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68179 HIGHWAY ROBBERY by Kate Thompson

A very tactile book clad in black velvet with gold tooling and a tipped-in colour illustration of a highwayman. Who is the dark stranger? Could he be the most famous highwayman of them all? ‘There are good things and bad things about being small. You wouldn’t know about that though, would you, sir? Fine tall gentleman like yourself. But it’s true, one good thing is that people often mistake me for being much younger than I am, and that makes them take pity on me…’ Follow the poor little wretch on his adventures and delight in the pen and ink illustrations of Jonny Duddle on this adventurous tale. Suit ages six and up. 116pp. £7.99 NOW £2



edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly

Here is a cast of characters that includes forgotten rarities as well as renowned stars: Dennis the Menace, Little Lulu, Uncle Scrooge

and Burp the Twerp will soon be as much loved by you and your kids as they were all those years ago. Some of the 20th century’s finest children’s literature first appeared in lowly comic books published between the 1930s and the 1960s. This treasury gathers together over 60 gems that can stand the test of time and take their honoured place next to the more traditional classics. Two of the best-known creators and editors in the field have collected the funniest, wackiest tales from the heyday of comic books. Each complete and self- contained story is by classic master writers and artists such as Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer and many others. The carefully chosen selections have been organised into clever, informative chapters, each with its own brief introduction. 350 very large pages in brilliant colour with section about the artists. £24.99 NOW £14

68151 BRISINGR: Deluxe Edition with Poster by Christopher Paolini

Luckily there is a synopsis of ‘Eragon’ and ‘Eldest’, the first two books in this trilogy entitled The Inheritance Cycle. We have bought this deluxe edition of the number one bestseller because it includes deleted scenes from Brisingr, and an exclusive, full colour fold out poster. Oaths have been sworn, loyalties tested and forces collide. It has been only months since Eragon first uttered ‘Brisingr’, an ancient language term for fire. Since then he has learned not only to challenge magic with words, he has been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empire’s Warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon Saphira have narrowly escaped with their lives. His greatest hope is to rid the land of tyranny. Map and illus and fold out poster. Ages 10+. 780pp. £19.99 NOW £5

68140 ALICE IN

WONDERLAND: Book and CD by Emma Chichester Clark This much-loved classic has been given a modern makeover and is a real Alice for the present day. With a beautiful dedication page and huge artwork in colour, the story gets curiouser and curiouser. When Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole, she soon finds herself in the

extraordinary world of Wonderland where magical adventures begin. It is not long before Alice is swimming in a salty lake of her own tears, attending an eccentric tea party and taking part in a very odd game of croquet, all in the company of such unforgettable characters as the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle and the Queen of Hearts. Gloriously illus. Audio CD performed by actors, large softback. £8.99 NOW £3

66962 TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson’s classic adventure story was first published as a book in 1883, having been serialised previously in the children’s magazine Young Folks. This heavily abridged, colourful illustrated version serves as a useful introduction for young readers who may then like to explore the full version. The story is told in the first person by Jim Hawkins, the cabin boy. This lively version also features several ingenious additions and inserts. Inside the front cover is a useful guide to the main protagonists - Jim Hawkins, Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, the unhinged Ben Gunn and the rascally Long John Silver. Retold by Dereen Taylor. 24 large, colour illus pages.

£14.99 NOW £4

66872 PETER PAN: A Pop-Up Adaptation Of J. M. Barrie’s

Original Tale by Robert Sabuda

A classic collectable pop-up modern first edition by the master paper engineer Robert Sabuda, the timeless story comes to life to attract fans old and new. Sabuda creates Peter’s world for the reader to leap into - Tinkerbell flies, pirates pop and ships spring up with masts

that sway in the breeze. There is one child who won’t grow up. But most children do. Fly with Peter and Wendy over the rooftops, swim in the lagoon with John and Michael on a long summer day and meet the mermaids as they literally pop up from the pages, fly high and see the Jolly Roger pirates’ ship spring up, sail, skull and crossbones, complete with string on the final page. Complete with booklets to remove and read as you go, this really is a classic collectable pop-up for children of all ages. 9" x 11" approx. $29.99 NOW £12.50

68725 OLD PIRATE OF CENTRAL PARK by Robert Priest

A retired pirate and a retired queen do battle in the sail boat pond in Central Park, New York. They are two stubborn souls, inspired by memories of the past. The Old Pirate has built a marvellous replica of his sailing ship, the Laughing Dog, but when he takes it into the park to launch it, he finds the waters are not so friendly - the SS Uppity Duchess is unwilling to share the seas. Who will rule the waves in this offbeat tale? Big bold

pictures occupy most of the huge sturdy card pages of this softback from 1999 which we have specially imported because it is so gloriously over-the-top! Suit ages three and up. $6.95 NOW £3.75


