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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to football, rugby, cricket, baseball, tennis, billiards, and all other ball games, with the exception of golf, which has its own category.

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  1. 116375

    Mike.

    Containing Twelve Full-Page Illustrations by T. M. R. Whitwell.
    First edition, first impression. "Each of Wodehouse's school stories is a superior example of the genre, and still readable; but in his last public-school novel, Mike (1909), something extraordinary happened: Wodehouse, as a writer, moved into a higher and dazzling sphere. In its narrative energy, dialogue, characterization, and ability to create sunny laughter, Mike is Wodehouse's first masterpiece. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1909

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116375

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  2. This Sporting Life.
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    This Sporting Life.

    Presentation copy of the second impression, the same year as the first, inscribed "For Jim, from David Storey, 1960" on the front free endpaper, and latterly in the library of Irish bibliophile Dr Philip Murray, author of Adventures of a Book Collector (2011), though not marked as such. This Sporting Life, Storey's first novel, won the 1960 Macmillan Fiction Award. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 113974

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Tennis.
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    Tennis.

    With illustrations by the author.
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Inscribed for - Douglas Grant - Helen Wills, October 27, 1928". Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1928

    Published: New York & London

    Stock Code: 110172

    Signed: Yes

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  4. Landslide.

    Landslide.

    First edition, first impression. Provenance: from the publisher's archive of Victor Gollancz (1893-1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices - he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices - to the appearance of his books. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1934

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108560

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  5. On the Spot.

    On the Spot.

    Football as a Profession.
    First edition, first impression. Former PFA chairman Derek Dougan and scholar Dr Percy Young take a look at the daily life of footballers in the mid-1970s. Learn More
    £45

    Date of Publication: 1974

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 104474

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  6. This Sporting Life.

    This Sporting Life.

    First edition, first impression of the author's first novel which won the 1960 Macmillan Fiction Award. Storey, a former professional rugby league footballer, also wrote the adapted screenplay for the 1963 British feature film of the same title. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102850

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  7. A Sense of Where You Are.
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    A Sense of Where You Are.

    A Profile of William Warren Bradley.
    A specially bound copy of the Bantam paperback edition, inscribed by an outraged McPhee on the advertisement page to the bookseller Ralph Sipper: "Ralph - I took the cover off this paperback and had it bound in this way because Bantam slipped a cover picture of Bill in a Knicks uniform onto this late printing without my knowledge. The book is about Bill as a college player, period. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 99894

    Signed: Yes

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  8. The Cricket on the Green.
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    The Cricket on the Green.

    Illustrated by R. E. Wethey.
    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to "Aunt Lizzie with the Author's kind love". A humorous account of the Inter-Parochial Cup featuring the match between the villages of Whizzingham and Hurry­cum­Up. Ernest William Hornung (1866-1921) was born in Yorkshire, and attended Uppingham School, leaving before he reached the Upper Sixth and emigrating to Australia. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: [1895]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 98071

    Signed: Yes

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  9. The Football League. The Competitions of the Season 19311939.

    The Football League. The Competitions of the Season 19311939.

    First editions, extremely uncommon. Only 25 sets can possibly exist, and we can trace no set, not even single individual annual copies, institutionally. "For eight seasons during the thirties Billy Johnston, editor of the Arsenal FC programme for many years, kept his own hand-written records on a season-by-season basis. He then privately published them in eight volumes, each limited to forty copies - results, scorers, transfers and much else of interest is presented in these unique and extremely scarce records, later published in facsimile by the Association of Football Statisticians" (Seddon). Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 97273

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  10. Athletics and Football.

    Athletics and Football.

    With a Contribution on Paper-Chasing by W. Rye and an Introduction by Sir Richard Webster, Q.C., M.P.
    Third edition of a book that "stood the test of time for its comprehensiveness and for the quality of its writing" (ODNB). With owner signature to front pastedown. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1889

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 89966

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  11. My Own Particular Screwball:

    My Own Particular Screwball:

    An Informal Autobiography. Edited by Ed Keyes.
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy inscribed by the author: "To Eleanor, when you see authors jumping out of windows you will know why when you read this book. Love & kisses, Al Schacht, April 19th 55." Alexander "Al" Schacht (1892-1984) was a professional baseball player ad later restaurateur catering to the New York glitterati. He most famously played as a pitcher in the major leagues for the Washington Senators in the 1920s. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 88982

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  12. A Sense of Where You Are.

    A Sense of Where You Are.

    A Profile of William Warren Bradley.
    First edition, first printing. John McPhee's first book, and very rare with the red spine panel so bright and unfaded. Bill Bradley was a hall-of-fame basketball player who later went on to run for the Democratic Party nomination for Presidential Candidate in 2000. Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 76447

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  13. The Natural.

    The Natural.

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 76347

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  14. Hits, Runs and Social Errors. Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated.
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    Hits, Runs and Social Errors. Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated.

    Selected by Charles Preston,
    First edition, first impression, of this amusing collection of cartoons. From the library of Laurence Olivier, inscribed to him by Elizabeth Taylor on the front free endpaper, "Dear Sir Laurence, Thank you for always being so kind. Love, Elizabeth. Sept 14, 1960". Olivier had been good friends with Richard Burton for some years, and it was Burton who hosted the party at which Olivier's marriage to Joan Plowright (which had taken place quietly earlier the same day) was announced. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1956

    Published:

    Stock Code: 68795

    Signed: Yes

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  15. Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.

    Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.

    With Decorations by Rex Whistler.
    First edition, first impression. A collection of essays on boxing, cricket, hackneys and golf. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 63489

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  16. 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

    Published:

    Stock Code: 61472

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  17. 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

    Published:

    Stock Code: 60675

    Signed: Yes

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  18. 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

    Published:

    Stock Code: 48236

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