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  1. 120648
    Deluxe limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies specially bound in vellum and printed for subscribers (900 copies were also issued in smaller format). This sumptuous volume contains a collection of essays including a history of the game, an essay by respected golfer Horace Hutchinson on the principal golfing greens of the... Learn More
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  2. 132504
    An apparently unrecorded broadside, intended as planting and growing instructions to be given to the purchaser of vines sold by the landscape architect André Parmentier (1780-1830). Parmentier came to America from Belgium in 1821, and founded the Horticultural and Botanic Garden of Brooklyn, where he sold European vines... Learn More
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  3. 132698
    First Edition. Rowland Ward was the Michelangelo of Victorian taxidermy, that most Victorian of art-forms. An innovator who developed many techniques still used today, basing his work on painstaking observation he brought the techniques of naturalistic display to their high point. He was a friend of many of the greatest... Learn More
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  4. 122003
    First edition, first impression, of the most comprehensive contemporary book on the subject, with a preface by Sir Herbert Austin. The 30 chapters cover open bodies, racing and sporting bodies, cape hoods, closed bodies, bodies with folding heads, shooting and luggage breaks and protected phaetons, seat fittings, windscreens,... Learn More
    £875

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  5. 129001
    First edition of this survey of the gardening and farming of the ancients, derived from the classical writers. Richard Bradley (1688-1732), professor of botany at Cambridge, was one of the more eccentric characters in agricultural writing; "an indefatigable worker, venturing hazardous predictions, writing some fifteen or... Learn More
    £750

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  6. 126123comp
    First edition in English, first published in Polish in 1897, the present edition limited to 200 copies signed by Ward, this copy designated "Presentation Copy No.4" verso of the first blank. "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books" (Czech). Józef Mikolaj Potocki (1862-1922) inherited extensive estates... Learn More
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  7. 125417
    First edition. "It is now a fairly uncommon book, though this may be partly explained by one of its main purposes, that is, to be used by botanists in the field, so that many copies would probably have been used up and destroyed" (Keynes). John Ray (1627-1705), "the son of a blacksmith, became one of England's greatest naturalists.... Learn More
    £2,250

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  8. 131139
    First edition, second issue, of this uncommon early cricketing work by the eminent cricket historian Charles "Bat" Box. The second issue was published in the same year as the first. The work includes accounts of matches from 1773 onwards as well as a thorough review of the rules of the game as they stood in 1868. This copy... Learn More
    £300

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  9. 131120
    First edition, one of 500 copies issued. This notably uncommon work contains a thorough account of the International Chess tournament held at St. Stephen's Hall in London in the summer of 1899. It includes details of each of the 186 matches played, with diagrams showing key moves. The tournament is regarded as one of the... Learn More
    £1,500

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  10. 130940
    First edition in English, first published in France in the same year. This expansive work was written by Richard 'Dick' Farman, the eldest of the three Farman brothers who ran the Anglo-French Farman motoring company. The company, which produced both aircraft and cars, presented its first motor car at the Salon de l'Automobile... Learn More
    £375

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  11. 95227
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,250

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  12. 130426comp
    Signed limited edition, number 34 of 100 copies signed by Fred Perry, winner of three consecutive championships at Wimbledon from 1934 to 1936. The book was produced to coincide with the centenary of the Lawn Tennis Championships. Learn More
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  13. 130425comp
    Signed limited edition, number 100 of 100 copies signed by Fred Perry, this copy additionally inscribed "A great history" by him. Perry was the winner of three consecutive championships at Wimbledon from 1934 to 1936. The book was produced to coincide with the centenary of the Lawn Tennis Championships. Rather appealingly,... Learn More
    £600

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  14. 129644
    First edition, first impression, of this superbly detailed and extensively illustrated monograph. "Concerning the junks, my main source has, of course, been first-hand contact with the junkmen themselves. And here I should like to record that never during my long experience on the river have I met an unpleasant or inhospitable... Learn More
    £950

