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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
WILLIAMS, Elijah. Horæ Divanianæ.
London : 1852First edition of this compilation of chess games played at the Divan in the late 1840s and 50s. It is an uncommon edition both commercially and institutionally: Library Hub locates twelve copies in institutions worldwide, almost entirely in the US, with only the British Library copy in the UK; WorldCat adds another copy at the Bodleian.
Elijah... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139856
BUTE, John Crichton-Stuart, 4th marquess of. Moorish Recipes.
Edinburgh : 1954First edition, limited to 185 copies, this numbered 21 on the limitation slip mounted on the front pastedown, no copies of this limited edition traced institutionally. Perhaps the earliest English cookbook devoted solely to Arab cuisine, with detailed instructions for some 80 dishes.
"The first purpose of this book is to provide, for those Europeans... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 139749
ANGELO, Domenico & Henry. The School of Fencing with a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions peculiar to the Art.
London : 1787First 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
CLIAS, Peter Henry. An elementary Course of Gymnastic Exercises; intended to develope and improve the physical Powers of Man.
London : 1823First edition in English of Clias's treatise on gymnastic exercises, dedicated to the Commander in Chief of the British Army, and with a printed recommendation from the Directors of the Orphan School at Berne, where Clias had taught for five years. Originally published in 1816 in German under the title of Anfangsgruende der Gymnastik oder Turnkunst.... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 135601
MACDONALD, Charles Blair. Scotland's Gift: Golf.
New York : 1928First 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
DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. Tratado del Cultivo de Las Tierras,
Madrid : 1751First edition in Spanish of the first part of Duhamel du Monceau's treatise on agriculture, which had been published in France in 1750 as Traité de la Culture des Terres; five other parts followed, the last one published in 1760. Quesnay's entry on agriculture, which appeared in the first volume of the Encyclopédie in 1751, was influenced by the work... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 129087
BLITH, Walter. The English Improover, or a new Survey of Husbandry.
London : 1649One of two 1649 editions, of unestablished priority. Walter Blith (1605-1654) has been called by Robert Trow-Smith "the greatest of the mid-seventeenth century writers" in the field of agriculture (English Husbandry, 1951). In this work, Blith advocates draining and making water meadows, inclosure, the use of manures, and plantations. "In spite of the... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 129024
SALVIN, Francis Henry, & William Brodrick. Falconry in the British Isles.
London : 1855; revised in 1872.Author's heavily revised and expanded proof sheets in preparation for the second edition. Falconry in the British Isles by Francis Henry Salvin (1817-1904), with plates by William Brodrick (1814-1888), is the most important work on the subject produced during the nineteenth century, and an essential standard work. The first edition was published in... Learn More£45,000.00
Stock Code: 137081
FISHER, M. F. K. With Bold Knife and Fork.
New York : 1969First 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
VINTNER'S COMPANY. Freeman's Oath and Bye-Laws of the Vintner's Company.
London : c.1829Unrecorded early nineteenth-century piece documenting the oaths and corporation regulations of the London Vintners Company. The origins of the Worshipful Company of Vintners are rather obscure, there are twelfth-century references to London merchants fixing the price of wine, though the first concrete date associated with this particular Livery Company... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136831
AUSTEN, Ralph. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees,
Oxford : 1665Third edition, first published in 1653. The third edition includes the text of Austen's observations on Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, which he had published in 1658. The life of the horticulturist Ralph Austen (1612-1676) was an odd mix of Anabaptist radicalism and gardening. "Austen contributed to three areas which, in the millenarian atmosphere... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129007
HUTCHINSON, Horace G. (ed.) Famous Golf Links.
London : 1891First 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
POPP, Charles William. Modern Confectionery.
Glasgow : 1909First edition of this self-published guide "containing over Three Hundred up-to-date Formulas, all of which have been used with success in American and Great Britain. The Author was engaged for over 30 years as Confectionery Expert in some of the largest Confectionery Factories in the United States, and the whole of the Formulas given in this book are... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 137198
WHITE, John. A Treatise on the Art of Baking,
Edinburgh : 1828First edition of this comprehensive and wide-ranging study of baking, tying in the history of agriculture, the growing and milling of wheat, the baking of bread, biscuits and pastries, and the current state of baking in Britain. The work is now uncommon, with 8 copies listed by Library Hub in British institutions.
Provenance: The Lawes Agricultural... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 129237
EDLIN, Abraham. A Treatise on the Art of Bread-Making.
