The Tagore Birthday Book with signatures of Zhou Enlai, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore, Eisenhower, and many others

Tagore, Rabindranath, Bengali polymath and Nobel laureate (1861-1941). Tagore Birthday Book. (Selected from the English Works... of Rabindranath Tagore). Edited by C. F. Andrews. London, Macmillan and Co., 1928. London, Macmillan and Co., 1928. 8vo, rebound in cloth; half-title leaf detached and markedly chipped at all edges, bookplate on verso of front free endpaper in untranslated Bengali, gift inscription to the Lady Tara in an unknown hand (signed "B.") on the copyright page.

EUR 75,000.00

Signed, or signed and inscribed, by over 80 mostly South Asian or British notables, including an autograph inscription signed by Rabindranath Tagore, in English: "To | Lady A[llia?] Baig | with kind wishes | Rabindranath Tagore | 28th Jan. | 1930," on the half-title page. Includes a Photograph Signed and Inscribed by Tagore to Lady Baig, mounted to verso of the half-title, a ½-length portrait, showing Tagore wearing a cap and holding a bouquet of flowers. Inscribed in the image at upper and lower edges. The book, a calendar with a different quotation by Tagore printed on the recto pages for each day of the year, with several of the blank facing pages inscribed as in an autograph album, some including the inscriber's birth year in holograph. - 3 January: Clement Richard Attlee *3 January: Ngo Dinh Diem *15 January: Saud of Saudi Arabia *27 January: Ilja Ehrenburg *10 February: Harold Macmillan *26 February: John Foster Dulles *27 February: Marion Anderson *21 March: John D. Rockefeller III *30 March: Devika Rani *14 April: Arnold Toynbee *17 April: Nikita Khrushchev *22 April: Yehudi Menuhin *23 April: Józef Cyrankiewicz *6 May: Rabindranath Tagore *18 May: Frank Capra *19 May: Ho Chi Minh 25 May: Josip Broz Tito *11 June: Mahendra of Nepal *11 June: Nikolai Bulganin *20 June: Heinrich von Brentano *22 June: Julian Huxley *25 June: Louis Mountbatten *27 June: Toti dal Monte *6 July: Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama *14 July: Abd al-Karim Qasim *22 July: Haile Selassie *26 July: Gamal Abdel Nasser *31 August: Ramon Magsaysay *5 September: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan *15 September: Agatha Christie *2 October: Mohandas K. Gandhi *14 October: Dwight D. Eisenhower *15 October: Mohammed Zahir Shah *26 October: Reza Shah Pahlavi *3 November: Leopold King of Belgium *14 November: Jawaharlal Nehru *19 November: Indira Gandhi *30 November: Winston Churchill *3 December: Rajendra Prasad *13 December: Aga Khan IV *23 December: Muhammad Ali Jinnah *1 February: Zhou Enlai. - Complete list available upon request. - Some silvering in dark areas.

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To Hans Secker

Munch, Edvard, Norwegian painter (1863-1944). Autograph letter signed. Skoyen near Oslo, 6. I. 1928. Skoyen near Oslo, 6. I. 1928. Small 4to. 1½ pp. on bifolium.

EUR 7,500.00

To the German art historian Hans Secker, head of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, thanking for a publication which Secker had sent him, expressing his interest for the museum's activities and his admiration for Cologne especially since the Sonderbund exhibition in 1912, "which supplied a breathtaking review of early modern art: Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and the neo-impressionists Henri-Edmond Cross and Paul Signac, the first generation was set in context to more recent efforts all around Europe, with a special focus on Edvard Munch" (Wikipedia). - Left margin with punched holes (no loss to text), upper right corner with pinhead-sized holes.

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Private photos of the Abadan Oil Refinery

[Persian Oil Exploration]. Catchpole, William Marcus, chemist with the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. (b. 1910). Two personal photograph albums relating to Catchpole's life... at home in the United Kingdom, and to his time at Abadan in Iran and in Turkey. Persia, Turkey and other places, 1930s. Persia, Turkey and other places, 1930s. Oblong small folio. 2 albums, the first containing 237 original photographs, the majority snapshots but some larger, mostly captioned by hand, also with a loosely inserted pencil sketch captioned "Our first home Abadan '42. Drawing room with Persian rugs", the second containing 52 original photographs, snapshots or larger, and a further 27 images in paper wallet (some duplicates). Contemp. rexine or papered boards.

