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Rooting through old books and documents every day produces strange and amusing little cuttings and odd items from time to time.  An old one I'd forgotten about surfaced the other day, a brief review of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, and I thought you might quite enjoy reading it yourself (the review, not the book);

Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley's Lover has just been reissued by the Grove Press, and this pictorial account of the day to day life of an English gamekeeper is full of considerable interest to outdoor minded readers, as it contains many passages on pheasant raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin, and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper. Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous material in order to discover and savour those sidelights on the management of a midland shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion this book cannot take the place of J.R. Miller's "Practical Gamekeeping". -- Ed Zern, "Field & Stream, Nov. 1959.

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SLAVERY, 1761-1896. A fascinating collection of slavery abolition treaties between Britain and Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Russia, Argentina, France, Chile, Haiti, United States, Texas, Zanzibar, Gold Coast, Libya, Turkey, & East India.

44 articles, consisting of many dozens of treaties and conventions, in total around 350 pages. A very useful collection of primary source material, displaying Britain's reach and interest in suppressing slavery around the world following the Slave Trade Act of 1807 and the Abolition Act of 1833.  Each treaty is contained in a clear protective sleeve for safe handling, and the whole collection is housed in a box file for smart presentation and ease of shelving.   150
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RABIES. A collection of 7 interesting articles published between 1765 and 1899. Includes two contemporary articles regarding Louis Pasteur's work in this field.

Following the death of Lord Doneraile from Rabies, or more accurately smothering by his maids to prevent further suffering, following partial treatment by Pasteur, comments were made that ""Pasteur must be a rich man with his filthy inoculations, a charlatan, a quack, and even a cold-blooded murder"".
Treated at the same time as Lord Doneraile was his footman, who had been bitten by the same fox, but persevered with the treatment to survive. Pasteur's treatment however became widely accepted following his successful treatment of hundreds of cases in 1888/89, and he was awarded scientific and civic honours throughout Europe for his breakthrough discovery.

The collection presented here shows the extent of nineteenth (& one eighteenth) century concern with this deadly disease.   100
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TITANIC.  Some Reflexions, Seamanlike and Otherwise, on the Loss of the Titanic
Some Aspects of the Admirable Inquiry. The English Review, May & July 1912.

2 complete monthly parts of The English Review, featuring the first publication of Conrad's criticism of The Titanic disaster, "a monster Atlantic ferry managed by a hotel syndicate", consisting of 12 pages, and 15 pages. Covers chipped at edges, inscription to both. Rear cover of July issue absent, spines very worn, and split. Contents clean. 195
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LINEN MAP.   Bacon's New Survey Map of Staffordshire and Shropshire Showing Railways, Roads, Elevations, & Distances. 
No date, but c. 1900. A very large, sectional, linen backed map. In 25 sections, folding out to 43 x 34 inches in total, and folding away to 7.5 x 9 inches. Printed in full colour. Original purple cloth boards, gilt lettered, with marbled endpapers. Very minimal wear, and in above average condition for a folding map. 50
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BOOK OF RATES.. An Additional Book of Rates of Goods and Merchandizes usually Imported, And not particularly Rated in the Book of Rates referred to in the Act of Tonnage and Poundage, made in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of King Charles II. With Rules, Orders and Regulations, Signed by The Right Honourable Spencer Compton, Esq; Speaker of the Honourable House of Commons. 

Edinburgh William Brown and John Mosman, asigns of James Watson deceased, Printer's to the King's most Excellent Majesty. 1725.  50
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LITTLE BIG HORN.  Views of the Custer Battlefield, remains and monuments. A small collection of 7 postcards published in the early years of the 20th Century.  Herbert A. Coffeen, Sheridan, Wyoming. No date, c. 1910.
7 postcards (5.5 x 3.5) each contained in a stiff archival clear envelope.  32
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SOUTH SEA BUBBLE. A collection of 9 important acts, covering the critical years of the South Sea Company through the Bubble crisis years of the 1720s. Together with an attractive contemporary (or near-so) coloured small engraving of South Sea House, in Threadneedle St., London.

Edinburgh James Watson, Printer to the King. 1719-26 
These are small format (85 x 144mm, 3 3/8 x 5.5 inches) and are extracted from the Acts of Parliament, published by John Watson, Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, Edinburgh, 1719-26. Rather smaller in size than the folio acts often encountered published in London, these are none the less complete acts, word for word the same as the larger format and published at around the same dates.  395
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POSTAL UNION, 1833-1900. An interesting and unusual collection of Postal Union treaties between Britain and France, United States, Denmark, Switzerland, Bremen, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Sandwich Islands, Switzerland, Haiti, Luxembourg, Germany, South Africa, East Africa, Italy, Norway.

A very useful collection of primary source material, concerning the years prior to and following the Treaty of Bern when the UPU was established. The UPU was important for allowing mail to travel freely through countries without having to pay for each leg of that journal. In effect, postage became payable only to the final destination, not all the stops along the way. Along with other measures, such as stamp design rules and harmonizing duties this created an international free movement of correspondence, printed publications, and packets. It had significant influence in the nineteenth century on international trade, scientific research, language, even immigration and emigration, and set standards that would be reflected in the internet age of ISPs, networks, and date interchanges.  95
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EAST INDIA COMPANY. 1793 - 1883 : NINETY IMPORTANT ARTICLES. A superb collection of 90 years of difficult to obtain contemporary reports, enquiries, and public commentary, regarding the English East India Company, contained in 90 original articles (85 printed and published before 1884) featuring writers such as James Mill, Sydney Smith, J.R. McCulloch, Henry Brougham, H.H. Milman and Archibald Allison amongst others. 550
There are also another few dozen interesting East India related items in the catalogue, and even more on our website here.
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