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The Compleat Angler. - Izaak Walton, Charles Cotton

1929 - The Nonesuch Press, London - Number 1293 of 1600 limited copies. First Thus, Illustrated by Thomas Poulton and Charles Sigrist
‘Indeed, my good scholar, we may say of angling, as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries,
" Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did ";
and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling

A lovely example of this handsomely produced edition of Izaak Walton's works, printed on fine laid paper, and edited by Geoffrey Keynes. Housed in the original marbled slipcase.

Wonderfully illustrated with six copperplate portraits of Walton, Donne, Wotton, Hooker, Herbert, and Sanderson, engraved by A. Alexander and Son with tissue; ten drawings of fish and lead weight by Charles Sigrist printed from line blocks and hand-coloured through stencil by the Curwen Press; and two seals of Donne redrawn by Thomas Poulton and printed in red.
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1912Carlisle - First Edition
Pre-dating Bear Bryant and Bobby Bowden, Glenn Scobey ‘Pop’ Warner had the most wins of any coach in major college football history (319–106–32). Warner was the innovator behind the single-wing formation, a precursor to the modern spread and shotgun formations.

The plan of teaching football by mail was suggested to me several years ago by the fact that there seemed to be no means available by which a student of the game could obtain instruction except by putting himself under the supervision of professional coaches upon the field of play . . . The course has not been prepared for the general public but is strictly a text book for players and for those whose business or pleasure it may be to instruct players and teams.‘ – From the preface.

A bright and clean copy of this early work, profusely illustrated with photographic figures and drawn diagrams of equipment, technique, and strategy. There is a frontispiece photograph of the author.
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Psmith In The City - P. G. Wodehouse

1923 - A. & C. Black, London - Second edition, third printing (first published 1910), in later (1950) dust jacket
Mike Jackson's father has lost 'a very large sum of money' and Mike now can't go to Cambridge. So Mike goes into the New Asiatic Bank in the City. Psmith's rich and eccentric father thinks that Psmith should go into commerce, so Psmith turns up at the bank too.

Psmith has a comfortable flat in Clement's Inn to which Mike goes to live. Psmith belongs to the same club, the Senior Conservatives, as Mr Bickersdyke, crusty manager of the New Asiatic Bank, who is also running for Parliament for the Conservatives. Psmith decides to harass Bickersdyke and discovers that he had once been a rabid Socialist.

Mike is paid £4 10s a month. He and Psmith are both bored by the bank. They '
bunk' it together on the same day, Mike because he gets a sudden call to play for his county at Lord's (he makes 148), Psmith to go and watch. They are both sacked, joyfully, by Mr Bickersdyke.

Now Psmith's father wants him to go to Cambridge and read Law. And he offers Mike a future agency of his estates, after three or four years at Cambridge which Mr Smith will finance. (Mike's brother Joe, an All England batsman, is already the agent of a sporting baronet, keen on cricket.)

A good worm's eye view of City life in banking, and some amusing excursions into politics and political meetings where you can 'rag' by heckling.
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The Inimitable Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse

1923 - Herbert Jenkins Limited, London - First Edition, in early issue (1949) dust jacket.
Affairs of the heart run smoother for Jeeves's ministrations.

A collection of short stories masquerading as an episodic novel, eight set in England, one in New York, one in Roville-sur-mer. Seven of them feature Bertie's friend Bingo Little, in love successively with a teashop waitress, Honoria Glossop, Daphne Braythwayt, Charlotte Corday Rowbotham, Lady Cynthia Wickhammersley, Mary Burgess and, for marriage and keeps, Rosie M. Banks, the best-selling novelist. We also meet Claude and Eustace, Bertie's twin cousins, reading for, at, or sent down from, Oxford.
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The Education Of A Poker Player - Herbert O. Yardley. Ian Fleming (introduction)

1959 - Jonathan Cape, London - First English Edition [First American Edition 1957]
Assume the worst, believe no one, and make your move only when you are certain that you are unbeatable or have, at worst, exceptionally good odds in your favor.’ - “Yardley’s Law” as Al Alvarez describes it in Big Deal: Confessions of a Poker Player.

Both an autobiography and a poker-playing manual which seeks to expose the cynical reality behind the "American Dream". Yardley describes many poker games and characters who include railroad men, travelling salesmen, speculators, drunks and no-hopers.

‘The book’s importance in the history of poker literature is unquestioned.’ -
Poker News. 
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