EUR 4,800.00

Fascinating collection of private photos showing the Abadan Oil refinery and life on the site in the 1930s. A series of 120 or so images is devoted to William Catchpole's time on the Abadan oilfields near Basrah and Kuwait. Catchpole became a chemist with the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1933, and presumably was asked to visit the plant in this capacity. The photographs of this period show scenes on the voyages out (aboard the MV British Pride, an Anglo-Iranian tanker), life in Abadan (including the horse races), and the refinery itself. A group of 16 images show elements of the refinery, including the "cracking plant", "distillation units", and other features. Other photographs show the docks, and several show flares in the desert. The second album is undated and uncaptioned, though examination of one loosened photograph reveals a pencilled note to the verso ("Turkey between Harida Pasha and Ankara"). The photographs in the album show recreational and work-related images, including boating events, a pipeline, and three of an unidentified refinery. - William Marcus Catchpole was a grandson of Nathaniel Catchpole, founder of the brewing company Catchpole & Co. of Suffolk. The family and the business were based at Whitton, and some of the images from the first album show scenes and people at home. William Catchpole attended Radley College, and further images show the college and rowers on the river; some 100 images in the first album relate to the family's life in the UK.

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Signed copy

Thomas, Bertram. Arabia Felix. Across the "Empty Quarter" of Arabia. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1932. 8vo. XXIX, (3), 397, (1) pp. With 2 maps, 74 photo illustrations on plates, and 7 text illustrations. Publisher's gilt red cloth with dustjacket.

EUR 2,000.00

First American edition, published simultaneously with the London one, signed by the author in green ink on the flyleaf. The preface was contributed by T. E. Lawrence. Among the many photograph illustrations is one of the earliest portraits of the Qatar royal family (facing p. 298). "In this book, Bertram Thomas relates some aspects of his journey in which he crossed the Rub' Al Khali (Empty Quarter) from Oman to Qatar, and provides geographical information about the peninsula of Qatar, especially the southern part. He also recorded his observations of the region stretching from the Gulf of Salwa to Al-Rayyan, where he met Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, Emir of Qatar at the time (1930). The book includes photographs he took of Sheikh Abdullah, Mohamed bin Abdul-Latif bin Mani', and his brother Saleh bin Abdul-Latif bin Mani'. He gives some concise information about Al-Nuaija, Doha towers, and the castle" (Fikri). - A fine copy.
¶ Macro 2185. M. H. Fikri, Qatar in the Heart and in History (2011), p. 46f. (illustrated).

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A Bible Given by the Father of Computer Science: Alan Turing

[Turing, Alan]. The Holy Bible. [Presented by Alan Turing to... his mother Ethel Sara Turing as a Christmas gift in 1938]. Cambridge, University Press, [1938]. Cambridge, University Press, [1938]. Inscribed to "E[thel] S[ara] Turing, Christmas" in Alan Turing's hand, with her additional note "1938, Alan" on front free endpaper. Publisher's roan. 12mo (140 x 100 mm).

EUR 25,000.00

A Bible owned by the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, presented to his mother as a Christmas gift. Few if any Bibles ever come to market with tangible links to great men of science: a comparison may not be unreasonably made to the very modest Thomas Nelson & Sons, ca. 1930 leatherette Bible that was inscribed by Albert Einstein to a relatively unknown recipient Harriet Hamilton. It is believed that Turing lost his religious faith whilst a teenager after a friend died of tuberculosis - which probably prompted him to believe in a materialistic explanation of all phenomena. Still, he must have retained at least a sentimental attachment to tradition to gift a Bible. In her biography of her son, Sara Turing writes: "He was too reticent about his religious beliefs to reveal just where he stood. He often accompanied me to church at Festivals, as well as attending chapel at King's - things he was too honest to do had he not been, at least, in limited agreement with Christianity, though he was certainly not orthodox. 'Within the framework of his science he believed in the great order of things', according to a very intimate friend" (Alan M. Turing [1959], p. 40). Alan Turing inscribed and presented the Bible to his mother during the year 1938-39 when he lived on his King's College fellowship as a logician and number theorist, before he took up his vital full-time work at the wartime cryptanalytic headquarters Bletchley Park. Given the intersection of his atheism and his upbringing, together with the Biblical admonition against homosexuality that fundamentally shaped the very culture that persecuted him, this very modest book serves as a unique object for reflection. Although Turing's biographers Andrew Hodges and David Leavitt have both suggested that Turing's method of suicide - he likely poisoned himself by eating an apple he had laced with cyanide - should be read as an allusion to his favourite fairy tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it is difficult entirely to disregard the heavy Biblical symbolism of eating the forbidden fruit. - Provenance: given to the Rev. Martin Fredriksen, former Curate at St. Nicholas, Guildford, by E. S. Turing on his last visit to her on 6 August 1974, with his bookplate.