PLEASURES OF READING by Welleran Poltarnees This unusual book uses over 50 illustrations from children’s stories of the Victorian period and early 20th century to show adults and children sharing the pleasure of reading. The pictures are accompanied by extracts from writing on the enjoyment of reading together,

whether silently or aloud. The result is a book which can be treasured by an adult and also enjoyed together with a child. Timothy Church remembers “my mother’s voice as she read Kidnapped! to me when I was about eight years old”. An illustration from 1890 shows an elaborately coiffed mother with two children on her knee, and the accompanying quotation from Scott O’Dell says he heard the fairy tales of Grimm and Andersen at his mother’s knee, “the only place to sit when you leave the safe world you know for the unfamiliar and perilous”. 49pp.

$18 NOW £2

68743 SEBASTIAN by Vanessa Julian-Ottie Sebastian is a curious little tabby kitten who on his adventures around the garden discovers farmyard animals through the fence. Follow him as he disappears through actual holes cut out of the pages of this delightful storybook

for youngsters aged two and up. Follow him out of the cat flap and into the big world outside and finally back home to Mother Cat who was glad to see him back, just in time for dinner. Few words, large delightful illustrations.

£5.99 NOW £3


by Vanessa Julian-Ottie Sebastian the naughty kitten is back and curiosity lands him in trouble with a pig, a cow, some hens and a donkey. See him arrive back safely onto the sofa at the

fireside with his sisters explaining that he had just gone ‘exploring’. Suit ages three plus who love farmyard noises and following Sebastian through the actual holes in the pages of this colourful storybook. Softback. £5.99 NOW £3


Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.

- Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby

69331 FABERGÉ’S EGGS by Toby Faber

Between 1885 and 1916 Carl Fabergé made 50 fabulous jewelled eggs as Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. Since the brutal murder of the last Tsar and his family in a Siberian basement, these eggs have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire - both supreme examples of

a jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court on the brink of revolution. Their story encompasses Bolsheviks and entrepreneurs, tycoons and heiresses, conmen and queens, grand dukes to today’s oil-rich Kremlin and oligarchs. Eggs have been stolen and smuggled, forged and sold and now as they return to Russia, their history, like that of Russia itself, seems to have come full circle. A fascinating story combining decorative art, contemporary culture, history and the murder of the Romanovs with the excitement of a crime novel. 322pp in paperback with photos, some colour. £7.99 NOW £4


edited by George Cuhaj An indispensable guide for both the collector and the world traveller who would like to check out the value of the coins in his or her trouser pocket, this comprehensive 4th edition of 2010 lists almost 90,000 current market values and

includes 5,500 actual size illustrations. The Sandard Ctalogue has its own numbering system known as KM numbers which are used internationally, and these are given here, together with mintage figures, metallic composition, weight and a detailed description. This edition also includes commemorative coins, and coins produced in acrylic and other materials. A table lists 27 different standard international numeral systems, from the familiar Western and Roman to Devavnagri and Thai-Lao, and 200 countries of origin are identified. A chart of foreign exchange rates gives the rate at the time of publication against the U.S. dollar. Dating can be tricky, and the dates of A.D. against the Hejira date are supplied in a table. An invaluable resource, with CD included. 504pp, softback, thousands of b/w illustrations. £27.99 NOW £8

67826 REMEMBER WHEN by Robert Opie

Robert Opie began his collection of tins, bottles, wrappers and packets that most people considered rubbish at the tender age of 16. Looking at the 20th century decade by decade, the book explores shopping, fashion, travel, entertainment, toys and games through the hoard of packaging, advertising and products themselves that Robert Opie has carefully assembled. Two World Wars, four coronations, the arrival of radio

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and television and the first man on the Moon, here is how they all affected not just the newspaper headlines but also the sweet wrappers and cereal packets, posters, journals and magazines and films of the day. Colour photos, 208pp, 9" x 12". £19.99 NOW £9


