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CASEY, Juanita. Azerbaijan!
Godshill, Hampshire : 2008First 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
DARWIN, Bernard. The Golf Courses of the British Isles.
London : 1910First 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
DARWIN, Bernard, et al. A History of Golf in Great Britain.
London : 1952First edition, first impression. The other contributors are H. Gardiner-Hill; Sir Guy Campbell; Henry Cotton; Henry Longhurst; Leonard Crawley; Enid Wilson; Lord Brazabon of Tara. Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 134580
WINE & BEER. The Innkeeper and Public Brewer.
London : [c.1855]First edition of this comprehensive business guide for innkeepers and other liquor sellers. It features information on how to make various forms of alcohol, tips on purchasing them, how to adjust and compute the proof of liquor, how to obtain a liquor license and other important skills for running an inn. There is a notable section devoted to early... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 143784
HAMMOND, Percy, & George Wharton. Poker, Smoke and Other Things.
Chicago : 1907First edition, first printing of this book, an uncommon cocktail and recipe book on what should be served during a game of poker. The history and rules of poker are also briefly outlined. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143771
ACTON, Eliza. Modern Cookery, in all its Branches:
London : 1845First edition, with the advertisements dated January 1845. Modern Cookery established Eliza Acton as the first of the modern cookery writers. This first edition is notably uncommon with just six copies traced institutionally worldwide, four of which are held in the UK.
This copy has the appealing signs of use, with a number of recipes checked... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132125
AUSTIN, Alexander Berry (ed.) An Angler's Anthology.
London & New York : 1930First 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
TERRINGTON, William. Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks.
London and New York : 1869First edition of this early guide to bartending, covering wine, cocktails, and other drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. The book underwent several editions, and, though the word cocktail is only used a few times, helped to further popularise the mixing of drinks. The work has also recently been cited as a further stage in gin's evolution from... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 143703
COCKTAILS. New Bartender's Guide.
Baltimore, MD : 1914First edition, first printing. This copy includes the 1913 printing at rear of Harry Montague's "The Up to date Bartender's Guide", a ready reference guide and a choice selection of appropriate toasts. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143684
BARTENDING. Jayne's Bartender's Guide.
Philadelphia : 1934First edition, first printing. Published soon after the repeal of Prohibition, recipes include the Charlie Chaplin Cocktail, the Pousse Cafe American and the Klondyke Cocktail. The final page of the book contains an afterward, warning that bartenders must uphold certain values to prevent the calamity of Prohibition ever happening again. A scarce work,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143685
WINTERBLOSSOM, Henry T. (pseud.) The Game of Draw-Poker, Mathematically Illustrated;
New York : 1875First edition of this early technical book on poker, covering not only the technicalities of the game, but also the psychology: poker is "not only a selfish game, but one that every subterfuge that can be brought to bear is introduced" (p. 10).
This is generally cited as the first American book on poker, the only other contender being Robert... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 143619
BEEBE, Lucius. The Stork Club Bar Book.
New York & Toronto : 1946First edition, first printing, of "Luscious" Lucius Beebe's witty cocktail recipe book, celebrating a day in the life of Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club, a New York fixture from 1929 to 1965. Beebe is credited with coining the phrase "café society". Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143490
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
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.
New York : 1910First 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
SLOCUM, Joshua. Sailing Alone Around the World.
New York : 1900First 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
SCHELCHER, Xavier Eugène, & Georges Charpentier (illus.) Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.
Paris : c.1893Superbly executed illustrated manuscript recording a pleasure cruise in British waters on the steam-yacht Medjé in the summer of 1892. The trip won the Union des yachts français medal for the most interesting voyage 1891-3 - sharp silver print of the medal and presentation letter from the comte de Montaigu mounted third front blank - and this account... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 134814
[DOWLING, Vincent George.] Fistiana; or, the Oracle of the Ring.
London : 1841First edition of this "classic work on the noble art, including informative sections on fitness training and sparring. It was a book which was regularly updated and went through fourteen editions before Dowling's death" (ODNB). Some 143 pages are given over to an alphabetical "chronology of the ring", listing fights from 1785 to 1840, and there are... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136136
REPTON, Humphry. Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening.
London : First edition of Repton's first book and the work in which he laid out "his claim to the position of a national authority" on landscape gardening (Rogger, p. 12). Handsomely printed by the finest London printer of the age, William Bulmer, the delightful aquatints employ clever overslips to show the transformation of the landscape under Repton's guiding... Learn More£19,500.00
Stock Code: 138558
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
HUNT, Lynn Bogue. An Artist's Game Bag.
