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MARBLE, Alice. The Road to Wimbledon.
New York & London : 1946First 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
HEINZ, W. C. The Professional.
New York : 1958First 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
HAFFENREFFER, R. F. Yachts by Herreshoff.
Bristol, Rhode Island : From a limited edition, this copy number 3766 presented to William A. Andrews, a high-end promotional publication from Herreshoff, in its last years of fame and success. This was possibly produced in synergy with Paterson's publishers for his set America and the Defenders of the America's Cup published in 1934, and from which the eight colour plates... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 133684
[MARKHAM, Gervase.] The Young Sportman's [sic] Instructor
[London] : [1705?]First edition thus, a compendium consisting of extracts from the section on angling in The Pleasures of Princes, from Hungers Prevention (on "low-belling" and other methods of bird-catching), Country Contentments (on hunting, coursing, dogs) and Markhams Method (poultry, etc.) The publisher was George Conyers, one of the most prominent chapbook publishers... Learn More£19,500.00
Stock Code: 131890
RIEFENSTAHL, Leni. Kampf in Schnee und Eis.
Leipzig : 1933First 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
WARD, Rowland. A Naturalist's Life Study in the Art of Taxidermy.
London : 1913First edition, first impression. 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 sportsmen of... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 132698
SPOONS. Catalogue of a Remarkable Collection of 16th and 17th Century Provincial Silver Spoons,
London : 1935The catalogue for Sotheby's sale of the Ellis collection of spoons, held on 13 and 14 November 1935. The catalogue remains an important reference work for provincial spoons of the period. With a photocopied obituary for G. E. P. How, who worked on the catalogue, loosely inserted. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 131527
FARMAN, D. Auto-Cars.
London : 1896First 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 in Paris in October 1919,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 130940
WALKER, George. The Cribbage Player's Text-book;
London : 1837First edition. Extremely uncommon, comprehensive guide to the rules and tactics of cribbage by professional chess player and writer George Walker (1803-1879). Essentially an adaptation, with additions, of the second edition of John Williams' Treatise on the Game of Cribbage, 1807 (first published 1791). As a chess player Walker was "bright without being... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130769
BOYLE, Patrick. The Publicans' Daily Companion;
London : [1797?]First edition of this guide for publicans. A wide ranging handbook, Boyle's work covers duties and the storage of drink, offers recipes for various mixed drinks, gives a process called "The Doctor" to disguise the taste of drinks that have gone bad, narrates how to make wine from turnips, birch and cowslip, and warns young publicans of the rogues and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 130661
UREKLYAN, Gabriel' Arkadyevich as El-Registan & Lazar Brontman. Moskva - Kara-Kum - Moskva [Moscow - Karakum - Moscow].
Moscow : 1934First and only edition. Uncommon, WorldCat locates just 4 copies - BL, Princeton University, Indiana University and Yale University - and a single copy of a Yiddish edition at the Center for Jewish History. "The Kara Kum (or Black Sand) desert of central Turkmenistan became, briefly, a Soviet cultural obsession when, in July 1933, a team of 23 cars... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 130555
PHILIDOR, François-André Danican; William Stopford Kenny, trans. Analysis of the Game of Chess,
London : 1819First edition of Kenny's translation. François-André Danican Philidor (1726-1795) is generally regarded as the finest chess player of the 18th century. His guide to the game, first published in 1749 in French as l'Analyse du jeu des Échecs, underwent dozens of editions within a century and was translated into almost every major European language.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130389
WORCESTER, George Raleigh Gray. The Junks and Sampans of the Yangtze.
Shanghai : 1947-8First 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 junkman" (Prefatory Note,... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 129644
ISHIZU, Risaku. The Mineral Springs of Japan.
Tokyo : 1915First and only edition, outside America WorldCat shows only four locations in Japan and Taiwan, Library Hub lists no copies in the UK and Ireland. This comprehensive study of Japan's hot springs was "compiled as an exhibit in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, in order to make known to the world the general conditions of Japanese mineral... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129488
FLOWERS. Souvenir de Flore ou le Langage des Fleurs.
