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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
William Clowes, [1947] Roy. 4to., Second Edition, with numerous plates, illustrations and maps; blue regimental cloth, crest in silver and colours on upper board, gilt back, a very good, clean copy. Covers France, North Africa and Italy. Published a year after the first edition. VERY SCARCE INDEED, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. Enser, p.80; Sutcliffe, p.8; White, p.44 (Book ref. 25893)
University Press, Cambridge, 1955 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with frontispieces, numerous plates and maps, and 4 large folding coloured maps in pocket at end; green buckram, gilt backs, a very good, bright, clean set. Sold from an institution with its stamps on front free endpapers. (Book ref. 25627)
Smith Elder & Co., 1903 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a folding map; original black buckram, upper board and backstrip blocked and lettered in gilt, a very good, bright, clean copy. Includes a list of all HAC members in South Africa showing rank and branch of service. EXTREMELY SCARCE. Hackett, p.12; White, p.197. (Book ref. 25597)
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Chatto & Windus, [1980] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with a map in the text and 5 large folding maps; original pictorial wrappers, a very good, bright, clean set. The set comprises: Vol. I: 1870-1914; Vol. II: 1914-1931.Huxley's first published work is a classic of Kenyan, indeed of East African, history. First issued by Macmillan in 1935, it was an immediate success - the 'Kenya Weekly News' urged its readers to buy the book 'even though it costs the equivalent of 8 sacks of maize'. This first issue in paperback omits the plates, but preserves all maps and the important preface written by the author for the 1968 edition. Cross & Perkin note that of the 3000 copies printed, 2000 were sold to Africa, of the remaining 1000 copies, 701 were damaged at binders and never offered for sale. SCARCE. Cross & Perkin A1(f) (Book ref. 25530)
John Lehmann, [1950] 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a frontispiece, illustrated title and numerous illustrations (several full-page) in the text; original red tweed cloth, backstrip blocked in brown and lettered in gilt, a very good, clean copy in price-clipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly creased and frayed at edges, several small nhicks and tears and one small loss. DAVID'S FIRST BOOK, AND THE FIRST OF THE THREE VOLUMES THAT WOULD CHANGE ENGLISH COOKING FOR EVER. Lehmann's first edition of 1950 was a small print run, in relative terms expensive and tended to appeal primarily to the converted. Dedicated to Veronica Nicholson, it was also the work that combined for the first time David's highly characteristic style with Minton's wonderfully complementary illustrations. Certainly it can be argued that this is the most influential English cookery book of the twentieth century. EXTREMELY SCARCE IN ANYTHING LIKE THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 25416)
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Hodder & Stoughton, [1983] 8vo., First Edition, with plates and pictorial endpapers; green cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Lovely copy of one of the great animal classics of the twentieth century. The basis of Michael Apted's feature film (1988) starring Sigourney Weaver and Bryan Brown. (Book ref. 25324)
Chatto & Windus, [1970] 2 vols., Fourth Impression, with 2 portrait frontispieces, a map in the text and 4 large folding maps; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, bright, clean set in dustwrappers, the lightly lightly frayed and creased at edges. The set comprises: Vol. I: 1870-1914; Vol. II: 1914-1931. Huxley's first published work is a classic of Kenyan, indeed of East African, history. First issued by Macmillan in 1935, it was an immediate success - the 'Kenya Weekly News' urged its readers to buy the book 'even though it costs the equivalent of 8 sacks of maize'. It was re-issued by Chatto & Windus in 1953 (second edition) and again by them in 1968 with an important new preface (also present here). SCARCE IN ANY IMPRESSION, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. See Cross & Perkin A1(d). (Book ref. 25309)
Harper Collins, [1992] 8vo., First Edition, with coloured plates and endpaper maps in green; grey cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in dustwrapper. (Book ref. 25292)
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Epworth Press, [1955] 8vo., First Edition, some faint offsetting from fold-ins to free endpapers; red cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly chafed (not affecting lettering) at head of backstrip. Novel set in South Africa at the turn of the nineteenth century. (Book ref. 25163)
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Collins, 1989 8vo., First Edition, with plates and endpaper maps; blue cloth, gilt back, fore-edges a little dust-soiled else a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. SCARCE (Book ref. 25143)
Chatto & Windus, 1959 8vo., First Edition, with a frontispiece; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. The dustwrapper was designed by Rosemary Seligman. Cross and Perkin, A.24. (Book ref. 25094)
Michael Russell, [Wilton, 1974-82] 8 vols., 8vo., First Edition, with endpaper maps, small neat signature on front free endpapers; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, bright, clean set in unclipped dustwrapper. COMPLETE SETS ARE NOW EXTREMELY SCARCE, ESPECIALLY IN THIS CONDITION. (Book ref. 24991)
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Printed by W. Falconer, Glasgow, 1818 8vo., page-edges very lightly spotted; attractively bound in nineteenth century full tree calf, sides with decorative frame border enclosing previous owner's name all in gilt, back with six flat bands tooled in gilt, second compartment lettered in gilt, all other compartments elaborately tooled and ruled in gilt, blue sprinkled edges, a handsome copy in wholly unrestored period binding. (Book ref. 24907)
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Waterlow & Sons, 1911 8vo., Second Edition, with blank interleaves throughout, title mildly spotted; original dark maroon cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in gilt, yellow endpapers, covers very lightly age-marked else a remarkably well-preserved, bright, clean, crisp copy. With binding slip mounted on front paste-down: 'The solution used in binding this book has been specially prepared in order to render the work impervious to the ravages of insects'. EXTREMELY SCARCE AND A RARE SURVIVAL. (Book ref. 24811)
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Harper Collins, [1992] 8vo., First Edition, with coloured plates and endpaper maps in green; grey cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON HALF-TITLE. SIGNED COPIES ARE VERY SCARCE. (Book ref. 24693)
Dorling Kindersley, [1988] 4to., with a coloured frontispiece, coloured plates and numerous illustrations in the text; red pictorial boards, backstrip lettered in white, red endpapers, a very good, clean copy in dustwrapper. Lavishly illustrated reissue of the author's first book, with Minton's original illustrations augmented by well-chosen plates by Old and Modern Masters. David contributes a new introduction written expressly for this edition; in it she provides a fascinating and hard-hitting account of her publishing history. The introduction to the original edition of 1950 is preserved. A well-produced and respectful version of one of the first of the author's three cookery books that changed English cooking forever. NIOW SCARCE IN ITS OWN RIGHT. (Book ref. 24658)
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Michael Russell, [Wilton, 1982] 8vo., First Edition, with endpaper maps on pink stock; black, cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. Stark's letters were published in eight volumes between 1974 and 1982. (Book ref. 24630)
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Sampson Low Marston & Co., 1897 8vo., with an engraved frontispiece (original tissue guard present), 35 engraved plates, very numerous wood-engraved illustrations (a number full-page) in the text and a large folding coloured map (one neat repair at fold), small contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original red ribbed cloth, upper board blocked in gilt, gilt back, patterned endpapers, lower hine cracked (but binding entirely sound) else a very good, bright, clean copy. With 2pp publisher's catalogue at end. A bright copy of Stanley's famous account of his 1886 Emin Pasha Relief Expedition, first published in two volumes in 1890. His route along the Congo brought terrible hardship and considerable loss of life before he returned with Pasha at the end of 1890. This corrected and revised issue has a new preface written by Stanley expressly for this edition. (Book ref. 24429)
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Longmans Green & Co., 1930 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece and plates, contemporary inscription on front free endpaper, some mild age-spotting; original blue cloth, gilt back, case a little shaken else a good, sound copy. (Book ref. 24425)