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Through the Heart of Asia. Over The Pamïr to India - Gabriel Bonvalot, Albert Pépin (illustrator)

1889 - Chapman and Hall, London - First Edition in English
Two volumes of the first English translation of this ‘richly illustrated account of the second of the two Asian expeditions in which French explorer, author and legislator Gabriel Bonvalot (1853–1933) and the scientist Guillaume Capus attempted to enter Afghanistan’. Containing 250 full page and in-text drawings by Albert Pépin, and a folding coloured map to rear.

‘Although the party was detained and sent back to Samarkand upon entering Afghanistan, they refused to concede defeat, as Bonvalot was determined to reach India via a trail believed to run across the Pamir and Hindu Kush mountains.

In Volume 1, Bonvalot describes the journey from Marseilles via Tehran to Samarkand, interspersing his narrative with observations of the climate and culture they encounter. At the Afghan border, guards warn that '
they will hack us to pieces and throw our bodies into the stream'.

In Volume 2 the party reaches the remote Kingdom of Chatral, but is imprisoned again. Bonvalot uses the confinement to study the customs of the local people, and eventually, with the help of the British authorities, they are released and allowed to continue to India.’ (description from
Cambridge University Press) 
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Notes on Yachts (First Series) - Edwin Brett

1869 - Sampson Low, London - First Edition
A superb example of this rare instructional, dealing with the design of yachts, with an short overview of yacht sailing. Illustrated with frontispiece from a drawing by John Brett, engraved by J. D. Cooper.

Despite the notification of this being the
first Series in the title, there were no further series published. 
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1896 - Longmans, London and Bombay - Number 193 of 250 Large Paper Deluxe Edition
A handsome copy of this large and comprehensive limited edition, an informative history and guide to the game of billiards, with contributions by A.H. Boyd, Sydenham Dixon, W.J. Ford, Dudley D. Pontifex, Russell D. Walker, and Reginald Rimington-Wilson.

Illustrated with eleven full page black and white plates by artist Lucien Davies, and numerous drawings and diagrams throughout the text.
 
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Manifold Pressures - Motoring Misadventures of Major Upsett - Russell Brockbank

1958 - Temple Press Limited, London - First Edition
With original drawing by Brockbank to the front end-papers, and the dedication ‘John......Brock....Hi’ with an arrow pointing towards a sketch of Major Upsett. A fantastic and unique example of British cartoon work, in it’s original dust-jacket bright and fresh.

“Brock’s reputation was established as one of the finest illustrators – I refuse to call him a cartoonist – in the motoring world. When Brockbank drew a Blower Bentley, you knew it was a Blower Bentley. And when he drew a Bugatti, you knew if it was a Type 35, 51 or 57." - Dean Batchelor.
 
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Duffers on the Deep - Inscribed - Winifred Brown

1939 - Peter Davies, London - First Edition
Inscribed by Winifred Brown to Commander Harry Vandervell RNVR CBE, wishing him ‘Fair Winds, and Good Passages’.

‘Win Brown was a fearless lady aviator of the old school, winning the King’s Cup round England air race in 1930 and, in search of adventure, canoed the length of the Amazon. In 1935 she gave up flying and invested her resources in Perula, a 45ft fishing boat which someone had converted badly into a sort of yacht. After transforming Perula into a fine motor sailer, she signed on a gentleman friend by the name of Ron Adams, and squared away for the Norwegian Arctic. Neither had any significant seafaring experience’ - Tom Cunliffe,
In the Wake of Heroes: Sailing's greatest stories.

This is the classic account of that ‘cruise’ to Norway and Spitsbergen.

Included are two additional letters from Brown to Commander Vendervell, one excusing haste ‘
but everybody here is rushing out to the submarine that has gone down just outside’.

Oh, and Winifred Brown also played Hockey and Ice Hockey for England, and kayaked through the Upper Amazon.
 
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The Book of The Tiger - with a chapter on The Lion in India - Brigadier-General R. G. Burton

1933 - Hutchinson & Co. Publishers Ltd., London - First Edition
‘Combining his own hunting adventures with a study of the tiger in general, Burton focuses on man-eaters, hunting from an elephant, hunting on foot, and other equally descriptive chapters.

He also includes notes from books and journal articles penned by other sportsmen.

A concluding chapter reveals the experiences other travelers and hunters had with lions in the Kathiawar region’, which is home to the last remaining Asiatic lions left in the wild.

This volume is concerned more with natural history than with sport; the few chapters devoted to the chase are intended to describe and illustrate various methods of hunting rather than to give lengthy descriptions of bags and blood. - from the introduction.

Illustrated with frontispiece and 15 plates.
 
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SOLD - The Romance of Motor-Racing - Sir Malcolm Campbell

1936 - Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., London - First Edition
Written by the man who, in addition to his land and water speed records, won over 400 motor-racing trophies, his early career included gold medals in the London to Lands End motorcycle trials, 1906-08, and by 1910 he was racing at Brooklands in cars he called 'The Flapper’.

The Romance of Motor-Racing
takes you through motor racing, including chapters on ‘,Up To 200 m.p.h.’ ‘Beyond 200 m.p.h.’, Famous Drivers’, Heroes of High Speed’, and ‘Famous Racing Cars’. Illustrated throughout with 77 photographs and 15 Diagrams.

After demobilisation Campbell (1885-1948) took up racing cars seriously and won many times, often at Brooklands, and gradually started getting more interested in speed rather than races. In 1927 and 1928 he won the Grand Prix de Boulogne in France driving a Bugatti T39A. In 1926 he finished second in the inaugural British Grand Prix. In 1924 he broke the land-speed record - the first of nine land records he held - at Pendine Sands in Wales. At Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, in 1935, he was the first motorist to exceed 300 mph.
 
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The Angler's Vade Mecum - W. Carroll

1818 - Archibald Constable and Co., Edinburgh - First Edition
A lovely copy of one of the earliest books for the dry-fly purist, illustrated with 12twelvehand-coloured copper-engraved plates of 194 flies, arranged under the months from May to September. In contemporary binding and housed in custom morocco-backed slipcase.

This copy from the library of James Benkard, President (1879-83) of the exclusive ‘South Side Club’, Long Island, an angler’s club on Long Island, formed of ’
one hundred gentlemen, millionaires, merchants and professional men of note’. (NY Times, April 2, 1882). 
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