Rare 1970s first edition printed on custom, watermarked paper produced in a paper mill in Italy, the

set comprises 14 printed books volumes 1 to 7, 9,11 and 12 (volumes 8 and 10 were issued on CD-Rom, which we are not offering). The highlight of the set is the Atlas: Osvaldo Baldacci. ‘Columbian Atlas of the Great Discovery’ (Vol. IX) divided into 42 sections called ‘Plates’, consisting of 85 illustrations, 29 bi-folds, 59 in colour - it is difficult to describe the beauty and detail of this extraordinary find. Place names, painstakingly inked in, activities of native people hunting, wildlife, birds, ships at sea, flags and coats of arms adorn these graceful, cartographic masterpieces. Early plates include D’Ailly’s Ecumenical Hemisphere and the Great Discovery on Incunabula. The early handmade maps include the ‘Cantino’ world maps, together with those of King-Hamy and Pesaro and Juan de la Cosa. There follows printed cosmographic world maps from 1506-8, the great discoveries made during the second decade of the 16th century, the Miller Atlas, followed by world maps by Giovanni Vespucci, Weimar I and II and the Vatican’s world map and the work of Agnese and Cabot. With hundreds of smaller illus, a folio volume measuring 14¼” x 19¾”. 202 pages, with all leaves tipped-in, the Atlas is only available as part of this set. The other volumes are ‘The Journal: Account of the First Voyage’ vol. I, part 1 and part 2 which includes four coloured gatefold maps, (321 pages and 491 pages respectively slipcased), ‘The Discovery of the New World in the Writings of Peter Martyr of Anghiera’ vol. II 508 pages, ‘Liguria and Genoa at the Time of Columbus’ vol. III by Gaetano Ferro, 18 hand coloured plates, all tipped-in and gate folded, accompanied by 289pp all slipcased, ‘Historie Concerning the Life and Deeds of the Admiral Don Christopher Columbus’ by Ferdinand Columbus vol. IV pt.1 330 pages and pt.2. 428 pages (apologies for printing error page 163), ‘Christopher Columbus’s Discoveries in the Testimonials of Diego Alvarez Chanca and Andrés Bernáldez’ vol. V 380 pages, ‘Accounts and Letters of the Second, Third, and Fourth Voyages’ by Christopher Columbus vol. VI, two volumes slipcased, 439 pages and 435 pages respectively, ‘The Ships of Christopher Columbus’ vol. VII 310 pages containing superb detailed drawings from as early as 1892, ‘Columbian Iconography’ vol. XI, 655 pages, much in colour and volume XII, ‘The Genoese Cartographic Tradition and Christopher Columbus’, 216 pages with gatefold fold-out maps, 31 in total, 23 in colour. 2 huge boxes, hence UK delivery only. ONLY £300

66662 IMAGINING PARADISE: The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library by Sheila Foster, Manfred Heiting, Rachel Stuhlman

Rare literary works of great consequence can be found within the library of Richard and Ronay Menschel at George Eastman House in Rochester, USA, renowned for its collection of books on photographic history. More than 250 rare books have been carefully selected for this superb tome to reflect the incomparable strength and depth of this unparalleled remarkable library. Groundbreaking publications by featured photographers include the Incunabula of William Henry Fox Talbot, the Reveries of Maxime du Camp and Francis Frith. The book features works with many and various photographic processes - tipped-in original salt prints, albumen prints, platinum prints, photogravures, carbonprints, collotypes and Woodbury types. Rare works include the copy of the Treaty between Great Britain and China signed at Nanking in 1842 and The Holy Bible, a two volume edition dating from 1862-63 bound in rich red Moroccan leather with gold letter press. 2007 first edition. 288pp lavishly illus, 11" x 12". $85 NOW £25

67955 CULT WATCHES by Michael Balfour

The top thirty wristwatches with world cult status are miniature works of art, and they are superbly photographed in this informative book which also links them up with associated people and places. The iconic Cartier Tank series was first launched in 1919, inspired by the Renault tank designs in World War I. The Rolex Submariner is a diver’s watch with a long history, starting with the patenting of the water-resistant Rolex Oyster in 1926 and moving on to variations such as the Sea-Dweller 4000 of 1978 which could be worn over the top of a diving-suit. Accuracy is always a prime goal, and the Bulova Accutron, the first electric tuning-fork watch, was launched in 1960 and guaranteed not to gain or lose more than two seconds a day. Elegance of design is also a must, and among those who have worn the coveted Jaeger-Lecoultre watches are the Queen, Harrison Ford and Catherine Deneuve. 192pp, softback, glossary, colour photos. £18.95 NOW £6.50


by Mario Sabattini and Nicoletta Celli The Forbidden City, the most extraordinary example of an Imperial residence, was made up of thousands of buildings laid out in a symmetric grid and full of unforgettable sights such as the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Our lavishly illustrated volume describes the great monuments of Beijing’s past, still visible in a city in the throes of rapid transformation. Along with masterpieces of Imperial architecture, an increasing number of religious buildings - Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist - have recently been restored to their original splendour. Huge dragons cast in bronze, Ming china, paintings, the Empress Cixi and the royal family in antique photographs, enamelled clay figures, gilt wood columns, bright and intricate room panels and doors, court paintings, wooden partitions, arches, bridges, parks like the North Lake Park, fine brightly decorated ceilings, the Imperial College, the ancient observatory to the fragrant hills and beyond are celebrated in this huge and lavishly illustrated hardback tome packed with hundreds of colour photos. 312pp, 27cm x 37cm tall and slipcased. First time discounted. £35 NOW £25