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  15. 124697
    A later edition of this popular Georgian-era cookery book, first published in Manchester in 1769; there were some twenty further editions before the turn of the 19th century, of which only twelve were authorised. Elizabeth Raffald (1733-1781) was born in Doncaster and spent some fifteen years in the service of Lady Elizabeth... Learn More
    £500

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  16. 126899
    First edition. Roger Dawson Upton (d. 1881) served as a captain with the 9th Lancers and was one of the early experts on the bloodlines of British thoroughbreds. Shortly after the publication of this work, which was intended to "point out errors that have been committed in the breeding of our horse", he travelled in Arabia... Learn More
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  17. 126909
    Highly appealing photograph album documenting the Bertolet family's 1926 summer cruise off the Maine coast in the Elkhorn, an 81 foot motor yacht built by George S. Lawley & Sons in 1906, captained at the time by Whitney B. Lowe. Of particular interest are the many identified images of some superb sail and motor yachts of... Learn More
    £1,450

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  18. 129600comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 132 of 750 copies signed by the author, published the same month as the trade issue (May 1946). A long poetical sequence on the author's favourite subject, "which tries to sum up her own horticultural aesthetic and is in some respects superior to its predecessor The Land" (ODNB).... Learn More
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  19. 129563comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 195 of 260 copies signed by the author. Additionally inscribed by the author above the limitation, "To Donald Ryan, A promising young Golfer, I wish him well, 20 May 1931". This work is "one of the real masterpieces of golf literature" (Murdoch 475). MacDonald was an influential... Learn More
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  20. 129761comp
    Limited edition, number 1 of 250 copies. The author's own copy, with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Marius Dutrey served as a French chef in some of the leading French and British hotels from 1918 to 1962. La Coupe d'Or Internationale d'Art Culinaire is still presented in his name. Learn More
    £350

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  21. 128768detail
    First editions of the first periodical devoted to general sportsmanship, The Sporting Magazine, issued from 1793 until 1870. This complete collection provides an invaluable resource, reflecting the changes in society and attitudes across the turn of the century, and placing them in relation to the pastimes and sports of... Learn More
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  22. 129128comp
    First and only edition. A superb association copy, inscribed by President Roosevelt to his son John A. Roosevelt: "For John A. Roosevelt from his affectionate father Franklin D. Roosevelt". John accompanied his father during the presidential trip aboard the schooner, where they fished for tuna and cod. The sojourn was a... Learn More
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  23. 128878
    First edition of this attractive flower book, with twelve illustrations of bouquets, each with an imagined dialogue between the flowers. Rather incongruously, the latter section of the book is an account of the people and government of Turkey. No doubt produced as a ready-bound cheap gift book, the work is now a great rarity,... Learn More
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  24. 118018
    First and only edition of "the earliest major work in English on the wines of the ancients, and the first book in English that discusses modern wines" (Gabler). Edward Barry was a doctor by training and served as "physician-general to the forces in Ireland, and professor of physic in the University of Dublin, 1745-61 He... Learn More
    £2,250

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  25. 128778
    First edition, first printing, signed by both authors after their respective prefaces, of this vast, compendious, and profusely illustrated encyclopaedia of Havanan cigars. Scarce institutionally, with only two copies listed on OCLC. Learn More
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  26. 128608
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of 54 stories about sport, extracted from the writings of authors ranging from Walter Scott to Anthony Trollope to William Shakespeare. From the archive of the publisher Victor Gollancz, with their neat archival notations to panels. Learn More
    £150