Paris : [c.1820]First edition of this attractive flower book, with 12 illustrations of bouquets, each with an imagined dialogue between the flowers. 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, with WorldCat listing only a single... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 128878
THE SPORTING MAGAZINE. The Sporting Magazine.
London : 1793-1870 & 1892First 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 British society. Each volume... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 128768
CURTIS-BENNETT, Noel. The Food of the People, being The History of Industrial Feeding.
London : 1949First edition, deluxe limited issue, number 51 of 100 copies, presented to Eric Simonds by the directors of Peter Merchant Ltd, with their numbered presentation bookplate. A highly attractive copy of this study of the history of the feeding of employees in the workplace, from the middle ages to the factory canteen. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 128771
CARTER, Rubin. The Sixteenth Round.
New York : 1974First 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
WILSON, Ernest H. China, Mother of Gardens.
Boston : 1929First edition, first printing, of this lavish account of China's botany and horticulture, and its impact on gardens in the West. "Born on the English Cotswolds in 1876, E. H. Wilson deserted college in 1899 to go plant hunting in China. From then until 1919 he made six trips to the Orient, covering in all more than twelve years, and won through his... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 128434
XENOPHON. Xenophons treatise of House holde.
London : 1573Sixth edition in English of Xenophon's Oeconomicus, first published by Thomas Berthelet in 1532, this edition the first to be published by John Allde, at his busy establishment at the Long Shop next to St Mildred Poultry, London. The text is a Socratic dialogue principally about household management and agriculture, one of the earliest works on economics... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 127728
OSWELL, William Cotton; OSWELL, W. Edward (ed.) William Cotton Oswell, Hunter and Explorer. The Story of his Life.
New York : 1900First 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
BURTON, Richard F. Four autograph Indian recipes:
[c.1850]A brief but fascinating list of Indian recipes attesting to Burton's absorption of the culture of the subcontinent. Burton's father was a colonel in the Indian Army and in 1842 finally "acquiesced to his son's requests and purchased a commission for him in the Bombay army. Burton arrived in India on 28 October 1842 and was posted to the 18th regiment... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 127294
ELKHORN, cruising motor launch. "Islesboro - - 1926." [label on front pastedown.]
Isleboro, ME : 1926Highly 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 the era, including the Queen... Learn More£1,450.00
Stock Code: 126909
ALLINGHAM, Philip. Cheapjack.
New York : 1934First US edition, first printing, originally published in the UK the same year. The remarkable autobiography of an English aristocrat who joined the carnival, and an important historical source for circus life in the 1930s, rich in showmen slang and anecdotes. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 126629
POTOCKI, Count Joseph. Sport in Somaliland, Being an Account of a Hunting Trip to that Region.
London : 1900First 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
HIGGENS, Mrs. as "Dick Whittington". The Cat Manual.
London : 1902First and only edition, uncommon Library Hub lists just 5 locations, BL, NLS, Cambridge, Oxford and TCD. Attractive and practical, this little manual was published some eight years before the founding of the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy; "My object in writing this little book, has been to provide novices in the cat fancy with a useful handbook,... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 125980
RAY, John. Catalogus plantarum Angliæ,
London : 1670First 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. He was pre-eminently... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 125417
MOTORING; BLUE BOOK. The Law as to Motor Vehicles:
London : 1903First 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
WAIN, Louis. Original cat drawing: "There is some comfort in feeling at home."A charming original drawing by Louis Wain (1860-1939), "the man who drew cats". This is a finely executed example of the anthropomorphic style for which he was famous, with a distinctly satisfied looking cat at her toilet, captioned below: "There is some comfort in feeling at home".
A label to the rear of the frame notes that this drawing was... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 125102
COACHING - TRISTRAM, W. Outram. Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.
