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  1. The Gods Are Angry.
    NOYCE, Wilfred. The Gods Are Angry.

    London : 1957

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Gods Are Angry is the fifth book of English mountaineer and novelist Wilfrid Noyce, who was a member of the 1953 British Expedition that made the first ascent of Mount Everest. Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 149872

  2. Cricket My Destiny.
    HAMMOND, Walter R. Cricket My Destiny.

    London : [1946]

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Brian, From one great bat to another, Wally", that is, Brian Johnston, the cricket commentator and author, with his bookplate. Wally Hammond (1903-1965) was, of course, one of the great batsmen of the pre-war years, who "enriched cricket with his grace" (ODNB).... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 149375

  3. The Lord God Made Them All.
    HERRIOT, James. The Lord God Made Them All.

    London : 1981

    First edition, first impression, signed by Herriot on the half-title.

    James Herriot was the pen name of James Alfred Wight (1916-1995), a country veterinary surgeon serving Yorkshire farmers for some 50 years, beginning in 1937. He is best known as the author of a series of eight books about veterinary practice, animals, and their owners, set... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 149186

  4. Wines of the World.
    SIMON, André L. Wines of the World.

    London : 1969

    Signed limited edition, number 8 of 265 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf and finely bound by Zaehnsdorf. André Louis Simon (1877-1970) "was the charismatic leader of the English wine trade for almost all of the first half of the 20th century, and the grand old man of literate connoisseurship for a further 20 years. In 66 years of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136171

  5. 117062
    WHITE, Florence. A Fire in the Kitchen. The Autobiography of a Cook.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression, in a bright example of the scarce jacket. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "The Revend sic A. J. Hurley with grateful thanks from the Author, Florence White". A Fire in the Kitchen is the autobiography of the founder of the English Folk Cookery Association.

    White (1863-1940)... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 117062

  6. A Little Fishing Book.
    CUALA PRESS: HARMSWORTH, Cecil. A Little Fishing Book.

    Dublin : 1930

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank to a fellow Liberal politician: "Hubert Carr-Gomm, with kindest regards, from Cecil Harmsworth July 1931", accompanied by an autograph letter signed from the author to Carr-Gomm, dated 10 July 1931. He writes, "My dear Hubert, While I think of it, here is... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146003

  7. Enterprise.
    VANDERBILT, Harold S. Enterprise.

    New York : 1931

    First and only edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the first blank "To Amory Coolidge, With the compliments of Harold S. Vanderbilt".

    The recipient, Amory Coolidge (1895-1952), from Coolidge Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex County, Massachusetts, was the son of Clara Gardner Amory (1872-1957) and Thomas Jefferson Coolidge... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 148057

  8. The Savoy Cocktail Book.
    CRADDOCK, Harry (comp.) The Savoy Cocktail Book.

    London, : 1930

    First edition, first impression, a superb presentation copy of the scarce signed limited issue, copy number 3 (of an unspecified number) signed by Harry Craddock on the limitation page and additionally inscribed "To my dear wife". For his wife's delectation, Craddock has also added by hand, to the blank notes pages at the rear, a recipe for "Champagne... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 78819

  9. Breeding of Pure Bred Arab Horses.
    MOHAMMED ALI TEWFIK, HRH Prince. Breeding of Pure Bred Arab Horses.

    Cairo : 1935-36 and 1948

    First editions. Superbly provenanced pairing of these rare and important monographs: the first work presented by the author, Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik, to Brigadier Sir Eugene Gorman at the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Race Meeting at Gaza in 1940, in turn presented by him to his son Pierre in 1944; with Sir Eugene's lengthy explanatory inscription... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 141617

  10. Alchemist's Cookbook.
    YACOUBI, Ahmed. Alchemist's Cookbook.

    Tuscon : 1972

    First edition, first paperback printing, signed by the author on the title page and in beautiful condition. This collection of 125 recipes "based on the ancient science of Moroccan cuisine" is uncommonly found signed. It collects recipes such as "soup to cure jealousy" and "how to be gentle to your brains" alongside "rainy day greens" and "fancy goats... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 144397

