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia. The third voyage (11 July 1776 to 4 October 1780) was undertaken to find the North-West Passage from Europe to the East. After again visiting Tasmania, New Zealand and many Pacific Islands, Cook sailed on to North America, discovering on the way the Cook Islands and the Hawaiian group. He charted the North American coast from Oregon as far north as the Bering Strait, where ice turned him back. On the way back the great explorer was killed [in 1779] in a fight with natives in Hawaii.
 
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