New York : 1936First 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
HAMMOND, Richard. Carnations Cultivated by Richard Hammond of Coddenham in the County of Suffolk.
[Ipswich : 1733A remarkable manuscript volume proudly detailing 84 varieties of carefully curated carnations accompanied by a number of reflective religious discourses. The unique work, which has been provided with a locally printed title page, contains 18 meticulously if naively hand-drawn and captioned illustrations depicting carnations, a campanula pyramidalis,... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138840
MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
New York and London : 1928First 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
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
WALTON, Izaak. The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man's Recreation,
London : 1653First edition. "A first Walton confers distinction upon its owner" (Westwood & Satchell). There are various typesetting errors in the first edition, although corrected and uncorrected sheets seem to have been issued indiscriminately, with little significance to the priority of issue. In the present copy "contention" (a mistake for "contentment") is... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 80090
MIDDLE EAST. Army Catering Corps. Guide to Messing in the Middle East (Revised Edition).
[Cairo] : 1943Rare first edition, "not to be published", a revised version of Middle East Catering and Cooking (1942). This is a fascinating and detailed handbook for use by the British Army in some of the most testing campaign conditions of the Second World War; few copies would have survived the rigours of the Middle East Theatre.
The preface is by Lieutenant-General... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141583
EVELYN, John. Sylva,
London : 1664First edition of Evelyn's most celebrated book and famously the first book to be printed by order of the Royal Society, which had been founded four years previously. During the 1640s and 1650s production of glass and iron increased rapidly and the wood used to fire the furnaces and factories was not being replaced by fresh planting. This led to a serious... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87758
HEATH, Ambrose. Good Drinks.
London : 1939First edition, first impression, of Heath's drink-dedicated follow up to his popular "Good Food" series. Heath writes in the foreword: "This collection of divers drinks is offered for all those occasions when drinking is desirable... to the advancement of the brewer and the wine merchant, and the confusion of all dull dogs." Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 142050
ABSINTHE. Catalogue Général - Distillerie Pontissalienne - Fabrique d'Absinthe Supérierue.
Pontarlier, Doubs : c.1900Attractive brochure with full catalogue of products and prices from a leading manufacturer in "la capitale de l'absinthe" at the turn of the century. Superb chromo. endpapers by A. Waton of St. Etienne, who were specialists in labels and catalogues; Michael Twyman noting that their work "transforms everyday items into objects of beauty." (A History... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 141557
LOWE, Paul E. Drinks As They Are Mixed.
Chicago : 1904First edition of this early vest-pocket bartender's guide, the text enlivened with punning cartoons. An encyclopaedic listing of contemporary recipes; a "Heart to Heart Talk With Bar Men", advising on the practice and politics of bar-keeping, including a list of the stock and equipment for a "first class bar"; and concluding with an anthology of Toasts... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 141554
WILSON, Robert Francis. Horticultural Colour Chart.
London : 1938-42Well preserved set of the first edition of this cleverly conceived project to standardise colour definitions so that "there will be but one colour name recognised for each hue in the textile and all colour-using industries as well as by artist's colourmen". A frequently called upon working tool, it is unusual for sets to survive in such excellent state.
The... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 141298
WARNER, Pelham Francis (ed.) Imperial Cricket.
London : 1912First 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
JARVIS, C. S. Innocent Pursuits.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, of the author's wide-ranging reminiscences, featuring essays on pets, sport and history in Egypt, ornithology, trout fishing, dogs, reptiles, and trees. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 140696
SØRENSEN, Carl Theodor. The Origin of Garden Art.
Copenhagen : 1963First edition thus, first printing, number 487 of 750 copies only, this English-Danish bilingual edition was published in honour of the author's 70th birthday. Carl Theodor Sørensen (1893-1979) was a Danish landscape architect, considered to be one of the greatest of the 20th century, and a leading figure in the first generation of Modernists in landscape... Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 141210
WILLIAMSON, Thomas. Oriental Field Sports;
London : 1819Second edition of the work the bibliographer considered the most beautiful book on Indian sport in existence, containing 40 fine colour plates. The author, who served for 20 years in Bengal, describes his "pig-sticking adventures; shooting tigers from machans and elephant back, hunting buffalo, driving hogs, bears and wolves; and shooting peacocks and... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 87219
RIEFENSTAHL, Leni. Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf.
