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  1. Blue-ings.

    Blue-ings.

    Cruise of the forty-foot steam yacht Riverside in March, 1890, with a crew of five, who are pictured in a wonderful albumen photo showing them lounging in the bow of the yacht. The rest of the book, chronicling the Riverside's cruise, is reproduced by blueprinting, cyanotype sun-printing - white lettering and illustrations against a darker blue ground - hence the title. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1890

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    Stock Code: 62137

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  2. Labour-Saving Hints and Ideas for the Home.
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1926

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    Stock Code: 61672

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  3. "The Complete Angler: or, Contemplative Man's Recreation."

    "The Complete Angler: or, Contemplative Man's Recreation."

    Being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish, and Fishing. In Two Parts. To which are now prefixed, The Lives of the Authors. Illustrated with Cuts of the several Kinds of River-Fish, and of the Implements used in Angling, Views of the principal Scenes described in the Book. And Notes Historical, Critical and Explanatory.
    First Hawkins edition. Originally published in 1658. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1760

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    Stock Code: 61497

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  4. Photograph of the Corinthians Football Team.

    Photograph of the Corinthians Football Team.

    Team photograph of the Corinthians Football Club, the most successful amateur team of all time, which was founded in London in 1882 and supplied a large number of players to the England Football team. This photo includes famous players such as Bertie Oswald Corbett, Arthur George Henfrey, A. T. B. Dunn, Gilbert Oswald Smith, known as "the first great centre forward", and Charles Wreford-Brown, a leading figure in the Amateur Football Alliance and coiner of the term "soccer" for association football. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1896

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    Stock Code: 61472

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  5. i1

    The Gentleman's Dictionary: in Three Parts.

    Viz. I. The Art of Riding the Great Horse … II. The Military Art … III. The Art of Navigation … : Each Part done Alphabetically, from the Sixteenth Edition of the Original French, published by the Sieur Guillet ... with Large Additions, Alterations and Improvements, adapted to the Customs and Actions of the English …
    First edition in English, originally published as Les arts de l'homme d'épée, ou, Le Dictionnaire du Gentilhomme, Paris, 1678. A splendid pocket guide which seeks to teach the arts of riding; military organization and fortification; and the management and navigation of a ship, in dictionary form. Each of the 3 parts is illustrated with a folding plate, "the true and perfect seat upon horseback"; "all manner of works used in fortification"; and "A Description of a Ship, with all Her Tackling. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1705

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    Stock Code: 61248

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  6. The Unknown Horn of Africa:
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    The Unknown Horn of Africa:

    An Exploration from Berbera to the Leopard River,
    First edition. "While primarily a work of exploration and adventure in Somaliland, the author does partake in a few hunts for kudu, lion, and assorted antelope near the River Webbe. Once while stalking rhinoceros, he came within a few feet of one but was unable to see it due to the heavy growth of mimosa before it made its escape. The coloured plates of birds in the more scarce first issue are especially handsome. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1888

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    Stock Code: 60741

    Signed: Yes

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  7. It Pays To Steal.
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    It Pays To Steal.

    As told to Steve Gardner.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Cass and Al Anderson, Best Wishes, Maury Wills, 9-13-63". Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1963

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    Stock Code: 60675

    Signed: Yes

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  8. The doctrine of chances: or, a method of calculating the probability of events in play.

    The doctrine of chances: or, a method of calculating the probability of events in play.

    First edition of de Moivre's early and important contribution to the calculus of games of chance and probability theory. His introduction contains an overview of main concepts such as probability, conditional probability, expectation, dependent and independent events, the multiplication rule, and the binomial distribution. The book is dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton, whose priority in the dispute between Newton and Leibniz over the development of infinitesimal calculus de Moivre had defended. Learn More
    £6,250

    Date of Publication: 1718

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 60392

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  9. A Book of Mediterranean Food.

    A Book of Mediterranean Food.

    With decorations by John Minton.
    Second edition, improved with revisions. Beautifully bound by the Chelsea Bindery. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1958

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    Stock Code: 60075

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  10. The Badminton Library of Sport and Pastimes: Golf.

    The Badminton Library of Sport and Pastimes: Golf.

    Edited by His Grace the Duke of Beaufort, assisted by Alfred E. T. Watson.
    Sixth edition, revised. Learn More
    £450

    Date of Publication: 1893

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    Stock Code: 60073

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  11. Green is The Grass.

    Green is The Grass.

    First edition. A study of the game, and the first book written by Dominic Francis "Dom" Moraes, one of the best-known English-language poets of India. Uncommon. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1951

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    Stock Code: 48236

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  12. Thornton's Temple of Flora

    Thornton's Temple of Flora

    with Plates faithfully reproduced from the original engravings and the work described by Geoffrey Grigson with Bibliographical Notes by Handasyde Buchanan.
    Fine critical edition of Thornton's famous flower book (1799, 1804). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 47046

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  13. An Olde Thrift newly revived.

    An Olde Thrift newly revived.

    Wherein is declared The Manner of Planting, Preserving, and Husbanding yong Trees of divers kindes for Timber and Fuell. And of sowing Acornes, Chesnuts, Beech-mast, The Seedes of Elmes, Ashen-keyes, &c. With the Commodities and Discommodities of Inclosing decayed Forrests, Commons, and waste Grounds. And also the use of a small portable Instrument for measuring of Board, and the solid content and height of any Tree standing. Discoursed in Dialogue betweene a Surveyour, Woodward, Gentleman, and a Farmer. Divided into foure parts, by R.C.
    First and only edition, by Rooke Churche, King's Surveyor, though often erroneously attributed to R. Chambers or Robert Churton. A classic early work of early 17th-century husbandry, with similar aims and views to, but long predating, Evelyn's Sylva (1664). In his preface Churche praises Henry Howard, earl of Northampton, as an exemplary manager of forestry. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1612

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 46678

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  14. "Astley's Projects, in his Management of the Horse; "

    "Astley's Projects, in his Management of the Horse; "

    rendering it Calm on the Road, in Harness, &c. Such Acquirements may prevent Dreadful Accidents. Being an Abridgement of his Popular and Most Valuable Book f Equestrian Education. To which is prefixed, many Excellent Remedies for the Diseases in Horses, &c.
    In 1768 Astley established his first "'riding school' in a fenced wayside field on Lambeth Marsh named Halfpenny Hatch. Styling himself the English Hussar, he promised such feats as straddling two cantering and jumping horses, doing headstands on a pint pot on the saddle, and a parody of riding by a foppish tailor" (ODNB). By the 1780s he had amphitheatres in London, Paris and Dublin, and was widely recognised as the foremost equestrian trainer and performer of the day. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1804

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    Stock Code: 45009

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  15. Famous Clyde Yachts.

    Famous Clyde Yachts.

    First and only edition. The Royal Clyde Yacht Club was the biggest in Britain at the end of the nineteenth century, larger even than the Solent Yacht Club, and Clyde yachts were world-famous as pioneers of the relatively new sport of yacht racing. This book reproduces in chromolithography a series of watercolours by Henry Shields RBA (1859-1935) showing famous yachts or "white wings", mostly built 1880-87, with four boats built prior to 1880 included as notable precursors of the Clyde yacht boatbuilding style. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1888

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 27407

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