the Best Worldwide by Strangest Books

Here are the outrageous museums such as ones for asparagus, mummies, barbed wire, paper aeroplanes, voodoo, and believe it or not, a penis museum. Organised by county, there is an alphabetical index of entries ranging from

Cambridge with the Blacked-out Britain at War Museum in Huntingdon and Cuckooland in Cheshire, the Dog Collar Museum in Maidstone, the Gas Museum in Leicester, Bibliophile’s favourite which is the Horniman Museum in London SE23 to a needle museum in Redditch and a psychic museum in York. Further afield we travel to the USA. 96pp in paperback, colour photos. £7.99 NOW £3.50


If there were no bad people there would be no good lawyers.

- Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop


Melton and Robert Wallace It is unlikely that the senior CIA officials who authorised the creation of ‘Some Operational Applications of the Art of Deception’ and

‘Recognition Signals’ ever anticipated their manuals would become available to anyone without security clearance. The author John Mulholland provided accompanying

illustrations, drawings and photographs and was himself a world renowned magician. A copy of his two original manuals were overlooked during the destruction of MKULTRA files in 1973 and were discovered by the authors in 2007. The principles of magic learned from Mulholland and his fellow conjurors like Houdini combined with 21st century technology will continue to influence espionage ‘tricks’. Electronic cloaks for invisibility, ‘dope’ coins, pickpocketing, simple tricks, facial expressions, the art of handling tablets, powders, liquids, the surreptitious removal of objects, special aspects of deception for women, and working as a team, practicing actions so as to do them naturally and remain unnoticed are the art of the spy. Magic or spy craft? In 1953, against the backdrop of the Cold War, the CIA initiated a top secret programme codenamed MKULTRA to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques. They realised that clandestine officers might need to covertly deploy newly developed pills, potions and powders against the adversary and the CIA hired America’s most famous magician John Mulholland to write two manuals on sleight of hand and undercover communication techniques. Nearly destroyed in 1973, only a single copy survived, complete with illustrations. Here they are for a modern audience. 250pp with line art and photos. £9.99 NOW £3.50


by Helene Stapinski ‘The night my grandfather tried to kill us, I was five years old, the age I stopped believing in Santa Claus.’ Helene Stapinski had been playing in the family’s apartment above the Majestic Tavern in Jersey City when, in the bar downstairs, Grandpa, an ex-con and armed robber, pointed his loaded gun and bragged he had a bullet for each of

them. News travels fast and within minutes Grandpa was handcuffed and going to jail for the last time. The Stapinskis have a knack for breaking the law. Helene’s daily bread was stolen by her father from the cold storage company where he worked, and the books on the shelves were swiped from the local bookbinding company. In her own generation, her first cousin embezzled $¼ million, tearing the clan apart. All these stories are part of her unbelievable heritage and her book, a raucous and heartbreaking tale. Watch her growing up in the poverty, corruption and violence of Jersey City in this welcome antidote to knee-jerk nostalgia. 260pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3


by Nigel Cawthorne The Italian criminal gangs collectively known as the Mafia evolved from groups of bandits which roamed the island of Sicily. There was little if any

communication between gangs. In the early-mid 19th century however, things changed. The gangs discovered a common

purpose and began to unite against their hated Bourbon rulers, and it was around then that they were first referred the Mafia. By 1860 their traditional banditry had given way to recognisable gangster culture, which permeated all Sicilian society, taking on the roles of tax collection and law enforcement and controlling the island’s financial system. Anybody who opposed them was dealt with in a swift, bloody fashion and soon gang members became immune from prosecution and put up and elected their own politicians. Soon most of Italy was under Mafia control, and in the early 20th century thousands of Mafiosi entered the USA. With incredible speed the tentacles of the Mafia entwined themselves around every aspect of American life, and through its central role in drug trafficking soon spread its web worldwide. Many high profile arrests and scores of gangsters breaking the omèrta, the savage code of honour, has seen the decline of the old-style Mafia, but with the remaining families known to be forging alliances with other gangs, such as the Bloods and the Yakuza, the Mafia are likely to be around for some time yet. Cawthorne’s history of the Mob is as glamorous, hard-



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