London : 1805First edition of this comprehensive study of bread-making, covering the cultivation of wheat, the corn trade, the preparation of the bread, substitutes for wheat, and the legislation surrounding the bread trade. The author declares in the preface his hope that "I anticipate the period when we shall see the art of bread-making, instead of forming a confused... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 129236
HESLOP, Luke. Observations on the Statute of the Thirty-first George II. ch. 29. concerning the Assize of Bread;
London : 1799First edition. The Revolutionary Wars had led to a sharp increase in the price of bread. The statute mentioned in the title had limited the price of bread, with the bakers remaining under the limit, but there was still great complaint among the poor that the price was too high. The present treatise considers the statute, its justness, and its potential... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 129230
BREAD. Account of the Experiments tried by the Board of Agriculture in the Composition of Various Sorts of Bread.
London : 1795First edition of the full report of the Board of Agriculture, preceded by two shorter reports earlier the same year. The Revolutionary Wars led to a sharp rise in the price of wheat and bread. In response, the Board of Agriculture conducted a study of substitutes for wheat in bread making, with rye, rice, barley, buck-wheat, maize, oats, peas, beans... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 129229
MARKHAM, Gervase. The English Hous-Wife,
London : 1660Later edition of this popular 17th-century guide to housewives. The work is in two parts: the first offers a guide to domestic medical recipes, including to whiten teeth, aid conception, ameliorate venereal diseases and cure drunkenness; the second part acts mostly as a cook book, alongside guides to brewing drinks and preparing cloth. The work was... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129225
MARKHAM, Gervase. Markhams Farwell to Husbandry.
London : 1625Second edition, expanded and corrected, first published in 1620. Gervase Markham (1568-1637) wrote extensively in the fields of literature, horsemanship, and country pursuits, and his works underwent almost two hundred editions by the end of the seventeenth century. The present work offers a guide to preparing land for farming, covering the weeding,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129219
MARKHAM, Gervase. Country Contentments. Or, the Husbandmans Recreations.
London : 1675Eleventh edition, corrected and enlarged. Gervase Markham (1568-1637) wrote extensively in the fields of literature, horsemanship, and country pursuits, and his works underwent almost two hundred editions by the end of the seventeenth century. The present work, first printed separately in 1631 (following publication together with The English Huswife... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 129217
CYCLING. Two photographs of a gentleman posed on a bicycle.
Circo Agenale, Rome : 1890Two portrait photographs featuring a man in contemporary dress posed with an early bicycle taken at the studio of Gaspare Giovannola. It was not until the early 1860s that two-wheeled, pedal-powered bicycles were ridden for the first time. Despite the discomfort they caused (lending them the nickname "bone-shakers"), they became immensely popular. "The... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 108154
IGGULDEN, William. The Tomato, with Cultural Directions For Maintaining a Continuous Supply of Fruit.
London : 1881Scarce first edition of this pamphlet authored by the English tomato breeder William Iggulden, with an introduction and twelve chapters on a range of topics including early and late crops, successional crops, frame versus open air cultures, hints for amateurs, and tomatoes for exhibition. The eleventh chapter comprises a description of twenty-five varieties,... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 136884
VERNEY, George Hope. Four-Handed Chess.
London : First edition of the first English book solely dedicated to the rules of four-player chess. Variants of four-player chess can be traced to the 17th century. Verney's book fixed most of the rules that are now generally followed, other than that he recommended all the Queens be placed on white squares. The publication helped to increase the game's popularity,... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 136382
SIMON, André L. Wines of the World.
London : 1969Signed 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
FAIRBAIRN, William Ewart All-in Fighting.
London : 1942First 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
SCHWEINFURTH, Georg. The Heart of Africa.
London : 1873First edition, published in German at Leipzig the following year, as Im Herzen von Afrika. Schweinfurth's important narrative of his expedition to the western tributaries of the Upper Nile is "a most valuable accumulation of geographical and ethnographic data for regions never before visited by Europeans", including extensive notes on the flora and... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 126037
[LANG, Herbert Gordon.] The "Walking-Stick" Method of Self-Defence.
London : 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
HONDA, Toshizane. Kyudo kogi [Lectures in Archery].
Tokyo : 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
FRANCIS, Joseph. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
No place : 1887First edition. Uncommon, WorldCat records just 4 copies - US Coast Guard Academy, Smithsonian, NYPL, and Texas Tech. Francis's name was extremely well-known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but his fame waned with the frequency of maritime disasters. He devoted his life to the invention of maritime life-saving devices, his most famous... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 68595
COCKTAILS - DE FLEURY, R. 1700 Cocktails From the Man Behind the Bar. [Together with] 1800 and all that. Drinks - Ancient & Modern.
London : 1934 & 1937First editions, first impressions, both of de Fleury's scarce but classic cocktail recipe books presented together with the very scarce dust jackets over the publisher's full leather bindings. At the time de Fleury's 1700 Cocktails was the most comprehensive to be included in one book. The author's note in his follow up volume 1800 and all that reads... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 134199
CHAMPAGNE; Moët & Chandon. Reduced facsimile of the Souvenir Album of the Franco-British Exhibition, London, 1908.
