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dustwrappers (priced 30s; 42s; £2.75 and £4.90); the dustwrapper of vol. 1 with slight dusting to lower panel and mild rubbing to edges; vol. 2 fresh, with two unremarkable vertical creases to spine and rucking to lower panel, evident on reverse; vols. 3 and 4 fine; scarce as a set.

First editions. Popularly known as the “Raj Quartet”, Paul Scott’s best- known work is a complex interwoven narrative set in india shortly after the Second World War. From different angles and perspectives it explores personal, political, racial and religious conflicts in the period leading up to independence and Partition. The books were filmed for a highly successful television mini-series in 1984.

241. PROUT, Geoffrey (author). Scouts in Bondage; A Story of Boy Scouts in Strange Adventure [sic]. [London]; The Aldine Publishing Co. [1930].

£148 241 242

238. [SCHRAFFT’S] Around the clock with Schrafft’s. new York. F rank G. Shattuck Company. 1932.


narrow 8vo., original gilt paper covered boards lettered in black. illustrated with black and white photographs. Just starting to wear at the corners and spine ends, otherwise a very good copy.

First edition. “This little book is a tally of good things to eat...”, according to the title page, including food you could buy at Schrafft’s, as well as some of Schrafft’s choice recipes to try in your own kitchen. There are several brief essays on Schrafft’s history, and many photographs of Schrafft’s dining rooms and candy displays, as well as lists of goods available and their prices, with an index, followed by two pages showing the company’s factory in Boston and a listing of Schrafft’s stores. Recipes include cream of fresh mushroom soup, baked stuffed lobster, devil’s food layer cake, and others. A single copy is listed by the Library of congress, which is in the Bella c. Landauer collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera at the new York historical Society.

239. [SCIENCE]. [PARIS, Dr. J.A.] (author). Philosophy in Sport made Science in Earnest: being an attempt to implant in the young mind the first principles of natural philosophy by the aid of the popular toys and sports of youth. London; John Murray. 1857.


8vo. original terracotta cloth with decorative blind-stamped panels to sides, lettered in gilt to spine, top edge rough, others uncut; pp. [ix], x-xvii + [i], [1]-532 + 32 (publisher’s catalogue); with engraved title, frontispiece and diagrams throughout; a very nice copy with a little soiling to spine and a couple of tiny closed splits to head; internally fresh and crisp throughout.

Eighth edition: “revised and considerably enlarged, with several additional chapters, and a copious index”, dedicated to the author’s friend michael Faraday. The first edition of this work appeared in 1827.

240. SCOTT, Paul (author). [The Raj Quartet]; Jewel in The crown; The Day of the Scorpion; The Towers of Silence andA Division of the Spoils. London; Heinemann. 1966; 1968; 1971 and 1975.


8vo. 4 volumes; bound in variously coloured cloths, gilt, preserved in original pictorial dustwrappers; pp. [x] + 450 + [i]; [viii] + 483 + [i]; [x], 3-392; [x], 3-597 + [ii]; near fine copies protected by very good, unclipped,

8vo. Bright red pictorial cloth blocked in black to spine and upper board; pp. [vi], 7-191 + [i]; with a coloured frontispiece, but otherwise unillustrated; a very nice and attractive copy with two short tears to joints at head of spine (maximum 10mm), a little bruising to heel including slight flaking to surface cloth at lower joints and light speckling to edge of book block; internally very good, with a prize label, dated 1936, to upper blank and light spotting to final couple of leaves; without the dustwrapper.

First edition, first issue, without the publisher’s device to the title-page. one of the most celebrated of bizarre book titles, frequently referenced in popular culture, which even inspired a stage play written by the BAFTA award-winning screenwriter Glenn chandler (best known for the Tv series Taggart). The content of the book is, unsurprisingly, entirely innocuous and the title nothing but a reflection of a more innocent age. The author Geoffrey Prout was a scoutmaster. he followed this book with another with a similarly amusing title Trawler Boy Dick.

242. MOTHER SEIGEL. mother Seigel’s curative Syrup 1906 calendar. A.J.White Ltd. 1906.


8vo., original colour wrappers with a portrait of nelson on the upper cover and of hmS victory on the lower wrapper. Sewn as issued also with string loop. PP.32 with illustrations in the text. A couple of corners creased, the text on one page badly aligned affecting the final letters of a few sentences, a little browning otherwise a very good copy of a curious ephemeron.

This advertising pamphlet for mother Seigel’s curative Syrup contains not only a calendar for 1906 but also a brief history of nelson’s life and other historic figures including napoleon and George iii. interspersed with letters of recommenation for the syrup are examples of situations in which the elixir proves useful, indigestion, dyspepsia, rheumatism, the onset of menapause, and gout. Also advertised are mother Seigel’s operating Pills “the best family physic that has ever been discovered”, Laxol “the pleasant laxative”, mother Seigel’s ointment for piles, mother Seigel’s cough Remedy and mother Seigel’s Soothing Plasters.

The formula for mother Seigel’s curative Syrup was first prepared in 1842 by mrs Edith Seigel on her farm outside Berlin. A.J. White is supposed to have heard of the remedy from German immigrants who had brought it with them from their natiove country. in June 1868 White travelled to Germany, visited mother Seigel in her home, learned the history of its discovery and composition, and then returned to new York where he analysed the plants and determined that this combination constitues “the best purifier of the blood that ever came under the notice of the medical profession.”

An Annotated Catalogue of the Edward C. Atwater Collection of American Popular Medicine and Health Reform. Vol, iii, Supplement A-Z, S1469 for an 1887 A.J.White Almanack.

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