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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. Browse this category below, or select a different category (left) to modify your search.

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  1. Mike.
    New Arrival

    Mike. 1909

    £2,750

    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, …Read more

  2. This Sporting Life.

    This Sporting Life. 1960

    £750

    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 …Read more

  3. More Tales of the Stumps.

    More Tales of the Stumps. 1902

    £250

    First edition, first impression, in a variant binding not recorded by Haskell or Riall. Read more

  4. This Sporting Life.

    This Sporting Life. 1960

    £200

    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. Read more

  5. Tennis.

    Tennis. 1928

    £975

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “Inscribed for – Douglas Grant – Helen Wills, October 27, 1928”. Read more

  6. On the Spot.

    On the Spot. 1974

    £45

    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. Read more

  7. Guide to the Central Park.

    Guide to the Central Park. 1859

    £2,250

    An early guidebook to the nascent and partly-developed Central Park, on which work had begun the year prior to this publication. The first Central Park Commission (1857-1870) was set up in response to lobbying by local wealthy residents hoping to establish New York as an …Read more

  8. The Football League. The Competitions of the Season 1931[–1939].

    The Football League. The Competitions of the Season 1931[–1939]. 1932-40

    £12,500

    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 …Read more

  9. A Sense of Where You Are.

    A Sense of Where You Are. 1970

    £875

    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 …Read more

  10. The Cricket on the Green.

    The Cricket on the Green. [1895]

    £3,250

    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 …Read more

  11. Athletics and Football.

    Athletics and Football. 1889

    £150

    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. Read more

  12. My Own Particular Screwball:

    My Own Particular Screwball: 1955

    £150

    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 …Read more

  13. A Practical Treatise on the Game of Billiards;

    A Practical Treatise on the Game of Billiards; 1807

    £1,500

    First edition of the first work in English dedicated solely to the game of billiards. The forms of billiards described here include carambole, then recently introduced to England from France. Read more

  14. A Sense of Where You Are.

    A Sense of Where You Are. 1965

    £975

    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. Read more

  15. The Natural.

    The Natural. 1952

    £1,750

    First edition, first printing. Read more

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

    Hits, Runs and Social Errors. Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated. 1956

    £875

    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 …Read more

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

    Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf. 1936

    £225

    First edition, first impression. A collection of essays on boxing, cricket, hackneys and golf. Read more

  18. Photograph of the Corinthians Football Team.

    Photograph of the Corinthians Football Team. 1896–97

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  19. It Pays To Steal.

    It Pays To Steal. 1963

    £150

    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”. Read more

  20. Green is The Grass.

    Green is The Grass. 1951

    £225

    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. Read more

  1. New Arrival
  2. This Sporting Life.
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    STOREY, David. STOREY, David.

    This Sporting Life.

    £750

  3. This Sporting Life.
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    STOREY, David. STOREY, David.

    This Sporting Life.

    £200

  4. Guide to the Central Park.
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    (NEW YORK; CRICKET.) (NEW YORK; CRICKET.)

    Guide to the Central Park.

    £2,250

  5. The Football League. The Competitions of the Season 1931[–1939].
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    JOHNSTON, W. M. JOHNSTON, W. M.

    The Football League. The Competitions of the Season 1931[–1939].

    £12,500

  6. A Sense of Where You Are.
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    MCPHEE, John. MCPHEE, John.

    A Sense of Where You Are.

    £875

  7. The Cricket on the Green.
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    (CRICKET.) HORNUNG, E. W. (CRICKET.) HORNUNG, E....

    The Cricket on the Green.

    £3,250

  8. My Own Particular Screwball:
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    SCHACHT, Al. SCHACHT, Al.

    My Own Particular Screwball:

    £150

  9. A Practical Treatise on the Game of Billiards;
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    WHITE, E. WHITE, E.

    A Practical Treatise on the Game of Billiards;

    £1,500

  10. A Sense of Where You Are.
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    MCPHEE, John. MCPHEE, John.

    A Sense of Where You Are.

    £975

  11. The Natural.
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    MALAMUD, Bernard. MALAMUD, Bernard.

    The Natural.

    £1,750

  12. Hits, Runs and Social Errors. Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated.
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    (OLIVIER, Laurence) PRESTON, Charles (ed.) (OLIVIER, Laurence) PRESTON,...

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

    £875

  13. Kingdoms For Horses. Boxing, Cricket, Hackneys and Golf.
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    (SPORT; CRICKET; BOXING.) (WHISTLER, Rex.) AGATE,... (SPORT; CRICKET; BOXING.)...

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

    £225

  14. Photograph of the Corinthians Football Team.
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    (FOOTBALL.) (FOOTBALL.)

    Photograph of the Corinthians Football Team.

    £1,500

  15. It Pays To Steal.
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    WILLS, Maury. WILLS, Maury.

    It Pays To Steal.

    £150

  16. Green is The Grass.
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    MORAES, Dom. MORAES, Dom.

    Green is The Grass.

    £225

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