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Illustrated Ditties of the Olden Time - Anon

Circa 1850 - Henry G. Bohn, York Street
Prettily presented Victorian collection of twenty nine popular nursery rhymes and poems, each one illustrated and decorated by G. Inglis and lithographed onto gilt edged thick card, together with a decorated lithographic title page.

Poems include
Little Bo-Peep; Humpty Dumpty; Sing A Song of Sixpence; Hush-A-By Baby; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; and Three Blind Mice.

Prone to loss of the card sheets due to the perishable gutta percha used to glue them in, this is a lovely bright clean and complete example with all 30 sheets of card, and original pale yellow coated endpapers and blue cloth decorated in bright gilt.
 
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The Chinese Drama - From the Earliest Times until To-Day - Lewis Charles Arlington, H. A. Giles, Mei Lan-fang

1966 - Benjamin Blom, New York - Third Printing
‘A Panoramic Study of the Art in China, tracing its Origin and describing its Actors (in both Male and Female roles): their Costumes and Make-up, Superstitions and Stage Slang: the accompanying Music and Musical Instruments: concluding with Synopses of Thirty Chinese Plays.’

First published in 1930, this reproduction contains all 115 original plates and black and white illustrations, and is also rather difficult to obtain.
 
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Personal Experiences During the Siege of Hong Kong December 8th-25th, 1941. Internment by the Japanese January 5th-June 29th, 1942. Trip Home and Exchange Civilian Prisoners Laurenco Marques, P.E.A. June 30th-August 26th, 1942 - George Baxter

1949 - East Asian Residents Association, Sydney - First Edition
A scarce booklet by journalist and U.S. civilian George Baxter, who arrived in Hong Kong in 1936 to work in the Hong Kong Bureau, United Press Associations’.

Baxter describes the Japanese siege and capture of Hong Kong (pages 1-19), his five month internment (pages 20-41)and then being shipped by the Japanese via Saigon, Singapore and Sumatra, before crossing the Indian Ocean to the port of Maputo in Mozambique (formerly Laurenco Marques), where a prisoner exchange took place and he was transferred to a U.S. vessel for the final leg to New York.
 
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Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar - Richard Brautigan

1969 - A Seymore Lawrence Book. Delacorte Press, New York - First Edition Thus
A collection of Brautigan’s first three works to be published, and there is no better place to start than ‘Trout Fishing in America’ which sent him into confused stardom, apparently representing the counter-culture of the time, whilst being contemptuous of hippies. Ferlinghetti said ‘He was much more in tune with the trout in America than the people’.

TFiA is followed by his ‘Poetry’ with
The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster, a collection of ninety-eight poems, and finishing off with In Watermelon Sugar, a parable for survival in the 20th century, the story of a successful commune called iDEATH whose inhabitants survive in passive unity while a group of rebels live violently and end up dying in a mass suicide.

Despite our efforts above, it is not possible to really describe these three works. They are Brautigan, go with the flow... and the trout.

All of us have a place in history. Mine is in clouds

In 1984 at the age of 49 Brautigan died of a self-inflicted gunshot-wound.
 
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The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov

1967 - Collins and Harvill Press, London - First Edition in English
‘This book is absorbing, brilliant slapstick, and looks deep in to the heart of fantasy and longing’ – Sunday Times

A bright copy of Bulgakov’s satire of 1930s Stalinist Russia, a funny and fascinating tale of the devil, as he makes a personal appearance in Moscow accompanied by various demons, including a naked girl and a huge black cat. After he leaves, asylums are full and the the forces of law and order are in disarray. Only the Master, and his love Margarita, can resist the devil’s onslaught...

Translated from the Russian by Michael Glenny. Originally written between 1928 and 1940, the book remained unpublished in the Soviet Union for more than 30 years. Many critics now consider Bulgakov’s novel one of the highlight’s of 20th century literature.
 
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The Way of All Flesh - Samuel Butler

1903 - Grant Richards, London - First Edition
Samuel Butler died in London on June 18, 1902. The Way of All Flesh was published the following year.

The Way of All Flesh is one of the time-bombs of literature, said V. S. Pritchett. ‘One thinks of it lying in Samuel Butler’s desk for thirty years, waiting to blow up the Victorian family and with it the whole great pillared and balustraded edifice of the Victorian novel.’

Writing in The New Yorker, William Maxwell stated: ‘If the house caught on fire, the Victorian novel I would rescue from the flames would be The Way of All Flesh. It is read, I believe, mostly by the young, bent on making out a case against their elders, but Butler was fifty when he stopped working on it, and no reader much under that age is likely to appreciate the full beauty of its horrors. . . . Every contemporary novelist with a developed sense of irony is probably in some measure, directly or indirectly, indebted to Butler, who had the misfortune to be a twentieth-century man born in the year 1835.’ (
Penguin Random House)

‘The greatest English writer of the latter half of the nineteenth century.’ – George Bernard Shaw.
 
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The Road to Oxiana - Robert Byron

1937 - Macmillan and Co. Ltd., London - First Edition
A fine copy in clean example of the notoriously tone prone dust jacket. An absolute classic of travel literature, knowledge with attitude, inspirational to many including T. E. Lawrence and Eric Newby

Describing Byron’s journey in 1933-34 through modern Iran and Afghanistan, illustrated with sixteen photographic plates and maps. Byron, who died young in the Second World War, was one of the Brideshead set immortalised by Evelyn Waugh, but he was also the foremost travel writer of his age. Paul Fussell recently suggested that what Ulysses is to the novel and what The Waste Land is to poetry, Byron's book is to travel writing.
 
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The Plague - Albert Camus

1948 - Hamish Hamilton, London - First Edition in English
Camus’ allegorical and, according to Camus, absurdist and existentialist work. Translated by Stuart Gilbert. In the delicate dust jacket powerfully and disturbingly illustrated by Michael Ayrton.

‘The message is not the highest form of creative art, but it may be of such importance for our time that to dismiss it in the name of artistic criticism would be to blaspheme against the human spirit.’ – Stephen Spender,
The New York Times Book Review.

‘Of all Camus’ novels, none described man’s confrontation – and cohabitation – with death so vividly and on such an epic scale as La Peste, translated as The Plague.’ - Ed Vulliamy,
The Guardian Newspaper. 
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