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Death at the Helm. A Dr. Priestley Mystery - John Rhode

1941 - Dodd, New York - First American Edition
Featuring Dr. Lancelot Priestley ’one of the enduring figures of detective fiction, an awesome old party with a passion for truth and a restless, analytic brain that forbids compromise and marshals evidence with mathematical precision’. 
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In the Teeth of Evidence - Dorothy L. Sayers

1939 - Victor Gollancz Ltd, London - First Edition
A fine copy in the rare and delicate Gollancz dust jacket proclaiming ‘A New Sayers At Last!

A collection of seventeen short mysteries, including two cases for Lord Peter Wimsey and five adventures for Montague Egg, the eccentric wine salesman whose powers of deduction could give His Lordship a run for his money.

It also includes ‘the delightful ‘
The Inspiration of Mr.Budd’. 
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The Man Who Watched The Trains Go By - Georges Simenon

1946 - Reynal & Hitchcock, New York - First American Edition
In this Georges Simenon classic, a Dutch clerk flees to Paris with his crooked boss’s money and meets the woman behind the man.

A certain furtive, almost shameful emotion . . . disturbed him whenever he saw a train go by, a night train especially, its blinds drawn down on the mystery of its passengers.’

Kees Popinga is a respectable Dutch citizen and family man—until the day he discovers his boss has bankrupted the shipping firm he works for, and something snaps. Kees used to watch the trains go by on their way to exciting destinations. Now, on some dark impulse, he boards one at random, and begins a new life of recklessness and violence. The Man Who Watched the Trains Go By is a chilling portrayal of a man who breaks from society and goes on the run asks who we are, and what we are capable of.
 
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America's National Game - Albert G. Spalding

1911 - American Sports Publishing Company, New York - First Edition
A thick octavo first edition of this landmark and first scholarly work on Baseball, by the legendary A. G. Spalding, major league professional pitcher, manager, and then president of the Chicago White Stockings. Spalding started the trend of wearing a baseball glove, wrote the first set of baseball rules, and co-founded the sporting goods company of A.G. Spalding.

Profusely illustrated with 114 black and white full page plates from photographs and ‘cartoons’ by Homer C. Davenport, including four delicate folding plates (unfortunately two of which are missing a fold).
 
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Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks: A Collection of Recipes for "Cups" and Other Compounded Drinks, and of General Information on Beverages of All Kinds - William Terrington

1870 - George Routledge and Sons, London and New York - First Edition, Second Impression
A pretty copy of this legendary work, the earliest British publication to document cocktail recipes along with classic British and European mixed drinks.

‘Terrington's original intention was “
to produce a guide for the preparation of cups ...” but the subject grew and its scope was expanded to all beverages in common use. The first 44 pages are devoted to the wines of Europe, with a few pages on the colonies (Australia and South Africa) and to America, whose “choicest production” is Catawba, “eulogized by Longfellow ...” Next [pages 45-155], he describes spirits, liqueurs, beers and ales, as well as tea, coffee and cocoa, with recipes for their use in various drinks. Part II is devoted to cups and punches, but there are also some recipes for cocktails.

In the preface, the reader had been advised that he would find, as he might expect in a work purporting to touch on every kind of beverage, some account of American drinks – “
those Transatlantic ‘notions’ – many of which, owing to their racy character, are properly styled ‘Sensations’ by our Yankee cousin ... ... all may claim to be regarded as both wholesome and exhilarating.” There are enough concoctions presented in this book to shorten any number of lives.’ – with thanks to Eberhard Buehler, Viniana. 
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The Chest of Cigars - From the Wagstaff Papers in the New Monthly Magazine of July, 1845 - William Makepeace Thackeray

Christmas 1918 - Privately Printed, San Francisco - One of 250 copies
One of 250 copies privately printed by John Henry Nash of San Francisco, for Thomas Nast Fairbanks.

With an introduction by Thomas’ father Charles Mason Fairbanks (1855-1920).

Containing a short story by Thackeray related to Mr Wagstaff by General Sir Goliah Gahagan H.E.I.C.S.
 
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The Lawson History of the America's Cup. A Record of Fifty Years - Winfield. M. Thompson, Thomas W. Lawson

1902 - Privately Printed, Boston - First and Limited Edition, of which this is number 116
A handsomely bound volume, over 400 pages illustrated with eighty-nine full page plates of which sixteen are colour and two are maps outlined in colour.

Detailing the history of the America’s Cup from 1851 to 1902, it’s challenges, yachts, protests, characters and an appendix of press articles. There is nothing finer.

Privately printed for private distribution only, and limited to 3,000 copies most of which were presented to prominent members of the yachting community, this particular copy was presented to ‘The Camden Public Library’, Maine, which was founded in 1896 and is now a National Historic Landmark overlooking Camden Yacht Club.
 
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Travers' Golf Book - Jerome D. Travers

1913 - The Macmillan Company, New York - First Edition
A fine first edition of the first book by this golfing legend, illustrated with a colour frontispiece and 46 black and white photographic plates. A combination of autobiography and instructional.

‘Although he was of slight stature, Travers dominated golf in the decade before World War I with his stunning iron shots and expert putting. He won many tournaments because of his calm temperament, patience, and ability to make precise shots. He won the United States Amateur in 1907, 1908, 1912, and 1913, and was runner-up in 1914. His victory in 1913 set a record for that tournament – not broken until Bobby Jones won it five times. He was among the first members of the Golf Hall of Fame established by the United States Golf Association’. [DAB]

‘Some of the words used to describe Jerry Travers have not been kind – cold, somber, ruthless – yet these were the qualities that made him the most feared golfer of his time. In a nine-year stretch from 1906-1915, Travers won four U.S. Amateurs, five Metropolitan Amateurs and a U.S. Open. Only Bob Jones won more amateur titles and Travers was one of only five amateurs to win the Open. And his battles with Walter Travis, in the words of Herbert Warren Wind, “
formed the crucible in which a talented young golfer was made into the greatest match player of his decade”‘. [World Golf Hall of Fame]

And in 1915 at the age of 28, Travers ended his championship career.
 
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