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Rare books including signed first editions and copies in fine bindings related to golf, including texts on the history and technique of the sport.

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  1. Hints on the Game of Golf.
    HUTCHINSON, Horace G. Hints on the Game of Golf.

    Edinburgh & London : 1886

    First edition of one of the classic early guides to the game, the first golf instructional book offered for general sale (its few predecessors instead being printed for private distribution), and the first book by Hutchinson.

    "Hutchinson possessed a deft touch in his instructional writing, making the difficult and complex 'Scottish game' comprehensible... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 146339

  2. The Golf Courses of the British Isles.
    DARWIN, Bernard. The Golf Courses of the British Isles.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, in the first issue binding with the illustrator's name misspelled "Rowntree" on the front; this copy with promotional insert pasted to front free endpaper. An essential part of any golfing library, written by one of the great writers on the sport. Donovan & Murdoch note that the golf courses of Ireland were "eliminated"... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 136294

  3. Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.
    DREITZEHN, Zell, as "De la Mano". Group of ephemera relating to the shows of the 19th-century magician and spiritualist.

    New York : [c.1878]

    A highly appealing group of rare ephemera relating to the 19th-century Austrian-born magician and spiritualist Zell Dreitzehn, who as De La Mano, "The Great French Magician", made three tours of the east coast of the United States in 1876, 1878 and 1881. Included here is a copy of his book on conjuring tricks and six theatrical posters and handbills.

    As... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 113225

  4. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
    MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.

    New York and London : 1928

    First edition, first impression, number 145 of 260 copies only signed by the author; "one of the real masterpieces of golf literature" (Murdoch 475). This edition is one of the most highly valued books on American golf history and is scarce in good condition with the map intact, as here.

    Macdonald was an influential champion of golf in the United... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 138525

  5. The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf.
    HILTON, Harold H., & Garden G. Smith. The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf.

    London : 1912

    First edition, limited issue, number 42 of 100 copies only; this copy without the subscriber's name inserted on the limitation leaf but with a pencilled note on the front free endpaper, "From the Princess Royal to RW" and a previous bookseller's note identifying this as General Sir Reginald Wingate (1861-1953), "Wingate of the Sudan", army officer and... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 133168

  6. Fencing familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword.
    OLIVIER, Jean. Fencing familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword.

    London : 1780

    Second edition, first published in 1771, of this fine work on the use of the short sword, most attractively illustrated with a new set of plates; the dedication is also new (dated 18 February 1780) and the dedicatee is Charles Stanhope, third earl of Harrington, army officer, who concluded his career with the colonelcy of the first Life Guards. Olivier... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 135146

  7. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
    ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.

    London : 1787

    First reduced edition of Domenico Angelo's renowned guide to swordsmanship, which was first published as a sumptuous folio in 1763, undoubtedly one of the most important such works ever issued in English. The editing and compression were undertaken by Domenico's son Henry "under the auspices of his father", who had recently retired to Eton where he... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 139926

  8. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
    MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.

    New York : 1928

    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 champion of golf in the United... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 129563

  9. Famous Golf Links.
    HUTCHINSON, Horace G. (ed.) Famous Golf Links.

    London : 1891

    First edition, first impression. Hutchinson (1859-1932) was a golfer and writer who was, from 1890 onwards, "a prolific writer on golf both in books and newspapers" (ODNB), contributing to both the Badminton Library and Country Life magazine. Included here are St Andrews, Carnoustie, Troon, Sandwich, and a chapter on golf in Canada. Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 138663

  10. All-in Fighting.
    FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart All-in Fighting.

    London : 1942

    First edition. Genuinely uncommon - just 6 locations on Library Hub, BL, IWM, NLS, TCD, NLW, Oxford, WorldCat adds the Australian War Memorial, Danish Royal Library, NLNZ, LoC, CIA, and University of Tulsa - and particularly so in the jacket. "The majority of the methods shown are drastic in the extreme. In contrast to judo, they recognise no accepted... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 134212

