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A set with a royal provenance

A set with a royal provenance

This small set of books has an especially interesting provenance, as it was given in 1882 to Victoria, Princess Royal by a British aristocrat that was close to the royal family. Victoria was an avid gardener, which may have been the motivation for the subject matter.

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The Works of William Shakspeare

The Works of William Shakspeare

The spelling of Shakespeare’s name was never consistent until well into the 20th century.  As with this volume of his works, published in 1854, the spelling could be Shakspeare – or even Shakespear, Shakspere or Shake-speare. His own signature also varied (Wikipedia shows several different variations) and sometimes the hand-written signature did not even match the printed version.

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Peking

Peking

Author Juliet Bredon penned a landmark guidebook to China’s capital in 1922, at a time when such information was scarce. She aimed to let the reader know “the true atmosphere of the city, so powerful and yet so illusive, to be absorbed into mind and spirit.” Mission accomplished in this hard-to-find collector’s volume.

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India

India

Pierre Loti was possibly the most prolific writer of exotic tales of his time. Famous for both his far-flung adventures and his masterful prose, Loti nevertheless spent his career as a French naval officer traveling the world. A volume of his work from circa 1910 in this condition is a prize to own.

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Foucault’s Pendulum

Foucault’s Pendulum

In a virtuoso performance, Umberto Eco weaves memory and mystery into an ingenious falsehood that evolves into something of greater weight and higher consequence. It’s held between covers decorated in 24K gilt and meant to show off on a bookshelf. Yours, perhaps?

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Giving

Giving

In this volume signed by the former president, Bill Clinton outlines how those from every walk of life can find fulfillment in giving. He shows how philanthropy goes beyond money alone to encompass vision, time, and passion for worthwhile causes, large and small.

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I Married Adventure

I Married Adventure

A collectible signed volume we discovered in a private library, this memoir was published in 1940. It is a richly illustrated, vibrant tale of exploits that take you into the wild along with pioneering filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson.

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Cook’s Voyage

Cook’s Voyage

Captain James Cook’s extensive exploration put much of the Pacific on the then-incomplete world map. This first American edition of his voyage to what is now Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti is rare, having been published in 1774 and still retaining its original leather cover.

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Alaska — Its History and Resources, Gold Fields, Routes and Scenery

Alaska — Its History and Resources, Gold Fields, Routes and Scenery

In the age of Alaska’s Klondike Gold Rush, more than 100,000 brave souls faced the challenges of mountainous terrain and bitter conditions in the search for great wealth that only a few attained. Miner Bruce tells the story of this adventure and includes photographs that show the hard-to-fathom dimensions of life in that time and place.

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My Life at the Limit

My Life at the Limit

One of the world’s foremost mountaineers, Reinhold Messner recounts what it means to surmount the earth’s most challenging peaks. He was the first to summit the 14 that surpass 26,000 feet, including an Everest summit without supplemental oxygen — during a monsoon.

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