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  27. 126927
    First edition, first printing, of Fisher's defence of prohibition, arguing for its success in addressing the "alcohol problem" and its economic consequences. "Over a period of twenty years, Fisher gravitated from tolerance of moderate alcohol consumption to a position in favour of total abstinence and national prohibition.... Learn More
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  28. 118562comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Martin Johnson, Best wishes, Houdini, mailed May 3 1922". The recipient was perhaps Martin Johnson, husband of Osa Johnson, the American safari filmmakers. Houdini had hosted a farewell lunch for the Johnsons on the... Learn More
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  29. 125386comp
    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Harriet Reynolds, Clare Leighton". This collection of short stories is "a nostalgic celebration of English rural life on the eve of the Second World War" (ODNB). "Convinced that wood-engraving was an art for the masses rather than... Learn More
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  30. 45009detail
    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).... Learn More
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  31. 123671
    First US edition, originally published in Norway in 1948. The Kon-Tiki expedition was undertaken by the explorer Thor Heyerdahl to prove that Polynesia was settled from South America by a mixed race who travelled by raft. Their replica raft, named after the Incan sun god Kon-Tiki, was wrecked on a reef 98 days later. "A... Learn More
    £375

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  32. 125443
    First edition, first issue. Well-preserved copy of this uncommon title, just 6 locations on Copac. "A rather scarce Rowland Ward publication, the first issue was published with a map and map pocket, while the second issue apparently lacked both. This work details the author's 1910-11 expedition on which he bagged gazelle,... Learn More
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  33. 125384
    First and sole edition of this very scarce and significant Blue Book, not on Copac or OCLC. "An important Blue Book has been issued by the Automobile Club upon the Law as to Motor Vehicles... and addresses this very acute problem... which when the question of further regulating motor cars is so much in evidence, should do... Learn More
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  34. 124863
    First edition, first impression. Uncommon, COPAC records the BL copy only, OCLC adds California State Polytechnic University, Sul Ross State University, Texas. This copy inscribed; "With kind remembrances The Hon'ble To Lieut. Col Denys Brooke Blakeway C.I.E. Agent to the Governor General in Central India, Dhar, C.B. 12.12.1921".... Learn More
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  35. 124630
    First edition of this guide to farming by Francis S. Wiggins (d.1840), the editor of the Farmer's Cabinet, an American agricultural periodical. Learn More
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  36. 114828
    First edition in English, originally published in German in 1913. With a superb provenance: from the library of the artist Walter Beck (1864-1954), with his delightful "Singing Trees" bookplates (designed by him and wood-engraved by T. Cole) and captioned "Innisfree" after his celebrated gardens at Millbrook, New York; both... Learn More
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  37. The Badminton Library of Sport and Pastimes: Golf.
  38. 119584
    First edition, first printing, of Fisher's defence of prohibition, arguing for its success in addressing the "alcohol problem" and its economic consequences. "Over a period of twenty years, Fisher gravitated from tolerance of moderate alcohol consumption to a position in favour of total abstinence and national prohibition.... Learn More
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  39. 113716
    Extremely unusual visual guide to the complex lacing of the face and head protection for Japanese armour, intended for the use of ninja, the legendary "covert agents" of feudal Japan. Learn More
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  40. 111273
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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    First edition. This copy inscribed on the first blank; "Colonel John Hay with the compliments of the editor, J.F. Loubat, New York, May 31st 1887." Uncommon early yachting memoir, just 10 copies in the US listed on OCLC, and a single copy in Europe in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Loubat was the son of Alphonse... Learn More
    £850

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  42. 110420comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page. A 1000 new recipes from the dean of American cooking. Learn More
    £950

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  43. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) …
    First editions, rare complete set, of Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) founder Leong Fu's illustrated martial arts training series. Leong Fu "Atado" Lee trained in China, but when it became a Republic in 1948 he moved to Japan, then settled in Malaysia and opened his own school, teaching his own brand of amalgamated "Atado Karate"... Learn More
    £750

