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British Sports and Sportsmen, Past and Present -

Circa 1913 - British Sports and Sportsmen, London - Royal edition, limited to 250 copies, of which this set is number 105.
Two large finely bound folios containing the biographies of 303 of leading British sportsmen from the eighteenth and (primarily) nineteenth centuries, practitioners of the hunt, polo, steeplechase, cricket, rugby, boxing, and other gentlemanly pursuits accompanied by approximately 300 full page photogravure portrait plates. With a fascinating introduction by Horace G. Hutchinson. Volume I covers Hugo Meynell 1735-1808 to The Hon. Egremont Lascelles 1825-1892; Volume II covers George Parr 1826-1891 to Henry Arthur, Viscount Chelsea 1868-1908.

Compiled and Edited by ‘
The Sportsman’. Two large folio volumes [39x29cm] . Profusely illustrated.  
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Mappin & Webb Trade Catalogue -

1931 - Mappin & Webb Ltd., London - First Edition
A fine copy of this magnificent, opulent Mappin & Web catalogue, together with the original loose catalogues for Mappin & Webb’s Exclusive Designs in Inexpensive Jewellery and Garrard English Clocks.

A fabulous treasure trove of art-deco design and 1930’s luxury, with 200 illustrated pages, several full colour plates, from cocktail shakers and cigar cutters to art-deco clocks, and jewellery.

Mappin & Webb, whose first London showroom opened in 1849, had by the 1900’s grown into a worldwide group selling simple but elegant jewellery, classic table silverware and high end watch brands. Their relationship with the monarchy began in the late 19th Century and was formalised when HM Queen Victoria granted a royal warrant to Mappin & Webb their first as silversmiths, in 1897, the year of The Queen’s diamond jubilee. Mappin & Webb has held a royal warrant as silversmiths to each of the five subsequent sovereigns and today holds a Royal Warrant as Silversmiths to HM The Queen and to HRH The Prince of Wales. In 2012, a craftsman at Mappin & Webb, Martin Swift was also appointed The Crown Jeweller [from
The History of Mappin & Webb] 
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Official Program featuring Bruce Lee's Karate Debut at the International Karate Championships, Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, Los Angles, 1964, - with - the 1965 program -

1964Los Angeles
a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…

And with this a 23 year-old Bruce Lee and his one-inch punch was introduced to the world. This is the extremely rare 1964 ‘Official Program’ of the inaugural International Karate Championship, where Bruce Lee gave his first demonstration, 8½ -minutes, together with the 1965 ‘Official Program’ in which Bruce Lee features. These programs were only sold at the tournaments, they are both in fine condition.

This 1964 martial arts tournament, with 850 competing contenders, was the first of an annual event still in existence, it was held by Kenpo Grandmaster Ed Parker at a time when, perhaps because of the mass media spy craze, there was growing general interest in Karate outside of military and aficionado circles.

The 1964 program includes congratulatory ads by movie stars Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon and “Pink Panther” film director Blake Edwards. The 21st item on the 1964 program was “
Demonstration by Bruce Lee”. There is also a photograph of him on the Demonstrations page, captioned “a master of Gung Fu from Hong Kong, China, will demonstrate his remarkable skills…” (including two-finger push-ups).

Lee did not appear at the 1965 event, but a photograph of his 1964 appearance was included in the photo-montage on the verso of the 1965 title-page. These programs, sold only at the tournaments, are even more rare than Lee’s 1963 book,
Chinese Gung-Fu, The Philosophical Art of Self-Defense, published in Oakland in a limited edition of 500 copies. 
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Bal du Moulin Rouge, Paris -

c. 1960s - Moulin Rouge, Paris
‘Le Moulin Rouge présente sa Super Revue...’

A fabulous vintage program, in French, from eponymous Paris cabaret, The Moulin Rouge, noting performances from French crooner Guy Severyns, world famous juggler Rudy Horn, and ‘Les Doriss Dancers’, the dance troupe founded by German choreographer Doris Haug in 1957.

Wonderfully illustrated with numerous pages of black and white photographs of the various performers and of the dancers in their elaborate and often provocative costumes.

Founded during
la belle époque in fashionable Montmarte,The Moulin Rouge was the birthplace of the modern can-can and a popular entertainment destination for artists of fin de siécle Paris. 
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Mr Punch's Golf Stories -

Circa 1920 - The Educational Book Co. Ltd. by arrangement with The Proprietors of “Punch”., London
A fine copy in attractive recent binding, with numerous anecdotes and 136 illustrations.

There are few pastimes that provide their followers with more innocent merriment than is afforded by “the royal and ancient”.

It may be taken that there is no better way of reducing a man’s self-conceit than to place him on the teeing ground for the first time, present him with a driver and invite him to strike a little rubber-cored ball to a distance of 200 yards in a given direction.

Consequently we have here most excellent material for fun; and you may depend upon it MR. PUNCH has not had his eyes long shut to the humours of the links.
 
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Shanghai Street Directory - Shanghaishi Hanghao Lutu Lu -

1947 - The Free Trading Company, Shanghai - Second Edition
Scarce complete set of two volumes, containing ‘the earliest complete survey of Shanghai prepared by the Chinese Construction Company between 1931 and 1947 [Qiu Feng, 2014]. Text in Chinese with additional English street and building names.

Over 1,100 pages, with copious indexes, 235 street maps in black and red indicating street systems, plot boundaries and building owners (231 of which are double page maps), 78 full page building plans, and 100’s of pages of advertisements.
 
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Down the River - Signed - Edward Abbey

1982 - E. P. Dutton, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition, signed ‘Edmund Abbey, SLC, May 10, 1984’ and illustrated by Abbey.

From the front cover –
"Be of good cheer," our favorite war-horse advises, "the military-industrial state will soon collapse." This sparkling book, which takes us up and down rivers and across mountains and deserts, is the perfect antidote to despair. Along the way, Ed Abbey makes time for Henry David Thoreau while he takes a hard look at the Air Force's MX missile system, currently slated for the American West.

Ed writes: "For twenty-three years now I've been floating rivers. Always downstream, the easy and natural way. The way Huck Finn and Jim did it, La Salle and Marquette, the mountain men, and Major Powell..."’
 
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Desert Solitaire - Signed - Edward Abbey, Peter Parnall (illustrator)

1968 - McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York - First Edition
A bright signed first edition of Abbey’s powerful work of nature writing and environmental concern, his first book of non-fiction and most famous and defining work. Only 5000 copies of the first edition were printed, it has since sold more than 2,000,000 copies.

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.’

With drawings throughout by Peter Parnell.
 
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