  11. The "Walking-Stick" Method of Self-Defence.
    [LANG, Herbert Gordon.] The "Walking-Stick" Method of Self-Defence.

    London : [1926]

    First edition of this idiosyncratic stick-fighting handbook combining the "canne" method of Swiss master Pierre Vigny (referred to by Lang as "Vigui") with the "bois" method widespread in the West Indies. The author, a police superintendent in Kathiawar, was born in Grenada in 1887, and possibly came into contact with canne in London, where Vigny taught... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 117850

  12. Kyudo kogi [Lectures in Archery].
    HONDA, Toshizane. Kyudo kogi [Lectures in Archery].

    Tokyo : [1923]

    First edition of this exceedingly uncommon work on Kyudo, or Japanese archery, WorldCat records the National Diet Library only, which also holds the sole copy of a revised edition of 1929. Interest in Kyudo increased after 1896, when a group of masters gathered together to find ways to preserve these ancient traditional practices, founding the Dainihon... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 107825

  13. The Life of Tom Morris.
    TULLOCH, W. W. The Life of Tom Morris.

    London : [1907]

    First edition, first impression. This work was dedicated to Old Tom Morris (1821-1908), "the epitome of the canny Scottish golfer" and "golf's greatest icon", on the event of his 87th birthday (ODNB). Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 135691

  14. The Sixteenth Round.
    CARTER, Rubin. The Sixteenth Round.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing, of the author's autobiography, written during his 20-year wrongful imprisonment for murder. The story inspired both the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the 1999 film The Hurricane. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 128516

  15. Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit.
    CREWS, Harry. Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit.

    New York : 1971

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author to Sean Penn and Madonna on the title page, "For Sean and Madonna - In many ways this is the one closest to my heart. All best, Harry Crews". Crews and Sean Penn were good friends, having met when Penn bought the film rights to The Knockout Artist. Crews later played a minor role in Penn's 1991... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 124370

  16. Shinobi no o musubi no zu [in Japanese] - illustrations of how to tie the cords of a ninja face-guard.
    NINJA FACE-GUARD. Shinobi no o musubi no zu [in Japanese] - illustrations of how to tie the cords of a ninja face-guard.

    1821

    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
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 113716

  17. Boxing.
    ALLANSON-WYNN, Rowland George. Boxing.

    London : 1889

    First edition. This copy inscribed on the half-title: "With the Author's Compts. to the Committee of the Oxford & Camb. Club, Jan. 10th 1890", and with their bookplate to the front pastedown, and occasional embossed stamps to the text. Rowland George Allanson Allanson-Winn, fifth Baron Headley (1855-1935), was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 113513

  18. Yamato-ryu Kyudo Kyokun no maki. [Precepts for Archery of the Yamato School].
    MORIKAWA, Kozan. Yamato-ryu Kyudo Kyokun no maki. [Precepts for Archery of the Yamato School].

    Tokyo : 1928

    First facsimile edition of a work first published in 1652, and untraceable thus, no copy on WorldCat. The text lays out the philosophical precepts underlying Mokikawa Kozan's (1631-1701) style of Kyudo, created essentially as a fusion between the two most prominent schools of the time, Heki-ryu and Ogasawara-ryu. Morikawa was the first to define the... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 107836

  19. The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.
    DEAN, Henry. The Whole Art of Legerdemain: or Hocus Pocus in Perfection.

    London : 1772

    A remarkably fresh copy of an early edition of by far the "best-known 18th-century book on conjuring", first published in 1722 (Pierson, p. 31). The work provides a detailed guide on how to conduct various tricks including "how to make a cat draw a fellow through a pond of water" and "how to cause the beer you drink to be wrung out of the handle of... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 107439

  20. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) …
    KUNG FU - Honourable Master Leong Fu. Chinese Kung-Fu Karato (Atado) …

    Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia : 1958

    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" (Atado was his nickname). Rare... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 99775

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