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The Riddle of the Sands - Erskine Childers

1904 - Smith, London - Fifth Impression [First published in 1903]
A nice copy of this sailing and espionage classic, scarce in any early edition. Written when Childers, an accomplished yachtsman, was thirty years old. Childers, who served in the Royal Navy during World War I, wrote this as a wake-up call to the British government to attend to its North Sea defences, Winston Churchill later gave the book the credit for persuading public opinion to fund vital measures against the German naval threat.

Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, Robert Erskine Childers DSC [1870-1922] was shot by an Irish Free State firing squad in 1922 for smuggling guns, after having fought in the Boer War, and serving as a Major in Naval intelligence during the First World War. His son later become the fourth President of Ireland.

Illustrated with two maps [one folding] and two charts.
 
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An Aerial Runaway - The Balloon Adventures of Rod & Tod in North & South America - INSCRIBED - William P. & Charles P. Chipman

1901 - Lothrop Publishing Company, Boston - First Edition
‘Hurrah for Rod! Hurrah for Tod!’

As they battle jaguars with bows and arrows, and encounter lost civilisations on their ballooning adventure down to the lost city of the Incas. Illustrated by W. A. McCullough.

Inscribed by the authors William and Charles Chipman ‘
To Master Jesse W. Halliday’. 
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The London Cyclist Battalion - A. S. Clark [Editor]

1932 - Published for The 25th London (Cyclist) Old Comrades' Association by Forster Groom & Co., London - First Edition
The thirty-three years from 1887 to 1920 witnessed the conception, birth, growth, adolescence, and premature death of military cycling (as distinct from mere despatch riding) in the British Army. This scarce work provides a history of military bicycling in the British Army, chronicling the events of the 26th corp., and it’s successor the 25th battalion, including their campaigns in Waziristan, India in 1917, the third Afghan War of 1919, the Amiritsar uprising in 1919, and in Mesopotamia.

Illustrated throughout with photographic plates.
 
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Swimming - The All-England Series - Martin and J. Racster Cobbett

1891 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition
A scarce superb copy of the first edition. With 60 illustrations.

Wonderfully written in the Victorian manner, with chapters headings which include:
floating; parlour practice; the kick; the racing stroke; tricks; plunging and diving; sea-bathing; and an appendix with Directions issued by the Royal Society for restoring the apparently dead. 
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Ladies in the Rough - Glenna Collett, James M. Neville

1928 - Alfred A. Knopf, New York - First Edition
Signed ‘Glenna Collett / Pinehurst / March 1929.’ when she was in Pinehurst, North Carolina, to win her fifth Women's North & South Amateur Championship in eight years. She won again the following year for the sixth & final time.

Full of lively anecdotes and opinions, numerous photographs on 27 plates. With a Foreword by Bobby Jones.

‘Glenna Collett Vare [1903-1989] was known as the female Bobby Jones, as much for her composure and sportsmanship as for her astonishing achievements. She won six U.S., two Canadian, and one French Women's Amateur Championships. In her day there was no professional women's tour. She was certainly the dominant American female golfer of the first half of the 20th century.’ -
World Golf Hall of Fame.  
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Climbing On The Himalaya - J. Norman Collie

1902 - David Douglas, Edinburgh - First Edition
Scientist and mountaineer J. Norman Collie’s remarkable record of his climbing expeditions, including chapters on his pioneering work in Skye and the Canadian Rockies with Hugh Stutfield, together with a detailed account of his unfortunate expedition with Alfred Mummary in the Himalayas, their attempt to ascend the 8,000 metre peak, Nanga Parbat in 1895, which ended in disaster when Mummary and a number of others were killed in an avalanche.

Illustrated with eighteen black and white plates, and three folding colour maps of Kashmir, Nanga Parbat, and the Canadian Rockies.
 
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A Plain and Easy Account of British Fungi - M.C. Cooke

1898 - W. H. Allen and Co., London - Sixth Edition, Revised
An informative Victorian-era reference to British fungi, wonderfully illustrated with 20 full page colour plates of thirty-four species and numerous woodcuts throughout the text.

Mordecai Cubitt Cooke (1825-1914) was an English botanist and mycologist. From 1872 to 1894, he edited
Grevillea, a monthly periodical devoted to the study of mushrooms.

The word ‘esculent’ means ‘edible’.
 
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The Wild Life of Scotland - James Hunter Crawford

1896 - John Macqueen, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy, illustrated throughout by John Williamson.

Including chapters on bird life, the moors, marine mammals and fish, the stag, lochs and the Shetlands.

 
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