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Mann, Thomas. Der Erwählte. Roman. [New York], mimeographed by Wallenberg & Wallenberg for) S. Fischer, 1951. [New York], mimeographed by Wallenberg & Wallenberg for) S. Fischer, 1951. 4to. (2), 313, (5) pp. Original green cloth with giltstamped label to spine.

EUR 4,500.00

First edition, an unnumbered copy. - Mann's last great novel, inscribed to John (Hans) F. Oppenheimer (1903-85) of Fürth: "dem Hersteller dieser Rarität bestens zugeeignet. Thomas Mann". The signed, limited edition was produced and published as a typescript in the USA to protect the American copyright. - Slightly rubbed, upper edges slightly bumped. Paper slightly toned as common. Provenance: from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ Potempa D 11.1. WG (2. ed.) 121.

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A smoke with Henri-Georges Clouzot

Picasso, Pablo, Spanish painter and sculptor (1881-1973). Photograph signed. (Antibes, 1956). (Antibes, 1956). 235:180 mm. Some addenda (s. b.).

EUR 7,500.00

Photograph by Picasso, the image depicting the painter outdoors, in a half length profile pose, seated at table having a coffee alongside Henri-Georges Clouzot, both smoking. Picasso with his arm up explains something to Clouzot who closely listens to him. Signed by Picasso in blue ink to the lower light border of the photograph. With full provenance explanation to the verso by the restaurant owner where the photograph was obtained in Antibes, 1956. - The French film director Henri-Georges Clouzot (1907-77) directed, inter alia, the documentary film "The Mystery of Picasso" (1956), which was declared a national treasure by the government of France.

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First printing of the first edition

Owen, Roderic. The Golden Bubble. Arabian Gulf Documentary. London, Collins, 1957. London, Collins, 1957. 8vo. 255, (1) pp. With 13 photo illustrations and a map. Original red publisher's cloth with giltstamped spine title. Original dustjacket.

EUR 1,500.00

First printing of the first edition. A documentary of a year spent by the author in the Arabian Gulf, discussing Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Buraimi Oasis, Qatar, Kuwait; hunting and falconry. Dedicated "to the honour and glory of His Excellency Sheikh Shakhbut bin Sultan Albufalah, Ruler of Abu Dhabi". - Ink ownership "M. Meadowcroft" to flyleaf. Now rare.
¶ OCLC 1239299. Not in Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula.

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The first decade of independence

[Qatar]. Collection of press photos: Qatar's first decade under... Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani. Mostly Doha, 1970s-1980s. Mostly Doha, 1970s-1980s. 42 black-and-white press photos and two half-tone prints, c. 11 x 15 through 18 x 24 cm.

EUR 12,500.00

Fine collection of 1970s and early 1980s press photographs, many showing Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani at official functions (inaugurating the National Museum of Qatar, e.g.) and at meetings and state visits with international political leaders (Iraqi Presidents Ahmed al-Bakr and Saddam Hussein, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, etc.), others depicting Qatar's rapidly expanding oil and gas exploration, production, and refining sites, yet others focusing on Doha's monuments and municipal infrastructure (the Palace of Doha, the National Museum, the customs building, post office, shrimp canning factory, a modern operating room, a local artisan at work, as well as the interior of the "Book-House": the budding National Library). Mostly captioned in Arabic (some also in English) on the reverse. A fascinating and wide-ranging gallery of the state of Qatar during its first decade of independence, in excellent state of preservation throughout.

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Thatcher, Margaret, British stateswoman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1925-2013). Typed letter signed ("Margaret"). London, 3. V. 1975. London, 3. V. 1975. 4vo. 1 page.

EUR 800.00

To "Bernard", likely Sir Bernard Ingham, Thatcher's long-serving chief press secretary, written one month before the United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum held on 5 June 1975: "It is becoming apparent that if there is to be a large 'YES TO EUROPE' Vote on 5th June that The Conservative Party must turn out the maximum possible support on the day. I am therefore anxious that Conservative Members of Parliament who voted for Britain's continuing membership should give a clear lead to their Constituency Association in ensuring that Conservatives play a vigorous and full part in the Campaign to keep Britain in Europe. It must be a matter for local judgement whether the best way to achieve this is by Conservative Associations playing a leading role in their 'BRITAIN IN EUROPE' groups, or by mounting their own campaign [...]". - On headed paper.

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