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A Description of the Azores - Captain Boid

1835 - Edward Churton, London - First Edition
A rare first edition illustrated with four lithographic plates and a folding map. Captain Edward Boid served in Donna Maria’s naval armament, as Secretary to Admiral Sartorius, his account of the Azores is still considered one of the first and most important traveller’s accounts of this group of lush Islands located in the mid-Atlantic roughly 950 miles from the Portuguese coast and 2,000 miles from Nova Scotia.

Among the areas covered in the early chapters are agriculture, zoology, trade and commerce, government, customs, and religion. The second half of the work provides individual chapters on the separate Islands.

Included is a reprinted review by the Spectator Magazine (originally published 6th December 1934).
 
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The Commentaries of Caesar, Translated into English. To which is prefixed a Discourse Concerning the Roman Art of War - Caius Julius Caesar, William Duncan

1753 - J. & R. Tonson, London - First Edition
The magnificent folio edition of Cæsar's Commentaries, translated and with preliminary matter by William Duncan, with a superb array of 86 copper-engraved plates including six maps, most double-page.

These include the scarce fold-out "Bull" plate (
The Ursus or Buffalo) and The Battle with Elephants. The other plates include numerous finely engraved battle plates, depictions of the various peoples conquered by Cæsar (Picts, Druids, Gauls, Germans, etc.), maps of the regions occupied, etc.

This is thought by many as the finest edition of Caesar's commentaries in English.
 
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Death in the Making - Robert Capa, Gerda Taro

1938 - Covici Friede, New York - First Edition
'If the photo isn't good enough, it's because you're not close enough.' – Robert Capa

A stunning copy of Robert Capa’s first published monograph – a landmark of 20
th century war photography – in the rare dust jacket depicting a Loyalist soldier falling to his death, gun in hand, after being shot – a now iconic image of the Spanish Civil War Featuring 145 photographs by Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, captions by Robert Capa, translated and with a preface by Jay Allen, and arranged by André Kertesz. Housed in a custom clamshell case of fine black morocco leather over matching cloth, velvet lined, and lettered in gilt to the spine.

From 1936 onwards, Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war. After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge
 
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Unexplored Spain - Abel Chapman, Walter J. Buck

1910 - Edward Arnold, London - First Edition
An excellent copy of this influential work on Spain and its wildlife, with chapters on the historic hunting ground of Coto Doñana, Andalusia’s big game, wildfowl and wild geese, the Spanish bull fight, flamingoes, wild camels, the highlands of Asturias, Valencia, and sketches of Spanish bird life, together with an account of the Spanish ibex, which Chapman would go on to save from extinction.

Profusely illustrated throughout with 209 full page black and white plates and in text illustrations by Joseph Crawhall, E. Crawhall, and Abel Chapman, and from photographs.

This copy was gifted by Heatley Noble, renowned ornithologist, author, and one of the half dozen best shots at Grouse and driven Pheasant in the kingdom during the early 1900’s.
 
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1893 - Gurney and Jackson, London - First Edition
An elegantly bound first edition of this influential and important work on Spain and its wildlife, based on over 20 years experience. Amongst the larger animals Chapman gives an account of the Spanish ibex, which he would go on to save from extinction.

Double page colour map of Spain to front, profusely illustrated throughout with 51 full page plates and over 100 in-text illustrations in black and white by Joseph Crawhall, E. Crawhall, and Abel Chapman, and from photographs.

This copy was formerly from the library of a contemporary of Abel Chapman, John Coulson Tregarthen (1854-1933), renowned British field naturalist, author, and mathematician. With his signature and annotation to half title.
 
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Looking Back. An Autobiographical Excursion - Norman Douglas

1933 - Chatto and Windus, London - Numbered limited edition of 535 (500 for sale),
Number 53 of 535 signed and numbered by Norman Douglas [1868-1952]. A fine set, in dust jackets and custom slipcase.

A wonderfully composed memoir, revolving around British writer Douglas’ collection of visiting cards built up over 50 years and saved in a large Japanese
brûle-parfum. From down and out in Paris, to up and about in Capri, the highs and lows of an erudite man who seems intent in getting the most out of an extraordinary life. 
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The Face of War - Inscribed - Martha Gellhorn Coward

1959 - Rupert Hart-Davis, London - First Edition
First edition and first collection of the great Martha Gellhorn’s war articles.

Inscribed to war correspondent and author ‘
Alan Williams, this museum piece Martha Gellhorn London, April 1997

Like Gellhorn, Williams worked as a correspondent for the ‘
Dail Express’ in many of the world’s ‘hot spots’, including Algeria, Vietnam and North Ireland, gaining a reputation for hell-raising and hard-living in dangerous settings. Later becoming ‘the master of adult entertainment and the first real challenger to Ian Fleming, although the possible influence of his godfather Noël Coward may have caused Williams to stray from a similar work ethic.

The articles are grouped into: The War in Spain; The War in Finland; The War in China; and The Second World War.
 
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The Influence of Sea Power Upon the French Revolution and Empire 1793-1812 - Captain A. T. Mahan

1892 - Sampson Low, London - First English Edition (published the same year as the First American Edition)
An exceptional two volume set by one of the most important naval strategists of the nineteenth century, illustrated with five full page maps, one large folding map of the ‘North Atlantic Ocean’, and seven full pages of battle plans.

‘Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840–1914) was an American naval officer, in 1885 he was appointed Lecturer in Naval History and Tactics at the US Naval War College, and became President of the institution between 1886–1889. These two volumes, contain Mahan's detailed analysis of British and French naval strategy during the French Revolution. Mahan recounts chronologically the major naval battles and campaigns between Britain and France and their allies, analysing the different naval strategies used and discussing Britain's successful naval tactics.’ (CUP).
 
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