London : 1893Second edition of this popular book on the major coaching roads of England, originally published in 1888. "The illustrations were so popular that a series of Staffordshire pottery, 'Coaching Days Ware', was produced with Thomson scenes" (ODNB).
Stock Code: 124894
KING, Madge & Robert (ed.) Street Games of North Shields Children.
Tynemouth : 1926First 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
PUAR, H. H. Sir Udaji Rao, Maharaja of Dhar. With Horses in India.
Bombay : 1918First 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
RAFFALD, Elizabeth. The Experienced English Housekeeper,
London : 1793A 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 Warburton at Arley Hall,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 124697
CREWS, Harry. Karate Is a Thing of the Spirit.
New York : 1971First 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
McMULLEN, Richard Turrell. Orion.
London : 1878First edition. Richard Turrell McMullen (1830-1891) was a middle-class yachtsman who cared nothing for yachting society and espoused a code of self-reliance aboard boats. "On 13 July 1877 McMullen sailed in Orion from Greenhythe, Kent, for the coast of France with a crew of two paid hands. He was in poor health and needed sea air. The crewmen, who proved... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 123891
WILDE, William Robert Wills. Narrative of a Voyage to Madeira, Teneriffe, and along the Shores of the Mediterranean,
Dublin : 1852Although 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 from Dublin for either reasons... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 122917
THOMAS, Jerry. How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant's Companion,
New York : 1862First edition of the first ever guide to mixed drinks, this copy in a later state with the "How-To Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant's Companion" title page and 2.50 price to the front board.
Showcasing "the first legitimate American culinary art the first uniquely American cultural product to catch the world's imagination" (Wondrich, p. 11), Thomas's... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 122888
ROBERTS, Thomas. The English Bowman, or Tracts on Archery:
London : 1801First edition of one of the earliest standard works on the history of archery, complete with a glossary of common terms and phrases. The elaborate dedication page is addressed to the patrons and members of the Toxophilite Society, the oldest and most influential English archery club, as well as "all other Societies of Archers in Great Britain and Ireland".... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 122152
CHRYSLER, Walter P., & Boyden Sparkes. Life of an American Workman.
New York : 1937First 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
BUTLER, Herbert J. Motor Bodywork; the Design and Construction of Private, Commercial and Passenger Types.
London : 1924First 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, private bodywork, materials,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 122003
HALLER, Albrech Von Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis. Aucta et emendata.
Göttingen : 1753Second edition, greatly enlarged, of Von Haller's 1743 work Brevis Enumeratio Stirpium Horti Goettingensis. Haller organised the botanical garden at Göttingen University during his professorial tenure; this work is a classification of the plants in the garden, utilising Haller's own non-Linnaean taxonomical system. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 121700
COCKTAILS - VERMEIRE, Robert. Cocktails. How to Mix Them.
London : 1922First 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 (1891-1976), who worked... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 121318
INGLIS, James. Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier.
London : 1878First edition. Inglis (1845-1908) was the son of a Scottish clergyman. "In 1866 he went to India at the instigation of his brother Alexander, a Calcutta tea merchant, and became an indigo planter in Bihar and the North-West Provinces. He revelled in tiger shooting and pigsticking, and published sporting verses, Tirhoot Rhymes (Calcutta, 1873), under... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 121134
SPEECHLY, William A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine.
York : 1790First edition. William Speechly (c.1740-1821) was gardener to the third Duke of Portland at his Welbeck Abbey estate in Nottinghamshire. Encouraged by the duke Speechly started writing down and publishing his knowledge and experience in gardening; in 1776 he had contributed to Alexander Hunter's edition of Evelyn's Silva, which was shortly followed... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 120229
ALI, Muhammad - KOONS, Jeff. GOAT - Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali.
Cologne : 2001First 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
ROOSEVELT, Theodore (intro.); STIGAND, Chauncey Hugh. Hunting the Elephant in Africa and Other Recollections of Thirteen Years' Wanderings.
