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An Eastern Chequerboard More Moves on an Eastern Chequerboard

An Eastern Chequerboard More Moves on an Eastern Chequerboard

Sir Harry Luke The first editions of two of Harry Luke's travel memoirs about his experiences travelling Europe and the Middle East, illustrated throughout with many monochrome plates. The first edition of these works. In the original unclipped dustwrapper. Two volumes of Sir Harry Luke's travel memoir, recounting his time travelling in the Near East at the beginning of the twentieth century. These works are particularly interesting, as it shows the world as it was leading up to the Second World War. 'An Eastern Chequerboard', published in 1934, illustrated with a frontispiece, and thirty-one plates. Collated, complete. 'More Moves on an Eastern Chequerboard', published in 1935, illustrated with a frontispiece, and twenty-three plates. Collated, complete. Sir Harry Luke was an official in the British Colonial Office, serving in Barbados, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Malta, Fiji, and more. Condition: In the original publisher's cloth binding, in the original unclipped dustwrappers. Externally, smart. A little bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Just a few light marks to the boards and spines. Some spots to the fore edges. Dustwrappers are age-toned with some closed tears, with some rubbing and marks, and a pen mark to the rear wrap of 'More Moves'. Tape repair to the head of the tail of the dustwrapper of 'An Eastern Chequerboard' to the reverse, and to the tail of the folds. Tape repair to the head of the tail of the dustwrapper of 'More Moves' to the reverse. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with the odd light spot. Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed
North of England Institute of Mining Engineers Transactions

North of England Institute of Mining Engineers Transactions

Various The first edition of the first four years of 'Transactions' of the North England Institute of Mining Engineers, illustrated throughout with many folding plates and colour folding plates. The first edition of these works. In four volumes. The transactions of the North of England Institute of Mining Engineers for the years 1852 to 1856, the first four years that the Institute was in operation. The North of England Institute of Mining Engineers was founded in 1852, in Neville Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne. Notable members of the Institute include William George Armstrong, Sir Lowthian Bell, Thomas Emerson Forster, Andrew Leslie, Charles Parsons, and John Wigham Richardson. Volume I, 1852 & 1853, illustrated with one colour folding plate, eight folding plates, two double paged plates, and eight plates. Volume II, 1853 & 1854, illustrated with thirteen colour folding plates, one folding map, one folding plae, and seven colour plates. Volume III, 1854 & 1855, illustrated with one colour folding plate, eight folding plates, one folding map, one colour plae, and four plates. Volume IV, 1855 & 1856, illustrated with four colour folding plates, two folding maps, five folding plates, and thirteen plates. Condition: In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards, repaired with the original spines restored. Externally, generally smart. Minor rubbing to the boards and spines. Light bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Hinges of Volume I starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and clean with only a couple of light spots and marks. Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed
The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon Knight

The Charge of Sir Francis Bacon Knight

Francis Bacon A very scarce first edition of this important treatise by Francis Bacon. Here Bacon highlights his stance against duels, which he deemed to be against the will of God. This work was published as a part of James I's anti-dueling campaign. Bacon's work was one of two major treatises published on this subject at the time. The campaign was prompted by a series of high profile combats between leading courtiers in late 1613. In October of 1613 James I issued a proclamation banning the publishing or writing of works on duels. He also made the offence punishable in Star Chamber to publicise any proceedings of duels. Henry Howard, the Earl of Northampton lead the campaign initially, and this then fell to Sir Francis Bacon, the attorney general, upon Northampton's death. This work is one of the major contributions to the Jacobean anti-dueling campaign. ESTC reference No: S121055. A disbound copy of this work, which is closely trimmed to the head of the title. Collated, lacking the initial and final blanks. Illustrated, with woodcut head pieces and initials. Sir Francis Bacon was a leading intellectual figure of sixteenth and seventeenth century Britain. He served as both the Attorney General and Lord Chancellor and was of great influence in the scientific revolution. The father of empiricism, Bacon's work in the fields of science, history, poetry and philosophy have shaped modern life. A very scarce and important work of this topic. Condition: Disbound. Externally, very smart. Inscription to the top of title, obscured from close-cropping. A few light spots to the externals. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright with occasional scattered spots to pages. Overall Condition: Very Good
Pen and Pencil Sketches

Pen and Pencil Sketches, Being the Journal of a Tour in India

Captain Mundy; [Godgrey Mundy] The first edition of Captain Godfrey Mundy's detailed account of his time in India with the British Army, illustrated with many plates illustrated by the author. The first edition of this work. A really quite pleasant copy of this rare work which is even more difficult to find in good condition. Complete in two volumes. In the original publishers' binding. Half-titles are present, together with the publishers' adverts. A collection of illustrations and snapshots on the author's experiences during his military and hunting tour in India. An engrossing look into colonial India in the early nineteenth century. The plates were done after drawings by the author and are feature hunting scenes with tigers and elephants. Volume I illustrated with a frontispiece, one folding map, and twelve plates. Collated, complete. Volume II illustrated with a frontispiece, and five plates. Collated, complete. Written by Captain Godfrey Mundy, a British Army officer, who was the Lieutenant Governor of Jersey. In 1825 he took part in the Siege of Bharatpur in the Indian princely state of Baharatpur. Two pages of publisher's adverts to the rear of Volume I. Condition: Rebound in a quarter cloth binding with paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart. Minor rubbing to the boards and spines. A little bumping to the head and tail of the spines and to the extremities. Prior owner's ink inscription to the front pastedowns. Stamp to the head of the front pastedowns. Internally, generally firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with some spots. Tidemarks to the plates of both volumes, and to some of the surrounding pages. Overall Condition: Very Good