  11. The Gentleman's Companion.
    BAKER, Charles H. The Gentleman's Companion.

    New York : 1939

    First edition, first printing; limited to 1,250 copies, both volumes numbered 98. The first volume is warmly inscribed by the author, "With mine good wishes, always, Charles H. Baker". Charles H. Baker was a writer for Esquire magazine, based in Florida, and was known as the "Town & Country Gourmet". He was regarded by the Hemingway set as the pinnacle... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143724

  12. Azerbaijan!
    CASEY, Juanita. Azerbaijan!

    Godshill, Hampshire : 2008

    First and only edition, number 50 of 50 copies only, signed by the author on the limitation page.

    Casey (1925-2012) was a writer, artist, and horse breeder "who lived the archetypal bohemian life... Casey's best known novel, The Horse of Selene (Dolmen, 1971), exploring the freedom of spirit which characterised the late 1960s, brought her a... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 144271

  13. Even More Revolting Recipes.
    DAHL, Roald. Even More Revolting Recipes.

    London : 2001

    First edition, first impression, signed by Quentin Blake on the title page. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 144102

  14. An Angler's Anthology.
    AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.

    London & New York : 1930

    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue with an original etching numbered and signed by the artist, number 7 of 100 copies signed by both Austin and Wilkinson on the limitation page. Uncommon, especially in the original box.

    Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971) was a British artist and marine painter. Also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 140837

  15. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
    BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.

    [Westminster : c.1900]

    First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.

    Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 143005

  16. African Game Trails.
    ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.

    New York : 1910

    First and limited edition, number 129 of 500 copies signed by the author, printed on Ruisdael Paper by the De Vinne Press. Absenting himself from politics for a year, Roosevelt set off on an elaborate hunting trip to gather specimens for the Smithsonian. The huge party, including over 250 porters and guides, was partly underwritten by Scribner's who... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 117116

  17. Sailing Alone Around the World.
    SLOCUM, Joshua. Sailing Alone Around the World.

    New York : 1900

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his lecture manager on the front free endpaper, "Major J. B. Pond, yours truly Joshua Slocum, The Spray, New York, April 27th 1900", with Pond's bookplate to the front pastedown. Pond (1838-1903) was a civil war veteran and highly successful manager who also promoted Mark Twain,... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 133645

  18. An Artist's Game Bag.
    HUNT, Lynn Bogue. An Artist's Game Bag.

    New York : 1936

    First and limited edition, deluxe issue: number 14 of 25 copies; with a fine original watercolour signed by Lynn Bogue Hunt, showing a pair of mallards on a riverbank. Hunt (1877-1960) was one of America's most admired and popular sporting artists.

    "The Derrydale Press was a small publisher of finely crafted sporting books featuring topics such... Learn More
    £5,950.00

    Stock Code: 115522

  19. 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

  20. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Log of the Cruise of President Franklin D. Roosevelt aboard the Schooner Yacht Sewanna to Maine, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, 14 July 1936 - 28 July 1936.

    [Washington : 1937]

    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 brief break following... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 129128

  21. Imperial Cricket.
    WARNER, Pelham Francis (ed.) Imperial Cricket.

    London : 1912

    First edition, number 174 of 900 copies (with a further 100 issued signed), of this profusely illustrated survey of the history of cricket and its present state across the world, published to coincide with a triangular Test series between England, Australia and South Africa to celebrate imperial bonds, a book that thus "seems to embody with confidence... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 141848

  22. Five-star Favorites.
    EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, limited issue, number 377 of 1000, of this fundraiser for the Eisenhower Medical Center, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "For Dr. & Mrs. Harold Johnson from their friend Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1978", together with loosely inserted greetings card signed by Mamie. Dr. Johnson was Ike's principle physician after his retirement... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 140863

  23. 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

  24. With Bold Knife and Fork.
    FISHER, M. F. K. With Bold Knife and Fork.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author, "For Tania and James Stern, from M. F. K. Fisher, with love, St. Helena 1969". James Stern (1904-1993) was a British writer noted for his short stories, and for his wide circle of literary acquaintances. Malcolm Cowley remarked to him: "My God, you've known everybody, his wife, his boyfriend, and... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 139410

  25. Reduced facsimile of the Souvenir Album of the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.
    CHAMPAGNE; Moët & Chandon. Reduced facsimile of the Souvenir Album of the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.