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  44. 121144
    First edition. Boucaut (1831-1916), three times premier of South Australia, founded Australia's first Arabian farm at Quambi Springs, near Mount Barker, Adelaide, in 1891, using stallions imported from the Blunts' Crabbet Park stud. His account dwells on the perceived deterioration of English and Australian breeds, and discusses... Learn More
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  45. 119918detail
    A superb library set of the magnificently bound British Sports and Sportsmen series; each title with a limited issue of 1,000 copies, the majority of this set being number 915 of 1,000, with Big Game Hunting and Angling being number 555 of 1,000. This set includes the uncommon Polo & Coaching volume. Learn More
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  46. 122917
    Although described on the title page as the second edition "enlarged and revised", this a one-volume edition following a two-volume second edition of 1844. The first was published in 1840. The cruise undertaken by Oscar Wilde's father as medical assistant to Glasgow magnate Robert Meiklam, was to "absent himself temporarily... Learn More
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  47. 117094
    First edition. "The story of a summer cruise from Boston to Gaspé and back by way of the Isle of Shoals, Halifax, Country Harbor, the Gut of Canso, Port Hood, the north coast of Prince Edward Island and the Percé The author, a preacher, discusses the poor quality of American yachts and many other topics. There are very... Learn More
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  48. 71123
    First edition, first impression, written in hospital by the British racing driver Sammy Davis while recuperating from his spectacular crash at Brooklands in 1931. Learn More
    £1,375

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  49. 113541

    Huishoudelyk Woordboek,

    Leiden & Amsterdam: 1743

    First Dutch edition, first published in France in 1709 as the Dictionnaire Oeconomique. Chomel's celebrated work was arguably the most popular household almanac of the 18th century. Ambitious in scope, the encyclopedia covers a broad variety of topics ranging from domestic chores to botany, distilling techiques, fishing,... Learn More
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  50. 113738
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of cocktail recipes collected by the barman of the Winter Palace in Nice. Learn More
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  51. 107356
    First edition, first printing. The first book of the prolific cookbook author Eliza Leslie. Considered the earliest known example in any language of a cookbook in which every recipe is broken into its three distinct components: name, ingredients, and instructions. Leslie went on to publish Domestic French Cookery, the second... Learn More
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  52. 119268
    First edition. Baines (1820-1875) was one of the pioneers of European exploration in the lands forming modern Zimbabwe, where he led an expedition in the 1860s to secure concessions for a gold-mining company from King Lobengula. Although the company in question failed to take advantage of the terms Baines extracted, this... Learn More
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  53. 119657
    First edition in English, an epicurean collection of recipes, reflections, and anecdotes written by one of the most influential food writers ever. According to Vicaire it was first issued in December 1825, two months before Brillat-Savarin's death, though Cagle notes it was first published in Paris in 1826. "For the French... Learn More
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  54. 120661
    First edition. William Lewis (1787-1870), who ran a well-known chess school in Soho, wrote this work to expand upon and develop two of his earlier works; A Series of Progressive Lessons on the Game of Chess (1831) and A Second Series of Lessons on the Game of Chess (1832). Lewis is considered "the last and one of the best... Learn More
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  55. 119965
    The balance between an English and Jewish identity was an overriding concern of Jewish families in the middle class..."> First edition of the first kosher cookbook in the English language, produced anonymously by Judith Montefiore, the "First Lady of Anglo-Jewry", which proves that one can be "genteel without being Gentile".
    The balance between an English and Jewish identity was an overriding concern of Jewish families in the middle class... Learn More
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  56. Oriental Field Sports;
    Limited issue, number 40 of 350 copies. An attractive facsimile of the original 1807 edition of "the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught... Learn More
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  57. 87219
    Second edition, first published 1807-8. "The most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence" (Schwerdt). Howitt "is first recorded as having a property at Chigwell, in Essex, and living as a gentleman of meansa keen sportsman, hunter, rider, and angler. A self-taught artist, he turned professional when financial difficulties... Learn More
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  58. 119302
    First edition, increasingly scarce in commerce. Stockley was an officer in the Indian Army (16th Bengal Lancers) from 1874 to 1912, serving at Tel el Kebir and in the occupation of Cairo during the Anglo-Egyptian War, and later seeing action during the Boxer Rebellion; in the Great War he commanded the Tyneside Irish, then... Learn More
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  59. 121318
    First edition, first impression, including what may be the first appearance in print of the recipe for the sidecar. Also included are various recipes for medicinal drinks, such as the usual hot toddy for a cold, but also absinthe for a headache and champagne for seasickness. The author was the Belgian bartender Robert Vermeire... Learn More
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  60. 106258
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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