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GREECE, Painted by John Fulleylove R.I., Described by the Rev. J. A. McClymont, M.A., D.D.

Greece; Fulleylove, J. Illust.]; Thomas Edward; McClymont, J.A First Edition. With 75 very fine colour plates by John Fulleylove. Tall, thick 8vo, in the publisher’s original navy blue cloth, handsomely decorated in a Greek motif featuring Argo-esque ships, stylized columns and the Acropolis in blue, green, brown, ivory and vivid gilt, and with gilt lettering on both the upper cover and on the spine, t.e.g. xii, 235 pp. A good copy of this handsome book, the colourplates all present and in fine condition, the cloth still attractive in spite of wear at the edges and corners and some general age mellowing, the front hinge shaken, the text block a bit shaken as well with some pages loose from the sewing, otherwise the interior is still quite fresh, some pencil notations here and there, the endleaves are toned as is usual, partial loss to the rear fly and folding map no longer present. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE VERY BEST OF THE A. & C. BLACK BOOKS, WITH FINE COLOUR PLATES THROUGHOUT. McClymont referred especially to Grote’s monumental History of Greece and to Frazer Commentary on Pausanias in working on his text. The author makes a wonderful atmosphere for viewing the scenes and objects presented by the artist. Fulleylove's paintings rank among the finest to be found in Black's travel books. He produced several such books for Black, but none better than this work on Greece. The more commonly found second edition of 1924 featured only 32 of his paintings, this is the only edition to feature all 75 of them.
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MINT: A day-book of the R.A.F. Depot between August and December 1922 with later notes by 352087 A/C Ross

Lawrence T. E First Edition. 4to, publisher’s original blue cloth, gilt lettered on the spine, and in the original printed dustjacket. 206 pp. A handsome copy, internally fine, the paper fresh and clean with no sign of abuse. The blue cloth is just lightly mellowed a bit at the edges and corners, the jacket is clean, with just a bit of mottling and a few spots, the spine panel a hint darkened, but with no wear to speak of. FIRST EDITION. Lawrence made his way into the service on two occasions by using adopted names. In August 1927, writing from Karachi, he told Edward Garnett that he had arranged notes in sections and was copying them as a Christmas gift to Garnett. Lawrence told Garnett that he wrote the book tightly, "because our clothes are so tight, and our lives so tight in the service. There is no freedom of conduct at all." The typescript, made at Garnett’s order from the actual manuscript, was revised by Lawrence just before his death and it is that text which the present work follows. Lawrence had intended to print a limited edition himself on a hand-press and had already procured enough copies for its frontispiece of a reproduction of a portrait drawing by Augustus John before his untimely death in a motoring accident. Of this book, which followed Lawrence's great epic, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, B.H. Liddell Hart wrote: "[A]fter some years, he made a fresh attempt on a large scale, an attempt at supreme realism---in a record of daily life in the Air Force which he christened The Mint. This he himself thought was his best writing---less 'mannered' and pretentious than the Seven Pillars. The present limited edition is then, the only one available and most closely followed T.E.L’s wishes according to his brother A.W. Lawrence.
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UNIVERSAL PENMAN, Containing Rules for Acquiring the Knowledge and Practice of Penmanship, and the Principals of Current Hand Writing; the Whole Explained and Illustrated with Introductory Lessons, and Complete Sets of Text, Half-Text, and Small-Hand Copy-Lines, With Specimens of Current-Hand Writing, and Alphabets of German Text, Old English, Ornamental, Roman, and Italic Print, &c. &c. &c.

Penmenship] Robertson John VERY RARE, first and presumed only edition, dated from OCLC Worldcat, which lists only 5 copies and one of those listings likely a duplicate, meaning only 4 copies in institutional holdings. With an engraved frontispiece showing the proper way to hold a pen, 26 engraved plates of writing styles, letters, and alphabets, and the author's engraved Edinburgh Commercial Academy colophon. 8vo, publisher's original brown paper-covered boards, the back strip probably sometime renewed long ago, the upper cover and spine both elegantly lettered and decorated in black 22 pp. + plates. A very well preserved example of this rare work, the text-block solid and clean with just a bit of general mellowing and toning, some offsetting from the plates on the blank versos of those opposite and a very light bit to the title-page from the frontispiece. The original printer's boards only darkened by age a bit and a little rubbed on the edges, in all a remarkable example. A VERY RARE WORK ON PENMANSHIP AND LETTER-MAKING, WITH VERY FINELY ENGRAVED EXAMPLES ON PLATES. We are aware of no other copies currently in commerce and Worldcat shows only 5 copies, and one of the two listings for the British Library Reference Collection is possibly a duplicate record. Records of the auction houses show it to be equally rare as no copies have appeared on the floors going back for at least 50 years.
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WANDERINGS IN WEST AFRICA From Liverpool to Fernando Po. By a F.R.G.S.

Burton Richard F. 2 volumes. First Issue of this Very Beautifully Accomplished Facsimile Printing, keeping the text-block and binding exactly as the true first issue of the book. With a folding map in Volume I and frontispiece plate in Volume II. 8vo, original dark purple-brown lettered and ruled in gilt on the spines, with blind ruled borders on covers. x, 303; vi, 295 pp. A pristine and especially fine set, essentially as mint. FIRST OF THE PRINTING AND AN UNCOMMONLY BRIGHT AND FINE EXAMPLE. According to Penzer, Burton intended to suppress his name entirely from this work, though our copy does indeed have "R. F. Burton" on the spine. This is a truly fine copy of a book rarely found in such condition. Burton was appointed consul at Fernando Po in 1861 and he used his post to explore the contiguous areas of Nigeria and Sierra Leone, as well as Madeira and Tenerife. Fascinated by the high incidence of European mortality in West Africa, he believed it possible to render the region "not more unhealthy than the East or West Indies." Burton’s publication of the book anonymously as a "Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society" ( F.R.G.S) "may have been a slap at the Royal Geographical Society , for Burton was at odds with the organization’s leadership at the time over the Nile’s sources. The acerbic dedication was ‘to the true friends of Africa- not the "Philanthropist" or Exeter Hall’. Modern gold-mining in West Africa can be directly linked to this work. "Although it was well known that there was gold on the Gold Coast, nothing was done to develop it, and it was Burton who, in his "Wanderings in West Africa", drew public attention again to this ancient gold-field.