    London : 1909

    First edition, deluxe issue, of this fascinating facsimile souvenir intended for presentation to the house of Moët & Chandon during the Franco-British Exhibition of Science, Arts and Industries, 1908, a lavish celebration of the Entente Cordiale signed in 1904. The original Souvenir Album was similarly bound in red, white and blue morocco, "in two... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 120115

  26. The World on Wheels.
    DUNCAN, Herbert Osbaldeston. The World on Wheels.

    Paris : no date [1926]

    First edition, first printing of Duncan's memoirs. This copy is signed by the author and numbered 144 on the half-title.

    Herbert Osbaldeston Duncan (18621945) was an English racing bicyclist, the founder of several cycling and motoring magazines, and pioneer of the British automobile industry. Credited with having introduced the chain-driven... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 135554

  27. 1800-And All That.
    COCKTAILS - DE FLEURY, R. 1800-And All That.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To John W. Carr. With all good wishes. R de Fleury. 1944", on the title page. This is a follow-up to De Fleury's successful 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. Rare: Library Hub only lists four copies in the UK (BL, Scotland, Wales, and Oxford), and a further eight... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 135550

  28. French Country Cooking.
    DAVID, Elizabeth. French Country Cooking.

    London : 1987

    Signed limited edition, number 150 of 450 copies signed by the author on the title page. This, the author's landmark second book, was written while rationing was still in force and was first published in 1951. Elizabeth David (1913-1992) taught herself Mediterranean-style cooking while living abroad during the early 1940s, and in 1949 began writing... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134779

  29. Boxer.
    HOWALT, Nicolai. Boxer.

    Copenhagen : 2003

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the half-title. Learn More
    £180.00

    Stock Code: 134568

  30. The Road to Wimbledon.
    MARBLE, Alice. The Road to Wimbledon.

    New York & London : 1946

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Uncommon signed, this is the first memoir by Alice Marble (1913-1990), ranked World No. 1 from 1936 to 1940. She became Wimbledon champion in 1939, winning not only the women's singles, but also the doubles and mixed doubles titles. Billie Jean King recalled: "Alice Marble... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 134406

  31. The Professional.
    HEINZ, W. C. The Professional.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Ruth & Alan Hilditch our good friends who have heard me talk a lot of this. Bill Heinz Xmas 1957". Alan Hilditch (1900-1971), a certified public accountant, was a graduate of Yale and "a member of the St. Elmo Society, the Yale Club and the Innis... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 134056

  32. Kampf in Schnee und Eis.
    RIEFENSTAHL, Leni. Kampf in Schnee und Eis.

    Leipzig : 1933

    First edition, first impression, with the scarce dust jacket, and inscribed by Riefenstahl on the frontispiece recto, "Herrn Architekten Becker, herrlich gedwimet, Leni Riefenstahl, Mais 1934". This is Riefenstahl's first book, in which she gives an account of her involvement with director Arnold Fanck's pioneering mountaineering films such as Der Heilige... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 132779

  33. William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.
    OSWELL, William Cotton; OSWELL, W. Edward (ed.) William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.

    New York : 1900

    First US edition, same year as the UK. Cotton was educated at Rugby and Haileybury, the Company's seminary, before taking up a post as assistant collector at Arcot. Transferring to Madras he "won celebrity as an elephant-catcher" (ODNB). Ill health forced him to leave India for South Africa; "There he spent two years in hunting and became acquainted... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 127570

  34. Sport in Somaliland, Being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region.
    POTOCKI, Count Joseph. Sport in Somaliland, Being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region.

