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  • The Natural History of Stuck-Up People – by Albert Smith – 1847

    The Natural History of Stuck-Up People – by Albert Smith – 1847

    A fourth edition and scarce regardless. Published by David Bogue, London.

    Even more scarce in its original form with delicate printed wrappers, albeit a little dusty and chipped at spine ends. Small octavo, 112 pages with preliminaries and after catalogue.

    Illustrated by A Henning. A hilarious put- down of Stuck-up people. Could still be well applied, approaching two hundred years later.

    “These good people partake much of the nature of mushrooms insomuch they haven’t only sprung up with great rapidity to their present elevation, but have also risen from mould of questionable delicacy”

    Very useful early Victorian put-down of the stuck-up variety

    SO SORRY SOLD … TO A DECIDEDLY UNSTUCK-UP PERSON

    $90.00

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  • “Her Privates We” – First US Edition 1930 – By Private 19022 – later revealed as Frederic Manning

    “Her Privates We” – First US Edition 1930 – By Private 19022 – later revealed as Frederic Manning

    First published privately in 1929 as “The Middle Parts of Fortune” which was highly expurgated because of the bluntness of the language – restored in “Her Privates We”. Set on the western front during World War I – an undisputed classic of war writing championed by Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, TS Eliot and TE Lawrence.

    Octavo, 334 pages, iconic decorated cloth cover. A very good copy published by G.P. Putnam in 1930.

    “The finest and noblest book of men in war that I have ever read” – Hemingway.

    “I am sure it is the book of books so far as the British Army is concerned” – Lawrence of Arabia

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $120.00

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  • Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Hordern House have done a number of similar works. This by far the best. Published in 2005.

    English born David Parsons was executed at Corpus Christi, Oxford. He spent his adult life in the USA were applied his mathematical skills as a top actuary. The collection written up by HH was the first of two parts, the most important works e would say in chronological order up to Cook. Parsons, now gone, had decided to focus in on early Spanish/ Portuguese exploration. The proceeds from this magnificent collection would have provided a pretty healthy budget.

    Octavo, unpaginated, circa 125 pages, magnificently illustrated. Contains all of the key works one would expect, often of super quality or special provenance. Very good near fine condition.

    Generally organised as follows … Dampier to Swift; The Anson Expedition (delicious); The South Pacific before Cook; The North Pacific before Cook; Cook. As always with HH an excellent description of content and relevance of each work with a helpful selection of images

    Super reference a collection to envy for sure.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $65.00

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