Berlin : 1937First edition, first printing, an exceptional copy retaining the rare glassine and card slipcase. This photobook was produced alongside Olympia, Riefenstahl's landmark documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Olympia was immediately recognised as truly innovative, experimenting with cutting-edge shooting and editing techniques, winning the Best... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 141073
EISENHOWER, Mamie Doud. Five-star Favorites.
New York : 1974First 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
BEETON, Mrs Isabella. The Englishwoman's Cookery-Book.
London : 1863First edition of the first of Beeton's "cookery" books; the affordable spin-offs from her Book of Household Management (1861). Although the Book of Household Management is largely remembered as Beeton's legacy it was primarily these cheaper "part-issues, spin-offs, and extracts" which most influenced English cooking habits (Beetham, p. 395). This copy... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 133857
HILTON, Harold H., & Garden G. Smith. The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf.
London : 1912First 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
PARLOA, Maria. Home Economics.
New York : 1898First edition, first printing. Parloa's eighth book covers a range of topics ranging from the maintenance of pantries to the digestive system. Parloa was a "pioneer in home economics education", sometimes described as a founder of the discipline, and was arguably America's first celebrity cook (ANB). Her first work, The Appledore Cook Book, was published... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 120633
POWELL-COTTON, Percy Horace Gordon. In Unknown Africa.
London : 1904First edition, scarce variant binding, other copies noted in blue cloth with the front cover lettered and decorated in black rather than gilt. Following a successful hunting trip in Abyssinia, Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) travelled to British East Africa in 1902 in order to find a specimen of a five-horned giraffe recently discovered by Sir Harry Johnston.... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 119332
AUSTEN, Ralph. Observations upon some part of Sr Francis Bacon's Naturall History as it concernes, Fruit-trees, Fruits, and Flowers:
Oxford : 1658First edition. Ralph Austen (c. 1612-1676) is a fascinating figure, a combination of self-taught gardener and religious radical, whose "approach to horticulture was innovative, experimental, and sceptical of the authority of theorists" (ODNB). Here he challenges Sir Francis Bacon over his theory of the descent of sap, opposing the findings of his friend... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 129008
BADEN-POWELL, Robert. Pigsticking or Hoghunting.
London : 1889First edition of Baden-Powell's "authoritative handbook" (ODNB), presented here in a striking binding. "It is not difficult to see how polo and pig-sticking contributed to the martial training of young cavalry officers, but Baden-Powell repeatedly stressed the broader exercise and health benefits of sport and other recreational activities. He claimed,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 140441
THOMPSON, Reginald Campbell. A Dictionary of Assyrian Botany.
London : 1949First and only edition. Well-represented institutionally, and occasionally encountered on the market, but rarely without library paraphernalia, and in such sound condition. Thompson was one of the leading Assyriologists of his era, his skill in the transcription of cuneiform being such that some of "those in Thompson's handscript remain indispensable"... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140452
GROOT, Hein de. The Pride in Bourne. E.R.A. and B.R.M. Memorabilia.
Tilburg : 2012First edition, first printing. No. 10 of 50 numbered copies. A comprehensive collection of motor racing paraphanalia from English Racing Automobiles and British Racing Motors. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 139697
SEED CATALOGUE - BRIDGEMAN, Alfred. Descriptive Catalogue of Kitchen Garden,
New York : 1868Annual vegetable seed catalogue Alfred Bridgeman, "grower, importer and dealer in all standard vegetable, grass, herb, and flower seeds". Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 115415
CHASE, C. Thurston. The Prairie Fruit Culturist:
Chicago : 1859A rare, thoroughly regional Midwestern guide to tree and bush fruits, including chapters on grapes, acknowledging a debt to Nicholas Longworth, and three pages on wine production, noting "In a country where wine is plenty and cheap, drunkenness is seldom known. A vinland is marked by sobriety and cheerfulness". Chase (1819-1870) went on to become Florida's... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 115408
BROWN, Waldo F. Gardener's Pocket Manual.
Springfield, OH : First and only edition of this manual of this manual of vegetable culture by the author of the popular The Farm and Stock Encyclopaedia, in which he championed crop rotation and soil regeneration. Learn More£725.00
Stock Code: 115414
OLIVIER, Jean. Fencing familiarized: or a New Treatise on the Art of Small Sword.
London : 1780Second 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