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Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas - Frederick Kohner

1957 - G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York - First Edition, First Printing
‘I’m writing this down because I once heard that when you’re getting older you’re liable to forget things and I’d sure be the most miserable woman in the world if I ever forgot what happened this summer’.

Meet
Gidget, (‘girl + midget = Gidget’) the plucky, bikini-clad, teenage girl who surfed her way into kitschy American pop culture in 1957 with her spirited tales of surfboards, waves, guys, hopes, and dreams. With illustrations by Ronald Wing.

The correct 1957 first printing [Bill McBride's Reference] in a first issue dust jacket with the letter "G" (for Gidget) above the 2.75 publisher's price on the dj flap. Author's photo on back of jacket. PRICE CHANGED FROM 3800 TO 3200


Created by Austrian-born novelist and screenwriter Frederick Kohner (1905-1986) who relocated to America in the early 1930s where he became a screenwriter for Columbia Pictures, the fictional character of
Gidget and her beach adventures were inspired by his diminutive daughter Kathy’s accounts of the surf culture of Malibu, California, and the summers she spent there, ‘shooting the curl’, as a teenager.

Gidget went on to inspire a series of novels, films, and television series, and would be recreated on both stage and screen by numerous actresses, including Sandra Dee and Sally Field. 
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Small Yachts - C. P. Kunhardt

1885 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition
A magnificent example of this large (38 x 29 cm) and important folio by the pioneering yacht designer, artist, draftsman, journalist and writer Charles P. Kunhardt, finely illustrated with 63 plates (three of which are folding), numerous full page drawings, sketches, schematics, as well as vignettes throughout the text.

Due to the fragile nature of the paper used, this work is rarely encountered in original publisher’s binding and with the interior in such piping clean condition.
 
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Price HK$ 18,000



The Modern Conjurer and Drawing Room Entertainer - Charles Lang Neil

1903 - C. Arthur Pearson Ltd., London - First English Edition, first state, with ‘Neil’ spelled incorrectly on spine as ‘Niel’
‘It is the quickness of hand that deceives the eye...’

‘This is a thorough manual for the conjurer’s art.’
– The Spectator

An excellent and uncommon copy of this important book on magic, and one of the earliest to use photographs to convey body language and hand movements for various sleights and tricks, with more than 500 photographic illustrations throughout. With explanations of illusions by leading magicians of the period, including John Nevil Maskelyne, Félician Trewey, Thomas Nelson Downs, Mademoiselle Patrice, and Paul Valadon, among others. First published in New York in 1902, but this, the first English edition has the added advantage of a detailed bibliography of conjuring books.

Considered to have one of the two best descriptions of the pass, the other was by S.W.E. Erdnase in ‘
The Expert at the Card Table’.

Features an introduction by English magician Charles Bertram, and chapters on card, coin, and parlour tricks, plate spinning, chapeaugraphy, paper folding, and shadowgraphy, together with an extensive bibliography of books on conjuring and a list of prices for the necessary ‘apparatus and requisites’ to perform the described tricks.
 
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Golf - Cecil Leitch

1922 - J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & London - First American Edition issued same year as the First English Edition.
The golfing life and experiences of this very great English lady golfer’ - Joseph Murdoch, The Library of Golf.

Charlotte Cecilia Pitcairn Leitch (nicknamed Cecil) was the first superstar of women’s golf. In 1914 she won the first of her four British Ladies Amateurs, taking the title from Muriel Dodd. Her opportunity to possibly win several more was interrupted for five years during the First World War. She retired having won 12 national titles, five French Ladies Amateurs and one Canadian Women's Amateur.

With fifty illustrations, including photographic plate laid onto front covers, and full page black and white photographs.
 
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Listen! The Wind - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

1939 - Harcourt, New York - First Edition
A lovely copy – in its striking original dust jacket and scarce glassine wrapper – of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s beautifully written account of her and her husband’s 1933 flight in their single-engine Lockheed ‘Sirius’ from Africa to South America, as they survey 30,000 miles of coastal aviation routes across the Atlantic Ocean.

With a foreword, and map drawings by Charles Lindbergh.
 
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The Lorette System of Pruning - Louis Lorette, W.R. Dykes [Translator]

1925 - Martin Hopkinson & Company Ltd., London - First Edition in English
The classic work which revolutionized the pruning of fruit trees, rare in first edition and such nice condition. Illustrated with diagrams and photographic plates. 
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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories - Norman Maclean

1976 - The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London - First Edition
‘In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing’

A freshly landed first edition of Maclean’s beautiful first book and the first work of fiction to be published by the University of Chicago Press, where he had been a professor for many years. Maclean had told versions of these stories, over the years, to a number of people who encouraged him, finally, to write them down at the age of eighty.

We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen. 
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1870 - Deighton, Cambridge - First Edition
A near fine copy in original publishers blue and illustrated gilt covers of what is believed to be the earliest rowing history book (Meehan & Nisonger). Complete with five engraved maps of the racing courses, three of which are folding.

An account is given of each race, together with the names and weights of oarsmen, followed by a short biographical notices. During the later years, extracts relative to the period of training are given from the club log-books. The last ten pages of the chronicle are devoted to the Oxford and Harvard four-oared race of 1869. MacMichael (12st. 4lb) rowed in the 1868 and 1869 Cambridge boat (both won by Oxford, by six and three lengths respectively), Downing College had to wait until 1962 for their next rowing blue.

Includes an article by F. C. Skey from
The Lancet (1869) on muscular action in rowing and another by Professor Humphrey from the British Medical Journal (1867) on the effects of boat racing on health.

Provenance: Contemporary inscription of Edward A. Field dated 23rd April 1870, Norwich based lawyer, and cox whilst at Christ’s College, Cambridge (1863-1864). Later signature of C. Geoffrey Mortlock.
 
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