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“La Fontaine's Fables,” wrote Madame de Sévigné, “are like a basket of strawberries. You begin by selecting the largest and best, but, little by little, you eat first one, then another, till at last the basket is empty".

Silvestre de Sacy has commented that they supply delights to three different ages: the child rejoices in the freshness and vividness of the story, the eager student of literature in the consummate art with which it is told, the experienced man of the world in the subtle reflections on character and life which it conveys.

http://www.gohd.com.sg/site/buy-books-singapore/detail/16-rare-books/flypage/3405-the-fables-of-la-fontaine-1875.html?sef=hcfp
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2015-06-21
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The land of the Orang-Utan and the Bird of Paradise: the Malay Archipelago!

Over a century ago an accomplished naturalist traveled to our part of the world in an incredibly voyage - he journeyed 14,000 miles and collected 125,660 natural history specimens, mostly of insects though also thousands of molluscs, birds, mammals and reptiles.

He then wrote one of the most respected and well-loved books on the land, the nature, and the people of this region. Here we present the 8thand rare edition of this book, published in 1883 - with many gorgeous engravings by several skilled illustrators.

The Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace (1883)

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In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed—
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken-hearted.
Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?

- an excerpt from this stunning, rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe's poems from 1872.

http://www.gohd.com.sg/…/3263-the-poetical-works-of-edgar-a…
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2015-03-09
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2015-01-11
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Nearly 400 years old, this copy of Homer's Iliad looks positively medieval. In the original Greek with a parallel Latin translation - very, very rare, and in fantastic condition. With a finely engraved frontispiece! Now available at GOHD Books.

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The biggest, grandest, most complete, fattest, tallest, and most fun edition of The Arabian Nights.

The Book of a Thousand Nights and A Night translated by Sir Richard F Burton in 16 volumes, complete.

http://www.gohd.com.sg/site/buy-books-singapore/detail/16-rare-books/flypage/3049-book-of-the-thousand-nights-a-a-night-16-vols.html?sef=hcfp
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2014-09-05
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"We fat ourselves for maggots. Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service, two dishes, but to one table; that's the end."

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is instructed to enact on his uncle Claudius. Claudius had murdered his own brother, Hamlet's father King Hamlet and then taken the throne, marrying his deceased brother's widow, Hamlet's mother Gertrude.

Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, with a story capable of "seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others."The play seems to have been one of Shakespeare's most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most-performed, topping the performance list of the Royal Shakespeare Company and its predecessors in Stratford-upon-Avon since 1879.It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch, and has been described as "the world's most filmed story after Cinderella".

In a stunning full-leather facsimile of the famous edition of 1910.

http://www.gohd.com.sg/site/buy-books-singapore/detail/9-literature-a-fiction/flypage/3007-shakespeares-tragedy-of-hamlet.html?sef=hcfp
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2014-08-11
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What is this strange world we live in, and how would you summarise its science, its arts, its geography and its history to a curious, bright young person on the brink of adulthood?

That's the premise behind this gorgeous gift-quality book "The Home of Mankind: The Story of the World we Live In" written by award-winning journalist Hendrick Willem Van Loon in 1933. 

Here's a review of the book from Nature Magazine, written on 1 July 1933:

"This is an amazingly clever and stimulating book. The author, who won fame by a short “Story of Mankind”, is a much-travelled journalist who, born in Holland, has made America his home and English his most familiar tongue. In this brilliant volume he has much improved on his first performance, for his knowledge of the world is made vivid by his travels, while the actuality of his history is a little dogmatic and tendentious from the same cause...But on the objective, geographical side of his subject he is well informed, well balanced and most instructive. His account of the evolution of the map and the calendar, and of the effects of climate and natural resources on the evolution of nations, could scarcely be bettered within its limits."

http://www.gohd.com.sg/site/buy-books-singapore/detail/16-rare-books/flypage/3012-the-home-of-mankind-van-loon-1937.html?sef=hcfp
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A guide, ancient and modern, to each district of Palestine, from a hundred years ago.

Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Dome of the Rock, The Dead Sea, etc all described and photographed. 

Also describes the scenery of Palestine, the demographics, and the lives and social mores of Palestinians of every faith. 

Profusely illustrated with interesting black and white photographs of the land.

http://www.gohd.com.sg/site/buy-books-singapore/detail/16-rare-books/flypage/3015-pictorial-palestine-ancient-and-modern-1917.html?sef=hcfp

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As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep: and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream. 

I dreamed, and behold, I saw a man clothed with rags, standing in a certainplace, with his face from his own house, a book in his hand, and a great burden upon his back. 

I looked, and saw him open the book, and read therein; and, as he read, he wept, and trembled; and, not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying, What shall I do?

- the first paragraph of The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

http://www.gohd.com.sg/site/buy-books-singapore/detail/16-rare-books/flypage/2999-pilgrims-progress-the-holy-war-a-other-works-bunyan-1859.html?sef=hcfp
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2014-07-25
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