London : 1909First 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
SANDER, Henry Frederick Conrad. Reichenbachia, Orchids illustrated and described.
London & St Albans : 1888-94 Imperial edition, copy 51 of 100 copies signed by Sander. Published during the heyday of the late Victorian orchid mania, Sander was the foremost authority on the Orchidaceae, as well as the largest grower, maintaining nurseries in England, Belgium, and the United States. He had agents gathering plants worldwide, often dangerous work, and he reports... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 122509
LOUIS, Joe - CASMAY, George. Stop it Joe!
New York : 1936Highly unusual piece of sheet music, self-published by the composer and lyricist, and inscribed by him at the head of the first page of music "To Bill / Compliments of the Composer"; and featuring a sensational lithograph cover drawing by Barbelle of "The Brown Bomber" in the ring. Louis is widely considered to have been one of the greatest boxing champions... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 110406
CESCINSKY, Herbert, & Ernest R. Gribble. Early English Furniture & Woodwork.
London : 1922First edition, first impression. From the library of one of the great cricketers of the Golden Age, Ranjitsinhji (1872-1933), with his finely-engraved armorial bookplate and ownership inscription to the first blanks, "Maharaja Jamsaheb of Nawanagar, April 1923, Staines". At the outbreak of war in 1914, Ranji "put the resources of his state at the empire's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137593
MACHEN, Arthur, as Leolinus Siluriensis. The Anatomy of Tobacco:
[London] : 1884First edition of Machen's first book, "an imitation of Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), addressing the pleasure of smoking" (Denisoff), after which his publisher hired him as a sub-editor, and later cataloguer.
Machen had published a poem, Eleusinia, in 1881 when he moved to London and was "trying unsuccessfully to enter journalism.... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 135987
THAXTER, Celia. An Island Garden.
Boston and New York : 1895Second edition, with an autograph letter signed from the author and dated 6 August 1880 reading: "Gentlemen: Will you kindly send me a copy of sayings of Epictetus, the small, vest-pocket edition, with bill for same & oblige, yours truly, C. Thaxter, Appledore, Isles of Shrals sic Off Portsmouth, N. H." tipped-in to the front free endpaper, and a manuscript... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135708
TULLOCH, W. W. The Life of Tom Morris.
London : 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
DUNCAN, Herbert Osbaldeston. The World on Wheels.
Paris : no date 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
PEABODY, Henry Greenwood. Representative American Yachts.
Boston : 1891 & 1893First editions, extremely uncommon. WorldCat lists just six copies of the first, all in the United States, two copies of the 1893 supplement and a few copies of subsequent portmanteau editions. A superb collection of images of some the great yachts of a Golden Age of American boat-building. Missouri-born and Dartmouth College-educated, Peabody initially... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 112236
COCKTAILS - DE FLEURY, R. 1800-And All That.
London : 1937First 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
SMITH, Mary. The Complete House-Keeper, and Professed Cook.
Newcastle : 1803Third edition overall, first published in 1772. Of particular note are the inclusion of two folding plates, showing a potential selection of dishes for a large dinner party, arrayed on a table. With the ownership signature "Sarah Harrison Oct 29 1845" to front free endpaper, and an early manuscript contents page to title page verso possible in the same... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136986
EGAN, Pierce. Boxiana; or, Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism;
London : 1812-24First editions of the original four volumes as issued by Sherwood, Neely and Jones; Egan added further volumes in 1828 and 1829 but the publishers sought an injunction against him and he was required to bring them out as part of a "New Series". The plate volume was issued around 1840 and comprises "62 plates, these being made up by 57 plates from the... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 136135
OLYMPIC GAMES - RICHTER, Walter. Die Olympischen Spiele 1936
Altona-Bahrenfeld [Hamburg] : 1936First editions, "601. - 700. Tausend", complete with all photoprints mounted in place, a remarkably well preserved set of this handsome production. "In the medals table the Germans won, followed by the Americans and Hungarians. National Socialist leaders interpreted this success as a sign of Aryan superiority. However, the star of the games was the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133689
GRIVAZ, Eugene. The World Awheel.
New York : 1896First and only edition. Extremely uncommon, just 8 copies listed on WorldCat, all in North America, no copies traced at auction. Wonderful Gibson Girl-style illustrations on a cycling theme. The twelve images, originally published by the Frederick A. Stokes Company in their Cycling World Calendar, represent bicyclistes of different nationalities; "they... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 133637
DAVID, Elizabeth. French Country Cooking.
London : 1987Signed 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
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. African Game Trails.
New York : 1910First trade edition, first printing. 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 gave Roosevelt a 50,000 commission for a series of 12 articles on the safari which form... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 134769