    London : 1900

    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" on the initial blank verso: "One of the rarest of all African big game hunting books" (Czech). Józef Mikolaj Potocki (1862-1922) inherited extensive estates in his native Poland, which... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 126123

  35. The Law as to Motor Vehicles:
    MOTORING; BLUE BOOK. The Law as to Motor Vehicles:

    London : 1903

    First and sole edition of this very scarce and significant Blue Book, not on Library Hub or WorldCat. "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 an enormous amount... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 125384

  36. Street Games of North Shields Children.
    KING, Madge & Robert (ed.) Street Games of North Shields Children.

    Tynemouth : 1926

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Robert King on the front free endpaper, "For F. R. Griffin. With kind regards from Robert King". This is one of only 120 copies published. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 124976

  37. With Horses in India.
    PUAR, H. H. Sir Udaji Rao, Maharaja of Dhar. With Horses in India.

    Bombay : 1918

    First edition, first impression. Uncommon, Library Hub records the BL copy only, WorldCat 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". "The first... Learn More
    £695.00

    Stock Code: 124863

  38. 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

  39. Life of an American Workman.
    CHRYSLER, Walter P., & Boyden Sparkes. Life of an American Workman.

    New York : 1937

    First and limited edition, number 64 of 500 copies privately printed, presentation copy inscribed by the author, "To W. S. S. Rodgers with my friendship and affection 1/19/38 W. P. Chrysler", on the first blank leaf. The book's foreword describes the printing of this edition, designed as a Christmas remembrance for the Chrysler family to distribute... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 122166

  40. GOAT - Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali.
    ALI, Muhammad - KOONS, Jeff. GOAT - Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali.

    Cologne : 2001

    First edition, Champ's edition. Limited to 1,000 copies signed by Muhammad Ali and Jeff Koons, with the four silver gelatin prints signed by Muhammad Ali and the photographer Howard L. Bingham. The book is part of a multiple sculpture titled Radial Champs by Jeff Koons, measuring 175 x 170 cm which also comprises two inflatables and a stool. Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 120276

  41. Salmon Fishing.
    TAVERNER, Eric. Salmon Fishing.

    London : 1931

    First and limited edition, number 62 of 375 copies signed by the author, with a collection of fishing ties at the rear, as issued. A superbly produced volume from the authoritative Lonsdale Library series. Taverner's works are seen in the fishing community as authoritative guides and a number of revised editions have been published. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 118735

  42. My Life Story.
    LOUIS, Joe. My Life Story.

    New York : 1947

    First edition, this one of the copies with a leaf signed by Louis tipped in after the half-title. Life of the "Brown Bomber", perhaps the boxer with the best claim to have been the greatest of all time, and certainly rated by the International Boxing Research Organization as the greatest heavyweight. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 113550

  43. 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

  44. Etchings and Lithographs of American Ships.
    WALES, George C. Etchings and Lithographs of American Ships.

    Boston, MA : 1927

    First edition, limited to 500 copies signed by Wales on the frontispiece and the tinted lithograph of the Desdemona (page 124). Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 113223

  45. The New James Beard.
    BEARD, James. The New James Beard.

    New York : 1981

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page. A 1000 new recipes from the dean of American cooking. Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 110420

  46. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    WHITE, T. H. The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    London : 1959

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", on the front free endpaper, with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and Then, all laid in. A lovely... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 108471

  47. Flower Show.
    STOCK, Dennis. Flower Show.

    Udine : 1986

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by Dennis Stock on the half-title: "For Art the 'Chucker', in appreciation of a delightful week. Dennis Stock, Aug. 18, 1989". Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 90088

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

    1963

    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
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 60675

  49. Letters of a Modern Golfer to his Grandfather.
    LEACH, Henry. Letters of a Modern Golfer to his Grandfather.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression. With the editor's contemporary presentation inscription to the front free endpaper. "To W. J. Evans from the author". Very uncommon inscribed. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 31685

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