New York : 1913First US edition of this "preeminent elephant hunting title" (Czech), a lovely copy, from the collection of American polar explorer Lincoln Ellsworth (1880-1951), leader of the first trans-Arctic and trans-Antarctic aerial crossings, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. Stigand (1877-1919) was commissioned into the Royal West Kent Regiment in... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 119287
STOCKLEY, Vesey M. Big Game Shooting in India, Burma, and Somāliland.
London : 1913First 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 the Second Tyneside Scottish.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 119302
TAVERNER, Eric. Salmon Fishing.
London : 1931First 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
COOKERY - A Boston Lady. The Dessert Book.
Boston : 1872First edition. This cookery book, designed for a mass audience using products readily available, notably features a section on chocolate and its uses as a beverage. This work provides a useful insight into the practice of sellers adulterating chocolate "with a variety of starch grain items" to meet ever-increasing demand. The author cautions readers... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 118484
HITT, Thomas. A Treatise of Fruit-Trees.
London : 1755First edition of this early work on fruit growing and arboriculture from a notable 18th-century professional gardener for private estates. Hitt (d. 1770) completed his apprenticeship in the gardens of Belvoir Castle during the time of John Manners, second Duke of Rutland. Soon after he became the gardener of Bloxholm Hall in Lincolnshire, home to Lord... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 117679
GOLF; JAPAN - WHITE, Cyril T. H. Commonplace book containing documents relating to cruises on the China Station and elsewhere.
1890-1906A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the first Japanese... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 117485
HEPWORTH, George Hughes. Starboard and Port:
New York : 1876First 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 full descriptive and historical... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 117094
PRINCE, William. A Short Treatise on Horticulture.
New York : 1828First and sole edition. Despite Prince's objective being to simply "give a few brief remarks as to the Culture of Fruit Trees, &c. by throwing together some of the leading rules, whose adoption has proved most successful" (Preface), A Short Treatise on Horticulture was immensely popular and influential, becoming one of the most important early American... Learn More£1,125.00
Stock Code: 116896
WINE. Report from the Secretary of the Treasury... in relation to grants of land made to French emigrants, to encourage the cultivation of the vine and olive.
Washington : 1827An important historical document regarding viticulture practices and the early wine industry in America. It concerns the progress of Alabama's Vine and Olive Colony, named thus after the land agreement made between the US Congress and refugee settlers in 1817 (some, but certainly not all, of whom were French).
Attracted by the prospect of establishing... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 116911
WINE. Weingroßhandlung Carl Wiewels Trier seit 1847.
Trier : [1846-1948]A unique collection of papers and photographs documenting the history of a family-owned German wine business across two centuries. Beginning with a photograph of Ernst Ferdinand Cronenbold, who founded the company in 1847, this extensively illustrated scrapbook charts the growth of what would later become known as Carl Wiewels, a wholesale wine merchants... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 116915
MORSE, Lester. Morse's Garden Guide for 1911.
San Francisco : 1911First edition, first printing. A rare and profusely illustrated seed catalogue, this edition presents the stock of C. C. Morse & Company which was founded by Charles Copeland Morse, the "American Seed King". The company were particularly renowned for their "Sweet Pea Workshop", which developed new varieties for sale each season. Their three newest creations,... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 116832
WARE, Francis M. Driving.
London : 1904First UK edition, first impression; originally published the previous year in the US. The book covers every aspect of driving teams of horses and horse-driven carriages. Ware wrote a number of well-regarded works on horses drawing on his "lifelong experience in the hey-day of the harness horse". Learn More£185.00
Stock Code: 116693
MILLER, Philip. The Gardeners Dictionary:
London : 1735First octavo edition, an abridgment of the first comprehensive dictionary of gardening. Philip Miller (1691-1771) was the most distinguished and influential British gardener of the 18th century. His dictionary is a noteworthy milestone in the great sequence of encyclopaedias and dictionaries of that era, fit to rank with John Harris's Lexicon Technicum... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 116084